NFL Draft Day 2 Recap

The second and third round are complete and it was a fun night! Running backs and wide receivers were the thing of the night and the last of the top qb’s was drafted. Looking at people’s mock drafts after Thursday night for Friday nights rounds was fun, and once again unpredictable just like round one. Enough of that though, let’s get this going.

The Cleveland Browns once again surprised us and took Nick Chubb with the 35th overall pick. Sure, you might say they just signed Carlos Hyde in free agency. Just think of this to be similar to what the Vikings did last season when they signed Latavius Murray and then drafted Dalvin Cook. I can see Chubb being this years Cook, minus the injury.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers landed themselves a home-run hitter at 38 in Ronald Jones II. With the many comparisons to Jamaal Charles, Jones fell right into Tampa’s lap and will be the starter on day one behind a good offensive line. I am very excited to see this kid play.

The Denver Broncos needed help at wide receiver, and wow did they get a nice deep threat at pick 40 in Courtland Sutton. Can you name their number three wide receiver without looking? Yeah, me neither. With Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas starting to get up there in age, Sutton is an automatic plug and play and should be the #2 outside with either Thomas or Sanders playing in the slot. Sutton will be an exciting player to watch for years to come.

Then finally some excitement happen.  Remember that Jimmy Garoppolo trade last year? Man does that look bad now on Bill Belichick. Anyways, the Detroit Lions traded up to that pick and got there running back in Kerryon Johnson. He’s an awesome north-south dual threat runner out of Auburn. He should (will) replace Ameer Abdullah/Theo Riddick, and finally give Matt Stafford the running back he’s been needing.

Is it just me or did the Eagles spite pick Dallas Goedert just so the Cowboys couldn’t get him with the next pick? I think so. You have Zach Ertz Philadelphia, what the hell are you thinking? True dick move there. Maybe Jason Witten should have just kept quite so they could of gotten Witten’s replacement. Sure Trey Burton left in free agency, but to draft the best tight end of the draft? I feel that they should have went another direction like running back. Good Job Philly! Not.

My hat goes off to you, Washington. The slide of Derrius Guice came to a halt at pick 59. Sure, you hear “character issues” or “lazy” but this is an amazing first-round talent who watched six other running backs go ahead of him. With a healthy offensive line, Guice is already in the running for my offensive ROY pick.

In the 3rd round Denver found their replacement to CJ Anderson at pick 71 with Royce Freeman. I feel this was a reach as Freeman has about as many miles as my 2009 Ford Focus. That’s a huge red flag to me as maybe he can play for a couple years. Sure he’s a tough runner, but how long will he last? Bad move, Elway.

Then finally the Patriots got their Tom Brady replacement! Wait… It wasn’t Brady? Oh, my apologies. The Steelers hope to have their Ben Roethlisberger replacement with the 76th pick in Mason Rudolph. I like this pick as Rudolph can sit behind and learn for a few years behind Big Ben like Aaron Rodgers did with Brett Farve (though I am not comparing Rudolph to Rodgers, I’m not that dumb). Solid pick here.

Some quick hits here:

  • Patriots kept trading down to hide their fuck up with the Garoppolo trade.
  • Packers stole a 1st-round corner in Josh Jackson and are starting to build a scary defense.
  • I feel sorry for the teams that have to play the Chargers, Jaguars and the Rams this next year.
  • Cincinnati is building a dark horse defense.
  • After releasing Dez Bryant, the Cowboys hope they found his replacement in Michael Gallup.
  • Baltimore got another awesome tight end in Mark Andrews as they help build the future around Lamar Jackson.

Enjoy the rest of the draft!!!

Ryan Miner is a featured blogger for the Loaded Box Podcast.  Check out his article archive and find more from the Loaded Box on Twitter & Facebook

 

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