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All-Time Mock Draft Round 2
May 14, 2009 - Chris Masse
All-Time NFL Mock Draft Round 2
After actually receiving a comment after the first round of the all-time NFL Mock draft, teams have been inspired to keep the draft going into a second
round with the same order as the first in the interest of fairness. Away we go...
33. Detroit Lions: Doug Atkins, DE--After addressing their offense when they drafted Joe Montana with the first overall selection, the Lions turn to their porous defense and grab one of the fiercest pass rushers in NFL history. Atkins was a beast in the 1950s and 60s and was a vital part of some ferocious Bears defenses, including one that produced a world championship in 1963. At 6-foot-8, Atkins not only is tough against the pass and run, but he also can block quarterbacksás field of vision and use his long arms and exceptional strength to make tackles others might not be able to. Combined with the signings of linebackers Julian Peterson and Larry Foote, the Lions are looking much tougher defensively entering 2009.
34. St. Louis Rams: John Hannah, T--Finally addressing what has been a glaring need for years, the Rams select one of the best offensive lineman to ever play. Hannah brings instant credibility to what has been a shoddy line and will provide excellent pass protection while helping Steven Jackson regain the form that had him looking like of the leagueás best running backs in 2006. Hannah was arguably the best lineman of his generation, earning 10 straight All-Pro selections from 1976-85, Hannah also was voted NFL Offensive Lineman of the Year four times. The Rams have ways to go yet, but this pick makes perfect sense.
35. Kansas City Chiefs: John Mackey, TE--The Chiefs have some glaring defensive holes, but have started to address them through the regular drafts. For now they are focused on building a powerful offense and Mackey fits the bill. Not only does Mackey replace future Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez, but he also provides an upgrade because he is the best tight end ever. While Gonzalez is a great pass-catcher, Mackey does it all and, in addition to providing an imposing target for Matt Cassel, he also will provide bull-dozer like blocking for a rugged running game led by Jim Brown. Mackey had at least 400 yards receving in each of his first seven seasons and his speed, power and intelligence is one more reason this offense could wear teams down in 2009.
36. Seattle Seahawks: Emmitt Smith, RB--The Seahawks could use some help up front, but itás tough to pass on the NFL's all-time leading rusher to complement a solid passing game. Smith will grind out the tough yards for Seattle and make Matt Hasselbackás play-action passing tough to stop. A near lock for 1,000 yards every season he played, Smith also can catch passes out of the backfield in Seattleás West Coast offense and will bring an air of confidence after helping the Cowboys win three super bowls during his illustrious career. Seattle was more injury-riddled than bad last year and with L.T. and Smith on board, it is starting to look like a contender again.
37. Cleveland Browns: Dick Butkus, LB--Cleveland drastically upgraded its offense with its first-round pick of Jerry Rice and now they have done the same for the defense, getting one of the biggest steals thus far. Defensive-minded coach Eric Mangini canát believe Butkus is still available here and canát wait to watch this menacing linebacker unleash his wrath in the hard-hitting AFC North. Butkus played in eight straight Pro Bowls before a serious knee injury ended his career. A ferocoius tackler, explosive, fiercely competitive and a powerful leader, Butkus is the total package at linebacker. In addition to recovering 27 fumbles and forcing many more, he also intercepted 22 passes and he will not let the Browns continue their recent defensive struggles.
38. Cincinnati Bengals: Bruce Smtih, DE--The vastly improving Bengals sorely lack a pass rusher so they might as well grab the NFLás all-time sack leader. Smith is a great fit for a team that won its last three games in 2008 and has built a solid offensive nucleus entering 2009, especially after grabbing Walter Payton in the first round. Smith, a two-time Defensive Player of the Year, an 11-time All-Pro and a member of both the All-80s and All-90s team will be a blessing to a secondary that will no longer have to facing quarterbacks who have all day to throw. The Bengals are looking like a sleeper in the brutally tough AFC North.
