Winners and Losers From Day Two of the NFL Draft
Day two of the NFL Draft is now in the books. Three rounds have been completed, with rounds four through seven up next. It’s been fun to watch the draft up to this point, and I expect more of the same as we continue to finish things up. Day two saw a few prospects fall a bit more than we thought. On the other side, we saw several players go much higher than expected. Who won and lost day two of the NFL Draft?
I love what the Bears did. After going defense in the first round by selecting former Georgia linebacker Roquan Smith, the Bears came out of the second day of the draft with some help for Mitch Trubisky. They started by selecting James Daniels, who was the number one ranked center on many people’s boards. Daniels can also play guard. Instant help for the offensive line and protection for Trubisky. Then they go and grab Trubisky a receiver in Anthony Miller. Not sure if Miller will be a star in the NFL, but he’ll be a solid player to help Trubisky progress as a quarterback.
Connor Williams/Dallas Cowboys
Some might call Connor Williams a loser because he fell to Dallas at pick 50 after being considered a for sure first round pick, but the fact that he gets to stay in Texas and play for the Dallas Cowboys makes him a winner. He was announced as a guard, so he’ll probably be the starter at left guard. This places him between one of the best left tackles in Tyron Smith and one of the best centers in Travis Frederick. Huge win for Williams. Many people had Williams ranked in their top 20 prospects, so getting Williams at 50 is a steal for them.
Derrius Guice was the second ranked running back on the board for most people, so getting him at pick 59 is a steal. Guice does come with some off the field concerns, which is why he fell, but in terms of talent he’s one of the better prospects in this class. Washington now has a running back to compete with the other good running games in the NFC East.
Green Bay Packers
After getting Jaire Alexander in the first round, the Packers got Josh Jackson in the second round. They’ve double dipped on corners. I don’t think this was the plan, but Jackson falling to them was a no brainer. Jackson could have easily gone in the first round of the draft.
New York Giants
Getting Saquon Barkley improved the Giants running game. Getting Will Hernandez improved it even more. New York is making the right moves this offseason to finally get a ground game going. After selecting two offensive players, the Giants added two very talented defensive players in LB Lorenzo Carter and DT B.J. Hill. I love the value of both those picks. All around solid draft for the Giants so far.
I have Dallas as a winner, but also as a loser. They got great value with the selection of Connor Williams, but they missed out on drafting the last premier tight end prospect in Dallas Goedert, who went to the Eagles one pick ahead of them after the Eagles traded up. They needed to get a top talent at TE after finding out Jason Witten is probably retiring. They also lose big time because they got absolutely roasted by a former Eagles kicker.
Guice could have gone in the first round, but instead he fell all the way to pick 59 because of off the field concerns. How teams viewed him changed for the worse during the course of meetings and workouts. What’s a win for the Redskins is a loss for Guice, although he could have a good career in Washington. Should have been a late first to very early second round pick.
The Seahawks still haven’t selected an offensive lineman to protect Russell Wilson. Can anyone explain to me what they’re doing? First they super reach on a running back in the first round and then they come out of day two with no improvement on the offensive line. I like Rasheem Green’s potential with them, but they haven’t addressed their biggest need.
Almost every pick the Raiders have made has been a reach in my opinion. They could have waited much longer to draft players such as P.J. Hall and Brandon Parker. There were much better players on the board at the time of those selections.
Detroit picked running back Kerryon Johnson 43rd overall. Derrius Guice was on the board. Guice would have been a much better choice in my opinion. Guice is a much bigger talent. The pick of Johnson doesn’t feel like it’s going to help the Lions improve their mediocre running game at all.