Scout.com Mock Draft: Baldwin a Patriot

WR Jon Baldwin (George Gojkovich/Getty)

In the latest installment of Scout.com's mock NFL Draft, Jon Baldwin starts off Round 2, Ryan Mallett tries to replace Brett Favre and Marvin Austin gets a clean slate on a D featuring John Abraham.

Round 2
33*
New England Patriots
Player: Jon Baldwin
Height: 6-4
Weight: 228
Hometown: Aliquippa, PA
College: Pittsburgh
Class: 2011 JR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 45
Pos Rank: 5

Head Coach: Bill Belichick

2010 Record: 14-2

What They Have: Tom Brady is the first unanimous MVP in league history, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez were both tremendous rookies at tight end and Vince Wilfork is an immovable object at nose tackle.

What They Need: A pass-rushing outside linebacker that has been missing for quite a while, offensive linemen at any and all positions provided they are versatile and a running back that can lend more support to Brady and Co.

Another Possibility: Iowa DT Christian Ballard

Never Considered: UCLA S Rahim Moore

ANALYSIS: Possessing a Randy Moss-like frame, Baldwin can make plays downfield and also open up the underneath routes for Wes Welker and Deion Branch.

Round 2
34
Buffalo Bills
Height: 6-4
Weight: 283
Hometown: Lawrence, KS
College: Iowa
Class: 2011 SR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 42
Pos Rank: 9

Head Coach: Chan Gailey

2010 Record: 4-12

What They Have: Running back is set with the combination of Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller, Steve Johnson emerged as a go-to option at receiver and Kyle Williams might be the best defensive lineman you've never heard of before.

What They Need: Pass-rushing help at defensive end and outside linebacker is a must, a tight end to throw to would be a quality addition and another quarterback of the future has to be considered, even if Ryan Fitzpatrick still starts in 2011.

Another Possibility: Washington QB Jake Locker

Never Considered: Baylor DT Phil Taylor

ANALYSIS: If Ballard can play the five-technique position, he should have success with Williams in the middle and first rounder Von Miller rushing off the edge.

Round 2
35
Cincinnati Bengals
Player: Tyron Smith
Height: 6-5
Weight: 307
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
College: UCLA
Class: 2011 JR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 12
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Marvin Lewis

2010 Record: 4-12

What They Have: It wasn't that long ago when Carson Palmer was an elite QB, Cedric Benson is coming off back-to-back years of 1,100 yards and change on the ground and Johnathan Joseph is a great corner -- if he returns, of course.

What They Need: A receiver to replace the production provided by the soon-to-be-departed Terrell Owens, better pass rushers inside at tackle and outside at end and an injection of youth at both of the safety positions.

Another Possibility: Miami WR Leonard Hankerson

Never Considered: Miami CB Brandon Harris

ANALYSIS: Despite being taken in Round 2, Moore is the best safety on the board and should be able to start right away for a defense that needs help there.

Round 2
36
Denver Broncos
Player: Bruce Carter
Height: 6-2
Weight: 241
Hometown: Havelock, NC
Class: 2011 SR
Position: OLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 43
Pos Rank: 5

Head Coach: John Fox

2010 Record: 4-12

What They Have: Ryan Clady is a franchise-type left tackle, no matter if he is protecting veteran Kyle Orton or youngster Tim Tebow, Knowshon Moreno has proven to be productive when healthy and Champ Bailey re-signed.

What They Need: All kinds of help along the defensive line, speed at both inside and outside linebacker, especially since Robert Ayers looks to be a bust, and a play-making safety to replace Brian Dawkins, who is 37.

Another Possibility: Illinois LB Martrez Wilson

Never Considered: Washington QB Jake Locker

ANALYSIS: With Nick Fairley in the first and now Carter in the second, Denver's overmatched front seven gets immediate help at two of its glaring holes.

Round 2
37
Cleveland Browns
Height: 6-10
Weight: 191
Hometown: Miami, FL
College: Miami (Fl)
Class: 2011 JR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 39
Pos Rank: 5

Head Coach: Pat Shurmur

2010 Record: 5-11

What They Have: An offensive line led by a pair of Pro Bowlers in left tackle Joe Thomas and center Alex Mack, a bruising ball carrier in Peyton Hillis to pound it up the middle and a budding star at corner in Joe Haden.

