Scout Network Mock Draft: Round 2
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Posted Mar 26, 2009


Scout.com's draft and NFL team experts have combined forces in a two-round mock draft. Here's how the second round played out, and why. Who did your team take? Who fell, and which teams got second-round steals?

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There are lots of mock drafts available on the web, but only one combines the expertise of Scout.com’s NFL experts and the network’s team experts. One weekend each year, this group gets together and performs a two-round mock draft based on their knowledge of the available talent and the needs of their team.

Here is round two.

1. Detroit - OT Eben Britton, Arizona

The 6'6, 310-pound Britton is the best available tackle on the board, but is also versatile. He would immediately compete for the starting left tackle job in Detroit, where he could play opposite last year's first-round pick, Gosder Cherilus. With its first three choices, Detroit instantly shores up three positions of desperate need, yet still have two more in the third-round to continue laying the foundation for a respectable franchise. – Nate Caminata, RoarReport.com

2. New England - WR Hakeem Nicks, North Carolina

With their first of three picks in the second round, the New England Patriots add talented North Carolina wide receiver Hakeem Nicks. Though the Patriots still have secondary concerns and a need for depth on the line, Nicks’ talent is too much to pass on at this spot. Randy Moss, Wes Welker have been the main targets for Patriots quarterbacks the past two years, but adding a talented young stud like Nicks could help with the team’s penchant for running the spread offense. Veterans Greg Lewis and Joey Galloway were added in the off-season for depth, but Nicks gives New England a longer-term solution, one that has a host of proven veterans to learn from. Other Considerations: WR Brian Robiskie, CB DJ Moore, CB Alphonso SmithJon Scott, PatriotsInsider.com

LB James Laurenaitis


3. St. Louis - MLB James Laurinaitis, Ohio State

Coach Spagnuolo wants to move Will Witherspoon back to the outside, and the Rams have lacked a great middle linebacker for some time. This is assuming that they don't take Aaron Curry with their first pick and stick to an OT. The other direction the Rams could go would be wide receiver after cutting Torry Holt leaves them with very little experience at that position: Donnie Avery, Keenan Burton, Derek Stanley...  - Benjamin Boyd, GridironGateway.com

4. Cleveland - C Alex Mack, California

While Joe Thomas and Eric Steinbach remain one of the league's better left sides, the right side of the Browns line was quickly exposed as sub-par as veteran RG Ryan Tucker struggled to remain in the line-up. The Browns add a long-term component with the addition of Mack, who will immediately challenge Hank Fraley for a starting job. – Barry McBride, TheOBR.com

5. Seattle - WR Brian Robiskie, Ohio State

Signing T.J. Houshmanzadeh is a big step in the right direction for a Seattle receiver corps that was decimated last season, but Deion Branch is still in the dictionary under "injury-prone" and Nate Burleson hasn't really proven that he's more than a #2 receiver (at best) and high-quality return man. The Seahawks need a reliable threat over the middle and sometimes deep, and Robiskie fits the bill with his quickness in step with cornerbacks. He's not a burner in a straight-line sense, but he's faster than people think on the field. That he grew up under the tutelage of father Terry, who played in the NFL and currently serves as the Atlanta Falcons' receivers coach, will insure that he's ready to make an impact sooner than most. - Scout.com

6. Cincinnati - OT William Beatty, Connecticut

The Bengals have to find a way to protect Carson Palmer, but by letting Stacy Andrews sign with the Eagles and Levi Jones' future uncertain - it's seems to be a worrisome task. With injury woes and job openings on the offensive line, the Bengals grab the best OT available on the board, Connecticut's William Beatty. – Chris Steuber, Scout.com

7. Jacksonville – CB Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest 

Alphonso Smith can likely be a day one starter for the Jags at corner which would allow them to move Brian Williams back to safety, thus filling two needs with one pick.  Smith represents a very good value this late in the draft, and this would make the highest pick the team has spent on a corner since Rashean Mathis in 2003.  Smith can only help the NFL's 24th ranked passing defense from a year ago. Other possibilities were Robert Ayers, Phil Loadholt, and Corey Moore. – Charlie Bernstein, JagNation.com

