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2011 NFL Draft Analysis - Round Two
TCU QB Andy Dalton
TCU QB Andy Dalton
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Apr 29, 2011


On to the second round, several teams are scrambling to move up to get quarterbacks, and Cincinnati made the boldest move by taking TCU's Andy Dalton. After a day off to sit and wait after the NFL Draft started, who went where and how good are each of the draft picks in the 2nd round? These are the first round-worth picks, but at a much better price.

2011 NFL Draft

2nd Round Picks & Analysis


2011 NFL Draft Analysis
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2011 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami | New England | NY Jets
WEST Denver | Kansas CityOakland | San Diego
NORTH Baltimore | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh
SOUTH Houston | Indy | Jacksonville | Tennessee

2011 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants | Philadelphia | Washington
WEST Arizona | San Francisco | Seattle | St. Louis
NORTH Chicago | Detroit | Green Bay | Minnesota
SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina | New Orleans | Tampa Bay

2011 NFL Prospect Rankings & Breakdowns
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1 (33) New England Patriots (from Carolina)
CB Ras-I Dowling, Virginia 6-1, 198
Overall Pick No. 33 CFN Overall Ranking: 69

The Patriots went with Devin McCourty in the first round last year, and now the Patriots have the running mate for the other side. Dowling slipped a bit on several draft boards after having durability concerns, but when he’s right, he’s big, fast playmaker who should be better as a pro than he was as a senior … as long as he stays healthy. He couldn’t get through the Combine without getting hurt.

CFN Analysis: A long, lean defender with terrific speed, he looks the part of an NFL corner. Unlike some of the other big corners in this draft, Dowling can cut on a dime and has no problems whatsoever staying with the quicker receivers. He’s not going to blow anyone up with his hitting ability, but he’s not afraid to tackle and he’ll work in the weight room and will do whatever is needed to get better. Hurt, he was never quite right all throughout last year and he slipped. A much hotter prospect going into last year than he is now, durability is the main problem that will knock him down a bit. He’ll never be 100% and he’ll have to fight through problems, but he’s a good character guy who’ll never dog it.
CFN Projection: Third Round

2 (34) Buffalo Bills
CB Aaron Williams, Texas (FS) 6-0, 204 (Jr.)
Overall Pick No. 34 CFN Overall Ranking: 42

A terrific playmaking defensive back, Williams has the versatility to play almost anywhere in the Buffalo secondary. After taking Marcell Dareus in the first round, toughening up the defense has been a priority, but there will be several who’ll question passing up on Andy Dalton or Ryan Mallett here. Williams is a very good, very sound prospect who’ll start right away.

CFN Analysis: Is he the next great Texas defensive back? Probably, but the bigger question will be where he plays. Part safety and part corner, he’s a tweener in a good way and has the versatility to sit in someone’s secondary for a long time and be extremely productive. With his size and skills he can beat up receivers, but he’s not fast enough to be a No. 1 lockdown coverman and might have to work in a Malcolm Jenkins-like role as a star as a part of a system. Running a 4.52 at the Combine, his future is at free safety where he could be a league-leader in interceptions, but he’ll likely start out at corner where he should be terrific for a few years. A great all-around defensive back, the only thing missing is that raw speed. He’s athletic, can jump out of the stadium, and can be very good as long as he doesn’t have to be the main man.
CFN Projection: Second Round

3 (35) Cincinnati Bengals
QB Andy Dalton, TCU 6-2, 215
Overall Pick No. 35 CFN Overall Ranking: 86

Cincinnati’s dream comes true after Buffalo passed on a quarterback. Welcome to the end of the Carson Palmer era as Dalton comes in to combine with A.J. Green to form the passing tandem for the next decade. At least that’s the hope. While Dalton isn’t a special prospect and he’s not a sure thing, he’s a high-character guy who was drafted on the cheap compared to where Minnesota paid for Christian Ponder and Tennessee picked Jake Locker. The problem is that he’s not going to be ready to roll right away, and the Bengals might need him to be the starter from Day One.

