BTSC 2011 NFL Mock Draft (Rounds 1 & 2) : Updated 11/04

Given last Saturday nights embarrassing loss to the Saints I had no choice but to drop the Steelers ffrom the 32nd pick.


1. Buffalo Bills – Andrew Luck QB, Stanford
2010 1st round Draft Pick: C.J. Spiller RB, Clemson
Ryan Fitzpatrick has done a pretty good job so far but he’s not a long-term solution at QB. His arm just isn’t strong enough. The race between Luck and Locker for who’s the top QB spot is pretty much over barring a meltdown by Luck or unless Locker goes to, and lights up, the Senior Bowl. Aside from a QB the Bills have so many needs. They certainly need Offensive line help regardless of who is throwing the ball. Unfortunately at this point in the college season no Tackle has distinguished himself of being worthy of a top 10 pick.  


2. Carolina Panthers – A.J. Green WR, UGA
2010 1st Pick: Jimmy Clausen QB, Notre Dame
If available the Panthers have no choice but to take an elite talent like A.J. Green. They need someone to open up the passing game, be a dependable future target for the young Jimmy Clausen, and take the pressure off of Steve Smith as well as the running game. Green is an elite prospect whose game projects very favorably to Randy Moss. He’s tall and lanky, although he does have room to bulk up without losing his speed, with soft hands and none of the baggage that Moss carried with him for most of his career. They drafted Brandon LaFell in the third round of the last draft but so far this season he hasn’t contributed much. They also need to upgrade their pass-rush, either from the defensive end spot or at tackle. So both Marcell Dareus and Robert Quinn will both be tempting options here.


3. Dallas Cowboys – Patrick Peterson CB, LSU
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Dez Bryant WR, Oklahoma State
The Cowboys biggest needs are at OT, CB, and Safety. Doug Free is not the answer at OT but unfortunately there aren’t any prospects worthy of a top 5 pick. Free Safety Alan Ball is decent but certainly not spectacular. At CB, Mike Jenkins has been terrible this year and has become a pass-interference machine, and Terrence Newman will be 33 years old before the start of the 2011 season. Peterson is being hailed as the next Darrell Revis. The term “Shutdown” corner is used a lot, but with regards to Peterson it may be true. He has a great size/speed combo, and is equally superior against the pass (in man and zone) as well as against the run.


4. Cleveland Browns – Marcell Dareus DE/DT, Alabama
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Joe Haden CB, Florida
Cleveland has three glaring needs going into the 2011 draft. They desperately need to upgrade their receiving corps, generate a pass-rush, and find a quality signal caller. Unfortunately I don’t think Mike Holmgren is going to admit it was a mistake to draft Colt McCoy. Plus if they do plan to target a QB in the offseason it’s more likely that they make a trade for Philly’s Kevin Kolb should the Eagles choose to deal him.  With A.J. Green already off of the board the choice becomes a lot easier. It’ll either come down to an outside rusher or a Defensive lineman. Dareus is a 300lbs. athletic nightmare for opposing offenses. Shaun Rogers will be 32 years old next year and his skills have been in steady decline.


5. Detroit Lions – Prince Amukamara CB, Nebraska
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Ndamukong Suh DT, Nebraska/ Jahvid Best RB, Cal
The Lions are definitely showing signs of improvement but are unfortunately still a year or two away from being truly competitive. What the Lions need most is a quality left tackle but there are currently none available that are worth a top 5 pick. If they don’t get some O-line help soon Matt Stafford will become the next David Carr.  P.A. fills a huge position of need. He’s extremely talented whose skill set is only a shade below Patrick Peterson. He’s also the best player available which fits the Lions drafting philosophy.


