2010 NFL Draft Round 2 Draft Picks:
33. St. Louis Rams – Roger Saffold, OT Indiana
34. Minnesota Vikings – Chris Cook, CB Virginia
35. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Brian Price, DT UCLA
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36. Kansas City Chiefs – Dexter McCluster RB, Mississippi
37. Philadelphia Eagles – Nate Allen, S South Florida
38. Cleveland Browns – T.J. Ward, S Oregon
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Arrelious Benn, WR Illinois
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40. Miami Dolphins – Koa Misi, LB Utah
41. Buffalo Bills – Torrell Troup, DT Central Florida
42. New England Patriots – Rob Gronkowski, TE Arizona
43. Baltimore Ravens – Sergio Kindle, LB Texas
44. Oakland Raiders – Lamarr Houston, DT Texas
45. Denver Broncos – Zane Beadles, OT Utah
46. New York Giants – Linval Joseph, DT East Carolina
47. Arizona Cardinals – Daryl Washington, LB Texas Christian
48. Carolina Panthers – Jimmy Clausen, QB Notre Dame
49. San Francisco 49ers – Taylor Mays, S USC.
50. Kansas City Chiefs – Javier Arenas, CB Alabama
51. Minnesota Vikings – Toby Gerhart, RB Stanford
52. Pittsburgh Steelers – Jason Worilds, LB Virginia Tech
53. New England Patriots – Jermaine Cunningham, DE Florida
54. Cincinnati Bengals – Carlos Dunlap, DE Florida
55. Dallas Cowboys – Sean Lee, Penn State
56. Green Bay Packers – Mike Neal, DT Purdue
57. Baltimore Ravens – Terrence Cody, DT Alabama
58. Houston Texans – Ben Tate, RB Auburn
59. Cleveland Browns – Montario Hardesty, RB Tennessee
60. Seattle Seahawks – Golden Tate, WR Notre Dame
61. New York Jets, – Vladimir Ducasse, OG Massachusetts
62. New England Patriots – Brandon Spikes, LB Florida
63. Indianapolis Colts – Pat Angerer, LB Iowa
64. New Orleans Saints – Charles Brown, OT USC
Jimmy Clausen – It may not seem like it now, but Clausen got very lucky. A talented quarterback who proved in his first year at Notre Dame that he isn’t immune to buckling under expectations, he goes into one of the best possible situations for a player in his position. Matt Moore is a career backup who will get all of the blame and criticism for the Panthers’ problems while Clausen gets a chance to learn. When Clausen does finally get a chance to step on the field, he’ll find himself on a team that can only improve, and is ready for a fresh young leader.
St. Louis Rams – The Rams could have gone one of two ways with this pick. They could have either provided their number one overall pick -- Sam Bradford -- with a target, or with some protection. They went with the latter. A quarterback cannot be successful in this league without someone blocking up front. Saffold was a solid all-Big 10 player who should provide energy and efficiency to the Rams’ line.
Minnesota Vikings – By drafting Chris Cook the Vikings addressed one of their biggest needs: the secondary. Cook is a pick based on potential rather than college accomplishments, but he brings an NFL body, and you can’t teach that in the pros. With their second pick of the round the Vikings nabbed Toby Gerhart. Gerhart was a monster in his final year at Stanford, and will provide the perfect bruising, non-fumbling compliment to Adrian Peterson.
Oakland Raiders – Something fishy is going on. The Raiders have made their second smart pick in two days. Prior to this, they hadn’t had one smart pick in two years. Lamarr Houston addresses the Raiders’ desire to improve their front seven and makes for the second Longhorn that they have drafted in this year’s draft.
Tampa Bay Bucs – After already addressing the defensive tackle position, the Bucks drafted yet another DT in Brian Price. While very talented, and arguably a top-five DT in this year’s draft, a team with this many holes should have been looking to bolster other positions. When they did finally get around to drafting a skill player, they went with Arrelious Benn out of Illinois. Benn put up impressive bloated numbers on a sorry Illinois squad, so you have to wonder what kind of impact he will have on the professional level.
San Francisco 49ers – The Niners must not have gotten the memo about Taylor Mays. There was a reason that a guy who was projected to go top-ten last year dipped so low this year. He isn’t a consistent tackler, and he has a knack for not being able to cover the ground game. His old coach in Pete Carroll didn’t even want to take a chance on him. Not a smart move.