After a very exciting first day of the day, it’s time for rounds two and three! There are still plenty of talented players left on the board, and this could be where certain teams truly “win” the draft! Throughout these two rounds, I’ll be giving instant grades and analysis for each pick made.
#33 Pick: Bengals Select WR Tee Higgins
The Bengals have decided to continue to overhaul their offense, giving Joe Burrow a new playmaker in Tee Higgins. Higgins, coming from Clemson, was personally my 4th rated receiver, and has all the makings of a tremendous deep threat. He would’ve been well worth a mid first-round pick,. and the Bengals have to be ecstatic to land him here. Still, you have to wonder why they didn’t consider a offensive tackle like Josh Jones to get the offensive line back to average.
#34 Pick: Colts Select WR Michael Pittman Jr.
The Colts desperately needed a receiver to build around for the future, and they’ve found a perfect fit for them in Michael Pittman Jr. The USC product is more of an intermediate, big-body target, but he has enough speed to get by, and is a very refined player. I expect him to contribute immediately, and he gives them to type of player they didn’t have.
#35 Pick: Lions Select RB D’Andre Swift
Rather than continue to improve their defense, offensive line, and receiving corps, the Lions have decided to add another running back to mix, selecting many analysts’ top running back in D’Andre Swift. Swift is a very nice dual-threat running back, but he plays the least valuable position in football, and doesn’t even fill a need for the Lions with Kerryon Johnson on the roster. With far more significant holes on the roster, Detroit is not the type of team who can afford to waste a pick on a running back.
#36 Pick: Giants Select S Xavier McKinney
After adding an offensive tackle yesterday, the Giants have now addressed their defensive backfield, drafting safety Xavier McKinney with the 36th overall pick. Coming from Alabama, McKinney is a very refined and versatile player who is a perfect fit in New York’s Belichick-style defense. I wouldn’t have taken any safety in this draft class in the first round, but in the second round, I’m a fan of this pick; he compensates for them not taking Isaiah Simmons
#37 Pick: Patriots Select S Kyle Dugger
In a very intriguing move, the Patriots have brought in a defensive playmaker, selecting Lenoir-Rhyne safety Kyle Dugger. Had he played at a more prominent school, Dugger’s athletic tools and versatility may have made him a first round pick; he can play linebacker or either safety spot. He’ll need room to grow, but that’s fine considering New England is probably taking a year to reset anyways. If any coach is going to use him properly, it’s Bill Belichick, and it’s awesome that they’re able to get him after trading back.
#38 Pick: Panthers Select EDGE Yetur Gross-Matos
Surprisingly, the Panthers have continued to fortify their defensive front, adding edge rusher Yetur Gross-Matos with the 38th overall pick. At Penn State, Gross-Matos wasn’t very productive, so he’s more of a high-ceiling flyer than a polished player. I like the fit of him, with his elite length and athleticism, ending up with a rebuilding time in the Panthers, but with first-round caliber cornerbacks and receivers on the board, this isn’t a super smart pick; their pass coverage and passing offense is far more important for future success than their front four.
#39 Pick: Dolphins Select OL Robert Hunt
Continuing to beef up their offensive line, the Dolphins have drafted Robert Hunt with their first second-round pick. Interestingly, Hunt was announced as a tackle, even though he projected more as a guard. Either way, he’ll bolster Tua Tagovailoa’s pass protection, and helps them to improve their offensive line; his tackle-guard flexibility is only a bonus.
#40 Pick: Texans Select IDL Ross Blacklock
With their first pick of the draft, the Texans have drafted a local product in TCU’s Ross Blacklock. An athletic marvel, Blacklock has plenty of untapped potential to be worth this selection. However, it’ll take time, and for a team that has long-term holes in some key areas, this feels like the type of luxury pick that a rebuilding team or well-rounded team should be making. Passing on high-end cornerbacks for him doesn’t feel like a logical move.
#41: Colts (via Browns) Select RB Jonathan Taylor
Wow. Despite there being rumors that they wanted to trade down, the Colts have not only traded up a few picks but have drafted a running back in Jonathan Taylor. Taylor’s explosiveness and power was on full-display at Wisconsin, but he doesn’t impact the passing game, and has a lot of tread on the tires. Indianapolis’ offensive line puts them in a position to succeed with any running back, but rather, their wasting valuable draft capital when they were looking at perfect cornerback prospects for their defensive scheme.
