49. New York Giants: Justin Pugh, OT/G, Syracuse
The New York Giants could be in the market for an upgrade at right tackle, with David Diehl on the decline at 32 years old and entering the final year of his contract. Syracuse’s Justin Pugh is a rising prospect who would be a good choice to compete for a starting spot over on the right side with his pass-blocking ability, while he could also provide depth and/or competition at guard.
50. Chicago Bears: Barrett Jones, OL, Alabama
The Chicago Bears have made some strong additions to their offensive line this offseason, but should still be looking to add young talent and depth across the line. Alabama’s Barrett Jones’ stock is down due to a Lisfranc foot injury that could cost him the start of his rookie season, but he remains good value in the second round as a versatile, smart and physical offensive lineman who can play center, guard and even tackle.
51. Washington Redskins: Bacarri Rambo, FS, Georgia
The Washington Redskins have a massive need at the safety position, so drafting the best safety available on the board with their first draft pick would be a logical choice. In this scenario, that player is Georgia free safety Bacarri Rambo, a ballhawk in the secondary who can also really strike opponents, and would be a much-needed upgrade over Reed Doughty at the position.
52. Minnesota Vikings: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
The Minnesota Vikings need to add another defensive tackle to line up next to Kevin Williams in the middle of their defensive line, and by adding North Carolina’s Sylvester Williams, they could build “Williams Wall 2.0.” Williams could be a big, run-stopping presence they have not had in the middle since Pat Williams’ departure, but he is also an explosive and quick interior athlete who would be great value in the middle of Round 2.
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.
PROJECTED TRADE: The Miami Dolphins trade the No. 54 overall selection (from the Indianapolis Colts) to the Kansas City Chiefs for left tackle Branden Albert.
54. Kansas City Chiefs (from Indianapolis Colts via Miami Dolphins): Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Miss
The Miami Dolphins are in ongoing talks with the Kansas City Chiefs about trading for veteran left tackle Branden Albert, who is seeking a long-term extension but is currently franchise tagged by the Chiefs. While there appear to be some issues with money and compensation holding up the deal, there is still a strong possibility of a deal being completed, with the most likely scenario being the Dolphins trading their second of two second-round picks to the Chiefs.
That trade would fill the Dolphins’ need of a left tackle, and would put the Chiefs back in the second round. With the pick to be acquired, a choice who would make sense for the Chiefs is Southern Miss outside linebacker Jamie Collins. Collins could add depth as a pass-rushing outside linebacker behind starters Justin Houston and Tamba Hali, but he also has the versatility to potentially kick inside and fill a need at inside linebacker.
55. Green Bay Packers: Damontre Moore, OLB, Texas A&M
The Green Bay Packers made a first-round investment in Nick Perry to start opposite Clay Matthews at outside linebacker in last year’s draft, but have little depth behind Perry and Matthews and could use another pass-rusher in the rotation. Texas A&M’s Damontre Moore would be an absolute steal in the middle of Round 2, as a skilled pass-rusher who has experience playing 3-4 outside linebacker, and can be a valuable contributor both at bringing heat against quarterbacks but also a run-stopper off the edge.
56. Seattle Seahawks: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
The Seattle Seahawks should continue to be in the market for a 3-technique/5-technique who can play at the interior pass-rusher spot in their defensive front next to Brandon Mebane. Purdue’s Kawann Short is an big, explosive interior lineman who is very good value late in Round 2 as both an interior pass-rusher and run-stopper who can continue to make a strong defensive front even better.
57. Houston Texans: Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
The Houston Texans should be looking for cornerback talent and depth to play behind starters Johnathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson. Mississippi State’s Darius Slay is a very athletic cornerback with the upside to develop into an impact player in an NFL secondary, and has the ability to be an immediate contributor as depth and at nickel cornerback.
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 very skilled pass-rusher with good speed around the edge and who has very good hand technique, and he would be terrific value as a late second-round selection.
59. New England Patriots: Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
The Patriots should be in the market for another cornerback to provide depth and to be groomed into a potential starter for the 2014 season, with Aqib Talib being signed to only a one-year contract this offseason. Oregon State’s Jordan Poyer does not have terrific measurables, but is a well-rounded cornerback who plays with physicality, has good coverage instincts and the tools to be a very solid No. 2 or nickel cornerback for the Patriots.
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: Brandon Williams, NT, Missouri Southern State
The San Francisco 49ers have one of the NFL’s best defensive fronts, but one thing they lack is a true anchor at nose tackle in the middle of their three-man front. They could get that from Missouri Southern State’s Brandon Williams, a massive yet explosive and quick nose tackle who can be a force as a run-stopper with his rare combination of size, power and athleticism.
62. Baltimore Ravens: Kiko Alonso, ILB, Oregon
Inside linebacker remains arguably the Baltimore Ravens’ greatest need, especially following another arrest for recently-signed Rolando McClain, which could spell the end of his troubled NFL career. Oregon’s Kiko Alonso is an aggressive, athletic playmaking linebacker who has the potential to be the player both as a blitzer and in coverage they need to replace Ray Lewis.