Viking Update mock draft: Round 2

The second round is often about matching needs with value, and that’s the approach we take here in our second version of the second round.

OVERVIEW: In the first round of the NFL draft, teams can make the claim that they select the best player on their board regardless of position, even though they often suspiciously coincide with one of their greatest needs. However, when you get to the second round, teams are much more likely to draft for need because the pool of talent is starting to thin out. As teams start questioning whether they can address need areas, the second round becomes more important. As a result, need will get addressed early and often.

1. Tennessee – D.J. Humphries, OT, Florida. The Titans had 10 different starters on the O-line and need help. Combined with 2014 first-rounder Taylor Lewan, the Titans could have bookend tackles for years.

2. Tampa Bay – Laken Tomlinson, G, Duke. The Bucs have made a huge investment in Jameis Winston, so they need to shore up their biggest weakness – the offensive line. They may look at center Cameron Erving, but guard is a more pressing issue.

3. Oakland – Owamagbe Odighuzwa, DE, UCLA. Defensive end was a need heading into free agency and nothing has changed. He’s a player who can compete for a starting job right away or be groomed to replace Justin Tuck, who is on the wrong side of 30.

4. Jacksonville – Cameron Erving, C, Florida State. The Jags never adequately replaced long-time center Brad Meester. Erving is a former left tackle who brings position versatility and can be an immediate upgrade.

5. New York Jets – Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon. Much like the Bucs did when they used their first pick on a quarterback, the Jets need to shore up the protection for Marcus Mariota as he dips his toe into the NFL waters. Fisher could get moved inside early to shore up the guard play and eventually move outside.

6. Washington – Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State. The Redskins are doubling down on linebacker types, following up DE/OLB edge rusher Shane Ray with an inside thumper in McKinney who could supplant either Perry Riley or Keenan Robinson sooner than later.

7. Chicago – Shaq Thompson, OLB, Washington. The Bears are aging on defense and need a lot of help at all three levels. But for a team that made its name on linebacker play, age and attrition has caught up to them and replacements are needed.

8. New York Giants – Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma. Johnathan Hankins is a very good defensive tackle, but depth is needed because a lot of the time last year Mike Patterson looked overwhelmed. At a minimum, Phillips will compete for a starting job, if not winning it outright in the preseason.

9. St. Louis – Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M. This may be a bit high for him because he’s coming off ACL surgery, but his talent ranks him higher than this, and with Jake Long at the end of the line due to injuries, Ogbuehi could be the next generation of Rams offensive tackles that become dominant.

10. Atlanta – Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska. The Falcons have gone with big plodding running backs the last several years. Abdullah would be a huge change of pace, but the first running back in a decade or more with breakaway speed.

11. Cleveland – Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota. The Browns lost mainstay Jordan Cameron to free agency and need to replace him because tight end is an important part of their pass offense. Williams is the most athletic tight end in this year’s class and could make big plays from Day One.

12. New Orleans – Damarious Randall, S, Arizona State. The Saints have addressed edge rusher and big-play receiver. Now they set their sights on their most glaring weakness – safety. New Orleans addressed needs at cornerback in free agency and now add competition for underachieving Kenny Vaccaro and Jairus Byrd.

13. Minnesota – Eric Kendricks, MLB, UCLA. The Vikings have struggled at middle linebacker since E.J. Henderson infamously snapped his leg in Arizona. They’ve gone back and forth twice with Jasper Brinkley and one year with Erin Henderson with marginal success at best. Kendricks comes from a pro-style defense and could step in immediately and be a candidate to start and, if he takes to Mike Zimmer’s system, become a star at a position that has been a weakness for the last several years.

14. San Francisco – P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State. The Niners lost three cornerbacks since the end of the 2014 season and have done little in the way of filling that void. Williams was arrested for DUI, but, at this point, talent wins out.

