2011 NFL Draft Rounds 2 & 3 Patiots take a QB

The second and third rounds of the draft are now over and there was some good value floating around, most of which soon got snapped up.  We were a little surprised that the Patriots took Ras-I Dowling at 33 given Brandon Harris was still available, still Dowling is a good 4″ taller and they obviously thought the extra height and physical presence would suit their defensive strategy better. Their loss was the Texans possible gain and we were surprised at how far Harris was allowed to slip.

The Patriots traded out of their extra 2nd round pick and still managed to pick up QB Ryan Mallet in the third. This could prove to be a shrewd move, as Mallet has bags of potential and we saw him going late in the 1st round. They did pick up a running back in round 2 drafting Shane Vereen we are not to sure on this one and it looks like a bit of a luxury pick given he doesn’t look amazing value in round two and the Patriots are not glaringly short in this area. Time will tell on this one.

Both the Bengals and the 49ers have their QBs In Andy Dalton and Colin Kaepernick and given the uncertainty under centre in both franchises it would not be a huge surprise to see both feature in 2011.

Their fellow AFC North rivals Cleveland continued to have a good draft getting Jabaal Sheard at DE who should fit straight in to their planned 4-3 Defense in 2011 and in the South Tennessee filled a glaring hole taking Akeem Ayers at 39. Kyle Rudolph also looked like a value pick for the Vikings who will now have a bit of depth at TE.

However we feel the pick of the second round was Da’Quan Bowers who looks a steal bad knee or no bad knee at 51. Tampa could be a force to be reckoned with in the next few seasons if they keep building like this.

Round 2 picks In Full


1 Ras-I Dowling DB Patriots
2 Aaron Williams DB Bills
3 Andy Dalton QB Bengals 
4 Colin Kaepernick QB 49ers
5 Jabaal Sheard DE Browns
6 Ryan Williams RB Cardinals
7 Akeem Ayers OLB Titans
8 Bruce Carter OLB Cowboys
9 Jarvis Jenkins DT Redskins
10 Brooks Reed DE Texans 
11 Kyle Rudolph TE Vikings
12 Titus Young WR Lions
13 Rahim Moore S Broncos 
14 Orlando Franklin OG Broncos 
15 Lance Kendricks TE Rams
16 Stefen Wisniewski C Raiders
17 Benjamin Ijalana OT Colts 
18 Marcus Gilchrist DB Chargers 
19 Da’Quan Bowers DE Buccaneers 
20 Marvin Austin DT Giants 8
21 Stephen Paea DT Bears
22 Jaiquawn Jarrett S Eagles
23 Rodney Hudson C Chiefs 
24 Shane Vereen RB Patriots
25 Mikel Leshoure RB Lions
26 Torrey Smith WR Ravens
27 Greg Little WR Browns
28 Brandon Harris DB Texans
29 Jonas Mouton OLB Chargers
30 Daniel Thomas RB Dolphins
31 Marcus Gilbert OT Steelers
32 Randall Cobb WR Packers


Round Three in Full


1 Terrell McClain DT Panthers 
2 Dontay Moch OLB Bengals 
3 Nate Irving ILB Broncos 
4 Kelvin Sheppard ILB Bills
5 Robert Housler TE Cardinals 
6 Justin Houston DE Chiefs 
7 Demarco Murray RB Cowboys 
8 Martez Wilson OLB Saints
9 Stevan Ridley RB Patriots
10 Ryan Mallett QB Patriots 
11 John Moffitt OG Seahawks
12 William Rackley OG Jaguars 
13 Jurrell Casey DT Titans 
14 Austin Pettis WR Rams
15 Leonard Hankerson WR Redskins 
16 Chris Culliver DB 49ers 
17 Demarcus Van Dyke DB Raiders
18 Vincent Brown WR Chargers
19 Jerrel Jernigan WR Giants
20 Mason Foster ILB Buccaneers
21 Jah Reid OT Ravens
22 Allen Bailey DE Chiefs 
23 Drake Nevis DT Colts 
24 Johnny Patrick DB Saints
25 Shareece Wright DB Chargers 
26 Curtis Marsh DB Eagles
27 Akeem Dent ILB Falcons 
28 Joe Barksdale OT Raiders
29 Christopher Conte S Bears 
30 Kenrick Ellis DT Jets 
31 Curtis Brown DB Steelers
32 Alexander Green RB Packers
33 Sione Fua DT Panthers  

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