Ryan Lownes 3 Round Mock With Trades – April 26th

Written by Ryan Lownes on April 26, 2011

Round 2


33. Minnesota Vikings (from NE through Carolina) Minnesota Vikings

Jake LockerJake Locker – QB – Washington
Expect the Patriots to hold this pick hostage, selling it in the end to the highest bidder. With an enormous demand present for quarterbacks in this draft, New England is more than likely to be bombarded with offers by teams looking for a new signal-caller. In this scenario, it is Minnesota that moves up on draft day to land their guy, Jake Locker. Though many agree he is not ready to start away, Locker gives the franchise a face and a direction to build around.

34. Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills

Christian BallardChristian Ballard – DT – Iowa
Most believe the Bills will select a quarterback in the first two rounds, but they could instead opt to address their front seven. Since implementing a 3-4, Buffalo has been both thin on the depth chart and lacking in talent. A pass-rusher in the first will be all the more effective if the team is able to land a solid 5-Tech to occupy blockers and push the pocket. Christian Ballard is an intriguing athlete and a very good fit in the Bills hybrid 3-4 front. He offers the team an instant starter and a potentially high upside player down the road.

35. Cincinnati Bengals Cincinnati Bengals

Adrian ClaybornAdrian Clayborn – DE – Iowa
The Bengals passing on a quarterback two rounds in a row may come as a shock to some. My theory is: if their guys aren’t there (Newton in the first, Mallett in the second,) then Mike Brown will remain stubborn on the Carson Palmer front. I feel Marvin Lewis will be lobbying for a defensive lineman or linebacker with this pick. Adrian Clayborn fits their mold of defensive lineman with a solid build, a high motor, and the versatility to play right end or even three-tech on passing downs.

36. Denver Broncos Denver Broncos

Kyle RudolphKyle Rudolph – TE – Notre Dame 

It would be hard to turn down an offensive talent like Kyle Rudolph here, even with the Broncos’ array of needs on the other side of the ball. The former Irish Tight End has excellent size, hands, and athletic ability. He’d start right away and contribute both in the passing and rushing game as a rookie. Front seven and secondary help remain huge needs for Denver if they go offense here.


37. Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns

Ras-I Dowling – CB – Virginia
After nabbing a cornerstone lineman in the first, the Browns turn their attention to the secondary. Despite having drafted Joe Haden in the first a year ago, Cleveland is still in dire need of cover corners to compete in this increasingly pass-happy league. Ras-i Dowling sat out most of 2010 with injuries, but packages speed and cover-skills with NFL size. He could instantly bolster the team’s secondary and fight for playing time right away.

38. Arizona Cardinals Arizona Cardinals

Derek SherrodDerek Sherrod – OT – Mississippi State 

Fortunately, the Cardinals landed their franchise signal-caller in the first round when they selected Blaine Gabbert. The next step for the team, if they are serious about setting their rookie quarterback up for success, will be to bolster his protection. Derek Sherrod is among this class’ most polished and battle tested linemen. He projects as an instant starter for Arizona at left or right tackle.

39. Tennessee Titans Tennessee Titans

Colin KaepernickColin Kaepernick – QB – Nevada
Many have the Titans pegged to reach for a quarterback in the first round. If value is not there, I think they will take the opportunity to add a potentially game-breaking wideout or front four player with that pick. In the second, their plan comes to fruition as they land a signal-caller to groom for the future. Colin Kaepernick has abundant physical ability, one of the class’ strongest arms, and an excellent head on his shoulders. He’s raw mechanically and throwing from under-center but possesses the potential to develop into an NFL starting quarterback.

40. Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys

Rahim MooreRahim Moore – FS – UCLA
Having addressing their offensive line woes in the first, the Cowboys will look next to bolster their struggling secondary. Though many see cornerback as the team’s primary need on the back end, they would benefit most from a play-making safety. Rahim Moore was not the same player in 2010 as he was the year before, but he still possesses the ball and cover skills to make a large impact at the next level. He instantly would give Dallas the ball-hawking center fielder that they need.

