Let’s take a look back at some of the notable moves of the second round…
The Vikings get good value with UVA CB Chris Cook at No. 34. Has size and should be able to find a role in the Minnesota Cover 2 scheme. Looks like a corner that can set the edge vs. the run and should be able to redirect WRs at the line of scrimmage.
Tampa continued to make impressive moves. Picked up another DT in UCLA’s Brian Price—who had first round grades from some clubs—along with WR Arrelious Benn from Illinois. I see Benn as a player who can align outside of the numbers and work against some of the more physical DBs in the NFL—and can run after the catch.
Irish QB Jimmy Clausen finally came off of the board at No.48 to Carolina. I still see Clausen as a QB with first round talent, and for the Panthers to find him this deep in the draft is a good value. Current starter Matt Moore is signed to a one-year deal, and Clausen should have opportunities to compete with him in August. This is a good fit.
The Patriots picked up Arizona TE Ron Gronkowski at No. 42. I don’t see this as a big need for New England, but with his size (6-6, 265) he is the type of player who can be an issue for opposing strong safeties who come down into the box.
Ole Miss’ Dexter McCluster went to K.C. early in the second at No. 36. Might be a bit high for a player who saw his stock rise over the last week, but when you look at the combo of Todd Haley and Charlie Weiss, I expect to see him used creatively in the passing game and out of the backfield. A slot guy and an impact player on special teams.
USC safety Taylor Mays goes to San Fran and Mike Singletary. Has all of the numbers when we look at a player from a size/speed aspect, but the key for the Niners is using him in the proper role. I see him as a player that needs to stick near the line of scrimmage until he develops his game at the pro level before he becomes a middle of the field safety.
Minnesota picked up Stanford RB Toby Gerhart with their second pick of the second round. I am a big fan of Gerhart because he can play downhill out of the backfield at the NFL level and runs with good pad level. But, the most important aspect of Gerhart’s game is that he can be used in pass protection—a rare thing for rookie backs.
Bama NT Terrence Cody went to the Ravens at No. 57. Can’t question his size (6-5, 365) or his ability to play the nose in any 3-4 scheme, and should fit in to the Ravens defensive line rotation. Baltimore also jumped on the opportunity to pick up Texas OLB Sergio Kindle. The former Longhorn dropped because of concerns about a knee issue, but the value for Baltimore here in the second round is very good. Two big names and two players who produced at big programs in college.
Cleveland picked up Tennessee RB Montario Hardesty at No. 59. Physical, downhill back for Mike Holmgren and Cleveland.
Seattle went with Notre Dame WR Golden Tate at No. 60. Look for Tate to have an impact for Pete Carroll if he can work inside of the numbers and align off of the ball. Great after the catch and needs to be used where he can work away from defenders and catch the ball is space.
New England went with Florida LB Brandon Spikes at No. 62. The former Gator slipped because of his speed during workouts, but the guy can make plays. He will find a role in New England with Belichick.
The Texans get their running back in Ben Tate from Auburn. There was some talk of Houston going with a first round RB yesterday, but they get good value and with Tate–a back with NFL size (5-11, 217).
Indy surprised some with Iowa MLB Pat Angerer. The Hawkeye doesn’t have big workout numbers, but when you turn on the tape, he is all over the field. Fits well in with the Colts.
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