2 Round Mock Draft – April 13th

Written by Will Spencer on April 13, 2010

17. San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina)

Earl Thomas – S – Texas

Scouting Report

Things couldn’t have worked out better for the 49ers in this scenario. Grabbing Haden with their first pick and now Earl Thomas with this selection immediately gives them one of the better secondaries in the NFC. Thomas has the ability to play corner as well, giving them even more versatility in their secondary. The 49ers could also look at Anthony Davis here, but his work ethic doesn’t jive with head coach Mike Singletary’s coaching style. They could also look to bring in a pass rusher, but this draft has so much depth at the position, they can wait until later.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers

Mike Iupati – OG – Idaho

The Steelers gave up a tremendous amount of sacks in 2009 and while Big Ben loves to hold onto the ball, a lof of those sacks fall on the offensive line. Pittsburgh has failed to address this need for a few years and they can’t wait any longer if they want to continue to compete at a high level. Iupati gives the Steelers some depth at several positions along the line and he should be able to start relatively soon at one of the guard spots. After the trade of Santonio Holmes, a strong argument for Dez Bryant could be made here but why take another talented receiver with character issues after you just removed one from your roster? The Steelers can look at a receiver in round 2.

19. Atlanta Falcons

Brandon Graham – DE – Michigan

Scouting Report

Ideally, the Falcons would love to grab Sean Weatherspoon with this pick, but the Giants threw a wrench into their plans by taking Spoon off the board. However, all is not dark and gloomy in the Falcons draft room. Brandon Graham has to be near the top of their draft board and his abilities to get to the quarterback are top notch.

20. Houston Texans

Devin McCourty – CB – Rutgers

Scouting Report

The Texans allowed Dunta Robinson to leave in free agency and now there’s a large hole to fill at the cornerback spot. Houston would love to see Kyle Wilson still on the board, but they’re still happy to call Devin McCourty’s name. Not only is he a talented corner, he’s also a very good special teams player. Houston could also look to bring in another running back here, but McCourty is the best overall value here.

21. Cincinnati Bengals

Dez Bryant – WR – Oklahoma State

It has to be a surprise for the Bengals that a player as talented as Dez Bryant is still on the board, so they’re happy to call his name. After the tragic death of Chris Henry, Cincy is in need of another passing threat for Carson Palmer. Bryant may actually end up being the #1 WR on the roster after a short time, which will flow coverage away from Chad Ochocinco. The Bengals could also look at Oklahoma TE Jermaine Gresham very closely here, but Bryant is too good to pass up.

22. New England Patriots

Jermaine Gresham – TE – Oklahoma

The only viable tight end on the Patriots roster is Alge Crumpler, but even he is a shadow of what he used to be. The Patriots can’t ignore Gresham at this spot as another receiving threat is needed for their offense. With Wes Welker not likely to start the season after a catastrophic knee injury and Randy Moss being…Randy Moss, the Patriots would love to add a player with the talent of Jermaine Gresham. The team could also look to bring in a pass rusher or a trure 5-technique like Jared Odrick here, but they can’t pass up the best tight end in the draft.

23. Green Bay Packers

Anthony Davis – OT – Rutgers

Scouting Report

The free fall of Anthony Davis stops in Green Bay at the #23 pick. The Packers are all too happy to be able to bring in a talented pass blocker like Davis. Though there are concerns with his work ethic and his stock is dropping, Davis has tremendous value here for a team that gave up way too many sacks last season.

24. Philadelphia Eagles

Marukice Pouncey – C/G – Florida

Scouting Report

Philly made a huge move by trading quarterback Donovan McNabb, so they have a few extra draft picks to play around with. The Eagles have an easy selection here as Maurkice Pouncey fills a huge need for the team. Pouncey has the versatility to play guard or center for the team and may be used at both positions throughout his career. Pouncey is the best overall interior player in the draft and it’s a surprise that he’s still on the board at this point. The Eagles could look to bring in another corner here, but Pouncey is too polished to pass up.

