2010 NFL Draft Second-Round Grades

Ian O'BrienCorrespondent IApril 24, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 28: Quarterback Jimmy Clausen of Notre Dame watches drills after deciding not to participate  during the NFL Scouting Combine presented by Under Armour at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 28, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Scott Boehm/Getty Images)
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33. St. Louis Rams- Rodger Saffold, T, Indiana

This was a bit of a surprise pick, but it was a great choice. Saffold has great potential to be a franchise left tackle, and if Jason Smith improves and stays healthy, Bradford will have great protection.

Grade: A

34. Minnesota Vikings- Chris Cook, CB, Virginia

You can't argue with this pick. Lito Sheppard was signed, but it was a one-year deal, and he isn't the most reliable cornerback, so adding depth was a wise move.

Grade: A

35. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Brian Price, DT, UCLA

Price is a great player, but they already took Gerald McCoy, so this pick doesn't entirely make sense.

Grade: C

36. Kansas City Chiefs- Dexter McCluster, RB/WR, Mississippi

This was a luxury pick, and it doesn't fill a need. They already have a return man and running back in Jamaal Charles, and McCluster won't be an NFL receiver, just an athletic hybrid. They had the opportunity to draft Charles Brown or Bruce Campbell.

Grade: F

37. Philadelphia Eagles- Nate Allen, S, South Florida

This was a perfect pick. A free safety is a need, and Allen has lots of talent and should fill Brian Dawkins's shoes well.

Grade: A

38. Cleveland Browns- T.J. Ward, S, Oregon

Who? This guy was a mid-round prospect at best, and they had the opportunity to take Taylor Mays or a quarterback.

Grade: F

39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois

The Buccaneers needed a receiver for Josh Freeman to replace Antonio Bryant, and Benn has great talent. He needs to work on not dropping balls, but other than that, great choice.

Grade: A

40. Miami Dolphins- Koa Misi, DE/LB, Utah

The Dolphins needed a rush linebacker to replace Jason Taylor. Misi is very talented, but Kindle would've been a better selection.

Grade: B

41. Buffalo Bills- Torell Troup, DT, Central Florida

The Bills filled a need at nose tackle, but Terrence Cody, Linval Joseph, or Cam Thomas would've been better picks.

Grade: B-

42. New England Patriots- Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona

Gronkowski would've been a first-round prospect if not for his injury history, but he's healthy now, and he's got lots of talent, and he fills a need at tight end and an upgrade over Ben Watson. 

Grade: A

43. Baltimore Ravens- Sergio Kindle, DE/LB, Texas

Kindle is a steal here. Teams like the Dolphins and Saints were foolish to pass on him, and they will be kicking themselves later.

Grade: A

44. Oakland Raiders- Lamarr Houston, DT, Texas

It's surprising that Al Davis hasn't drafted a workout warrior or a speed demon yet.  It makes you wonder if it's really him that's drafting. Charles Brown would've been the best pick since left tackle is a big need, but defensive tackle is a need too, and Houston is talented, so this is a good pick.

Grade: B

45. Denver Broncos- Zane Beadles, T/G, Utah

The Broncos need to rebuild their offensive line, and while Beadles wasn't the top talent of everyone available, he's an underrated talent.

Grade: B

46. New York Giants- Linval Joseph, DT, East Carolina

The Giants are restocking their defensive line unsurprisngly, and Joseph was considered by some a late first-round prospect. The Giants filled a need at defensive tackle.

Grade: A

47. Arizona Cardinals- Daryl Washington, LB, TCU

Washington was a great choice, but taking Colt McCoy or Jimmy Clausen may have been the better route to go. With that said, Washington is a very talented linebacker and should be a good replacement for Karlos Dansby.

Grade: B

48. Carolina Panthers- Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame

It's a big surprise that Clausen fell this far. The Panthers needed a backup QB in case Matt Moore doesn't pan out. I personally think Clausen will be a bust, but you can't fault the Panthers for taking a chance on him in the second round.

Grade: A

49. San Francisco 49ers- Taylor Mays, S, USC

The first USC player off the board will be a huge steal for the 49ers. He may have coverage issues, but he's got a lot of upside that you can't ignore, and why not go for him in the second round?

Grade: A

50. Kansas City Chiefs- Javier Arenas, CB, Alabama

The Chiefs have still neglected to take a tackle, and they took another return man, and cornerback isn't a need. Scott Pioli drafted foolishly last year, and he continues to do so this year.  

Grade: D

51. Minnesota Vikings- Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford

Gerhart's doubters are gonna eat their words. He ran a faster than expected 40 time, so the speed criticism is invalid, and he'll make a great complement to Adrian Peterson.  Another need is filled after Chester Taylor left for Chicago.

Grade: A

52. Pittsburgh Steelers- Jason Worilds, DE/LB, Virginia Tech

The Steelers got another talented pass rusher to go along with James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley.

Grade: A

53. New England Patriots- Jermaine Cunningham, DE/LB, Florida

The Patriots got a much-needed pass rusher, and that fills their biggest need.

Grade: A

54. Cincinnati Bengals- Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida

This is a very risky pick, but it's not unusual for the Bengals to take chances on players with character concerns. Dunlap had a DUI right before the SEC Championship, and he is extremely lazy, but he's very talented.

Grade: C

55. Dallas Cowboys- Sean Lee, LB, Penn State

Lee is very talented, and a successor to Keith Brooking was a need for the Cowboys.

Grade: B+

56. Green Bay Packers- Mike Neal, DE/DT, Purdue

This is a questionable pick since defensive end isn't a major need, but Johnny Jolly may get suspended for his codeine charges, or worse, get jail time. Regardless, he may be let go since he's a free agent, so insurance never hurts.

Grade: C+

57. Baltimore Ravens- Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama

Defensive line depth is a need foe the Ravens, and Cody was considered a first-round prospect, so as long as he keeps his weight in check, he'll be a steal.

Grade: A-

58. Houston Texans- Ben Tate, RB, Auburn

Tate fills a major need at running back, and he's a great fit for their offense.

Grade: A

59. Cleveland Browns- Montario Hardesty, RB, Tennessee

Hardesty is a great running back, but the Browns should be focusing on taking a quarterback, and they had the opportunity to take Colt McCoy. They will be lucky if he falls to them in the third round.

Grade: C-

60. Seattle Seahawks- Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame

Another steal for the Seahawks. Wide receiver is another need filled, and Tate was a first-round prospect. He has great hands and is fast after the catch.

Grade: A+

61. New York Jets- Vladimir Ducasse, G, UMass

Guard depth is needed since Alan Faneca is aging, and Ducasse can also play tackle. Defensive line is a bigger need though.

Grade: B

62. New England Patriots- Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida

Inside linebacker isn't a major need, but Spikes has a lot of upside.

Grade: C

63. Indianapolis Colts- Pat Angerer, LB, Iowa

The Colts should have taken Charles Brown since they need a left tackle, and they re-signed Gary Brackett for five years, but depth at linebacker is thin, so Angerer is a solid pick overall.

Grade: B-

64. New Orleans Saints- Charles Brown, T, USC

Brown is talented and was a first-round prospect, but offensive line isn't a need for the Saints. They have still neglected to go with a defensive lineman or outside linebacker. If they don't get build their defensive line or get a good outside linebacker, they won't likely repeat as Super Bowl champions.  

Grade: C


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