2011 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft: Round 2, Pick 50

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 San Diego Chargers, at No. 50 overall.

With the 50th overall pick in the 2011 SB Nation NFL Writers Mock Draft, the San Diego Chargers select Jabaal Sheard, defensive end, Pittsburgh.

John Gennaro of BoltsFromTheBlue.com explains the choice, and our own Dan Kadar reacts to it, after the jump. Make sure you're grading this pick for the Chargers, and checking out Bolts from the Blue for all of your Chargers needs.

John Gennaro explains: The draft just kind of fell right for Jabaal Sheard to be the pick here. First off, the Chargers chose a DE in the first round with Cameron Jordan, so that hole was patched and a player like Iowa's Christian Ballard no longer was an option. The pick previous saw OT Ben Ijalana go off the board, so trying to fill in for a possible Jeromey Clary departure was off the table. There still are some holes at WR to fill, but looking at the draft board and an additional second-round pick coming 11 spots later, it was worth taking a player that might not be around later, as opposed to a position that will certainly have someone worth taking later.

Sheard had an impressive year and scouts project that he can be a 3-4 OLB, which is exactly where the Bolts will play him. His senior season at Pittsburgh was supposed to be one where he played second fiddle to Greg Romeus in the Panther pass rush. Things didn't turn out that way, as Romeus battled injuries and Sheard became the star of the defense. It seem like almost every week he picked up a sack, and that kind of production can't be ignored.

The Chargers have had a need for a productive pass rusher ever since Shawne Merriman's knee started to go out. An attempt was made to address the situation by drafting Larry English in 2009, but he too has battled injuries and hasn't been productive when he has played. The team isn't ready to cut bait with English, but it is ready to add depth, create competition and hopefully foster an environment where the defense can develop a consistent pass rush. Hopefully, Sheard will finally get to play an excellent second fiddle to a top pass rusher (this time it's Shaun Phillips) or maybe he find his way to being the top dog again.

Dan Kadar reacts: [Insert Dan's reaction] [Jabaal Sheard Scouting Report]

With that, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers - and our friends at Bucs Nation - 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 story
48 Oakland Raiders Marcus Cannon OT TCU story
49 Jacksonville Jaguars Ben Ijalana OT Villanova story
50 San Diego Chargers Jabaal Sheard DE Pittsburgh
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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