What They Need: A No. 1 receiver to make some plays for young quarterback Colt McCoy, defensive line help inside and outside to smooth the transition from the 3-4 to the 4-3 and a pure right tackle opposite Thomas.

Another Possibility: North Carolina DT Marvin Austin

Never Considered: Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett

ANALYSIS: If Harris turns out to be half as good as Haden, 2010's first-round pick, then Cleveland is in great shape at both corner positions for years to come.

Round 2
38
Arizona Cardinals
Height: 6-4
Weight: 250
Hometown: Chicago, IL
College: Illinois
Class: 2011 JR
Position: MLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 33
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Ken Whisenhunt

2010 Record: 5-11

What They Have: One of the few game-changing receivers in the league in Larry Fitzgerald, a difference maker along the defensive line in Darnell Dockett and an interception waiting to happen in Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

What They Need: A legitimate quarterback that can get the football consistently downfield to Fitzgerald, better blocking at every position available on the offensive line and an outside linebacker capable of putting pressure on the passer.

Another Possibility: Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett

Never Considered: Illinois RB Mikel Leshoure

ANALYSIS: Still not ready to go after a quarterback just yet, Arizona adds another quality defender in Wilson, who is the premier inside linebacker in this draft.

Round 2
39
Tennessee Titans
Player: Jake Locker
Height: 6-3
Weight: 231
Hometown: Ferndale, WA
College: Washington
Class: 2011 SR
Position: QB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 21
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Mike Munchak

2010 Record: 6-10

What They Have: Chris Johnson is one of the few 2,000-yard rushers in league history, Kenny Britt has a world of upside catching passes down the field and Jason Babin was among the NFL's leading sackers last year with 13.

What They Need: Quarterback is a big question mark since both Vince Young and Kerry Collins could be out the door, better play at D-tackle and D-end to help Babin is necessary and linebacker is also a weakness defensively.

Another Possibility: Michigan State LB Greg Jones

Never Considered: New Mexico State CB Davon House

ANALYSIS: Young is in limbo, even with Jeff Fisher no longer at the helm, so Locker could be in a competition for the starting job from the moment he arrives.

Round 2
40
Dallas Cowboys
Height: 6-3
Weight: 310
Hometown: Kelowna, BC
College: Baylor
Class: 2011 SR
Position: OG
Rating:
Overall Rank: 35
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Jason Garrett

2010 Record: 6-10

What They Have: Tony Romo remains a fantasy-friendly numbers machine at the game's most important position, Dez Bryant is a star on the rise as both a receiver and a returner and DeMarcus Ware is a terror off the edge.

What They Need: Better offensive line play at both guard and tackle, corners and safeties that can slow the opposition down in the passing game and maybe another five-technique defensive end for depth.

Another Possibility: Oklahoma S Quinton Carter

Never Considered: Miami WR Leonard Hankerson

ANALYSIS: The right side of Dallas' offensive line is in transition, as both Leonard Davis and Marc Colombo could be gone, and Watkins is starting material now.

Round 2
41
Washington Redskins
Player: Phil Taylor
Height: 6-3
Weight: 334
Hometown: Brandywine, MD
College: Baylor
Class: 2011 SR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 44
Pos Rank: 5

Head Coach: Mike Shanahan

2010 Record: 6-10

What They Have: What they hope is a left tackle for the next decade in Trent Williams, a scary pass rusher off the edge in Brian Orakpo and a Pro Bowl corner in DeAngelo Hall -- provided Jay Cutler is throwing the ball.

What They Need: A new quarterback to be excited about after the one-season disaster with Donovan McNabb, a nose tackle to anchor Jim Haslett's 3-4 scheme and a lot of help on special teams, which were downright despicable in 2010.

Another Possibility: Troy WR Jerrel Jernigan

Never Considered: Miami DE Allen Bailey

ANALYSIS: Free-agent nightmare Albert Haynesworth has no interest whatsoever in being a nose tackle, so Taylor makes a lot of sense for Haslett's 3-4 defense.