41. Washington Redskins Washington Redskins

Andy Dalton – QB – TCU
It is unlikely that the Redskins get through the first two rounds without rolling the dice on a quarterback. They may lack the assets to make a major move up the board, but should be set to add a starter if they stay put in the second round. Andy Dalton’s stock has sky-rocketed during the process and several teams appear to view him as a very capable quarterback prospect. If drafted, he would be counted on as the week one starter.

42. Houston Texans Houston Texans

Randall CobbRandall Cobb – WR – Kentucky
The heat is on for Gary Kubiak, who faces the tall task of leading his Texans to their first playoff appearance in franchise history. Most of the question marks appear to be on defense, but adding another dynamic option for Matt Schaub will be very tempting. Randall Cobb is an all-purpose, “gadget” player who possesses the speed, quickness, elusiveness, and toughness to make his mark early. His best position appears to be receiver, but he will also be an asset on special teams.

43. Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings

Orlando FranklinOrlando Franklin – OT – Miami
After moving up at the top of the second round, this figures to be an all or nothing draft for Minnesota. In addition to a starting quarterback and defensive end, the Vikings will be faced with the task of bolstering their offensive line. Orlando Franklin is a big, physical tackle that could be moved inside to Guard if need be. He projects as a potential left or right tackle and should be able to fight for playing time immediately if he lands in Minnesota.

44. Detroit Lions Detroit Lions

Brandon HarrisBrandon Harris – CB – Miami
The value at cornerback was not there in the first, so Detroit upgraded their defense with an end to play next to cornerstone Ndamukong Suh. Here the Lions are able to address their struggling secondary. Brandon Harris is a gifted man corner with agility, ball skills, and the competitiveness necessary to play at the next level. Since the team is starving for bodies at cornerback, Harris would receive playing time and perhaps a starting spot immediately.

45. San Francisco 49ers San Francisco 49ers

Christian PonderChristian Ponder – QB – Florida State
Without trading up, the 49ers are unlikely to add a quarterback in the first round. It appears as if Alex Smith will be a part of the competition this summer, but who will he be competing against? I expect Jim Harbaugh to take an intelligent signal-caller to fit into his west coast offense. Christian Ponder has a very high football IQ and is a well-rounded player. He would not be rushed onto the field, but would be given a chance to fight for the starting spot from day one.

46. Denver Broncos (from Miami) Denver Broncos

Mason FosterMason Foster – LB – Washington
As the Broncos transition back to the 4-3, it is likely that they keep veteran D.J. Williams in the middle to quarterback the defense. With their prior outside backers (Dumervil, Ayers) moving down to defensive end, expect Denver to look to add a new starter. Mason Foster is an underrated weak-side prospect that is a good tackler with very good instincts. He could surprise evaluators by impacting the game early on.

47. St. Louis Rams St. Louis Rams

Torrey SmithTorrey Smith – WR – Maryland
The Rams have to be happy with their draft a year ago, as Sam Bradford and Roger Saffold immediately established themselves as solid starters at premium positions. If St. Louis really wants to make the most of their investment, they will target a receiver in the first two rounds this year. Torrey Smith is somewhat raw but flashes explosive ability on offense and special teams. He offers the team size, speed, and upside at wide receiver and could be groomed into a primary or secondary role in the Rams offense.

48. Oakland Raiders Oakland Raiders

Marcus CannonMarcus Cannon – OL – TCU 

With Robert Gallery leaving the Raiders, their first pick could now be used to address the offensive line. Cannon is an enormous physical wonder capable of playing inside at Guard or at Right Tackle. He’d start right away in Oakland and perfectly fits the Al Davis draftee mold. Other options for the team include a cornerback or quarterback.

Ryan Lownes

Ryan is currently an undergraduate student at Ohio University pursuing a degree in Sport Management. He has been attending the NFL Draft in New York City since 2005 and has aspirations of a career in scouting. He is currently a draft writer and analyst on the Draft Breakdown team, posting his latest rankings, mock drafts, scouting reports, and more. Be sure to follow Ryan on twitter for year-round NFL Draft analysis.

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