Monday, April 30, 2012

NFL Draft Recap: Day 2 and 3

The Commissioner really enjoying those bear-hugs...

Recapping the Day 2 and 3 of the NFL Draft this past weekend. Now, after an entertaining Round 1 on last Thursday night in which their were multiple trades from teams either trading back or trading up, day 2 and 3 provides you with guys that were successful in college, but games might have a weakness or two for the transition into the NFL. Usually Round 2-7, you are drafting for need (of position) and trying to find the best value in that position. Some of these guys in the later rounds could range from becoming a steal to being on the teams practice squad. If you won't one of the 253 players drafted, you have the opportunity to become a "undrafted free agent" and sign with any of the 32 teams in the NFL, that's if they want you. So lets take a look at some notable draft picks from Rounds 2 thru 7 and some UFA players.

Kiper's 2012 Draft Grades

Notable Round 2 Draftee's:

Courtney Upshaw, DE, Baltimore Ravens 35th overall

  • Fits right in with the Raven's nasty defense and Ray Lewis isn't getting any younger. 
Stephen Hill, WR, NY Jets 43 overall
  • Feel to the Jets mid-2nd round, has 1st round talent, can he handle the "bright lights" of NYC.
Alshon Jeffery, WR, Chicago Bears 45th overall
  • Will team up with Brandon Marshall in the windy city, but will Jay Cutler have time to find him down field.
Mike Adams, OT, Pittsburgh Steelers 56th overall
  • Another guy with 1st round talent, underachiever at Ohio State, off the field issues.
Brock Osweiler, QB, Denver Broncos 57th overall
  • Dudes 6'8'', Broncos hope he's the replacement for Peyton Manning in 3-5 years.
LaMichael James, RB, SF 49ers 61st overall
  • Speedy back, loved him out at Oregon, but whats his role in an already crowded backfield.
Notable Round 3 Draftee's

DeVier Posey, WR, Houston Texans 68th overall
  • Lost all but 3 games from his Senior season (off field issues), interested to see his impact.
Bryan Anger, P, Jacksonville Jaguars 70th overall
  • Using a 3rd round pick on a PUNTER, dude better kick it inside the 15 yard line  every time.
Russel Wilson, QB, Seattle Seahawks 76th overall
  • Quarterback of the future or career clipboard holder/signal caller.
Mohamed Sanu, WR, Cincinnati Bengals 83rd overall
  • Got prank called on night one, could be another target for Bengals QB Andy Dalton.
Notable Round 4 Draftee's

Lamar Miller, RB, Miami Dolphins 97th overall
  • Played his college ball down in South Beach, will he translate into a quality NFL running back.
Travis Benjamin, WR, Cleveland Browns 100th overall
  • Speedy WR from the "U", can he finally be the deep threat receiver the Browns have been looking for.
Kirk Cousins, QB, Washington Redskins 102nd overall
  • In case RGIII doesn't work out, I knew the Redskins would find a way to screw things up.
Joe Adams, WR, Carolina Panthers 104th overall
  • Cam Newton gets another weapon to throw to and Adams will help take the pressure off Steve Smith, will be used in multiple ways as a receiver/returner.
Bobby Massie, OT, Arizona Cardinals 112th overall
  • Projected 1st rounder, what made him fall this far, if nothing, steal of the draft.
Nick Toon, WR, New Orleans Saints 122nd overall
  • Gives Saints QB Drew Brees another big target to throw to, but can he stay health.
Notable Round 5 Draftee's

Tank Carder, OLB, Buffalo Bills 147th overall
  • Great name for a LB, played well at TCU, can he have an immediate impact.
Notable Round 6 Draftee's

Daniel "Boom" Herron, RB, Cincinnati Bengals 191st overall
  • Shorten Senior season due to off-the-field issues, will he be able to contribute at all in the NFL.
Nate Ebner, S, New England Patriots 197th overall
  • Ebner is a career Special Team's player, and with the Pat's they will find away to use him.
Notable Round 7 Draftee's

B.J. Coleman, QB, Green Bay Packers 243rd overall
  • Will replace Matt Flynn as Aaron Rodgers back-up.
Brad Smelley, TE, Cleveland Browns 247th overall
  • Reunited with RB Trent Richardson, could become his lead blocker or career Special Teamer.
Chandler Harnish, QB, Indianpoilis Colts 253rd overall "Mr. Irrelevant"
  • The Colts start and finish the draft with a QB, and the talks of Luck/Harnish QB competition begin. 
Notable non-draftee's

Chris Polk, RB, Washington Huskies
  • Signed with the Philadelphia Eagles
Michael Brewster, C, Ohio State Buckeyes
  • Signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars
Eric Page, WR, Toledo Rockets
  • Signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 
Vontaze Burfict, ILB, Arizona State Sun Devils
  • Signed with the Cincinnati Bengals
Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State Broncos
  • Signed with the Detroit Lions
Jarrett Boykin, WR, Virginia Tech Hokies 
  • Signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars
James Brown, OT, Troy Trojans
  • Signed with the Chicago Bears