Scout.com Mock Draft: Watkins a Patriot
OG Danny Watkins (Aaron M. Sprecher/Getty)
OG Danny Watkins (Aaron M. Sprecher/Getty)
Scout.com NFL Analyst
Posted Apr 13, 2011


In the latest installment of Scout.com's mock NFL Draft, Danny Watkins starts Round 2, Rahim Moore is the first safety off the board and Marvin Austin makes the G-Men that much better up front.

Round 2
33*
New England Patriots
Height: 6-3
Weight: 310
Hometown: Kelowna, BC
College: Baylor
Class: 2011 SR
Position: OG
Rating:
Overall Rank: 35
Pos Rank: 1

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: Kentucky WR Randall Cobb

Never Considered: Notre Dame TE Kyle Rudolph

ANALYSIS: With Tyron Smith in the first round and now Watkins in the second, New England has gone a long way toward rebuilding its offensive line.

Round 2
34
Buffalo Bills
Player: Andy Dalton
Height: 6-2
Weight: 215
Hometown: Katy, TX
College: TCU
Class: 2011 SR
Position: QB
Rating:
Overall Rank:
Pos Rank: 6

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: Notre Dame TE Kyle Rudolph

Never Considered: Kentucky WR Randall Cobb

ANALYSIS: Dalton has been very popular with scouts lately, so the Bills can stash him for 2012 and hope he learns backing up Fitzpatrick for a season.

Round 2
35
Cincinnati Bengals
Player: Randall Cobb
Height: 5-10
Weight: 191
Hometown: Alcoa, TN
College: Kentucky
Class: 2011 JR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank:
Pos Rank: 3

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: UCLA S Rahim Moore

Never Considered: Florida State QB Christian Ponder

ANALYSIS: Cobb did everything during his collegiate career, including hold for field goals and extra points, but the Bengals need him to catch passes.

Round 2
36
Denver Broncos
Player: Kyle Rudolph
Height: 6-6
Weight: 259
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
College: Notre Dame
Class: 2011 JR
Position: TE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 38
Pos Rank: 1

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 CB Brandon Harris

Never Considered: TCU OT Marcus Cannon

ANALYSIS: Rudolph, the one elite tight end on the board, can bring a pass-catching element to the Broncos they have lacked since trading Tony Scheffler.

Round 2
37
Cleveland Browns
Height: 5-10
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: Boise State WR Titus Young

Never Considered: Arizona OLB Brooks Reed

ANALYSIS: Haden is on the verge of becoming a star, so getting him a complement on the other side of the field makes the Cleveland secondary solid.

Round 2
38
Arizona Cardinals
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: 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: TCU OT Marcus Cannon

Never Considered: UCLA S Rahim Moore

ANALYSIS: Ponder is capable of stepping in and playing right away, which may be required since Arizona's quarterback situation was abysmal in 2010.

Round 2
39
Tennessee Titans
Player: Rahim Moore
Height: 6-0
Weight: 202
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
College: UCLA
Class: 2011 JR
Position: S
Rating:
Overall Rank: 34
Pos Rank: 1

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: North Carolina OLB Bruce Carter

Never Considered: Virginia CB Ras-I Dowling

ANALYSIS: The Titans haven't addressed their defensive line yet, but Moore is the top rated safety available and too good of a prospect to bypass here.

Round 2
40
Dallas Cowboys
Height: 6-5
Weight: 358
Hometown: Odessa, TX
College: TCU
Class: 2011 SR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank:
Pos Rank: 7

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: Virginia CB Ras-I Dowling

Never Considered: Virginia Tech RB Ryan Williams

ANALYSIS: Doug Free is a restricted free agent, Marc Colombo might be done and Alex Barron can't play, so Cannon is a need pick up front for Dallas.

Round 2
41
Washington Redskins
Height: 6-5
Weight: 233
Hometown: Turlock, CA
College: Nevada
Class: 2011 SR
Position: QB
Rating:
Overall Rank:
Pos Rank: 7

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: Baylor DT Phil Taylor

Never Considered: Oregon State DT Stephen Paea

ANALYSIS: If McNabb is indeed gone, then Washington needs a fill-in quarterback for 2011 because Kaepernick, while talented, isn't ready to start.

