Today, we are going to take a look at eDraft's weekly mock draft. This will be the second one-round version that I have personally covered. It is also our first mock released since the end of the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis this week.
You are not going to see a whole bunch of reactionary changes because of the annual event. Instead, it makes more sense to actually take a step back and realize that a prospects' entire body of work is more important than how he performs at "The Underwear Olympics."
With that in mind, there are a few different changes at the top.
* Note this mock will include a second round.
1. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Joeckel, Offensive Tackle, Texas A&M
Now that Kansas City has acquired Alex Smith from the San Francisco 49ers, it will need to find itself a true blindside protector for its shiny new toy at quarterback. While Joeckel does seem to have some holes in his game, he translates to being that franchise book end that teams need to place in front of their quarterback.
The Texas A&M product is an immediate day one starter, much like what we saw from Matt Kalil with the Minnesota Vikings last season. Even if Branden Albert does return next season, far from a certainty, the Chiefs just cannot puss up on Jockel here.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars Bjoern Werner, Defensive End, Florida State
The Jaguars tallied a league low 20 sacks this past season as Jeremy Mincey wasn't able to build off a stellar 2011 campaign and rookie Andre Branch didn't cut it. I don't care how strong a secondary is, it will not be able to stay with receivers if there is no pressure put on the quarterback.
Werner is much more than a simple high-motor guy. He fits the Jaguars' 4-3 defensive scheme to a T and should be able to make an immediate impact against both the run and the pass. He is strong at the point of contact and can get to the outside with above-average athleticism for someone his size. Werner ranks No. 2 overall on eDraft's recent Top 200 Big Board, so the Jaguars are getting equal value here at a need position.
3. Oakland Raiders Geno Smith, Quarterback, West Virginia
Would this be a reach? Yes. Do the Raiders need to go out there and get a franchise quarterback? Yes. I am not sold on Terrelle Pryor as the heir apparent to Carson Palmer, who is in the process of restructuring his contract. This means that Smith will be able to sit for a season and learn the nuances of the NFL. I haven't been that high on Smith this offseason, but he did impress me a great deal at the combine in Indianapolis.
In addition, reports indicate that Oakland is extremely high on the West Virginia product. While general manager Reggie McKenzie could trade down and try to nab him later, there is a run of teams between six and nine that will look long and hard at Smith should he fall past the Raiders at three.
4. Philadelphia Eagles Dion Jordan, Outside Linebacker, Oregon
A bit of a change up here. I have mocked Luke Joeckel to the Eagles in my previous two versions, but with him off the board to Kansas City at No. 1, Philadelphia might have to look in another direction. While Eric Fisher and Lane Johnson are both solid bets here, Jordan continues to impress on tape and was a sensation at the combine in Indianapolis. He is a former pupil of new Philadelphia' head coach Chip Kelly, which only helps the suggestion that he won't get past the Eagles at four.
In addition, Philadelphia may be preparing for a switch to the 3-4 on defense. This is the only way Jordan, who I project solely as an outside linebacker, does come to the Eagles at this slot. He would be a great fit with Mychal Kendricks and Vinny Curry (who would also switch to outside linebacker) should the Eagles move to that 3-4 I mentioned before. Comparisons have been drawn to Aldon Smith and Jevon Kearse. That's not bad company for Jordan to keep.
5. Detroit Lions Eric Fisher, Offensive Tackle, Cental Michigan
There are now three top-10 offensive tackles in this draft. Fisher, who continues to impress, is quickly closing the gap between himself and Joeckel. In that, Detroit just simply cannot afford to pass up on the talented tackle. He will be able to come in and immediately help protect Matthew Stafford and the Lions' passing game. While defensive end, cornerback, linebacker and safety are all options at five; Detroit will not pass up on Fisher should he be available here.
After all, Gosder Cherilus is expected to bolt in free agency and Jeff Backus isn't getting much younger at left tackle. It makes too much sense for Detroit to pick Fisher up here and pair him with 2012 first-round pick Riley Reiff.
6. Cleveland Browns Barkevious Mingo, Outside Linebacker, Louisiana State
The Browns have a solid young core upon which to build in their newly installed 3-4 defense. Jabaal Sheard, Phil Taylor and Emmanuel Acho all promise to play key roles moving forward. This doesn't mean that Cleveland needs to rest there. Mingo represents some of the best pure athleticism from a 3-4 outside linebacker position in the entire draft. He would be a great complement opposite Sheard.
