NFL Draft 2011: Reactions To Day Two Draft Picks

SB Nation's NFL blogs reaction to day two of the 2011 NFL draft.

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NFL Draft Grades: Bengals Pick A Blogger, Get High Marks

As a blogger myself I may have to say the best pick in the 2011 NFL draft belongs to the Cincinnati Bengals. No, not QB Andy Dalton in the second round. It's LB Dontay Moch.

Yes, Dontay Moch. Why, you ask?

Because he's a blogger just like us. Moch has been blogging at SB Nation Arizona for a while now and it's fascinating to go back and see his thoughts on the draft process. Check out Moch's blog posts here. 

I'm not the only one that likes him -- 74 percent of Cincy Jungle readers like the pick, too. 

On the football field, I can't knock the Dalton pick, either. The Bengals knew they had a shaky situation with QB Carson Palmer potentially retiring if he's not traded. They had to get someone for the future, and someone who was clean on and off the field. That's Dalton (even if he does have red hair).

So the Bengals have walked away from day two with a new receiver and a new quarterback. With Palmer potentially leaving, as well as WR Chad Ochocinco, they found some solid replacements.

Check out Cincy Jungle to see what Bengals fans are saying about their draft. 


NFL Draft Grades: Lions Looking Good Through Two Days

I'm not a Detroit Lions fan by any means but I must say that I am enjoying their 2011 NFL draft to this point. They just continue to stock up on talent.

On day one, they took DT Nick Fairley which was widely regarded as one of the best picks of the first round. On day two, they added two players I like -- WR Titus Young and RB Mikel Leshoure.

SB Nations' Pride of Detroit notes the Lions have been looking for a speedy receiver for some time.

Adding Young into the Lions' offense now gives them a solid group of wide receivers. Calvin Johnson and Nate Burleson are still the top two WRs, but Young is someone that can come into the offense and make plays. At least that's what the Lions hope he can do.

Coming into a situation where the guy across from you will be double teamed every play is pretty good for a rookie. Plus, I wouldn't mind having my young guys learn under Calvin Johnson, a/k/a Megatron. 

The second pick I liked a lot was Leshoure. He could be the best running back in this draft. He's a bit of a boom or bust type player but, if he booms, the Lions found a steal at the 57th overall pick. Pride of Detroit notes the Lions had to trade-up to get him.

To sum it up, the Lions gave up their picks in the next two rounds and moved back in the fifth and seventh rounds to complete this trade. That's an awful lot to give up for Leshoure, but they obviously felt it was important to add him as a complement to Jahvid Best, giving the Lions a one-two punch at running back.

I'm liking Detroit right about now. They're adding some solid pieces and are definitely on the right track. 

Check out Pride of Detroit for more on the Lions draft picks. 


NFL Draft 2011: Ryan Mallett Deserves Time Before Passing Judgment

The surprise of the third round of the 2011 NFL draft -- perhaps even the draft itself -- is the New England Patriots spending the 74th overall pick on Arkansas QB Ryan Mallett. The Patriots did bring him into New England for a visit but I remember at the time thinking it was just Bill Belichick's getting a better grasp of the various prospects -- not that he actually wanted to draft Mallett.

So it's a surprising pick, no doubt about that. SB Nation's Pats Pulpit says you need a little time before judging Mallett, who was characterized before the draft as "arrogant" and rumored to have tested positive for drugs. 

Everyone close to Mallett says that he's a great person. Transfers aren't always nominated team captain, yet Mallett was a team captain in both '09 and '10. Mallett was praised for his leadership by his teammates. His coaches talk about his hard work and passion. Those that know him on a football level talk about how impressed they are with his football intelligence and motivation. Mallett's well liked by those that know him. Maybe we should take the opportunity to know him as a Patriot before we pass our judgment.

I am surprised by the pick but, the more I think about it, the more I think this is such a Patriot-type pick. He's been undervalued because of off the field problems but still loves football. He has great potential because of his physical skills yet many don't want to give him a chance.

The Patriots may have found a steal here. QB Tom Brady isn't going anywhere for a while so Mallett has some time to sit back and understand the NFL game from one of the best quarterbacks in history.

Check out Pats Pulpit to see what Pats fans are saying about the pick. 


NFL Draft 2011: Daniel Thomas Will Be A Fantasy Football Favorite

Prediction: Daniel Thomas will be the most drafted fantasy football rookie next year.

The Kansas State RB was picked by the Miami Dolphins with the 62nd overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft. He's a big back with lots of production at Kansas State that will be ready to step in and play quickly.

But will he be able to get on the field right away?

That of course depends on the future of RB Ricky Williams and RB Ronnie Brown. We're not sure if either one will be back. If they're not, this becomes Thomas' team. Even if they are, he adds an extra dynamic that Miami can use in year one.

With their first two picks in the draft, the Dolphins selected a center and and a running back so it's clear they're vamping up their running attack. I'm predicting that fans will start to flock to Thomas if/when he becomes the feature back at Miami. The Dolphins traded up for him so you know they like him quite a bit.

I've watched him for a couple years at K-State and he's ready for major competition. This is a good fit for Thomas. 

Check out how Dolphins fans are reacting to the pick at The Phinsider. 


NFL Draft 2011: Da'Quan Bowers Could Make Bucs Defensive Line Great

After day one of the 2011 NFL draft, we talked about the Detroit Lions having a killer defensive line with DT Nick Fairley and DT Ndamukong Suh. The Lions line should be intimidating but they're not the only ones making an impact up front. 

Consider the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Last year they spent their first and second round pick on two defensive tackles -- Gerald McCoy and Brian Price. This year they spent their first and second round picks on a pair of defensive ends -- Adrian Clayborn and Da'Quan Bowers.

It's the Bowers pick that has people talking. Several months ago he was in the discussion to be the No. 1 overall pick in the draft. Some questions about his knee arose and he since dropped down the board -- actually, dropped 50 spots down the board to the Bucs' 51st pick.

SB Nation's Bucs Nation uses the word devastating talking about the Bowers' addition.

He will upgrade the Bucs defensive line immediately, and the combination of Da'Quan Bowers, Adrian Clayborn, Gerald McCoy and Brian Price could be devastating for opponents.    

Looks like Detroit has some competition for best young defensive line in the game. 

Check out Bucs Nation for more on Tampa's draft picks. 


NFL Draft 2011: Reactions To Day Two Draft Picks

Whew. It's almost over. The NFL draft is a whirlwind and 2011 is no different. Day one of the NFL draft is the one most fans care about because it includes the first round pick. But day two is where you make your mark -- second and third round picks. You need to hit on those guys to be successful.

We'll be updating this StoryStream with reactions to day two of the draft from SB Nation's NFL blogs. 

Here is a list of every second round draft pick and every third round draft pick. Here is the updated NFL draft order and NFL draft grades for round one. 

For more on the draft, check out SB Nation's NFL draft hub as well as Mocking The Draft. 

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