Our writers continue their group Mock Draft with Round 2. Following the flurry of trades in Round 1 the complexion of the second round has changed, read on to see how the trades in the first round have affected the choices in round 2. You can remind yourself how the first round went down via the below link 2016 NFL Draft: RealSport Writers Roundtable – Round 1 Mock Draft Let’s crack on with round 2 2 -1 Cleveland Browns picked by NFL Editor David Pruett Mackensie Alexander – CB, Clemson Cleveland again focus on the defense early in the draft, taking the best remaining player in the defensive backfield. Alexander will team with a returning Joe Haden and immediately make the secondary a strength of the team. 2-2 Tennessee Titans picked by NFL Editor, David Pruett Michael Thomas – WR, Ohio State Tennessee rightly focused on protecting Marcus Mariota in round one and now they look to give him someone to throw to. Thomas has been rising fast up draft boards and offers a better target in terms of size than other available WR like Corey Coleman and Will Fuller. 2-3 Dallas Cowboys picked by College Football Expert, Rebecca Rennie Emmanuel Ogbah – EDGE, Oklahoma State After passing an a defender, and specifically an edge rusher in round one, the Cowboys are still able to get a very talented player in Ogbah, a physical specimen with big upside and two years of outstanding production. It helps that he’s a high character guy as well. Taking both these picks together, it’s a successful start to the draft, and arguably a better duo to have than a Bosa/Henry combo for example, a common media pairing projected to the team. 2-4 San Diego Chargers picked by Senior Staff Writer, Toby Durant Robert Nkemdiche – DT, Ole Miss Ah Robert Nkemdiche. He might be the most talented player in this draft, but character concerns and some slack play on the field mean he is probably a day 2 prospect. Still, the Chargers need more talent on their defensive line so the risk is worth the benefits a motivated and focused Nkemdiche could bring. 2-5 Baltimore Ravens picked by Assistant NFL Editor, Remy Cabache William Jackson III – CB, Houston This is an absolute steal for the Ravens. I have Jackson ranked as my 16th best player and he is the 3rd corner on my board. CB is a huge need for the Ravens and now, with Eric Weddle, William Jackson III and Myles Jack inserted into the lineup the Ravens defense looks to be getting back to it’s more familiar imposing self. 2-6 San Francisco 49ers picked by Staff Writer, Tom Parry-Jones Corey Coleman – WR, Baylor Regardless of whether it’s Kaepernick, Gabbert or a rookie QB under center for San Francisco in week 1, the 49ers need to surround their signal caller with talented receivers. Coleman doesn’t necessarily have the size needed to play out wide, but with his pace as a slot receiver and decent jumping ability, he’s an absolute steal at the top of the second round. 2-7 Jacksonville Jaguars picked by Staff Writer, Thomas Clapham Jordan Jenkins – OLB, Georgia The Jags pick up a plug in and play linebacker, pure and simple, He is extremely strong and while not a pass rusher, he is an edge setter. With the Jaguars remade front, he will be asked to make tackles, not rush the passer, and we know he can do that. He is very smart and exceptionally tough, and was a team captain meaning he is a natural leader. 2-8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers picked by NFL Editor, Gur Samuel Su’a Cravens – S, Southern California Safety may not be the biggest need for the Bucs, but it’s certainly an area they can stand to upgrade, and Cravens brings too much to the table to pass up. Cravens could fulfil multiple roles for the Bucs, not only as a traditional strong safety, but also as someone in nickel packages can come down and present the triple threat of run-stopping, coverage and pass rush that once upon a time the vaunted tampa defenses of old relied so heavily on Ronde Barber to provide. Let’s not forget too that, once upon a time, Tampa Bay were the only team who had an answer to Michael Vick at the peak of his powers in Derrick Brooks. Cravens may give the team the QB spy who can do the same to Cam Newton. 