Jairus Byrd (CB), University of Oregon
The Eagles first pick in the second round goes to defense and even though they could use a safety, Byrd offers the best value at 53. Some scouts think that Byrd could eventually move to safety where his lack of great top end speed wouldn't be such a liability but for the time being, he'll just be a jack of all trades. He's got the ability to learn on the fly and be a possible replacement for Sheldon Brown, who recently celebrated his 30th birthday.
Positives: Byrd's a well built athlete with decent size and bulk. He's got the speed and fluidity to turn and run with receivers and the strength to get a solid jam at the line of scrimmage. He's a natural play maker with soft hands and good ball skills. He's got good instincts and won't hesitate to support the run where he's a reliable tackler. He's got a strong work ethic and offers some versatility (returner and/or safety). His father was a two-time Pro Bowler with the Chargers and recently served as the Bears DB coach.
Negatives: Byrd is more quick than fast and will have problems trying to stay with a speedy reciever all the way down the field. He can get too aggressive at times and will be better suited for a zone scheme instead of man-to-man coverage. He's also a bit 'grabby' in coverage.
Many thanks to AJBirdwatcher for submitting this pick. The Vikings and jallred350 are now on the clock (email pick to firstname.lastname@example.org) with the Falcons and Cardsfan08 on deck. If anyone needs to refresh their memory on the second round draft order, check here.
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