Wednesday, April 4, 2012
AFC East second-round mock
By James Walker
On Monday ESPN.com's blog network had its mock draft for the first round. But let’s look deeper into the draft and examine who ESPN draft expert Todd McShay likes for the AFC East in the second round.
Pick: No. 41
Player: Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State
Analysis: McShay envisions the Bills drafting a quarterback prospect in the second round to develop. Osweiler has been getting good feedback this offseason, but I don't see Buffalo going quarterback this high over more pressing needs. Buffalo paid quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick $59 million last season, and he will be the starter for at least the next two seasons. The Bills need help now at receiver, linebacker and cornerback. There's no need to draft a developmental player this high.
Pick: No. 42
Player: Bobby Massie, OT, Mississippi
Analysis: This pick makes a lot of sense for Miami. The Dolphins need someone to help fill the right side of the line, and Massie has a lot of experience playing in the tough SEC. Massie has 29 career starts at Ole Miss. He was a starter the past two years and a part-time starter in 2009. Massie would have a chance to compete for a starting role in Miami early. The Dolphins probably wouldn't address the offensive line in the first round.
New York Jets
Pick: No. 47
Player: Brandon Thompson, DE, Clemson
Analysis: The Jets need depth on their defensive line. New York drafted a defensive end in the first round last year. I can see the team doing the same in the second round Thompson, who could fit in well in a 3-4 defense. Thompson is more of a run stuffer than a pass rusher, but that's what the Jets need. Starting defensive end Mike Devito was hurt last year. So the Jets could use insurance and more athleticism at the position in the second round.
New England Patriots
Picks: No. 48 and No. 62
Players: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin; Brandon Taylor, S, LSU
Analysis: The Patriots would be ecstatic if Konz is available in the second round. New England suffered some injuries at center last year. Konz is the highest-rated center in the draft and could eventually take over for veteran Dan Connolly. Taylor is a solid pick for the end of the second round. He's not as good as Alabama safety Mark Barron, but Taylor would have a chance to contribute in the secondary and on special teams as a rookie. New England's 31st-ranked pass defense needs all the help it can get.