CFN Analysis: He’s not all that big and he doesn’t have a live arm, but he’s a dream of an NFL backup. He’ll always be prepared, he’ll always be ready, and no one will outwork him. A baller, he’ll do whatever is needed to make a play and to keep the offense moving, and he rarely makes a misread of a big mistake. Pressure means nothing to him; throw a pass rusher under his chin and he’ll still deliver the ball. Forget about any big throws deep and he has to be in West Coast attack, but he’ll be a nice late round prospect who’ll hang around the league for a decade.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

4 (36) San Francisco 49ers (from Denver)
QB Colin Kaepernick, Nevada 6-4, 233
Overall Pick No. 36 CFN Overall Ranking: 33

The bold pick and the interesting pick at the right time. Jim Harbaugh gets his playmaker to develop for the next few years, and while he’s not going to be ready out of the box, the sky’s the limit if he’s given time. With a huge arm and phenomenal athleticism, he has skills that Andy Dalton can only dream of having. Cincinnati too Dalton one pick earlier, and the Niners swooped in to make sure they got their quarterback of the future. Unlike several of the quarterbacks taken before him, there’s a limitless ceiling. It just might take a little while.

CFN Analysis: If someone is willing to make the investment, and if someone is willing to be very, very patient, Kaepernick has the tools to be a special player. One of the greatest running quarterbacks in college football history, he ran for 4,112 yards and 59 scores, but he’s not just an ultra-mobile prospect throwing for 10,098 career yards and 82 touchdowns. He’s a big, strong player with a phenomenal arm -possibly the best in the draft - and there’s no questioning his ability to make things happen on the move. A phenomenal leader and a film rat, he’ll work to make himself better and he’s the type of player you want as the main man for your franchise. However, he doesn’t seem to make the same throw twice and he needs to work on his delivery. While he got better as a passer, he’s hardly polished and he needs to be more accurate and he has to show a better touch. Again, he’s a project and a prospect, so the hope is for a payoff in three years … and it could be big.
CFN Projection: Third Round

5 (37) Cleveland Browns
DE Jabaal Sheard, Pitt 6-3, 264
Overall Pick No. 37 CFN Overall Ranking: 47

Woe to the Browns if Da’Quan Bowers turns into a superstar. Sheard is the attempt to finally get the defensive end the franchise has been trying to get after whiffing on the Courtney Brown pick, and he has the motor and the pass rushing ability to be a star if Phil Taylor can be the rock he’s supposed to be in the middle. The Browns have their defensive building blocks.

CFN Analysis: Extremely quick off the ball and the type of player who can get into the backfield in a blink, he’s the type of pure pass rusher the draft seems to be missing. While he’s not going to be a rock against the run and he won’t see time in a 3-4, he has all the moves and all the athleticism to be a sack artist. Can he stay healthy? He always had a nagging bump or bruise of some sort, and there’s no room or ability to get any bigger, but he could be a great specialist who changes games on third downs.
CFN Projection: Second Round

6 (38) Arizona Cardinals
RB Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech 5-10, 212
Overall Pick No. 38 CFN Overall Ranking: 44

Is this saying something about Beanie Wells? Tim Hightower apparently isn’t going to be a part of mix, and Wells can’t be counted on, so the Cardinals are passing on Ryan Mallett and the quarterback situation by getting a powerful star for the ground game. He’s fast, tough, and talented, but he can’t seem to stay healthy either. Between Beanie and Williams, the Cardinals will have to hope to always have someone who can carry the ball.

CFN Analysis: Extremely quick and with a pop to his finishes, he flies through the hole and doesn’t get brought down with a simple arm tackle. Give him a sliver of daylight and he’ll fly through it. With a passion for the game, he wants to succeed and he wants to be The Guy who takes over the offense and makes it his. The problem is his durability. He was a one-year wonder and couldn’t get over an ankle injury that kept him down most of the season, but if he’s asked to be a part of a rotation, even if he’s the No. 1 guy, he’ll be phenomenal.
CFN Projection: Second Round

7 (39) Tennessee Titans
OLB Akeem Ayers, UCLA 6-3, 235
Overall Pick No. 39 CFN Overall Ranking: 31

Again, this is Da’Quan Bowers being ignored as the Titans are taking a pure pass rusher to add more pop to the outside. Ayers is a great hybrid prospect with the ability to get into the backfield on a regular basis, and while he’s not lightning fast, he’s the right pick at the right time … as long as Bowers really is undraftable because of his knee.

