8 - Jamaal Anderson DE, Arkansas
BIOGRAPHY: Became a full-time starter last season and earned All-Conference honors after numbers of 65/19.5/13.5. Started five games as a sophomore and posted 47/10.5/4.
POSITIVES: Athletic defensive end with tremendous upside. Keeps his pads low to the ground playing with terrific leverage and is rarely off his feet. Plays with terrific balance and body control, and easily beats immobile blockers. Fast off the edge.
NEGATIVES: Lacks overall playing strength and is slow shedding blocks engaged at the point.
ANALYSIS: Possessing size, growth and a lot of natural skill, Anderson is a terrific prospect with big upside. Can be used as a pass-rushing right end, but also has the abilities to grow into a two-gap lineman. Must physically mature.
39 - Justin Blalock OG, Texas
BIOGRAPHY: Four-year starter awarded All-Conference honors since his sophomore campaign. Used at both right tackle and right guard last year.
POSITIVES: Stout, wide-bodied blocker who dominates the opposition. Possesses big, powerful hands, turns defenders off the ball and opens holes for the running game. Quick off the snap, jolts defenders at the point and engulfs them altogether. Stays square.
NEGATIVES: Lacks lateral blocking range. Marginally effective in motion.
ANALYSIS: A versatile strong-side blocker, Blalock has immediate starting potential at the next level. Better off at guard, but offers possibilities at the right tackle position.
Falcons trade 2nd round pick (#44) and to Vikings for Vikings 2nd round pick (#41)
Rd 2 - 0
41 - From Vikings Chris Houston CB, Arkansas
BIOGRAPHY: All-Conference selection as a junior, when he became a full-time starter and posted 45/3/13. Started nine games as a sophomore, registering 20 tackles and breaking up eight passes.
POSITIVES: Feisty cornerback with a cocky attitude. Aggressive throughout the action, fights hard to defend throws and backs down to no one. Jams opponents at the line of scrimmage, is fluid turning his hips to run downfield and quickly breaks to the throw.
NEGATIVES: Gets turned on occasion, does not display top instincts and is slow locating the ball with his back to the action. Struggles transitioning downfield and shows a bit of hesitation to his game. Does not display top-end speed.
ANALYSIS: A developing corner with good size and a solid game, Houston has the physical style to play in press coverage as well as the abilities to be used in a zone system. Offers a good degree of upside, yet must complete his game before he.ll see action as a starter.
Rd 2 - 0
44 - Traded to Vikings
Rd 3 - 0
75 - Laurent Robinson WR, Illinois State
BIOGRAPHY: All-Conference selection the past two seasons, posting 40/718/7 totals as a senior after a career-high 86/1,465/12 the prior year. Moved into the starting lineup as a freshman.
POSITIVES: Productive, big-play receiver hobbled with an ankle injury for most of his senior campaign. Quickly releases off the line, immediately gets to top speed and makes the reception in stride. Extends to catch the ball away from his frame.
NEGATIVES: Lacks the true second gear and top-end speed. Not a physically strong receiver. Comes up short with his blocking assignments.
ANALYSIS: Physically built to be a fourth receiver at the next level, Robinson shows a lot of natural skills catching the ball. Must regain his prior form off the ankle injury from last season but worth considering in the late rounds.
Rd 4 - 109 - Stephen Nicholas LB, South Florida
Rd 4 - 121 - Traded to Denver
Rd 4 - 133 - Martrez Milner TE, Georgia
Rd 5 - 149 - Traded to Kansas City
Rd 6 - 185 - Trey Lewis DT, Washburn
Rd 6 - 194 - From Jacksonville David Irons CB, Auburn
Rd 6 - 198 - From Jacksonville Doug Datish C, Ohio State
Rd 6 - 203 - From Baltimore - Daren Stone S, Maine
Rd 7 - 244 - Jason Snelling RB, Virginia