2011 NFL Mock Draft: Complete NFL Draft 1st and 2nd Round Predictions

Wes ODonnellFeatured ColumnistFebruary 11, 2011

2011 NFL Mock Draft: Complete NFL Draft 1st and 2nd Round Predictions

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    The NFL Draft order is officially set, we are a couple of weeks away from the NFL Scouting Combine and player rankings are finally starting to take shape.

    The aftermath of the collegiate All-Star games has given us a few surprises jumping up into first round consideration, while a few other big names are starting to feel the heat of sticking in the conversation.

    The defensive front seven is heavily represented in this first round while the skill positions pick up more in the second.

    Things will certainly change a lot after the NFL Scouting Combine as players give us official height, weight, strength and speed numbers.

    Here is a look at how I see the first two rounds as of now.

1. Carolina Pathers: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn

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    Nick Fairley is the most disruptive defensive force in the country. The 6'5", 300-pounder has incredible quickness, strength and power off the snap and can find his way into the opposing backfield before the quarterback even realizes his presence.

    He possesses violent hands, a nasty inside punch and plays with a mean streak that can sometimes get him into trouble.

    He is one of the top five prospects in the country but fills a need for the Carolina Panthers immediately.

    The league's worst team last season is in desperate need of a defensive playmaker upfront since the departure of Julius Peppers.

    Clemson's Da'Quan Bowers is also a possibility at the defensive end position but I like Fairley more at No. 1 because of his ability to change a game in a single play.

    The Panthers may also consider Bowers, LSU defensive back Patrick Peterson or Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green.

2. Denver Broncos: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU

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    The LSU cornerback has a rare combination of size, speed, athleticism and playmaking skills that have not been seen in a cornerback prospect for some time. He still has potential to get even better and his abilities in the return game are an added bonus for a player who can do everything defensively.

    The Denver Broncos had a terrible defense last season and need help at all three levels.

    All-Pro cornerback Champ Bailey may or may not be back for the Broncos but either way they could use an upgrade for the future at the position.

    Peterson can fill in immediately if Bailey goes or lineup across from him as an immediate starter in addition to contributing on both punt and kick returns.

    The Broncos may also consider addressing the defensive line and players such as Bowers or Marcell Dareus cannot be ruled out just yet; Peterson is the No. 1 prospect on my board, though.

3. Buffalo Bills: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama

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    The Alabama big man is an incredible athlete for a player of his size. At about 6'3", 303-pounds, Dareus has remarkable quickness, lateral agility and speed. He can anchor against the run, pursue plays for the backside and he is fast enough to chase down quarterbacks and string out plays to the sideline.

    He is the No. 2 defensive tackle prospect on the board and grades out higher at a position of need for the Buffalo Bills than any other player.

    Buffalo may have a serviceable quarterback in Ryan Fitzpatrick and none of the signal callers in this class are worth a top three pick in my mind anyway.

    Some have likened the Bills to going after a defensive end/outside linebacker such as Texas A&M's Von Miller or UNC's Robert Quinn because of their 3-4 defensive scheme yet the Bills were the worst rush defense in the league last season.

    Dareus' ability to disrupt plays in the backfield in both the run and pass games, in addition to coming from a 3-4 in college, make him my choice for Buffalo still.

4. Cincinnati Bengals: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia

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    At 6'4", 205 pounds, A.J. Green is a tremendous athlete at the wide receiver position. The former Bulldog has everything: top-end speed, quickness, agility, leaping ability, hands and he is a solid route runner.

    The Cincinnati Bengals could have as many as four different starters at the offensive skill positions next season with Carson Palmer getting ready to sell his house (he's not going to be traded, though), Terrell Owens becoming a free agent, Chad Ochocinco unlikely to have his option picked up and Cedric Benson slated for free agency as well; A.J. Green would be an incredible building block to start over with.

    Cincinnati may be able to start Jerome Simpson on one side but A.J. Green is one of the top three players on my board and may even be worthy of consideration at No. 1 overall.

    The Bengals could also go after one of the top three defensive lineman if any of them fall to them and, in this case, Bowers may be an option.

