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

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54. Detroit Lions Chris Polk, Running Back, Washington
2011 proved that Detroit is home to one of the most dangerous passing attacks in the NFL. However, the team’s inability to run the football late in games and in the red-zone was a notable weakness. With current running backs Javid Best, Mike Leshoure, and Kevin Smith all known for their injury history, adding a player like Chris Polk could be a big help for the team as they look to build next season.

55. Atlanta Falcons Orson Charles, Tight End, Georgia
With the Falcons should be able to get a couple more productive seasons out of legendary tight end Tony Gonzalez, I believe that the team will look to add some depth at the position. Charles could provide the team with a great second option in a duel tight end system during the remainder of Gonzalez tenure with the team, and a potential replacement for him afterwards. Overall, I feel as though this would be a smart pick for Atlanta.

56. Pittsburgh Steelers Mychal Kendricks, Linebacker, California
While the Steelers have one of the best linebacking units in the NFL, the group is beginning to feel their effects of their age. James Farrior, James Harrison, and Larry Foote are all nearing the downside of their careers, so a player with Mychal Kendrick’s youth and pass rushing skill set could be very effective in Dick Lebeau defense.