6. Denver Broncos – Nick Fairley DT/DE, Auburn
2010 1st round Draft Picks: Demaryius Thomas WR, Georgia Tech/Tim Tebow QB, Florida
Given Head Coach Josh McDaniels interesting drafting style this could be a hard pick to predict. On the defensive front the team has a lot of old rentals and they will be even older come 2011. They desperately need help at Defensive End. No prospect has seen his stock rise as dramatically at Fairley’s since the start of the college season. He’s a monster who’s already close to racking up almost 20 tackles for loss and 8 sacks in the tough SEC this season.


7. San Francisco 49ers – Ryan Mallett QB, Arkansas
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Anthony Davis OT, Rutgers/Mike Iupati OG, Idaho
Current QB Alex Smith is in the final year of his contract and needs to be replaced. Mallett is a tall (6’7”) classic pocket-passer whose arm strength rivals that of Matt Stafford and Jay Cutler. He will need a year to develop though, to improve his accuracy and learn to take snaps from under Center. This pick could be Jake Locker if he improves his stock at the Senior Bowl. Current #1 CB Nate Clements is not nearly worth the huge contract he has as he is on a serious downswing so if available look for them to take one of the top tier CB’s.


8. Cincinnati Bengals – Jake Locker QB, Washington
2010 NFL Mock Draft Pick: Jermaine Gresham TE, Oklahoma
Andre Smith is a fat load who’s been nothing but a disappointment since the scouting combine before the Bengals made him the 6th overall pick in the 2009 draft. If he can’t shed some weight and live up to his first round billing this coming year it will be time to find his replacement. However I can’t see the Bengals making the same mistake and drafting a RT in the top half of the first round. Given how badly Carson Palmer has been this year, and his injury history, there’s a real chance they could draft his heir with Locker on the board. Palmer has been on a steady decline for a while now and the Bengals will need to take this opportunity to get a top tire QB while they have it. Locker’s return for his Senior year was ill-advised given his struggles, but he’s got a great deal of talent and with a strong showing in the Senior Bowl can probably leap-frog over Mallett to be the number 2 QB. Another target could be a CB. Both Leon Hall and Jonathan Joseph are looking for new contracts, and the team can probably only afford one of them.


9. Minnesota Vikings – Brandon Harris CB, Miami
2010 1st Draft Pick: Chris Cook CB, Virginia
What a difference a year makes. I’m sure this time Brett Favre wishes he had stayed retired. He’s recently stated that 2010 will definitely be his last year but how many times have we heard that from him already? In addition to Favre’s retirement it will also probably be the last year for Pat Williams as well. He’ll be a 38 year old free agent in 2011 and it’s time for the Vikings to look for replacements for the Williams’ wall as Kevin Williams will be 31 years old. Add to that Ray Edwards will also be a free agent and the Vikings stout D-line could look very different at the start of the 2011 season. Throw into the mix Sidney Rice’s hip injury and 2011 free agent status as well as Percy Harvin’s migraine issues and the Vikings, with a seemingly loaded roster, will potentially have a lot of holes/issues to address. This pick will depend entirely on whether there is a QB available. I doubt the Vikings front office has any faith going into the 2011 season with Tavares Jackson as the starting QB. So in all likelihood I could definitely see the Vikings trading up for Mallett, Locker, or Luck. Some like Chris Ponder but I can’t see him going this early. They drafted Chris Cook last year but still have a lot of needs in the secondary as Cedric Griffin is very injury-prone and Antoine Winfield will be 34 years old to start the 2011 season. If they opt to find a replacement for Pat Williams they could certainly take a long look at USC’s Jurrell Casey. With Robert Quinn on the board he will be a very tempting replacement if they lose Ray Edwards.


