Bucky Brooks
Sunday April 27th, 2008

Of the 53 players on the Giants' roster when they won the Super Bowl in February against the Patriots, 42 were drafted after the second round or were undrafted free agents. Exhibit No. 1 that the decisions made on the second day of the NFL draft can have just as much impact on a team's future as the first- and second-round picks.

Here are some of the high-profile players who will likely be selected on Day 2 -- players who excelled in major conferences against other NFL prospects.

Andre Woodson, Kentucky, QB: As one of the SEC's most prolific passers, Woodson torched defenses in the top conference in the country. Though scouts knock his long windup and delivery, Woodson has the potential to develop into a solid starter. A team would be wise to take a chance on the former Wildcat early on Day 2.

John David Booty, Southern Cal, QB: The Trojans' two-time captain has the experience of running the west coast offense could be a solid starter if surrounded with the proper weapons.

Jamaal Charles, Texas, RB: The three-time All Big 12 selection amassed 1,619 yards as junior. He has outstanding speed and big-play potential. He would be an ideal fit as a change-of-pace back for a team with an established runner.

Tashard Choice, Georgia Tech, RB: The two-time ACC rushing leader is underrated, but his natural running skills and toughness are ideal for the pro game. He will be a solid every down back for a power running offense.

Mario Manningham, Michigan, WR: The Big Ten receiving leader has been downgraded due to concerns about his character and speed, but his natural receiving skills give him the chance to be a legitimate No.1 receiver.

Dan Connor, Penn State, LB: The Nittany Lions' all-time leader in tackles doesn't have outstanding speed or great athleticism, but has a knack for playing the game.

Ali Highsmith, LSU, LB: The All-American had over 100 tackles as a senior but saw his stock plummet after a horrendous showing at the combine. Despite lacking elite athleticism and speed, Highsmith is a natural playmaker who plays the game better than he works out.

Beau Bell, UNLV, LB: The Mountain West's Defensive Player of the Year is a tackling machine with outstanding instincts and awareness. Though he lacks ideal speed, he could be a fixture in the middle one day.

Justin King, Penn State, CB: The All-Big Ten selection is one of the most athletic players in the draft. Though he has been labeled as an underachiever by some scouts, he has all of the tools to become a solid starter. Some team will take a chance on him early on the second day because of his intriguing upside.

Tom Zbikowski, Notre Dame, S: The professional boxer is not regarded as an outstanding athlete, but his toughness and intangibles makes him an ideal special teams player. Regardless of where Zbikowski is eventually picked, expect him to carve out a successful career as a special teams standout.

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