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Mock Draft: the second round
Thursday, April 10 Updated 1:37 PM EST
April 9 | Editor's Note: ESPN.com's Mel Kiper Jr. offers his initial second-round projection for the 2003 NFL draft (also, check out his most recent first-round projection, Mock Draft III, as well as Mock Draft II and Mock Draft I). The draft takes place Saturday, April 26 (rounds 1-3) and Sunday, April 27 (rounds 4-7).
With the NFL draft less than a month away, I'm unveiling my initial second-round projection. Here's my forecast:
33. Cincinnati Bengals -- Tyrone Calico, WR, Middle Tennessee State
The Bengals need a big receiver with speed. Right now they have Ron Dugans, who is big but lacks speed, and Peter Warrick, who isn't especially fast. Combining speed and size, Calico had an excellent combine and a good individual workout.
34. Detroit Lions -- Bradie James, LB, LSU
Detroit doesn't have any linebackers of consequence, and James can play inside and outside. For a team with few choices at linebacker, he would give them two good options at either middle or outside.
35. Chicago Bears -- Chris Simms, QB, Texas
Kordell Stewart is only a bridge to a new, young quarterback. If the Bears don't pick a quarterback in the first round, they'll look very seriously at Simms here.
36. Houston Texans -- Jon Stinchcomb, OT, Georgia
The Texans need a left tackle to protect franchise QB David Carr, who was sacked an NFL-record 76 times in 2002. If the Texans take a wide receiver in the first round, they'll have to get a tackle in the second round. Stinchcomb is a solid pass-blocking left tackle, which should make Carr happy.
37. Arizona Cardinals -- Nnamdi Asomugha, CB, California
Arizona needs defensive backfield help, and Asomugha is very versatile. He played safety and cornerback at Cal and has excellent size, so the Cardinals will be able to fit him in somewhere.
38. Dallas Cowboys -- Musa Smith, RB, Georgia
The Cowboys need an heir apparent to Emmitt Smith, and RB Troy Hambrick is not the short- or long-term solution. Musa Smith has been building lots of momentum leading up to the draft, and he's an outstanding inside runner. Replacing Emmitt Smith with Musa Smith wouldn't be a bad plan.
39. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Jeff Faine, C, Notre Dame
The Jaguars want to cement their interior offensive line. Brad Meester can play center or guard, so that versatility should allow them to pick Faine. He should be able to stick at center and help shore up the line.
40. Minnesota Vikings -- Sammy Davis, CB, Texas A&M
The Vikings need help at corner to strengthen up that porous defense, and Davis is one of the top four cornerbacks in this draft.
41. Baltimore Ravens -- Calvin Pace, DE, Wake Forest
Baltimore is weak on the defensive line and needs a defensive tackle to play opposite Anthony Weaver. Pace had a solid career and an excellent workout.
42. Seattle Seahawks -- Cory Redding, DE, Texas
The Seahawks made some additions via free agency to upgrade the defensive line but could still use another defensive lineman. Redding can play tackle or end, which gives the Seahawks much needed versatility.
43. St. Louis Rams -- Kevin Curtis, WR, Utah
Curtis would give the Rams the wide receiver they've been missing since Az-Zahir Hakim left. After Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce, the Rams are shorthanded at receiver, and Curtis is one of the fastest receivers in this year's draft.
44. Washington Redskins -- Mike Doss, S, Ohio State
The Redskins added Matt Bowen this offseason, but they need another safety. Doss is a solid safety and also would offer punt-return skills.
45. Carolina Panthers -- Andre Woolfolk, CB, Oklahoma
The only reason Woolfolk will slide this low is because he's a converted wide receiver and is still somewhat raw. But he has good upside potential.
46. San Diego Chargers -- Kenny Peterson, DE, Ohio State
The Chargers couldn't stop the run last season, and Peterson would give them some depth. He can play end or tackle, and now he's up to 296 pounds.
47. Kansas City Chiefs -- Bryan Scott, CB, Penn State
The Chiefs had the worst defense in the league last year, and this pick would upgrade their secondary. He's a combo guy with cornerback skills and safety size who can fit in either spot.
48. Buffalo Bills -- Jason Witten, TE, Tennessee
The Bills want a tight end who's a complete player. Witten is an excellent blocker who provides a good receiving option in the middle of the field.
49. Miami Dolphins -- George Foster, OT, Georgia
The Dolphins need an offensive lineman on the left side, and Foster can be that guy once he maximizes his physical ability.
50. New England Patriots (from Miami) -- Justin Fargas, RB, USC
Fargas would be an upgrade over RB Antowain Smith. He has a ton of ability and had four 100-yard games down the stretch last season.
51. Denver Broncos -- Rashean Mathis, CB, Bethune-Cookman
The Broncos need defensive help. Mathis was a free safety at Bethune-Cookman, but he showed cornerback skills at the Senior Bowl practices.
52. Cleveland Browns -- Eugene Wilson, CB, Illinois
After a great rookie year, CB Anthony Henry fell back in 2002, and Daylon McCutcheon appears to be more of a nickel back than a starter. The Browns could start Wilson and move McCutcheon into the nickel role.
[b][SIZE=3][color=green]53. New York Jets -- Julian Battle, S, Tennessee
The Jets need a big defensive back with versatility, and Battle is just what they're looking for.[/color][/SIZE] [/b]
54. New Orleans Saints -- Charles Tillman, CB, Louisiana-Lafayette
Tillman played safety and cornerback and was an underrated player in the college ranks.
55. Atlanta Falcons -- Vince Manuwai, OG, Hawaii
Manuwai is an outstanding guard prospect and also can play center, so he would provide the Falcons with a great deal of versatility. They need to continue to upgrade this position to protect QB Michael Vick.
56. New York Giants -- Nick Eason, DT, Clemson
The Giants didn't have any real depth to help at this position when Keith Hamilton was hurt last season. Eason is a boom-or-bust type. The Giants could hit the jackpot with him, but he has to be more consistent.
57. San Francisco 49ers -- Brett Williams, OT, Florida State
The 49ers need a true left tackle to upgrade the offensive line, though Williams is a bit inconsistent. He certainly has the ability to be a good NFL player and to start as a rookie.
58. Indianapolis Colts -- Bennie Joppru, TE, Michigan
Joppru is a combo guy who can catch the ball fairly well and is also a hard-working blocker. The Colts need that to complement TE Marcus Pollard.
59. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Drayton Florence, CB, Tuskegee
The Steelers were torched in the secondary last year, and Florence's stock has been steadily rising after an outstanding week of practice at the Senior Bowl.
60. Tennessee Titans -- Al Johnson, C, Wisconsin
The Titans need a center who projects into the starting lineup, and Johnson also plays guard.
61. Philadelphia Eagles -- Terry Pierce, LB, Kansas State
The Eagles have needed a middle linebacker since Jeremiah Trotter left last year. Pierce is exactly what they need -- a run-stuffing middle linebacker.
62. Philadelphia Eagles (from Green Bay) -- L.J. Smith, TE, Rutgers
The Eagles need another tight end to compete with Chad Lewis, and Smith offers some underrated ability.
63. Oakland Raiders -- Tyler Brayton, DE, Colorado
The Raiders need help at defensive end. Brayton has a non-stop motor and good pass-rush ability.
64. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Onterrio Smith, RB, Oregon
While RB Michael Pittman had a solid year, the Bucs could use another running back. Smith is a great pass receiver and a solid kickoff returner. He would provide a dimension beyond just being a speed back with home-run hitting ability.