2019 NFL Mock Draft (Round 2)
With an exciting day one in the books, and some wild movement changing the outlook of the second round, we will take a look at what could transpire on what promises to be an equally exciting day two. Day one was highlighted by some popular names like Jawaan Taylor and D.K. Metcalf slipping in the draft. Round two should help both of them find homes. The Raiders, Falcons, Giants, and Seahawks marched to the beat of their own drums and stayed true to their personal big boards.
Whether you agree with their moves or not, you have to admire the willingness to discard groupthink and to trust their evaluation methods. If day one taught us anything it is that everyone evaluates prospects differently. With that in mind, let’s take a look at what each team with a second-round pick may do when it is their turn to make a selection.
33rd overall – Arizona Cardinals – Cody Ford (RT – Oklahoma)
There are so many directions the Cardinals can choose to go with this pick. With Kyler Murray’s teammate Cody Ford still on the board, I expect the Cardinals to call his name. Ford has not only proven his mettle as a run blocker, but has proven he can protect Arizona’s new franchise quarterback.
34th overall – Indianapolis Colts via New York Jets – Greedy Williams (CB – LSU)
The Indianapolis Colts can’t believe their luck. They are presented with as many as six players they have first-round grades on. Ultimately they decide to take the highest-rated player left in Greedy Williams. A first-round talent, Williams is 6’2 with 4.37 speed and projects as a future lockdown corner.
35th overall – Oakland Raiders – Irv Smith Jr. (Tight end – Alabama)
A talented tight end with big-play ability, Irv Smith Jr., is a perfect fit for a Raiders team that let Jared Cook walk in free agency. A plus run blocker, Smith plays bigger than his size. Smith helps complete a remade Oakland Raiders’ offense.
36th overall – San Francisco 49ers – Byron Murphy (CB – Washington)
Murphy is too good of a value for the 49ers to pass up. Arguably the most talented corner in the draft, Murphy is a stopper in both the run and passing games. Murphy hits like a safety which makes him a threat before and after the catch. Learning beside Sherman is an ideal scenario for PFF’s highest graded corner.
37th overall – Seattle Seahawks via New York Giants – Jachai Polite (Edge – Florida)
Polite is a tremendous get for a team that just traded away Frank Clark. Arguably the most talented edge rusher outside of Nick Bosa, Polite tumbled in the draft due to a concerning pre-draft process. Explosive off of the edge with good bend, Polite will quickly make Seahawks fans forget about Frank Clark.
38th overall – Jacksonville Jaguars – Jawaan Taylor (OL – Florida)
Taylor is a player the Jaguars were rumored to be interested in on day one. They land him here on day two in an ideal pairing. The Jaguars will be at their best when their run game is clicking, and as a mauling run blocker Taylor can help make that happen. Taylor may prove to be a liability in pass protection at right tackle but can easily be converted to a high upside guard.
39th overall – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – A.J. Brown (WR – Ole Miss)
Brown is a humongous get for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Arguably the top receiver in the draft class, Brown slipped out of day one with the Patriots opting for N’Keal Harry. Brown has been compared to JuJu Smith-Schuster and can win both inside and out. Brown will step in as the 1b and help supercharge the Bucs aerial attack.
40th overall – Buffalo Bills – Greg Little (LT – Ole Miss)
Little is highway robbery at this point of the draft. Little has the highest upside of any tackle prospect in this class but unfortunately also possesses a bust floor. Effort and motor concerns cratered his draft stock, but Little has the talent to be the steal of the draft. The Bills have an A+ draft grade with their first two picks of the 2019 NFL Draft.
41st overall – Denver Broncos – Rock Ya-Sin (CB – Temple)
Ya-Sin is a long corner with good coverage skills who took a mini slide due to poor testing at the NFL Combine. Ya-Sin may have a future as a number one but profiles best as a number two. Ya-Sin provides insurance in case a long-term deal with Chris Harris cannot be worked out.
