NFL Mock Draft 3-31 Round 2

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By Paul M. Banks

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33. St. Louis Golden Tate WR Notre Dame

I predict the Rams will grab their franchise QB in round one with the first overall pick; and complement him with a WR in round 2. There’s a drop-off from Bryant and Benn to Tate, when it comes to WR prospects, because there are many more questions about Golden than there are about Dez. Some wonder if Tate is too small. He measured below what they expected he would at the combine. Lowering his stock. Then he ran faster than expected, raising his stock; so I left him right back where he was before the combine.

34. Detroit Alex Carrington DE Arkansas St.

Carrington is essentially a “late bloomer” in the life of a NFL Draft prospect. Since the Senior Bowl, and through the combine, Carrington has been rising up the charts, and fulfills a major need in Philly. The Lions have had a pretty rough go of it with their draft picks lately, so they’re due for another one to pan out, right?

35. Tampa Bay Jahvid Best RB California

You can use the obvious pun on his name to describe his place in this year’s running back class. (After Ryan Mathews of course) He’s easily the second best RB, especially after that eye-catching 40 time he registered at the combine.

36. Washington Roger Saffold OT Indiana

They play football at IU? Yes, they do. Not very well, but the Hoosiers have a team. And the program produced an agile, athletic prospect who might be a decent LT some day. He’s an underrated talent, like Amanda Seyfreid.

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37. Kansas City Jared Odrick DT Penn State

Regarding the talents and abilities of Odrick himself, I asked him about the best part of his game, “I hate this question. I let people decide that for me. I just try to be a smart player. If you’re a smart player than you can play faster, more efficient and that’s really what I want to try and do,” Odrick said.

To read the complete profile and exclusive of Odrick click here

38. Cleveland Donovan Warren CB Michigan

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The secondary is one of many areas where the Browns are desperate for help. Therefore, I don’t think it’s very far-fetched for them to go with a safety in round one, and a corner in round 2. Hopefully for their sake, one of the two pans out. Otherwise their 2010 season will be about as successful as Sarah Palin’s term as Governor of Alaska.

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39. Oakland Cam Thomas, NT North Carolina

Raiders could use a play-maker to sharpen up their run defense. But I’m not sure this pick might end up making a whole lot of sense. Then again how many Raiders picks lately have made any sense? So then this might make perfect sense

40. San Diego John Jerry G Ole Miss

Going value here. JJ had one of the best combines around, and he’ll make a great addition to help block for whoever starts handling all the carries now available with Tomlinson’s departure.

41. Buffalo Dekoda Watson, OLB, Florida State

The 2nd fastest LB at the combine, and he has good size to boot. A project pick at best, a very big stretch at worst. But with the Bills anything is possible on draft day- believe me

42. Tampa Bay (from Chicago)Patrick Robinson CB Florida St.

This pick makes so much sense on so many levels that I almost don’t think it will happen. You know how NFL GMs get as the NFL Draft draws near. They throw logic out the window.

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43. Miami Terrence Cody DT Alabama

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Cody is a big time anchor guy who could go higher if he got into shape (well he is in a shape- he’s round) throughout the combine and workout process. He is a perfect 3-4 true nose tackle, but scouts worry about his conditioning and stamina. By the way, the Dolphins could REALLY use a nose tackle. However, many wonder is can keep his weight under control enough to really be solid contributor in this league. And if you saw those pictures of him with his shirt off at the combine, you really do wonder is he can keep his weight down. He definitely had bigger breasts than the girl pictured above.

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44. New England (from Jacksonville) Damian Williams WR USC

This will be Moss’ last season as a Patriot (and maybe even his last stop in the NFL). And after him, Edelman, and Welker they have NADA at WR. Williams was a big loser during combine week, but in this wideout class he’s still a winner, and will become a very rich man.

45. Denver Mardy Gilyard WR Cincinnati

Here’s a guy who really has had an up and down 2009-10 in terms of his draft stock. I have no doubts that Josh McDaniels can work him into this rotation though.

46. New York Giants Chad Jones S LSU

Safety is a primary need in Gotham and Jones is a hard-hitter who seems to have a nose for the ball. Unfortunately, he didn’t do himself any favors in combine week. But then again tradition dictates that safeties rarely get picked very high in the first round anyway- so he’s right where you expect him to be.

47. New England (from Tennessee) Navorro Bowman LB Penn State

The Pats’ struggles and injuries to the front seven this season have been a constant reminder that this draft will no doubt focus on the defensive side of the ball. Bowman’s stock dropped A LOT at the combine. There were questions about his character heading in, and now there’s a buzz about his lack of speed in the drills. Concerns have been strong enough to drop him out of the first round.

For an interview/profile of Bowman, click here

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48. Carolina DeMaryius Thomas WR Georgia Tech

The Panthers desperately need more speed in the corps to complement Steve Smith, and the “Rambling Wreck” may be the exact place to do that.

49. San Francisco Ricky Sapp DE/OLB Clem

Sapp is so versatile, he may not fall this far, but if he does = perfect fit.

50. Kansas City (from Atlanta) Ben Tate RB Auburn

Certainly time to start rebuilding running back depth after the whole Larry Johnson tiff. Johnathan Dwyer is an option, but I think they’ll go Tate instead.

