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Second-Round NFL Mock

Friday, April 29, 2011


33. Patriots: Brooks Reed, linebacker, Arizona.

The Pats might swing this pick for a future first-rounder, but we're not projecting trades. Reed is a relentless, explosive pass rusher. New England could use a double-digit sack threat across from 2010 second-round pick Jermaine Cunningham.

34. Bills: Colin Kaepernick, quarterback, Nevada.

Of the quarterbacks left after day one, Kaepernick is the best fit for coach Chan Gailey's offense. Likely fall-back options include UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers, Pittsburgh's Jabaal Sheard, and perhaps Illinois' Martez Wilson.

35. Bengals: Andy Dalton, quarterback, TCU.

Cincinnati's draft strategy was pretty much made public over the past two weeks: Take A.J. Green at four and pray a passable quarterback prospect falls to 35. Dalton would probably be the Bengals' Week One starter.

36. Broncos: Marvin Austin, defensive tackle, North Carolina.

The Broncos passed on Marcell Dareus at No. 2 overall, eying defensive tackles at the top of round two. In terms of sheer talent, Austin isn't an obvious step down from Dareus and would be an immediate starter.

37. Browns: Da'Quan Bowers, defensive end, Clemson.

The Browns have two massive cloggers inside, having paired No. 21 pick Phil Taylor with 330-pounder Ahtyba Rubin. Cleveland remains desperate for defensive playmakers, and Bowers has reportedly passed the team's medical checks.

38: Cardinals: Jabaal Sheard, linebacker, Pittsburgh.

The Arizona coaching staff has several connections to the Pitt program, including alumnus Russ Grimm. Sheard fell a bit due to character concerns, but the 2010 Big East Defensive Player of the Year can get after the quarterback.

39: Titans: Randall Cobb, wide receiver, Kentucky.

A versatile, explosive slot receiver prospect, Cobb would give Tennessee some insurance for trouble-prone No. 1 wideout Kenny Britt. After taking a first-round quarterback, the Titans get Jake Locker another weapon.

40. Cowboys: Aaron Williams, safety, Texas.

Williams likely received strong consideration from both Pittsburgh and Green Bay at the back end of round one. In Dallas, he'd start at free safety with incumbent Alan Ball moving to dime packages at cornerback.

41: Redskins: Torrey Smith, wide receiver, Maryland.

The Skins were strongly linked to Julio Jones at No. 10, and traded out when the draft's second-best receiver didn't fall to them. Smith is a local favorite and helps solve one of Washington's many glaring needs.

42. Texans: Akeem Ayers, linebacker, UCLA.

Houston surprisingly passed on some of the draft's best pass rushers at 11 in favor of rotational end J.J. Watt. Watt will be a fine player, but more pass rush is needed as Wade Phillips installs his 3-4.

43. Vikings: Ben Ijalana, tackle/guard, Villanova.

Ijalana is durable, having started every game of his college career, and projects to either guard or right tackle. In Minnesota, the dominant small-school prospect would be a day-one starter at right guard.


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