Round 2
42
Houston Texans
Player: Brooks Reed
Height: 6-3
Weight: 263
Hometown: Tuscon, AZ
College: Arizona
Class: 2011 SR
Position: OLB
Rating:
Overall Rank:
Pos Rank: 4

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: Temple S Jaiquawn Jarrett

Never Considered: North Carolina OLB Bruce Carter

ANALYSIS: Going in the late stages of Round 1 in a lot of mock drafts, Reed hopes to be a stand-up outside linebacker in Houston's defensive scheme.

Round 2
43
Minnesota Vikings
Height: 6-1
Weight: 198
Hometown: Chesapeake, VA
College: Virginia
Class: 2011 SR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank:
Pos Rank: 6

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: Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi

Never Considered: North Carolina DT Marvin Austin

ANALYSIS: After missing out on the top quarterbacks on the board, Minnesota can continue to rebuild its defense with Dowling, who is a big, strong corner.

Round 2
44
Detroit Lions
Height: 5-9
Weight: 212
Hometown: Manassas, VA
College: Virginia Tech
Class: 2011 SO
Position: RB
Rating:
Overall Rank:
Pos Rank: 3

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: Illinois MLB Martez Wilson

Never Considered: Miami DE Allen Bailey

ANALYSIS: Another weapon for Stafford on offense, Williams had a monster 2009 and should make for a nice complement to the smaller Jahvid Best.

Round 2
45
San Francisco 49ers
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: 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: Illinois RB Mikel Leshoure

Never Considered: Georgia OG Clint Boling

ANALYSIS: Like Minnesota, San Francisco passed on a QB in Round 1 and never got a shot at one in Round 2, so Carter is the wisest choice on defense.

Round 2
46**
Denver Broncos
Player: Stephen Paea
Height: 6-1
Weight: 303
Hometown: Los Altos, CA
College: Oregon State
Class: 2011 SR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 37
Pos Rank: 6

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: Iowa QB Ricky Stanzi

ANALYSIS: Denver will most likely feature 4-3 and 3-4 elements on defense under Fox, and Paea is a fit in either system because of his brute strength.

Round 2
47
St. Louis Rams
Height: 6-0
Weight: 227
Hometown: Champaign, IL
College: Illinois
Class: 2011 JR
Position: RB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 36
Pos Rank: 2

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: Maryland WR Torrey Smith

Never Considered: Illinois MLB Martz Wilson

ANALYSIS: While the Rams need to get Bradford another wideout, Leshoure might be the best pure runner in the draft and takes pressure off Jackson.

Round 2
48
Oakland Raiders
Player: Clint Boling
Height: 6-5
Weight: 308
Hometown: Alpharetta, GA
College: Georgia
Class: 2011 SR
Position: OG
Rating:
Overall Rank:
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: Villanova OT Ben Ijalana

Never Considered: Boise State WR Titus Young

ANALYSIS: The only franchise without a choice in Round 1, Oakland grabs Boling because failed former first rounder Robert Gallery is likely departing.

Round 2
49
Jacksonville Jaguars
Height: 6-4
Weight: 250
Hometown: Chicago, IL
College: Illinois
Class: 2011 JR
Position: MLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 33
Pos Rank: 1

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 DT Marvin Austin

Never Considered: Oklahoma State RB Kendall Hunter

ANALYSIS: Jacksonville is desperate for playmakers in the front seven, so pairing Wilson with first-round pick Ryan Kerrigan may pay dividends quickly.

Round 2
50
San Diego Chargers
Player: Titus Young
Height: 5-11
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: Florida S Ahmad Black

Never Considered: Pittsburgh DE Jabaal Sheard

ANALYSIS: Rivers did a ton of damage in 2010 with Vincent Jackson giving him nothing, plus Malcom Floyd and Legedu Naanee are restricted free agents.

Round 2
51
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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: 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: Wisconsin TE Lance Kendricks

Never Considered: Baylor DT Phil Taylor

ANALYSIS: While the Buccaneers missed out on the best pass rushers in Round 1, Bailey might be the best of the second-tier prospects at the position.

Round 2
52
New York Giants
Height: 6-2
Weight: 309
Hometown: Washington, DC
Class: 2011 SR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 50
Pos Rank: 7

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: North Carolina MLB Quan Sturdivant

Never Considered: Maryland WR Torrey Smith

ANALYSIS: A first-round talent still on the board at this point of Round 2, Austin could be a perfect three-technique tackle in New York's traditional 4-3.

