- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 27, 2008

ON TELEVISION: Two networks will carry wire-to-wire coverage of Day 2 of the NFL Draft, with the ESPN and NFL Network shows both starting at 10 a.m. and running until 6 p.m.


Matt Ryan, QB, Atlanta. The Falcons resisted the temptation of taking Glenn Dorsey with the third pick and did the right thing — drafting a quarterback to replace Michael Vick. Ryan will take time to develop like any young quarterback but with running back Michael Turner, not all of the pressure will be on him.


1. Derrick Harvey, DE, Jacksonville. The Jaguars gave up two third-round picks and a fourth-rounder to move from No. 26 to No. 8, and their pick was a big-time reach. Harvey was a full-time starter at Florida for only one season and earned a reputation of disappearing in games. Gregg Williams couldn’t develop a solid pass rusher with the Redskins. He gets another shot with the Jaguars.

Ryan O’Halloran


DALLAS COWBOYS: What could be better for Cowboys owner Jerry Jones than a player from his alma mater, Arkansas, named Jones? That’s who the Cowboys took with the 22nd pick, acquired from Cleveland last year. Speedy Razorbacks running back Felix Jones replaces departed free agent Julius Jones as the change-up to bruiser Marion Barber. With the 25th pick, acquired from Seattle, the Cowboys took South Florida cornerback Mike Jenkins.

NEW YORK GIANTS: Having lost Gibril Wilson to Oakland as a free agent, the Super Bowl champs finished off the first round with the latest super safety from the U (following Ed Reed and Sean Taylor), Kenny Phillips. The Giants continued to shore up their thin secondary by taking USC cornerback Terrell Thomas late in the second round.

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES: The Eagles traded out of the first round, giving No. 18 to Carolina and then took Notre Dame defensive tackle Trevor Laws, who seems like a real reach but apparently fits Philly’s scheme. Two picks later, the Eagles chose small but lightning-fast DeSean Jackson, who could be the playmaker that quarterback Donovan McNabb has lacked since Terrell Owens pouted his way out of town in 2005.

David Elfin

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