NFL Draft Live Insider Blog Round Two

Lots of surprises in round one and lots of trades were completed, as expected. We'll continue to break down round two with insider analysis.

1) Detroit Lions: Louis Delmas/S/Western Michigan

Instant Analysis: Their safety play in recent seasons has been poor so the Lions went with the top-rated safety in the draft with this selection.


2) New England Patriots (from Kansas City Chiefs): Patrick Chung/S/Oregon

Instant Analysis: With veteran S Rodney Harrison unsigned, Chung will compete for playing time in his spot. Chung is a smart player who is best played in the box. His value started to rise after a solid set of practices during Senior Bowl week.


3) St. Louis Rams: James Laurinaitis/LB/Ohio St.

Instant Analysis: Here's a solid value with a linebacker who should start in the middle this season. With Laurinaitis in the fold, veteran LB Will Witherspoon can move back to WLB.


4) Cleveland Browns: Brian Robiskie/WR/Ohio St.

Instant Analysis: Cleveland was looking for a sure-handed receiver who runs good routes and they found one with Robiskie. The classy receiver helped himself during his great performances during Senior Bowl week and he ran fairly well at the NFL combine.


5) Denver Broncos (from Seattle Seahawks): Alphonso Smith/CB/Wake Forest

Instant Analysis: Nice value here for a team that needs help at cornerback. He'll compete for the starting job that was vacated when veteran CB Dre' Bly was released earlier this year.


6) Cincinnati Bengals: Rey Maualuga/LB/USC

Instant Analysis: They needed to add a linebacker with physicality and he'll bring that and more. They could move veteran LB Dhani Jones outside if need be.


7) Jacksonville Jaguars: Eben Britton/OT/Arizona

Instant Analysis: Here's a nice value selection for a team that needs to find upgrades on their offensive line. Some scouts believe he's better off playing on the right side and with the Jaguars, he'll likely compete for the RT job against incumbent starter Tony Pashos.


8) New England Patriots (from Oakland Raiders): Ron Brace/DT/Boston College

Instant Analysis: While some might question whether Brace can play NT in a 3-4 defensive scheme, he should be able to at least compete for playing time at DE this season.


9) New England Patriots (from Green Bay Packers): Darius Butler/CB/Connecticut

Instant Analysis: This was a major need selection here and a nice value. Butler offers tremendous upside and could start down the line. He also offers the ability to compete for a special teams return job.


10) Buffalo Bills: Jarius Byrd/CB/Oregon

Instant Analysis: With the loss of veteran CB Jabari Greer, the need for depth at cornerback became apparent. Byrd should be able to compete for a dime role this season.


11) Carolina Panthers (from San Francisco 49ers): Everette Brown/DE/Florida St.

Instant Analysis: While he would have liked to have been selected in the first round, Brown found a great spot with the Panthers. This team has major depth problems at defensive end and he should be able to find a spot in their rotation right away. Brown has a quick first step and has plenty of upside. Scouts question if he's strong enough physically which is why he dropped out of the first round.


12) Miami Dolphins (from Washington Redskins): Pat White/QB-WR/West Virginia

Instant Analysis: With this selection, it's a good bet that they will continue with their Wild Cat formation next season. RB Ronnie Brown doesn't have a strong arm, so White can see at least 5-6 plays each game in that role. And they are light on depth receiver so he can work his way up into the rotation as time progresses.


13) New York Giants (from New Orleans Saints): Clint Sintim/LB/Virginia

Instant Analysis: The Giants could use depth at SLB and WLB, but Sintim figures to compete for the SLB job against veteran LB Danny Clark.


14) Houston Texans: Connor Barwin/DE/Cincinnati

Instant Analysis: The Texans have major depth issues at defensive end so this selection makes sense. But they have to give him time. Scouts believe he's a bit raw and undeveloped, but he has a strong upside. He'll line up behind starting DE Mario Williams.


15) Oakland Raiders (from San Diego Chargers via New England Patriots): Michael Mitchell/S/Ohio University

Instant Analysis: Some may call this as a reach pick since he probably should have gone off the board around round four. Mitchell will get a chance to compete for playing time at strong safety where the starting job is open. He was actually not invited to the NFL combine.


