By Don Banks
April 23, 2010
Second-Round Mock Draft (cont.)
43 CB Chris Cook Virginia Sr. 6-2 212
The Ravens finally get on the board with a cornerback who had a shot at sneaking into the bottom of the first round. Tight end is another position that makes solid second-round sense for Baltimore.
44 WR Arrelious Benn Illinois Jr. 6-1 219
With Wes Welker looking at a recovery season and Randy Moss entering the final year of his Patriots contract, New England could use Benn's play-making skills.
45 LB Sean Lee Penn State Sr. 6-2 236
After going offense with Demaryius Thomas and what's-his-name in the first round, the Broncos need an inside linebacker who can make things happen on a consistent basis.
46 DT Brian Price UCLA Jr. 6-1 303
Taking South Florida safety Nate Allen would fill another need, but Price's value in this slot is too high to overlook. He and Jason Pierre-Paul would breathe some fresh life into a Giants defensive line that sorely disappointed in 2009.
47 TE Rob Gronkowski Arizona Jr. 6-7 264
Time to get the pass-catching tight end the Patriots obviously need.
48 DT Cam Thomas North Carolina Sr. 6-4 330
The Panthers finally get to make a pick, and they stay close to home for help at the thinnest position on their defense.
49 RB Dexter McCluster Mississippi Sr. 5-9 172
First off, how cool is it the 49ers own the draft's 49th pick? Secondly, San Francisco was searching for a change of pace type runner to give teams a different look from Frank Gore. In the small but elusive McCluster, they've found one.
50 WR Golden Tate Notre Dame Jr. 5-11 199
After picking up talent at safety (Eric Berry) and offensive tackle (Rodger Saffold), it's time to look for an offensive play-maker who can make Matt Cassel's life a little bit easier.
51 RB Toby Gerhart Stanford Sr. 6-0 231
The Texans need another running back and they're going to like Gerhart's always-forward, move-the-chains running style. Somebody's going to be glad they took this kid, might as well be Houston's Gary Kubiak and Rick Smith.
52 CB Akwasi Owusu-Ansah Indiana-Pa. Sr. 6-1 207
The Steelers cornerback position didn't get the first-round love, but in Owusu-Ansah they have landed a talented and athletic small-school star who is on everyone's draft board.

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