2017 NFL Draft: Cowboys boost secondary, Mixon lands and some-more Day 2 takeaways

The second day of a NFL Draft does not get as many pushing as a initial round, of course, though there were copiousness of large storylines and amour to digest after a dirt staid on Friday night.


Here are NFLDraftScout’s tip 10 takeaways for a 75 selections from Rounds 2-3. 

1. Mixon lands in Cincinnati

I nailed one collect in my second-round ridicule draft:
Joe Mixon
to a
Cincinnati Bengals
, an easy prospect-team matrimony to predict. Historically, a Bengals have a authorization not bashful holding chances on players with baggage, and no awaiting in this category has been discussed some-more due to his impression issues than Mixon.

Mixon brings a lot of container to Cincinnati.
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By now, many know about a hideous video of Mixon distinguished a womanlike in a café behind in Jul of 2014, clouding his breeze value with many NFL teams stealing him from their breeze board. But it customarily takes one group to demeanour past a emanate and take a chance, and a Bengals did so, trade behind from No. 41 to No. 48 in a second turn
before drafting Mixon.

The former
Oklahoma Sooners
behind was a first-round talent, so a value is outstanding. And looking during a Bengals abyss chart,
Jeremy Hill
and
Giovani Bernard
— dual former second-round picks themselves — have both disappointed. Mixon has been contrite about a conditions and his former coaches pronounce rarely of him given a occurrence roughly 3 years ago. If he stays on a true and slight in a NFL, he will finish adult being a take for Cincinnati. — Dane Brugler

2. Fantasy players will adore Cook and Hunt

For as vehement as we all are about a intensity for top-10 picks
Leonard Fournette
in Jacksonville and
Christian McCaffrey
in Carolina, a
Minnesota Vikings
and
Kansas City Chiefs
competence unequivocally good breeze adult with a best value during using behind in this year’s breeze after their selections of
Dalvin Cook
and Kareem Hunt in a second and third rounds, respectively.

The Vikings combined
Latavius Murray
in giveaway agency, though he is not as energetic a curtain (or receiver, for that matter) as a former
Florida State Seminoles
standout, who for all of his off-field questions, positively plays with a engine that will attraction him to conduct manager Mike Zimmer – a obvious old-school coach.

Similarly, after releasing longtime star
Jamaal Charles
in a offseason, a Chiefs were banking on
Spencer Ware
and
Charcandrick West
to lift a bucket – until alighting Hunt during No. 86 overall. Hunt lacks chosen speed during 5-foot-11 and 216 pounds, though he does dual things unusually good that customarily proportion to success in a NFL: he runs by hit and protects a ball. — Rob Rang

3. After flitting on Day 1 QBs,
Cleveland Browns
seize Kizer in Round 2

My favorite collect on Day 2 of a 2017 NFL Draft was a Cleveland Browns drafting former
Notre Dame Fighting Irish
quarterback
DeShone Kizer
No. 52 altogether – my second-ranked quarterback in this breeze class.

When evaluating a quarterback position, Kizer has all I’m looking for from a mental and earthy standpoint. He is a good-sized contestant with a energy arm, mobility and a mental ability to run a pro offense. There is justification on film of Kizer operative by progressions, floating from vigour with his eyes downfield and creation pleasing bucket throws downfield. However, a categorical emanate with Kizer is a miss of coherence as he mixes in too many disastrous plays in with a certain ones.

What we like many about a Kizer preference is a value, as
it didn’t take a top-50 selection
to get him. Quarterbacks are lottery tickets and Kizer has unequivocally good contingency if given time. However, given a Browns didn’t use a top-50 collect on him, they can pierce on subsequent deteriorate if he doesn’t stir as a rookie or if Cleveland sees a softened option. The prerogative distant outweighs a risk with this pick. — DB

4.
Seattle Seahawks
lead a approach with 6 picks (but customarily one blocker)

After trade behind twice in a initial turn on Thursday, a Seattle Seahawks used all of their league-high 6 breeze picks Friday. Given how many Seattle’s descent line struggled a year ago safeguarding
Russell Wilson
and using a football, it was startling to some that a bar opted to customarily use one of them on a blocker, holding versatile
LSU Tigers
lineman
Ethan Pocic
during No. 58 overall.

In his post-draft press conference, conduct manager Pete Carroll characterized Pocic as “the many stretchable actor in a draft,” citing a 6-foot-6, 310-pounder’s knowledge during center, ensure and tackle while with a Tigers. Pocic’s energy and knowledge in LSU’s pro-style intrigue could make him a retard and play choice for a Seahawks, who authorised final year’s right tackle
Garry Gilliam
to leave to multiplication opposition San Francisco. — RR

5.
Dallas Cowboys
revamp a secondary

After alighting pass rusher
Taco Charlton
in a initial round, a Cowboys
looked to a delegate on Day 2,
adding a span of corners. In a second turn during No. 60, Dallas drafted former
Colorado Buffaloes
cornerback
Chidobe Awuzie
, who was rated as a No. 43 actor on my breeze board. He has knowledge during outward corner, inside corner, reserve and even linebacker, and when we asked how to conclude his best purpose on defense, he simply replied: “Baller.”

