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Posted by: Tim Yotter, Viking Update
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 11:04:00 PM

A father-son Vikings connection

While many figured the Vikings might draft USC safety Taylor Mays, whose father is former Vikings DT Stafford May (1987-88), but it was another second-round draft pick of Minnesota that has a Vikings connection.

Running back Toby Gerhart, whom the Vikings moved up 11 spots to draft in the second round, talked about his father, Todd, in Vikings training camp in 1986.

Todd was an all-conference running back at Cal State Fullerton (1981-84) and played professionally for the Denver Gold of the United States Football League.

"The USFL folded, and he was advised to hold out potentially because the USFL might win the suit," Toby said Friday. "They ended up not winning and he went into training camp late for the Vikings and ended up getting cut on one of the last cuts out there."

Todd tried again with the Houston Oilers in 1987 but never did make an NFL regular-season roster.

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Posted by: JON SCOTT, PATRIOTS INSIDER
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 10:44:00 PM

Trade Happy?

Do you think this year's Draft has more trades in the past? It sure seems that way.  According to NFL staffers, the 2010 first round had 8 trades, far off the record pace set in 1995 when there were 15 trades in the first round alone.  Another look at the second round, teams traded 15 times in 2010, including moves made prior to the Draft (aka Donovan McNabb trade).

Although records of second and third round trades were not immediately available, one has to think this year has been the trade wire has been busier than years past. According to NFL.com, there were 15 trades in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Again, according to the league's official site, there were 15 trades in the second round of the 2010 Draft.

While it may seem that teams are making more moves this year than i seasons past, perhaps it is because teams like New England are the source of most of those deals.  New England made 5 trades in the first two days of the 2010 Draft, while former Patriots coordinator Josh McDaniels and his Broncos made the next most (4) trades.

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on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 10:23:00 PM

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Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 10:22:00 PM

Falcons Select Sleeper DT

We mentioned previously that DT Corey Peters (Kentucky) was moving up draft boards.

He was receiving interest from teams that run 3-4 or 4-3 schemes.

While the Atlanta Falcons, who run a 4-3, selected him, a source said the Miami Dolphins would have looked to possibly select him within the next few rounds.

With 2009 first-round pick Peria Jerry coming off of knee surgery, the Falcons plucked Peters in the third round.


Posted by: Barry McBride, TheOBR.com
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 10:21:00 PM

Mike Holmgren Gets His Guy

We've been saying all along that Browns team president Mike Holmgren was enamored of QB Colt McCoy, a fact that had been picked up in the media in the late-going. But the team knew a lot more than the pundits did, waiting patiently until the middle of the third round to select the quarterback. The Browns filled need areas in the defensive backfield and at running back while waiting for the right point to pick McCoy, a young man who seems to fit in perfectly with the West Coast Offense that Holmgren prefers.

Following the selection of McCoy, the Browns added OL Shawn Lauvao, a big lineman who has played both guard and tackle while at Arizona State. The Browns added Tony Pashos in the off-season, but need youth and depth on the OL.

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Posted by: Ed Thompson
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 10:21:00 PM

Lots of WR Talent Available

With three rounds in the books, there are some very talented wide receivers available, including Cincinnati's Mardy Gilyard, South Florida's Carlton Mitchell, Kansas' Dezmon Briscoe, Florida's Riley Cooper, and Clemson's Jacoby Ford.


Posted by: Eric Hartz, ColtPower.com
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 10:16:00 PM

Colts Reach Deep with Third-Round Choice

Colts team president Bill Polian often says he doesn't care what so-called "experts" think is the best move for his team — he identifies the players he thinks are best for his team and doesn't worry about anyone else's rankings. But Polian reached deep for his third-round choice, USC cornerback Kevin Thomas, who was ranked by Scout.com as only the 35th-best corner in this year's draft.

For perspective, consider that Brandon Ghee, the eighth-ranked player at cornerback, was still available when the Colts made their pick at 94 overall. Ghee ended up going to Cincinnati at No. 96.

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Posted by: Michael Erler, SFI
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 10:14:00 PM

49ers Take a Chance on LB Bowman From Penn State

49ers coach Mike Singletary's latest reclamation project will be LB Navarro Bowman from Penn State. He had several character red flags in college, but he also had to deal with the loss of both parents and as well as already being the parent of an infant son. Athletically he was at worst, a second rounder, but he was suspended for two games for helping a teammate beat up a man at a party, and he has admitted to smoking marijuana in the past. He also was placed on another year of probation for not having done any of his 100 hours of court-ordered community service.

