This is the second round of my 7 round mock draft. After ironing out a few discrepancies in the first round, this round should look a little smoother. A lot of talent is available in the second round, and its arguable that many of these players have first round talent. I did go heavy on quarterbacks and cornerbacks in the first round, and that trend still continues in the second. Please feel free to argue and critique this round, as I work towards what the third round may look like.
I'm eager to hear what you have to say about pick 60, which I don't think many will agree with. Lets find out.
33. New England Patriots – Muhammed Wilkerson, DE/DT, Temple
I know you guys said he is a definite first rounder, but someone has to fall, right? Let’s keep our fingers crossed. After taking a pass rushing DE/OLB, the Patriots have a chance to assess their defensive line as well. Wilkerson is bigger than Kerrigan, and at 305, he has the size to stay on the line in the NFL. He was a presence and a leader at Temple, but didn’t put up eye popping stats due to constant double teams. Unless a big name offensive lineman falls this far, look for them to grab a pass rusher, or look at the wide receivers available.
Other options – OLB Justin Houston, DE Jeremy Beal
34. Buffalo Bills – DeMarcus Love, OT, Arkansas
With still no quarterbacks to take, and Buffalo already taking their defensive tackle of the future, look for them to dip down a little to take an offensive lineman. They desperately need depth for their offensive line, and Love, even though possibly being available in the middle of the round, adds solid depth for the Bills.
Other options – G Stefen Wisniewski, LB Bruce Carter
35. Cincinnati Bengals – Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech
The Bengals add to their offensive improvements by taking the second highest ranked running back in the draft. Williams has been proving people wrong his whole football career, and players like that seem to blossom in the NFL.
Other options – RB Mikel Leshoure, C Rodney Hudson
36. Denver Broncos – Rahim Moore, S, UCLA
The top rated safety finally comes off the board as Moore goes to the Broncos. Moore not only has the size and strength to compete, but hasn’t missed a game in his college career. His toughness is his biggest asset, and he can come into the Broncos’ secondary and compete for playing time right away.
Other options – CB Ras-I Dowling, TE Kyle Rudolph
37. Cleveland Browns – Jeremy Beal, DE, Oklahoma
Beal put up tremendous statistics and stat numbers for Oklahoma all through college, and became a force on the Sooners’ defensive line. His size limits him somewhat, and he may be converted to outside linebacker for the Browns, or be asked to beef up a bit. Beal’s tenacity can’t be ignored though, and can definitely help a porous Brown’s defense.
Other options – LB Bruce Carter, DT Phil Taylor
38. Arizona Cardinals – Rodney Hudson, C/G, Florida State
After fixing their defensive line woes with Robert Quinn, look for Arizona to assess their offensive line next and take the top available talent. Hudson, although a center, can have an impact for the Cardinals and may take the top center position away or adjust and play guard.
Other Options – CB Ras-I Dowling
39. Tennessee Titans – Bruce Carter, LB, North Carolina
If the Titans lose Stephen Tulloch to free agency, look for them to replace him on the roster with the young and talented Bruce Carter, the highest ranked ILB in the draft. Other options – DT Corey Liuget
40. Dallas Cowboys – Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia
Although the Cowboys already took a cornerback, they may be desperate enough to take another. If no top rated offensive linemen are available, look for them to continue to strengthen the weak secondary.
Other options – S DeAndre McDaniel, OT Ben Ijalana
41. Washington Redskins – Justin Houston, DE/OLB, Georgia
Judging from the start of the second round, a lot of talent may slip out of the first round and into the beginning of the second. Now that the Redskins have their hopeful future quarterback, they can look towards their defense now. They need defensive lineman more than they need linebackers, but Houston’s talent is too much to pass up on all the way down at 41. Other options – DT Phil Taylor
42. Houston Texans – Corey Liuget, DE/DT, Illinois
Houston seems to keep drafting defensive talent, but still not producing on defense as a whole. This could be the draft that finally puts them over the top. Liuget has been going in the late first round in some mock drafts, but is a work in-progress type of pick. He has the potential to definitely become a leader on the defensive line. Other options – DT Phil Taylor, S DeAndre McDaniel
43. Minnesota Vikings – Stefen Wisniewski, C/G, Penn State
One of my favorite players in the draft, I was hoping he’d drop down to the Patriots. However, the Vikings desperately need help on their interior line, and Wisniewski’s draft stock is rising every day. That combination makes this a great pick for Minnesota. Other options – Shouldn’t look anywhere else.
