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2010 NFL Draft Analysis - Round Two
UCLA/Tampa Bay DT Brian Price
UCLA/Tampa Bay DT Brian Price
Posted Apr 24, 2010

They're the prospects who were considered as potential first rounders and slid a bit. 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?

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33. St. Louis
Rodger Saffold, OT Indiana 6-5, 316
Overall Pick No. 33 CFN Overall Ranking: 75

The Rams need someone to protect their new franchise quarterback, and Saffold, while a bit limited intensity-wise, is a strong athlete and a nice pass protector to keep Mr. Bradford clean.

A nice athlete who did a fantastic job in workouts and at the Combine. He was quick, smooth, and athletic enough to prove he could be a rock-solid left tackle with great balance and good body control. Very productive and good against the better Big Ten pass rushers, he has the film to back up his workouts. The one problem is his meanness. He’s a good blocker, but he’s not going to throw a defender up into the fifth row. While he worked out well as a tackle prospect, he’ll probably spend the second half of his career at guard.
CFN Projection: Second Round

34. Minnesota (from Detroit)
Chris Cook, CB Virginia 6-2, 212 (S)
Overall Pick No. 35 CFN Overall Ranking: 65

A good tweener who the Vikings will want as a corner but has safety speed. He needs to get a lot stronger and he has to become a more aggressive playmaker, but he can fly and he should be an instant fit for a Viking secondary that can take a few chances.

Is he a safety or a corner? He has tremendous size and upped his stock big-time with a phenomenal Combine running a 4.46 and coming up with a corner-best 11’0” in the broad jump. On raw skills alone he’s one of the best prospects in the draft. He doesn’t shy away from contact, is versatile enough to be moved around anywhere, and he acts the part of a top-shelf defensive back. However, the athleticism doesn’t translate and he doesn’t play up to his talent, and he’ll likely end up playing more safety if he can be more physical, but on size and quickness he’s a special prospect who someone will be really excited about drafting.
CFN Projection: Third Round

35. Tampa Bay
Brian Price, DT UCLA 6-1, 303
Overall Pick No. 35 CFN Overall Ranking: 33

A tremendous pick, and don’t be shocked in any way if he turns out to be almost as productive as the higher-priced Gerald McCoy. If McCoy is the real deal, Price will be a dominator in the backfield. The Bucs now have their tackles for the next decade, but they need Roy Miller to now turn into a space-eater.

While he’s not all that big and he’s a short, squatty defender, he’s extremely quick and is one of the strongest tackles in the draft. He’s always working, always working, and always making plays as both an interior pass rusher and a tough rock against the run. Athletic for his size, he should be a great interior pass rusher at the next level. He needs to get into better overall shape and he needs to show that he wants to run through a wall when it comes to the little things it’ll take to get better, but his versatility and his disruptiveness will work well in just about any defense.
CFN Projection: Second Round

36. Kansas City
Dexter McCluster, RB Ole Miss 5-9, 172
Overall Pick No. 36 CFN Overall Ranking: 89

Are the Chiefs really good enough to afford a luxury? They already have Jamaal Charles and they just brought in Thomas Jones, and McCluster is nothing more than ten-touch-a-game return man third down weapon. He could flourish in the job, but the Chiefs could’ve used some offensive tackle help.

What are you going to do with him? He’s not an NFL running back, and was kept in a box at Ole Miss until he was needed (the coaching staff didn’t want him to get hurt), he has the potential to be an NFL receiver, he has the hands for it, but he’s not particularly fast (running a slow 4.53), he’s way too small to take any sort of a pounding, and he’ll be limited in what he can do outside of a specialist role; he’s only going to work if he can have plays designed just for him. However, he’s extremely quick on the field, did everything fine at the Combine other than run the 40, and he can be used as a returner and will be seen as a jack-of-all-trades. It would be nice if he was faster, though.
CFN Projection: Third Round

37. Philadelphia (from Washington)
Nate Allen, FS South Florida 6-0, 207
Overall Pick 37 CFN Overall Ranking: 45
By the way, Donovan, thanks … here’s the pick the Eagles got for their former franchise quarterback. The Eagles needed to replace Brian Dawkins, and while Allen isn’t the same sort of big hitter, he’s a very quick playmaker who be moved around where needed. Combining with Brandon Graham, the Eagles are looking to make their defense faster and even more aggressive.

