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We’ve gone one round deep in our previous mocks, and we’ll do one more first round just prior to Draft Day. This mock goes a little deeper, diving into what lies beyond Thursday night as the teams make their second-round picks. Note that the Broncos, Bucs, Eagles, and Chiefs all have two second-round selections and the Patriots have three; on the other hand, barring a trade the Redskins, Bears, Dolphins, Jaguars, Titans, and Falcons will be sitting out Round Two.
2.1 (33) St. Louis Rams — Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech
Round One: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma (1.1)
There are still some needs on the defensive side, but the opportunity to make a splash with a Bradford-to-Thomas connection—with the subsequent excitement generated in St. Louis—is too great to pass up. With an overnight to stare at the draft board, this might also be a prime “trade up to” spot that would give the Rams multiple selections later on.
2.2 (34) Detroit Lions — Jahvid Best, RB, California
Round One: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State (1.2)
In next week’s mock the Lions might be back to taking Ndamukong Suh, which means they’d almost have to go with an offensive lineman (Charles Brown) here; the way this one has played out, however, lets them add an electrifying back that might just remind Motown fans of a certain former Lions Hall of Famer.
2.3 (35) Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
Round One: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma (1.3)
Everything’s coming up Milhouse for the Bucs; they get their defensive tackle in Round One and can replace Antonio Bryant with Tate or possibly Arrelious Benn the second time around. And they still have another pick coming this round!
2.4 (36) Kansas City Chiefs — Charles Brown, OT, USC
Round One: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee (1.5)
If the offensive tackle position is picked clean the Chiefs could opt for Mount Cody in the middle of their 3-4 defense. But as this has played out, KC could upgrade at two positions by drafting Brown and kicking Branden Albert inside to guard or across the line to the right side.
2.5 (37) Philadelpha Eagles (from Redskins) — Nate Allen, S, South Florida
Round One: Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri (1.24)
Word is that Philly is looking to trade up and get a safety; in lieu of that, they take the pick acquired for Donovan McNabb and address the safety position here.
2.6 (38) Cleveland Browns — Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
Round One: Joe Haden, CB, Florida (1.7)
Isn’t Mike Holmgren the Quarterback Whisperer? Tebow has all the physical tools, so Walrus can mold him and shape him. And if that doesn’t work, Eric Mangini can switch to the spread and run Tebow and Joe Cribbs out of the backfield.
2.7 (39) Oakland Raiders — Vladimir Ducasse, OT, Massachusetts
Round One: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska (1.8)
There’s no blinding speed on the board, unless the Raiders have to have Dexter McCluster, so the Raiders reach (only a little) to fill a need with a guy that at minimum looks good getting off the team bus.
2.8 (40) San Diego Chargers (from Seahawks) — Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama
Round One: Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State (1.28)
It’s a great draft for the Chargers, who replaced LT in the first round and now find themselves in position to fill the gaping void at nose tackle left by Jamal Williams’ departure—for the low, low price of Charlie Whitehurst.
2.9 (41) Buffalo Bills — Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois
Round One: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
Unless the Bills really like Rodger Saffold or Selvish Capers and are willing to reach a bit for them here, the smarter move might be to follow the Rams’ lead (huh?) and lock down a pitch-and-catch combo for the next five-plus years.
2.10 (42) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Bears) — Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
Previously: McCoy (1.3), Tate (2.3)
The Bucs get yet another opportunity—their third in the first 42 picks—to address their pass rush (though the pick of McCoy). Dunlap has plenty of upside; maybe Raheem Morris can squeeze it out of him.
2.11 (43) Denver Broncos (from Dolphins) — Mardy Gilyard, WR, Cincinnati
Round One: Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama (1.11)
The Broncos weren’t happy to see wide receivers make up a third of the second-round selections ahead of them, but Gilyard gives them a playmaker who doesn’t seem likely to give Josh McDaniels headaches.
2.12 (44) New England Patriots (from Jaguars) — Ricky Sapp, OLB, Clemson
Round One: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State (1.22)
Bill Belichick holds three of the next 10 picks; assuming he doesn’t play “Let’s Make A Deal” with his draft board, the opportunity is to get younger on defense with high-upside talent that doesn’t carry a first-round price tag. Sapp kicks off this run by giving the Patriots a versatile edge rusher who’s a great fit for their defense.
2.13 (45) — Denver Broncos — Jon Asamoah, G, Illinois
Previously: McClain (1.11), Gilyard (2.11)
Having passed on Maurkice Pouncey in the first round (something that may be changed in next week’s mock), Denver needs to address their offensive line. Some scouts project Asamoah to play center in the NFL, and such a move would definitely address a gaping hole in the Broncos’ offense.
2.14 (46) New York Giants — Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida
Round One: Earl Thomas, S, Texas (1.15)
With the addition of Thomas and Spikes, the Giants’ defense gets significantly better up the middle. Daryl Washington or Sean Lee could also receive consideration here.
2.15 (47) New England Patriots (from Titans) — Corey Wootton, DE, Northwestern
Previously: Bryant (1.22); Sapp (2.12)
Another versatile player who could fit in New England’s defense in a variety of ways, Wootton has the size and strength to play as an end as well as the quickness to play up as a linebacker. Now you see why Belichick stocked up on 2010 picks.
2.16 (48) Carolina Panthers — Damian Williams, WR, USC
No previous picks
There are needs along the defensive line, but unless Carolina wants to plug Brian Price into the middle of their defense (which is certainly an option). Williams gives Matt Moore a target opposite Steve Smith, though the run-first Panthers may opt for a bigger receiver (Brandon LaFell or Eric Decker) who brings something to the table as a downfield blocker.
