|Jerel Worthy will bring multiple skills to the Broncos, who traded out of the first round. (Getty Images)|
The first round of the 2012 NFL Draft was fascinating with all the trading going on and six quality players left in the green room at Radio City Music Hall. There are plenty of players left for a terrific second round.
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As I have said many times, the second round is a good place to satisfy needs. Many of the players have similar grades, and there's a chance we will see a number of trades once again as teams use the overnight to negotiate deals.
As Buffalo GM Buddy Nix said to me Thursday night while the first round was coming to an end, "I never realized how hard the draft was until we got the night off after the first round to regroup."
Here are my projections for the second round:
Baltimore Ravens: Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama. This is their first of two second-round picks. Upshaw had 52 plays behind the line of scrimmage in 53 games and helps the Ravens with the loss of Jarrett Johnson (No first round).
Jacksonville Jaguars: Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall. Curry is a great effort guy who gets to the QB. He had 64 plays behind the line of scrimmage and 10 forced fumbles in 40 games (First round: WR Justin Blackmon).
St. Louis Rams: Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana. They took a WR earlier in this round. Johnson has cover skills with 15 interceptions and 33 passes defended in college.
Carolina Panthers: Devon Still, DT, Penn State. The Panthers need to clog up the inside and get some penetration. Still had 38 plays behind the line of scrimmage in 42 games. (First round: LB Luke Kuechly)
Buffalo Bills: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford. Most thought he was a first-round pick, but he falls to the Bills. He can play right or left tackle and has pass-blocking skills. He fell this far because he had 26 percent body fat, according to one O-line coach. (First round: CB Stephon Gilmore)
Seattle Seahawks: Mychal Kendricks, ILB, California. Kendricks has a nonstop motor and Pete Carroll knows him from the Pac-12. He can play Mike or Will linebacker in Carroll's scheme. (First round: LB Bruce Irvin)
St. Louis Rams: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami (Fla.). After taking Stephen Hill and Trumaine Johnson earlier in the round, the Rams go back to offense. Miller has breakaway speed and good hands as a receiver.
Philadelphia Eagles: George Iloka, S, Boise State. Iloka is big and has corner skills as well as the ability to get up in run support. He can cover the tight ends like Jason Witten in the division (First round: DT Fletcher Cox).
New York Jets: Andre Branch, OLB, Clemson. The Jets continue to beef up the defense. Branch will help a weak pass rush and give Rex Ryan a chance to not have to blitz so much (First round: DE Quinton Coples).
New England Patriots: Antonio Allen, S, South Carolina. The Patriots need a safety and Allen had a solid week at the Senior Bowl. He is a solid tackler (First round: DE Chandler Jones, LB Dont'a Hightower).
San Diego Chargers: Jeff Allen, OT/OG, Illinois. Allen is versatile and durable. He was more than competitive at the Senior Bowl and will find his way into the starting lineup as a rookie (First round: OLB Melvin Ingram).
Philadelphia Eagles: Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State. Earlier in this round the Eagles grabbed S George Iloka. The Eagles like to groom quarterbacks for future use or trades.
Tennessee Titans: Kendall Reyes, DT, UConn. Reyes is sudden and played well the whole week at the Senior Bowl. He will line up as the 3 technique in the Titans' 4-3 defense (First round: WR Kendall Wright).
Detroit Lions: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama. Jenkins has first-round talent and off-field issues that are well-documented. He will upgrade the corner cover skills right away (First round: OT Riley Reiff).
Denver Broncos: Chris Polk, Washington. They took DT Jerel Worthy earlier in the round. Polk is a big power back with receiving skills. He will complement Willis McGahee for a year and then take over (No first round).
New Orleans Saints: Pick forfeited.
Baltimore Ravens: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin. The Ravens need a young center and he was considered a first-round pick before his performance at the combine. A year behind Matt Birk and he's ready to go (No first round).
San Francisco 49ers: Amini Silatolu, OG, Midwestern State. He's raw but physical. He can move the DT in the run game and the Niners need a replacement for the loss of Adam Snyder (First round: WR A.J. Jenkins).
New England Patriots: Mitchell Schwartz, OT, California. Earlier in this round I had them taking a safety. Schwartz is a good technician and competitive. He is the brother of NFL guard Geoff Schwartz.
New York Giants: Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska. David is a hybrid player with safety skills and can match up on receivers as well as play the run. He was very productive in college blitzing the QB as well as playing coverage (First round: RB David Wilson).