With round one done and dusted, it’s time for my NFL Draft Predictions for day two.
As we head into the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, it’s fair to say that round one lived up to the hype.
Kyler Murray was the top pick as expected and Nick Bosa came after. But after that, the draft was about chaotic as most draft experts feared.
I actually fared okay with my earlier NFL Draft predictions, nailing quite a few first round talents to the correct team. Some continued their slide, though, setting teams up for some elite value in round two.
There was a little bit of everything in round one, with some teams reaching way earlier for prospects than anyone expected and others landing massive steals.
Here’s a quick look at the top steals and biggest reaches in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft before we head on to a preview of round two.
Biggest Reaches in Round One
The draft started with an arguable reach with the first pick of the draft. Kyler Murray’s talent made him worthy of the 1st overall pick, but the fact that the Arizona Cardinals had Josh Rosen on their roster made it a confusing development.
I wouldn’t exactly call Murray a reach, though. However, the following players were arguably picked way too early in round one of the 2019 NFL Draft.
- Clelin Ferrell, EDGE, Oakland Raiders – Pick 4
- Daniel Jones, QB, New York Giants – Pick 6
- Darnell Savage, S, Green Bay Packers – Pick 21
- Tytus Howard, OT, Houston Texans – Pick 23
- Jerry Tillery, DT, Los Angeles Chargers – Pick 28
Ferrell is a stud edge rusher, make no mistake about it. He just wasn’t a top-five talent. I had him pegged as a first round lock and a likely top-20 pick, but the Raiders reached here. It’s still a good pick in terms of addressing a major need and getting a quality player, but Josh Allen was still on the board.
New York pretended all offseason like they didn’t want to take a quarterback in round one. Maybe it’s just because nobody thought they wanted Daniel Jones. I saw the connection, but felt the G-Men could get Jones at pick 17. They probably could have landed an impact defensive talent at this pick and still nabbed Jones 11 picks later.
Savage is a freak athlete and has a nose for the football. He’s going to be a good player in the NFL and had rising draft stock. On the surface, he’s a fine pick for a maturing Packers defense. But Green Bay traded two fourth round picks to move up nine spots and grab a guy that probably would have been there at pick 30.
There is no knocking the Texans for trying to patch up a bad offensive line. They definitely needed pass protection help after giving up the most sacks in the NFL a year ago. But Tytus Howard wasn’t a locked-in first round prospect and there were other stud tackles still on the board.
One more first round NFL Draft reach was defensive tackle Jerry Tillery. The Notre Dame star was very good at the college level and was a fringe day one option, but there were numerous prospects graded ahead of him.
Top Steals in First Round
While there were undeniably some clear reaches in round one, there were also quite a few steals. You could honestly argue the first steal wound up being Nick Bosa at second overall, just because he was the consensus #1 pick for most of the draft season.
The 49ers lucked into the best defensive prospect in the 2019 NFL Draft thanks to Arizona’s shenanigans up top, but that was just one big steal. Here are the other huge first round steals in the 2019 NFL Draft.
- Josh Allen, EDGE, Jacksonville Jaguars – Pick 7
- Ed Oliver, DL, Buffalo Bills – Pick 9
- Rashan Gary, DE, Green Bay Packers – Pick 12
- Dwayne Haskins, QB, Washington Redskins – Pick 15
- Jeffery Simmons, DT, Mississippi State – Pick 19
- Josh Jacobs, RB, Oakland Raiders – Pick 24
- Montez Sweat, EDGE, Washington Redskins – Pick 26
Josh Allen was in the running for the #1 pick for some time and was at worst a top-three talent. Sliding to the seventh pick with New York and Oakland reaching for other prospects, he lands into an amazing spot with a talented Jags defense.
Oliver is another stud that at one time was in the mix for the first overall pick. That didn’t happen, but he still slid a bit too far for a guy with his strength and athleticism. He’s going to be a terror for the Bills on the defensive line and probably should have gone about six picks earlier.
I’m also excited for the Packers, who continued to beef up a sulking defense with the addition of an athletic freak. Gary wasn’t insanely productive in terms of stats at Michigan, but he was a key cog on one of the best defenses in college football and is a freak athlete. Rumored to be a top-six threat, Gary gives the Packers another body to work with to boost their pass rush and could be a huge steal.
