50. Pittsburgh Steelers – Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Maybe not the top need for the Steelers but how much further could Eifert fall. With Heath Miller’s knee they are left to David Paulson, who’s shown promise but represents a significant downgrade over Miller. Eifert could step in immediately and fill in for Miller, probably a better overall option.
51. New York Giants – Dallas Thomas, OT/OG, Tennessee
The offensive line in New York needs a guy that can swing from guard to tackle. Thomas fits that bill perfectly and I can’t see him falling any further than this pick.
52. Chicago Bears – Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego St.
The Bears haven’t used the tight end much in the passing game and Marc Trestman hasn’t been one to use the tight end a ton but with Escobar falling this far they can’t avoid taking him off the board.
53. Washington Redskins – Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon St.
Jordan Poyer at 53 shows the tremendous depth in the 2-3 round range of this draft. Poyer is a physical playmaker that will have to answer questions about his speed. But if you’re looking for a pure playmaker that can change the game, he’s your guy. Poyer could wind up one of the best values in the draft.
54. Minnesota Vikings – Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
There’s no doubting Hunter’s upside but I can’t stand the lack of physicality in his game. I take Stedman Bailey here but personal feelings aside, Hunter is the pick.
55. Cincinnati Bengals – Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
Montgomery represents a solid value this late in round two. I don’t see the explosive burst to think he’s a dominate pass rusher at the next level but he’s a well round athlete that can be impactful in time.
56. Miami Dolphins (f/IND) – Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisiana
The Dolphins are relatively broke at the CB position, especially if they can’t re-sign Sean Smith. This becomes a huge need and may not wait until the 56th pick if Smith isn’t back with the team. Even if he is, they need to get better on the edge of their defense. Alford was a standout in Mobile as he showed he can play with the best of them.
57. Green Bay Packers – Barrett Jones, OG/OC, Alabama
Jones’ versatility will be a big reason the Packers will be interested in acquiring him. He’s a solid value this late in second and his ability to play center, guard, or right tackle will be welcomed in Green Bay.
58. Seattle Seahawks – Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers
The Seahawks have to feel good about Greene falling into their laps in the second round. He fills a need area and has the talent to be taken much higher.
59. Houston Texans – Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern
Shaun Cody is a free agent and isn’t spectacular in the middle. The Texans find a gem late in round two to fill arguably their biggest need.
60. Denver Broncos – Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
Williams is everything the Broncos are looking for at DT. If he can play consistently, he will give them a first round value in the second. Questions about his motor abound but he’s a solid bet at pick 60.
61. New England Patriots – Matt Elam, SS, Florida
Devin McCourty may be the Pats long-term answer at FS but they have a significant hole at SS. Patrick Chung fell out of favor and likely won’t be back with the team. Steve Gregory isn’t a starting safety on a playoff team, making Elam a logical fit at this point.
62. Atlanta Falcons – Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina
The Falcons go all offense in the first two rounds, meaning they better find a free agent pass rusher. I like the value with Bernard here enough to trump the need. Cornellius Carradine is my favorite of the pass rushers but his injury may cause him to slide into the third round.
63. San Francisco 49ers – Eric Reid, FS, LSU
It was clear in the Super Bowl and against the Packers that the 49ers have to find more talent in the backend of their defense. I don’t know that the ‘Niners would be wise to pay Dashon Goldson a ton of money. He’s a bit overrated in my book and I would let another team overpay as I was sitting there to take Reid off the board in the 2nd.
64. Baltimore Ravens – Tavon Austin, WR, West Virginia
Why not? You are coming off a Super Bowl win and you find Tavon Austin falling to the end of the second round. Some have Austin coming off the board in the first round. While, I can’t see it I wouldn’t rule it out. His size is concerning and my bet is he makes it to the latter stages of round two.
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