2-9 Houston Texans (from New York Giants) picked by NFL Editor, David Pruett Will Fuller – WR, Notre Dame Houston have invested heavily in free agency bringing in Lamar Miller and Brock Osweiler to upgrade their anaemic offense. The best thing to do for a new QB is to invest in new weapons for him. While Deandre Hopkins is a legitimate top 5 WR he could do with someone to shoulder some of the burden – enter Will Fuller. The speedster from Notre Dame will provide the deep threat needed to help expose the intermediate areas that Hopkins thrives in. 2-10 San Francisco 49ers (from Chicago Bears) picked by Staff Writer, Tom Parry-Jones Scooby Wright III – LB, Arizona A former All-American and Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, Wright may not be the highest rated linebacker in this year’s draft class, but he fills a need for the 49ers in the middle of their linebacking corps. He has the instincts to meet the ballcarrier at the point of attack and has great form in the tackle. 2-11 Miami Dolphins picked by Assistant NFL Editor, Remy Cabache Germain Ifedi – OG, Texas A&M As I mentioned with their previous pick, o-line has been and still is a big need for the Dolphins. They now have another tackle, so time to improve the interior. It’s become a formality that the Aggies will have an o-lineman drafted high in the draft, Ifedi is just the next guy up. He has excellent physical tools and can be a guard or a right tackle. He’ll be a key piece for this o-line for a long time. 2-12 Tennessee Titans (from Eagles via Rams) picked by NFL Editor, David Pruett Chris Jones – DL, Mississippi State Titans fans are very pleased to see Jones falling to them here. The former Bulldog is a powerful athlete with good feet and the size to hold up inside at the NFL level in a gap scheme. He will help immediately. 2-13 Oakland Raiders picked by Staff Writer, Tom Parry-Jones Derrick Henry – RB, Alabama Henry is a tall, powerful running back with the ability to blow open even the smallest hole. He did well to come back from a broken leg in 2013, and then topped off his college career with the Heisman Trophy in 2015. This guy could be the Raiders’ bellcow running back for years to come. 2-14 Tennessee Titans (from Rams) picked by NFL Editor, David Pruett Leonard Floyd – EDGE, Georgia The joy of having multiple picks high in the draft is you have the flexibility to fill needs and also go BPA when the opportunity arises. Floyd has an extremely high ceiling, with incredible athleticism but needs to develop some bulk. Tennessee pulls the trigger here and hopes he can blossom into a 15 sack player. 2-15 New York Jets (from Detroit Lions) picked by Assistant NFL Editor, Remy Cabache Kamalei Correa – EDGE, Boise St. The Jets have bolstered their offensive line, so time to get after the other teams. The Jets have lacked an intimidating edge rush for several years now so it’s about time they go after edge rushers high. Not only is Correa that, but he is one of my best players available. He is an explosive athlete and an incredibly high effort player, he is a little raw as far as technique is concerned, but he can get away with that as he develops thanks to his abilities. 2-16 Houston Texans (from New York Giants via New Orleans) picked by NFL Editor, David Pruett Keanu Neal – S, Florida As strong as Houston are on defense they do have weaknesses and look to address one here with the hard hitting Florida Safety. They will also consider LB and Corner here but opt for the greater versatility that Neal can provide in both the run and passing games. 2-17 Indianapolis Colts picked by College Football Expert, Rebecca Rennie Shon Coleman – OT, Auburn Coleman has starting left tackle qualities, and were he not a little older, and limited by injuries this off-season, he’d be in contention for the first round. He has natural size, length and power to excel on the edge. For the Colts, the left side of the line is in place, so Coleman would slot in at right tackle, allowing Mewhort to shitf inside to his more natural position of guard, improving two spots at once. Luck had to wait an extra round, but gets a much needed boost to his protection up front. 