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Draft Analysis: Round 2

 
Pat Kirwan has spent many a draft in the war room as an NFL scout and assistant personnel director. Check back throughout the day as he provides us pick-by-pick analysis.

Round 1 Analysis

52: Baltimore Ravens | Anthony Weaver | DE | Notre Dame Fighting Irish
I am shocked he's still available this late in the second round. He can play end or tackle. Is smart, has a good first step and one of the better defensive linemen to come out of Notre Dame in years. Baltimore is in desperate need of a player like him with the departure of Siragusa, Adams and Dalton. As they move into their three-man front, he'll play left end, instead of nose tackle, where they may bring back Sam Adams.
51: Denver Broncos | Clinton Portis | HB | Miami (FL) Hurricanes
For months was thought to be a late first-round pick but his lack of size scared off a number of teams and durability is still a question. He is a probable third-down back in Denver and someone else like Olandis Gary could be on the trade block. He reminds me a lot of Adrian Murrell.
50: Houston Texans | Chester Pitts | OG | San Diego St. Aztecs
Never played high school football and was introduced to football by Kyle Turley, who met him in the supermarket. He has Natural pass blocking skills and is a huge man that is a project and won't be ready to contribute for two years, but Houston already has Boselli and Ryan Young, so it's a good fit.
49: Arizona Cardinals | LeVar Fisher | OLB | North Carolina St. Wolfpack
Another will linebacker. Short, can run and is one of the most productive tacklers in NCAA history with 500 career tackles. Will probably contribute on special teams early on. In new defenses, undersized players like him can get shots at the mike linebacker.
48: San Diego Chargers | Reche Caldwell | WR | Florida Gators
Was part of the tandem with Jabar Gaffney, which was No. 1 in college football. He's tall and he's the best route runner in the draft. He can run all the double routes. He's a great fit now that the Chargers have let go of Jeff Graham. He's got soft hands and can really catch the ball.
47: Cleveland Browns | Andre Davis | WR | Virginia Tech Hokies
Great speed. May have been picked higher if he came out as a junior last year. I know him personally and I know he's going to be an excellent pro. Another example of the great value in the second round.
46: New York Giants | Tim Carter | WR | Auburn Tigers
A typical Giants receiver selection. They love raw project types. He has great speed, is a member of Auburn's track team. He doesn't have a lot of production but a lot of upside potential. He's gotten hot in the last month after his personal workout. Before that, he was considered a fourth-round pick.
45: Tennessee Titans | Tank Williams | S | Stanford Cardinal
A true strong safety selection. Not well known for his deep middle play but excellent near the line of scrimmage. He's a bigger version of Victor Green. He's a heavy hitter and athletic enough to cover most tight ends in the league.
44: New Orleans Saints | LeCharles Bentley | C | Ohio St. Buckeyes
The best center in the draft and considered a top-five guard selection. He's extremely tough, excellent downfield on the linebacker level. He can block the nose tackle with little to no help and brings attitude to the offensive line. He has a chance to be a 10-year starter.
43: Kansas City Chiefs | Eddie Freeman | DT | UAB Blazers
He's a great value at this spot and a number of coaches I spoke with this week felt he was going to go late in the first round. He's big, powerful, had 32 reps on the bench. He was a four-year starter and is talented enough to play left defensive end as well as defensive tackle. With the addition of Ryan Sims, Freeman may get his first opportunity at end. Eddie and Sims together fixes the Chiefs defense overnight.
42: Indianapolis Colts | Larry Tripplett | DT | Washington Huskies
A stout inside defender who has great first-step quickness and is the type of player the Colts don't have. He fell to the second round because some felt he was sloppy at the combine. But if you study the film, you see a guy who played 33 straight games, playing end, tackle and nose. Forget the criticisms that he's short at 6-1. Do your homework, Warren Sapp and John Randle are 6-1. There are 10 starting defensive linemen in the league that are in the 6-1 range.
41: Cincinnati Bengals | Lamont Thompson | S | Washington St. Cougars