8. Oakland Raiders – OL Max Unger, Oregon

Oakland would have loved to get its hands on Alex Mack, who spent one season playing under Raiders head coach Tom Cable when Cable was the line coach at Cal. Cable raved about Mack and the upside a player like that could bring to the silver and black but it's obvious other teams liked him as much, if not more. That being said, Unger is a quality lineman whose versatility and work ethic should be a good fit in Oakland. Unger can play up and down the line, much like former Raider center Jake Grove did early in his NFL career. Though there's some questions about his ability to hold up at the NFL level, Oakland needs to find someone to push John Wade at center. Provided he's still there -- some scouts have Unger tabbed as a potential late first-round pick -- the Raiders will have to jump at the chance and grab him in the second round. – Mike Wagaman, Silver and Black Illustrated

9. Green Bay Packers – DT Ron Brace, Boston College

What a dream scenario for the Packers. On the board at No. 41, they had their choice of Jarron Gilbert, a natural 3-4 defensive end, and Ron Brace, a natural 3-4 nose tackle. Repeatedly since the switch in defenses, new defensive coordinator Dom Capers has said that nose tackle is the key to the defense. In the massive Brace, who the Packers would pair with Ryan Pickett, the Packers have solidified the middle of their defense. – Bill Huber, Packer Report

10. Buffalo Bills – TE Jared Cook, South Carolina

Buffalo hasn't boasted a dangerous tight end all decade, finally throwing in the towel on Rober Royal this spring. This is a critical pick to finally invest into a forgotten position. The draft class is very top heavy at tight end, so the Bills have options. While Chase Coffman is more of a vertical threat, Cook is the complete package. At the Combine, he finished first in seven events among tight ends. Buoyed alongside Terrell Owens, Lee Evans and Josh Reed, Cook could help take Buffalo's anemic offense to a new level. – Tyler Dunne, Buffalo Football Report

DE/OLB Connor Barwin

11. San Francisco - DE/OLB Connor Barwin, Cincinnati

The 49ers have to get a consistent pass rush from the outside. Last season, linebacker Parys Haralson led the team with 8.5 sacks, primarily attacking from the middle. To take pressure off the inside guys and defensive front, adding a versatile defender like Cincinnati's Connor Barwin gives the Niners an impact performer. – Craig Massei, SF Illustrated

12. Miami Dolphins - OLB Clint Sintim, Virginia

The Dolphins got very little production out of their linebackers last season outside of Joey Porter, and they clearly need playmakers there. Sintim is a prototypical 3-4 outside linebacker who does everything needed of the position. He played at Virginia for Bill Parcells protege Al Groh, who no doubt told his mentor everything about his player. – Alain Poupart, Dolphin Digest

13. New York Giants - OLB Marcus Freeman, Ohio State

With their WR already secured in round one (Kenny Britt from Rutgers), New York goes for its next biggest need with its first of two second-round picks, linebacker. The choice comes down to Marcus Freeman of Ohio State and Darry Beckwith from LSU. The thought is to go with the outside player in Freeman, despite the offseason signing of Michael Boley. The 6-1, 239-pound Freeman is a very strong player that ran a 4.69 at the Combine. He could eventually end up on the strong side in place of Danny Clark. – Ken Palmer, The Giant Insider

14. Houston - S Louis Delmas, Western Michigan

The Texans secondary was perhaps the biggest weak link on a team that finished very stong a year ago.  Delmas is exactly what Houston needs and has never had in the franchise's brief history, a playmaking safety.  Delmas is a solid tackler, and he plays the pass very well.  With the offseason addition of defensive end Antonio Smith, as well as first-round pick Tyson Jackson, Delmas and the rest of the Houston secondary will benefit from a greatly improved pass rush. – Charlie Bernstein, BattleRedNation.com

15. New England - S William Moore, Missouri

With their second pick, in the second round, the Patriots add safety William Moore to their secondary.  The 6-foot-1, 223-pound defender has the type of hard-hitting reputation the Patriots lack when Rodney Harrison isn’t on the field.  A former corner-turned-safety, Moore will help the New England defense try to slow down the rapidly improved teams in the division. Despite re-signing James Sanders to a 3-year deal and selecting Brandon Meriweather in the first round, New England needs another safety.  Moore showed flashes of ballhawking ability with 8 picks in 2007, something the Patriots could well use. Other Considerations: LB Larry English, S Patrick Chung – Jon Scott, PatriotsInsider.com

