The 2011 NFL Draft had some surprises in the first round with a few guys slipping like Glendale's own Prince Amukamara falling to 19th (Giants) and in some cases there might have been a reach here or there like the Tennessee Titans taking Jake Locker with the eighth overall pick. The experts and fans alike seem very pleased with the Arizona Cardinals choice of Patrick Peterson at the fifth spot. Round 2 action begins Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. and there are still many fine football players left on the board.
Media expert Todd McShay's list of five best remaining includes DE Da'Quan Bowers, DE Brooks Reed, TE Kyle Rudolph, CB Aaron Williams, and RB Ryan Williams.
Brooks Reed of course, is a product of the University of Arizona. The long-haired pass-rusher certainly fills a critical need for the Cardinals as he's projected to slot in as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 system. He's exceptionally fast, a great leader and has a high motor. We will have to wait and see if Reed is still on the board when the Cardinals sixth pick in the second round (38th overall) is on the clock.
Da'Quan Bowers is another option for Arizona's need but there are concerns about his knee. He probably would have gone in the middle of the first round if it weren't for these issues outlined by ESPN's draft report:
Missed two games due to a knee injury (MCL and PCL strain) in 2009. Also underwent arthroscopic knee surgery following the 2010 season and could not workout at NFL combine as a result. Appeared to still be favoring the knee during his April 1 workout for NFL scouts, which has only added to his long-term durability concerns. Some believe knee will eventually require microfracture surgery.