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Round 2 Mock: Jets Go RB, Pats Pick 3 for D


This is the Round 2 mock draft filed by Real Football Services is filing for, following up on Monday's second Round 1 mock:    

33. Lions — Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech

Who will rush the passer on this team? DeWayne White has some pass rush ability, but Jared DeVries? No. Julian Peterson is an effective blitzer, which will help, but the Lions are in desperate need of a speed rush off the edge. Johnson can give them that. He has an explosive burst and the speed to close on the QB. He had 30 tackles for loss and 19 sacks for the Jackets, and though he has a reputation as a guy who will take plays off, there are certain coaches who can handle those players, and Jim Schwartz, in our eyes, is one of them.

34. Patriots (from Kansas City) — Connor Barwin, OLB, Cincinnati

Another tremendous athlete, and with a great attitude, Barwin played basketball for the Bearcats and was a TE before moving to defense as a senior. He caught on quickly, recording 16 TFL and 11 sacks in one season. His versatility and athleticism make him one of the most intriguing prospects in the draft. Not only has he played DE and TE, he has the ability to move to OLB in the Pats' scheme and will contribute on just about every special teams unit — this kid has been a wedge buster, a kick blocker, and everything in between. If he isn't a Belichick type of player, we don't know who is.

35. Rams — Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois

Tye Hill is a former first-round pick but got beat deep too often last season. St. Louis thinks highly enough of Ronald Bartell to have re-signed him this offseason, but he's only an adequate starter. The Rams have more pressing needs, particularly at WR, on the D-line and at MLB, but they also need a corner and Davis is rated 23rd overall on our board. He's slipped because of some attitude problems and issues he had with the Illini coaching staff, but new HC Steve Spagnuolo has enough juice and coaching skills to deal with that. For a team that needs everything, Davis is too good an athlete and too productive as a player to pass up here.

36. Browns — D.J. Moore, CB, Vanderbilt

Eric Wright established himself as a playmaker and a top-flight corner last season, and the Browns' new coaching staff seems high on Brandon McDonald, who struggled mightily on the other side but improved towards the end of the season. Moore is a bit undersized (5'8", 192) but has a knack for making the big play. He might be the best man cover corner in the draft and will initially be an ideal candidate to play in the slot in Cleveland.

37. Seahawks — Darius Butler, CB, Connecticut

Under new DC Gus Bradley, who comes from Tampa, the 'Hawks will play more Cover-2 in the secondary, so they will need corners who can tackle and support the run. That fits Marcus Trufant's style of play, but Kelly Jennings isn't really a fit. Butler isn't blindingly fast, but he closes quickly on the ball, is a good open field tackler, and is at his best in cloud-type coverages. He could contribute right away.

38. Bengals — William Beatty, T, Connecticut

Stacy Andrews left as a free agent. Levi Jones has been injury-prone and is reportedly on the trading block. If the Bengals don't get one of the premier pass blockers at the top of this draft, they may have to rely on G Andrew Whitworth sliding outside again. Beatty needs to add some bulk and lower-body strength, but he is athletic with good feet, a long reach, good balance and excellent lateral quickness in pass protection. Some scouts think he may be a late bloomer who is just coming into his own.

39. Jaguars — Alex Mack, C, California

Brad Meester is 31 and has missed 11 games the past two seasons. In his absence, Dennis Norman struggled, and as a result so did the Jacksonville running game. The Jags could find their next center starter in Mack, who started every game he ever played for the Bears. He's smart and can handle the line calls, plays with excellent leverage and balance, and is a high-effort guy who really impressed at the Senior Bowl.

40. Raiders — Patrick Chung, S, Oregon

Hiram Eugene, a former undrafted FA, finished '08 as the Oakland starter at FS. Former Texas star Michael Huff has been a huge disappointment. Chung is an ideal SS who is at his best near the line of scrimmage. He's very instinctive and has been described by some as a poor man's Bob Sanders. He was very productive for the Ducks and made over 50 career starts.

41. Packers — Ron Brace, NT, Boston College

Ryan Pickett has the size and girth at 330 pounds to man the middle, but durability may be an issue. Brace also plays at 330, and he may need a little fire lit under him at times, but he is ideally built to man the middle and be the two-gapping anchor for the Pack's new defense.

42. Bills — Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State

Derek Schouman is in more of a FB/H-back role now, and the disappointing Robert Royal was a cap casualty. Derek Fine is the top TE on the roster, but he's not the downfield receiving threat Buffalo needs to help QB Trent Edwards. Pettigrew didn't have the senior year he had hoped for due to an ankle injury, and his watch times don't indicate great vertical speed. But he was extremely productive with 112 catches in 47 career games for the Cowboys and averaged over 15 yards per catch as a junior. He is a strong blocker as well and is the most complete TE in this draft.

43. 49ers — Clint Sintim, OLB, Virginia

San Francisco hasn't had a double-digit sack guy in years, and last year's leader, Parys Haralson, had just eight. If the 49ers are to be successful in the 3-4, they need to generate more of a pass rush off the edge with their OLBs. Sintim may be limited in coverage, but he has the quickness and speed to make plays in the backfield (70 plays behind the LOS in college, including 27 sacks). He could move inside eventually but has the skills to contribute right away as a pass-rush specialist for the Niners.