#42 Pick: Jaguars Select WR Laviska Shenault Jr.
After focusing on their defense, the Jaguars have now added a playmaker to their offense, bringing in receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. with the 42nd overall pick. Had it not been for his injury concerns, Shenault Jr. would’ve been a first-round pick, as Pro Football Focus compares him to Saquon Barkley with the ball in his hands. Hopefully, the Jaguars can use his run after catch ability in order to get the most of him, but Gardner Minshew needed some more weapons, and this definitely helps.
#43 Pick: Bears Select TE Cole Kmet
The Bears released Trey Burton last week, and they wasted no time finding his replacement; they’ve selected Notre Dame tight end Cole Kmet with their first pick in the draft. Based off of a pure value standpoint, taking a tight end here is a reach, but not worthy of a “D”. However, for a team with no salary cap space and major long-term holes in their secondary, this is a very strange selection. Kmet isn’t someone who is going to create much on his own, as he’s simply just a solid player all around. He wasn’t even the best tight end in this draft, in my opinion, and I’m confused why Chicago bypassed much better prospects for him.
#44 Pick: Browns Select S Grant Delpit
They fortified their offensive line by selecting tackle Jedrick Wills Jr., and now, they’ve filled a major hole in the middle of their defense. Grant Delpit’s poor 2019 campaign prevented him from being a first-round pick, but his coverage ability is terrific, and he projects really well as a versatile free safety; he complements Karl Joseph and Andrew Sendejo tremendously. Simply put, I am absolutely in love with the start go this draft for the Browns.
#45 Pick: Buccaneers Select S Antoine Winfield Jr.
And now, another safety has come off the board; the Bucs have drafted Antoine Winfield Jr. with the 45th overall pick. In a perfect world, Tampa Bay would land a tackle in the first round, and then a playmaking safety like Winfield Jr. in the second round. Well, this apparently is a perfect world for the Bucs, and it’s a fabulous move to improve their secondary, rather than add the running back everyone wanted them to get. I love the Browns draft, but Tampa’s has also been fantastic.
#46 Pick: Broncos Select WR KJ Hamler
One playmaker wasn’t enough for the Broncos! After selecting Jerry Jeudy in the first round, they’ve doubled-up at the receiver position, bringing in speedster KJ Hamler. As mentioned, Hamler is an absolute burner who will line up in the slot for Denver. His potential is off the charts, and if he pans out, he’ll be an electric playmaker for them. Now, I would’ve preferred for them to add a cornerback here, but I can’t fault a team too much for adding as many weapons to the mix as possible; they’ll be able to get a good read on if Drew Lock is a viable option at quarterback.
#47 Pick: Falcons Select IDL Marlon Davidson
After adding a cornerback in AJ Terrell yesterday, the Falcons have now addressed their defensive front, using the 47th pick in the draft on interior rusher Marlon Davidson. Despite playing edge rusher at Auburn, Davidson was very productive. However, his conversion inside is a massive projection, and the Falcons had a chance to completely fix their secondary by double-dipping at cornerback. Yet, this is a team that has always valued getting better on the trenches, so perhaps I shouldn’t be too surprised.
#48 Pick: Seahawks (via Jets) Select EDGE Darrell Taylor
The Seahawks have traded up eleven spots, surrounding a third-round pick, in order to take edge rusher Darrell Taylor. Taylor has an excellent bull-rush and was an underrated player at Tennessee, but he’s not a player that you trade up for, especially with an offensive tackle (Josh Jones), cornerbacks, and some playmakers on the board. The value with Taylor isn’t great here, but to trade up to select him? I’m not a fan.
#49 Pick: Steelers Select WR/TE Chase Claypool
With their first pick in the draft, the Steelers have brought in a very intriguing player, selecting Chase Claypool with the 49th overall pick. A receiver with tight end size, it remains to be seen where Claypool will play in the NFL. However, with 4.42 speed, he has the potential to be a tremendous weapon with tons of versatility for the Steelers. Perhaps this was a bit of a luxury pick, but it’s hard to fault them too much for adding a playmaker; a tackle or cornerback would’ve made more sense though.
