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 (from Kansas City Chiefs): Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
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 could have them taking a chance on UCLA’s Datone Jones, an explosive inside-outside pass-rusher with high upside as a 5-technique defensive end.
Justin Smith’s final year of his contract could also be his last with the 49ers, so the time is now to develop his potential long-term successor. Jones has the potential to be a steal as a disruptive interior defensive end, and is worth taking a chance on early in Round 2.
35. Philadelphia Eagles: Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
Having released Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson, the Philadelphia Eagles need to find a 5-technique defensive end to play opposite Fletcher Cox in the team’s new 3-4 defensive alignment.
SMU’s Margus Hunt is an inconsistent player, but has the potential to develop into a star. He has tremendous length and athleticism, and while he needs better technique and motor, he has shown the potential to be a terrific 5-technique end if he can develop a more complete game.
36. Detroit Lions: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
Having lost Cliff Avril to the Seattle Seahawks, the Detroit Lions have a major need for a pass-rushing defensive end.
Alex Okafor has some flaws in his game, but the Texas defensive end is a gifted pass-rusher who uses his hands well and is dynamic off the edge when on top of his game. He is the best pass-rusher available, and addresses the Lions’ biggest need.
37. Cincinnati Bengals: Johnathan Cyprien, SS, Florida International
The Cincinnati Bengals need to upgrade over Taylor Mays at strong safety. Florida International’s Johnathan Cyprien is a hard-hitting, rangy playmaker who is shooting up draft boards. He is a good fit at strong safety and could be an immediate upgrade.
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: Matt Elam, SS, Florida
LaRon Landry and Yeremiah Bell are gone after one-year stints for the New York Jets at safety, leaving them in need of new starters at the position. The best safety available on the board, Florida’s Matt Elam, is an athletic, hard-hitting safety who is a solid early-second-round choice and a potential playmaker at strong safety.
40. Tennessee Titans: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
The Tennessee Titans have a great pair of starting cornerbacks in Jason McCourty and Alterraun Verner, but the depth behind them is lacking. The Titans can continue their effort to build up their secondary by adding Trufant, who can be an immediate fit in the nickel and give the Titans one of the NFL’s top trios at the cornerback position.
41. Buffalo Bills: Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
If Arthur Brown is still available, he should be a no-brainer for the Bills’ second-round selection. The athletic, instinctive Kansas State product can add a much-needed playmaker to the Bills’ linebacker corps, with the versatility to play a wide variety of linebacker spots in the Bills’ hybrid defense under new defensive coordinator Mike Pettine.
42. Miami Dolphins: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
The Miami Dolphins need depth all across their defensive line, and that is especially true at defensive tackle, where they have little behind starters Randy Starks and Paul Soliai, neither of whom is under contract past the 2013 season.
North Carolina’s Sylvester Williams is an explosive athlete for an interior defensive lineman who could add a spark rotationally as an interior pass-rusher, and be developed into a potential successor at the position. He is good value in Round 2, and with five draft picks in the first three rounds, the Dolphins can make value picks rather than simply focusing on addressing immediate needs.
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: Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers
The Carolina Panthers need to replace both of their starting cornerbacks from last season. Rutgers’ Logan Ryan is a well-rounded cornerback with good athleticism and ball skills, and he should be able to step in quickly as a lineup replacement for Chris Gamble or Captain Munnerlyn.
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: Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
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. Mississippi State’s Darius Slay is a talented cornerback shooting up draft boards after a terrific combine showing, and paired with Cox and Marcus Gilchrist could turn a weaker position on the Chargers’ roster last season into a 2013 strength.
46. St. Louis Rams: Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama
The Rams found their left tackle in free-agent signing Jake Long, but they still have a need for reinforcements on their offensive line.
Alabama’s Barrett Jones is a great value selection in the middle of Round 2, and could be a very valuable addition. Jones could be an immediate upgrade at left guard, but also has the versatility to shift to center and right tackle if needed.
47. Dallas Cowboys: Larry Warford, G, Kentucky
The Dallas Cowboys need to find an upgrade at right guard, and Larry Warford fits the bill. The 332-pound Kentucky interior lineman could be a massive upgrade — literally. A physical, powerful mauler with decent athleticism for his size, Warford could give the Cowboys much-needed help in both interior run blocking and pass protection.