2:55 The Rams have sure had enough time to shop this pick. I think I’m on board with the three-day draft now. It gives us a chance to regroup after crazy first rounds like the middle of last night’s.
2:58 My money is on O-line if the Rams kept this pick.
2:59 Three days ago, I bought a four pack of Red Bulls, four 12 oz. cans for $5.99–what a deal, I just did the math in my head. That’s way cheaper than buying them individually.
3:01 The Vikings were not looking to draft a quarterback in the first round, obviously, and Brad Childress likes more mobility from his QB, but Clausen may be too much to pass up on if he falls to them with the 34th pick.
3:02 The ESPN display says that the draft “Resumes in: ERROR,” lol@ technology.
3:05 Taylor Mays won’t last past the Raiders at No. 39. Sure they have Mike Mitchell and Michael Huff, but Mays athleticism will intrigue Al Davis too much, and Davis loves DBs.
33. St. Louis: Roger Saffold, OT, Indiana
I don’t love Saffold, but they have an athletic lineman on the other side, Jason Smith, who really struggled last year, and Alex Barron sucks.
3:12 This has to be Clausen, or Favre is coming back.
34. Minnesota: Chris Cook, DB, Virginia
It makes sense for a team that doesn’t have Tarvaris Jackson at QB. Cook fills multiple needs and is a talent, I just don’t understand there thinking at QB.
3:18 Kindle, Griffen, or Dunlap, that’s my prediction for the Bucs.
35. Tampa Bay: Brian Price, DT, UCLA
Didnt… They drafted McCoy in the first round. Price can eat up some blockers and allow McCoy to get into the backfield. I don’t like it though.
3:23 If the Chiefs pass on Clausen, who played for Charlie Weis, I’m done talking about him until he gets picked. That means that the character concerns are deep and real.
36. Kansas City Chiefs: Dexter McCluster, RB/WR, Ole Miss
If the Patriots had made this pick it would be revered. I like McCluster, and he fits every draft, and every second round that Scott Pioli has ever been apart of seemingly. McCluster can do it all.
3:32 I wonder if Andy Reid would have drafted differently if he knew that all these defensive ends would be available now. Maybe he’d have taken Earl Thomas at No. 13.
37. Philadephia: Nate Allen, S, South Florida
Very savvy pick. Allen is solid, and will improve the Eagles immediately. Never going to be a star, but will be a solid football player early in his career.
3:36 For those of you Seattle fans outraged that Taylor Mays is still on the board, Allen and Mays play different safety positions, and Allen covers a ton better than Mays.
3:37 So Cleveland drafts the guy I’m not gonna talk about?
3:39 I still can’t believe Tebow went over Clausen and McCoy.
38. Cleveland: T.J. Ward, S, Oregon
I think that Ward is a poor man’s Taylor Mays. I have never liked how Holmgren drafted defense.
3:41 TRADE ALERT: Bucs trade with Oakland.
3:42 They just showed Arrellious Benn on the phone, good pick if he’s it.
39. Tampa Bay: Arrellious Benn, WR, Illinois
Great pick. He’ll complement Michael Clayton well, as Benn is much more of a deep threat, but isn’t any less physical. Look for Benn to take over the No. 1 receiver spot in Tampa by 2011.
3:47 Give me a second Dolphins damn!
40. Miami: Koa Misi, LB, Utah
Looks to be built like James Harrison. Misi went to Utah, which typically produces hard workers.
3:49 As much as I criticize coaches, if Bill Parcells passes on Sergio Kindle or Everson Griffen, I assume he knows something I don’t.
3:50 If the Bills don’t take Bruce Campbell or Charles Brown they should be kicked out of the league.
41. Buffalo: Torell Troup, DT, Central Florida
Good combine guy, you have to question the level of competion. I don’t like this pick with who was on the board, and maybe because he’s a big-college guy, but I like Lamarr Houston more.