    There is also the outside chance Carson Palmer really does decide to pack it in early and the Bengals decide to grab their quarterback of the future before anyone else gets a shot at any of them, but this is highly unlikely.

5. Arizona Cardinals: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M

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    The Texas A&M Aggie is the most highly sought-after senior on many draft boards in 2011. He has incredible speed and quickness off the edge and has an uncanny ability of getting to quarterback. He successfully displayed enough talent as a full-time linebacker in space and coverage and is deservingly being considered a top three selection.

    The way the board falls here, the Cardinals catch a seriously lucky break at No. 5 overall.

    Miller can ideally play as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the Cardinals system and can use his natural gifts as a pass rusher to elevate a defense that is in desperate need for a playmaker after losing so many players in free agency one year ago.

    Arizona may also be in the market for a quarterback, but I cannot justify that selection at the moment, even though none of their current quarterbacks are worthy of starting either.

6. Cleveland Browns: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson

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    The nation's leader in sacks this season is a big-time athlete off the edge with a complete skill set for the next level. Bowers is 6'4", 280 pounds, has good top-end speed and also has a ton of power to go along with it; he is a complete pass rusher that finally put it all together this season.

    The Browns are in need of high quality players on both sides of the ball and are fortunate enough to get a shot at one of the players many consider to be a potential No. 1.

    Cleveland is also expected to make a switch back from the 3-4 to the 4-3 and Bowers is an ideal 4-3 defensive end. He has too much value and upside for the Browns to pass on and I would be surprised if he slides any further than this pick.

    There are not many other prospects that would be selected ahead of him in this scenario. If he was taken earlier, the Browns would likely take whatever player falls because of it (Fairley, Peterson, Dareus, Green or Miller).

7. San Francisco 49ers: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri

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    The most complete quarterback prospect in this class has all the tools to succeed at the next level and just needs a bit of time to get it all together. Blaine Gabbert has above average athleticism for the position, has good spin on the football, can push it vertically and has the accuracy to go with it.

    The quarterback rankings are still a bit of a question mark but most concur that Gabbert is No. 1 at the top. The 49ers have a few other holes, but quarterback is the biggest.

    They could opt to sign a quarterback via free agency but since the CBA negotiations will likely prohibit that until after the draft, there is no indication of who will be available or on their radar.

    Alex and Troy Smith proved not to be the answer last season and until another viable opportunity appears, the draft is their best bet to get the quarterback of the future, even if he is not ready yet.

8. Tennessee Titans: Cameron Jordan, DE, California

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    The big defensive end offers positional versatility along the defensive front, displays a good set of pass rush moves and has seen his draft stock soar as of late.

    Jordan burst onto the Senior Bowl practice scene and was virtually unblockable for most of the week. This is a bit high, in my mind, for where he should be, but he may test very well at the NFL Scouting Combine and in this scenario I think he would be a potential pick for Tennessee.

    The Titans may lose some players in free agency and Jordan brings a ton of talent and raw potential that can still be developed. 

    Tennessee could also look at any of the available quarterbacks as well as Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara.

9. Dallas Cowboys: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska

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    The Nebraska senior has all the tools of a shutdown corner and brings a plethora of experience against top-notch talent. He has solid top-end speed, tackling skills, ball skills and excels in coverage.

    Amukamara is the second highest-rated corner on the board and is too good of a value to pass up in this position.

    The Dallas Cowboys have some other needs but could definitely use an upgrade in the secondary with all the weapons they have in-division each season. A playmaking safety is the biggest need but none grade out high enough for this pick and neither do offensive tackles.

    If Amukamara is drafted before the Cowboys select, I would expect them to look for a trading partner to move down.

10. Washington Redskins: Jake Locker, QB, Washington

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    The senior quarterback has elite physical tools, an arm that can make all the throws and the intangibles to lead any team; in short, he has everything you look for in a franchise quarterback.

    I may be one of the few left who believe he has first round talent. His issues with accuracy are definite cause for concern, but I cannot overlook everything else he can possibly do at the next level.

