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Post-Combine NFL Mock Draft Round 2

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44. player. 15. Among the Saints remaining needs are the interior O-Line, a covering LB and possibly a matchup-nightmare at RB in the likely case that Mark Ingram doesn’t return.  Kendricks is off the board and Duke Johnson needs too many steps to hit the top gear.  It’s too early to grab Stephone Anthony at this point, making T.J. Clemmings the most plausible selection here.  He’s got tremendous upside as a phenomenal run blocker and has got the tools to improve quickly in the pass-blocking department.  His technical issues will keep him from playing left tackle in the NFL, but a move inside should benefit him and the Saints.  Furthermore, this selection allows the Saints to move on from either Grubbs or Evans and save up to $8 million against the cap with a post-June 1 designated cut.. Offensive Line. Pittsburgh. TJ Clemmings

At times, Teddy Bridgewater could not get his feet set in the pocket before getting sacked.  The decline of Matt Kalil played a huge role in that — the need at O-Line was extremely apparent against Detroit.  Sambrailo has good footwork but lacks functional strength.  However, he should be able to add that power, thanks to an NFL workout regimen.  His play should go a long way towards Bridgewater developing into one of the league’s best signal callers.. Offensive Tackle. Colorado State. Ty Sambrailo. 45. player. 60

Perrish Cox and Chris Culliver are headed towards free agency, and the possible replacements on the roster don’t seem to be enticing options.  Meanwhile, Darby showed off leaping ability and speed to shadow even the fastest receivers this weekend in Indianapolis.  He is polished enough to play press, man and zone coverage.  The only issue keeping him from a day-one selection is his toughness against the run.. Cornerback. Florida State. Ronald Darby. 46. player. 42

59. The Dolphins could use upgrades along the O-Line.  Ereck Flowers could move over from Coral Gables and step in at a guard position.  Flowers showed off impressive upper-body strength at the combine, but he didn’t move with ease, thus making a move inside mandatory.. Offensive Line. Miami. Ereck Flowers. 47. player

13. The Chargers benefited from great cornerback play last year, but depth is needed considering Jason Verrett’s durability and Brandon Flowers’ contract situation.  Carter is at his best with his hands on opposing receivers at the line of scrimmage and in zone coverage.  If he improves in man coverage, he should see substantial playing time and be a great addition to the Bolts’ defense.. Cornerback. Stanford. Alex Carter. 48. player

Wide Receiver. Auburn. Sammie Coates. 49. player. 124. It goes without saying that the Chiefs MUST draft a receiver since it feels like no WR caught a TD in the Andy Reid-era.  Someone that can stretch the field and has the size to become a weapon in the red zone is needed.  Sammie Coates brings impressive physical attributes to the table and would have gone off the board if he had consistent hands.

Running Back. Miami. Duke Johnson. 50. player. 16. The Bills will need to add a playmaker this offseason.  Empty handed in the backfield with Fred Jackson approaching 35 and CJ Spiller entering free agency, the Bills will still likely try and remain run-heavy given the deficiency at the quarterback position.  Duke Johnson reminds me of Spiller in terms of speed, triple-threat characteristics and durability.  Therefore, he would be a great pick for the Bills.

Lorenzo Mauldin. 51. player. 10. The edge opposite of JJ Watt could be deserted in 2014 since Brooks Reed is entering free agency and Jadeveon Clowney is rehabbing his knee.  Lorenzo Mauldin could fill that void and merge into a dominant player at the next level.. Outside Linebacker. Louisville

player. 54. Since I don’t expect the Eagles to go all in for Marcus Mariota, Chip Kelly will have to look elsewhere for a long-term solution at QB.  Hundley makes for an enticing option since his athletic ability and upside are through the roof.. Quarterback. UCLA. Brett Hundley. 52

53. player. 56. Previously projected as a late second rounder, Dawson saw his stock fall drastically as he posted a horrible 40-yard dash time at the scouting combine.  On the field, he does display a knack for turnovers, instincts and coverage ability to complement Vontaze Burfict and Rey Maualuga in the Bengals’ linebacker corps.. Linebacker. TCU. Paul Dawson

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