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Here's the second half of the NFL mock draft for those that don't have to suffer through the losing records.

 

17. Cleveland Browns (via Atlanta) - Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College (Last week - Jenkins)

 

They added explosion offensively with their first pick and they are going to bolster the LBing core with their second pick. Kuechly has a ridiculous 118 tackles already this year and had 180 last year. He's basically a ballhawking LB, in a way. Where ever or whoever has the ball, he'll be there waiting.

 

18. Houston Texans - Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU (Last week - Stephen Gilmore)

 

The Texans definitely need the CB help, and in this CB heavy draft, getting the 2nd best CB at the 18 spot would be huge for them. That being said, with this being such a CB heavy draft, I could see the Texans adding some WR depth to go opposite Andre Johnson like Ryan Broyles.

 

19. Tampa Bay Bucs - Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina (Last week - Chase Minnifield)

 

Same position, new player for the Bucs. Pass defense is still the weakness, and Gilmore can step in and boost their secondary. That being said, the Bucs could address this in a different way and take a pass rusher. The only problem with that is that they took two DE's last draft and overall have a young DL. Gilmore seems like the most logical pick, to me.

 

20. Cincinnati Bengals (via Oakland) - Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama (Last week - Alameda Ta'amu)

 

The Bengals rank in the bottom half of the league in sacks. That's about the only weakness this defense has and Upshaw, who has 27 tackles with 4.5 sacks, 11.5 tackles for a loss, an interception and two forced fumbles, can come in and be that guy for them. This would definitely solidify this defense.

 

21. Chicago Bears - Mike Brewster, C, Ohio State (Last week - Brewster)

 

Again, I repeat, if they draft anyone but an offensive lineman, all management should be fired. Despite the o-line playing solid of late, they have too much a reputation of playing like crap for me to believe in them. They need to get younger and better and Brewster can take over the hole Olin Kruetz left.

 

22. Baltimore Ravens - Manti Te'o, ILB, Notre Dame (Last week - T.J. McDonald)

 

The Ravens are always looking for ways to bolster their already ridiculously good defense. Adding Te'o, a stud LB in college and one of my personal favorites in this draft, would do just that. Te'o could learn from one of the greatest at his position, play along side him a little, and eventually take over for him.

 

23. NY Giants - Zach Brown, LB, North Carolina (Last week - Kuechly)

 

Same position, new player. The Giants have suffered tons of injuries, but the positives is they get some more young talent. Brown has had some big games for UNC this year and can come in and help the NY Giants rush defense that ranks 23rd in the nation.

 

24. San Diego Chargers - Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State (Last week - Brown)

 

Worthy is flying up draft boards as Michigan State's defense gets more and more publicity. He's a big boy at 6'3, 310 lbs and could really help the Chargers rush defense, which is middle of the pack.

 

25. Buffalo Bills - Alameda Ta'amu, DT, Washington (Last week - Billy Winn)

 

The Bills need to bolster the defensive line. While the elite pass rushers are off the board (and there aren't many this year), they can still get a top notch defensive tackle and really lock down the middle of the defensive line.

 

26. Cincinnati Bengals - Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma (Last week - Te'o)

 

While the Bengals are high on the guys they have, passing on Broyles could really haunt them in the future. A trio of Dalton-Green-Broyles should certainly make defenses cringe in the future. The Bengals are in a great position with two first rounders and can afford to draft best available here.

 

27. New England Patriots (via New Orleans) - Billy Winn, DE, Boise State (Last week - Upshaw)

 

At 6'4 and 295 pounds, Winn is a monster that a lot of people aren't high on yet. I suspect, once workouts starts and scouts see them more formally, he'll rise up boards. And New England's biggest weakness is the pass defense. Getting pressure on the QB is the start.

 

28. Detroit Lions - Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia (Last week - Janoris Jenkins)

 

The Lions are getting to the QB and getting INTs, but not on a consistent enough basis and are giving up big plays. I think this is a product of having a bad secondary and a good defensive line. Minnifield, according to some, has the biggest upside in this draft. Only time will tell, but the Lions need him.

 

29. Pittsburgh Steelers - David DeCastro, G, Stanford (Last week - DeCastro)

 

Nothing has changed in a week. DeCastro still fills their biggest need in keeping Roethlisberger healthy. They have a lot of weapons on the perimeter when Big Ben has time to throw to them. DeCastro has successfully kept Luck standing, so he shouldn't have a problem in Pittsburgh

 

30. San Francisco 49ers - Cliff Harris, CB, Oregon (Last week - Andrew Datko)

 

The 49ers pass defense is pretty mediocre and Cliff Harris has been rising up draft boards at a pretty consistent basis. At this point, he'd be the 5th CB taken in the first round, and he's still a 1st round talent. That shows how deep this draft is.

 

31. New England Patriots - Mark Barron, SS, Alabama (Last week - Barron)

 

It made sense last week and it makes sense this week. Barron will help this secondary that is full of young guys and will be maturing, but needs some stability. The Patriots would be silly to pass up on a secondary player twice in this draft in the first round.

 

32. Green Bay Packers - Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State (Last week - Harris)

 

Last week, the Vikings got to Aaron Rodgers 4 times and rushed him numerous times. While injuries have depleted their line, taking an OT seems reasonable here. You can never have too many good lineman.

 

 

As a special treat for you guys, I'll move on to the second round, but just the picks. This may happen each week, but it's time dependent.

 

33. Rams - Travis Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma
34. Dolphins - LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
35. Colts - T.J. McDonald, S, USC
36. Vikings - Janoris Jenkins, CB, Northern Alabama
37. Eagles (via Cardinals) - Levy Adcock, OT, OK State
38. Jags - Ronnell Lewis, OLB/DE, Oklahoma
39. Panthers - Jared Crick, DT/DE, Nebraska
40. Broncos - ay Ray Armstrong, SS, Miami
41. Eagles - Cordy Glenn, G, Georgia
42. Seahawks - Brandon Lindsey, DE/OLB, Pittsburgh
43. Browns - Zebrie Sanders, OT, OK State
44. Chiefs - Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
45. Titans - Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson
46. Redskins - Juron Criner, WR, Arizona
47. Cowboys - Kelechi Osemele, G/T, Iowa State
48. Jets - Donte Paige-Moss, OLB/DE, UNC
49. Falcons - Devin Taylor, OLB/DE, South Carolina
50. Texans - Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
51. Bucs - Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin
52. Patriots - Frank Alexander, DE, Oklahoma
53. Bears - T.Y. Hilton, WR, FIU
54. Ravens - Eddie Whitley, FS, Virginia Tech
55. Giants - Kelechi Osemele, OG, Iowa State
56. Chargers - Nico Johnson, LB, Alabama
57. Bills - Kheeston Randall, DE, Texas
58. Bengals - Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
59. Saints - Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt
60. Lions - Lucas Nix, OG, Pittsburgh
61. Steelers - Vinny Curry, DE/OLB, Marshall
62. 49ers - Jeff Fuller, WR, TAMU
63. Patriots - Dwight Jones, WR, UNC
64. Packers - Coryell Judie, CB, TAMU

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