Bowman was also the first draft pick so far that the team didn't have over for a visit at their Santa Clara, CA complex. Bowman did interview with Singletary during the combine and said he's happy to play for a coach "who instills hard work and discipline."

On the field, LB Navorro Bowman had few peers. He was named second-team All-America by several publications, and he led Penn State defenders in tackles for loss (17) and was second in tackles (93, 52 solo stops). The 49ers have a slew of OLBs already, but Bowman suggested he can play inside as well.

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Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 10:12:00 PM

Steelers Add WR

After trading WR Santonio Holmes recently, the Pittsburgh Steelers needed to add one more young receiver.

They did so in the third round with Emmanuel Sanders (SMU).

Sanders is a known as a pretty fluid athlete, but lacks the kind of size that teams covet.

Sanders could challenge for playing time on special teams this season. He's capable of returning punts.


Posted by: Michael Lombardo
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 10:09:00 PM

Panthers Deal with the Devil

For the third consecutive year, the Panthers mortgaged a bit of the future to make a move in the present. This time, Carolina dealt a 2011 second-round pick to the Patriots for a '10 third-round pick, which the Panthers used on Appalachian State QB Armanti Edwards. Edwards will move to receiver in Carolina.

The Patriots seemingly have a standing offer to all teams: We'll give you our pick this year for a pick one round higher next year. As a result, New England is always in the driver's seat on draft day, and teams like Carolina are always scrambling to come up with the assets they need to fill out their draft class.

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Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 10:08:00 PM

Texans Get DT Depth

We've been hearing that DT Earl Mitchell (Arizona) was moving up draft boards.

Mitchell, who played tight end for a few seasons, did well after moving to DT.

He'll provide badly needed depth for the interior of the Houston Texans defensive line.


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 10:05:00 PM

Broncos Add Center

The Denver Broncos are in need of a center, and they got one in the third round.

J.D. Walton (Notre Dame) will back up veteran OL Russ Hochstein this season, but if the veteran lineman isn't ready after coming off an ACL injury, Walton could wind up starting as a rookie.


Posted by: JON SCOTT, PATRIOTS INSIDER
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 10:03:00 PM

Patriots Not Afraid Of Moving Around

The Patriots had already made four trades by the middle of the second round and continued to work the phones  They traded down twice in the first round, picking up an extra third round pick by the time they were done.  Tonight they traded down and then up and out of the third round.

New England started the 2010 Draft with 12 picks (most in the NFL), they increased it to 14, and have whittled it back to just 13 at this point. One thing is certain, Bill Belichick isn't afraid to talk about trades even when a guy they like is on the board.  Their moves in the third round enabled other teams to take two players the Patriots had close contact with; WR Eric Decker (Minnesota) [visit] to the Broncos and WR Andre Roberts (Citadel) [workout] to Cardinals.

So far New England has addressed OLB, ILB, WR, CB and TE.  Their next need is OL, DL, P and QB.  They still have 8 picks to fill their needs.

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Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 10:02:00 PM

Chargers Add LB

The San Diego Chargers traded ILB Tim Dobbins on Thursday, so they decided to replace him with LB Donald Butler (Washington).

Butler is capable of playing inside or outside, but projects more to ILB in San Diego's 3-4 scheme.


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 10:00:00 PM

Panthers Add Badly Needed WR

The Carolina Panthers have a huge need for a receiver, and they got one with Brandon LaFell (LSU).

LaFell has really good size and good hands. He's a very fluid receiver.

Scouts said that he needs to play with a little more of a sense of urgency if he's to start at the next level.


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 9:57:00 PM

Titans Add Receiver

While the Tennessee Titans seemingly didn't need another receiver, they added one in the third round with Damian Williams (USC).

Williams really runs well and has good hands.

Some teams had a second-round grade on him, so it's possible that the Titans selected him here because he was perceived to be a good value.


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 9:55:00 PM

Giants Add A Safety

The New York Giants added veteran S Deon Grant for depth purposes recently, but with starting S Kenny Phillips coming back from a major knee injury, the team decided to add one more player to that position.

The team added Chad Jones (LSU) in the third round.

Jones has a huge frame, but lacks good enough closing speed.


