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2010 NFL Mock Draft: Version 3.0
Round 2

Round: One | Two | Three
Version 1.0 - 2/8/10.
Version 2.0 - 3/18/10.

33. St. Louis Rams - Daryl Washington, LB, Texas Christian
After committing to a franchise QB with the first overall pick, lots of other holes to think about here. Giving Bradford a new target to grow with would be an understandable move, but I think they have some untapped potential to explore at WR and need to address the defensive side of the ball. The versatile Washington can play all three spots, adding depth at a position of need and can challenge for a starting role outside. A DT like Brian Price or a defensive back would also be logical here.

34. Detroit Lions – Jahvid Best, RB Caifornia
Starting RB Kevin Smith tore his ACL late last year and has significant shoulder problems for which he may have also had surgery this offseason, so there are major concerns about when he’ll be fit to return to football. Best, who brings a very different skill set than Smith, is a great fit even once Smith returns and a no-brainer here.

35. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
With reliable hands and elusiveness in space, Tate is the perfect fit for what the roster currently lacks and a much-needed new weapon for their young QB.

36. Kansas City Chiefs – Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama
Cody saw his draft stock fall as he showed up tipping the scales at 370lbs at the Senior Bowl. He was down to 354 at the Combine and 348 at their Pro Day a week later. It looks like cutting weight hurt his strength, as he only put up 22 reps on the bench. Cody remains a borderline first-round pick and GM Scott Pioli should be happy to find a true nose tackle for their 3-4 here.

37. Philadelphia Eagles (from Washington Redskins) – Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama
The Eagles parlay QB Donovan McNabb in to Jackson, who had an impressive Combine, demonstrating better speed and athleticism than expected, while interviewing very well. After dealing Sheldon Brown, the Eagles need to reload at corner. The team added Marlin Jackson, but his health is a questions and he may be slated for FS at this point in his career. Depending on those plans, this pick could easily be a safety like Nate Allen, especially if they have him rated hire than the corners available here.

38. Cleveland Browns – Nate Allen, S, South Florida
If the Browns don’t select a QB in the first, Colt McCoy or Tim Tebow would be a likely selection here. As the Browns addressed QB in the first round, they likely turn their attention to defense with this pick. They started addressing the secondary with the acquisition of CB Sheldon Brown from Philadelphia, so that makes it unlikely they add another corner here. Instead, they bring in Allen, a classic centerfield-type who is solid across the board and can be a leader of the secondary. A blitzing OLB is a likely pick too, but I don’t see the value here to address it here.

39. Oakland Raiders - Brian Price, DT, UCLA
The PAC-10 Defensive Player of the Year is a disruptive force who showed great pass rush ability for an interior player in racking up seven sacks last year. After cutting Gerard Warren, the Raiders have a need here and Price has the potential to be a solid five-technique end in a 3-4, which the addition of Kamerion Wimbley leaves a possibility for the Raiders converting to this year. I can’t believe I’m passing Carlos Dunlap here for Al Davis, but I think they have more than enough going on at DE.

40. San Diego Chargers (from Seattle Seahawks) – Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
I liked the value of DT Cam Thomas when this was the 60th pick, but I think it would be a panic move to draft him here now that they’ve moved up. If they miss out on Terrance Cody, I see them going a different direction here. CB will be a consideration, and probably the best value pick, but they still have a decent starting duo, while adding veterans Nathan Vasher and Donald Strickland for depth, so they have some flexibility here. Instead, I think they use this bonus 20 pick jump for the Charlie Whitehurst trade to swing for the fences. A DUI arrest late last year and questionable work ethic have dropped Dunlap’s stock, but the early second round should be the floor for him. There are no questions about Dunlap’s physical attributes and skill set. If he puts in the effort and keeps his nose clean, this could be a steal.

41. Buffalo Bills – Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
HC Chan Gailey and his track record with athletic quarterbacks and/or projects at the position are a good fit for Tebow, I just don’t see it happening in the first round. As I explained with that pick above, I don’t think Gailey and GM Buddy Nix have the window with owner Ralph Wilson and the fans for a complete rebuild. However, at this pick, it makes more sense. Defense will also be a strong consideration here, as they try to fit the personnel in to convert to a 3-4 defense.

42. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Chicago Bears) – Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State
Depth at corner a problem and Ronde Barber will be calling it a career soon. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them go back-to-back wide receivers; they need that much help at the position. Robinson’s stock was falling after the season due to inconsistency and not being an impact player, but part of that was opposing teams avoiding throwing at him. A solid Senior Bowl and fantastic Combine make him a borderline first-round pick again.

43. Denver Broncos (from Miami Dolphins) – Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech
Passing on Dez Bryant pays off when Thomas is available here. A raw prospect who didn’t see much work in Tech’s run-heavy offense, he is a big target with good hops and nice YAC – all the potential to be a WR1.

44. New England Patriots (from Jacksonville Jaguars) – Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois
Benn was limited in an incompetent Illinois offense who failed to utilize him and there were also some questions about his work ethic. If not Benn, the fellow wide receiver prospect Demaryius Thomas could be the choice.

45. Denver Broncos – Reshad Jones, S, Georgia
A tough player with great measurables who can player either safety spot. He brings some great run support to a position they desperately need an infusion of talented youth.

46. New York Giants – Tyson Alualu, DT California
High motor guy who brings the versatility to play inside or outside, which the Giants value.

47. New England Patriots (from Tennessee Titans) – Corey Wootton, DE, Northwestern
The loss of Richard Seymour last year and Jarvis Green this year makes defensive end a big need to address in the draft. Wootton looked like a potential first round pick in 2008, but tore up his knee in their bowl game and then battled ankle problems on road back last season. Definitely passes the eyeball test with the ideal size and build for a 3-4 end. They typically like to address the line in the first round, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they already made a defensive end selection there, expecting more quality left at wide receiver and tight end at this pick.

48. Carolina Panthers – Damian Williams, WR, Southern California
Once considered a possible first-round talent, his pedestrian speed is a problem for a receiver without exceptional size. This is probably a little low for him and with his solid hands, Williams provides a nice compliment to the speedy Steve Smith in Carolina.

49. San Francisco 49ers – Rodger Saffold, OT, Indiana
Shrine Game star continues to gain momentum through the evaluation process. Although looking like more of a right tackle, that would be good enough opposite Joe Staley.

50. Kansas City Chiefs (from Atlanta Falcons) – Chad Jones, S, Louisiana State
After passing on Eric Berry in the first round, GM Scott Pioli adds the versatile big safety from LSU who adds value as a returner, as well. His 9 reps on the bench were a bit disappointing.

51. Houston Texans – Montario Hardesty, RB, Tennessee
During a injury-plagued sophomore slump by Steve Slaton, HC Gary Kubiak struggled to find any consistency from a variety of runners he paraded in and out of the lineup. While I think Slaton will bounce back, the episode proved the team needs a reliable second option, preferably a Thunder to Slaton’s Lightning. Montario Hardesty had a break through at the Combine and that his running style and ability is reminiscent of Clinton Portis won’t be missed by Kubiak, who was the OC in Denver that made Portis a star.

52. Pittsburgh Steelers – Taylor Price, WR, Ohio
The departure of Santonio Holmes moves the need at WR up the draft board. After an impressive Combine, Price’s stock has been climbing. Despite investing a couple of picks in the position last year, the Steelers could also look to improve their starter opposite CB Ike Taylor.