10. Jacksonville Jaguars – Robert Quinn DE, UNC
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Tyson Alualu DT, Cal
After having a phenomenal draft in 2009 I’m not sure what Gene Smith was smoking in 2010, reaching for two DT’s in the 1st two rounds with so many other more pressing needs. I like Alualu but they could’ve taken him where they drafted in the 2nd round. In 2011 the Jags will have a few pressing needs. The first is for a FS because former 1st round pick Reggie Nelson was traded because he was so damn awful. The second is for a pass-rusher to compliment Aaron Kampman. Quinn is the best natural pass-rusher in the draft and despite his suspension he’s only falling because of the needs of teams above the Jags. They also need a true number 1 WR. The Jags signed Kassim Osgood and Mike Sims-Walker is pretty good, but both of them and Troy Williamson will all be free agents in 2011. Even still, after a great 1st year David Garrard has been a disappointment since signing his fat contract extension. If the Jags are drafting in the top 10 again it will most likely mean the end of the Jack Del Rio era in Jacksonville. New regimes usually mean new QB’s, especially when the current starting one is struggling so much. If there’s a new Head Coach I can see the team trading up for either Mallet or Locker.


11. Arizona Cardinals – Aaron Williams CB, Texas
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Dan Williams NT, Tennessee
The Cards suffered a lot of losses to free agency and retirement in the offseason, most notably is the retirement of Kurt Warner, and it has really affected them this year. There’s a chance they take Chris Ponder here but I just don’t see him as a first round talent. Plus I really don’t know what to make of the so called “potential” the front office sees in Max Hall. And add to that 2010 late round pick John Skelton, who many believe will develop into a quality starter with a couple years of NFL experience, and I just can’t see them taking at QB here. One of the many losses being felt thanks to free agency is the loss of Antrel Rolle in the secondary. They signed Kerry Rhodes to replace him but that was a poor investment. CB Greg Toler has also been abused by everyone this year.


12. Chicago Bears – Derek Sherrod OT, Miss. State
2010 1st Pick: Major Wright FS, Florida
If Offensive Coordinator Mike Martz is going to continue to have QB Jay Cutler take 7-step drops then they definitely need to upgrade the offensive line. Even though Devin Hester is showing flashes of potential this year he is still not a true number one receiver. On the defensive side they could certainly use some help in the secondary and a complimentary pass-rusher to Julius Peppers. This is a little high for Sherrod, although his stock is continuing to climb, but the Bears must take the gamble for the sake of the Offense.


13. San Diego Chargers – Allen Bailey DT/DE, Miami
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Ryan Matthews RB, Fresno State
So LT Marcus McNeill finally signed his tender. Most likely he will be resigned this offseason so that will no longer be an issue in San Diego. They will also have to come to terms with losing Vincent Jackson as it is extremely unlikely they will workout a new contract. The relationship between Jackson and GM A.J. Smith is broken and he will be traded at some point. And if that weren’t bad enough Malcolm Floyd will also be a free agent in 2011. The Chargers love big, tall WR’s and there are plenty in this draft to be had and I’m sure that Jon Baldwin will be at the top of their list. Their biggest need defensively is for a DE to replace 2011 free agent Jacques Cesaire. Bailey is extremely athletic and has seemed to put to rest the issues of inconsistency that plagued him last year.


14. New England Patriots (via Oakland Raiders) – Mark Ingram RB, Alabama
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Devin McCourty CB, Rutgers
The Patriots have been lacking a long-term answer for their RB woes for a long time. At this point Ingram is clearly the best RB of the 2011 draft and is a perfect fit for Coach Belichick’s scheme as he can play every down, including catching passes on third down. WR may also be a big need for them as they recently had to re-acquire the 31 year old Deon Branch. They drafted Taylor Price in 2010 but he will probably be a solid slot receiver at best. If they do go for a WR the Patriots will have a choice to make between Julio Jones and Jon Baldwin. Jones is a big time play maker who is similar to T.O., including a penchant for the occasional drop. The other option would be a 3-4 DE but with the signing of Damione Lewis and drafting of Kade Weston and Brandon Deaderick I think their need for a RB or WR will overcome their need on the defensive front. If Belichick were that concerned about the defensive front he would’ve taken Jared Odrick when he was available in the 1st round of the 2010 draft.