CFN Analysis: Known as an athletic, big outside linebacker, he didn’t do as well as hoped for at the Combine, but his game tape is still tremendous and still makes him the model outside linebacker. Fluid, he moves extremely well and has the quickness to go along with the size to be used as a pure pass rusher from time to time, but he’s a linebacker who can make things happen as a pass rusher. The problem is his lack of speed, and while he’s good enough to move well, he doesn’t have NFL wheels. How much will the offseason workouts matter? He was considered a Combine type of guy, but now he’ll have to be seen as a better football player than a workout warrior.
CFN Projection: Second Round

8 (40) Dallas Cowboys
OLB Bruce Carter, North Carolina 6-2, 241

Overall Pick No. 40 CFN Overall Ranking: 32
Great, great shot for the stars taking a pass rushing playmaker who could blow up and be a superstar once he’s 100% healthy. With this move, the Cowboys are starting to get younger and more athletic, and in time he'll be great at getting into the backfield on a regular basis. There are risks because of his torn ACL, but if healthy, he might have gone in the top ten. He’ll eventually be terrific, but it might take a year to get his speed back. Great pick.

CFN Analysis: There’s a chance Carter could be one of the biggest steals in the draft, but it’ll be a bit of a risky pick after suffering a torn ACL late last year. A tremendous athlete, he has 4.5 speed and special quickness – at least before the injury – with sideline-to-sideline range and tremendous playmaking ability. He’s not physical enough against the run and he’s not a blow-him-up type of hitter, but once he’s healthy he’ll fly all over the field and will chase down plays and be great at getting into the backfield. However, he has to get a fire lit under him and the motor has to be running on every play. The skills are there to be a dominant defender, but if he isn’t back to form after his injury, and if he doesn’t want to be an eat-nails linebacker who destroys people, he could be merely average. With his skills, though, the potential is there to be great.
CFN Projection: Second Round

9 (41) Washington Redskins
DT Jarvis Jenkins, Clemson 6-4, 310
Overall Pick No. 41 CFN Overall Ranking: 110

An inside defender for the Tigers, he benifitted from being next to Da’Quan Bowers and will almost certainly be used as 3-4 defensive end. He’ll get a little bit of work on the nose, but he’ll be used with Ryan Kerrigan to transform the Redskin line and will be part of a new group who’ll get into the backfield on a regular basis. Now he has to hit the weights and get stronger.

CFN Analysis: With the right frame and the right bulk he looks the part of an NFL defensive lineman. Now he has to put in the time and the effort to become special. Quick for his size and with decent strength against the run, he has good skills and will work to improve them. A good leader, he’ll never dog it and he’ll be extremely coachable. Now he has to get into the weight room to get far stronger after coming up with a mere 17 reps on the bench at the Combine, and he has to learn how to be a pass rusher. He has the size and he has the athleticism, but he didn’t get to the quarterback in college and has to put it all together.
CFN Projection: Third Round

10 (42) Houston Texans
OLB Brooks Reed, Arizona (DE) 6-2, 263
Overall Pick No. 42 CFN Overall Ranking: 170

A motor guy who’s good, but not as good as many made him out to be after a good senior year and some strong workouts. Many see his hair and think he's Clay Matthews; he's not. He’s like a lesser Ryan Kerrigan who’s always working and always trying to get into the backfield. Red hot coming into the draft, many thought he’d be a first rounder by the time draft day came, but the Texans are going to be fired up to get him here after getting J.J. Watt in the first round. He’s Houston is going with the 100 mile per hour guys in an attempt to start hitting the quarterback more often.

CFN Analysis: Insanely strong, he’s a big, physical defender who has the size and the toughness to work on the line as a pass rushing 4-3 end, and he’s just fast enough to be a decent outside linebacker. With a good fire and a passion for the game, he brings the want-to and the work ethic, fighting to do whatever he needs to. He’s missing the raw athleticism to ever be great, and he’s not going to do anything in pass coverage, but he can be a functional starter who comes up with a nice career if he’s surrounded by better linebackers.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

11 (43) Minnesota Vikings
TE Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame 6-6, 259 (Jr.)
Overall Pick No. 43 CFN Overall Ranking: 48

Christian Ponder needs someone to throw to, and the Vikings give him a safety valve. Had Rudolph been healthy all last year, he would’ve been a top 20 pick, maybe even higher, and he’s a good value pick for an offense that needs another tight end. An upgrade on the defensive line would’ve been nice, Marvin Austin or Stephen Paea would’ve been great, but it’s hard to argue with the top tight end in the draft. By the way, Minnesota, you could've had Ryan Mallett here.

