Recapping Day Two of the 2018 NFL Draft
#33 Cleveland Browns: Austin Corbett, OT, Nevada
I have to admit I am a little surprised by this pick. I’m not so surprised about the position though as the Browns need to upgrade at the left tackle position. A good left tackle would solidify the Browns offensive line.
#34 New York Giants: Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP
The Giants use their second pick to upgrade their offensive line. Will Hernandez is a tough player who can help you in the run blocking and pass blocking department. He excelled in a lower conference and should bring that strength to the NFL.
#35 Cleveland Browns: Nick Chubb, RB, Georgia
Nick Chubb right away becomes the Cleveland Browns primary back after losing Isaiah Crowell. Chubb will be a good runner in the NFL. My worry with him is his ability to catch out the backfield and block.
#36 Indianapolis Colts: Darius Leonard, OLB, South Carolina St.
The Colts get a new outside linebacker in Darius Leonard, and even though he is coming out of a smaller conference, he will be asked to contribute right away. I would have liked to see him dominate more at the level he played.
#37 Indianapolis Colts: Braden Smith, OG, Auburn
Braden Smith is a good offensive guard who could challenge for the right guard job opposite Quenton Nelson. At this point, the Colts have upgraded the interior of their offensive line.
#38 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ronald Jones, RB, USC
The Bucs were able to improve their running game with a home run threat in Ronald Jones. Jones’ speed and outside running ability make him a good value pick at this position.
#39 Chicago Bears: James Daniels, C/G, Iowa
This pick upgrades the interior of the Bears offensive line. Daniels is aggressive in taking on blockers and can control the point of attack. The bears seem to be going into 2018 with a decent offensive line.
#40 Denver Broncos: Courtland Sutton, WR, SMU
I don’t know if this pick was the most immediate need for the Broncos on the board, but it was good value. The Broncos get a good height, weight, and speed prospect. The Broncos also added a third receiving option for Case Keenum.
#41 Tennessee Titans: Harold Landry, OLB, Boston College
This is one of my favorite picks of the second round. Harold Landry was going to be a top 15 pick going into the 2017 season. He disappointed in 2017, but being a second-round pick minimizes the risk of him not turning the corner as a pass rusher.
#42 Miami Dolphins: Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State
The Dolphins have a lot of needs here, but they address one of them by going tight end. Mike Gesicki will give Ryan Tannehill another big-bodied receiving option.
#43 Detriot Lions: Kerryon Johnson, RB, Auburn
The Lions get a hard to bring down running option here. They add him to a backfield that includes LeGarrette Blount and teams will have a hard time bringing down the ballcarrier.
#44 San Francisco 49ers: Dante Pettis, WR, Washington
Dante Pettis is a sure-handed receiver who can gain separation in his route running. Pettis also adds a punt returning dimension to the 49ers that should upgrade them in the phase of the game.
#45 Josh Jackson, CB, Iowa
The Packers continue to work on the corner position with this pick here. Many had Josh Jackson as the second corner on their board behind Denzel Ward. Teams didn’t value him that high though.
#46 Kansas City Chiefs: Breeland Speaks, DT, Mississippi
Speaks can be an interior pass rusher to begin his career. At 285 pounds his main value will be rushing the passer; however, if he wants to live up to his second round billing, he will need to help more against the run.
#47 Arizona Cardinals: Christain Kirk, WR, Texas A&M
This is another good value pick by the Cardinals as Kirk was probably a first rounder. I like what he gives you in the slot and he is a sure-handed receiver.
#48 Los Angeles Chargers: Uchenna Nwosu, DE, USC
The Chargers are already stacked at the defensive end position; so, its a bit curious as to why they want to draft this position so early. With Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa on the edges, it’s hard to imagine Nwosu getting much playing time. He may just become a situational pass rusher to start.
#49 Philadelphia Eagles: Dallas Goedert, TE, South Dakota St.
In a pick that was traded three times, the Eagles finally settle on Dallas Goedert. Some have him as the top tight end on their board. He is a small school tight end who produced there. Goedert will be given some time to develop behind Zack Ertz.
