Writer Jay-Mo takes an in-depth look at the possibilities, probabilities, safe picks and reaches that could happen in the second 10 picks of this weekend’s NFL Draft.
NFL Draft (No. 11 to No. 20)
No. 11 Denver
- Who it should pick: Joe Haden (CB, Florida) Many are knocking him for a slow 40-yard dash time (4.57) at the combine, but all I know is he sure played fast on the field. Having started for Florida from day one as freshman, Haden has 40 games in the SEC under his belt in three seasons. That type of experience on the main stage is unmatched by any CB in this draft, probably in the last several years for that matter.
- Probable pick: Dez Bryant (WR, Oklahoma State) I just don’t see Bryant making it past this spot. Although I don’t see why Denver would want to bring in another “problem child,” he makes the most sense at this spot and for what they need. Bryant will certainly come much cheaper than it would’ve been to sign Brandon Marshall, plus the Broncos got an extra second round pick out of it.
- Possible decision: Sergio Kindle (DE-LB, Texas), or could find a trading partner with Philly to get ahead of Miami to snag Earl Thomas.
No. 12 Miami
- Who it should pick: Earl Thomas (FS, Texas) Fins solve two glaring problems with this pick, filling the final open starting position on the team, a place where Gibril Wilson consistently got burnt in pass coverage. Thomas is considered the best cover safety in the draft.
- Probable pick: Earl Thomas (FS, Texas)
- Possible decision: Sergio Kindle (DE-LB, Texas) or trade down with hopes of picking up a second round pick lost in the Brandon Marshall trade. Philadelphia and New England have been the two teams mentioned for this spot. Eagles want a safety, while the Pats are warming up to Dez Bryant.
No. 13 San Francisco
- Who it should pick: Joe Haden (CB, Florida) Cheating a bit here, because I say Denver should take him. I highly doubt they will, so it’s San Francisco’s turn to listen to me.
- Probable pick: Joe Haden (CB, Florida) For the second straight year, a top 5 talent falls in their lap. Haden started at Florida from his first day on campus. A solid three-year tour of duty in the SEC earns my respect, also Mike Singletary’s.
- Possible decision: C.J. Spiller (RB, Clemson) or trade with a suitor who wants him and drastically wants to get ahead of Seattle. The Niners may buckle and snag Spiller for themselves to create a nice inside-outside attack with Frank Gore.
No. 14 Seattle
- Who it should pick: C.J. Spiller (RB, Clemson) The Hawks are probably eyeing Spiller at No. 6 hoping he falls. It would be near impossible for Pete Carroll to pass this game-changing player. Spiller has elite speed, great hands and tremendous kick return ability. Only knock, Spiller has dealt with a series of nagging minor injuries his whole college career.
- Probable pick: C.J. Spiller (RB, Clemson)
- Possible decision: Derrick Morgan (DE, Georgia Tech) Scouts love his steady, solid college resume. I wonder, because I don’t ever remember him making an impact in any of the ACC games I watched over the past two years.
No. 15 NY Giants
- Who it should pick: Rolando McClain (LB, Alabama) Excelled in Nick Saban’s complex defensive system, so McClain should transition well into the NFL. He is a solid tackler with decent pursuit. Speed and lateral quickness has been the criticism, but Zack Thomas had the same attributes and put together a nice little career.
- Probable pick: Rolando McClain (LB, Alabama)
- Possible decision: Demaryius Thomas (WR, Georgia Tech) gives them a chance to recoup what they lost with Plaxico Burress.
No. 16 Tennessee
- Who it should pick: Brandon Graham (DE-LB, Michigan) Titans have needs at DE and OLB, so Graham could conceivably fill both. His stock has continued to rise from all of the workouts and pre-draft interviews. A lot of teams like this high-motor player, including Tennessee.
- Probable pick: Brandon Graham (DE-LB, Michigan)
- Possible decision: Kyle Wilson (CB, Boise State)
No. 17 San Francisco
- Who it should pick: Mike Iupati (OG, Idaho) Large, steady guard from a small school. Aren’t these ingredients of a multi-year Pro Bowl player? Plus, the drop off to the second best OG prospect, Jon Asamoah (Illinois) is pretty big. The Niners should take advantage of their position here.
- Probable pick: Anthony Davis (OT, Rutgers) Bust potential No. 2, but it won’t scare off the Niners who need to take a chance on the last available OT in the top tier to address a glaring need.
- Possible decision: Jahvid Best (RB, California) could be an option once Spiller goes off the board. Same speed, a tad smaller but just as productive on the ground. Best’s overall skill sets don’t match Spiller’s, but he could still have a tremendous impact on an offense. He is an inch shorter and 10 pounds lighter than Chris Johnson with the same speed, and played against tougher defenses.
No. 18 Pittsburgh
- Who it should pick: Kyle Wilson (CB, Boise State) A natural playmaker who played well all four years in college. His knowledge of the game and natural instincts — every big Boise win featured a key play by Wilson — fits perfectly for what the Steelers do on defense and ask of their defensive backs. Plus, the Steelers were not the same team once Troy Polamalu went down.
- Probable pick: Mike Iupati (OG, Idaho)
- Possible decision: Maurkice Pouncey (C, Florida)
No. 19 Atlanta
- Who it should pick: Sean Weatherspoon (LB, Missouri) A three-sport star in high school, Weatherspoon carried his athletic ability to college leading the Tigers in tackles in each of the last three years. Scouts rave about his instincts in recognizing plays before they develop, which will help him play even faster on Atlanta’s turf.
- Probable pick: Sean Weatherspoon (LB, Missouri)
- Possible decision: Maurkice Pouncey (C, Florida)
No. 20 Houston
- Who it should pick: Kareem Jackson (CB, Alabama) Another Sabanite, playing in a difficult system to learn will help him develop to the pro game quickly, which is what Houston needs playing against the Colts twice a year and with Dunta Robinson leaving for Atlanta.
- Probable pick: Ryan Mathews (RB, Fresno State) There’s something about his guy that doesn’t jive for me. Matthews, who has good size and ran an amazing time at the combine, was very productive in two of his three years at Fresno, got hurt (knee) in his sophomore year. I guess his absence in the passing game turns me off, other than that, I’d rather pick up a similar back later in the draft at a cheaper price.
- Possible decision: Jared Odrick (DT, Penn State)
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