Behind the Steel Curtain Late-February 2011 NFL Mock Draft: Round 2 of 7

Onward with big_jay71's full, seven round Mock Draft. Be sure to check out Round 1 if you missed it.

Round One

 

Round Two


33. New England Patriots (via Carolina Panthers) - Stefen Wisniewski OC/OG, Penn State

They need a replacement for Logan Mankins. And Stephen Neal will be 34 years old and has already stated that he's going to retire when his contract is up after the 2011 season.

 

34. Buffalo Bills - Illinois ILB, Martez Wilson

I would love to give the Bills an OT here but any of the available ones would be a reach. The next options would be Wilson and Maryland WR Torrey Smith. I have a slightly higher grade for Wilson but given that the Bills may not retain Lee Evans the pick could be either one of them.

 

35. Cincinnati Bengals - Ryan Mallett QB, Arkansas

The Bengals need to plan for the future after Carson Palmer, which could be the 2011 season if Palmer gets his way. Even if he is there for 2011 Mallett will be tough to pass on at this point in the draft. He has the size and arm strength of a top five pick, but he still needs a lot of work on his throwing motion and footwork. And on top of that there are lingering issues about off the field concerns. Fortunately for Mallett the Bengals never shy away from players with character concerns. If the Bengals go in any other direction they could take the top rated RB if they fail to resign Cedric Benson.

 

36. Denver Broncos - Muhammed Wilkerson DT, Temple

Denver's run defense is a joke. Switching to a 4-3 defense, DT's will be at a premium.


37. Cleveland Browns - Jonathan Baldwin WR, Pittsburgh

This pick is a given as Cleveland's biggest need is for WR's.

 

38. Arizona Cardinals - Benjamin Ijalana OG/OT, Villanova

The Cardinals have one of the worst offensive lines in all of football. They really need a LT. Ijalana may be this years Roger Saffold. Even if he can't make it as an OT he would still be an upgrade at OG over the rapidly declining Alan Faneca.


39. Tennessee Titans - Marcus Cannon OG/OT, TCU

The Titans two biggest needs at this point are interior offensive linemen and linebackers, especially given that current ILB Stephen Tulloch is a free agent and likely to be seeking a big contract.

 

40. Dallas Cowboys - Rahim Moore FS, UCLA

Current free safety Alan Ball was awful this past year and the Cowboys can't pass up the opportunity to take the top rated safety in the 2011 draft.

 

41. Washington Redskins - Torrey Smith WR, Maryland

The Redskins will need to add weapons for their new franchise QB.

 

42. Houston Texans - Aaron Williams CB, Texas

With no NT's available, this pick will come down to the BPA at CB or Safety.


43. Minnesota Vikings - Quinton Carter FS, Oklahoma

Minnesota has so many needs at this point they probably go BPA. Madieu Williams will probably be released this offseason and Husain Abdullah is a free agent.

 

44. Detroit Lions - Curtis Brown CB, Texas

The Lions always take BPA, and this time it fills a major need.


45. San Francisco 49ers - Jake Locker QB, Washington

Jim Harbaugh can't be happy with the QB's currently on the roster. Locker bombed at the Senior Bowl but he has too much "potential" to pass up for a QB guru like Harbaugh, especially in the second round.


46. Denver Broncos (via Miami Dolphins) - Mikel Leshoure RB, Illinois

When Knowshon Moreno is hurt, which is a lot, and out of the line up Denver's ground game is non-existent.


47. St. Louis Rams - Kyle Rudolph TE, Notre Dame

St. Louis might have bigger needs at this point but they can't pass up the opportunity to take the best TE and add another weapon for Sam Bradford.


48. Oakland Raiders - Brandon Burton CB, Utah

When Oakland cut Nnamdi Asomugha this pick became pretty easy to predict. They will have to take the best CB available.

 

49. Jacksonville Jaguars - Kendric Burney CB, UNC

This pick will be the top rated CB or Safety prospect available.

 

50. San Diego Chargers - Leonard Hankerson WR, Miami

If they lose Vincent Jackson AND Malcolm Floyd this pick is practically a given. Hankerson is the prefect fit for San Diego's offense. He really improved his draft stock at the Senior Bowl and could go higher than this.

 

51. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Mason Foster OLB, Washington

Barrett Ruud and Quincy Black are both free agents.

 

52. New York Giants -Ryan William RB, Virginia Tech

Ahmad Bradshaw can't stay healthy for an entire season

 

53. Indianapolis Colts - Drake Nevis DT, LSU

Indy needs an upgrade over Fili Moala.


54. Philadelphia Eagles - Bruce Carter OLB, UNC

Stewart Bradley will move to SLB next season which will open up at spot at WLB.

 

55. Kansas City Chiefs - Brooks Reed DE/OLB, Arizona

K.C. needs a complimentary pass-rusher to Tamba Hali.


56. New Orleans Saints - DeMarco Murray RB, Oklahoma

The Saints and Pierre Thomas are apparently on the outs with one another over Thomas' injury. And Reggie Bush is not nearly worth the money he'll be paid in 2011. Murray would be a great fit for the Saints offense.


57. Seattle Seahawks - John Moffitt OG, Wisconsin

Seattle needs to replace Chris Spencer. As an added bonus Moffitt can play both Guard and Center.


58. Baltimore Ravens - Joseph Barksdale OT, LSU

With Jared Gaither's back issues and Marshal Yanda's free agency this pick is pretty easy.

 

59. Atlanta Falcons - Johnny Patrick CB, Louisville

I know they have bigger needs on the defensive line but Patrick is a much better value. As Green Bay showed them, they have no depth at CB behind Dunta Robinson and Brent Grimes.


60. New England Patriots - Sam Acho DE/OLB, Texas

New England needs to improve their pass-rush.


61. San Diego Chargers (via New York Jets) - Nate Irving ILB, North Carolina State

All of the Chargers ILB's are set to be free agents this offseason.

 

62. Chicago Bears - Rodney Hudson OG, Florida State

The Bears continue to upgrade the offensive line. Hudson's lack of size is an issue but it didn't stop him from opening big holes in the Senior Bowl.

 

63. Pittsburgh Steelers - Marcus Gilbert OT, Florida

With a CB taken in the first round this pick will come down to the highest rated offensive or defensive lineman. Gilbert is massive at 6'7", 330lbs., can play both RG and RT, and can probably start right away at Guard.

 

64. Green Bay Packers - Jarvis Jenkins DE/DT, Clemson

The Packers find a replacement for Cullen Jenkins.

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