No event on the planet features millions of fans experiencing the highest of highs and the lowest of lows without a player stepping foot on a field quite like the NFL Draft.
With an enthralling 1st Round of the Draft in the books, dominated as expected by a plethora of premiere front 7 defensive players (20 total defenders selected), we eagerly await Day 2, which is often referred to as the money rounds. General Managers can hit home runs in the 1st Round but hitting doubles in Day 2 is the key to success when finding talent and building a roster. I present you my 2nd Round Mock Draft. The information in parenthesis following a players name indicates if the Organization met with the player at the Senior Bowl, Combine, Pro Day, hosted them for a Top-30 Private Visit, conducted a Private Workout, or had a Local Visit.
33. Arizona Cardinals – Byron Murphy, Cornerback, Washington (Pro Day Visit)
After acquiring their franchise quarterback, for the second time in two years, the Cardinals land a competitive cornerback to pair with Patrick Peterson.
34. Indianapolis Colts (from New York Jets) – A.J. Brown, Wide Receiver, Ole Miss (Combine Visit)
Shrewd General Manager Chris Ballard uses his first of three 2nd Round Picks to provide Andrew Luck a productive weapon in the slot to go with T.Y. Hilton and the newly signed Devin Funchess. Brown produced 189 catches, nearly 3,000 yards receiving and 29 touchdowns during his career with the Rebels, leading them in receiving the last two seasons.
35. *TRADE* Denver Broncos (from Oakland Raiders) – Drew Lock, Quarterback, Missouri
John Elway calls his new AFC West rival decision-maker Mike Mayock and seizes on an opportunity to take another chance at finding the heir apparent to Peyton Manning. Despite his child-like hands, Lock should meet Elway’s size requirements for a QB, and produced 99 career touchdowns, during his 3.5 years starting, while completing a career-high 62.9% of his passes in 2018.
36. San Francisco 49ers – Deebo Samuel, Wide Receiver, South Carolina (Private Meeting)
Kyle Shanahan adds to his toy chest at receiver for Jimmy Garoppolo, joining Marquise Goodwin and Dante Pettis, by acquiring the muscular Gamecocks product who provides a lot after the catch. Despite an injury riddled 2017, Samuel still produced over 200 yards receiving and 27 total touchdowns in Columbia.
37. Seattle Seahawks (from New York Giants) – Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Defensive Back, Florida (Private Meeting)
After dealing Frank Clark, General Manager John Schneider only had a league low five Draft Picks and last night he turned his two 1st Round Picks into a 1st, a 2nd, three 4ths, and a 5th. In the athletic Gardner-Johnson, who can play deep safety, in the slot, and tackle well, the Seahawks fill the void left by Earl Thomas. Gardner-Johnson, a 3-year starter, recorded 71 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, and 4 interceptions (including 2 for TDs) in 2018 for the Gators.
38. Jacksonville Jaguars – Irv Smith Jr., Tight End, Alabama (Private Meeting)
After rumored interest for a tight end in the 1st Round, the Jaguars get Nick Foles a safety valve in the mold of what he had at the position during his unprecedented runs with the Eagles the last two seasons. Like Zach Ertz, Smith Jr is able to line up inline, as a wing, or split out wide.
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Rock Ya-Sin, Cornerback, Temple
The Buccaneers continue to bolster their defense by adding arguably the safest cornerback prospect in the Draft. In his only year at Temple, Ya-Sin did not allow a single pass over 20 yards.
40. Buffalo Bills – Chase Winovich, Edge Defender, Michigan (Private Workout)
The Bills had Ed Oliver fall in their laps in Round 1 and add another shop wrecker on the defensive front. Winovich’s 44.5 career tackles for loss at Michigan should pair well with Ed Oliver’s 53 tackles for loss in three seasons at Houston.
41.Oakland Raiders (from Denver) – David Long, Cornerback, Michigan (Senior Bowl)
The Raiders felt comfortable to trade down with the Denver Broncos and recieve an extra pick due the number of high quality cornerbacks left on the board. David Long’s longest reception allowed in 2018 was for 12 yards, which lead all draft eligible corners.
