After a first round in last night's 2011 NFL Draft, which included a lot less trades than expected but a lot more surprise picks, the second and third rounds will be held this evening starting at 6:30pm. With a ton of talent left on the draft board, there is sure to be more trades and interesting picks. With that in mind, SB Nation just completed a Round Two Mock Draft, starting off wondering where will Clemson DE Da'Quan Bowers land?
Bowers was originally thought to be a top ten pick and at one point was projected to go as high as first overall. However, a horrible Pro Day that raised questions about the status of his knee made that thud you heard last night being the sound of his stock dropping as well as his future paycheck.
So who do the Ravens take with the 26thpick of the second round?
Da'QuanBowers certainly won't be aroundwhen the Baltimore Ravens make their pick in the second round, 58thover, much less the 3rd round (90th overall), andthat would be fine withme, as the last thing the Ravens need is another defensive player with healthconcerns (see Sergio Kindle). SB Nation has him going to the ClevelandBrowns with the 37th overall pick andpairing him withfirst round pick, DT Phil Taylor (Baylor).
Sticking wiith the AFC North, this 2nd round mock draft has the Cincinnati Bengals selecting TCU QB Andy Dalton as an insurance policy for the uncertainty of veteran Carson Palmer. That sets up a young passing duo of Dalton to first round pick, WR A.J. Green (Georgia). SB Nation has the Pittsburgh Steelers taking a much needed offensive lineman, OG Will Rackey (Lehigh), a small-school player but highly rated nonetheless.
With the 58th pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select....Jerrel Jernigan, wide receiver, Troy. This is what SB Nation says about Jernigan:
"The Ravens need youth and speed at receiver, and Jernigan provides both, along with slot and return skills."
According to CBSSports.com, Jerniganis a 5'9", 190 pound wideout with blazing speed. He ran a 4.32 40-yard dash andfits into the Ravens plans as a slot receiver. He also can return both punts and kickoffs. At Troy, he was a three-time All-Sun Belt Conference selection at WR, twice as a kick returner. He is the all-time leader in receptions, receiving andall-purpose yards at both Troy as well as in Sun Belt Conference history.
Jernigancaught 84 passes in 2010, with six TDs. He added over 300 rushing yards and two more scores as well as a punt and kickoff return for touchdowns, giving him a total of eleven scores in 2010.
Jerrel may not have been sent to the Ravens from Krypton, which is where Superman came from when his father (Jor El) sent him here, but he might just be the savior that the Ravens need to open up this offense and add a versatile and dangerous spark.