Sunday, April 30, 2006

Intriguing Second Day Possibilities

As the fourth round begins, I think it's fair to say that there are some intriguing prospects who are still on the board. Several of these guys were projected as day one picks. Most of them are on the offensive side of the ball, but that's where most folks think the Browns are likely to focus today.

The list of undrafted offensive linemen is topped by Tackle Jonathan Scott of Texas. If you click on his profile, you'll see that the GM Jr. scouting service is fairly critical of him, but still, the guy started 40 games for the Longhorns and was a three time All-Big 12 and two time All-American selection. Another highly-rated lineman who remains undrafted is massive Georgia Guard Max Jean-Gilles. Gilles was an All-SEC performer who also was named to the AFCA All-American team.

Oh, and if you're looking for somebody to back up LeCharles Bentley at Center, how about this year's Outland Trophy winner, Minnesota's Greg Eslinger?

On the running back front, available players include Virginia's Wali Lundy, Tennessee's Gerald Riggs, and Arizona's Mike Bell. Lundy's a touchdown machine who, despite a disappointing senior campaign, scored an ACC record 52 times during his career. Riggs is the son of a three-time Pro Bowler (Gerald Riggs Sr., who played for the Falcons and Redskins). Although Riggs missed half of his senior year with a broken ankle that required surgery, he rushed for 1,100 yards as a junior. Bell rushed for 3,157 yards and 4.7 yard-average during his career in Arizona.

Defensively, if you're disappointed that the Browns didn't pick Ngata, then how about taking a flyer on Michigan's Gabe Watson? I don't like the idea of spending a first round pick on a run stopper position like NT, but I've got no problem with spending a day two pick on a guy like Watson.

The Browns have two picks in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth rounds. It should be another interesting day.


Vinny said...

Max Jean-Gilles was my hope, but the Eagles just took him off the board. I'm sick with the Eagles' draft. They got three linemen I would loved to have seen wearing orange helmets.

Vinny said...

Rhino, I'd be thrilled with Gabe Watson or WR Will Blackmon. Either would help, but Watson would literally be HUGE.