Lomas Round 2 (Picks 49-62)
49. Dallas – Matt Barkley QB USC
Tony Romo’s career in Dallas is balanced on a very fine line right now and he could easily find himself on the free agent market if he can’t finally kick that label of not being “clutch”. Barkley has a chance to become a star QB in the right system and with his character, IQ, and Miles Austin/Dez Bryant, Barkley could be the future for the Cowboys.
50. Pittsburgh – Markus Wheaton WR Oregon State
Drawing a lot of Wallace comparisons, Wheaton could be just the remedy that the Steelers were looking for.
51. New York Giants – Logan Ryan CB Rutgers
Ryan is a solid man-cover corner that takes chances that often pay off when the ball is in the air. A player like that will give the Giants front four more time to get to the QB as they transition to a life without Osi.
52. Chicago – Barrett Jones C/G Alabama
Barrett Jones has 4th round ability after the ball is snapped, but as a leader and someone that can identify a defense pre-snap he will be a second round value for a team like the Bears.
53. Washington – Baccari Rambo S Georgia
Rambo plays his best game as a roving free safety which is exactly what Washington needs. He isn’t a flashy pick but his consistent play against good competition is what you look for when you only have one pick in the top 64.
54. Minnesota – Johnathan Hankins DT Ohio State
Hankins is a space eater with quick feet which (paired with Kevin Williams) could end up reforming the “Williams Wall 2.0” which we would of course change to the “Hank-Williams Wall”.
55. Cincinnati – Sean Porter LB Texas A&M
As you can see, I am a big believer that the future of the 4-3 WLB position is a player that can rush the passer on third down and drop into coverage downs one and two. Porter is a former 3-4 OLB that dropped off a bit in a 4-3 scheme this year, however the Bengals DC does a great job pulling all the talent out of prospects and Porter seems like a gem here
56. Miami – Datone Jones DT/DE UCLA
Jones is an interior missile on third down but for downs one and two he can do an admirable job anchoring the edge of a 4-3 DL opposite Cameron Wake.
57. Green Bay – Travis Frederick C Wisconsin
The Badger interior lineman is likely to be the first true center off of the board, but he could make his bones at multiple interior line position. Plus being a native of the area they team knows he can play at a high level in the frigid conditions.
58. Seattle – Cobi Hamilton WR Arkansas
Hamilton isn’t the shake-and-bake athlete that Tavon Austin or Cordarrelle Patterson are, but he is quick and a long-striding target that can pull away from defenders.
59. Houston – Alec Ogletree LB Georgia
Houston’s defense has been disappointing since the Cushing injury because they lack quality depth at ILB. With Ogletree, they can get a probable replacement to Connor Barwin and also address depth at the 3-4 ILB spot. Win-win.
60. Denver – Da’Rick Rogers WR Tennessee Tech
Rogers has his issues, but he has amazing on the field talent that could make him a deadly slot WR in the NFL. With a winning franchise and a QB that is more than willing to feed him the ball, Rogers may even keep his mouth shut and show people what a steal he is here.
61. New England – Quinton Patton WR Louisiana Tech
New England needs a lot of replacement parts, but the WR group is by far their thinnest position.
62. Atlanta – Zach Ertz TE Stanford
I believe the idea that Ertz is the best TE in the draft is off because I am a huge proponent of Tyler Eifert, but the team that drafts the former Cardinal will get a huge vertical threat. With Gonzo needing to retire sometime the Falcons need to decide sooner rather than later what the future of their TE spot is.
63. San Francisco – Margus Hunt DE SMU
Hunt is a physical freak that has monster potential as a defensive lineman in any scheme. Lack of production and consistency will likely push him out of the top 50.
64. Baltimore – Tank Carradine DE FSU
A torn ACL will likely drop him to a fringe second rounder position, but he has first round ability if he can recover. The Ravens need pass rush, especially with Kruger likely to be gone in FA and Suggs getting older.