7. Arizona Cardinals Lane Johnson, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma
It doesn't matter that both Joeckel and Fisher are off the board here, Arizona needs to do something to upgrade the worst offensive line in the entire league. Johnson represents top-10 value with the seventh pick. In reality, the Cardinals shouldn't even think twice about bringing in the Oklahoma product. If the draft were to fall this way, I don't expect them to use up more than five minutes of the clock come draft night. If they do, something is horribly wrong in the desert.
8. Buffalo Bills Matt Barkley, Quarterback, Southern California
I am nowhere near sold on Barkley as a franchise quarterback in the NFL. That being said, it seems that popular opinion around the league is that the USC alum will end up going in the top 10 after all. If that is the case, Buffalo needs to take a look. It is "prepared" to go into '13 with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tarvaris Jackson battling it out for the starting quarterback position. I am not going out on a limb by indicating that this scenario wouldn't be ideal for Buffalo. At the very least, Barkley represents a better long-term solution in Upstate New York.
9. New York Jets Dee Milliner, Cornerback, Alabama
This selection is made with one thing in mind. The relationship between New York and Darrelle Revis is at the point of no return. I just don't envision a scenario where the Pro Bowl cornerback returns to the Meadowlands for '13. If that is the case, Milliner represents value at a need position. While New York could use help in nearly every aspect of its roster, mainly an aging front seven, Milliner and Antonio Cromartie as starting corners for the next couple seasons has a nice ring to it. In addition, the Jets can fill other holes with the pick(s) they acquire for Revis.
10. Tennessee Titans Chance Warmack, Guard, Alabama
This pick is going to be firm for the remainder of the draft season. eDraft currently has Warmack as a top-three overall prospect, showing exactly how high we are on him. While guard isn't a value pick in the top 10, Tennessee needs to upgrade the interior of its offensive line. The Alabama product will come in and immediately be a Pro Bowl-caliber player. That's more than you can say about Steve Hutchinson and Mitch Petrus.
11. San Diego Chargers Desmond Trufant, Cornerback, Washington
Trufant is one of the fastest risers on our big board and by the time all is said and done, could easily overtake Milliner as the No. 1 defensive back in the draft. With the top three offensive tackles off the board here, San Diego attempts to fill another position of need. Quentin Jammer and Antoine Cason who are both set to become free agents next month, just didn't get it done this past season. Outside of Marcus Gilchrist, San Diego really doesn't have a whole heck of a lot to work with here.
12. Miami Dolphins Cordarrelle Patterson, Wide Receiver, Tennessee
Patterson may have struggled a bit as it relates to route running at the combine, but he has the highest ceiling of any wide receiver in the draft. The youngster possesses soft hands, has surprising speed and can beat defenders over the top at the point of contact. He translates as a No. 1 wide receiver in the NFL. While Patterson won't make a huge impact immediately due to extremely raw skills, he reminds me a great deal of Julio Jones. It goes without saying that Miami needs to find Ryan Tannehill a true go-to guy on the outside. I did flirt with Tyler Eifert here, but Patterson seems like a much better value pick at a need position.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jarvis Jones, Defensive End, Georgia
Michael Bennett is set to become a free agent and Da'Quan Bowers is facing serious gun chargers after allegedly bringing a gun in to an airport in New York City (don't ask). Those two players, who are iffy to be with Tampa next season, tallied nearly have of its sacks last season. While there are some concerns about Jones' health, he is a top-10 prospect and will provide the Buccaneers with a consistent pass-rush threat as a rookie.
14. Carolina Panthers Sheldon Richardson, Defensive Tackle, Missouri
Talk about getting value here. Some have mocked Richards as high as No. 1 overall. While that seems like a bit of a stretch, we have Richardson in the top 10 of our big board. He can play both defensive end and defensive tackle, depending on the scheme. With Carolina running a basic front, Richardson promises to be stellar addition along the interior of its line. He is an immediate upgrade over anyone currently on the Panthers' roster.
15. New Orleans Saints Ezekiel Ansah, Linebacker, BYU
New defensive coordinator Rob Ryan is on the verge of switching over to the 3-4 defense. That seems to be a solid move on the surface, but New Orleans actually needs to find the personnel to fit the scheme. Will Smith isn't going to cut it as an edge-rushing outside linebacker. Instead, the Saints will have to go outside of the organization to find one or two of those types of players. Ansah's upside is unlimited. He has a rare combination of speed and power that fits the role of a 3-4 outside linebacker to a T.
