2016 NFL Draft Round Two by Utter-Fantasy Writer & Illustrator & Doug Bowles
The highly anticipated 2016 NFL Draft finally arrived, and defense is the big story of Round Two. 20 of the 32 selections were defensive players.
Here’s a look at Round Two, with a brief Utter-Fantasy comment on each.
2016 NFL DRAFT ROUND TWO-
32) Cleveland Browns – Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State: The Browns kick off 2nd round with a pass rusher. pass rush. Cleveland had only 29 sacks all of last season.
33) Tennessee Titans – Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson: The Titans get help for the 24th ranks defense vs the pass- 24th vs the run. Height: 6-5. Weight: 277…many thought he’d go in Round One.
34) Dallas Cowboys – Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame: Smith tore two knee ligaments and suffered nerve damage in his leg last January’s Fiesta Bowl. Huge gamble for Dallas.
35) San Diego Chargers – Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas: A Gates is 36 years old and TE Ladarius Green went to Pittsburgh.
36) Jaguars (from Baltimore Ravens) – Myles Jack, LB, UCLA: Jags surrendered the most points in the AFC in 2015. Back-to-back players to help out their defense.
37) Kansas City Chiefs (from San Francisco 49ers) – Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State: Kansas City’s lands a hulk of a defensive lineman.
38) Miami Dolphins (from Ravens via Jaguars) – Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor: A big corner to battle big receivers in their division.
39) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Noah Spence, OLB/DE, Eastern Kentucky: DEFENSE! Bucs get a needed corner in Round 1, and an edge rusher in Round 2.
40) New York Giants – Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma: Worried about WR Victor Cruz ( and they should be), Giants select a speedy weapon for Eli. Shepard is a small, shifty slot receiver with quickness.
41) Buffalo Bills (from Chicago Bears) – Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama: Back-to-back defensive players for Rex and Rob
42) Ravens (from Dolphins) – Kamalei Correa, OLB, Boise State: Ravens addressing aging defense. ( i.e Suggs and Dumervil )
43) Titans (from Philadelphia Eagles via Los Angeles Rams) – Austin Johnson, DL, Penn State: More help for the 24th ranks defense vs the pass- 24th vs the run. In a draft deep in defensive linemen, Johnson is described as having “quick, strong hands and often wins on first contact”.
44) Oakland Raiders – Jihad Ward, DL, Illinois: Raiders believe (hope) Ward won’t have lingering knee issues.
45) Titans (from Rams) – Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama: The Heisman Trophy winner. An odd choice since Henry runs like Murray does. Quick thru holes but nothing spectacular. I’d bet that Murray felt the same way about this pick, as QB Bradford did when Philly selected QB Wentz.
46) Detroit Lions – A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama: Lions made the imposing defensive tackle their 2nd-round pick, continuing their effort to fortify their D-Line.
47) New Orleans Saints – Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State: Big target to replace WR Marques Colston. Thomas hurts the fantasy football value of the other Saint receivers.
48) Green Bay Packers (from Indianapolis Colts) – Jason Spriggs, T, Indiana: 6-6 and 301-pounds! Solid selection to protect QB Aaron Rodgers.
49) Seattle Seahawks (from Bears via Bills) – Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama: Seattle gets help for their D-line that lost big talent in free agency.
50) Houston Texans (from Atlanta Falcons) – Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame: Brother of Cowboys all-pro G Zack Martin… should replace C Ben Jones. ( who left for Tennessee)
51) New York Jets – Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State: 11th quarterback the Jets have picked since 2000. Coach Todd Bowles said Friday that Geno Smith will enter OTAs as the Jets’ starting quarterback. ( We’ll see )
52) Falcons (from Texans) – Deion Jones, LB, LSU: Atlanta knows that they can’t win their division with a defense near the bottom again. This helps, along with their 1st round selection.
53) Washington Redskins – Su’a Cravens, LB/S, Southern California: Washington addressing defense after getting a WR in Round 1.
