Second Round Draft Prospects I love more than youPosted: March 12, 2012
The strength of this year’s draft class is in the middle rounds. This year’s class features numerous starters and potentially very, very good players in the second and third round range. This post will look at some second round prospects that I like for the Steelers but also just in general in terms of prospects I like.
1. Doug Martin, RB, Boise State – Martin is a very, very good RB prospect with all the tools to be a dominant back. He has good speed (4.47 was his fastest time), great power, great vision, and a violent, violent stiff arm. He has the build of Ray Rice and the vision of Maurice Jones Drew and could be one of the biggest steals in this years draft. Some mocks even have him falling into late first round consideration.
2. Tommy Streeter, WR, Miami – if Stephen Hill is the most physically gifted WR in this class, Tommy Streeter is a close, close second. He ran a 4.40 at the combine which is incredible because he is 6’5″ 220 pounds. He is an above average route runner, has good hands, and knows the game but for some reason his production at Miami was not very good. However, as a mid second round pick a team is getting a player with top 10 potential.
3. Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers – Unlike Streeter, Sanu had a “bad combine” according to the experts. He ran a paltry 4.65 on both attempts. However, that does not really mean anything for this kid. Here is a kid who was able to catch 115 balls at Rutgers (a Big East receptions record) while being double or triple teamed on every single play and having maybe the worst QB in division 1 football as his starter for half the year. Todd McShay tried to blabber that he can’t get open. Well let me tell you something. Tood McShay does not watch film if he does not think Sanu can get open. While Sanu may never be the elite #1 WR that Hill, Blackmon, and Floyd might become, he should be a very, very good #2 WR and a possible landing spot for him is back with his college head coach Greg Schiano in Tampa Bay.
4. Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin – Here is a Steelers prospect. Zeitler is the #2 rated guard in this draft and has all the tools to be dominant guard in all the phases. He is an excellent run blocker, has great strength, and is a good pass blocker. He is also versatile and has been working out as a center for some teams. Due to his versatility, talent, and the four year body of work he has, he is a very likely pick for the Steelers if he makes it to them in the second round.
5. Mychal Kendricks, ILB, California – Kendricks is about as safe as they come in terms of Day 2 prospects. He has the game film, the college production, and the combine performance to make scouts and GMs comfortably believe that you are getting a good player with elite upside. The one knock on Kendricks is that he is only 5’10” but he should be able to make up for that with a 38 inch vertical. Kendricks is also very versatile and can play really and of the LB spots in a 4-3 or a 3-4 but the Buck in a 3-4.
6. Dwight Bentley, CB, Louisiana Lafayette – Bentley is flying up draft boards and for good reason. He has the potential and ability to be an absolute lockdown corner at the next level. While at Louisiana Lafayette, he simply dominated the weaker competition he faced. Time after time after time he lined up in one on one coverage with a WR with no safety help and stone walled them every time. He could very well end up being a first round prospect and the second CB taken off the board. He has no personal baggage and if he lasts to the second round, that would be a big steal.