Second round of draft has elite value

Today’s second round of the NFL Draft looks to be one of the most talented to come along in years. Here’s a breakdown of the top prospects still there for the picking:

OT Charles Brown, USC
Brown is a favorite of ours and a potential starting-caliber left tackle. Medical concerns are the main reason he’s still on the board.

Possible second-round suitors:
Raiders
Bills
Cardinals

QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame
He’s the most NFL-ready quarterback prospect in the draft and could end up being the best QB to come out of the class. I can see why teams were scared off in round one, but in round two he’s a real value.

Possible second round suitors:
Vikings
Panthers
Raiders

NT Terrence Cody, Alabama
A massive nose tackle prospect who has fallen because of weight concerns and a lack of a pass rush. However, we’ve seen plenty of big-name defensive tackle prospects slip into the second round in the past (Kris Jenkins, Shaun Rogers) and develop/mature nicely under NFL coaching. Cody could be the next in line.

Possible second round suitors:
Ravens
Dolphins
Jets

DT Linval Joseph, East Carolina
Speaking of talented second-round defensive tackles, no one has more overall upside than Joseph at this stage. The 6-5, 325-pounder has the burst and versatility to be effective in just about in any scheme and will likely be in high demand early in round two.

Possible second round suitors:
Ravens
Broncos
Patriots

TE Rob Gronkowski, Arizona
Concerns about his back look to have kept Gronkowski in the Green Room at Radio City Music Hall. However, he’s an NFL-ready “on the line Y” who can make plays in the pass game and has the frame needed to develop into a very good blocker.

Possible second round suitors:
Chiefs
Patriots
Ravens

DT Brian Price, UCLA
Price is one of my favorite linemen in this year’s draft. He does a great job firing off the snap and using his powerful rip move to make his way into the backfield and looks like an ideal three-technique for an NFL defense. I’ve also heard there’s some interest in him as a potential 3-4 nose in the Jay Ratliff mold.

Possible second round suitors:
Rams
Texans
Cowboys

OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland
The 2010 workout warrior didn’t deserve to go in the first round, but his combination of athleticism and upside is too good to pass up at this point. He needs some work but has a skill set you can work with.

Possible second round suitors:
Raiders
Bills
Chiefs

OL Vladimir Ducasse, Massachusetts
A powerfully built offensive lineman who showcases impressive range and body control for an athlete his size. He improved dramatically throughout the week at the Senior Bowl and has the upside to mature into one of the league’s better guards in time.

Possible second round suitors:
Jets
Eagles
Giants

WR Arrelious Benn, Illinois
The one wideout who I think can come in and make an impact from day one. He isn’t an elite vertical threat, but he can create separation underneath and make plays after the catch. Would be an ideal fit paired next to a burner on the outside.

Possible second round suitors:
Rams
Buccaneers
Browns

OL Rodger Saffold, Indiana
Saffold was one of the hotter names in the weeks leading up to the draft, as he has the type of athleticism and versatility to play just about any spot on the offensive line. He should end up being one of the first linemen to come off the board tonight.

Possible second round suitors:
Chiefs
Bills
Broncos

FS Nate Allen, South Florida
The one safety no one is really talking about, but if I had a pick, I’d take Allen over Earl Thomas any day of the week. This is a guy who finds the football, takes good angles vs. the run game and is one of the most unsung prospects in the draft.

Possible second round suitors:
Dolphins
Bengals
Eagles

RB/WR Dexter McCluster, Ole Miss
He’s dynamic with the football in his hands, and that’s all you really need to know. You can play him as a third-down back, in the slot or on special teams and he’ll find a way to make plays.

Possible second round suitors:
Packers
Patriots
49ers

FS Taylor Mays, USC
A size/speed prospect who simply lacks the instincts and change-of-direction skills needed for a team to feel comfortable taking him in the first round. However, because of his physical skill set, I think he goes at some point in the second round. Just don’t be shocked if the team that drafts him sees him more as an OLB at the next level.

Possible second round suitors:
Eagles
Jets
Raiders

Others to keep an eye on:

DE Carlos Dunlap, Florida
DE Everson Griffen, USC
WR Golden Tate, Notre Dame
QB Colt McCoy, Texas
TE Aaron Hernandez, Florida
OLB Daryl Washington, TCU
OLB Sergio Kindle, Texas
SS Chad Jones, LSU
RB Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech
OG John Jerry, Ole Miss
OG Jon Asamoah, Illinois

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