Ryan Lownes 3 Round Mock With Trades – April 26th

Written by Ryan Lownes on April 26, 2011


49. Jacksonville Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars

Martez WilsonMartez Wilson – LB – Illinois
The Jaguars are one of several teams in this draft that will be looking to revamp their front seven with their first few picks. After nabbing a high-motor end in the first, Jacksonville next will turn their attention to linebacker or cornerback. In this scenario, Martez Wilson falls into the middle of the second, where he provides a good value for the team. He could take over the starting strong-side or middle linebacker spot immediately and has the size and speed to develop into a better pro than college player.

50. New England Patriots (from SD) New England Patriots

Ryan WilliamsRyan Williams – RB – Virginia Tech
A swap with San Diego netted the Patriots this pick in the late second. Having addressed defense in the first, the team could look to add talent to the other side of the ball with their next pick. Ryan Williams flashed elite talent when healthy in 2009, but was hampered by hamstring injuries this past season. If he can return to his prior form, this is an excellent value here for New England.

51. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Ben IjalanaBen Ijalana – OT – Villanova 

Most assume the Buccaneers will be looking defense with their first two picks, but it’s crucial to protect their franchise passer in Josh Freeman. Though a small-school guy, Ijalana has the size, length, and agility to start immediately at Guard or perhaps Tackle. He’s a good run-blocker and pass-blocker that upgrades Tampa Bay’s line immediately.

52. New York Giants New York Giants

Colin McCarthyColin McCarthy – LB – Miami
After spending their first pick on the defensive side of the ball, the Giants keep their attention on bolstering the front seven. While the linebacker value was not there in the opening round, they are able to land a starter here. Colin McCarthy has risen to every challenge in the pre-draft process. He possesses the instincts and tackling ability to challenge for a starting spot in New York.

53. Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts

Clint BolingClint Boling – OG – Georgia
It doubtful that the Colts can make another deep playoff run without first strengthening their offensive line. Peyton Manning is still very capable of leading the team to a Super Bowl provided he has adequate protection. Clint Boling is a versatile lineman that could start in Indianapolis at right tackle, or either guard spot. I doubt the team fails to address their offensive line in the first two rounds, but it is possible they target another player here.

54. Philadelphia Eagles Philadelphia Eagles

DeMarco Murray – RB – Oklahoma
Many will argue that the Philadelphia Eagles do not need to spend an early pick on a running back in this draft. While starter LeSean McCoy appears very much to be the real deal, durability remains a question. DeMarco Murray is a very interesting fit in the team’s offense. His ability to catch the ball out of the backfield and slot may make him too good to pass up here. This pick adds insurance at the running back position and another potentially game-breaker. You can bet Murray’s impact would be felt early on offense and perhaps special teams as a kick returner.

55. Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs

Leonard HankersonLeonard Hankerson – WR – Miami
The Matt Cassel experiment can be considered to be a reasonable success as of now, with the Chiefs making a playoff appearance in 2010. If Kansas City really wants to put him in the best place to succeed, they will go out an get him a secondary receiver to complement Dwayne Bowe. Leonard Hankerson offers tremendous value here in the late second and would be a nice fit in the team’s passing game. If drafted, “Hank” appears plenty capable of making an impact here as a rookie.

56. New Orleans Saints New Orleans Saints

Marvin Austin – DT – North Carolina
The Saints are one of the few teams in this draft capable of picking for luxury, which is exactly what they did in the first round. They have no absolutely glaring needs this offseason and appear ready to make a Super Bowl run in 2011.  In this scenario, they add a Tarheel brimming with upside. Few defensive tackles in this class can match Marvin Austin’s combination of size, power, and raw athleticism. He has high upside as a 1 or 3-Tech in the NFL and could develop into an impact player if his head is on straight.

57. Seattle Seahawks Seattle Seahawks

Bruce CarterBruce Carter – OLB – North Carolina
If the Seahawks were to not go quarterback with their first pick, a linebacker would no doubt be one of their next best options. There is far too much uncertainty for Seattle in the front seven to not come away with anything on the draft’s first two days. Bruce Carter is extremely athletic, with the size and speed the team needs at linebacker. He offers a good value here and would compete for playing time immediately.

58. Baltimore Ravens Baltimore Ravens

Brooks ReedBrooks Reed – DE/OLB – Arizona
Not many expected the Ravens to target an offensive lineman in the first stage. Now that their hole up front has been patched, Baltimore could turn their focus to a linebacker. Brooks Reed has been on fire during the pre-draft process. The college end is an interesting fit standing up in this team’s hybrid 3-4 scheme and he may have the speed to develop into an effective edge rusher in the AFC North.

59. Atlanta Falcons Atlanta Falcons

Titus YoungTitus Young – WR – Boise State
Though Matt Ryan and the Falcons appeared to be firing on all cylinders at times a year ago, adding a receiver to complement Roddy White appears necessary. Ideally, the team would like to add a player capable of stretching the field vertically as well as work the slot. Titus Young is tailor-made for Atlanta’s needs. His deep speed, quickness, and ability to separate both underneath & over the top could make him a terrific second option here.

60. New England Patriots New England Patriots

Jarvis Jenkins – DT – Clemson
It is another pick here for New England and you can bet they will continue to try to add impact players for next season. Playing time will be available at Defensive End for the coming season and the team figures to target the position with one of their picks in the first three rounds. Jenkins is effective against the run with good mass, length, and strength. He could give the Patriots a solid starter at 5-Tech for years.

61. San Diego Chargers (from NYJ) San Diego Chargers

Jonathan BaldwinJonathan Baldwin – WR – Pittsburgh
 

Quarterback Philip Rivers is among the league’s elite, but the receiver position in San Diego has been plagued by injuries and a high-profile hold out. Baldwin is an extremely gifted athlete with excellent size, speed, and leaping ability. Upon leaving Pitt, he had some things to say about his teammates and coaching staff. Despite his immature reputation, he fits right in for the Chargers as a dangerous vertical option.

62. Chicago Bears Chicago Bears

Terrell McClain – DT – South Florida

The Bears’ top priority in this draft will be to add talent and depth in the trenches. Having selected an athletic left tackle in the first, Chicago turns their attention to the interior defensive line here. Terrell McClain is flying under the radar, but appears to have the size, explosiveness, and energy the team covets inside. They could, instead, double up on offensive linemen here in the second.

63. Pittsburgh Steelers Pittsburgh Steelers

Marcus Gilbert – OT – Florida
After addressing their secondary in the first, the Steelers will turn their attention to shoring up their offensive line. The team is most likely to go for an offensive tackle due to a lack of youth, depth, and talent at the position. Marcus Gilbert is largely unproven, but he fits the Pittsburgh image with tremendous mass and length. He would be given a chance to compete for a job from day one.

64. Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers

Edmund Gates – WR – Abilene Christian
En route to the franchise’s fourth Super Bowl, the passing game paced the Packers all season. The team appears set for next season with Driver, Jennings, Nelson, and Jones; however I think they could take this opportunity to add some real speed on the outside. Gates is very fast, a smooth athlete, and a natural catcher. Outside linebacker remains a position that Green Bay could upgrade.
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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. See all posts by Ryan Lownes.