BBV Community Mock Draft 2011, Second Round: Denver Selects Marvin Austin With 46th Pick

Our Big Blue View Community Mock Draft is rolling along. We have slowed a bit, as we have just one pick again today. It's the weekend, though, so that's fine.

Today, our man Mike Fiameetta was on the clock for Denver's third pick in the top 46, the Broncos second of this round.

Denver Broncos (46th overall) -- Marvin Austin, DT, Carolina

With their second pick in the second round (third overall), the Denver Broncos find themselves teased by the allure of one of the bigger boom-or-bust prospects of this draft. At the No. 46 pick, Marvin Austin from North Carolina ultimately proves too talented to pass over at this stage in the draft. Austin was embroiled in the scandal that rocked Chapel Hill in 2010 after he was ruled ineligible for the season due to his involvement with an agent. Scouts have also questioned his maturity, and Austin has been labeled as a player with questionable competitiveness.

That was the bust. For the boom, Austin is a 6-foot-3, 310-pound defensive tackle that is explosive, powerful and, at times, disruptive. At last month's Scouting Combine, Austin ran a 4.9-second 40-yard dash and bench pressed 225 pounds 38 times. Scouts rave about his lightning-quick first step and his ability to push the pocket, and Austin also boasts impressive length with 32 and 5/8-inch arms. Austin is also versatile, as he can fit in a 4-3 scheme as a tackle or in a 3-4 as an end.

With John Fox replacing Josh McDaniels as head coach, the Broncos could be willing to take a flyer on a questionable pick like Austin. Giants fans here are well aware of Fox's coaching ability and experience, and despite the sour end to his tenure in Carolina, he very well could be the type of coach to aid Austin in maximizing his potential. The Broncos resigned defensive tackle/end Kevin Vickerson in March, but as Fox guides the Broncos' defense to a 4-3 scheme, the depth chart figures to be open to a bit of a shakeup. The Broncos also released defensive tackles Justin Bannan and Jamal Williams last month, and after selecting DT Nick Fairley (Auburn) in the first round and DE/OLB Brooks Reed (Arizona) with their first pick in the second round, they return to defensive tackle in their continuing quest to solidify their front seven. -- Mike Fiammetta

My take: Yes, we let Mike run a little long with his explanation for selecting Austin. With this guy, though, there is a lot to say. This is a guy with first-round talent and a gamble worth taking for Denver, a team with a defensive-minded coach changing to a 4-3 scheme. Question is, will this guy be an Albert Haynesworth-like player, or a Haynesworth-sized pain in the backside? No doubt what Mike's focus has been in his role as Denver general manager, giving new coach John Fox players to rebuild his front line in Austin, Brooks Reed and Nick Fairley.

Top Players Remaining

Here are the top players still on the board, from SB Nation's Mocking The Draft:

-- Mike LeShoure, RB, Illinois
-- Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh
-- Jurrell Casey, DT, USC
-- Johnny Patrick, CB, Louisville
-- Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech

Round 1

Pos Team Player Pos School Drafter
1 Carolina Cam Newton
QB
Auburn
Tito
2 Denver Nick Fairley
DT
Auburn
Mike Fiammetta
3 Buffalo Patrick Peterson
CB
LSU
Bigbluethruandthru
4 Cincinnati Blaine Gabbert
QB
Missouri
BitterEli
5 Arizona Von Miller
OLB
Texas A&M
gmen2thebowl
6 Cleveland Marcell Dareus
DL
Alabama
Bobely
7 San Francisco
A.J. Green
WR
Georgia
Pat19
8 Tennessee Da'Quan Bowers DE
Clemson
RealLT
9 Dallas
Prince Amukamara
CB
Nebraska
Simms-McConkey
10 Washington Julio Jones
WR
Alabama
jcalafiore
11 Houston
Robert Quinn
DE/OLB
North Carolina
daddyzander
12 Minnesota Tyron Smith
OT
USC
RolloT
13 Detroit Anthony Castonzo
OT
Boston College
Ed Valentine
14 St. Louis
Aldon Smith
DE
Missouri
GiantNomad
15 Miami
Mark Ingram
RB
Alabama
HenneGivenSunday
16 Jacksonville Cameron Jordan
DE
California
ct17
17 New England
Mike Pouncey
OG/C
Florida
Ryan Valentine
18 San Diego
J.J. Watt
DE
Wisconsin
Anthony P
19 N.Y. Giants Akeem Ayers
OLB
UCLA
Ed Valentine
20 Tampa Bay
Jimmy Smith
CB
Tampa Bay
willgfass
21 Kansas City
Phil Taylor
DT
Baylor
The Blood Of Eli
22 Indianapolis Gabe Carimi
OT
Wisconsin
dannymac56
23 Philadelphia Nate Solder
OT
Colorado
JimmyK
24 New Orleans
Ryan Kerrigan
DE
Purdue
Charles L.
25 Seattle Jake Locker
QB
Washington
Ejaay
26 Baltimore Justin Houston
OLB
Georgia
LarrySoprano
27 Atlanta Kyle Rudolph
TE
Notre Dame
pataroons
28 New England
Derek Sherrod
OT
Mississippi State
DManInBLUE
29 Chicago Corey Liuget
DT
Illinois You're my boy, Blue
30 New York Jets
Adrian Clayborn
DE
Iowa
PlaxicoBurress
31 Pittsburgh Muhammad Wilkerson
DE
Temple
stephen_ross
32 Green Bay
Danny Watkins
OG
Baylor
NYG28

Round 2

Pos Team Player Pos School Drafter
33 New England
Jabaal Sheard
DE
Pittsburgh
DManInBLUE
34 Buffalo Christian Ponder
QB
Florida St.
Bigbluethruandthru
35 Cincinnati Stephen Paea
DT
Oregon State
Ed Valentine
36 Denver
Brooks Reed
DE/OLB
Arizona
Mike Fiammetta
37 Cleveland Martez Wilson
OLB
Illinois
Bobely
38 Arizona
Ryan Mallett
QB
Arkansas
gmen2thebowl
39 Tennessee Brandon Harris
CB
Miami
RealLT
40 Dallas Cameron Heyward
DE
Ohio State
Simms-McConkey
41 Washington Andy Dalton
QB
TCU
jcalafiore
42 Houston Aaron Williams
DB
Texas
daddyzander
43 Minnesota Rahim Moore
S
UCLA
RolloT
44 Detroit Mason Foster
OLB
Washington
BigBlueIntervention
45 San Francisco
Christian Ballard DT
Iowa
Pat19
46 Denver
Marvin Austin
DT
North Carolina
Mike Fiammetta
47 St. Louis



GiantNomad
48 Oakland


G Fan In England
49 Jacksonville



ct17
50 San Diego



Anthony P
51 Tampa Bay



willgfass
52 N.Y. Giants


Ed Valentine
53 Indianapolis



dannymac56
54 Philadelphia


JImmyK
55 Kansas City



The Blood Of Eli
56 New Orleans



Charles L.
57 Seattle


Ejaay
58 Baltimore


LarrySoprano
59 Atlanta


pataroons
60 New England



Ryan Valentine?
61 San Diego



Anthony P
62 Chicago



You're my boy, Blue
63 Pittsburgh


stephen_ross
64 Green Bay



NYG28
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