Football Insiders’ NFL Mock Draft Round Two


The Football Insiders team put our heads together and went pick for pick through the first and second rounds to come up with our mock draft.  Here are the picks from the second round and the explanations beneath them.  To see who was selected in the first round, click here. 
33. Tennessee Titans- Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota-
It’s an unwritten rule: If you lead off the draft with a quarterback, you have to follow up by giving him someone to throw the ball to. And although Tennessee has a greater need at wide receiver, there is better value here at tight end with Williams. He has a chance to be the NFL’s next great pass-catching tight end, and along with Delanie Walker would give the Titans the best tight end tandem in the league. Ken Whisenhunt knows how to utilize two pass-catching tight ends, as he showed in San Diego in 2013 with Antonio Gates and Ladarius Green.
by Michael Lombardo
34. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Owamagbe Odighizuwa, Edge, UCLA-

They just acquired DE George Johnson from the Detroit Lions and he may give them some needed production, but Lovie Smith’s defense is dependent on great disruption from his front four and the Bucs did not get it last season and the defense suffered because of it.  Look for them to find the best option they can find at the top of the second round.  Odighizuwa was active up front for Jim Mora’s defense and what the doctor ordered for Lovie’s as well.

by Jeff Carlson
35.  Oakland Raiders- Ereck Flowers, OT, Miami-

Flowers is the top player left on my board, and although the need for offensive tackle isn’t incredibly pressing, I’m not sure a team is going to win long term with the caliber of players Oakland has there. Flowers steps in as a Day 1 starter and allows the team to shift some players around and have a much better starting five.
by Michael Schottey
36.  Jacksonville Jaguars- Eli Harold, Edge, Virginia
The Jaguars have maximized value in this draft in their first two picks as they snatched arguably the best player in the draft in Leonard Williams, and now a good fit for their Leo position in Eli Harold.  Harold’s primary focus will be to rush the passer and with the talent that Jacksonville is collecting all over their defensive line, he will have a great chance to succeed.
by Charlie Bernstein
37. New York Jets- Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA-
The New York Jets may be tempted to select Marcus Mariota with the sixth overall pick, but in our mock draft, we have them going offensive line. Surely in the second round they will go quarterback, right? UCLA product Brett Hundley is on the board and he’s too good to pass up here. Although Geno Smith is just entering his third season, he’s thrown more interceptions (34) than touchdowns (25). However, New York did obtain veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick via trade, but he’s certainly not the long-term solution. Outside of Winston and Mariota, Hundley is clearly the next guy up. Hundley is listed at 6-foot-3, 226 pounds. Considering that size, he’s able to stand tall in the pocket and endure the rigorous task of the position at the next level. He finished his UCLA career as the all-time leader in touchdowns (75) and total yards (11,677).
by Mark Gunnels
38. Washington Redskins- Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon-
The Redskins desperately need help on the offensive line, where they ranked among the worst teams in the league last year at protecting their passer. After passing on some of the higher rated tackles at fifth overall, they’re thrilled to scoop a first-round-graded bookend for their line at the beginning of the second round.
by Devon Jeffreys
39. Chicago Bears- Lorenzo Mauldin, Edge, Louisville-
Everything is setting up for Mauldin to land in Chicago. The Bears are transitioning to a 3-4 and need the personnel to do it. Former Louisville assistant Clint Hurtt is the Bears’ outside linebackers coach, giving he and Mauldin an established working relationship. A perfect arrangement.
by Alex Hickey
40. New York Giants- Damarious Randall, S, Arizona State-
The Giants are about as barren at the safety position as it gets after losing out in their pursuit of Devin McCourty and watching Antrel Rolle sign with Chicago. This draft is incredibly weak at the position and there won’t be many chances to improve significantly here, but Randall, the best coverage safety in the class, is a clear upgrade.
by Devon Jeffreys
41. St. Louis Rams- Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor-
The Rams did trade for Nick Foles, but he is only under contract for one year. Petty give the Rams a quarterback who can sit for a year and develop before he is asked for significant time on the field. Petty is one of the best arm talents in the draft and when he can drop back in rhythm, not many are better.
by John Owning
42. Atlanta Falcons- Tevin Coleman,  RB, Indiana-
With how many great running backs there are in this draft, it comes down to what flavor you like best. The Falcons need someone who can carry load and be a “bell cow” type of back, which is exactly what Coleman is. He is a home run threat every time he touches the ball, but he also has can be a very valuable pass protector. Coleman gives the Falcons a dynamic option in the backfield, which will give defenses something to worry about outside of Matt Ryan’s arm.
by John Owning
43- Cleveland Browns- Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State-
