Mock draft: Round 2, Version 4.0

Predicting the first round of the NFL draft is hazardous enough, but's John Holler takes his annual stab at the second round as well.

OVERVIEW: There has been a lot of movement in the second round, as teams solidify their lists of needs. Unlike the first round, where many of the top picks are done by taking the best athlete available, the second round is typically where teams address pressing needs if unfulfilled in the first round. This may be much more of a true needs measuring stick than the first round, since teams see talent here they hope can step in immediately and more times than not, are chosen to fill a specific need area.
1. Detroit Lions
Larry English, OLB/DE, Northern Illinois - With their first two picks, the Lions have tabbed a quarterback of the future and a presence at inside linebacker. English helps fill another piece of the puzzle. He has the ability to play as an outside rush linebacker in the Detroit 3-4 or, at a minimum, be a third-down pass-rush specialist early on. The Lions have a chance to add some serious building blocks to their team in this draft and English would be the gamble-on-greatness that could help the franchise climb away from Ground Zero.
2. New England Patriots (from Kansas City)
Alex Mack, C/G, California - Nothing is certain with the Patriots, who love to trade up or down. With three picks in this round, anything is possible. Both starters (Logan Mankins and Stephen Neal) are unrestricted free agents at the end of the season and it is unlikely the Pats will re-sign both. While coming out of college as the top-rated center, Mack has the skill to play either center or guard. The Pats love flexibility and he brings it in spades.
3. St. Louis Rams
Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers - The Rams jettisoned both Torry Holt and Drew Bennett in the offseason and need a replacement. Britt is big and strong and has many of the same intangibles that made guys like Brandon Marshall and Terrell Owens stars in this league. Teamed with Donnie Avery, he could give the Rams stability at the wide receiver position for years to come and help their fans forget that they released Holt after many solid seasons.
4. Cleveland Browns
LeSean McCoy, RB, Pitt - While we aren't 100 percent convinced the Browns may not try to move in the first round to take Beanie Wells, if they go the defensive route as we are projecting, they still need to address the running back position. Jamal Lewis doesn't have a lot of tread left on the tires and is nearing the point where veteran RBs tend to break down quickly and permanently. McCoy has a lot of the between-the-tackles quickness of a player like Clinton Portis and could be primed to take over playing time as the year progresses.
5. Seattle Seahawks
Darius Butler, CB, Connecticut - Having grabbed a quarterback in the first round, the Seahawks need to address defense, most noteworthy being the need for help in the secondary. Butler is a physical corner that the Seahawks would like to line up opposite Marcus Trufant and has the skills to be a nickel corner at a minimum and, at a maximum, push Kelly Jennings and Josh Wilson immediately for the starting right corner position.
6. Cincinnati Bengals
Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech - Scouts will tell you that teams are built in the trenches and no franchise needs building more than the Bengals. Having snapped up offensive tackle Eugene Moore in the first round, the Bengals turn their attention to defense. While not the most well-rounded defensive end in the draft, his ability as a pass rusher is paramount to what the Bengals have been lacking on defense the last couple of years, making him an impact player who has the upside to grow into a solid pro.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars
Fili Moala, DT, USC - The Jags tried to address this area last year by bringing in veteran Rob Meier, but he didn't fit as well as hoped. Moala is a big run-stuffer who can take some of the heat off John Henderson and help return the Jaguars defensive front into something less embarrassing than last year.
8. Oakland Raiders
Phil Loadholt, OT, Oklahoma - There is no questioning his size, but what has had many scouts so divided on him is his attitude and his consistency. It is impossible not to notice his mammoth size and ability to maul defenders when he gets his hands on them. He is the type of player Al Davis likes and, while the jury is far from unanimous on his transition to the pros, if anyone was going to reach for him here, it should be the Raiders.
9. Green Bay Packers
Connor Barwin, DE, Cincinnati - With the Packers set on putting first-round pick Everette Brown at outside linebacker, it still leaves the question of rush defensive end in play. Barwin isn't the biggest DE out there, but his pass-rush ability will be felt immediately. If the Packers are going to make a one-year transition from a 4-3 to a 3-4 and expect to improve, the front seven is going to need to be overhauled. These two pieces will be a big part of that puzzle.
10. Buffalo Bills
Max Unger, C, Oregon - The Bills had just one center (Duke Preston) listed on their team depth chart following the season because they didn't make any effort to re-sign Melvin Fowler. This is a huge void, but, luckily for the Bills, the Class of 2009 at center is as good as it has been in years and Unger could become an immediate starter.