Haskins was another guy that at one time could have had a shot at going first overall. Even as the draft process wore on, he was a top-10 lock in the eyes of many. He had ties to the Redskins prior to the draft and Washington didn’t have a franchise quarterback on the roster. It was the perfect match and could go down as an epic draft steal.
I can’t ignore Simmons, either. He was a top-five talent prior to tearing his ACL. Despite Simmons being at risk of not playing in 2019 (and also having some past character concerns), the Titans got a huge steal for their defensive line.
Josh Jacobs ended up going right about where everyone expected him to, while I literally pegged this pick perfectly in my final mock. But he was the best running back in this draft and a true feature back, yet Oakland got him at pick 24. How is that not a steal?
The Redskins saved the best for last – I hope. Washington already landed one of the biggest NFL Draft steals in Haskins, but Sweat was a legit top-five talent and one of the best pass rushers in this class. A minor heart issue got teams scared off of him, but Washington gets insane value here.
2019 NFL Mock Draft – Round 2 Predictions
Day two of the 2019 NFL Draft could be just as exciting as the first, even though the league won’t hype it up nearly as much. However, so big names are still on the board and plenty of teams have a lot of work to do to address key needs for their roster.
On top of paying attention to how the second round of the draft could unfold, you can also bet on it. Most of the top NFL betting sites are offering NFL Draft props for round two and it might be wise to take advantage of that.
To assist you in your plight to make some money off of the 2019 NFL Draft, join me as I mock the entire second round:
1. Arizona Cardinals – Greedy Williams, CB, LSU
Arizona starts things off in round one and I anticipate they’ll either go get Kyler Murray a weapon (D.K. Metcalf, perhaps?) or shift to the defensive side of the ball.
The Cards don’t have much at corner beyond Patrick Peterson, and the veteran has even reportedly requested a trade out of town. Either way, Williams is one of the best corners in this draft and enhances Arizona’s secondary.
2. Indianapolis Colts (from Jets) – Taylor Rapp, S, Washington
The Colts seem quite set offensively, so much of their draft needs to continue focusing on defense. One area they can still improve at is the back of their secondary.
Rapp can fill one position slot due to great run defense and thumping ability. Exactly how Indy uses him is open for debate, but he’s a potential stud due to his physicality and tenacity.
3. Oakland Raiders – Byron Murphy, CB, Washington
The Raiders have had a surprisingly impressive draft thus far, but they lack talent and need to keep bringing it in.
Cornerback is one problem area, so drafting the best available cover man makes plenty of sense.
4. San Francisco 49ers – D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
It’s very possible Metcalf is gone by the fourth pick, but he didn’t fall because he’s slow or small. He’s a freak athlete, but he lacks fluidity and didn’t produce much in college.
I understand the sliding, but the upside here is insane. An arguable top-10 talent is available to a team lacking wide receiver talent and this could put the Colts over the top offensively.
5. Seattle Seahawks (from Giants) – Rock Ya-Sin, CB, Temple
Seattle traded down into round two with the Giants and they luck into a star defensive back here. Some were projecting Ya-Sin into the first round, but he slides due to great depth at the position.
It’s true there are a lot of quality cover men in this draft, but Ya-Sin is the best one left by the time Seattle is up. They can’t let him get by them.
6. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida
The Jaguars got richer defensively in round one and this time they need to either get Nick Foles a reliable weapon for the passing game or add to their o-line.
There are certainly options at wide receiver and tight end, but I think the Jags hold off with a stud tackle prospect like Jawaan Taylor still on the board.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State
The Bucs landed a potential superstar in linebacker Devin White with the 5th overall pick, but their defense was not good last year. They need to keep adding bodies and one area to address is the defensive line.
Tampa Bay doesn’t know what the future holds with Gerald McCoy, so just bringing in a potential stud like Jones may be a good idea.
8. Buffalo Bills – Irv Smith, TE, Alabama
Josh Allen needs weapons around him. Buffalo could opt to go young at running back, but they’re mostly set there and at wide receiver. Tight end is another story entirely, as the Bills have nothing to speak of at the position.
Smith is arguably the best tight end left on the board, as he’s the total package with the ability to make plays as a pass-catcher and also block.