There’s no questioning his quickness on the field and his athleticism, and he’s fluid for a player of his size, but he needs to get functionally stronger and has to commit himself to the weight room, and he has to become more of a playmaker. He’s not an intimidating force in any way and could end up being better as a nickel or dime defender if he doesn’t eventually move to corner. He’s smart enough to play any spot in the secondary and roll from Day One.
CFN Projection: Second Round

38. Cleveland
T.J. Ward, SS Oregon 5-10, 211
Overall Pick No. 38 CFN Overall Ranking: 71

The Browns had Colt McCoy and Jimmy Clausen right there for the taking, but instead they beefed up their secondary even more after taking Joe Haden in the first round. However, like Haden, Ward isn’t all that fast. There’s no truth to the rumor that the hobbling Jim Brown could still come up with a faster 40 time.

While not tall, he’s a thick, tough defender who’ll throw his body all over the place. The walk-on plays like he has something to prove on every snap. Always around the ball, he’s great when the ball is in the air and he isn’t afraid to get as physical as he needs to be. Holding up at an NFL level against the run will be a problem after suffering two bad knee injuries and has always played dinged up. A good athlete, he’s not a great one and will be limited. He might not have a long shelf life, but he’ll be ultra-productive during his time.
CFN Projection: Third Round

39. Tampa Bay (from Oakland)
Arrelious Benn, WR Illinois 6-1, 219 (Jr.)
Overall Pick 39 CFN Overall Ranking: 41

The Bucs need a safety and passed on Taylor Mays, but they got an interesting prospect in Benn who was a major disappointment for the Illini considering how big-time he was coming out of high school. He’ll be a better pro than a collegian and he might be the instant No. 1 target for Josh Freeman.

Considering he was considered to be one of the top receiver recruits of the last five years, he was a major disappointment. He’s a terrific athlete, has the right attitude, has the size, and has the make-up to become a talent, but he didn’t get it done in college and didn’t produce nearly enough. He wasn’t bad, but he’s almost certainly going to be a far better pro than a collegian once he gets in a more sophisticated system that can use his talents better. Extremely strong, he’s tough for most corners to handle and isn’t afraid to come up with the big block. Extremely quick, he can be used as a return man. While he still needs polish and isn’t the most natural of receivers, he should flourish with better coaching.
CFN Projection: Second Round

40. Miami (from Seattle)
Koa Misi, OLB Utah 6-3, 251 (DE)
Overall Pick 40 CFN Overall Ranking: 142

The Dolphins wanted a pass rusher at some point, and they got their hybrid who can do a little of everything. Combining with the pickup of Jared Odrick in the first round, Bill Parcells is looking to hit the quarterback early and often, but the real question will be if Misi is worth it after passing on Jerry Hughes on Thursday. >

He’ll be good in a variety of ways and might end up being a defensive end if he can bulk up a little bit; he has the room on his frame to do it. With the strength to be on the line and just enough speed and quickness to be a linebacker, his versatility alone will boost him up many draft charts. However, he’s not an NFL defensive end lacking the pass rushing ability to be used as a Rush End. He’ll work his tail off to become a solid pro and he should grow into the job on the outside, but it’ll probably take a little while.
CFN Projection: Third Round

41. Buffalo
Torrell Troup, DT UCF 6-3, 314
Overall Pick 41 CFN Overall Ranking: 106

Buffalo needed a defensive tackle and it got one who’ll be plugged in the middle of the line as a potential anchor. After going splashy with RB C.J. Spiller in the first round, the Bills got a rock who won’t take more than five steps. Weight is an issue, and being in the same city as Ted’s hot dogs won’t help.

Very big and very strong, he’s a physical interior presence who can be plugged in on the nose and hold his own. Double teams aren’t a problem for him and he’s always working and he always has the motor going full tilt. However, he’s not going anywhere. There’s no mobility and he’ll never get into the backfield. There’s a limit on where he can play and what he can do, but he should hang around the league for a long time as a nice piece of a puzzle.
CFN Projection: Third Round

42. New England (from Oakland from Tampa Bay from Chicago)
Rob Gronkowski, TE Arizona 6-6, 264 (Jr.)
Overall Pick 42 CFN Overall Ranking: 39

The Patriots went after another weapon now that Ben Watson is a Cleveland Brown. Gronkowski is a first round talent who probably got hurt shaking Roger Goodell’s hand … he’s a porcelain doll. Considering Sergio Kindle is still on the board, the Patriots might have made a huge reach for a player who doesn’t fill a glaring need.

