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- The Raiders have been laughed at since last April for their (Al Davis') propensity to reach for height-weight-speed prospects, but they bucked the trend a bit with their first-round selection of Roland McClain, who is the consensus top ILB in this year's class, and then made an interesting choice in the third round by tabbing Hillsdale OT Jared Veldheer with Maryland's Bruce Campbell, an athletic marvel, still on the board. Both players are considered projects, but someone in the Raiders organization felt strongly about Veldheer to choose him over the more athletic, battle-tested Campbell.
Update: Campbell fell to Oakland in the fourth, as the team swung for the fences in back-to-back mid-round choices. A .500 batting average could pay big dividends down the road.
- You have to think that had the Patriots not leapfrogged them in the second round, the Ravens might have taken Arizona TE Rob Gronkowski. Instead, Sergio Kindle fell into their laps and they were able to grab an athletic pass-catching tight end in Ed Dickson in the third round.
- Interesting to see Georgia Tech SS Morgan Burnett and LSU S Chad Jones come off the board within a handful of picks. If they were eligible a year ago, they might have been long gone by the third round, but both players saw their stocks drop in 2009.
- Without a pick in the first two rounds, the Bears were nervously hoping a quality safety would still be available by the time they came up at No. 75. Interesting the player they settled on, Florida's Major Wright, will have a chance to start immediately in Chicago, while the rumor was he might have lost his starting job in Gainesville had he returned for his senior season.
- The Jaguars are making a concerted effort to improve their defensive interior, adding Cal's Tyson Alualu and Louisiana Tech's D'Anthony Smith. You can argue they reached a bit for Alualu, but most evaluators are sold on his ability and upside, so if the team believed he was their guy, they were right to snap him up. That said, Smith does not have Alualu's strength, motor or competitiveness and the team might have been better served with a safer selection. Arizona's Earl Mitchell, another athletic three-technique, went seven picks later.
- The Titans helped themselves with USC WR Damian Williams, who could develop into a nice complement to 2009 first-rounder Kenny Britt. Williams also instantly upgrades the punt return game and could go a long way in creating short fields for Vince Young.
- The Falcons' choice of Kentucky DT Corey Peters was a questionable one. A year after taking Peria Jerry in the first round, the team added Peters, who is considered a developmental three-technique. A trench warrior with some more grit might have been a better option, and it's also worth noting the team passed over LSU's Al Woods and a trio of Georgia Bulldog tackles.
- Have to wonder if the Eagles could have got Washington DE Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, who is more of a rotational player whose best assets are mostly hustle and intangibles, a round later than they did.
- It would not be surprising to see Eric Decker contribute more readily than the Broncos' first-rounder Demaryius Thomas. Decker was injured as a senior and could not run for scouts, but his size, route running, hands and toughness will endear himself to the fans and whoever is throwing passing in Denver.
- The match of Penn State OLB Navorro Bowman with 49ers head coach Mike Singletary might be the best thing to happen to the young prospect. Bowman grades out as a second-round talent on tape, but fell due to character concerns. If the demanding Singletary can keep Bowman focuses, the 49ers got a steal and someone with the ability to start during his rookie season.
- The Colts got a good one in USC CB Kevin Thomas. Rarely does a player as solid as Thomas fly under the radar at a program such as USC, but that was the case. Due to injuries, he was not a starter until his senior season, but he has natural cover skills and after the Colts relied on undrafted free agent Jacob Lacey a year ago, expect Thomas to get significant playing time as a rookie.