NFL Two Round Mock Draft #5

Posted April 6th, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Here is the first attempt at expanding the mock draft past just the first round. Some significant shifts have been made from the last mock to go along with the second round selections. Continue on to check out the picks and leave your thoughts on the mock in the comments!

1. St. Louis Rams – Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
Previous Selection: Sam Bradford
After a few years of drafting on the lines the fan base is understandably anxious. Bradford solidified his #1 status with an impressive Pro Day. Now, I don’t think it matters all that much whether they draft QB this year or next. They can pass this year but then they’ll absolutely have to get one next year. Still it is hard to believe they will let Bradford go by not knowing what would be available to them next year.

2. Detroit Lions – Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
Previous Selection: Russell Okung
The Lions are in a good position here since they are assured of getting either Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy. Having now acquired OG Rob Sims that is a strong indication they won’t turn their attention elsewhere and select Russell Okung. The team had Anthony Hargrove visit, but he signed his tender with the Saints and it appears he will be staying there. He would’ve added another DT to the team after trading for Corey Williams. They also paid big money to DE Kyle Vanden Bosch. That had led to speculation they could take the LT of their choice. Now though it appears Suh will go here.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
Previous Selection: Ndamukong Suh
Really the best case scenario for the Bucs as they get a run stuffer and someone that can collapse the pocket. They desperately need that for their defense. This would appear to be a no-brainer in the scenario where he is available and Suh is off the board.

4. Washington Redskins – Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
Previous Selection: Bryan Bulaga
Now that they have acquired Donovan McNabb there is no doubt that the Redskins are going offensive tackle here. Okung looks to be the guy if the Lions haven’t already snagged him, which as explained earlier seems less likely a possibility now. If he ends up being gone though that makes it a choice between Trent Williams and Bryan Bulaga or possibly a trade down.

5. Kansas City Chiefs – Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
Previous Selection: Eric Berry
There is definite need on the offensive line to protect the big investment that was made in Matt Cassel. Williams is rising and may have passed Bryan Bulaga as the #2 offensive tackle on some team’s boards. Eric Berry remains a possibility due to his game changing ability.

6. Seattle Seahawks – Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
Previous Selection: Gerald McCoy
Safety is a huge position in Pete Carroll’s defensive scheme. Berry would provide a playmaker in the defensive backfield that has been severely lacking. He also has the skills to line up at corner if needed. O-line coach Alex Gibbs rarely advocates taking offensive lineman for him to work with in the first round but, should KC take Berry, Trent Williams would probably be the choice.

7. Cleveland Browns – Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
Previous Selection: Jimmy Clausen
Despite Mike Holmgren’s statements that have made it seem he won’t take Jimmy Clausen I am not ruling that out. However Derrick Morgan has been running through a lot of conversion drills for teams who are now seeing that he could play OLB in the 3-4. Trading for Sheldon Brown could be an indication that they are not looking at Joe Haden here. Shaun Rogers getting arrested could also open up Dan Williams as a possibility at nose tackle.

8. Oakland Raiders – Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
Previous Selection: Jason Pierre-Paul
Everyone knows the Raiders draft more on athletic ability than anything else. That had me sitting comfortably with Bruce Campbell in the first two mocks before shifting to Pierre-Paul who fits the mold as well. He is an athletic freak that has a ton of potential and will probably be intriguing to the Raiders.

9. Buffalo Bills – Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
Previous Selection: Bryan Bulaga
The Bills need to address their offensive line woes but if Clausen were to be available to them he might be too intriguing to pass up. Bryan Bulaga could also be the pick as he could slide in and contribute immediately. If Clausen gets past the Bills he could slip way down possibly to late first round status. Seeing that the Redskins and Seahawks both chose to trade for a QB rather than take Clausen is a sign that many teams may not have a high opinion of him.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars – Joe Haden, CB, Florida
Previous Selection: Dez Bryant
The Jags have missed on some early draft picks in recent years that were meant to address their pass rush. Rather than take another risk in the draft they made a big signing of Aaron Kampman. That puts them in a spot here to take BPA at a position of less glaring need than they had before, or they trade down to try and position themselves for taking Tim Tebow. Haden, Rolando McClain, and Dez Bryant all could go here. Grabbing Haden though, who showed more speed at his Pro Day, would be a good move.

11. Denver Broncos (from Chicago) – Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
Previous Selection: Rolando McClain
The defense needs to bolster its front seven but the signing of Jamal Williams means they don’t necessarily need to grab a NT this draft and instead can look to McClain if he is available. If Dez Bryant is here, and Brandon Marshall has been traded, that could be an intriguing option as well.

12. Miami Dolphins – Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
Previous Selection: Dan Williams
The signing of Karlos Dansby means the main needs of the Dolphins are at OLB and DT. Williams would be a great selection here as a NT in the 3-4. Jason Pierre-Paul remains an interesting possibility if he is still around, but I believe that Bill Parcells would likely go Williams here regardless.