3:52 I love Mike Holmgren, but I have never learned anything by listening to him. He simply doesn’t tip his hand. He said he believes in Eric Mangini though, which I believe to be a lie.
3:53 If the Raiders pass on Dunlap and Mays I’ll be shocked.
3:55 The Raiders made a trade? The clock ran out?
3:56 TRADE ALERT: New England Patriots trade with Raiders?
42. New England: Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona
I like the pick, Gronkowski is a bigger version of John Carlson, and fits the Daniel Graham mold that the Patriots were so successful with.
4:01 This got crazy, it was hard to figure out who had what pick. Deion Sanders got dissed on by Gronkowski family, who promptly did a huddle thing that was cool.
43. Baltimore: Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas
Great value pick. Kindle fits in Baltimore well, and should be able to start day one.
44. Oakland: Lamarr Houston, DT, Texas
I love this pick, I think that Oakland has had a tremendous draft to this point. I don’t think Al Davis is making these picks. Houston can do a lot of things with his athleticism and size.
4:07 Phew, basically three picks in a matter of minutes.
4:08 The Broncos could have been in position to draft that guy I’m not going to talk about. Do they go Mount Cody? Jamal Williams would be an excellent mentor.
45. Denver: Zane Beadles, OT/OG/C, Utah
I don’t love the value, but I do trust Josh McDaniels’ evaluation of offensive lineman. The Patriots always did well drafting offensive linemen outside of the first round, so McDaniels gets the benefit of the doubt.
4:12 They are going to have to kick Gronkowski off the stage, lol.
46. New York Giants: Linval Joseph, DT, East Carolina
Great pick. Joseph is a versatile lineman who can play end on the goal line, will stuff the run on any down, and will fit the mold in Arizona well.
4:14 TRADE ALERT: Pats trade with Arizona
47. Arizona: Daryl Washington, LB, TCU
Versatile linebacker who I think can play a lot of downs in Arizona, but not every down. Good pick.
4:16 Matt Moore is going to receive a message here.
48. Carolina: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
Best value of the draft. I think Clausen will be the best quarterback of the Bradford-Tebow-McCoy group.
4:21 I have switched to the NFL Network, by the way, and the analysis is so much better here if you can excuse Deion Sanders.
4:22 Can we see both top remaining QBs off the board here? I know Singletary has given Alex Smith some crazy vote of confidence, but Colt McCoy is a winner.
49. San Francisco: Taylor Mays, S, USC
Beautiful pick. Leader on defense that won’t have to lead. He’ll be allowed to just go make plays, which he does best when he doesn’t have additional responsibilities. I had him to SF in the first, great pick.
4:25 I really think that if Terrence Cody doesn’t go here, to the Chiefs, his weight loss in the offseason didn’t prove anything to coaches or GMs. He’s the best remaining NT in a league that is switching to 3-4 defenses. But if he doesn’t get drafted by a team in need of a NT like the Chiefs then teams are concerned with the extra baggage between his waistband.
50. Kansas City: Javier Arenas, DB, Alabama
This pick isn’t awful, though I am not big on the value. Arenas can play, and has benefitted greatly from a few big plays in clutch moments of the season. So both his hater and fans will be right.
4:31 I think this is where Houston goes running back. I would love to see Steve Slaton in Seattle to compete with Justin Forsett. I have a feeling that Ben Tate comes in to take Slaton’s place, unless Gary Kubiak is high on Jonathan Dwyer.
4:34 TRADE ALERT: Minnesota trades with Houston
51. Minnesota: Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford
I love Gerhart as a runningback, but I think that he gives as much indication that Favre isn’t coming back as the Vikings passing on Clausen indicates he’s coming back. Gerhard doesn’t complement Adrian Peterson, just supplements him.
4:38 I think that the Steelers make sense for Terrence Cody also. Casey Hampton is a technician, and a dominating nose tackle, but is also aging quickly and they’ll need a replacement.