44. Detroit Lions – Benjamin Ijalana, OT/G, Villanova
Ijalana is certainly an interesting prospect, and he is all over peoples draft boards, from the first to third round. The Lions need offensive line help to get that running game going, so look for them to take the versatile Ijalana and develop him into exactly what they need. Other options – ILB Martez Wilson.
45. San Francisco 49ers – Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh
Even with having multiple quarterbacks this season, Baldwin still put up a very productive season. He’s a freak at 6’5”, 230, and has a great vertical leap. He should go crazy at the combine this year, and may slide into the first round. No matter what, the 49ers need wide receivers, so look for them to take the best one available here. Other options – WR Leonard Hankerson, QB Pat Devlin
46. Denver Broncos – Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame
Yes, he’s slightly injury prone. Yes, some people may say he’s slightly overrated because he’s the best TE prospect in a weak class. I don’t buy into that. Rudolph can be a real weapon for a team, especially if he’s in the right system. The Broncos need a young tight end, and they’ll take a chance on Rudolph here. His physical talents are too much to ignore. Other options – ILB Martez Wilson
47. St. Louis Rams – Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois
The Rams could use someone besides Steven Jackson to hand the ball off to, and while Leshoure might not be the next Adrian Peterson, he’s a reliable running back-up and a good weapon backing up Jackson.
Other options – CB Jimmy Smith, CB Aaron Williams
48. Oakland Raiders – Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
Will Asomugha return to the Raiders? I have absolutely no clue. I’ll assume he won’t, making the Raiders desperate for cornerbacks. Jimmy Smith is the best cornerback left on the board, so this should be a no-brainer. However, we are talking about Al Davis, so I can’t make guarantees. What’s this guy’s 40? Other options – CB Aaron Williams
49. Jacksonville Jaguars – Martez Wilson, ILB, Illinois
Third Illinois player chosen in the 2nd round, and well deserved. Martez Wilson had a solid collegiate career, and is one of the top defensive talents left on the board. The Jaguars have multiple holes throughout their whole team, and could go in different directions here, but Wilson helps fill a large gap at ILB. Other options – QB Colin Kaepernick, CB Aaron Williams, S Quinton Carter
50. San Diego Chargers – Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami
Hankerson is another prospect that seems to be all over peoples’ draft boards. Mid 2nd-round seems to be right about average though, and his potential alone definitely makes this a solid pick for the Chargers. San Diego may lose both Vincent Jackson and Malcolm Floyd in the offseason, and Hankerson’s play-making ability partially fills in that void. Other options – OLB Mason Foster
51. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Mason Foster, OLB, Washington
Mason Foster is quickly shooting up draft boards, and with the lack of OLB talent available right now, may wind up moving up here to 51. Tampa Bay needs a lot of new faces in its linebacking core, and Foster is a very good start. Tampa Bay also needs offensive line help, but they may wait a little longer. Other options – G John Moffitt, WR Jerrel Jernigan
52. New York Giants – Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor
The Giants wisely filled their biggest need in the first round with an offensive tackle, and now get to select the best available player left on the board. Phil Taylor drops down the draft for me, but I’m not quite sure why. Maybe it’s just the position. His impressive Senior Bowl week may boost him a lot higher than this. Other options – Don’t pass this guy
53. Indianapolis Colts – Quinton Carter, S, Oklahoma
The Colts could go two ways here, either assess their weakness at strong safety or at defensive tackle. Quinton Carter is a very impressive player though, and he has the fundamentals necessary to contribute right away. Look for them to take the NFL-ready player here over the risky Paea. Other options – DT Stephen Paea
