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

Ross ColemanAnalyst IMarch 6, 2011

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

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    2011 NFL Mock Draft: Counting Down the Top 64 Picks

    Sure there is a lockout looming that could prevent the NFL from having a full season in 2011, but don't let that get you down. We are still going to have a draft in a few months and that should at least make things a little easier to deal with.

    Here we will be going through the first two rounds of the draft pick by pick and letting you know which guys your teams could be targeting.

    Who will the Panthers take first overall? Will the Bears replace Tommie Harris with a pick? Who will the Patriots target with their four picks in the first two rounds? For answers to these and many other questions, read on.

    Let us know what you think. Which guys would you want your team to target?

1. Carolina Panthers: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson

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    Team Needs: Quarterback, Wide Receiver, Defensive Line, Outside Linebacker, Cornerback

    How This Pick Fits: Da'Quan Bowers is one of the most NFL-ready prospects in this draft. He has the size to play defensive end in either a 4-3 or a 3-4 scheme but is at his best when given the opportunity to get to the quarterback.

    The Panthers have a lot of needs but it seems like Bowers could be the best pick for immediate impact as well as building for the future.

    Other Possibilities: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn; Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU; Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

2. Denver Broncos: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn

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    Team Needs: Running back, Tight End, Guard, Defensive End, Inside Linebacker, Secondary

    How This Pick Fits: Although defensive tackle isn't a pressing need, Nick Fairley seems like a guy that could play on the end in a 3-4 scheme. If Fairley is the pick, expect them to stay with the 3-4 instead of the rumored switch to a 4-3.

    Fairley is a great talent but the Broncos could also address a different need by going after Patrick Peterson. Teamed with Champ Bailey, the Broncos could have an outstanding secondary, but I still think Fairley is the better fit.

    Other Possibilities: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU; Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina; Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska

3. Buffalo Bills: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU

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    Team Needs: Quarterback, Tight End, Offensive Tackle, Defensive End, Outside Linebacker, Strong Safety, Cornerback

    How This Pick Fits: Supposedly the Bills have been looking at the possibility of picking a quarterback with this pick—however, I disagree. Ryan Fitzpatrick has been good for the Bills and he is better than most of the quarterbacks available in this draft.

    Patrick Peterson is a once-in-a-generation athlete. He has the size of a safety but the speed of a corner. He also validated the hype with a strong showing at the combine. He could end up being the best player in this draft if he progresses.

    Other Possibilities: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia; Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M; Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina

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

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    Team Needs: Quarterback, Running Back, Offensive Line, Defensive Line, Inside Linebacker, Safety

    How This Pick Fits: With the likelihood of both Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco playing for new teams in 2011, it seems like wide receiver would be more of a position of need, and A.J. Green seems like he would be an outstanding pick at this point.

    Green is a superior athlete with a very high football IQ.

    Other Possibilities: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri; Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama; Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina

5. Arizona Cardinals: Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri

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    Team Needs: Quarterback, Tight End, Offensive Line, Outside Linebacker, Cornerback

    How This Pick Fits: With Andrew Luck deciding to stay in school for next year, Blaine Gabbert has become the de facto top quarterback in the draft.

    Gabbert has a ton of athleticism for a quarterback and he could step in and be very successful in Arizona as a rookie.

    Other Possibilities: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M; Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska; Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

6. Cleveland Browns: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M

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    Team Needs: Wide Receiver, Offensive Line, Defensive End, Linebacker, Free Safety

    How This Pick Fits: Von Miller is another guy that showed very impressively at the combine. However, he is more than just an impressive workout. Miller has also had an immensely productive career at A&M.

    Miller adds a true defensive playmaker to a team that has been lacking in that department for a very long time.

    Other Possibilities: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama; Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina; Julio Jones, WR, Alabama

7. San Fancisco 49ers: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama

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    Team Needs: Wide Receiver, Center, Defensive Tackle, Outside Linebacker, Cornerback

    How This Pick Fits: Marcell Dareus is another rare athlete in this draft. He is a versatile defensive lineman. He can play both end and tackle and he is a very good pass rusher.

    I think new defensive coordinator Vic Fangio would have a lot of fun with Dareus.

