RUNNING COMMERCIAL FOR OSU RECRUITING: The first night was amazing, but the second night of the draft was a continuing recruiting plug for why high school studs need to play college football at Ohio State. I can't sit here and tell you which players will now be all into Ohio State, but this draft has been FAR more about the Buckeyes than it has been Alabama coming off four titles in seven years. This has been pretty special to watch from a Buckeye perspective and it's going to continue on Saturday.
TAMPA BAY LANDS NOAH SPENCE: If he's straight and can handle money and NFL temptation, the Bucs got a steal in Spence. They need a pass rusher, and got one of the more explosive edge rushers in the draft. This seems like a low pick, but when you look at where he was a few years ago, this is a second chance for Spence.
CAN'T GUARD MIKE TO NOLA: I didn't see him as a first round talent, or one of the elite wideouts in the draft because of the lack of speed. In the Saints offense, Thomas can become Marques Colston, another receiver without great speed, and catch 65 balls per year. Has an NFL body, and the work ethic needed to succeed at the highest level. Mike Thomas is going to a team where his skill set fits perfectly.
VONN BELL ALSO GOES TO NOLA: I know there are concerns that he's not the most physical guy around and he is slight of frame, but Bell is a great cover safety. He can be matched up one-on-one with a third receiver, tight end or back without worry. Safeties need to cover in the new NFL, and if you sacrifice some tackling ability so be it. Ten years ago, the NFL wanted Mike Doss types, but today all defensive backs have to be able to cover people in space. I think Bell starts from the first day of training camp.
THE DIESEL TEAMS UP WITH REX RYAN: I thought Buffalo had a great draft, and getting Adolphus Washington in the third round brings great value. He is going to be a power player in the middle, and if he stays healthy Washington will play ten years in the league. Doesn't play hard all the time, but that can be solved by playing for money and being surrounded by older veterans that demand effort. Good choice by the Bills.
BRAXTON TO THE LONE STAR STATE: Bill O'Brien saw enough of Brax during his limited time at Penn State, so he knows he's getting an elite athlete. The Texans need to be patient with Braxton as he is way behind in knowing the wideout position, because Ohio State has such a limited passing attack. If Miller works his tail off and learns the position fully, he has the physical skills to put up big numbers in the NFL. From a size/speed/athleticism standpoint, Braxton Miller compares with anyone.
VANNETT HEADED TO THE 12: Pete Carroll and the Seahawks had the best draft of any team in my opinion, and Vannett is part of that talent haul. Seattle does not use the tight ends much in the passing game, see Jimmy Graham, but Vannett is used to that. He will block his tail off and catch the ball when it's thrown to him. In another year, Seattle will release Graham and his big contract because of Vannett, because this kid is made for the NFL game.
MORE BUCKEYES COMING SATURDAY: To me, the most interesting development will be where/if Jalin Marshall gets picked. I think everyone involved felt he made a big mistake leaving early, and I hope he goes off the board in the fourth. Tyvis Powell seems iffy to me as a draftee, but the 40-time helps him. Josh Perry will go in the 4-5 area. I think Cardale Jones goes very late and believe someone will take a flyer on his physical talents.
BROWNS-STEELERS-BENGALS DRAFTS SO FAR: Not a Browns fan, and this looks like more of what they've done for the past decade. They walked away from Julio Jones for a sack of garbage, and now they pass on Zeke Elliott for a bunch of role players. They could have built their team around Zeke for a decade. Now they get another possible Travis Benjamin, another potential Barkevious Mingo, another possible Mitchell Schwartz, and another terrible QB to go with a decade of horrible QB's. I'd rather have Zeke at number-two and go from there. The Steelers needed an CB and wanted Eli Apple, but Artie Burns will be good. Not at all sold on Sean Davis at safety, but like Javon Hargrave a lot for their 3-4 nose tackle. The Bengals landed three really quality talents, and I love William Jackson at cornerback. Tyler Boyd should start opposite A.J. Green and produce. Like Nick Vigil as a situational defensive player. Bengals have a stacked roster, and this adds more quality. They are my early pick to win the Super Bowl this coming season.
I DO NOT UNDERSTAND CONNOR COOK FALLING: I get Goff/Wentz/Lynch, but can't understand all the QB's taken after Cook. Something is going on here, because this kid has a lot going for him. He should have been taken by now. Have to think he goes very early on Day-3. Maybe the "inside" story will come out, but something is wrong here. Maybe his shoulder is wrecked?