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. 21 to No. 32)
No. 21 Cincinnati
- Who it should pick: Jermaine Gresham (TE, Oklahoma) This guy was uncoverable as a freshman, continued to blossom as a sophomore and would’ve been a top-5 pick had he not injured his knee last season. He possesses the height, strength and speed to be a mismatch for linebackers and safeties. What sets him aside from other TEs in recent history, outside of Brandon Pettigrew last year, is his devastating blocking ability. With his medical evals all clear and a solid pro day workout, Gresham’s injury concern should become a distant memory.
- Probable pick: Jermaine Gresham (TE, Oklahoma)
- Possible decision: Taylor Mays (S, USC)
No. 22 New England
- Who it should pick: Sergio Kindle (DE-LB, Texas) If Kindle drops this far, it would be a blessing for New England. His ability to play both positions well could cause nightmares in Bill Belichick’s schemes. Kindle could be what Adalius Thomas was supposed to be.
- Probable pick: Jared Odrick (DT, Penn State) Steady player with the right attitude to play for New England. I can see the Pats going with value over potential here, picking the more sure player.
- Possible decision: With the benefit of having 12 picks, the Pats have the luxury of putting together an unmatched package (outside of Philly) to move up and get one of their two favorite prospects, Dez Bryant or Brandon Graham. If history tells us anything, New England is more likely to actually move out of the first round, picking up additional picks for this and next year.
No. 23 Green Bay
- Who it should pick: Demaryius Thomas (WR, Georgia Tech) Many will say the Pack’s offensive line need is much more pressing, but I’d say a physical talent like this drops in your lap take ’em. Isn’t that what Green Bay did in ’05? Thomas could be the Sterling Sharpe of this decade.
- Probable pick: Maurkice Pouncey (C, Florida) Clearly the best center available, also with plenty of experience possessing 40 starts against SEC defensive lines. Scouts say he is also the most pro-ready offensive lineman next to Okung and Williams, which is music to Green Bay’s hears.
- Possible decision: Jahvid Best (RB, California)
No. 24 Philadelphia
- Who it should pick: Kareem Jackson (CB, Alabama) Just as stated with Houston, this pro-ready corner will fit in quickly into Philly’s aggressive system. Jackson’s pressing style will only help the Eagles’ pash rush.
- Probable pick: Kyle Wilson (CB, Boise State)
- Possible decision: It looks like Philly is hell bent on trading up, so don’t be surprised if the Eagles use some of their 11-pick firepower to get in position to draft Eric Berry or Earl Thomas.
No. 25 Baltimore
- Who it should pick: Jerry Hughes (LB, TCU) Strictly a value pick here, because the Ravens need to get younger in the defensive secondary but having Hughes there would be a great fit to work alongside Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs. A running back in high school and two-sport starter at TCU (baseball), Hughes has the athleticism and instincts to excel in Baltimore’s defense. He would make the same transition as Suggs from DE in college to OLB in the pros.
- Probable pick: Kareem Jackson (CB, Alabama)
- Possible decision: Demaryius Thomas (WR, Georgia Tech) or Rob Gronkowski (TE, Arizona)
No. 26 Arizona
- Who it should pick: Jerry Hughes (LB, TCU) Already a much better option than Joey Porter.
- Probable pick: Jerry Hughes (LB, TCU)
- Possible decision: Rob Gronkowski (TE, Arizona) or Aaron Hernandez (TE, Florida) both in the mold of Dallas Clark could provide Arizona a wonderful mix of offensive weapons. If only Kurt Warner were still around to take advantage of it?
No. 27 Dallas
- Who it should pick: Taylor Mays (S, USC) Among the elite safeties in the draft, this guy is the one I’ve seen play the most. Actually he is my favorite of three, but I’ll concede to the scouts who say he is No. 3. Mays is a bruising hitter, who is always around the ball. The guys simply makes plays. His weakness, they say, is pass coverage. Sounds a lot like Roy Williams?
- Probable pick: Taylor Mays (S, USC)
- Possible decision: Cowboys also have a dire need for OT and may snag one here if one of them drops (Davis, Rutgers, or reach for Charles Brown, USC). This is also a prime spot to trade out, which Jerry Jones did in ’07 with Cleveland.
No. 28 San Diego
- Who it should pick: Brian Price (DT, UCLA) If he played in the Big Ten or SEC, this guy would be a top 15 pick, maybe a top 10. A little shorter and a tad slower than the top 2 DTs but has unbelievable strength. Price is perfectly suited to swallow up double teams, so the edge rushers can work one-on-one and linebackers can pursue the running back untouched.
- Probable pick: Brian Price (DT, UCLA)
- Possible decision: Jonathan Dwyer (RB, Georgia Tech) could help erase the mistake the Bolts made by letting Michael Turner go to Atlanta.
No. 29 NY Jets
- Who it should pick: Everson Griffen (DE, USC) was among the most heralded recuits in USC history, which goes to show how subjective recruiting services and grades are. Griffen’s inconsistency has dropped him from the hype landscape, but Rex Ryan has the mentality to shape him into a solid player.
- Probable pick: Everson Griffen (DE, USC) Time to right the wrong with Vernon Gholston, never know, both may prosper with each other as book ends.
- Possible decision: Nate Allen (FS, South Florida)
No. 30 Minnesota
- Who it should pick: Nate Allen (FS, South Florida) A sure tackler with a nack for being around easy pickoffs, Allen should fit nicely in Minnesota’s aggressive defensive system. He could be used nicely as a blitzing safety, as well.
- Probable pick: Nate Allen (FS, South Florida)
- Possible decision: Devin McCourty (CB, Rutgers)
No. 31 Indianapolis
- Who it should pick: Sergio Kindle (OLB, Texas) His talent at this position of the draft would be too tough to pass over, plus he fits a big need for the Super Bowl runners-up.
- Probable pick: Sergio Kindle (OLB, Texas) Serious character issues, multiple off the field altercations and a DUI arrest, could influence Kindle’s drop in the first round. Indy could be the calming, veteran-laden situation to best suit Kindle, plus he could be an awesome second-level Dwight Freeney.
- Possible decision: Tim Tebow (QB, Florida) Crazy, yeah? Tom Moore is just the guy to turn Tebow into a viable backup QB and an interesting red zone option. Where else, outside of New England, could Tebow go without a hint of pressure on him?
No. 32 New Orleans
- Who it should pick: Devin McCourty (CB, Rutgers) Noted as a solid run-stopper, is just what New Orleans needs. McCourty is the last of the first-round caliber CBs, so this is literally the perfect spot.
- Probable pick: Carlos Dunlap (DE, Florida) Reports say the most glaring need for the Saints is defensive end, so to get a top 5 talent at No. 32 is very hard to turn down. Dunlap has Javon Kearse-like athleticism but characters issues, including a DUI arrest days before the SEC Championship Game, have killed his stock. I’m on the other side, looking past Dunlap because Florida defensive linemen hardly ever pan out.
- Possible decision: Demaryius Thomas (WR, Georgia Tech) should still be sitting here. Many say he is first round talent, even better than Bryant. Why not add another offensive weapon for Drew Brees? This could also warrant some trade interest from other teams longing for Thomas.
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