It's time. Pro Football Weekly is here to give you our exclusive analysis of each pick of the second and third rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft.
Stay with us throughout the night as we give you thoughts on each team's selection.
A bigger back to complement electric but injury-riddled Dalvin Cook, Mattison is an interesting player with starting potential because he packs a lot of smaller-back traits into his 5-11, 221-pound frame. He needs work in the passing game, but as a cheap replacement for Latavius Murray, the Vikings could do a lot worse here.
Did Cajuste's pre-draft pec tear affect his stock? We had a first-round grade on him and the Patriots picked him up with the penultimate pick on Night 2. So yeah, we'd say it might have. This pick sort of reminds us of one New England made two years ago for Troy's Antonio Garcia, only because we were a lot higher than him on others and the Patriots grabbed him in Round 3. Cajuste is closer to a finished product, even if he'll need to adapt to getting in a three-point stance and doing more in the run game. But to get "one of the better athletes at the tackle position this year," someone whose lateral agility, balance and quickness are rivaled by only a few blockers in this class, a round later than we projected him to go could turn into a masterstroke.
Our hunch is that this is a Norv Turner-influenced selection. Grier has a big enough arm and absolutely no regrets when taking chances down the field, almost a throw-back type of passer for Turner. Of course, for now Grier is merely an insurance policy behind Cam Newton, but this seems like a pretty fortuitous spot to get to scoop a talented, confident quarterback up in this draft.
Finally, the Bucs find a prospect whose value matches up between our board and theirs. Edwards is an aggressive tone setter on the back end who doesn't have great size but might fill a Tyrann Mathieu- or Landon Collins-like role in Todd Bowles' defense. He can do a little bit of everything, do it all with a big chip on his shoulder and do it always around the football. Good player, good fit.
98. Jaguars — Murray State S Quincy Williams
We didn't scout Williams in the pre-draft process, but after the Jaguars found such sensational value with their first two picks (Josh Allen and Jawaan Taylor), it offers them some leniency to reach a bit on guys, we suppose.
Much like Bama's Damien Harris was lost in Josh Jacobs' pre-draft shadow, Evans was a bit dwarfed by Cody Ford's, but make no mistake: He has NFL starting upside on the blind side. And with the Rams returning Andre Whitworth, there's absolutely no rush to get him there this season, but he just might compete with limited Austin Blythe and unproven Joe Noteboom to start as a rookie inside at guard. The Rams offensive line is one of the bigger secrets to their success, and this is a dynamite pick late on Day 2 for a prospect we thought could potentially go late on Day 1.
We really dig what Sean McDermott and Brandon Beane are doing in this draft — and the Knox selection is no exception. He has a strong chance to become a better pro than he was in college, where he still flashed some very useful receiving ability, even if it was rarely needed in an absolutely loaded passing offense with teammates D.K. Metcalf, A.J. Brown and DaMarkus Lodge. Here's what Knox brings to the party, according to Gabriel: Speed, ball skills and route-running savvy. And he has a lot of room for growth as a blocker. We imagine OC Brian Daboll and QB Josh Allen will appreciate this pick.
Back on the clock for the first time since their, we'll call it eventful Night 1 that netted three first-rounders, the Giants finally address their depleted EDGE stable with an intriguing small-school rusher. And Ximines is a much better value than we saw Big Blue obtain Thursday night. He's super productive, knows the way home and plays with his hair on fire. We're not sure that's enough considering there isn't much else on the roster after sophomore Lorenzo Carter, but this isn't a bad pick at all.
We get it that Todd Bowles loves man-coverage defensive backs, which help make his multiple and aggressive scheme go. We understand that the 6-1, 206-pound Dean has the size and strength to match up big receivers and come up vs. the run and make plays. But he's a sixth-rounder in Gabriel's eyes who's unlikely to ascend past a team's fourth corner, so what are the Bucs doing here after reaching in Round 2 for another defensive back in Sean Bunting?
