After the draft’s first day, a look at who’s left on the board


After an exciting first round of the draft, the New England Patriots sit atop the board to open day two. Pats coach Bill Belichick told reporters Thursday night that he’s already received trade offers for No. 33.

Let’s look at the players teams may be targeting in a trade up:

1. Pittsburgh defensive end Jabaal Sheard: We sent Sheard to the Saints at No. 24 in our final online mock. The 2010 Big East Defensive Player of the Year, Sheard may have fell out of round one due to an off-field issue that involved him (allegedly) throwing a man through the glass door of an art gallery. Sheard is still a potentially special pass rusher. He racked up 35.5 tackles for loss and 19.5 sacks at Pitt, and at 6-foot-3, 264 pounds, ran a 4.68 forty at February’s Combine with a 1.59 ten-yard split. Sheard projects as a defensive end in 4-3 defenses, or outside linebacker in a 3-4.

2. TCU quarterback Andy Dalton: As recently as Thursday morning, Dalton was being reported as a “guaranteed” top-20 overall pick. In 50 starts at TCU, Dalton went 42-8 and completed 61.66 percent of his passes with 71 touchdowns and just 30 interceptions. The two-time Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year, Dalton is considered accurate, smart, and, in some circles, pro-ready despite the dink-and-dunk spread offense he played in as a Horned Frog. On Mike and Mike this morning, ESPN’s Adam Schefter predicted Dalton won’t get past the Bengals at No. 35.

3. Clemson defensive end Da’Quan Bowers: MDS took a good look at Bowers this morning. He led the nation in sacks as a junior, although Bowers’ first two college seasons left much to be desired. He has drawn comparisons to former Falcons top-ten bust Jamaal Anderson for a lack of ideal explosiveness, the possible inability to translate his pass-rush skills from college to the pros, and one-year wonder concerns. Bowers also has a bum knee. Not a good mix.

4. Arizona defensive end/linebacker Brooks Reed: This is the sort of guy the Patriots could covet and turn down trade offers for because they want him. Reed, at 6-foot-3 and 257 pounds, projects as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme. He has a relentless motor and posted the fastest ten-yard split of any defensive lineman at the Scouting Combine. If the Pats do pass on Reed at No. 33, he may not get by the pass rusher-needy Bills at 34.

5. Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick: Kaepernick’s combination of arm strength, athleticism, and intelligence (37 Wonderlic score) compares favorably to any quarterback in the 2011 class. He was a four-year starter at Nevada, going 32-16 in his career including 21-2 to close it out. ESPN’s Jon Gruden likened Kaepernick to Randall Cunningham. He played in a Pistol Spread offense under Wolf Pack coach Chris Ault, and Bills coach Chan Gailey uses elements of that scheme in his offense. Like Reed, Kaepernick should strongly appeal to Buffalo at pick 34.

Other notables left: UCLA linebacker Akeem Ayers, North Carolina defensive tackle Marvin Austin, Texas safety/cornerback Aaron Williams, Notre Dame tight end Kyle Rudolph, Georgia defensive end Justin Houston, Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett, Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith, Miami cornerback Brandon Harris, Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea, Illinois running back Mikel Leshoure, Virgina cornerback Ras-I Dowling.

20 responses to “After the draft’s first day, a look at who’s left on the board

  1. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bills snaggle the Kaeper or Rudolph. They seem to have a good strategy this year so far.

  2. I gotta tell ya, all this draft talk is getting in the way of my lockout news.

    Seriously, what’s with all of this on-the-field stuff?

  3. As far as Sheard goes, if you are an NFL GM, the issue may actually be that he was at an art gallery vs. he threw a guy through a door.

  4. Rounds 2 -3 should be exciting. So far the Lions and Browns have the smartest moves (who would’ve thought) and the Vikings & Jaguars over reached big time on QB’s with less skill set then Alex Smith. Im a die hard SEC fan who watched all of the Crimson Tide’s games, but never noticed Julio Jones or Marcell. They were mediocre at best. Bills & Falcons set themselves back 2 yrs with their soon to be 1st round busts…….

  5. Someone is going to get a deal when they take DB Aaron Williams. Hope the Colts move up and get Dalton before Cincy take a QB. Maybe Cincy will go for Mallett.

  6. Greg Little, Randall Cobb, Titus Young, Orlando Franklin, Allen Bailey, Bruce Carter, Will Rackley, Ben Ijalana, & much more. I like this years Rd 2, Rd 3, & Rd 4.

  7. The Pats have no choice but to trade the picks, there is no way Belicheat uses all his picks on players, it aint going to happen, IMO he made one two many moves and has two many picks an will have to trade every yr until Brady retires, then use them to move up to get a QB……..Belicheat out smarted himself……

  8. Said Bills G.M. Buddy Nix on DT Marcell Dareus, “Well, you know it’s like Christmas and opening the presents.”

    Yeah, but not when ESPN insists upon ruining the surprise before the wrapping paper is removed. I think Radio City Music Hall needs to ban cell phones from the green room. (Oh, and if the Rockettes are so good, why has none of them ever been drafted as a kicker by the Raiders in the first round?)

  9. The one graveyard that draftees pray they will avoid is Buffalo. They shudder when mock drafts pick them for that perrenial loser that never seems to make any progress.

  10. ” Pittsburgh defensive end Jabaal Sheard: We sent Sheard to the Saints at No. 24 in our final online mock. The 2010 Big East Defensive Player of the Year”

    Big East Player of the Year? Isn’t that roughly equivalent to being the finest Ski Jumper in all of Equador?

  11. The Pats can have Brooks Reed, they’re just trying to make up for passing on Clay Matthews III two years ago.

    Not. The. Same.

  12. This is setting up nicely for the Vikings to land another steal in the 2nd. Ponder is arguably the best pick in the top 15 and we’ll be saying the same thing about the Vikings 2nd round pick later tonight. SKOL VIKINGS!

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