11. San Francisco 49ers
Louis Delmas, S, Western Michigan - The 49ers secondary was almost devoid of turnovers last year and the tandem of Mark Roman and Michael Lewis are pedestrian at best. Although he hasn't faced top competition consistently, Delmas is an extraordinary athlete and playmaker who will immediately upgrade Mike Singletary's defense.
12. Miami Dolphins (from Washington)
Brian Robiskie, WR, Ohio State - The Dolphins haven't seen the kind of returns from Ted Ginn that they were hoping, but, entering his third season, big things are expected. Ginn, another Ohio State product, flourished in no small part because he had a solid possession receiver in Anthony Gonzalez on the other side of the field. While Robiskie doesn't have the flash or pizzazz of some of the other top prospects, he is a student of the game and arguably has the best hands in the draft. He is a possession receiver, but that is just what the Dolphins need opposite Ginn.
13. New York Giants (from New Orleans)
Alphonso Smith, CB, Wake Forest - The Giants have a pair of decent starters in Corey Webster and Aaron Ross, but depth is a concern after the team jettisoned R.W. McQuarters and Sam Madison. He's on the short side at 5-9, but has many of the same attributes as the Vikings' Antoine Winfield, which likely will give him an edge over D.J. Moore of Vanderbilt.
14. Houston Texans
Rashad Johnson, S, Alabama - The Texans aren't far away from being a legitimate playoff contender and they are pushing defense in this draft. Johnson flourished last year at Alabama under coach Nick Saban and his stock has been steadily on the rise. Perhaps adding depth to begin with, he could have a similar impact that Tyrell Johnson had for the Vikings last year – serving early as an injury fill-in and on top of the depth chart after some experience.
15. New England Patriots (from San Diego)
Clint Sintim, LB, Virginia - It seems almost unfair that the Patriots have been able to reload both in free agency and having four picks in the first two rounds of this year's draft. Having addressed age at the outside linebacker position, Sintim helps address age issues at the inside LB spots. He is a tackling machine between the tackles and an ideal fit for a 3-4 defense like the Patriots.
16. Denver Broncos
Jarius Byrd, CB, Oregon - The Broncos have taken a significant hit in the secondary with the death of Darrent Williams and the recent release of Dre Bly. Champ Bailey isn't getting any younger and depth was further tested when the Vikings signed Karl Paymuh. Byrd has been climbing draft boards over the last month and his work ethic has impressed teams looking to bolster their secondary, something Denver clearly needs to do.
17. Chicago Bears
Paul Kruger, DE, Utah - This is the only pick the Bears will have until a compensatory pick at the end of the third round, so they need to swing for the fences. Mark Anderson has never recaptured the glory of his rookie season and Adewale Ogunleye is in the final year of his contract. He is far from a sure thing and has some serious medical questions, but as a designated pass rusher to start, he could be an impact player.
18. Cleveland Browns (from Tampa Bay)
Mohammed Massaquoi, WR, Georgia - Even if the Browns don't trade Braylon Edwards, it seems all but certain that Donte Stallworth won't be with the team this year after being charged with manslaughter in the death of a pedestrian while Stallworth was allegedly driving drunk. Massaquoi has been impressive at the post-season workouts and is a name that is rising up draft boards quite quickly. With the need for help at wideout that the Browns have, he would be a nice fit at this point of the draft.
19. Dallas Cowboys
Darry Beckwith, ILB, LSU - The Cowboys lost Kevin Burnett to free agency and, on film, Beckwith looks almost like a clone of Burnett. He makes plays in confined spaces and is ideal in a 3-4 setup where he is asked to react and attack. The Cowboys will have to hit on this pick, because they gave up their first-round pick to acquire Roy Williams from the Lions last year.
20. New York Jets
Lawrence Sidbury, DE, Richmond - Sidbury is one of the top small-college prospects in the draft and, depending on how coach Rex Ryan wants to use him, he would give the Jets the versatility to play either defensive end or outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense. Shaun Ellis is showing the signs of wear in his 10th season and Sidbury could be used in a similar vein to how the Vikings use Brian Robison.
21. Philadelphia Eagles
Donald Brown, RB, Connecticut - The Eagles have to be concerned about Brian Westbrook, which is why it is possible that they could use one of their two first-round picks on a running back if Beanie Wells should fall into the final third of the first round. Brown isn't a big back, but runs hard between the tackles and would be a good counterpart to Westbrook. Considering how much the Eagles use their RBs and Westbrook's injury history, Brown could have a big rookie season.
