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

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39. Washington Redskins Nick Foles, Quarterback, Arizona
If the Redskins do follow my prediction in the first round (selecting Alabama runningback Trent Richardson), then the team will almost certainly look to add a quarterback that they believe can lead their team in the future. The Redskins are in no way committed to either Rex Grossman or John Beck to be their quarterback of the future, and would greatly benefit by adding a player with Nick Foles potential.

40. Miami Dolphins Ryan Tannehill, Quarterback, Texas A&M
The Dolphins are another team that is looking to add a quarterback to their roster. While many analysts seem to the believe that the team will look to free agency to add a quarterback with some NFL experience, until a move is made, I expect a team to take a hard look at making their addition via the NFL draft. While Brandon Weeden is also a possibility here, I believe that the selection will be Ryan Tannehill due to his star potential.

41. Buffalo Bills  Fletcher Cox, Defensive Tackle, Mississippi St.
While the Bills proved that they do have the potential to be a contender during the early portion of the 2011 season, the team’s run defense is clearly their Achilles heel. While the unit Bills have added a few players that have assisted in fixing the issue, they clearly need more before they will able to become serious contenders for the postseason. A player like Fletcher Cox would give the team another big body on the defensive line that would assist the teams run defense, while providing a solid pass rushing option as well. His 6ft 4in, 995lb frame would be a great fit for Buffalo. However, the way Cox is moving up the dartboard, he may work his way closer to the first round level in my next mock.