CFN Analysis: Has all the tools to be a terrific all-around NFL tight end with great size and excellent speed. A good blocker who isn’t afraid to get dirty for the ground game, he’s not just a big wide receiver. The problem is his durability with a hamstring injury a few years ago before missing most of last year injured. While he might not last a full season and he’ll always be dinged, he’s the most complete tight end in the draft and will be counted on to be a big part of the passing game right away.
CFN Projection: Second Round

12 (44) Detroit Lions
WR Titus Young, Boise State 5-11,
Overall Pick No. 44 CFN Overall Ranking: 98

There’s something fun about the Detroit draft. After taking Nick Fairley to go next Ndamukong Suh, Young is a flashy, exciting all-around playmaker who can thrive on the other side of Calvin Johnson. As long as Matthew Stafford stays healthy, he’ll have a slew of weapons to play around with. With Young and Jahivid Best, the Lion attack has a few lightning quick home run hitters.

CFN Analysis: A very fast, very productive prospect who should be an occasional gamebreaker, he makes big plays, can be used as a kick returner, and will be the type of player a coach invents ways to get the ball to. He’s not exactly built to be a major factor on a regular basis – he’s going to get beaten up by anyone who puts a hand on him - and he’s not going to be facing San Jose State anymore. He’ll be used in a variety of ways and will be asked to come up with at least one big play a game.
CFN Projection:
Second Round

13 (45) Denver Broncos (from San Francisco) 
FS Rahim Moore, UCLA 6-0, 202 (Jr.)
Overall Pick No. 45 CFN Overall Ranking: 49

A great need pick taken at the right time, Moore will be the replacement for Brian Dawkins in the near future, and he’s going to be a ball-hawking playmaker who’ll be a centerfielder to stick at safety to let him make big plays. He’s not going to provide a big pop and he’s not going to be a factor against the run, but he’ll be a very effective, very good part of the scheme.

CFN Analysis: Not quite fast enough to be a corner, he still has the skills to hang with most receivers on the outside if needed and he’s talented enough to fly around at free safety making plays. He’s always around the ball and he has a knack to pick off passes with ten interceptions as a sophomore. Very quick and with a great burst, he closes on the ball in a hurry and plays faster than his timed speed. Not a big hitter though he has the body-type to unload, he’s not going to be the surest of tacklers and he’ll make his biggest impact against the better passing teams. While he’s not soft, he’s not known for being all that physical and he whiffs way too often in the open field. Even with all his issues, he’s athletic enough to be the type of player who comes up with big stats with a few big plays a game, but doesn’t do the little things right on a consistent basis.
CFN Projection: Second Round

14 (46) Denver Broncos (from Miami)
OG Orlando Franklin, Miami (OT) 6-6, 315
Overall Pick No. 46 CFN Overall Ranking: 40

The pick was made at the right time, but it’s interesting that Denver didn’t keep addressing the defense and didn’t go after one of the great linemen still on the board. He’s a versatile blocker with great size and the ability to work outside or in. Will he be protecting Tim Tebow? Wherever he plays, he’s a tough prospect to rely on for the next decade.

CFN Analysis: With the versatility to play tackle as well as guard, he can play just about any position. While he’s not quite athletic enough to be a stud on the outside, he’s a tall, tough option for the interior where he can best use his run blocking skills. Tough as nails, he’s always going to fight through the little problems, but a coaching staff is going to have to deal with a bit of an attitude. If he can be coached up, and if he can work on being a star, he could be one of the most complete interior blockers in the draft. However, he has to want to be coached.
CFN Projection: Second Round

15 (47) St. Louis Rams
TE Lance Kendricks, Wisconsin 6-3, 243
Overall Pick No. 47 CFN Overall Ranking: 53

The Rams already have several decent playmakers for Sam Bradford to throw to, and after addressing the defense in the first round, they got a very nice receiver who’ll block a little and will push the play down the field. He’s a fearless target who’ll be ultra-reliable and will do a little of everything for the position. He’s not superior at doing any one thing, but he’s great at doing lots of things well.

CFN Analysis: A terrific receiver with great hands, he isn’t afraid to go across the middle and he’s able to go after the ball and fight for the catch around the goal line. He didn’t run all that well in workouts, but he’s fluid on the field and has no problems blowing past linebackers. Considering he went to Wisconsin, he’s an average blocker and he isn’t all that big to be used for a power running game, but he has the talent to be the best of the recent crop of good Badger tight end prospects.
CFN Projection: Second Round

16 (48) Oakland Raiders
C Stefen Wisniewski, Penn State (OG) 6-3 313
Overall Pick No. 48 CFN Overall Ranking: 83

No Ryan Mallett? Huh. No Rodney Hudson? Huh. Wisniewski has the name the Raiders know, and he’s going to be used as a versatile blocker who’ll see time at guard, but will get the longest look at center. He’s not going to blast anyone off the ball, but he’ll be a good, sound blocker who’ll always give the A effort. He’s not special, and this is a reach, but Oakland knows what it’s getting.