16. Denver - CB D.J. Moore, Vanderbilt

The Broncos signed Andre Goodman this offseason to start opposite Champ Bailey, but they lack depth. The explosive D.J. Moore gives the Broncos a solid cover corner and a player who can be a quality return specialist. He can give last year’s second round pick, Eddie Royal, an opportunity to concentrate on being just a wide receiver. – Chris Steuber, Scout.com

17. Chicago - OT Phil Loadholt, Oklahoma

After John Tait's premature retirement and John St. Clair bolting for Cleveland, the Bears get the right tackle they need so desperately in Loadholt. With last year's first-rounder, Chris Williams, ready to take the reigns at left tackle, this gives Chicago two young bookends and should solify the offensive line for years to come. Now that quarterback Kyle Orton has a a fortified front wall to go along with a new playmaker in Missouri wide receiver Jeremy Maclin, suddently things are looking up for the Monsters of the Midway on offense. – John Crist, Bear Report

18. Cleveland - RB Donald Brown, Connecticut

With a run on defensive backfield help in front of them, the Cleveland Browns would be forced to reach somewhat to get the help at safety that they badly need. With the notion of using Josh Cribbs at safety in the back of his mind, Eric Mangini instead used the pick obtained for Kellen Winslow to look for Jamal Lewis' eventual replacement. In Connecticut's Donald Brown, Mangini gets a north-south running with power and an ability to zip through holes, seemingly tailor-made for a team that plays outside in winter weather. Brown will spell the aging Lewis and try to stake his claim to the job, while RB Jerome Harrison continues to be the answer on third downs. – Barry McBride, TheOBR.com

19. Dallas - Jauquin Iglesias, WR, Oklahoma

With the recent release of Terrell Owens, the Dallas Cowboys must find additional help at wide receiver with one of their first two selections in the 2009 draft. Iglesias showed good speed at the NFL Combine, runs good routes and is fearless across the middle of the field. He immediately steps in the starting lineup to provide Tony Romo another weapon in what remains one of the most talented offensive units in the NFC. – Roy Philpott, Ranch Report


20. New York Jets - RB Shonn Greene, Iowa

With Thomas Jones upset with his contract, and without some tread off his tire, the Jets could use another back in the stable, so Green, a New Jersey-native, would be a nice addition for the Jets in Round Two. He would give them the big back they are lacking. – Dan Leberfeld, Jets Confidential

21. Philadelphia - OT Jamon Meredith

The Eagles continue to revamp their offense with the addition of South Carolina's athletic bookend Jamon Meredith. After deciding to allow Tra Thomas and Jon Runyan to walk as free agents, the Eagles signed former Bengals tackle Stacy Andrews, but they still have depth issues. Drafting a center would be the ideal solution for the Eagles offensive line troubles, but since the top three centers are off the board, Meredith is too talented to pass up. - Chris Steuber, Scout.com


22. Minnesota - QB Josh Freeman, Kansas State

The Vikings still haven’t addressed two of their biggest immediate needs – offensive line and wide receiver, but the value at those positions wasn’t there with this pick. Freeman probably isn’t ready to compete for a starting job, but he has the physical requirements to be a solid starter in the future and, short of a trade for Jay Cutler, that’s something the Vikings can use. He needs to improve his accuracy and the Vikings should be able to give him a year or two to do that. Now the Vikings may have to revisit free agency to fill the more immediate needs. – Tim Yotter, Viking Update

23. Atlanta - DE/OLB Larry English

The Falcons have an obvious need at both outside linebacker positions, but they've been out of the running for reasonable help in this mock draft based on their slot. The selection of English, however, means that need and best player available concerns happen to intersect. The good news with English is that he's a quick and aggressive pass rusher; the bad news is that he's going to need time to learn the linebacker position at the NFL level. In the short term, he's probably a better fit as a pure edge rusher in a 3-4 defense, but the Falcons simply can't pass up a player with English's overall ability this late in the second round. When you have a two-time MAC Defensive Player of the Year with 31.5 career sacks to add to your rebuilding defense, you find a way to make it work.
Other possibilities: Chase Coffman, Asher Allen, William Moore, Patrick Chung.  - Doug Farrar, Falcon Insider