    Other Possibilities: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska; Robert Quinn, OLB, North Carolina; Julio Jones, WR, Alabama

8. Tennessee Titans: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina

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    Team Needs: Quarterback, Guard, Inside Linebacker, Cornerback

    How This Pick Fits: Although defensive end isn't a pressing need, the Titans could be going into the 2011 season without top defensive end Jason Babin, who is a free agent. Robert Quinn could be a nice replacement for Babin.

    The Titans could also go after someone like Prince Amukamara, but they already have Cortland Finnegan and promising rookie Alterraun Verner. It seems like their pass defense was less about the guys in the secondary and more about the getting pressure on the quarterback.

    Other Possibilities: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska; Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

9. Dallas Cowboys: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska

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    Team Needs: Offensive Line, Defensive End, Safety

    How This Pick Fits: The Cowboys don't have a real pressing need at cornerback, but then again, this is a team that was expected to challenge for the Super Bowl last year, so there aren't a ton of real pressing needs on the roster.

    Prince Amukamara is an outstanding cover corner that could really be a steal for the Cowboys here. Just imagine putting Darrelle Revis on the Cowboys.

    Other Possibilities: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado; Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue; J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin

10. Washington Redskins: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

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    Team Needs: Quarterback, Running Back, Wide Receiver, Offensive Line, Defensive End, Inside Linebacker, Strong Safety, Cornerback

    How This Pick Fits: The Redskins have swung and missed with both Donovan McNabb and Albert Haynesworth but that means that they still have a ways to go before being able to sustain success.

    It almost feels like the Redskins need to start going after a few boom-or-bust prospects like Cam Newton. Sure he has skill, but he is also a very risky prospect to select in the draft.

    Other Possibilities: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado; Jake Locker, QB, Washington; Nate Solder, OT, Colorado

11. Houston Texans: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado

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    Team Needs: Tight End, Defensive Tackle, Secondary

    How This Pick Fits: The Texans had one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL in 2010. Jimmy Smith helps give them a very good athlete to help stop the pass.

    Smith is a fast-rising prospect, and he has the size and speed to make a very good NFL corner.

    Other Possibilities: Any available defensive back

12. Minnesota Vikings: Jake Locker, QB, Washington

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    Team Needs: Quarterback, Center, Defensive Line, Outside Linebacker, Safety

    How This Pick Fits: Jake Locker's draft stock took a hit this year after returning to Washington for his senior season, however, he is still a good NFL prospect and his combine workout proved it.

    I would even consider him a better prospect than Cam Newton. He fits in Minnesota because of the existing running game, plus he looks good in purple.

    Other Possibilities: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue; J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin; Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA

13. Detroit Lions: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado

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    Team Needs: Guard, Linebacker, Strong Safety, Cornerback

    How This Pick Fits: Although interior linemen are a more pressing need for the Lions, I think you can never have too many quality athletes on the offensive line, and Nate Solder is probably the best offensive line athlete in this draft.

    It certainly feels like they need more help in protecting former first-round pick and prized quarterback Matthew Stafford.

    Other Possibilities: Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA; Aaron Williams, CB, Texas; Mike Pouncey, OG/C, Florida

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

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    Team Needs: Running Back, Wide Receiver, Tight End, Guard, Defensive Tackle, Outside Linebacker, Strong Safety

    How This Pick Fits: The Rams were just a single game out of the playoffs with a rookie quarterback and a roster full of holes. However, the most glaring weakness came into play during the game that knocked them out. That weakness was a big-play receiver.

    After Julio Jones' combine workout, this is probably a little low for him, but the broken bone in his foot I think drops him a bit.

    Other Possibilities: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama; Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA; Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State

15. Miami Dolphins: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama

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    Team Needs: Quarterback, Running Back, Guard, Center

    How This Pick Fits: The Dolphins' needs all appear to be on the offensive side of the football. Their running game has aged overnight and they don't have the franchise quarterback they they thought they had in Chad Henne.

    Mark Ingram would be able to come in and immediately help out a Dolphins running game in need of a feature back.

    Other Possibilities: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas; Mike Pouncey, OG/C, Florida

16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue

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    Team Needs: Quarterback, Defensive End, Inside Linebacker, Safety

    How This Pick Fits: With no quarterback worthy of the pick, the Jaguars look at the defensive ends that could really help them at this spot.

