NFL Draft Live Blog Round Two
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Senior NFL Reporter
Posted Apr 26, 2008


Lots of surprises in round one and lots of trades were completed. However, no players were traded. We could see some veteran players traded on day two for future draft choices.

1) Miami Dolphins - Phillip Merling/DE/Clemson

Instant Analysis: Merling slipped down draft boards much farther than anticipated. He has a variety of pass rush moves and he'll play end in their anticipated 3-4 scheme.


2) St. Louis Rams: Donnie Avery/WR/Houston

Instant Analysis: The speedy wide receiver will likely challenge for a slot role this season and he'll get a chance to return kicks or punts.


3) Washington Redskins (from Oakland Raiders via Atlanta Falcons): Devin Thomas/WR/Michigan St.

Instant Analysis: No surprise here as they would have considered him had their not made a trade in the first round. Washington was looking for a big receiver with speed and they got one to play opposite Santana Moss.


4) Kansas City Chiefs: Brandon Flowers/CB/Virginia Tech

Instant Analysis: Flowers is decent value here and he'll come in right away and compete for the starting job which was vacated once Ty Law was cut.


5) Green Bay Packers/WR/Jordy Nelson

Instant Analysis: Kind of a surprise pick here as Green Bay is deep at the receiver position. However, veteran WR Donald Driver turned 33 earlier this year and he might only play a few more seasons.


6) Atlanta Falcons/LB/Curtis Lofton

Instant Analysis: Atlanta was looking for a young, versatile linebacker with upside and Lofton fits the bill nicely. He could be the eventual replacement for MLB Keith Brooking.


7) Seattle Seahawks (from Baltimore Ravens): John Carlson/TE/Notre Dame

Instant Analysis: Seattle was in dire need of a young tight end who could catch the ball well so they went with Carlson here.


8) San Francisco 49ers: Chilo Rachal/G/USC

Instant Analysis: With the loss of both starting guards, depth became an issue so the team selected Rachal here although some believe this player may have been available later in the round.


9) New Orleans Saints: Tracy Porter/CB/Indiana

Instant Analysis: New Orleans was looking for a developmental cornerback who could eventually replace veteran CB Mike McKenzie and they got one with Porter.


10) Buffalo Bills: James Hardy/WR/Indiana

Instant Analysis: Buffalo badly wanted to find a receiver with size during the early portion of the draft to play along side Lee Evans and they got their man in Hardy.


11) Denver Broncos: Eddie Royal/WR/Virginia Tech

Instant Analysis: Denver really needed to upgrade their receiver position and they're getting started with Royal who also could compete for playing time on special teams returns.


12) Minnesota Vikings (from Philadelphia Eagles via Carolina Panthers): Tyrell Johnson/S/Arkansas St.

Instant Analysis: Minnesota is looking to eventually replace SS Darren Sharper and the heady Johnson will likely back him up this season then replace Sharper when he decides to retire.


13) Chicago Bears: Matt Forte/RB/Tulane

Instant Analysis: No surprise here as Chicago was looking for a big back that would fit their power rushing philosophy. Forte moved well up draft boards after a great week of Senior Bowl practices and he didn't disappoint at the combine. He'll push struggling starting RB Cedric Benson for playing time right away.


14) Detroit Lions: Jordan Dizon/LB/Colorado

Instant Analysis: We noted earlier this week that Dizon was moving up draft boards with teams that ran a cover-2 defense. Detroit runs a cover-2 and Dizon could compete for the MLB job while backing up WLB Ernie Sims.


15) Cincinnati Bengals: Jerome Simpson/WR/Coastal Carolina

Instant Analysis: Simpson has good size and runs well after the catch. He'll push for playing time as their fourth receiver this season and he could vie for a bigger role in future years.


16) Philadelphia Eagles: Trevor Laws/DT/Notre Dame

Instant Analysis: Philadelphia was looking for depth for the interior of their defensive line and they found it with Laws. He'll also offer them an inside pass rush which they were lacking.


17) Washington Redskins (from Houston Texans via Atlanta Falcons): Fred Davis/TE/USC

Instant Analysis: While Davis may a good value here, he isn't known for his blocking and with Chris Cooley already installed as the starter, this pick is rather curious.