Very big and very talented with the total package of talents, he can run better than his 4.75 40 would show, has phenomenal hands, and is tough enough to grow into a better blocker. If he can stay healthy he has the potential to be the top tight end in this draft and one of the most productive in a decade, but he can’t be counted on to last more than ten minutes. He missed time with mono, missed most of last year with a herniated disk, and he has never been able to show he can play for a full season. The experience isn’t there, but the upside is limitless.
CFN Projection: Second Round

43. Baltimore (from Miami)
Sergio Kindle, OLB Texas 6-3, 250 (DE)
Overall Pick No. 43 CFN Overall Ranking: 18

Merry Christmas. New England passes on Kindle at the 42 and the Ravens snarf him up at 43. He’s another Terrell Suggs and will flourish as a pass rusher now that he won’t be the focus of every blocking scheme. He might be the best value pick in the draft if his questionable knee holds up.

A tweener, he’s not an elite athlete and isn’t sure-thing dominant as an outside linebacker, and he’s not an NFL defensive end. Very strong looking with the right body and the right look, he’s a good worker who can play in a variety of spots and plays much faster than he times. There have been a few off-the-field issues, but there’s nothing to get into a big twist over. If he’s in the right system, he could become a devastating pass rusher who’s far better in the pros than he was as a collegian when he was the focus of every blocking scheme. However, he has to prove it. Everyone bent over backwards to make excuses why he wasn’t producing at a high level.
CFN Projection: First Round

44. Oakland (from New England from Jacksonville)
Lamarr Houston, DT Texas 6-3, 305
Overall Pick 44 CFN Overall Ranking: 46

Oakland continues to make smart, solid picks. After taking Rolando McClain in the first round, the middle of the Raider defense is becoming locked up getting a quick run defender with phenomenal strength. Passing on Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy, though proves that Oakland is going to try to win games 7-3.

An interesting player with an interesting career, he was a 100-meter sprinter in high school and has kept much of his athleticism after bulking up to over 300 pounds. He’s a great worker who’s always going full-tilt and he can play anywhere in any scheme. The down side is his résumé, which was fine, but nothing amazing from a decent Texas career. Not as slippery and not as creative a pass rusher as he needs to be, once he’s blocked he stays blocked. He’ll be at his best playing as a one-gap playmaker whose job is get into the backfield and provide pressure.
CFN Projection: Third Round

Zane Beadles, OT Utah 6-4, 310 (OG)
Overall Pick 45 CFN Overall Ranking: 188

If you’re looking around the room and you can’t figure out who the sucker is … Beadles isn’t an NFL tackle and this is way too high to take a project of a guard considering the Broncos need lots of help in several areas. There are going to be more than a few teams who are extremely happy to see a mid-round prospect go off the board so early.

Very experienced and very productive, he was a great blocker for a fantastic Utah offensive line. He was a great leader and he’s always working with a great motor. However, he’s not quick, needs to get a bit bigger, and doesn’t quite have the power to dominate any end with size. He’ll likely make his money at guard and could stay in the league for a while because of his intangibles and versatility, but he needs more talented players around him.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

46. New York Giants
Linval Joseph, DT East Carolina 6-4, 328
Overall Pick 159 CFN Overall Ranking: 46

After going with a flashy, boom-or-bust pick with Jason Pierre-Paul for the outside, the Giants got their anchor for the interior. He’s not going to be fun or exciting, but he should sit in the middle of the line for the next ten years once he figures out what he’s doing.

A very big stick in the mud, he can be put in the middle of the line and everyone can work around him. He’s massive with long arms and phenomenal strength coming up with 39 reps at the Combine. While he has good tools, he’s really, really raw and will need time to develop into his size and strength. More of a prospect than a sure thing, he’ll be taken by someone who’ll see a big wad of clay that could be molded into a superstar. The upside is limitless and he could be a top nose tackle who allows everyone else to shine.
CFN Projection: Second Round

47. Arizona (from New England from Tennessee)
Daryl Washington, ILB TCU 6-2, 230
Overall Pick No.47 CFN Overall Ranking: 28

Combining with the pick of Dan Williams late in the first round, Arizona is getting amazing value to beef up the defense. Washington should be the next great all-around playmaker for the Cardinal defense. He’ll be a disruptive force with great players around him.