22. Minnesota Vikings
D.J. Moore, CB, Vanderbilt - Moore isn't the biggest CB on the market, but he has excellent ball skills, incredible leaping ability and plays bigger than he measures. While the Vikings are talking with Antoine Winfield about a contract extension, he turns 32 this year and isn't getting any younger or quicker. Even if the Vikes can lock down Winfield to go along with recently re-signed Cedric Griffin, Moore could step in immediately as a nickel back and work his way into the lineup more slowly, learning the ins and outs of the Cover-2 defense. Wide receiver remains a possibility, but this is case of talent (some analysts list Moore as a first-round draft prospect) and availability.
23. Atlanta Falcons
Ron Brace, DT, Boston College - The Falcons turned their offense around last year by signing Michael Turner in free agency and gambling on greatness with Matt Ryan. This time around, it's the defense's turn to get the love. Having helped the woeful safety position in the first round, the Falcons turn to the defensive line here. Brace, who played next to top DT prospect B.J. Raji, is a classic two-down run-stopper who can help fill the running lanes. Considering the rush talent in the NFC South, it will be incumbent on the Falcons to address this weakness before the start of the 2009 season. Linebacker is also a concern, but everything starts up front and this position needs upgrading.
24. Miami Dolphins
Marcus Freeman, OLB, Ohio State - Bill Parcells loves playmakers with versatility and Freeman brings that to the table. Often playing in the shadow of teammate James Laurinaitis, Freeman is a playmaker who rarely misses tackles or blows assignments. The versatility he brings to play either inside or outside is a big plus and a bonus in his favor that may well have him joining the Tuna in Miami.
25. Baltimore Ravens
Andy Levitre, G, Oregon State - A college left tackle, Levitre is expected to be moved inside, where his mauling ability is useful to a power-run offense like the Ravens employ. Levitre would join young players like Marshal Yanda and Ben Grubbs, but with the flexibility to also be used at right tackle, his value to the Ravens could be higher than it would be with most other teams.
26. New England Patriots
Sen'Derrick Marks, DT, Auburn - The embarrassment of riches continues. Having already addressed linebacker and offensive line, the Pats have the luxury of not drafting for need. An active wide-body who could spell Vince Wilfork when needed, Marks could be a part-time contributor to a defense that will look much improved if the draft falls the way we see it going.
27. Carolina Panthers
Eric Wood, C/G, Louisville - Depth has been weakened by the loss of guard Tommy Bridges and center/guard Geoff Hangartner. The Panthers' return to prominence in 2008 was due in large part to their running game. Wood played center in college, but projects as either a guard or center in the NFL, giving the Panthers effectively two players that could fill in immediately at either position and develop into a starter if kept at one spot.
28. New York Giants
Jamon Meredith, OT, South Carolina - The G-men have a pair of veteran starters in David Diehl and Kareem McKenzie, but depth is almost nonexistent. Meredith has some technique issues that need to be resolved, but with a pair of established vets in front of him, he likely won't be pushed into the lineup immediately. With the proper teaching, he could develop quickly and take over as a starter within a year or two.
29. Indianapolis Colts
Jerron Gilbert, DT, San Jose State - The Colts have struggled to maintain a steady influence at the DT spot. Over the last few years, various calamities have befallen Montae Reagor, Booger McFarland, Corey Simon and Ed Johnson – leaving the Colts with almost continuous depth issues. Gilbert will provide depth early, but has all the makings of a future starter who could be a difference maker in trying to help keep constant double teams off of Dwight Freeney.
30. Tennessee Titans
Pat White, WR/QB, West Virginia - White's athleticism is immense and some believe he can be a situational quarterback, but his place in the NFL is as a receiver. Like Matt Jones a few years ago, White brings a dynamic blend of skills to the NFL, but likely not as a QB. The Titans have a need at wide receiver and, while he may not make a huge immediate impact as he transitions to the pro game, he could be a weapon with big upside as a combo platter for a Titans offense in transition.
31. Arizona Cardinals
Cody Brown, OLB, Connecticut - Both starting OLBs – Bertrand Berry and Chike Okeafor – are on the wrong side of 30 and depth is a concern immediately, much less a year or two down the line. Brown played defensive end in college, but projects as a big strongside linebacker for a team like the Cardinals. He is hyper-aggressive and, if Arizona looks to return to the Super Bowl any time soon, they will need to improve the linebacker play. Brown can help in that regard.
32. Pittsburgh Steelers
Troy Kropog, OT, Tulane - The Steelers had a ton of free agents on the offensive line heading into the offseason. While they did a good job of re-signing most of them, there is the need to add talent to infuse some youth into the O-line. Kropog didn't have a strong week at the Senior Bowl, but his size and talent are tantalizing and the Steelers are known for developing players of his ilk.

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