15. Seattle Seahawks – Da’Quan Bowers DE, Clemson
2010 1st round Draft Picks: Russell Okung OT, Oklahoma State/ Earl Thomas FS, Texas
Seattle had one of the best drafts in 2010, although that’s not hard to do with two 1st rounds picks, securing a cornerstone LT and a shutdown FS. Unfortunately they still need a lot of building blocks to be able to crawl out of the perpetual state of rebuilding. Matt Hasselbeck is nearing the end of the line, and Charlie Whitehurst is nothing more than a career clip board holder. There’s a reason he could never beat out Billy Volek for the #2 QB job behind Phillip Rivers in San Diego. If Hasselbeck gets injured at some point this season, which is likely given his history, then Whitehurst will be exposed as the weak link he is and this pick will definitely be for the best available QB, especially if Locker is available. Aside from the aforementioned problems at QB the Seahawks also have a serious lack of a pass-rush. Bowers was the top prospect of his recruiting class but before this season had never really lived up to the hype. But during his junior season he’s finally starting to get it. If he continues this pace he could work his way into the top 5. And lucky for the Seahawks the 2011 draft is also loaded with top tier WR talent which is something they could also use. Coach Carroll signed Mike Williams this offseason because he values size at the position. With A.J. Green already off of the board it’ll really come down to which ever player Carroll values more, either 6’3” Michael Floyd, 6’4” Julio Jones, or 6’5 Jonathan Baldwin. But given the wealth of WR’s in the 2011 draft they could easily wait until the second or third round and take LSU’s Terrance Toliver, OSU’s DeVier Posey, or Boise State’s Austin Pettis.


16. Washington Redskins – Julio Jones WR, Alabama
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Trent Williams OT, Oklahoma
The Redskins have a huge issue at QB after Shanahan benched a healthy McNabb in favor of Rex Grossman. It’s apparent that neither of them is the long-term answer at QB. Unfortunately this is too high for Chris Ponder but I can see an owner like Dan Snyder trading up for Mallett or Locker. With both of them off of the board at this point they’ll need to look for a WR. Santana Moss isn’t getting any younger and he’s not a true number 1 receiver anyway. Julio Jones has concentration issues but he’s still considered an elite talent with great size and speed.


17. Tennessee Titans Travis Lewis OLB, Oklahoma
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Derrick Morgan DE, Georgia Tech
The Titans have a big need for a CB to play opposite Courtland Finnegan. In a division where they have to play Peyton Manning and Matt Schaub each twice a year you can never have enough Cornerbacks, but with no options available they will need to look elsewhere. They really need a replacement for the play and leadership lost when they cut Keith Bullock and Travis Lewis would fill both of those needs. And ever since Albert Haynesworth left town they’ve had a hole along the defensive front for a massive space-eating DT.


18. Miami Dolphins – Ryan Williams RB, Virginia Tech
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Jared Odrick DT/DE, PSU
In the 2011 offseason Ricky Williams will be a 33 year old free agent and Ronnie Brown will be a free agent with a history of injury issues. Ryan Williams will only be a redshirt sophomore so the Dolphins will be getting him without a lot of wear and tear. They could also use an upgrade over Randy Starks and Paul Soliai so Jerrell Powe will also be a very likely option. If Ryan Williams doesn’t declare and Jerrell Powe isn’t available there is also a great option at Safety to replace the marginal Yeremiah Bell in Clemson’s DeAndre McDaniel. Also, if they elect not to resign Ronnie Brown they could take Daniel Thomas, who was a high school QB, to run the Wildcat offense.


19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Adrian Clayborn DE, Iowa
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Gerald McCoy DT, Oklahoma
Tampa Bay certainly upgraded the interior of their defensive line with 2010 picks Gerald McCoy and Brian Price but they added nothing to the DE spot. Coming into the 2011 draft this is going to be a huge need for them. Fortunately there is a plethora of quality 4-3 DE’s in this draft to choose from. Despite his past off the field indiscretions Clayborn is a relentless pass-rusher who slides due to an inconsistent year. The Bucs could also use a replacement of the ageless wonder Rhonde Barber so if Brandon Harris manages to slip I could see the Bucs pounce on him.


