2 Round “Way Too Early” Mock Draft 5.0

Written by Aaron Aloysius on October 8, 2010

33. Buffalo Bills

Jeremy Beal – DE/OLB – Oklahoma

The Bills need to replace Aaron Maybin with a competent pass rusher, and Beal would fit nicely as an outside linebacker in their 3-4 D.

34. New England Patriots (from Carolina)

JJ Watt – DE – Wisconsin*

Watt’s reportedly mulling going pro. With his size and athleticism, he could be a tremendous five-technique for the Pats.

35. Detroit Lions

Ryan Broyles – WR – Oklahoma

The early returns from the Nate Burleson signing haven’t been promising. If he continues to disappoint, the teams could go searching for the #2 receiver that’s long eluded them.

36. Oakland Raiders

Da’Quan Bowers – DE – Clemson*

Bowers easily could go higher than this, but lingering concerns about his work ethic could affect his draft stock. The physical freak won’t get past the Raiders, who are always eager to bring in another elite athlete.

37. Arizona Cardinals

Von Miller – OLB – Texas A&M

After giving up on Cody Brown, the Cardinals need another young pass rusher. Miller could serve as Joey Porter’s understudy for a year before taking over rushing off the edge.

38. Cleveland Browns

Ronald Johnson – WR – USC*

The Browns need to add speed to their receiving corps, which RoJo would provide. Hopefully, whoever’s starting at QB for them will be able to hit him deep.

39. San Francisco 49ers

Ryan Mallett – QB – Arkansas*

If Alex Smith continues to struggle, the team could bring in a replacement in the strong-armed but somewhat erratic Mallett.

40. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Jimmy Smith – CB – Colorado

Ronder Barber is a free agent after this season. With his size and physicality, Smith would be a credible replacement.

41. St. Louis Rams

Lance Kendricks – TE – Wisconsin

Bradford loved targeting Jermaine Gresham, and Kendricks would provide him an explosive YAC man over the middle.

42. Kansas City Chiefs

Christian Ponder – QB – Florida State

Matt Cassel may get another year to prove himself, but Ponder would provide solid insurance if Cassel proves not to be the guy.

43. Jacksonville Jaguars

Stefen Wisniewski – C – Penn State

Brad Meester is 33 and never has been a great player. In Wisniewski, the Jaguars could have their starting pivot for the next ten years.

44. Denver Broncos

Dont’a Hightower – ILB – Alabama*

A nasty thumper in the middle, Hightower would be a nice fit next to DJ Williams. He’s also an effective pass rusher, but his below average coverage skills could keep him out of the first round.

45. Cincinnati Bengals

Quan Sturdivant – ILB – North Carolina

Sturdivant would round out Cinci’s talented young LB corps. He was busted for marijuana possession earlier this year, but it shouldn’t be an issue for the Bengals (maybe a plus?).

46. Tennessee Titans

DeAndre McDaniel – S – Clemson

Chris Hope is set to make $6.5 million next year. If the Titans determine he’s not worth the big bucks, they could bring in his replacement in McDaniel.

47. Chicago Bears

Stephen Paea – DT – Oregon State

With Tommie Harris declining, the Bears could use a new dominant defensive tackle. Though not quite the explosive playmaker Harris was in his prime, Paea could make plays while also being very stout against the run.

48. Philadelphia Eagles

Curtis Brown – CB – Texas

The team traded away Sheldon Brown but didn’t bring in a young replacement. Brown has first round athleticism and would be a good value pick here.

Aaron Aloysius

Aaron began closely following the draft in 2005. Since then, he’s overcome an Al Davis-like obsession with workout numbers, instead focusing more (but not exclusively) on the traits visible on prospects’ tape.

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