33. Detroit – OT William Beatty, Connecticut
An athletic, agile tackle with unlimited potential, Beatty just
finally seemed to catch his stride with the Huskies in 2008. Beatty
is also a solid run-blocker and would fit in well with the “new”
34. New England (from Kansas City) –
CB Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest
Smith has shown good footwork and balance – important factors
in making plays at the next level. He’s comfortable taking
risks and is slightly undersized at 5-foot-9 – probably the
only thing keeping him out of the Top 20 and possibly the first
35. St. Louis – WR Percy Harvin, Florida
There are speedier, more dynamic receivers, but Harvin fell down
draft board because he’s a bit of a prima donna. He’ll
come in like a ball of fury and be the best fit in St. Louis.
36. Cleveland – CB Sean Smith, Utah
He has arguably the biggest upside of any defensive back in this
year’s draft, largely because he’s got a nice combination
of size and speed that could translate into game-breaking safety
skills. Another option at this spot would be WR Kenny Britt, their
best option after Nicks.
37. Seattle – QB Josh Freeman, Kansas
Matt Hasselbeck’s best days are behind him, and Freeman is
perhaps the most talented QB of the draft. It’s not a stretch
to see them taking Stafford at #4 if he falls there, but I can easily
see the Seahawks going safe with the first pick and taking a gamble
on a possible project here at #37.
38. Cincinnati – OT/OG Gerald Cadogan,
The 6-5, 309-pound Cadogan is one of top 10 all-around linemen in
this year’s class, and the Bengals still need to add bodies
to shore up their weak offensive line.
39. Jacksonville – CB Darius Butler,
Butler might not be a shutdown guy right away, but he’s a
confident player with excellent body control who’s effective
at zone-coverage and can defend the run. A few weeks ago, you could
make a case for this to be a WR pick, but with the signing of veteran
Torry Holt Monday, they no longer need to go that route.
40. Oakland – OT Jamon Meredith, South
His height and athletic buildmake him a prototypical left tackle,
and the Raiders need one.
41. Green Bay – OG Duke Robinson, Oklahoma
The massive, aggressive Oklahoma guard has accomplished much in
his college career, and the Packers would love to bring in a lineman
of his caliber.
42. Buffalo – RB Shonn Greene, Iowa
While Marshawn Lynch isn’t going to jail, he is out for a
few games -- and Greene could do very well in his stead.
43. San Francisco – S Louis Delmas,
A natural playmaker with a good frame, Delmas is what NFL scouts
look for in safety prospects.
44. Miami (from Washington) – DE Michael
Johnson, Georgia Tech
At 6-7, 266, Johnson is a physical specimen with rare athletic skills.
He was a top performer at the combine in nearly all strength and
speed categories, but he’s still an unfinished product who
needs to develop his technique in order to shine at the next level.
45. New York Giants (from New Orleans) –
WR Kenny Britt, Rutgers
Even if they take Nicks in the first round, they should formulate
a backup plan with this Bayonne, New Jersey-born stud – who
will fit in well as a possible fan favorite.
46. Houston – S Patrick Chung, Oregon
The versatile Chung brings a lot to the table after a very big year
at Oregon and could be the steal of the second round for both his
proficient physical skills and his ability to lead a defense.
47. New England (from San Diego) –
LB Clint Sintim, Virginia
I could see the beastly Sintim going as early as the end of round
one or even being selected at #33 by the Lions, but it would be
a reach to see this “elephant linebacker” getting taken
by a defense without a 3-4 – where his upfield burst makes
him a solid fit.
48. Denver – QB Pat White, West Virginia
Here’s a guy that could allow McDaniels to mix things up –
a few series with Orton, a few with White.
49. Chicago – WR Brian Robiskie, Ohio
Chicago needs a consistent pass-catching target and Robiskie could
help them out.
50. Cleveland (from Tampa Bay) – RB
Donald Brown, Connecticut
Jamal Lewis is archaic and the Browns don’t have an offense
right now that makes much sense. I think the Browns could take a
shot on the versatile Brown, who with his compact build and elusive
speed could change up the offense.
51. Dallas – WR Derrick Williams, Penn
As a Cowboy fan, I’d be happy to see them snag an all-purpose
playmaker like Williams with the 51st pick.
52. New York Jets – DE Connor Barwin,
A converted TE, Barwin has been described as “a Mike Vrabel
clone,” by NFL scouts and is a bona fide first-day talent.
53. Philadelphia – TE Jared Cook, South
By far the fastest TE in the draft, Cook could be a solid addition
to the Eagles receiving fray.
54. Minnesota – OT Phil Loadholt, Oklahoma
At 6’8,” 332 pounds, Loadholt will fit in well on the
right side of Minnesota’s line – since the left is already
taken care of.
55. Atlanta – S William Moore, Missouri
Moore is a versatile safety and elite playmaker who can instantly
improve the Atlanta secondary and add an edgy factor that could
turn the tide of close games.
56. Miami – LB Darry Beckwith, LSU
The Dolphins could very likely go after a guy like Beckwith, who’s
a prototypical MLB with the innate ability to stop the runner and
rack up tackles – something they’ve missed since the
loss of Zack Thomas.
57. Baltimore – CB D.J. Moore, Vanderbilt
The Ravens are always looking for good corners, and while Moore
isn’t the biggest, most physical corner available, he’s
one of the best, considering his elite speed and excellent instincts.
58. New England – OT/OG Andy Levitre,
He’s very quick, he’s got great balance and technique,
and he’s a versatile lineman who’ll probably end up
59. Carolina – OT Ciron Black, LSU
The 6’5, 315-pound junior is a bona fide prospect who could
go to just about any team needing an offensive lineman after round
60. New York Giants – DT Evander Hood,
A complete, NFL-ready lineman, Hood can bridge the gap into the
next decade for the Giants DL and learn from some solid veterans.
61. Indianapolis – DT Fili Moala, USC
The Colts had major problems at DT in 2008, with 2007 standout Ed
Johnson after a marijuana-related arrest and inconsistency among
the undrafted player’s replacements.
62. Tennessee – DT Sen’Derrick
A good run defender with a good build, Marks could fill the need
for the gaping hole left by Haynesworth.
63. Arizona – TE Shawn Nelson, Southern
Nelson could be the most NFL-ready tight end out of a talented group
of prospects in this year’s draft, and could go as early as
the first round.
64. Pittsburgh – RB Rashad Jennings,
He’s 6-1, 231 and could be a nice backup plan if Rashard Mendenhall
doesn’t come back 100 percent from his injury.