NFL Draft: Day 2 Pick by Pick Grades

Like last night, grading each and every pick for the NFL Draft Day 2 tonight. Any impacts on the Cleveland Browns particularly noted.

Round 2

  1. Browns - Emmanuel Ogbah - The Browns get a big edge player, 6'4" 273 pounds, with long arms. Some concerns about how active he is and his stiffness. The fit is interesting given their needs but there seems to be more talented, name players on the board. He ran the fastest 40 yard dash for defensive linemen at 4.56. Big and fast but needs to develop. Will he play OLB or DE? Grade - B
  2. Titans - Kevin Dodd - The Browns started the run on WRs last year, now maybe they start the Edge run on players. Dodd doesn't have a lot of experience but can play the strong side defensive end for the Titans. Not a sparkling pick but a solid one for a team looking to build through the Draft. Grade - C+
  3. Cowboys - Jaylon Smith - After going for a win now player in Zeke in the 1st Round, they go with the long term prospect in Smith who would have been a Top 5 pick if he hadn't been injured. Love Smith but we have no clue about the medical issues. The Cowboys have to believe in his ability to come back, so have to grade based on that. Grade - B+
  4. Chargers - Hunter Henry - The top tight end in the draft, he gets pushed up the board based on the lack of other talent at the position. The Chargers get a tight end to help Phillip Rivers, who loves to target that spot. Grade - B-
  5. Jags - Myles Jack - Is it a risk to take Jack here? Sure. On the other hand, the Jags have Dante Fowler, Jalen Ramsey, Tashaun Gipson, Malik Jackson and Prince Amukamara coming into their defense along with Jack. They are going to be very, very good. Grade - A+
  6. Chiefs - Chris Jones - A great defensive lineman who can play inside in an even front and outside in an odd front. Jones isn't a nose but is a high upside player that PFF had as their best non-injured player going into the 2nd Round. High, high upside. Grade - A
  7. Dolphins - Xavien Howard - The first pick that doesn't impress, Howard was more of a workout warrior, physical specimen than producer in college. There is not great defense in the Big 12 often and wide open offenses make things difficult. The Dolphins traded up to get him so they must love him but many are surprised. Grade - D
  8. Bucs - Noah Spence - A very good Edge player, Spence is fast player that can get after the QB and can be a big impact player. Some worry about him off the field which led to his departure from tOSU. The Bucs really upgrade their defense here. Grade - A-
  9. Giants - Sterling Shepard - Perhaps the best route running WR in the draft. He makes his name in and out of breaks. With the West Coast Offense with Eli Manning. Shepard is the kind of WR that doesn't wow anyone but he is productive. Grade - B
  10. Bills - Reggie Ragland - A 2 down LB who is great at stopping the run up the middle. Rex Ryan loves to add defenders after getting an edge rusher last year. Now he gets a guy who can stiffen up the middle for them. Some thought Ragland could go late in the 1st. Grade - B+
  11. Ravens - Kamalei Correa - The Ravens get an OLB who is very good and fits with the 3-4 defense perfectly. Still needs to develop some moves because he doesn't have that great length on the outside. Fights hard but will need to beef up a little to play against the run. Grade - B-
  12. Titans - Austin Johnson - A very large player who tends to get to upright, the Titans get a guy who can play inside in an even front and even out to the 5 tech in a 3-4. He can move the interior of the offensive line. Titans add two to their defensive line early in the 2nd Round. Grade - C+
  13. Raiders - Jihad Ward - The Raiders continue to upgrade their defense with an interior play whose tape isn't as consistent as people would like to see. Ward does have a physical upside that excites teams but, like any other position, can he learn to play up to his measuring tape instead of down to his game tape? Grade - D+
  14. Titans - Derrick Henry - Another shocking pick, Henry joins DeMarco Murray giving the Titans two big backs. With a ton of picks, the Titans can be aggressive. Just not sure they want to invest in a back that needs carries to make an impact when you have Murray who needs carries as well. Grade - C-
  15. Lions - A'Shawn Robinson - Big boy is off the board, many thought he could go late in the first. The Lions need to get bigger upfront and Robinson is a great fit here. Nothing flashy but a very good pick. Grade - B+
  16. Saints - Michael Thomas - A great WR prospect that will be their #1 pick sooner rather than later. Thomas has to improve his route running but has the size and speed needed to make plays. He gets the high ball and has very good hands. Grade - A
