NFL Draft Analysis Round One – Part Two

29 04 2011

It’s time to get the rest of round one taken care of. Can’t believe Bowers didn’t go in the first round, but that’s what you get for working out before that knee was ready. His ceiling is really high and should go pretty quick on day two.

But come’on teams! So many defensive players… boring. We want offense people! Except you Detroit, you go get more defensive players. I’m cool with that.

UPDATE: The Lions take two offensive players in Round two… go figure.

Part Two: Picks 17-32

17. Nate Solder, OL – New England Patriots

Their 0-line was getting a little long in the tooth so bringing in fresh recruit to freshen it up is the right move. Should help make Brady and Co. keep up the strong numbers in 2011.

18. Corey Liuget, DT – San Diego Chargers

A tackle in college, might be moving over to end. He apparently has a non-stop motor, sounds good to me. If he can help create more opportunities for the Chargers offense, that will be fun to watch.

19. Prince Amukamara, DB – NY Giants

The number one guy I thought the Lions would snatch up went to the Giants. They will automatically be upgraded in the secondary, helping out that aging and beat up D-Line.

20. Adrian Clayborn, DE – Tampa Bay Bucs

He is projected to start on day one. Good for him. And for a team that was 30th in sacks a year ago, things have to get better. We’ll see if they opt for a DB in round 2 to help Barber who is entering his 16th season.

21. Phil Taylor, DT – Cleveland Browns

With Shaun Rogers no longer with the Browns, it was almost a guarantee they were going to draft D-Line. So they did. No surprise here.

22. Anthony Castonzo, OL РIndianapolis Colts

We all know that the Colts draft well and that they love the smart guys, well this guy is apparently really smart. Here’s a bold prediction, Peyton Manning will have another stellar year no matter who he’s playing with. There, I said it. I dare you to do better.

23. Danny Watkins, OG – Philadelphia Eagles

An important pick up for the Eagles. Watkins can play almost anywhere on the line, left or right side. But primarily works on the right under guard. And since Vick is a lefty, his right side is the most important spot to be. Watkins could even start at right tackle out of the gate. This should also help improve the run game for McCoy.

24. Cameron Jordan, DE – New Orleans Saints

A nice pick for a team that needs to pressure the cornerback. One of the more opportunistic defenses in the league will benefit from the upgrade at the end. In leagues where you don’t get penalized too much for yardage allowed, New Orleans is going to do well.

25. James Carpenter, OG – Seattle Seahawks

Whoever is back under center will benefit most. The O-Line was not pretty last year and if Hasselbeck is the guy for 2011, then something has to be done to protect him better.

26. Jonathan Baldwin, WR – Kansas City Chiefs

Another weapon for Matt Cassel to throw it down the field too. If the Chiefs can seriously legitimize the aerial attack, then Jamaal Charles looks even better. I don’t know if he will be able to step in right away, but I could see him taking some pressure off of Dwayne Bowe half way through the season.

27. Jimmy Smith, CB – Baltimore Ravens

I think this is the perfect pick for the Ravens D. Look for the Ravens to become better in the secondary right away. Possibly the most talented DB in the draft, if it weren’t for his off the field issues, could have easily went top 5.

28. Mark Ingram, RB – New Orleans Saints

What a great pick! I love it. They moved up to get him and why not. He’s the best RB in the draft and they have serious questions at the RB position. He is going to go quick off the boards, question is, are you in love with him already? ie Ryan Matthews…

29. Gabe Carimi, OT – Chicago Bears

There was a definite need to upgrade the O-Line this year and they did it. Carimi should take over right tackle and help solidify the run-game a bit as this is his specialty. I’m would upgrade Forte a bit on this pick.

30. Muhammad Wilkerson, DE – NY Jets

With Gohlston being a big bust, the Jets needed to get quicker on the defensive edges. They hope Wilkerson will be that guy. Should help an already good fantasy defense.

31. Cameron Heyward, DE – Pittsburg Steelers

Already a solid defense in Pitt, Heyward will develop behind the starters while also providing excellent depth. He could be the starter for years to come but probably will not start in 2011. Unless of course someone gets injured…

32. Derek Sherrod, OT – Green Bay Packers

Another case of someone who might not start right away. But Sherrod could be the tackle to replace Clifton once he is done.

Well that was fun… kind of. Way to many defensive players to talk about. I’m probably going to pick and choose for the rounds to come. Hope everyone is enjoying the draft! Don’t forget to leave a comment and discuss who you think might be the steal of the first round.

-FFJ

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