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Grades: 2011 NFL Draft Round 2


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CBSSports.com senior writer Pete Prisco analyzes each pick from Round 2 of the 2011 NFL Draft, grading each team on its draft-night selections.


Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com Senior Writer - Round 2
No. 33: Patriots select: Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia Grade
I love this kid. He is a big, tough corner. Only injuries dropped him out of the first round. Another New England steal.
No. 34: Bills select: Aaron Williams, CB, Texas Grade
He is a nice corner, but some think he might have to move inside to safety. The Bills need help at corner, so he gets a chance there first.
No. 35: Bengals select: Andy Dalton, QB, TCU Grade
I love this pick. If Carson Palmer doesn't play, Dalton can. If he does,Dalton sits and learns. Dalton gets it. I love this pick.
No. 36: 49ers select: Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada Grade
They need a quarterback, but this kid might take some time to get on the field. He is a bit raw. But if they hit, they might get a real steal.
No. 37: Browns select: Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh Grade
This is a team going to a 4-3 that needed an end and they landed one. Sheard should be a first-game starter. He has speed teams love.
No. 38: Cardinals select: Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech Grade
I had Williams as my top-rated running back. But this pick is more of an indictment of Beanie Wells than anything. He is a home-run threat.
No. 39: Titans select: Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA Grade
The Titans have issues at linebacker, so this makes sense. He was a first-round talent on some boards. Solid pick.
No. 40: Cowboys select: Bruce Carter, OLB, North Carolina Grade
When he gets healthy, he will be a dominant player. The Cowboys can afford to be patient with their two outside backers. The knee is the issue. Could be a boom or bust. Hard to grade.
No. 41: Redskins select: Jarvis Jenkins, DT, Clemson Grade
He was a tackle at Clemson, but moves to down end for the Redskins. They have to upgrade their defense, so this makes sense after taking Kerrigan. Like it. Don't love it.
No. 42: Texans select: Brooks Reed, OLB, Arizona Grade
I love this pick. This kid is perfect for their 3-4 defense. He will be a lot like Clay Matthews. He is relentless.
No. 43: Vikings select: Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame Grade
This kid will be a nice security blanket for years to come for Christian Ponder. He's a big red-zone target.
No. 44: Lions select: Titus Young, WR, Boise State Grade
Young. If he can stay away from the off-field concerns teams had about him, he will be a lot like DeSean Jackson. There is no doubting his ability. But there is still risk.
No. 45: Broncos select: Rahim Moore, FS, UCLA Grade
I like what John Elway did in making the deal with the 49ers. Moore is a rangy safety, the kind you need in the NFL nowadays.
No. 46: Broncos select: Orlando Franklin, OT, Miami (Fla.) Grade
The Broncos aren't happy with their right tackle situation, and Franklin can come in and take that job. This is a need pick.
No. 47: Rams select: Lance Kendricks, TE, Wisconsin Grade
This is a pick I really like. Kendricks is a pass-catching tight end who will help open up the field for Sam Bradford.
No. 48: Raiders select: Stefen Wisniewski, C, Penn State Grade
He can help inside at guard or center. He plays with a mean streak, the way the Raiders like their linemen to play.
No. 49: Colts select: Benjamin Ijalana, OG, Villanova Grade
With two picks, the Colts have upgraded their offensive line, which they had to do. This is a player who dominated on the lower level. He has a lot of athletic ability. They did give up a pick to get him.
No. 50: Chargers select: Marcus Gilchrist, CB, Clemson Grade
A.J. Smith gets it. This is a great pick. He can play corner or safety. He's a smart kid and hard worker. Great pick.
No. 51: Buccaneers select: Da´Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson Grade
Here's a fantastic pick. He was a top-10 talent. Worth the risk. Mark Dominik strikes again. This could be a huge steal.
No. 52: Giants select: Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina Grade
Jerry Reese gets two players in the first two rounds who had top-10 talent. Amazing. Austin didn't play last season or he goes higher. Steal.
No. 53: Bears select: Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State Grade
He is a penetrating defensive tackle who fits what the Bears do on defense. He takes over for Tommie Harris. I like it.
No. 54: Eagles select: Jaiquawn Jarrett , FS, Temple Grade
He is a rangy safety who will help in pass coverage. He isn't a great tackler, but that can improve.
No. 55: Chiefs select: Rodney Hudson, C, Florida State Grade
This is a good pick. He is a little light in the ass, but he can gain weight. He will be an athletic center and will start next season.
No. 56: Patriots select: Shane Vereen, RB, California Grade
They need an uprade at this spot,but there were better options at back when they made the pick. This is a bit of a reach.
No. 57: Lions select: Mikel LeShoure, RB, Illinois Grade
I like the player, but didn't they pick Jahvid Best last season? Do you need another this high?
No. 58: Ravens select: Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland Grade
This is another gem by Ozzie Newsome. He can fly. They need somebody to scare down the field and he can do that.
No. 59: Browns select: Greg Little, WR, North Carolina Grade
He is a raw player who didn't play in 2010 because of dealings with an agent. The Browns need a big-play receiver and this kid has a chance.
No. 60: Texans select: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami (Fla.) Grade
Great pick. They need a corner and this kid has cover skills. I really like what the Texans have done.
No. 61: Chargers select: Jonas Mouton, OLB, Michigan Grade
He has speed and athletic ability, but he is way over-drafted here. He's a converted safety who looked like a late-round pick. Strange move.
No. 62: Dolphins select: Daniel Thomas, RB, Kansas State Grade
The Dolphins needed a back and this kid has the skills to be a 1,400-yard rusher. I like the move up to go get him.
No. 63: Steelers select: Marcus Gilbert, OT, Florida Grade
This is a need pick, but it's a little high for Gilbert. He was considered a later-round guy. He does have the size to play right tackle in the Steelers' scheme.
No. 64: Packers select: Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky Grade
The Packers get it. This kid is a big-play receiver who can return kicks. The rich get richer.

Pete Prisco has covered the NFL for three decades, including working as a beat reporter in Jacksonville for the Jaguars. He hosted his own radio show for seven years, and is the self-anointed star of CBS Sports' show, Eye on Football. When he's not watching game tape, you can find Pete on Twitter or dreaming of an Arizona State national title in football.

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