The 2011 NFL Draft is fully underway, and the 1st round has officially come to a close. While the majority of the top prospects already chosen yesterday, there were some that slipper out
In fact, looking at the board remaining there are some great value players still out there.
That said, here's my ranking of the Top 10 players still available in Round 2.
Justin Houston is one of the few players in this year's draft class who has experience playing as a rush outside linebacker in a 3-4 defensive scheme which will make him a popular pick by a team looking to add a force off the edge.
He may not be a tremendous overall prospect as he struggles to diagnose plays and isn't stout defending the run. However, when it comes to putting pressure on the quarterback which is one of the most coveted skills in the NFL today, he excels.
Teams Interested: Houston Texans, Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens.
If you need to upgrade your run defense, Stephen Paea is the guy for you. Even though he's only 303 lbs., he possesses unworldly strength which he proved at the Combine with 49 reps on the bench press.
He can fit in either a 3-4 as a five technique or a 4-3 as a nose guard and simply stuff your opponent's ground game.
While he may not be a three down player, for the unique skillset that he brings he's a good value.
Teams Interested: Denver Broncos, Jacksonville Jaguars, Seattle Seahawks
Brooks Reed is marked by three things: relentless pursuit, versatility, and top-notch intangibles.
This was what made him a late 1st round pick in some mock drafts and I expect him to be taken early in the 2nd round.
Teams Interested: Houston Texans, Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals
This isn't a particularly strong safety class, but nevertheless Rahim Moore leads the pack.
All the scouts rave about this guy's keen instincts which make him a typical ball hawk. Moreover, its been noted he was a leader on that Bruins defense which is always respected.
The only real knock on his ability is his shaky tackling technique.
Teams Interested: Houston Texans, Tennessee Titans, Dallas Cowboys
In my opinion, Ryan Mallet is the best quarterback prospect remaining simply because of his raw physical tools and his superb throwing ability. In fact, many scouts rate his arm to be the best in the entire draft and possibly even better than Cam Newton's.
The only thing he lacks is the intangibles as his work ethic is in question. However, I would take the risk on him in the 2nd round.
Teams Interested: Arizona Cardinals, Miami Dolphins, San Francisco 49ers
Another position that's not too great this year is at tight end, where Kyle Rudolph is the best of the group.
He's smooth and can run routes well down the deep middle and is a natural pass catcher. He's a solid in-line blocker but needs to improve his technique when charging in the open.
Teams Interested: Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, St. Louis Rams
I like Williams as a player due to his size and potential but I think he's a bit too inconsistent and his technique is a bit sloppy.
I could see him drop down a bit.
Teams Interested: Houaron Texans, Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans
Akeem Ayers is a versatile linebacker who can not only rush the passer but can drop back in coverage and stop the run from sideline to sideline.
That said, I was a bit surprised to see him drop out of the 1st round and we should see him taken early.
Teams Interested: Houston Texans, Buffalo Bills, Baltimore Ravens (Same as Justin Houston).
Marvin Austin is an undeniable talent and is the prototypical three-technique in a 4-3 system much like Tommie Harris up in Chicago.
If it weren't for the suspension and off-the-field issues he could've been a Top 15 pick.
I could see him drop a bit further but whomever gets him should get one talented football player.
Teams Interested: Denver Broncos, Indianapolis Colts, Seattle Seahawks
All I can say is wow, what a drop.
Da'Quan Bowers has legitimate long-term issues regarding his knee which has caused him to free fall from potentially being the No. 1 overall pick all the way to the 2nd round.
However, i think some team could trade up to get him. He's simply too talented of a player.
Teams Interested: All 4-3 Teams