32. Miami Dolphins – Joe Flacco – QB - Delaware
John Beck is not Bill Parcells' guy. Joe Flacco will be. He’s got a big arm and adequate mobility and reminds me of Drew Bledsoe back when both of his legs worked. Brohm won’t get picked on account of his size, and Henne has lots of question marks. The Dolphins still could get more athletic in their defensive backfield, but they have another pick later in the second round to get that done. Neither Flacco nor Brohm will be available with their next pick.
33. St. Louis Rams – Calais Campbell – DE - Miami
Campbell can step in and upgrade the run defense on day one. What is keeping Calais out of the first round is his still-emerging pass rush ability. With Leonard Little moving closer to retirement, the time is now to find a running mate, and future replacement.
34. Atlanta Falcons – Brian Brohm – QB - Louisville
Most people felt like Bobby Petrino would be intent on selecting his former quarterback as they were floundering last season. Well, the Falcons will have to settle for just one of the pair, and luckily, they are going to get the good one. Brohm brings good accuracy and decision making, to a team that was lacking in both. Since this is the first of three second round picks for the ATL, they can take care of the QB position first, and fill holes at CB and on the line later in the round.
35. Kansas City Chiefs – Brandon Flowers – CB – Virginia Tech
The Chiefs start a run on defensive backs with the Hokie prospect. Ty Law is gone and Patrick Surtain has a LOT of experience, which is both good and bad. Flowers is a guy who could blossom in a system like Kansas City. With Allen and Hali rushing the quarterback for at least another year, Flowers should have some help.
36. New York Jets – Reggie Smith – CB / S - Oklahoma
The Jets play against the Patriots. The Patriots throw the ball. The Jets need to improve their defensive backfield. Revis, their first round pick in 2007 was picked on last year, finishing in the top five for CB target rate. He did improve in the latter stages of the year, but Reggie Smith would be a welcome, versatile addition to Mangini’s defense.
37. Atlanta Falcons – Antoine Cason – CB - Arizona
Chris Houston needs some help and DeAngelo Hall is wearing silver and black. Cason is a solid prospect that, despite poor measurables, plays football really well. He dominated competition in the PAC-10, and should be a reliable corner from day one.
38. Baltimore Ravens – Justin King – CB – Penn St.
With the corners for the Ravens getting older, King would be a welcome infusion of youth to go with the rest of the aging defense. His cover skills would benefit from the mentoring of the talented McAlister and Rolle, and he would also be helped out by the pass rush of Terrell Suggs and company.
39. San Francisco 49’ers – Sam Baker – OT - USC
The 49’ers have a lot of holes across their offensive line, with the defection of Kwame Harris and company. Sam Baker is not the solution to their blocking woes, but he is a start. Look for San Francisco to further address their line on the second day of the draft.
40. New Orleans Saints – Dan Connor – LB – Penn St.
Connor should complete a transformation of the linebacking corps, including the Jonathan Vilma acquisition. With DRC onboard as well, the Saints defense should start to perform up to the level of their offense.
41. Buffalo Bills – Lawrence Jackson – DE - USC
The Bills get a steal here with Jackson. His pass-rushing abilities will be needed to get to Tom Brady and company in the AFC East. Finding a running mate for Lee Evans would also be a concern, but Jackson’s value is higher here than an Early Doucet or Andre Caldwell.
42. Denver Broncos – Pat Sims – DT - Auburn
Judging by their interest in signing Rogers and Robertson this spring, the Broncos are looking to upgrade at DT. While Pat Sims didn’t play for the Browns, the Broncos brass should be impressed with his hard-nosed interior play at Auburn.
43. Carolina Panthers – Anthony Collins – OT - Kansas
The Panthers filled a need on the d-line in round one, so they turn to the o-line in round two. Collins was a productive blocker for Kansas and should be able to firm up a line that had a down year in 2007. Trying to find a replacement for Keyshawn (Jarrett isn’t working out) would also be a possibility.
44. Chicago Bears – Chad Henne – QB - Michigan
Da Bears need a “Da quarterback”, not a “Duh quarterback”. Andre Woodson and Chad Henne will vie to be selected after the triumvirate of Ryan, Brohm, and Flacco are selected. Neither Henne nor Woodson may be the answer, but the Bears need to find a reliable option to put under center.
45. Detroit Lions – Jonathan Stewart – RB - Oregon
Although the Lions don’t have much luck picking players from Oregon, see Joey Harrington, Jonathan Stewart should solidify a running game that just hasn’t produced. If Mayo is still on the board late in the first round, expect the Lions to explore trading up to grab him.
46. Cincinnati Bengals – Chris Johnson – RB – East Carolina
Is it just me or did Rudi Johnson and Shaun Alexander look the same last year? Chris Perry is always hurt and Kenny Irons isn’t getting healthy anytime soon. After just missing out on Jonathan Stewart, the Bengals burn another pick on a RB, this time the speedster Chris Johnson. If the Bengals are going to draft somebody, he has got to be able to outrun the cops, right?
47. Minnesota Vikings – Chris Ellis – DE – Virginia Tech
With Kenechi Udeze and Erasmus James, two former first round draft picks, battling health problems, the Vikings need to invest in a pass rush specialist for their defensive line. Ellis fits the bill and should do well to team up with the big boys in the middle. The Vikes will be tempted to pick a QB here, such as Andre Woodson, but they may wait a round and see what happens. With Malcolm Kelly in the fold, the Vikings brass may elect to give the reins to Jackson for one more year.