One of the high risers, he’s a terrific athlete with a good frame, a lot of fight, and a fantastic burst. He needs to get a lot stronger after only coming up with 17 reps on the bench, and he’s a beefed up safety-sized player without much room to get bigger, but the upside is tremendous. There isn’t a lot of wear on the tires and he could be scratching the surface, but he might end up working more on the outside as his career goes on if he’s not playing in a 3-4. He’s not an NFL middle linebacker.
CFN Projection: Second Round

48. Carolina
Jimmy Clausen, QB Notre Dame 6-3, 222 (Jr.)
Overall Pick No. 48 CFN Overall Ranking: 6

PHENOMENAL value. The stats don’t lie; a quarterback taken after the first round has roughly a 13% chance of being a real, live player, and over the last 20 years, only Tom Brady was drafted after the first round and won a Super Bowl for a team that drafted him. However, this is a great spot for a player who could’ve gone in the top ten with no one blinking.

After arriving in South Bend with much fanfare and tremendous hype (and in a limo), Clausen spent most of his career trying not to get killed behind a porous line. While he broke down from time to time with an elbow injury and a right toe problem, he showed excellent toughness by trying to gut it out. In 2009 he became clutch, leading the team to some key, close wins that kept the season from turning into a disaster early, and he was able to live up to all the pressure and showed that he really was worth all the press. Even though he was tutored by Charlie Weis, he still has a little bit of mechanical issues (most notably a laboring throwing motion on his deep passes) and he’s not quite as polished as he probably should be. He’ll also have to go out of his way to early on to be one of the guys and could rub some people the wrong way with a personality that might not be for every team. The basics are there, but he’s hardly a sure-thing star considering he might not be the type of player the rest of the team will run through a brick wall for.
CFN Projection: First Round, Top 15 Overall

49. San Francisco
Taylor Mays, S USC 6-3, 230 (FS)
Overall Pick No. 49 CFN Overall Ranking: 14

Jimmy Clausen might have been a great value pick for Carolina at 48, and Mays might be even better at 49. Get ready to ramp up the Ronnie Lott comparisons, and while Mays might not ever be that good, he has all-time tools. He’ll fly all over the place for the Niner defense.

A straight-up freak of nature, there hasn’t ever been a safety prospect with this combination of raw skills. From the 6-3, 230-pound size, to the 4.36 40 speed, to the 41” vertical, to the 24 reps on the bench, he’s the dream safety who seems too good to be true. Now he has to show he can play. He simply doesn’t make enough big plays considering his raw talent, he doesn’t have a sense for the game, and he’s way too sloppy. Yes, he’s a knockout hitter, but he’s not nearly productive enough on tape getting fooled way too easily and making up for it with his athleticism; that’s not going to fly at the next level. And then there’s the attitude. He comes across as aloof and entitled, and he’s not going to be for everyone. But for all the concerns, with his skills he could be a special, transcendent player with the right coaching and the right dedication to doing all the little things right.
CFN Projection: First Round

50. Kansas City (from Atlanta)
Javier Arenas, CB/PR Alabama 5-9, 197
Overall Pick 50 CFN Overall Ranking: 161

The Chiefs are like the guy in Scrabble who hoards all the Us so the guy with a Q is screwed. It’s not enough to get Dexter McCluster early; KC is obviously concerned about returning kicks by loading up on special teamers. Arenas is short and slow, but he’ll have Eric Berry to clean up his messes.

Strong with a fantastic burst and sudden quickness, he’s a good prospect with the skills to potentially be a decent NFL corner. However, he’ll make it on his return ability. He’s an aggressive defender who isn’t afraid to mix it up, he’s a pure football player who does everything naturally. Technique-wise, he has a problem and isn’t a No. 1 NFL corner. He could be put on the outside from time to time, but not on a regular basis. His money will be made as a returner and as a nickel defender who’ll grow into a big hitter.
CFN Projection: Third Round

51. Minnesota (from Houston)
Toby Gerhart, RB Stanford 6-0, 231
Overall Pick No. 51 CFN Overall Ranking: 62

Perfect. Absolutely perfect. After losing Chester Taylor, Minnesota needed a No. 2 running back to help out Adrian Peterson. Gerhart can step in and be more of a pounding back who can play from Day One and keep the limit the wear on A.D.’s (it’s NOT A.P., people) tires. He’s a workhorse who doesn’t have to be for the next few years. However, can he be the receiver Taylor was? He’ll have to work to be one.