16. St. Louis Rams Sharrif Floyd, Defensive Tackle, Florida
Much like my last mock draft, St. Louis would be doing back flips if this were to happen. Floyd is one of the most intriguing defensive prospects in the draft. He has the size and athleticism to be a dominating force as a 4-3 defensive tackle, the exact scheme that the Rams run. In addition, just imagine Floyd with Robert Quinn, Chris Long and Michael Brockers along the Rams front. That's a scary proposition for opposing NFC West offenses.
17. Pittsburgh Steelers Star Lotulelei, Defensive Tackle, Utah
Lotulelei doesn't fall in this draft because of the recent scare about his heart. In fact, I have him just a few slots lower than my last mock. It's all about finding a fit for eDraft's current No. 1 prospect. In going to the Steelers, Star will be able to come in and make an immediate impact as their 3-4 defensive tackle. This pick also enables Pittsburgh to cut ties with the aging Casey Hampton.
18. Dallas Cowboys Kenny Vaccaro, Safety, Texas
The second consecutive value pick at a need position. Dallas needs all the help it can get at both safety spots as Barry Church and Gerald Sensabaugh are mediocre starters in the NFL. Vaccaro is another top-10 prospects that falls due to team needs above the Cowboys. The Texas product can play both safety positions, but fits better as a free safety. He possesses solid coverage skills and can act as a play maker for the Cowboys as a pro-ready rookie.
19. New York Giants Tyler Eifert, Tight End, Notre Dame
Imagine Eli Manning being able to count on a consistent tight end threat between the hashes? This would improve his game a great deal as he wouldn't have to force the ball to the outside to Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz as much. Eifert solidified his status as the consensus No. 1 tight end in the class. He reminds me a great deal of Rob Gronkowski in terms of the mismatches his frame creates against smaller linebackers and safeties.
20. Chicago Bears Kevin Minter, Linebacker, Louisiana State
Minter overtakes Manti Te'o as my No.1 inside linebacker, not because of Te'o's lack of performance at the combine, but simply due to the fact that Minter impresses me a whole heck of a lot on tape. Whether Brian Urlacher returns to the Bears in '13 doesn't really matter, they need to find a long-term replacement for the future Hall of Famer. Minter fits what they are attempting to build in the front seven. Solid value at a need position here.
21. Cincinnati Bengals Jonathan Cyprien, Safety, Florida International
See me full seven-round Cincinnati Bengals mock draft here. In short, Cyprien will be a great fit opposite Reggie Nelson in the Bengals' secondary. Couple him with Nelson as well as Dre Kirkpatrick and you have the makings for something special in the 'Nati.
22. St. Louis Rams DeAndre Hopkins, Wide Receiver, Clemson
Impressive doesn't even begin to describe Hopkins tape. The dominating for Clemson' wide receiver stands out as much as anyone that I have scouted since the end of the '12 season. Simply put, he can come in and become a true No. 1 wide receiver for a team with a lot of issues on the outside. Regardless of whether Danny Amendola returns next season, Hopkins has the skillset to be a dynamic player for Sam Bradford in the passing game. This would be a no-brainer.
23. Minnesota Vikings Tavon Austin, Wide Receiver, West Virginia
Austin's combine performance solidified his status as a first-round pick. He ran a ridiculous 40 time, dominated in the position drills and showed the ability to run tight, crisp routes. With Percy Harvin's status for '13 in question, Minnesota needs to find another young wide receiver. Even if Harvin does return, Austin would act as a perfect complement for Christian Ponder in the passing game.
24. Indianapolis Colts Johnthan Banks, Cornerback, Mississippi State
Banks drops just a bit due to a poor combine performance, but not a whole heck of a lot. He is still a first-round prospect that can come in and be a physical at-the-line cornerback in the NFL. Indianapolis needs as much help as it can get on pass defense, even after acquiring Vontae Davis last season.
25. Seattle Seahawks Damontre Moore, Defensive End, Texas A&M
Moore probably hurt his draft stock more than anyone who participated in the combine. He looked slow in the postition drills, struggled in the weight room and ran a horrible 40-yard dash. For someone that had dreams of being a top-10 pick, Moore now finds himself as a late first-round prospect. That being said, he is just too good for the Seahawks to pass up on. Adding Moore to the mix with Bruce Irvin at defensive end would be a coup for Pete Carroll and company.
