Rounds two and three of the NFL Draft kick off this evening with some solid players still available on the board. We’ll have notes throughout the day leading up to the 33rd pick and will continue to bring you information through the night. We start off with some surprising news from yesterday. Update- Vikes, Raiders and Chris Cook
– Much has been written today about TFYDraftInsider.net being ahead of the curve on Rolando McClain to the Oakland Raiders and Tyson Alualu to the Jacksonville Jaguars. Was Alualu a reach at ten? We can tell you this- if the Jaguars had not taken Alualu with the tenth pick there’s a real good chance the Miami Dolphins would’ve snagged him two picks later.
– How low can Jimmy Clausen drop? Some think the Notre Dame passer could fall all the way into the middle of round two and eventually land with the San Francisco 49ers with the 17th pick of the frame.
– Chris Cook could surprise many by being one of the first ten selections when the draft resumes today. The Minnesota Vikings are the early favorites as we hear it. The team may have shown their hand on their lack of interest in quarterback Jimmy Clausen when they passed him up yesterday.
– The Oakland Raiders are targeting two defensive linemen in round two; Everson Griffen of USC and Carlos Dunlap of Florida.
– Some were surprised the San Diego Chargers made such a big move forwards to select Ryan Mathews. We weren’t. As we told you yesterday the New York Giants were showing a ton of interest in him and there was a feeling the team would grab the Fresno State ball carrier if he was available. There was also talk the Houston Texans were also working the phones to grab Mathews.
– Kyle Wilson became a New York Jet with the 29th selection last night but it almost didn’t happen. The Jets did not expect any of the top rated cornerbacks to be available to them once Kareem Jackson came off the board so early. In fact they had their attention turned to the offensive line and were working the phones expecting to pick up a blocker at the selection. Even when Wilson slid into the 29th slot the team still took a while before making the choice. Don’t be surprised if they make a move up today to secure a prospect that can play offensive guard at the next level.