Think Baltimore entered the weekend looking to add speed on the perimeter for Lamar Jackson? After opening the draft with its most explosive playmaking wide receiver in the tiny Marquise Brown, Eric DeCosta comes back in Round 3 with the towering Boykin, whose Combine workout almost lifted the roof of the Indianapolis Convention Center. He didn't always produce at Notre Dame but comes off his best season and, at 6-4, 220, runs routes like a much smaller player but can play above the rim and use his body to compete and high-point — critical traits with Jackson nothing if not erratic as a passer still in the early formative stage of his NFL career.
A Trojan reunion! Edoga links back up with Sam Darnold, who he helped protect as a sophomore. An upside pick because he has "very quick feet and body control," Edoga won't be asked to play early as he moves inside in the NFL to back up Kelechi Osemele and Brian Winters. This spot is probably a bit rich for Edoga, but if Adam Gase can get him coached up, Gang Green might find itself a productive starter down the road and has another familiar face for Darnold in an offseason that's been spent making him as comfortable as possible.
Merely a developmental prospect right now, Pipkins has some intriguing traits, including terrific size and competitiveness and sheer dominant tape at a much lower level of competition — which is important in projecting such big fish from small ponds to the big show.
The Chargers don't have many needs, but one could argue right tackle is atop the list after a super one-two combo to open the draft with Jerry Tiller and Nasir Adderley. Pipkins scouting report wouldn't seem to suggest the Chargers might have found a rookie contributor here, but Tom Telesco is in a position to take the long view — even if this one seems like a pick that could have made a lot longer down the road this weekend.
Well, we won't get a Connor McGovern OL tandem with the Denver Broncos, but the Broncos have gotten enough up until this point in draft weekend, haven't they?
In all seriousness, Gabriel says McGovern's "best position might be guard, but don't underestimate his value at center" of this strong, versatile true junior out of Happy Valley. That's interesting considering the Cowboys were forced to weather Travis Frederick's surprise absence in 2018 because of Guillian-Barre syndrome, and as a rookie starter, second-rounder Connor Williams was hardly instant coffee and expected to receive competition this year.
A Pac-12 linebacker run, eh? Okereke, "a high-volume playmaker," can shut down the run game, rush the passer and hold up in coverage. Stop us if this sounds familiar, Colts fans, after watching Darius Leonard ascend from a second-rounder to Defensive Rookie of the Year last season. No, we're not predicting the same result from Okereke, but it wouldn't be surprising if they just found Leonard his long-term second-level running mate. He still must add size, but Okereke fits the modern-day LB prototype and should be a real weapon for Matt Eberflus' zone scheme.
Barton is very much a Seahawks kind of linebacker with an outstanding combination of size, speed and sure tackling ability. We had a Round 4-5 grade on him, but Barton enjoyed a strong few months leading up to the draft and could be viewed as a potential contingency plan behind K.J. Wright, who somewhat surprisingly returned this offseason after his most injury-marred campaign. "The upside is there," as Gabriel writes, "with his athletic traits and competitive nature."
One year after spending the 31st overall pick on Sony Michel, Bill Belichick doubles back for Harris, who won't provide Michel's bright flashes but brings the kind of consistency and versatility that epitomize Patriots players. He's skilled enough in the passing game to be a factor on every down and probably didn't get the hype he deserved in this pre-draft process because of first-round teammate Josh Jacobs. He couldn't have found a better opportunity to change that in the NFL.
One of the more intriguing tight ends in the draft, Warring has been rising up draft boards for the past month. "As far as size, speed, athleticism and ball skills, he easily checks all those boxes," our Arthur Arkush wrote. In a draft with a wide variety of tight ends and opinions on those tight ends, it says here that Warring could be a special one for the Texans.
Ferguson had 45 (!) career sacks and is a spectacular athlete and a good run defender that should fit into Baltimore's rotation immediately. The only question is can he add to his pass rush-arsenal and provide consistent effort.
Saunders dominated at the FCS level and will help a Chiefs defense that needs to get better at stopping the run. He should be able to play the nose in Kansas City and at least help in the Chiefs' rotation right away.
