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Cincy Jungle Mock Round 2 - The St. Louis Rams Select...

For pick No. 47 pick in the second-annual Cincy Jungle Mock Draft, Jaegner selected for the St. Louis Rams, who have the standard three picks available. Here is the pick...

With pick No. 47 pick in the 2011 Cincy Jungle Mock Draft, the St. Louis Rams select...

Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami (FL)

Priority number one for me in this mock was to get St. Louis Rams second year quarterback Sam Bradford some weapons to work with. The first round didn't fall quite right for me to pick one then, but here in the second a potential steal lies in wait for me to snag him. I added to an already improving defense in round one, and now in the second there's only one direction I can go in good conscience, and that's helping a brother (Bradford) out. In my opinion, Leonard Hankerson is one of the more underrated receivers in this draft and will be a monster - a cornerback bypassing, one-handed catching monster lurking way behind opposing teams' secondaries.
Sam Bradford had a very good rookie season. I don't think many people will dispute that. He threw for over 3500 yards, had a good completion percentage, and more of his passes went for points than for turnovers. One stat, however, remains conspicuously...well, pedestrian? Actually, let's go with 'bad'. His yards per attempt was just 5.95. A middle-of-the-road completion percentage suggests this figure isn't necessarily being dragged down by incompletions - it means his receivers simply aren't getting down the field. Only Jimmy Clausen posted a lower YPA, and at least he's got a good excuse - he's an ostrich. A legitimate human NFL quarterback should be doing better than that, and with Hankerson catching his passes, he will.

As for the receiver himself, Hankerson seems to lack truly elite speed judging by his 40 time, but that belies his true nature as a deep threat. Check out that highlight reel to see how many times the safeties are running to catch up to him. He's not overly quick but he has a great ability to separate from defenders at the second level. Additionally, he can overcome his lack of quickness on shorter routes with his excellent use of that 6'3", 215 lb frame to box out opponents. He rarely loses a jump ball and never fails to fight for one that's contested. His work ethic is reportedly fantastic, and he overcame significant difficulties adjusting to the college game early on to become one of the nation's elite NCAA receivers. With Josh McDaniels working with him it's a good bet he'll do the same thing at the pro level. It's not too difficult to envision the Bradford-Hankerson connection being one of the better ones in the game. Hankerson is exactly the type of player that the Rams' offense needs to start taking the top off of defenses, and exactly the type of player the team needs to continue building their solid young core.

Leonard Hankerson Highlights:

Draft Overview:

# Team Picked By Name/Positon of Pick
1 Carolina James Shively Nick Fairley / DT
2 Denver sexsalad Patrick Peterson / CB
3 Buffalo Elguapo09 Von Miller / OLB
4 Cincinnati Jason Garrison +2 A.J. Green / WR
5 Arizona Broski Da'Quan Bowers / DE
6 Cleveland Joe Goodberry Marcell Dareus / DL
7 San Francisco Heybrown Prince Amukamara / CB
8 Tennessee Oxalis Cam Newton / QB
9 Dallas Jim0ijk Robert Quinn / DE
10 Washington Pardon_My_French Blaine Gabbert / QB
11 Houston Joe27 Julio Jones / WR
12 Minnesota CarsonOrBust Tyron Smith / OL
13 Detroit The_Black_Stripes Cameron Jordan / DL
14 St. Louis Jaegner Aldon Smith / DE
15 Miami JaredM Mark Ingram / RB
16 Jacksonville Whodatchemsit JJ Watt / DE
17 New England (from Oakland / Seymour) UpStateMike Anthony Castonzo / OT
18 San Diego Quickslant Mike Pouncey / OG
19 New York Giants TheDealio Akeem Ayers / OLB
20 Tampa Bay Doc Scratch Ryan Kerrigan / DE
21 Kansas City Indesignkat Corey Liuget / DT
22 Indianapolis Ddbumpus Nate Solder / OT
23 Philadelphia Buckeyenut12 Gabe Carimi / OT
24 New Orleans FriarBob Cameron Heyward / DE
25 Seattle IgnatiusJReilly Jake Locker / QB
26 Baltimore FriarBob Adrian Clayborn / DE
27 Atlanta TruWhoDey Justin Houston / DE/OLB
28 New England UpStateMike Muhammad Wilkerson / DL
29 Chicago Bsmith4256 Derek Sherrod / OL
30 New York Jets Polo_614 Phil Taylor / DT
31 Pittsburgh Jason Garrison Jimmy Smith / CB
32 Green Bay Sean Weaver Stephen Paea / DL
33 New England (from Carolina / Armanti Edwards) UpStateMike Brooks Reed / OLB
34 Buffalo Elguapo09 Allen Bailey / DE
35 Cincinnati Jason Garrison +2 Christian Ponder / QB
36 Denver sexsalad Kyle Rudolph / TE
37 Cleveland Jason Garrison
Torrey Smith / WR
38 Arizona Broski
Rodney Hudson / G-C
39 Tennessee Oxalis
Marvin Austin / DT
40 Dallas Jim0ijk
Danny Watkins / G
41 Washington Pardon_My_French Jonathan Baldwin/WR
42 Houston Joe27 Rahim Moore/ FS
43 Minnesota CarsonOrBust Ryan Mallett/ QB
44 Detroit The_Black_Stripes Stefen Wiesnewski/ C/G
45 San Francisco Heybrown Andy Dalton/ QB
46 Denver (from Miami / Brandon Marshall) Joe Goodberry Drake Nevis/ DT
47 St. Louis Jaegner Leonard Hankerson/ WR
48 Oakland NoodleXV
49 Jacksonville Whodatchemsit
50 San Diego Quickslant
51 Tampa Bay Doc Scratch
52 New York Giants TheDealio
53 Indianapolis Ddbumpus
54 Philadelphia Buckeyenut12
55 Kansas City Indesignkat
56 New Orleans FriarBob
57 Seattle IgnatiusJReilly
58 Baltimore Joe Goodberry
59 Atlanta TruWhoDey
60 New England UpStateMike
61 San Diego (from NYJets / Antonio Cromartie) Quickslant
62 Chicago Bsmith4256
63 Pittsburgh FriarBob
64 Green Bay Sean Weaver
65 Carolina James Shively
66 Cincinnati Jason Garrison +2
67 Denver sexsalad
68 Buffalo Elguapo09
69 Arizona Broski
70 Cleveland FriarBob
71 Dallas Jim0ijk
72 New Orleans (from Washington / Jammal Brown) FriarBob
73 Houston Joe27
74 New England (from Minnesota / Randy Moss) UpStateMike
75 Detroit The_Black_Stripes
76 San Francisco Heybrown
77 Tennessee Oxalis
78 St. Louis Jaegner
79 Miami JaredM
80 Jacksonville Whodatchemsit
81 Oakland NoodleXV
82 San Diego Quickslant
83 New York Giants TheDealio
84 Tampa Bay Doc Scratch
85 Philadelphia Buckeyenut12
86 Kansas City Indesignkat
87 Indianapolis Ddbumpus
88 New Orleans FriarBob
89 San Diego (from Seattle / Charlie Whitehurst) Quickslant
90 Baltimore Jason Garrison
91 Atlanta TruWhoDey
92 New England UpStateMike
93 Chicago Bsmith4256
94 New York Jets Polo_614
95 Pittsburgh Joe Goodberry
96 Green Bay Sean Weaver
97 (possible compensatory)

98 (possible compensatory)