20. Houston Texans – Jonathan Baldwin WR, Pittsburgh
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Kareem Jackson CB, Alabama
In a division with Peyton Manning you can never have enough DB’s. The Texans really need a replacement for Free Safety Eugene Wilson. Unfortunately all of the Safety prospects for this draft class have been plagued with consistency issues this year and there are no more “can’t-miss” CB’s left. They also need help along the interior of the Defensive line.  At this point Baldwin is too good to pass up. Baldwin is a force to be reckoned with at 6’5”, 225lbs and will be a huge red zone target, not to mention he would force the opposing team to play Andre Johnson in single coverage. The only negative about him is his lack of elite speed.


21. St. Louis Rams – Ryan Kerrigan DE, Purdue
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Sam Bradford QB, Oklahoma
The Rams really need to add weapons for Bradford to succeed as well as adding pieces that take pressure off of workhorse back Steven Jackson. Unfortunately all of the 1st round quality WR’s are off of the board. Spagnuolo’s past success in New York with generating a great pass-rush with lesser talent will probably influence him to forego using a first round pick on the defensive line but Kerrigan represents the great value of need plus talent available.


22. Kansas City Chiefs – Justin Houston OLB, UGA
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Eric Berry S, Tennessee
Given how weak Matt Cassel’s arm has looked this season it’s a miracle that Chiefs are doing as well as they have. That luck will eventually run out at some point though. Unfortunately none of the top tier QB’s are left. The second and third biggest needs will be to find a pass-rusher to pair with Tamba Hali and another weapon for Cassel or whoever takes his place. Chris Chambers will be 33 years old and is not nearly the player he once was when in Miami. Dwayne Bowe has been on the outs in the past with Head Coach Todd Haley and has been somewhat inconsistent since having a strong rookie season. But with the top WR’s gone they’ll look to Houston to solve their pass-rushing woes. Houston has taken to 3-4 OLB like a fish to water. While he still needs time to develop his coverage skills he’s been great adapting to OLB from playing DE a year ago.  


23. Indianapolis Colts – Anthony Castonzo OT, Boston College
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Jerry Hughes OLB, TCU
Charles Johnson, Tony Ugoh, and Adam Terry will all be free agents in 2011. Add to that Jeff Saturday will be 36 years old and his body has already started to break down. The Colts are in desperate need of an offensive line overhaul. Castonzo is the type of athletic offensive tackle that could be a cornerstone for the rest of Manning’s career. They could also target OG’s Rodney Hudson or Mike Pouncey, or PSU OC Stefen Wisniewski. Aside from the O-line they could also use an upgrade at DT. They have plenty of average talent but someone like UNC’s Marvin Austin would be a definite upgrade.


24. Philadelphia Eagles – Janoris Jenkins CB, Florida
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Brandon Graham DE, Michigan
With the exception of Trevard Lindley in the later rounds I thought the Eagles had a great 2010 draft. They filled a lot of needs and got plenty of quality players. However one of their bigger holes was at CB, especially after trading Sheldon Brown to Cleveland, and they failed to invest an early pick at the position. Given current LT Jason Peters’ struggles and serious work-ethic issues it wouldn’t surprise me to see the Eagles draft an OT like Arkansas’ DeMarcus Love who would fit the mold of a bigger (6’5”, 315lbs.) lineman that Coach Reid prefers.


25. Green Bay Packers – Shane Vereen RB, Cal
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
The Packers will have a few holes to fill come the 2011 draft. For one, as good as he is Charles Woodson is not going to play forever. They need to find an eventual successor. Unfortunately there isn’t one left that is worthy of this pick. They also need to find a replacement for Ryan Grant, and it’s not going to be Brandon Jackson. Shane Vereen is almost like a Jahvid Best clone and would be a perfect fit for the Packers offense. There’s also talk of them trading former top 10 pick A.J. Hawk who hasn’t lived up to his potential playing in a 3-4 defense in which case Alabama’s Dont’a Hightower could be an option.