39. Oakland Raiders: Randy White, DT--Although Al Davis wanted to draft a punter, he finally is talked out of botching this selection and instead the Raiders upgrade a defense that has struggled to stop the run in recent years. The Manster, half man, half monster, provides not only good defense against the run but also excellent pass rushing as evidenced by his 111 sacks from 1975-88. White helped the Cowboys win the 1977 super bowl and earned All-Pro status nine straight years at one point while helping Dallas reach the NFC championship six times. Fast, strong and powerful, White could pack just the jolt this defense needs in a division filled with potentially strong offenses.
40. Jacksonville Jaguars: Randall McDaniel, G--The Jags started patching up their defense in the first round and McDaniel should provide an instant boost to an offense that struggled throughout last year. McDaniel blocked for six 1,000-yard rushers and five 3,000-yard passers during his outstanding 14-year career with the Vikings from 1988-2001. He also played in a record 12 straight Pro Bowls and was a vital cog in a historic 1998 Vikings offense that broke the NFL record for points in a season. A player who made 202 straight starts, McDaniel brings power and stability to an offense badly in need of those qualities.
41. Green Bay Packers: Jim Parker, G/T--The Packers made two strong first-round selections in the modern day draft to go along with Deacon Jones in this draft and their once porous defense suddenly looks very good. The offense was strong last year, but those three previous selections allow them to get even better here. Parker, the first full time offensive lineman named to the Hall of Fame brings flexibility and power to this dangerous offense. Playing half his career at tackle and half at guard while playing in eight Pro Bowls, Parker was instrumental to the Colts annually having an elite offense and winning the 1958 and 59 championships. Parker should open plenty of holes for Packer running backs while giving Aaron Rodgers time to throw and this team is looking like a potential super bowl contender if the pieces continue falling in place.
42. San Francisco 49ERS: Marion Motley, FB--The Niners desperately need a pass-rusher, but hard-nosed coach Mike Singletary canát pass up this wrecking ball of a blocker who is his kind of player. Motley will be a devastating lead blocker for Frank Gore and also will provide strong protection for first-round pick Johnny Unitas. Motley also can be the thunder to Goreás lightning since he also is a great runner who averaged an astounding 5.7 yards per carry from 1946-55 and won the 1950 rushing title. Motley averaged more than five yards per carry six times and also was a member of six Browns championship teams. His strength and versatility has this offense looking outstanding, especially with the addition of Unitas and potential game-breaking receiver Michael Crabtree.
43. Buffalo Bills: Larry Little, G--The defense is rounding into form, especially with the Joe Greene first-round pick and now the Bills go to work on the offense and Little is a great place to start. A three-time AFC lineman of the year, Little was a huge reason the Dolphins won super bowls in 1972 and 73 while featuring a brutally effiicient ground game. Powerful and fast, Little was also a great pass blocker and should give quarterback Trent Edwards plenty of time to look downfield for big-play threats Terrell Owens and Lee Evans. Explosive running back Marshawn Lynch will love running behind Little when he returns from his suspension and the Bills are looking like a bigger threat in the AFC East.
44. Denver Broncos: Roger Staubach, QB--Sure, the defense still needs a lot of work, but rookie coach Josh McDaniels knows if his team is serious about winning a super bowl it also needs somebody better than Kyle Orton under center. To say Staubach is a huge improvement is a major understament. The consummate winner, Staubach is McDanielás type of quarterbackäsmart, strong-willed and a great leader. Staubach led the Cowboys to two world championships and four super bowl appearances and he could have a field day throwing to Brandon Marshall and Eddie Royal. Staubach also brings a scrambling element that could add another dimension to the Broncos offense. The man dubbed Captain Comeback will be an instant hit in a city still in love with another comeback specialist, John Elway.