2-18 Buffalo Bills picked by Staff Writer, Thomas Clapham Vernon Butler – DT, Louisiana Tech The Bills continue to rebuild their defensive line, making up for the losses, with an extremely athletic player in Butler. He has long arms and is both quick and strong. Uses his athleticism too much sometimes, but with his relentless motor, he is still playing hard when others are getting tired. Is great at shedding blocks, and is able to cope with double teams while still making space for the linebackers. Paired alongside Marcell Dareus, look for him to make an early impact with him seeing the single blocking, Has potential to be a pro bowl player. 2-19 Atlanta Falcons picked by Senior Staff Writer, Toby Durant Nick Martin – C/OG, Notre Dame The Falcons still need help looking getting the interior blocked up. While Nick Martin isn’t the prospect his brother Zack – now a star RG for the Cowboys – is Nick is still a good, athletic blocker and capable of playing center or guard, giving the Falcons some flexibility to move pieces around and find the best combination along the line. 2-20 Detroit Lions (from New York Jets) picked by Editor-in-Chief, Gur Samuel Austin Johnson – DL, Penn State The Lions DL sorely missed Suh and Fairley last season. Ziggy Ansah is everything the Lions hoped, but he sorely needs help on the defensive line. Enter Johnson. He’s not going to be an elite pass rusher, but he will be able to contribute immediately to the DT rotation. Johnson can line up in either DT spot and be a huge boost to the depth of the unit, which was sorely lacking when Haloti Ngata missed time with injury last season. He’ll never be an elite pass rusher from the interior, but he’ll generate a lot of middle push that will put Ansah more frequently in position to do what he does best, and his versatility means that if the Lions are in position to draft that elite interior pass rusher over the next two years, they could have the middle of their DL set for the best part of a decade.
TRADE – San Francisco trade #68 and #168 for Houston’s #52
2-21 San Francisco 49ers (from Houston) picked by Staff Writer, Tom Parry-Jones Joshua Garnett – OG, Stanford After losing Alex Boone to the Minnesota Vikings in free agency, the 49ers need a guy on the interior of their line who can mix it up with the big boys on opposing defensive lines. Very difficult to stop once he gets some momentum going, he’ll be particularly useful in San Francisco’s run game in the future. 2-22 Washington Redskins picked by Editor-in-Chief, Gur Samuel Joshau Perry – LB, Ohio State The defense has been a weakness for Washington for a long time now, with Jim Haslett’s units putting in poor season after poor season. Joe Barry improved the scoring defense considerably last year (from 28th to 17th), and just last week he got a huge piece to work with in Josh Norman. We’ve already mocked the rock of the DL for this defense for years to come in round one with Jarran Reed; in this round, the middle level of the defense gets an upgrade in Josh Perry. He may be a candidate to come off the field on third down, at least early on, but from day one he will go a huge way to fixing one of the worst run defenses in the league. 2-23 Minnesota Vikings picked by Staff Writer, Tom Parry-Jones Kyler Fackrell – LB, Utah State Veteran OLB Chad Greenway isn’t getting any younger for the Vikings, so a little more fresh blood to go with the likes of Anthony Barr and Eric Kendricks won’t go amiss. Has the body size to make tackles even when the ball carrier appears to have got away. Will give the Vikings versatility on the edge as either a 3-4 or 4-3 OLB. 2-24 Cincinnati Bengals picked by Senior Staff Writer, Toby Durant Artie Burns – CB, Miami The Bengals are very happy to add the talented corner to their secondary, giving them formidable depth at a key position. Burns’ stock has been rising throughout the pre-draft process and it’s possible he could be getting his name called on Thursday night rather than Friday.
