Day 1 is in the books! Now that we know how the 1st round played out, let’s look at what could happen in rounds 2 and 3 later on tonight…
The Titans took Marcus Mariota and appear intend on keeping him as their franchise player. In that case, you might as well invest in him by giving him better protection. And what better way to do that than by drafting his very own LT from Oregon.
The Buccs also just invested in a franchise QB, so protection is a must. Clemmings is very raw at the position, but his upside is as high as anyone’s. His lateral quickness is bar none.
Just “feels” like a Raiders pick, doesn’t it? They passed on defense in round 1 to give Derek Carr an elite pass catching target. Now it’s time for them to pair last year’s pick, Khalil Mack, with another pass rushing freak in Randy Gregory. If they come away with these two, the Raiders won this draft. Doesn’t matter what happens the rest of the way. This team is going to be a sight to behold pretty soon here.
In my pre-draft mock, I took Collins out of my mock entirely based on speculation that his name would be pulled from the draft due to some…uhh…”legal confusion.” But his hat is still in the ring, and teams are assuredly scurrying around trying to find out if this kid’s going to be the next Aaron Hernandez or not. I’m sure there are some teams who have taken him off their board entirely. But for a team looking to gamble on taking arguably the best offensive lineman in this draft? It could be the steal of the draft. I think Jacksonville would be smart to take that risk. Their O-Line is abysmal, and 2nd year QB Blake Bortles is going to need more time in the pocket if they want him to turn into a star…or at the very least, not ruin his career ala David Carr and Houston back in 1999.
A QB like Hundley or Petty will be pretty tempting here…but they should look to either address their o-line woes, or shore up that already stellar defense with a pass rusher. I’m predicting pass rusher here. Their front line with Richardson, Wilkerson, Harrison, and newly acquired Leonard Williams challenges St. Louis for best in the league. Adding quality, pass rushing linemen behind that wall would be huge for them.
Washington does need a safety, but I think they need a safety who’s better in coverage than Landon Collins. Kendricks is the best coverage LB in this draft. So while he’s not a S or a CB, they’re still getting some help in coverage.
There was once a time every mock drafter out there had Chicago taking Landon Collins due to their incredible need for a safety. Well…getting him an entire round later works too.
Good value here. They could look for DE depth behind JPP, but Eddie Goldman is great against the run and will help stuff up the middle.
The Rams went into the draft looking to add a quality OL, but they couldn’t pass up taking Todd Gurley, the player they reportedly had #1 on their draft board. So look for them to beef up the line in round 2, especially since tackles have been going off the board like hot cakes. So while Smith may be a bit of a reach here, teams in need of linemen can’t afford to sit there and wait for them at the rate they’re coming off the board.
Atlanta has needed a TE since Tony Gonzalez retired. Maxx Williams is a fantastic pass catcher who’d fit right in with Matt Ryan and co.
If Strong is still on the board, the Browns will be very, very fortunate getting someone with round 1 talent at a position of great need.
I had Petty going to the Saints in round 1 of my pre-draft mock draft, but alas…it wasn’t meant to be, but I expect them to take him with this next pick.
LB Denzel Perryman would fit such a fantastic need, but I don’t think GM Rick Spielman could resist passing on a talent like Dorial Green-Beckham if he falls this far. Despite trading for Mike Wallace this offseason, a 1A receiver is still a need for the Vikings, and DG-B has the talent to be that guy.
The 49ers went from having the best ILB crew in the league to one of the worst after a couple of unexpected retirements. Perryman will help fill the void. He probably should’ve been a round 1 pick, so it’s great value to boot.
Great value. Many had him rated as a late first rounder. Though a O-lineman would be great if a good one falls to here. They’re clearly committed to their offense down south in Florida.
Darby is one of the more athletic CBs in this draft, if not the most. If only his ball tracking skills were better…otherwise we’d likely be talking about a top 15 pick here.
The need to add more receivers goes beyond Jeremy Maclin. Devin Smith is arguably the best long ball threat in this draft. So it’d actually be kind of a shame to see him grabbing ducks from Alex Smith…
Rex gets his QB of the future.
Houston runs the ball more than any team in football, and I think Abdullah has a chance to be the best RB in this draft class. Yes, even over the like of Gurley or Gordon. If he can hang onto the ball, this kid has a bright future ahead of him. Violent spark plug runner.
Still waiting for Chip to do something silly here…could go for one of his former Oregon kids an entire round earlier than they should.
Cincinnati needs help getting to the QB, and Odighizuwa (type that 10 times fast…) is great value here.
Detroit was compelled in round 1 not to fill their void in the middle. Look for that to change in the early-mid rounds here.
Huge, athletic kid. Simply great value here. Could also go to Detroit a pick earlier.
Is he a TE, or a WR? Whatever the case…Big Ben will find a way to get him balls. They could use a biggie possession receiver.
The Deangelo Williams era is finally over…and the Jonathan Stewart one should be ending soon too. Time for their replacement.
Slips the cracks here from some off field issues…but here’s a long, rangy guy Baltimore should feel ecstatic about landing in round 2, especially since mock drafters originally had Collins as a first rounder.
One of the more underrated prospects. Not convinced he drops this far. But if he does…Denver could look to improve their defensive front.
AP? … Is what Jerry Jones is trying to convince fans…
They should’ve drafted Andrew Luck better protection earlier in the draft. They can’t afford to wait any longer and miss out on the third tiered pass protectors.
Simply great value. Should be a great 3-4 defensive end that really gets after the opposing QB. One of the better players at the 2014 Senior Bowl.
Physical specimen that won’t likely fall too far between the cracks as the 2nd round winds down.
Some people have Edwards as a high 2nd round pick. If he falls to New England…that’ll just be yet another player they should have had no business drafting.