7. SIMMONS: Matt Elam, S, Dwyer – "With the 7th pick overall, I took one of the top athletes in the country Matt Elam. Elam sometimes gets overlooked because he made such an early decision in recruiting, but he is as gifted as they come. He could be a star at many different positions, but he will be the leader in my secondary. He is very strong in run support at safety and he has shown very good instincts when back in coverage also. He has great ball skills and if he picks a pass off, then he instantly becomes a scoring threat. The state of Florida has a lot of talent in the secondary, but I took the best of the bunch with this pick."
8. VOGT: Jonathan Dowling, S, Bradenton Southeast – "Simmons picked the two players behind me that I expected him to take (Benedict, Elam). My hand is forced here however, I have to take Jonathan Dowling. I needed one of the top safeties and Elam and Joyner are gone. With 14 picks as a junior, he is the ballhawk I am looking for. I would have taken Dowling over Joyner or Elam anyway (in my scheme), so in that sense I feel this is great value, I seriously considered taking him round 2, but gambled that Simmons would not go Elam AND Dowling, I felt that my Linder pick made that impossible for him to do (and I would have grabbed Benedict if he had). Dowling has a prototype frame to work with, speed, and this kid just knows where to be and is always in position. I am going to look for an enforcer type to pair with him at SS down the road."
9. BAKAS: Christian Jones, OLB, Lake Howell – "We were very surprised to see Jones still available with the ninth pick since we believe he's one of the top five players in the entire state this year. We had him rated as our No. 1 linebacker so we believe we're getting a tremendous value pick here. He's a good-sized kid who can fly around and make plays. He's a big enough kid who could potentially grow into a pass-rushing terror at defensive end. He has the bloodlines (his father played in the NFL). No matter how you slice it, we believe getting Jones is huge for our team and someone who we think will make a big impact for us."
That's it for round two. Stay tuned for tomorrow, as the round three selections will be announced.