26. Green Bay Packers Barrett Jones, Center, Alabama
This selection would represent the best of both worlds for Green Bay, who is in need of a top-tier center. Jeff Saturday announced his retirement following a horrible '12 season. Meanwhile, the Packers appear to be looking at restricted free agent Evan Dietrich-Smith as a possible long-term solution. I guess that's fine if the Packers are going for mediocrity. Instead, it should be doing cartwheels of Jones, the consensus No. 1 center in the '13 draft class, falls to 26. Not only can Jones come in and help solidify a weak offensive line, he can play both center and guard.
27. Houston Texans Keenan Allen, Wide Receiver, California
Up until three weeks ago, I had Allen as the No.1 wide receiver in the draft. A strong showing on tape by Patterson coupled with a couple negatives as they relate to Allen, led me to drop the CAL product a great deal. In fact, Allen is the fourth wide receiver off the board here. It really won't matter to the Texans, who need to find a complementary receiver opposite Andre Johnson in the passing game. Allen is still a top-25 prospect and will provide them with something they have been missing over the last few seasons.
28. Denver Broncos Xavier Rhodes, Cornerback, Florida State
While Champ Bailey's struggles in the postseason have been put under a microscope, Denver was going to have to replace the aging defensive back at some point in the near future, no matter how he performed in '12. Even if Bailey returns to form this upcoming season, it just makes sense for the Broncos to find a long-term solution. Rhodes is a physical corner that can come in and be an immediate impact performer in the NFL. His best position out of the gate will be in the slot, where he can get physical with receivers at the line in press coverage.
29. New England Patriots Alex Okafor, Defensive End, Texas
Why not? New England's secondary seems to be gaining in both talent and experience. Depending on whether Aqib Talib returns in '13, its pass defense is ridiculously improved from the early part of '12. Talibe and Alfonzo Dennard represent a solid starting duo at corner, while Devin McCourty made a strong transition to safety. If New England needs to find an upgrade on defense, it is opposite Chandler Jones at defensive end. Okafor is a strong pass risher from the outside. While he tends to struggle a bit with technique, his skillset seems to fit what the Patriots are attempting to build in their new hybrid defensive scheme.
30. Atlanta Falcons Zach Ertz, Tight End, Stanford
Regardless of whether Tony Gonzalez returns next season, Atlanta will have to find a replacement for the future Hall of Fame tight end. Ertz did himself some favors at the combine in Indianapolis after failing to really show me a whole lot on tape. He is a big-bodied play maker that can come in and act as an immediate safety valve for Matt Ryan in the passing game.
31. San Francisco 49ers Jesse Williams, Defensive Tackle, Alabama
The 49ers are thin at defensive tackle with both Ricky Jean-Francois and Isaac Sopoaga set to hit free agency. They acquired the 34th pick from the Kansas City Chiefs in the Alex Smith trade, which enables them to hit hard for best player available. At this slot in the first round, Williams represents both value and need. He will be able to come in immediately and play an important role as a rotational run stuffer. Moving forward, the massive defensive tackle translates into being one of the best interior linemen in the NFL.
32. Baltimore Ravens Manti Te'o, Linebacker Notre Dame
Yes, I still do have Te'o going in the first round. I could care less that he ran a slow 40-yard dash in Indy, which was to be expected, the Notre Dame product is a pure football player. You don't get recognized as a runner up for the Heisman Trophy if you are doing something wrong on the actual field. Te'o will no dazzle you with his metrics, but he is a tackling machine between the hashes and a true leader. Two things that Baltimore needs following the retirement of Ray Lewis.
33. Jacksonville Jaguars Robert Woods, Wide Receiver, Southern California
Justin Blackmon was pretty darn impressive considering what he had to work with at quarterback, but Jacksonville still need to go out there and find another young receiver. Woods projects to be an early second-round pick after a solid performance at the combine.
34. San Francisco 49ers Eric Reid, Safety, Louisiana State
Talking about value at a need position, Reid is a top-20 pick that falls to the top of the second round due to needs earlier in the draft. With Dashon Goldson hitting free agency and not exactly fitting San Francisco's need for a cover safety, Reid can come in and be a day-one starter.
35. Philadelphia Eagles D.J. Fluker, Offensive Tackle, Alabama
All my recent mocks had Philadelphia going offensive tackle in the first, but as I mentioned before, Dion Jordan was too good to pass up on in the first. Fluker is a first-round value and fills a position of need. We have no idea whether Jason Peters will ever return to full health after missing the 2012 season and Philadelphia doesn't have much after that.