    Ryan Kerrigan is a high motor guy in the same mold as Minnesota's Jared Allen. He could come in and have a huge impact for a Jags team that nearly won the AFC South this year.

    Other Possibilities: J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin; Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa

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

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    Team Needs: Running Back, Offensive Line, Defensive End, Outside Linebacker, Cornerback

    How This Pick Fits: J.J. Watt is a versatile lineman. He is probably most ideally built for a 4-3 scheme where he can chase the quarterback. He is also big enough to play end in a 3-4 like the one the Pats run.

    Sure he would probably be better suited for a 4-3, but he is too good for the Pats to pass up here because of the fact that he fills a need.

    Other Possibilities: Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA; Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin


18. San Diego Chargers: Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA

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    Team Needs: Wide Receiver, Offensive Tackle, Defensive End, Inside Linebacker, Strong Safety

    How This Pick Fits: The Chargers have been known for grabbing pass rushing linebackers at every opportunity, and Akeem Ayers certainly fits that bill.

    Sure Ayers had a poor workout at the combine, but just because his 40 time was a little slow doesn't mean he isn't football fast. After watching Ayers play in college for all three years, he is a guy oozing with potential and he just knows how to get to the quarterback.

    Other Possibilities: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin; Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa; Allen Bailey, DE, Miami


19. New York Giants: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin

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    Team Needs: Offensive Tackle, Linebacker

    How This Pick Fits: The Giants need a solid offensive lineman to help get their team back to the level it was a few years ago. Gabe Carimi would certainly help that.

    He has ideal NFL size and could play either left tackle or right tackle.

    Other Possibilities: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College; Aldon Smith, OLB, Wisconsin; Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia


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

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    Team Needs: Running Back, Guard, Defensive End, Linebacker, Strong Safety

    How This Pick Fits: Adrian Clayborn's numbers dipped a little this year but most of that had to do with the fact that he got a lot of attention from offensive lines. He was dealing with a lot of double-teams and sometimes even triple-teams.

    He has ideal NFL size and he could end up being a real steal in the draft if he works on his motor and strength.

    Other Possibilities: Allen Bailey, DE, Miami; Mike Pouncey, OG/C, Florida; Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois


21. Kansas City Chiefs: Allen Bailey, DE, Miami

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    Team Needs: Wide Receiver, Tight End, Offensive Tackle, Center, Defensive Tackle, Linebacker, Free Safety

    How This Pick Fits: Allen Bailey is listed as a defensive end but he is big enough that he could end up playing defensive tackle in the NFL.

    Bailey is a good pass rusher for his size and he has a frame that could add weight in order to be a good pass rushing interior lineman.

    Other Possibilities: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College; Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State; Rahim Moore, FS, UCLA


22. Indianapolis Colts: Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College

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    Team Needs: Offensive Tackle, Offensive Guard, Defensive Tackle, Safety

    How This Pick Fits: This year the Colts didn't nearly have the same level of success that is expected in Indianapolis, and a lot of that had to do with the poor play by the offensive line.

    Sure they didn't give up many sacks, but they also didn't open up any running lanes for the Colts running backs. Anthony Castonzo is a safe bet here to help get this team back amongst the NFL elite.

    Other Possibilities: Tyron Smith, OT, USC; Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State; Rahim Moore, FS, UCLA


23. Philadelphia Eagles: Tyron Smith, OT, USC

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    Team Needs: Offensive Line, Outside Linebacker, Strong Safety, Cornerback

    How This Pick Fits: I can't understand the love affair with Tyron Smith. He seems very slight to me and although he did put up quite a few reps in the bench press at the combine he looks more like a tight end than a tackle.

    Smith also played on the right side at USC, meaning he has no experience blocking the blind side. He does have a high ceiling but he seems limited to me.

    Other Possibilities: Aaron Williams, CB, Texas; Mike Pouncey, OG/C. Florida; Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia


24. New Orleans Saints: Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State

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    Team Needs: Running Back, Tight End, Defensive Line, Outside Linebacker, Safety

    How This Pick Fits: The Saints are just a year removed from a Super Bowl championship. They also have a lot of the same pieces in town for the long term.

    It seems like the Saints would be able to address their depth issues, especially on the defensive line. Considering this is probably the best draft in history for defensive linemen, there are a lot of guys they could grab.

