Friday, April 29, 2016

On The Clock 4.29.16: NFL Draft Day Two: Who's Still Waiting? #NFLDraft2016

By Alex Hale, @DaSportsGenius7

Day One is now is the books in Chicago as NFL teams finished Round One of the NFL Draft last night.  To say the very least, it was an extremely unpredictable Round One with twists and turns everywhere.  There was a flurry of activity and even a last second controversial video involving Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil.  At the end of the night there were plenty of Round One talents that were left on the board for Day Two and we’re going to go over my Top 10 players on the board going into Day Two.  But before we discuss my Top 10 players remaining on my board, let’s quickly review what happened in Round One.

1. St. Louis Rams- QB Jared Goff, California
2. Philadelphia Eagles (from Cleveland)- QB Carson Wentz, North Dakota State
3. San Diego Chargers- OLB/DE Joey Bosa, Ohio State
4. Dallas Cowboys- RB Ezekiel Elliott, Ohio State
5.  Jacksonville Jaguars- CB Jalen Ramsey, Florida State
6. Baltimore Ravens- OT Ronnie Stanley, Notre Dame
7. San Francisco 49ers- DE DeForest Buckner, Oregon
8. Tennessee Titans (from Cleveland)- OT Jack Conklin, Michigan State
9. Chicago Bears (from Tampa Bay)- OLB Leonard Floyd, Georgia
10. New York Giants- CB Eli Apple, Ohio State
11. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Chicago)- CB Vernon Hargreaves III, Florida
12. New Orleans Saints- DT Sheldon Rankins, Louisville
13. Miami Dolphins- OT Laremy Tunsil, Ole Miss
14. Oakland Raiders- S Karl Joesph, West Virginia
15. Cleveland Browns (from Tennessee)- WR Corey Coleman, Baylor
16. Detroit Lions- OT Taylor Decker, Ohio State
17. Atlanta Falcons- S Keanu Neal, Florida
18. Indianapolis Colts- C Ryan Kelly, Alabama
19. Buffalo Bills- DE/OLB Shaq Lawson, Clemson
20. New York Jets- OLB Darron Lee, Ohio State
21. Houston Texans (from Washington)- WR Will Fuller, Notre Dame
22. Washington Redskins (from Houston)- WR Josh Doctson, TCU
23. Minnesota Vikings- WR Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss
24. Cincinnati Bengals- CB William Jackson III, Houston
25. Pittsburgh Steelers- CB Artie Burns, Miami (FL)
26. Denver Broncos (from Seattle)- QB Paxton Lynch, Memphis
27. Green Bay Packers- DT Kenny Clark, UCLA
28. San Francisco 49ers (from Kansas City)- OG Joshua Garnett, Stanford
29. Arizona Cardinals- DT Robert Nkemdiche, Ole Miss
30. Carolina Panthers- DT Vernon Butler, Louisiana Tech
31. Seattle Seahawks (from Denver)- OT Germain Ifedi, Texas A&M

Now that we can see the craziness that was Round One of the NFL Draft, let’s jump into my Top 10 players going into Round 2.

10. Bronson Kaufusi OLB/DE, BYU- While Kaufusi isn’t probably ranked this high currently on many boards, I’m extremely high on Kaufusi who is a big specimen at 6'6", 275 and while he’s not a speed rusher, he’s shown the talent to have the moves to get into the backfield and sack the QB.  Probably ends up a 3rd Round pick, but I’m a huge fan on the kid.

9. Hunter Henry TE, Arkansas- The best Tight End in this year’s class, Henry is a well-rounded player who can help in both the passing and running game.  His blocking ability is good but he was a key part of the Arkansas passing attack.  He won’t wow you with speed, but he just everything well to where he can hide that.  Think Jason Witten.

8. A’Shawn Robinson DT, Alabama- It’s amazing to me how both Alabama DTs are available.  Robinson is probably the more higher upside of the two Alabama DTs where Robinson projects to me as probably in time as a 3-4 NT.  He’s good at getting into the backfield and can be a leader in the locker room.  Just a tough hard-nosed guy that teams love.

7. Vonn Bell S, Ohio State- After 5 Buckeyes selected in Round 1, Bell is the next Buckeye to come off the board probably in this draft.  While Bell isn’t the thumper that he probably could be as a safety, he showed at Ohio State that he can be a guy that can break up passes and teams do love that.  We saw Keanu Neal and Karl Joseph go in Round 1, so I’d expect Bell off the board at some point in Round 2.

6. Jarran Reed DT, Alabama- The more polished of the two Alabama DT prospects, Reed could easily play either in a 3-4 or 4-3 and be effective.  Reed is one of the more disruptive DT talents in the draft and I was sure he wouldn’t get past Green Bay depending on how the draft went down.  Reed is a 1st Round talent and whoever gets him in Round 2 is getting a steal.

5. Derrick Henry RB, Alabama- The Heisman Trophy winner I thought might’ve gotten a small boost with the early pick of Ezekiel Elliott.  While Henry isn’t as explosive of Elliott, his physical stature and workout process where he ran better than expected 40 times would’ve had him in Round 1.  Henry may be an average receiver, but he can be a 3 down back.  Expect him gone early in Round 2.

4. Chris Jones DT, Mississippi State- One of the most purely gifted talents is available for teams in Round 2.  There may not be a more explosive and disruptive DT in this draft that fits perfectly with any team that runs a 4-3 system.  He reminds me so much of Ndamukong Suh…both the good and the bad.  Jones shows on film to take plays off and can be lazy.  That cost him being a Top 15 pick.

3. Connor Cook QB, Michigan State- My #1 2016 QB one year ago today has just taken a huge fall.  With all the character questions and more importantly he seemed to decline last year at MSU, which might’ve affected him during the draft process.  Cook can make all the throws and has the size for the position.  It’s a matter of mental makeup that’s costing him in draft position.  Could be Browns selection at #32 in Round 2.

2. Michael Thomas WR, Ohio State- The best WR on the board right now, Thomas to me was a borderline 1st Round talent for his size and speed combination.  He’s continued to show improvement catching the ball and making plays after the catch.  While he probably will be a #2 WR out of college, his upside has the potential to be a #1 WR for whoever picks him in the 2nd Round.

1. Myles Jack OLB, UCLA- WOW…just wow.  One concern over his knee just cost this kid millions.  Jack was going to be a Top 3-5 pick overall and now he’s in Round 2.  We all know that Jack has outstanding athletic talent and has a nose for the ball.  Now you add that the kid is going to have a major chip on his shoulder.  The Browns had been rumored to be interested in him and with all the 3rd Round picks they have, the Browns should take the risk and grab Myles Jack at #32.

While we didn’t have guys like CB Mackensie Alexander, DE Kevin Dodd and OT Jason Spriggs who aren’t even on this list, this tells you how screwed up the boards probably are at this point.  The craziness that was Round One of the NFL Draft is definitely going to roll over into Round Two starting right away with the Cleveland Browns holding #32.  I know I’ll be extremely interested to see what Day Two of the NFL Draft has in store for us because if we learned anything from Day One…expect the craziness to happen!

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