Not a great night in sports for me last night in sports. MLB: I had Chicago....enough said there. NBA: My three team eight point teaser goes 2-1 and all three games were blowouts, only problem was the Warriors were one of the blow out victims (at HOME) ....Argg. I do go 2-1 in start up par play in NHL last night, still not a good night. Congrats to winners and back later with some plays for today.
St. Louis Rams: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
There's a good chance this pick will be traded. NFL general managers and coaches will have about 16-18 hours in between the end of the first round and the beginning of the second round, so that will give them time to make a deal. A solid first-round talent (like Jermaine Gresham) could be available here, making this selection a hot commodity.
Rams general manager Billy Devaney recently spoke about the need to add more playmakers to the team: "We need playmakers. That's what we have to get on our team right now, that's what we have to get - guys that can score touchdowns from way out, guys that can sack the quarterback, make a difference, impact a game."
The Rams have nothing but mediocre talent at tight end, so they could really use an upgrade at that position - especially if Gresham isn't picked in the first round.
Detroit Lions: Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
Even after trading for Chris Houston, the Lions really need to find help for a secondary that couldn't even contain Brady Quinn. Detroit played musical chairs with its cornerbacks last year, but nothing worked.
Detroit's coaching staff had a good look at Devin McCourty when coaching him at the Senior Bowl, so they're very familiar with him. He would be a great fit for the Lions.
Pick change; previously Sean Weatherspoon, OLB
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Everson Griffen, DE, USC
Tampa Bay's defensive line needs to be retooled. Assuming they draft Gerald McCoy, defensive end will then become their top need. Their ideal end is Jerry Hughes, but Everson Griffen would work too.
Kansas City Chiefs: Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
Todd Haley repeatedly mentioned all of the drops his team was guilty of last year during the Combine interviews. The Chiefs will target a wideout early even in the wake of the Chris Chambers re-signing. Golden Tate had a fantastic Combine; he ran a 4.36 and notched a 10-0 broad jump. He's a great run-after-the-catch receiver.
Philadelphia Eagles: Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State
The Eagles acquired this pick in the Donovan McNabb trade. If they don't draft a cornerback in Round 1, they'll have to find one in Round 2; with Sheldon Brown gone, Philadelphia needs help across from Asante Samuel (or "Asuckte Samuel," as my friend Drew calls him because of his horrific tackling deficiency).
Also, keep in mind that Samuel won't be around much longer. The matador-like corner is 29 and due an $8.4 million salary in 2012. It's likely that 2011 will be his final season in Philadelphia, though he could be gone after 2010.
Cleveland Browns: Colt McCoy, QB, Texas
Colt McCoy is a mini-Kyle Orton clone, but he may be the quarterback that Mike Holmgren wants. McCoy is accurate in the short and intermediate passing game, and Holmgren may see some Joe Montana in him. That's crazy, but then again so is giving Jake Delhomme $7 million.
Oakland Raiders: Linval Joseph, NT, East Carolina
On March 25, Linval Joseph became a great player. He didn't win any games. He didn't suddenly improve and become a first-round prospect. He didn't debaclize anyone. What he did do was run a 4.93 40 at his Pro Day.
Joseph has the speed, size (6-4, 319) and other measurables (39 bench press reps, 31.5-inch vertical) that Al Davis covets. The Raiders could reach for Joseph in Round 2.
By the way, make sure you check out my recent 2010 NFL Draft Mailbag entry for some hate mail from an anonymous Raider fan who doesn't like my selections for his team.
San Diego Chargers: Ben Tate, RB, Auburn
Not Jahvid Best? Well, aside from the concussion troubles, Best is a lot like Darren Sproles; he's not an every-down runner the Chargers are looking for. Ben Tate is. I think Tate is the do-it-all type of back San Diego will be searching for this weekend.
Buffalo Bills: Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
Chan Gailey's pick; not mine. Tim Tebow would be a good fit for Gailey's offense. Whether the Bills should be using Gailey's offense is another story.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois
Antonio Bryant signed with the Bengals, so the Buccaneers will be looking for a No. 1 receiver for Josh Freeman. Arrelious Benn is an incredible physical specimen, but I call him "Braylon Edwards 2.0" because he drops a lot of easy passes. Still, he offers great value in the middle of Round 2.
Denver Broncos: Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech
Josh McDaniels likes going the "best player available" route while filling a need. In this case, Demaryius Thomas is the best physical talent available. He can't run routes or catch a football, so he's not a very good player. However, McDaniels may think that he can make Thomas into the next great NFL receiver. With Brandon Marshall gone, Denver needs a wideout.
New England Patriots: Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona
There have been rumors that the Patriots will trade one of their second-round picks for Greg Olsen. If they don't do this, they may use one of their second-rounders on Rob Gronkowski. New England needs help at tight end, especially considering that Wes Welker may not be ready to play by Thanksgiving.
Denver Broncos: Jon Asamoah, G, Illinois
Josh McDaniels fills another dire need here, thanks to the Brandon Marshall trade. The Broncos have absolutely nothing at left guard.
New York Giants: Brian Price, DT, UCLA
Fred Robbins is a free agent; Rocky Bernard was a bust signing; and Chris Canty barely played in 2009. Defensive tackle has to be upgraded. Brian Price falls out of circumstance, but he's the best player available at this juncture.
New England Patriots: Koa Misi, DE/OLB, Utah
Chad Henne effortlessly torched New England's secondary in early December. Henne, like Drew Brees the week before, had no pressure in his face. The Patriots had absolutely no pass rush in 2009.
