There aren’t many ‘sexy’ picks made on Day 2, but this is where a lot of guys with first round talent, but either injuries or off-the-field issues keep their names from being called on Thursday.
Day 2 is also where many teams pick up some of the depth a playoff team needs to make it through the entire season. Guys get injured and the ‘next guy up’ mentality is present late in every NFL season.
Did any teams reach for a player? Who dropped much farther than we thought they would drop?
We explain our thoughts on each second and third round picks.
#36 Budda Baker – S – Arizona Cardinals
#98 Chad Williams – WR – Grambling State Tigers
I like the Baker pick since he could learn under Patrick Peterson and Tyrann Mathieu. I thought the Cardinals would use their first round pick on a receiver, but they waited until the third round to snag Williams.
#75 Duke Riley – LB – LSU Tigers
Head coach Dan Quinn wants to go hard on defense in this draft. The defense-first head coach will forever be known as the guy who blew a huge lead in the Super Bowl. He wants the Falcons defense to never give up a big lead again.
#47 Tyus Bowser – LB – Houston Cougars
#74 Chris Wormley – DE – Michigan Wolverines
#78 Tim Williams – LB – Alabama Crimson Tide
Can you tell the Ravens really want to put pressure on the quarterback next season? Bowser is a long linebacker that could eventually fill the void Elvis Dumervil left when the Ravens let him down this offseason. Williams could come in on passing downs as an edge rusher.
#37 Zay Jones – WR – East Carolina Pirates
#63 Dion Dawkins – OG – Temple Owls
Sammy Watkins is getting some help in Buffalo. Jones will be a solid possession receiver for the Bills. Safeties will eventually need to keep an eye on Jones and double-teams on Watkins will diminish. Dawkins is a versatile offensive lineman that can play both guard and tackle.
#40 Curtis Samuel – WR – Ohio State Buckeyes
#64 Taylor Moton – OG – Western Michigan Broncos
#77 Daeshon Hall – DE – Texas A&M Aggies
I like the Panthers draft so far. They are focusing on need, but also getting the best talent available. I don’t think they have reached on anyone they have selected. Cam Newton will love new RB Christian McCaffrey and WR Curtis Samuel.
#45 Adam Shaheen – TE – Ashland Eagles
The Bears have been beaten up so far in this draft. They gave up too much to move up one spot to take Mitchell Trubisky and now they take a guy who played basketball in the 3rd round. Scouts around the league did drool when they watched Shaheen workout this offseason. This could be a solid pick, but he needs to learn the game.
#48 Joe Mixon – RB – Oklahoma Sooners
#73 Jordan Willis – LB – Kansas State Wildcats
The Bengals offense hit a wall last year, so adding Mixon (even though he comes with a ton of baggage), was a smart pick. Willis will probably backup Carlos Dunlap until improves off the edge.
#52 DeShone Kizer – QB – Notre Dame Fighting Irish
#65 Larry Ogunjobi – DT – Charlotte 49ers
I loved the Browns draft strategy until they chose Kizer. He needed to stay another year to work on his mechanics. He could develop into a good NFL quarterback, but Kizer needs to carry a clipboard for awhile.
#60 Chidobe Awuzie – CB – Colorado Buffaloes
#92 Jourdan Lewis – CB – Michigan Wolverines
The Cowboys got good value with the Awuzie pick. I actually thought he was a borderline first rounder, so to get him at #60 is a steal. Awuzie and Lewis both have a shot to start right away for the Cowboys now that Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne are gone.
#51 DeMarcus Walker – DE – Florida State Seminoles
#82 Carlos Henderson – WR – Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
#101 Brendan Langley – CB – Lamar Cardinals
The Broncos have had a pretty bland draft so far. They are adding depth, so that’s always kind of boring. Henderson is a fast, little guy that could be their #3 receiver next season.
#53 Teez Tabor – CB – Florida Gators
#96 Kenny Golladay – WR – Northern Illinois Huskies
Tabor should be a pretty nice addition to the Lions secondary. As far as Golladay is concerned, the Lions must really love him. He’s a raw receiver, but he’s 6’4 with high upside. He’s more of a guy a team picks in the later rounds.
Green Bay Packers
#33 Kevin King – CB – Washington Huskies
#61 Josh Jones – S – NC State Wolfpack
#93 Montravius Adams – DT – Auburn Tigers
The Packers secondary was a trainwreck last season. They need more guys to improve their group. I thought King was a top-15 pick, so getting him at #33 is a bargain. Jones and Adams are more about adding depth. I’m sure they hope Adams turns into another B.J. Raji.