    Quarterbacks are often over-drafted, but, in my opinion, it is typically for the right reason: If you do not think your quarterback can get you to the Super Bowl, then you do not have a quarterback at all.

    The Redskins have plenty of other holes to fill but coach Mike Shanahan needs a quarterback that he is comfortable with.

    I do not believe that Cam Newton or Ryan Mallett can be that guy for Shanahan, but I do believe Locker can be.

11. Houston Texans: Robert Quinn, DE/OLB, UNC

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    Robert Quinn is a terrorizing pass rusher off the edge. He has incredible top-end speed and has a knack for disrupting every quarterback he lines up against.

    The Texans are switching over to the 3-4 defense and Quinn is the type of prospect that can help set up that scheme efficiently.

    Houston was awful against the pass last season but also had no pass rush help outside of Mario Williams.

    Quinn could rise higher in the coming weeks, especially if Von Miller gets any higher than No. 5.

12. Minnesota Vikings: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

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    Cam Newton has the most upside out of any prospect in the entire draft. His combination of elite physical tools and athleticism will be difficult for almost any team to pass on. He has a strong arm and can make all the necessary throws.

    The Vikings are in a jam at the quarterback position and essentially do not have one. Tarvaris Jackson does not seem to be the answer for them and while they have other needs to fulfill, quarterback is as big as any of them.

    Newton will have a lot of work to do if he wants to be successful at the next level, but if he goes to Minnesota he will be given a number of talented skill players around him.

13. Detroit Lions: Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA

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    The UCLA Bruin is a do-it-all linebacker with fantastic physical tools and overall ability. He can rush the passer, drop in coverage and make plays in space against the run as well.

    Detroit would have loved to have Prince Amukamara fall to them but no other cornerback is worthy of a selection at this point in my eyes.

    Ayers can come in and be an impact player immediately on a team that is improving year by year. He will be a valuable asset to the team's growth with defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and could be a starter for years to come.

14. St. Louis Rams: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama

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    Jones is a physical freak and has developed into a solid all-around weapon on the outside. He is big, fast, strong and has developed into a solid route runner as well. His big body and hands are tough to fight off and he is a very physical player on the outside.

    Jones is the No. 2 receiver on the board and may be the only other prospect that warrants first round consideration at this point.

    The Rams desperately need weapons around franchise quarterback Sam Bradford and Jones is the perfect receiver to add this season.

15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama

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    The former Heisman Trophy winner is patient in the hole, has great vision, burst and strength in between the tackles and is simply a tough, tough runner.

    He is the only running back worthy of first round grade on many draft boards and there are not too many teams in need of a starting caliber running back either.

    Miami will likely lose both Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown this offseason and it may be time to go in another direction altogether at the position.

    The Dolphins could be tempted to take a big arm passer like Ryan Mallett at this selection, but I do not think a rookie that is not ready to contribute will help coach Tony Sparano's cause.

16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ryan Kerrigan, DE/OLB, Purdue

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    Kerrigan is a hardworking prospect with a tough-nosed attitude who simply plays football. He has good speed and burst around the edge and knows how to get leverage underneath bigger opposition.

    The Jaguars crumbled down the stretch last season and their secondary suffered due to a lack of production from the pass rush up front.

    The senior defensive/outside linebacker may be a bit undersized but he is accustomed to that style of play. His ability off the edge can only help the Jaguars rush the opposition and that is important in a division where they see Peyton Manning and Matt Schaub twice a season.

17. New England Patriots (via Oakland): J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin

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    The Wisconsin junior has an incredible motor accompanied with great athleticism for a man his size. He never stops, can lineup inside or outside and uses athleticism to wreak havoc in backfields.

    Watt is one of many second tier defensive end prospects.

    The first of many Patriot draft picks in 2011, Watt fills a need along the defensive front for a team that is not getting any younger in the trenches.

    His versatility and attitude make him a good fit for the Patriots here and he has the potential to make an impact immediately.

18. San Diego Chargers: Aldon Smith, DE/OLB, Missouri

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    An incredibly athletic and long prospect with a ton of raw upside, Smith has yet to tap into his full potential. He is a great pass-rushing threat off the edge and has enough ability to learn how to become a complete 3-4 outside linebacker.

