Names to watch in the second round

NEW YORK — With Day 2 of the draft and 66 more picks lingering in the immediate future, I can’t help but think back to a conversation I had yesterday with Joe Montana, who was a third-round pick in the 1979 draft. If Montana went that low, it is a clear reminder that there are plenty of good players still available at this stage of the draft.

Gil Brandt posted the top remaining players from his Hot 100 late last night, a list that starts with QB Jimmy Clausen, LB Sergio Kindle, DE Carlos Dunlap, QB Colt McCoy and OT Rodger Saffold.

Checking Mike Mayock’s first-round mock draft, he nailed down 27 of the 32 players taken, with these five remaining: Clausen, Kindle, Saffold, OT Charles Brown and LB Daryl Washington.

And, in a glimpse at Pat Kirwan’s second-round mock that was just posted, he has seven of those eight players going in the top half of the second round, with WR Golden Tate (Rams), CB Chris Cook (Vikings) and DE Everson Griffen (Bucs) as the first three selections.

So, there are some names to keep an eye on in round two.

— Frank Tadych

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