The value of getting a player with the upside of McKinney supercedes other needs for the Cleveland Browns. The real need at linebacker is on the outside, but McKinney is simply too talented to pass on with the 43rd overall pick. It also adds depth and a future star in the waiting with Karlos Dansby entering his 12th season and turning 34 this upcoming November. McKinney and 2014 rookie Chris Kirksey could become a very dominate duo on the inside for years to come in Cleveland. Questions around McKinney’s ability to cover remain an unknown, but he makes up for it with his knack for finding the ball carrier and pressuring the quarterback. Mike Pettine will love getting his hands on McKinney and maximize his potential.
by Bo Marchionte
44. New Orleans Saints- Mario Edwards, Jr., DT, Florida State-
The Saints defense needs help across the board and Mario Edwards was a late riser in the draft process.  The early entry defensive tackle can play in either a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme, and he will be an immediate starter for Rob Ryan’s defense.
by Charlie Bernstein
45. Minnesota Vikings- Shaq Thompson, LB, Washington-
The Vikings have struggled to get consistent production from their inside linebackers over the last couple years. Thompson, who played inside and outside last season (not to mention his contributions on offense), would add speed, versatility and play-making ability to a defense in dire need of all those attributes. He is also a demon on special teams, which only adds to his ability to contribute as a rookie.
by Michael Lombardo
46. San Francisco 49ers- Stephone Anthony, ILB, Clemson-
The 49ers have been ravaged by retirement this offseason and a position that was a huge strength is now an enormous weakness.  Stephone Anthony is an active inside linebacker who figures to start from Week 1.
by Charlie Bernstein
47. Miami Dolphins- Duke Johnson, RB, Miami-
It seems like a simple fit, but the Dolphins need a running back and Duke Johnson was an elite football player who played his college ball in the same stadium.  Johnson is clearly the most talented Miami running back since the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and he will give the Dolphins a more balanced offense.
by Charlie Bernstein
48. San Diego Chargers- Nate Orchard, Edge, Utah-
It seems like this position has been an area of need for the Chargers ever since Shawne Merriman was caught juicing. The need is especially strong heading into this year’s draft, as the Chargers lost Jarret Johnson (retirement) and Dwight Freeney (free agency) earlier this offseason. Orchard, who posted 18.5 sacks as a senior, would give San Diego the edge rush it desperately needs. Plus, pairing Orchard with Melvin Ingram would give defensive coordinator John Pagano endless options for exotic blitzes.
by Michael Lombardo
49. Kansas City Chiefs- Eric Rowe, FS, Utah-
For a team that ranked second in pass defense in 2014, the Kansas City Chiefs were tied for last in interceptions. This is part of the reason why it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Chiefs add some depth to their secondary. Espcially considering the unknown factor of how Eric Berry will return from cancer. Utah product Eric Rowe is someone the Chiefs should target in the second round. Rowe started three years at free safety before moving to cornerback this past season. That type of flexibility is something organizations covet. Rowe is listed at 6-foot-1, 205 pounds.
by Mark Gunnels
50. Buffalo Bills- Laken Tomlinson, OG, Duke-
The Bills paid a price for making a deal to move up for Sammy Watkins last year — no picks in the Top 49. A QB would be nice, but they won’t find him this deep. It’s no secret this will be a run-first team, and an improved interior line is needed for Shady McCoy to shine in Buffalo. Tomlinson can provide that.
by Alex Hickey
51. Houston Texans- Devin Funchess, TE/WR, Michigan-
Houston is not in a real position to address their pressing need at quarterback so they are simply going to get better everywhere else.  The Texans offense has been missing a tight end threat since Owen Daniels left and Devin Funchess can be more of a weapon than Daniels was.
by Charlie Bernstein
52. Philadelphia Eagles- Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami-
This is the ideal scenario for the Eagles. They get the backend defender they need in round one and a late first round wide receiver talent is still on the board when the draft comes back around to them. Dorsett makes up for his lack of size with speed to burn, projects as a perfect fit in Chip Kelly’s offense and gives Philly the deep threat they’ve lacked since DeSean Jackson’s departure.
by Devon Jeffreys
53. Cincinnati Bengals- Cedric Ogbuehi, OT, Texas A & M-
This pick is made with an eye towards 2016. Andrew Whitworth is the oldest starting left tackle in the league (34) and entering the final year of his contract. While he is still playing at a high level, there is no guarantee the Bengals will be able to re-sign him next offseason, as Cincinnati has several other core players who are also in contract years. Ogbuehi has the quickness and light feet to develop into an elite blindside tackle for years to come.
by Michael Lombardo
54. Detroit Lions- Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State-
The Lions perpetually need help in their secondary and FSU’s Ronald Darby projects to be a very good zone cornerback.  Darby may not have the measureables of teammate P.J. Williams, but he was a better, more productive collegiate player and will be better on the next level.