#50: Bears Select CB Jaylon Johnson
Finally, a cornerback has come off the board! After their first confusing selection, the Bears made up for it somewhat, bringing in cornerback Jaylon Johnson with their second pick on day two. A ball-hawking cornerback with tremendous instincts, Johnson is a perfect fit in Chicago’s zone-heavy, quarters defensive scheme. He fills a massive hole on their defense, and simply put, it would’ve been a disaster for them to not draft a cornerback in this loaded draft.
#51 Pick: Cowboys Select CB Trevon Diggs
The Cowboys are having an incredible draft! Just one round after adding a playmaker in CeeDee Lamb, they’ve now gotten the cornerback they may have taken in round one. Trevon Diggs is an excellent press-man corner that could thrive in the proper scheme, and was worth a pick in the first round. You couldn’t have drawn this draft up any better for Dallas.
#52 Pick: Rams Select RB Cam Akers
Just a month after cutting ties with Todd Gurley, the Rams have found his replacement, drafting Cam Akers with the 52nd overall pick. Akers has plenty of athletic tools, and a lack of production has a lot to do with the awful offensive line he played behind in Los Angeles. He’ll have to deal with the same problems with the Rams, and you know how they could’ve fixed that problem? By taking a tackle like Josh Jones; they also could’ve taken advantage of the fact that some of the receivers and defensive backs have fallen in this draft. Instead, they continue to compound on what has been a disastrous offseason for them.
#53 Pick: Eagles Select QB Jalen Hurts
In what is easily the most shocking of the second round so far, the Eagles have bypassed athletic linebackers, receivers, and cornerbacks for…… Jalen Hurts? Philadelphia definitely needed a backup quarterback, but in the second round? Even worse, Hurts’ inability to go through progression is alarming, and I just don’t see him as even a high-end backup. His ceiling is Tyrod Taylor, and simply put, I’m not taking him in the second round when there are significantly better players available.
#54 Pick: Bills Select EDGE AJ Epenesa
The Bills needed to get younger with their pass rush, and had they not traded the 22nd overall pick for Stefon Diggs, AJ Epenesa may have been in consideration for that pick. Instead, Buffalo is able to get him with the 54th overall pick. One can argue that cornerback was somewhere they could’ve addressed, but Epenesa is fantastic value here, as he’s a polished pass rusher capable of playing inside or as an edge rusher; he’s a tremendous scheme fit in head coach Sean McDermott’s scheme. The Bills are yet another team who have had an amazing offseason.
#55 Pick: Ravens Select RB JK Dobbins
Some teams simply know their strengths, and the Ravens are clearly embracing their identity as a power-running football team; they’ve added JK Dobbins to complement Mark Ingram in their backfield. Dobbins was very productive at Ohio State, and has the type of contact balance that should lead to instant production- he’s a similar player to Josh Jacobs. Yet, Baltimore also has a very favorable scheme for running backs, so I’m not sure I would’ve recommended drafting one this early, especially since they have a lot of picks. This is a luxury pick they can probably afford, but it still isn’t representing adequate value.
#56 Pick: Dolphins Select IDL Raekwon Davis
The Dolphins seriously must not like Josh Jones; they’ve drafted interior rusher Raekwon Davis with the 56th overall pick. Davis’ length and power is intriguing, but he wasn’t productive at Alabama, nor did he produce. Even with multiple offensive line picks, Miami needs to continue to get better there, as well as add weapons. Instead, they add a run-stuffing defensive lineman, which is just confusing; at least he’s a solid scheme fit in Brian Flores’ defense?
#57 Pick: Rams Select WR Van Jefferson
They’re wasting no time bringing in playmakers! After adding a running back, the Rams have selected receiver Van Jefferson with the 57th overall pick. With his ability to create separation, Jefferson is a very refined prospect coming out of Florida. I’m a little shocked that he went this early, but it was a good value; it’s very hard to continue to bypass the offensive line, however.
#58 Pick: Vikings Select OT Ezra Cleveland
The Vikings smartly waited until the second day of the draft to improve their offensive line, and have added a player who is an excellent scheme fit. Ezra Cleveland’s agility makes him a perfect scheme fit in their zone-blocking scheme, and although he’s not ready to start, won’t need to; he’s the future replacement for Riley Reiff. This is where teams should be taking developmental tackles, so I have no problem with this pick.
#59 Pick: Jets Select WR Denzel Mims
After adding an offensive tackle in Mekhi Becton, the Jets have now added a weapon for Sam Darnold. Denzel Mims was expected to go in the first round, but instead, he falls to the 59th overall pick, which is very surprising. Mims isn’t a polished receiver and is a bit of a risky pick, but that’s the exact type of receiver you should take at the beginning of the second round, and the potential pay-off is massive. I love this pick for them.