Awuzie was a initial of dual cornerbacks for a Cowboys Friday.
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And
then in a third round,
a Cowboys went behind to Ann Arbor and comparison former
Michigan Wolverines
cornerback
Jourdan Lewis
during No. 92, who ranked No. 45 altogether on my breeze board. Undersized during 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds, Lewis creates adult for his miss of distance with instincts, football comprehension and toughness. He takes offense if anyone throws in his instruction and isn’t fearful to get earthy with receivers. He was arrested in Mar for a domestic assault accusation, so a Cowboys contingency have some-more information on a emanate to breeze him in a third round.

Not customarily are both cornerbacks means players, though a value is what unequivocally stands out, as we rated both as top-50 picks. Along with
Anthony Brown
, who was a take in final year’s sixth round, a Cowboys are revamping a cornerback abyss chart. — DB

6. Depth during defensive behind shows through

Any doubt as to a many means position in a 2017 NFL Draft competence have been staid over a initial 100 picks, with an eye-popping 28 defensive backs — including 17 cornerbacks — conference their names called. To put this series in perspective, a many ever comparison over a initial 100 picks given a joining adopted a 7 turn format in 1994 was 24, behind in 2005. — RR 

7. Conner continues his extraordinary journey

One of a best stories in sports, former
Pittsburgh Panthers
using behind
James Conner
was drafted 105th altogether by a
Pittsburgh Steelers
on Friday night,
completing an moving journey
to a NFL.

After earning ACC Player of a Year honors in 2014, Conner tore a ACL in a 2015 deteriorate opener and during his rehab, doctors rescued cancer. After a rigorous, though winning six-month conflict with Hodgkin’s lymphoma (which compulsory 12 rounds of chemo treatment), Conner returned to diversion movement for a 2016 deteriorate and rushed for over 1,000 yards.

A bumbling ball-carrier, Conner has a north-south, smash-mouth run character to be an glorious short-yardage curtain with his bumbling 6-foot-1 and 233-pound frame. He also softened his pass-catching skills final deteriorate with 21 receptions and 4 receiving scores final season. A Pennsylvania native, Conner is used to personification in front of crowds during Heinz Field, that is also a home margin for a Pitt Panthers.

Conner used a same resilient, intrepid opinion on a margin to kick cancer and is now a member of a Pittsburgh Steelers. He is an glorious purpose indication that late Steelers authority Dan Rooney would be generally unapproachable is a member of a organization. — DB

8.
Arizona Cardinals
take initial non-combine draftee in 2017

Providing this year’s annual sign that being snubbed during a mix does not indispensably meant that a actor won’t be drafted was Grambling State far-reaching receiver Chad Williams, whom Arizona comparison 98th overall.

The well-built 6-foot-1, 207-pounder wowed during a Senior Bowl opposite tip foe after winning a Southwestern Athletic Conference with a league-leading 90 catches for 1,337 yards and 11 touchdowns. He is positively tender both on and off a margin though possesses a speed (4.43 40 during his pro day), physicality and physique control to warn in a NFL. It doesn’t harm that he will be training from one of a many discriminating (on and off a field) receivers in all of a NFL in
Larry Fitzgerald
. — RR

9.
Alabama Crimson Tide
produces 9 picks in initial 3 rounds

With 9 selections in a initial 79 picks, Alabama set a new NFL Draft record. After 4 former Alabama players were drafted in Round 1, 5 Crimson Tide prospects listened their names called on Day 2. Last season, Ohio State had 8 players drafted in a initial 80 picks.

Here are a Crimson Tide prospects to come off a house early:

  • First round: CB
    Marlon Humphrey
    (16th), DL
    Jonathan Allen
    (17th), TE
    O.J. Howard
    (19th), LB
    Reuben Foster
    (31st)
  • Second round: OT
    Cam Robinson
    (34th), LB
    Ryan Anderson
    (49th), DT
    Dalvin Tomlinson
    (55th),
  • Third round: LB
    Tim Williams
    (78th), WR
    ArDarius Stewart
    (79th)

Safety
Eddie Jackson
should also hear his name called before a final collect of a 2017 NFL Draft, that would give a Crimson Tide double-digit breeze picks for a initial time given 1945. Nick Saban continues to contend for inhabitant titles and siphon out NFL-level talent from Tuscaloosa. — DB

10. Will some-more earthy
New York Jets
win some-more games?

The Jets drafted 3 unequivocally physical, intrinsic football players in LSU’s
Jamal Adams
(No. 6),
Florida Gators
‘s
Marcus Maye
(No. 39) and Alabama’s ArDarius Stewart (No. 79) though given a club’s concerns during quarterback and cornerback, it is value doubt how many this bar will be means to urge off of final year’s 5-11 season.

The preference of back-to-back safeties in Adams and Maye is positively an complaint on 2014 first-round collect
Calvin Pryor
, who reportedly is now on a trade block. General manager Mike Maccagnan competence have a tough time removing any kind of value for Pryor, however, given a aforementioned abyss of this year’s defensive behind class. — RR


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