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

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51. Philadelphia Eagles Kevin Zeitler, Offensive Guard, Wisconsin
If the Eagles do invest their first and second round picks on linebackers (I project them selecting Melvin Ingram with the 15th pick and Lavonte David with the 46th) then their offensive line should be their next order of business. A player like Zeiler would not only help keep quarterback Michael Vick on his feet, but also assist current running back LeSean McCoy and the Eagles running game.

52. Tennessee Titians Andre Branch, Defensive End, Clemson
After a surprisingly solid 2011 season, the Titians are looking to make the jump into postseason play. The team played well on defense last year, but the unit still has several issues in need of fixing. While some draft experts project Andre Branch to go higher in the second round. I believe that he will fall as far as the 52nd pick. In the event that things work out according to my predictions, Branch’s pass rushing services will be well utilized in Tennessee.

53. Cincinnati Bengals Cliff Harris, Cornerback, Oregon
After having one of the most surprising seasons in recent memory, the Bengals were able to make the postseason in 2011. The offense looks set for the future with players like quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green. If the team elects to draft Miami running back Lamar Miller in the first round, then the team will almost certainly look to the defensive side of the ball with the 53rd overall pick. A player like Harris would not only give the team another solid option at corner, but he would also add depth to a position that suffered its share of injuries.