#60 Pick: Patriots (via Ravens) Select EDGE/LB Josh Uche
The Patriots have come up 11 spots, getting their new edge rusher/linebacker hybrid to replace Kyle Van Noy. Uche graded out very well from Pro Football Focus at important positions, and he’s capable of rushing the passer and playing off-ball linebacker. He’s an absolutely perfect fit for Bill Belichick’s defensive scheme, and he’s wasting no time improving his defense.
#61 Pick: Titans Select CB Kristian Fulton
In what is easily the steal of the draft, the Titans have added a cornerback who I had ranked as the eighth-best player on my positional value adjusted draft board in cornerback Kristian Fulton. Fulton was a very productive player at LSU, has no glaring weaknesses, and at worst is a high-end #2 cornerback. He was the second-best cornerback in this draft class, in my opinion, and to get him here at pick #61 is fantastic; it would’ve been a home run pick to get him with their first-round pick.
#62 Pick: Packers Select RB AJ Dillon
The Packers seriously aren’t in the business of improving the production of Aaron Rodgers; they’ve bypassed receivers and offensive tackles for…. AJ Dillon?? Personally, I didn’t have a draft-able grade on Dillon, as he’s a power runner who can’t change directions and isn’t a fit in the modern NFL. This accomplishes nothing for the Packers, and although the Love pick was a long-term play, I can’t see the strategy with this surprising pick whatsoever.
#63 Pick: Chiefs Select LB Willie Gay Jr.
This is the ultimate luxury draft for the Chiefs; after taking Clyde Edwards-Helaire, they’ve made a major gamble by taking linebacker Willie Gay Jr. Gay Jr. has a lot of off-field concerns that dropped him to this point in the draft. However, he’s an athletic freak with incredible athleticism, and if they believe he’s not a liability off the field, this is an amazing pick that fills a massive hole for them.
#64 Pick: Panthers (via Seahawks) Select S Jeremy Chinn
The Panthers have traded up to the last pick of the second round, selecting linebacker/safety hybrid Jeremy Chinn. Coming out of Southern Illinois, Chinn is a versatile player with a lot of athleticism. However, he failed to dominate against inferior competition, so I personally believe he’s a bit overhyped; people like the idea of him more than the player. I’m not sure he’s a player I’d be trading up for, though I recognize that the potential pay-off is legitimate.
#65 Pick: Bengals Select LB Logan Wilson
After adding to their offense, the Bengals have added to the defense in the third down. Linebacker Logan Wilson isn’t the most athletic player, but he’s an excellent coverage linebacker with great instincts, and should be an immediate contributor for the Bengals. Yet, why not do something to improve the offensive line? I like the player, but Joe Burrow is going to need protection at some point.
#66 Pick: Redskins Select RB/WR Antonio Gibson
So, the Redskins are going to come out of the draft with an edge rusher and running back? To be fair, Antonio Gibson is a swiss-army knife weapon who is a running back/receiver hybrid, so he’s more than a traditional running back, but if he’s a receiver, they passed on better players. Also, if he’s a running back, he has no business being selected here, based on the value of the position. Washington’s offensive line, and offense as a whole, is a mess, but they continue to disregard positional value.
#67 Pick: Lions Select EDGE/LB Julian Okwara
The brothers have reunited! Julian Okwara will join forces with Romeo Okwara in Detroit, as the Lions have selected them with the 67th overall pick. Okwara is a bit of a project as an edge rusher, but he has freaky athletic tools, and actually was productive at Notre Dame. Plus, his coverage ability may make him a useful edge rusher/linebacker hybrid, so I love the schematic fit with head coach Matt Patricia. The Lions defense is going to be significantly better in the future.
#68 Pick: Jets Select S Ashtyn Davis
In what is a very intriguing pick, the Jets have gotten a very good value selection, drafting Ashtyn Davis with their first third-round pick. Davis projects as a single-high safety with excellent athleticism as a former track star, and his ceiling is tremendous. Rangy safeties are always valuable, and he complements Jamal Adams, more of a versatile weapon, perfectly. This is a value pick, and I’m loving New York’s day-two haul so far.
