The second night of the draft is always interesting. Many prospects that are selected are true football players. They may not be as athletically gifted as some first rounders, but they know the game of football. I am going to look at some storylines and sleeper picks that came out of night 2.
Rosen to the Dolphins
Possibly the biggest story to come out of the second night of the draft wasn’t even a draft pick. After the Cardinals selected Kyler Murray with the first overall pick, it was clear Josh Rosen was on the move. After teams like the Redskins and Giants took a QB, it was clear the market for Rosen was small.
Late in the second round, the Dolphins made their move for Rosen by trading the 62nd overall pick and a fifth rounder next year. The move by the Dolphins makes sense since their starting QB for the season looked to be journeyman Ryan Fitzpatrick. However, it seemed as if the Dolphins had their eyes on the QBs next year, so it does come as a little surprise. A second and fifth round pick is pretty cheap for a guy like Rosen who has the potential to be a franchise QB in this league.
Tyreek Hill Got Replaced
I pray that Hill never has the opportunity to put on an NFL uniform again. What he did was absolutely disgusting, and there should be zero tolerance for it in this league. The Chiefs suspended him, and I expect him to be cut at any time.
With the 56th overall pick, the Chiefs drafted Mecole Hardman, a WR from Georgia. Hardman has an identical skill set to that of Hill. Both are electric fast and are great in the return game. While it is unlikely Hardman will become as dominant as Hill was, this pick, more importantly, goes to show the Chiefs look to be moving on from Hill.
DK Finally Got Drafted
Going into this draft, I was very high on DK. He is a huge receiver that has the athletic ability to match his size. After his stellar combine, some had him as a potential top 10 pick. However, much of his hype ended up coming from the media and fans. Before the draft, reports came out that said teams saw Metcalf as a 2nd to 3rd round talent. This ended up becoming true when DK was finally taken with the last pick of the second round by Seattle.
Metcalf needs to branch out more of his route running tree. He also needs to work on concentrating on the ball more, so he lowers the number of dropped balls. Overall I believe DK has the potential to be a real star in the NFL, especially with Russell Wilson throwing him the ball.
There are many picks that go under the radar in the second and third rounds. I am going to look at a few that stood out to me.
AJ Brown (WR): Brown was taken by the Titans with the 51st pick. Many people had Brown as a first-round talent. The Titans need WRs since Corey Davis seems to be more of a bust than anything. Brown had his spotlight stolen by the Metcalf hype train throughout the pre-draft process. Brown outperformed Metcalf at Ole Miss, whether that be from Metcalf’s durability problems or not, he still produced. I believe Brown will be a star in Tennessee.
Nasir Adderley (Safety): The Chargers selected Adderley with the 61st pick. Adderley was my favorite safety in this draft. He flies to the ball and has great football instincts. He needs to be more consistent but can be a great player alongside Derwin James on that Chargers defense.
Jaylon Ferguson (DE): The Ravens took Ferguson with the 85th in the draft. Ferguson was a monster in college with 27% of his tackles being for losses. Many people had him ranked as an early second round pick but fell into the Raven’s laps at 85. The Ravens needed a new young pass rusher after Suggs moved to Arizona. Ferguson has the opportunity to be great in this league.
Chase Winovich (Edge): I loved this pick by the Patriots in the third round. I think Winovich was a second round talent. He brings a ton of energy to a team, especially to a team that just lost Gronk and all of his excitement. Winovich managed 18.5 sacks and 43 tackles for losses in his three years of playing at Michigan. I believe Winovich can be a great player in Bill’s system.