54. Philadelphia Eagles – Curtis Brown, CB, Texas
I know I have a lot of cornerbacks being taken early in this draft, but cornerback seems to be a huge need for every team in the NFL all of a sudden. This boosts their stock. Curtis Brown is a great cover corner though, part of a dynamic duo for the Longhorns this season. Look for the Eagles to assess their secondary problems here and in free agency. Other options – CB Kendric Burney
55. Kansas City Chiefs – Drake Nevis, DT, LSU
Nevis had a phenomenal final year at LSU, and is the best available player right now. It just so happens that defensive tackle is one of the biggest needs for the Chiefs. With Nevis and Cameron Heywards, the Chiefs are making out like bandits in this draft so far. Other options – DT Stephen Paea
56. New Orleans Saints – Sam Acho, DE/OLB, Texas
Although the Saints took Watt in the first round, they are going to continue to look at addressing their lack of a pass rush. Acho’s Senior Bowl performance boosted him into the second round, and should fit right into what the Saints are looking for. Other options – Some running back
57. Seattle Seahawks – Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada
If anything, this may just be a pick to put pressure on Matt Hasselback to come back healthy and strong next season. Kaepernick is not yet NFL-ready, but was known in Nevada for being extremely coachable. He’s worth taking a risk this high, especially for a team with a question mark next to quarterback a couple years from now. Other options – QB Pat Devlin
58. Baltimore Ravens – John Moffitt, G, Wisconson
The Ravens could use some offensive line depth to get Ray Rice back statistically to where he has been in years past. Moffitt is a solid offensive lineman that plays both guard positions well, and has big game experience with Wisconson. Other options – G/T Marcus Cannon
59. Atlanta Falcons – Marcus Cannon, G/T, TCU
The Falcons could lose Tyson Clabo and Harvey Dahl to free agency, and need some help on the offensive line to make their potent offense even more explosive. They have questions on defense as well, but look for them to focus on offensive in this draft. Other options – G Danny Watkins
60. New England Patriots – Danny Watkins, G, Baylor
Three guards in a row? Yes. Did we get the best one? Not so sure. Danny Watkins is already 27, but has the experience and skills to immediately come in a play consistently. If we lose Logan Mankins, we need someone here like Watkins that can immediately contribute, without shelling out a lot of money for an aging veteran. It’s a dicey pick, but it could work out incredibly. Other options – OLB Brooks Reed
61. San Diego Chargers – Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State
Paea may end up being an injury prone bust, but the Chargers can take that chance with their third pick. He has a lot of upside, and has shown he could be a first-round caliber DT. However, he’s also shown he has a lot of downside too, and could very well fall into the late rounds after the combine and individual workouts. Other options – OLB Brooks Reed, CB Kendric Burney
62. Chicago Bears – Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State
I have no idea why I’m making this decision. Maybe part of me feels like Jay Cutler may end up getting run out of town, or maybe this Christian Ponder bandwagon is growing even bigger than I had originally thought. I can’t imagine him slipping into the third round, but I also don’t see many teams taking a quarterback in the second round. Other (more realistic) options – WR Jerrel Jernigan
63. Pittsburgh Steelers – Kendric Burney, CB, North Carolina
The Steelers could use some help at cornerback, especially if Ike Taylor is lost to free agency. Kendric Burney is another play who has shot up the draft boards because of his performance during Senior Bowl week, and should land in Pittsburgh. Other options – CB Rashad Carmichael
64. Green Bay Packers – Christian Ballard, DE/DT, Iowa
Green Bay only has a few holes to fill, and Ballard is not only filling a hole on the defensive line, but is also the best player available. Solid fit for the packers. Other options – None.