#50 Dallas Cowboys: Connor Williams, OG, Texas
The draft audience went nuts as the Texas native who went to Texas was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in Dallas. He was waiting in the green room until day two, but at this point in the draft, the wait is over. Connor Williams will be playing with good company as he will be the other guard next to Travis Frederick and opposite Zack Martin.
#51 Chicago Bears: Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis
The Bears continue the rebuilding of their receiver room picking Anthony Miller. Miller was effective from the slot, and you can expect him to play there in Chicago. The biggest worry I have for this pick is Miller’s drops.
#52 Indianapolis Colts: Kemoko Turay, DE, Rutgers
Turay is a very raw pass rusher who may not have been as productive as you would want from a second-round pick. His ability to stop the run was his better suit at Rutgers, but he has a much higher ceiling as a pass rusher.
#53 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: MJ Stewart, CB, North Carolina
This pick comes a somewhat a surprise as Stewart is a late-riser, but I don’t think he was expected to go this high. The Buccaneers would like to get another corner opposite Brent Grimes, and so this is a step toward that goal.
#54 Cincinnati Bengals: Jesse Bates, S, Wake Forrest
Some speculated that this could be a first-round pick, but the Bengals get good value here in the second-round. Safety wasn’t a huge need, but the Bengals were able to build up the pipeline at safety.
#55 Carolina Panthers: Donte Jackson, CB, LSU
The weakness on the Panthers defense is the corner position, and so it makes sense that they went corner here. Jackson tested well at the combine and has the speed to play in the slot.
#56 New England Patriots: Duke Dawson, CB, Florida
The Patriots went for a more traditional slot corner here. I think he will do well in the slot, but I don’t know if he has the run stopping ability to play on the outside. He is also a bit on the smaller side.
#57 Oakland Raiders: PJ Hall, NT, Sam Houston State
I don’t quite understand why they went after Hall so early in the draft. I think the fifth round pick Maurice Hurst will get on the field before him.
#58 Atlanta Falcons: Isaiah Oliver, CB, Colorado
The Falcons already have a very good secondary, but Isaiah Oliver is good value at this spot in the second-round. He has a lot of raw skills that can be developed. The Falcons improve their cornerback pipeline with this pick.
#59 Washington Redskins: Derrius Guice, RB, LSU
This is also a good value pick. I think Guice is the second best running back in this class behind Saquon Barkley. I think Guice is now the primary running back in Washington.
#60 Pittsburgh Steelers: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma St.
The Steelers traded away Martavis Bryant to the Raiders and now have a hole at wide receiver. Washington immediately becomes the #3 receiver behind Antonio Brown and Juju Smith-Schuster. The Steelers will like that he is slot capable and is a deep threat.
#61 Jacksonville Jaguars: DJ Chark, WR, LSU
This pick makes sense at the Jaguars want to improve on the offensive side of the ball with an outstanding defense. Chark tested well at the combine and therefore should be able to get separation with his speed. I think he is a piece in replacing Allen Robinson.
#62 Minnesota Vikings: Brian O’Neill, OT, Pittsburgh
Brian O’Neill is an athletic tackle who will help bolster the Vikings offensive line. I would imagine that O’Neill will get to play right away with the amount of need the Vikings have on the offensive line.
#63 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Calton Davis, CB, Auburn
This was a good value pick by the Buccaneers. Davis is a big corner who will be able to help the Bucs on the outside. The Bucs have improved themselves at the corner position and will have a lot of competition for the spot next to Brent Grimes.
#64 Indianapolis Colts: Tyquan Lewis, DE, Ohio State
Tyquan Lewis will definitely be better served playing with his hand in the dirt. He probably will help you most as a pass rushing specialist. I don’t know how much the Colts will want him out there in the base defense.
#65 Oakland Raiders: Brandon Parker, OT, North Carolina A&T
The Raiders took Kolten Miller in the first round, but it looks like they want to double-dip at the tackle position to ensure they improve the edge of their offensive line. The Raiders surprise here at the beginning of the third round.
#66 New York Giants: Lorenzo Carter, DE, Georgia
The Giants go defense here and take a chance to improve their defensive line. Carter was highly recruited out of high school but never lived up to his potential at Georgia. He will get a chance to break out in the NFL.