53. New England Patriots – Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech
His numbers were down, as Tech’s option offense afforded plenty of carries to A-Back Anthony Allen and mobile QB Josh Nesbitt, and the Combine was a minor disaster for him, but Dwyer has plenty of upside. His experience and willingness as a role player is a great fit for HC Bill Belichick’s RBBC. In my initial mock draft, I had Tebow slotted for one of the Patriots’ second round picks, and I begrudgingly moved away from that, but still think it makes a lot of sense. Few coaches have the job security to spend an early pick and figure out what to do with Tebow later. There is plenty to like about Tebow – he is an impressive physical specimen and his leadership and intangibles are off the chart. Belichick has the luxury of taking time to see if he can develop Tebow into a pro QB, while finding ways to work him in certain packages for short-term return. You know Tebow will be dedicated and put the work in, so it won’t be for lack of effort if it doesn’t work out. This pairing is actually a no-brainer; the question is does Belichick see enough upside to make the move. If he doesn’t, and doesn’t go RB here, the other two options here seem pretty obvious, as obvious as any prediction can be when it comes to Belichick and the draft. As this mock already addresses defensive end and outside linebacker for the Patriots, tight end and corner are the other options. The departure of Ben Watson and Chris Baker leave the cupboard bare at the position and plenty of options with one of their three second round picks. I also guarantee CB Amari Spivey is high on Belichick’s draft board. He lacks elite speed, but is one of the most physical corners and a great fit.

54. Cincinnati Bengals – Geno Atkins, DT, Georgia
Undersized interior lineman with disruptive burst a good fit in their defensive line rotation that needs some improvement.

55. Philadelphia Eagles – Vladimir Ducasse, OG, Massachusetts
A project from the Football Championship Subdivision (aka FCS, aka Division I-AA) who has the size and physical attributes, but needs to develop. He was getting a lot of hype until the Combine, where he has a solid performance, but showed he is probably limited to guard at the next level. A raw product with athleticism and promising upside, he is exactly the type of player HC Andy Reid likes to identify in the mid-rounds. The release of Shawn Andrews makes it certain Reid will hit the offensive line at least once in this draft.

56. Green Bay Packers – Ricky Sapp, OLB, Clemson
Undersized for DE at the next level, Sapp can use his quickness and athleticism to develop in to a solid pass rusher. Excellent fit opposite Clay Matthews on the edges of their 3-4 with Aaron Kampman gone.

57. Baltimore Ravens – Dominique Franks, CB, Oklahoma
Fabian Washington and Ladarius Webb are both coming off torn ACLs, and with Samari Rolle released as expected, it’s a position the Ravens are already lacking the talent they are used to there. Newsome is a big fan of Alabama HC Nick Saban and former Tide CB Kareem Jackson could be the selection. The team reportedly has also shown a strong interest in rising CB Devin McCourty, so he could also be the pick. However, the team would need to trade up to get either of those two.

58. Arizona Cardinals – Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona
Injury-prone star is the total package if he can stay healthy. Health concerns, particularly his back, drop him here, where he provides a nice security blanket for their new franchise QB.

59. Dallas Cowboys – Morgan Burnett, S, Georgia Tech
Burnett slipped briefly after sitting out the Combine with a hamstring, but blew scouts away at Georgia Tech’s Pro Day. He was named to several All-American teams after an outstanding sophomore campaign in 2008. His numbers were down a bit in 2009, but he still flashed his playmaking skills with four picks, a forced fumble and a blocked kick.

60. Seattle Seahawks (from San Diego Chargers) – Ben Tate, RB, Auburn
After passing on C.J. Spiller in the first round, the Seahawks address adding another option with upside to the RB rotation.

61. New York Jets – Koa Misi, OLB, Utah
He has played pretty much every position in the front seven during his career on the Utes, before settling in a DE. HC Rex Ryan will appreciate the versatility and look at him primarily at an OLB in their 3-4, where he offers good pass rush potential but is a weakness in coverage.

62. Minnesota Vikings – Colt McCoy, QB, Texas
McCoy’s nightmare free fall ends. There is a world of difference between being talented enough to be a great college QB and just a starting NFL QB. Short and lacking arm strength, I won’t be surprised to see McCoy fall further.

63. Indianapolis Colts – Arthur Jones, DT, Syracuse
Viewed as a possible first-round pick coming in to the season, his stock dropped after a late knee injury with cost him appearing in the Senior Bowl or at the Combine. He is a pure run-stuffer and nice future replacement for Pat Williams.

64. New Orleans Saints – Navorro Bowman, LB, Penn State
Some baggage and an unspectacular Combine have Bowman, once looked at as a possible first-round pick, falling down draft boards and makes for a nice match of need and talent.

Round Three