A look at round 2 picks in the 2009 NFL Draft.
1 (33) Detroit — S Louis Delmas, Western Michigan
Delmas brings a physical presence to the back end in a similar mold as Michael Griffin did for Jim Schwartz when he was coordinating the Titans' defense. He is a striker who could always have a difficult time staying healthy because of how aggressively he plays the game, but he will bring leadership to the field and gives the Lions a new playcaller on defense to complement their first pick. GM Martin Mayhew appears to have the Lions on the right track.
2 (34) New England (from Kansas City) — SS Patrick Chung, Oregon
With the first safety off the board, the run on safeties begins with the hard-hitting, four-year starter from Oregon being dubbed to replace the aging, injury-prone Rodney Harrison.
3 (35) St. Louis — MLB James Laurinaitis, Ohio State
Laurinaitis may not be as fast or physical as teams like, but he is a very solid, instinctive football player who plays on his feet and continually sniffs out the ball. In the Steve Spagnuolo's defense, Laurinaitis should be able to play any of the three LB positions and could wind up beginning his career lining up over the tight end.
4 (36) Cleveland — WR Brian Robiskie, Ohio State
The Browns continue to manipulate the draft in their favor, potentially finding their second offensive starter after adding Alex Mack with their first pick, after acquiring two potential starters on defense from New York in the Sanchez trade. Robiskie is a savvy route runner with secure hands. The son of Falcons WR coach Terry Robiskie, he is NFL-ready and gives the Browns the ability to contribute readily at a position of need, with Donte Stallworth facing criminal charges.
5 (37) Denver Broncos (from Seattle) — CB Alphonso Smith, Wake Forest
After two solid first-round picks, the Broncos showed their youth by trading away a one of their two first-round picks next year in exchange for Alphonso Smith. Given what the Broncos sacrificed, the expectation will have to be for Smith to start opposite Champ Bailey, with Andre Goodman handling the nickel role. Smith has great ball skills, instincts and confidence — his biggest shortcoming is his size.
6 (38) Cincinnati — LB Rey Maualuga, USC
With former Trojan teammate Keith Rivers already in Cincinnati, Maualuga will have a level of comfort to transition more easily to the Bengals' defense. Maualuga is a fierce hitter and plays big, but he spends too much time on the ground, lacks great range in coverage and could be limited to a two-down role in the pros, limiting his value. Questions about his overall character and maturity level also contributed to him sliding as far as he did.
7 (39) Jacksonville — OT Eben Britton, Arizona
New GM Gene Smith clearly made a commitment to improving in the trenches, where the Jaguars really struggled staying healthy last season, and is rebuilding the roster inside out. Eugene Monroe figures to start at left tackle, with the short-armed Britton lining up next to him at guard, improving the athletic ability on the left side of the line.
8 (40) New England (from Oakland) — DT Ron Brace, Boston College
With Vince Wilfork's contract coming up, Bill Belichick needs to begin developing talent inside. Brace possesses the natural girth desired to hold the point and allow Wilfork to stay better rested working in a rotation.
9 (41) New England (from Green Bay) — CB Darius Butler, Connecticut
Butler has natural cover skills and athletic ability that cannot be taught and has shown very good ball skills when he has played on the offensive side of the ball, which he might get a chance to do in New England. He has a narrow frame susceptible to injury, does not play overly physical and needs to improve as a tackler and show he can stay healthy — all of which likely contributed to his slide. Landing Butler at this spot was a solid value for the Patriots.
10 (42) Buffalo — CB Jairus Byrd, Oregon
If Byrd would have ran faster on stopwatches, he could have been a first-round pick. He is very instinctive, has terrific hands and ball skills and could bring additional value as a returner. He plays smart, is usually in the right position at the right time and compensates for his lack of timed speed with great instincts. He could give the Bills their third starter in this draft.
11 (43) Carolina (from San Francisco) — DE Everette Brown, Florida State
With Julius Peppers' making unreasonable demands and attempting to dictate his future, the Panthers wisely traded up to land a pass rusher who can be developed. Brown can win at the snap with very good initial quickness and edde-rush speed, but his limitations against the run forced him to slide to the second round. For the second consecutive year, the Panthers have dealt next year's first-round pick.
12 (44) Miami (from Washington) — QB Pat White, West Virginia
The Dolphins had a lot of success in the Wildcat formation last year, creating a fast-growing trend around the football world, and White should allow the Dolphins to maximize the movement they started with specialty packages designed just for him. His most value, however, is likely to come as a receiver in the slot a la Antwan Randle-El.
13 (45) New York Giants (from New Orleans) — OLB Clint Sintim, Virginia
Sintim has shown natural pass-rush ability from his rush linebacker position and could give the Giants some flexibility in pressure packages. He will challenge tough-minded veteran Danny Clark for the starting job and give the Giants LB corps a new look after signing WLB Michael Boley in free agency.
14 (46) Houston — DE Connor Barwin, Cincinnati
The Texans reached for an overhyped workout warrior who is at least a few years away from contributing in more than a situational type, pass-rush role. He needs to learn how to use his hands and develop more of a pass-rush repetoire.
15 (47) Oakland (from New England through San Diego) — S Michael Mitchell, Ohio
For the second consecutive pick, a workout warrior comes off the boards. If any Raiders fans thought Darrius Heyward-Bey was a reach, they did not know what Al Davis had in store for them in the second round. Most teams had Mitchell rated as a fifth-round talent based on measurables after he blew the doors off his pro day workout, clocking sub 4.5-times in the 40 at 6-0 5/8, 221 pounds.
The next time Davis cares what someone thinks of his draft-day decisions will be the last — he can evaluate talent better on paper than anyone in the NFL.