CFN Analysis: While he has the versatility and the skill to play either guard or center, he’s not a blaster of a run blocker and he isn’t going to bury anyone at guard. He’s smart, tough, and scrappy, and he’s built to be a long-time starter at center. Considering his family history - his uncle, Steve, was a great pro - he plans on being the next in line, but he’s not the same player. The talent is there to be a good one, but he has to be in the right system and he has to be able to use his mobility and smarts more than his physical power skills.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

17 (49) Indianapolis Colts (from Washington from Jacksonville) 
OT Benjamin Ijalana, Villanova (OG) 6-4, 319
Overall Pick No. 49 CFN Overall Ranking: 24

You don’t think Indy is making one final push to extend Peyton Manning’s career? After going Anthony Castonzo in the first round, Ijalana is a terrific prospect to build around for the future. Castonzo is for right now, but Ijalana will need a little bit of time and he’ll need a position. He’s massive, strong, and good enough to be a star … eventually. He’ll be thrown in as a guard right away, but he should eventually be a tackle.

CFN Analysis: Is he a guard or a tackle? Where he plays, he’s a massive, extremely strong prospect with just enough athleticism to get by. While he missed the Combine with a hernia problem, he was able to get through every game in his long career and fought through all the bumps and bruises. He doesn’t play up to his size or his bulk, and he might need some work to learn how use all his skills to become a killer. If someone is patient, he could eventually be someone’s left tackle, but he could be most amazing if he’s used on the right side.
CFN Projection: Second Round

18 (50) San Diego Chargers
CB Marcus Gilchrist, Clemson (FS) 5-10, 195
Overall Pick No. 50 CFN Overall Ranking: 206

Oh you wacky Chargers. After moving heaven and earth to get Eric Weddle, now he might not be a part of the mix next year and Gilchrist is brought in to work as a possible safety or could work at corner. He’s not huge, but he’s very versatile and he’ll likely end up working at free safety in the Charger D, but it’s a reach. He’s very strong and a good guy, but he’s a plugger, not a flashy star.

CFN Analysis: A high-riser after a strong Combine, he can be used as a safety or a corner. Versatile is more of the right term for him than a tweener, but he doesn’t quite have the raw wheels to be a starting cover-corner and he doesn’t have the size to be a thumper of a safety. With 26 reps on the bench and 173 tackles over the last two seasons, he’s strong and productive, and he’s always going full-tilt with a great motor. Willing to do whatever it takes, he’s extremely coachable and he’s always bringing the A effort. Now someone has to figure out where he can play.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

19 (51) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DE Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson 6-3, 280 (Jr.)
Overall Pick No. 51 CFN Overall Ranking: 9

After sliding way, way, WAY too far, the Bucs take a chance on greatness hoping to get something out of Bowers, who might not be able to do too much right away, and might have a short shelf life. However, if and when he’s right, he’s the best defensive end in the draft and can work with first rounder Adrian Clayborn on the other side, and with Gerald McCoy and Brian Price in the middle. If and when everyone is healthy, the line is going to be something serious.

CFN Analysis: With tremendous size and the right athleticism, Bowers has it all. It took a little while to live up to the expectations coming out of high school, but when he decided to commit to being special, and when inspired by the tragic deaths of both his father and former Clemson star, Gaines Adams, he turned his game up several notches and became a devastating terror into the backfield. As soon as he announced he was leaving school early, he was immediately put into the No. 1 overall slot in most mock drafts, or was at least in the top three, and then he had surgery on his knee and he started to drop. The knee appears to be a ticking time bomb with the cartilage wearing away, and it’s not just a question of if the knee is going to be a big problem, it’s when. However, when he’s right, he has all the moves with strength to push his way into the backfield, and the quickness to get to the edge when needed if he’s put in a 4-3. His money will be made as an athletic 3-4 end, but he has to continue to dedicate himself to his craft and has to continue to work for it. Very quickly, he could go from being a rock of an athlete to a fleshy 300+ defender who’ll lose his edge. Can he continue to build on his one big year? If his knee is right, yes.
CFN Projection: First Round

20 (52) New York Giants
DT Marvin Austin, North Carolina 6-2, 309 <
Overall Pick No. 52 CFN Overall Ranking: 19

A tremendous value pick, the only question was his attitude and his character. A top ten talent with anchor ability, he’s joining Prince Amukamara to beef up the defense and become a major force. While there will be times he’ll disappear, he’ll be a fan favorite at times with a few dominant performances. He’s a very, very good player who just needs the right coaching. He’ll get it.

