NFL Draft 2010: 10 Surprises to Expect on Day 2
There was plenty of crying in beers last night. Part of Irish Nation is crying conspiracy while the rest are saying this was proof that Jimmy Clausen should have come back to campus for 2010.
Whatever the case, the board resets today. Clausen's still there, but there's plenty of big names still in the green room. This is where we truly see that there is a stunning depth of talent in this year's draft.
That makes the second round almost more interesting than the first round. If you thought there was intrigue Thursday night, just wait for tonight.
The deals will be aplenty. There will be players jumping way ahead of expectations and players you might not even know going to your favorite team.
But where are the surprises? Not to worry, lil' buckeroo. Primetime Night 2 is going to be as fun as Night 1.
The Bills Trade With The Rams to Take Jimmy Clausen
Everybody thinks the Vikings made the moves at the end of the first round to be in a perfect spot to take Clausen tonight. Not so fast, my friend.
The Bills trade their 41st pick and a late-rounder to the Rams to jump ahead of Minny to take Clausen. And that, my friends, is a heck of a 1-2 in the draft. Spiller and Clausen. Wow.
And if you're the Rams, are you playing Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda today? In retrospect, you could have had Suh and Clausen. Ouch.
I wouldn't be surprised to see the Bucs jump into the fray if Clausen is still on the board after Minnesota.
John Skelton Is Taken Ahead of Colt McCoy
Full disclosure: I am a Fordham graduate, so I'm pretty giddy about the idea of a Rams football player getting some love.
It's not just that. This is about buzz. McCoy is seriously lacking it right now. Meanwhile, Skelton is being talked up. He's being called "Flacco Lite". The "Sports Science" guy on ESPN was raving about his mechanics as compared to the other QBs in the draft -- even Bradford.
That has the league buzzing.
The Patriots Finally Get a Little Sexy
Bill Belichick can only trade down so many times.
The Pats know that the value is there in the second round, especially at the sexy positions.
Don't think of the Patsies on Clausen. That would be too much of a slap to Brady with another Irish American in waiting. In retrospect, Tebow was too much.
No, I think the Pats will try to trade up to get Arrelious Benn at wideout. If they can't get him, they'll make sure they get Damian Williams or Golden Tate.
The second pick will be a running back. There's just too much value here to ignore a need. Dexter McCluster is the target here.
Toby Gerhart to the Giants
Everyone is saying Houston is in love with him at No. 51. They very well might be, but they're not going to get the chance.
Gerhart is the kind of hard worker that Tom Coughlin is longing for. He's the kind of guy that will push Brandon Jacobs to the level he should be at and take some hits to keep Jacobs healthier. The G-Men jump on him at No. 46.
Bucs Have Most Intriguing Second Round
Conventional wisdom says Everson Griffen is a fit for Tampa Bay at No. 35. I say they're going quarterback there.
If Clausen were to slip to No. 35, they gobble him up. If not, they go with Colt McCoy.
At No. 42, the guy they covet -- Benn -- is not going to be there. But Sergio Kindle is, so they snatch up the outside linebacker.
Jets Trade Up For Terrence Cody
There was talk of it happening in Round 1. It happens in Round 2, no matter what the Jets have to do.
The Chiefs are apparently hot for Cody, so the Jets will have to move at least 12 spots. They'll need some teams to get annoyed when their pick is taken, but it will happen.
Jets make a deal with the Panthers or 49ers at Nos. 48-49 to get Cody.
Seahawks Take Joe McKnight
This shouldn't be a surprise, since McKnight played for Carroll at USC.
Whatever the relationship was, you go with the player you know. He's slotted as a late third-round guy. Nope. He's a first-round talent on potential.
Carroll takes the chance at No. 60.
Bengals Go Hometown With Pike
It's a little bit of a jump compared to projections, but then again, Ryan Matthews and Tyson Alualu kind of blew up the first round projections, didn't they?
Tony Pike is a beautiful guy to mold behind Carson Palmer. It's a sizzle pick at No. 54.
Cleveland Stockpiles Picks Before Taking LeFevour
Mike Holmgren isn't going quarterback early in the second round and there's nothing that has him excited. So he goes rogue, puts on his Broncos hat and just keeps trading down to stock up late-round and 2011 picks.
The Browns bank two or three extra picks and take Dan LeFevour at the bottom of the second round.
Brandon Spikes Is the Unlucky Freefaller
There's going to be a lot of action in the second round that is going to leave Florida inside linebacker Brandon Spikes staring at a third-round paycheck.
The Bengals love him at No. 54, but I have them going Pike. So Spikes falls into the third round to the Rams at No. 65.
The Georgia eye gouging incident has him labeled as a character risk. Advantage, St. Louis. This boy's going to be hungry.
BONUS: Myron Rolle Is Friday's Tim Tebow
You want character, I got your character right here.
Myron Rolle is a Rhodes scholar. He's going to be a doctor. He's the most well-spoken and polite guy on the board. Did we mention he has huge upside talent?
He's projected in the fifth round, but mark my words. Someone will take a second- or third-round flier on this Florida State safety.