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 third 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 – T.J. Clemmings, OT, Pittsburgh. Whether the Titans end up drafting Marcus Mariota or not, upgrading right tackle is a priority and the quality OTs in the Class of 2015 are starting to dry up.

2. Tampa Bay – Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A&M. The Bucs have invested heavily in Jameis Winston. Now they start the process of improving the front line to protect that investment.

3. Oakland – Owamagbe Odighizuwa, 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 – Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State. Last year, the Jaguars signed Toby Gerhart to replace Maurice Jones-Drew and that was an epic failure. The hope is adding Ajayi to the mix will reinstate the ground game missing since MJD’s departure.

5. New York Jets – Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon. Whether Marcus Mariota makes it to the Jets or not, it’s clear that they need to upgrade along the offensive line. Fisher could start off as a guard and provide tackle depth, with the intention of moving him outside sooner than later.

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 – Cameron Erving, C, Florida State. Last year, the Rams made Scott Wells a free agent signing and he was brutal at center. Erving is a converted left tackle who brings athleticism and versatility to the table.

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 – Tre' Jackson, G, Florida State. After trading Ben Grubbs, the Saints need to upgrade guard and the pool of potential starters is starting to thin out. As always, defensive help is always a possibility.

13. Minnesota – Damarious Randall, S, Arizona State. An athletic safety who can also play nickel corner, he has the ability to push Robert Blanton for his starting spot as well as play man coverage on third-down situations. He looks like the kind of player Mike Zimmer loves.

14. San Francisco – Jalen Collins, CB, LSU. The 49ers lost three cornerbacks since the end of the 2014 season and need to bring in replacements, whether for depth or to compete for a starting spot.

15. Miami – Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA. The Dolphins are going to have a much different look this year on defense and having Kendricks filling in behind Ndamukong Suh may end up being part of that process quickly.

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 – Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma. DGB has a litany of off-field issues that greatly impacted his draft stock, but the Chiefs get a big man with freakish skills and hope he can keep his head on straight after being humbled on draft day.

18. Buffalo – Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami. The Bills traded Kiko Alonso to obtain Shady McCoy and need to fill the void that their talented middle linebacker leaves behind.

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 – Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana. Joique Bell is a solid running back but has never been a full-time runner. With Reggie Bush gone, Coleman steps into the rotation with a chance to win the majority of the playing time early on.

23. Arizona – Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson. 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 – Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State. Kelvin Benjamin looks like a No. 1 receiver, but he needs help and veterans Tedd Ginn and Jarrett Boykin aren’t the answer for Cam Newton to have weapons at his disposal.

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 – P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State. He likely would have gone higher than this if not for a DUI arrest last month. The Colts have addressed almost all of their other needs this offseason. Now they add cornerback help to that list.

30. Green Bay – Mario Edwards, 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 – Eric Rowe, CB/S, Utah. The Seahawks have taken some hits to their secondary over the last couple of offseasons and need to replenish the depth among the Legion of Boom.

32. New England – Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State. The Patriots will be without Vince Wilfork for the first time in a long time. While Bennett isn’t a massive monster like Wilfork, he will need to be part of the replacement plan for the champs.




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