2011 NFL Mock Draft: Which Big Names Will Come Off the Board on Day Two?

Michael PintoSenior Writer IApril 29, 2011

2011 NFL Mock Draft: Which Big Names Will Come Off the Board on Day Two?

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    AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 18:  Da'Quan Bowers #93 of the Clemson Tigers against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Day Two of the 2011 NFL Draft kicks off on Friday at 6:00 p.m. ET and draft boards are still stacked with talent at almost any position. 

    Expect wide receivers, linebackers and defensive backs to get a lot of love early but with so much talent spread out across the board, we're bound to have another interesting day regardless of how things shake out. 

    Here's a look at our prediction of how the second round will play out on Friday. 

33. New England Patriots: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson

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    AUBURN, AL - SEPTEMBER 18:  Da'Quan Bowers #93 of the Clemson Tigers against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    It seems the stars tend to align for the Patriots more often than not when it comes to New England's strategy of trading down and collecting draft picks. 

    Now they find themselves at the top of round two with a no-brainer selection. Da'Quan Bowers isn't just a steal at No. 33, he arguably fills the team's biggest need.

34. Buffalo Bills: Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame

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    SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 03: Kyle Rudolph #9 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish runs after making a catch against the Washington Huskies on October 3, 2009 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Washington 37-30 in overtime.  (Pho
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    The Bills could go a few ways with this pick, but Rudolph has got to be the most intriguing option. 

    If Buffalo is going to try to make this offense work without an overhaul, Rudolph is the type of piece any inexperienced quarterback needs to find some form of consistency in the passing game. 

35. Cincinnati Bengals: Brooks Reed, DE, Arizona

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 05:  Defensive end Brooks Reed #42 of the Arizona Wildcats celebrates after stopping the USC Trojans on the final play on December 5, 2009 at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. Arizona won 21-17.  (Photo by Ste
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    Cincinnati may surprise us and go quarterback with this pick, snagging up the likes of Ryan Mallett or Andy Dalton, but the more conventional wisdom suggests they'll simply take the best defensive end still on the board. 

36. Denver Broncos: Aaron Williams, CB, Texas

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    AUSTIN, TX - SEPTEMBER 25:  Cornerback Aaron Williams #4 of the Texas Longhorns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    The Broncos also have the second-round pick they acquired from Miami in the Brandon Marshall trade, so they made hold off on selecting a cornerback until later in the round.

    Williams is the best defensive back still available and is simply too valuable to gamble waiting on; especially when there's likely to be a run at the position. Denver needs bodies in the secondary.  

37. Cleveland Browns: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami

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    DURHAM, NC - OCTOBER 18:  Receiver Eron Riley #15 of the Duke Blue Devils pulls in this reception against Brandon Harris #1 of the Miami Hurricanes during the game at Wallace Wade Stadium on October 18, 2008 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C.
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    Cleveland would like to get their hands on Aaron Williams, but Harris is a solid consolation prize.

    With the Broncos selection of Williams, the run on cornerbacks should pick up steam quickly at this point in the draft.

38. Arizona Cardinals: Andy Dalton, QB, TCU

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    PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of the TCU Horned Frogs throws a pass against the Wisconsin Badgers in the 97th Rose Bowl game on January 1, 2011 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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    The Cardinals passed on all the first-round quarterbacks after Cam Newton came off the board at No. 1, but there's no way Arizona has enough faith in their current quarterbacks to pass again. 

    It'll either be Andy Dalton or Ryan Mallett, and our money is on Dalton.

39. Tennessee Titans: Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina

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    CHAPEL HILL, NC - NOVEMBER 7:  Marvin Austin #9 of the North Carolina Tar Heels warms up before the game against the Duke Blue Devils at Kenan Stadium on November 7, 2009 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    Tennessee has been looking for help along the defensive line for the last couple of years, ever since Albert Haynesworth left for Washington. 

    Austin missed his entire senior season due to suspension, but in this case it makes him a steal. Had he played in 2010, there's no way he'd still be available. 

