48. Pittsburgh Steelers
Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
The Steelers were able to add some youth at a position of declining production and age in the first round and they are able to come back in the 2nd to do the same thing. Adding Ansah and Minter in the first two rounds can rejuvenate an aging LB corps at a quarter of the price.
49. New York Giants
Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
The Giants LB depth is non-existent. They need to add not only depth but talent to the position. Although he is undersized, Brown is a tremendous playmaker and football player. Brown also has excellent character making him an ideal fit in the locker room.
50. Chicago Bears
Kyle Long, OT/OG, Oregon
Another year and another draft in which the Bears need offensive line help. Long is a stud in the making. New to the position he has the athleticism, the frame to play guard or tackle and the lineage to make it in the NFL. Hopefully, this is the year the Bears fix their OL.
51. Washington Redskins
Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
The Redskins had an unbelievable draft last year and are now left with a lack of picks. The secondary is a major area of concern and while safety is a bigger need, Slay is a fast and talented corner who is rising the board quickly.
52. Minnesota Vikings
Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
The Vikings get their compliment to Percy Harvin in the second round and possibly the most physically gifted WR. Hunter has explosive down-field ability, but lacks concentration and consistency. Nevertheless, his ceiling and upside are much too high to pass up at this point in the draft.
53. Cincinnati Bengals
Giovani Bernard, RB, UNC
BJGE is a nice back, but let’s face it he “is what he is”. The Bengals need to add a more dynamic RB to compliment BJGE who is best suited for a short yardage, change of pace type role. A backfield of BJGE and Bernard combined with a passing attack of Allen and Green would transform the Bengals into one of the most dynamic offenses in the league.
54. Miami Dolphins (via IND)
Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers
Greene is one of the best linebackers in the draft and can slot into the Dolphins WLB position. Greene is good in coverage and can make plenty of tackles in run support. After Greene there is a big drop off at the OLB position, Greene has outstanding character and would be an upgrade over the aging Kevin Burnett.
55. Green Bay Packers
Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
Jermichael Finley is a consistent under-performer and there is a good chance he is playing elsewhere next season. Ertz is the best movable tight end in the draft, with ability to lineup off the line, in the slot and out wide. He would be a great fit in the Packers high powered passing attack and will provide more consistency than JMF.
56. Seattle Seahawks
Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
The Seahawks have some decent wide receivers but, no stars. Wheaton is a vertical threat who can add a speed element to the outside of the Seahawks offense. Wheaton is a high character player who fits in very well with the deep passing attack of the Seahawks.
57. Houston Texans
Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
The Texans finally use a high pick on a nose tackle, filling perhaps their biggest need on defense. UFA Shaun Cody isn’t good enough to man the middle of the Texans defense and is likely gone. Williams could be used in a number of different ways, but fits best on the nose. He can be plugged into the middle of the Texans defensive line and eat up space/blockers for JJ Watt.
58. Denver Broncos
Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, UConn
The Broncos secondary, including Champ Bailey, really let them down in the playoffs. Even with Bailey back next year, they need to add young cover corners to the organization. Wreh-Wilson is a bigger corner who can match up on the outside vs. some of the bigger WR they face in the AFC West.
59. New England Patriots
Robert Woods, WR, USC
Woods is a player who is worth way more than a late second round pick. A down season combined with the rise of more flashy players drop him to the end of the second round where the Patriots get a steal. He’s a polished route runner, has very good hands and is a possession type receiver who give QB Tom Brady another realiable option in the passing game. He would fit in nicely in the Patriots short to intermediate passing game. He’s great on screens, slants and quick breaking routes. He ran well at the combine (4.51) and although his 3-Cone and Shuttle weren’t ideal it’s time the Patriots pick a WR based on production and value, not the combine numbers. If the Patriots can come out of the first two rounds with Trufant and Woods, the team gets two players who can contribute instantly at positions of need.
60. Atlanta Falcons
Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State
Tony Gonzalez is retiring and it’s critical that the Falcons replace him. Escobar isn’t well known but he has the tools to be the complete package at TE. Natural hands, big frame and the ability to beat coverage Escobar gives the Falcons a young tight end to fit into their passing attack.
61. San Francisco 49ers
Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers
Ryan is an aggressive and physical corner. He can play press man and attack in the run game. With three picks in the top 61 the 49ers are able to get younger and deeper across their entire defense. Ryan ran well at the combine putting to rest any questions about timed speed.
62. Baltimore Ravens
John Jenkins, DT, Georgia
After filling the hole created by Ray Lewis in the first round, the Ravens are able to add another interior DT to replace free agent to be Kemoeatu. Terrence Cody hasn’t developed like planned and isn’t ready to play starters minutes. Jenkins is a tremendous athlete for his size and has the agility to be more than just a load in the middle.