NFL Draft: Round 2 Observations

By Adam Caparell - April 28, 2007

NEW YORK - The second round featured some notable surprises and unexpected drops starting with the Carolina Panthers who did a nice job by picking a pair of USC standouts.

Carolina got great value with Ryan Kalil dropping to them at No. 59. Borderline first round talent, the premiere center in the 2007 NFL Draft class, the Panthers made a wise pick in drafting the Trojan. Carolina also added Dwayne Jarrett. He'll now get to learn under Keyshawn Johnson, the former Trojan and No. 1 overall pick.

St. Louis picked up Brian Leonard, the versatile fullback out of Rutgers who not matter what team he went to, was going to fit well. He's a coaches dream. Will do anything and play anywhere in the name of winning.

The Jets made another trade to grab Michigan LB David Harris as New York continues to solidify their defense. The Jets picked up a very good linebacker who should suit Eric Mangini well.

The surprise pick came from Philadelphia at No. 36 when the Eagles tabbed Kevin Kolb, the quarterback out of Houston. He's a very good quarterback and his game shoiuld translate at some point in the NFL, but it may have been a stretch to grab him so early. He wasn't rated as high as other QBs like Drew Stanton and John Beck who went after Kolb in the seond round, but he nonetheless caught the eye of the Eagles who may groom him to be Donovan McNabb's eventual replacelement.

I'm schocked that Antonio Pittman hasn't been taken yet. The Ohio State running back figured to be taken ahead of such backs like Kenny Irons and Chris Henry. I guess he didn't grade out as high as some would have otherwise believed.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 09:03 PM on April 28, 2007

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