The second day of the 2019 NFL Draft was exactly what we were all hoping for: more surprises, quicker picks, and HELLA trades.
There were four trades alone in the first six picks of the night which really set the tone for a exciting evening.
The Chargers followed up their selection of defensive tackle Jerry Tillery with Nasir Adderley, a free safety from the University of Delaware at pick 60. Adderley was widely considered the top free safety in the entire draft and the fact that the Chargers were able to snag another first round talent all the way at the end of the second round was incredible.
Two-for-two is always how you want to start the draft because it then allows your team to snag the best player available instead of continuing to reach on need.
With pick #91 in the third round, the Bolts selected Trey Pipkins, an athletic, prototypical-NFL left tackle from Division II Sioux Falls in South Dakota.
Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs are an easy selection to the “winners” section because they were able to snag what should be three starting players on day two.
Juan Thornhill was a favorite of mine and if the Chargers missed on Adderley, he was my guy for them to take. With elite-elite athleticism and production, Thornhill is likely going to pair nicely with Tyrann Mathieu in the back-end of that secondary. Khalen Saunders is going to be a nightmare in the middle of that defense playing next to another athletic DT in Chris Jones. It’s this pick that I believe will cause the Chargers to go for an interior offensive linemen here on day three.
There other pick wasn’t a pick surprise following the recent news dump of Tyreek Hill as the Chiefs selected wideout Mecole Hardman from Georgia. Hardman possesses true 4.3-speed and will likely fall right into that role as things aren’t looking good at all for Hill’s future with the team, or the NFL for that matter.
Here is new #Chiefs WR Mecole Hardman— Alex Johnson (@a_johnsonFF) April 27, 2019
➕Room to Grow
➖Has played WR for two years
➖Breakout Age: Non-Existent
➖Extremely Raw#NFLDraft pic.twitter.com/CLQ5JRS7HR
New England Patriots: The defending Super Bowl Champions were able to sit back and let some stud players fall to them at each of their three picks on day two. Their first of the night was Chase Winovich, a twitchy, high-motor player from Michigan who will slot right into the void left by Trey Flowers. Running back Damien Harris was their second pick of the evening and now gives the Patriots two running backs capable of carrying the load, should they ever choose to commit to just one guy in a lead role.
They ended the third round by selecting offensive tackle Yodney Cajuste out of West Virginia. This is one of the better steals from yesterday (should medicals check out) as Cajuste was widely considered a late day one/early day two selection before injuring himself during a workout. He has a meanstreak that’s refreshing to watch and some nice footwork, to boot.
Oh yeah, the Patriots also nabbed Joejuan Williams from Vanderbilt with pick 45. The 6-foot-4 cornerback will likely start opposite Stephon Gilmore and give the Patriots a lengthy defender to help disrupt opposing passing games.
The Patriots definitely got better last night.
Patriots get value in the third round— Bleacher Report NFL (@BR_NFL) April 27, 2019
New England nabs Michigan EDGE Chase Winovich pic.twitter.com/yUQ63RnAn8
Arizona Cardinals: The Cardinals went hard and fast out of the gate by selecting Washington cornerback Byron Murphy with the first pick of the night. Murphy will instantly start opposite of Patrick Peterson and give that secondary some real juice.
At the end of the second, the Cardinals finally traded quarterback Josh Rosen to the Miami Dolphins for pick #62, after sending another 2020 5th-round pick their way, as well. With the 62nd pick, the Cardinals selected Andy Isabella from UMASS. According to Pro Football Focus, he was their #1 wide receiver from 2018 after leading the nation in receiving yardage. He also ran a 4.31 forty-yard dash at the combine which was top-3 at the position. Isabella gives quarterback Kyler Murray a multi-faceted weapon who should upgrade this offense from the start of 2019.
The Cardinals started finished their picks on the day by selecting Boston College defensive end Zach Allen with the first pick of the third round. Allen is seen as a little bit of a ‘tweener but should slot right in where Markus Golden was opposite Chandler Jones. He gives the Cardinals a strong presence on the edge that can help in the run game just as much as he can wreak havoc while chasing quaterbacks.
Detroit Lions: The Lions made one of the most surpising picks of day two when they selected linebacker Jahlani Tavai from the University of Hawaii in the second round. Tavai was widely regarded as an early day three pick with some upside. He was extremely productive in college (391 tackles) but most found him lacking in fundamentals that could keep him from starting in his first year or two in the NFL. While I do believe Tavai will eventually be a good LB at the next level, the pick is low in value as he would have likely been there in the third or fourth.
Their second pick of the night was Boston College safety Will Harris. While I’ve heard good things about Harris, better players were still on the board at that position with Chauncey Gardner-Johnson and Deionte Thompson. Also, the Lions need help at defensive end opposite newly-signed Trey Flowers and Iowa’s Anthony Nelson was still on the board. With end being the premium position that it is, I believe they went the wrong direction with this one.
Houston Texans: Man, I just don’t understand why the Texans seem to hate their quarterback. Deshaun Watson was sacked 62 times last year, most in the NFL, and they went out and reach on not one, but two offensive tackles that no one was rushing to draft where they did.
First, Tytus Howard went at least a round too early and then they selected Max Scharping out of Northern Illinois in the third who I had as a late day three pick. I watched him closely at the Senior Bowl in January and came away thinking there was no way he could play tackle at the next level. He seemed to have bricks tied to his cleats and gave up ground in the pocket almost instantaneously. No thank you.
In the second round, they grabbed cornerback Lonnie Johnson out of Kentucky. Johnson has been a late-riser in the draft process who really started to gain some steam prior to this weekend. He’s a former track star who possesses excellent height and length at 6-foot-3. With their last pick of the day, they selected Kahale Warring, a tight end out of San Diego State. He’s only played football since his senior year of high-school but he was good enough to warrant a chance at walking on before going on to lead the team in receiving yards his final two seasons. He’s also uber-athletic for his size. Coincidentally, as I’m typing this article right now, I just received a notification that Texan’s tight end Ryan Griffin was just arrested in Nashville for vandalism and public intoxication.
So, yeah, the pick of Warring looks even better.
However, I just can’t get past their picks at offensive tackle and those two alone keep the Texans right here in the “losers” section.