Despite rampant speculation the Rams would trade this pick, St. Louis selects the versatile offensive lineman from Indiana. Saffold was a fast riser ever since he dominated the competition at the East-West Shrine game. He'll likely play tackle opposite Jason Smith, protecting new franchise quarterback Sam Bradford.
The Vikings are one of the few teams in this draft without a glaring need. They used their first selection in this draft to take the physically talented corner from Virginia. Cook is a big, press corner who will likely contribute on special teams and provide depth behind Antoine Winfield and Cedric Griffin as a rookie.
The Bucs make the first real surprise selection of the second round by taking a defensive tackle who is extremely similar to their first round pick Gerald McCoy. Price is a one-gap penetrator whose best position is likely as a three technique yet the Bucs may ultimately put him at nose tackle and team him with McCoy to form the youngest interior defensive line in the NFL.
The Chiefs take the hybrid running back/slot receiver from Ole Miss who tore up the SEC the past two seasons. The knock against McCluster is his size but Kansas City was not fazed because they will likely only need to give him 10-15 touches a game as part of a rotation that includes youngster Jamaal Charles and veteran Thomas Jones.
The Eagles choose to fill the safety positon opposite Quintin Mikell that many expected them to select in the first round. Allen is an excellent athlete who was considered the third best safety in this draft. The Eagles are happy he was still available, using the selection they recieved from the Washington Redskins for Donovan McNabb.
The Browns continue to try to improve the back end of their defense, picking Ward to team with the corner, Joe Haden, they took in round one. Ward's hallmark is his physicality but the downside of that aggressive style of play is he was banged up throughout his collegiate career at Oregon. That medical history was not enough to dissuade the Browns from pulling the trigger on a guy who looks like a special teams star, at a minimum.
The Bucs move up three spots in order to give last year's first-round pick, Josh Freeman, the legitimate weapon he so desperately needed. Benn is a physical specimen who was projected as a potential top 10 pick coming into the 2009 season before having a sub-par year, in part because of spotty quarterback play in Illinois.
Miami fills the need at outside linebacker opposite former CFL star Cameron Wake, taking Misi over the more highly touted Sergio Kindle from Texas. Misi is relentless and physical, possessing the non-stop motor and mindset that Bill Parcells always covets.
The Bills surprisingly bypass their need at quarterback by taking Troup even though Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy are still on the boad. Troup is exactly the type of run-stuffing, space-eating, nose tackle the Bills needed to anchor their new 3-4 defense.
The Patriots make another trade with the Raiders in order to fill a glaring hole at their biggest position of need. Gronkowski is a complete tight end who would have been a first-round pick had he not missed the entire 2009 season following back surgery. Once again, the Pats get significant value in the second round, provided Gronkowski stays healthy.
The Ravens are thrilled to get a player many thought was the most explosive pass rusher in the draft. Kindle fell this far because of concerns about his knee but if he is able to stay healthy, the Ravens will have gotten a steal. Kindle could play opposite Terrell Suggs for the next four years.
The Raiders continue to try to improve their front seven on defense, a clear area of need. Houston will compete for playing time alongside Desmond Bryant and Tommy Kelly. Houston and Rolando McClain make the Raiders younger and more physical on defense.
Beadles will compete for a starting guard or center position in Denver, even though he played offensive tackle at Utah. The Broncos have gone to great lengths to remake their offensive line this offseason, and Beadles is the latest example of their desire to get bigger and stronger in the interior offensive line.
The Giants' infatuation with stockpiling defensive linemen continues with their selection of Joseph, a big defensive tackle from East Carolina. Joseph had been rising up draft boards as of late, to the point where some thought he might sneak into the first round. Joseph will be a rotational defensive tackle for New York.
Washington is a sideline-to-sideline linebacker who has elite speed and is a tackling machine. Arizona came into this draft knowing it needed to improve its defense dramatically and it has done exactly that with its selections of Washington and first-rounder Dan Williams.
The Panthers are stunned as anyone that a top 10 talent like Clausen is still on the board for their No. 48 selection. Clausen will compete with incumbent Matt Moore and give the Panthers better depth and more options at the most important position in football.