Posted by: Bill Huber, Packer Report
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 9:52:00 PM

Burnett compares favorably to other safeties

The Packers traded their third- and fourth-round picks to move up in the third to get Georgia Tech safety Morgan Burnett. Burnett had 14 picks in his three seasons, including seven in 2008. Burnett is not a burner but plays faster than his timed speed because of his feel for the game and intelligence. That was in contrast, safeties coach Darren Perry and area scout Brian Gutekunst said, to some of the safeties that run in the 4.3s who were taken ahead of Burnett. Couldn't be talking about Taylor Mays?


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 9:52:00 PM

Bears Add Safety

The safety position for the Chicago Bears has been an issue in recent years, so they addressed it in the third round.

Major Wright (Florida) is a decent sized defender with good range.

Wright will have a realistic chance to get on the field as a rookie, and may even get a chance to start.


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 9:49:00 PM

Jaguars Add Another DT

The Jacksonville Jaguars added DT Tyson Alualu in the first round.

The team still probably needed to add one more defensive tackle before the draft was over.

They did that in the third round with D'Anthony Smith (Louisiana Tech).

Smith was seen as a late-round sleeper (5-7), so it's interesting that the Jaguars selected him this high up.


Posted by: Ed Thompson
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 9:44:00 PM

McCoy's Wait Finally Ends

When the Browns passed on selecting Texas QB Colt McCoy earlier in the round, I was stunned because they need to start developing their quarterback of the future. Thankfully for Browns fans and McCoy, Cleveland finally came around and selected him with the No. 85 pick overall in the third round. With his talent and eagerness to learn, McCoy will develop quickly. After he was selected, McCoy was interviewed during ESPN's television broadcast of the NFL Draft and said that he told the Browns, "You won't regret it, and we're going to win a lot of games."


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 9:44:00 PM

Bills Add DE

The Buffalo Bills have transitioned to a 3-4 scheme on defense, so they had to start looking at different personnel.

They did so at defensive end with the selection of DE Alex Carrington (Arkansas St.)

Carrington has really good size, but probably will asked to put on more weight in order to play in the 3-4.


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Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 9:39:00 PM

Packers Add Safety

With Green Bay starting SS Atari Bigby playing on a one-year deal, the team drafted another strong safety.

The team selected Morgan Burnett (Georgia Tech) in the third round.

Burnett has really good size and range, but was a bit inconsistent in certain aspects of his game.


Posted by: Ed Thompson
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 9:36:00 PM

Did the Colts Reach In Round 2?

When the Indianapolis Colts selected Iowa LB Pat Angerer late in the second round, you'd have to think that even he was a bit surprised. Projected by a number of draft pundits as no better than a fourth-round pick, the Colts were obviously impressed by his tackling ability and high motor. In 2008, he led the Hawkeyes with 107 tackles, and pulled in five interceptions. In 2009, he rolled up 145 tackles forced a pair of fumbles. After Indy's loss in the Super Bowl, Colts president Bill Polian called out the offensive line and special teams as the main reason for the loss, so Angerer may be a player the team feels can help bolster their special teams while competing for the middle or weakside LB spot.


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 9:35:00 PM

Ravens Add TE

It's not a secret that the Baltimore Ravens have been looking for veteran TE Todd Heap's eventual replacement.

They probably think they've found it in the third round with Ed Dickson (Oregon).

Dickson really runs well for his size, but scouts say he needs to improve on his blocking.


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 9:32:00 PM

Raiders Add Huge OT

The Oakland Raiders were looking for competition at left tackle.

They added some in the third round with OT Jared Veldheer (Hillsdale).

The lanky offensive tackle figures to challenge for playing time against LT Mario Henderson once he's ready to take the next step in his maturation process as an NFL player.


Posted by: Michael Lombardo
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 9:29:00 PM

Panthers Fill Another Need

The Panthers entered this draft with two glaring needs and wasted little time in addressing both of them. After taking QB Jimmy Clausen in Round Two, Carolina gives its new QB a talented target in the form of LSU WR Brandon LaFell.

LaFell has a terrific combination of size and big-play ability. And although he never topped the 1,000-yard mark for the Tigers, he hauled in a career-high 11 touchdowns last season.

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Posted by: John Crist, BearReport.com
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 9:28:00 PM

Bears Get Their Safety at No. 75

It was no secret the Bears were dying to get a free safety as early as possible in the draft, and even though there was a serious run on defensive backs the last dozen picks or so before Jerry Angelo and Co. were finally on the clock, they targeted Florida's Major Wright early and were able to get him in Round 3. DBs coach Jon Hoke went down to Gainesville as recently as last week and put Wright through a private workout. Although coach Lovie Smith didn't want to talk about his depth chart just yet, expect Wright to be in the mix for a starting job right away.