52. Pittsburgh: Jason Worlds, OLB, Virginia Tech
Mike Mayock said he’s a “Classic Steelers pick,” and he’s right. I don’t love Jason Worlds, but I hate to talk down too much about him, because those words will likely be eaten soon.
53. New England: Jermaine Cunningham, OLB, Florida
The Patriots have hinted at switching to a 4-3. I love the pick then, where Cunningham will play end, and like it otherwise. It signals Adalius Thomas’ departure from New England and can step in and succeed immediately, in all likelihood.
54. Cincinnati: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
Dunlap is a troubled young man, who the Bengals have been unafraid to select (Andre Smith) and a tremendous athlete, who they have coveted over the years (Michael Johnson). Good landing place for Dunlap if he can keep his head on straight.
4:47 Rapid fire on those last picks. Top players left on my “big board”: Terrence Cody, Ben Tate, Colt McCoy, Everson Griffen, Geno Atkins respectively.
4:48 TRADE ALERT: Eagles trade with Cowboys
55. Dallas: Sean Lee, LB, Penn State
I don’t like the pick, Bruce Campbell and Charles Brown are still on the board. Terrence Cody is still on the board. Everson Griffen is still on the board. A reach, but Lee will start early.
4:51 I understand that the Cowboys were high on this guy. However, it makes no sense to me for teams to trade up just to reach. Positional value for middle linebackers is on the low side, and Lee was a third or fourth rounder in my book.
4:53 Another lineman for the Packers?
56. Green Bay: Mike Neal, DE, Purdue
It looks like the Packers will rely on their front three to help in the pass rush, and if that is the case, they’ll be happy with Neal. He won’t eat up a ton of blockers though.
57. Baltimore: Terrence Cody, NT, Alabama
I like the pick, I don’t think anybody has enough blockers to take up Cody and Ngata, the Ravens defense just got scarier. I wonder if Ngata moves to end?
4:58 Updated big board: Tate, McCoy, Griffen, Atkins, Bruce Campbell, Charles Brown, Damian Williams, Dorin Dickerson, Brandon Ghee, Reshad Jones.
5:01 Is Charles Brown big enough to play in the Patriots offense? Campbell coachable enough?
5:02 TRADE ALERT: Pats trade with Houston
58. Houston: Ben Tate, RB, Auburn
I love the pick. He’ll fit the Texans ZBS well, and complement Slaton well. The trade makes sense because he could have been drafted by either Philadelphia or Seattle.
5:07 TRADE ALERT: Browns trade with Eagles, they could be worried that Seattle will take McCoy.
59. Cleveland: Montario Hardesty, RB, Tennessee
I like this pick a lot. Hardesty shares a lot of characteristics of a young Shaun Alexander (before the work ethic and desire left) and will succeed in Cleveland. I don’t like the trade though, as I don’t think Seattle would target Hardesty, but they could be looking to move also.
5:10 Charles Brown or Bruce Campbell Pete. Right Tackle or convert one to guard. Do it… Dooooooo iiiiiitt.
5:11 Or trade down.
60. Seattle: Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
I don’t like Tate, but I think he could be an Eddie Royal type in Seattle. He’ll never be a No. 1, but he is strong enough to do a lot with the ball in his hands.
5:17 I would like to see the Seahawks trade back up in to the second or early third round.
5:19 I would have rather seen Brandon LaFell or Damian Williams. Tate is a flashy pick, but not a good one, in my opinion.
61. New York Jets: Vladimir Ducasse, OT, UMass
I like Ducasse, because he has made himself into a legit NFL prospect despite playing in Div. 1-AA, and I really like the Jets building their offensive line up, I just like Bruce Campbell more there.
62. New England: Brandon Spikes, MLB, Florida
Great pick. Dropped with questions of long-speed and character issues after the eye gouging incident. Spikes it tough, and is football fast, and can probably play inside and out in New England.
5:25 I bet the Gronkowskis have been kicked out of Wal-Mart before.
