I felt like I had a good first round with my latest mock draft, selecting 25 of the 32 players and connecting on 11 with the right team.
The first round produced some surprises, like California defensive tackle Tyson Alualu going to the Jacksonville Jaguars 10th overall. The Seahawks stayed put and grabbed two excellent players in offensive tackle Russell Okung and safety Earl Thomas to take the lead in talent acquisitions in this draft.
NFL team executives and head coaches really like the 19 hours they get off to restack their draft boards and get ready to hit the second round filled with plenty of talent. There were seven trades in the first round, and there should be even more on the second day. Here's my restacked board for the second round:
(Editors note: Comments taken from player profiles in NFL.com Draft Tracker.)
1. (33) St. Louis Rams (Needs: DE, WR, OT)
Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
He does a lot of things right and finishes games with a lot of stats, but there is nothing physically about him that really jumps out at you.
2. (34) Minnesota Vikings (Needs: CB, DT, RB, QB)
Chris Cook, DB, Virginia
Cook has excellent size and strength for the position. He lacks great burst and pure speed to play out on an island in man coverage but is versatile enough to be effective as a rolled up defender or move inside to the safety position.
3. (35) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Needs: WR, DE, CB)
Everson Griffen, DE, USC
Griffen has average height with good bulk for the position. He has natural power and strength at the point of attack when defending the run.
4. (36) Kansas City Chiefs (Needs: OT, NT, ILB)
Rodger Saffold, OT, Indiana
He lacks the massive stature that teams are looking for in a left tackle and may be lacking a step in quickness to play on the left side but should be able to find a home on the right side or even inside at guard.
5. (37) Philadelphia Eagles (Needs: G/C, S, CB)
Taylor Mays, S, USC
Mays has an outstanding combination of size, strength and athleticism for the safety position. He possesses excellent speed, quickness and burst for his size, which makes him a versatile player who could fit in several different schemes.
6. (38) Cleveland Browns (Needs: QB, WR, S, RB)
Colt McCoy, QB, Texas
McCoy is a once-in-a-lifetime college quarterback. He has done everything right while at Texas and has done a great job of representing the university on and off the field.
7. (39) Oakland Raiders (Needs: QB, OT, NT)
Brian Price, DT, UCLA
Price penetrates the line of scrimmage with good quickness and anticipation. He is best when in a stunting mode, but is adept at holding the point in base schemes.
8. (40) Miami Dolphins (Needs: OLB, FS, RB)
Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas
He has a good combination of length and athleticism but lacks the bulk needed to be an effective run defender at the next level. He has been a disruptive force penetrating the line of scrimmage in the Longhorns 4-3 front.
9. (41) Buffalo Bills (Needs: QB, LT, WR)
Vladimir Ducasse, OT, Massachusetts
He is very athletic for his size with foot quickness, agility and body control but due to his limited experience he often takes poor angles and is not always very quick to recognize stunts and twists by the defensive front.
10. (42) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Needs: WR, DE, CB)
Arellious Benn, WR, Illinois
Benn is a big receiver with above average speed who can be equally effective catching the ball underneath and in traffic or on the deep seam routes.
11. (43) Baltimore Ravens (Needs: CB, FS, DE)
Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
He is a better run stopper than pass rusher but has flashed ability to be effective collapsing the pocket coming off the edge.
12. (44) New England Patriots (Needs: TE, OLB, OT)
Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona
He has an elite combination of size, speed and athleticism for the position and while he lacks great downfield speed he can be an effective receiver at virtually all levels of the passing tree.
13. (45) Denver Broncos (Needs: ILB, C/G, TE)
Jon Asamoah, G, Illinois
He is exceptionally quick into his blocks and has the ability to make reach blocks on opponents playing on his edge.
14. (46) New York Giants (Needs: MLB, RT, DT, RB)
Daryl Washington, LB, TCU
He is an instinctive player that leverages the ball well and understands angles and run fits in the TCU defensive scheme. Washington is a solid open field tackler and the added bulk has helped his physical presence as a linebacker.
15. (47) New England Patriots (Needs: TE, OLB, OT)
Koa Misi, DE, Utah
Misi has good size and strength for the linebacker position. He has played both with his hand in the dirt as well as in a stand up position. He is a tough, hard-nosed competitor that will fit best as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.