9. Denver Broncos – Drew Lock, QB, Missouri
John Elway opted not to reach for Drew Lock in round one and it paid off, as he can still get his guy early in round two.
The Broncos still don’t have a franchise quarterback to build around, so landing a potential star in the making like Lock is quite the coup in round two.
10. Cincinnati Bengals – Mack Wilson, LB, Alabama
Wilson was a potential first round pick due to his solid all-around ability, so it was a mild surprise to see him slip into the second round.
A lack of jaw-dropping athleticism may have contributed to that, but he could end up being a key addition to a Bengals defense starving for fresh talent.
11. Detroit Lions – Cody Ford, OL, Oklahoma
Detroit spiced things up by drafting a tight end in round one and they may stick to offense in round two by shoring up a shaky offensive line.
The Lions probably want to run the ball and protect the passer better, so landing a balanced and versatile o-line prospect like Ford could prove to be quite the hit.
12. Green Bay Packers – A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
Green Bay may prefer to land an inside linebacker like Mack Wilson here, but they have added two impact rookies on defense in this draft already. Round two could have them looking for Aaron Rodgers’ heir apparent or even getting the veteran gunslinger a new toy.
I think that could come in the form of Brown, who was arguably the most complete receiver coming out of Ole Miss this year. Green Bay has wide receivers on the depth chart, but only Davante Adams truly rivals the ability and upside Brown offers.
13. Los Angeles Rams (from Falcons) – Trysten Hill, DT, Central Florida
The rich get richer, as the Rams have very few actual holes on either side of the ball. Defensive tackle could be one of them, however, as veteran free agent Ndamukong Suh still hasn’t committed to returning to L.A.
The arrival of a prospect like Hill may render Suh useless, while the Rams general focus should be to continue adding nice defensive pieces.
14. Indianapolis Colts (from Redskins) – Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
The Colts attacked a defensive need with their first pick in round two. They can keep churning out quality defensive prospects, but I think turning their attention to the passing game would be wise.
Indy does have a good amount of talent on offense, but they lack a reliable second wide receiver behind T.Y. Hilton. Samuel offers extra speed and can be used in a number of ways, potentially providing a nice lfit for an already dangerous passing attack.
15. Carolina Panthers – Connor McGovern, OG, Penn State
Cam Newton got banged up last year and it cost the Panthers their season.
Keeping their main guy healthy is objective one, while adding a stud mauler like McGovern will only aid the running game as well.
16. Miami Dolphins – Will Grier, QB, West Virginia
The Dolphins could be in the mix for trading for Josh Rosen or they could just opt to wait until the 2020 NFL Draft to take a passer.
I don’t see why they need to wait when a perfectly viable quarterback prospect like Grier is waiting to be picked up, though.
17. Cleveland Browns – Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, S, Florida
Cleveland traded away a safety to land Jabrill Peppers this offseason, so going back into the draft to get more safety help could be smart.
The position is eroding quickly, but Gardner-Johnson gives them a shot at landing a viable starter.
18. Minnesota Vikings – Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State
One of the big issues for Minnesota continues to be their offensive line. They could use another running back or a new third receiver, but their o-line is their main problem.
Adding a hulking offensive tackle like Risner would be a step in the right direction.
19. Tennessee Titans – Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
Few teams are devoid of viable offensive talent as badly as the Titans are. They seem okay at quarterback and running back, but the rest of their offense needs work.
Mike Vrabel is a defensive guy first, but his offense could use some help. Injecting a little speed into the passing game via Campbell could work wonders.
20. Denver Broncos (from Steelers) – Jaylon Ferguson, EDGE, Louisiana Tech
The Broncos brought in a tight end and in my second round mock draft go and get their quarterback of the future. Transitioning back to the defensive side of the ball is next on the agenda.
Denver either needs to pay Chris Harris or go get some secondary help. Or both. However, it might be a reach to go get a corner in this spot. For now, they snatch up a sliding Ferguson, who can really rush the passer and could be a huge steal.
21. Philadelphia Eagles (from Ravens) – Chase Winovich, EDGE, Michigan
Edge rushers have flown off the draft board through the first two rounds and it won’t stop here with Winovich.
He’s a rock solid pass rusher who could fit in nicely with what the Eagles do.
22. Houston Texans (from Seahawks) – Riley Ridley, WR, Georgia
Houston has one amazing wide receiver and a nice complementary option that can’t seem to stay healthy.
