BTSC 2011 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 52 -- New York Giants Select Mason Foster, LB, Washington

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 11: Quarterback Ryan Nassib #12 of the Syracuse Orange fumbles the ball against Mason Foster #40 of the Washington Huskies on September 11 2010 at Husky Stadium in Seattle Washington. The Huskies defeated the Orange 41-20. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

No word from PCISteeler so I'll go ahead and make a selection for the New York Giants at No. 52. I know PCI is a North Carolina resident, so hopefully he and his family are safe in the aftermath of the string of tornadoes that swept throughout the region recently. Next up: the Indianapolis Colts, represented by barnerburner. - Michael B. -

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You may not have heard his name much, if at all, this draft season, but he's a guy that I think might be quietly shooting up draft boards. He's Mason Foster, middle linebacker from the University of Washington. I have had a chance to watch Foster play a fair amount since I moved up to Seattle two college football seasons ago. He's a tackling machine and a legitimate leader -- a necessary trait for ILB/MLBs.

Foster's tackle total last season (163) was the highest total for a Pac-10 player since 1989. That impressive number is also more than guys like Patrick Willis, A.J. Hawk and Rolando McClain had in their final season in college. Foster also led the conference in tackles as a sophomore in '08 (105). Tackle stats don't always tell the whole story of a player's impact, but Foster also showed his versatility while being utilized in different ways over the course of his four years at UW. He rushed the passer fairly well (7 sacks as a senior), and he showed a nose for the football by forcing six fumbles and picking off three passes during his junior season.

I know that we had the Giants selecting Akeem Ayers in the first round, but I personally wouldn't have gone with a pass rushing OLB in the first round, and instead tried to nab a solid OL or CB prospect. Even so, Foster I think would provide a solid upgrade over Jonathan Goff at MLB for the Giants.

 

BTSC 2011 Community Mock Draft Selections:

  1. Carolina Panthers -- Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
  2. Denver Broncos -- Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
  3. Buffalo Bills -- Von Miller, LB, Texas A&M
  4. Cincinnati Bengals -- Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
  5. Arizona Cardinals -- Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
  6. Cleveland Browns -- 'The Snow Cone Machine' A.J. Green, WR, Georgia
  7. San Francisco 49ers -- Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
  8. Tennessee Titans -- Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
  9. Dallas Cowboys -- Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
  10. Washington Redskins -- Robert Quinn, DE/OLB, North Carolina
  11. Houston Texans -- Aldon Smith, DE/OLB, Missouri
  12. Minnesota Vikings -- Tyron Smith, OT, USC
  13. Detroit Lions -- JJ Watt, DE, Wisconsin
  14. St. Louis Rams -- Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
  15. Miami Dolphons -- Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
  16. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Brooks Reed , DE, Arizona
  17. New England Patriots -- Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin
  18. San Diego Chargers -- Ryan Kerrigan, DE/OLB, Purdue
  19. New York Giants -- Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA
  20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
  21. Kansas City Chiefs -- Martez Wilson, LB, Illinois
  22. Indianapolis Colts -- Cameron Jordan, DL, California
  23. Philadelphia Eagles -- Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
  24. New Orleans Saints -- Justin Houston, DE/OLB, Georgia
  25. Seattle Seahawks -- Jake Locker, QB, Washington
  26. Baltimore Ravens -- Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
  27. Atlanta Falcons -- Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
  28. New England Patriots -- Mike Pouncey, OG, Florida
  29. Chicago Bears --Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State
  30. New York Jets -- Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple
  31. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
  32. Green Bay Packers -- Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor

ROUND 2

  1. New England Patriots -- Cameron Hayward, DE, Ohio State (33rd overall)
  2. Buffalo Bills -- Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame (34th overall)
  3. Cincinnati Bengals -- Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State (35th overall)
  4. Denver Broncos -- Mikel LeShoure, RB, Illinois (36th overall)
  5. Cleveland Browns -- Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois (37th overall)
  6. Arizona Cardinals -- Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada (38th overall)
  7. Tennessee Titans -- Andy Dalton, QB, Texas Christian (39th overall)
  8. Dallas Cowboys -- Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor (40th overall)
  9. Washington Redskins -- Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh (41st overall)
  10. Houston Texans -- Aaron Williams, CB, Texas (42nd overall)
  11. Minnesota Vikings -- Brandon Harris, CB, Miami (43rd overall)
  12. Detroit Lions -- Bruce Carter, OLB, North Carolina (44th overall)
  13. San Francisco 49ers -- Rahim Moore, FS, UCLA (45th overall)
  14. Denver Broncos -- Benjamin Ijalana, OL, Villanova (46th overall)
  15. St. Louis Rams -- Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina (47th overall)
  16. Oakland Raiders -- Stefan Wisniewski, OG/C, Penn State (48th overall)
  17. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Ryan Mallet, QB, Arkansas (49th overall)
  18. San Diego Chargers -- Leonard Hankerson, WR, University of Miami (50th overall)
  19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh (51st overall)
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