The second and the third rounds of the NFL Draft were both filled with well known college football stars. These are the two rounds of the draft were teams try to get high talent with lower picks.
After the first round was dominated by the Big 12, the second and third round was dominated by the SEC. In both the second and the third round the SEC had eight players drafted, 16 players overall in the two rounds.
Bouncing back in these two rounds was the Pac-10 conference after only two players were drafted in round one, both from California. On day two of the draft the Pac-10 had six players drafted in the second round and seven players drafted in the third round.
Round one of the NFL draft belonged to the Big 12 but that was not the case on the second day of the draft. The Big 12 had five players taken in the top ten of the draft but only had five players total drafted in the second (two) and third (three) rounds respectively.
Instead of going over each and every pick of these two rounds, here is a look at the some notable players to be drafted on day two.
Second Round Notable Draft Picks
35. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Brian Price, Defensive Tackle, UCLA Bruins
Tampa Bay came into this draft looking to rebuild the defense. They accomplished that feat with their first two picks.
After drafting Gerald McCoy in round one, the Buccaneers added another DT in round two by taking Brian Price. The Pac-10 defensive player of the year, Price is a good run stopper who is a disruptive force up field.
Price can pass rush with a bull rush or a variety of other pass rushing moves. The negative on him is his work ethic on and off the field.
36. Kansas City Chiefs: Dexter McCluster, Running back, Ole Miss
There were two reasons that Ole Miss won nine games and two Cotton Bowls the past two years. One was a stout defense and the other was McCluster.
McCluster is a playmaker with the chance to take it to the house every time he touches the ball. He was able to run in the physical SEC despite his size and is a terror in space.
A player who compares to McCluster is Percy Harvin, drafted by Minnesota last year. While McCluster might not be quite as fast as Harvin, he can be just as dangerous.
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Arrelious Benn, Wide Receiver, Illinois Fighting Illini
Most experts were not sure about Benn after the inconstant quarterback play at Illinois and injury problems for the wide out as well. What is known about Benn is that he has great hands, size, and strength.
Negatives are that he does not have great speed and route running. Tampa Bay needed play makers for Josh Freeman.
Time will tell just how good Benn can be, but he does have play-making ability. Tampa Bay hopes he can develop into a solid number two receiver.
43. Baltimore Ravens: Sergio Kindle, Defensive end, Texas Longhorns
The Ravens traded out of the first round and landed a top ten talent without paying first round money. Kindle was thought by most to go in the first round at some point but maybe teams were scared away by his off the field issues.
Kindle while at Texas was arrested for DUI and also drove his car into an apartment complex building while texting. He also suffered a knee injury and might need surgery while at Texas as well.
48. Carolina Panthers: Jimmy Clausen, Quarterback, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Carolina was one of only two teams without a first round pick and could have landed the steal of the draft. In the second round the Panthers landed what many considered to be the most NFL ready quarterback Jimmy Clausen.
Clausen who might have slid because of his attitude and the problems it could cause in a locker room. He also threw too many jump balls and an inability to attack the middle of the field, according to scouts.
On the plus side Clausen has a strong arm, good size, and strength. He also played in an NFL-style offense while at Notre Dame. The Irish quarterback lands in a good situation with the rebuilding Panthers and he will have a chance to compete for the starting job.
49. San Francisco 49ers: Taylor Mays, Safety, USC Trojans
After the past few drafts it is amazing that Mays is the first player drafted from USC in this draft. The former Trojan has great size and speed to play safety in the NFL and some scouts think he could move to linebacker.
There were several reasons for Mays decent in this draft despite his talent is his lack of coverage ability and the fact that he takes poor angles to the ball. He is without question the biggest hitting safety in this draft.
Mays took a shot at his former coach and new Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll. This should add spice to the 2010 season since these two teams play each other twice a year.
50. Kansas City Chiefs: Javier Arenas, Cornerback, Alabama Crimson Tide
This is the third and final pick the Chiefs made over the first three rounds that was a player from the SEC. Needing to upgrade their secondary Kansas City picked up a decent cover corner with extraordinary return skills.
Arenas might not have the size or speed to be an every down defensive back but he seems to have a knack at being around the ball. He was the most dangerous return man in the SEC last season and a threat to score each time he touched the ball.
51. Minnesota Vikings: Toby Gerhart, Running back, Stanford Cardinal
One of the finalists for the 2010 Heisman Trophy fell to the Vikings in the second round. Minnesota needing help in the running game after the loss of Chester Taylor, added Gerhart for that reason.
