43. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State -- Interesting player. The fact that Banks has played some free safety at a fairly high level makes him an interesting positional chip at the next level, especially with teams that like to play heavy nickel and dime coverages, and move their guys around. Late in his career, Charles Woodson showed the amazing value of such players, and while Banks isn't at that level yet (he may never be, but Woodson's a deadlock Hall-of-Famer), he does possess some striking attributes that transition well to today's NFL. He's got the kind of open-field ranginess teams prefer when facing an abundance of three- and four-receiver sets, he plays well in the slot, and he can move up high in different packages.
44. Carolina Panthers: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue -- Big man who can plug up the middle and disrupt to a point, but effort is an issue at times. Streaky player who will need to be motivated to give his absolute best at all times.
45. Arizona Cardinals: Kevin Minter, LB, LSU -- With all the talk about speed linebackers and half-field defenders in today's NFL, there are still teams that feature three or four spots in their defense for linebackers on a very high percentage of their plays. Minter fits that role, and should be able to establish himself very quickly. There's no question that he needs to stay close to his assignment due to speed and lateral agility limitations, but he's by far the best pure downhill pursuer and hitter among all the linebackers in this class.
46. Buffalo Bills: Kiko Alonso, OLB, Oregon -- Big, athletic linebacker who shows excellent range in multiple spots. One of the difference-makers in Oregon's fast-paced defense. Can cover in the intermediate areas more than he can come up and hit. Off-field baggage is pretty serious -- DUI, burglary, criminal mischief and criminal trespass. Maybe he can stay out of trouble in upstate New York.
47. Dallas Cowboys: -- Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State -- Huge tight end (6-foot-6 254) with impressive athleticism and speed in space. Plays in the slot and flex. Less a traditional tight end int he Jason Witten mold; more a hybrid guy.Read More »from The Second Round: Picks 43-47