Round 2
42
Houston Texans
Player: Davon House
Height: 6-1
Weight: 200
Hometown: Palmdale, CA
Class: 2011 SR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 7

Head Coach: Gary Kubiak

2010 Record: 6-10

What They Have: A terrific passing game with Matt Schaub throwing and Andre Johnson catching, a running back in Arian Foster that made everyone forget about Steve Slaton and a dominant defensive end in Mario Williams.

What They Need: Both corners and safeties to bolster a secondary that allowed 33 touchdown passes, another outside linebacker to rush the passer in their new 3-4 approach and a zero-technique tackle to line up over the enemy center.

Another Possibility: Clemson S DeAndre McDaniel

Never Considered: Michigan State LB Greg Jones

ANALYSIS: Houston isn't going to break through and be a playoff team unless its D improves, and House is really an intriguing prospect leading up to the draft.

Round 2
43
Minnesota Vikings
Player: Ryan Mallett
Height: 7-7
Weight: 253
Hometown: Texarkana, TX
College: Arkansas
Class: 2011 JR
Position: QB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 32
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: Leslie Frazier

2010 Record: 6-10

What They Have: Probably the best pure running back in the league in Adrian Peterson, a playmaker in the slot when Percy Harvin isn't battling migraines and a productive defensive line led by sack artist Jared Allen.

What They Need: A promising young arm to potentially stop the revolving door of veterans, corners and safeties to augment what was a banged-up secondary a season ago and a receiver to replace Sidney Rice if he departs in free agency.

Another Possibility: Florida State OG Rodney Hudson

Never Considered: Oklahoma S Quinton Carter

ANALYSIS: The longer the lockout, the shorter the odds of trading for a quality QB like Kevin Kolb -- the rocket-armed Mallett can spin it as well as anybody.

Round 2
44
Detroit Lions
Height: 6-0
Weight: 227
Hometown: Champaign, IL
College: Illinois
Class: 2011 JR
Position: RB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 36
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Jim Schwartz

2010 Record: 6-10

What They Have: A quarterback in Matthew Stafford that everyone loves when he's actually on the field, a cornerback's worst nightmare in Calvin Johnson on the outside and the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year: Ndamukong Suh.

What They Need: Some outside linebackers to slow down the merry-go-round at those two positions, at least one corner to help a pass defense that has been below par for years and more offensive linemen to protect Stafford in the pocket.

Another Possibility: Texas CB Curtis Brown

Never Considered: Clemson S DeAndre McDaniel

ANALYSIS: Jahvid Best isn't an every-down option and Kevin Smith has too many injury concerns, so Leshoure is a pounder than complements Best perfectly.

Round 2
45
San Francisco 49ers
Height: 6-2
Weight: 229
Hometown: Colleyville, TX
College: Florida State
Class: 2011 SR
Position: QB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 40
Pos Rank: 5

Head Coach: Jim Harbaugh

2010 Record: 6-10

What They Have: The offensive line is loaded with first- and second-round picks of recent vintage, Frank Gore is productive year after year despite little help at the skill positions and Patrick Willis is a special middle linebacker.

What They Need: The failure of former No. 1-overall selection Alex Smith can no longer be ignored, better players at outside linebacker would remove some of the burden from Willis and Nate Clements isn't worth all that money at corner.

Another Possibility: Virginia CB Ras-I Dowling

Never Considered: Florida State OG Rodney Hudson

ANALYSIS: Joe Montana, Steve Young and even Jeff Garcia were prototypical West Coast quarterbacks, and Ponder fits that mold with his smarts and mobility.

Round 2
46**
Denver Broncos
Height: 6-1
Weight: 208
Hometown: North Las Vegas, NV
College: Oklahoma
Class: 2011 SR
Position: S
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: John Fox

2010 Record: 4-12

What They Have: Ryan Clady is a franchise-type left tackle, no matter if he is protecting veteran Kyle Orton or youngster Tim Tebow, Knowshon Moreno has proven to be productive when healthy and Champ Bailey re-signed.