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Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 9:27:00 PM

Chiefs Add Interior Offensive Lineman

The Kansas City Chiefs hadn't addressed their offensive line issues in the first two rounds of the draft.

They finally addressed it in the third round with G Jon Asamoah (Illinois).

Starting G Brian Waters probably won't play much longer, so Asamoah could be his eventual replacement.


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 9:24:00 PM

Buccaneers Add CB

With starting CB Ronde Barber winding down a brilliant career, the team needs to start lining up his replacement.

They selected Myron Lewis (Vanderbilt) in the third round.

Lewis has really got size, but lacks the desired speed for the position.


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 9:21:00 PM

Lions Add CB

The Detroit Lions have been looking for an upgrade or two at cornerback.

They hope they got one with Amari Spievey (Iowa).

Spievey is one of the most underrated players at his position who was available for this year's draft.

The fluid defensive back should be able to challenge for a role in Detroit's dime defense this season.


Posted by: Michael Lombardo
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 9:21:00 PM

Chargers Trade Up…Again

GM A.J. Smith has traded up yet again, this time moving up in the third round to select ILB Donald Butler. The Chargers had a revolving door last season at the ILB spot opposite Stephen Cooper; Kevin Burnett, Brandon Siler & Tim Dobbins each saw equal playing time. Dobbins was traded to the Dolphins on Thursday.

Butler will restore San Diego's depth at inside linebacker. He will also help on special teams, where the loss of Pro Bowler Kassim Osgood is sure to be felt. Nonetheless, this is a surprising selection, especially since North Carolina NT Cam Thomas is still on the board.

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Posted by: Michael Erler, SFI
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 9:18:00 PM

49ers Trade Down In The Third Round

The 49ers have just traded down their 3rd-round pick, 79th overall, to the Chargers. It's a smart move for them considering that they gave up their 5th-rounder to get WR/KR Ted Ginn Jr. and their 4th-rounder to move up two spots in the first round to get OT Anthony Davis.

However, all they got for their trouble, to move 12 spots down in the third-round, is a 6th-round pick this year (173rd overall) and San Diego's 4th-rounder next year. Not very much value, if you ask me.

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Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 9:17:00 PM

Rams Get CB Depth

The St. Louis Rams were in search of depth at cornerback.

They got that done with the addition of Jerome Murphy (South Florida).

The starting job opposite Ronald Bartell remains open as does the nickel job.

The technically sound defensive back could challenge for a starting job right away.


Posted by: Ken Palmer, Giant Insider
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 9:16:00 PM

Giants play it safe

New York had safety on its list of need positions heading into the 2010 Draft. They also had LSU safety Chad Jones on their list of players they had in for a visit. It all came together in the third round when the Giants bolstered their defensive backfield by adding the SEC safety. Yes, they still do need a linebacker. Perhaps they'll finally address that need tomorrow. Perhaps...

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Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 8:56:00 PM

Saints Add OT

The New Orleans Saints could use an athletic offensive tackle. They did that with the addition of LT Charles Brown (USC).

Brown figures to back up starting LT Jammal Brown this season. Brown is a restricted free agent, so this could be his last season with the team.


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 8:52:00 PM

Colts Add LB

The Indianapolis Colts added LB Pat Angerer (Iowa) in the second round.

Angerer is seen by personnel evaluators as a two-down LB, but is a physical and smart player.

He figures to back up starting MLB Gary Brackett.


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 8:49:00 PM

Patriots Add ILB

The New England Patriots really needed some depth at ILB and they got some with Brandon Spikes (Florida) in the second round.

Spikes is seen as a two-down linebacker, but his physical play is a good match for the New England defense.


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 8:47:00 PM

Jets Add Offensive Lineman

The New York Jets added OL Vladimir Ducasse (Massachusetts) in the second round.

While many thought he would be lined up at left tackle for the Jets, a source told Scout.com that Ducasse will be lined up at guard this season for the Jets.


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 8:45:00 PM

Seattle Adds Receiver

With the strong chance that the Seattle Seahawks wind up releasing veteran WR Deion Branch before training camp starts, the team decided to add a young pass catcher.

Notre Dame's Golden Tate runs well and should get a chance to play right away.