13. San Francisco 49ers – Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
Previous Selection: Joe Haden
The 49ers have a couple different ways to go. They are looking for a back to split time with Frank Gore, want to shore up the offense line at tackle, and could use an upgrade in the defensive backfield specifically at safety. Bulaga being here makes the choice an easy one. No need to take a RB this early when there are several that could provide what they are looking for later in the draft.

14. Seattle Seahawks (from Denver) – CJ Spiller, RB, Clemson
Previous Selection: CJ Spiller
With the first pick being from the defensive side of the ball this would likely go to the offense as the team has a desperate need for playmakers. CJ Spiller would bring a dynamic player to the offense that has been sorely missing the last few years. Otherwise here without one of the top three OTs available there could also be a trade down as spending a high choice on a RB would not really fit with what the front office is trying to do.

15. New York Giants – Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
Previous Selection: Derrick Morgan
The team needs an ILB and McClain would have been a great fit. DE would also be an area to look at is it is no longer a strength on a team that counts on the pass rush being disruptive to be successful. But with Bryant falling into their laps he could be too intriguing to pass up. The offense was stagnant after the loss of Plaxico Burress.

16. Tennessee Titans – Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
Previous Selection: Brian Price
This pick would seem likely to go defensive line if the right player is available, whether it be a DE or DT. The Titans could also use an upgrade in the secondary which could be provided by Kyle Wilson. Either way they need someone to help against the powerful offenses in the division. Wilson has impressed from the Senior Bowl to the Combine and is even rated higher than Joe Haden on some team’s boards.

17. San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina) – Earl Thomas, S, Texas
Previous Selection: Anthony Davis
Having grabbed the offensive line at the earlier pick the 49ers can look grab a playmaker for their secondary in Thomas. Similar to Berry he has the skills to play corner as well and would add a new element to the defense. His stock has been rising and I’ve seen him as a potential mid-first round pick for a while now.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers – Mike Iupati, G, Idaho
Previous Selection: Kyle Wilson
The Steelers offensive line has struggled pass protecting for a few years, and the usual strong running game was mediocre last season. That makes Mike Iupati a serious consideration and I’ve had him pegged here in the early mocks and now he is back ago. Wilson though is intriguing and, though they’ve spent a few picks on the position in the past few years, he might be too good to pass up if he is still around. I also considered Anthony Davis, but there is no way the Steelers draft someone that doesn’t have their head on straight considering what has gone on lately.

19. Atlanta Falcons – Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan
Previous Selection: Brandon Graham
Having filled their need at corner by signing Dunta Robinson the Falcons will probably still be looking at defense and go with an OLB or DE. They have struggled to put pressure on QBs and Graham, though undersized, could provide the disruption they need. Sean Weatherspoon would appear to be the other most likely option at this pick.

20. Houston Texans – Brian Price, DT, UCLA
Previous Selection: Earl Thomas
Houston has been looking for a playmaking safety for years and they could get the opportunity to choose one with Thomas but now he is off the board. Taylor Mays could also be a consideration but is more of an enforcer than a playmaker. The Texans have drafted for the defensive line but it remains a weakness so they could look that direction here with Price. He has been somewhat under the radar but has the ability to create pressure from the interior and is the best DT left on the board.

21. Cincinnati Bengals – Taylor Mays, S, USC
Previous Selection: Taylor Mays
The Bengals needed another threat in the passing game, which is why strong thought was given to Jermaine Gresham, Arrelious Benn, and Golden Tate. They have addressed that in free agency though with the signing of Antonio Bryant. Safety is a big area of need and Mays would fit the defensive scheme. He ran a blazing 40 at the combine though he looked stiff in the drills.

22. New England Patriots – Jared Odrick, DE, Penn State
Previous Selection: Jared Odrick
The Patriots clearly need to upgrade their defense, a pass rushing LB or or run stopping DE make the most sense. Bill Belichick tends not to draft pass rushers high though and Odrick would be a good fit as a 3-4 DE. There seems to be a lot off buzz around Odrick right now and he may not make it this far come draft day. But for now this seems to be his most likely destination.

23. Green Bay Packers – Charles Brown, OT, USC
Previous Selection: Mike Iupati
With Aaron Kampman gone the Packers have immediate need for a pass rusher in their 3-4 but they also could really use help on the offensive line. Brown is perfectly suited for the zone blocking scheme. Pass rushers can usually be found in later rounds if a bigger need can be filled early.

24. Philadelphia Eagles – Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri
Previous Selection: Sean Weatherspoon
The Eagles could definitely use a high energy OLB or DE. The team let Will Witherspoon go, which was obviously done to avoid confusion with a possible Weatherspoon selection right? He would fit very well as an OLB in the Eagles defensive scheme and has seen his stock rising out of the Senior Bowl solidifying him as a first rounder.