A good free safety with range. He can play in the deep middle and can get to the football when it's up. He's got pretty good ball skills and physical enough to come to the line of scrimmage in run support. He's clearly a need and most teams projected him for the middle of the second round.
40: Jacksonville Jaguars | Mike Pearson | OT | Florida Gators
Desperately needed in Jacksonville after the loss of Tony Boselli. The most accomplished pass-blocking tackle in terms of technique. He may have to start at left tackle next year. A good pick where need meets value. He needs some help with his run blocking, but in the meantime, he can help Mark Brunell from being pounded.
39: San Diego Chargers | Toniu Fonoti | OG | Nebraska Cornhuskers
Once again, John Butler sits still and gets a tremendous player. The guy shattered the Nebraska record for pancake blocks, and that's saying something. Now Butler has a great run blocker at guard to block for LaDainian Tomlinson. San Diego is in the process of having a second great draft in a row. Marty Schottenheimer loves the running game and I'm sure Fonoti was far and away the best player left on his board, and never anticipated he'd be available now.
38: Minnesota Vikings | Raonall Smith | OLB | Washington St. Cougars
Another 4.5 40 will linebacker who's a run-and-hit guy and will fit in nicely in Minnesota's 4-3 defense stacked behind the tackle where he can't be block. He'll be expected to run to the ball and make plays. He can get lots of playing time next year. He has a reptuation as adequate in pass coverage and good as a blitzer. Minnesota needs defensive help and he will get his opportunities sooner there than elsewhere.
37: Dallas Cowboys | Andre Gurode | OG | Colorado Buffaloes
He is a tremendous pick in the second round. Personally, I felt he was a first round pick. He can play guard or center, he's a great run blocker and has all the tools to be a great pass blocker. He has enough talent to become a Pro Bowl player down the road.
36: Buffalo Bills | Josh Reed | WR | LSU Tigers
Former running back turned receiver who will fit right in at the slot position. He's explosive out of the breaks and caught almost 100 balls last year. According to most coaches I spoke with, he was the best interview at the combine. With the amount of three-wide receiver sets out there, he will play a lot next year. He's another high character, Tom Donahoe type. They still need defensive line help but he was so high on the board, they couldn't resist. He reminds me of Wayne Chrebet in the way he plays.
35: Detroit Lions | Kalimba Edwards | DE | South Carolina Gamecocks
The end of the football season, people felt he was the next John Abraham but upon further review, they found out he didn't have the same fast-twitch as Abraham, so this is the right spot for him. There is some concern for him being explosive enough as a pass rusher, but no one denies he will be a good player in the NFL. There was some talk standing up and playing as a strong-side linebacker, but most I spoke to feel he needs to have his hand on the ground to be successful.
34: Carolina Panthers | DeShaun Foster | HB | UCLA Bruins
He is a complete running back whose fumbling forced him into the second round. If you believed the fumbling is going to be a problem, you shouldn't take him anywhere. The running back coaches I talked to think he's an excellent back, and he was ranked first on a few teams' boards. He can catch the ball, he doesn't have great speed, but he has shiftiness and can create long runs. And many of those fumbles were caused because he was playing with a broken hand, and he has a bad habit of carrying the ball away from his body. The hand will be better and the technique can be fixed by a good coach. The NFC rookie of the year was Anthony Thomas, a second-round pick. Carolina needs a back and he could be a 1,000-yard back next year.
33: Houston Texans | Jabar Gaffney | WR | Florida Gators
trouble early in his career, left the team but returned to become a very good player. At one point this winter, he was the No. 1 receiver on almost every board, but his small hands and just average 40 times brought him back into the pack and was passed by bigger, faster receivers. A great choice at the top of the second round and reminds me of Chris Palmer's selection of Kevin Johnson when building the Cleveland franchise.


 
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