#67 Cleveland Browns: Chad Thomas, DE, Miami
The Browns looked to improve their pass rush here. Thomas is good value here as he will start as a reserve and could develop into a very good pass rusher. He also has been productive against the run.
#68 Houston Texans: Justin Reid, S, Stanford
Justin Reid had a good combine showing, and that put him in the first round discussion. Teams must have been turned off by his college production although its possible he may just not have been used to his advantage at Stanford.
#69 New York Giants: BJ Hill, DT, NC State
BJ Hill got some attention at the Senior Bowl popping Rashaad Penny in one of the practices. His production at NC State was decent, but it was not anything near Bradley Chubb. Hill could be a decent reserve for the Giants.
#70 San Francisco 49ers: Fred Warner, OLB, BYU
I don’t think this is a very good pick by the 49ers. He isn’t a good run defender, and you need that to be an effective linebacker.
#71 Denver Broncos: Royce Freeman, RB, Oregon
We have seen how third-round running backs can turn into effective feature backs and that might just be what the Broncos want in Royce Freeman. His job will be to be the primary runner in place of the recently cut CJ Anderson.
#72 New York Jets: Nathan Shepard, DT, Fort Hays State
I don’t understand this pick for the Jets. For one, they are already very stout up front. Second, I think you could have gotten Shepard later in the draft.
#73 Miami Dolphins: Jerome Baker, OLB, Ohio State
Baker was a need for the Miami Dolphins who really want to improve their linebacker situation. Baker was decently productive at Ohio State in the areas of run stopping and coverage. He is also a decent tackler. He will get early playing time with the Dolphins playing at Ohio State.
#74 Washington Redskins: Geron Christian, OT, Louisville
The Redskins give themselves some depth on the offensive line here. Christian is a good enough pass blocker to stay at tackle in the NFL. His specialty is run blocking, and it could open the door for him to move to guard at some point in his career.
#75 Kansas City Chiefs: Derrick Nnadi, DT, Florida State
The Chiefs get a guy to put in the middle of their defensive line here. He understands the technique of the position and weighs in a 300 plus pounds. He will probably be a nose tackle only in the base formation.
#76 Pittsburgh Steelers: Mason Rudolph, QB, Oklahoma State
The Steelers made a move here to draft the eventual replacement to Ben Roethlisberger. His job for the first year will just be to learn the playbook and be a depth option. If he progresses, he will be asked to be the backup behind Roethlisberger. When Roethlisberger retires, Mason Rudolph will be given a shot to be the quarterback in Pittsburgh.
#77 Cincinnati Bengals: Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State
The Bengals get good value here in the third round with Sam Hubbard. He is a speed rusher who played next to some talent in Nick Bosa and Joey Bosa. He will be asked to play with his hand in the dirt in Cincinnati, and it is a good thing that he has gained weight in his career at Ohio State.
#78 Cincinnati Bengals: Malik Jefferson, LB, Texas
The Bengals also got good value here taking the Texas Linebacker. I think he dropped because his instincts can sometimes leave him out of position. This is a good pick because Jefferson can become a playmaker at the next level.
#79 Seattle Seahawks: Rasheem Green, DE, USC
The Seahawks get a potentially good pass rusher here. Green is best served playing on the end in at 4-3. He will need time to develop into the pass rusher he could be.
#80 Houston Texans: Martinas Rankin, C, Mississippi St.
The Texans really need the help on the offensive line and so a versatile lineman is exactly what they need. It remains to be seen if this pick improves their offensive line.
#81 Dallas Cowboys: Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State
The Cowboys waited to take a receiver and I think it paid off. Gallup was a very productive receiver in the Mountain West and deserves to be drafted this high. He may not be Dez Bryant, but they get good value here in the third round.
#82 Detriot Lions: Tracy Walker, S, Louisiana-Lafayette
The Lions made an interesting pick here in the third round. He is a small school guy who they must think has some potential. It wasn’t a position they were desperate for either.