  17. Packers - Jason Spriggs - Spriggs showed well with the ability to move quickly. Needs to develop some power but has a lot of upside and can play right away. Some believe he could end up being the best OL in this draft, similar to Joel Bitonio. Grade - A
  18. Seahawks - Jarran Reed - Seattle beefs up their defense with the Alabama lineman. Reed is another player that fell farther than many expected. Reed can anchor against the run and keep linebackers clean. Isn't going to get after the passer often but is just a great fit in the middle. Grade - B
  19. Texans - Nick Martin - Some liked other centers more than Martin, brother of Zach Martin of the Cowboys, but the Texans traded up for him. Lots of very good options at the position but with the Titans beefing up the middle of their defensive line, the Texans get someone to combat them. Grade - C
  20. Jets - Christian Hackenberg - Just don't see it here. Overdrafting a position of need on a player who has fallen off after a good freshman year. PFF didn't have a draftable grade on him. They drafted Bryce Petty in the 4th last year. Geno Smith in the 2nd a few years ago and are in a contract stalemate with Ryan Fitzpatrick. This is a big reach. (Added: He overthrew receivers by at least 3 feet... At the Combine AND his own Pro Day.) Grade - F
  21. Falcons - Deion Jones - An all over the place linebacker who isn't likely to impact as a pass rusher or run stopper early in his career. He has a ton of speed but he is small. He can cover, blitz off the corner and even play safety. Hard to question Dan Quinn but a little high here. Grade - C
  22. Washington - Su'a Cravens - A similar, but better version of Jones, Cravens can play all over the place and is more dynamic. Will be called a linebacker but fits what the new NFL is. Some thought he could fall into the 3rd Round based on his size but his aggressiveness is valued. Grade - C+
  23.  Vikings - Mackensie Alexander - A very polarizing corner in this year's draft. Some thought he should go in the middle of the 1st while others thought his stats in college were flukes more than based on talent. Mike Zimmer can coach defense and got a chance to make him special. Grade - B-
  24. Bengals - Tyler Boyd - The Bengals get a big WR to fill in for Marvin Jones. Not great overall speed and some concerns with his hands. Much better in tough catch situations when he is focused than when making the easy plays. Grade - C
  25. Bears - Cody Whitehair - Sliding in as a guard, from tackle in college, Whitehair lacks strength at the point of attack inside and lacks length to play outside. Lots of people like him but those are big concerns for an offensive lineman. Grade - D
  26. Colts - T.J. Green - A corner/safety prospect who came out of nowhere because he had a great time at the Combine. Generally taking a player because of his workout numbers, especially in the 2nd Round, is risky. Grade - C-
  27. Steelers - Sean Davis - A true boom or bust prospect, Davis looks the part but has a struggle with technique which could improve in the Steelers zone but that is a risk. Can they tap that potential? Grade - C-
  28. Bucs - Roberto Aguayo - A kicker in the 2nd Round? Wow. Trading up for a kicker in the 2nd Round? Hope it works out for them but this is very high. He is a great kicker. He is a kicker. Very hard to grade. At least we know he is very good at what he does. Grade - D 
  29. Patriots - Cyrus Jones - With their first pick, Jones gives the Pats another high round corner. Few have worked out for them, one of the few things that haven't worked for them. Jones is small and plays inside and can return kicks. Similar to what people liked about Ifo before his injury. Grade - B-
  30. Saints - Vonn Bell - Saints take two Buckeyes in the 2nd Round. Bell is a high level talent who can play all over the field. Bell can play in coverage but the Saints have invested a lot in their safeties so maybe they see him as a corner. Grade - B+
  31. Panthers - James Bradberry - A small school kid out of Samford. A guy who needs to develop but he has the size and length that teams love. After losing Josh Norman, the Panthers get a player who they can teach and grow. He can play corner or safety. Like the risk long term. Grade - B-
  32. Broncos - Adam Gotsis - The 2nd Round has been full of defensive players. Gotsis struggles against the pass but can anchor against the run and has a motor that doesn't stop. After losing Malik Jackson, Gotsis can start to replace some of what he did. A little high coming off knee surgery but a team that doesn't have a lot of needs can take those risks. Grade - C+

