In my 2012 NFL 1st round mock draft, both Shea McClellin and Doug Martin were selected, doubling the number of 1st round picks in Boise State football history. If that scenario were to play out, a trio of defensive prospects would be the next group expected to be drafted, some potentially in the 2nd round that begins on Friday, which also includes the 3rd round.
For a pair of offensive stalwarts, Saturday is the day they are most likely going to hear their name called with Nate Potter a projected 4th or 5th round selection and Kellen Moore potentially getting drafted in the 6th or 7th round.
Here is a quick look at how the 2nd round of the draft could unfold. Trades are surely going to shake up the selection order and the teams that go a different direction from what is projected in the 1st round will have a domino effect to their subsequent selections.
Note: New Orleans forfeited their 2nd round draft choice as part of the NFL punishment for their role in placing “bounties” on players for the purpose of causing injuries.
33. St Louis Rams
Jonathan Martin, OT- Stanford
After adding Justin Blackmon as a weapon for Sam Bradford to use, the Rams should figure out a way to keep Bradford upright and Martin would be an outstanding value if he were available in the 2nd round. St Louis has the luxury of taking the best player available here if there is not a worthy tackle on the board as they have another pick acquired in the trade with the Redskins just six selections away.
34. Indianapolis Colts
Coby Fleener, TE- Stanford
This may look a little too cute, adding Andrew Luck’s favorite target with their next selection, but Indianapolis also has a gaping hole at tight end following the release of Dallas Clark and the loss of free agent Jacob Tamme. If he makes it out of the 1st round, the Colts should sprint to the podium to make their selection.
35. Minnesota Vikings
Alshon Jeffery, WR- South Carolina
The Vikings could use help on their defensive line and in their secondary but they also need more weapons for Christian Ponder. Jeffery is a 1st round talent who is somewhat enigmatic. If he can harness his unbelievable football skills, he is an absolute steal at #35.
36. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
David Wilson, RB- Virginia Tech
If they cannot select Trent Richardson in the 1st round, the Bucs would love to see Doug Martin available here in the 2nd round. If he is gone, they have to give a long look to Wilson as well as looking at the best available linebackers and safeties. That could lead them to Nebraska’s Lavonte David but with a defensive selection round one, they’ll be leaning toward offense in the 2nd round.
37. Cleveland Browns
Brandon Weeden, QB- Oklahoma State
The Browns would be ecstatic if they could select Weeden at this spot but chances are, a quarterback-needy team is going to move into the back half of the 1st round to take him. If Weeden is off the board, the Browns can look at linebackers Zach Brown of North Carolina or David as well as Rueben Randle, the top remaining receiver on the board.
38. Jacksonville Jaguars
Andre Branch, DE- Clemson
The Jaguars will likely be shopping their 1st round pick to move back and still get good value while netting extra picks but if the 1st round projection holds true and they grab a receiver with their first selection, they will try to add a pass-rusher with their #2 pick. That could be Branch or Nick Perry from USC.
39. St Louis Rams (from Washington)
Kendall Reyes, DT- Connecticut
If the Rams address receiver and offensive tackle with their first two selections, expect them to take the top defensive player on their board with this pick. Reyes has some upside and versatility to play anywhere along the line. Other possibilities are Devon Still from Penn State or Vinny Curry of Marshall.
40. Carolina Panthers
Janoris Jenkins, CB- North Alabama
Jenkins is a 1st round talent whose off-field troubles got him kicked off the team at Florida (which takes some doing) and on to FCS North Alabama. He has undeniable talent and if it can be harnessed, he could be one of the steals of the draft.
41. Buffalo Bills
Rueben Randle, WR- LSU
The Bills have been searching for a complementary receiver opposite Stevie Johnson and they may have one in Randle. After addressing their left tackle position and shoring up their defense in free agency, this is a bit of a luxury pick but it’s one that also hits on a need for Buffalo.
42. Miami Dolphins
Bobby Massie, OT- Mississippi
If the Dolphins are unable to secure Tannehill in the 1st round, they likely would scoop up Reiff to line up opposite Jake Long and form a solid tackle tandem. If Tannehill is a Dolphin at the end of the day Thursday, Miami should give Massie a long look. He has vaulted up draft boards in recent weeks.
