2011 NFL Draft Results: 5 Day Two Steals
With Day 2 of the NFL Draft now complete, there were many surprises, but also many great value picks.
Some players dropped because of character concerns, others because of injury concerns, but nonetheless these players were steals at the position the team got them at.
Here are the five steals of Day 2 of the draft:
Houston Texans: Round 2 Pick 42: OLB Brooks Reed
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Like Clay Matthews, teams passed on the Arizona product. Though he played defensive end in college, Reed projects as an outside linebacker in the Texans 3-4 system.
In fact, he had the fastest 10-yard split at combine, and only second all-time to Matthews.
Reed is a relentless player and may not have the elite physical tools, but will make all the teams that passed on him look very silly.
Reed has a quick first step and can beat the opposing tackle multiple ways. He uses his speed rush, but can change it up and bull rush, usually catching the offensive lineman off guard.
Houston Texans: Round 2 Pick 60: CB Brandon Harris
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Brandon Harris kept on falling because of his lack of size. He only stands a little under 5'10'', but has elite ball skills.
He reads the quarterback well and he is a ball hawk. His instincts are one of his greatest assets, and he also has great hands to intercept the ball. Harris is aware of where he is on the field and knows how to position himself to leave enough room to knock the ball away.
Harris is a willing tackler and his athleticism allows him to stick with receivers. His fluid hips allow him to turn and they never leave him flat-footed in coverage.
The Texans desperately needed help in their secondary, and Harris will provide just that. He can start right away, and with an improved front seven, the Texans defense is headed in the right direction.
Green Bay Packers: Round 2 Pick 64: WR Randall Cobb
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Randall Cobb was an athletic jack-of-all trades type of player at Kentucky. He has great hands and caught a lot of balls in traffic and in tight windows, taking big hits from the defender.
The Packers need a receiver opposite of Greg Jennings, and Cobb can come in and start right away if needed, but more likely will come and play a key role in the slot.
Cobb was a great value at the last pick in the second round as most expected him to be a early second round pick. I rated him as the third best receiver in the class and his versatility was a reason he was going to be drafted high.
Cobb even ran in the Wildcat quarterback formation at Kentucky and could be a nice player out in open space for the Packers.
He is also a great punt returner, something the Packs needed.
Arguably the best offense in the league got a little more dangerous with the addition of Cobb. Aaron Rodgers should be overjoyed with this selection.
Kansas City Chiefs: Round 3 Pick 70: OLB Justin Houston
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Houston recorded 10 sacks and was up to 6'3'' 270 pounds at the Combine. He still ran a 4.63 in the 40-yard dash and notched a 36.5-inch vertical.
Houston was expected to be a late first early second round selection, but kept on dropping due to his character concerns and work ethic.
He is immensely talented, but he took way too many plays off at Georgia.
Houston has an explosive first step and can play across from one of the best sack artists in the league: Tamba Hali.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Round 2 Pick 51: DE Da'Quan Bowers
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Bowers is 280 pounds but still fits as a 4-3 defensive end with his monster pass rushing moves.
Bowers recorded 15.5 sacks last season and was nearly unblockable in the ACC. He has injury concerns that have reportedly dropped him off of a few teams' draft boards. Bowers is arguably a top 5 talent and will prove many naysayers wrong.
Though he is not an explosive athlete, Bowers still can be a great player at the next level.
Bowers used his hands to gain leverage and could use one of his numerous pass rushing moves to disrupt the pocket.
With a great first step, he sometimes even bull rushed his way to the quarterback.
His 25 tackles for losses showed he played in the opponents backfield.
The Buccaneers have drafted their defensive line in the past two drafts: Adrian Clayborn, Gerald McCoy, Brian Price, and DaQuan Bowers.
Pretty scary line, huh?