What They Need: All kinds of help along the defensive line, speed at both inside and outside linebacker, especially since Robert Ayers looks to be a bust, and a play-making safety to replace Brian Dawkins, who is 37.

Another Possibility: Miami DE Allen Bailey

Never Considered: Texas CB Curtis Brown

ANALYSIS: Defense, defense and more defense for Denver, with Carter joining prior selections Nick Fairley and Bruce Carter as possible rookie contributors.

Round 2
47
St. Louis Rams
Height: 6-2
Weight: 209
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
College: Miami (Fl)
Class: 2011 SR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 48
Pos Rank: 8

Head Coach: Steve Spagnuolo

2010 Record: 7-9

What They Have: A home run in 2010 No. 1-overall pick Sam Bradford running the offense, one of the league's few remaining workhorse backs in Steven Jackson and an unquestioned leading tackler in James Laurinaitis.

What They Need: A primary target down the field to take advantage of Bradford's talent in the passing game, a safety to replace the departed Oshiomogho Atogwe and a weak-side linebacker that can run sideline to sideline.

Another Possibility: Virginia Tech RB Ryan Williams

Never Considered: Villanova OG Ben Ijalana

ANALYSIS: After missing out on Julio Jones in Round 1, St. Louis hopes Hankerson can be Bradford's favorite receiver right away and augment the aerial attack.

Round 2
48
Oakland Raiders
Height: 6-2
Weight: 299
Hometown: Mobile, AL
College: Florida State
Class: 2011 JR
Position: C
Rating:
Overall Rank: 49
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Hue Jackson

2010 Record: 8-8

What They Have: Darren McFadden finally looks like one of the next great ball carriers in this league, Zach Miller is a very underrated pass-catching tight end and Richard Seymour is a Pro Bowler again on the defensive line.

What They Need: More offensive linemen, whether they play inside or outside, a cornerback ready to tackle the unenviable task of possibly replacing the sensational Nnamdi Asomugha and another tight end to go with Miller.

Another Possibility: Notre Dame TE Kyle Rudolph

Never Considered: Virginia Tech RB Ryan Williams

ANALYSIS: Whether he ends up at guard or center, Hudson appears to be a starter from Day 1 at either position and can make Oakland's run game even better.

Round 2
49
Jacksonville Jaguars
Height: 6-0
Weight: 217
Hometown: Tallahassee, FL
College: Clemson
Class: 2011 SR
Position: S
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: Jack Del Rio

2010 Record: 8-8

What They Have: A do-it-all running back in Maurice Jones-Drew that has a nose for the end zone, young talent at offensive tackle that should only be improved and an outside linebacker in Daryl Smith that led the team in stops.

What They Need: A quarterback that can finally put an end to the roller-coaster ride referred to as the David Garrard Era, someone that can actually get after the passer consistently and a safety capable of taking away the big play.

Another Possibility: North Carolina MLB Quan Sturdivant

Never Considered: Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick

ANALYSIS: Still paying the price for the Reggie Nelson miss, Jacksonville tries again at safety with McDaniel, who knows how to lay the lumber in the secondary.

Round 2
50
San Diego Chargers
Player: Allen Bailey
Height: 6-3
Weight: 285
Hometown: Darien, GA
College: Miami (Fl)
Class: 2011 SR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 10

Head Coach: Norv Turner

2010 Record: 9-7

What They Have: Philip Rivers is a cold-blooded killer at quarterback no matter who he's throwing to, Antonio Gates is one of his generation's most uncoverable pass-catching weapons and Shaun Phillips is a handful off the edge.

What They Need: More linebackers, both inside and outside, so Phillips doesn't have to do it all himself, a five-technique defensive end that can hold the point of attack and a right tackle to mirror Marcus McNeill on the other side.

Another Possibility: Florida S Ahmad Black

Never Considered: Pittsburgh DE Jabaal Sheard

ANALYSIS: Bailey must learn how to play five technique in San Diego's 3-4, but he has the size to do it and hails from a school that produces D-linemen.