16 (48) Denver — CB Darcel McBath, Texas Tech
McBath lined up at free safety in college, but has cornerback-type movement skills. He is not the most physical and is better in coverage than run support, which is why it makes a lot of sense for the Broncos to have drafted him as a cornerback. With two consecutive cornerback selections, the Broncos continue to improve what will be a completely revamped secondary next season outside of Champ Bailey.
17 (49) Seattle (from Chicago) — OT Max Unger, Oregon
With the Seahawks choosing to pass on a premum pass protector in the first round, they still needed depth and found it by trading up with the Bears, where they were able to find a five-position player capable of contributing anywhere along the line. Unger's best pro position is at center, where he played his final two years at Oregon, given his short arms.
18 (50) Cleveland (from Tampa Bay) — WR Mohamad Massaquoi, Georgia
The Browns continue to produce starters through the draft, nabbing two of the most polished receivers in the draft in Brian Robiskie and Massaquoi. Neither may ever be better than a solid No. 2, but they should upgrade the passing game considerably for Brady Quinn and even let Eric Mangini more seriously consider dealing Braylon Edwards. At a position where it is difficult to find receivers who are not prima donnas, Robiskie and Massaquoi are both very professional and should adapt well to Eric Mangini's demanding program.
19 (51) Buffalo (from Dallas) — OG Andy Levitre, Oregon State
The Bills may have lost Jason Peters and Derrick Dockery, but they have now landed two solid replacements in Eric Wood and Andy Levitre, a college left tackle, who will both bolster the middle of the line. Levtire is very smart, understands angles and can be very efficient in a short area.
20 (52) Cleveland (from New York Jets) — DE David Veikune, Hawaii
Veikune plays hard and has a great motor, which should endear him to Eric Mangini, but he needs to learn how to use his hands better and play with more power in his punch. He projects as a rush linebacker in the Browns defense.
21 (53) Philadelphia — RB LeSean McCoy, Pittsburgh
The Eagles continue to make the offense a priority, with an eye likely on pleasing Donovan McNabb. McCoy lost some steam following the season after he got sick, dropped some weight before the Combine and did not work out as well as expected in the spring. Character and intelligence issues also affected his draft stock. He tends to bounce outside too much and does not have great vision, but he shows some creativity with the ball in his hands and can string a few moves together.
22 (54) Minnesota — OT Phil Loadholt, Oklahoma
With the short-armed, underpowered Ryan Cook struggling at right tackle, the Vikings needed to upgrade the right side of their line. Loadholt lacks foot quickness to handle elite speed, but he has incredibly long arms and could blend well into a protection scheme where he is often given some chip help on the edges.
23 (55) Atlanta — S William Moore, Missouri
With Lawyer Milloy moving on, the Falcons needed to find another physical run-support defender and took a shot on Moore, who has the physical skills to contribute readily, but may take some time to adjust mentally to the pro game. He struggled battling through injuries as a senior, but when he was healthy as a junior, he made more plays.
24 (56) Indianapolis (from Miami) — DT Fili Moala, USC
Moala fits the Colts' scheme well and fills a pressing need. Evaluators wish Moala would play harder every down with more consistent leverage and Moala has a more of an underachiever label than typical Bill Polian high-level picks, but in a weak draft, there were not many other options. Moala should be a factor as a rookie and could unseat Eric Foster for a starting job.
25 (57) Baltimore — DE Paul Kruger, Utah
Kruger has an excellent motor and records a lot of production on effort. Some teams had concerns about his medical history, only having one kidney, but it has not been an issue for him throughout his career. Kruger could be groomed to replace Trevor Pryce, a very underrated player in the Ravens' front and make a living playing the run.
26 (58) New England — OT Sebastian Vollmer, Houston
Vollmer looks the part with a big frame and growth potential, but he does not bend naturally, plays very stiff and was off some draft boards because of serious back concerns. He's an ideal backup right tackle who will be expected to contribute fairly readily after being drafted in the second round.
27 (59) Carolina — FS Sherrod Martin, Troy
The Panthers hit on Charles Godfrey in the third round last year, moving the cornerback to free safety. In Sherrod Martin, they could have a better cornerback than a free safety and add versatility to the secondary that departed with Ken Lucas.
28 (60) New York Giants — OT William Beatty, Connecticut
Beatty has great athletic ability and feet and the physical tools to play left tackle in the pros. However, he is still a project and questions remain about how much passion he has for the game of football, which could make it challenging to play for a demanding head coach like Tom Coughlin.
29 (61) Miami (from Indianapolis) — CB Sean Smith, Utah
Bill Parcells drafted Pat Watkins in Dallas and seems to favor long-limbed defensive backs. However, much like Watkins, Smith lacks the transitional quickness to be effective sticking with receivers and could struggle to ever become more than a backup.
30 (62) Tennessee — DT Sen'Derrick Marks, Auburn
After losing Albert Haynesworth, the Titans were left with a void inside and needed more athletic ability and quickness to create pressure from the inside. Marks has the quickness to penetrate and could develop into a solid pro once he spends more time in the weight room and gets stronger.
31 (63) Arizona — DE Cody Brown, Connecticut
After losing Antonio Smith in free agency to the Texans, the Cardinals could use another pass rusher, and they got one in Brown, who played in a 4-3 front at UConn, but could reap the most value for the Cardinals when they shift to "30" packages.
32 (64) Broncos (from Pittsburgh) — TE Richard Quinn, North Carolina
A very well-rounded talent who excelled most as an on-the-line blocker alongside a supremely talented receiving corps, Quinn will combine with Daniel Graham to help establish a more powerful run game.
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