The Dash Mane/Uncle Al Davis wanted to scoop himself up a nice Wide Out for the Raiders at this pick, but could not let continue to let Michael Johnson plummet down the draft board. This Georgia Tech product is a 6'7'' 260 lb freak of nature, and projects as the next Jevon Kearse. He has been clocked as fast as 4.56 in the 40, and had 23 reps on the
Here is what Football's Future had to say about the kid:
Johnson is a potential game changer off the edge. He is a phenomenal athlete, with excellent quickness and agility, along with the speed to close and finish plays. As a pass rusher, he is a player you have to account for on every snap. Johnson can simply explode by the tackle with his natural talent and get into the backfield. He also has a long, lean frame that should fill out as he continues to get older. He is a DE that could end up playing on Sundays around the 285 mark, and be an every down player. Even if he does not add weight to his frame, his athleticism and speed could allow him to play in a 3-4 defense.
Jaguars are running thin on DT, and this Hood is a great value at this point in the draft.
More than the sum of his parts. ... Legitimate NFL size. ... Plays with a passionate, physical style. ... Locates the ball quickly and pursues well down the line. ... Flashes initial burst off the snap and the lateral quickness to make plays behind the line of scrimmage. ... Recognizes the trap block and can burst through the hole to make the play behind the line of scrimmage. ... Physical at the point. ... Seems to enjoy the hand-to-hand combat in the trenches and doesn't back down from contact. ... Active hands and can disengage from blocks due to his hand play. ... Durable performer. ... Showed great toughness in 2006, missing only three games after breaking his foot and having a screw inserted, before returning to play the final seven games at less than 100 percent.
The Greenbay packers select:
Jarron Gilbert, DT, San Jose
6'5, 288 and runs a 4.88
The packers are swithcing to a 3-4 and need defensive linemen. Kampan is moving to OLB so they need DE where they are weak. Gilbert can play in and out, he's versatile. The Packers bigggest need is DT and DE. They need players on the D-line and Gilbert is that player.
quick...Terrific natural strength and power...Big, strong hands...Nice balance and agility...Is able to penetrate and make plays in the backfield...Decent range and pursues well...Smart with good instincts and awareness...Offers positional and schematic versatility...Reliable tackler...Decent production...Is still improving and has a lot of upside.
With the 42nd pick in the NFL draft the Buffalo Bills select TE Brandon Pettigrew Ok St.
Buffalo came into the draft with needs and thier first 2 picks have addressed 2. While one may take some time to develop he was too talented of a pass rusher to overlook. TE was another need but too high to take since you're not getting a Tony Gonzalez. But to be able to land Pettigrew in the 2nd round is a steal. Bills need a TE who can catch and block. He isnt a big pass catcher in that he can stretch the middle of the field. He is more of a move the chains type with a good pair of hands. One of his biggest assets is his ability to block which is why he is ranked #1 on most TE list. While you can find TEs who are better recievers you'll struggle to find someone who is equally good at both. If Petigrew added 40lbs he could be a LT and go top 10 in the draft. Thats how good and devastating of a blocker he is. Check Ok St football rushing stats and he was a major part of that. He doesnt mind being used this way either unlike some TEs who wanna be involved more in the passing offense. He rarely was used at times but when his number was called delivered. Reminds me of Alge Crumpler. Didnt have a good 40 time at the combine which teams frowned over. Which goes back to him not being the kind of TE to stretch the middle of the field.
His blocking ability will help Marshawn Lynch especially if Bills keep Peters thier LT. A big redzone threat if teams focus on T.Owens/Evans or if Trent Edwards plays like a putty cat he has a reliable safety valve in Pettigrew.
I'm suprised Freeman is still available. He's a 1st round pick with great talent. He's in the mold of the Daunte Cullpepper, JaMarcus Russell type of player. Has a great arm, good athletiscm, hard to bring down, dual threat, played in a pro offense which is very important these days. He's basically the next Culpepper and the Niners would either trade him or keep him as there future starter. He won't start right away but he will be the future and will solve the QB issue San Fran is having. What a steal. The 49ers were considering taking Sanchez at #10 but why not get a 1st round QB in the 2nd and get a massive NT in Raji.
Outstanding height and bulk...Above average athleticism...Has a very strong arm and can make all the throws...Mobile enough to buy time in the pocket and make plays with his feet...Is very difficult to bring down...Can throw on the run...Good deep ball...Played in a pro style offense...Tough...Durable...Coachable with a good work ethic...Team player and leader...Has a lot of experience...Still has loads of potential.
With the 44th pick, the Miami Dolphins select Darius Butler, CB, from UConn.
The Dolphins are still looking for help at WR, but with two 1st round quality CB left on the board, they fill another need with Butler. With Andre' Goodman in Denver, and Will Allen becoming a Free Agent after this season, the Dolphins need a CB of the future. Eric Green is really just a patch to help with the loss of Goodman, and Butler should compete with him for the starting job right away.