    Other Possibilities: Cameron Jordan, DE, Cal; Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois; Aldon Smith, OLB, Missouri


25. Seattle Seahawks: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas

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    Team Needs: Quarterback, Running Back, Offensive Line, Defensive Tackle, Outside Linebacker, Strong Safety

    How This Pick Fits: The Seahawks gave us one of the most memorable NFL seasons in recent memory. Not only were they the first team with a losing record to make the playoffs, they also knocked off the defending Super Bowl champs in the playoffs.

    Ryan Mallett had a very good workout at the NFL combine this year and he really showed that he does deserve to be a first-round pick. Going to Seattle would give him a chance to learn under Matt Hasselbeck before being expected to start.

    Other Possibilities: Mike Pouncey, OG/C, Florida; Ben Ijalana, OT/G, Villanova; Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois


26. Baltimore Raven: Rahim Moore, FS, UCLA

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    Team Needs: Offensive Line, Secondary

    How This Pick Fits: If Ed Reed is healthy he is among the best players in the NFL. However, that is a big if right now, so why not take a guy that is built in the same mold as Reed who grew up idolizing him as a football player?

    After leading the NCAA in interceptions as a sophomore, Rahim Moore got a lot of respect from opponents, who rarely threw his way this season. He still needs to show the ability to help out in run coverage, but he could be a very good addition to the Ravens.

    Other Possibilities: Aaron Williams, CB, Texas; Mike Pouncey, OG/C, Florida; Ben Ijalana, OT/OG, Villanova


27. Atlanta Falcons: Aaron Williams, CB, Texas

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    Team Needs: Tight End, Guard, Defensive End, Outside Linebacker

    How This Pick Fits: In the playoffs the Falcons showed a glaring weakness in the secondary. They were unable to keep up with the Packers receivers at all.

    Sure the Falcons have some other needs, but those are more minor in comparison.

    Other Possibilities: Mike Pouncey, OG/C, Florida; Aldon Smith, DE/OLB, Missouri; Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame


28. New England Patriots: Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland

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    How This Pick Fits: So receiver might not be a glaring need, but the Pats do need a guy that can catch passes on the outside that is taller than 5'9". Smith has a lot of speed and he could be a great weapon for Tom Brady to utilize.

    The Pats ditched Randy Moss this year, and although they have a solid group of receivers, they still have a need in the area.

    Other Possibilities: Mike Pouncey, OG/C, Florida; Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh; Mikel Leshore, RB, Illinois

29. Chicago Bears: Mike Pouncey, OG/C, Pittsburgh

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    Team Needs: Wide Receiver, Offensive Line, Defensive Tackle, Outside Linebacker, Strong Safety

    How This Pick Fits: Mike Pouncey is one of the more underrated offensive linemen available in this draft. He had a very productive college career where he helped lead Florida to a national championship.

    The Bears have a terrible need for offensive linemen and Pouncey seems like he would be a good fit not only as an offensive linemen but also as a team leader.

    Other Possibilities: Ben Ijalana, OT/OG, Villanova; Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh; Aldon Smith, DE/OLB, Missouri


30. New York Jets: Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh

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    Team Needs: Wide Receiver, Guard, Defensive Line, Outside Linebacker, Safety

    How This Pick Fits: The Jets are going to have a very tough time living up to Rex Ryan's Super Bowl guarantee if Mark Sanchez doesn't have anyone to throw the football to. Both Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes are free agents, so it seems like a receiver here is a must in the case they can't re-sign either of those two.

    Jonathan Baldwin still has a lot to work on as an NFL-caliber receiver, but at 6'4" he ran a 4.5 and had a 42-inch vertical jump. So while he may still be learning the intangibles of the position, he has a rare size, speed and explosion combination.

    Other Possibilities: Ben Ijalana, OT/OG, Villanova; Aldon Smith, OLB, Missouri; Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami


31. Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Ijalana, OT/OG, Villanova

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    Team Needs: Offensive Line, Cornerback

    How This Pick Fits: The fact that the Steelers made it to the Super Bowl with the offensive line that they have is a remarkable feat. Actually, the bigger feat is probably the fact that Ben Roethlisberger is still able to walk after the beating he took this year.

