This is where the teams that let a wide receiver or cornerback slide will take the plunge on a lesser talent to give them a combined first two rounds of a pair of potential starters. While not given the attention the first round gets, the second round of a draft can often make or break the draft for a given club and, seeing that a Pro Bowler like Kendrell Bell and Anthony Thomas came out of the second round, its importance should not be underestimated.
As for the Vikings, depending on whether they went offensive line or defense
in the first round, there are many options available in the second round.
However, if a left tackle wasnt available at No. 7, the team almost
has to commit to taking an OT in this spot.
|Pos.||Team||2001 Record||Opp. Record||Opp. Pct.|
|DeShaun Foster, RB, UCLA The
Texans would love to see William Green slide into this area but, with a solid
offensive line in place and a QB under contract, getting a RB to push James
Allen in his first year and take over later is a must. If not for the number
of defensive studs in this year's draft, Foster wouldn't be available here
in the average draft, so getting this position filled now is a good idea.
|Clinton Portis, RB, Miami Lamar
Smith isn't a long-term answer and Portis is an ideal change-of-pace back that
can provide the flashy long runs Tshimanga Biakabutuka was supposed to give
the Panthers until injuries ruined what could have been a Pro Bowl career.
|Bryan Thomas, DE, Alabama-Birmingham
The Lions work to improve their porous defense by bringing in a pass rusher
who can help out a team that had little to no disruptive influence up front
|Patrick Ramsey, QB, Tulane If
the Bills made the move to pass on Joey Harrington in the first round, this
turned out to be quite a nice consolation prize.
|Reche Caldwell, WR, Florida Both
Joey Galloway and Raghib Ismail are over 30 and, with the deep crop of talented
young receivers in this year's draft, the Cowboys benefit from teams being
willing to wait to fill the position.
|Marco Colombo, OT, Boston College
Minnesota absolutely has to get a left tackle and, while it would have
preferred getting a can't-miss prospect like Bryant MicKinnie or Mike Williams,
Colombo is the next best thing to fill the team's primary need.
|Kendall Simmons, G/OT, Auburn The
Chargers may go in a different direction here, but adding a young guard to
go with McKinnie gives the Chargers instant credibility on an offense centered
around LaDainian Tomlinson and soon to be centered around him and young QB
|Terrence Metcalf, OT, Mississippi
The Jags have to replace Tony Boselli, a huge void that has been missing
the last couple of seasons due to the injury. It's no coincidence that, when
he's been out of the lineup, so has the success rate of the Jags.
|Derek Ross, CB, Ohio State The
Bengals will be ecstatic if this pick falls to them. By taking Harrington in
the first round, they passed on Phillip Buchanon, who most had rated as the
No. 2 CB in the draft. There are some who think Ross is No. 3 and, to keep
an Ohio corner in the state and the successful track record of OSU CB's, the
Bengals have to be pleased with the way things turned out.
|Eddie Freeman, DT, Alabama-Birmingham
It may have been difficult to convince Tony Dungy to go away from one of
the top defensive tackles in the first round instead of taking Buchanon, but
while Freeman may be viewed as a reach by many scouts, he's just the type of
guy Dungy has been famous for molding and getting the best out of.
|Javon Walker, WR, Florida State
While many had the Chiefs taking a wideout in the first round, by waiting
they were able to get a game-changing DT and still come away with a solid WR
that many view as a first-round talent.
|Alex Brown, DE, Florida Having
addressed wide receiver and offensive tackle in the first round, the Saints
now find a player that can help in the process of trying to replace Joe Johnson
— another tall order for the new-look Saints.
|Lamont Thompson, S, Washington State
Helping replace Blaine Bishop is a defensive priority, especially considering
that the Titans are in a division with deep hitters like Marvin Harrison and
Jimmy Smith. A lack of production here could be dangerous for a team trying
to reclaim Super Bowl form.
|14.||New York Giants||7-9||127-129||..520|
|Saleem Rasheed, LB, Alabama Jessie
Armstead will be almost impossible to replace, but Rasheed will be the first
step in that long and arduous process.
|Fred Weary, G, Tennessee This
may be a stretch, but, with the Browns using much of their free agent money
again this year to solidify the defense, it wouldn't be a surprise at all to
see the draft this year used to plug in holes in the offense to make the them
a more complete team and potentially a playoff contender.
|16.||San Diego (from Atlanta)||5-11||124-132||.484|
|Mike Rumph, CB, Miami The Michael
Vick bonanza continues as the Chargers made the most of their trade last year
— getting LaDainian Tomlinson (the player they wanted anyway at No. 1), Drew
Brees (the QB they wanted) and now a talented cover corner in Rumph. All in
all, the Chargers have to be pretty happy with how things have turned out.
