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BTB Writers 2011 NFL Mock Draft (Picks #41-56): NFC East Competition

BTB Mock Draft
BTB Mock Draft

When we last left our Writer's Mock, Dallas had just selected OG Marcus Cannon with the 40th overall selection. This pick was not without it's detractors, as different posters had their own favorites. I think this highlights what I believe to be the growing sentiment over the last week, that Dallas almost has to use their first round pick on an offensive lineman.

The jury is out on the quality of play of the 2nd tier. We have to get one of Tyron Smith, Gabe Carimi, Anthony Castonzo, Nate Solder or Derek Sherrod. Yes, each holds their own concerns, but all draft picks save for 2-3 a year have concerns.

We now move on the the next 16 picks of the draft, which happen to include all three of our NFC East rivals. 

Follow the jump for a look at the second round to date, and blurbs about our rivals' picks.

BTB Writers 2011 NFL Mock Draft, Picks #41-56 (previous picks in italics)

Draft Pick Team Previous Selection Assigned Writer 2nd Round Pick Team Needs
33 New England DE JJ Watt, RB Mark Ingram OCC OG Mike Pouncey, Florida 3-4 DE, 3-4 OLB, CB, RB, WR, OG, OT
34 Buffalo CB Patrick Peterson KD LB Martez Wilson, Illinois Everything except RB and WR, Kitchen Sink
35 Cincinatti DT Marcel Dareus Rabble QB Christian Ponder, Florida St QB, 4-3 DT, WR, 4-3 DE, FS, 4-3 MLB, OG, OC
36 Denver DE Da'Quan Bowers Rabble LB Mason Foster, Washington 4-3 DT, 4-3 DE, FS, SS, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 ILB, TE, ROT
37 Cleveland LB Von Miller KD WR Jonathan Baldwin, Pittsburgh 4-3 DE, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 MLB, WR, FS, CB
38 Arizona QB Blaine Gabbert OCC LB Brooks Reed, Arizona QB, 3-4 OLB, CB, OG, LOT
39 Tennesee WR AJ Green OCC CB Aaron Williams, Texas QB, CB, 4-3 DE, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 MLB
40 Dallas CB Prince Amukamara KD OL Marcus Cannon, TCU ROT, FS, OG, SS, CB, SILB, WILB, 3-4 DE, 3-4 OLB
New Picks
41 Washington QB Cam Newton Rabble WR Torrey Smith, Maryland QB,RB, WR, OG, OC, 3-4DT, 3-4 OLB, FS, CB
42 Houston LB Aldon Smith Rabble DE Christian Ballard, Iowa 3-4 DE, 3-4 DT, 3-4 OLB, FS, CB
43 Minnesota DE Cameron Jordan KD FS DeAndre McDaniel, Clemson QB, WR, 4-3 DT, 4-3 DE, FS, LOT, OG,
44 Detroit WR Julio Jones OCC OG Danny Watkins, Baylor CB, 4-3 OLB, MLB, ROT, OG, WR
45 San Francisco LB Robert Quinn OCC DE Cameron Heyward, Ohio State 3-4 DT, 3-4 OLB, CB, OC, QB
46 Denver DE Da'Quan Bowers, LB Mason Foster KD TE Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame 4-3 DT, 4-3 DE, FS, SS, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 ILB, TE, ROT
47 St. Louis LB Justin Houston Rabble WR Titus Young, Boise State WR, 4-3 DR, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 DE, FS, CB, OG, OC, SS
48 Oakland N/A Rabble OL Ben Ijalana, Villanova OG, OC, OT, WR, CB
49 Jacksonville QB Jake Locker KD CB Davon House, New Mexico St 4-3 DE, 4-3 MLB, CB, QB, WR, OG,
50 San Diego LB Akeem Ayers OCC WR Leonard Hankerson, Miami 3-4 DE, 3-4 OLB, FS, CB, WR, OT
51 Tampa Bay CB Brandon Harris OCC RB Mikel LeShoure, Illinois 4-3 DE, 4-3 MLB, FS, CB, OG, LOT, 4-3 OLB, ROT, TE, OC, WR
52 NY Giants OT Tyron Smith KD C Brandon Fusco, Slippery Rock C, RB, OT, 4-3 OLB, SS, CB
53 Indianapolis OT Nate Solder Rabble DT Drake Nevis, LSU 4-3 DT, 4-3 OLB, FS, CB, WR, OG, OC, OT
54 Philadelphia CB Jimmy Smith Rabble OL Jason Pinkston, Pittsburgh CB, OG, 4-3 DE, 4-3 OLB, 4-3 MLB, SS, OT
55 Kansas City OT Anthony Castonzo KD LB Jabaal Sheard, Pittsburgh 3-4 DT, WR, OC, ROT, 3-4 OLB, RB, 3-4 SLB,
56 New Orleans DE Adrian Clayborn OCC RB Ryan Williams, Va Tech RB, 4-3 DT, 4-3 DE, CB, 4-3 OLB


#41 Washington selects WR Torrey Smith, Maryland

Rabble's Take: Washington looks at the board and sees good players at several positions of need: two top OGs are available in Danny Watkins and Jason Pinkston, and there are several good WRs on the board as well. I decided Mike Shanahan could find the kind of smaller, quicker interior O-line players he needs later in the draft (as well as the running back he's looking for), and opted to select from the array of wideouts: Titus Young, Leonard Hankerson, Torrey Smith. Ultimately, I chose Smith over Young, a waterbug type, and Hankerson, a tall, possession type, because I thought that Smith possessed the best combination of size and game-breaking speed.

#52 NY Giants select C Brandon Fusco, Slippery Rock

KD'S Take: Taking a page out of the San Francisco 49ers 2010 draft playbook, the Giants fix their offensive line woes in one fell swoop. Fusco is a small school prospect and yes, this pick will be considered as much as a two-round reach by some of the experts. However, this GM sees how he only went to Division II because he came out of high school at 240 lbs. This GM sees how he owned every Div II lineman award and thinks the Giants just picked up a pro bowl center.

#54 Philadelphia selects OL Jason Pinkston, Pittsburgh

Rabble's Take: As everybody knows, Andy Reid likes to build his teams from the lines back. Last year, he addressed multiple spots on the defensive line; this year, its time to work on shoring up an O-line that contributed to both Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick getting beat up. They tab Pinkston, a huge, powerful lineman with surprisingly good feet. He played tackle in college, but, with this height and arm length figures to move inside to guard.

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