26. New York Jets – Akeem Ayers DE/OLB, UCLA
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
The Jets have serious issues along the defensive line. Nose Tackle Kris Jenkins is out of the year again and he may very well retire this time. Also Defensive End Shaun Ellis will be a 32 year free agent in 2011. They may consider OSU’s Cameron Heyward but they also have a need for pass-rushers. They signed 36 year old Jason Taylor who’s in the twilight of his career and in 2011 the Jets will probably finally be fed up with first round bust Vernon Gholston.


27. New Orleans Saints – Von Miller DE/OLB, Texas A&M
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Patrick Robinson CB, Florida State
It’s a pretty safe bet that the Saints will draft defense here as their offense is as potent as any in the league. Their biggest needs are at OLB and for a DE to play opposite of Will Smith. So with that I’m expecting Von Miller or Bruce Carter to be the pick. It’s also possible that they would take MSU’s Greg Jones as well.


28. Baltimore Ravens – Stefen Wisniewski, OC/OG, Penn State
2010 1st Draft Pick: Sergio Kindle DE/OLB, Texas
Everyone knows the Ravens biggest weakness is in the secondary. They have a lot of short-term solutions for a long-term problem. Chris Carr, Fabian Washington, Domonique Foxworth, and Lardarius Webb are all currently suffering from either injuries, lack of talent, or both with Webb being the only quality one of the bunch in my opinion. However we also know the Ravens don’t reach in the draft and without any other first round talents available at the position they will have to look elsewhere or trade back which is something they’ve also been know to do. Current starting OC Matt Birk will be 35 years old at the time of the 2011 draft and Wisniewski has the versatility to also play OG which could come in handy as Marshall Yanda has had serious knee injuries. This offseason Ed Reed gave some serious consideration to retirement as his mounting injury history is taking a toll on his body and as such 2010 may be his last season. Because of this I would expect the Ravens to target Duenta Williams or Rahim Moore as well. Another issue is the RT spot. Jared Gaither will probably be traded in the offseason and with Joseph Barksdale on the board they may pull the trigger.


29. Atlanta Falcons - Michael Floyd WR, Notre Dame
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Sean Weatherspoon OLB, Missouri
Right now the Falcons biggest needs are for a pass-rushing DE and for a solid compliment to Roddy White. Jamaal Anderson has been a complete bust and needs to be replaced, and John Abraham will be 32 years old. Kroy Biermann has played well so far this year so it has lessoned the need somewhat for a DE. Right now the only thing keeping Michael Floyd from being a top 15 pick is his injury history but he’s a real bargain here. He’ll be another weapon for budding superstar Matt Ryan and a sure upgrade over Michael Jenkins.


30. Pittsburgh Steelers – Joseph Barksdale OT, LSU
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Maurkice Pouncey OG/OC, Florida
The Steelers biggest needs are along the Offensive and Defensive lines, and in the Secondary. The team brought back Bryant McFadden in the offseason because none of the youngsters at CB have stepped up their game. So far McFadden has been a mixed bag. His coverage skills are questionable and as such DC Dick LeBeau has had him playing soft coverage. On the other side Ike Taylor has been steady as always, but he’s going to be a 31 year old free agent and may seek greener pastures. Along the Defensive line age has become a real issue over the last few years. Aaron Smith is on IR again for the third time in 4 years and Brett Keisel has been absent because of a hamstring issue. On the Offensive line Willie Colon was lost for the season due to a ruptured Achilles tendon. The team signed Flozell Adams who to this point has really become a solid replacement but at 35 years old he is not the future but more of a stop-gap. Colon will be a RFA but is looking for a long-term deal. The RG position as been in-flux all year. Legursky, Essex, nor Foster seems to be capable of holding onto the job. Barksdale would be a steal here in my opinion. He has good size at 6’5”315lbs, great athleticism, and is very technically sound. And he can play right or left tackle. Drafting him means we could move Colon to RG and really solidify the right side of the line. Or even better Barksdale could play LT, replacing Max Starks who is much better suited to play RT anyway, putting Starks and RT and Colon at RG. In my opinion that would give the Steelers a great O-line combo for years to come. Plus it worked out pretty well for the Steelers the last time they took an O-lineman from LSU in the first round of the draft. If the draft shakes out similar to this the Steelers will have a big decision to make with Barksdale, DE Cameron Heyward, and CB Ras-I Dowling all on the board. In the end I think the Front Office’s desire to re-commit to the power running game will trump all other needs.


