Friday, April 23, 2010
A new animal: Second-round mocks
By Paul Kuharsky
A three-day draft has created a new niche: second-round mock drafts.
The Titans and Jaguars traded away their secondrounders last season, so we’ve got the Texans at No. 51 and the Colts at 63.
I’ve looked through second-round mocks from Mel Kiper, Don Banks, Pete Prisco and Chris Steuber for their thoughts on our two teams.
Kiper: Mike Neal, DT, Purdue
Banks: Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford
Prisco: Chad Jones, S, LSU
Steuber: Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech
Kuharsky says: If Gerhart is there, I like it. He’s not a home run threat, but he could be good in combination with a healthy, non-fumbling Steve Slaton. Otherwise, don’t force the back. Consider a penetrating defensive tackles or a rangy safety with ball skills and look to grab a back like Montario Hardesty, Dwyer, Ben Tate or Anthony Dixon at No. 81 in the third round.
Kiper: Cam Thomas, DT, North Carolina
Banks: Lamarr Houston, DT, Texas
Prisco: Jon Asamoah, G, Illinois
Steuber: Vladimir Ducasse, G, UMass
Kuharsky says: I don’t think they are as defensive tackle-happy as some others, not that they wouldn’t take a value there. But having picked defensive end Jerry Hughes in the first round, a more rugged lineman would be the call if they find him of value. The Colts could also go with a defensive back before waiting for No. 94 in the third round.