Round 3

  1. Titans - Kevin Byard - Another DB from a small school. Was a ballhawk in college, his 40 time really pushed him up the board. Plays center field very well but was a reach at this point for a team that hasn't drafted very well. Grade - D
  2. Browns - Carl Nassib - Can play the 5 technique but not my favorite player. Looks the part, struggles to bend but fills a hole for the Browns. The hope is that he can get after the passer and set the edge. He led the nation in sacks and many love him with his huge 6'6" frame. Huge motor from a former walk on. Grade - C+
  3. Chargers - Max Tuerk - Antoher very good center, the Chargers add to Rivers' surrounding talent. Tuerk should start for years to come at a critical position. Grade - B
  4. Cowboys - Maliek Collins - An athletic player who struggled to produce in Nebraska has the chance to turn the corner in Dallas but not taking a defensive end, Collins plays more inside, is a surprise given their current state. Grade - C
  5. Niners - Will Redmond - A quality corner with injury issues. Plays physical and has speed to burn. The Niners have had some struggles in the secondary and get a good one here. Grade - B+
  6. Jaguars - Yannick Ngakoue - The Jags have done an excellent job of upgrading their defense in the draft. The Maryland is a pure speed rusher, ala Bruce Irving and should be very useful in spots to get after the QB as he learns the nuance of the game. Grade - B
  7. Ravens - Bronson Kaufusi - A perfect pick for the Ravens as a 5 technique. Personally like more than Nassib. Really fits well for Baltimore in what they like to do. Grade - A-
  8. Giants - Darian Thompson - A big safety who can go up and get the ball, has range but struggles to tackle and be physical. For the Giants he should get coached up. He sees the ball perfectly in the pass game and should be protected by the Giants front 7 in the run game. Grade - B-
  9. Bears - Jonathan Bullard - Many are shocked that Bullard fell this far. Most thought he would be a top of the 2nd Round guy. Instead, Bullard falls to the 3rd round here and Chicago gets perhaps a steal. Grade - A-
  10. Dolphins - Kenyan Drake - The other Bama back also goes higher than expected as the Dolphins reach to find a running back after swinging and missing all off-season. Unlike most backs from Nick Saban, Drake doesn't have the wear and tear others do. Whether he can produce or not as a full time back is another question. Grade - D
  11. Chiefs - Keivarae Russell - A player that can play either corner or safety, Russell adds to an already talented KC defense. Won't be expected to do much early but the Chiefs plan ahead and do that well. Grade - C+
  12. Raiders - Shilique Calhoun - Calhoun is older for a rookie, 24, but is a very good pass rusher as a defensive end or OLB. Raiders are really building their Front 7 and some believe he is a run stopper who can get after the passer but not a pure pass rusher. Grade - B -
  13. Browns - Shon Coleman - The Browns replace Mitchell Schwartz with Coleman. The story of him overcoming Leukemia is amazing. Raw but a big aggressive player with long arms. He will need to develop his techniques. Has the base to become very good if the coaching is right. Older at 24 already, the Browns may need him right away. Grade - B -
  14. Panthers - Daryl Worley - Panthers trade up to get another corner, which is a little surprising but Worley is a bigger guy to go against the Bucs, Falcons and Saints. Grade - C
  15. Patriots - Joe Thuney - A long time starter. A big inside OLman. Smart player who can get outside, needs to get stronger but will develop over time and help keep Tom Brady clean as they rebuild their line. Grade - C+
  16. Eagles - Isaac Seumalo - After getting their QB of the Future, they get a guy that may snap him the ball. Seumalo can play center or guard and should start right away in Philly. Grade - B+
  17. Bills - Adolphus Washington - A little surprising pick but Buffalo continues to add to their defensive line. Not sure Washington is strong enough against the run or long enough against the pass but his technique is very good. How much playing time will he get with the Bills? Grade - C-