However, personnel evaluators say that he needs work on his route running.


Posted by: Bill Huber, Packer Report
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 8:44:00 PM

Surprise: Packers take Neal

The Packers went into this draft needing help at offensive tackle, cornerback, safety and outside linebacker. With promiment players available at all four spots in the second round, the Packers took Purdue defensive end Mike Neal. That is seen as a reach among the so-called experts. With a bench press of 510 pounds and good quickness, he had 5.5 sacks in each of his last two seasons. The Packers like how his style matches with what they do with their defensive line, with a lot of sideways movement rather than up-the-field penetration. He rarely lost a one-on-one block, defensive line coach Mike Trgovac said.


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 8:43:00 PM

Browns Get Possible Starting RB

In discussions with NFL Films ' Greg Cosell this week, the personnel analyst said University of Tennessee RB Montario Hardesty could be a starter at the nexl level based on his skill set.

The Cleveland Browns selected the talented back in the second round.

Hardesty had knee problems earlier in his career at Tennesse, but those issues seem to be behind him.


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 8:39:00 PM

Texans Get Talented Back

It wasn't a secret that the Houston Texans were looking to select a running back in this draft who could compete for a starting job.

They selected the talented Ben Tate (Auburn) in the second round who should come in and challenge for the starting gig right away.

He's an excellent combination of power and speed and he's the type of one-cut downhill runner that will fit in well in Houston's zone blocking scheme.


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 8:36:00 PM

Ravens Add Mammoth DT

With veteran NT Kelly Gregg getting up in age, the Baltimore Ravens needed to start thinking about his eventual replacement.

They did that and more with the selection of DT Terrence Cody (Alabama).

Known as one of the top interior defensive lineman in college football, Cody is a mountain of a man. He's an immovable object inside.


Posted by: Eric Hartz, ColtPower.com
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 8:36:00 PM

Hawkeye Pipeline Continues in Indianapolis

The Colts like the hard-nosed players Kirk Ferentz turns out at the University of Iowa. Former Hawkeyes Bob Sanders and Dallas Clark have come from Iowa City and turned into Pro Bowl players for the Colts. So when another Hawkeye, Pat Angerer, was on their draft board at the end of the second round, the Colts pulled the trigger on the linebacker.

It's not clear immediately how the Colts see Angerer fitting into their defense, as the three starting spots are filled by Gary Brackett, Clint Session and Philip Wheeler. While Brackett and Session have tight grips on their positions, Wheeler's is less secure, and the All-American from Iowa could challenge for a starting spot at strong-side linebacker.

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Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 8:32:00 PM

Packers Add DT Depth

The Green Bay Packers added some depth on their defensive line with the addition of DL Mike Neal (Purdue).

Neal figures to play DE in Green Bay's 3-4 scheme since they seem deep at NT.


Posted by: Brandon Huffman, West Recruiting Manager
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 8:32:00 PM

Charles Brown- looking back

In 2005, Charles Brown was a four-star prospect by Scout.com...but as a tight end.


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 8:30:00 PM

Cowboys Add ILB

Dallas Cowboys starting ILB Keith Brooking is getting near the end of a solid career, so it became time for the team to add his eventual replacement.

They were able to do so with the addition of LB Sean Lee (Penn St.)

Had Lee not suffered a serious knee injury earlier in his career, Lee probably would have been a high first-round pick.


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 8:28:00 PM

Bengals Add Pass Rusher

The Cincinnati Bengals were looking to add a pass rusher in this draft, and they did so with DE Carlos Dunlap (Florida).

Dunlap has his critics because he doesn't appear to always be giving top effort all the time, but when he's at the top of his game, Dunlap is a really good edge rusher.


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 8:25:00 PM

Patriots Add Pass Rusher

The New England Patriots needed to add a pass rusher because the team may release veteran OLB Adalius Thomas closer to training camp.

They added DE/OLB Jermaine Cunningham (Florida) in the second round.

Cunningham has good size and plays with a high motor. He really moves well and gets up field.


Posted by: Ed Thompson
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 8:25:00 PM

Seahawks Swoop In

One pick prior to the New York Jets having a shot at play-making WR Golden Tate, the Seahawks snared him with the 28th pick (No. 60 overall) in a surprising move.  With RB Jonathan Dwyer on the board and Seattle in need of help at that position, and their needs along the defensive line and at cornerback, Tate was an interesting choice. But make no doubt about it, the Seahawks have added a player who will make an impact on their offense and their returns game as a rookie. Here's an NFL Draft Q&A I did with Tate a few days before the NFL Combine.