Round 2
51
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Player: Greg Jones
Height: 6-0
Weight: 242
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Class: 2011 SR
Position: MLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Raheem Morris

2010 Record: 10-6

What They Have: A sensational young quarterback in Josh Freeman that is still somewhat anonymous across the country, a serious red zone threat in receiver Mike Williams and a promising D-tackle in Gerald McCoy, last year's No. 1.

What They Need: A pair of defensive ends that can make it easier on McCoy inside, a middle linebacker ready to step in and start assuming Barrett Ruud leaves via free agency and offensive linemen at every position.

Another Possibility: Villanova OG Ben Ijalana

Never Considered: North Carolina DT Marvin Austin

ANALYSIS: If Ruud has indeed played his last game in a Tampa Bay uniform, Jones is a tackling machine that can take over in the middle pretty much right away.

Round 2
52
New York Giants
Height: 6-3
Weight: 313
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
College: Penn State
Class: 2011 SR
Position: C
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Tom Coughlin

2010 Record: 10-6

What They Have: Eli Manning has a plethora of skill-position talent at his disposal, both in the backfield and in the receiving corps, sacking the enemy quarterback continues to be a team strength and there is depth at safety.

What They Need: A talented linebacker can probably be an immediate starter at any of the three positions, corner is a concern due to injury and ineffectiveness and another offensive tackle wouldn't be a bad idea.

Another Possibility: Boston College OLB Marz Herzlich

Never Considered: Troy WR Jerrel Jernigan

ANALYSIS: The trench blocking for the G-Men isn't as nasty as it used to be, so Wisniewski can make sure the run game stays strong and help protect Manning.

Round 2
53
Indianapolis Colts
Player: Ben Ijalana
Height: 6-4
Weight: 317
Hometown: Mount Holly, NJ
College: Villanova
Class: 2011 SR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 6

Head Coach: Jim Caldwell

2010 Record: 10-6

What They Have: Peyton Manning is a quarterback and an offensive coordinator rolled into one, Dallas Clark and Jacob Tamme should be a dynamite combo at tight end and pass rushers Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis are still terrific.

What They Need: An offensive tackle can give Manning more time and hopefully open more holes for an unproductive run game, another receiver following injuries to Anthony Gonzalez and Austin Collie and more DBs would be welcome.

Another Possibility: Temple S Jaiquawn Jarrett

Never Considered: Notre Dame TE Kyle Rudolph

ANALYSIS: Maybe he's a guard and maybe he's a tackle, but either way Ijalana is an immediate starter for an offensive line that must be better on the ground.

Round 2
54
Philadelphia Eagles
Player: Curtis Brown
Height: 6-0
Weight: 185
Hometown: Gilmer, TX
College: Texas
Class: 2011 SR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 9

Head Coach: Andy Reid

2010 Record: 10-6

What They Have: Michael Vick is again the NFL's most dangerous dual threat with his ability to throw and run, receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin have speed to burn and cornerback Asante Samuel has magnets for hands.

What They Need: Samuel must get some help in the secondary, both at corner and safety, more pass rushers are always necessary in such an aggressive scheme and offensive tackle could use an influx of talent.

Another Possibility: Iowa S Tyler Sash

Never Considered: Boise State WR Titus Young

ANALYSIS: Imagine how good Samuel could be if he wasn't doing it all by himself, so Brown is a need pick for a Philadelphia defense that isn't what it once was.

Round 2
55
Kansas City Chiefs
Height: 6-1
Weight: 241
Hometown: Oakboro, NC
Class: 2011 SR
Position: MLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 46
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Todd Haley

2010 Record: 10-6

What They Have: Running back Jamaal Charles has a chance to go the distance every time he gets his paws on the football, Dwayne Bowe rebounded to have a productive year as a pass catcher and Tamba Hali had 15 sacks.

What They Need: Yet another big body in the trenches to help top-5 picks Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson, Bowe could use a new partner in crime to augment the passing game and depth at offensive tackle would be a wise move.

