Kiper's and McShay's mock second rounds
April, 9, 2012
By Jamison Hensley | ESPN.com
Let's compare the second rounds of the mock drafts from ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. Insider and Todd McShay. Insider Since this is the AFC North blog, let's break down the second-round projections for each division team:
Selection: 37th overall
Kiper's pick: Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State
McShay's pick: Weeden
Hensley's comment: If the Browns take running back Trent Richardson and a wide receiver with their first round picks, the decision will be to either take Weeden or an offensive tackle like Mississippi's Bobby Massie. At this point, right tackle is the more pressing need although Weeden is an intriguing pick.
Selection: 53rd overall
Kiper's pick: Brandon Taylor, S, LSU
McShay's pick: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami (Fla.)
Hensley's comment: I would lean more toward Taylor, especially after the release of safety Chris Crocker. Taylor needs to improve in coverage, but his leadership and toughness would help the Bengals going forward.
Selection: 56th overall
Kiper's pick: Kelechi Osemele, OL, Iowa State
McShay's pick: Doug Martin, RB, Boise State
Hensley's comment: The Steelers will start to look for running backs in the second round, where there could be a run at the position. My choice for Pittsburgh is Virginia Tech's David Wilson, who can add explosiveness to the Steelers' backfield.
Selection: 60th overall
Kiper's pick: Terrell Manning, LB, N.C. State
McShay's pick: Jeff Allen, G, Illinois
Hensley's comment: There is no question that the Ravens have a big need at left guard. But Allen has to convert from being a left tackle in college. Under this scenario, the Ravens might as well go ahead and switch Jah Reid from tackle to guard.
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