2012 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft: Round 2, Pick 48

BOISE, ID - DECEMBER 03: Shea McClellin #92 of the Boise State Broncos reacts after a play against the New Mexico Lobos at Bronco Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)

The SB Nation two-round NFL mock draft continues along with each lead NFL team blogger making the pick for their team. We continue the second round with the New England Patriots with the No. 48 pick.

With the 48th pick in the SB Nation NFL writer's mock draft, the New England Patriots select Boise State defensive end Shea McClellin.

Greg Knopping of PatsPulpit.com made the pick. Find some discussion of it after the jump.

Greg Knopping explains: Having picked up two pieces for the front seven at picks 27 and 31 (Whitney Mercilus and Kendall Reyes), my original plan was to address another area of need with the 48th pick: safety. However, my planned selection, S Harrison Smith, came off the board the pick before me, and I decided to go with the best available player. That player, in my opinion, was outside linebacker / defensive end Shea McClellin. McClellin provides a lot that the first two selections do not. Unlike Mercilus, McClellin is more of a natural fit at linebacker. In addition to playing outside linebacker in the 3-4 and defensive end in sub-packages, McClellin could probably even play strong-side linebacker similar to Rob Ninkovich in the Patriots' 4-3 sets. On third downs, Patriots coach Bill Belichick could use McClellin in a variety of different spots. In an ideal world, I probably would have traded up from 48 to ensure getting Harrison Smith. However, considering Smith came off the board right before my pick and the safety talent left on the board, I felt the best decision was to go best player available here, and that was McClellin. The plan going forward is to select a safety at the 62nd spot, and there should be a few options available at that spot, a few of whom include Markelle Martin, Brandon Taylor, and George Iloka.

Dan Kadar analyzes: The Patriots have long been associated with McClellin. If for no other reason, it's because the team direly needs pass rush help. In the first round, Knopping added Whitney Mercilus, which was a great pick. While I'm not so high on McClellin, this is a much better spot for him than the first round.

I question his on-field athleticism, which is a key to playing 3-4 outside linebacker. When New England goes with 4-3 sets, he would be fine. He gets off the line smoothly and in a hurry to beat linemen. While he does have some experience rushing out of a two-point stance, he'll be better initially with his hand in the ground.

Mocking the Draft's Top 5 Remaining Prospects

OVR Name Pos. College Report
23 Brandon Thompson
DT Clemson
scouting report
25 David Wilson
RB Virginia Tech
scouting report
29 Lamar Miller
RB Miami scouting report
30 Dwayne Allen
TE Clemson
Coming soon!
32 Chris Polk
RB Washington
Coming soon!

Pick Team Player Pos. School Story
1 Indianapolis Colts Andrew Luck QB Stanford Story
2 Washington Redskins Robert Griffin III QB Baylor Story
3 Minnesota Vikings Matt Kalil OT USC Story
4 Cleveland Browns Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State Story
5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Morris Claiborne CB LSU Story
6 St. Louis Rams Trent Richardson RB Alabama Story
7 Jacksonville Jaguars Quinton Coples DE North Carolina Story
8 Miami Dolphins Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M Story
9 Carolina Panthers Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State Story
10 Buffalo Bills Mike Adams OT Ohio State Story
11 Kansas City Chiefs Riley Reiff OT Iowa Story
12 Seattle Seahawks Courtney Upshaw OLB Alabama Story
13 Arizona Cardinals Jonathan Martin OT Stanford Story
14 Dallas Cowboys David DeCastro G Stanford Story
15 Philadelphia Eagles Luke Kuechly LB Boston College Story
16 New York Jets Melvin Ingram DE South Carolina Story
17 Cincinnati Bengals Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina Story
18 San Diego Chargers Mark Barron S Alabama Story
19 Chicago Bears Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame Story
20 Tennessee Titans Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama Story
21 Cincinnati Bengals Cordy Glenn OT Georgia Story
22 Cleveland Browns Kendall Wright WR Baylor Story
23 Detroit Lions
Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama
Story
24 Pittsburgh Steelers
Dont'a Hightower MLB Alabama
Story
25 Denver Broncos
Michael Brockers DT LSU
Story
26 Houston Texans
Dontari Poe DT Memphis
Story
27 New England Patriots
Whitney Mercilus DE Illinois
Story
28 Green Bay Packers
Devon Still DT Penn State
Story
29 Baltimore Ravens
Kevin Zeitler G Wisconsin
Story
30 San Francisco 49ers
Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech
Story
31 New England Patriots
Kendall Reyes DT Connecticut
Story
32 New York Giants
Peter Konz C Wisconsin
Story
33 St. Louis Rams
Jerel Worthy DT Michigan State
Story
34 Indianapolis Colts
Coby Fleener TE Stanford
Story
35 Minnesota Vikings
Rueben Randle WR LSU
Story
36 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Doug Martin RB Boise State
Story
37 Cleveland Browns
Zach Brown OLB North Carolina
Story
38 Jacksonville Jaguars
Brian Quick WR Appalachian State
Story
39 St. Louis Rams
Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina
Story
40 Carolina Panthers
Lavonte David OLB Nebraska
Story
41 Buffalo Bills
Chandler Jones
DE Syracuse
Story
42 Miami Dolphins
Andre Branch DE Clemson
Story
43 Seattle Seahawks
Mychal Kendricks MLB California
Story
44 Kansas City Chiefs
Josh Robinson CB Central Florida
Story
45 Dallas Cowboys
Nick Perry
DE Southern California
Story
45 Philadelphia Eagles
Trumaine Johnson
CB Montana
Story
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