#57 Zach Cunningham – LB – Vanderbilt Commordores
#89 D’Onta Freeman – RB – Texas Longhorns
Cunningham could be a future replacement for Brian Cushing. I doubt they will re-sign Cushing when his deal runs out due to injury issues. Freeman will be in two-headed rushing attack with Lamar Miller. Freeman can get some experience spelling Miller when he needs a breath.
#46 Quincy Wilson – CB – Florida Gators
#80 Tarell Basham – DE – Ohio Bobcats
I really thought the Colts would pull the trigger on RB Joe Mixon here since all I’ve heard is how much they love him. I’m sure his off-the-field issues scared them off. Wilson is a big corner standing at 6’2 and 211 lbs. They needed some secondary help in this draft. Hooker and Wilson was a nice start. Basham is a 3-4 edge rusher who will need some seasoning. The Colts can use one of their three fourth round picks to take a running back.
#34 Cam Robinson – OT – Alabama Crimson Tide
#68 Dawuane Smoot – DE – Illinois Fighting Illini
I thought Robinson was a top-20 pick, so getting him in the early second round was a nice surprise for the Jaguars. They need to keep Blake Bortles off his back this season. Smoot is an undersized pass rusher who needs to add weight.
Kansas City Chiefs
#59 Tanoh Kpassagnon – DE – Villanova Wildcats
#86 Kareem Hunt – RB – Toledo Rockets
I remember seeing a YouTube video about Kpassagnon last year. He played in the FCS and was so much bigger than anyone else on the field (6’7, 289 lbs). He’s as raw as you can get, but he’s a huge guy. If he is a fast learner, tackles will have a hard time blocking this guy. As far as Hunt is concerned, he is an every-down back that can block. He could get carries right away for the Chiefs.
Los Angeles Chargers
#38 Forrest Lamp – OG – Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
#71 Dan Feeney – C – Indiana Hoosiers
QB Philip Rivers is the clear winner here. Lamp was the best guard in the draft and Feeney was the best center. The Chargers have some nice lineman, so they could have a Cowboys-eque homegrown, elite offensive line very soon.
Los Angeles Rams
#44 Gerald Everett – TE – South Alabama Jaguars
#69 Cooper Kupp – WR – Eastern Washington Eagles
#91 John Johnson – S – Boston College Eagles
The Rams have a lot of needs and getting QB Jared Goff more weapons was a priority. Everett was the best tight end available, but they reached a little to get him at #44. Kupp is a possession receiver that runs precise routes. Everett and Kupp should get targets right away for the Rams.
#54 Raekwon McMillan – LB – Ohio State Buckeyes
#97 Cordrea Tankersley – CB – Clemson Tigers
The Dolphins took a huge step in adding both McMillan and first rounder Charles Harris. Miami could have one of the best linebacking corps if those guys pan out. They are both nice additions to the linebacker group of Kiko Alonso and Lawrence Timmons.
#41 Dalvin Cook – RB – Florida State Seminoles
#70 Pat Elflein – C – Ohio State Buckeyes
The Vikings clearly didn’t think Cook was going to stay on the board for very long, so they traded up for the #41 pick. I’m not sure if Cook was a high priority at first, but once he dropped to where they had a shot at getting him, they pulled the trigger. They recently signed Latavius Murray to replace Adrian Peterson, but it looks like Cook will be the long-term option in Minnesota.
New England Patriots
#83 Derek Rivers – DE – Youngstown State Penguins
#85 Antonio Garcia – OT – Troy Trojans
The Patriots clearly just took the ‘best player available’ with their picks. They are a team with no immediate needs to fill. Rivers and Garcia are just more depth are this point.
New Orleans Saints
#42 Marcus Williams – S – Utah Utes
#67 Alvin Kamara – RB – Tennessee Volunteers
#76 Alex Anzalone – LB – Florida Gators
#103 Trey Hendrickson – LB – Florida Atlantic Owls
Many think Williams is the best safety in this draft, even though a few were drafted ahead of him. He’s an upgrade for the Saints whose pass defense was swiss cheese a year ago. I didn’t like Kamara as a first or second round pick, but he’s a solid third rounder. He has good hands and could play a Darren Sproles-like role for the Saints. He will be behind Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram on the depth chart, but Kamara could carve out a third down niche for himself.
New York Giants
#55 Dalvin Tomlinson – DT – Alabama Crimson Tide
#87 Davis Webb – QB – California Golden Bears
Tomlinson a big dude who can fill the gaps on the line to stop the run. Webb put up big numbers in college, but there was a bit of a learning curve when he transferred from Texas Tech to Cal. He went from a gimmick offense to a pro-style and did struggle at times. He can sit back and learn from Eli for a few years and see how much Webb improves.