    Ben Ijalana is not a recognizable name because he played his career at FCS-level Villanova. However, he is an outstanding offensive line prospect. He has the size to play either tackle or guard. Either way he is another body that the Steelers can use to help protect Roethlisberger.

    Other Possibilities: Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor; Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State; John Moffitt, OG, Wisconsin

32. Green Bay Packers: Cameron Jordan, DE, California

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    Team Needs: Running Back, Offensive Line, Defensive End, Outside Linebacker, Cornerback

    How This Pick Fits: The Packers overcame a world of injuries this year to win the Super Bowl. So while there are still some holes to fill on the roster, most of them are depth issues and not starter issues.

    Cameron Jordan would fit the Packers' defensive scheme very nicely. He has the size to play end in a 3-4 scheme and at times has been a dominant player. Jordan could end up being a very good pass rusher for a team filled with them.

    Other Possibilities: Mikel Leshore, RB, Illinois; Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor; Brandon Burton, CB, Utah


33. New England Patriots: Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois

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    How This Pick Fits: With three picks in the top 33 of the draft, the Pats are in a good position to really revitalize the roster for a run at the Super Bowl this year.

    With running back a pressing need for the Pats, Mikel Leshoure is a guy that could step in and help in the running game immediately. He may come from the same school and wear the same number as current Steelers back Rashard Mendenhall, but Leshoure isn't at quite that level.

    Other Possibilities: Aldon Smith, OLB, Missouri; Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia; Dontay Moch, DE/OLB, Nevada


34. Buffalo Bills: Aldon Smith, OLB/DE, Missouri

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    How This Pick Fits: After grabbing Patrick Peterson in the first round, the Bills could stick on the defensive side of the ball by picking up a solid defensive athlete in Aldon Smith.

    The Bills have equal needs at both end and outside linebacker. Smith could end up playing either position and if he is available here, he would be a steal for the Bills.

    Other Possibilities: Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame; Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor; Dontay Moch, DE/OLB, Nevada


35. Cincinnati Bengals: Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia

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    How This Pick Fits: After grabbing A.J. Green in Round 1, the Bengals look to the defensive side of the ball. Outside linebacker isn't as pressing a need as inside linebacker, but grabbing Justin Houston allows Rey Maualuga to shift inside to his more natural position.

    Houston could end up playing with his hand on the ground where he would also fill a need, but he had such a good combine with the linebackers that I think that is his final resting spot.

    Other Possibilities: Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor; Andy Dalton, QB, TCU; Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State


36. Denver Broncos: Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame

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    How This Pick Fits: The Broncos cut ties with tight end Daniel Graham this week, opening up a need for a tight end. With no tight ends off the board yet, the Broncos will have their pick at whoever they think is best.

    When Kyle Rudolph was healthy he was the best tight end in college football. That injury history might be a concern for the Broncos, but I think they grab him if they think he can stay healthy.

    Other Possibilities: Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor; Dontay Moch, DE/OLB, Nevada; Martez Wilson, ILB, Illinois


37. Cleveland Browns: Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami (FL)

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    How This Pick Fits: After missing out on A.J. Green in the first round, the Browns are going to be desperately looking for a receiver to add to the mix in the second round.

    Leonard Hankerson is the best available receiver at this point. He has 4.4 speed and prototypical receiver height at 6'3", 205 pounds. He would be a nice target for Colt McCoy to get used to.

    Other Possibilities: Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor; Dontay Moch, DE/OLB, Nevada; Bruce Carter, OLB, North Carolina


38. Arizona Cardinals: Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor

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    How This Pick Fits: After grabbing a quarterback in the first round, the Cardinals address their second-highest need, the offensive line.

    Danny Watkins is a true guard. He played center at Baylor, but he has the build and first-round grades to be an outstanding offensive lineman when he is called upon.

    Other Possibilities: Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State; Brandon Burton, CB, Utah; Bruce Carter, OLB, North Carolina


39. Tennessee Titans: Andy Dalton, QB, TCU

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    How This Pick Fits: With the Titans parting ways with quarterback Vince Young, they will certainly be in the market for a quarterback at some point in this draft. Here seems like as good a spot as any to grab one.

    Andy Dalton may not have the grades or measurables you would want from a franchise quarterback, but the position is so much more than a guy's size or speed. Dalton has every intangible that you would want in a quarterback and I think he would be a good fit for the Titans.