42. Cincinnati Bengals – Cody Ford, Offensive Lineman, Oklahoma (Pro Day and Private Meeting)
The Bengals double down with their offensive line reclamation project, after scooping Jonah Williams in Round 1, thanks to Ford’s fortuitous fall. Ford is projected to play either tackle or guard in the NFL and the Bengals will start him on the inside next to Williams.
43. *TRADE* Carolina Panthers – Jawaan Taylor, Offensive Lineman, Florida
Eerily similar to Ford’s fall down the board and with the same projected position versatility, the Panthers trade up with the Lions to grab a Round 1 talent. Taylor should slide inside at left guard next to Taylor Moton and free agent signee Matt Paradis to solidify the line for Cam Newton, Christian McCaffrey, and Co.
44. Green Bay Packers – Jace Sternberger, Tight End, Texas A&M (Combine and Private)
The Packers targeted defensive players in Free Agency and in the 1st Round, Rashan Gary and Darnell Savage, and now are able to give Aaron Rodgers a move tight end in the mold of Jimmy Graham. After transferring from Kansas, Sternberger produced 48 catches, 832 yards, and 10 touchdowns in his lone season in College Station.
45. Los Angeles Rams (from Atlanta) – Erik McCoy, Interior Offensive Lineman, Texas A&M (Private Meeting)
With the departures of Rodger Saffold and John Sullivan this offseason, the Rams use their first pick on one of the Scouting Combine darlings. McCoy started 38 games at Texas A&M and can play guard or center.
46. Indianapolis Colts (from Washington) – Jaylon Ferguson, Edge Defender, Louisiana Tech (Private Meeting)
The self-anointed “Sack Daddy,” was uninvited from the combine and gave a poor performance, 10 pounds overweight, at the Louisiana Tech Pro Day. There’s no denying Ferguson’s production on the field as his 45 career sacks passed Terrell Suggs for most in College Football history.
47. Detroit Lions (from Carolina) – Justin Lanye, Cornerback, Michigan State
The Lions trade down and still acquire the lengthy cornerback who meets all of Bob Quinn’s standards for agility and explosion. The former wide receiver was a fly on honey to receivers and broke up 15 passes for the Spartans last season.
48. *TRADE* Miami Dolphins acquire Quarterback Josh Rosen from the Arizona Cardinals
Arizona Cardinals – Dalton Risner, Offensive Lineman, Kansas State
The Cardinals are able to part ways with last year’s 1st Round pick and provide additional protectors for Kyler Murray, which they couldn’t do for Josh Rosen. Risner is built like a brick shithouse and started 50 games all over the offensive line for the Wildcats.
49. Cleveland Browns – Juan Thornhill, Safety, Virginia
John Dorsey’s first pick of the draft, jumped off the charts at the combine, has experience at cornerback, and fills a void left by Jabrill Peppers following the Odell Beckham Jr. trade. Thornhill started for three seasons with the Cavailers and posted career numbers of 208 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 13 interceptions, and 26 pass deflections.
50. Minnesota Vikings – Charles Omenihu, Interior Defensive Lineman, Texas (Combine Visit)
The Vikings equipped their offensive trenches in Round 1 by selecting Chris Lindstrom and they concentrate on the defensive trenches in Round 2. The gigantic and lengthy Omenihu (85 1/2″ wingspan) played everywhere along the line and will slide in perfectly next to Linval Joseph in place of the departed Sheldon Richardson.
51. Tennessee Titans – DK Metcalf, Wide Receiver, Ole Miss
The player who broke social media twice, first with his gym picture and then with his Combine performance, finally hears his name called. The polarizing receiver from Ole Miss should fit in nicely with Corey Davis for Marcus Mariota.
