Picks 16-32 of our third 2011 NFL Mock Draft
17. New England (^ Oakland) (8-8) / Anthony Costanzo / OT / Boston College
Belichick picks up a local prospect that can play four of the five O-line positions and someone who is a good fit for the team in general. Costanzo is smart and athletic, two things that B-squared loves in his lineman.
18. San Diego (9-7) / Torrey Smith / WR / Maryland
Smith is quick and very easily can be the big play guy that Darren Sproles and Mike Turner use to be for the Bolts. While Smith is a WR, he can be used in the running game with reverses and in the return game due to his overall speed and Maryland-trademark athleticism.
19. New York Giants (10-6) / Akeem Ayers / OLB / UCLA
Sorry but Keith Bullock has nothing left. Akeem Ayers can solve the age-old problem of covering Eagles running backs. He is a guy that can also cover Tight Ends and rush the passers.
20. Tampa Bay (10-6) / Brandon Harris / CB / Miami
Harris is a nice player that is pretty appealing to a team that’s got a corner-stone (literally in Ronde Barber) on the way off to pasture. He can team with Aquib Talib to form a dynamic tandem.
21. Kansas City (10-6) / Corey Liuget / DE/DT / Illinois
Liuget is a big riser on the draft boards and can improve the AFC West champion’s D-line. He could definitely do wonders.
22. Indianapolis (10-6) / Jimmy Smith / CB / Colorado
O-line is a concern for the Colts but their secondary proved to be less-than-stellar in the playoffs. Jimmy Smith is a very good corner and can take the one-on-one in stride.
23. Philadelphia (10-6) / Gabe Carimi / OT / Wisconsin
All of the Philly fans would be appreciative of this pick. Right Tackle and Right Guard are very much needed in Winter Green and Carimi can play both. Gabe is a Jon Runyan-like mauler.
24. New Orleans (11-5) / Ryan Kerrigan / DE / Purdue
The Saints biggest issue is their pass rush. Alex Brown is ok but adding Kerrigan would take this defense to a whole new level. I am definitely on his bandwagon.
25. Seattle (7-9) / Adrian Clayborn / DE / Iowa
Dubbed in some circles as the next Aaron Kampman, there are high hopes for this guy. Seattle is a very iffy team on the cusp of at least owning their division again, and a fireball like Clayborn would help the defense immensely. This is a move to help the struggling DBs.
26. Baltimore (12-4) / Mike Pouncey / RG / Florida
I put just Right Guard because that is literally all Pouncey is. However, before you get on me about crapping on a Florida heart-sake, I think he may be the best right guard in years and would greatly help the Ravens poor interior line.
27. Atlanta (13-3) / Jon Baldwin / WR / Pittsburgh
The Falcons could use an upgrade over Michael Jenkins who I expect to leave in Free Agency anyway. Baldwin would serve as a 1a with Roddy White to make Matty Ice even better.
28. New England / (14-2) Mark Ingram / HB / Alabama
Somewhat of a need after the RB performance this year, Ingram is the best guy in the class. The Pats will be better off with him in those Patriotic colors.
29. Chicago (11-5) / Leonard Hankerson / WR / Miami
Taking Hankerson here a bit of a reach but the Bears really can’t afford to miss out on a potential number-one wide-out. Hankerson had a big Senior Bowl, and that will make Chicago feel pretty comfortable about this pick.
30. N.Y. Jets (11-5) / Phil Taylor / NT / Baylor
The D-line was not a major strength for Rex Ryan and Co. and Taylor is the perfect nose tackle for their system. The former Baylor standout is big and plays like Vince Wilfork, which is what Jets fans have been pining for, for years.
31. Pittsburgh (12-4) / Derek Sherrod / OT / Miss.St
Sherrod was once considered the best OT in the class but has since fallen out of favor. He’s the type of guy that can play guard or tackle so the Steelers should like his versatility. The O-Line needs to keep getting younger and this is a step in that direction.
32. Green Bay (10-6) / Mikel Leshoure / HB / Illinois
The running game didn’t help in the Super Bowl and Ryan Grant probably wouldn’t have made a difference. Leshoure can be a number one guy or can make Green Bay a two-back system, adding more power to their potent offense.
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