    Smith is another of the front seven prospects that is expected to fall in the middle of the first round and could hear his name called earlier if he tests well.

    The Chargers are still looking for an effective replacement for Shawne Merriman and Smith fits that ideal position. 

19. New York Giants: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College

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    The former tight end has rounded into a solid all-around lineman prospect with good athleticism, size and feet for the position. Castonzo has enough versatility to try either side of the line or kick inside if necessary.

    Castonzo may not grade out as the top offensive lineman prospect on everyone's board, but what he brings to the table fits nicely at this spot.

    New York ran into some serious offensive line woes this season and that is something that cannot happen if they wish to be successful again. While they held it together in pass protection, the run game was not the same and Giants linemen are starting to age despite still being productive.

    Castonzo fits perfectly for what the Giants will want, considering he is from Boston College, and the Giants can afford to let him play a number of position to see where he will fit best.

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa

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    Adrian Clayborn is a productive, instinctive and hardworking defensive lineman that will benefit almost any team. He has good size, speed and versatility and can rush the pass as well as play the run.

    He graded out higher in the beginning of the season but is a solid value pick at this spot in the draft considering the way the board fell.

    Tampa Bay had a very good season in 2010 but still had trouble rushing the passer. Clayborn is not a demon off the edge but will do a nice job of pressuring the pocket and can anchor down against the run as well.

21. Kansas City Chiefs: Justin Houston, DE/OLB, Georgia

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    Houston was a very disruptive force at Georgia this season and found a number of ways to get into the backfield of his opponents. He has good speed, size and burst but, most importantly, he has the mentality needed to attack quarterbacks.

    A rising draft prospect, Houston can still move up a bit more in my mind but he is a solid get here for a team in need.

    The Chiefs have a lot of holes for a team that won their division last season, but if free agency does damage to them, then Houston is the perfect insurance policy for Tamba Hali. If Hali stays, Houston can take over for Mike Vrabel, who certainly is not getting any faster.

22. Indianapolis Colts: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado

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    The Colorado offensive tackle has the great upside but is still very raw. He has a massive frame that is carried well and actually looks thin. He has top-notch athleticism for the position and could develop into a franchise left tackle.

    He would be the second tackle off the board in this scenario and while he may grade out higher than the man in front of him, team preferences could knock him down a bit.

    The Colts are always in need of protecting Peyton Manning and Solder could be the next one to lineup on his blindside. It will take some time for him to get it all together but the value at 22 is as good as any.

23. Philadelphia Eagles: Tyron Smith, OT, USC

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    Smith is an intriguing prospect with great physical tools, limited experience on the left side and a frame that still has some ability to grow. He possesses top-notch athleticism and is strong with potential to get much stronger.

    Now the tackles are starting to come off the board quickly and teams will start making the preferential selections as they continue to dwindle. There is a large number of top-tier to second-tier talents on the line and Smith is one of them.

    Philadelphia's Andy Reid likes to strengthen the trenches early in drafts and the Eagles could definitely use an upgrade or two on the offensive line. If Michael Vick really is the future then an athletic tackle like Smith fits very well.

24. New Orleans Saints: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois

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    The Illini defensive tackle has good instincts for the position, he is very active and displays good overall quickness on the line. He has as much ability as any of the other second tier defensive tackles in the class.

    There are a lot of defensive tackles that can come off the board in this area but Liuget has separated himself a bit from the pack.

    New Orleans needs help rushing the passer but there are not many defensive ends left on the board at this point that can help them. Liuget's ability, along side Sedrick Ellis, will help free up pass rushing opportunities and his value is too much to pass up at this point. 

25. Seattle Seahawks: Mike Pouncey, OG/C, Florida

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    He has good awareness, versatility and toughness on the offensive line. He can lineup anywhere on the inside, including center, and brings a ton of top-notch experience to the field.

    He is the No. 1 interior lineman on my board and continues to move up in mock drafts.

    The Seahawks need help at a lot of positions but could definitely go for an upgrade on the interior offensive line. Pouncey can start from Day 1 and be a force inside for years.