Mays is an athletic freak of nature who produced eye-popping numbers during the physical portion of the NFL combine. His play-making skills have been called into question, which is why he fell to this point, but he could ultimately team with emerging star Dashon Goldson to give the 49ers the most dynamic young safety duo in the league.
Kansas City takes its second defensive back from the SEC in this draft and the second Alabama corner to go off the board in the first 50 picks. Arenas is quick and feisty, which makes him ideal for the nickel corner position in the NFL. He'll likely be the Chiefs slot defender as a rookie if he gets off to a fast start in training camp.
Minnesota had to come out of this draft with a running back to complement Adrian Peterson after losing veteran Chester Taylor to the Chicago Bears in free agency. Gerhart is a physical runner with much better speed, feet, and vision than he gets credit. His college production speaks for itself, and he should have a solid impact as a rookie getting 5-8 carries a game for the Vikings.
Worilds has the exact body type and passion for the game that the Pittsburgh Steelers look for in their outside linebackers. He'll have time to develop his pass rush moves while spelling both James Harrison and Lamar Woodley in games this season.
New England had to try to secure a legitimate pass rushing outside linebacker to play opposite Tully Banta-Cain, who the Pats re-signed this offseason in free agency. Cunningham was less touted and thought to be less talented than teammate Carlos Dunlap, yet he is the first Gator defensive lineman off the board.
The Bengals continue their trend of drafting the most talented player available by taking Carlos Dunlap, a defensive end from Florida with rare physical ability. Dunlap had off-field issues and his passion for the game has been questioned. The Bengals needed a defensive end, however, and head coach Marvin Lewis is betting he can bring the best out of Dunlap.
Dallas drafts the heir apparent to Keith Brooking at inside linebacker in the heady Lee, the latest product from Linebacker U. Lee's intangibles are off the charts yet he is a better athlete than people realize. He'll be a core special teamer as a rookie before competing for playing time and a starting role in 2011.
Green Bay once again drafts a lineman, this time on the defensive side of the ball. Neal will likely play the five technique defensive end position for the Packers and will be part of a rotation with Johnny Jolly and Cullen Jenkins.
Kelly Gregg is not going to be able to play forever, so the Ravens knew they had to come out of this draft with a run-stuffing, two-gapping nose tackle. They got exactly that in the mammoth Cody, an early down run defender who will fill a very specific role for a Baltimore team that likes to give players specialized roles.
The Texans trade up in order to get a running back, one of two positions of need the Texans have filled in this draft. Tate is a physical runner with the versatility to stay on the field for all three downs. He fits the one-cut running scheme that Houston runs and will split carries with former rookie sensation Steve Slaton.
Add Cleveland to the list of teams that wanted to get a running back in the second or third round. Hardesty really came on as a senior for Tennessee and his physical, aggressive style will be a good complement to the quickness Jerome Harrison provides in Cleveland.
Seattle was kicking the tires on Brandon Marshall in free agency but instead will fill that void with this dynamic playmaker from Notre Dame. Tate is fast, tough, and loves football. His strength is his playmaking ability after the catch.
Vladimir Ducasse dominated in the best FCS conference in the country, the CAA. He played left tackle at UMass but the Jets will likely slide him inside to guard, where he will have a chance to start if the Jets trade Alan Faneca, which has been rumored. Even absent a trade, Ducasse will provide the Jets with depth at a position where they had virtually none.
Spikes has been an ultra-productive leader throughout his time with the Florida Gators and has a good chance to be a productive player in the NFL for the Patriots. He makes up for his lack of straight-line speed with excellent preparation and anticipation, two qualities that will serve him well at the next level.
The Colts' second pick in this draft is again on the defensive side of the ball. Angerer doesn't have any eye-opening physical skills but he is all football player, all the time. Look for him to be a key performer on special teams while competing with Phillip Wheeler for playing time on defense.
Brown dropped much lower than anticipated because of concerns about his durability. The Saints felt like the value of getting a potential starting left tackle was too good to pass up and will add him to the mix with Zach Strief, Jermon Bushrod and Jammal Brown. This pick also will allow the Saints to move Jammal Brown if they can get something of value in return.
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