If you take out the first three picks in the first round, it's easily arguable that the second round will see as much pure talent as did picks 4-32. Here are the best remaining players on the board, based on what we've seen.
Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford: An elite pass-catcher at every part of the field, and a very underrated blocker. One of the elite red zone threats I've seen at the collegiate level in recent years. Basically, he's Rob Gronkowski without the blocking, and in a league that features tight ends as pure pass-catchers more than ever before, he could be a foundation player.
Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama: Another player I'm very surprised to see fall out of the first round. Not only an outstanding pass-rusher; he has the potential to be a two-level guy with some SAM 'backer ability. Would have rather seen him go to the Jets than Quinton Coples, that's for sure.
Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall: Underrated pass-rusher who can play many roles. Has the burst to get 10 sacks a season as an edge rusher, the agility to play in LEO fronts (the Clay Matthews/Aldon Smith role) and the upper-body strength to hold up as a straight run defender outside or in a five-tech role. Reminds me of Jason Pierre-Paul.
Bobby Massie, OT, Ole Miss: Put simply, the best right tackle prospect in this draft class. Good in pass pro, but not quite agile enough to move to the left side. As a run-blocker, looked great especially against Alabama and LSU. People talk about the sack he gave up to Courtney Upshaw and forget that he gave Michael Brockers all he could handle.
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Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama: Red flags abound, but Jenkins shut down some of college football's best receivers over the last two seasons. The St. Louis Rams have three picks in the second round (so far), and given Jeff Fisher's history with athletic marvels that also have character issues, that seems like a natural fit.
Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska: Too small/too slow? Well, yes. You don't want to run a 4.65 40 at the combine when you stand 6-foot-1 and weigh 235 pounds. However, David is also is one of those guys we like to call "just a football player" — when you turn on the tape, he's thumping people in the box and playing stay-at-home linebacker against the goofiest spread offenses. If I were the Vikings, I would have looked at David instead of Harrison Smith at the end of the first round.
Cordy Glenn, OT, Georgia: Like Massie, Glenn is a pure masher, but I don't see the move from right tackle to guard that some project, He's a big man with surprising agility who could be a star in any offense in need of a front-side run protector who can also pass-protect in heavy roll-right offenses.
Rueben Randle, WR, LSU: Borderline first-round pick because he isn't a pure speed guy, but reminds me of Donald Driver in his prime. Fearless over the middle, very route-correct, dynamic after the catch and showed a lot more than people may think, given that he played in Les Miles' Flintstones offense.
Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State: The first note I made when I watched Worthy on tape: "He's a constant pain in the ass." Outstanding pursuit tackle who also can hold the point inside at one-tech if need be. Some compare him to Kevin Williams, and that might be why he's fallen a bit — with more hybrid defenses than ever before, traditional 4-3 tackles don't have quite the same cache. Ten years ago, he might have gone in the top half of the first round. I would love to see what he could do in Denver.
Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford: I was surprised that Stanford didn't get three prospects in the first round (just Luck and DeCastro, as it turned out), but of the four possibilities, Martin was the guy I saw slipping to the second round because I'm not sure what to make of him. Protected by a conservative offense and heavy tight ends sets, Martin comes up just short in several aspects when it comes to elite left tackles, but some enterprising offensive line coach will take a shot.
Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech: Two common criticisms of Hill don't make a lot of sense. The fact that he had rotten stats doesn't mean a thing when you remember that Georgia Tech is running Amos Alonzo Stagg's old playbook. And the idea that he can't play in the NFL because he runs a handful of routes — well, how may square-ins do you remember Randy Moss running in his prime? The Patriots would be a great landing spot, as much as they desperately need a speed receiver to keep opposing safeties from cheating up.
Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin: Thought by some to be a first-round pick because of his strength, fundamental awareness, and versatility, Konz could shift outside to guard if need be. Injuries (blood clots in both lungs, various ankle issues) may have pushed him down the board, but you won't often see Konz get pushed down anywhere else.
Amini Silatolu, G, Midwestern State: If you want to quibble with Janoris Jenkins, Silatolu is this year's small-school stud who didn't go to a small school because he got kicked out of a bigger one. A JUCO transfer who was Midwestern State's first entrant in the Senior Bowl, Silatolu flashed a lot of nastiness and agility against much stronger competition than he'd faced in games. Played left tackle in college and will need some coaching up for the likely move inside, but when you iso him on tape and eliminate the fact that he's going up against the future milkmen and software engineers of America, there's a lot to like about him.
Mychal Kendricks, ILB, Cal: The Seahawks selected West Virginia's Bruce Irvin with the 15th overall pick this year, a move many of us are still trying to figure out. One thing this move tells us, just as we learned when Vin Miller went second overall in the 2011 draft, is that speed kills, and it trumps many other things on the measurables report. A freakish athlete at 5-foot-11 and 240 pounds, Kendricks can play inside and outside, shows some nascent pass-rush ability, and would be a great addition for any team in need of a schematic Swiss army knife. A really, really fast Swiss army knife.
Bobby Wagner, OLB, Utah State: It's a shame that Wagner was pulled from the combine after picking up a case of pneumonia, but that absence could very well give one NFL team a sleeper pick with a lot of potential. Like Kendricks, Wagner has an intriguing combination of power and speed in a relatively pint-sized (6-foot-0, 241 pounds) package. Another potentially strong pass-rusher off the edge, he was a two-year team captain, and he bagged the Senior Bowl MVP award. With 11.3 tackles per game in his senior season, Kendricks would be a great asset to any Cover-2 team, and with speed linebackers obviously trending up in the NFL, he's hitting the pros at the right time.
Josh Robinson, CB, Central Florida: Speaking of speed ... Robinson drew interest after blazing a 4.33 40 at the scouting combine, and the good news is, he plays with that speed on tape. Not a big or strong man by any means, but with the rise of speed slot receivers, there's an obvious and corresponding interest in elite slot cornerbacks. Though he shows the physical attributes to defend opposing X-iso receivers, Robinson might best be utilized inside, where his cat-like cut speed will counter the Victor Cruzes and Kendall Wrights of the world.
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