Layne had a brilliant combine which helped his draft stock. But he only has three years of experience at defensive back, so he'll need some time to develop at this level. But still, he's got plenty of upside for Pittsburgh.
The Charlotte offensive lineman is a project that will need to develop for a year. His arms are too short to play tackle, so he'll need to convert to guard. He has the potential to be a stud there with his strength and bend, but he needs to improve his hand usage.
This was a steal for the Lions this late in the third round. We had a Round 2-3 grade on Harris, who although he should have had more than five career interceptions, is a big hitter with solid speed that should compete for a job right away in Detroit.
Takitaki was suspended for the entire 2016 season, but there's no denying his talent. He's a playmaker on a defense that already has a few playmakers on it. He fits in best as a "Mike" or "Will" backer in Cleveland.
Another Michigan standout off the board. While Long is a bit short, he's a good fit in man coverage and the Rams could use some support in the secondary, which Long can provide.
What is with the sudden bout of competence in Miami? Deiter strong, explosive, versatile, and understands position and angles. He'll protect Josh Rosen well.
Is there a more perfect fit for Winovich than New England? He'll fit in right away in New England's scheme and should produce right away. He has a chance to be special for the Patriots.
Why not get Dwayne Haskins a reciever that is used to working with the new Washington QB? Durable with size, speed and toughness, McLaurin should compete for a job right away on a team that needs reliable pass catchers.
Green Bay addresses its TE position with a unique late-blooming TE prospect. Sternberger only played one season at Texas A&M, but it was uber productive with more than 800 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. He has speed, ball skills and some untapped potential as a blocker. He'll likely fill the "move" role in Matt LaFleur's offense in time, but Jimmy Graham remains on the roster ... for now.
With Montgomery off the board, the Bills begin their replacement for LeSean McCoy by adding the Florida Atlantic standout. Singletary's 40 time was a disappointment at the combine, but his production, quick burst and balance makes him someone who should see 15 touches a game to start.
Ryan Pace traded up to get his guy, and Montgomery should be an easy fit in Matt Nagy's offense. Montgomery was generally the back who was mocked to the Bears in mocks that went as deep as the 87th pick the Bears had before the trade. Montgomery has the talent to be a starter right away in Chicago.
The Bengals added a solid piece in Pratt, who can be effective in coverage and as a blitzer. The Bengals needed help with both.
Denver decided it was time to build up the defensive front at 71 grabbing Ohio State DT Dre'Mont Jones. Jones has just average size at 6-3, 290, may even be a bit small for the NFL but very nice athleticism and he had an excellent 2018 season with 8 sacks and 11 TFLs. Jones is one of those kids who should have done more in college because of his excellent athletic traits and he will need to add some bulk in Denver.
Well, well, well, how sure are we that Todd Gurley will be the Rams true bell cow in L.A.? Henderson epitomizes gamebreaker with an 8.2 (!!!)-yard-per-carry clip. He also can line up in the slot, out wide and do a ton in the passing game. In short: a perfect weapon for Sean McVay, perhaps with one exception: He had a lot of his success out of the gun at Memphis, but the Rams do a lot from under center. Hardly a deal breaker for one of the draft's most dangerous gamebreakers.
At 69, the Jaguars add TE Josh Oliver, filling a real need with an interesting player but possibly not the best tight end on the board. Oliver has decent size at 6-4 1/2, 247, long arms, big hands and is both a willing blocker and good receiver. He looks like a guy who can definitely contribute but doesn't appear to have starter tools — unless he adds some muscle and refines his route running. While he will block, he isn't all that physical and is definitely not a seam splitter or tight end who will make plays down the field. This appears to be a little high for his skill set. Oliver would have been a much better value as the fifth pick in the fourth round.