16. (48) Carolina Panthers (Needs: WR, DT, QB)
Linval Joseph, DT, East Carolina
Joseph is a big body who could line up at nose tackle in a 3-4 front or interior defender in a 4-3 scheme. He is somewhat one dimensional as a run defender.
17. (49) San Francisco 49ers (Needs: S, CB, RB)
Nate Allen, S, South Florida
He has a good combination of size and athleticism. He isn’t a consistent physical open field tackler and needs to finish better at the next level.
18. (50) Kansas City Chiefs (Needs: OT, NT, ILB)
Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
He lacks a cannon for an arm but he does have a live arm and a quick delivery that allows him to get the ball out quickly.
19. (51) Houston Texans (Needs: RB, FS, DT)
Ben Tate, RB, Auburn
Tate is a hard-nosed runner that does not spend much time dancing around in the backfield. He likes to stick his foot in the ground and hit the hole at the first sign of a running lane opening up.
20. (52) Pittsburgh Steelers (Needs: CB, DE, RB)
Brandon Ghee, CB, Wake Forest
Ghee has good size and excellent speed for the position. He has the quickness and burst to be a solid coverage defender but lacks the foot agility, pad level and body positioning to be consistent in this area.
21. (53) New England Patriots (Needs: TE, OLB, OT)
Austen Lane, DE, Murray State
He makes more plays with effort and persistence than athleticism. He doesn't have great speed to close to the ball and lacks good flexibility to bend down the line of scrimmage.
22. (54) Cincinnati Bengals (Needs: S, DT, DE)
Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama
Cody is a massive body with natural power as an interior run stopper. He can push the pocket effectively with excellent natural power but needs to develop his hand use and expand his pass rush package.
23. (55) Philadelphia Eagles (Needs: S, C, DT, RB)
Lamarr Houston, DT, Texas
Houston is a short, thick defender that has natural power at the point of attack. He can anchor the middle of the defense when playing with good pad level but can be inconsistent in this area.
24. (56) Green Bay Packers (Needs: CB, S, OLB)
Morgan Burnett, S, Georgia Tech
He is very active in both run support as well as defending the pass but also misses too many opportunities due to lack of effort, angles and proper tackling techniques.
25. (57) Baltimore Ravens (Needs: CB, FS, DE)
Perrish Cox, CB, Oklahoma State
He has an excellent combination of size, strength and athleticism. He has good ball skills and does a nice job of making plays in the open field.
26. (58) Arizona Cardinals (Needs: LT, ILB, OLB)
Charles Brown, OT, USC
He is an athletic lineman that relies on his foot quickness, agility and ability to recover and sustain blocks more than raw power.
27. (59) Dallas Cowboys (Needs: OT, FS, ILB, K)
Jared Veldheer, OT, Hillsdale
He's a gigantic tackle who is a small-school prospect worth keeping an eye on.
28. (60) Seattle Seahawks (Needs: RB, DE, S)
Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech
He is a one-cut ball carrier that will stick his foot in the ground and hit the seam at full speed. He shows good balance on contact, runs through his share of arm tackles and shows surprising speed for his size.
29. (61) New York Jets (Needs: DE, S, RT)
Alex Carrington, DE, Arkansas State
He has a good combination of size, strength and speed for an interior defensive lineman. He doesn't have great lateral quickness or agility to come off the edge as a 4-3 end but is well suited for a five-technique in 3-4 scheme.
30. (62) Minnesota Vikings (Needs: CB, RB, DT)
Torell Troup, DT, Central Florida
He is a short, bulky interior defender who flashes initial quickness in the middle. He shows natural power to hold the point versus the run as well as push the pocket as a pass rusher.
31. (63) Indianapolis Colts (Needs: LT, CB, C)
Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
Campbell is a good-sized left tackle prospect that is a bit ahead of the curve, technique wise, over most underclass linemen. He is quick to set the edge and does a good job of jamming opponents with heavy hands and can be quick to get a refit when the pass rusher slaps his hands away.
32. (64) New Orleans Saints (Needs: RB, OLB, S, NT)
Sean Lee, LB Penn State
He has a good frame and natural strength to take on blockers. He is a solid tackler but not explosive on contact.