26. Baltimore Ravens: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami (FL)

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    Harris possesses ideal size, top-end speed and agility for the cornerback position, and he is a willing tackler who excels in coverage.

    The cornerback rankings are up for debate at this point but I like Harris because of where he comes from and how solid he can be.

    The Ravens have a few holes to fill across the field, including the wide receiver position, but I am not a fan of reaching for any of the receivers when the cornerback position needs to be upgraded as well. Baltimore can wait to add a young receiver and sure up their secondary now.

27. Atlanta Falcons: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado

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    Smith is an interesting prospect that some are much more fond of then others. He has above average size for the position, and he is a good, physical corner that can play the ball and is a willing tackler.

    Cornerbacks are starting to come off the board now and the number of talented prospects that could surface from now until the end of the second round is remarkable.

    The Falcons were good last season but were not that good and their lack of depth at the cornerback position is a cause for concern. Smith is a rising prospect who can bring both youth and ability to secondary immediately.

28. New England Patriots: Cameron Heyward, DT, Ohio State

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    The big man from Ohio State brings athleticism, versatility and a nasty streak to the NFL from solid football bloodlines. He can lineup in multiple positions, display the ability to take over at times and has a ton of experience against top competition.

    Heyward is one of the last defensive lineman carrying a first round grade and his value is hard to pass up at this point.

    New England's second pick in the first round is one I think they may move. I will not project trades in the mock but in typical Belichick fashion, with another pick at the top of the second round, I could see him moving out to let another team in for a player he does not care about.

    Heyward is similar, yet different from their pick at No. 17 (Watt) and both could be used on either side of Vince Wilfork on the Patriots defensive front. Gerard Warren is 32 years old and both these youngsters could be stars in this system that sent Richard Seymour away.

29. Chicago Bears: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin

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    He is a four-year starter with solid versatility, production and experience out of a great offensive line program. 

    Carimi gets mixed opinions from most and I do not see him as franchise left tackle material, but he will be a solid starter in the league.

    His abilities can fit almost anywhere on Chicago's front line and whether he's at right tackle or kicks inside, he will be an upgrade to help keep Jay Cutler standing upright next season.

30. New York Jets: Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor

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    This mammoth nose tackle will surprise people with his agility and footwork for a man his size. Possibly the only true nose tackle in the draft, he carries his weight rather well and does a solid job of eating of blockers to allow his teammates open lanes.

    With not many big nose tackles available, Taylor's ability could drive his value up to this stage in the draft.

    New York's 3-4 defense has gotten decent play at the nose tackle position in the absence of Kris Jenkins but I do not believe they can count on him anymore. Taylor's clogging ability and youth at the position should be a welcome addition.

31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor

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    Watkins has great athleticism with light feet and agility. He has a great motor and nasty streak and possesses great leadership qualities with only four years of organized football under his belt.

    He has flown up draft boards since the Senior Bowl and could be an ideal fit for the Steelers on the inside. The Baylor product will be a 27-year-old rookie however.

    The Steelers need help up front and Watkins has become a hot commodity as of late. This late in the first round is the time teams will take a shot on a player they really like and Watkins can be exactly that.

32. Green Bay Packers: Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State

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    Sherrod is a solid all-around prospect who can do everything well but nothing great. He has solid production out of a tough conference and is versatile enough to move around the line as well.

    A lot of this fellow tackles have come off the board already and he is one the last that carries a first round grade.

    The Super Bowl champions could use some depth up front on the offensive line for the future and with not many other glaring needs or value selections here, Sherrod at least brings starting caliber depth to the roster.

    Coach McCarthy may also opt to trade down here.

     

    That concludes the first round and now we begin the second.

33. New England Patriots (via Carolina): Mikel LeShoure, RB, Illinois

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    The Illini running back had a fantastic season in 2010. He is a powerful running back at 6'0", 230 pounds but is light on his feet, elusive and explosive enough to make people miss and/or fall off of him.

    The Patriots found some production this season in the running game but LeShoure would fit nicely in with the running backs already there and could become a nice player in the NFL.

