Round 1 went well for the teams we are following as no team scored lower than B. With that said we still have another 6 rounds to cover, and in this round all 6 teams made a pick so let’s see how they did in Round 2.
#3(#35). With the 3rd pick in the second round and the 35th overall pick in the draft the Oakland Raiders selected FSU junior DT Mario Edwards Jr. Edwards had 80 tackles and 17 of them were for a loss that is 21.25%. Edwards also compiled 8 sacks 3 quarterback hurries and 7 passes defensed. The Raiders with the 22nd rushing defense in the league need a guy in the middle and Edwards should do a nice job in the run game, but Edwards is practically useless in the passing game in 35 games Edwards averaged 0.086 quarterback hurries and 0.22 sacks a game. While the Raiders need a run stopper, I think at #35 there were probably a number of more complete DT’s available Grade: C
#5(#37). With the 5th pick in the second round and the 37th overall pick in the draft the New York Jets selected Ohio State senior WR Devin Smith. Smith had 121 receptions, 2503 yards for a 20.7 average per reception, and 30 touchdowns. Smith’s 2014 splits show a receiver that disappears in the second half of the game. Smith caught 69.6% of his passes in the first half. His splits also show what appears to be a valuable possession receiver having caught 33.3% on third down. The Jets need a receiver who can compete with Jeremy Kerely for the 3rd receiver slot, and this kid looks like he can do that. Grade: B+
#10(#42). With the 10th pick in the second round and the 42nd overall the Atlanta Falcons selected LSU junior CB Jalen Collins. Collins had 93 tackles, 60 of them were solo, 18 passes defensed, and 3 interceptions. The Falcons have a couple of good young cornerbacks in Robert Alford and Desmond Trufant, but with one of the worst secondaries in the league last season, the Falcons need a good cover nickel and with 18 passes defensed the Falcons look like they’ve taken a significant step to upgrading the league’s worst secondary. Grade: A
#20.(#52). The Miami Dolphins traded the #15 pick in the second round to the Philadelphia Eagles for the #20 pick in the second round and both of the Eagles 5th round picks in the 2015 draft with the 145th and 156th picks in the draft. So with the 20th pick in the second round and the 52nd pick overall in the draft the Miami Dolphins selected Oklahoma sophomore NT Jordan Phillips. Phillips had 57 tackles, 28 of them were solo, 9 tackles for a loss for a 15.7% TFL average, 3.5 sacks, 2 passes defensed, 1 quarterback hurry and 1 kick/punt blocked. In his three seasons in Oklahoma, Phillips missed 11 games, but when healthy, he has shown that he can get to the quarterback as well as be a force in the run game. With the Dolphins needing another big man in the middle to exploit the double and triple teams that Ndamukong Suh is going to draw, I think the Dolphins hit paydirt with this kid. Grade: A+
#22(#54). With the 22nd pick in the second round and the 54th pick overall the Detroit Lions selected Nebraska senior RB Ameer Abdullah. Abdullah had 810 attempts for 4,588 yards with a 5.7 yards per rush average and 39 touchdowns. Abdullah’s 2014 splits suggest a speedy back who remains a scoring threat throughout the game. Abdullah in the 2nd half of games had 54 carries, 329 yards less than he had in the 1st half yet he still managed to rack up 1 less touchdown than he had scored in the 1st half. He also doesn’t seem to tire as his 2nd half long rush of 53 yards is only 4 yards shy of his 1st half long of 57. With Reggie Bush leaving and Theo Riddick effectively stepping into Bush’s role last season, the Lions are probably looking for someone to step into Theo Riddick’s role, despite the fact that running backs like Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon came off the board in the first round, Abdullah probably would have been around in the third round and DT is still a bigger weakness than RB. Grade: C+
#32(#64). With the final pick in the second round and the 64th pick overall in the draft the New England Patriots selected Stanford senior SS Jordan Richards. Richards had 246 tackles 152 were solo, 13 tackles for a loss, that is 0.05% average of all tackles, 21 passes defensed, 9 interceptions, 5 forced fumbles and 1 sack. Richards appears to be a good cover safety and a ball hawk, and should complement Devin McCourty at the back end of the Patriots secondary. The Patriots are still looking for that next Rodney Harrison at SS this kid could be it. Grade: A