18) Philadelphia Eagles: DeSean Jackson/WR/California

Instant Analysis: Philadelphia badly needed to get some speed at the receiver position and they were also looking for a return specialist. They may have filled both roles with the speedy Jackson.


19) Arizona Cardinals: Calais Campbell/DE/Miami-Fla.

Instant Analysis: The mammoth end should have no problem transitioning to Arizona's 3-4 scheme. He'll provide some instant depth this season and he could compete for a bigger role as time progresses.


20) Washington Redskins: Malcolm Kelly/WR/Oklahoma

Instant Analysis: Washington wanted to add size at the receiver position from this draft and they did that twice with the additions of Devin Thomas and Kelly. While Thomas has speed, Kelly is bigger and is more of a possession receiver but he'll also help their red zone offense.


21) Jacksonville Jaguars (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Quentin Groves/DE/Auburn

Instant Analysis: You have to give Jacksonville a lot of credit here. Groves could have easily been selected in the first round and now they've gotten two solid end prospects out of this draft. The defensive end position was the one area where they needed to be aggressive in the draft and they did just that.


22) Pittsburgh Steelers: Limas Sweed/WR/Texas

Instant Analysis: Pittsburgh was looking for a tall receiver and they got one of the tallest ones in this draft with Sweed. Once he's up to speed with their playbook, look for him to push for playing time in their No. 4 role and he could also see time in their red zone package.


23) Tennessee Titans: Jason Jones/DT/Eastern Michigan

Instant Analysis: Here's one of true sleepers of the draft who could be a big surprise at the next level. Tennessee isn't deep at the interior of their defensive line so Jones could be active on game day. In fact, he could push for time in their tackle rotation early on.


24) Baltimore Ravens (from Seattle Seahawks): Ray Rice/RB/Rutgers

Instant Analysis: Rice is a perfect fit for what Baltimore was still looking for form the running back position. They were looking for a change of pace to starter Willis McGahee and Rice is the perfect fit for that role.


25) Green Bay Packers (from Cleveland Browns): Brian Brohm/QB/Louisville

Instant Analysis: Brohm is seen by scouts as a system specific QB meaning he really can only play in a certain system. That one is the West Coast. We told you they weren't kidding when they were looking hard at quarterbacks this week.


26) Miami Dolphins (from San Diego Chargers): Chad Henne/QB/Michigan

Instant Analysis: Henne has a better than average arm and he'll be called upon to throw the ball deep in their revamped offensive scheme. However, the job should be John Beck's at least for this season.


27) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Jacksonville Jaguars): Dexter Jackson/WR/Appalachian St.

Instant Analysis: The speedy receiver is a good route runner and has ton of upside. The knock on him is his size but Tampa Bay badly needs a developmental receiver and Jackson will fill that role. He could replace Joey Galloway in a few years.


28) Indianapolis Colts: Mike Pollack/C/Indianapolis

Instant Analysis: Nice selection here of Pollack who will be the eventual replacement for Jeff Saturday in a few years. Pollack is also capable of filling in at guard if needed.


29) Green Bay Packers: Patrick Lee/CB/Auburn

Instant Analysis: Lee had a terrific Senior Bowl week and parlayed that for a big move up draft boards. While he doesn't possess great speed, he's physical like veteran CB Al Harris who Lee may replace in a few years.


30) Dallas Cowboys: Martellus Bennett/TE/Texas A&M

Instant Analysis: The tall and athletic tight end is also a willing blocker. He'll be a very solid backup for Jason Witten.


31) New England Patriots: Terrence Wheatley/CB/Colorado

Instant Analysis: New England was looking for a young and fast cornerback to compete for playing time in the spot vacated by Asante Samuel. Wheatley will start off behind a bunch of veterans this season but will eventually be given a shot at serious playing time.


32) New York Giants: Terrell Thomas/CB/USC

Instant Analysis: New York was looking for a young cornerback who could eventually challenge for a starting job. The hope is that Thomas will be able to do that in year two.




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