42nd overall – Cincinnati Bengals – Drew Lock (QB – Missouri)
Lock finally comes off of the board on day two. Lock has a low floor, but has legit upside in an upper-echelon offense that boasts Joe Mixon, A.J. Green, and Tyler Boyd. Lock will likely sit behind Andy Dalton for a year before taking over in 2020.
43rd overall – Detroit Lions – Hakeem Butler (WR – Iowa State)
Butler is a skyscraper of a receiver who will become an exciting option across from Kenny Golladay. Butler can win both inside and out, and will help reinvigorate a passing attack that just added T.J. Hockenson in the first round.
44th overall – Green Bay Packers – Amani Oruwariye (CB – Penn State)
At this point of the draft the Green Bay Packers are just selecting the best player available. Amani flashes good instincts in coverage, and always seems to be in the mix to break up the pass. Amani is an exciting get for a suddenly loaded Packers secondary.
45th overall – Los Angeles Rams via Atlanta Falcons – Khalen Saunders (DT – Western Illinois)
Saunders is an intriguing get for the Los Angeles Rams. He has the versatility to play all over the defensive front in the Rams scheme, and will get to learn from one of the best in Aaron Donald. An explosive and powerful pass rusher, Saunders will add a new dimension to the Rams defense.
46th overall – Indianapolis Colts via Washington – Juan Thornhill (Safety – Virginia)
With three second-round picks, the Colts are going best player available. Juan Thornhill fits that description. A hard-hitting safety with good coverage skills, Thornhill puts his hoops background to good use by boxing out receivers for pass breakups and interceptions. Thornhill supercharged his draft stock with a fantastic showing at the NFL Combine.
47th overall – Carolina Panthers – Yodny Cajuste (T – WVU)
The Carolina Panthers wait until day two to address the offensive line and luck out with Yodny Cajuste still on the board. Providing more protection for Cam Newton is critical, and Cajuste provides solid upside as a blindside protector. Cajuste is a mauler in the run game, and has the good feet and lateral movement skills needed to keep up with NFL edge rushers.
48th overall – Miami Dolphins – Anthony Nelson (Edge – Iowa)
The Miami Dolphins consider an offensive tackle at 48th overall, but Anthony Nelson is too good of a value to pass up. Nelson is a pressure-creating, power rusher who tested as an elite athlete in the agility drills at the NFL Combine. For a Dolphins team already looking ahead to the 2020 QB class, pairing Nelson with Christian Wilkins is a dream scenario.
49th overall – Cleveland Browns – David Long (CB – Michigan)
Long is a luxury pick for a loaded Cleveland Browns team. They will undoubtedly consider D.K. Metcalf here but see too much value in the defensive talent currently on the board. They are picking between Long and Zach Allen here and decide on Long due to his elite testing at the combine. Long is a hard-hitting, physical corner that will make an ideal number two across from Denzel Ward.
50th overall – Minnesota Vikings – Martez Ivey (OL – Florida)
Ivey is a talented offensive lineman who looked better on Florida tape than Jawaan Taylor. He made the All SEC team while Taylor did not. Ivey can play anywhere on the offensive line but looks to have a future on the left based on his tape and the longest arms in class measurements. Ivey is the most underrated tackle prospect in this class.
51st overall – Tennessee Titans – Parris Campbell (WR – Ohio State)
Campbell is an ideal fit for Marcus Mariota and the Tennessee Titans. He does not have much experience as a deep threat but has the speed to demand bracket coverage regardless. Because of his elite deep speed, he will be able to find room underneath at will with defensive backs playing a lot of off man to avoid getting beat deep.
52nd overall – Denver Broncos via Pittsburgh Steelers – Will Grier (QB – WVU)
Grier finds a home in Denver. He will not be asked to start right away, and at worst gives the Broncos an elite backup who may just be more talented than Joe Flacco. Grier does not have the height Elway looks for in his quarterbacks, but he certainly has the arm talent and confidence. Grier’s arrival puts Joe Flacco on notice.