CFN Analysis: There was a time not all that long ago when he was considered an almost certain top ten overall pick with ideal size for the interior, the quickness to get into the backfield, and tremendous strength against the run. There’s a huge, glaring question mark when it comes to his character and he has to prove that he wants to be great. He’d be a terror if he went full tilt all the time, and he doesn’t always play up to his potential and skills, but when he had to, he destroyed the drills in offseason workouts. When the lights were on and all the scouts were watching, particularly at the East-West Shrine practices, he was phenomenal. After being suspended for all of 2010 after his dealings with an agent, he needs to get back on the field and he has to get used to being in a lather again. On sheer talent and skills, he’s worth the risk; the potential is there to be a superstar if it all comes together.
CFN Projection: Second Round

21 (53) Chicago Bears (from Indianapolis) 
DT Stephen Paea, Oregon State 6-1,
Overall Pick No. 53 CFN Overall Ranking: 21

A terrific move to give away a fourth round pick to move up to get an anchor for a defensive line that loses Tommie Harris and desperately needed a very strong, very active anchor to revolve around. If nothing else, no one will shove him around and he fills a very glaring need. This is a terrific pick considering the run on defensive lineman. When Marvin Austin was gone, the Bears had to make this play to get the great value. They got the one top tackle talent left on the board.

CFN Analysis: Prospects who destroy the weight room at the NFL Combine rarely work out well as real, live players, but Paea should be the exception. One of the strongest players to ever enter the NFL, he threw 49 reps of 225 up like he was benching a broom. A true nose with quickness to go along with his strength, he can also work in a 4-3 without a problem. He can beat up centers and can rip into the backfield with a variety of decent moves, but he needs to keep developing. While he might not be a franchise anchor, he won’t be heard from for long stretches, and he won’t go to Hawaii every year, he’ll always bring the effort and he’ll be a productive lineman for a decade.
CFN Projection: Second Round

22 (54) Philadelphia Eagles
SS Jaiquawn Jarrett, Temple 6-0, 198
Overall Pick No. 53 CFN Overall Ranking: 91

After doing a great job of getting value picks last year, the Eagles are reaching a bit. Jarrett is a nice safety, and he’s extremely versatile, but he’s not a speedster and will mostly be a strong run defender. He’s not an athlete, but he’s a pure football player who could quickly be a fan favorite with his thumping ability.

CFN Analysis: Versatile, he’s good in any scheme and can work in any safety position. While he’s thin and has the range of a free safety, he’s a great tackler and can bring the thump like a strong safety if needed. Great when the ball is in the air, he closes in a hurry and brings the pop when he gets the chance. Of course, there’s a difference between being physical in the MAC and at the next level, and he’s not fast enough to make a lot of the plays he came up with in college. A better football player than an athlete, there’s a hard ceiling on what he can become and he’ll have to be surrounded by quicker, stronger defensive backs. However, he’s a coach’s dream when it comes to attitude and drive, and he’ll make himself into a success.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

23 (55) Kansas City Chiefs
OG Rodney Hudson, Florida State, (C) 6-2, 299
Overall Pick No. 55 CFN Overall Ranking: 37

A need pick who fits perfectly. The Chiefs needed a versatile interior lineman, and he’s going to be fantastic no matter where he plays. He’s not a huge body and he’s not going to blast anyone off the ball, but he’s a tremendous athlete who’s great on the move and he’s very, very feisty. He’s a center, but he could end up working at guard from time to time. Terrific value; he might be the best interior blocker in the draft.

CFN Analysis: An ultra-productive, barrel-chested blocker who isn’t all that big and doesn’t look like a dominant NFL interior lineman, but he’s extremely athletic with great character and the smarts to be a quarterback up front as a center or work at either guard spot. He doesn’t make mistakes, is always hustling, and he never takes a play off. While he has the perfect temperament and make-up for an offensive lineman, he simply doesn’t have the right body to be a top pick. He’ll have to work to be around 300 pounds and would be much more natural at around 280, and he won’t fit every line, but he’s a great talent who’s too good to ignore just because he’s not 6-5 and 325.
CFN Projection: Third Round

24 (56) New England (from New Orleans) 
RB Shane Vereen, California 5-10,
Overall Pick No. 56 CFN Overall Ranking: 57

Okay … now it makes sense. However, Vereen had better be Mark Ingram. The Patriots could’ve had the Heisman winner in the first round, traded out of it, and took the very speedy Vereen who’s a great fit for the New England offense. He’s not an every down thumper, but he won’t have to be. At the very least he’s an instant upgrade over anyone the Pats currently have in the backfield.

