By Don Banks
April 23, 2009
21 RB Donald Brown UConn Jr. 5-10 210
With Moreno gone and the Eagles having landed their offensive tackle last week in that trade with Buffalo for Jason Peters, Philly will likely turn to its second highest-rated running back. Who that is depends on whom you talk to. It could be Beanie Wells, Brown, or even Pitt's LeSean McCoy.
22 OT Eben Britton Arizona Jr. 6-6 309
The Vikings won't touch Florida receiver Percy Harvin now that he has reportedly failed the combine drug test. That means they'll address their offensive line, filling a need either at tackle with Britton, or grabbing an interior lineman like Oregon's Max Unger or Cal's Alex Mack.
23 CB Darius Butler UConn Sr. 5-11 183
The way my first round falls, this pick should come down to either Butler or Illinois cornerback Vontae Davis, who many have rated as the second best cover man in the draft, after Jenkins. I'm sticking with Butler, who the Patriots are high on. Look for the Patriots to go after an inside linebacker like Ohio State's James Laurinaitis in the second round.
24 DT Peria Jerry Ole Miss Sr. 6-2 300
Picking up veteran tight end Tony Gonzalez in Thursday's trade allows the Falcons to concentrate on either defensive tackle or outside linebacker in the first round. Jerry is the draft's second best defensive tackle option, and linebacker prospects include Cincinnati's Connor Barwin and Virginia's Clint Sintim, or defensive end-linebacker Larry English of Northern Illinois.
25 WR Kenny Britt Rutgers Jr. 6-4 215
Although I think the Dolphins will be tempted to snatch up Maualuga just before the Ravens do, their need at receiver is too glaring to overlook in the first round. I can see Jersey guy Bill Parcells making the call in a favor of a Rutgers kid, can't you?
26 LB Rey Maualuga USC Sr. 6-2 260
Cornerback Vontae Davis will tempt the Ravens. But he's a kid with some maturity issues, and that will likely prompt Baltimore to pass. Baltimore likes Britt and could really use a receiver, but the idea of having Ray Lewis pass the torch to Maualuga as the heart and soul of the Ravens defense will win out.
27 DT Evander Hood Missouri Sr. 6-3 300
With receivers such as Hakeem Nicks, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Harvin on the board, it's a mild surprise to see the Colts go for a run-stuffer in the middle of their defensive line. But Indy does things its own way in the draft, and usually gets it right.
28 OT Phil Loadholt Oklahoma Jr. 6-8 332
The Bills now need a tackle to replace Peters, and they should have their choice here between Loadholt, who has been a late-spring riser on most draft boards, and UConn's William Beatty. Loadholt is a massive 6-8, 332 pounds, and we give him the slight edge.
29 WR Hakeem Nicks North Carolina Jr. 6-2 210
Obviously any potential Braylon Edwards trade could impact the draft for the Giants, but that deal looks DOA at the moment. Nicks remains the receiving option that makes the most sense for New York.
30 CB Alphonso Smith Wake Forest Sr. 5-9 193
The Titans take a pass on the more highly-rated Vontae Davis, because the Illini cornerback might be a player who creates some off-field headaches for his future NFL team. They don't need those out of first-round cornerbacks in Tennessee. Been there, done that.
31 RB Chris "Beanie" Wells Ohio State Jr. 6-1 237
The Cardinals didn't count on Wells lasting all the way to No. 31, but Moreno and Brown went before him, and there weren't many teams who had to take a running back. Arizona will welcome his blend of size and speed, and finally send Edgerrin James on his way.
32 C Max Unger Oregon Sr. 6-5 309
We've had him going to the Steelers for awhile now, and nothing has happened to change our minds. One caveat: Pittsburgh's need for another young cornerback might tempt it into taking a chance on Vontae Davis.

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