2011 NFL Mock Draft: Round 2 Draft Predictions for Picks 41-44

Nathaniel UyFeatured ColumnistApril 29, 2011

ATLANTA - OCTOBER 09:  Ras-I Dowling #19 of the Virginia Cavaliers against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium on October 9, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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In this update, the Redskins shop for a game-breaking receiver, Houston add some secondary help, the Vikings add a strong interior lineman and the Lions snag a complete linebacker

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Here are the Mock Draft Predictions for Picks 41-44

41. Washington Redskins, Torrey Smith, WR: There are zero playmakers on this Redskins football team, and they're looking to change that in this draft. Adding Smith to the roster gives them a speedy and athletic receiver that can make plays on the football field as well as chip in as a kick returner. 

42. Houston Texans, Ras-l Dowling, CB: A common theme from the talent available in the second round is that some have dropped this far because of how their injuries have hurt their stock. For Dowling, he was on track to become a lottery pick until leg injuries affected his draft status. Dowling still has elite size, athleticism and quickness.  Now, the question is, will his injury hinder his potential? 

43. Minnesota Vikings: Stephen Paea, DT: Meet the strongest man in NFL combine history. Paea has great size and record-setting strength, which means he can push around opposing offensive linemen.  However, he's not athletic or agile enough to become a guy that can play for every single down. 

44. Detroit Lions: Bruce Carter, OLB: Before a torn ACL injury abruptly ended his college football career last season, Carter was viewed as a top-20 pick in the draft.  The pre-injury Carter was a balanced linebacker that could explode as a pass-rusher and drop back in coverage.  Assuming his recovery goes well, he could be steal this late in the draft.