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The Second Round: Picks 53-57

Doug Farrar
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Margus Hunt. (Getty Images)

53. Cincinnati Bengals: Margus Hunt, DE, SMU -- Reminds me of current Bengals DE Michael Johnson. While I stop short of saying that Margus Hunt is a Mike Mamula-style workout wonder who doesn't have what it takes to succeed in the NFL, there's a lot of work to be done here. As athletic as he is, and as much as that athleticism shows up on tape in fits and starts, there are far too many plays in which Hunt is a non-factor when he shouldn't be. I like to say that dominant players get selected in the first round, while "interesting" players get taken in the second, and to me, Hunt is an "interesting" player. He has tons of pure physical upside, but he'll need expert and patient coaching in order to be an NFL difference-maker.

54. Miami Dolphins: Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State -- Aggressive, rangy cornerback who showed up nicely at the Senior Bowl. Tends to get lost in space at times, but has the nebulous skill set to he a legitimate starting pass defender for a number of years.

55. San Francisco 49ers: Vance McDonald, TE, Rice -- Former basketball player who brings a nice athletic palette to the field. Could be a great replacement for Delanie Walker.

56. Baltimore Ravens: Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State -- In the NFL, we've seen a definite move to linebackers who are more "right/left" than "inside/outside" -- those players with the skill sets to become half-field defenders in nickel and dime packages as those schemes become far more prevalent at the professional level. Brown has all the abilities to take advantage of this new NFL trend. At 6-foot-0 and 241 pounds, and generally timing out in the 4.6 speed range, Brown tore it up in two seasons for the Wildcats after sitting out the 2010 season following his transfer from Miami. The 2012 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year put up 65 solo tackles last season, improving his total of 57 in 2011. Even more impressive for a player of his size is Brown's total of 17.5 tackles for loss in those two seasons. His range paid off with three total interceptions (one for a touchdown in 2012), nine passes defensed, and 3.0 sacks.

57. Houston Texans: D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina -- 5-foot-11. 208-pound safety who plays bigger than he is. Can cover well from intermediate to deeper spots, but really excels at moving up to linebacker depth and to the line to drop the hammer.

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