#69 Pick: Seahawks Select IOL Damien Lewis
The Seahawks finally have bolstered their offensive line, bringing in guard Damien Lewis with their first third-round pick. Lewis is a total Seahawks type of player, as he’s a mauler with excellent run-blocking potential, but he can be a liability in pass protection. The whole point of adding to the offensive line is supposed to be about protecting Russell Wilson, and this pick doesn’t accomplish that, nor does it help them at tackle; who is going to take Josh Jones?
#70 Pick: Dolphins Select S Brandon Jones
So, the Dolphins have now bypassed offensive players for a run-stuffer and a box safety? Brandon Jones will defend the run and play a Patrick Chung role for Miami, but that’s a very replaceable skillset. That’s not something you take in the third round, especially with a roster as thin on offensive talent.
#71 Pick: Ravens Select IDL Justin Madubuike
The Ravens are a team that always builds from the perimeter, but they’ve built their defense well, and clearly value interior rushers in the right spot. Justin Madubuike is a powerful player with a lot of potential, but he needs time to develop, and is the exact player you target in the middle rounds. He won’t have to make an impact for Baltimore in year one, but does fill a future need for them.
#72 Pick: Cardinals Select OT Josh Jones
He finally got selected! Josh Jones was supposed to be drafted in the first round, based on early projections, but he goes in the third round to Arizona in what is absolute heist. His athleticism and pass-blocking upside will work well in Kliff Kingsbury’s pass-heavy, opened-up offensive scheme, and fills a serious long-term hole for them. So, the Cardinals add the best non-quarterback in Isaiah Simmons and land a first-round caliber tackle? What a draft.
#73 Pick: Jaguars Select IDL Davon Hamilton
The Jaguars have now bolstered their defensive interior, drafting nose tackle Davon Hamilton with the 73rd overall pick. Hamilton didn’t play a lot at Ohio State, and has some athleticism and potential, but he wasn’t even the best nose tackle on the board, and is a very safe pick for a rebuilding team. It’s not optimal value.
#74 Pick: Saints (via Browns) Select LB Zack Baun
After passing on a linebacker in the first round, the Saints have traded up for a player that I rated just as highly as Patrick Queen and Kenneth Murray. Zack Baun will have to make the conversion from edge rusher to off-ball linebacker, but he’s very athletic, and is a solid value pick in the third round. Now, am I trading away a future third-round pick to select him. Probably not, but it isn’t an egregious pick, especially since he’s a nice scheme fit and could be Demario Davis’ long-term replacement. It’s rare to see the Saints plan for the future.
#75 Pick: Lions (via Colts) Select IOL Jonah Jackson
To move up ten spots, the Lions have traded a fifth-round pick in order to select interior offensive lineman Jonah Jackson. Jackson isn’t very athletic, nor does he run block, but he’s a balanced player with a high floor in pass protection, which is what you’re looking for in a guard. Detroit’s offensive line was very weak on the interior, and the cost of the trade up was minimal anyways.
#76 Pick: Bucs Select RB Ke’Shawn Vaughn
The Bucs finally added the running back many wanted them to take, though it’s a bit of a surprise; they’ve selected Vanderbilt product Ke’Shawn Vaughn. Vaughn doesn’t excite me in any ways, as he’s a one-cut runner, but he’s a high-floor player who’ll be a weapon in the passing game for Tom Brady. It’s definitely a reach, though, especially with some slot receivers and a couple of intriguing pass rushers and defensive backs on the board.
#77 Pick: Broncos Select CB Michael Ojemudia
Now, the Broncos have added a cornerback to the mix, selecting cornerback Michael Ojemudia with the 77th overall pick. Coming from Iowa, Ojemudia is a safe player who was meant to play in head coach Vic Fangio’s zone-heavy scheme. Although there were some other intriguing corners on the board, it’s the right position to address here, and a nice job by Denver to fix one of their few remaining major holes.
#78 Pick: Falcons Select IOL Matt Hennessy
Filling more of a long-term need, the Falcons have found their future replacement for center Alex Mack; they’ve drafted athletic interior offensive lineman Matt Hennessy. Hennessy will need some time to develop, but his athleticism and pass-blocking potential makes him well worth a mid-round pick, and is a high-value pick for them. Like I’ve said repeatedly, this is where you should be looking to address the interior of your offensive and defensive lines.