48. Atlanta Falcons – Carl Nicks – OT - Nebraska
With their fourth pick of the day, the Falcons keep checking off needs, this time shoring up their offensive line. Nicks is a talented blocker that has experience in a pro-like system in Nebraska.
49. Philadelphia Eagles – Marcus Harrison – DT - Arkansas
The Iggles like to draft linemen, and Harrison, when his head is on straight, is a force rushing the passer and stopping the run. Cornerback could also be a spot to look at if they trade Lito Sheppard prior to or during the draft.
50. Arizona Cardinals – Ray Rice – RB - Rutgers
Edgerrin James has yet to acclimate himself to the dry air and lack of Peyton Manning in Arizona. Ray Rice would be a powerful, smart addition to the backfield. His receiving skills would benefit Matt Leinart or Kurt Warner, whoever takes the field this fall.
51. Washington Redskins – Early Doucet – WR - LSU
Things couldn’t have played out much better for the Redskins. They get a great athlete to fill a need at safety in the first round, and follow it up with getting Early late. He is an elite athlete that can help Moss and Cooley get open as well. The ‘Skins could use some help on their defensive line as well, but all the prospects left, such as Laws and Rubin, would be reaches at this point.
52. Tampa Bay Bucs – Andre Caldwell – WR - Florida
Contrary to evidence, Joey Galloway can’t play at this level forever, and Michael Clayton isn’t showing what it takes to be a #1 WR. Reche’s little brother from nearby Gainesville would be a dynamic addition to an offense that has struggled to find a dependable number two option.
53. Pittsburgh Steelers – Erin Henderson LB - Maryland
The Steelers never can have enough LB’s for their system, and Henderson would be a good fit. Jordy Nelson from Kansas St. would also be an option here if they want to go out and get a big WR.
54. Tennessee Titans – Curtis Lofton – LB - Oklahoma
Lofton presents a great value for the Titans here. After passing on Mayo and Connor in the first round, the Titans will be ecstatic to get a quality LB here. Lofton provides the smarts and leadership that the Titans need on defense. If Jevon Kearse can hook himself up to the rejuvenation machine for one season, the Titans will be real tough.
55. Seattle Seahawks – Dustin Keller – TE - Purdue
The Seahawks already added one weapon on offense, but with Marcus Pollard getting up there in age, Dustin Keller would provide Matt Hasselbeck with a TE that can stretch the seam for years to come. Adding defensive depth would also be a possibility here, but with Coach Holmgren probably having one year left, he wants to go out in style.
56. Green Bay Packers – Fred Davis – TE - USC
With the emergence of Donald Lee, Bubba Franks was expendable. Fred Davis however, can help stretch the field and make the power-o play-action a real threat in their offense. Aaron Rodgers would love to have three security blankets out there with his two TE’s and Donald Driver.
57. Miami Dolphins – Tracy Porter – CB - Indiana
Watching game film this off-season, Bill Parcells was sure to see Randy Moss jumping over and around the Dolphins hapless secondary. After addressing their needs at QB and the d-line, the Marine Mammals get good value in Porter here. He is athletic enough to go against the Moss’ and T.O.’s of the world.
58. Jacksonville Jaguars – Dajuan Morgan – S – NC State
Donovan Darius isn’t walking in that door, and Reggie Nelson needs some help so he can back up his big mouth. The Wolfpack prospect Morgan brings the ball skills and athleticism needed to improve the Jaguars defensive backfield.
59. Indianapolis Colts – Chico Rachal – OG - USC
This is a match made in heaven: Jake Scott out, Chico Rachal in. Jeff Saturday will be a great mentor to this outstanding guard prospect from USC. The Colts will run to the podium with this pick. With no #1 pick due to trading up for Tony Ugoh last year, the Colts will be relieved to fill their lone dire need so well.
60. Green Bay Packers – Ahtyba Rubin – DT – Iowa State
This Cyclone prospect has been shooting up draft boards over the last few weeks. The Packers need to bolster a defensive line that is missing some names from last year. Rubin is a disruptor in the middle and should help Kampmann get to the passer.
61. Dallas Cowboys – Terrell Thomas – CB - USC
After upgrading at RB and WR, the Cowboys need to find a replacement for Jacque Reeves. Terrell Thomas isn’t the type of cornerback that you can put on an island, but opposite Terrance Newman, Thomas can be given plenty of help – hopefully not from Roy Williams though.
62. New England Patriots – Charles Godfrey – CB/S - Iowa
Having already addressed the cornerback position in the draft, one would expect the Patriots to bolster their aging linebacker corps or the right-side of their offensive line. Bill Belichick, however, has made a living of doing things different. Charles Godfrey played for Kirk Ferentz, a former assistant of Bill’s during his Cleveland days, and he possesses one of the most precious commodities in Belichick’s mind: versatility. Godfrey started off as a hard-hitting safety and transformed into a very consistent cover corner, as he gave up a total of zero TD’s during his stellar senior season. While he has a few odd hang-ups, Godfrey would be an excellent addition at corner or safety.
63. New York Giants – Patrick Lee – CB – Auburn
With the departure of Gibril Wilson the defensive backfield for the NFL champions could use an influx of talent. Lee provides an athlete that can cover well and provide adequate run support.