2011 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft: Round 2, Pick 33

TUCSON AZ - SEPTEMBER 18: Quarterback Ricky Stanzi #12 of the Iowa Hawkeyes is sacked by Brooks Reed #42 of the Arizona Wildcats during the third quarter of the college football game at Arizona Stadium on September 18 2010 in Tucson Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Hawkeyes 34-27. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Our annual 2011 NFL Mock Draft, with picks made by each of SB Nation's NFL team bloggers, is in full swing. The latest pick in to the podium: the New England Patriots, at No. 33 overall.

With the 33rd overall pick in the 2011 SB Nation NFL Writers Mock Draft, the New England Patriots select Brooks Reed, defensive end, Arizona.

Greg Knopping of PatsPulpit.com explains the choice, and our own Dan Kadar reacts to it, after the jump. Make sure you're grading this pick for the Patriots, and checking out Pats Pulpit for all of your Patriots needs.

Greg Knopping explains: At the 33rd pick, I was once again presented with numerous options for the New England Patriots. At 17, the Patriots filled a need when I went with Gabe Carimi, the offensive lineman out of Wisconsin. With the 28th pick, the Patriots got the best 3-4 right end left on the board (and arguably one of the best players available) in Cameron Heyward. Following that pick, the other three positions that most needed to be addressed by the Patriots were outside linebacker, running back, and wide receiver.

Looking at those positions, there were some intriguing options left on the board. At outside linebacker, Jabaal Sheard, Brooks Reed and Allen Bailey were all still available. At running back, options such as Mikel Leshoure, Jordan Todman and Ryan Williams were all still there. At receiver, the likes of Torrey Smith and Leonard Hankerson still remained. Even a guy such as Danny Watkins was considered at the interior line. The problem when deciding was that none of these players were projected to be around when the Patriots picked next at No. 60. This made it a very tough choice.

Ultimately, I landed on Reed as my choice. He’s not the perfect 3-4 outside linebacker conversion project, but it is extremely hard to find one in this era (hence why Bill Belichick has never spent a first round pick on one). Reed has an explosive first step, and ran one of the fastest 10-yard splits at the Combine at 1.54 seconds. In fact, his 10-yard split was even faster than Georgia’s A.J. Green. While it’s hard to measure a prospect largely on what he did at the Combine, Reed showed good side-to-side quickness and better fluidity than expected in the linebacker drills. Add in the fact that Reed ran a 4.65, and has the build of a typical Patriots 3-4 outside linebacker at 6’3" and 263 lbs., and you’ve got a multitude of reasons why Reed could be an excellent pick for the Patriots. Reed combines all of those measurables with some terrific pass rushing moves, including a nice spin for his double move. He is better at setting the edge than you would expect, and always plays with a non-stop motor. He’s a hard worker and good locker room guy.

The only potential problems I see with Reed is that he isn’t the best at turning back up the field on his pass rush (can be taken out of plays) and his production was not exactly what you would like it to be at for such a high pick. In addition, fast-risers such as Reed often scare me. There’s no question that there is some risk in drafting a player such as Reed this high.

Overall, however, I see him as a player who can come in and contribute immediately in sub-packages as a pass rushing defensive end. A little ways down the line, he could be a big-time outside linebacker opposite Jermaine Cunningham, either on the left or the right side.

Dan Kadar reacts: I mentioned earlier that Reed was a over-hyped project pick for the Packers. That's true. For a team like the Patriots, who have another second-round pick, he could be a luxury. If anyone can develop his talent, it's Belichick. Reed's Combine times show there is something to work with there. He just never showed it consistently at Arizona.

With that, the Buffalo Bills - and our friends at Buffalo Rumblings - are now on the clock.

Mocking the Draft's Top 5 Remaining Prospects

OVR Name Pos. College Report
15 Mikel Leshoure RB Illinois scouting report
20 Jon Baldwin WR Pittsburgh scouting report
22 Adrian Clayborn DE Iowa scouting report
24 Brandon Harris CB Miami (FL) scouting report
27 Kyle Rudolph TE Notre Dame scouting report

2011 SB Nation NFL Writers' Mock Draft - RESULTS

Rd. No. Team Player Pos. College Link
1 1 Carolina Panthers Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri story
2 Denver Broncos Von Miller OLB Texas A&M story
3 Buffalo Bills Patrick Peterson CB LSU story
4 Cincinnati Bengals A.J. Green WR Georgia story
5 Arizona Cardinals Cam Newton QB Auburn story
6 Cleveland Browns Marcell Dareus DT Alabama story
7 San Francisco 49ers Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska story
8 Tennessee Titans Nick Fairley DT Auburn story
9 Dallas Cowboys Tyron Smith OT USC story
10 Washington Redskins Robert Quinn DE North Carolina story
11 Houston Texans Julio Jones WR Alabama story
12 Minnesota Vikings J.J. Watt DE Wisconsin story
13 Detroit Lions Da'Quan Bowers DE Clemson story
14 St. Louis Rams Corey Liuget DT Illinois story
15 Miami Dolphins Mark Ingram RB Alabama story
16 Jacksonville Jaguars Christian Ponder QB Florida State story
17 New England Patriots Gabe Carimi OT Wisconsin story
18 San Diego Chargers Cameron Jordan DE California story
19 New York Giants Mike Pouncey G/C Florida story
20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ryan Kerrigan DE Purdue story
21 Kansas City Chiefs Phil Taylor DT Baylor story
22 Indianapolis Colts Anthony Castonzo OT Boston College story
23 Philadelphia Eagles Jimmy Smith CB Colorado story
24 New Orleans Saints Muhammad Wilkerson DT Temple story
25 Seattle Seahawks Ryan Mallett QB Arkansas story
26 Baltimore Ravens Aldon Smith DE Missouri story
27 Atlanta Falcons Justin Houston DE Georgia story
28 New England Patriots Cameron Heyward DE Ohio State story
29 Chicago Bears Stephen Paea DT Oregon State story
30 New York Jets Akeem Ayers OLB UCLA story
31 Pittsburgh Steelers Nate Solder OT Colorado story
32 Green Bay Packers Derek Sherrod OT Mississippi State story
2 33 New England Patriots Brooks Reed DE Arizona
34 Buffalo Bills
35 Cincinnati Bengals
36 Denver Broncos
37 Cleveland Browns
38 Arizona Cardinals
39 Tennessee Titans
40 Dallas Cowboys
41 Washington Redskins
42 Houston Texans
43 Minnesota Vikings
44 Detroit Lions
45 San Francisco 49ers
46 Denver Broncos
47 St. Louis Rams
48 Oakland Raiders
49 Jacksonville Jaguars
50 San Diego Chargers
51 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
52 New York Giants
53 Indianapolis Colts
54 Philadelphia Eagles
55 Kansas City Chiefs
56 New Orleans Saints
57 Seattle Seahawks
58 Baltimore Ravens
59 Atlanta Falcons
60 New England Patriots
61 San Diego Chargers
62 Chicago Bears
63 Pittsburgh Steelers
64 Green Bay Packers
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