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Second round mock: Bowers' wait will end early

by | NFLDraftScout.com Senior Analyst

NEW YORK -- The second round of the draft is much like that second row of dominoes in a huge display -- without seeing the first row fall in place, you can't assume anything.

The first night of the 2011 NFL Draft not only eliminated 32 players from the mix, but also saw a bevy of trades that changed the order of the proceedings.

There will certainly be more trade activity Friday night with several intriguing prospects still available, but let's take a look at some potential player-team fits in the second round as it stands now:

33. New England (from Carolina): Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
The Patriots received this pick from Carolina during last year's draft (the Panthers selected WR/KR Armanti Edwards with a third-round selection). If the team asks Bowers to play at 285-290 pounds as he did his junior year, he could be a nice fit at five-technique.

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34. Buffalo: Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA
Although they would have preferred to take stud pass rusher Von Miller in the first round, adding Ayers to Marcell Dareus should provide a big boost to the team's terrible run defense.

35. Cincinnati: Aaron Williams, DB, Texas
The tall, lanky defensive back has the versatility to be an answer to one of a variety of needs in a porous secondary.

36. Denver: Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame
The Broncos have needed a legitimate receiving threat at tight end since Shannon Sharpe left, and Rudolph fits that bill.

37. Cleveland: Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
Provides the speed the Browns need on the outside to complement steady-but-unspectacular Brian Robiskie and Mohamed Massaquoi.

38. Arizona: Brooks Reed, OLB, Arizona
Arizona's aging linebacker corps gets a boost.

39. Tennessee: Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia
Getting more size in the secondary should be a priority for the Titans, as Jason McCourty and Cortland Finnegan don't match up well with bigger, stronger receivers.

40. Dallas: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami (Fla.)
With Terence Newman a potential cap casualty, the Cowboys may take advantage of a potential bargain pick in Harris.

41. Washington: Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada
Mike Shanahan may have passed on Blaine Gabbert to take a chance on this strong-armed, athletic passer.

42. Houston: Marcus Gilchrist, DB, Clemson
Gilchrist's speed and experience at cornerback and free safety give the Texans options in their horrendous secondary; he could become what they hoped Eugene Wilson would.

43. Minnesota: Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina
With Pat Williams a free agent and Kevin Williams facing a likely suspension, the Vikings fortify their defensive interior.

44. Detroit: Martez Wilson, ILB, Illinois
Wilson's athleticism could make him a Julian Peterson-like presence in Jim Schwartz's 4-3 alignment.

45. San Francisco: Andy Dalton, QB, TCU
Dalton could be exactly the type of savvy quarterback new head coach Jim Harbaugh hopes to groom in his offensive system.

46. Denver (from Miami): Mikel LeShoure, RB, Illinois
Knowshon Moreno was a Josh McDaniels pick. John Fox likes to have a big runner in his backfield, and LeShoure is an excellent value here.

47. St. Louis: Bruce Carter, OLB, North Carolina
Carter is coming off a torn ACL and lacks great instincts, but his superior athleticism makes him a nice fit for linebacker-poor St. Louis.

48. Oakland: Shareece Wright, CB, USC
Wright has had some injury and academic issues, but played strong at the Senior Bowl and ran a 4.4 40 at the combine -- which undoubtedly caught the eye of speed-obsessed owner Al Davis.

49. Washington (from Jacksonville): Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami (Fla.)
Mike Shanahan wasn't as interested in Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert as many people thought, so the Jaguars made the call and gave up this pick to get him. Picking up a tall receiver with 4.4 speed would help the Redskins' new quarterback develop over the next couple of seasons.

50. San Diego: Jabaal Sheard, OLB, Pittsburgh
The Chargers got the five-technique they needed in the first round by taking Illinois' Corey Liuget, so adding Sheard as another pass rusher should shore up a disappointing defense.

51. Tampa Bay: Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech
Ronde Barber won't be around forever, and Aqib Talib's troubles mean the team can't count on him long-term (or short-term), but team elects to add to the backfield instead.

52. New York Giants: Ben Ijalana, OT, Villanova
Gives Tom Coughlin some versatility on an aging offensive line as he can play guard or tackle with some coaching.

53. Indianapolis: Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State
The Colts should like Paea's effort and strength, and have never shied away from shorter defenders.

54. Philadelphia: Davon House, CB, New Mexico State
The team's depth at cornerback is severely lacking, and House's size/speed combination should work well in the Eagles' system.

55. Kansas City: Rodney Hudson, OG/C, Florida State
The Brian Waters clone could step in at center immediately to help keep Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones productive, as well as protect QB Matt Cassel.

56. New England (from New Orleans): Titus Young, WR, Boise State
The Patriots moved out of the first round (No. 28) so the Saints could take RB Mark Ingram. If the Patriots think Young can mature in the right environment, they may get a legitimate downfield threat for Tom Brady to find on a regular basis.

57. Seattle: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
At this point in the draft, the Seahawks may decide bringing in the strong-armed but mercurial Mallett is worth the gamble.

58. Baltimore: Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky
Cobb's elusiveness with the ball in his hands is a good complement to the team's current group of older, and relatively slower, receivers.

59. Cleveland (from Atlanta): Orlando Franklin, OT, Miami (Fla.)
Just one of a slew of picks the Browns pried away from the Falcons in the trade to get WR Julio Jones. The right side of the Browns' offensive line is a work in progress, and Franklin could play either guard or tackle.

60. New England: Curtis Brown, CB, Texas
It's an annual rite of draft season for the Patriots to pick a cornerback in the first two rounds. Brown's toughness and ball skills supersedes an average 40-yard dash time in the minds of the Patriots.

61. San Diego (from New York Jets): Rahim Moore, FS, UCLA
When the Jets beat the Colts in the wild-card round three months ago, they "lost" this pick to the Chargers to complete the trade for CB Antonio Cromartie. The team can't bet on Bob Sanders staying healthy, and Eric Weddle is the latest potential free agent unhappy with GM A.J. Smith.

62. Chicago: Drake Nevis, DT, LSU
Nevis is an underappreciated one-gap penetrator at three-technique that defensive-minded head coach Lovie Smith likes in the middle of his defense.

63. Pittsburgh: Will Rackley, OG, Lehigh
The Steelers get a tough offensive lineman they need to protect Big Ben and continue their strong running attack.

64. Green Bay: Jarvis Jenkins, DT, Clemson
It wouldn't take much imagination to see Jenkins playing the five-technique spot in much the same way Johnny Jolly would have if not for his legal troubles.

Chad Reuter is a Senior Analyst for NFLDraftScout.com, distributed by The Sports Xchange.


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