40. Dallas Cowboys: Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia

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    ATLANTA - OCTOBER 09:  Ras-I Dowling #19 of the Virginia Cavaliers against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Bobby Dodd Stadium on October 9, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Dallas is another team in need of help at cornerback and Dowling is the last of the three players at the position that are worth taking here. 

    Don't be surprised if the Cowboys go defensive end or safety, but they won't get the same amount of value if they pass on the Virginia product. 

41. Washington Redskins: Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA

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    PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Linebacker Akeem Ayers #10 of the UCLA Bruins in the game with the Houston Cougars at the Rose Bowl on September 18, 2010 in Pasadena, California.  UCLA won 31-13.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    Ayers is considered one of the top outside linebackers in the 2011 draft class. 

    He might be a little undersized for Washington's defense, but an athlete like this is hard to come by and will prove too difficult to pass on as the talent level begins to decline. 

42. Houston Texans: Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland

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    Somewhat of a gut call, but Houston needs a receiver to line up opposite of Andre Johnson, and there's something about Smith that keeps drawing us in. 

    He's got the size and speed to be a deadly weapon for Matt Schaub, and something tells us this is where he comes off the board. 

43. Minnesota Vikings: Rahim Moore, S, UCLA

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    PASADENA, CA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Safety Rahim Moore #3 of the UCLA Bruins in the game with the Houston Cougars at the Rose Bowl on September 18, 2010 in Pasadena, California.  UCLA won 31-13.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    The Vikings could also use help at wide receiver or along the offensive line, but with the team's secondary a mess Moore, offers Minnesota by far the best value of the three positions the team could go after here. 

44. Detroit Lions: Bruce Carter, OLB, North Carolina

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    CHAPEL HILL, NC - NOVEMBER 08:  Linebacker Bruce Carter #54 of the North Carolina Tar Heels reacts after a defensive stop against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the game at Kenan Stadium on November 8, 2008 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo
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    Carter is somewhat of an unknown considering he's coming off a torn ACL, but there's no denying the talent of this former Tar Heel.

    He's a great fit for a 4-3 defense like Detroit's and could be a monster lining up on the edge behind Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley.

45. San Francisco 49ers: Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State

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    TUCSON, AZ - OCTOBER 09:  Defensive tackle Stephen Paea #54 of the Oregon State Beavers during the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at Arizona Stadium on October 9, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona.  The Beavers defeated the Wildcats 29-27.  (Pho
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    San Francisco could do the sensible thing and draft a quarterback here, but after the 49ers passed on Blaine Gabbert in Round 1, we think it's a stretch to think the team will change its course now. 

    The more likely selection is Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea. 

46. Denver Broncos: Jabaal Sheard, DE, Pittsburgh

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    CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 04: Jabaal Sheard #97 of the Pittsburgh Panthers tackles Zach Collaros #12 of the Cincinnati Bearcats during the Big East Conference game against at Nippert Stadium on December 4, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  Pittsburgh won 28-10.
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    Denver would be wise to invest as many picks on defense as possible.

    The Broncos were simply terrible on that side of the ball last season, and Jabaal Sheard is simply another piece of the puzzle in the franchise's attempt to right this ship.

47. St. Louis Rams: Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois

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    CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 20: Mikel Leshoure #5 of the Illinois Fighting Illini runs on his way to a 339 yard rushing performance against the Northwestern Wildcats during a game played at Wrigley Field on November 20, 2010 in Chicago, Illinois. Illinois defeated
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    Even with Steven Jackson in place, it's clear that the Rams need help at running back. 

    Jackson has taken a beating the last few seasons, and he's got to be begging for some relief in the backfield.

    Leshoure is the perfect answer to those problems. 

48. Oakland Raiders: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 04:  Quarterback Ryan Mallett #15 of the Arkansas Razorbacks looks to pass against the Ohio State Buckeyes during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on January 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Matthew
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    Ryan Mallett has seen his stock tank due to character concerns and potential drug issues.