25. Baltimore Ravens – Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
Previous Selection: Jermaine Gresham
With the Ravens having traded for Anquan Boldin they no longer are considered to be a lock to take a WR. They can however still add an offensive weapon in Jermaine Gresham. Todd Heap is no longer the threat that he used to be. Gresham’s knee problems are still a concern but he seems like a good fit for the Ravens who would not need to overuse him early on.

26. Arizona Cardinals – Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
Previous Selection: Daryl Washington
With the team losing Karlos Dansby there is need to replace him, while they have filled the hole at safety already with the trade for Kerry Rhodes and brought in Joey Porter as a pass rusher. Porter can’t be relied upon so Daryl Washington or Sergio Kindle would make sense here. Still the Cardinals could look to draft a new offensive tackle, with a top talent in Davis who has some motivational and off-the-field issues which has dropped him down.

27. Dallas Cowboys – Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
Previous Selection: Bruce Campbell
The Cowboys could definitely use a safety, especially having just cut Ken Hamlin, but there probably aren’t any to be had here that wouldn’t be a reach. Should Taylor Mays fall here they might snag him though. They also just cut Flozell Adams. The worry though would be that Campbell is not very experienced and may not be able to start right away but he would add much needed athleticism to the line. Someone like Maurkice Pouncey or Vladimir Ducasse could be taken to upgrade and add youth to the interior should concerns about Campbell override his potential.

28. San Diego Chargers – Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno State
Previous Selection: Ryan Matthews
Though they chose to keep Darren Sproles the Chargers will still need to draft a RB. The Chargers now have this pick along with #40 and either could be used to take the back to pair with him. Matthews offers the most balance in the field of running backs and his stock is at a high right now. He would almost surely be gone by their next pick so it just depends on which back they really want.

29. New York Jets – Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
Previous Selection: Golden Tate
Until they traded for Antonio Cromartie it was a safe bet that Rex Ryan would be looking defense, primarily at CB. Now, I won’t be shocked if they still draft a CB here, but it opens it up to be a DE or WR. Tate is the best talent on the board and would give Mark Sanchez another weapon. I could also see someone like Corey Wootton come in as a DE in the 3-4.

30. Minnesota Vikings – Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
Previous Selection: Devin McCourty
The Vikings will likely look at corner or a complimentary back to Adrian Peterson given that Chester Taylor has departed. McCourty had a fantastic combine which has shot his stock up to first round value. I also wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Colt McCoy who would fit well in a west coast offense that Brad Childress runs.

31. Indianapolis Colts – Marukice Pouncey, C/G, Florida
Previous Selection: Charles Brown
The Colts could go defense here, with tackle and corner being the positions of most need. However the offensive line needs help as well especially after cutting guard Ryan Lilja. An interior lineman like Maurkice Pouncey makes a lot of sense here.

32. New Orleans Saints – Everson Griffen, DE, USC
Previous Selection: Everson Griffen
Having lost Scott Fujita it looks like the Saints could go OLB or DE at this spot. I would peg that to be between Sergio Kindle and Griffen and have gone back and forth on this one. Griffen though really impressed at his Pro Day. Another possibility might be Carlos Dunlap, an explosive pass rusher that has been very inconsistent.

33. St Louis Rams – Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech
34. Detroit Lions – Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama
35. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas
36. Kansas City Chiefs – Nate Allen, S, South Florida
37. Philadelphia Eagles – Jahvid Best, RB, California
38. Cleveland Browns – Colt McCoy, QB, Texas
39. Oakland Raiders – Vladimir Ducasse, OT, Massachusetts
40. San Diego Chargers – Terrance Cody, DT, Alabama
41. Buffalo Bills – Rodger Saffold, OG, Indiana
42. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Daryl Washington, OLB, TCU
43. Miami Dolphins – Damian Williams, WR, USC
44. New England Patriots – Jerry Hughes, DE/OLB, TCU
45. Denver Broncos – Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois
46. New York Giants – Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
47. New England Patriots – Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
48. Carolina Panthers – Brandon LaFell, WR, LSU
49. San Francisco 49ers – Montario Hardesty, RB, Tennessee
50. Kansas City Chiefs – Riley Cooper, WR, Florida
51. Houston Texans – Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech
52. Pittsburgh Steelers – Perrish Cox, CB, Oklahoma State
53. New England Patriots – Dexter McCluster, RB/WR, Ole Miss
54. Cincinnati Bengals – Aaron Hernandez, TE, Florida
55. Philadelphia Eagles – Brandon Ghee, CB, Wake Forest
56. Green Bay Packers – Thaddeus Gibson, OLB, Ohio State
57. Baltimore Ravens – Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State
58. Arizona Cardinals – Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona
59. Dallas Cowboys – Chad Jones, S, LSU
60. Seattle Seahawks – Lamarr Houston, DT, Texas
61. New York Jets – Corey Wootton, DE, Northwestern
62. Minnesota Vikings – Joe McKnight, RB, USC
63. Indianapolis Colts – Javier Arenas, CB, Alabama
64. New Orleans Saints – Eric Norwood, OLB, South Carolina

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