34. Buffalo Bills: Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame

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    Rudolph's a guy that could easily sneak into the first round if a team is looking for a tight end.

    At 6'5", 260 pounds, he a serious threat in the passing game. He runs solid routes, uses his hands well and has enough speed stretch the middle of the field and make people miss.

    The Bills are not satisfied with Shawn Nelson at tight end and Rudolph would be a big time weapon in that offense.

35. Cincinnati Bengals: Stephen Paea, DT, Oklahoma State

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    Paea is one of the strongest players in the draft and would have likely moved up draft boards a bit had he not gotten hurt at the Senior Bowl. At 6'1", 311 pounds, he is a small tank in the gaps of a 4-3 defense.

    The Bengals could use hardworking, dependable player and Paea provides fantastic value here in the second round.

36. Denver Broncos: Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple

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    The Temple defensive lineman was a force this season and has rocketed up people's draft boards.

    He's a nasty player with good quickness, burst and strength for his size.

    The Broncos need to address their defensive front and Wilkerson brings solid value here early in the second round.

37. Cleveland Browns: Jon Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh

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    Baldwin is an impressive physical specimen at 6'5", 230 pounds and is rumored to run the 40-yard dash very fast (4.3 range) for a man that size.

    He had a disappointing year but still has rare physical gifts.

    The Browns have some young receivers but nothing like Baldwin, who could put up Braylon Edwards-like numbers from 2007 if he develops.

38. Arizona Cardinals: Ben Ijalana, OT, Villanova

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    Ijalana is a fantastic athlete for the position and possesses great lateral agility and quickness with good strength, power and toughness.

    His lack of experience of top competition and potential position change drop him out of the first round in my mind, but the Cardinals could certainly use him somewhere up front.

    He has a ton of potential and should be a starter in the NFL.

39. Tennessee Titans: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas

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    I'd be very surprised if Ryan Mallett truly slides out of the first round with so many teams searching for a quarterback.

    He has the size, the cannon arm and the potential to be a serious threat in the NFL, yet his deficiencies seem to be dropping him a bit.

    I would expect a team to trade back into the bottom of the first round to scoop him up but we have seen what can happen (Jimmy Clausen) to quarterbacks with question marks.

    The Titans are one of the teams I toyed with the idea of projecting him to in the early first round and they would be extremely fortunate to get him at this pick.

    I do not expect him to last this long, but with no trades this is how the board run.

40. Dallas Cowboys: Rahim Moore, S, UCLA

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    This would be an absolute steal and homerun draft for the Cowboys if they could lock up Rahim Moore after nabbing Prince Amukamara at No. 9.

    Moore is the top safety on the board by a wide margin and has all the tools you look for in a playmaking safety.

    He can cover, he can tackle, he has steadily improved in every facet of the game and he has above average athleticism for the position with fantastic instincts.

    The Cowboys have been searching and searching for a safety of this caliber and, if they are fortunate enough to land him, they should be very happy. 

41. Washington Redskins: Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami

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    Leonard Hankerson has big, playmaking hands, a knack for making big catches and he is riding a wave of endorsement out of the Senior Bowl.

    The Redskins desperately need some help on the outside after missing on a few drafted wide receivers in recent years.

    Along with a new quarterback (in this scenario it was Locker) the Redskins have some pieces to build on moving forward.

42. Houston Texans: Aaron Williams, CB, Texas

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    Aaron Williams is a solid cover corner with good top end speed, coverage ability, and is no stranger to making tackles.

    The former Longhorn is one of many in his mold and naturally he is a dynamo on special teams.

    The Texans need help everywhere on the defensive side of the ball and, after landing a pass rusher, Williams can line up in the nickel immediately and be successful.

43. Minnesota Vikings: Allen Bailey, DE, Miami (FL)

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    The former Hurricane is a physical freak with unreal athleticism and big play ability. He is still very raw, though, and will need some time refining his game.

    The Vikings were not the same pass rushers in 2010 as they were in years prior and they also may lose talent in free agency.

    Either way, Bailey can be used off the edge while he learns the complete game and still be a factor.