45. Washington Redskins: James Lofton, WR--An already emerging defense could use another linebacker, but Lofton gives new quarterback John Elway the deep threat he craves and Elway to Lofton could become one of the most scary combos for opposing secondaries. At one point, Lofton was the leagueás all-time leader in yards and his hands are as solid as his speed is explosive. A complete receiver who can make all the catches, Lofton made the Pro Bowl in seven of his first nine years with the Packers before helping the Bills reach three straight super bowls from 1990-92. Durable and smart, Lofton became the first player to catch a touchdown pass in the 70s, 80s and 90s and gives combines with Santana Moss and Antwaan Randle El to give Elway a dangerous trio of receivers in addition to one of the leagueás top backs in Clinton Portis. Add in the signing of Albert Haynesworth and this team is starting to look like a super bowl contender.
46. New Orleans Saints: Merlin Olsen, DT--The Saints finally address their ailing defense and land a great one nearly midway through the second round. One of the best defensive tackles to ever play, Olsen was the anchor on the L.A. Ramsá famous 'Fearsome Foursome' in the 60s and 70s. His ability to dominate the run and the middle of the field allowed players like Deacon Jones to aggressively go after the quarterback. Too often New Orleans has been gashed by opposing running games in the past few seasons, but Olsenás arrival should slow that down. As intelligent as he was powerful, Olsen will be able to sniff out trick plays and his professionalism should make this defense better instantly. With an already explosive offense in tow, this is a great pick up for the Saints.
47. Houston Texans: Dwight Stephenson, C--The Texans are on their way up and make a great selection here, nabbing one of the best centers in league history. Although his career was cut short by a serious knee injury, Stephenson did enough from 1980-87 to have many label him the greatest center ever. Extremely powerful and smart, Stephenson provided great protection for Dolphins quarterbacks, specifically Dan Marino, and helped the Dolphins reach three AFC championships and two super bowls in a four-season span. Possessiong Barry Sanders and Steve Slaton to go along with wide receiver Andre Johnson, the Texans are oozing big-play potential and Stephensonás addition enhances those chances while keeping quarterback Matt Schaub upright.
48. San Diego Chargers: Jack Lambert, LB--The super-bowl straved Chargers continue building up the defense that struggled so much last year and for a second straight round draft a huge part of a four-time super bowl winning defense. Lambert joins an already potentially strong linebacking unit, especially if Shawne Merriman is fully-recovered from his knee surgery. As complete a linebacker as there was, Lambert was fast, smart, strong and had terrific range. Able to play the pass and the run well, Lambert had 28 interceptions, 17 fumble recoveries and twice was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year. The Chargers have been knocking on the super bowlás door the last three years and the picks of Ronnie Lott and Lambert might help them finally knock it down.
49. New York Jets: Cris Carter, WR--After drafting Dan Marino in the first round, the Jets give him a gift in the second round, drafting one of the all-time great receivers who inexplicably is not in the Hall of Fame yet. Twice the receiver so-called future Hall of Famer Marvin Harrison was, Carter was second to Jerry Rice in just about every major receiving category when he retired in 2002 and can make every catch imaginable, many the kind that no other player could make. Carter set the then single-season record for receptions in 1994, topped 1,000 yards eight straight times, and scored more than 10 touchdowns in five straight seasons. And unlike Harrison, Carter would go over the middle, block and play well in big games. He is the perfect receiver for Marino and combines with Jericho Cotchery to give the Jets a nice 1-2 combo.
50. Chicago Bears: Derrick Thomas, LB--The Bears offense has been substantially upgraded with the trade for Jay Cutler and the drafting of Don Hutson and now the already solid defense becomes downright scary with the addition of one of the leagueás all-time great pass-rushing linebackers. Thomas joins Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs, giving the Bears a magnificent core of linebackers. Thomas flies around the field and will bring all sorts of pressure from the outside while Urlacher controls the inside. Thomas made nine straight Pro Bowls, was 1989 Defensive Rookie of the Year and set the single-game record for sacks in just his second season with a remarkable seven against the Seahawks. Later in 1998, Thomas had six sacks in a game. Looks like the Monsters of the Midway could be making a comeback.
51. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Alan Page, DT--Talk about an upgrade. Replacing perennial draft bust Ryan Sims, Page gives the rebuilding Buccaneers a huge lift defensively, providing great run defense as well as pass-rushing explosiveness. An All-NFL selection who played in nine straight Pro Bowls, Page is a smart, fast and athletic kind of leader who can fill the leadership role left by future Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks. Page played in 236 straight games, led the Vikings to four super bowls and had 173 sacks, 23 fumble recoveries and a stunning 28 blocked kicks. The Bucs still have major steps to take but drafting Page is a huge piece of the puzzle and his presence will be a great boost to a defense that imploded late last season.
52. Dallas Cowboys: Gary Zimmerman, T--The perennially underachieving Cowboys draft a present for Tony Romo and Marion Barber by nabbing a man who cleared the way for two great offenses in the 80s and 90s when he was with the Vikings and Broncos. The Vikings led the league in rushing in 1991 and Zimmermanás arrival in Denver helped the Broncos led the NFL in total yards in 1996 and 97 as well as the AFC in 1995. Zimmerman constantly had his Vikings and Broncos teams in the playoff hunt and helped the Broncos win the super bowl in 1997 and 98. Zimmerman was first or second team All-Pro eight times and a Pro Bowler seven times. His arrival helps boost a running game that sputtered at times and is a welcome addition in a division with some strong defenses.
53. Philadelphia Eagles: Lee Roy Selmon, DE--After just missing the super bowl last year and upgrading both the offense and defense with the first-round selection of Chuck Bednarik, the Eagles continue looking super with their latest pick. Selmon gives them a fearsome pass-rusher and a solid run stuffer. Putting Selmon and Trent Cole together could give the Eagles one of the best pass-rushing duos in the game and has this bulked up defense looking mighty tough to score on. Selmon helped the Buccaneers go from 0-14 to the brink of a super bowl in four short seasons in the 70s, was elected to six Pro Bowls in nine years and was the 1979 NFL Defensive Lineman of the Year. Explosive and intelligent, Selmon fits in well with Jim Johnsonás aggressive defensive packages.
54. Minnesota Vikings: Mel Blount, CB--The third member of the Steel Curtain to be selected in the first two rounds, Blount helps shore up what has been the weakest part of a otherwise strong Vikings defense the last few yearsäthe secondary. One of the most physical corners to ever play, Blount might have to adjust his game slightly but he still will be a terror for opposing quarterbacks and receivers to deal with. The quick 6-3, 205-pound cornerback was the 1975 Defensive Player of the Year when he intercepted 11 passes, anchored the secondary for four Steelers super bowl winning teams and will bring a physical presence to a Vikings defense that will need to be outstanding in the NFC North where offenses are rapidly improving.
55. New England Patriots: Marcus Allen, RB--The Patriots improved the defense with Mike Singletaryás selection in the first round in addition to some good picks in the April draft, and now an already-explosive offense becomes downright scary. Allen was one of the best all-purpose and short-yardage backs ever and is a perfect fit for this offense because of his outstanding pass-catching skills. Allen scored 144 career touchdowns and ran for more than 12,000 yards and had Al Davis not been so stupid in dictating how he was used, the Hall of Famer would have had even better numbers. Fast enough to outrun defenders and powerful enough to run over them, Allen joins Tom Brady, Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Fred Taylor and Laurence Maroney to give the Patriots a remarakble offense. The Patriots are starting to look like the team to beat in 2009.
56. Atlanta Falcons: Mike Haynes, CB--The offense already looks dynamite and the Falcons continue retooling the defense after drafting Gino Marchetti in the first round then adding seven more defensive picks in the rookie draft. Here the Falcons grab the shut-down corner they despeartely need. Fast, strong and physical, Haynes was an impact player from his rookie season in 1976 when he intercepted eight passes, to his final season in 1989. Haynes was the missing piece that helped the Raiders win the Super Bowl in 1983 and his blanket coverage in Super Bowl XVIII helped the Raiders rout defending champion Washington, 38-9. A nine-time Pro Bowler, Haynes also was a solid punt returner who led the AFC in yardage in his rookie season.