Will Fuller is still a major asset, but the Texans can’t keep hoping he’s reliable. Going and getting a big receiver who can make plays is on the list of things to do and Ridley fits the bill.
23. Houston Texans – Damien Harris, RB, Alabama
The Texans may trade out of one of these picks, but I’d make use of consecutive picks in round two. Here they can go get another running back, as Lamar Miller’s ceiling has been reached and D’onta Foreman may never be the same guy again.
Harris isn’t a burner, but he’s a decisive runner who will get chunk yardage. If he’s not a star in the making, he can at least be a key cog in Houston’s maturing rushing attack.
24. New England Patriots (from Bears) – Jace Sternberger, TE, Texas A&M
Here’s New England’s tight end of the future.
This isn’t at all a Rob Gronkowski pick, as Sternberger is a pure pass-catcher. However, he’s a terrific one and also offers a nice red-zone presence.
25. Philadelphia Eagles – Juan Thornhill, S, Virginia
Philly keeps putting the finishing touches on their quick roster rebuild.
They still have the talent on both sides of the ball to go on a title run, but need to address a few holes. Safety is one of them and Thornhill is a sneaky steal that could help out right away.
26. Dallas Cowboys – Deionte Thompson, S, Alabama
The Cowboys will look to do the same. They chased after Earl Thomas all offseason due to a need for safety help and that hasn’t changed much.
Thompson has first round talent and could compete to start from day one.
27. Indianapolis Colts – David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State
Marlon Mack appears to be the man for the job in Indy’s offensive backfield, but the Colts have nothing behind him.
Montgomery is not very explosive, but he has proven he can carry a big workload and is very effective. The Colts have a stud in the wings if they need him.
28. Los Angeles Chargers – D’andre Walker, EDGE, Georgia
The Bolts are loaded on offense, so they can either look for the heir apparent to Philip Rivers or keep adding to a talented defense.
I see no harm in adding a nice edge rusher like Walker.
29. Kansas City Chiefs – Miles Sanders, RB, Penn State
Kareem Hunt is gone and KC’s backup plan is Damien Williams. He looked great last year, but he’s one guy and there’s no guarantee he’ll pan out, long-term.
Kansas City needs to add fresh legs and Sanders is a complete back that can at the very worst help in a committee.
30. New Orleans Saints – Jachai Polite, EDGE, Florida
Polite has a chance to be a great value for the Saints, who much like the Chiefs are set on offense and just need to add pieces on defense.
Rounding out their pass rush with a very productive SEC stud isn’t a bad way to go about doing that.
31. Kansas City Chiefs (from Rams) – Andy Isabella, WR, Massachusetts
Tyreek Hill is involved in a super sketchy situation and it would not at all be surprising if he is out of football for a while. If that’s the case, the Chiefs should probably prepare for that by getting Patrick Mahomes some new weapons.
Isabella has issues with body catchers, but he’s ridiculously explosive. He’d fit in perfectly with this offense.
32. New England Patriots – Maxx Crosby, EDGE, Eastern Michigan
Lastly, the Patriots cap the second round by beefing up their pass rush. That unit of their defense was awesome in the Super Bowl, but not quite up to par during the regular season.
Crosby is a classic Bill Belichick edge rusher, as he gets involved in a lot of plays behind the line of scrimmage and is long and athletic. He’s a mild reach here, but I love him in their system.
That does it for my look into the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Day one had some big reaches, some impressive steals and plenty of entertainment. Day two won’t be able to live up to that, but there is a lot of talent left on the board and my guess is it sure will try.
There aren’t any new NFL Draft prop bets as I write this, but the best NFL Draft betting sites issues a bunch of them before the draft began and I’d be shocked if they don’t offer more.
You can still bet on when D.K. Metcalf will be drafted and that type of wager can be applied to so many other big names that have yet to hear their name called. No matter what NFL Draft wagers you plan on taking advantage of on Friday (and over the weekend), feel free to refer to my round two NFL Draft mock as you try to make some profitable picks.
Good luck and enjoy the rest of the 2019 NFL Draft!
Day 2 of the 2019 NFL Draft – Preview and Predictions
With the craziness of the first round behind us, here are my predictions for Day 2 of the 2019 NFL Draft. Which players will be selected today?