With Butler the Dolphins get a playmaker, who can return kicks if they need, and is even talented enough to switch over to the other side of the ball and catch some passes. Butler may need a year to learn how to read offenses a little better, and to get more physical, but he is a great talent and could be the shutdown corner the Dolphins need. He may not have ideal size, but he is a freak athletically and should not only pick off a lot of balls but drive opposing WR crazy because he won't often get burned. When his athletic ability gets combined with some coaching, this guy could be scary.
The texans need help at LB, they select Jenkins in the 1st to sure up that secondary and LB can use some help. They signed Antonio Smith to go with Mario, they have a stud DT in Okoye, Ryans is a beast, Robinson and Jenkins are both solid corners. The defense looks like a young talented D. They can also select a safety here. Barwin is raw and has TONS of potential, he will give them tons of depth as he can play LB, TE and should be a ST ace. He had 11 sacks, 53 tackles for his 1st year playing defense. He has potential this can be a risk pick. He's very fast, has a good motor and work ethic.
Marlo hasn't selected in over days, we need to get this going. I want to finish round 2
The Pats select:
LeSean McCoy, RB, Pitt
5'10, 204, 4.52 40
The Pats have a bunch of RB's but McCoy is a good player. He's quick, fast, hits the hole hard and has good hands. Can be Kevin Faulk v2. He's not a everydown type of back but he doesn't need to in NE. The Pat's have a aging RB core, Faulk, Jordan and Morris are over there 30's they need some young blood in there.
With the 48th pick in the draft Denver drafts Safety Louis Delmas from Western Michigan
The best Safety in the draft. Great against the run as well as a ballhawk. Has a great tutor in Brian Dawkins who once excelled at both the run and pass. Didnt face elite competition in college and cheats when roaming the field in coverage where he can get caught out of position or taking a bad angle. But he has a chance to improve it. Denver Broncos are addressing defense this draft. DE, DT, CB and S are needs. Mike Nolan has a woody. DT Ron Brace and QB Josh Freeman were on my target list but they were stolen. Should file a complaint with the league.
Something kind of unique to a tackle prospect, especially in recent drafts, is Beatty’s amazingly sound technique, especially in pass blocking. He uses his arms at just the right length, rarely reaches, keeps his feet balanced and moving, and seems to pass block with ease. His size and arm length is key in his ability to keep even the best pass rushers at bay. He is also a very consistent, hard-worker and rarely, if ever, gets beat from hustle.
He could potentially go in the first round, so great value if the Bears could get a quality tackle like him here.
With the 50th pick in the draft, the Browns select
Jared Cook, TE from S.Carolina
6'5 - 242 lbs
the majority of the secondary players worth being picked here have already been selected, with this in mind the browns decide to help the offense by picking up a speedy, large target for either quinn or anderson to throw to.
with the 51st pick the Dallas Cowboys select the best saftey available:
Rashad Johnson, Alabama
If Louis Delmas actually would have fallen this far then I would have to think that Jerry would have traded up to get him...
Dallas did just sign a saftey free agent but their secondary lacks depth....they lost Roy Williams and Anthony Henry who was rumored to make the switch from CB to S....and that Pacman guy...
yeah, Dallas' DBs need depth really bad...
Terrific hands and ball skills...Excellent instincts...Reads and reacts quickly...Outstanding range...Smooth with fluid hips...Is able to match up in coverage...Can do some damage in the open field...Offers some versatility...Tough...Decent tackler...Great work ethic...Smart with a superb football IQ and is like a coach on the field...Outstanding leader.
Not an elite athlete...Height, weight and speed are all just average at best...Not an intimidating physical presence...Isn't very explosive and lacks a burst...Is not real strong...Gives good effort but he won't offer much in run support...Gets too high in his backpedal at times...Ran into trouble off the field...Minor durability concerns...Limited upside.
A two-year starter and team captain who began his college career as a walk-on...Was a 2nd Team All-American in 2008...Named 1st Team All-SEC in 2007 and 2008...Came up with three interceptions in the Crimson Tide's overtime win against L.S.U. as a senior...Arrested on a disorderly conduct charge in February of '08 following a disturbance at a bar...Was pretty durable in college, only missing a couple of games with an ankle injury in 2006, but you wonder if he will be able to hold up physically at the next level...A true playmaker and ballhawk in the secondary with a real knack for being in the right place at the right time...A bit of a free safety / cornerback 'tweener...Had a tremendous senior campaign and really improved his draft stock...Has been able to overcome a lack of top-notch measurables with first-rate intangibles.
With the 52nd pick, the Philadelphia Eagles select David Burton, S, Notre Dame
After adding a couple of offensive weapons in the 1st round, the Eagles could look at a few different positions, but help on defense is probably the thing to look for at this point. The Jason Peters trade shores up the line (of course they lost the Hakeem Nicks pick) so a saftey to replace Brian Dawkins is the biggest need. With the recent surge of DB taken, the Eagles grab someone now before the quality guys are gone.
Burton is one of the most physically gifted S in the draft, finishing 1st or 2nd in most of the drills at the combine. After being a special teams player his first two seasons, he has limited experience at the position, but with some work he could be worth this pick. He is great at stopping the run, and has the ability to pick off some balls. He is a project and probably a reach at this point in the draft, but he will help out on special teams right away and with some work should be a fixture in their defensive backfield.