Posted by: Ed Thompson
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 8:18:00 PM

Browns Not Interested in McCoy?

Cleveland's actions have have shown that they have an obvious willingness to allow someone else to pick Colt McCoy.  I recently reported that they hosted WVU QB Jarrett Brown for a visit, so maybe they will wait and pick him or the University of Cincinnati's Tony Pike if either is still available on Saturday. But the confidence they are showing in their currently unstable QB situation is very surprising.


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 8:15:00 PM

Steelers Add Pass Rusher

DE/OLB Jason Worilds (Virginia Tech) was seen as one of the top pass rushers in this draft from a slash role perspective.

Worilds has really good short area quickness off the edge.

He'll get a chance to get on the field for 20 plays or so as a rookie in Pittsburgh's 3-4 scheme.


Posted by: Ken Palmer, Giant Insider
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 8:09:00 PM

No rush for LB

While most draft experts see LB as a glaring need for the Giants, GM Jerry Reese clearly doesn't agree - at least as strongly. "If we can find a good linebacker, we'll draft him," Reese said after taking a DE in the first round and a DT in the second.

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Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 8:08:00 PM

Vikings Add RB

It wasn't a secret that the Minnesota Vikings were looking to add a running back out of this draft.

They added Toby Gerhart (Stanford) in the second round.

Personnel evaluators say verstile back is capable of lining up at RB and FB in Minnesota's offense. In fact, some have called him the next Mike Alstott, but with better speed.


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 8:05:00 PM

Chiefs Add CB Depth

The Kansas City Chiefs needed to add at least one cornerback out of this draft for depth purposes, and they've done that with Javier Arenas (Alabama).

Arenas is known for his physical play, but lacks the true speed makeup of a starter. He figures to make his mark on special teams.


Posted by: Adam Caplan
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 8:00:00 PM

49ers Add Talented Safety

While he has his critics, USC S Taylor Mays has lots of athleticism and talent to burn.

But the problem Mays has is transitioning on the run in pass coverage.

Because of that, some teams thought he would have to transition to outside linebacker at the NFL level.

Mays figures to play at SS where veteran Michael Lewis is the starter.


Posted by: Michael Erler, SFI
on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 7:59:00 PM

49ers Grab S Taylor Mays

The surest sign yet that 49ers Director of Player Personnel Trent Baalke and former general manager Scot McCloughan didn't see eye-to-eye on every prospect is the team's drafting of Taylor Mays with the 49th pick. McCloughan wasn't a fan of Mays at all, primarily for his ball skills (or lack thereof).

Mays is an exceptional athlete who's 6'3 and 230 pounds but runs like a deer. He wowed everybody with his 40-yard dash time at the combine. However, the knock on him is that he has no coverage instincts, that he takes poor angles on the ball and that he just didn't make enough plays at USC. There have been comparisons made between him and Carolina LB Thomas Davis, a college safety who didn't have the range to cover in the pros, but has been an excellent weakside linebacker for the Panthers.

Surprisingly, Mays took a couple of shots at his former coach Pete Carroll during his conference call with local reporters, sounding like a jilted lover after Carroll took Texas safety Earl Thomas over him in the first round. "I thought from the relationship we had and the things he said I had to be aware of, things I needed to do, everything he led me to believe, his actions were the complete opposite," he said.

Mays was doubly hurt, not just because Carroll didn't take him, but because he feels that poor coaching caused scouts to lower his value. "I kept asking him what parts of my game I had to work on, my backpedal, and he said that was okay."

He is moving forward, however. He called being drafted 49th "bittersweet," but added that he wanted, "to play for a coach like [Mike] Singletary and for a physical team like the 49ers who will punch you in the face," while also making sure to speak reverently about Ronnie Lott, the Hall-of-Fame San Francisco safety who is also a former Trojan. "I'm going to emulate him and live up to his legacy," he said. Mays also mentioned that he's very familiar with 49ers safety Dashon Goldson, having watched him play at the University of Washington while he was a high schooler in Seattle, calling Goldson "an underrated athlete" and sounding very excited about the chance to play alongside him. Still, the story here is the edge Mays will bring to those two games against Seattle every year. "I have the biggest chip on my shoulder of anyone in the draft," he said, emphatically.

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