The 2012 NFL Draft will resume later today with Rounds 2 and 3 after a chaotic, and fast, first round last night. With the draft pausing for about 20 hours, you knew the love of mock drafts would immediatley tempt people to break out a second round projection - and for a blog entitled "Mocking the Draft," breaking out a mock draft only made sense.
Dan Kadar, whose draft board we took a look at last night, has posted a second round mock draft over at SB Nation's mock draft blog. With a ton of first round talent sitting there for the taking at the top of the second round, let's take a look at the top ten picks as Kadar has projected them (and because the Miami Dolphins hold that tenth pick in the second round):
Several very good wide receivers slipped out of the first round of the draft, and the benefactor is the Rams. Trades for this pick will be a popular news item all day Friday, but it would behoove the Rams to keep the pick. Hill's upside is tremendous and would give the Rams a legitimate vertical threat.
Before the draft even started this was a popular pick. Now with Fleener still out there, it's time for that pick to become a reality. Luck needs weapons to have a chance at succeeding on the talent-depleted Colts. A player like Fleener could be a safety valve and much more.
The Ravens lost out on Dont'a Hightower, David DeCastro and Kevin Zeitler and opted to trade out of the first round. Luckily for the Ravens, they still get a good talent in Glenn. He can begin his career inside at guard, but if the teams tackles struggles he could move to tackle.
Most believe the Broncos need to add pieces around Peyton Manning on the offense. But he has a penchant for making average players good. The Broncose need a lot of help up front on defense and Still is a very good talent.
It's likely the Browns go with the best offensive player on their board with this pick. If they want Weeden to be successful, he needs a few targets. Jeffery's motor may run hot and cold, but he can run the same type of routes Justin Blackmon did at Oklahoma State.
Jacksonville made a great move in round one to trade up for Blackmon. But the team still needs to add edge rushers to help improve a spotty defense. Branch is the kind of player who can play with his hand down in four-man fronts and drop in coverage from the linebacker spot.
39. St. Louis Rams - Rueben Randle, WR, LSU
First-round pick: Michael Brockers, DT
Two second-round wide receivers for the Rams? Believe it. Hill has much greater potential, but Randle is more pro ready.
Thompson may not be the gap-shooting defensive tackle some think the Panthers seek, but he's a stout player on the line. He'll make their pass rushers better with his ability to occupy blockers.
Marin doesn't have the massive size the Bills usually target in offensive linemen, but he's by far the best tackle available.
Koa Misi has been an average pass rusher for the Dolphins and Upshaw would be a steal at this point. He's a natural 3-4 outside linebacker and may not even last this long.
My personal top three choices for the Dolphins would be Hill, Fleener, Upshaw. Kadar projects Hill and Fleener being selected at 33 and 34 respectively, then allowing Upshaw to fall all the way down to the Dolphins at 42. If this scenario works out, I will be ecstatic with the Miami Dolphins' first two picks of the 2012 Draft.
What would you think of this scenario?