TRADE – Seattle Seahawks trade #56 to the Pittsburgh Steelers for #58 and #229
2-25 Pittsburgh Steelers (from Seattle) picked by College Football Expert, Rebecca Rennie A’Shawn Robinson – DL, Alabama The Steelers have more needs than just the secondary. The D-line lacks a good rotation or depth and were lucky not to have that exposed more last year through injuries or the likes. Adding to their front line is a high priority in this year’s draft. Plus, unbeleivable value at this stage of the draft to land a late 1st round talent at the bottom of the 2nd. In terms of the trade, there’s no guarantees that the Hawks who they swapped with or the Packers would have loved the value themselves. I’d been trying to move up for a while now and wasn’t going to take any chances for the sake of a 7th rounder. 2 – 26 Green Bay Packers picked by Assistant NFL Editor, Remy Cabache Jihad Ward – DE, Illinois The Packers always draft the best player available and Ward was that. With Mike Daniels already in the building and Andrew Billings added in the first round, the Packers now have themselves very nice defensive front to work with. 2 – 27 Seattle Seahawks (from Pittsburgh) picked by Staff Writer, Thomas Clapham Le’Raven Clark – OT, Texas Tech The Seahawks continue to attempt to fix their offensive line with Le’Raven Clark. He has elite foot quickness, coupled with his size and length, Seattle will be in dream land if he drops this far to them. He has a thick base, and isn’t easily fooled, however he has recover speed to make up for it. His lock on power is very underrated, and when he locks on, then defences better watch out. While some project him at guard, he has 51 starts at left tackle over the last 3 seasons. Seattle won’t mind where he ends up, because, with his combination of speed and power, they are onto a winner. 2 – 28 Kansas City Chiefs picked by Staff Writer, Tom Parry-Jones Connor Cook – QB, Michigan State Cook’s stock has only risen in recent weeks, so whether he’s even available for the Chiefs to take at the bottom of the second round is up for debate. With the departure of Chase Daniel in free agency, Andy Reid will be looking for a guy to play second-fiddle to Alex Smith, and while Cook may feel he could be a day 1 starter in the NFL, to come in as the back-up to a former number 1 pick is nothing to be sniffed at. Could be a steal here. 2 – 29 New England Patriots picked by College Football Expert, Rebecca Rennie Jonathan Bullard – DL, Florida Bill Belichick loves versatility, and Bullard offers that, with the ability to play outside and inside. He excels against the run, but brings some backfield pressure too, and can be deployed in a lot of ways to give more options in the front seven. The Patriots had Bullard in for a visit, so have shown some interest, and he’s great value here, as he could go high in the 2nd round or even late 1st round. 2 – 30 New England Patriots picked by College Football Expert, Rebecca Rennie Xavien Howard – DB, Baylor Again, versatility makes this a good fit for the Patriots as the defense receives another influx of talent. Howard has all the measurables, from size to speed to physicality, as a big long corner who can easily play inside at safety too. He has some spotty film, but flashes so much talent, and is young. With a bit of coaching up, he has the potential to be a high end starter at either position in the secondary. Another great value; he could go a lot earlier. O-line help is needed, but the value with these 2 picks is better in this scenario. The Pats had him in for a visit as well. 2-31 Carolina Panthers picked by Editor-in-Chief, Gur Samuel LeShaun Sims – CB, Southern Utah By rescinding their franchise tag on Josh Norman as late as they did, any veteran corner help out there that could have replaced Norman’s 2015 production was long, long gone. To the new blood, then; Carolina will need to find a new corner in the draft, someone who must contribute immediately at least as a nickel, and who can develop into a full-time starter before too long. Sims more than fits the bill. While he had a disappointing showing at the combine, and, playing in the FCS, he didn’t exactly play against the best receving talent college ball can offer, he nonetheless has the measurables and the skills to succeed at the next level. His natural talent will allow him to contribute as the third corner in his rookie campaign, and with good coaching should be a starter by the time the 2017 season rolls around. 2-32 Denver Broncos picked by Senior Staff Writer, Toby Durant Kentrell Brothers – LB, Missouri Brothers might not be the best athlete left on the board but the Broncos could use some help at interior linebacker and Brothers has been monstrously productive for the Missouri Tigers over the last 2 years. He was the leading tackler in the country last year, and with the talent around him in Denver he should do just fine.