publishers mock draft, Round 2

The waiting gets harder in the second round as talent thins and teams hope “their guy” is still available. The second round is a defensive one with receivers also getting their due on the offensive side.

32. Cleveland Browns

Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State – The Browns need top-flight talent and can’t rely on Josh Gordon. In Thomas, the Browns get a player who has a good size-and-speed combo, can catch the ball and creates separation well. Thomas has high upside and can develop as a No. 2 WR this year if Gordon returns instead of being pressed as the No. 1 guy right away.

33. Tennessee Titans

Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State – The Titans’ two biggest needs were finding a right tackle and a safety. With Tunsil in the first and now Von Bell in the second, the Titans have filled both those needs with talented players. Bell brings good size (5-11, 199) and athleticism to match up with NFL receivers. He played mostly man coverage the last two years and held his own on an island, showing athleticism, timing and savvy that translates well to the next level. Urban Meyer, his former head coach at Ohio State calls Bell the best safety he ever coached. Bell is also from Chattanooga, Tenn.    

34. Dallas Cowboys

Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama – The Cowboys are in need of defensive line products and Reed represents the best available pick on the line, as ends dominated the first round.

35. San Diego Chargers

Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas – The Chargers lost Ladarius Green and have an able but aging, Antonio Gates. They need a pass-catching TE and someone who can help immediately.

36. Baltimore Ravens

Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana – The Ravens lost a stud OL in free agency and get one here with a lot of upside. Ozzie Newsome often builds on the lines and getting DeForest Buckner and Spriggs is a perfect Ozzie draft.

37. San Francisco 49ers

Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech – The San Francisco 49ers are in need of a secondary and offensive linemen. Fuller represents the best available corner remaining in the draft at a severe position of need for the 49ers.

38. Jacksonville Jaguars

Keanu Neal, S, Florida – Jacksonville has six areas of need to address in this draft, and getting Myles Jack in the first takes care of the pass rusher need. Florida safety Keanu Neal has been moving up draft boards and some even have him as a late first-round possibility. He is a physical player who loves the big hit and is willing to come up and take on blockers and running backs. The back end for the Jaguars just got a little better with Neal. 

39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Chris Jones, DL, Mississippi State – Bucs get another versatile defensive lineman that can play anywhere along their defensive line. Jones also has scheme versatility to play in the Bucs’ new hybrid defense.

40. New York Giants

Karl Joseph, S, West Virginia – The Giants get a dynamic safety who led the nation in interceptions before he suffered a season-ending knee injury in October. Joseph’s versatility roaming the backfield and hitting at the line of scrimmage will provide a terrific complement to second-year pro Landon Collins.

41. Chicago Bears

Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia – Floyd provides the speed off the edge the Bears have lacked for years. He also provides positional versatility, having played OLB, DE and ILB. Widely considered a first-round talent, Floyd dropping this far would be a no-brainer for Bears brass.

42. Miami Dolphins

Artie Burns, CB, Miami – After passing on a corner in Round 1, it’s a must in Round 2. Burns is a bit raw but has first-round talent. He will be a steal if he falls to them here. His upside is every bit as high as most of the CBs drafted before him.

43. Los Angeles Rams (from PHI)

Will Fuller, WR, Notre Dame – Fuller is one of the most NFL-ready wideouts in this draft and has proven he can play physically and intelligently. First-round tools on a second-round body could end up making Fuller one of the steals of the draft.

44. Oakland Raiders

Darian Thompson, FS, Boise State – Thompson is coming off of a disappointing combine but proved during his time at BSU to be a solid ball-hawking free safety. Even with the signing of Reggie Nelson, the Raiders need young help at the safety position and Thompson gives them a young safety to attempt to fill the big-shoes void by Charles Woodson’s retirement.

45. Los Angeles Rams

Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State – The Rams’ need of playmakers is evident. Miller is an explosive product with proven locker-room leadership. He may not have tested as well as some expected, but the game film on Miller speaks volumes about his ability to create.

46. Detroit Lions

Shilique Calhoun , DE, Michigan State – Once you get past Ezekial Ansah, the Lions are extremely thin at defensive end. Calhoun comes from a proven system and the value is there in the second round.

47. New Orleans Saints

Cody Whitehair, OL, Kansas State – Drew Brees is still a very good QB, but the Saints have to protect him. They released Jahri Evans in the offseason and Whitehair’s versatility would be a big help and the right pick with none of the bigger WRs left on the board at this value.