It’ll be interesting to see what his pitch count is. He might have about 1,000 touches in him before he grinds to a halt, but he could be extremely productive during his limited time. He has excellent speed for his size, is strong, and is coming off an ultra-productive career that finished off with an all-timer of a year that would’ve brought him the Heisman if he had played somewhere east of the Mississippi River. While there’s little wiggle to his game, not much cutback ability, and he’ll take a ton of big shots, he’ll keep the pile moving, has better on-field game speed than he gets credit for, and he can be a workhorse.
CFN Projection: Second Round

52. Pittsburgh
Jason Worilds, OLB Virginia Tech 6-1, 254 (DE)
Overall Pick No. 52 CFN Overall Ranking: 81

Pittsburgh likes their pass rushers, and Worilds fits a type. Lamarr Woodley didn’t step up in every game at Michigan and how did he turn out for the Steelers? It’s the same thing with Worilds, who might not have been consistent, but he should now that he’s with the perfect NFL team for him.

Part defensive end, part outside linebacker, he’s a true tweener with a high motor who can do a little of everything, he was quick through the short drills in workouts. A tough tackler who has to be dragged off the field, he has had several injuries to play through but isn’t going to dog it. While he’ll need to be a more creative pass rusher and will have to grow into a role as a 3-4 linebacker.
CFN Projection: Third Round

53. New England
Jermaine Cunningham, DE Florida 6-3, 266 (OLB)
Overall Pick 53 CFN Overall Ranking: 126

An interesting pick for the Patriots, Cunningham is consistent and decent, but he needs to be pushed to get to another level … and Bill Belichick should be able to do it. He’s not a top-end pass rusher and doesn’t really fit a role for New England. This isn’t necessarily a reach, but he’s a fourth round talent taken at least 50 picks early. Like Belichick cares if he thinks he has his guy.

His stock has dropped off the map after being considered a possible first rounder not all that long ago. The size is there, the athleticism and talent are undeniable, and he has produced at the highest of collegiate levels, but he’s a tweener who isn’t quite an outside linebacker and is a bit thin to be a regular end in a 3-4. He’s a hard worker and a battler, but he benefitted greatly from having a lot of great players around him.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

54. Cincinnati
Carlos Dunlap, DE Florida 6-6, 277
Overall Pick No. 58 CFN Overall Ranking: 58

If you’re a knucklehead with off-the-field issues, what better place than the Cincinnati Bengals! This was the right time for Dunlap to go considering he’s a top prospect with the fire and passion of a Bic lighter, but this would’ve been a great pick for ANY other team.

On talent and skills he might be a top five talent. The epitome of the million-dollar-talent, ten-cent head cliché, he has the size and the explosive quickness to become a devastating NFL pass rusher, but can he get the engine revved up to play full-time? A ghost way too often on the field, and with some issues off of it (including a DUI), there’s major bust potential. Not helping his cause were, according to several insiders, a poor showing in various interviews. However, he’s a tremendous all-around talent with Pro Bowl skills, and there’s a chance he could be far better in a pro setting than a college one. Of course, when it comes to having a fire lit under him, if Urban Meyer couldn’t get it done …
CFN Projection: Second Round

55. Dallas (from Philadelphia)
Sean Lee, LB Penn State 6-2, 236
Overall Pick No. 55 CFN Overall Ranking: 32

Lee would’ve gone about 20 picks earlier, if not more, if there weren’t any question marks about his knee. Jerry Jones is going after talented players and isn’t worrying about the baggage, and it might pay off getting Lee here after snagging Dez Bryant in the first round.

