33. Jacksonville Jaguars: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
As Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator, Gus Bradley had success with big, physical cornerbacks. He could get another one in this scenario with Florida State’s Xavier Rhodes.
Rhodes is no Richard Sherman, but he does have great size and length for a cornerback, and has big upside. He is good value as a second-round selection, and would address one of the Jaguars’ greatest positions of need.
34. San Francisco 49ers: Eric Reid, FS, LSU
Following the free-agent departure of Dashon Goldson, the 49ers need to find a new starting free safety with one of their many draft picks. The best fit of any safety in the draft class would be LSU’s Eric Reid.
While Reid isn’t quite the playmaker or striker that Goldson is, he is an athletic safety who can be an upgrade in deep pass coverage. He needs to become a more consistent tackler, but he has good instincts and is active in run support.
35. Philadelphia Eagles: Larry Warford, G, Kentucky
2011 first-round pick Danny Watkins has been a bust, leaving the Eagles in need of an upgrade at right guard. Kentucky’s Larry Warford fits the bill.
Warford is a massive interior lineman who can be a real road-grader in run blocking, but also has the feet to pick up blocks outside and be an effective pass-protector.
36. Detroit Lions: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
Having lost Cliff Avril to the Seattle Seahawks, the Detroit Lions have a major need for a pass-rushing defensive end.
Texas A&M’s Damontre Moore has falling draft stock, but he would still be a terrific value choice in Round 2. A skilled edge rusher who uses his hands well, has a great motor and is also very sound against the run, he can be an immediate starter where the Lions have an immediate need.
37. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland Raiders): Matt Elam, SS, Florida
The Cincinnati Bengals need to upgrade over Taylor Mays at strong safety. Florida’s Matt Elam is an aggressive enforcer and the draft class’ hardest hitter, but is also a fluid athlete with good ball skills and who makes plays happen on the back end. He needs to become more consistent in coverage, but could be a very good addition as a second-round pick.
38. Arizona Cardinals: Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
The Arizona Cardinals desperately need to upgrade at quarterback, and head coach Bruce Arians will be looking for a quarterback with a big arm and some athletic ability.
Syracuse’s Ryan Nassib isn’t quite Ben Roethlisberger or Andrew Luck, but he has some similar traits in his game and could potentially develop into a very good starter at the next level.
Cleveland Browns Pick Forfeited in Supplemental Draft (WR Josh Gordon)
39. New York Jets: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
For whoever the New York Jets quarterback will be in 2013, the Jets can help him out by giving him more passing weapons to work with. The New York Jets need a replacement at tight end for departed free agent Dustin Keller, and Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert would be tough to pass up at the No. 39 overall pick.
Eifert is a first-round talent who would be a steal in Round 2. With great size, vertical athleticism and catching ability, Eifert has all the tools to be a major downfield playmaker in the middle of an NFL passing offense.
40. Tennessee Titans: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
The Tennessee Titans could draft a linebacker in Round 2 for the third consecutive year if Georgia’s Alec Ogletree is still available at the No. 40 overall pick.
Ogletree could fall steeply down the draft board due to serious off-field concerns, but he is a first-round talent. He is a great athlete who is both an aggressive blitzer and a very good coverage linebacker, and could play any linebacker spot. For the Titans, he could be worth the risk as an upgrade over Colin McCarthy at middle linebacker.
41. Buffalo Bills: Robert Woods, WR, USC
If the Buffalo Bills draft Barkley at the No. 8 overall pick, the absolute ideal scenario would be for one of his go-to receivers at USC, Robert Woods, to fall to the No. 41 overall selection.
Woods is a first-round talent who would be great value at this point in Round 2. He is an exceptional route-runner with great hands, and can immediately increase Barkley’s comfort level in the Bills offense while giving them another playmaker in the passing game.
42. Cleveland Browns (from Miami Dolphins): Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
The Cleveland Browns should be in the market for another playmaker at wide receiver, and Louisiana Tech’s Quinton Patton would fit the bill. Patton is a great route-runner with fantastic body control and consistent hands, and could give the Browns another reliable passing weapon opposite Josh Gordon or in the slot.
43. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: E.J. Manuel, QB, Florida State
Josh Freeman is entering the final year of his contract, and is coming off back-to-back seasons of underwhelming quarterback play. Drafting a quarterback to develop next season as a potential successor in 2014 would be a smart decision on Day 2 of the draft, and Florida State’s E.J. Manuel makes great sense.
A pro-style quarterback with a strong arm plus good footwork and athleticism, Manuel has the potential to be one of the best quarterbacks from the 2013 draft class. With proper time to develop, Manuel could be a very good franchise quarterback for the Buccaneers if they decide to move on from Freeman next offseason.
44. Carolina Panthers: Keenan Allen, WR, California
The Carolina Panthers should be in the market for another playmaker at wide receiver, and they could be in position to take a shot on California’s Keenan Allen in Round 2.
Allen would be a good fit as an upgrade opposite Steve Smith as a big, athletic possession receiver. He is good value in the middle of Round 2, and already has an established connection with the Panthers, holding his personal pro day at Panthers wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl’s facility in Greensboro, N.C. on April 9.
New Orleans Saints Pick Forfeited Due to Bountygate
The New Orleans Saints lost their second-round pick as part of their punishment for operating a bounty system.
45. San Diego Chargers: Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers
Even with a big free-agent signing of Derek Cox, another cornerback would be a smart investment early in the draft for the San Diego Chargers. Rutgers’ Logan Ryan is a well-rounded with good athleticism and ball skills, and is a great choice to team up with Cox and Marcus Gilchrist to form the Chargers’ top cornerback trio next season.
46. St. Louis Rams: Dallas Thomas, G/OT, Tennessee
The St. Louis Rams improved their offensive line by signing Jake Long, but still need their offensive line with talent and depth. Tennessee’s Dallas Thomas would be a great choice in the second round, as he has the versatility to play both guard and right tackle, both areas where the Rams could use competition and depth.
47. Dallas Cowboys: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
As the Dallas Cowboys switch to a Tampa 2 defense, they could really use another defensive tackle who can add quickness as an interior penetrator.
That is exactly what they could get from North Carolina’s Sylvester Williams, an explosive defensive tackle who is terrific value in the middle of Round 2 and has the combination of size and athleticism to form a strong rotation with Jason Hatcher and Jay Ratliff.
48. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
The Pittsburgh Steelers need to upgrade at running back, and Alabama’s Eddie Lacy runs like a classic Steelers back. Lacy is a physical, powerful, between-the-tackles runner but also has good speed and moves in the open field. He is outstanding value in the middle of Round 2, and would address one of the Steelers’ biggest positions of need.