52. Denver Broncos (from Pittsburgh) – Dre’Mont Jones (Private Visit)
The Broncos third pick of the draft is the productive former Buckeye who will rotate on the interior with Derek Wolfe, Adam Gotsis, and Shelby Harris
53. Philadelphia Eagles (from Baltimore) – Amani Oruwariye, Penn State, Cornerback (Private Visit and Local Visit)
The Eagles made a scintillating luxury pick in the 1st Round when Andre Dillard fell to them, as he’ll be groomed to be Jason Peters successor, but their secondary was a scrap heap towards the end of last year, with some players starting who wound up in the Alliance of America Football league. Jim Schwartz will be thrilled to throw the physical and aware Owuariye into the mix with Ronald Darby, Jalen Mills, and other young corners Sidney Jones and Rasul Douglas.
54. Houston Texans (from Seattle) – Greg Little, Offensive Tackle, Ole Miss (Private Workout)
After seeing the Eagles steal Andre Dillard right before their eyes the Texans went with the raw Alabama State tackle Tytus Howard in Round 1, and the Texans front office knows that won’t be enough to keep building a front for Deshaun Watson. Little has all of the physical tools of left tackle, he’ll just need to learn to finish blocks and become a more refined technician.
55. Houston Texans – Joejuan Williams, Cornerback, Vanderbilt (Combine and Private Visit)
The Texans lost Jonathan Joseph in free agency and add the tallest cornerback in the draft in Williams (6′ 3 5/8″), who recorded 4 interceptions for the Commodores last fall..
56. New England Patriots (from Chicago) – Taylor Rapp, Safety, Washington (Pro Day Visit)
Rapp had as productive of a career at Washington as any safety in this draft, however his 4.74 40 yard dash might scare off most teams.. Bill Belichick and the Patriots aren’t most teams. Drawing comparisons to Harrison Smith with his play, Bill Belichick will take the intelligent and fundamentally sound safety whose Short Shuttle and 3-Cone Drill should be more than enough to whet Billy’s whistle.
57. Philadelphia Eagles – Nasir Adderley, Safety, Delaware (Senior Bowl Visit)
The Eagles add another defensive back in the undersized Adderley, who is a former corner and displayed great range and ball skills for the Blue Hens.
58. Dallas Cowboys – Dawson Know, Tight End, Ole Miss (Private Visit)
The numbers weren’t there at Ole Miss (0 career TDs and 605 career receiving yards) but the “Y” tight end has the speed and power to be groomed by Jason Witten to be.. the next Jason Witten (on the field, not in the broadcast booth)
59. Indianapolis Colts – Trysten Hill, Defensive Tackle, Central Florida
The tantalizing Trysten Hill had a very disruptive season in 2017 for the Golden Knights but fell out of favor in 2018 with the new coaching staff. Matt Eberflus will love that they took a risk on the penetrating interior pass rusher.
60. Los Angeles Chargers – Yodny Cajuste, Offensive Tackle, West Virginia
The selection of Jerry Tillery on the inside of Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram was a pass rushing nightmare match made in heaven. A more pressing need lies on the Chargers offensive line and they get a future starter in the hulking Cajuste (32 reps on the bench press).
61. Kansas City Chiefs – Greedy Williams, Cornerback, Louisiana State
The fall from grace for Greedy Williams ends with a team that once took a chance on a similarly undisciplined ballhawk in Marcus Peters (do they regret it?).
62. New Orleans Saints – Elgton Jenkins, Center, Mississippi State
With the retirement of Max Unger the Saints give Drew Brees a massive plug-n-play center with a fantastic football IQ.
63. Kansas City Chiefs (from Los Angeles Rams) – Parris Campbell, Wide Receiver, Ohio State
Due to the recent developments of Tyreek Hill, the Chiefs need a speedy burner for Patrick Mahomes to huckster’s and chuck downfield to.
64. New England Patriots – Ben Bangou, Edge Defender, Texas Christian (Pro Day Visit)
Still with glaring needs at tight end Bill Belichick still has a plethora of intriguing athletic specimen on the edge, including EMU’s Maxx Crosby, to replace Trey Flowers and he sets his sights on the Horned Frogs Ben Bangou. Apologies if you were hoping I mocked Will Grier here.