Tuesday, March 9, 2010

2010 NFL Draft Round 2

Updated 4/14
33. St. Louis Rams- Golden Tate (WR/Notre Dame)
This pick would make even more sense if the Rams drafted Clausen, his college teammate. Tate's stock rose during the combine where he ran a 4.36 40-yard dash. St. Louis could benefit from a speedy receiver, and could help improve Donnie Avery.

34. Detroit Lions- Devin McCourty (CB/Rutgers)
Detroit recently released Phillip Buchanon and the team spent last season with the league's worst pass defense. McCourty will make an immediate impact for a Lions squad that faces Aaron Rodgers, Jay Cutler, and possibly Brett Favre six times next season.

35. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Brandon LaFell (WR/LSU)
Tampa could use this pick to add a cornerback to eventually replace aging Ronde Barber, but the talent pool isn't deep and Detroit just took McCourty. LaFell could replace Antonio Bryant and provide youth to the Buccaneers receiving squad. LaFell is a tall physical receiver similar to Vinnie Jackson.

36. Kansas City Chiefs- Patrick Robinson (CB/Florida State)
Kansas City continues to re-tool it's defense and adding depth to their frail defensive backs. Robinson is a tough cornerback who has a lot of upside and first-round potential.

37. Philadelphia Eagles- Jon Asomoah (G/Illinois)
Asomoah can make an immediate impact in Philadelphia as they enter the Kevin Kolb era. Illinois only had two bright spots last season and Asomoah was one of them.

38. Cleveland Browns- Dexter McCluster (RB/Ole Miss)
McCluster is a do-it-all back who can line up as a receiver as well as return kickoffs and punt returns, all of which could take pressure away from Joshua Cribbs. Jerome Harrison stepped up at the end of last season, however, it isn't definite that he will be the feature back in Cleveland in 2010.

39. Oakland Raiders-Carlos Dunlap (DE/Florida)
Dunlap has all of the physical tools Al Davis looks for in a players. After releasing Greg Ellis, Dunlap could fall into Davis' hands and start immediately. Dunlap is physically talented but is known for taking plays off and has several off-field issues as well.

40. San Diego Chargers- Terrence Cody (DT/Alabama)
San Diego loves mammoth NT in the 3-4. Cody has weight, conditioning and discipline issues, but is a force when he does play.

41. Buffalo Bills-Cam Thomas (DT/North Carolina)
Buffalo is currently in transition to a 3-4 defense and need a nose tackle. They misse dout on Dan Williams in the first rounds, but make up for it by drafting Cam Thomas here.

42. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Kareem Jackson (CB/Alabama)
With an aging Ronde Barber, the Bucs need to improve their defensive back unit. Kareem Jackson will be grromed into the potential replacement for Barber as he plays across Aqib Talib.

43. Denver Broncos- Demaryius Thomas (WR/Georgia Tech)
Denver uses the pick they received in the Brandon Marshall trade to draft his replacement. Some analysts have him listed as the second best WR, but I see him as the 4-5th best available.

44. New England Patriots-Arrelious Benn (WR/Illinois)
Benn is still available in the second round and will be drafted to add youth to the Patriots receiving core. Welker is coming off a knee injury, Moss is in the last season of his contract and Holt is far past his prime so youth is a need here.

45. Denver Broncos- Ricky Sapp (DE/Clemson)
Sapp would be a first round pick if it wasn't for his bad knees. He will rejuvinate Denver's defensive front along with Dan Wilson and Elvis Dumervil.

46. New York Giants- John Dwyer (RB/Georgia Tech)
Brandon Jacobs lost a step last season, mainly due to the loss of Derrick Ward. Dwyer is a power back who could help keep Jacobs legs fresh.

47. New England Patriots- Navarro Bowman (OLB/Penn State)
The Patriots continue to build on their defense with Bowman. Bowman has some legal trouble but a strong franchise like New England can handle his off field issues and make a star out of him.

