2011 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft: Round 2, Pick 47

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 St. Louis Rams, at No. 47 overall.

With the 47th overall pick in the 2011 SB Nation NFL Writers Mock Draft, the St. Louis Rams select Mikel Leshoure, running back, Illinois.

Ryan Van Bibber of TurfShowTimes.com explains the choice, and our own Dan Kadar reacts to it, after the jump. Make sure you're grading this pick for the Rams, and checking out Turf Show Times for all of your Rams needs.

Ryan Van Bibber explains: I swear this mock draft was not just an easy give to our fans on the Illinois side of the river, with two Illinois players in two rounds. Still, after watching Leshoure rip Missouri last season, even our fans on the other side of the river should be pleased with this pick. GM Billy Devaney has been looking for a backup/complement to Steven Jackson for a long time, even admitting to the media on April 12 that he had so far "failed" in that task.

Leshoure is a little different tact for that plan than many thought just a month or so ago, when it was assumed that a speedy, slender third-down runner was the best option. But why take the ball out of Jackson’s hands on third-down? Years of abuse have added up, and Jackson’s talent is wasted pushing him between the tackles. Jackson is the best so-called third-down back the Rams are going get... and they already have him. Leshoure will take over many of the first- and second-down carries, or the between the tackles stuff. Jackson will be used more and more as a receiver, lined up outside and in the slot sometimes. Opposing defenses will struggle to match the Rams offense with both backs on the field.

It’s hard to pass on a receiver here, but Leshoure will have more of an impact, giving the offense a new dimension by allowing them to expand Jackson’s role in 2011 (if there is a 2011 season) than a receiver not named Julio Jones... and the draft isn’t over after two rounds, anyway.

Dan Kadar reacts: The only reason I don't like this pick is because Jon Baldwin is still out there. It's hard to see a second running back behind Jackson making a larger impact than a possible No. 1 wide receiver. By the time the Rams would pick again (pick 78), it's hard to imagine the talent at wide receiver being as high. At running back, though, there should be several options in the third and fourth rounds. Namely, Delone Carter (Syracuse), Daniel Thomas (Kansas State) and Bilal Powell (Louisville) come to mind.

Leshoure would be a fine player for the Rams, if they chose to pick him. Baldwin might be a better one. [Mikel Leshoure Scouting Report]

With that, the Oakland Raiders - and our friends at Silver and Black Pride - are now on the clock.

Mocking the Draft's Top 5 Remaining Prospects

OVR Name Pos. College 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
36 Ryan Williams RB Virginia Tech 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) story
45 San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick QB Nevada story
46 Denver Broncos Brandon Burton CB Utah story
47 St. Louis Rams Mikel Leshoure RB Illinois
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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