2012 NFL Mock Draft Second Round Featuring the Tar Heel Inside Scoop

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60. Green Bay Packers Antonio Allen, Strong Safety, South Carolina
If the Packers draft as I predict they will, then the team will have a boost of South Carolina talent coming in to fix the problems in their secondary (I also have the team selecting SC cornerback Janoris Jenkins in the first round). Adding a Antonia Allen to their roster could give the team another solid option in their pass defense. When current free safety Nick Collins returns from injury next season, it would also give the team a very formidable tandem.

61. Baltimore Ravens Markelle Martin, Free Safety, Oklahoma St.
With Ed Reed nearing the end of a Hall of Fame career, the Ravens will be forced to consider looking for his potential replacement. While a player like Martin will probably never be able to truly fill Reed’s shoes, he could potentially develop into a star for Baltimore later in his career. Martin is also the type of hard hitter that has made the Ravens defense famous in recent years.

62. San Francisco 49ers Casey Heyward, Cornerback, Vanderbilt
After playing at a phenomenal level during the 2011 season, the 49ers defense is looking to continue their success doing into 2012. While Heyward is projected by many to be selected later on in the draft (specifically the late third round to early fourth round range), his stock seems to be rising as the draft approached. I believe that the team will make the move to add him to their secondary with the 62nd overall pick.