48. Indianapolis Colts

Kentrell Brothers, ILB, Missouri – Not sold on the pass rushers available here, the Colts add a tackling machine to replace the departed Jerrell Freeman. It’s uncertain if Nate Irving will regain his health from knee surgery after not being a factor in 2015.

49. Buffalo Bills

Kenny Clark, DT, UCLA – Another toy for Rex Ryan, Clark is strong against the run and has flashed ability as a pass rusher. Clark is versatile enough to be used in a variety of ways on Rex Ryan’s defensive line.

50. Atlanta Falcons

Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh – With Roddy White and Leonard Hankerson gone, the Falcons add a versatile wide receiver here. Boyd would battle with Justin Hardy and Mohamed Sanu for a starting job. He could emerge as a second option to Julio Jones.

51. New York Jets

Kamalei Correa, OLB, Boise State – Jets fans finally get an edge rusher in the draft. Correa can play defensive end or outside linebacker, can rush the passer and drop back in coverage and is the type of player the Jets defense needs to take the next step. With the Jets talent up front, Correa’s job will be made that much easier.

52. Houston Texans

Germain Ifedi, OT, Texas A&M – Defensive end is a position of need, but the value of Ifedi is too good to pass up. With Duane Brown getting up in age, the Texans land a tackle for the future. Ifedi could bump inside to guard if needed his rookie season. The Texans take a player they highly covet leading into the draft.

53. Washington Redskins

Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame – Fingers crossed the medical update is good because the former Golden Domer has a chance to be great. Projected as a top-five pick before a devastating injury in the Fiesta Bowl, the tackling machine offers tremendous value here, but also downside since he’s doubtful for 2016. The Redskins have linebackers in place for this season and GM Scot McCloughan’s moves point to truly ramping up the following season anyway.

54. Minnesota Vikings

Jeremy Cash, S, Duke – Depending on his medical evaluation, the Vikings might have been willing to make a bold move on Jaylon Smith, knowing he wouldn’t be at full strength in 2016 but banking on future greatness. Instead, with him gone, Minnesota aims to solve another position of need for the future with safety Jeremy Cash, who has the versatility to be used effectively with Harrison Smith, where either of them can play in the box or deep safety in coverage.

55. Cincinnati Bengals

Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma – Shepard might be the best route runner in this year’s draft. With A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert, the Bengals can benefit from such precision routes after losing Marvin Jones and Mohamed Sanu. A slight reach for need, the Bengals have to provide Andy Dalton as many weapons as possible.

56. Seattle Seahawks

Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama – The Seahawks are hopeful that second-year pro Thomas Rawls can handle filling the huge void at running back left with the anticipated retirement of Marshawn Lynch, but the club is looking for insurance with Rawls recovering from ankle surgery. Henry lacks the wiggle to fit every offense, but he is a runaway freight train with the intimidation factor Seattle is used to at the position. 

57. Green Bay Packers

Su'a Cravens, LB, USC – With Clay Matthews moving back to outside linebacker, the Packers need an inside linebacker. Maybe Cravens isn’t big enough to be a starter but he’ll be an immediate performer on passing downs with his coverage and blitzing skills.

58. Pittsburgh Steelers

Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State – After missing on Billings in the first, the Steelers get their pass-rushing nose tackle. While not the run-stuffer Billings is – yet – Hargrave gives the Steelers’ new-look one-gapping front line a shade tackle who’ll initially give Tuitt and Heyward a break in a needed rotation.

59. Kansas City Chiefs

Vadal Alexander, G, LSU – The Chiefs didn’t pursue any of the top free agents at the guard position this offseason, and with Jah Reid moving to left guard, KC would like to find competition for incumbent starter Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff. Alexander fits the mold of the versatile linemen head coach Andy Reid prefers from his starters.

60. New England Patriots

Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame – The Pats are finally on the clock and with back-to-back picks. Finding ways to keep Tom Brady off his back and maintaining a clean passing pocket is key.

61. New England Patriots (from Arizona)

Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State – New England added veterans Chris Long and Terrance Knighton, but need long-term help along the defensive line. That the imposing Johnson slipped this far says more about the DL depth in this draft than his skill set.

62. Carolina Panthers

Jonathan Bullard, DL, Florida – The Panthers select their second consecutive defensive linemen after selecting Kevin Dodd in the first. They will be able to utilize Bullard’s versatility at both end and tackle in their defense and solidifies the defensive line for a number of years with young talent.

63. Denver Broncos

Joshua Garnett, OG, Stanford – The Broncos have little interior O-line depth. The selection of Garnett gives them a young, talented option with the ability to start and contribute right away. We also really like Garnett’s scheme fit. He will excel in the zone blocking scheme.


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