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Draft 2011: NFL Mock 3.0

Monday, March 28, 2011




50: Chargers: Leonard Hankerson, wide receiver, Miami.

Hankerson catapulted his stock with a 4.43 forty at the Combine. He isn't that explosive on the field, but The U's all-time touchdown catches leader still projects as a quality No. 2 NFL wideout.

51. Buccaneers: Randall Cobb, wide receiver, Kentucky.

The Bucs have a highly promising young offensive nucleus, but could use more team speed. With 4.45 wheels, Cobb would be a major upgrade over Sammie Stroughter as a slot receiver.

52. Giants: Orlando Franklin, tackle/guard, Miami.

Some draft analysts (Todd McShay, Nolan Nawrocki) have Franklin going late in the first round, but the college left tackle projects as a guard in the NFL. Guards rarely are picked in the top 32.

53. Colts: Drake Nevis, defensive tackle, LSU.

A one-gap penetrator, Nevis paced No. 8-ranked LSU in tackles for loss as a senior. At 6-foot-1 and 298 pounds, Nevis fits the mold of an up-the-field interior pass rusher for the Colts' Cover 2.

54. Eagles: Mason Foster, linebacker, Washington.

The quintessential 4-3 outside linebacker, Foster wreaked havoc on the Pac 10 with eight forced fumbles, 8.5 sacks, and 21.5 tackles for loss in his final two years. This is a sore spot for Philly.

55: Chiefs: Jonathan Baldwin, wide receiver, Pittsburgh.

Baldwin has first-round talent, but on- and off-field character concerns will cost him on draft day. He's drawn comparisons to James Hardy for an inability to beat press coverage off the line.

56. Saints: Bruce Carter, linebacker, North Carolina.

Carter tore his ACL in October, but received a clean bill of health from Dr. James Andrews and will resume football activities in May. If healthy, he would've been in the first-round conversation.

57. Seahawks: Andy Dalton, quarterback, TCU.

ESPN's Trent Dilfer swears Dalton is a first-rounder, but the two-time Mountain West Conference Player of the Year's arm strength falls short of impressive. With a skill set similar to Kevin Kolb's, however, Dalton will appeal to new Seahawks coordinator Darrell Bevell as a West Coast passer.

58. Ravens: James Carpenter, tackle/guard, Alabama.

Andre Smith's successor as Alabama's left tackle, Carpenter projects as an NFL right tackle at 6'5/313 with 34-inch arms. He'd play there in Baltimore, allowing Marshal Yanda to kick inside.

59: Falcons: Titus Young, wide receiver, Boise State.

Atlanta is desperate for a field stretcher to complement Roddy White with Tony Gonzalez slipping. Young can play inside and out, making life easier for Matt Ryan as Mike Mularkey more fully implements a vertical offense. Harry Douglas and Michael Jenkins aren't getting the job done.

60. Patriots: Ras-I Dowling, defensive back, Virginia.

Dowling can play both corner and safety, bringing an element of versatility the Patriots value in defensive backs. Dowling was also recruited to UVA by longtime Bill Belichick crony Al Groh.

61. Chargers: Martez Wilson, linebacker, Illinois.

Wilson's Combine measurables were of first-round ilk, but the consensus among scouts is that his game tape isn't. Regardless, Wilson has sideline-to-sideline speed and plays a position at which San Diego risks losing two starters. Stephen Cooper and Kevin Burnett are both free agents.

62. Bears: Marvin Austin, defensive tackle, North Carolina.

Drafting defensive tackles with each of their first two picks seems like overkill, but the Bears are dangerously thin at the position with Tommie Harris gone and Anthony Adams a free agent. Austin would be the nose tackle to Corey Liuget's "three technique," with Henry Melton rotating in.

63. Steelers: Kenrick Ellis, defensive tackle, Hampton.

A mammoth man at 6'5/336 with 35-inch arms, Ellis is a raw talent with enormous long-term potential. The Steelers could groom him to be 34-year-old Casey Hampton's eventual successor.

64. Packers: Rodney Hudson, guard/center, Florida State.

Hudson plays bigger than his size (6'2/291) and is an outstanding athlete coming off an extremely decorated college career. He could start day one in place of free agent left guard Daryn Colledge.


Evan Silva is a senior football editor for Rotoworld.com. He can be found on Twitter .
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