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NFL Draft 2012, 2nd Round: Best Skill Players Available

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The Green Bay Packers are widely expected to pick another defensive player in the 2nd round of the 2012 NFL Draft, but the 2nd round is where Ted Thompson likes to throw curveballs. Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings and Nick Collins were all surprise second round selections. The Packers don't need anyone at quarterback, running back, wide receiver or tight end, but that might not stop Thompson from taking one if he's a great value.

Tight end Coby Fleener might be the best player available, period, and he could go right away to the Indianapolis Colts. Dwayne Allen, another tight end, is a borderline 1st round prospect. Wide receivers Rueben Randle, Stephen Hill and Mohamed Sanu were borderline 1st rounders on many boards. Lamar Miller is widely regarded as the best running back remaining, though LaMichael James could sneak well into the 2nd round. Kirk Cousins is widely expected to be drafted in the top half of the 2nd round, and Brock Osweiler is the next best quarterback.

I don't expect any of these guys to go to the Packers, but they're all good enough players that they're worth keeping an eye on if they start falling off a cliff. If Thompson has a first round grade on any of these guys and they start falling, he might abandon need altogether.