Carolina Panthers: Mardy Gilyard, WR/KR, Cincinnati
Steve Smith recently stated that he would love to have another fast receiver to complement him on offense. Ask, and you shall receive. Mardy Gilyard, as seen in the Senior Bowl, is a deep-play threat, and he would satisfy two huge areas of need for the Panthers: No. 2 wideout and return specialist.
San Francisco 49ers: Jahvid Best, RB, California
The 49ers lost two key games at the end of the year (at Seahawks, at Eagles) because their stagnant offense couldn't score any points. They need a game-breaking player like Jahvid Best to complement Frank Gore.
Best drops in this update because of his durability issues and apparent concerns about his previous concussions. This won't be a big deal for the 49ers though because unlike, say the Lions, they wouldn't rely on Best to carry the load. San Francisco can afford to take a chance here and wait until Best fully recovers.
Kansas City Chiefs: Cam Thomas, NT, North Carolina
Scott Pioli obtained his "Richard Seymour" in the 2009 NFL Draft when he took Tyson Jackson. Pioli will find his "Vince Wilfork" here.
Houston Texans: Chris Cook, CB, Virginia
Dunta Robinson is officially an ex-Texan. Houston will need to find a cornerback relatively early in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Damian Williams, WR, USC
The Steelers need a corner, but this draft is really deep at that position. In the wake of the Santonio Holmes deal - go here to see my analysis of the Santonio Holmes trade - wide receiver has also opened up as a big need, and you could argue that Damian Williams, an elite route-runner, is the best player available at this point.
New England Patriots: Tyson Alualu, DE/DT, California
Trading Richard Seymour for Oakland's 2011 first-round pick was a good move - New England will likely have a top-10 pick next April - but the team now has a hole up front, as we all saw when Baltimore gashed this defense in that playoff blowout.
Cincinnati Bengals: Geno Atkins, DT, Georgia
The Bengals just re-signed Tank Johnson, but the contract is basically a year-to-year type of deal so Cincinnati can monitor his performance. Tank Johnson wasn't terrible last year, but he can certainly be upgraded. Depth at defensive tackle is needed anyway.
Geno Atkins has been tearing up this NFL Draft preseason. After a strong Senior Bowl where he abused Mike Iupati, Atkins ran a 4.75 at 6-1, 293.
Philadelphia Eagles: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
Carlos Dunlap takes plays off and likes to fall asleep at intersections late at night, but he presents a ton of value this late in Round 2. The Eagles acquired Darryl Tapp this offseason, and while Tapp was a decent signing because he's great against the run, he simply cannot get to the quarterback. Dunlap can - when he actually tries to.
Green Bay Packers: Dexter McCluster, RB/WR/KR, Ole Miss
Running back isn't a huge need for the Packers, but depth at the position will be added this offseason. Green Bay needs a capable complement for Ryan Grant, and Brandon Jackson doesn't look like he's the answer.
This goes along with Ted Thompson's Best Player Available formula. Dexter McCluster can do a lot of things for Green Bay on offense and special teams.
Baltimore Ravens: Brandon Ghee, CB, Wake Forest
Baltimore's habit of committing pass interference penalties reared its ugly head once again in a playoff loss to the Colts. Cornerback must be upgraded.
Arizona Cardinals: Jared Veldheer, OT, Hillsdale
If you weren't convinced that the Cardinals needed tackle help, you have to be now after watching the Saints put tons of pressure on Kurt Warner in the second round of the playoffs.
Mike Gandy, who just entered his 30s, surrendered 6.5 sacks in 2008, and gave up eight sacks and eight penalties this year before landing on IR. He's not on the team anymore. Backup Jeremy Bridges played relatively well in relief of Gandy at first, but was exposed as the year progressed.
Pick change; previously Sean Lee, ILB
Dallas Cowboys: Nate Allen, FS, South Florida
Despite getting burnt for a long touchdown against the Vikings, Gerald Sensabaugh played well this year. The Cowboys will now have to focus on finding an upgrade at free safety. Nate Allen is a steal here.
Seattle Seahawks: Chad Jones, S, LSU
The Seahawks cut Deon Grant, so now their sole strong safety is Jamar Adams. Think this position needs to be upgraded? Seattle must take a safety with one of its first three picks in the 2010 NFL Draft.
New York Jets: Reshad Jones, S, Georgia
The Jets traded away Kerry Rhodes, so they'll be looking for a new free safety to knock Eric Smith out of the lineup. Reshad Jones seems like a natural fit for Rex Ryan's defense.
Minnesota Vikings: Amari Spievey, CB, Iowa
As if literally fumbling away the NFC Championship wasn't enough, the Vikings lost Cedric Griffin to a torn ACL. Griffin probably won't be ready for the season opener, which means that the cornerback position becomes one of Minnesota's bigger priorities this offseason. I know the Vikings just signed Lito Sheppard, but that was just for a 1-year deal. He's not any good anyway; they're in trouble if he has to start.
Pick change; previously Vladimir Ducasse, G/OT
Indianapolis Colts: Jermaine Cunningham, DE, Florida
The Colts were really hurting at defensive end when Dwight Freeney had to leave the field during the Super Bowl. Depth is needed, and you can never have too many pass-rushers.
New Orleans Saints: Daryl Washington, OLB, TCU
Help is needed to stabilize a weak linebacking corps. Scott Fujita is gone, while Scott Shanle began the year well, but wore down against the run late in the season.
I've had Daryl Washington going as high as No. 34 before, so he's a huge steal at the bottom of Round 2.