31. New York Giants – Bruce Carter OLB, UNC
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Jason Pierre-Paul OLB, USF
In my opinion it was pretty ridiculous to take a DE with their 2010 first round pick when they really needed Linebackers, especially when Sean Weatherspoon was on the board. Although not as elite as Travis Lewis, Carter is still a great player with exceptional range and would be a perfect fit for Defensive Coordinator Perry Fewell’s scheme. On paper it seems like the Giants have a pretty well-stocked roster so picking a player for them is a little difficult. They could probably use an upgrade at RB where Brandon Jacobs is wearing down. It may be a little bit of a reach but Kansas State RB Daniel Thomas would be a great replacement for Jacobs.


32. New England Patriots – Cameron Heyward DT/DE, OSU
2010 1st round Draft Pick: Devin McCourty CB, Rutgers
The Patriots have had a hole at DE since the Richard Seymour trade to Oakland and didn’t address the need in the 2010 draft until the 7th round. They also have needs along the offensive line. Current LT Might Light will be a 33 year old free agent in 2011. The Patriots may move Sebastian Vollmer to the left side but that would create a hole on the right side. It also appears as though the Logan Mankins situation will not be resolved anytime soon. Heyward is the prototypical 3-4 DE but he’s been somewhat inconsistent this year which is why he’s fallen on many draft boards.


Round 2:


33. Buffalo Bills – Matt Reynolds OT, BYU
The biggest need at this point for the Bills is definitely for a LT. Reynolds is a reach at this point but the Bills have no choice. They need protection for their new QB.


34. New England Patriots (via Carolina Panthers) – Mike Pouncey OC/OG, Florida
They need a replacement for Logan Mankins.


35. Dallas Cowboys – Duenta Williams FS, UNC
The Cowboys need an upgrade over Alan Ball.


36. Cleveland Browns –Ryan Broyles WR, Oklahoma
Whoever ends up playing Quarterback for Cleveland next year, they will need someone to step up and actually catch the ball. And as an added bonus Broyles can take the kick return duties away from Josh Cribbs so that he can become a more prominent fixture on Offense.  


37. Detroit Lions –Greg Jones ILB, MSU
The Lions get a local boy who would be a great fit/addition to a rebuilt defense.


38. Denver Broncos – Jerrell “Boom Boom” Powe NT, Ole’ Miss
Jamaal Williams is 34 years old.   


39. San Francisco 49ers – Ras-I Dowling CB, Virginia
The 49ers need an upgrade over Nate Clements.   


40. Cincinnati Bengals – DeAndre McDaniel S, Clemson
Safety is a position of need and the Bengals have never shied away from character concerns before.


41. Minnesota Vikings – Marcus Cannon OG/OT, TCU
OG Anthony Herrera has been terrible.   


42. Jacksonville Jaguars – Brandon Burton CB, Utah
The Jags have been torched through the air all year and really needed someone to play opposite of Rashean Mathis.