53rd overall – Philadelphia Eagles via Baltimore Ravens – D.K. Metcalf (WR – Ole Miss)
The Philadelphia Eagles mercifully end D.K. Metcalf’s slide. Metcalf will get to learn from one of the premier deep threats of the last decade and could develop into the team’s number one sometime in the future.
54th overall – Houston Texans via Seattle Seahawks – Dalton Risner (OL – Kansas State)
Risner is an analytical darling. His tape shows a good pass protector who just needs to clean up his technique. He allowed only one sack in his entire college career, and his 93.2 PFF pass blocking grade ranked third among all tackles. Risner will start his career on the outside, but he can kick inside on the left if NFL edge rushers prove too athletic for him.
55th overall – Houston Texans – Deionte Thompson (Safety – Alabama)
Thompson is a great get for a Texans team that lost Tyrann Mathieu in free agency. Thompson has the coverage and tackling skills to play strong or free safety, and represents a major upgrade to the Texans defense.
56th overall – New England Patriots via Chicago Bears – Zach Allen (Edge – Boston College)
Allen is a versatile defensive lineman that has the talent to start immediately for the Patriots. A day one talent, Allen is a steal for them at this point of the draft. Allen has prototypical size and wastes little effort shedding blocks. He is the type of high-upside, big-bodied power rusher that can replace Trey Flowers.
57th overall – Philadelphia Eagles – Darrell Henderson (RB – Memphis)
Rather than rendering the two most talented backs currently on their roster redundant with the addition of David Montgomery, the Eagles instead opt for the talented Darrell Henderson. Henderson tested better athletically and has equally impressive contact balance. Henderson exhibits great cutting ability and generated 1,321 yards after contact in 2018.
58th overall – Dallas Cowboys – Jace Sternberger (TE – Texas A&M)
Sternberger is the long-term solution to the Dallas Cowboys tight end problems. Being able to share snaps with, and learn from, Jason Witten is the ideal scenario for the talented tight end. A monster after the catch, Sternberger will help unlock Dak Prescott’s true ceiling.
59th overall – Indianapolis Colts – Kelvin Harmon (WR – NC State)
The Indianapolis Colts finally get Andrew Luck some legitimate receiver help. Funchess will function an excellent bridge option until Kelvin Harmon is ready to take his job. Harmon is the ideal possession type of receiver to play across from T.Y. Hilton and finally gives Luck a semblance of an elite passing attack. This is a match made in heaven for both receiver and team.
60th overall – Los Angeles Chargers – Mack Wilson (MLB – Alabama)
With the exciting Jerry Tillery already on board, the Chargers decide to take a chance on the hard-hitting Mack Wilson. He has a lot of room to grow but fits the mold of what the Chargers are looking for in a linebacker.
61st overall – Kansas City Chiefs – D’Andre Walker (Edge – Georgia)
Frank Clark was only the beginning. The Kansas City Chiefs are looking to further solidify the edge in their switch to a 4-3. Chris Jones can line up inside and out, and Walker can line up on the edge or as a rushing outside linebacker. The best player available at a position of need, Walker is too good to pass up at this point of the draft.
62nd overall – New Orleans Saints – Deebo Samuel (WR – South Carolina)
Samuel is an explosive wide receiver with good ball skills. As evidenced by his 9.6 yards after the catch per reception (4th), he is among the class’s elite with the ball in his hands. He is a winner downfield due to crisp route running and is capable of making circus catches look routine. The Saints have finally found an answer across from Michael Thomas.
63rd overall – Kansas City Chiefs via Los Angeles Rams – Miles Boykin (WR – Notre Dame)
With Tyreek Hill likely to be facing team and league discipline, the Chiefs are forced to spend an early pick on a receiver. Boykin is an elite athlete who could become truly special in an offense spearheaded by Patrick Mahomes and Andy Reid.
64th overall – New England Patriots – Jaylon Ferguson (Edge – Louisiana Tech)
I expect the Patriots to look to trade down here. If they keep the pick the Patriots will likely look to pick up another edge rusher. Jaylon Ferguson will join what has suddenly become a formidable pass rush.