36. Detroit Lions Terrance Williams, Wide Receiver, Baylor
I know it doesn't make a whole heck of a lot of sense for Detroit to go receiver early once again, but it might have to just go out there and do it. Titus Young is no longer with the team and 2012 second-round pick Ryan Broyles is dealing with injuries. The Lions don't have a whole heck of a lot after Calvin Johnson at wide receiver.
37. Cincinnati Bengals Jordan Poyer, Cornerback, Oregon State
See my Bengals' seven-round mock draft for more information on this pick.
38. Arizona Cardinals E.J. Manuel, Quarterback, Florida State
Under this mock draft scenario, the Cardinals pick up a player in Manuel who could end up going in the first round when all is said and done. The Florida State product dazzled scouts at the Senior Bowl and continued to show everyone why he could be the most intriguing quarterback prospect in the draft.
39. New York Jets Sam Montgomery, Linebacker, Louisiana State
As I mentioned earlier, the Jets need all the help they can get on defense. Montgomery fits their 3-4 scheme to a T and would have been a top-20 pick if it wasn't for concerns about effort.
40. Tennessee Titans Arthur Brown, Linebacker, Kansas State
Again, it is all about need and value. Teams selecting ahead of Tennessee in the late first and early second don't have a huge need at inside linebacker. Obviously, this helps the Titans out, who are in need of help here.
41. Buffalo Bills Datone Jones, Defensive End, UCLA
Chris Kelsay announced his retirement earlier this week. While losing him might not impact Buffalo's draft, it's important to note considering that this team doesn't have a whole heck of a lot of depth at defensive end. Jones has been one of the most impressive 4-3 ends on tape.
42. Miami Dolphins Gavin Escobar, Tight End, San Diego State
This seems like a little bit of a reach on the surface, but Escobar is a damn good football player. He impressed with crisp route-running skills and solid hands at the combine. Ryan Tannehill could definitely use that safety valve between the hashes.
43. Tampa Bay Buccaneers David Amerson, Cornerback, North Carolina State
There are some "experts' jumping the gun and putting Amerson into the first round after a solid combine performance, but I am not going to go that far. He was absolutely destroyed on a consistent basis this past season in the ACC after a stellar '11 performance as a junior. Consistency is going to be a issue here, but Amerson represents tremendous value at a need position for Tampa Bay. His raw coverage ability is darn impressive.
44. Carolina Panthers Robert Alford, Cornerback, Southeastern Louisiana
Alford didn't only run an impressive 40 at the combine, he was solid in the position drills. This helped solidify his status as a second-round pick. Captain Munnerlyn is among the two smallest starting corners in the NFL and just hasn't fulfilled expectations since a solid start to his career. Meanwhile Chris Gamble is set to become to earn over $8 million against the cap in '13 and may be cut. Alford could come in and create a solid young tandem with Josh Norman.
45. San Diego Chargers Terron Armstead, Offensive Tackle, Arkansas Pine-Bluff
Armstead wasn't just a workout warrior at the combine, running the fastest 40 time for an offensive lineman in the history of the event. He was damn good in the position drills and may start to get some play in the first round. San Diego's unfortunate luck of having the top three tackles off the board before its pick in the first round is somewhat alleviated with this selection. Armstead projects to be a mighty find blindside protector moving forward.
46. St. Louis Rams Jonathan Cooper, Guard, North Carolina
First-round value about half way through the second, St. Louis grabs a day-one starter at a need position. While I am not nearly as high on Cooper as others might be, he did impress me a great deal at the combine. He is an immediate upgrade at left guard.
47. Dallas Cowboys Cornelius Carradine, Defensive End, Florida State
If it wasn't for a torn ACL in his final collegiate game, "Tank" would have easily been the first defensive end off the board. With recent reports that he plans to take part in Florida State's Pro Day, look for his stock to jump a great deal. He is solid against both the pass and the run. One of the best all-around defenders in the draft and fits the Cowboys' new 4-3 scheme to a T. Will be a force opposite Demarcus Ware
48. Pittsburgh Steelers Eddie Lacy, Running Back, Alabama
Rashard Mendenhall is unlikely to return to the Steelers next season. Even with the former first-round pick in the fold, Pittsburgh struggled finding balance on offense this past season. Lacy is still the No. 1 running back prospect, despite missing the combine. He is a day-one starter.
49. New York Giants Kevin Reddick, Linebacker, North Carolina
Roster cutbacks on the defensive side of the ball will force the Giants to get younger in certain areas, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. Reddick is an under-the-radar performer and should be able to come in and start opposite Mark Herzlich, who I have pegged for a promotion in '13.
