2011 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft: Round 2, Pick 60

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 New England Patriots, at No. 60 overall.

With the 60th overall pick in the 2011 SB Nation NFL Writers Mock Draft, the New England Patriots select Torrey Smith, wide receiver, Maryland..

Greg Knopping of PatsPulpit.com explains the choice, and our own Dan Kadar reacts to it, after the jump. Make sure you're grading this pick for the Patriots, and checking out Pats Pulpit for all of your Patriots needs.

Greg Knopping explains: Having addressed the Patriots' three most "pressing" needs with the first three picks (OL, DE and OLB), I went best player available with the 60th pick for the Patriots. At this spot, a few players initially were under consideration including, but not limited to: Torrey Smith, Allen Bailey, Stefen Wisniewski, Ryan Williams, Jordan Todman, Rodney Hudson, and others.

On my board, not only did I have Torrey Smith ranked as the top receiver remaining, I had him ranked as the number three receiver above both Jon Baldwin and Leonard Hankerson, who were both taken ahead of Smith. In fact, Smith was strongly considered as a BPA prospect with the 33rd overall pick. Clearly, at this point, Smith is an excellent value pick for the Patriots (in my opinion).

So what does he bring to the table as a prospect? For one, he brings great intangibles and character. Second, he has great size and speed, standing in at 6’1", 204 pounds, and running a 4.41 40-yard dash. While he isn’t the most polished route runner yet, he has good quickness and should be able to improve further in the area. Overall, however, Smith has the potential to become an excellent NFL receiver, and could eventually take over as the No. 1 receiver in New England.

In this mock, the Patriots finished with OT Gabe Carimi (17), DE Cameron Heyward (28), OLB Brooks Reed (33), and now WR Torrey Smith (60). In hindsight and based on how certain players fell, I might have done some things differently. Overall, this is a pretty solid group for the Pats.

Dan Kadar reacts: If the draft falls likes this one has, it will be hard for New England to not pick Smith here. To be clear, he's no Darrius Heyward-Bey clone. The Raiders bust is more a track athlete and Smith, while fast, is not. There aren't character issues or work ethic troubles with Smith. He plays hard and is a team-first receiver. In other words, he'd be a perfect fit on the New England Patriots. In fact, if it came down to Jon Baldwin or Torrey Smith, it wouldn't be a shock at all to see the Pats go with Smith over Baldwin.

In Smith, they'd get the big outside receiving option they haven't had since Randy Moss. No, Smith isn't in Moss' league in regard to being a playmaker. But he's a talented vertical receiver who could develop into a star working with Tom Brady. [Torrey Smith Scouting Report]

With that, the San Diego Chargers - and our friends at Bolts from the Blue - are now on the clock.

Mocking the Draft's Top 5 Remaining Prospects

OVR Name Pos. College Report
29 Jurrell Casey DT USC scouting report
35 Johnny Patrick CB Louisville scouting report
36 Ryan Williams RB Virginia Tech scouting report
44 Stefen Wisniewski C Penn State scouting report
47 Titus Young WR Boise State 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 story
54 Philadelphia Eagles Clint Boling OT Georgia story
55 Kansas City Chiefs Leonard Hankerson WR Miami (FL) story
56 New Orleans Saints Quan Sturdivant ILB North Carolina story
57 Seattle Seahawks Drake Nevis DT LSU story
58 Baltimore Ravens Jon Baldwin WR Pittsburgh story
59 Atlanta Falcons Marcus Gilbert OT Florida story
60 New England Patriots Torrey Smith WR Maryland
61 San Diego Chargers
62 Chicago Bears
63 Pittsburgh Steelers
64 Green Bay Packers

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