2011 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft: Round 2, Pick 53

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 Indianapolis Colts, at No. 53 overall.

With the 53rd overall pick in the 2011 SB Nation NFL Writers Mock Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select Quinton Carter, safety, Oklahoma.

Brad Wells of StampedeBlue.com explains the choice, and our own Dan Kadar reacts to it, after the jump. Make sure you're grading this pick for the Colts, and checking out Stampede Blue for all of your Colts needs.

Brad Wells explains: With guys like Stephen Paea and Marvin Austin long off the board, it seemed a bit of a reach to go DT here, even though it is a pretty big need area for the Colts. If the rumors of the team having interest in Bears DT Tommie Harris are true, it offers some relief at DT, but doesn’t solve the overall problem.

However, regardless of who plays DT, the reality is safety is just as important to fill in this draft, and with Quinton Carter sitting there, it only makes sense to grab him.

At 6’2", Carter would offer an imposing presence in the secondary - a presence the Colts haven’t had since Bob Sanders became brittle glass. Sanders is now gone (released and signed with the Chargers), and while Melvin Bullitt is a nice option at safety, the fact is he isn’t a long term option (especially with his shoulder issues and coming off a knee injury).

Strong safety is a very important position in the Tampa 2. Carter can thrive in Larry Coyer’s system, which took a step back last year due in part to the injuries at safety.

Dan Kadar reacts: Good safety play is a caveat requirement in the Indianapolis defense. At free safety, Carter is the best one after Rahim Moore. He's a good all-around safety with nice size and athleticism. Carter is actually pretty similar to Bullitt in what they can do on the field, but Carter is probably better in every area. If Tommie Harris goes to Indianapolis as expected, there's no reason to reach for a developmental tackle prospect.  [Quinton Carter Scouting Report]

With that, the Philadelphia Eagles - and our friends at Bleeding Green 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
29 Jurrell Casey DT USC scouting report
35 Johnny Patrick CB Louisville scouting report
36 Ryan Williams RB Virginia Tech scouting report
37 Torrey Smith WR Maryland 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 story
52 New York Giants Kyle Rudolph TE Notre Dame story
53 Indianapolis Colts Quinton Carter S Oklahoma
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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