44. Detroit Lions: Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia

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    Dowling comes into the league with great size at 6'2" and solid speed. 

    He battled an injury throughout much of his senior season and it has hurt his draft stock a bit.

    The Lions are in need of playmakers in the secondary, though, and he is the next ranked cornerback on the board.

45. San Francisco 49ers: Brandon Burton, CB, Utah

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    Burton was a player at Utah; he has ideal size for the position, he is a willing tackler and has great instincts and leaping ability.

    He was not as consistent as you would like this season but showed up big against some quality competition like Jon Baldwin of Pittsburgh.

    The 49ers will likely consider Prince Amukamara at No. 7 if he is there, but in this scenario they land their quarterback first and still get a quality cover corner here in the second.

46. Denver Broncos (via Miami): Quinton Carter, S, Oklahoma

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    Carter has solid size for the position overall, he has solid instincts and plays hard.

    He is best in zone coverage and shows good reaction time and closing speed.

    The Broncos need help on just about every level, including safety, and he is the second best player on the board at the position.

47. St. Louis Rams: Rodney Hudson, OG, Florida State

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    Hudson is technically sound in all areas of the game and was a highly productive player.

    He's a gifted athlete with great quickness and agility accompanied with top-notch instincts and awareness for the position.

    The Rams are still building and it is important to protect Sam Bradford for the rest of his career; Hudson can be of help there.

48. Oakland Raiders: Stephen Wisniewski

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    He's very durable, technically sound with good hands, feet and toughness inside.

    The hardworking center is the type of prospect who wants to get better and excel every time he's on the field.

    This is the Raiders first selection of the draft and while it may not be the sexiest pick to fans, they have some of the pieces in place and now is the time to keep it intact by strengthening the offensive line.

49. Jacksonville Jaguars: Martez Wilson, LB, Illinois

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    Martez Wilson was one of the top recruits in the country when he decided to go to Illinois and although he is not in the first round, he developed into a solid all-around linebacking prospect with good overall size and speed.

    The Jaguars have some players at linebacker, but Wilson could find his way onto the field.

50. San Diego Chargers: Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland

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    Torrey Smith is not a complete receiver but he has tons of speed and could develop into a nice weapon in the right offense. He is also an extremely accomplished return man and he has the potential to take it to the house every time he touches the ball.

    This pick for the Chargers is more speculative in regards to their free agent situation with both Vincent Jackson and Malcolm Floyd. 

    If one, or both, players hit the open market than they will need another weapon for Phillip Rivers to throw to and Smith is the next receiver on my board.

51. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech

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    Only the third running back off the board, Williams is a tough little runner with a lot of upside.

    Plagued by injuries for much of this season, the redshirt-sophomore was a dominant force two seasons ago.

    The Bucs found a diamond in some serious rough with LaGarrette Blount but Williams should compliment him rather nicely. Like the Giants do with Brandon Jacobs and Ahmad Bradshaw, the Bucs can use either as the starter and just keep hitting defenses with different looks; I really like the thought of this combination. 

52. New York Giants: Bruce Carter, OLB, UNC

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    Carter is a great athlete at the linebacker position, can play every phase of the game and is a tremendous leader; he was one of the few that held together the UNC team this season before getting injured.

    He is a special teams dynamo and has blocked seven kicks throughout his collegiate career.

    As if the same record was still playing, the Giants need help at the linebacker position and while Carter is not going to play in the middle, he gives them another solid option to hopefully develop into a starter.

53. Indianapolis Colts: Christian Ballard, DT, Iowa

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    Ballard is an extremely athletic and active defensive lineman with great quickness, burst and a hardworking nature.

    He may not be around by this pick, but the Colts would be very lucky if he was.

    Indianapolis desperately needs help against the run on the interior of their defense and Ballard would be a great fit for them.

    He's bigger, but just as fast and athletic as the players they usually play with.

54. Philadelphia Eagles: Johnny Patrick, CB, Louisville

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    The Louisville cornerback has ideal size and speed for the position, top-notch quickness and he plays hard.

    Philadelphia has little-to-no starting depth at cornerback outside of Asante Samuel and Patrick would be an upgrade with potential to be much better.

