Scout's Intersite Mock Draft: Part III

The NFL Draft is upon us, so the time has come for the experts at to huddle up once again for their annual intersite mock draft. Who will be the second quarterback chosen? What can the Falcons do with three second-rounders? Is a tight end finally going to go? Here is the top half of Round 2 ...

No. 32: Miami Dolphins

QB Chad Henne – Michigan
GM Jeff Ireland has said all the right things about John Beck, last year's second-round pick for Miami, but the truth is Beck looked badly overmatched in his appearances last season. The Dolphins have searched for a viable quarterback since Dan Marino retired in the spring of 2000, and it's questionable whether Beck is the long-term answer. Henne didn't play up to everyone's expectations at Michigan, but he's still got a lot of tools and sometimes looks like another former Wolverine quarterback who's done okay for himself in the NFL, Tom Brady.– Alain Poupart,

No. 33: St. Louis Rams

LB Dan Connor – Penn State
With Jake Long going first in the draft in the real world, that leaves either Glenn Dorsey inside or Chris Long outside for the Rams' defensive line. Having another elite defender on the line with Adam Carriker will be a dream for defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, but there's one certainty about any defense – especially a 4-3. Without a stalwart linebacker in the middle, your talent will never come together to its fullest potential. Connor is the latest member of Joe Paterno's Linebacker U club, an extremely cerebral player with surprising speed who will be asked to lead a St. Louis defense that has been directionless for a number of years. – Doug Farrar,

No. 34: Atlanta Falcons

QB Joe Flacco – Delaware
The Falcons need to develop a young quarterback, and with the Delaware product dropping into the early second round, he's the right fit. He has the best arm in the draft, enough touch to pass underneath and enough functional mobility to avoid the rush. His stock has been on the rise since the Senior Bowl, and for good reason. Atlanta is a good location for him as I believe he'll need a year or two to develop into the kind of quarterback the Falcons need, but his arm allows their passing game to get vertical with Roddy White and Mike Jenkins on the outside. – Matthew Postins,

No. 35: Kansas City Chiefs

OT Sam Baker – Southern California
After selecting Branden Albert with their first pick, Kansas City can shore up the other tackle spot by adding arguably one of the toughest linemen in this draft. The Chiefs have been very impressed with Sam Baker since they watched him perform at the Senior Bowl. With both Albert and Baker, Kansas City has rebuilt two fifths of its woeful offensive line from a year ago. Now all they need is a young center, and the team's most glaring offseason need will be filled.– Nick Athan,

No. 36: New York Jets

CB Tracy Porter – Indiana
The Jets are set at one cornerback spot with Darrelle Revis, but there's a real need for a complement in the defensive backfield. While Revis relies on his physical nature, Porter is a lightning-fast defender with suspect tackling ability but amazing recovery speed and short-area quickness. He'll struggle as a starter if he's put in that role due to his inability to play the run and occasional lapses in coverage. He will, however, impress on the deep route and his ability to play in space. Porter will remind some of a younger Andre Dyson, who was released by the Jets in late February. – Doug Farrar,

No. 37: Atlanta Falcons

LB Beau Bell – UNLV
The Falcons will eventually need to plan for life without Keith Brooking, and to some Bell is the best inside linebacker in the draft. He's explosive on contact and can chase plays down, according to former NFL scout Tom Marino. Marino has questions about whether Bell can play in coverage, but he has enough speed and energy to learn that craft. And Brooking can help in that respect, as he's still one of the better middle linebackers around. Bell will have the advantage of sitting for at least a year, working as a fourth linebacker and eventually challenging for a starting job.– Matthew Postins,

No. 38: Baltimore Ravens

CB Patrick Lee – Auburn
The Ravens draft a speedy Auburn cornerback to address a pressing need given the advancing age and deteriorating health of starters Chris McAlister and Samari Rolle. Lee has the big-school experience and cover skills the Ravens covet, and at the very least he should be able to contribute right away as a nickel defender. It is considered a deep class of corners in this draft, and Baltimore lands one near the top of Round 2 that could have been a first-rounder just about any other year. – Aaron Wilson,

No. 39: San Francisco 49ers

OT Gosder Cherilus – Boston College
With several top receivers still on the board, the 49ers think hard about going in that direction. But they opt instead to fortify their offensive line with an imposing, space-eating prospect who will come in and immediately challenge for playing time, if not a starting position. San Francisco struck gold in the draft last year when the team moved up and grabbed tackle Joe Staley with the No. 28 selection, and Staley ultimately pushed incumbent Kwame Harris out of the lineup and became the first rookie offensive lineman in team history to start all 16 games. – Craig Massei,