15. Miami – Tre Jackson, G, Florida State. Miami’s O-line improved from the debacle that surrounded Bullygate in 2013, but not nearly enough to get to the point it should be. Jackson can step in and start opposite Mike Pouncey and turn guard from a weakness to a position that is covered for the next four years.

16. San Diego – Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan. Funchess is a matchup nightmare because of his some versatility – some scouts have him rated as a tight end – and he could provide Philip Rivers with a double benefit – a red zone threat and, if things work out, a potential hybrid replacement for aging Antonio Gates.

17. Kansas City – Nelson Agholor, WR, USC. The Chiefs signed Jeremy Maclin, but their receiver corps was such a receiver corpse last year that more improvements are needed to prevent triple coverage on Maclin.

18. Buffalo – Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson. The Bills traded away their best inside linebacker in the LeSean McCoy/Kiko Alonso trade and haven’t done much to address the position since. Anthony is a tackling machine who could excel in Rex Ryan’s new system.

19. Houston – Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami. You don’t just replace a franchise guy like Andre Johnson, but DeAndre Hopkins needs a complement because he’s the No. 1 guy now and will get top coverage on every play … until someone else steps up.

20. Philadelphia – Hau’oli Kikaha, OLB, Washington. The Eagles have overhauled their lineup in Chip Kelly’s regime and one of them was releasing Trent Cole. Kikaha can bring the heat from the outside and hold up in coverage.

21. Cincinnati – Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State. The Bengals front four suffered badly last year. The return of Michael Johnson will help, but adding some young blood into the mix can only help revive the sorry state of Mike Zimmer’s former defense.

22. Detroit – Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State. To watch him run, he looks like Ray Rice. With Reggie Bush (thankfully) out of the picture, he could step in immediately and help a Detroit offense that has a lot of big-play ability.

23. Arizona – Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami. Larry Foote was a coverage embarrassment last year and teams picked on him. The Cards aren’t far away and, by adding a running back in the first round, they’re closing the gap on Seattle.

24. Pittsburgh – Paul Dawson, LB, TCU. Outside linebacker was a need even with Jason Worilds. Without him, it’s gotten even more pronounced and Dawson is the type of player who could be an immediate contributor.

25. Carolina – Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana. The Panthers have had a two-headed backfield for years, but with DeAngelo Williams gone and Jonathan Stewart being paid too much, Coleman could be a breath of fresh air for the run game, coming off a 2,000-yard rushing season in just 12 games.

26. Baltimore – Duke Johnson, RB, Miami. Ray Rice isn’t coming back and Justin Forsett is what he is. Johnson is undersized and has durability concerns, but if he’s healthy he could be the next Gio Bernard.

27. Denver – A.J. Cann, G, South Carolina. The Broncos lost Orlando Franklin in free agency and he needs replacing. Cann may not be the immediate answer, but protecting Peyton Manning is Job One.

28. Dallas – Carl Davis, DT, Iowa. Dallas went free agency with Henry Melton last year and that didn’t work out. Now the Cowboys start building the defensive line the same way they have done the O-line the last three years.

29. Indianapolis – Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State. The Colts addressed needs at linebacker, defensive end, wide receiver, running back and safety in free agency. But one need that remains is a running mate for Vontae Davis and Darby is the best athlete available at this point.

30. Mario Williams, DE, Florida State. The Packers are notorious for drafting players to develop, so when a veteran (like Julius Peppers) leaves, they have a replacement ready. Edwards comes with a strong college résumé and NFL bloodlines, which should bode well for him in Green Bay.

31. Seattle – Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State. The Seahawks have a ton of No. 2 or 3 wide receivers and Smith may fit into that category, but he is a single-coverage deep threat that, along with Jimmy Graham, could help open up Russell Wilson’s deep arsenal.

32. New England – Josue Matias, G, Florida State. The guard play for the Patriots struggled last year and Matias comes from a high-profile program that has succeeded. Bill Belichick loves winners and he fits that bill.




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