    His physical style of play should fit nicely in that secondary.

55. Kansas City Chiefs: Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky

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    The Kentucky playmaker has a ton of ability to tap into and he could become a more polished wide receiving threat than last year's second-round pick Dexter McCluster.

    Cobb is already a developing route runner with good hands and a ton of versatility.

    The Chiefs need more weapons opposite Dwayne Bowe and there are not a lot of other receivers that could potentially be as good as Cobb.

    His presence could give McCluster more opportunities in the backfield and the Chiefs could really scare people with all the threats on the field at one time.

56. New Orleans Saints: Dontay Moch, OLB, Nevada

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    You've probably heard by now that Dontay Moch is rumored to run a 4.25 40-yard dash. Combine that with his overall athleticism and it will be tough for many teams in the second round to pass him up.

    New Orleans needs help getting after the passer and could use a linebacker. Moch is both of those of things in one.

    He is not ready to be an every day 'backer but he can certainly get after the passer quickly and could develop into a force.

57. Seattle Seahawks: Jurrell Casey, DT, USC

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    Casey is a powerful, stout defensive tackle prospect that can clog the middle.

    The Seahawks could used help on the interior of both sides of the ball and fortunately they can land two of those very players in this scenario, with Pouncey in the first and Casey here.

    Casey is no stranger to Pete Carroll and we know that he is obviously a guy Carroll can use.

58. Baltimore Ravens: Titus Young, WR, Boise State

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    Titus Young's speed and playmaking ability has been likened to that of DeSean Jackson.

    Now that is some high praise, but Young is indeed a speedy playmaker with soft hands and the potential to be very good.

    Baltimore landed a cornerback in the first round and can rest easy with the addition of Young. He could be a solid deep threat to clear things out and let Anquan Boldin do his damage over the middle for the Raven offense.

59. Atlanta Falcons: Lance Kendricks, TE, Wisconsin

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    Kendricks brings tremendous athleticism to the field with great speed, agility and quickness for a man his size. He has yet to truly tap into his potential and could be a very good player down the line.

    The Falcons need a future behind Tony Gonzalez and Kendricks could be that guy.

    Regardless of how many more years Gonzalez plays, Kendricks can watch and learn and than step in when the time is right on a team that should be good for a few more years.

60. New England Patriots: Clint Boling, OG, Georgia

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    Boling is just a solid mauler inside with good technique, great instincts and serious mean streak.

    This another Patriots selection and if it does not get traded around they could stand to bring in a guard with some potential to groom for the future.

    Belichick can't go wrong with smart player that loves to battle.

61. San Diego Chargers: Drake Nevis, DT, LSU

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    Nevis is a nasty, non-stop force on the interior defensive line and would be a steal at this spot in the draft. He has great quickness and athleticism can get upfield in a hurry.

    The Chargers could use a player of his caliber on their front line as he can disrupt plays quickly and press pocket upfield and help the outside pass rushers close their angles quicker.

62. Chicago Bears: Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina

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    Austin was one of the top ranked players in the country before getting suspended and behaving like an immature clown.

    He has a ton of talent and could be a serious force in the NFL if he can ever get his head right.

    The Bears need some help on the interior of their defensive front and with the strong veteran leadership on that defense Austin may grow up quicker than we think.

63. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kendrick Burney, CB, UNC

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    A feisty corner that can mix it up; Burney showed rather well at the Senior Bowl and benefitted after missing six games during the regular season.

    We all know the Steelers need some help in the secondary and he is one of the best available cornerbacks in this scenario.

    Pittsburgh needs to address this or we will see teams completely abandon the run against them and take to the air all next season (when there is a season).

64. Green Bay Packer: Jeremy Beal, DE/OLB, Oklahoma

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    Explosive athlete with a great speed, burst and motor. He has great instincts, closes well and can play a variety of positions.

    This will give the Packers the opportunity to put a dynamic pass rushing threat opposite Clay Matthews and force teams to pay attention to both sides of the field.

    Beal is a playmaker and could be a steal at this spot in the Draft.