The Jets and Gregg Williams finally stop Polite's plummet after perhaps the worst pre-draft process of anyone in this class. And we actually like the landing spot quite a bit because Gang Green hasn't had a fearsome EDGE rusher in eons and throw out the workout numbers and bad interviews and you'll find a fearsome EDGE rusher in Polite. Williams will demand a lot of him — probably exactly what he needs — and Quinnen Williams will make him better along with everyone else in the Jets front seven. After he's been getting dragged for two months, honestly, we're quietly pulling for Polite to find redemption. But in a big market like New York, it will get cruel if the light bulb doesn't turn on for him quickly.
The 49ers stepped up third in the third round and grabbed another wideout, Jalen Hurd out of Baylor. This kid's even bigger than second rounder Deebo Samuel at almost 6-5, 225 pounds and a late bloomer with 69 cat catches - 946, 4 TDs last year after just 67 catches his first three seasons at Tennessee. He also notched only 10 career TDs, not overly impressive from what you'd hope would be a great red zone threat, but clearly he found something at Baylor that was missing at Tennessee. Thought he was more of a day three project but he gives Garoppolo another big body, possession type 49ers have lacked.
The second player in this draft who wasn't in our first version of the 2019 NFL Draft Mag, Johnson is 5-10, 183 and a lot more field fast than he is on the stopwatch (4.53). We don't know a ton about him, but what we do know is this: Much like Pete Carroll gets the benefit of the doubt drafting defensive backs, Kevin Colbert can do whatever he likes at the WR position on Day 2 and we're here for it. The track record speaks for itself. The need here speaks for itself. Antonio Brown's game speaks for itself but unfortunately that's not enough anymore. Excited to see what Johnson brings to the new era of Steelers offense.
Arizona is back at it to start the third round, opening it with DT/DE Zach Allen, who, quite frankly, should have been gone late Thursday night or much earlier in the second round. This kid can play inside in the "40" front or at the 5-technique and may not get to the quarterback as much as he did at Boston College — 16 1/2 sacks in three seasons — but he's got a great first step and is a mauler who can absorb multiple blockers, seal the edge and shut down the run. Allen is not the athlete some of the other DTs are, but at 6-5, 290 he's tremendous value here.
We don't care if he's a media creation — and we don't believe that for a second, we'll add. Metcalf — our WR1 in this draft! — is a sensational pick in this spot and gives Russell Wilson a unique size-speed prospect to pair with ascendant Tyler Lockett, another lethal playmaker who can scare defenses at every level of the field. Metcalf isn't totally polished, not coming from a limited route tree and lining up almost exclusively on the left and running vertical routes. But Seattle has a ton of patience with its draft picks, not to mention the best improvising quarterback in the NFL, who, once he gets on the same page with Metcalf, is going to have a home-run threat who could be impossible to stick with late in the down as Wilson is working his magic in and out of the pocket. After reaching considerably with their first two picks, the Seahawks go and totally redeem themselves here.
Oh, the Chiefs got a good one at 63, S Juan Thornhill, who PFW saw going at the top of the second round. Thornhill is a thumper at 6-0 1/2, 210 pounds with good speed and excellent athleticism for the position. He also showed excellent ball skills at Virginia, grabbing 13 picks over the past three seasons while also defending 39 passes. Safeties that can play the run and the pass are the rarest of commodities in the NFL these days. Everybody wants one, and the Chiefs may have just found another after signing Tyrann Mathieu. The only concern will be is "good" speed good enough at the next level.
Fun pick for the Cardinals, even if it's the one that will go down as the Josh Rosen return. A tiny but lightning-fast slot receiver for a potential franchise QB, that's not exactly great value, huh? But Isabella is super exciting, has been gaining steam since his excellent showing at the Senior Bowl and absolutely will be a fascinating weapon for Kyler Murray in Kliff Kingsbury's offense that's built around speed and playmakers in space. Can Isabella be Murray's Marquise Brown? That's obviously not fair, but those are the type of expectations someone we had a late-Day 3 grade on will be facing if Rosen turns into the Dolphins first long-term answer behind center since Dan Marino.