57. Miami Dolphins: Steve Largent, WR--The Dolphins need some more playmakers and grab a solid one with Largent, who held most of the all-time receiving records before James Lofton, Art Monk and Jerry Rice came along. Largent did not have great speed, but was a tough and exceptional route runner who had some of the best hands the game has ever seen. Largent could catch passes anywhere on the field and was a terrific all-around player, the kind Bill Parcells loves. Chad Pennington will love throwing to Largent and it would not be shocking to see the Seahawks legend who had eight 1,000-yard seasons top 100 yards in an offense where Pennington should frequently hit him with middle-range passes.
58. Baltimore Ravens: Jack Ham, LB--The Ravens grab one of the Steelers most beloved players and make their already stout defense possibly the best in the league. Ham combines with Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs to solidify a remarkably talented linebacking unit. The hard-hitting, fast-reading and instinctive Ham fits in perfectly with the Ravens and gives them yet another ball-hawking defender. Ham intercepted 32 passes in his career, including seven in 1972, and also recovered 21 fumbles while earning All-Pro honors seven straight years and helping the Steelers win four super bowls in six years in the 70s. The offense still isnát explosive, but Hamás addition means they will not have to score many points to make the Ravens frequent winners. Your move now, Steelers.
59. Indianapolis Colts: Buck Buchanan, DT--The Colts continue to focus on their front four and combining first-round pick Bob Lilly with Buchanon, now gives them a suddenly fearsome front line that also includes Dwight Freeney. Exceptionally quick, Buchanon is an ideal fit for a defense that thrives on speed and he can help stifle the run while also wreaking havoc with the pass. At 6-7, the former Chiefs great is adept at knocking down passes and had 16 passed blocked behind the line in 1967. A great sideline-to-sideline player, Buchanon gives the Colts another defensive weapon and makes them one of the leagueás most well-rounded teams. Another super bowl run is now appearing more and more likely.
60. Carolina Panthers: Emlen Tunnell, S--An explosive playmaker who was called the âGiants offense on defenseã brings a ball-hawking mentality to what could be a very tough defense. When he retired in 1958, Tunnell held league records for interceptions (79 for 1,272 yards) and punt returns (262 for 2,217 yards), so he also can be an exceptional playmaker on special teams. Tunnell was named the NFLás all-time safety in 1969 and might be the steal of the draft thus far, especially considering he intercepted six or more passes in each of his first 10 seasons. The Panthers appear to have all the tools offensively and if Julius Peppers stays on board the defense looks mighty tough and the NFC might have its frontrunner for Super Bowl XLIV.
61. New York Giants: Kellen Winslow, TE--The return of Osi Umenyiora and the signings of Rocky Bernard and Chris Canty have the Giants looking like one of the leagueás best defensive teams. The offensive line is solid as is the running game so the Giants grab Eli Manning another playmaker and grab arguably the best receiving tight end ever. Winslow was freakishly gifted and redefined the tight end position from 1979-87. The fast 6-5, 251-pound tight end was like another wide receiver in the Chargers explosive offense and topped both 85 catches and 1,000 yards three times. Winslow will be a handful for opposing linebackers and Manning will thrive in an offense that now includes Winslow in the middle and Lance Alworth running deep.
62. Tennessee Titans: Dan Hampton, DT--Looking to replace Albert Haynesworth, the Titans make an astute selection and grab one of the key cogs on the Bears 1985 super bowl team. Although they still could use a quarterback to replace aging Kerry Collins, Jeff Fisher likes Hampton because he is his type of player and fits right in with the blue-collar, hard-hitting Titans. Nicknamed âDanimalã for his intense play, Hampton can play defensive end or defensive tackle and had nine or more sacks four times while also providing strong run defense. Like Baltimore, the Titans are not going to outscore teams but Hamptonás addition to an already stout unit means they should not have to do so often.