#79 Pick: Jets Select EDGE Jabari Zuniga
Adding a high-“upside” edge rusher to the mix, the Jets have drafted Jabari Zuniga with their second third-round pick, which is where they’ve decided to bolster their defense. Zuniga has the athletic tools to get you excited, but he rarely actually uses them, and is definitely a reach; there were far better edge rushers, such as Curtis Weaver, on the board; also, why not add a cornerback or another impact offensive player?
#80 Pick: Raiders Select RB/WR Lynn Bowden Jr.
In what is a very fascinating decision, the Raiders have brought in a player that head coach Jon Gruden will love. Lynn Bowden Jr. has experience at running back, receiver, and quarterback, but he’s most likely going to be a receiving back/slot, gimmick receiver, which is a good fit for a head coach that likes to utilize the short passing game. I don’t know how much he’ll actually be used, but it’s an understandable pick that could certainly pay off for them.
#81 Pick: Raiders Select WR Bryan Edwards
The Raiders continue to load up on playmakers! After adding Henry Ruggs III and Bowden, they’ve now brought in another pass-catching weapon in Bryan Edwards. Edward’s size and run after catch ability is very intriguing, and makes him worth a pick at this point of the draft, considering the value of the receiver position. Yet, I do wonder how much playing time he’s even going to get, as they have a lot of depth at receiver, so perhaps I don’t love the pick as much; this feels almost too extreme.
#82 Pick: Cowboys Select IDL Neville Gallimore
The Cowboys continue to address future needs, as their interior defensive line is a little old, and there were able to bring in nose tackle Neville Gallimore. Gallimore, coming out of Oklahoma, has a lot of potential to be more than your traditional nose tackle, as he’s super athletic with pass-rush potential. You could’ve argued that an edge rusher like Curtis Weaver, another defensive back, or a more flexible interior rusher like Jordan Elliot would be better, but this is around where I would’ve taken Gallimore.
#83: Broncos Select IOL Lloyd Cushenberry
We knew the Broncos would try to improve their offensive line at some point, and they’ve done so by adding Lloyd Cushenberry. Cushenberry, partly because of his role in LSU’s historic offense, was well-regarded by most evaluator. Personally, from the information I’ve gathered, he appears to be a liability in pass protection, so I don’t like the value here. Yet, at the same time, I’m all for avoiding weak-links on the offensive line, especially at this point of the draft, so Denver still gets a “C-“, whereas the caliber of player, based on my opinion, may justify a lower grade
#84 Pick: Rams Select EDGE Terrell Lewis
In what is a major gamble, the Rams are going for upside to improve their pass rush, bringing in edge rusher Terrell Lewis. Lewis is an athletic marvel, but he never really developed at Alabama, and he was failed medically by several teams. With how bad of an offensive line and how thin Los Angeles’ defense is, this is the type of risky pick that they probably shouldn’t have made, though I understand the risk-reward potential.
#85 Pick: Colts Select S Julian Blackmon
The Colts are rumored to be interested in trading Malik Hooker, so at the very least, he may not be in their long-term plans. Therefore, general manager Chris Ballard is taking a long-term approach with this selection, bringing in a single-high safety in Julian Blackmon. Since he tore his ACL at the end of last season, Blackmon may not be ready to play right away, but he has Marcus Williams potential as a rangy coverage safety. It’s a nice pick, though not one to get overly excited about it; they did trade down though, which is an added bonus.
#86 Pick: Bills Select RB Zack Moss
Because Josh Allen isn’t a competent-enough quarterback to be a pass-heavy team, the Bills may be forced to run the ball more than the average team. Therefore, they’ve brought in Zack Moss to complement Devin Singletary in their backfield. With his elusiveness and contact balance, Moss draws a lot of Kareem Hunt comparisons, and although I don’t love him as a player, there actually is some pay-off at this point in the draft, considering the state of the Bills’ franchise; no major holes and lots of financial flexibility for the future. This is around the range where teams should be targeting their running backs, and Moss did rank at the top at most meaningful statistics in college.
#87 Pick: Patriots Select LB/EDGE Anfernee Jennings
In what is the most Patriots-style pick, they’ve added yet another edge rusher/linebacker hybrid, this time Anfernee Jennings. Coming out of Alabama, Jennings is a disciplined player, but he’s more of a run defender than a pass rusher, and this is a reach. Yet, I love the fit with him in New England, and his value as a player definitely increases there. At some point, they should address the offense for the future, but this is the ultimate Bill Belichick draft.