Gerhart stated that his being white might cause him to fall in the draft, since most running backs are black. In truth knee injuries and lack of speed caused Gerhart to drop in the draft.
Also the Stanford running back is a good receiver out of the back field. Adrian Peterson will be the starter but Gerhart can help this team. A tough runner, Gerhart, could become the goal line back for the Vikings.
54. Cincinnati Bengals: Carlos Dunlap, Defensive end, Florida Gators
The Bengals have shown they are not afraid to take a chance on players with off the field issues. Dunlap is a talented player who has off the field issues and was arrested for DUI this season.
The ex-Gator can line up at end or tackle on the defense and is a very good pass rusher and run stopper. One negative is that Dunlap does not have a constant motor.
If Dunlap can live up to the high first round potential he has and stay out of trouble, the Bengals will have gotten a steal. Cincinnati has a good track record of reforming troubled players the last few seasons, so this could be a nice fit for both player and team.
57. Baltimore Ravens: Terrance Cody, Defensive Tackle, Alabama Crimson Tide
Baltimore picks up another potentially great pick with questions that scared off other teams. Cody is a great talent in the defensive line that can push an offensive line and is a great run stuffer.
The problems the Ravens face with Cody is his lack of stamina work ethic, and his weight problems. If the Ravens can work on those problems, Cody could become a solid starter.
Seattle Seahawks: Golden Tate, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
The former Irish wide out was thought to be the third best receiver in the draft but was the fourth one off the board. Seattle needed playmakers and a reliable receiver.
Tate is not afraid to go over the middle to catch a pass and has strong hands. He will battle for jump ball in the air and runs well after the catch. The negatives on Tate are his lack of height and he does not possess the ability to separate from defensive backs.
62. New England Patriots: Brandon Spikes, Linebacker, Florida Gators
New England wanted to upgrade their linebackers and with this pick did so. The Patriots get a linebacker who was a solid starter in college with great ability to find the ball.
Spikes would have been much higher but a poor showing at the combine and 40 time dropped him down in the draft. Also Spikes is coming off a disappointing senior season and has maturity issues.
63. Indianapolis Colts: Pat Angerer, Linebackers, Iowa Hawkeyes
Indianapolis does what they do best once again drafting a solid linebacker. Angerer a perfect three down linebacker will help out the Colts from day one.
The former Hawkeye is a good pass rusher, can hold his own in coverage, with great instincts, and a solid run stopper. Angerer has a great name for a linebacker but needs to improve his power and ability to shed blocks.
Third Round Notable Draft Picks
75. Chicago Bears: Major Wright, Safety, Florida Gators
The Bears had no first or second round picks in this year’s draft. Chicago used their first pick to on a need and got a solid player in return.
Wright is a solid coverage player and has great speed to recover when caught out of position. An overall solid player, Wright should be a upgrade at safety for the Bears and a starter day one.
78. Carolina Panthers: Brandon LaFell, Wide Receiver, LSU Tigers
Carolina decided to draft a wide receiver after picking up Jimmy Clausen at quarterback. The Panthers got what could turn out to be the best wide receiver in this draft.
LaFell is a tall and big bodied receiver with good speed. The knock on LaFell is his poor route running and he also has a tendency to drop balls.
84. Cincinnati Bengals: Jordan Shipley, Wide Receiver, Texas Longhorns
The Bengals get a return specialist by drafting Shipley who was a six year college player. Shipley runs great routes and has very good hands, plus is a great return man in the kicking game.
Cincinnati was able to get Shipley in the third round due to knee injuries and his lack of speed. Still he could turn into a Wes Welker type of receiver.
85. Cleveland Browns: Colt McCoy, Quarterback, Texas Longhorns
Mack Brown the Texas Longhorns head coach walked to the stage to announce this pick for the Cleveland Browns. With that pick the Browns took McCoy, who had spent hours waiting for his named to be called.
McCoy was the winningest quarterback in college football history after surpassing David Green of Georgia and Peyton Manning of Tennessee. He is a great leader with a very accurate arm and the ability to pass with a pressure coming from the defense.
The downsides to McCoy’s talents are this lack of arm strength and height. Also which one of the last two recorded holders as winningest quarterbacks will his career end up like? Will it be like either Green or Manning or somewhere in between.
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