No. 40: New Orleans Saints

DT Pat Sims – Auburn
The Saints had one of the worst pass defenses last year, and part of the problem was their sack total of 33. They couldn't get enough pressure in the backfield. Sims should help. His best asset as a defender at Auburn was his ability to shoot gaps and make plays behind the line of scrimmage. If the Saints improve their pass rush, they'll improve their pass defense. Sims can also defend well against the run. The Saints don't need a starter inside right away, so Sims can step in as depth, play 20-25 plays per game and give the Saints an energy boost opposite Charles Grant. – Matthew Postins,

No. 41: Buffalo Bills

TE Dustin Keller – Purdue
Even with Malcolm Kelly still on the board, Buffalo can't pass up Keller. Taking Keller will drastically speed up Trent Edwards' development as the team's starting quarterback. His 4.55 speed is faster than Kelly, and he has natural, NFL-ready mitts. Edwards prefers to locate tight ends early and often. Keller should start from Day 1 on a shaky tight end unit. While Kelly and Andre Caldwell must be considered, the Purdue tight end is the best available weapon at this spot.– Tyler Dunne,

No. 42: Denver Broncos

DT Dre Moore – Maryland
It's no secret the Broncos have some tremendous problems on the defensive line, and Round 2 will definitely address this issue. Although many consider him a work in progress, Moore has the size and strength to make it in this league but he's yet to live up to his true potential. Under the right coaching system, he'll be able to harness his size (6-4, 305 pounds) and provide a nice stopgap against the run. His biggest upside may be his work ethic, with many scouts labeling him a workout warrior. – Michael John Schon,

No. 43: Carolina Panthers

S DaJuan Morgan – North Carolina State
The Panthers never really replaced free safety Deon Grant when he left for greener pastures in 2004. Instead, they opted to fill the position with retreads and underachievers and never really found a suitable replacement. Morgan is precisely the kind of safety the Panthers prefer: athletic, hard-hitting and instinctive. He'll pair with strong safety Chris Harris to form one of the hardest-hitting safety tandems in the NFC and will round out a secondary that could be one of the best in the league. – Brad Thomas,

No. 44: Chicago Bears

QB Brian Brohm – Louisville
Jerry Angelo desperately needs to rebuild his offensive line, but he simply can't say no to a quarterback that could very well be the best of a less-than-stellar class. Instead of reaching here for tackle Anthony Collins or guard Chilo Rachal, the Bears can take advantage of the fact that they have two picks yet to come in Round 3. If Angelo lands a tackle like Carl Nicks or Tony Hills at No. 70 and a guard like Oniel Cousins or Roy Schuening at No. 90, then this choice is even better. Remember, Brohm was being hyped as a potential No. 1-overall talent had he come out after his junior season. – John Crist,

No. 45: Detroit Lions

RB Matt Forte – Tulane
Forte provides two things: The skilled, young running back that the team still lacks, and an early "sexy" pick that has become tradition under Matt Millen. The Lions have been interested in the 6-2, 217-pound Forte since before the combine, and considering the team's new offensive direction, another asset in the backfield is necessary to complement veteran Tatum Bell. Forte is quick, has excellent vision and is large enough to carry tacklers. What's more? After each touchdown in any YouTube clip, the Tulane Green Wave product doesn't celebrate, only handing the ball back to the ref before jogging nonchalantly back to the bench. Remind you of anyone? – Nate Caminata,

No. 46: Cincinnati Bengals

WR Malcolm Kelly – Oklahoma
Even if Kelly performed poorly at his Pro Day recently in Norman and blamed everybody but himself, he was considered by many to be the best receiver in the draft until recently and could be a steal this deep into Round 2. While the Bengals still need all kinds of help on defense, they said goodbye to No. 3 wideout Chris Henry after yet another run-in with the law this offseason. And perhaps Chad Johnson is indeed crazy enough to play arena ball this year just to get his point across, so adding Kelly means T.J. Houshmandzadeh won't have to catch every Carson Palmer pass. – John Crist,

No. 47: Minnesota Vikings

WR Andre Caldwell – Florida
The Vikings certainly filled a need with the signing of Bernard Berrian in free agency, but getting more young depth behind Berrian and Sidney Rice wouldn't hurt. They have more pressing needs for depth at safety and offensive tackle, but with several of each going off the board in the second round, the value wasn't what it could have been. Instead, they pick a player that they had in for a pre-draft visit and is considered to be a good run-after-the-catch option, a must for a receiver in the West Coast Offense. – Tim Yotter,

Be on the lookout for Part IV of the Intersite Mock Draft on Friday. To go back and read Part II, Click Here.

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