Draft 2019: Day 2 Review

With Day 2 in the books, it’s become abundantly clear that this year’s draft is loaded with 2nd tier talent and it feels like in rounds 2 and 3 most teams were able to fill real positions of need. So enjoy a super positive draft day review.

 

A Good Night for….

The Miami Dolphins: The off-season has been rough for Miami so far, with them being forced to free up cap space by letting go of a number of high profile players. However 2 great nights at the draft seem to have changed the fortune of the Dolphins. After the signing of one of my favourite players in the 1st round, Christian Wilkins, the Dolphins kept Arizona on the hook for the potential Josh Rosen trade throughout the 2nd, constantly trading back through the round building up more late round draft capital and at the same time lowering the value of Josh Rosen with every trade. Eventually however a deal was done and the last team without a solid starting option at QB, has a player that could be just that…or not. The point is it doesn’t really matter. Arizona bear the brunt of the dead money and Miami, who historically have overspent on players, get someone that in total will cost them $6m. It’s also worth noting that this doesn’t stop them drafting a QB next year. Just ask Arizona…

The Denver Broncos: In round 1 they picked a top tier tight end as a big target for Joe Flacco. With the 41st pick they get the high character O-lineman, Dalton Risner as protection for Joe Flacco. With the 42nd pick… they replaced Joe Flacco with Drew Lock. It was considered that the Broncos would use the no. 10 pick to grab the QB. Then when they traded back, the no.20 pick. Then the 41st pick. Eventually, 32 picks after they were expected to grab him, the Broncos trade up in the 2nd to pick the QB that John Elway fell in love with. This is another great example of a team not overpaying for a player with a 2nd round grade in this years draft. Good work on securing the team of the future for the Broncos.

The Todd Bowles Effect: I’d imagine when the dust has settled we’ll find out that the Bucs probably wanted to move down from the no. 5 pick, but with no suitors (thanks in no small part to the QB market being relatively dry), Devin White was probably the best player available, whilst filling the hole left by Kwon Alexander. On day 2 it felt like Todd Bowles gave Jason Licht the puppy dog eyes and before you knew it they’d drafted 3 defensive backs, including 2 larger corners (Sean Bunting and Jamal Dean) and 1 versatile safety (Mike Edwards) who racked up a ton of tackles in college. The Bucs defence is beginning to look a lot like a Todd Bowles unit, with 3 players who have a ton of potential, but also a number of question marks. I do like what they’re doing, especially when they’ll be going up against shifty pass catching backs like Alvin Kamara and Christian McCaffrey in the division and bigger receivers like Michael Thomas and Julio.

A Bad Night for…

A Handful of Top Prospects: With teams seemingly picking for need rather than best player available, simply because the depth in this year’s draft allows them to fill needs with solid picks, leaving a fair amount of talent on the board, particularly at the positions with question marks, Safety and Linebacker. Some of the players that should go early in the 4th? Chauncey Gardner-Johnson and Amani Hooker, were highly rated and would add some depth to teams that like to blitz defensive backs. Both versatile players if they end up on the right team. When James broke down receivers for the pod, Hakeem Butler was his favourite and I agree that he’s a special talent. He’ll be an impact receiver on any team with a need at that position. Austin Bryant was the other guy on the Clemson defensive line. I expect, he’ll be a solid addition in the 4th. At linebacker, Vosean Joseph, Mack Wilson, Tre Lamar are all still on the board. More so than ever day 3 will be full of potential starters, who in most years could have gone in the first 3 rounds.

Picks I Like

Taylor Rapp to the Rams: Throughout the off-season the Rams have made moves to improve the defence. Taylor Rapp is a solid prospect, who moved down draft boards because of his poor 40 time. I think with the additions of Rapp and cornerback David Long they’ve at the least added some much needed depth and improved the special teams.

Andy Isabella to the Cards: If your team has offensive line concerns and a shiny new QB with a slight frame, give him a receiver that can get open quickly.

DK Metcalf to the Seahawks: Ideal landing spot for a marmite receiver. He might only do a couple of things, but he does them very quickly. So why not pair him with a receiver who can hit him in stride.

Germaine Pratt to the Bengals: Plans were thwarted to pick Devin Bush, by Pittsburgh getting in, in front of them. So the Bengals held off and waited for a linebacker to drop into their lap. I like Pratt quite a bit and think he’ll improve an underrated Bengals defence. Solid couple of days for a Bengals team that still has 10 picks in this year’s draft.

Elgton Jenkins and Jace Sternberger to the Packers: I wasn’t enamoured with the Packers 1st round, although I do think they’re the best landing spot for Rashan Gary. Day 2 however saw the Packers start to show what they want to do on offence. I picked both these players, because I believe they go a long way to add versatility to a team that wants to run the ball. Jenkins can play at any interior spot on the line and at the very least adds depth to the line. Sternberger might not be the most gifted blocker, but he can block. Sternberger provides Rodgers with a big target if play breaks down, with physical freak potential. I like these moves and think they go a long way to putting a rough off-season off the field behind them, so that we can talk about the amount of talent on this offence.

So that’s day 2 done. Once again, let me know what you think on twitter. For more top picks, we’ll be covering this on next week’s pod, so keep an ear out for that!