63. Arizona Cardinals: Ray Nitschke, LB--The Cardinals go defensive in the second round and grab a late-round steal. One of the leagueás greatest leaders, Nitschke will demand that the Cardinals tighten up their defense and will settle for nothing less than maximum effort all the time. Cornerstone of five stingy defenses that helped produce world championships in the 60s, Nitschke had the total package of speed, intelligence, instinctiveness and ferocity. An intimidator who was a ferocious pass rusher and hard hitter, Nitschke intercepted 25 passes and recovered 23 fumbles while being named the NFLás all-time linebacker in 1969. His hard-nosed play is just what the Cardinals need to complement their explosive offense.
64. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Webster, C--Steelers fans in attendance erupt in applause when they learn one of their favorite sons is coming home. Webster was an iron man on the Steelers offensive line and helped Pittsburgh win four super bowls in six years in the 70s while playing in every game for 10 straight years from 1976-85. A seven-time Pro Bowler who was the Steelers captain for nine years, Webster cleared the way for an outstanding running game while giving Terry Bradshaw ample time to throw downfield to John Stallworth and Lynn Swann. The offensive line was a weak link on last yearás super bowl team but now is turning into a big strength with the selection of Webster and Matthews. The Steelers have built a perennial contender based on smart picks and the first two demonstrate why as the Steelers have the muscle to withstand the Ravens punishing defense.
Picks thus far
Detroit Lions: Joe Montana, QB; Doug Atkins, DE
St. Louis Rams: Reggie White, DE; John Hannah, G
Kansas City Chiefs: Jim Brown, RB; John Mackey, TE
Seattle Seahawks: Lawrence Taylor, LB; Emmitt Smith, RB
Cleveland Browns: Jerry Rice, WR; Dick Butkus, LB
Cincinnati Bengals: Walter Payton, RB; Bruce Smith, DE
Oakland Raiders: Anthony Munoz, T; Randy White, DT
Jacksonville Jaguars: Deion Sanders, CB; Randall McDaniel, G
Green Bay Packers: Deacon Jones, DE; Jim Parker, G/T
San Francisco 49ERS: Johnny Unitas, QB; Marion Motley, FB
Buffalo Bills: Joe Greene, DT; Larry Little, G
Denver Broncos: Rod Woodson, CB/S; Roger Staubach, QB
Washington Redskins: John Elway, QB; James Lofton, WR
New Orleans Saints: Earl Campbell, RB; Merlin Olsen, DT
Houston Texans: Barry Sanders, RB; Dwight Stephenson, C
San Diego Chargers: Ronnie Lott, S/CB; Jack Lambert, LB
New York Jets: Dan Marino, QB; Cris Carter, WR
Chicago Bears: Don Huston, WR; Derrick Brooks, LB
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Sammy Baugh, QB; Alan Page, DT
Dallas Cowboys: Michael Irvin, WR; Gary Zimmerman, T
Philadelphia Eagles: Chuck Bednarik, C/LB; Leroy Selmon, DE
Minnesota Vikings: Otto Graham, QB; Mel Blount, CB
New England Patriots: Mike Singletary, LB; Marcus Allen, RB
Atlanta Falcons: Gino Marchetti, DE; Mike Haynes, CB
Miami Dolphins: Dick âNight Trainã Lane, CB; Steve Largent, WR
Baltimore Ravens: Forrest Gregg, T; Jack Ham, LB
Indianapolis Colts: Bob Lilly, DT; Buck Buchanon, DT
Carolina Panthers: Fran Tarkenton, QB; Emlen Tunnell, S
New York Giants: Lance Alworth, WR; Kellen Winslow, TE
Tennessee Titans: Paul Warfield, WR; Dan Hampton, DT
Arizona Cardinals: Gale Sayers, WR; Ray Nitschke, LB
Pittsburgh Steelers: Bruce Matthews, T/G; Mike Webster, C
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