2011 NFL Draft: Round Two Pick by Pick Analysis

My comments on the second round of the NFL draft follow. Each selection will get one of the following four designations:

Agree – nothing more needs to be said and nothing more is written.

Can’t argue, but … – the pick makes sense, there are no negative marks for the selection, however, I might have done something different and I’ll explain what that was.

Disagree, here’s why … – I see some merit in the pick but I definitely would have done something different and I’ll explain what that was.

Mistake – most often this will be because I would have gone in a totally different direction and in my opinion the team will regret their selection in the long run. A mistake listing is not a negative mark on the player drafted. That player could have an excellent NFL career. It’s just that I feel the NFL team will regret passing on another player, or not drafting a player at a different position.

Please note that this analysis is being done pick by pick not after-the-fact so at the time of this analysis, I have no knowledge of what a team did after their selection.

1 (33 )Patriots- Ra-I Dowling, CB,Virginia
Agree with the selection.

2 (34)Bills – Aaron Williams, CB, Texas
Disagree, Williams’ best NFL position is free safety, not cornerback and the Bills are set there with Jarius Byrd. Kaepernick is the player who I would have drafted here.

3 (35)Bengals – Andy Dalton, QB, TCU
Mistake; I had a fourth round grade on him. Mallett should have been the pick. Even with the events so far in the draft, I still believe he will be the best quarterback to come out of this draft.

4 (36)49ers (from Broncos) – Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada
Agree with the selection.

NOTE – While I have a higher grade on Mallett, Kaepernick fits the 49ers system much better.

5 (37)Browns – Jabaal Sheard , DE, Pittsburgh
Agree with the selection.

NOTE – And now we know how bad the medical report truly is on Bowers.

6 (38)Cardinals – Ryan Williams, RB, Virginia Tech
Disagree, I would have waited to draft a running back. I may be a glutton for punishment, but I still think Beanie Wells can be a good starting-caliber NFL running back. I would have drafted Brooks Reed here. I know O’Brien Scofield is due back, but he is no sure thing. Worst case, journeyman Haggans would be on the bench in obvious passing situations.

7 (39)Titans – Akeem Ayers, LB, UCLA
Disagree, but at least Ayers went to a team that plays a 4-3 defense. I never understood the “mockers” who had him going to a 3-4 team as an outside linebacker. Most draft analysts has Ayers more-highly than I did. I would have bolstered the Titans’ run defense here and drafted defensive tackle Stephen Paea.

8 (40)Cowboys – Bruce Carter, LB, North Carolina
Mistake ; Really, Dallas. Carter is a good player and will help Dallas down the line, but free safety Rahim Moore or cornerback Brandon Harris would have been good value here and filled a more immediate need.

9 (41)Redskins – Jarvis Jenkins, DT/DE, Clemson
Disagree, this is too high for Jenkins . I like Paea as a nose tackle (I know he is smaller than most 3-4 nose tackles, but he is very, very strong) at this spot.

10 (42)Jaguars – Brooks Reed, LB, Arizona
Agree with the selection.

11 (43)Vikings – Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame
Can’t argue, but, sounding like a broken record, Paea would have been a nice addition as the Vikings’ “Williams Wall” is showing some cracks .

12 (44)Lions – Titus Young, WR, Boise St.
Disagree, most had Young more highly rated than I did . Gates would have been an intriguing long term prospect and Jernigan is the player I would have drafted for the slot and immediate contribution.

13 (45)Broncos (from 49ers) – Rahim Moore, FS, UCLA
Agree with the selection.

14 (46) Broncos (from Dolphins) – Orlando Franklin, OT/OG, Miami
Can’t argue, but I like Ijalana a bit more.

15 (47)Rams, Lance Kendricks, TE, Wisconsin
Mistake, Kendicks will be fine, but Housler is this draft’s Jimmy Graham. The Rams will regret passing him up for Kendricks.

16 (48)Raiders – Stephen Wisniewski, OG/C, Penn St.
Can’t argue, Wisniewski will be solid, and while this is a round higher than where I have him graded he has more versatility inside than Hudson, Boiling and Rackley.

17 (49) Colts (From Jaguars through Redskins) – Ben Ijalana, OT/OG, Villanova
Agree with the selection.

18 (50)Chargers – Marcus Gilchrist, CB/FS, Clemson
Can’t argue, Gilchrist is a good player , especially at safety. He could be excellent in tandem with Weddle. The can’t argue instead of I agree with the selection is in case he was drafted as a corner where he has more of a third round value.

19 (51)Bucanners – Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
Can’t argue, the risk here is worth the reward even with another defensive end drafted in round one. However, with the Talib problems a corner such as Brandon Harris had to be at least a consideration here.

20 (52)Giants – Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina
Agree with the selection. Nice!

21 (53)Bears ( From Colts through Redskins ) – Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon St.
Agree with the selection.

22 (54)Eagles – Jaiquawn Jarrett, SS, Temple
Can’t argue, it seems different draft analysts had different strong safeties that they liked. Jarrett had his admirers. The kid I like is Lefeged, but Jarrett here is fine.

23 (55)Chiefs – Rodney Hudson, OC, Florida St.
Agree with the selection..

24 (56) Patriots (from Saints) – Shane Vereen, RB, California
Disagree, Vereen fits, but Murray as a back with speed who can catch (71 receptions last year) or Leshoure as an early down back would have been my pick.

25 (57)Lions (from Seahawks) – Mikel Leshoure, RB, Illinois
Agree with the selection.

26 (58)Ravens – Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland
Agree with the selection. Nice, part II!

27 (59)Browns (from Falcons) – Greg Little, WR, North Carolina
Disagree, I like Hankerson more and would have drafted him here. Little, however, is also aq good player.

28 (60)Texan s (from Patriots) – Brandon Harris, CB, Miami
Agree with the selection.

29 (29)Chargers (from Jets) – Jonas Mouton, LB, Michigan
Mistake, this is way too high for Mouton in my opinion. I would have rolled the dice here on Justin Houston, a pass-rushing demon who failed a drug test at the Combine. He has first-round talent.

30 (30)Dolphins (from Bears through Redskins) – Daniel Thomas, RB, Kansas St.
Mistake; when I saw the trade I just knew it was for Mallett. Wrong again. Am I the only draft analyst who thought Mallett was the best quarterback in the draft and that his love of the game, smarts on the field, leadership on the field, and big arm outweigh his off the field issues which appear to be in the youthful indiscretion category? Maybe I am. Oh, and why trade up for a running back when in round three there will be some players almost as good, if not better, than Thomas who is strong, but not a homerun hitter.

31 (31)Steelers – Marcus Gilbert, DE, Ohio St.
Agree with the selection.

32 (32)Packers – Randall Cobb, WR, Kentucky
Can’t agrue , if the Packers resign Jones, then this is the way I would have gone too. However, if Jones isn’t resigned, I would have gone Hankerson. I think Hankerson will be a better NFL receiver. However, Cobb offers interesting options for the Packers offense.

Late note – Ryan Mallett was selected by the Patriots prior to me posting this article. It was reported he was the top quarterback on their board (supposedly prior to the draft, not post-pick hype). I’ll take being in sync with Belichick. I was beginning to believe I was crazy in regards to my grade on Mallett. I also wonder if the Seahawks kept trading back to get Mallett late and got surprised by the Patriots who no one thought would draft a quarterback taking him one spot before they picked. We’ll never know, but I suspect that is exactly what happened.

Jay Goldberg is lead draft analyst for http://www.900footballlinks.net.