At 61, the Rams trade up two spots into Kansas City's slot to grab a real need and one of the best players still on the board, safety Taylor Rapp out of Washington. At 6-0, 200 pounds, his size is average at best and he didn't run great in pre-draft workouts. But when you turn on the tape, the comp everyone comes back with is the Vikings Harrison Smith. This kid is a tough guy and a gym rat and can be very good at the next level, if the speed is there, and there's conflicting reports on whether a hip flexor injury contributed to the disappointing times this month. Obviously, the Rams aren't worried about it and may have a difference-maker here.
Who finds better values in the secondary than Tom Telesco? In recent years, the answer is no one. Casey Hayward. Desmond King. Derwin James. Now enter Adderley, a converted corner with outstanding athleticism and a very high ceiling because he's still raw and learning his way around the defensive backfield.Talk about a wonderful fit, too, where he can be surrounded by stud playmakers everywhere and have his flexibility unlocked by Gus Bradley, who had about 18 defensive backs on the field at once in the playoffs (OK, we exaggerate). We like Adderley now but really like what he can become in time. That he'll pair with James and the Chargers have filled their two greatest needs with their first two picks is just gravy. This is a team that will challenge for a Super Bowl in 2019.
With the second round winding down, the Colts are back for the third time tonight with their own pick and this time grab Parris Campbell out of Ohio St. How good is this pick? I mocked him to Indy in the first round at 26 before the Colts started wheeling and dealing, and it's hard to believe he was still on the board. This is a special athlete at 6-1, 205 pounds and elite speed clocking 40s in the 4.3's. He is raw, another Ohio State system guy, but with the right coaching he can be a matchup nightmare out of the slot or line up wide on either side. He does need a lot of work on his route tree, but beware if he figures it all out. Another great Colts value pick here at the end of the second round.
Talk about a classic Cowboys pick. On the clock for the first time this year, they take an explosive interior pass rusher with first-round talent but Day 2 baggage for Rod Marinelli to maximize. Remember, the Cowboys have run into trouble left and right along their D-line this offseason, when Randy Gregory was suspended, David Irving retired and Tyrone Crawford was involved in a bar fight that's being investigated by the league. Hill is a fun player to watch on tape because he just goes and goes and consistently makes plays in the backfield. The talent is translatable; will he be able to fall in line with a team where many go astray? Boom-or-bust pick, just like the Cowboys like around this spot in the draft.
The Eagles are back here with their own second-rounder after using a pick from the Ravens just four picks ago to grab Miles Sanders and now add wide receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside. J-JAW will allow the Eagles to create some matchup nightmares for defenses when he's on the field with Alshon Jeffery, as he's even bigger at 6-4, 226. He has just average speed for the NFL game but is both big and tall, extremely athletic and very productive with 28 TDs in three seasons at Stanford. Clearly, Howie Roseman and Doug Pederson are focused on weaponizing Carson Wentz and by adding Jordan Howard, Sanders and now this kid, they're off to quite a start.
A pick Kansas City probably doesn't make 36 hours ago, but clearly the blazing Hardman is viewed as part of the club's (likely) Tyreek Hill replacement plan. He brings big-time upside as a returner, like Hill, but probably isn't ready to contribute much on offense initially. It's interesting they didn't pursue one of the few wideouts with Hardman-esque speed in D.K. Metcalf, but we're sure the return ability and long-term upside of Hardman appealed here to Andy Reid.
The Rams get 167th overall pick from the Chiefs for moving down five spots and continue stockpiling picks to spend later Friday and well into Saturday.
The Texans are back-to-back here at 55 after adding CB Lonnie Jonson with the last pick and now they go back to the offensive line and add another fascinating small-school blocker (Alabama State's Tytus Howard in Round 1) with Max Scharping from Northern Illinois. Originally from Green Bay, Scharping is a massive kid, checking in at almost 6-7, 325 pounds. He is well- proportioned, country strong and has lined up at both left and right tackle, with several scouts telling us he could play guard as well. This young man will surprise some with how NFL-ready he is in spite of playing at a lower level of competition. He has a similar ceiling as Houston's surprise first-rounder Howard but is probably a much safer bet. Clearly protecting Deshaun Watson is very much on the Texans minds right now.
