Round two is in the books, and once again there were some great picks, some bad picks, and some big surprises.
There was still a lot of good talent on the board when the second round began. One of my colleagues, Elias Trejo said, "With the talent still on the board, it almost feels like a first round all over again."
That about sums it up.
What follows is a review of all the second round picks and a grade for each pick. The grading will take into account the talent of the player, how well he'll fit the team that drafts him, and the value the player brings.
Let's see how the second round unfolded.
The Rams and Steve Spagnuolo got their franchise quarterback in Sam Bradford with the first overall pick in the draft. The second round saw them bolster the offensive line by taking Rodger Saffold.
This is a good pick. Saffold will be able to start immediately at right tackle. This will give the Rams nice book-end tackles to protect their huge investment of Sam Bradford.
This is a decent pick for the Brad Childress and the Minnesota Vikings. They needed some help in the secondary and Chris Cook will provide that.
I really thought the Vikings were going to take Jimmy Clausen to be the heir-apparent for Brett Favre. That would have been an A+ in my book.
However, having Antoine Winfield there to mentor him should give Cook the instruction and leadership he needs to become a solid player in the NFL.
Brian Price is a bit of a strange pick given the fact that the Raheem Morris and the Buccaneer's management had already drafted Gerald McCoy in the first round.
Price is good against the run, but struggles when stunting and twisting. The Buccaneers could have helped themselves a bit more by taking the wide receiver they needed with this pick.
Dexter McCluster is an explosive player that will give head coach Todd Haley and the Chiefs the home run hitter they've been lacking since Dante' Hall left a few years ago.
Sharing time with Jamal Charles, McCluster can carry the ball 10 to 12 times a game and return all the punts and kicks right away. Dexter is a great change of pace back that will make an immediate impact in Kansas City.
After losing Brian Dawkins last off season, Andy Reid and the Eagles have needed some help at the safety position and they get some with Nate Allen.
Allen will need to work on improving his tackling skills, but he is fluid and smooth in coverage. He is an instant upgrade at free safety and the right pick for Philadelphia.
Head coach Eric Mangini and new general manager/team president Mike Holmgren have been really putting their stamp on the Browns. This continued in the second round with the selection of T.J. Ward.
This is a definite position of need for Cleveland and Ward's only downside is his medical history. If he can stay healthy, he will easily become the Browns starter at free safety.
I graded him down a half of a grade due to the medical issues.
In a trade with the Oakland Raiders, the Bucs finally took an offensive player in Benn.
Again, this is a position of need for Tampa. Benn was the best WR available according to some "experts", but not all. A lot would have said that Golden Tate was the best.
With the departure of Jason Taylor, Tony Sparano needed to improve their edge rush on defense. Koa Misi is a decent player to do just that.
I don't think he has the value that Everson Griffen would have, and I have graded the Dolphins for this.
New head coach Chan Gailey needed to get some help on the front seven as they use the 3-4 scheme. Troup will provide that.
Troup is not a prototypical nose tackle, but should provide a nice anchor in the middle. His value isn't the best, but he's still a solid pick.
This pick makes a lot of sense for Belichik and the Patriots.
The loss of Ben Watson created a huge need for a tight end, and they got a good one in Gronkowski.
This pick comes with a lot of value, but a little bit of an injury risk. If he stays healthy, he will be very productive.
After a mild let down in 2010, the Ravens had a need at the linebacker position as Ray Lewis ages. Kindle is a great pick to fill that need.
More of an outside linebacker, Kindle has a great skill set that Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs can mentor and mold.
It appears that head coach Tom Cable has been a positive influence on owner Al Davis. Drafting Lamarr Houston is another good pick for the Raiders.
Lamarr is a very athletic big man. He started his career at Texas as a running back. That athleticism will prove to be huge on the Raider front seven
This is a pick that I'm not sure I understand. I would have bet that the coach Coughlin and the Giants were going to take a linebacker.
The defensive line wasn't as big a need as linebacker. Daryl Washington was on the board and they passed. This pick is not the best value for the Giants.
Having already traded up in the first round to get the wide receiver they needed to replace Brandon Marshall, coach Josh McDaniel addressed the offensive line.
This pick makes a lot of sense for the Broncos, but Charles Brown would have provided more value.
It appears that coach Wisenhunt found a great value player to replace departed Karlos Dansby. Washington has a ton of talent and a huge motor.
This might be the best value pick in the second round.
This is probably the best place for Clausen to go. He will have a chance to start right away, and on a team with a great running game and solid defense.
John Fox had to let go of the declining Jake DelHomme and getting Clausen makes a lot of sense for the Panthers.
Of all the coaches for Taylor Mays to play for, Mike Singletary is probably the best fit. Taylor is sure to learn a lot from this hall of famer.