43. Seattle Seahawks
Lavonte David, LB- Nebraska
The Seahawks would love to get Kuechly in round one but if they cannot, David is not a bad fallback in the 2nd round. In this scenario, they addressed their pass rush with Melvin Ingram at #12 overall but if that does not come in to play, they will be looking at players like Vinny Curry and Nick Perry with this selection.
44. Kansas City Chiefs
Alameda Ta’amu, DT- Washington
Nose tackle is a glaring hole in the Chiefs’ defense and Ta’amu is a potential fit. While he does not have the upside of a 1st round talent like Dontari Poe, he is solid without being flashy and could provide the Chiefs with the best value at this point in the draft.
45. Dallas Cowboys
Amini Silatolu, G- Midwestern State
The Cowboys have struggled with their interior line since Larry Allen left in 2005. Silatolu comes from tiny Midwestern State but is one of the top guard prospects in the draft. If the Cowboys are able to address their safety position in round one, they’ll be happy to add an offensive lineman here to help protect Tony Romo.
46. Philadelphia Eagles
Jeff Allen, OT- Illinois
The Eagles lost Jason Peters for the season to an injury and signed away Demetress Bell from Buffalo to take his spot but they could still use an influx of talent along the offensive line. Allen provides versatility as he can play either tackle or guard which gives Philadelphia some flexibility with this pick.
47. New York Jets
Zach Brown, LB- North Carolina
The Jets don’t have any obvious needs on the defensive side of the ball but they could use a playmaker like Brown at the linebacker position. They would be more likely to address the offense here if there was a worthy offensive tackle or wide receiver available.
48. New England Patriots (from Oakland)
Nick Perry, DE- USC
With four picks in the first two rounds, the Patriots can afford to take the best player available and that happens to be Perry in this spot. This would be somewhat redundant if they can get McClellin in the 1st round but they lost a lot of sacks with the departures of Andre Carter and Mark Anderson and there wasn’t a lot of pass rush production to begin with.
49. San Diego Chargers
Bruce Irvin, OLB- West Virginia
Irvin is a classic pass-rush specialist who will not provide a lot of value to the defense against the run. He has had a very colorful life and it remains to be seen whether those experiences have strengthened him or if they’ve permanently put him off track. In terms of pure, pin-your-ears back pass-rushing, Irvin is one of the top players in the draft and the Chargers could surely use him.
50. Chicago Bears
Vinny Curry, DE- Marshall
The Bears were able to shore up their offensive line in round one and they would like to add a solid pass-rusher in round two at this point. Curry has solid pass rushing skills and is a rare leader who could become a fixture in the Chicago defense if given the opportunity.
51. Philadelphia Eagles (from Arizona)
Brock Osweiler, QB- Arizona State
With the pick the Eagles acquired for trading away Kevin Kolb, they’ll grab another quarterback of the future in Osweiler. The underclassman has outstanding measurables and potential but has not translated that onto the field at this point. He is a project but a physically gifted one.
52. Tennessee Titans
Mitchell Schwartz, OT- California
If the Titans are able to secure a cornerback with their first selection, they would be wise to look at fixing their leaky offensive line in round two. Schwartz is a bit of a late-bloomer whose brother Geoff is a four-year veteran who just signed with the Vikings. Schwartz has greater upside and could step in and play right tackle immediately.
53. Cincinnati Bengals
Devon Still, DT- Penn State
The Bengals don’t have a major need along their defensive front but Still is merely the best player available at this juncture. Still is a solid all-around defensive tackle who is a decent pass-rusher but outstanding against the run. There isn’t a lot of depth at tackle so Still could see some immediate playing time.
54. Detroit Lions
Trumaine Johnson, CB- Montana
The Lions would like to get their hands on either Gilmore or Kirkpatrick in round one but if not, they will need to address the cornerback position sooner, rather than later. Johnson played at a small school but has outstanding cove skills and is a playmaker that recorded 15 interceptions in his career.