    But if we know one team that's willing to roll the dice on talented, yet troubled prospects, it's Oakland. 

49. Washington Redskins: Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 04:  Ryan Williams #34 of the Virginia Tech Hokies against the Florida State Seminoles during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 4, 2010 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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    The Redskins' decision to part with Clinton Portis this offseason was a long time coming and came as no surprise to those that had seen Portis hobble to the finish line practically every year. 

    Williams comes with injury concerns as well, but he's way too talented and fills too big of a need for Washington to pass on him here.

50. San Diego Chargers: Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami

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    MOBILE, AL - JANUARY 29: Wide receiver Leonard Hankerson #86 South Team scores a touchdwon against the North Team during the second quarter of the Under Armour Senior Bowl on January 29, 2011 at Ladd-Pebbles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama.  (Photo by Sean Gar
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    After the Vincent Jackson debacle last season, the Chargers will be in the market for a receiver to develop into a new No. 1 option in case they need to go down that road again. 

    Hankerson is of the same mold as Jackson. Big, physical, fast. He's prototypical and has the chance to be a big contributor from day one. 

51. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky

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    LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 13:  Randall Cobb #18 of the Kentucky Wildcats runs with the ball while defended by Sean Richardson #21 of the Vanderbilt Commodores during the game at Commonwealth Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won
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    Tampa Bay is a tough team to figure out at this point in the round. They need help at linebacker, offensive tackle and safety, but the value at those positions just isn't good unless the Bucs trade up or down. 

    What this team could really use is a bit more firepower in the passing game, though, and a player like Cobb is lightning in a bottle, much like Josh Cribbs is for Cleveland. 

52. New York Giants: Clint Boling, OT/OG, Georgia

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    ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 21:  Clint Boling #60 of the Georgia Bulldogs against the Kentucky Wildcats at Sanford Stadium on November 21, 2009 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    New York would love to get their hands on a prototypical offensive tackle here, but the reality is that's just not going to happen. 

    Instead, the Giants would be wise to invest in a versatile and athletic guard along the likes of Clint Boling. He's ready to play and has the chance to develop into a solid starter.

53. Indianapolis Colts: Jurrell Casey, DT, USC

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    TEMPE, AZ - NOVEMBER 07:  Jurrell Casey #91 of the USC Trojans during the college football game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium on November 7, 2009 in Tempe, Arizona. The Trojans defeated the Devils 14-9.  (Photo by Christian Pet
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    The Colts have been looking for some support along their interior defensive line for years and to this point have been unable to answer those questions. 

    Casey is an intriguing option with great size and strength for the position, but he could be a bit of a reach here. 

54. Philadelphia Eagles: Justin Houston, DE, Georgia

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    ATHENS, GA - NOVEMBER 21:  Justin Houston #42 of the Georgia Bulldogs against the Kentucky Wildcats at Sanford Stadium on November 21, 2009 in Athens, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    The Eagles may go linebacker or defensive back here, but with the team also in need of help at defensive end.

    With a prospect like Justin Houston likely still on the board, Philly will jump all over him and count their blessings.

55. Kansas City Chiefs: William Rackley, OG, Lehigh

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    The Chiefs need to stabilize their offensive line, and William Rackley is the type of physical specimen that could plug a hole for a decade. 

    He's a bit of a project, but the physical tools are all there.

56. New England Patriots: Allen Bailey, DE, Miami

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    FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - SEPTEMBER 17:  Defensive lineman Allen Bailey #57 and linebacker Colin McCarthy #44 of the Miami Hurricanes celebrate after scoring a safety against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Land Shark Stadium on September 17, 2009 in Fort
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    New England could use help at a few spots here, but an intriguing option that's been liked to the Patriots is Miami defensive end Allen Bailey. 

    Bailey has the athleticism and size to convert to outside linebacker in a 3-4 and with the Patriots looking for some extra punch on the edges, he could be a great fit here. 

