Written by Bobby Greco
Day 2 of the NFL Draft is done and teams continue building their foundation. This is the time where teams not only get impact players but also decide to gain depth. As I mentioned yesterday, this draft is incredibly deep with talent and there was still a ton of great players still on the board. We also saw the teams who didn’t have a 1st rounder join the party. So let’s get as comfortable as Goodell in his basement and take a look at how things shaped up.
Indianapolis Colts, Round 2 Pick 34 Michael Pittman Jr(WR) Pick 41 Jonathan Taylor, Round 3 Pick 85 Julian Blackmon(S): I absolutely love what the Colts did bolstering their offense in round 2 and getting an all-around solid safety in the 3rd. Pittman is a playmaker and all the tools needed to be a great NFL receiver, all this kid does is make big plays. Then trading up to get Taylor, who I had as my top RB is a huge boost to an already very good game. Indy had a lot of injuries last season and needed to beef up the offense. They not only added depth, but they also got two instant impact players. Blackmon in the next round was another very good pick. He brings a young presence in secondary and is someone who is solid at every aspect of the game.
L.A. Rams, Round 2 Pick 52 Cam Akers(RB) Pick 57 Van Jefferson(WR), Round 3 Pick 84 Terrell Lewis(LB) Pick 104 Terrell Burgess: For not having a 1st round pick, the Rams took full advantage of day 2. Akers could be the steal of the draft here, as his team really hurt his draft value because I think he is very comparable to Dalvin Cook. Jefferson might be the best route runner this draft and if he can stay healthy, will be a day 1 starter for LA. The same can be said about Lewis, if healthy he is a good starting linebacker for a depleted Rams defense. Burgess is a beast at safety, he is a smart player and very physical. Overall I love what the Rams did in retooling their team.
Baltimore Ravens, Round 2 Pick 55 JK Dobbins(RB), Round 3 71 Justin Madubuike(DT) Pick 92 Devin Duvernay(WR) Pick 98 Malik Harrison(LB) Pick 106 Tyre Phillips(OL): The Ravens were not only the busiest team last night, but they were also probably the most successful. Getting JK Dobbins in that offense is a scary thought for opposing defenses, as he is a very consistent player and gained over 1,000 rush yards every season in college. Then came round 3 and Baltimore took over. Madubuike is going to bring really good depth at the position and could be a starter for most teams. Duvernay is an explosive slot receiver that can take the top off the defense. My favorite pick that they made is Malik Harrison. He was my third-ranked LB and has a lot of Bobby Wagner qualities, it was shocking to me that they were able to get him here. Phillips will be a good depth piece on the O-Line and should fill the swing tackle role.
Green Bay Packers, Round 2 Pick 62 AJ Dillon(RB), Round 3 Pick 91 Josiah Deguara(TE): After shocking the football world by trading up and getting Jordan Love in the 1st round, the Packers made really interesting day 2 picks. I like AJ Dillon as a player, but I thought RB was a solid position for Green Bay and when they picked him, there were much better players on the board. TE was a need for GB, but a big miss picking Deguara. To be very honest Deguara wasn’t even on my radar for TE prospects. I really don’t know GB’s thinking here, they are acting like this is a rebuilding year and they are actually coming off an NFC Championship appearance.
Seattle Seahawks, Round 2 Pick 48 Darrell Taylor(DE), Round 3 Pick 69 Damien Lewis(OL): Day 2 wasn’t a great day for the Seahawks. They Traded up and nabbed Darrell Taylor in Round 2 and though they filled a need, I think they reached pretty far for him. He is a good pass rusher, but is inconsistent and doesn’t show a lot of versatility in his game. I feel similar about Lewis. I think he is a good player but is inconsistent and there were better game performers still there.
L.A. Chargers, No picks: I wouldn’t usually penalize a team for not having picks, but the Chargers are in a stage that this really hurts. In the midst of a team transformation, not having picks can be detrimental to the team’s progression. They are in a better situation than most teams rebuilding, but you have to wonder if not having day 2 picks will leave holes that hurt the success of the upcoming season.