It's been apparent for some time that the Texans were quite likely to go OT-CB in Rounds 1-2 and they wind up with a long-levered athlete in Johnson, who will challenge receivers at the line and plays with serious swagger. We didn't have him going until a round or two later, but we also didn't know there would be this type of a run on corners. After watching the Texans pass 'D' disintegrate late last season, this pick makes sense and should make Romeo Crennel very happy.
The Eagles end up at 53 following a deal with the Ravens and continue rebuilding their ground game after trading for the Bears' Jordan Howard, and they now add Miles Sanders out of Penn St., who we had as the top back in this draft. He only played one season because he had to wait for Saquon Barkley to move on but had a huge 2018 season and stylistically is very much like Barkley, although about eight pounds lighter. Sanders has a chance to be a special back in the NFL and arrives with plenty of tread left on the tires after his limited appearances in Happy Valley. This is an excellent value and great fit in Doug Pederson's RPO heavy scheme.
The Bengals love drafting tight ends, and this is an insurance policy behind Tyler Eifert after Tyler Kroft departed in free agency. According to Gabriel, Sample is a "tough, competitive football player, but he has limitations." They include a minimal route tree and lack of explosiveness, helping explain why we graded him as a sixth-round prospect.
At 51, the Titans get my favorite receiver in this draft, Mississippi's A.J. Brown, who I was sure was a top-25 pick. He's a unique body type at 6-1 1/2, 225 pounds and could be an absolute hammer in the slot. This is another one of those kids who reminds me of Anquan Boldin. The concern has been at times he was superstar at Ole Miss and he occasionally disappeared. If the Titans can get him to play 60 minutes, this is a great pick.
We're pretty stunned Smith was available more than halfway through the second round, especially with a TE-needy squad like the Patriots passing to take Williams. It has us wondering: Could a Kyle Rudolph trade to Foxboro be on the horizon now that Minnesota has his young replacement in the building?
Smith has a ton of juice as a receiver, all the tools to become a plus blocker, and that means he is versatile enough to line up in different spots for Gary Kubiak and Kevin Stefanski. Not sure if there's something we're missing here because we absolutely love this selection and are curious to know what else might be cooking. But Smith could be absolutely deadly in an offense with Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen and Dalvin Cook. After addressing their interior O-line, the Vikings come back with an outstanding encore pick in Round 2.
After Chris Ballard unearthed Darius Leonard last year for his Colts, who's going to argue with him about grabbing TCU's Ben Banogu at 49? Honestly, we had him on Day 3 — and not early — but he's an athlete at 6-3 1/2, 250 with 22 1/2 sacks and a stunning 49 TFLs in three years in college. He will rush the passer but may be a specialist who you won't want on the field on first down or in obvious running situations. Quite frankly, this was a surprise.
New Orleans makes an aggressive move up the board, sending Miami Nos. 62, 202 and a 2020 second-rounder to move up and nab McCoy, an outstanding prospect at either guard or center. The curious part here: The Saints moved quickly to sign Nick Easton following Max Unger's abrupt retirement, but there's an out after 2019 and only includes $4 million in guarantees.
The Saints are as aggressive as any team in the draft, trading up on Day 1 or 2 more often than not over the past handful of years and coming away with the likes of Alvin Kamara, Marcus Davenport and Stephone Anthony. McCoy has "speed, agility and the ability to play in space," according to Gabriel, making him a high-upside pick and strong value in this spot.
As for Miami, they just gained some more potential ammo in a Josh Rosen deal, if not to hang onto for their pick of what could be a loaded 2020 QB lot. If they're passing on a talent like McCoy, we can't help but wonder if it's the latter, though.
We've panned previous Seattle drafts that included supposed reaches before and looked awfully bad afterward, but the fact is that we have a fifth-round grade on Blair, who is long and tough but also lean and strength deficient. It fills a need in the Seattle secondary, and no one in the NFL knows secondary play better than Pete Carroll, so we'll reserve further judgment here.