CFN Analysis: Speed. He might not be the fastest back in the draft, but he moves quickly and decisively. If he gets a little room to move, bu-bye. While he’s not huge, he’s not afraid to use a little power from time to time and he was lineman-strong on the bench at the Combine. However, he doesn’t always run to his strengths, or more accurately, to his speed, and he isn’t going to produce on a consistent basis. While he’s not going to be anyone’s all-star, in today’s day and age, he’ll be perfect in part of a rotation.
CFN Projection: Third Round

25 (57) Detroit Lions (from Seattle) 
RB Mikel Leshoure, Illinois 6-0, 227
Overall Pick No. 57 CFN Overall Ranking: 30

Basically, the Lions are saying that they don’t think that Jahvid Best and Kevin Smith can’t stay healthy, and Smith might end up being gone. Leshoure is a very good back with good size and excellent speed, but he doesn’t bring enough thump. The second best back in the draft behind Mark Ingram, he might be worth the move by Detroit to jump up to take him. The running game needed a No. 1 back, and he’s it.

CFN Analysis: He’s not going to be Rashard Mendenhall, but he has the toughness and ability to handle the rock 25 times per game. With just enough speed to get by, he can be a home run hitter and he’s extremely quick and decisive when he gets a little room to move. A great athlete who’s cut, strong, and looks like a prototype NFL back, all the parts are there to succeed. Does he need to be in the right system, like Mendenhall? No, but he’d be a 2010 Arian Foster-like superstar in a zone-blocking scheme and would be terrific in a power running system. While he can be anyone’s No. 1 back, he’ll be terrific as a 15-carry No. 2 hammer.
CFN Projection: Second Round

26 (58) Baltimore Ravens
WR Torrey Smith, Maryland 6-0, 205 (Jr.)
Overall Pick No. 58 CFN Overall Ranking: 36

The pick makes sense. The Ravens needed a playmaking receiver who can get deep, and with so many mediocre targets for Joe Flacco to throw to, Smith might become a No. 1 target as soon as he hits the field. A good guy and a great story, he’s a potential star to root for. Flacco will love him.

CFN Analysis: Fast, fast, fast. As a receiver and a kick returner, Smith has special home-run hitting ability that’s even better than his 4.4 timed speed. With great character and good work ethic forged from a gripping personal story – he all but raised six brothers and sisters by himself – he’s the type of feel-good story that makes him easy to root for. While he might not be a No. 1 target to revolve a passing game around, he’s a tremendous home run hitter who could dominate as a No. 2 and be a dream No. 3 who’ll stretch the field and should star as a returner.
CFN Projection:
Second Round

27 (59) Cleveland Browns (from Atlanta) 
WR Greg Little, North Carolina 6-2, 231
Overall Pick No. 59 CFN Overall Ranking: 52

Atlanta mortgaged the farm to move up to get Julio Jones; Cleveland got a freak of nature receiver of its own in the deal late in the second around. He’s a diva and he needs a shove, but he’s an elite athlete who could instantly become a No. 1 pick. He’s going to be Colt McCoy’s favorite target in a hurry, and he’s going to be a tough, physical player who could thrive … at a much cheaper price than Jones.

CFN Analysis: A high school superstar who could’ve gone anywhere and was a major coup for North Carolina, Little is a tremendous athlete, freakishly strong, and great at using his size to beat people up as a blocker. Smooth as glass, even though he doesn’t look like it body-wise, he runs well, isn’t afraid to take a shot across the middle in the name of another yard, and has all the skills to be a great slot receiver. He’s not all that tall, isn’t a blazer, and has an attitude for good and bad, but it’s all there to be a very productive, very good player for a long time.
CFN Projection:
Second Round

28 (60) Houston Texans (from New England) 
CB Brandon Harris, Miami 5-9, 191 (Jr.)
Overall Pick No. 60 CFN Overall Ranking: 39

Great value, and considering Houston needed a corner/nickel, it had to trade up with New England to get this pick because the defensive backs are totally mediocre after him. Very fast and very solid, he might not be a Pro Bowl talent, but he’s physical against the run and he’s an instant starter who’ll help the Texan defense right away. He might not get the hype of the other defenders the team drafted, but he’ll turn out to be just as productive for what the D needs.

