2011 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft: Round 2, Pick 51

SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 11: Linebacker Mason Foster #40 of the Washington Huskies celebrates with Willis Wilson #29 after tackling quarterback Ryan Nassib #12 of the Syracuse Orange and causing a fumble on September 11 2010 at Husky Stadium in Seattle Washington. The Huskies defeated the Orange 41-20. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/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 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, at No. 51 overall.

With the 51st overall pick in the 2011 SB Nation NFL Writers Mock Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Mason Foster, outside linebacker, Washington.

Sander Philipse of BucsNation.com explains the choice, and our own Dan Kadar reacts to it, after the jump. Make sure you're grading this pick for the Buccaneers, and checking out Bucs Nation for all of your Buccaneers needs.

Sander Philipse explains: With Tampa Bay's second round pick, I wanted to find another pass rusher or base defensive end, but with Jabaal Sheard off the board just one pick before, I wasn't willing to reach for a defensive end. I then looked at the guard and offensive tackle positions, but I felt like I'd have to reach for a player to fill a need there as well, and I don't think the Bucs are willing to do that. That left me with one big position of need the Bucs could fill here: linebacker.

Quincy Black, Barrett Ruud and Adam Hayward are scheduled to be free agents, so the Bucs could do with an infusion of talent at the linebacker position. Mason Foster seems like the perfect linebacker for the Buccaneers defense. He's always around the ball, has tremendous instincts and does a good job in coverage, which could make him an immediate three-down starter. He's a bigger linebacker for the Bucs' Tampa 2, but they've been adding size to their defense for the past two years.

The downside for the Bucs is that he's weakest against the run, and the Bucs need to add some solid run defenders. Foster's overall skills and instincts trump that, and his deficiencies against the run seem to be technique issues that can be fixed. Foster isn't the flashiest of players, and his lack of pass rushing skills diminish his value a little, but he has the ability to be a very solid, long-term starter as a linebacker in the Bucs' defense. The only problem: over the past 15 years, the Bucs have only drafted two linebackers in the top two rounds, Derrick Brooks and Ruud. Are they willing to spend a high draft pick on a linebacker again?

Dan Kadar reacts: Sander is correct thinking an offensive lineman would be a reach here, though Stefen Wisniewski would be a good fit at guard. Foster would be a perfect addition to the Tampa defense. He's not a superstar linebacker, but he's solid, dependable and a leader. It's likely the Bucs come out of this draft with at least one outside linebacker. They may as well get the best one on the board in the second round. [Mason Foster Scouting Report]

With that, the New York Giants - and our friends at Big Blue View - 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 story
51 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Mason Foster OLB Washington
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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