  18. Falcons - Austin Hooper - Getting Matt Ryan another weapon, this one for the middle of the field, is a great pick for the Falcons. With Julio Jones on the outside, Hooper could get a lot of looks in the redzone. He is a big guy with great hands. Grade - A-
  19. Colts - Le'Raven Clark - Really like what the Colts have done in the draft. Got a great center and now a tackle with long arms that can protect Andrew Luck. At this spot, the Colts get a starting tackle. Got to keep Luck safe. Grade - B-
  20. Jets - Jordan Jenkins - Jenkins can play inside or out for the Jets or play down on the line. He gets after the ball, has a high football IQ and has a high motor. Nothing flashy, just a solid pick. Grade - C
  21. Washington - Kendall Fuller - Fuller, another one of the brothers Fuller, had a knee injury and fell because of it.  Will take some time to get back but they can wait. Grade - B+
  22. Texans - Braxton Miller - The former QB, Miller is a high effort player trying to learn a new position. Some thought he could go in the 1st Round, instead he falls to late in the 3rd where the Texans add another receiver for Brock Osweiler. Miller is a great leader but the transition is tough. Grade - B-
  23. Dolphins - Leonte Carroo - Miami gets a deep threat in Carroo as they get weapons for their QB and new HC Adam Gase. Lot of speed for Mia. Dolphins traded up a ton next year to get him. Grade - B
  24. Bengals - Nick Vigil - One of the first players that I have little information. Quick study shows a player that gets a ton of tackles and can play great in coverage. Not the biggest, stout linebackers, the Bengals should be able to keep him clean. Grade - C
  25. Packers - Kyler Fackrell - Back to back Utah State players, guess I should have study them more. A tall, long linebacker who has to develop his technique. Grade - C+
  26. Steelers - Javon Hargrave - The South Carolina kid can play and will really help the Steelers up front. He needs to develop but works very hard on the inside of the line as a 3 technique most likely. Grade - B+
  27. Seahawks - C.J. Prosise - A shifty back who can give Seattle a change of pace and can catch the ball out of the backfield. Seattle loves to run the ball and play action passing. Prosise goes at the right spot for him. Grade - A
  28. Patriots - Jacoby Brissett - A QB that the Browns were interested in but likely not this high. With Tommy B. suspended, the Pats get Jimmy G. a backup in Jacoby B. An interesting developmental prospect that will take some time. Grade - C-
  29. Cardinals - Brandon Williams - A very aggressive corner who fit how the Cardinals want to play. They could use him as a safety as well when needed. A high level athlete can develop. Grade - B
  30. Browns - Cody Kessler - The Browns go with a QB but not Connor Cook. Kessler is the biggest shocker of the Browns picks. Late in the 3rd Round, the pick is shocking and likely to be the talk for awhile. Most expected Kessler to be a 3rd Day guy, instead the Browns make sure they get him. Brissett going off the board may have forced their hand. Don't love it. Grade - D
  31. Seahawks - Nick Vannett - A very good pass catcher. Huge and can cause problems in the middle of the field. Russell Wilson will love him. Very good pick at this point in the Draft. Grade - B+
  32. Lions - Graham Glasgow - That School Up North finally gets a player off the board. A huge center who can play either guard spot as well. A good in state pick to shore up the middle of their line. Grade - C+
  33. Patriots - Vincent Valentine - A big boy in the middle of their defensive line for the Pats, he can really help against the run as well as get after the QB. Needs motivation which he should get in New England. Still a reach as the Pats do what they want to do, no matter what others think. Grade - D
  34. Seahawks - Rees Odhiambo - Seattle, with tons of picks, takes a highly athletic player that they hope to build up over the next couple of years. Footwork is very good and Seattle needs help on the offensive line. Grade - C+
  35. Broncos - Justin Simmons - Some thought Simmons was a better safety than Vonn Bell. Big and rangy, Simmons can make plays all over the field but struggles in run support and has to get stronger. Grade - A-

How do you grade the Browns picks? How much do you dislike the Kessler pick?


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