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: 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. New England Patriots (from Philadelphia Eagles): Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
The Patriots have a solid starting duo of cornerbacks in Aqib Talib and Alfonzo Dennard, but Talib may only be back for one season, and depth is needed either way. Mississippi State’s Johnthan Banks is good value in Round 2, and has the potential to be a No. 1 cornerback for the Patriots long-term.
Banks is a great fit for the Patriots’ secondary, with great length and size, good instincts, great ball skills and physical play. Banks is ready to contribute immediately in the Patriots’ secondary in 2013, but can be groomed into Talib’s eventual replacement if Talib leaves after the 2013 season.
36. Detroit Lions: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
Having lost Cliff Avril to the Seattle Seahawks, the Detroit Lions have a major need for a pass-rushing defensive end.
Texas A&M’s Damontre Moore’s stock has dropped considerably, but he is still good value as a second-round pick. A skilled edge rusher who uses his hands well, has a great motor and is also very sound against the run, he can be an immediate starter where the Lions have an immediate need.
37. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland Raiders): Johnathan Cyprien, SS, Florida International
The Cincinnati Bengals need to upgrade over Taylor Mays at strong safety. Florida International’s Johnathan Cyprien is a big, athletic safety who can be a big upgrade over Mays in deep coverage, while he is also a very physical hitter who is great in run support. He is a solid second-round choice who can fill the void in the Bengals’ secondary.
38. Arizona Cardinals: Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
The Arizona Cardinals need to find an upgrade at left tackle, and Arkansas-Pine Bluff’s Terron Armstead could be the right choice in Round 2.
He will need time to develop as a raw small-school talent, but his length, athleticism and strength give him serious upside to be a very good NFL left tackle. Among the offensive tackles still available on the board, Armstead is the best choice to play on the left side, and could be drafted much higher than people expect.
Cleveland Browns Pick Forfeited in Supplemental Draft (WR Josh Gordon)
39. New York Jets: Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
The New York Jets do not have a franchise quarterback on their roster, so they should be in the market for a signal-caller in the early rounds of the draft. A big, athletic quarterback with a strong arm and great footwork, Nassib is a solid second-round choice who could be a much-needed upgrade for the Jets.
40. Tennessee Titans: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
The Tennessee Titans could draft a linebacker in Round 2 for the third consecutive year if Georgia’s Alec Ogletree is still available at the No. 40 overall pick.
Ogletree could fall steeply down the draft board due to serious off-field concerns, but he is a first-round talent. He is a great athlete who is both an aggressive blitzer and a very good coverage linebacker, and could play any linebacker spot. For the Titans, he could be worth the risk as an upgrade over Colin McCarthy at middle linebacker.
41. Baltimore Ravens (from Buffalo Bills): Matt Elam, SS, Florida
The Baltimore Ravens are replacing both starters at safety this offseason, and one of their greatest lingering needs going into the draft will be for a strong safety to line up next to Michael Huff. Florida’s Matt Elam is an athletic, hard-hitting safety who can be the enforcer they need on the back end of their defense, while he can also be the playmaker the Ravens need at the position following the departure of Ed Reed.
42. Cleveland Browns (from Miami Dolphins): Larry Warford, G, Kentucky
Kentucky’s Larry Warford could be a much-needed upgrade at right guard over Shawn Lauvao for the Cleveland Browns. Warford is a massive, 332-pound right guard with terrific run-blocking power, but also has good feet for his size, giving him the potential to be the upgrade the Browns need on their interior line.
43. Buffalo Bills (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Jamie Collins, OLB, Southern Miss
As the Buffalo Bills shift to a hybrid, “amoeba” defense, they will be looking for defensive playmakers with versatility. That is exactly what they could get from Southern Miss’ Jamie Collins, whose combination of size, athleticism, pass-rush ability and skill in space make him a great fit for the Bills’ new defensive scheme.
Collins can line up as an edge rusher, but he has the athleticism and ability to drop back and play strongside linebacker in a more traditional front. He has big upside, and would be a good choice to bolster a defensive front seven that still needs more playmakers, especially at linebacker.
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.
New Orleans Saints Pick Forfeited Due to Bountygate
45. San Diego Chargers: Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
The San Diego Chargers should continue their offensive line rebuild on Day 2 by adding an offensive tackle, and Florida State’s Menelik Watson could be a potential choice in the second round. Watson is a raw talent with limited football experience, but he is considered a potential first-round pick for his upside, and could be an upgrade over Jeromey Clary at right tackle while possibly having some 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, so the Rams should not pass him up in this scenario as a potential upgrade and replacement, whether that be in 2013 or 2014.
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 may be set to fill their need at right tackle with Eric Winston, as the two sides have “mutual interest” according to NFL.com, but even if so, they still have a need at right guard. Tennessee’s Dallas Thomas would be a great addition to the offensive line, as he is a skilled offensive lineman with the size, athleticism and power fit to play either spot at a starting-caliber level.