Another Possibility: Boise State WR Titus Young

Never Considered: Virginia CB Ras-I Dowling

ANALYSIS: Even if Sturdivant is a bit of a reach at this point, he's the best inside linebacker prospect yet to be selected and should be in the mix to play quickly.

Round 2
56
New Orleans Saints
Player: Kyle Rudolph
Height: 7-6
Weight: 259
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
College: Notre Dame
Class: 2011 JR
Position: TE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 38
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Sean Payton

2010 Record: 11-5

What They Have: A surgeon of a quarterback in Drew Brees that spreads the ball around beautifully, a receiving corps that seems to feature a new flavor of the week every Sunday and a leader at linebacker in Jonathan Vilma.

What They Need: The defensive line requires more bodies at both tackle and end, an outside linebacker to flank Vilma can contribute right away and it may be time to settle on a running back that can do it all and stay on the field.

Another Possibility: LSU DT Drake Nevis

Never Considered: Boston College OLB Marz Herzlich

ANALYSIS: A total bargain in the later stages of Round 2, Rudolph is the only elite tight end available and makes the departure of Jeremy Shockey a non-issue.

Round 2
57
Seattle Seahawks
Height: 6-3
Weight: 264
Hometown: Hollywood Hills, FL
College: Pittsburgh
Class: 2011 SR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 47
Pos Rank: 9

Head Coach: Pete Carroll

2010 Record: 7-9

What They Have: The franchise traded for Marshawn Lynch last year and believes he's a difference maker, Russell Okung showed a lot of promise at left tackle as a rookie and fellow first-year pro Earl Thomas looked special at safety.

What They Need: Matt Hasselbeck played quite well in the postseason but can't be the quarterback forever, an interior offensive linemen can help Okung be at his best on the blind side and cornerback is a genuine concern.

Another Possibility: Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick

Never Considered: Florida S Ahmad Black

ANALYSIS: Because Seattle has varying elements of the 4-3 and 3-4 on defense, Sheard will get into the action one way or another and help Chris Clemons.

Round 2
58
Baltimore Ravens
Height: 6-9
Weight: 185
Hometown: Eufaula, AL
College: Troy
Class: 2011 SR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 9

Head Coach: John Harbaugh

2010 Record: 12-4

What They Have: Nobody told Joe Flacco that young quarterbacks don't win playoff games on the road, Ray Rice is nothing short of dynamic both rushing and receiving and Ed Reed has a nose for the football like few others.

What They Need: Another outside linebacker to take some pressure off Terrell Suggs, a true left tackle so Michael Oher can go back to what is a better spot for him on the right side and a receiving threat with serious speed.

Another Possibility: Pittsburgh OT Jason Pinkston

Never Considered: LSU DT Drake Nevis

ANALYSIS: Baltimore's receiving corps featured a bunch of possession targets but no real burners in 2010, so Jernigan solves that problem because he can run.

Round 2
59
Atlanta Falcons
Height: 6-2
Weight: 309
Hometown: Washington, DC
Class: 2011 SR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 50
Pos Rank: 7

Head Coach: Mike Smith

2010 Record: 13-3

What They Have: Matt Ryan throwing to Roddy White is a beautiful thing to watch in the passing game, Michael Turner is one of the toughest tailbacks in the league to tackle and John Abraham must be accounted for as a pass rusher.

What They Need: Defense, defense and more defense, including another D-end opposite Abraham to pull the plug on the Jamaal Anderson experiment, outside linebackers to support Curtis Lofton and a corner that can cover.

Another Possibility: TCU OT Marcus Cannon

Never Considered: Arizona OLB Brooks Reed

ANALYSIS: Austin addressed his off-the-field concerns fairly well at the combine, and his talent suggests he's better than many D-tackles going ahead of him.

Round 2
60
New England Patriots
Height: 6-9
Weight: 212
Hometown: Manassas, VA
College: Virginia Tech
Class: 2011 SO
Position: RB
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Bill Belichick

2010 Record: 14-2

What They Have: Tom Brady is the first unanimous MVP in league history, Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez were both tremendous rookies at tight end and Vince Wilfork is an immovable object at nose tackle.