After sitting out Thursday night, Cleveland and John Dorsey finally join the fray, trading up from 49 with the Colts to grab LSU corner Greedy Williams at 46. We had Williams as the No. 2 corner in the draft and a near-certain first-rounder because of his great height and length at 6-2 3/4, but he is slight at just 185. He has excellent speed and is an outstanding man and press cover guy with excellent ball skills. We suspect the only reason he lasted this long is he isn't wild about contact and will have to improve his play against the run markedly. If they toughen him up, the Browns have a real keeper here.
This is a classic Patriots Pick: A big, physical press corner whose arrow is pointing up. Greg Gabriel writes of Williams: "A big, well-built press corner who plays with a physical style, Williams had a breakout 2018 season with 61 total tackles, 4 interceptions and 13 passes defensed." Gabriel said teams could line up for Williams, and the Patriots must have agreed, renewing acquaintances with their Super Bowl adversaries (and previous trade partners) to get this deal done and bring in an intriguing developmental corner who could contribute earlier than expected in sub packages.
The Packers obviously were locked in here using less than half their time on the clock to race to the podium and pluck C Elgton Jenkins. It's an interesting pick, as they are actually in pretty good shape at center with Corey Linsley but upgrades at both guards are among their more serious needs and Jenkins lined up everywhere but left tackle at Mississippi St. He is smart, naturally strong and perfectly put together at 6-4 1/2, 314, with good athleticism for a man his size. Jenkins will need work on his technique and probably isn't a plug-and-play guy, but expect him on the field before his rookie season ends because of his natural gifts. Very nice pick here.
For the second straight year, Matt Patricia and Bob Quinn pull a big Day 2 surprise, following up the Tracy Walker selection in 2018 with Tavai, who wasn't even our 2019 NFL Draft Mag and seems to be a mid-Day 3 prospect at a few other sites we've checked out.
Tavai has big-time size at 6-2, 250 and hitting ability. We have to think his rugby background probably isn't a coincidence with Patricia hailing from the Bill Belichick school of evaluating. Tavai has some red flags — including an assault arrest and shoulder injury early and late in his final season with the Warriors. We'll be curious to see more about how fits in the plans for the Lions next to Jarrad Davis.
Broncos go back-to-back here trading up with the Bengals after addressing their O-line woes at 41 with Dalton Risner and add Missouri QB Drew Lock. This is certainly another young man we thought would go in the first round, and rumors of John Elway's infatuation with him have been all over for weeks. He may be the most complete prospect of all the top QBs in terms of size, arm, athleticism and chutzpah, but his accuracy and completion percentage struggled until this past season, when he was still hot and cold. With accuracy really the only question about him, the chance to sit behind Joe Flacco and learn from Elway could be just right. This is a great value here.
There was a lot of heat connecting John Elway to Dalton Risner in the run-up to the draft. Of course, there was even more heat for a fellow Senior Bowl alum, Mizzou QB Drew Lock, who remains in the green room. But in Risner, the Broncos are adding the kind of player Vic Fangio will appreciate and can help stabilize a Broncos O-line that lost C Matt Paradis. It'll be fascinating to see if, like former teammate Cody Whitehair, Risner might pivot to the middle to replace Paradis with the Broncos invested heavily on the flanks in Garett Bolles and newcomer Ja'Wuan James. Another offensive lineman, and another solid pick here.
Mike Mayock appears to be getting the hang of things with two trade downs already tonight to add extra picks and still finding CB Trayvon Mullen. Let's be honest, like Clelin Ferrell at 4, many will tell you this is too high for Mullen, but Mayock and Gruden are marching to their own drummer. Mullen has excellent size at 6-1 1/2, 198 and nice speed for that size. He was better in 2017 than 2018 but that was in part because fewer teams challenged him. He can be a very good starter in the league but needs a lot of work on technique and footwork. He doesn't shy from contact at all and is now another new addition in the Gruden, Mayock tough guy image.