New York Jets
#39 Marcus Maye – S – Florida Gators
#79 ArDarius Stewart – WR – Alabama Crimson Tide
Maye is a very good safety and will improve the Jets secondary next to first round pick Jamal Adams. Stewart is ‘just a guy’ right now who didn’t really separate himself from the pack at the NFL Combine. He’s fast and had good hands, but the Jets need a bigger target to replace Brandon Marshall.
#56 Obi Melifonwu – S – Connecticut Huskies
#88 Eddie Vanderdoes – DT – UCLA Bruins
The Raiders got a steal with the Melifonwu selection. I had him as a #32 pick in my Mock Draft. He’s a big safety (6’4) and was a stud at the NFL Combine. He could eventually replace Reggie Nelson at safety for the Raiders.
#43 Sidney Jones – CB – Washington Huskies
#99 Rasul Douglas – CB – West Virginia Mountaineers
Jones tore his Achilles tendon at his pro day, so the Eagles got a bit of a discount. He was a borderline late-first rounder before the injury. Douglas has good instincts as a press corner. He should nab some picks for the Eagles.
#62 JuJu Smith-Schuster – WR – USC Trojans
#94 Cameron Sutton – CB – Tennessee Volunteers
#105 James Conner – RB – Pittsburgh Panthers
I’m not a huge fan of either Smith-Schuster or Sutton, but think they are borderline starters right now. They could both develop into impact players, but Smith-Schuster is a fourth wide receiver and Sutton could play behind Ross Cockrell or take Cockrell’s job. Conner is a nice story. He was a stud at Pitt and had to miss some time to battle cancer. He returned to football and even though he didn’t have the same monster numbers, he was very good.
#35 Malik McDowell – DT – Michigan State Spartans
#58 Ethan Pocic – C – LSU Tigers
#90 Shaquill Griffin – DB – Central Florida Knights
#95 Delano Hill – S – Michigan Wolverines
#102 Nazair Jones – DT – North Carolina Tar Heels
#106 Amara Darboh – WR – Michigan Wolverines
The Seahawks have to keep replenish defensive players after they leave and get big pay days. Seattle won’t be able to afford to keep all their guys on defense. McDowell and Griffin could play right away for Seattle.
San Francisco 49ers
#66 Ahkello Witherspoon – CB – Colorado Buffaloes
#104 C.J. Beathard – QB – Iowa Hawkeyes
I’m not a huge fan of either Witherspoon or Beathard, but new GM John Lynch has shown the ability to move back in a draft and gain picks for the overall future of the Niners. I think San Francisco should have picked Tennessee’s Joshua Dobbs, Pitt’s Nathan Peterman or Miami’s Brad Kaaya over Beathard.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
#50 Justin Evans – S – Texas A&M Aggies
#84 Chris Godwin – WR – Penn State Nittany Lions
#107 Kendell Beckwith – LB – LSU Tigers
Evans will learn under J.J. Wilcox for awhile, but is ready to contribute right away. Godwin is a sure-handed receiver that will be the fourth or fifth receiver as a rookie. Beckwith tore his ACL and it hurt his draft stock. He was a very good linebacker at LSU and could have a second round pick if the injury didn’t occur.
#72 Taywan Taylor – WR – Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
#100 Jonnu Smith – TE – Florida International Panthers
This draft is all about getting QB Marcus Mariota some toys to play with. Taylor is an underneath receiver with YAC upside. Smith needs to improve his blocking and will be the backup for Delanie Walker.
#49 Ryan Anderson – LB – Alabama Crimson Tide
#81 Fabian Moreau – CB – UCLA Bruins
Anderson has a high motor and gets the most out of his above average physical skills. He has great technique to shed blockers. Moreau will be behind Josh Norman and Bashaud Breeland on the depth chart.
Notable Talent Not Drafted on Day 2
Joshua Dobbs – QB – Tennessee Volunteers
Jake Butt – TE – Michigan Wolverines
Nathan Peterman – QB – Pittsburgh Panthers
Samaje Perine – RB – Oklahoma Sooners
Desmond King – CB – Iowa Hawkeyes
Jordan Leggett – TE – Clemson Tigers
Damontae Kazee – CB – San Diego State Aztecs
Dorian Johnson – OG – Pittsburgh Panthers
Lorenzo Jerome – S – St. Francis (PA) Red Flash
Ben Gedeon – LB – Michigan Wolverines
Mack Hollins – WR – North Carolina Tar Heels
Zach Banner – OT – USC Trohans
Donnel Pumphrey – RB – San Diego State Aztecs
Brad Kaaya – QB – Miami Hurricanes
Bobby Roberts (otherwise known as Sweetbob) is the creator of ‘America’s White Boy’ and contributor at Project Shanks. His writing has been featured on ESPN’s ‘SportsNation’, Sports Illustrated’s Hot Clicks, Guyspeed, and various other sites. You can follow him on Twitter at @Sweetbob.