48. Carolina Panthers- Mardy Gilyard (WR/Cincinnati)
Steve Smith's production went down for two reasons: an inconsistency at QB and teams double-teaming him while their QB struggled. Gilyard has game-breaking speed and could distract teams from Smith.

49. San Francisco 49ers- J.D. Walton (C/Baylor)
San Francisco continues to build the team though their offensiv eline. Walton is a very good center and can start from day 1 for San Francisco.

50. Kansas City Chiefs- Chad Jones (S/LSU)
Kansas City is still regretting letting Bernard Pollard go. The Chiefs secondary is weak and Pollard is a freak who helped te Texans improve against the run and pass last season.

51. Houston Texans- Perrish Cox (CB.Oklahoma State)
Houston will be looking for somebody to replace Dunta Robinson, who bolted for Atlanta in free agency. Cox is speedy and can also contribute in the return game.

52. Pittsburgh Steelers-Jamar Chaney (MLB/Mississippi State)
James Farrior is getting old and lost a step last season. Pittsburgh is notorious for building its defense through it's linebackers. Chaney will most likely spend a season as a backup before going into action.

53. New England Patriots- Joe McKnight (RB/USC)
New England has not re-signed Kevin Faulk and Fred Taylor is far from the star he once was. The team has no faith in Laurence Maroney and could see McKnight as the future feature back of the program.

54. Cincinnati Bengals- Rob Gronkowski (TE/Arizona) The Bengals ass another offensive weapon for Carson Palmer in Gronkowski. Gronkowski can also help on run blocking as well.

55. Philadelphia Eagles-Vladimir Ducasse (OT/UMass)
The Eagles bring youth to their OL by adding Ducasse, who could become a star RT for the Eagles.

56. Green Bay Packers- Nate Allen (S/South Florida)
The Packers are looking to overtake the Vikings for the division title this season and they need to improve two areas in order to do so: their offensive line and their secondary. They were unable to protect Aaron Rodgers last season as well as stop Brett Favre.

57. Baltimore Ravens- Brand Ghee (CB/Wake Forest)
The Ravens defense is getting older, and may lose S Ed Reed to retirement. Ghee provides a great option at nickelback for Baltimore for the next few seasons.

58. Arizona Cardinals- Tim Tebow (QB/Florida)
I doubt Arizona is serious about having Derek Anderson or Matt Leinhart in their long-term plans at QB. While this is an awful fit for Tebow in terms of his much needed development, Tebow is a proven winner and had leadership qualities that Arizona will miss in the wake of Kurt Warner's retirement.

59. Dallas Cowboys- Rodger Saffold (OT/Indiana)
Dallas is aging at OL and Flozell Adams has resorted to tripping opponents in order to protect Romo, it is safe to say it is time to draft a newcomer to help take the load off the team.

60. Seattle Seahawks- Jahvid Best (RB/Cal)
Seattle can not rely on Julius Jones to be the feature back. Best was possibly the best running back in college last season until a nasty concussion sidelined him. If he slips here, this is a steal for Seattle.

New York Jets- Geno Atkins (DT/Georgia)
Kris Jenkins is returning from season ending triceps injury and will be 31 by opening day. Atkins is fast and physical DT who ran a 4.75 40 at the combine.

62. Minnesota Vikings-Toby Gerhart (RB/Stanford)
Minnesota will be missing Chester Taylor if they don't draft a running back to compliment Adrian Peterson. Gerhart is a powerful back with light feet who can take the tough yards and help Peterson stay healthy.

63. Indianapolis Colts- Darrell Stuckey (S/Kansas)
Bob Sanders is the best safety in the NFL when he plays, but that is few and far between. Sanders has missed half of his career due to injury and Indianapolis needs to leanr how to say goodbye. Stuckey can take over as a strong safety opposite of Antoine Bethea.

64. New Orleans Saints- Alex Carrington (DE/Arkansas State)
Carrington could start immediately for the Saints, who recently released Charles Grant.

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