Scout NFL Team Experts Mock Draft: Part 4

The NFL Draft is upon us, so the time has come for the team experts at Scout.com to huddle up once again for their annual mock draft. Which of the first-round talents have seen their stock drop? And who could end up being a second-round steal? Here is the bottom half of Round 2 ...

No. 48: Atlanta Falcons

S Reggie Smith – Oklahoma
New GM Tom Dimitroff admitted earlier this week that he likes to draft and develop safeties. And there's a lot to like in Smith, who former NFL scout Tom Marino believes could be the best safety from this draft five years from now. He's athletic, moves well and has good zone awareness. There may be quicker safeties, but he came from the same university as Dallas' Roy Williams. Only thing is, Smith might have better instincts at playing the football. Plus he can play cornerback, so the Falcons can use Smith at either position as a rookie and improve their secondary depth immediately. – Matthew Postins, BucsBlitz.com

No. 49: Philadelphia Eagles

OT Carl Nicks – Nebraska
The Eagles decide to take a tackle with their second-round pick because both William Thomas and Jon Runyan are in their mid-30s and entering the last year of their respective contracts. Philly also has questions about former second-round pick Winston Justice's ability, so more depth is needed at the position. Nicks is large in stature at 6-5 and 343 pounds, but he has good quickness and surprising athleticism for his size. His strength is also a plus, as he put up 31 reps on the bench press at the NFL Scouting Combine. In the pros, he has the potential to play on either side of the line but would currently be best suited at right tackle. – Andrew Pluta, WarNest.com

No. 50: Arizona Cardinals

RB Chris Johnson – East Carolina
The Cardinals would be delighted if Chris Johnson is still on the board. He would be the perfect complement to Edgerrin James, who needs somebody to help carry the load as he made up all but 218 yards of the Arizona ground game last season. Not only is Johnson the explosive back the Cardinals need, but he will also be a workhorse at the next level. Johnson won't need to be the star back to produce big numbers. Critics say Johnson isn't an every-down back, but Arizona seems to disagree and he has the home-run threat Ken Whisenhunt is looking for. – Amberly Richardson, AZRedReport.com

No. 51: Washington Redskins

DE Calais Campbell – Miami (FL)
Needing a defensive end to groom to eventually replace Phillip Daniels in the starting lineup, the Redskins take a chance on this once very highly ranked prospect. His stock has fallen a bit recently due to a sub-par 2007 season after a much more solid 2006. Motivation could be a factor for Campbell, but the Redskins are willing to take that chance. If he can get motivated and do what the team wants him to do, this pick could be a good one for Washington. – GeorgeLafoon, WarpathInsiders.com

No. 52: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

WR DeSean Jackson – California
Imagine a draft in which the Bucs get their heir apparent at weak-side linebacker and can still get a dual threat at wide receiver and kick returner. It's probably not likely to happen, but in this mock, it did. The Bucs would be absolutely foolish to pass on Jackson at this stage in the draft with his blend of receiving ability, athleticism and speed. I'm not sure I like him as a first-round pick, but as a second-round pick I'm all in. He helps stretch opposing defenses immediately. With Keith Rivers and Jackson, the Bucs could declare their best Day 1 in years. – Matthew Postins, BucsBlitz.com

No. 53: Pittsburgh Steelers

OT Duane Brown – Virginia Tech
Ever hear a team complain about its first-round pick as the draft unfolds? Me neither, but this is a mock so I'm going to complain. There's no way the Steelers can draft Jonathan Stewart and still fill their needs. I've figured that out as I'm passing on my favorite inside linebacker Curtis Lofton for a must-have offensive tackle. You know the routine: (Fill in the blank) is big, tough, quick; had to have him; blah, blah, blah. Now they must find a defensive end not named Merling, Balmer or Campbell in the third round. – Jim Wexell, SteelCityInsider.com

No. 54: Tennessee Titans

DE Lawrence Jackson – Southern California
Jevon Kearse is back in Tennesse after a four-year stint with the Eagles, but he's nowhere near the player previously known as "The Freak" for his ability to get after the quarterback. Although Kyle Vanden Bosch is one of the more underrated defensive ends in the game, he could certainly use some more help on the other side of the line. Jackson is a very talented prospect to be found this late in Round 2, possessing enough speed and strength to wreak havoc at the next level. – John Crist, BearReport.com