63. Indianapolis: Pat Angerer, LB, Iowa
Who am I to question Bill Polian? I hate Angerer to replace Gary Brackett, but he’s got one hell of a name, whatever that means. Angerer can function in the Colts defense, but I think that there is better value out there.
5:29 Everson Griffen would be great here, but as an end on the Saints defense. Griffen can play end. Alex Brown was cut for a reason, and may not be a long term solution.
64. New Orleans: Charles Brown, OT, USC
Great value. The Saints got great value a few years ago in Carl Nicks, who I wanted in Seattle, and another great value in 2010. Brown may not step in right away, and I question how he fits the Saints style, but he’s got plenty of talent and physical ability.
5:32 Beginning of Round 3, do the Rams take a receiver?
65. St. Louis: Jerome Murphy, DB, South Florida
An aggressive corner is not something we are used to seeing in St. Louis. Obviously, coach Steve Spagnuolo is trying to create a formidable defense in St. Louis, and he’s doing a good job.
66. Detroit: Amari Spievey, DB, Iowa
A run on physical corners. I think both guys are reaches, but they will fit their teams’ schemes well.
67. Tampa Bay: Myron Lewis, DB, Vanderbilt
If Lewis can play safety I like this pick. If he is drafted as a corner I’m not a huge fan. His physical tools give him a ton of upside, but despite taking a receiver in the second round, I think the Bucs owe Josh Freeman some weapons.
5:42 I know that Myron Rolle has been panned by pundits, but I got excited when I heard Myron come out during that announcement. I think Rolle will be a solid pro, and the type of intelligent player I want on my football team.
5:43 I call Dorin Dickerson here.
68. Kansas City: Jon Asamoah, OG, Illinois
The only reason I don’t like this pick is that it ensures that Branden Albert will remain at tackle. I think Albert is better at guard. However, this is the range that Scott Pioli likes linemen, and he’s built solid lines out of this range.
69. Oakland: Jared Veldheer, DT, Hillsdale
I’m not going to pretend to know a ton about Veldheer. The Raiders like small school kids, and at 6-8, Veldheer has an impressive frame. I can’t believe that the Raiders have passed on Bruce Campbell three times, Al Davis cannot be running this draft.
70. Baltimore: Ed Dickson, TE, Baltimore
Dickson probably steps in for Todd Heap nearly immediately. His size and skills fit what the Ravens have traditionally tried to do with their tight ends.
5:54 TRADE ALERT: Green Bay trades with Philadelphia
71. Green Bay: Morgan Burnett, S, Georgia Tech
I like Burnett, and I think he’s great insurance for either Atari Bigby or Charles Woodson.
72. Buffalo: Alex Carrington, DE, Arkansas State
Not an edge rusher like Aaron Maybin from last year, may be able to play inside on passing downs.
73. Miami: John Jerry, OT, Ole Miss
Has battled weight issues and has work ethic concerns. Brother of Peria Jerry. If Sparano can whip him into shape he’s a good value.
6:00 If the Jags end up with Colt McCoy and the Broncos have Tim Tebow, the world may actually end in 2012 when both get the starting job in the opposite location where they should not be.
74. Jacksonville: D’Anthony Smith, DT, Louisiana Tech
Bad value, bad player, bad draft so far for the Jaguars.
75. Chicago: Major Wright, DB, Florida
Major Wright will be a good player in Chicago, but I think that wide receiver was a bigger need, and an argument can be made that LaFell and Williams are better players overall.
6:07 URBAN MEYER URBAN MEYER URBAN MEYER, both channels, it’s killing me, and probably some variety of cute animal.
76. New York Giants: Chad Jones, S, LSU
I like Chad Jones, and I like what the Giants are doing. There is a lot of emphasis right now on doubling down on corners in the draft, but the Giants aren’t ignoring the safety position.
77. Tennessee: Damian Williams, WR, USC
Great pick. If the team is going forward with Vince Young at quarterback, Williams will do everything he can to make Young look good. Great complement to Kenny Britt and Jared Cook/Bo Scaife.