50. Chicago Bears Menelik Watson, Offensive Tackle, Florida State
Matt Miller over at Bleacher Report has Watson going in the first round. While I think that is a bit of a stretch, the Florida State' product provides a tremendous amount of upside and value here in the second round for a Bears' team in need of a ton of help along the offensive line.
51. Washington Redskins Matt Elam, Safety, Florida
Washington's primary focus in this draft, even without a first-round pick, has to be the secondary. It needs help at cornerback as well as both safety positions. Elam represents the best value at 51 and should be able to make an immediate impact as a strong free safety in '13. He is one of my favorite defensive back prospects in the draft.
52. Minnesota Vikings Johnathan Hankins, Defensive Tackle, Ohio State
Talk about crazy value here. I just couldn't find a slot for Hankins, who eDraft has ranked in the top 25, anywhere before this selection. In addition, Minnesota grabs need with Kevin Williams likely on his way out of town.
53. Cincinnati Bengals Alex Ogletree, Linebacker, Georgia
It's not overblown at all, Cincinnati has a history of taking on troubled assets. We saw this with Orson Charles and Vontaze Burfict last season. Those two additions worked out pretty darn good. Ogletree is a first-round prospect on the field and fits a need next to Burfict at linebacker.
54. Miami Dolphins Logan Ryan, Cornerback, Rutgers
Sean Smith is likely on his way out of Miami, which means it will have to find an immediate replacement. While Ryan hasn't stood out in postseason performances, he is a mighty fine No. 2 cornerback option. Value and need in the second.
55. Green Bay Packers Phillip Thomas, Safety, Fresno State
This pick makes a lot of sense for a myriad of reasons. Thomas is one of the best, if not the best, cover safety in the entire draft. He has pro-ready technique in the back end and fills a huge need at free safety. With Thomas in the fold, Green Bay can feel comfortable pairing him up with Morgan Burnett.
56. Seattle Seahawks Khaseem Greene, Linebacker, Rutgers
Some have Greene pegged as a 3-4 outside linebacker, but I just don't see that. The talented Rutgers' product has the field vision and athleticism to be a damn good weak-side linebacker in a 4-3. This addition will give the 'Hawks one of the best linebacking trios in the NFL with K.J. Wright and future Pro Bowler Bobby Wagner joining Greene.
57. Houston Texans Larry Warford, Guard, Kentucky
Value, value and a bit more value. Many have Warford pegged for the early part of this round, but team needs above No. 57 leads me to believe he will fall to the Texans here. With Wade Smith and Ben Jones slotted to start at guard for Houston in '13, he represents a major upgrade at either position.
58. Denver Broncos Justin Hunter, Wide Receiver, Tennessee
John Elway finds his quarterback a shiny new target towards the end of the second round. While Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker represent one of the best starting duos in the NFL, the Broncos are going to need an eventual replacement for the latter, who will demand a huge sum of money on the free agent market in the future. Hunter is a first-round talent.
59. New England Patriots Da'Rick Rogers, Wide Receiver, Tennessee Tech
All of a sudden, the Patriots are thin at wide receiver. I fully expect Wes Welker to return, but it appears that they're going to cut ties with Brandon Lloyd. Rogers has the highest upside of any wide receiver not name Cordarrelle Patterson. This is the ideal move for the Pats.
60. Atlanta Falcons Nico Johnson, Linebacker, Alabama
Johnson hasn't received a great deal of play from scouts, but he was a true team leader at 'Bama. Outside of Sean Weatherspoon the Falcons' linebacker group leaves a lot to be desired. Getting an immediate starter in the second round is nearly impossible to pass up on.
61. San Francisco 49ers Margus Hunt, Defensive End, Southern Methodist
As much as Hunt might have struggled in the Senior Bowl, there is a reason for that. He was tasked with playing in a 4-3 defense when everyone knows his best fit is as a 3-4 defensive end. Speaking of that, San Francisco needs to find a replacement for Justin Smith sometime in the near future. Hunt's combine performance solidifies his status as one of the highest upside defenders in the draft.
62. Baltimore Ravens Oday Aboushi, Offensive Tackle, Virginia
Despite major struggles at the combine Aboushi is still an intriguing offensive tackle prospect. He has as much raw skill as anyone at this position in the draft. Even if Bryant McKinnie returns in '13, Baltimore needs to find an eventual replacement opposite Michael Oher.