Friday, April 29, 2011
Second round mock draft
By Mike Reiss
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Patriots enter the second round of the NFL draft with three selections -- 33, 56 and 60. Denver, San Diego, Washington and Cleveland have two picks apiece in the round.
Here is a projection on how things might unfold:
33. New England -- OLB Jabaal Sheard (Pittsburgh) -- Projects as a possible three-down player in team's scheme, playing outside linebacker in the 3-4 alignment and as an edge rusher in sub packages.
34. Buffalo -- DE Da'Quan Bowers (Clemson) -- Hard to believe but the AFC East has gotten even bigger in this draft, and a Bowers/Dareus 1-2 punch has things looking up for the Bills. Bowers' knee injury contributed to him sliding out of the first round.
35. Cincinnati -- QB Andy Dalton (TCU) -- With Carson Palmer threatening retirement, and with four quarterbacks going in the first round, the Bengals feel fortunate to land a possible signal-caller of the future here.
36. Denver -- DL Stephen Paea (Oregon State) -- They passed on Marcell Dareus at No. 2, which they could wind up regretting, so they focus on one of the draft's strongest players.
37. Cleveland -- DE Justin Houston (Georgia) -- With nose tackle Phil Taylor in the first round, they add another piece to a revamped front seven.
38. Arizona -- OLB Akeem Ayers (UCLA) -- They still need a quarterback, but Ayers adds youth to an aging outside linebacker corps.
39. Tennessee -- ILB Martez Wilson (Illinois) -- After surprising by picking quarterback Jake Locker at No. 8, they get a quarterback for their defense.
40. Dallas -- CB/S Aaron Williams (Texas) -- Staying close to home, they could play Williams at safety.
41. Washington -- WR Torrey Smith (Maryland) -- Redskins don't have to look far for speedy threat on the outside.
42. Houston -- CB Brandon Harris (Miami) -- Pass defense struggled for long stretches of 2010.
43. Minnesota -- DL Christian Ballard (Iowa) -- After reaching up for quarterback Christian Ponder in the first, they identify a lineman who fits their 4-3 system.
44. Detroit -- CB Ras-I Dowling (Virginia) -- Nick Fairley was a best-player-available pick in the first round; this fills a glaring need.
45. San Francisco -- WR Randall Cobb (Kentucky) -- Still questions at quarterback, but it never hurts to add weapons elsewhere.
46. Denver -- TE Kyle Rudolph (Notre Dame) -- After going defense/defense, they turn to the other side of the ball for the top-rated player at the position.
47. St. Louis -- WR Titus Young (Boise State) -- Working to surround quarterback Sam Bradford with more weapons.
48. Oakland -- QB Colin Kaepernick (Nevada) -- They didn't have their first-round pick and now turn to what they hope is the QB of the future.
49. Washington -- DL Marvin Austin (North Carolina) -- Never got what they paid for in Albert Haynesworth; maybe this one turns out better.
50. San Diego -- WR Leonard Hankerson (Miami) -- Chargers could potentially lose Malcom Floyd and Vincent Jackson in free agency.
51. Tampa Bay -- LB Bruce Carter (North Carolina) -- Another addition to the front seven, and they can focus on offense in the ensuing rounds.
52. N.Y. Giants -- OT Marcus Gilbert (Florida) -- Many thought they'd go o-line in the first round, but they were surprised that CB Prince Amukamara was there.
53. Indianapolis -- RB Ryan Williams (Virginia Tech) -- Donald Brown hasn't produced consistent first-round results, but Williams would add a new dynamic.
54.Philadelphia -- CB Johnny Patrick (Louisville) -- Some thought they'd selct cornerback (Jimmy Smith) in the first round.
55. Kansas City -- OL Clint Boling (Georgia) -- After a surprise pick of WR Jonathan Baldwin in the first round, GM Scott Pioli gets back to playing it safe.
56. New England -- DL Allen Bailey (Miami) --Bill Belichick spent time with athletic lineman on his annual Florida scouting trip.
57. Seattle -- NT Jurrell Casey (USC) -- Would be reunited with coach Pete Carroll.
58. Baltimore -- S Rahim Moore (UCLA) -- Says he models his game after Ed Reed, and could have a chance to learn from him.
59. Cleveland -- WR Jerrel Jernigan (Troy) -- After focusing on defense early, time to address explosiveness around Colt McCoy.
60. New England -- RB Mikel Leshoure (Illinois) -- The Patriots get their back after trading the 28th pick to the Saints, who selected Mark Ingram.
61. San Diego -- OT Orlando Franklin (Miami) -- More protection for quarterback Philip Rivers.
62. Chicago -- WR Tandon Doss (Indiana) -- Style of play could be a perfect complement to Devin Hester and Johnny Knox.
63. Pittsburgh -- OT Ben Ijalana (Villanova) -- Another promising young blocker to join Maurkice Pouncey.
64. Green Bay -- OLB Brooks Reed (Arizona) -- It might be hard to tell him apart from Clay Matthews.