44. Dolphins (from Washington) — Brian Robiskie, WR, Ohio State

Robiskie is a high-character kid, the son of a coach (which Bill Parcells will love) and a polished receiver who blocks, fights to stay on his feet, runs good routes and has reliable hands. He ran faster than most scouts expected this offseason as well. He gives the Fins a player who can align in the slot or out on the perimeter and could eventually take over a starting role if either Ted Ginn or Davone Bess doesn't pan out.

45. Giants (from New Orleans) — Donald Brown, RB, Connecticut

Brandon Jacobs is a big, physical workhorse who is coming off back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons. But he hasn't played a full 16-game season since he was a rookie in 2005, and there is no guarantee that the smaller, quicker Ahmad Bradshaw can be anything more than a change-of-pace back. The Giants are used to a three-back system and need another back in the mix to cover their bases. Brown is a Tiki Barber clone who has outside speed and enough leg drive and power to run inside. He can also serve as a valuable receiver out of the backfield.

46. Texans — Shonn Greene, RB, Iowa

Steve Slaton is a small, speedy back with great versatility, but he can't be expected to carry the load, particularly in short-yardage and goal-line situations. The Texans need a bigger back who can hold up better in those situations and limit the wear and tear on Slaton. Greene is a Jon Stewart type of back who can run with speed and power and will be a strong complement to Slaton.

47. Patriots (from San Diego) — Jarron Gilbert, DE, San Jose State

Gilbert has the ideal size and build to play end in the 3-4. He is comfortable shooting gaps to get to the QB and has the strength and explosiveness to do so successfully. He reminds scouts of Ty Warren, another player who has been productive in the Pats' system. New England had just 31 sacks last season, and Gilbert has the ability and versatility to contribute in any number of roles.

48. Broncos (from Texans) — Sean Smith, CB, Utah

The Broncos signed CB Andre Goodman, S Renaldo Hill and S Brian Dawkins, but all are 30 or older. Champ Bailey is no spring chicken, either. A hybrid corner/safety is needed and Smith has the ability to play in both spots. He has long arms, is good in press coverage and tracks the ball well in the air.

49. Bears — Juaquin Iglesias, WR, Oklahoma

Devin Hester is making significant strides in his second full offseason as a receiver, but he's still not a true No. 1. Second-year player Earl Bennett has been slow to learn the offense — though he may improve with Jay Cutler, his former college QB, on the squad — and Rashied Davis is a No. 3 at best. The Bears could use a bigger, more physical receiver who can occupy space in the short middle and allow TE Greg Olsen to run more vertical routes that take advantage of his speed. Iglesias is a smooth route runner with reliable hands who is fearless over the middle. He also ran a faster 40 than expected and could bring some value in the return game.

50. Browns (from Tampa Bay) — Chase Coffman, TE, Missouri

Coffman had 250 receptions and 30 touchdowns in his Tigers career. He's 6'5", and though he only ran a 4.8, he's proven to be productive. And his dad played in the NFL, so he knows what it's all about. The Browns like Steve Heiden, but they need to replace at least some of the catches they lost when they traded away Kellen Winslow, especially with their receiving corps depleted at this point.

51. Cowboys — Derrick Williams, WR, Penn State

Jerry Jones is very excited about the prospects for youngsters Miles Austin and Isaiah Stanbeck, but the receiving corps is far from a finished product. Roy Williams hasn't proven himself as a true No. 1 receiver, in Detroit or Dallas, and Patrick Crayton is best suited to play in the slot as the No. 3 receiver. Williams showed 4.3 speed at his pro day workout, and though he needs to improve his route running, he can be a playmaker as a receiver and return man.

52. Jets — Rashad Jennings, RB, Liberty

Thomas Jones will be 31 before the season starts and he's angling for a new deal, so the Jets have to be looking for who's next. Leon Washington should begin seeing a bigger role this season, but the offense will need a power back to work in tandem with him. Jennings is a former Pitt transfer who had a great week at the Senior Bowl. He's a straight power runner who will run through tacklers and gain yards after contact and has developed into a capable receiver out of the backfield. The Jets have many other needs on both lines, but there is no one who provides value for this pick at those positions. The Jets have put themselves in a position to take the best player available on occasion, and this is it.

53. Eagles — James Casey, TE, Rice

Brent Celek had 19 catches in three postseason games last season and started seven regular-season contests for the injured L.J. Smith, who signed a free-agent contract with Baltimore. Celek is a capable receiver but not a real vertical threat on the seam route. Casey had 138 catches at Rice and though he only ran a 4.7 in postseason workouts, he's athletic and a fairly polished receiver who can threaten down the middle of the field.

