Day one is officially in the books and we had some shock and awe moments. Not as many as one would think though. Here’s some stuff to watch for during day two.
Last night we saw a run of safety’s after the New York Jets took Calvin Pyror with the 18th overall pick, the second best safety on a lot of people’s big boards. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix then went to Green Bay, Deone Bucannon to the Cardinals and Jimmie Ward was taken by the 49ers. What will we see tonight though? Considering that there are more than a few defensive lineman that at one point rated as first rounder’s, guys like Stephon Tuitt, Timmy Jernigan, Kony Ealy and Louis Nix III. We could see teams trading up into the top 10 of the second round and all of these guys could be gone before you know it.
Will a running back get selected in the second round? The latest a running back has ever gone was 37 and that was last year when the Bengals took Giovanni Bernard. Could this be the first time in the common draft era (since 1967) that no running back is taken in the top 40? The best back on most people’s board this year, is Carlos Hyde, but does he fill a need for a team before the 40th pick? Let’s look at the first 8 picks in the second round. The Texans, Redskins, Browns, Raiders, Falcons, Buccaneers, Jaguars and Seahawks (from Minnesota). A couple of those teams, like the Browns and Jaguars could select a running back. But they have bigger holes that need to be addressed. Could we see a team trade up to take one? Maybe, but not likely. This will probably be the year, we don’t see a running back selected in the first 40 picks. Definitely something to watch for.
How many trade will we see? Well, yesterday we saw five and three involved the Cleveland Browns. The others involved the Saints, Eagles and Cardinals. Why so little? The talent in this year’s draft is deep at almost every position, despite the fact we don’t have very many big names. Teams didn’t need to move up in order to fill a need, a couple actually moved down. Today will be a different story, it won’t cost as much for teams to move up and get the guy they like. Players also won’t have to pay the guys they sign as much and won’t have to even talk contract extensions until after their third year in the league under the new CBA. If they get a Russell Wilson, Eddie Lacy or Kennan Allen they won’t need to break the bank, at least for a few years.
Day 2 starts at 7pm eastern standard time.