16) Denver Broncos: Darcel McBath/S/Texas Tech

Instant Analysis: While some thought he should have been selected a bit later, McBath is known as one of the better coverage safeties available for this draft. McBath also is capable of playing in the slot.


17) Seattle Seahawks (from Chicago Bears): Max Unger/OL/Oregon

Instant Analysis: Unger is capable of playing either guard or center and will provide immediate depth at two or three positions. But Unger projects more to center.


18) Cleveland Browns (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Mohammed Massaquoi/WR/Georgia

Instant Analysis: While Massaquoi doesn't have good speed and has inconsistent hands, he runs good routes and should compete for a backup job right away. A solid Pro Day and good private workouts helped to boost his draft stock.


19) Buffalo Bills (from Dallas Cowboys): Andy Levitre/OL/Oregon St.

Instant Analysis: Buffalo needs depth on the interior of their offensive line at guard, so this selection of Levitre makes sense.


20) Cleveland Browns (from New York Jets): David Veikune/DE-OLB/Hawaii

Instant Analysis: Here's a high-motor player who has a big upside and he'll get a chance to win a role on special teams. Veikune fits in well with Cleveland's 3-4 defensive scheme.


21) Philadelphia Eagles: LeSean McCoy/RB/Philadelphia Eagles

Instant Analysis: McCoy has solid speed and is capable of catching the ball in Philadelphia West Coast offense. McCoy will be expected to take over the No. 2 running back role this season. He projects to play in a two-back system over the course of his career.


22) Minnesota Vikings: Phil Loadholt/OT/Oklahoma

Instant Analysis: Most scouts felt he didn't have good enough feet to play on the left side, but Loadholt will play right tackle this season. He should be able to win the starting job on that side and should prove to be an upgrade there.



23) Atlanta Falcons: William Moore/S/Missouri

Instant Analysis: He's an in-the-box safety and will replace veteran S Lawyer Milloy, who won't be re-signed. Moore had a great 2007 season, but his play fell off last season which is why he fell out of the first round.


24) Indianapolis Colts (from Miami Dolphins): Fili Moala/DT/USC

Instant Analysis: The Colts badly needed help at defensive tackle so Moala will fit right in and should compete for a solid role right away.


25) Baltimore Ravens: Paul Kruger/DE-OLB/Utah

Instant Analysis: He's a high-motor player who played quarterback in high school. He still needs to develop further pass rush moves, but Kruger should provide good depth this season and could start down the line.


26) New England Patriots: Sebastian Vollmer/OT/Houston

Instant Analysis: It's not known yet which side he'll line up on, but the Patriots need to find a young left tackle that could eventually take over for starter Matt Light. Vollmer had a fourth round grade from many teams, so this pick might have been a surprise to some.


27) Carolina Panthers: Sherrod Martin/S/Troy St.

Instant Analysis: He ran well at the combine and at his Pro Day, so Martin rocketed up draft boards despite being from a small school. He has good range and figures to compete for playing time in back of FS Charles Godfrey.


28) New York Giants: William Beatty/OT/Connecticut

Instant Analysis: This pick makes sense since some question whether David Diehl is a true left tackle. If Beatty proves he's ready to play within his first few years, Diehl could be moved inside.


29) Miami Dolphins (from Indianapolis Colts): Sean Smith/CB/Utah

Instant Analysis: Smith was one of the most intriguing defensive players available for this year's draft. He was listed as the tallest cornerback available at over 6-3 and he moves well for his size. He came to Utah as a receiver and has only played on defense for two years. However, his upside is huge and it's possible that he moves to safety down the line.


30) Tennessee Titans: Sen'Derrick Marks/DT/Auburn

Instant Analysis: After losing DT Albert Haynesworth in free agency, this selection of Marks makes sense. He'll compete for the fourth defensive tackle job this season.


31) Arizona Cardinals: Cody Brown/OLB-DE/Connecticut

Instant Analysis: He played defensive end in college, but will be moved to OLB with the Cardinals, who are expected to play more of a 3-4 defensive scheme this season than in previous years.


32) Denver Broncos (from Pittsburgh Steelers): Richard Quinn/TE/North Carolina

Instant Analysis: This selection is surprising considering the team has good depth at the tight end. However, it's possible fourth-year TE Tony Scheffler is traded.


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