It’s all up to how his knee holds up. He was having a special career before suffering a torn ACL just before the 2008 season, and while he was good when he returned, he wasn’t quite the same all-around playmaker. While he’s a great tackler who always takes the right angles and rarely takes a wasted step, he’s not blazing fast and he’s not the biggest hitter; he’s not exactly intimidating. Smart enough and just good enough to play any linebacking spot, his versatility will make him a godsend for most coaching staffs. But can his knee last? Durability will always be a concern.
CFN Projection: Second Round

56. Green Bay
Mike Neal, DT Purdue 6-3, 294
Overall Pick 56 CFN Overall Ranking: 157

The measureables are all there, but he wasn’t nearly consistent enough. However, the Packers could’ve used more help for the defensive back seven and should’ve looked harder at a linebacker or a running back. Neal has the upside to be decent, but this was a reach by a few rounds considering Terrence Cody is still on the board.

While he’s not all that big and he’s a one-gap only tackle who’ll only be useful if he gets into the backfield, he’s just quick enough and just strong enough to make a roster and be a key backup. Tremendous at times in off-season workouts, he looks the part with a great body and excellent weight room strength. Better in practices than on the field, he’s limited in what he can do and has to be in the right scheme to succeed.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

57. Baltimore
Terrence Cody, DT Alabama 6-5, 354
Overall Pick 57 CFN Overall Ranking: 42

Considering Mike Neal out of Purdue went one pick ahead to Green Bay, this was a nice value pick as long as Cody doesn’t even look at a Dunkin Donuts on the way to mini-camp. After taking Sergio Kindle for the outside, the Ravens have their space-eater for the inside. Mount Cody will make life ten times easier for Haloti Ngata … good luck trying to move the Raven tackles.

You know exactly what you’re getting. Cody isn’t going to touch a quarterback, he’s going to have weight problems and will have a ton of bad fat that won’t go away, but he’ll also sit in the middle of a line and won’t move. He’s the textbook definition of an anchor with surprising lateral quickness for a player of his size. While he’s not a three-down lineman and he isn’t known for being the hardest worker around, if you want a pure run stuffer, he might be the best in the draft if he can keep his weight around 350.
CFN Projection: Third Round

58. Houston (from Arizona from New England)
Ben Tate, RB Auburn 5-11, 220
Overall Pick No. 58 CFN Overall Ranking: 56

Fantasy football players, get ready to spring this name in the middle of your draft. Tate was okay at Auburn, but he should explode in the Texan offense and be the back the offense needs to balance out Matt Schaub and the passing attack. He could be a touchdown machine.

All the pieces were there to be special, but he wasn’t able to put it all together as he didn’t quite fit into what Auburn did offensively. He looks the part of a prototype NFL back, has phenomenal 4.4 speed for a 220 pound runner, and he’s not afraid to get physical. There’s a great chance that he could be a far better pro than a collegian if only because he’ll be used differently and can be more of a pure runner. While he’s not a natural back and will more likely take a hit than he will find a hole to cut back through, the raw skills are there to be special if he gets to work behind a good line.
CFN Projection: Third Round

59. Cleveland (from Dallas from Philadelphia)
Montario Hardesty, RB Tennessee 6-0, 225
Overall Pick 59 CFN Overall Ranking: 36

God help Mike Holmgren if Colt McCoy can actually play. The Browns need a quarterback and passed on the Texas legend, but they got a very good, very sound back who should be fantastic if he can stay on the field. Obviously, Holmgren doesn’t think the running game should be handled by Jerome Harrison 30 times a game. Hardesty will be ranked 25th on everyone’s fantasy draft board but will go in the second round in drafts in 2011.

With good size, solid speed, and excellent production, he should be one of the best all-around packages of any of the running backs. While he’s not nearly as flashy as a Jahvid Best or a C.J. Spiller, he has the potential to be more useful with the inside running ability that those two speed backs don’t have and has decent power. On the down side, he’ll have a short shelf life and will take a lot of big shots, and he has had problems staying healthy throughout his career. He’s not going to be a sexy pick, but he’ll produce and could be a nice piece of someone’s running back puzzle.
CFN Projection: Third Round

60. Seattle (from San Diego)
Golden Tate, WR Notre Dame 5-10, 199 (Jr.)
Overall Pick No. 60 CFN Overall Ranking: 19

Pete Carroll is having a whale of a draft. Russell Okung was a relative steal at six, Earl Thomas was a great pick at 14, and Tate, who might be the best receiver in the draft, was a phenomenal pick here. He’ll bring instant firepower to the Seahawk offense. By the way, he caught eight passes for 117 yards and two scores against USC last year.