43. Arizona Cardinals – Rahim Moore FS, UCLA
They’ve really been hurting with the loss of Antrel Rolle to free agency.  


44. Chicago Bears – Jeremy Beal DE, Oklahoma
Obviously the Julius Peppers signing in the offseason is paying dividends, but they have no one to play opposite of him as the Bears have cut Mark Anderson and Alex Brown.


45. San Diego Chargers Leonard Hankerson WR, Miami
Malcolm Floyd will be free agents in 2011. Even if he is resigned he’s not a number one caliber receiver. Hankerson is 6’3” and very athletic, and just the type of receiver the Chargers love.


46. Oakland Raiders – Rodney Hudson OG, FSU
Picking for Oakland is always difficult. They need a lot of help at OG and OC, and if Hudson can put on a little more weight he’ll be a steal here.  


47. Seattle Seahawks – Kris O’Dowd OC, USC
Chris Spencer needs to be replaced and who better than a mauler like O’Dowd with whom Coach Carroll is familiar with.   


48. Washington Redskins – Cameron Jordan DT/DE Cal
Jordan is a great pick-up here as he is already accustomed to playing in a 3-4 defense and would replace the disappointing Albert Haynesworth.  


49. Tennessee Titans Jimmy Smith CB, Colorado
The Titans finally get a solid compliment to Courtland Finnegan.   


50. Denver Broncos (via Miami Dolphins) Mark Herzlich OLB, Boston College
Coach McDaniels likes high-quality guys and Herzlich would be an upgrade next to D.J. Williams.


51. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mikel Leshoure RB, Illinois
Derrick Ward was a bad signing and “Cadillac” Williams can’t stay healthy.


52. Houston Texans – Marvin Austin DT, UNC
If Austin is available this pick is almost a no-brainer. Houston has long had an issue with generating a pass-rush from the DT position. Austin has all the physical talent you could want, the reason he’s still on the board at this point is the questions about his desire. Given his potential upside he’s worth the risk at the end of the second round.  


53. St. Louis Rams – DeVier Posey WR, OSU
The Rams need to add more weapons for budding QB Sam Bradford.   


54. Kansas City Chiefs – Quan Sturdivant ILB, UNC
Sturdivant would help continue the upgrade of a young defense.   


55. Indianapolis Colts – Jurrell Casey DT, USC
Indy needs an upgrade over Fili Moala.


56. Philadelphia Eagles – Drake Nevis DT, LSU
Broderick Bunkley has been disappointing this year.  


57. Green Bay Packers Gabe Carimi OT, Wisconsin
The Packers get a local boy would was built to play RT.  


58. San Diego Chargers (via New York Jets) Chris Marve ILB, Vanderbilt
All of the Chargers ILB’s are set to be free agents this offseason. Marve doesn’t get a lot of recognition because he’s on such a horrible team but he’s a very smart and athletic player.


59. New Orleans Saints – DeMarco Murray RB, Oklahoma
The Saints and Pierre Thomas are apparently on the outs with one another over Thomas’ injury. Murray would be a great fit for the Saints offense.


60. Baltimore Ravens – Will Hill FS, Florida
The Ravens need a replacement for Ed Reed who will probably retire at the end of the 2010 season.


61. Atlanta Falcons – Kyle Rudolph TE, Notre Dame
If Tony Gonzalez retires the Falcons will need to find his replacement. Rudolph is the top TE in this draft class and would probably go higher if not for his injury.


62. Pittsburgh Steelers – Lawrence Guy DT/DE, Arizona State
Given the age and injury to Aaron Smith and Brett Keisel this pick should be a given. Guy has the size and strength to play the 5-technique position.  


63. New York Giants –Daniel Thomas RB, Kansas State
Thomas is a bruiser with deceptive speed and would be a great replacement for the steadily declining Brandon Jacobs.  


64. New England Patriots – Darius Morris OT/OG, Temple
Morris is a sleeper right now but is versatile enough to play OT, taking over for 33 year old FA Matt Light, or OG to replace Stephen Neal.












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