Kids’ bedtimes took me away from the computer and draft coverage. So, I’m going rapid-fire for these Final Seven.
Let’s rock and roll.
#26: Jonathan Baldwin, WR, Pittsburgh to Kansas City (Baltimore’s clock had expired) — Cassel and Bowe get much-needed help
#27: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado to Baltimore — I thought he’d end up in Philadelphia, but this was destination #2. Smith is truly a polished player who will contribute immediately. I like the fit alongside strong veteran leaders.
#28: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama to New Orleans — The emotional Heisman winner is a bulldozer with good inside running skills and a burst to the outside. He and Pierre Thomas (Reggie Bush?) make for a nice tandem to complement Brees.
#29: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin to Chicago — Jay Cutler gets the help he needs, particularly after Detroit grabbed another defensive lineman
#30: Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple to New York Jets — A potential steal here at the end of the draft. He helps a defensive line that has been banged up a bit. At 6-foot-4 and 315 pounds, he’s got the heft to hold down the line against the run and to obscure passing lanes. Great rush.
#31: Cameron Heyward, DL, Ohio State to Pittsburgh — He’s a monster at 6-foot-5 and 295 pounds. He rushes well to the inside and has the ability to drop into coverage. Heyward is active at the line and disrupts passing lanes with his long arms. Ups to “Ironhead.”
#32: Derrek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State to Green Bay — it’s an older offensive line & they get a great option to pair with 2010 draft pick Brian Bulaga. He obviously excelled as a run blocker. Now, he’ll have to refine his work to get ready to protect Aaron Rodgers. Chad Clifton’s injury history necessitated a look-see.