The 2007 NFL Draft is April 28-29, but the experts at Scout.com are ready to give you a sneak peek into what might happen at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. We move on to Round 2, but there are a lot of players still available with first-round grades. Will the Raiders get their quarterback? Who will steal Paul Posluszny? And when do the top guards start coming off the board?
Round 2 (Picks 33-48)
33. OAKLAND RAIDERS
TRENT EDWARDS (QB, Stanford)
A high-upside pick who was
surrounded by mediocrity in college, Edwards has the tools the Raiders love. He has a strong arm and good accuracy, but it is his decision-making that
stands out. Injuries robbed Edwards of meeting his true potential,
but there is little doubt he possesses the attributes necessary to be a great quarterback. He just needs the experience and will get it in Oakland.
34. DETROIT LIONS
PAUL POSLUSZNY (LB, Penn State)
Matt Millen won't pass on his fellow Penn State alumnus at this point in the
draft, and why would he? A first-round talent,
Posluszny packages everything that both Millen and head coach Rod Marinelli covet in a defensive player. 'Puz' has a
stellar work ethic and is a playmaker around the football. Those
abilities were evident on the field, as Posluszny departed the Nittany
Lions as the school's all-time leading tackler.
35. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
RYAN KALIL (C, Southern California)
The No. 1-rated center falls to the Bucs, and with the departure of
Sean Mahan to Pittsburgh, Kalil is the perfect young player to groom
as John Wade's replacement. Matt Lehr is the only other lineman on the
roster with center experience, and Kalil was an integral component on of some high-powered offenses at USC. He becomes the immediate backup and
possibly the starter by 2008.
36. CLEVELAND BROWNS
BEN GRUBBS (OG, Auburn)
Phil Savage can't believe his good fortune. Despite Kalil vanishing off the board, he has Justin Blalock, a versatile lineman who could help the Browns as early as this year, and Ikaika Alama-Francis, who would be a terrific fit in the Browns' 3-4 defense, both available. But in the end, he fills an immediate need by nabbing Grubbs, a 6-3, 311-pound blocker who can improve the interior of the offensive line.
37. CHICAGO BEARS
JUSTIN BLALOCK (OG, Texas)
The Bears had one of the better offensive lines in the NFL last season, but the starters will average 31.8 years old come Week 1. Blalock is one of the more well-rounded prospects in this draft, having started at both guard and tackle for a powerhouse program. Ruben Brown and Roberto Garza are atop the depth chart at guard again in 2007, but Blalock would look great blocking for fellow Longhorn Cedric Benson.
38. ARIZONA CARDINALS
ARRON SEARS (OG, Tennessee)
With the run on guards officially in full gear, the Cardinals select Sears, a player with a first-round grade and serious inline blocking skills. Arizona needs to get tougher along the interior of the offensive line, and Sears, Deuce Lutui, and newly-signed Al Johnson should keep them solid up the middle for years to come. Tailback Edgerrin James is pleased after getting pounded his first season in the desert.
39. ATLANTA FALCONS
SIDNEY RICE (WR, South Carolina)
A natural pass-catcher who has been ultra-productive in one of the nation's toughest conferences, Rice offers a lot of skill and potential as a No. 1 receiver. Atlanta can't wait on former first-rounders Michael Jenkins and Roddy White forever and simply have to find some reliable weapons for Michael Vick. Rice would be wise to grab a locker next to new Falcon Joe Horn.
40. MIAMI DOLPHINS
RAY McDONALD (DT, Florida)
The Dolphins let veteran Kevin Carter go in the offseason and need to
get younger on defense. McDonald is the type of player who could succeed
as a 3-4 end or a 4-3 tackle, and he offers pass-rushing ability. A determined prospect who consistently gives top effort, he is an intense defender and explodes off the snap. McDonald's potential at the next level hinges on his ability to remain healthy.
41. MINNESOTA VIKINGS
CRAIG DAVIS (WR, Louisiana State)
The Vikings are hoping Troy Williamson can still salvage his career and believe Bobby Wade can be their slot receiver, but they still can't have enough receivers fighting for position in training camp. Davis would be sure to make the team and likely even contribute regularly on a roster of unknown receiving production. With good size, he also has the run-after-catch ability that is so important in the West Coast offense.
42. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
JUSTIN HARRELL (DT, Tennessee)
Looking to further fortify a defense that allowed the most points in the NFL last season, the 49ers grab a prospect who has the potential to become a complete player on the defensive interior. A sure first-rounder if he hadn't missed most of his senior season with a torn biceps, Harrell has the versatility to play on the nose and also possesses the size and ability to line up outside in the team's 3-4 scheme.
43. BUFFALO BILLS
TONY HUNT (RB, Penn State)
After trading Willis McGahee to Baltimore in the offseason, the Bills are in desperate need of a primary ball-carrier. Anthony Thomas was marginally effective in limited opportunities last season, but he is much better suited to be a backup these days. A powerful runner who is best on the inside, Hunt is strong in his lower body and keeps his feet moving to pick up yardage after initial contact.
44. ATLANTA FALCONS
TONY UGOH (OT, Arkansas)
A tremendous pass-blocker whose game is on an upswing, Ugoh displays the ability to handle the blindside tackling duties. He needs to improve the strength of his base and must overcome the perception that he's not committed to football, but he offers starting potential. The Falcons have had the top rushing offense in the NFL for a while, but they need some more bulk up front if they want that trend to continue.
45. CAROLINA PANTHERS
ZACH MILLER (WR, Arizona State)
Miller fills a void that has been wide open since the Panthers parted
ways with five-time Pro Bowl selection Wesley Walls several years ago. With new offensive coordinator Jeff Davidson
now calling the shots, the tight end figures to be a much bigger part of the Panthers'
offense. Miller was very productive in a pro-style passing attack at ASU and is a great value with the 45th overall pick.
46. PITTSBURGH STEELERS
STEWART BRADLEY (LB, Nebraska)
An underrated linebacker prospect, Bradley has made a late move up many draft boards. He ran a 4.74 40-yard dash, has an ACL tear in his past, and has the whitest name in the history of linebackers. But when you turn on the game film, Bradley is everything football fans think Paul Posluszny is and more. He covers slot receivers and can play all four LB positions for the Steelers.
47. GREEN BAY PACKERS
ANTHONY GONZALEZ (WR, Ohio State)
A productive college receiver who consistently elevated his game, Gonzalez projects nicely as a second or third wideout at the next level. Ted Ginn Jr. got all the publicity for the Buckeyes, but Gonzalez was in fact their most consistent receiving threat. The Packers need more playmakers behind Donald Driver and Greg Jennings, especially if Ted Thompson is unable to swing a deal for Randy Moss.
48. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
SABBY PISCITELLI (S, Oregon State)
Jacksonville takes the highest-rated safety still on the board. At 6'3" and 224 pounds, he's
also one of the biggest and still has speed, as displayed on his Pro Day at 4.37 in the
40. He has coverage and hitting skills and can play sideline-to-sideline. Piscitelli was
expected to be an early second-round pick, but this is also a partial needs pick by the
Jaguars with the departure of Deon Grant.
Be on the lookout for Part IV as Scout.com finishes up Round 2 with picks 49-64, and you can revisit Part I and Part II to see who went where in Round 1.