33. Jacksonville Jaguars: Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
As Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator, Gus Bradley had success with big, physical cornerbacks. He could get another one in this scenario with Mississippi State’s Johnthan Banks still on the board at the beginning of Round 2.
Banks is no Richard Sherman, but he has great length, is a physical cover corner and has very good ball skills and instincts. 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: Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
After missing out on Star Lotulelei in Round 1, the Philadelphia Eagles should be in the market for a 5-technique defensive end to reinforce their defensive line and add a starter opposite Fletcher Cox.
SMU’s Margus Hunt is a raw talent, but has huge upside with a rare combination of size, length and athleticism, and he has flashed the ability to be very dynamic as both an outside and inside pass-rusher. His upside makes him well worth taking a chance on early in Round 2.
36. Detroit Lions: Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
After missing out on Eric Fisher in Round 1, the Detroit Lions should be targeting an offensive tackle in Round 2 to replace one of their departed starters from last season.Which offensive tackle they draft could come down to whether they view Riley Reiff as their left tackle of the future.
If they do, the best choice would be Alabama’s D.J. Fluker, who would be a great fit to take over immediately at right tackle for Gosder Cherilus. But if they would prefer to play Reiff on the right side, the best choice at No. 36 overall would be Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s Terron Armstead, a small-schooler with the length, athleticism and overall talent to develop into a starting-caliber, and a player who the Lions are apparently targeting at this selection according to Jeff Risdon of Detroit Lions Draft.
37. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland Raiders): Matt Elam, SS, Florida
The Cincinnati Bengals have a major need for an upgrade over Taylor Mays at strong safety. Florida’s Matt Elam is an athletic, hard-hitting safety who can be a big upgrade in run support and a playmaker on the back end. Although he does have some deep coverage issues like Mays, he is a playmaker who has the ball skills and athleticism to be the player the Bengals need next to Reggie Nelson in their secondary.
38. Arizona Cardinals: Matt Barkley, QB, USC
The Arizona Cardinals may not be in the market for a rookie to come in at quarterback and immediately start following their free-agent signings of Carson Palmer and Drew Stanton this offseason, but with good value still on the board at quarterback, they would be smart to take advantage of that value in Round 2 and draft USC’s Matt Barkley.
The most polished and accurate pocket passer in the draft class, Barkley could come in and start early, but he could certainly use a year or two of development after a mistake-prone senior season.
Back at the NFL Scouting Combine, Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller tweeted that Barkley was not expected to get past the Cardinals at the No. 7 overall pick. Barkley could fall significantly farther than that now, but with their offensive tackle secured in Round 1, they shouldn’t pass up the opportunity to draft Barkley, who is good value in early Round 2.
39. Denver Broncos (from New York Jets): Alec Ogletree, ILB, Georgia
Having traded down to get better value, the Denver Broncos can afford to take a chance on Georgia’s Alec Ogletree in Round 2 to add an impact player at middle linebacker.
A fantastic athlete who is a hard-hitting run-stopper and skilled in coverage, Ogletree may be the most purely talented inside linebacker in the draft class, but serious character concerns, including a DUI arrest in February, could push him into Round 2. If he can turn around his off-field problems, he could be a steal and the playmaker the Broncos need in the middle of their linebacker corps.
40. Tennessee Titans: Larry Warford, G, Kentucky
The Tennessee Titans signed three free-agent guards this offseason, but Andy Levitre may be the only long-term starter among them, with Robert Turner and Chris Spencer both signed to one-year contracts. The Titans have continued to look at many guards in the pre-draft process, including Kentucky’s Larry Warford, a massive, powerful mauling guard with deceptively quick feet, and he would be a solid value choice in the middle of Round 2.
41. Buffalo Bills: Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
Some are expecting the Buffalo Bills and coach Doug Marrone to target his former Syracuse quarterback, Ryan Nassib, at the No. 8 overall pick. While it is truly unknown whether that obvious connection will make Nassib the Bills’ top quarterback target in the 2013 NFL draft, getting him in Round 2 without having to move up would be a seemingly ideal scenario, as he is good value at that point and has the potential to be the franchise quarterback they need.
Nassib would have immediate familiarity with his coach, and has more experience playing in cold weather than the draft class’ other top quarterbacks (though he played in a dome at Syracuse). The Bills need to add a rookie quarterback who can compete right away for a starting job, and Nassib is capable.
42. Miami Dolphins: D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston
The Miami Dolphins added one starting cornerback this offseason with the free-agent signing of Brent Grimes, but need to continue to add talent at the position, especially with Grimes being on only a one-year contract. Houston’s D.J. Hayden has been rising rapidly in the weeks leading up to the draft after showing a full recovery from a nearly-fatal injury to his heart, and has the potential to develop into a very good cornerback.
43. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers need to find a big, powerful nose tackle who can take up blockers and help free up Gerald McCoy and the team’s linebackers to make plays while increasing the team’s run-stopping presence.
Ohio State’s Johnathan Hankins would be an ideal choice in Round 2, as a terrific value selection who can be exactly what the Buccaneers need. Hankins is a massive defensive tackle who can fill up gaps, take on blockers and shut down the run, while he also has impressive quickness and playmaking ability for a nose tackle of his size.
44. Carolina Panthers: Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
The Carolina Panthers should be in the market for another playmaker at wide receiver, and Louisiana Tech’s Quinton Patton would be good value in the middle of Round 2. A physical receiver who has terrific body control, hands and route-running skill, he would be a great fit to line up opposite Steve Smith.
45. San Diego Chargers: Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
The San Diego Chargers should continue rebuilding their offensive line on Day 2 by adding an offensive tackle. Florida State’s Menelik Watson is a high-upside choice in the second round who makes sense here.
Watson has very limited football experience and is still developing as a result, but he is a talented pass-blocker with good feet who also has good strength and length. He could be an upgrade over Jeromey Clary at right tackle, while he has long-term developmental potential as a left tackle.
46. St. Louis Rams: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
Rodger Saffold isn’t happy about moving to right tackle according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, which makes it extremely unlikely that he will return to the Rams as an unrestricted free agent in 2014. Alabama’s D.J. Fluker is a very good right tackle prospect who is terrific value in the middle of Round 2, and could go as high as the top 15 picks, so the Rams would likely snap up the opportunity to draft him if he falls this far into their laps.
Fluker’s length, athleticism and power give him the potential to be a very good right tackle, and if the Rams draft Fluker and keep Saffold, he could be moved inside to guard for the 2013 season while being groomed into playing right tackle in 2014.
47. Dallas Cowboys: Dallas Thomas, G/OT, Tennessee
The Dallas Cowboys have been linked to both Eric Winston and Tyson Clabo as potential upgrades over Doug Free at right tackle, but even if they sign one of them, they still need to add upgrades to their offensive line, especially at right guard. Tennessee’s Dallas Thomas would be a good mid-second-round addition with the versatility to play both guard and tackle, and be an immediate upgrade at guard.
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 moves well in the open field. He would be a great value selection in the middle of Round 2, and would address one of the Steelers’ biggest positions of need.