He’s short. That’s the knock. In today’s day and age of big, strong NFL receivers, Tate is a big of a mighty-mite (even though he’s not really that small). Uncoverable at times throughout his career, he showed that he had all the basic skills at the Combine running a 4.42 while looking natural in all the quickness drills. Strength? The 17 reps on the bench weren’t that bad. With extreme quickness and tremendous route-running ability, he’ll quickly grow into his starting quarterback’s best friend and should be a yard-after-the-catch monster. He’s ready to go right away having played in a pro-style offense at Notre Dame and can be used as a kick and punt returner to go along with his potential as a No. 1 target. While he’ll be banged up from time to time and will have a few problems with the bigger corners, he’ll be a terrific pro.
CFN Projection: First Round

61. New York Jets
Vladimir Ducasse, OG Massachusetts 6-5, 332 (OT)
Overall Pick No. 61 CFN Overall Ranking: 74

This is about right. Ducasse can’t step in and produce right away, but if he’s given a little bit of time he could be a phenomenal get. The Jets have to be patient, but he might be tried out on the inside early on to see if he can flatten anyone.

Is he a tackle or a guard? A tremendous raw prospect, he has the prototype size and the quickness to become a star at tackle in time, he played his entire college career on the outside, but he’s not even close technique-wise. At the moment, he’s not an NFL tackle by any stretch. The raw tools are there and with the right coach he could be a perennial Pro Bowler, but with his girth and his power, he’s a guard right now. He’ll likely be drafted within the first 50 picks and could start tomorrow inside or in a few years outside.
CFN Projection: Second Round

New England (from Minnesota from Houston)
Brandon Spikes, ILB Florida 6-3, 249
Overall Pick 62 CFN Overall Ranking: 37

A New England pick, Spikes might not have the measurable or the tools, but he’s a baller who can show up and shine because of his playmaking ability. There’s a hard ceiling on what he can do, but the same could be said for any number of good Patriot linebackers over the years. Combined with the pure athleticism of Jerod Mayo, Spikes could flourish if he doesn’t have to do everything.

A better football player than a raw prospect, he’s not sideline-to-sideline fast at an NFL level and he’s not nearly polished enough for all the experience, but he’s a great leader, always finds his way to the ball, and he’s always going full-tilt. While he might not be an elite athlete, he always stood out on a defense full of great athletes. He’s only an inside/middle linebacker because of his lack of top-end speed, and he has to hit the weights to be able to hold up and be physical enough, but he’ll be a good value any time after the first round.
CFN Projection: Second Round

63. Indianapolis
Pat Angerer, ILB Iowa 6-0, 235
Overall Pick 63 CFN Overall Ranking: 120

A little bit of a reach at the end of the second round, it’s forgivable for Indianapolis considering the pure athleticism across its defense. After going with a phenomenal numbers guy in Jerry Hughes in the first round, the Colts have a rock of a playmaker who won’t move all over the place but will find a way to be in on every play.

Underappreciated, it could be argued that he was the best linebacker in America in 2009. Short and squatty, he doesn’t look the part, but he ran well, came up with a nice 26 reps on the bench, and was fluid enough to not hurt his stock. With great range, a nose for being disruptive, and a big hitting style, he’s a try-hard type who might have a short shelf life considering he’ll always go all out. While he might be a tough guy, he can be run at and is always better when he gets to go after the ball. He won’t be a star, but he could be a tremendous producer on a defense with a star linebacker or two.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

New Orleans
Charles Brown, OT USC 6-5, 303
Overall Pick No. 64 CFN Overall Ranking: 54

A nice value pick for the Saints, he’s not necessarily a need-filler, but he doesn’t have to shine right away and can spend a year or two developing. It’s not a bad thing to pick up athletic pass protectors to keep Drew Brees upright.

He had a rough Combine, didn’t move all that well, and he only came up with 21 reps on the bench. But he measured well, is big with a nice frame, and he looks better on film than he does in workouts. He uses his size extremely well and does a great job of getting on the move and making blocks down the field. While he’s great at dominating smallish defenders, he’s not a mauler of a run blocker and needs to get stronger. There’s good upside, but he’ll only be right for certain teams and certain styles. Forget about him on a power team.
CFN Projection: Second Round