2012 NFL Draft: Top 6 Players Still on the Board
Just as with every draft, there were plenty of reaches in the first round, which leaves a lot of good players available in the second round who will provide first-round value. Teams like Baltimore and Denver were very patient in the way they traded down to add more picks, and they will still be able to add a lot of first round-caliber players to their roster at the top of the second round.
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Here are some of the top players still available as Day 2 of the NFL Draft approaches:
Cordy Glenn, OT, Georgia
Glenn was regarded as the top interior line prospect outside of David DeCastro, but he took and unexpected slide out of the first round after the Bengals took Kevin Zeitler instead.
Glenn can play either tackle or guard, but is probably more suited to play guard in the NFL. Any team with issues on the interior of the offensive line should look into making a move for Glenn, who is a true 1st round talent.
Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
By far the most athletic pass-catching tight end in the draft, it was a bit of a surprise to see him slip past the 49ers and out of the first round.
In this age of dominance at the tight end position, I don’t see him getting past the Colts, who would love to pair him up with his former teammate Andrew Luck and create a tandem that will flourish in the same way the Manning-Clark combination did.
Janoris Jenkins, CB, Northern Alabama
Jenkins has the talent of a top ten pick, but character issues cause him to drop all the way out of the first round.
With less at stake in the second round, a lot of teams would be interested to take a chance on him and see if they can nab a pro bowler in the second round.
Courtney Upshaw, DE, Alabama
His availability in the second round may be the most surprising of all. Upshaw was assumed to be a top-20 pick, but teams apparently are not impressed enough with his pass rush ability to use a first round pick on him. His short arms and “tweener” label do not help his cause.
In any case, his scheme versatility should not allow for him to last much longer.
Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
Konz is a true first round center that was expected to be picked before his teammate, Kevin Zeitler, who went in the first round to the Bengals.
If Glenn is snatched up within the first few picks of the second round, I expect teams like Baltimore and Denver to be very interested in adding a first round-caliber center in Konz.
Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
Hill comes from a Georgia Tech program that utilizes a triple option offense, which all but eliminates the need for a top wide receiver. However, for some odd reason, the continue to produce big-time down field targets like Stephen Hill.
Hill is a bit raw in terms of being a route runner, but he has great speed and would be an immediate vertical threat.