25. Baltimore Ravens

Kareem Jackson – CB – Alabama

Scouting Report

After the additions of Anquan Boldin via trade and Donte Stallworth via free agency, the wide receiver corp of the Ravens may actually be a strength for the team. However, there is still a need at the corner position and Jackson is a very technically sound cover corner. Alabama has one of the most complex coverage schemes in the country and Jackson was able to shut down his side of the field on most occasions. Baltimore could also look at Jared Odrick as a true 5-technique for their 3-4 defense here, but with two corners coming off season ending knee injuries (Fabian Washington and Lardarius Webb), grabbing a talented corner is an absolute must for the team.

26. Arizona Cardinals

Sergio Kindle – DE/OLB – Texas

Scouting Report

Even with the signing of free agent Joey Porter, the Cardinals still need to bring in some guys that know how to get after the quarterback. Kindle is a versatile player that can drop into coverage, play the run and rush the passer. While his pass rush moves aren’t polished yet, he certainly has the skill set to get there. Kindle was moved around a lot at Texas and his versatility is too much to pass up. Though he has some off field issues, his value is relatively high here.

27. Dallas Cowboys

Demaryius Thomas – WR – Georgia Tech

Scouting Report

The stock of Thomas has been rising steadily throughout draft season, eventhough he’s been unable to work out due to a broken foot. With Roy Williams being an utter disappointment, the Cowboys look to bring in another receiver to take the pressure off Miles Austin. Dallas would like to get a safety, but they shouldn’t look at Taylor Mays, who is basically a faster version of former Cowboys safety, Roy Williams. Dallas could also look at Jared Odrick here, so the team certainly has some options.

28. San Diego Chargers

Ryan Mathews – RB – Fresno State

The Chargers let Ladanian Tomlinson go and almost parted ways with their other running back, Darren Sproles. While the team is really a "pass-first" offense, they need to bring in another talented running back to compliment Sproles. Mathews is the type that can run between the tackles to match the speedy outside running ability of Sproles. The Chargers could also look at nose tackle Terrence Cody here, or even Jared Odrick to play defensive end.

29. New York Jets

Jared Odrick – DT – Penn State

The Jets pulled off a trade for WR Santonio Holmes, so taking a receiver in the first round should be out now. Rex Ryan loves versatile defensive players and Odrick certainly falls into that category. Odrick would be able to play defensive end (5-technique) in the Jets 3-4 defense, something that is a position of need for the team. New York could also look to bring in a pass rusher like Sergio Kindle or Jerry Hughes here, but with Jason Taylor possibly signing with the team, a 5-technique like Odrick makes a lot of sense.

30. Minnesota Vikings

Brian Price – DT – UCLA

The Vikings would have loved to see Devin McCourty at this spot, but there was an early run on corners in this draft. So, the team turns their attention to their next biggest need, the defensive tackle spot. Price makes a lot of sense as a 4-3 defensive tackle and he knows how to collapse the pocket. He’ll be able to start in a rotational fashion with the team, but should develop into a quality starter relatively quickly. The Vikings could also look at a quarterback with this spot. Brett Favre isn’t getting any younger and Tavaris Jackson might not be the answer, so the selection of Colt McCoy shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone if that happens.

31. Indianapolis Colts

Charles Brown – OT – USC

Former first round pick Tony Ugoh has been a true disappointment for the Colts and doesn’t appear to have the mental capacity to play the left tackle position. The Colts clearly need to address the position and they’re lucky that Charles Brown is still on the board. The Colts could also look to bring in some talent for their secondary, but the value is relatively limited at this spot.

32. New Orleans Saints

Everson Griffen – DE – USC

The Saints released former starter Charles Grant, leaving a large hole at the defensive end position. Many have Griffen rated higher as he’s a physically gifted athlete that might be able to play multiple positions for a defense. That being said, he’s a nice fit as a 4-3 defensive end for the Saints defense and makes a lot of sense at the #32 spot.

Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009.

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