54. Vikings — Phil Loadholt, T, Oklahoma

Bryant McKinnie's off-field issues and Ryan Cook's inconsistency should have the Vikings thinking about who their cornerstone tackles of the future might be. The O-line has been very good for several years, but Minnesota needs to have the next generation ready to go in the next couple years. Loadholt is a hard-working player and a strong run blocker.

55. Falcons — Louis Delmas, S, Western Michigan

Lawyer Milloy is gone, and though youngsters Thomas DeCoud, Antoine Harris and Jamaal Fudge will all get a chance to compete, the Falcons may want to see if a player with more upside presents himself in the middle rounds of the draft. Delmas is a leader and high-character guy who has played corner and can play in deep half-field coverage. He's also a solid hitter and a good wrap tackler in the open field.

56. Dolphins — Max Unger, C-G, Oregon

The offseason signings of Jake Grove and Joe Berger will help solidify the interior O-line, but Samson Satele has been traded, Justin Smiley is coming off multiple surgeries and Donald Thomas is an unproven sixth-round pick in just his second season, so depth is thin. Unger showed great versatility in playing T and C in college, and even lined up at G during Senior Bowl practices. He's better-suited to play inside at the next level and his versatility will endear him to Bill Parcells.

57. Ravens — Jared Cook, TE, South Carolina

Todd Heap has been a shell of his former Pro Bowl self in recent seasons due to multiple injuries, but he has also struggled to find a comfort level in Cam Cameron's offensive scheme. Quinn Sypniewski is a blocking TE, so the Ravens are in need of a receiving threat at the position. They signed L.J. Smith as a free agent, but he has been plagued by injuries in recent seasons. Cook is raw but he has 4.4 speed and can fly down the middle of the field.

58. Patriots — Rashad Johnson, S, Alabama

James Sanders was re-signed and Brandon Merriweather is developing as a player, but both are more comfortable as in-the-box players and gave up too many big plays in coverage last year. And even if Rodney Harrison returns, he will be a liability in deep coverage. The Pats need a player with some range in the secondary. Johnson has that and plays with good instincts in coverage. He's got a great work ethic and strikes us as a Patriots type of guy.

59. Panthers — Lawrence Sidbury, DE, Richmond

Julius Peppers is in the driver's seat in his stalemate with the Panthers. He has a short list of teams he'll accept a trade to, and he won't sign his franchise tender until a deal is in place with a team he likes. Carolina won't give him away, though, so they have to prepare for a holdout and life without their sack leader. Sidbury is a high-effort guy who will work for sacks. He will remind Jets fans of Hugh Douglas; a guy with great quickness and explosiveness but also someone who can play with good power and leverage against bigger blockers.

60. Giants — Marcus Freeman, OLB, Ohio State

The Giants did a magnificent job of bolstering their defensive front, which will make everyone behind them better. But Antonio Pierce's replacement needs to be in place, and while Michael Boley is a nice player on the weak side, an upgrade over Danny Clark at the Sam wouldn't be bad. Freeman is an instinctive defender who finds the ball and flies quickly to the ballcarrier. He shows good speed and agility in coverage and can get deep into his drops. He's one of the better all-around players at his position in this draft, an excellent special teams player and a tough competitor.

61. Colts — Paul Kruger, DE, Utah

Dwight Freeney will be 30 soon and has had durability issues the past two seasons. Raheem Brock is already 30 and may have to move inside in some situations if not full-time. The Colts defense is based on getting pressure from the front four, and they need another rusher who can get to the QB off the edge. Kruger isn't a great athlete but he is a high-effort player, competitive, and he likes to attack the QB, which fits the Indy defense. He's best when attacking off the edge, which also fits the scheme.

62. Titans — Fili Moala, DT, Southern Cal

The immediate reaction is that Tennessee must replace Albert Haynesworth. The truth is that Jeff Fisher and company have assembled a young, aggressive, versatile stable of D-linemen. The Titans D-line recorded 31 sacks a year ago, not including Haynesworth's numbers. What they lack is some size to plug in on run downs — only Kevin Vickerson weighs in over 300 pounds. Moala, the cousin of Haloti Ngata, is a 300-pounder and a hard-working player who has the size and strength to collapse the interior running lanes.

63. Cardinals — LeSean McCoy, RB, Pittsburgh

Edgerrin James is expected to be released and J.J. Arrington signed a free-agent deal with Denver, leaving Tim Hightower as the only starting-caliber back on the roster. Arizona signed Jason Wright to provide depth and play on special teams, but the Cards need an inside-outside runner who can also serve as a receiver out of the backfield. McCoy runs with more power between the tackles than his size would indicate, and he's an excellent receiver, which means he could find a role on third downs as a rookie.

64. Steelers — Mike Thomas, WR, Arizona

Santonio Holmes and Hines Ward are Pittsburgh's only experienced starters, and while Limas Sweed will step into the No. 3 role, the Steelers need to replace the deep threat they lost in Nate Washington. Thomas lacks ideal size but can work effectively out of the slot, and his 4.3 speed lends itself to an ability to stretch the field vertically. He also has return skills and will remind fans of Antwan Randle El.

Next week: Real's final Round 1 mock draft.

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