CFN Analysis: Unlike the other top corner prospects in the draft, Harris is lacking the bulk to go along with the speed. He plays fast and looks the part on film, but his 4.44 is just good enough to get by, and he came up with a 4.51 in some dashes. Nice against the run and with the look of a No. 1 cover-corner, he does a little bit of everything well, and he’s more talented than advertised with a great attitude and the want-to to be special. Already good, he’ll be even better once he gets NFL-level coaching. The overall skills might not be there compared to Patrick Peterson and the other star corners, but he’s a bust-proof starter who will take away one side of the field.
CFN Projection: First Round

29 (61) San Diego Chargers (from NY Jets)
OLB Jonas Mouton, Michigan 6-1, 229
Overall Pick No. 61   CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

Awful pick. Simply awful. He's ultra-athletic, but he's a special teamer right away and is hardly the type of player to stick on a defense right away. The Chargers are always trying a bit too hard to make a reach, and Mouton could've easily have been taken much, much later. If someone else took him, it wouldn't matter. It'll be a shock if he's a good starter.

CFN Analysis: A good athlete on the field, he didn’t time well and he didn’t lift at the Combine and was a disaster at the Senior Bowl. It was said that it was like he was trying to turn off teams with his personality, and that, combined with his lack of size, will make him a risky player to hang around a camp until the final cut. He’s great in pass coverage and he moves well when he has to stay with the quicker players, but he’s not tough enough to be a starting linebacker.
CFN Projection: Free Agent

30 (62) Miami Dolphins (from Washington from Chicago) 
RB Daniel Thomas, Kansas State 6-0, 230
Overall Pick No. 62 CFN Overall Ranking: 54

A nice, nice, pick. The Dolphins didn’t take Mark Ingram in the first round, but they got a big, quick, talented workhorse who proved to be more durable for the Heisman winner. Fantasy football fans, this is the guy you want to invest in immediately, if possible; he’s going to be the main man for the ground game right away. It’s interesting that Miami passed on Ryan Mallett, and now Chad Henne has an excellent back to hand off to.

CFN Analysis: Very big, very tough, and very thick, Thomas has the body and the bulk to be a full-time workhorse runner. Even though he was the only thing anyone had to worry about on the Kansas State offense, he still produced at a high level week in and week out. While he wasn’t needed for the passing game – or wasn’t used – he can catch the ball. He’s not a speedster and he’s not necessarily a powerful between-the-tackles runner, but there’s little downside. He might not be a special NFL back, but he can certainly be very, very good as long as someone doesn’t think he’s a battering ram.
CFN Projection: Second Round

31 (63) Pittsburgh Steelers
OT Marcus Gilbert, Florida (OG) 6-6, 329
Overall Pick No. 63 CFN Overall Ranking: 141

He’s a huge tackle who can play at either one of Pittsburgh’s tackle spots, and this will be a benfit of the doubt pick. If anyone but the Steelers took him here, it would be a reach, but they know how to get the most out of their linemen and they’ll work Gilbert into a role. Don’t be shocked, though, it he ends up at guard in the next few years.

CFN Analysis: Enormous, the guy is a house and impossible to get around with long arms making him even tougher to get the edge on. While he’s probably going to be a guard in time, he has just enough quickness to take a shot at tackle. The problem is that he doesn’t play up to his size and his toughness is questionable to be a killer of a run blocker. Someone will want him because of his size and girth, but he needs a fire to be lit under him to reach his potential.
CFN Projection: Second Round

32 (64) Green Bay Packers
WR Randall Cobb, Kentucky 5-11, 191 (Jr.)
Overall Pick No. 64 CFN Overall Ranking No. 56

Because the Super Bowl champions don’t have enough weapons or playmakers, Cobb can do a little bit of everything for an offense including work a bit as a Wildcat quarterback. He can work as a returner, a runner, and as a whale of a No. 3 target who’ll make plenty of big things happen with Aaron Rodgers bringing him the ball. This is a near-perfect pick.

CFN Analysis: A jack-of-all-trades playmaker who carried the Kentucky offense at times as a Wildcat quarterback, return man, runner, and receiver. He’s not all that big, but he’s tough, very fast, and extremely quick. A playmaker whenever he gets the ball in his hands, he can play anywhere in a receiving corps. He puts the ball on the ground way too often and he’s not going to block anyone, but he’ll be a nice toy to play with and he should be a very, very nice weapon if he doesn’t have to be the main man.
CFN Projection:
Third Round