NFL Draft: Round 5 Analysis

↵After a ho-hum Day 2 so far, we were looking for a bang, and the Vikes provide it right off the bat with their move up to No. 137:
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↵Vikings give the shakedown to Packers for Booty. In an interesting deal between division rivals, Green Bay trades out of another pick to help of all teams, Minnesota. The Vikes promptly used the second pick of Round 5 on USC quarterback John David Booty, who steps into a great situation where he can possibly compete for the starting job as early as this year. Minny has everything in place to make a run into the playoffs and beyond -- except a reliable QB. Booty should come into camp ready to battle Tarvaris Jackson.
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↵Bears, Cowboys corner the market. Chicago could have a real steal in Nebraska's Zackary Bowman. If he can overcome his college injuries to stay healthy, he has the potential to be a top cornerback. Boise State players also have been coveted in this draft, and the Cowboys continue to add depth to their secondary with former blue-turfer Orlando Scandrick.
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↵Lions will choose to run. I have a feeling Detroit's offense will be drastically different without Mike Martz. New coordinator Jim Coletto will be under orders to run, run, and run, and that's why Detroit got a right tackle (Gosder Cherilus), a running back (Kevin Smith) and now a fullback from Furman (Jerome Felton) in this draft.
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↵Cards not coming up aces. I was underwhelmed by the Cardinals' picks of cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and defensive end Calais Campbell on Day 1, and was only OK about Early Doucet. I think the big thing was passing on Rashard Mendenhall in Round 1. Now they get a much less exciting back in Richmond's Tim Hightower.
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↵Shirley, you must be joking. No, it's true. The Bengals' fifth-rounder, Fresno State defensive tackle Jason Shirley has an arrest record. Last October, Shirley crashed in his car into an apartment building and was charged with DUI and hit and run. So much for Cincy cleaning up its act after getting rid of Chris Henry.
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↵Steelers get another skilled athlete. There's something special about Oregon quarterback Dennis Dixon. He's not your prototypical passing type, but he deserves to get a look in some capacity where he can get in the open field. With the Steelers set at most positions, they can afford this luxury no-risk pick. Just don't call him the new Slash yet. ↵

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↵Of course the Bucs get a QB. If you've ever seen the way Jon Gruden scouts and analyzes young quarterbacks, you'll know why he's known as a passing game guru. His latest project at the position will be USD's Josh Johnson, the most athletic QB in the draft. The mission will be to mold him into a good West Coast passer. ↵

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↵Jets take aim at Ainge. Now the QBs are flying off the board. Who knows? Maybe neither Chad Pennington nor Kellen Clemens is the future, and that's why it was smart for New York to draft Tennessee's Erik Ainge to make the position battle even more competitive. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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