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 is good value in the middle of Round 2, and would address one of the Steelers’ biggest positions of need.
49. New York Giants: Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers
The New York Giants need to add playmakers to their linebacker corps. Rutgers’ Khaseem Greene is an athletic linebacker who is a consistently playmaker as a tackler in space, a skilled coverage linebacker and a hard hitter. Greene could be an upgrade at either outside linebacker spot, and address one of the team’s greatest areas of need.
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: Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
The Washington Redskins offense improved in a big way last season with the addition of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, but as RG3 not only continues to develop but also fights back from a torn ACL, adding more weapons to the passing game remains a good idea, especially if RG3’s former Baylor teammate, Terrance Williams, is still on the board in Round 2.
Reuniting Griffin and Williams could give the young quarterback an immediate go-to downfield target. Williams is a talented downfield playmaker who can help the Redskins stretch the field, and add a more explosive dynamic to the offense in Washington.
52. Minnesota Vikings: Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
Releasing Antoine Winfield opened up a need for the Minnesota Vikings to draft another cornerback. Oregon State’s Jordan Poyer is a second-round talent with the coverage instincts, ball skills and physical play to be a solid starting cornerback in the NFL, and is ready to step in immediately as a No. 2 or nickel cornerback.
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.
54. Miami Dolphins (from Indianapolis Colts): Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
The Miami Dolphins should be in the market for another pass-rusher to line up opposite Cameron Wake. Texas’ Alex Okafor is a skilled pass-rusher who uses his hands well and is quick off the edge, and would be good value late in Round 2.
55. Green Bay Packers: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
The Green Bay Packers could use another interior defensive lineman to line up next to B.J. Raji as a 5-technique defensive end and in the two-man nickel formation as a penetrator and inside pass-rusher. Purdue’s Kawann Short is terrific value late in Round 2, and could be that impact player for the Packers on their defensive front.
56. Seattle Seahawks: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
The Seattle Seahawks should continue to be in the market for a true 3-technique/5-technique who can play at the interior pass-rusher spot in their defensive front next to Brandon Mebane. North Carolina’s Sylvester Williams has very good explosiveness for a big defensive tackle, and is great value late in Round 2, so he should be the choice for the Seahawks in this scenario.
57. Houston Texans: D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston
The Houston Texans should be looking for cornerback talent and depth to play behind starters Johnathan Joseph and Kareem Jackson, and they could stay local for a prospect with high upside. Hayden survived a life-threatening injury to his heart last fall, but now healthy, he is a very athletic cornerback with the potential to be a big playmaker in an NFL secondary.
58. Denver Broncos: Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn
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. Auburn’s Corey Lemonier is an athletic pass-rusher who can help replace Dumervil’s replace off the edge to some degree.
59. New England Patriots: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
Even with the potential addition of Emmanuel Sanders, the one thing the Patriots lack in their receiving corps is a big deep threat. That is exactly what they could get from Tennessee’s Justin Hunter.
Hunter has a tremendous combination of height (6’4”) and athleticism, and is a true big-play threat on the outside. He has to overcome his issues with drops, but could end up being a steal as a late second-round pick.
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: Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
SMU’s Margus Hunt is a raw developmental prospect, but with a freakish combination of size and athletic ability, he has huge potential as an inside-outside pass-rushing 5-technique defensive end. The 49ers could be a perfect fit for Hunt, as he could be used situationally as a rookie but groomed into a long-term replacement for Justin Smith, who is entering the final year of his contract.
Even with the signing of Glenn Dorsey, drafting more defensive line talent and depth makes sense, especially considering Hunt’s value late in Round 2.
62. Baltimore Ravens: Keenan Allen, WR, California
The Baltimore Ravens need a replacement for Anquan Boldin at wide receiver, and California’s Keenan Allen would be a terrific choice at the end of Round 2. Like Boldin, Allen is a big, physical wideout who runs good routes, has great hands and goes after the ball in traffic. Also like Boldin, he could slide in the draft due to subpar speed, as well as a lingering knee injury, leaving him available at good value here for the Ravens.