Mays needs to learn that the position is not just about big hits. If coach Singletary can teach him that, Mays will become a great NFL player.
With so many holes on the defense in Kansas City, it's hard to say that coach Todd Haley missed this pick. Arenas has a lot of talent and, if given the right coaching could become a great player for the Chiefs.
The value of Arenas is yet to be determined. He is a boom or bust type player.
I'm not sure what to make of this pick. Coach Childress lost Chester Taylor, but is Gerhart the right kind of player to replace him? Only time will tell.
One thing for certain is that the Vikings now have a punishing backfield with Adrian Peterson and Gerhart.
The value is high with this Heisman runner up!
To be honest, I had only heard this kids name once and that was while watching a Virginia Tech game.
The Steelers needed to solidify their pass rush, so I will assume that coach Tomlin and the Rooney family did their homework as they always do and made a good pick.
Leave it to Belichik and the Patriots to take "the other defensive end from Florida!" Cunningham was over shadowed by his teammate, Carlos Dunlap, but don't sleep on this kid.
This is a great value pick and if there's any team that can get the most out of a hybrid DE/LB player like Jermain, it's the Patriots.
This pick is a perfect fit for coach Marvin Lewis and the Bengals. Dunlap is supremely athletic and was very productive at Florida.
With Antwan Odom to mentor him and the great defensive mind of coach Lewis to teach him, Dunlap can be the player his talent suggests. It all depends on how bad he wants it.
His work ethic causes his value to drop a bit.
Wade Phillips had a need for a linebacker and he got a good one. Sean Lee is from "Linebacker U" and was very productive there.
The intellect and motor won't be the problem, but he needs to improve his agility and speed. Otherwise, a great pick.
Coach McCarthy decided that the loss of Aaron Kampman meant that he needed to get a hybrid DE/LB. Neal is that guy.
Playing in the Big-10 at Purdue, Neal has played against good competition and performed well. With the way the Green Bay defense played last year, this should be a good fit for both parties.
This is another pick that is in the race for best value pick of the second round. Lining Cody up next to Haloti Ngata gives the Ravens a tremendous defensive line.
As long as Cody accepts the leadership of the great Ray Lewis, he can be something special in that Raven defense.
This is a solid pick for coach Kubiak and the Texans. Adding Ben Tate to Steve Slaton gives Houston a two back attack that the rest of the league is trending to lately.
I like this pick for Houston because they addressed a need with a value pick.
Mangini and the Browns have been busy in this year's draft. Moving up and down and back up again to get Hardesty.
It was a decent pick, but I'm still waiting for them to pick a wide receiver or defensive lineman. Hardesty is a good player that will give them some versatility and options on offense.
The value is there, but I feel there are more pressing needs in Cleveland.
Coach Carroll has made some great picks in his first draft as head coach of the Seattle Seahawks. Golden Tate is no exception.
The Seahawks needed a wide receiver and got a great one. The knock on him is his size and agility, but he makes up for it with his open field/broken field running ability.
With the added value of being a strong return game, Tate is a nice solid pick of need for Seattle.
Rex Ryan has made a great pick by taking Ducasse. The offensive line the Jets possess is already one of the best in the league, and it got a lot deeper today.
Ducasse is young, raw, and talented. By all accounts from the Senior Bowl, he takes instruction well. This is good because he is not ready to start. That's fine because the Jets don't need him to.
He will come in as the third tackle in Mike Shottenheimer's jumbo packages and eventually work into a solid starter.
I like this pick more for Spikes than for the Patriots. Brandon will be in the perfect system to develop his skills. He should be thankful for that.
His lack of speed caused his stock to drop, but his production was stellar for the Gators.
Probably the best name for a linebacker since Scott Studwell or Sam Sword, Angerer is a solid linebacker and should fit Jim Caldwell's system in Indianapolis.
Having Gary Brackett to learn from and a great offense to support him, the pressure will be removed a little. This will go a long way to his development.
With the depth added to the linebacker corp, the Colts made a nice pick.
Sean Payton is in an envious position. He has no glaring needs on the Saints, other than Safety, but the odds are, he'll resign Darren Sharper.
Charles Brown will be under no pressure to start right away. The talent he possesses could make him a great starter some day, assuming he can overcome the injury problems he has endured.
This is a boom or bust, but still a good pick for the defending champions.
Other than Jimmy Clausen falling to the Panthers at No. 48, and the Browns taking T.J. Ward over Taylor Mays, there weren't too many big surprises in the second round overall.
The picks that stand out to me as great ones are:
Best fit-Terrence Cody to Baltimore.
Best Value- Golden Tate to Seattle
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