2011 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft: Round 2, Pick 44

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 Detroit Lions, at No. 44 overall.

With the 44th overall pick in the 2011 SB Nation NFL Writers Mock Draft, the Detroit Lions select Brandon Harris, cornerback, Miami (FL).

Sean Yuille of PrideOfDetroit.com explains the choice, and our own Dan Kadar reacts to it, after the jump. Make sure you're grading this pick for the Lions, and checking out Pride of Detroit for all of your Lions needs.

Sean Yuille explains: After going defense in the first round with DE Da’Quan Bowers, I opted to continue to upgrade that side of the ball for the Detroit Lions in the second round with CB Brandon Harris. Cornerback is perhaps the position of biggest need for the Lions. Depth isn’t great, and with the CBA in limbo it’s unclear if free agent Chris Houston, the Lions’ top CB last season, will be restricted or unrestricted. That means it’s unclear if the Lions will be able to re-sign him, so I felt it was important to add talent to this position both as an insurance plan for Houston and to make the position better in general.

Why Harris? He seems like a player that could come in and crack the starting lineup early on in the season. While the draft is all about building for the long-term future, Harris could provide help in the short-term as well. If Houston is back with the Lions next season then they wouldn’t have to rely on Harris as their top guy by any means, but he could still become a starter over someone like Alphonso Smith. Between Smith, Harris and potentially Houston as well, the Lions would have a solid group of young, talented corners. It has been a while since the cornerback position hasn’t been viewed as a liability for the Lions, but these three guys could go a long way toward changing that negative perception.

Dan Kadar reacts: This is a stellar pick for the exact reasons Sean mentions. Over the next couple of seasons, the Lions have a good chance to become a top team. To do that, they need to target players who can contribute early. Harris can do that. He's not a physical corner, and may be best covering the slot. But he's very good in that role.  [Brandon Harris Scouting Report]

With that, the San Francisco 49ers - and our friends at Niners Nation - 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
27 Kyle Rudolph TE Notre Dame scouting report
29 Jurrell Casey DT USC scouting report
35 Johnny Patrick CB Louisville 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 story
41 Washington Redskins Danny Watkins OG Baylor story
42 Houston Texans Rahim Moore S UCLA story
43 Minnesota Vikings Ricky Stanzi QB Iowa story
44 Detroit Lions Brandon Harris CB Miami (FL)
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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