#88 Pick: Browns Select IDL Jordan Elliot
Continuing on with their fantastic draft, the Browns have made another high-value pick; after trading down and securing a future third-round pick, they were able to land Missouri interior rusher Jordan Elliot. The highest graded interior defender in all of college football last season from Pro Football Focus, Elliot is an extremely talented pass rusher, and was easily the third-best player at his position in this draft. This is exceptional value for Cleveland, especially after they traded down.
#89 Pick: Vikings Select CB Cameron Dantzler
Speaking of fantastic drafts, how about the Vikings? They needed multiple cornerbacks, and Cameron Dantzler is the fantastic fit for Mike Zimmer’s defense. He isn’t very athletic, but his zone coverage instincts are off the charts, and long speed isn’t required in this scheme. I’m happy that he landed at a place where he’d thrive, and simply put, Minnesota has managed to fill all of their important long-term needs.
#90 Pick: Texans Select EDGE Jonathan Greenard
Continuing to bolster their front four, the Texans have now completely revamped their pass rush, bringing in Florida edge rusher Jonatha Grennard. I like Greenard’s abilities as a developmental pass rusher, and the Texans definitely needed to address this position in the future; the talent at cornerback has diminished at this point. Yet, they need to hit on these picks, so rather than take more of developmental player, a more refined player in Curtis Weaver would’ve been more logical.
#91 Pick: Patriots (via Raiders) Select TE Devin Asiasi
There is the offensive player I’ve been calling for! The Patriots definitely needed a tight end, so they traded up to get their guy in UCLA’s Devin Asiasi. Asiasi’s run after catch ability and run-blocking is intriguing, but not only were there better tight ends on the board, but they had a chance to add a weapon on the perimeter. Tight end is a tough position to evaluate, so this is where teams should take them, but like some of New England’s other picks, I’m not sure the value is quite there.
#92 Pick: Ravens Select WR Devin Duvernay
In what is a pick that I absolutely love, the Ravens actually take the player they I had mocked to them in my “what I would do mock draft”!. Devin Duvernay is the perfect receiver for the Ravens offense, as he’s a slot receiver who is super reliable and has amazing abilities after the catch, and gives Baltimore the intermediate target they needed. This definitely makes up for them not adding a playmaker early in the draft, and is an amazing pick in terms of value.
#93 Pick: Titans Select RB Darrynton Evans
It’s obvious that day two is where the running backs will go; the Titans have added a complement for Derrick Henry in their backfield with Darryngton Evans. Evans projects as a Raheem Mostert type with excellent speed and zone-rushing ability, which fits very well in the Titans’ offensive scheme. There were some other value picks for them, especially with an edge rusher like Curtis Weaver, but it’s not an atrocious selection by any means.
#94 Pick: Packers Select TE Josiah Deguara
Continuing on in what has been a very interest draft for the Packers, they’ve added a very versatile weapon in Josiah Deguara. Deguara, who can play in the slot, as an H-back, or maybe an inline tight end, is a player I really liked. Yet, this is too early for him, especially with better tight ends on the board, and Green Bay really could use an impact outside receiver. If this was in the fourth round, I’d like it more, but this isn’t great value.
#95 Pick: Broncos Select IDL McTelvin Agim
The best part of the Broncos’ draft is that they clearly understand positional value, as they addressed the perimeter before working to the trenches. Therefore, they’re able to land a high-potential interior defender in McTelvin Agim, who was an underrated pass rusher at Arkansas. This also was definitely a long-term need for them, so I continue to really enjoy their draft.
#96 Pick: Chiefs Sign OT Lucas Niang
The Chiefs may have taken a running back in the first round, but I really have loved what they’ve done in rounds two and three. Lucas Niang is the perfect developmental tackle to take at this stage in the draft, and he was well worth a second-round pick. He’ll need time to refine his abilities, but the Chiefs not only needed a swing tackle, but someone to potentially take over at tackle in the future; they won’t have the cap space to fill that void in free agency, or extend Eric Fisher. This is a fantastic pick for them.
#97 Pick: Browns Select LB Jacob Phillips
In what is the first poor pick from the Browns, they’ve worked to address the linebacker position by drafting LSU linebacker Jacob Phillips. This was the time for Cleveland to improve their linebacking core, but I personally haven’t seen a lot of adequate reviews of Phillips’ skillset, so I saw him as more of a late day-three player. Obviously, I could be wrong, so at least it’s a position they needed to fill, but this is too early for my liking.