55. Atlanta Falcons
Peter Konz, C- Wisconsin
With their first pick of the 2012 draft, the Falcons will be looking for help on their offensive line, defensive tackle and safety. If Konz were to drop this far, he would be an outstanding value. He can play center or shift to guard to give the Falcons maximum return on investment.
56. Pittsburgh Steelers
Zebrie Sanders, OT- Florida State
The Steelers have had a revolving door at tackle in recent years and would do well to add Sanders and hopefully end that parade by sticking him at right tackle for the next 10 years. He is an outstanding pass blocker who does well in a zone-blocking scheme when used as a run blocker. He isn’t a mauler but he will get out on the edges and block as well as any tackle in this draft.
57. Denver Broncos
LaMichael James, RB- Oregon
Peyton Manning will need some help from his running game in order to be successful and James is as productive as they come. Had he come back to Oregon for his senior season, he would have smashed the career Pac-12 rushing record. He is a very good receiver and could prove to be more than just a change-of-pace back. He runs deceptively well between the tackles for his size.
58. Houston Texans
Mychal Kendricks, LB, California
The Texans traded away Demeco Ryans to Philadelphia and don’t have a ready-made replacement on the roster. Kendricks is one of the top inside linebackers in the draft and could step in and play right away. Houston could also look at a quarterback project here or an offensive tackle if one was available.
59. Green Bay Packers
Lamar Miller, RB- Miami (FL)
The Packers have ignored the running back position for far too long and while their defense could use the reinforcements, Miller is a great value at this stage of the draft. He posted the fastest 40-yard dash time of any running back at the NFL Scouting Combine and is a solid receiver out of the backfield.
60. Baltimore Ravens
Brandon Taylor, S- LSU
Ed Reed can seemingly play forever at a high level but in recent years he has missed a handful of games with various ailments. Taylor was a forgotten man in a secondary that featured top five pick Morris Claiborne and the Honey Badger and Heisman trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu. Yet he has a chance to be an outstanding pro and would have a great environment in which to learn with the Ravens.
61. San Francisco 49ers
Kelechi Osemele, G- Iowa State
The 49ers have virtually every position covered, depending on your feelings about quarterback Alex Smith. One area that they lost some depth in this offseason was the interior offensive line. It may be a bit of a reach to select Osemele in the 2nd round but he has a lot of upside at guard and could keep the offensive line as one of the strengths of the team.
62. New England Patriots
Chris Polk, RB- Washington
The Patriots have addressed their defense with their first three picks and still need to find a solution to their running game. The New England offense became very one-dimensional at times last year and BenJarvus Green-Ellis has moved on to Cincinnati. There is room for an every down back and Polk has a lot of upside.
63. New York Giants
Dwayne Allen, TE- Clemson
Like the 49ers, the Giants don’t have any glaring holes on their squad. They would like to upgrade at the linebacker position but after trading for Keith Rivers, they may roll with the guys they have. Offensive line, specifically tackle, is another area that could be reinforced but at this stage there is no sure-fire starter available. Allen had a 1st round grade at one point and could give the Giants’ offense a piece that it was missing last year: a credible threat from the tight end position.
70. Jacksonville Jaguars (3rd Round)
Tyrone Crawford, DE- Boise State
80. Arizona Cardinals (3rd Round)
Billy Winn, DT- Boise State
88. Philadelphia Eagles (3rd Round)
George Iloka, S- Boise State
141. Washington Redskins (4th Round)
Nate Potter, OL- Boise State
198. Baltimore Ravens (6th Round)
Kellen Moore, QB- Boise State
It is quite possible that one or more of the remaining trio of talented Boise State defenders could get picked in the 2nd round but most teams appear to have greater needs at other positions in the latter half of the 2nd round. As Friday rolls into the 3rd round, watch out for a couple of former Broncos to have their names called and their NFL dreams turned into a reality.
The most prolific quarterback in Boise State history will likely have to wait until the last two rounds to hear his name called. It’s a shameful process to dismiss the talents of a player over a mere three inches but that’s the reality of the NFL and the draft.