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NFL Draft Live - Picks #41-48: Jarvis Jenkins, Brooks Reed, Kyle Rudolph, Titus Young, Rahim Moore, Orlando Franklin, Lance Kendricks, Stefen Wisniewski

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Washington Redskins (2.41) -- Jarvis Jenkins (DE/Clemson) Jenkins is a guy I had long-shot aspirations for sliding to the Seahawks in this round. Jenkins gives the Redskins some meat up front in the presumed absence of part-time deviant/nose-tackle Albert Haynesworth and, if he can become a guy to be counted on every down, can solidify the Redskins' awful defense. I was really underwhelmed by Washington's first-round trade-back, and am a little surprised that they still haven't addressed their quarterback situation.

Houston Texans (2.42) -- Brooks Reed (DE/Arizona) The defense-starved Texans have used their first two drafts picks on defensive end. I find it a little unusual, given that DE is one of the only defensive positions they already had All-Pro talent at. That's still a secondary with a lot of holes in it. You can't start JJ Watt, Mario Williams, and Brooks Reed all at once.

Edit: Brooks Reed may be used as an OLB as Houston switches to a 3-4. So, maybe you can.

Maybe Houston is hoping that a high-energy three-man rotation on the ends will force QBs to get rid of the ball a bit quicker and help out their over-matched defensive backs.

Minnesota Vikings (2.43) -- Kyle Rudolph (TE/Notre Dame) As a Notre Dame fan, I've gotten a lot of opportunity to watch Rudolph and I've been very impressed not only with his hands, but his ability to get and keep separation from defenders. I've said before that I think Minnesota is a good situation for a rookie quarterback to go, and this pick surely helps Christian Ponder's situation, adding another weapon to the fold that already includes Adrian Peterson, Sidney Rice, and Visanthe Shiancoe.

Detroit Lions (2.44) -- Titus Young (WR/Boise St) Oh thank God, the Lions drafted a wide receiver! Unlike Detroit's top-of-the-draft wideout gambles in the past, however, Titus Young gives Matthew Stafford a system-ready WR who can take some of the pressure off of Calvin Johnson. If he develops into an NFL-quality receiver, safeties are going to have a hell of a choice to make when both Megatron and Young are stretching the secondary. The under-the-radar beneficiary of this pick may very well be Jahvid Best, as increased talent in the pass game could open up the run game for the young RB out of Cal.

Denver Broncos (2.45) -- Rahim Moore (S/UCLA) Moore is a fast, ball-hawking play-maker whose ability to cover ground tormented QBs in the pass-happy Pac-10. He has the ability to give Denver a big-play safety over the top of Champ Bailey. the only real concern I have is whether or not the somewhat slight Moore can bring down an NFL RB or TE at full speed.

Denver Broncos (2.46) -- Orlando Franklin (OL/Miami) Denver continues to accumulate a lot of athleticism in this draft as they use their second of consecutive picks to snag Miami's bruising Franklin. Franklin is big enough and mean enough, but it remains to be seen whether or not he'll be agile enough to make the necessary blocks at the pro level. If he does, then Denver has increased their stable of young players and may just be building a foundation of starters that will last for years. I gotta imagine that John Fox is liking how this draft has played out so far.

St. Louis Rams (2.47) -- Lance Kendricks (TE/Wisconsin) Didn't really see this coming, but I don't know how much it matters. For whatever reason, Kendricks doesn't strike me as a real difference maker. He's a reception-centric TE and I'm not really sure how much impact he'll have for the Rams. As a Seahawks fan, I hope I'm right, because when Mark Clayton is healthy, the last thing I want the Rams doing is adding another offensive play-maker.

Oakland Raiders (2.48) -- Stefen Wisniewski (C/Penn St) This pick sends Jon Gruden down memory lane like a proud papa, re-telling stories of crying at the doorstep of the elder Wisniewski who played for him as a Raider himself. If Stefen can bring the same skill and toughness as his father, then Oakland has added an interior asset to an offense that showed stretches of explosiveness last year.