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 continue with Round 2, but there are still a few names left that could have been called in the first round. Will any more QBs be considered? Can Antonio Pittman replace Larry Johnson? And which teams will reach for talent?
Round 2 (Picks 49-64)
49. CINCINNATI BENGALS
JUSTIN DURANT (LB, Hampton)
Everybody knows that Carson Palmer & Company can put points on the board with the best of them, but the Benglas need to play some defense if they want to get better. CB Chris Houston was a good start in Round 1, and now Durant will add even more speed and athleticism. A hard-working player who's been ultra-productive, he is an instinctive defender and a three-time MEAC Defensive Player of the Year.
50. TENNESSEE TITANS
JONATHAN WADE (CB, Tennessee)
Although he possesses Olympic speed, Wade is a better athlete than a football player at this point. A boom-or-bust type of prospect whose natural skills give him good upside, and the Titans need all kinds of help in the secondary following the suspension of Adam 'Pacman' Jones. Wade's instincts may be lacking and he isn't much of a tackler, but nobody's going to out-run him in the NFL.
51. NEW YORK GIANTS
RUFUS ALEXANDER (LB, Oklahoma)
The Giants addressed their porous pass defense by taking CB Aaron Ross in the first round, and now Alexander will help rebuild a crumbling corps of linebackers. The LaVar Arrington experiment did not work, as he was sent packing along with former starter Carlos Emmons. A very productive defender the past three seasons, Alexander offers potential on the weak side in a system that allows him to flow freely to the play.
52. ST. LOUIS RAMS
JASON HILL (WR, Washington State)
They may not be 'The Greatest Show on Turf' anymore, but the Rams can still sling it as well as any team in the league. However, Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce can't play forever, plus Kevin Curtis left for Philadelphia in free agency. A natural wideout who also lends a helping hand on special teams, Hill has the physical attibutes to be a top receiver at the next level and ran a scorching 4.37 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine.
53. DALLAS COWBOYS
JOSH WILSON (CB, Maryland)
A feisty cornerback with top athleticism and a good degree of intelligence, Wilson offers terrific upside. He may start his NFL career simply as a return man, yet he has the abilities to develop into a starting cornerback at some point. Dallas couldn't cover anyone in the secondary last season, plus Wilson will help the special teams immediately and allow Terence Newman to focus on playing defense.
54. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
ANTONIO PITTMAN (RB, Ohio State)
Rumors are swirling that All-Pro tailback Larry Johnson is on the trading block, and the selection of Pittman only increases that possibility. Johnson was drafted in the first round four years ago despite the long shadow cast by Priest Holmes, so the Chiefs have done this sort of thing in the past. Pittman was a productive two-year starter for the Buckeyes and combines quick feet with excellent vision.
55. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
DeMARCUS TYLER (DT, North Carolina State)
Tyler played on the Wolfpack's loaded 2005 line that included Mario Williams and John McCargo. He moved to the 4-3 nose tackle position when the post-graduation talent level dropped in 2006, taking on multiple blockers on virtually every play. Marcus Tubbs' post-microfracture future is in doubt, and Seattle has no other answer at interior run-stopper. Tyler's ability to take that role right away trumps any character concerns.
56. DENVER BRONCOS
IKAIKA ALAMA-FRANCIS (DE, Hawaii)
The Broncos could really use some help with their pass rush off the edge, and Alama-Francis can do just that. Good enough of an athlete that some teams worked him out for consideration at tight end, the Hawaii product displays superior lateral range and is remarkably quick off the snap. Denver was just 18th last year with 35 sacks and got only 13 combined from projected DE starters Ebenezer Ekuban and Kenard Lang.
57. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
TIM CROWDER (DE, Texas)
This draft is all about the defense for the Eagles. They went for some
help at safety with the selection of Brandon Meriweather in the first round, and while it's tempting to
look at the linebacker position, they're more desperate for help on the
defensive line. Crowder still has some developing to do, but that's
okay because they don't need him to step into the starting lineup
58. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
MARCUS McCAULEY (CB, Fresno State)
If the Saints had one major weakness last season, it was 33-year-old cornerback Fred Thomas. Getting Greg Olsen in Round 1 will make that high-powered offense even more dangerous, but they're going nowhere until they get some players in the secondary. McCauley has excellent size and serious closing speed, but he does not anticipate well and needs to play better than what NFL scouts have seen so far.
59. NEW YORK JETS
DAVID HARRIS (LB, Michigan)
Taking his game to another level this past season, Harris was the hard-working leader on one of the nation's top-ranked defenses. He certainly has starting potential at the next level, most likely on the inside of a 3-4 defensive scheme. Harris pairs with Anthony Spencer in this draft class and will add some serious aggressiveness and athleticism to Eric Mangini's corps of linebackers.
60. MIAMI DOLPHINS
JOHN BECK (QB, Brigham Young)
It's no big secret the Dolphins want to come out of this draft with a quarterback for the future, and in Beck they get a prospect who has drawn comparisons to Drew Brees. Cam Cameron saw first-hand what Brees could do for an offense, and he'll be hoping Beck can do the same for Miami. Of course if the Fish had just signed Brees last year instead of dealing for Daunte Culpepper, they wouldn't be in this predicament.
61. BALTIMORE RAVENS
KEVIN KOLB (QB, Houston)
Although he doesn't have a background in a system ideally suited to the NFL game, Kolb has the requisite arm strength, size, leadership and intelligence to be groomed for the future starting duties behind veteran Steve McNair. Now the Ravens will find out how good a quarterbacks coach recently-promoted offensive coordinator Rick Neuheisel really is. Kolb was the Conference USA Player of the Year as a senior.
62. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
STEVE SMITH (WR, Southern California)
After going defense in Round 1, the Chargers will almost be forced to take
the best receiver available. In this case, that would be Smith, the
play-making wideout from USC. Although his speed is not what the Bolts
would like, his body control, toughness and productivity would be hard to
pass up at the bottom of Round 2. Eric Parker and Vincent Jackson are good players, but this group needs an influx of talent.
63. NEW YORK JETS
BEN PATRICK (TE, Delaware)
After starting his collegiate career at Duke, Patrick transferred to Delaware and was nothing short of dominant against admittedly inferior athletes. Possessing a lot of competitiveness and solid route-running skills, he may be better suited as a pass-catching specialist or H-back. Chris Baker caught only 31 balls a year ago, plus backups Sean Ryan and Jason Pociask have combined for just six career receptions.
64. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
LaMARR WOODLEY (DE, Michigan)
Woodley led Michigan in sacks the past two seasons and left school with
25, second-most in Wolverines history. He's a linebacker projected as a
strong side end, so he has the type of speed the Buccaneers covet
defensively. Although he he is not blessed with tremendous size, his intensity and effort is second to none as evidenced by him being named Big-10 Defensive Player of the Year.
Take a look back at who went where with picks 1-16 in the first round in Part I as well as picks 17-32 in Part II. You can also see the first half of the second round, picks 33-48, be checking out Part III.