    Other Possibilities: Will Rackley, OG, Lehigh; Martez Wilson, ILB, Illinois; John Moffitf, OG, Wisconsin


40. Dallas Cowboys: Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple

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    How This Pick Fits: The Cowboys added secondary help in the first round in Prince Amukamara. They will address their front three by adding Muhammad Wilkerson.

    Wilkerson played tackle in college at Temple but he is ideally built to be a defensive end in the Cowboys' 3-4 scheme. He would not only be filling a need but he would also allow Jay Ratliff to remain at tackle.

    Other Possibilities: Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State; Will Rackley, OG, Lehigh


41. Washington Redskins: Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State

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    How This Pick Fits: The Redskins have a great deal of needs coming into this draft. They addressed the greatest of those when they picked Cam Newton in the first round, but a close second is offensive tackle.

    The Redskins grabbed Trent Williams last year but they need more than just a single offensive tackle if they are going to compete in the NFC East. Derek Sherrod has gotten mixed reports. There are some that think he is a surefire first-rounder and there are some that think he is a later-round pick. I think this is a perfect spot for him.

    Other Possibilities: Shane Vereen, RB, Cal; Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech; Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky


42. Houston Texans: Kristofer O'Dowd, C, USC

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    How This Pick Fits: The Kristofer O'Dowd decade at USC is finally over. I know he wasn't really there for a decade, but it certainly felt that way. The former Trojan center had an incredibly impressive combine workout and he has put himself at the top of the list of available centers.

    The Texans seem to have a great deal of skill players at their disposal, but they need the big uglies to help them make plays. O'Dowd would be a good fit for this Texans team.

    Other Possibilities: Brandon Burton, CB, Utah; Christian Ballard, DT, Iowa; Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina


43. Minnesota Vikings: Dontay Moch, DE, Nevada

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    How This Pick Fits: The Vikings have one of the best defensive ends in the NFL in Jared Allen, but with his counterpart Ray Edwards hitting the free agent market this year, the Vikings need to add another defensive end.

    Dontay Moch had an outstanding combine performance and although he could end up playing outside linebacker in the pros, he could also be a formidable defensive end playing across from Allen.

    Other Possibilities: Sam Acho, DE/OLB, Texas; Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina


44. Detroit Lions: Brandon Burton, CB, Utah

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    How This Pick Fits: After missing out at a cornerback in the first round, the Lions absolutely cannot afford to go without one in the second round.

    Brandon Burton is the best available corner at this spot. He is coming off a successful career at Utah and he has the skills and size to really compete at the NFL level.

    Other Possibilities: Any available cornerback


45. San Francisco 49ers: Bruce Carter, OLB, North Carolina

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    How This Pick Fits: The 49ers' new coaching staff are no strangers to the 3-4 defensive scheme, but they will be looking to add talent in order to make their defense among the best around.

    Bruce Carter is an outstanding athlete at outside linebacker. He was one of the few defensive stars on North Carolina to get a chance to play in 2010. He missed two games due to injury but he still had a productive season and he will be looking to make and impact in the NFL.

    Other Possibilities: Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia; Ryan Bartholomew, C, Syracuse; Titus Young, WR, Boise State


46. Denver Broncos: Shane Vereen, RB, California

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    How This Pick Fits: New Bronco head coach John Fox had made no secrets about the fact that he loves using quite a few running backs. With a few backs already on the roster that have yet to make a big impact in the league, it seems like they will grab a back at some point in the draft.

    Not only did Vereen run a great 40 at the combine but he also did great in just about every workout. Vereen could end up being a solid every-down back despite being a tad undersized.

    Other Possibilities: Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia; Brandon Harris, CB, Miami; Sam Acho, DE/OLB, Texas


47. St. Louis Rams: Will Rackley, OG, Lehigh

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    How This Pick Fits: The Rams have their franchise quarterback in Sam Bradford, now they just need to invest more into his protection. Will Rackley may be just an FCS school product, but he has prototypical NFL size and could be a steal if he progresses enough.

    The Rams could also Bradford some more offensive weapons to play with but I think Rackley would be a good value pick here.