51. Houston Tyson Alualu DE/DT California

The big, strong Polynesian has versatility (which should get him plenty of playing time on the next level) and a knack for penetrating the opponents’ backfields.

52. Pittsburgh Geno Atkins DT Georgia

Whatever diet Atkins is on, it’s working! Or his conditioning habits are…or both! Geno followed up an excellent Senior Bowl week with a stellar combine, kicking ass and taking names in both the speed and strength drills.

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53. New England Sergio Kindle DE/LB Texas

His ability to play multiple positions in the front seven is reminiscent of current Patriot Adalius Thomas (but Thomas may not be a Pat by the time Kindle arrives) Nevertheless, Kindle makes perfect sense as Foxboro has made no secret they’re going in a younger direction in the defensive front 7.

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54. Cincinnati Jon Asamoah OG Illinois

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Cincy could use some help at the guard position, and Asamoah is a great combination of strength, quickness and agility. As a UI grad, it’s frustrating to think about how poorly most Illini offenses have performed this decade given all the NFL talent they’re produced on the OL (Duke Preston, Brandon Moore, David Diehl, Ryan McDonald etc.) The squandering of talent drove the Illini community to drink heavily.

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55. Philadelphia Corey Wootton DE Northwestern

The “Coreysaurus” had a pretty disappointing pro day, and his combine was nothing to write home about. I may even be ranking him too high here. The 6’7” Wootton explained to me how he got that moniker: “I got dubbed that nickname from a teammate of mine that just graduated, Todd Dockery cuz of my long neck. I used to be real thin when I was a freshman. Since then he’s always called me “Coreysaurus.”

The 6’7” Wootton explained to me how he got that moniker: “I got dubbed that nickname from a teammate of mine that just graduated, Todd Dockery cuz of my long neck. I used to be real thin when I was a freshman. Since then he’s always called me “Coreysaurus.”

For an in-depth profile/interview of Wootton click here

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56. Green Bay Nate Allen S USF

Does GB need help in the secondary? Did you watch that playoff game against Arizona? There’s your answer.

57. Baltimore Dominique Franks CB Oklahoma

Baltimore’s two biggest needs this offseason: WR and DB, they took care of one with Boldin, here they’ll try and fix two

58. Arizona Daryl Washington LB TCU

Zona’s D hasn’t exactly been the strongest at times this season (especially against the pass, and in between the hashes. Enter Washington, who could fit in well on the inside and be a help in shutting down the short-mid range passing game

59. Dallas Dexter McCluster WR/RB/RS

I think the ‘Boys will like McCluster’s versatility, and we all know they could use some help at wideout

60. Seattle Kareem Jackson CB Alabama

At times in ’09, the Hawks secondary looked worse than those ugly ass, Ecto Cooler meets Digger Phelps’ highlighter covered in booger jerseys they wore versus the Bears early in the season. Wilson has both the measurables and the experience. He led Boise State with five interceptions, 10 pass breakups and 15 passes defended, tied for 18th best in nation. So with upgrades to both positions in the secondary, and the D line- it will be very different in ’10.

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61. New York Jets Kameron Chancellor S Virginia Tech

Chancellor has said that he attempts to emulate the former Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor, and said, “[He was a] big safety, the prototype guy for the position. I’m a big safety, too, and I’ve just always wanted to be just like him. I don’t necessarily say I can be Sean Taylor before it’s over, but I think I can be just as good.”

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62. Minnesota Jermaine Cunningham DE Florida

Cunningham isn’t as explosive as his teammate Carlos Dunlap but he is more reliable on a play by play basis. He gets to the quarterback with regularity and makes a lot of tackles in the run game as well.

For more on where I predict each Florida Gator will get drafted go here

63. Indianapolis Brandon Ghee DB Wake Forest

Ghee is a both physical and fast, especially in his backpedal. Indy doesn’t have a huge whole at DB, but trust me corners in this league, they get old and outdated fast- like Montell Jordan’s video “Something 4 day Honeyz” Can you believe this clip is 15 years old?

64. New Orleans Vladimir Ducasse, OT, Massachusetts

The earthquake in Haiti hit this big man hard. He immigrated to the United States ’02 and most of his family still lives there. Hopefully for him, this April will bring some sunshine (and a big paycheck) into his life. Ducasse did not allow a sack last fall, and only allowed 4 during his career.

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Comments

  1. As a Tampa fan, these three picks would make me extremely happy.

  2. Brown is a good pick…fits the criteria of new OL Coach Mike Solari, who prefers very athletic players. If Singletary goes DE at #17, I think Griffen would be a better pick, as Coach likes bigger DE’s than JPP. But, I think there’s also a decent chance he’d go for Iupati, to really upgrade his OL.

  3. paulmbanks says

    Thanks Mike!!! It’s nice to have someone comment that they ENJOY my picks, instead of writing 5,000 word diatribes about why I’m wrong…or just calling me nasty names as many commenters do

  4. paulmbanks says

    A lot of people believe Pierre-Paul will be long gone at #17 because he’s like Jevan Kearse II, at least body and measurables wise. but he has so little experience…so I just don’t see it. SF is the most interesting team in this draft BY FAR because….1.) this is a much stronger draft on the defensive side of the ball

    2.) the deepest position on off by far is OL

    and those just happen to be also where the Niners are most looking to fill needs

  5. paulmbanks says

    And they’re having 2 picks in the first round makes them more intriguing as well.

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