78. Carolina: Brandon LaFell, WR, LSU
Great value. LaFell signals the end of Dwayne Jarrett’s career in Carolina, probably, and is a great target for Clausen/Moore.
79. San Diego: Donald Butler, LB, Washington
I love Butler only because he went to UW. Even on the inside, I think he will struggle in a 3-4.
80. Denver: J.D. Walton, C, Baylor
Probably means Beadles sticks at guard. Again, McDaniels gets the benefit of the doubt on linemen.
81. Houston: Earl Mitchell, DT, Arizona
Mitchell’s size and athleticism will give the Texans a front-four that features four athletic guys over 290 lbs, hello previous Jags defense.
6:22 This speed is murderous. I’m glad Seattle doesn’t have any picks from a blogger’s perspective, I couldn’t invest emotion right now while I try to keep up with the pace.
82. Pittsburgh: Emmanuel Sanders, WR, SMU
Sanders is a solid route runner who played under June Jones at SMU. Should be able to step in for Santonio Holmes in a year or so.
83. Atlanta: Corey Peters, DT, Kentucky
Can be successful next to Peria Jerry, but he’s a reach, and a project.
84. Cincinnati: Jordan Shipley, WR, Texas
In man ways, Shipley will make up for the loss of T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Doesn’t have the size, but runs good routes.
85. Cleveland: Colt McCoy, QB, Texas
I’m not a huge McCoy fan, but he’s accurate, and will work hard. Great Value pick by the Browns. McCoy is the anti-Quinn.
6:34 As I type this the next pick is in. These five minute intervals are rough. Bruce Campbell and Everson Griffen are still on the board.
86. Philadelphia: Daniel Te’o-Neshaim, DE, Washington
I think Te’o-Neshaim is a better fit in a 3-4, personally, but he’ll be a surprise, no homerism even.
87. Denver: Eric Decker, WR, Minnesota
Meet the 2010 version of Ed McAffrey. Decker won’t do anything that wows anyone, but his size and natural feel for the game will play in Denver.
6:41 Now that all the four big quarterbacks are off the board, I think we’ll see a run on Tony Pike, Jevan Snead, Mike Kafka, John Skelton and the like. I believe that this is a deep, if not spectacular draft for quarterbacks, and that any one of those guys could be successful pros.
88. Arizona: Andre Roberts, WR, The Citadel
Roberts will receive a ton of unfair comparison to Anquan Boldin. He’s a different type of receiver that will create variety in Arizona.
89. Carolina: Armanti Edwards, WR, Appalachian State
Great gadget, former QB, will take some time to become a receiver.
90. New England: Taylor Price, WR, Ohio
Good measurables, will need some time to develop. Picked for depth with Wes Welker hurt.
91. San Francisco: Navarro Bowman, LB, Michigan
Will have to play inside in 3-4, in all likelihood, but he’s a great value at the bottom of round 3.
92. Cleveland: Shaun Lauvao, OG, Arizona State
Mike Holmgren picks contributors in the middle rounds on the offensive line, but don’t expect a star.
6:54 TRADE ALERT: Chiefs trade with Texans
93. Kansas City: Tony Moeaki, TE, Iowa
Moeaki replaces another, more famous Tony. He’s a reach, but he can do a lot of things with his athleticism.
94. Indianapolis: Kevin Thomas, CB, USC
Thomas has good measurables, and will succeed with coaching, which he will receive in Indy.
95. New Orleans: Jimmy Graham, TE, Miami
Graham is a project, former basketball player, time will tell how he develops. High upside, but a potentially wasted pick.
96. Cincinnati: Brandon Ghee, CB, Wake Forest
Great value, could have gone in early second round. Bengals can always use secondary depth.
97. Tennessee: Rennie Curran, LB, Georgia
A poor value, especially with Everson Griffen on the board.
98. Atlanta: Mike Johnson, OG, Alabama
Good offensive line depth but poor value.
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