57. Seattle Seahawks: Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 09:  Colin Kaepernick #10 of the Nevada Wolf Pack looks to pass the ball against Boston College during the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park on January 9, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    Many experts had Seattle taking a quarterback with the 25th overall pick, but that wasn't how the cards played out and the Seahawks were forced to go another direction. 

    In Round 2, Seattle will get its quarterback of the future. Of the second round-graded prospects at the position, Kaepernick is the most likely to be available this late in the round.

58. Baltimore Ravens: Mason Foster, ILB, Washington

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    SEATTLE - SEPTEMBER 11:  Linebacker Mason Foster #40 of the Washington Huskies looks on during warmups prior to the game against the Syracuse Orange on September 11, 2010 at Husky Stadium in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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    The Ravens need to start planning for a future after Ray Lewis, and Mason Foster is a great place to start. 

    The Washington linebacker has great size and a knack for big plays in the middle of the field. He's a natural for Baltimore's defensive scheme. 

59. Cleveland Browns: Kendall Hunter, RB, Oklahoma State

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    LAWRENCE, KS - NOVEMBER 20:  Running back Kendall Hunter #24 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys carries the ball during the game against the Kansas Jayhawks on November 20, 2010 at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    Cleveland may have Josh Cribbs in place to supplement Peyton Hillis, but Cribbs isn't really a running back and isn't as effective as a true scatback would be playing in tandem with the Browns star running back. 

    Hunter is just that player, though, and could form one of the best duos in the league with Hillis pounding the middle and Hunter cutting it outside once the defense has been worn down.

60. New England Patriots: Orlando Franklin, OG, Miami

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    MIAMI - OCTOBER 25:  Offensive lineman Orlando Franklin #74 of the Miami Hurricanes drops back to block while taking on the Wake Forest Demon Decons at Dolphin Stadium on October 25, 2008 in Miami, Florida. Miami defeated Wake Forest 16-10.  (Photo by Dou
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    The Patriots third and final second-round pick will likely be spent on another lineman, either offensive or defensive; whichever offers the greater value. 

    From the way things look to play out, selecting a big and versatile guard like Orlando Franklin is just the type of prospect New England would like to get their hands on. 

61. San Diego Chargers: Martez Wilson, OLB, Illinois

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Martez Wilson of Illinois works out during the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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    This might be the spot San Diego chooses to draft a receiver, but with a run at the position likely to occur earlier in round two it could prove to risky a plan. 

    Expect the Chargers to go either outside linebacker, safety or defensive end here, and a prospect like Wilson could be great value this late in the round.

62. Chicago Bears: Terrell McClain, DT, South Florida

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    Terrell McClain may not be as polished as some other defensive tackles in the draft, but he's got a very high ceiling and great natural strength. 

    Maybe Chicago goes offensive line or linebacker here, but our money is on a defensive tackle, and McClain is their best bet.

63. Pittsburgh Steelers: Johnny Patrick, CB, Louisville

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    LOUISVILLE, KY - OCTOBER 18:  Johnny Patrick #19 of the Louisville Cardinals looks on against the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders during the game at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on October 18, 2008 in Louisville, Kentucky.  Louisville defeated Middle Tennes
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    Pittsburgh will likely look to shore up its secondary or offensive line, but the way things are expected to shake out, there won't be an offensive lineman worth selecting here. 

    It looks like the best scenario is a tradedown for the Steelers, but in the event they keep the pick, Johnny Patrick is a solid value.

64. Green Bay Packers: Daniel Thomas, RB, Kansas State

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    LAWRENCE, KS - OCTOBER 14:  Daniel Thomas #8 of the Kansas State Wildcats carries the ball as Olaitan Oguntodu #44 of the Kansas Jayhawks defends during the game on October 14, 2010 at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Im
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    Green Bay doesn't really have any glaring needs, but one area the team could use some improvement is at running back; where Ryan Grant has proven too much of an injury concern to rely on anymore. 

    If Daniel Thomas is still available as we wrap up the second round, the Packers won't even need to think twice about it. He'll be starting on Day One for this team.