Mike Rumph, CB, Miami The Michael Vick bonanza continues as the Chargers made
the most of their trade last year — getting LaDainian Tomlinson (the player
they wanted anyway at No. 1), Drew Brees (the QB they wanted) and now a talented
cover corner in Rumph. All in all, the Chargers have to be pretty happy with
how things have turned out.
|Ryan Denney, DE, Brigham Young The
attempt to build the defensive front continues by adding a big defensive end
to go along with a massive DT in Wendall Bryant as the Cardinals gear up for
the new competition in the NFC West.
|Robert Thomas, LB, UCLA The
first of the Texans' mid-round picks. Even though they signed Kailee Wong as
a linebacker, Thomas is the top-rated inside linebacker in the draft and a
perfect fit in the 3-4 defensive alignment of the Texans.
|Andre Davis, WR, Virginia Tech The
Broncos need depth behind Rod Smith and Ed McCaffrey that isn't in the well-travel
fossil category like Andre Reed was, Eddie Kennison wasn't and Rob Moore is
hoped to be. With none of them getting any younger and lingering questions
about whether McCaffrey will come back at 100 percent, getting an impact young
receiver should help, even though the Broncos have had trouble trying to fill
this role in the past.
|Kurt Kittner, QB, Illinois If
the Redskins are serious about starting Danny Woeful, a guy like Kittner could
be in the lineup sooner than later.
|21.||Oakland (from TB)||9-7||137-119||.535|
|Larry Triplett, DT, Washington The
Raiders need to do something to replace Darrell Russell and, while all the
top DTs were long gone before the Raiders picked in the first round, Triplett
can give them a nose tackle presence with this pick. He's a boom-bust player,
but Al Davis never shies away from them and he can start out behind Jon Parella
and develop in 2002.
|Dorsett Davis, DT, Mississippi State
The Seahawks know that John Randle is probably playing his last season
with the team and will need to have a replacement ready, whether it's Davis
or someone they already have on the roster. He has better size than Randle,
but can learn from his this year.
|Jerramy Stevens, TE, Washington
A second straight Husky for the Raiders, there was no need to take Stevens
at 21 since the Seahawks already had a TE in the first round. Roland Williams
was serviceable, but, ever since Rickey Dudley tanked, an important facet of
the Oakland offense has been missing.
|Jon McGraw, S, Kansas State The
rebuilding continues for the Ravens, who need a replacement for Rod Woodson
to keep the defense from taking a big step backward this season. With plenty
of needs on both sides of the ball, McGraw is likely the highest rated player
for his position available with this premium pick to fill the problems of the
|25.||New York Jets||10-6||131-125||.512|
|Tank Williams, S, Stanford The
Jets continue to try to replenish a secondary that was ravaged in free agency
and the expansion draft. Williams is a boom or bust player who will likely
have an advantage playing for a former d-back in Herm Edwards, and these surroundings
could be perfect for a guy who has slipped on many draft boards for being talented
|LeCharles Bentley, C, Ohio State
While most of us who saw Hank Fraley thought he did a pretty good job as
a backup-turned-starter in Philly last year, the Eagles have done nothing but
complain they need to upgrade at the position. How better to do that than draft
the top-rated center in the Class of 2002. Bentley is a tremendous center who
can give the Eagles a solid starter for years to come.
|27.||Philadelphia (from Miami)||11-5||124-132||.484|
|Marquis Walker, WR, Michigan The
Eagles make a second consecutive pick thanks to the Dolphins and, while some
think they will chase after a RB or a run-stopping nose tackle here, the top
level talent of both of those areas cleared out at this level and Walker becomes
a natural selection. He reminds many observers of another former Big 10 WR
who made an immediate splash with the Eagles — Cris Carter of Ohio State —
for his physical skills, not his off-field antics.
|Michael Lewis, S, Colorado LeRoy
Butler is nearing the end of the line and, with one of the league's best cornerback
units already in place, keeping the entire secondary solid is a must. Lewis
can be an excellent heir apparent for Butler and a situational player right
|Keyuo Craver, CB, Nebraska Some
people see Craver as a potential first-round pick, but, with team needs sending
others in different directions, his slide is a blessing for the 49ers, who
are drafting more for depth than glaring need.
|Raonall Smith, LB, Washington State
Does Bill Cowher ever miss when drafting a linebacker in the second round?
Not very often. He finds guys who will fit his system and takes them and is
almost always correct in his assessment. Those knowledgeable around the Steelers
situation think Bill Cowher might lean toward Kansas State's Ben Leber, but
Smith grades out higher in most categories, which would make that decision
a little tougher to swallow.
|Matt Schobel, TE, Texas Christian
The tight end position was a vacuous hole in the Bears offense and, with
active receivers like Marty Booker and David Terrell and a power running game
fueled by the A-Train, getting production out of the TE spot could give the
Bears a much more complete offense than the more one-dimensional game they
were forced to play last year.
|LeVar Fisher, LB, North Carolina State
With depth depleted at the LB ranks somewhat in free agency, Mike
Martz doesn't want to see a dropoff in the production that the rookies provided
the Rams D last year. Because so many starting jobs appear set, he could go
in several directions, but Fisher could be a nice addition to a LB corps that
is going through an overhaul on the fly.
| Tim Carter, WR, Auburn Many
thought the Pats would take a wideout in the first round, but Carter can be
a nice complement to Troy Brown and David Patten and, if he has a nice training
camp, could push for playing time immediately.
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