by Charlie Bernstein
55. Arizona Cardinals- Hau’oli Kikaha, Edge, Washington-
The Cardinals don’t have many players who can get after the quarterback on a consistent basis, so who better to grab than the guy who led college football in sacks, Hau’oli Kikaha.  He has one of the most diverse pass-rush repertoire in the draft and he really uses his hands well. He’d be a great option to come off the edge for the Cardinals.
by John Owning
56. Pittsburgh Steelers- Jacquiski Tartt, S, Samford-
It is the changing of the guard in Pittsburgh secondary. Longtime Steelers’ Troy Polamalu and Ike Taylor entered the league together (2004)and exit the NFL together after each announcing their retirement this spring. The first round consisted of Pittsburgh selecting LSU Tigers defensive back Jalen Collins, and Pittsburgh’s second round pick welcomes much needed Jaquiski Tartt and his intimating style of play at safety. The Samford product will aim to duplicate the void left by Polamalu’s departure from professional football. Tartt is one of the most physical players in the entire draft and has underrated ball-hawking ability.
by Bo Marchionte
57. Carolina Panthers- Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State-
Carolina’s defense lost its bite once Greg Hardy was placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List. With Smith in the fold, the Panthers can get back to the attacking-style defense that coach Ron Rivera prefers. Smith is a strong run defender and a versatile pass rusher, with experience rushing from both ends and inside. He isn’t particularly explosive off the edge, but he is coming off a nine-sack season against SEC competition, which shows he can get the job done.
by Mike Lombardo
58. Baltimore Ravens- P.J. Williams, CB, Florida State-
The Ravens are ecstatic about landing Williams with the 58th overall pick in the draft. Williams has first round talent but his April 3rd DUI charge places him under speculation considering his hit-and-run incident last October. Ravens’ GM Ozzie Newsome knows the talent Williams possesses and the need to find another quality cornerback and rolls the dice on the former Florida State Seminoles star. Williams has the desired size (6-foot-0, 196 pounds) for the position and is not afraid to show up in run support.
by Bo Marchionte
59. Denver Broncos- Marcus Peters, CB, Washington-
You don’t normally see a guy who’s arguably the best player at his position available this late. Peters possesses good size at the cornerback position, standing at 6-foot, 197 pounds. Peters snatched down 11 interceptions in his three years at Washington, and in his last two seasons Peters allowed just 38.1 percent of the passes against him to be completed and had 24 passes defended. The reason Peters stock has dipped is because of his character issues. He was dismissed from the Huskies football team after multiple run-ins with the coaching staff, which has raised a red flag. However, in the Broncos case, they had the 9th ranked pass defense in 2014, led by corners Aqib Talib and Chris Harris. Assuming Peters gets his act together, he could help the Broncos secondary become even more special than it already is. This pick is a classic case of taking the best player available.
by Mark Gunnels
60. Dallas Cowboys- T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama-
With DeMarco Murray gone, the Cowboys desperately need a running back who can play all three downs, which is exactly what T.J. Yeldon can do. He is an elusive running back with fantastic vision who understands the nuances of playing running back.  Yeldon would be an immediate favorite for Offensive Rookie of the Year behind Dallas’ offensive line.
by John Owning
61. Indianapolis Colts- Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma-
The Colts were considering Jordan Phillips in the first round and you can imagine their excitement when he was on the board at the end of Round 2.  Indianapolis needs help up front and Phillips offers just that, as they try to fill some giant holes on the defense.
by Charlie Bernstein
62. Green Bay Packers- Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State-
Another potential first round pick that dropped, the Packers and Ted Thompson can replace B.J. Raji with Goldman, a player with greater upside.  Most of the Packers holes are nullified by the great Aaron Rodgers, and they don’t have to have a dominant defense to win, just an average one.  Eddie Goldman should help make the defensive line respectable.
by Charlie Bernstein
63. Seattle Seahawks- A.J. Cann, OG, South Carolina-
Seattle would be thrilled if Cann fell this far, allowing GM John Schneider to steal him with his first pick in the draft. After losing LG James Carpenter to the Jets and trading C Max Unger to the Saints for Jimmy Graham, the Seahawks definitely need to bring in some reinforcements for the interior offensive line. Cann has the power and durability to fit right in with the über-physical Seahawks.
by Mike Lombardo
64. New England Patriots- Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (OH)-
No team will admit that they make “need selections”, but all of them do it.  The Patriots lost Brandon Browner and most importantly Darrelle Revis this offseason and they desperately need cornerback help.  Quinten Rollins will likely struggle early on, but he has the athleticism to become a very good player.
by Charlie Bernstein

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