    Other Possibilities: John Moffitt, OG, Wisconsin; Christian Ballard, DT, Iowa; Mason Foster, OLB, Washington


48. Oakland Raiders: Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia

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    Team Needs: Quarterback, Offensive Line, Defensive Tackle, Outside Linebacker, Cornerback

    How This Pick Fits: This is the Raiders' only draft pick in the first two rounds.They traded their first-rounder to New England for Richard Seymour. However, with a number of pressing needs for the team it seems like they could really use that pick.

    Of all their needs, corner is the biggest. After losing Nnamdi Asomugha to free agency I would be surprised if they didn't target a corner with this pick. Ras-I Dowling might not be the highest-rated corner but he is a good player who made a name for himself at Virginia. He could be a steal in the draft.

    Other Possibilities: Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada; John Moffitt, OG, Wisconsin; Brandon Harris, CB, Miami


49. Jacksonville Jaguars: Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada

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    How This Pick Fits: The Jaguars tied to make a quarterback change this year partway through the season, but when that didn't work out they went back to David Garrard, who nearly led them to the playoffs.

    I think the Jaguars have gotten just about as high as they can with Garrard at the helm, so I look for them to grab a quarterback in this draft. Colin Kaepernick is one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks in NCAA history. He also had a very good combine to cement his place in the first few rounds of the draft.

    Other Possibilities: Martez Wilson, ILB, Illinois; Ricky Stanzi, QB, Iowa

50. San Diego Chargers: Martez Wilson, ILB, Illinois

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    How This Pick Fits: After grabbing Akeem Ayers in the first round, the Chargers address their inside linebacker needs by picking Martez Wilson. Wilson is another guy who seems like he has been in college forever. However, he has had a very good college career and would be a nice fit for the Chargers defense.

    San Diego could also go for a 3-4 defensive end or an offensive tackle but I think they fill a need here instead of getting the best available.

    Other Possibilities: Christian Ballard, DT, Iowa; Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky


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

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    How This Pick Fits: The Buccaneers really were one of the surprises of the 2010 NFL season behind the ability of Josh Freeman. However, he can't do it alone.

    LeGarrette Blount had an outstanding year for the Bucs running the ball, but he is somewhat limited as a running back in the sense that he doesn't catch the ball well out of the backfield and isn't the best big-play guy. Ryan Williams would be a great complementary back.

    Other Possibilities: Christian Ballard, DE/DT, Iowa; Jordan Todman, RB, UConn; Sam Acho, DE/OLB, Texas

52. New York Giants: Greg Jones, ILB, Michigan State

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    How This Pick Fits: The Giants addressed their offensive line woes in the first round and although they could grab another tackle here, linebacker is almost just as pressing a need for New York.

    Greg Jones was an extremely productive college player and although he hasn't been lighting up draft boards he could be a nice addition to a Giants team that really needs to add depth at linebacker.

    Other Possibilities: Mason Foster, OLB, Washington; Sam Acho, DE/OLB, Texas


53. Indianapolis Colts: Daniel Thomas, RB, Kansas State

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    How This Pick Fits: The Colts had a rag-tag bunch of guys carrying the running game this past season including former Colt and UFL player Dominic Rhodes. It should come as no surprise that the running game struggled mightily in 2010.

    Daniel Thomas is a former junior college quarterback who became an extremely productive running back at Kansas State. He is not only a good running threat, but he can also catch the ball out of the backfield very well.

    Other Possibilities: Christian Ballard, DT, Iowa; Jordan Todman, RB, UConn; Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State

54. Philadelphia Eagles: Marcus Cannon, OG, TCU

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    How This Pick Fits: After adding a tackle in the first round, the Eagles add more offensive line depth in TCU guard Marcus Cannon.

    Cannon is a mammoth of a person and he helped lead an outstanding TCU offensive line to an undefeated season and a Rose Bowl win.

    Other Possibilities: Mason Foster, OLB, Washington; John Moffitt, OG, Wisconsin

55. Kansas City Chiefs: Christian Ballard, DT, Iowa

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    How This Pick Fits: The Chiefs did add a defensive lineman in the first round, but for Christian Ballard to be available here would be a huge opportunity for the Cheifs.

    Kansas City could end up trading this pick to help fill other needs, but if they had to pick, Ballard would be a help.