24. Miami - SS Patrick Chung. Oregon 

The Dolphins probably would prefer a wide receiver in this spot, but there's no prospect at this time worthy of the 56th overall selection. Cal Poly's Ramses Barden would be intriguing here, but he might be a tad too raw to select this early. The Dolphins secondary has added pieces in the offseason with the signings of Gibril Wilson and Eric Green, but you can never have enough good  defensive backs. – Alain Poupart, Dolphin Digest


25. Baltimore - DE Jarron Gilbert, San Jose State

Ravens tab the best athlete available still on their board, going for a player with major upside who could eventually replace Trevor Pryce. – Aaron Wilson, Ravens Insider

26. New England - DE/OLB Robert Ayers, Tennessee 

With their final pick in the second round, the Patriots select DE Robert Ayers to help address their depth in the front seven.  The 6-foot-3, 270-pound lineman has a penchant for getting to the ballcarrier.  Ayers’ 14 TFL in 2008 and 12 in 2007 demonstrate his ability to create negative plays, something else New England needs from its defense.  With Richard Seymour coming up on a contract year the Patriots have to find players who can fill in as needed.  Though Ayers isn’t exactly a prototypical outside linebacker, his athleticism, and quickness will serve him well in the Patriots scheme. Other Considerations: DE Paul Kruger, CB Jarius Byrd,  OL Duke Robinson – Jon Scott, Patriots Insider

27. Carolina- DE/OLB Paul Kruger

The uncertain future of Julius Peppers makes drafting a defensive end a priority for Carolina. Utah's Paul Kruger is an intriguing player with a lot of upside who plays with a high motor. His presence off the edge should supply the Panthers with a future sack artist and a successor to Peppers.  - Chris Steuber, Scout.com

TE Chase Coffman

28. New York Giants - TE Chase Coffman, Missouri

As good as Kevin Boss was last season, when he had a breakout campaign, the Giants are still in need of another tight end. Most NFL teams these days are looking for two good tight ends, and it’s basically an essential part of New York’s offense. As a result, Big Blue tabs the 6-5, 245-pound Chase Coffman. The Mizzou product is not the fastest TE around (4.8), but he has very dependable hands and is a chains-mover. – Ken Palmer, Giant Insider


29. Indianapolis - RB Rashad Jennings, Liberty

The three players behind starter Joseph Addai - Chad Simpson, Lance Ball, and Mike Hart - are unproven with just 30 NFL carries among them, and Hart is coming off a major knee injury. Jennings is a big back, and his bruising, straightforward running style would be a perfect complement to Addai's slashing and elusiveness. At 6-feet-1 and 237 pounds, the Colts can utilize Jennings for short yardage and  on the goal line, two areas they struggled in last year. Indianapolis also requires its backs to participate in the passing game, and Jennings' size will be useful for blocking, while his sure hands can provide another target for QB Peyton Manning. (also seriously considered: Derrick Williams, Sen'Derrick Marks) – Eric Hartz, Coltpower.com


30. Tennessee - CB Jairus Byrd, Oregon

Outside of Cortland Finnegan, the Titans don't have a corner who commands respect from the opposition. Adding a starter and more depth at CB is a necessity and Oregon's Jairus Byrd should compete for playing time right away. Byrd could step in from Day One and be the teams nickel corner or challenge to start opposite Finnegan. He's a tremendous playmaker and offers the physical component that fits well with Head Coach Jeff Fisher. – Chris Steuber, Scout.com

31. Arizona - C Jonathan Luigs, Arkansas

Center Lyle Sendlein played well last season, but the cardinals need to invest in the position. The Cardinals also feature an aging defensive line, which could be addressed in the second round. But the centers have flown off the board. – Amberly Richardson, AzRedReport.com

32. Pittsburgh - DL Fili Moala, USC

Taking a 3-4 DE on the heels of an interior offensive lineman isn't going to sell many tickets (or advertising for draft shows), but it's the utilitarian type of draft Mike Tomlin will be glad he undertook in a couple of years. – Jim Wexell, Steel City Insider



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