No. 55: Seattle Seahawks

TE Martellus Bennett – Texas A&M
The Seahawks could have gone with Notre Dame's John Carlson here and been very happy with the more pro-ready tight end. But they'll take a shot on Bennett because of his athleticism and blocking ability. This is where the upside is at this position. Referring to football as his wife and basketball as his mistress, Bennett has the potential to join fellow tight ends Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates as dedicated hoopsters who light it up on the football field. He'll need to work on his route-running, but that developmental caveat doesn't subtract from Bennett's intriguing future possibilities. – Doug Farrar, Seahawks.net

No. 56: Green Bay Packers

G Drew Radovich – Southern California
The Packers are expected to bolster depth and possibly unearth a new starter at the guard position in this draft. Both GM Ted Thompson and head coach Mike McCarthy love versatile linemen. Radovich (6-4, 302) can play guard or tackle. He plays whistle to whistle and is very tough, but needs to get stronger. Radovich sometimes doesn't look real pretty, but he always seems to get the job done. – Todd Korth, PackerReport.com

No. 57: Miami Dolphins

DE Cliff Avril – Purdue
GM Jeff Ireland was in Dallas last year when the Cowboys selected DE/OLB Anthony Spencer in the first round, and the Dolphins get a player with similar skills. With the future of dancing star Jason Taylor clearly a question mark, the Dolphins need to get themselves an edge pass rusher and Avril fits the bill. USC guard Chilo Rachal also would be very tempting in this spot, but Avril gets the nod. – Alain Poupart, DolphinDigest.com

No. 58: Jacksonville Jaguars

CB Justin King – Penn State
Whereas King doesn't fill an immediate need for Jacksonville, his clocked speed in the mid-4.2s is something that can't be taught. King would be eased into the Jaguars' lineup, as he would likely start as a nickel corner which would allow a move of Brian Williams to safety. King's immediate impact would be felt right away on special teams, as he is an explosive return man and gunner. The Jaguars would have likely selected either Lawrence Jackson or Cliff Avril first, but they were already off the board. – Charlie Bernstein, JagNation.com

No. 59: Indianapolis Colts

G John Greco – Toledo
While the temptation was there for Bill Polian and the Colts to draft another playmaker to surround Peyton Manning with, the team chose to help protect Manning with Greco, a versatile player who played tackle in college. With the departure of Jake Scott in free agency, Greco gives the Colts another option behind the relatively unproven Dylan Gandy and the inconsistent Charlie Johnson on the right side of the offensive line. The pick also serves to provide insurance behind right tackle Ryan Diem, who had offseason knee surgery, and presents the option to move Gandy to center as Jeff Saturday's heir apparent. – Eric Hartz, ColtPower.com

No. 60: Green Bay Packers

TE Fred Davis – Southern California
Starter Donald Lee is locked in as the starter at tight end, but Green Bay's depth at the position is thin after the team released Bubba Franks earlier this offseason. Davis (6-3 1/2, 251) has excellent size, runs good routes and uses his size as an advantage and improved every year he was at USC. Davis also has the skills and size to be an effective blocker, as well. He is not a deep threat, but he has exceptional ability in the middle of the field and is tough to tackle. Much like Franks was during his hey day, he would be a threat in the red zone. – Todd Korth, PackerReport.com

No. 61: Dallas Cowboys

DT Red Bryant – Texas A&M
The Dallas Cowboys select Texas A&M defensive tackle Red Bryant with the No. 61-overall selection in the 2008 NFL Draft. Dallas needs to build additional depth at tackle following the season-ending injury to veteran Jason Ferguson in the first game against the New York Giants last year, and Bryant fits the bill here. The former Aggie has excellent size in a 3-4 scheme and could be a run-stuffing force at the next level with slight modifications to his technique. – Roy Philpott, RanchReport.com

No. 62: New England Patriots

DT Kentwan Balmer – North Carolina
The Patriots cannot believe their good fortune seeing a talented lineman like Balmer drop to them at the end of the second round. Though their top draft needs are at other positions, New England feels compelled to add depth to the defensive line. If Bill Belichick has shown a predictable quality over the years, it's that he can never have enough quality defensive lineman on the roster. Balmer said he models his game after Richard Seymour. Now he'll get a chance to play alongside him. – Jon Scott, PatriotsInsider.com

No. 63: New York Giants

S Tom Zbikowski – Notre Dame
Despite having signed Sammy Knight to replace Gibril Wilson, the Giants remain short on safety help. After going linebacker in the first round, Jerry Reese continues to upgrade the defense with Notre Dame's Tom Zbikowski in the second round. He's very tough, will play the run well, and has displayed great football instincts. Zbikowski appears better in zone, but he is not lost in man coverage. He can also return punts and will make an immediate impact on the defending Super Bowl champs. – Ken Palmer, TheGiantInsider.com

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