NFL 2010 Draft Rounds 2 & 3 Overview

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The second and third round of the 2010 draft threw up very few surprises apart from the unexpected slide of the Quarter backs with  Jimmy Clausen finally going at 48 and Colt McCoy sliding all the way down to 85!  Carolina and Cleveland got pretty good value from these picks I think.

Overall the best value in the second round has to be Jimmy Clausen to the Carolina Panthers. It would have been no surprise if Clausen had been a top 10 pick and with Jake Delhomme now departed he could end up as starter.

The Cleveland Browns who ironically have Jake Delhomme as probable starting QB undoubtedly got the best of round 3 and will also be delighted with Colt McCoy at pick 85.  Even if he doesnt turn out to be a franchise QB  there was little lost this far down the draft and  they will also have saved themselves quite a bit in sign up bonuses too.

The St Louis Rams decided to keep their 33rd pick despite no doubt being inundated with offers and chose quite wisely taking OT Roger Saffold who will help give Sam Bradford a bit of protection in his rookie season. Other good picks were The Buccs getting Brian Price at 35 – he could eaily have gone in the first round and will stiffen their defense, and the NY Giants getting Lindval Joseph without trading up will please their fans no doubt.

The Vikings who traded their 1st round pick to Detroit will be pleased with Chris Cook, although I thought that Brian Price would have been a slightly better choice.

Other impressive 2nd round picks included San Fransisco getting Taylor Mays at 49 and The Ravens grabbing Sergio Kindle at 43. The Ravens have also stiffened their already formidable defense nicely by taking Terrence Cody who will be the ideal short yardage stopper, although I will be surprised if they could play him for 3 downs.  New England used their 3 2nd round picks well and once again showed their shrewdness where draft trades are concerned.

A few teams did make some strange decisions and I am not sure Philadelphia really got any value from the Donovan McNabb trade  after they took Safety Nate Allen. He is a good prospect but I am not sure he is a new Brian Dawkins. I have been somewhat less than impressed with Philly’s draft picks this year and they could be the wooden spoon team in the tough NFC East this year. I am also not to sure about Green Bay taking Michael Neal in the second round – a solid enough player but not a priority in my opinion, however given they got the steal of the draft in Brian Bulaga in round 1 and trading up to get Safety Morgan Burnett means they have done pretty well in the 1st three rounds.

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