#98 Pick: Ravens Select LB Malik Harrison
Adding another linebacker to the mix, the Ravens have added the exact opposite player of Patrick Queen, bringing in Ohio State linebacker Malik Harrison. Harrison, coming out of Ohio State, is more of a thumping linebacker, but he is an excellent scheme fit, as he can be used as a downhill weapon while Queen is more of a rangy coverage player. It’s a reach, in my mind, but I almost love the fit too much to ignore it.
#99 Pick: Giants Select OT Matt Peart
It’s safe to say the Giants have their tackle duo for the future. They’ve not only brought in Andrew Thomas, but now got an absolute steal with the perfect developmental tackle in Matt Peart. The UConn product’s length and athleticism is off the charts, and although he’s a little raw, can sit behind Nate Solder before taking over for him. You could argue that edge rusher Curtis Weaver would be the ideal pick, but it’s clear the NFL is really low on him, and this has such a massive potential reward for the Giants.
#100: Raiders Select LB/S Tanner Muse
The Raiders continue on with their interesting third round, drafting a safety/linebacker hybrid in Tanner Muse. Muse could be an excellent pick as an athletic linebacker, but if that’s the plan for him, why not take an actual linebacker? If he’s asked to play safety, he’ll be exposed like he was in the National Championship game, and that definitely wasn’t an area Las Vegas needed to get better at. They certainly needed to get younger on the offensive line, secondary, and pass rush, though I do have to say that I can see a world where they’re able to reap some benefits from this pick.
#101 Pick: Patriots (via Jets) Select TE Dalton Keane
Interestingly, the Patriots have double-dipped at the tight end position, trading up again for a player; they’ve drafted Dalton Keane after sending an extra fourth and sixth-round pick to trade up. Keane is an athletic player who can be used as an H-back. He’ll be used properly for New England, but it’s not a player that’s worth trading up for. This is probably a “C+/B-” in terms of value, yet I really don’t like that they traded up- depth should be valued more than it has been for the Patriots.
#102 Pick: Steelers Select EDGE Alex Highsmith
The Steelers have selected edge rusher Alex Highsmith with the 102nd pick in the draft. Highsmith is very athletic and has potential coming out of Charlotte, and could be Bud Dupree’s eventual replacement in a move to save cap space. Yet, with intriguing offensive lineman on the board, as well as quarterback Jake Fromm and edge rusher Curtis Weaver, this isn’t an ideal pick for them.
#103 Pick: Eagles Select LB/S Davion Taylor
In a move that could massively pay-off for them, the Eagles have selected developmental linebacker/safety Davion Taylor. With his athleticism, Taylor is a player with a lot of potential. Yet, he’s a massive work-in-progress, given his limited experience playing football, so they’ll have to patient with developing him. There were much better players on the board, but I do understand the thinking here.
#104 Pick: Rams Select S Terrell Burgess
I haven’t loved the Rams’ draft for the most part, but this is a fantastic selection. Terrell Burgess is an intriguing player with the ability to play slot cornerback, box safety, and free safety, and he’s tremendous value at this point of the draft. Los Angeles needed to get better in their secondary, and Burgess will be a cheap, impact contributor for them.
#105 Pick: Saints (via Vikings) Select TE Adam Trautman
In what has to be the most classic “Saints move”, they’ve traded the rest of their draft (4th, 5th, 6th, 7th) to secure the services of Dayton tight end Adam Trautman. My top tight end in this year’s draft, Trautman isn’t a great straight-line runner, but he has lots of potential as an in-line player, and will be Jared Cook’s future replacement. I don’t love them trading up, but he is a good fit and makes the Saints better for the future; for once, I’m glad they’ve taken a long-term approach.
#106 Pick: Ravens Select OL Tyre Phillips
Finishing off the second day of the draft, the Ravens have rightfully bolstered their offensive line, drafting tackle/guard Tyre Phillips. At 331 pounds with no agility, Phillips will almost certainly play guard for the Ravens, and is an ideal fit for their power running scheme. I’m surprised that Netane Muti has slipped to the third day of the day, as he was the perfect player for Baltimore, but as a guard, I think much more highly of Phillips than I did as a tackle.