54) Minnesota Vikings – Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson: The Vikings drafted first rounder CB Trae Waynes in 2015, and gives him a partner opposite in Alexander.
55) Cincinnati Bengals – Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh: Cincinnati had to replace WR free agent Marvin Jones during free agency, and they lost Mohamed Sanu as well.
56) Bears (from Seahawks) – Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State: O-line reinforcement to help QB Jay Cutler and RB Jeremy Langford.
57) Colts (from Packers) – T.J. Green, DB, Clemson: Indianapolis reinforces their secondary with speed. Green ran a 4.34 40-yard dash.
58) Pittsburgh Steelers – Sean Davis, DB, Maryland: The Steelers may no longer have the AFC’s worst pass defense!
59) Buccaneers (from Chiefs) – Roberto Aguayo, K, Florida State: The Bucs couldn’t find an answer for a place kicker in 2015. This may have solved their problem.
60) New England Patriots – Cyrus Jones, CB, Alabama: Jones is a converted wideout and will also return punts.
61) Saints (from Arizona Cardinals via Patriots) – Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State: Saints added Louisville DT Sheldon Rankins in Round 1, and now Bell- But they aren’t done trying to fix the worst defense in the NFL.
62) Carolina Panthers – James Bradberry, CB, Samford – CB Josh Norman’s unpleasant exit from Carolina left a big hole- Bradberry may be big enough to fill it- 6’1′ / 211 pounds.
63) Denver Broncos – Adam Gotsis, DT, Georgia Tech – The Broncos selected the Abbotsford native 63rd overall at the NFL draft in Chicago, making him the highest pick Australia has ever drafted.
2016 NFL DRAFT ROUND THREE- ( no notes)
64) Titans – Kevin Byard, S, Middle Tennessee:
65) Browns – Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State:
66) Chargers – Max Tuerk, C, Southern California:
67) Cowboys – Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska:
68) 49ers – Will Redmond, CB, Mississippi State:
69) Jaguars – Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Maryland:
70) Ravens – Bronson Kaufusi, DE, BYU:
71) Giants – Darian Thompson, S, Boise State:
72) Bears – Jonathan Bullard, DL, Florida:
73) Dolphins – Kenyan Drake, RB, Alabama:
74) Chiefs (from Buccaneers) – KeiVarae Russell, DB, Notre Dame:
75) Raiders – Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State:
76) Browns (from Titans via Rams) – Shon Coleman, T, Auburn:
77) Panthers (from Eagles via Lions and Browns) – Daryl Worley, CB, West Virginia:
78) Patriots (from Saints) – Joe Thuney, OL, North Carolina State: H
79) Eagles – Isaac Seumalo, OL, Oregon State:
80) Bills – Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State:
81) Falcons – Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford:
82) Colts – Le’Raven Clark, T, Texas Tech: Good value here.
83) Jets – Jordan Jenkins, LB, Georgia:
84) Redskins – Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech:
85) Texans – Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State:
86) Dolphins (from Vikings) – Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers:
87) Bengals – Nick Vigil, LB, Utah State:
88) Packers – Kyler Fackrell, LB, Utah State:
89) Steelers – Javon Hargrave, DL, South Carolina State:
90) Seahawks – C.J. Prosise, RB, Notre Dame:
91) Patriots – Jacoby Brissett, QB, N.C. State: Intriguing.
92) Cardinals – Brandon Williams, CB, Texas A&M:
93) Browns (from Panthers) – Cody Kessler, QB, Southern California:
94) Seahawks (from Broncos) – Nick Vannett, TE, Ohio State:
95) Lions (compensatory selection) – Graham Glasgow, C, Michigan:
96) Patriots (compensatory selection) – Vincent Valentine, DT, Nebraska:
97) Seahawks (compensatory selection) – Rees Odhiambo, OL, Boise State:
98) Broncos (compensatory selection) – Justin Simmons, S, Boston College: