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2011 NFL Draft: Second Round Mock Draft and BTSC Open Thread

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Thought we were done here at BTSC pumping out the content throughout the entire three days of the 2011 NFL Draft? Thank again! Many thanks to Big Jay for putting together a mock draft for round two based on what happened Thursday night in the opening round. I like that he's included trades in this mock. I too expect there to be a number of trades in round two as teams wrangle for position to ensure they get those guys they have high on their boards.

Let's use this thread as our open thread for the second round as well.

-Michael B. -


Round Two


New England gets picks 37, 59

Cleveland gets pick 33

33. Cleveland Browns (From New England Patriots via Carolina Panthers) – Da’Quan Bowers DE, Clemson

New England is going to trade this pick to someone. Cleveland was willing to trade up for Phil Taylor but they still need more D-lineman, particularly at DE. Bowers is a first round talent who slips because of injury concerns. This is a steep price to pay but New England always seems to get these kinds of deals and Cleveland is playing with house money after getting Atlanta’s second rounder.

34. Buffalo Bills – Benjamin Ijalana OG/OT, Villanova

I’ve been giving the Bills a QB here for a while now but I’m starting to think that they are serious when they say they have confidence in Ryan Fitzpatrick going forward. If that’s true they need to find him some protection.


35. Cincinnati Bengals – Andy Dalton QB, TCU

The Bengals need to plan for the future after Carson Palmer, which could be the 2011 season if Palmer gets his way. Previously I’ve had Ryan Mallett going here but Dalton is a much better fit for Jay Gruden’s West Coast offense. Plus, apparently Gruden is in love with Dalton.


36. Denver Broncos – Stephen Paea DT, Oregon State

Denver passed on Marcell Dareus to take Von Miller, who I love, but who absolutely does not fit their defense. Heading into the second round they simply have to address the DT position.


37. New England Patriots (via Cleveland Browns) – Akeem Ayers OLB, UCLA

The rich keep getting richer. New England could’ve taken Ayers at pick 33 but instead they trade back and still get him. Ayers is a perfect fit for Belichick’s defense and N.E. must upgrade their pass-rush.


38. Arizona Cardinals – Brooks Reed DE/OLB, Arizona

The Cardinals have to upgrade their pass-rush. It’s ridiculous to have an aging Joey Porter and Clack Haggans at OLB.


39. Tennessee Titans – Marvin Austin DT, North Carolina

Austin is a top talent who falls because of character concerns. I’m sure Tennessee gave serious consideration to drafting Nick Fairley so why wouldn’t they take Austin here?


40. Dallas Cowboys – Rahim Moore FS, UCLA

Alan Ball was terrible last year and Gerald Sensabaugh is a free agent. Dallas probably needs a CB more but Jerry Jones doesn’t think so, and of course what Jerry says is what goes.


41. Washington Redskins – Colin Kaepernick QB, Nevada

Washington can’t be serious about Rex Grossman as their starting QB.


42. Houston Texans – Aaron Williams CB/FS, Texas

With no NT’s available, this pick will come down to the BPA at CB or Safety. Houston cut FS Eugene Wilson. Williams could play either position.


43. Minnesota Vikings – Kyle Rudolph TE, Notre Dame

New quarterback’s are usually accompanied by new weapons and Minnesota has been looking at TE’s throughout the draft process.


44. Detroit Lions – Brandon Harris CB, Miami

For some reason the Lions passed on Prince Amukamara in the first round. Harris would be a great fit for their defense as well as for their drafting philosophy of taking the BPA.


45. San Francisco 49ers – Randall Cobb WR, Kentucky

The 49ers are apparently going to stick with Alex Smith at QB, at least for Harbaugh’s first season. If they do, they’ll need to add some weapons to the offense to aide Smith.    


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. Plus new Head Coach John Fox likes to use a multiple-back system.


St. Louis gets picks 63, 128, 162

Pittsburgh gets pick 47

47. Pittsburgh Steelers (via St. Louis Rams) – Ras-I Dowling CB, Virginia

Pittsburgh opted to stay put in the first round, making the unsexy but solid pick of Cameron Heyward at DE. Arguably the Steelers biggest need is at CB, especially if they fail to resign Ike Taylor. Dowling is the last of the second tier CB’s and the drop off to the next tier is a steep one. If not for an injury-plagued final season at Virginia he probably would’ve been a first round pick. He’s a perfect fit for the Steelers defensive scheme as well as for the front office as he is a high-character guy. If the Steelers are going to trade up at any point in the draft it’ll need to be in the second round for a CB.


48. Oakland Raiders – Stefen Wisniewski OC/OG, Penn State

I’ve jokingly mocked the biggest and fastest players to Oakland in my mock drafts because owner Al Davis is obsessed with those attributes. But all joking aside Wisniewski makes perfect sense if he’s available. His Uncle Steve "The Wis" Wisniewski was a multi-year Pro bowler for the Raiders and now serves as their assistant offensive line coach, and Oakland needs help all along the offensive line. Last year’s starting OC Samson Satele is a free agent. In addition to that LG Robert Gallery is a free agent as well.


49. Washington Redskins (via Jacksonville Jaguars) – Torrey Smith WR, Maryland

Santana Moss is a free agent and Washington has nothing else at WR.


50. San Diego Chargers – Martez Wilson ILB, Illinois

All of San Diego’s ILB’s are free agents. 


51. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Allen Bailey DE, Miami

The Bucs make back-to-back picks at DE like they did last year with DT.  


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

Ahmad Bradshaw can’t stay healthy for an entire season.  


53. Indianapolis Colts – Rodney Hudson OG/OC, Florida State

Indy continues to upgrade its offensive line


Philly gets picks 68, 100

Buffalo gets pick 54

54. Buffalo Bills (via Philadelphia Eagles) – Sam Acho DE/OLB, Texas

Buffalo miss out on Von Miller in the first round but jump ahead of the chiefs and Patriots to get the best available pass-rushing OLB.     


55. Kansas City Chiefs – James Brewer OT, Indiana

K.C. wanted Nate Solder in the first round. They need an upgrade at RT.


56. New England Patriots (via New Orleans Saints) – Will Rackley OG, Lehigh

New England continues to upgrade its offensive line. Stephen Neal retired and Logan Mankins wants to be traded.   


57. Seattle Seahawks – Ryan Mallett QB, Arkansas

Matt Hasselbeck is a 35 year old free agent and Charlie Whitehurst is a career clipboard-holder. Pete Carroll has never had a problem getting players with character concerns before.


58. Baltimore Ravens – Justin Houston DE/OLB, UGA

Baltimore loves taking the BPA. They could use an upgrade at OLB opposite of Terrell Suggs and by taking Jimmy Smith in the first round it apparent that they aren’t afraid of character concerns.   


59. New England Patriots (from Cleveland Browns via Atlanta Falcons) – Jerrel Jernigan WR, Troy

New England needs someone who can burn the top off of the coverage. 


New England gets picks 86, 2012 second rounder

Kansas City gets pick 60

60. Kansas City Chiefs (via New England Patriots) – Jabaal Sheard DE/OLB, Pittsburgh

The Chiefs jump ahead of the Chargers to get a pass-rusher to pair with Tamba Hali.


61. San Diego Chargers (via New York Jets) – Marcus Gilbert OT, Florida

The Chargers have needed an upgrade over Jeremy Clary at RT for years. 


62. Chicago Bears – Orlando Franklin OG, Miami

Chicago has issues all along the offensive line. 


63. St. Louis Rams (via Pittsburgh Steelers) – Leonard Hankerson WR, Miami

St. Louis lacks a legitimate number one WR.


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

Cullen Jenkins is a free agent and Johnny Jolly can’t seem to stay out of trouble.