#83 Baltimore Ravens: Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma
The Ravens get Orlando Brown in about the area he should go. He is an enormous lineman, but his movement has a lot to be desired. I think he will have to work on his kick slide before he gets his shot to start.
#84 Los Angeles Chargers: Justin Jones, DT, NC State
At this point, this is the third member of NC State’s defensive line to be drafted. The hope for him is that he can carve out a career as a depth piece on the defensive line.
#85 Carolina Panthers: Rashaan Gaulden, S, Tennessee
The Panthers went safety in the third round despite having a decent secondary. Gaulden probably will have to make his living on special teams to start.
#86 Baltimore Ravens: Mark Andrews, TE, Oklahoma
The Ravens seem to like the Oklahoma players in the third round as they go with Baker Mayfield‘s tight end. Mark Andrews was a game-changing, receiving tight end in college. He was also a zone-beater for the Sooners.
#87 Oakland Raiders: Arden Key, OLB, LSU
This is an interesting pick here. On the one hand, he was thought of as a top 15 pick before the 2018 season. On the other hand, he had a bad 2017 and brought further questions about whether he loves the game. He has the upside to be a top pass rusher, and that is why the Raiders took a chance on him in the third round.
#88 Green Bay Packers: Oren Burks, ILB, Vanderbilt
The Packers look to improve their linebacking corps here in the third round. This pick was probably because Burks is a solid coverage linebacker. That is becoming more important in today’s NFL.
#89 Los Angeles Rams: Joseph Noteboom, OT, TCU
Joseph Noteboom can be an NFL left tackle, and thus this pick makes sense. You have to think Andrew Whitworth is getting up there in age and that the Rams will need a left tackle of the future.
#90 Atlanta Falcons: Deadrin Senat, DT, South Florida
Many people thought that the Falcons would address the defensive tackle position earlier, but they get good value here in the third round. Senat was a productive player at USF and will be a productive pro when given a chance.
#91 New Orleans Saints: Tre’quan Smith, WR, Central Florida
The Saints added a receiver here, and it will increase their depth at the position. This is a player that will have to play on special teams to keep his job in the NFL.
#92 Pittsburgh Steelers: Chukwoma Okafor, OT, Western Michigan
This is a pick that was kind of surprising. I would have thought that the Steelers would have gone another direction with this pick. This pick is a sign that fourth-round pick of two years ago, Jerald Hawkins, it not progressing. Okafor will be a developmental tackle pick as well.
#93 Jacksonville Jaguars: Ronnie Harrison, SS, Alabama
The Jaguars quietly had a nice draft. The Harrison pick is good value for the third round. Harrison is the type of player that will fill whatever assignment you ask him to.
#94 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Alex Cappa, OG, Humboldt State
After succeeding with Ali Marpet, the Bucs go with another low-division lineman in Cappa. Cappa dominated the conference he was in, and I think he can develop into a tackle or an interior lineman for the Bucs.
#95 San Francisco 49ers: Tarvarius Moore, S, Southern Miss
The 49ers went after a small school safety to try to upgrade their secondary. Moore showed in college he can cover and play the run.
#96 Buffalo Bills: Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford
The Bills don’t have as much of a need at defensive tackle but get a good one in Harrison Phillips. Phillips is a very good run stopper, and that is what he will be asked to do in the NFL.
#97 Arizona Cardinals: Mason Cole, C, Michigan
The Cardinals had a big need on the offensive line and need to find a way to protect Sam Bradford and Josh Rosen. Mason Cole is an underrated center who could help bolster the weak interior of the Cardinals line.
#98 Houston Texans: Jordan Akins, TE, Central Florida
The Texans go with a move tight end here. Akins will help you in the passing game with his receiving. The question is can he help you in the running game with his blocking?
#99 Denver Broncos: Issac Yiadom, CB, Boston College
The Broncos continue to build the pipeline of corners. This is an underrated pick that deserved to go in the third round. Best case scenario, Yiadom takes over for Tremaine Brock.
#100 Kansas City Chiefs: Dorian O’Daniel, OLB, Clemson
O’Daniel is a decent pick here. The question I have with him is can he stop the run? I fear that part of his game is missing. I am confident in his coverage and tackling though.