    Other Possibilities: Mason Foster, OLB, Washington; Sam Acho, DE/OLB, Texas, Titus Young, WR, Boise State

56. New Orleans Saints: Jordan Todman, RB, UConn

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    How This Pick Fits: The Saints made do with a patchwork stable of running backs in 2010, but for them to reclaim their Super Bowl success, New Orleans is going to have to find some running backs to help carry the load.

    Jordan Todman is not only a capable back, but he is also an excellent receiver. He has talked some about moving to the slot receiver position. That receiving ability could come in handy for the Saints.

    Other Possibilities: Mason Foster, OLB, Washington; Sam Acho, DE/OLB, Texas; Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina

57. Seattle Seahawks: Ryan Bartholomew, C, Syracus

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    How This Pick Fits: The Seahawks got an offensive lineman in the first round last year but just one pick isn't enough to build a solid line. However, after grabbing Ryan Mallett in the first round this year the Seahawks need to protect him.

    Ryan Bartholomew is a solid offensive lineman that will bring depth and skill to the center position.

    Other Possibilities: Will Moffitt, OG, Wisconsin; Clint Boling, OG, Georgia

58. Baltimore Ravens: Mason Foster, OLB, Washington

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    How This Pick Fits: Mason Foster just seems to have that edge about him that is similar to pretty much every other guy that the Ravens target to play on defense. He would be an outstanding fit for Baltimore.

    Foster wouldn't have to make an immediate impact on the Ravens. He would be able to sit back and learn from some of the great Ravens linebackers.

    Other Possibilities: Sam Acho, DE/OLB, Texas; Titus Young, WR, Boise State; Tandon Doss, WR, Indiana

59. Atlanta Falcons: Sam Acho, DE/OLB, Texas

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    How This Pick Fits: Sam Acho played defensive end for the Longhorns during his college career but he could end up playing outside linebacker in the pros.

    The Falcons have needs at both defensive end and outside linebacker. Acho could play really either position, so he seems like a natural fit for the Falcons.

    Other Possibilities: John Moffitt, OG, Wisconsin; Clint Boling, OG, Georgia

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

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    How This Pick Fits: After grabbing a defensive end, receiver and running back with their first three picks, the Patriots' biggest remaining hole is on the offensive line.

    Clint Boling is one of the best remaining offensive linemen and he could be a good addition to a Pats team that is already stocked full of talent.

    Other Possibilities: John Moffitt, OG, Wisconsin; Greg Little, WR, North Carolina

61. San Diego Chargers: Tandon Doss, WR, Indiana

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    How This Pick Fits: The Chargers have been looking for a receiver for a few years now. Sure they have the likes of Vincent Jackson on the roster, but with the number of times he has been pissed off by the team it seems like a matter of time before he is playing somewhere else.

    Tandon Doss is a solid receiver who spent his college days making plays in the vacuum that is Indiana. Doss is an NFL-ready receiver that is going to be a steal.

    Other Possibilities: Greg Little, WR, North Carolina; Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky

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

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    How This Pick Fits: The Chicago Bears cut ties with former star Tommie Harris and they are going to have to fill that spot with a solid defensive tackle. Luckily for them, this is probably the best draft in history for defensive linemen.

    Marvin Austin would probably be a first-round pick if he had been playing this season instead of sitting out for improper benefits. He is a very good defensive tackle that has a chance to make a solid impact in the NFL.

    Other Possibilities: Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois; John Moffitt, OG, Wisconsin

63. Pittsburgh Steelers: John Moffitt, OG, Wisconsin

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    How This Pick Fits: The Steelers offensive line needs were addressed in the first round, but their needs go much deeper than just a single player so I look for them to add another offensive linemen if a good one is available.

    John Moffitt was the second-best offensive lineman on a team that produced the Outland Trophy winner. He is a prototypical guard with a huge frame.

    Other Possibilities: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami (FL); Jason Pinkston, OT, Pittsburgh


64. Green Bay Packers: Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State

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    How This Pick Fits: Jacquizz Rodgers burst onto the scene a few years ago with a huge game against USC when the Beavers upset the heavily favored Trojans. Since then he has been known as one of the better running backs in the country.

    He can catch the ball out of the backfield and he is often compared to Maurice Jones-Drew. He could end up being a solid punt returner as well.

    Other Possibilities: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami; DeMarco Murray, RB, Oklahoma