Round 2
53
Indianapolis Colts
Player: Torrey Smith
Height: 6-1
Weight: 204
Hometown: Fredericksburg, VA
College: Maryland
Class: 2011 JR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 41
Pos Rank: 4

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: USC DT Jurrell Casey

Never Considered: Temple S Jaiquawn Jarrett

ANALYSIS: Gonzalez and Collie are both question marks at best due to injury, and Manning has shown the ability to get the most out of young wideouts.

Round 2
54
Philadelphia Eagles
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: 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: Auburn OT Lee Ziemba

Never Considered: Pittsburgh WR Jon Baldwin

ANALYSIS: Philadelphia's defenders aren't as feared as they once were, or at least they weren't this past season, so Sheard can find his way into the rotation.

Round 2
55
Kansas City Chiefs
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: 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: Pittsburgh WR Jon Baldwin

Never Considered: USC DT Jurrell Casey

ANALYSIS: Kansas City is ecstatic Taylor is still available at this point of the draft, as he looks to be an ideal fit on the nose between Dorsey and Jackson.

Round 2
56
New Orleans Saints
Height: 6-0
Weight: 198
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
College: Temple
Class: 2011 SR
Position: S
Rating:
Overall Rank:
Pos Rank: 2

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: Texas DE Sam Acho

Never Considered: North Carolina WR Greg Little

ANALYSIS: A relative unknown when the evaluation process got started before the draft, Jarrett is rising quickly and should be able to help in the secondary.

Round 2
57
Seattle Seahawks
Height: 6-1
Weight: 300
Hometown: Long Beach, CA
College: USC
Class: 2011 JR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank:
Pos Rank: 8

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: Lehigh OG Will Rackley

Never Considered: Kansas State RB Daniel Thomas

ANALYSIS: Another defense flipping back and forth between the 4-3 and 3-4 here and there, Casey could be an insurance policy for Brandon Mebane.

Round 2
58
Baltimore Ravens
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: 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: Louisville CB Johnny Patrick

Never Considered: Florida State C Rodney Hudson

ANALYSIS: Baltimore's receiving corps was experienced in 2010 but also painfully slow, so a long strider like Baldwin can help Flacco down the field.

Round 2
59
Atlanta Falcons
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: 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: Iowa DT Christian Ballard

Never Considered: Lehigh OG Will Rackley

ANALYSIS: Ijalana is built much more like a guard but played tackle throughout his collegiate career, making him an option there if Tyson Clabo flees Atlanta.

Round 2
60
New England Patriots
Player: Greg Little
Height: 6-3
Weight: 220
Hometown: Durham, NC
Class: 2011 SR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank:
Pos Rank: 7

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: Oklahoma State RB Kendall Hunter

Never Considered: Iowa DT Christian Ballard

ANALYSIS: Little is one of the Tar Heels that did not get to suit up this past year because of off-the-field issues, but he's a receiver in a running back's body.

Round 2
61***
San Diego Chargers
Height: 6-1
Weight: 241
Hometown: Oakboro, NC
Class: 2011 SR
Position: MLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 46
Pos Rank: 2

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 OT Marcus Gilbert

Never Considered: Nevada TE Virgil Green

ANALYSIS: Sturdivant is the best linebacker available at this point of the draft and can start quickly on the inside, but he'll have to get used to the 3-4.

Round 2
62
Chicago Bears
Height: 6-4
Weight: 283
Hometown: Lawrence, KS
College: Iowa
Class: 2011 SR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 42
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: Florida State C Rodney Hudson

Never Considered: Indiana WR Tandon Doss

ANALYSIS: No Harris means the Bears need to find a new three-technique tackle, which Smith always says is the most important position in his scheme.

Round 2
63
Pittsburgh Steelers
Height: 6-6
Weight: 330
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
College: Florida
Class: 2011 SR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank:
Pos Rank: 8

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: Indiana WR Tandon Doss

Never Considered: Alabama OG James Carpenter

ANALYSIS: Credit Roethlisberger for being a warrior and taking as much heat as he does, but better O-line play would certainly be a welcome sight.

Round 2
64
Green Bay Packers
Height: 5-7
Weight: 199
Hometown: Tyler, TX
Class: 2011 SR
Position: RB
Rating:
Overall Rank:
Pos Rank: 4

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: Alabama OG James Carpenter

Never Considered: Louisville CB Johnny Patrick

ANALYSIS: Ryan Grant is coming off a nasty injury, and don't let the postseason fool you into thinking James Starks can do it by himself at tailback.

* 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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