2.17 (49) — San Francisco 49ers — Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama
Round One: Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho (1.13); Sergio Kindle, LB, Texas (1.17)
The trade for Ted Ginn addresses San Francisco’s need for help in the return game, which maybe frees them up as to which corner they could take; Jackson’s Tide teammate, Javier Arenas, might have been the pick prior to the Ginn deal. The Niners have other options at the position as well, with the likes of Dominique Franks, Perrish Cox, and Brandon Ghee still on the board.
2.18 (50) Kansas City Chiefs (from Falcons) — Sean Lee, ILB, Penn State
Previously: Berry (1.5); Brown (2.4)
Brian Price is the best tackle on the board, but he’s not a pure nose tackle; that’s what the Chiefs need, and there will be some true wide bodies on the board when KC’s pick comes up again. Lee and Daryl Washington give the Chiefs options at the inside linebacker position, though adding a wide receiver might also come up in conversation.
2.19 (51) Houston Texans — Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech
Round One: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State (1.20)
One reason the Texans might not be so quick to pull the trigger on a between-the-tackles running back in the first round is the need for a corner. The other is a plethora of that type of back in this class. Dwyer may have been slow at the combine, but he’s at least capable of sharing a workload with Steve Slaton.
2.20 (52) Pittsburgh Steelers — Tyson Alualu, DT/DE, California
Round One: Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida (1.18)
Alualu projects to be an end in Pittsburgh’s defense, which needs to get younger in a hurry. The Steelers could also look at some legit nose tackles, but Alualu is the best available player who’s also a fit for their scheme.
2.21 (53) New England Patriots — Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona
Previously: Bryant (1.22); Sapp (2.12); Wootton (2.15)
Gronkowski is the top tight end on some boards, but a problematic back knocked him out of the first round. He’s a far lesser risk as the Patriots’ fourth selection of this draft. Besides, Alge Crumpler ain’t the long-term solution.
2.22 (54) Cincinnati Bengals — Perrish Cox, CB, Oklahoma State
Round One: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma (1.21)
Cornerback isn’t a need for the Bengals, but there’s no good fit for their linebacker needs and cover corners are harder to come by than d-line help. Brian Price is an option, as is a wideout—though that’s less likely after the Antonio Bryant signing.
2.23 (55) Philadelphia Eagles — Greg Hardy, DE, Mississippi
Previously: Weatherspoon (1.24); Allen (2.5)
A naturally gifted pass rusher with motivation questions? Having filled needs at linebacker and safety, the Eagles can afford to swing for the fences here.
2.24 (56) Green Bay Packers — Amari Spievey, CB, Iowa
Round One: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers (1.23)
The Packers need to get younger in the secondary, and Spievey appears to be the best fit for them to do just that. Alternatives include a rush linebacker like Eric Norwood or more help along the offensive line.
2.25 (57) Baltimore Ravens — Brian Price, DT, UCLA
Round One: Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State (2.25)
Some scouts believe Price will require significant motivation to reach his vast potential, and there isn’t a much better motivator than having Ray Lewis in your earhole. Baltimore will find a way to put Price’s ability to work in their 3-4; he can part-time it behind Kelly Gregg and Haloti Ngata until Lewis has him whipped into shape.
2.26 (58) Arizona Cardinals — Brandon Ghee, CB, Wake Forest
Round One: Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland (1.26)
Arizona loves their cornerbacks fast, and Ghee certainly brings speed to the table. Wide receiver Brandon LaFell is an option here as well, as is an interior lineman like Mike Johnson or John Jerry to upgrade the Cardinals’ new commitment to the ground game.
2.27 (59) Dallas Cowboys — Rodger Saffold, OT, Indiana
Round One: Taylor Mays, S, USC
The Cowboys have a gaping hole on the left side, and Saffold is the best remaining option left to fill it. Another option would be John Jerry, who isn’t necessarily the guy to fill the void, but as a prototypical Dallas lineman (6-5, 330) provides the flexibility to shuffle things around up front.
2.28 (60) Seattle Seahawks (from Chargers) — Reshad Jones, S, Georgia
Round One: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa (1.6); C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson (1.14)
With no real pass-rushing help on the board, the Seahawks opt to improve their secondary. Their depth chart is particularly thin at safety, and Jones looks to give them the physical presence they’re lacking.
2.29 (61) New York Jets — Arthur Jones, DT, Syracuse
Round One: Jerry Hughes, OLB, TCU
Jones has size, speed, and athletic ability, but scouts question whether he’ll show up to play on a consistent basis. Rex Ryan seems like the kind of coach who can make that happen.
2.30 (62) Minnesota Vikings — Colt McCoy, QB, Texas
Round One: Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
McCoy’s intangibles are off the charts, but his best shot at NFL success will come in a West Coast scheme; a year or two of clipboard duty wouldn’t hurt either. The Vikings provide the former and quite likely the latter if Brett Favre comes back for one more year. He’ll slide this far because of his height, or lack thereof, but it’s worth noting that the only NFL starting quarterback shorter than him is also the only one whose team won a Super Bowl last year.
2.31 (63) Indianapolis Colts — Jared Veldheer, OT, Hillsdale
Round One: Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State
This is a tough call; the Colts won’t draft a player simply for need, but two of the better players left on the board—Veldheer and LB Daryl Washington—fit both Indy’s scheme and their needs. In the end, protecting Peyton Manning’s backside with an alum of line coach Howard Mudd’s former school carries the day.
2.32 (64) New Orleans Saints — Daryl Washington, LB, TCU
Round One: Everson Griffen, DE, USC
If Washington falls this far the Saints will sprint to the podium. He not only upgrades their linebacking corps but is also a tremendous blitzer—something Gregg Williams loves to do a lot of.
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