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2010 NFL Draft Second-Round Mock, Best Available Players

Apr 23, 2010 – 11:00 AM
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Jimmy ClausenSo, who thought Tim Tebow would be off the board while Jimmy Clausen would still be looking for a team after 32 picks (other than FanHouse, of course)? That was the biggest storyline of what could be called a predictably unpredictable first round of the 2010 NFL Draft. Clausen may be player with the highest value that is still without a team, but there are several other very talented options. Here are the best available players still available in this year's draft:

1. Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
2. Sergio Kindle, DE/LB, Texas
3. Taylor Mays, S, USC
4. Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
5. Rodger Saffold, OT, Indiana
6. Colt McCoy, QB, Texas
7. Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona
8. Charles Brown, OT, USC
9. Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama
10. Sean Lee, LB, Penn State
11. Darryl Washington, OLB, TCU
12. Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
13. Vladimir Ducasse, OT, Massachusetts
14. Everson Griffin, DE, USC
15. Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois
16. Nate Allen, S, South Florida

But where will these players slot in on Friday? Here's a quick mock draft of the second round of the 2010 NFL Draft:

1. Rams -- Sergio Kindle, DE/LB, Texas: They'll almost certainly trade down and pick up picks, but if they stay put Kindle makes sense.

2. Vikings -- Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame: Even if he isn't the second coming of Joe Montana, Clausen is a great second-round investment.

3. Buccaneers -- Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois: Tampa picked up an anchor for its defensive line, and now it needs to add an offensive playmaker.

4. Chiefs -- Rodger Saffold, OT, Indiana.:The Chiefs passed on Russell Okung in this first round but still end up with a pretty good talent at the position here.

5. Eagles -- Nate Allen, S, South Florida: The Eagles definitely need to land some secondary help, and though Earl Thomas would have been a better talent, Allen brings leadership and playmaking ability to the defense.



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6. Browns -- Colt McCoy, QB, Texas: Mike Holmgren lands his quarterback of the future, one that has all the accuracy and starting experience in college you could ever want.

7. Raiders -- Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland: Popular opinion had the Raiders doing something crazy in the first round like taking Campbell, but they could still land him here.

8. Dolphins -- Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama: The mammoth Cody will fill in for Jason Ferguson during the first half of the season and set himself up as Ferguson's eventual successor.

9. Bills -- Charles Brown, OT, USC: After passing on positions of need to draft one of luxury in the first round, Buffalo must add talent to its sub-par offensive line.

10. Buccaneers -- Taylor Mays, S, USC: The Bucs need to use one of their second-rounders on secondary help, and Mays falls into their lap here.

11. Ravens -- Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona: This amazingly talented tight end took a hit when he missed all of last year with injury, but he should be a good pass-catching tight end for a long time.

12. Patriots -- Linval Joseph, DE, East Carolina: Joseph would be a great fit at 3-4 for the Patriots, and he also brings great intangibles to the table.

13. Broncos -- Sean Lee, ILB, Penn State: Having added two skill-position players in the first round, the Broncos now fill the gaping hole left by the release of Andra Davis.

14. Giants -- Vladimir Ducasse, OT, Massachusetts: It's time for the Giants to bring some youth in along the offensive line, and Ducasse has experience at both tackle and guard.

15. Patriots -- Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame: Having grabbed two defenders, the Patriots turn to adding depth at wide receiver, where they currently feature two grizzled veterans, a 2009 seventh-rounder (Julian Edelman), and an injured Wes Welker.

16. Panthers -- Everson Griffen, DE, USC: With Julius Peppers departing, the Panthers have a massive hole to fill in their pass rush, and Griffen has the upside to potentially fill it.

17. 49ers -- Morgan Burnett, S, Georgia Tech: The 49ers must address the safety position this offseason, and Burnett could develop into a quality starter next to Dashon Goldson.

18. Chiefs -- Corey Wootton, DE, Northwestern: Add Wootton to the group of 3-4 lineman the Chiefs have amassed over the last year-plus.

19. Texans -- Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford: After missing out on the top two backs in Round 1, the Texans add Gerhart to the running back mix here.
20. Steelers -- Amari Spievey, CB, Iowa: This cornerback has the size and physicality that would fit the Steelers perfectly.

21. Patriots -- Jason Worilds, LB, Virginia Tech: The Patriots use the third of their three second-rounders to add an edge rusher.

22. Bengals -- Darryl Washington, LB, TCU: Thought I forgot about him? Size issues may cause some teams to pass, but he would fit great in Cincinnati and allow Rey Maualuga to eventually shift inside.

23. Eagles -- John Jerry, OG, Mississippi: The Eagles' depth along the offensive line was severely exposed late last season, and they need as much help as they can get.

24. Packers -- Dominique Franks, CB, Oklahoma: The starting tandem in Green Bay is growing ancient, and youth has to be added, preferably in the form of players with starting potential.

25. Ravens -- Jerome Murphy, CB, South Florida: He has all the measurables and talent you could want, but Murphy needs to be hammered into a quality NFL starter. Playing alongside Ray Lewis and Ed Reed may do just that.

26. Cardinals -- Donald Butler, ILB, Washington: Butler will be expected to eventually fill the sizable shoes left by Karlos Dansby.

27. Cowboys -- Brandon Spikes, ILB, Florida: He'll provide depth inside for the Cowboys and eventually take over as a starter if he proves able.

28. Seahawks -- Joe McKnight, RB, USC: He didn't live up to expectations in college, but coach Pete Carroll had a first-hand look at his potential. The Seahawks' running game would love the boost McKnight could provide.

29. Jets -- Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida: A year ago this would have seemed like a steal, but questions surrounding Dunlap's work ethic and intangibles have made his stock plummet.

30. Vikings -- Brian Price, DT, UCLA: The Williams Wall will be out of commission thanks to the StarCaps investigation, but it's time to look to the future at the position anyway.

31. Colts -- Jared Veldheer, OT, Hillsdale: The Colts will have no reservations taking this potential franchise left tackle in the second round.

32. Saints -- Cam Thomas, DT, North Carolina: This is the big guy the Saints need in the middle of their defensive line, but they could also look to add a running back here.
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