All. The. Corners. Bunting becomes the third off the board in the first seven picks of Round 2 ... but perhaps the first slight reach. Did the Bucs get caught off guard when Buffalo jumped them for Cody Ford? It sure feels that way. It's not that Bunting isn't an exciting prospect. Greg Gabriel says he is "feisty," "tries to be physical" and brings playmaking ability to a Tampa Bay secondary that sure could use it. But after doubling up on Day 2 with DBs a year ago, this pick feels a bit uninspired for us with a third-to-fourth-round projection from Greg. Will be interesting to hear why Bruce Arians and Todd Bowles valued Bunting over, say, Greedy Williams in this spot.
The Bills traded their second- and a third-rounder to slide up here at 38 and grab Cody Ford out of Oklahoma in a classic need and best available pick. Ford was a tackle at Oklahoma who probably is limited to the right side at the next level, but many feel he is the best guard prospect in this draft. In spite of the six free agent O-linemen the Bills brought in, none are special and Ford has the ability to fill a big need at two positions. This kid is one of those guys I mentioned who easily could have gone Thursday night.
Panthers are clearly valuing athleticism in the rebuilding of their trenches, coming back for Little after landing Brian Burns in Round 1. He'll need some tough coaching to bring out his best, but the flashes in the SEC were awfully bright and purely based on size and athleticism, he's got an extremely high ceiling. And let's be real here, can the Panthers do worse than Matt Kalil over the past two years? Nope. This is apples to oranges in terms of value. Nice trade here, and the Seahawks are doing what they set out to do this weekend: Load up on picks, a mission they continue to accomplish.
Remember I mentioned a CB run? There's a wideout run coming too, and let's see if it's on. Samuel is one of the Sterling Sharpe, Anquan Boldin clones that this draft has a few of. At 5-11 1/2, 216, he is quick but not fast, will win on most contested balls and can be very effective running after the catch. Not one of those failed first-rounders I mentioned, he fits right about here, but should be a nice addition for Garoppolo.
Considering Taylor was mocked in countless drafts in recent months to Jacksonville at No. 7 overall, this is obviously outstanding value for a mauling plug-and-play right tackle, something the Jags needed following the release of Jeremy Parnell.
Taylor stays close to home, lands with a run-first club looking for his brand of nasty and has long-range left tackle upside. The rub? He has a knee issue that led to this pretty stark fall, and it’s unclear how it might affect his early contributions, never mind longer-term outlook.
But based on what we know definitively, an excellent trade up with Oakland in exchange for the 38th and 109th picks. For the Raiders, the big takeaway is that they left Drew Lock on the board … for now.
With Rock Ya-Sin to Indianapolis, following Byron Murphy as the first pick in the second round, the CB run we knew was coming is on. There will be a number of picks in this round that are better prospects than at least a dozen players that went in the 1st round. Ya-Sin was a late riser on a lot of draft boards mainly because Temple isn't exactly an NFL breeding ground, but Ya-Sin has good, not great size, adequate speed and plays the game with a fire defensive coordinators love. This is a "B" for the Colts.
Perhaps conventional wisdom suggested Arizona would spend this pick to pair its new QB1 with a young playmaker, which are currently barren on the roster outside of RB David Johnson and WR Christian Kirk. But at what point has conventional wisdom dictated the Cardinals moves so far this year?
In Murphy, new DC (and former DB) Vance Joseph gets an excellent if undersized corner with outstanding instincts and ball skills. Writes PFW draft expert of Murphy: "Very quick, sudden and fast" with excellent "man cover" skills and alertness in zone. But there are questions regarding his size (5-11, 190) and whether it might limit him to nickel in the pros. Of course, there are also questions regarding Patrick Peterson's spot on the roster, so it remains to be seen whether Murphy is viewed as a complement or potentially part of the replacement plan alongside new vet signees Robert Alford, David Amerson and Tramaine Brock.
Regardless, the value here on Murphy is solid, and there's no question Arizona has been looking to solve its CB corps outside of Peterson for a long time. Murphy should help.