What They Need: A pass-rushing outside linebacker that has been missing for quite some time, offensive linemen at any and all positions provided they are versatile and a running back that can lend more support to Brady and Co.

Another Possibility: Utah CB Brandon Burton

Never Considered: Tennessee TE Luke Stocker

ANALYSIS: Williams has more upside than BenJarvus Green-Ellis, so New England could have its best running game since Corey Dillon was still going strong.

Round 2
61***
San Diego Chargers
Player: Titus Young
Height: 6-11
Weight: 174
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
College: Boise State
Class: 2011 SR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 6

Head Coach: Norv Turner

2010 Record: 9-7

What They Have: Philip Rivers is a cold-blooded killer at quarterback no matter who he's throwing to, Antonio Gates is one of his generation's most uncoverable pass-catching weapons and Shaun Phillips is a handful off the edge.

What They Need: More linebackers, both inside and outside, so Phillips doesn't have to do it all himself, a five-technique defensive end that can hold the point of attack and a right tackle to mirror Marcus McNeill on the other side.

Another Possibility: Hampton DT Kendrick Ellis

Never Considered: Arkansas TE D.J. Williams

ANALYSIS: Rivers doesn't know who he's going to throw to with Vincent Jackson franchised and free agents everywhere, so Young is a smart pick here.

Round 2
62
Chicago Bears
Height: 6-3
Weight: 317
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
College: Pittsburgh
Class: 2011 SR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 9

Head Coach: Lovie Smith

2010 Record: 11-5

What They Have: Jay Cutler can spin the football as well as any quarterback in the league, Julius Peppers proved to be worth all that money at defensive end and the linebacking duo of Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs is scary.

What They Need: Any offensive linemen that can help keep Cutler upright in the pocket on passing plays, a penetrating defensive tackle since Tommie Harris is now history and a corner that can both cover receivers and support the run.

Another Possibility: Louisville CB Johnny Patrick

Never Considered: Oklahoma State RB Kendall Hunter

ANALYSIS: Cutler has zero chance to reach his full potential without much better blocking, so Pinkston fills an immediate hole whether he's a guard or tackle.

Round 2
63
Pittsburgh Steelers
Player: Ahmad Black
Height: 6-10
Weight: 184
Hometown: Lakeland, FL
College: Florida
Class: 2011 SR
Position: S
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 6

Head Coach: Mike Tomlin

2010 Record: 12-4

What They Have: A winner of a quarterback in Ben Roethlisberger, despite his somewhat unconventional way of doing things, a deep target in Mike Wallace that can burn past any corner and a defense that suffocates the running game.

What They Need: Better coverage in the secondary, definitely at cornerback but perhaps also at safety, a big right tackle so Flozell Adams can finally be put out to pasture and depth at linebacker -- linebackers are oxygen in this system.

Another Possibility: Miami OG Orlando Franklin

Never Considered: TCU OT Marcus Cannon

ANALYSIS: Just lining up next to Defensive Player of the Year Troy Polamalu makes Black a better safety, and Pittburgh's secondary needs another playmaker.

Round 2
64
Green Bay Packers
Height: 6-1
Weight: 198
Hometown: Chesapeake, VA
College: Virginia
Class: 2011 SR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: {}
Pos Rank: 6

Head Coach: Mike McCarthy

2010 Record: 10-6

What They Have: A future MVP quarterback in Aaron Rodgers, a pass-rushing beast in Clay Matthews and one of the most versatile defenders around in Charles Woodson -- they have the Vince Lombardi Trophy, too.

What They Need: More cornerbacks for a scheme that calls for a lot of nickel and dime packages, a receiver to replace the aging Donald Driver and another option or two for the offensive line, preferably a tackle.

Another Possibility: Arizona OLB Brooks Reed

Never Considered: Texas DE Sam Acho

ANALYSIS: The crazy system Dom Capers runs requires a host of defensive backs, and Dowling has the size to play safety to go with the skills to play corner.

* from Panthers
** from Dolphins
*** from Jets


John Crist is an NFL Analyst for Scout.com, a voter for the Heisman Trophy and a member of the Professional Football Writers of America.

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