2011 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft: Round 2, Pick 40

DALLAS - OCTOBER 02: Cornerback Aaron Williams #4 of the Texas Longhorns drops a pass intended for Ryan Broyles #85 of the Oklahoma Sooners in the second quarter at the Cotton Bowl on October 2 2010 in Dallas Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/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 Dallas Cowboys, at No. 40 overall.

With the 40th overall pick in the 2011 SB Nation NFL Writers Mock Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select Aaron Williams, cornerback, Texas.

Dave Halprin of BloggingTheBoys.com explains the choice, and our own Dan Kadar reacts to it, after the jump. Make sure you're grading this pick for the Cowboys, and checking out Blogging the Boys for all of your Cowboys needs.

Dave Halprin explains: The Cowboys went with Tyron Smith in the first round, hoping to solve a glaring need on the offensive line. Now, they turn to another problem spot, the secondary. Last year the Cowboys defense fell off significantly, and a lot of that has to do with a secondary that has question marks everywhere. Terence Newman is aging and is becoming injury-prone, and Mike Jenkins followed an outstanding 2009 campaign with a total dud in 2010. The steadiest corner was nickel-corner Orlando Scandrick. Alan Ball was handed the free safety spot and didn't look good, and strong safety Gerald Sensabaugh is a free agent. The Cowboys have issues.

Enter Aaron Williams. The guy's a talent, but he's also a guy who can play multiple positions. He could end up at corner, or because of his size and tackling ability, at safety. He played all over Texas' secondary in his time there. It's hard to predict which player will let down the Cowboys secondary in 2011, but with so many candidates, it's bound to happen. The Cowboys could use an aggressive rookie with size and skill, who has played on the big stages, to come in and offer some assistance.

Dan Kadar reacts: If this is how Dallas' draft turns out, the team would get an A. Both Smith and Williams are high-upside players. Williams in particular would be able to step into the team's starting lineup as a rookie and make an impact. Whether it's at free safety or cornerback, it won't make a difference. Williams is a player who could go in the mid-20s of the first round, so to get him here is a steal. [Aaron Williams Scouting Report]

With that, the Washington Redskins - and our friends at Hogs Haven - 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
24 Brandon Harris CB Miami (FL) scouting report
27 Kyle Rudolph TE Notre Dame scouting report
29 Jurrell Casey DT USC 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 story
34 Buffalo Bills Jake Locker QB Washington story
35 Cincinnati Bengals Andy Dalton QB TCU story
36 Denver Broncos Marvin Austin DT North Carolina story
37 Cleveland Browns Adrian Clayborn DE Iowa story
38 Arizona Cardinals Martez Wilson ILB Illinois story
39 Tennessee Titans Bruce Carter OLB North Carolina story
40 Dallas Cowboys Aaron Williams CB Texas
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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