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Monday, April 25, 2011

SKOHRboard & Stangs League 2011 NFL Mock Draft: Picks 49-52

It's NFL Draft week!  This is the week that we have all been waiting months for.  Back in January when your team's season ended, this week seemed to be light years away, well it's finally here.  It's time to really dig into the draft data and figure out who you want your team to pick and who you want them to avoid.  We've been trying our best to help you with that quest and today marks the 12th Day of the SKOHRboard & Stangs League 2011 NFL Mock Draft.  There'll be four more picks today and the next three days until the real thing kicks off.  

We have highly qualified NFL experts who have each been assigned the role of temporary GM for several NFL teams and we will go through the first two rounds selecting the best players for our respective teams.  While you follow along, I'd like to urge you to give us your feedback and please feel free to lobby for your respective team's GM to pick whatever player you feel is best suited to them.

Here are the GMs for each team.

Dikembe Mutombo - Seattle, Carolina, Cleveland, Detroit, San Diego, Atlanta, Green Bay
Justin! - Minnesota, Denver, San Francisco, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, New Orleans
Joel - New York (G), Buffalo, Tennessee, Miami, Kansas City, Chicago, Oakland
Jeremy - Pittsburgh, Houston, Cincinnati, Dallas, Jacksonville, Indianapolis, 
SKOHR -  Philadelphia, Arizona, Washington, Baltimore, New England, New York (J)

>>SKOHRboard & Stangs Mock Draft 2011, Jacksonville Jaguars
Round 2 Pick #17 (49), Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia<<
by Jeremy 

There aren't many players on this defense that couldn't be upgraded. The Safeties are admittedly worse, but the talent at this point in the draft is stronger at Corner. Dowling was a potential first-rounder before last season, but injuries kept him down. He is a three-year starter and still managed second-team all-ACC despite playing in only five games. Dowling has the potential to do well in the Jags' zone schemes. Also good for the Jaguars, he can step in at free safety (easily their worst position) should they continue to draft the CB/S combo players that this draft seems to be offering.

>>SKOHRboard & Stangs Mock Draft 2011, San Diego Chargers 
Round 2 Pick #18 (50), Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami<<
by Dikembe Mutombo 

San Diego may not be able to keep Vincent Jackson after this season, so it may be time to look for his replacement. Chargers GM AJ Smith loves big WR's (Vincent Jackson, Malcolm Floyd) and Hankerson somewhat fits that mold. He is taller at 6'3 and has long arms and strong hands. And like Jackson, he can come down with some big plays downfield by going up and making catches at the ball's highest point. He isnt great at getting separation and breaking press coverage, so that is the big knock on him. But San Diego will need to get another WR and Hankerson has 1st round talent but has fallen right into Philip Rivers' lap.

>>SKOHRboard & Stangs Mock Draft 2011, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
Round 2 Pick #19 (51), Bruce Carter, LB, North Carolina <<
by Justin!

Tampa has already addressed one glaring need by getting a rush DE in Aldon Smith. More importantly, Aldon Smith is the perfect kind of DE for the famed Tampa 2. Round 2 finds Tampa in a similarly fortuitous situation: the perfect OLB is waiting for their defense. Carter is a clear #3 in his position behind Von Miller and Akeem Ayers, but he has fantastic sideline-to-sideline range, and if you are taking a shot in the draft every time an analyst says a prospect has "good hips," you might want to get a bottle ready before this pick goes in. His range will go a long way to keeping him on the field all three downs, plus his size and experience blocking punts (6 career blocks at UNC) make him valuable on special teams, too. Carter is also one of those first-off-the-bus guys that is completely rocked up, and that is always nice to have for the intimidation factor. Tampa desperately needed to address the front seven, and while it will certainly be a necessity to address CB later, these two selections will result in instant upgrades and probably starters by the end of the season

>>SKOHRboard & Stangs Mock Draft 2011, New York Giants 
Round 2 Pick #20 (52), Mason Foster, LB, Washington <<
by Joel 

The quintessential 4-3 OLB, Foster had a very productive career in the Pac-10 with 8 forced fumbles, 8.5 sacks, and 21.5 tackles for loss in his final two years. He gives the Giants the SAM LB they have been looking for and he has the skill set and instincts to be a starter from day one. Jerry Reese couldn't be happier with this pick.

So far the SKOHRboard & Stangs League 2011 NFL Mock Draft looks like this

#1 Carolina - Cam Newton, QB, Auburn
#2 Denver - Marcel Dareus, DT, Alabama
#3 Buffalo - Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M
#4 Cincinnati - AJ Green, WR, Georgia
#5 Arizona - Blaine Gabbert, QB, Missouri
#6 Cleveland - Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU
#7 San Francisco - Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska
#8 Tennessee - Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
#9 Dallas - Tyron Smith, OT, USC
#10 Washington - Jake Locker, QB, Washington 
#11 Houtson - Cameron Jordan, DE, California
#12 Minnesota - Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
#13 Detroit - Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado
#14 St. Louis - Julio Jones, WR, Alabama
#15 Miami - Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
#16 Jacksonville - Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina
#17 New England - JJ Watt, DE, Wisconsin
#18 San Diego - Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
#19 New York Giants - Mike Pouncey, OG, Florida
#20 Tampa Bay - Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri
#21 Kansas City - Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College
#22 Indianapolis - Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin 
#23 Philadelphia - Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA
#24 New Orleans - Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama
#25 Seattle - Nate Solder, OT, Colorado
#26 Baltimore - Justin Houston, OLB, Georgia
#27 Atlanta - Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame
#28 New England - Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State
#29 Chicago - Danny Watkins, OG, Baylor
#30 New York Jets - Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple

#31 Pittsburgh - Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
#32 Green Bay - Brooks Reed, OLB, Arizona

#1(33) New England - Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State
#2(34) Buffalo - Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada
#3(35) Cincinnati - Andy Dalton, QB, TCU
#4(36) Denver - Corey Liuget, DT, Illnois
#5(37) Cleveland - Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa
#6(38) Arizona - Martez Wilson, OLB, Illnois
#7(39) Tennessee - Christian Ponder, QB, Florida St.
#8(40) Dallas - Rahim Moore, S, UCLA
#8(41) Washington - Jon Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh
#9(42) Houston - Brandon Harris, CB, Miami
#10(43) Minnesota - Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State
#11(44) Detroit - Ben Ijalana, OT, Villanova
#12(45) San Francisco -Phil Taylor, DT, Baylor
#13(46) Denver - Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh
#14(47) St. Louis - Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky
#15(48) Oakland - Stefan Wisniewski, OC, Penn State
#17(49) Jacksonville - Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia
#18(50) San Diego - Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami
#19(51) Tampa Bay - Bruce Carter, LB, UNC
#20(52) New York (G) - Mason Foster, LB, Washington

Tomorrow we'll have

#21(53) Indianapolis - Jeremy
#22(54) Philadelphia - SKOHR
#23(55) Kansas City - Joel
#24(56) New Orleans - Justin!

Stay tuned to SKOHRboard for more mock draft action every day until the NFL Draft kicks off on April 28th.   

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