49. New York Giants: Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers
The New York Giants need to add playmakers to their linebacker corps. Rutgers’ Khaseem Greene is an athletic linebacker who is a consistently playmaker as a tackler in space, a skilled coverage linebacker and a hard hitter. Greene could be an upgrade at either outside linebacker spot, and address one of the team’s greatest areas of need.
50. Chicago Bears: Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
The Chicago Bears started rebuilding their offensive line at left tackle by signing free-agent Jermon Bushrod, but that process should continue in the 2013 NFL draft. The Chicago Bears could very well look for a bookend at right tackle with Florida State’s Menelik Watson, a raw talent but with high upside as a potential right tackle, and is projected as a first-round pick by some.
51. Washington Redskins: Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
The Washington Redskins offense improved in a big way last season with the addition of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, but as RG3 not only continues to develop but also fights back from a torn ACL, adding more weapons to the passing game remains a good idea, especially if RG3’s former Baylor teammate, Terrance Williams, is still on the board in Round 2.
Reuniting Griffin and Williams could give the young quarterback an immediate go-to downfield target. Williams is a talented downfield playmaker who can help the Redskins stretch the field, and add a more explosive dynamic to the offense in Washington.
52. Minnesota Vikings: Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
Releasing Antoine Winfield opened up a need for the Minnesota Vikings to draft another cornerback. Oregon State’s Jordan Poyer is a second-round talent with the coverage instincts, ball skills and physical play to be a solid starting cornerback in the NFL, and is ready to step in immediately as a No. 2 or nickel cornerback.
53. Cincinnati Bengals: Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina
The Cincinnati Bengals should be looking for a playmaker at the running back position who can complement BenJarvus Green-Ellis with athleticism, quickness and receiving ability. Giovani Bernard is a dynamic player out of the backfield who is good value late in Round 2, and could be a terrific fit for that role.
54. Miami Dolphins (from Indianapolis Colts): Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
The Miami Dolphins are in desperate need of starting cornerbacks following the departure of free-agent Sean Smith. Mississippi State’s Darius Slay is a fantastic athlete with high upside, and while he may not be an immediate fix at the position as a No. 1 or 2 cornerback, he has good ball skills, is a fluid athlete and has the potential to develop into a great player at his position.
55. Green Bay Packers: Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama
The Green Bay Packers need to reinforce their offensive line in this year’s draft, and are especially in need of a center following Jeff Saturday’s retirement.
Alabama’s Barrett Jones is a polished, versatile offensive lineman who could step in at center as a rookie, but also has the ability to kick out to guard or offensive tackle if needed. He is likely to still be available at this point because he is coming off of an injury that could cost him the start of his rookie season, but he will be a very solid addition to an NFL offensive line when he is healthy, and would be a great fit in Green Bay.
56. Seattle Seahawks: Jamie Collins, OLB/DE, Southern Miss
Southern Miss’ Jamie Collins is an under-the-radar, versatile playmaker who could be a very good fit for the Seahawks’ defense. A talented linebacker with great size and athleticism, Collins could replace Leroy Hill in the lineup at linebacker but also could project to playing the LEO spot in pass-rushing situations.
57. Houston Texans: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
The Houston Texans need to find a legitimate No. 2 wide receiver to be a playmaker opposite Andre Johnson. Tennessee’s Justin Hunter has had issues with inconsistency, but can make tremendous plays on the ball, has great size and athleticism and will force defenses to pay attention to him and help draw multiple coverages away from Johnson.
58. Denver Broncos: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
After losing Elvis Dumervil in a fax machine contract fiasco, the Denver Broncos are in need of another pass-rushing defensive end to replace him. Texas’ Alex Okafor is a skilled pass-rusher who is a great value selection late in Round 2 and can fill the void left by Dumervil’s departure.
59. New England Patriots: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
The Patriots need to add a defensive tackle to the roster who can line up next to nose tackle Vince Wilfork and be a legitimate pass-rushing threat. If the Patriots can get that player late in Round 2 with Purdue’s Kawann Short, they should jump at the opportunity to select him.
Short can be a big upgrade at under tackle on all three downs as both an interior pass-rusher and as a run stopper, bringing more quickness and penetrating ability than any of the defensive tackles currently on the roster. He would be terrific value late in Round 2 and another addition to improve the Patriots’ defense.
60. Atlanta Falcons: John Jenkins, NT, Georgia
The Atlanta Falcons should be in the market for a big defensive tackle who can be a run filler next to Jonathan Babineaux in the four-man front, and also give the Falcons a true nose tackle for their hybrid defense. They could get that from Georgia’s John Jenkins, a massive yet quick run-stuffing nose tackle who could be a steal late in Round 2 if he can overcome motor concerns.
61. San Francisco 49ers: Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
Defensive end is not a position of need following the free-agent signing of Glenn Dorsey, but with 14 draft picks, the 49ers can afford to draft on value over need. That is exactly what they would get from SMU’s Margus Hunt, a freakish athlete with huge upside that could be a steal late in Round 2.
Hunt was very inconsistent at SMU and has poor technique, but he has huge potential as an inside-outside pass-rushing 5-technique defensive end. The 49ers could be a perfect fit for Hunt, as he could be used situationally as a rookie but groomed into a long-term replacement for Justin Smith, who is entering the final year of his contract.
62. Baltimore Ravens: Kiko Alonso, ILB, Oregon
Following Ray Lewis’ retirement and Dannell Ellerbe’s free-agent departure, the Baltimore Ravens have a massive need for a playmaker at the inside linebacker position. Oregon’s Kiko Alonso is an athletic linebacker who can make plays all over the field and in coverage, and may just be scratching the surface of his potential after overcoming off-field issues earlier in his career.