40. Denver Broncos : Mike Hughes, cb, Central Florida. Fell because of character concerns. More than a few teams had him graded in the first round. Key member of unbeaten CFU defense and special teams where he had 3 return touchdowns in 2017.
41. Oakland Raiders : Rashaan Evans, ILB, Alabama. Would’ve been taken 1st round with a better 40 time at combine. Gruden doubles up on Alabama defensive talent with Evans joining Minkah Fitzpatrick. Raiders defense gets a lot better and more athletic.
42. Miami Dolphins : Mike Gesicki, te, Penn State. This is late for the first tight end to come off the board, fact is, all tight ends have some issues. The athletic Gesicki is, of course, a terrible blocker. He blazed 4.54 in the 40, which is outstanding for a kid that 6 foot 5 inches tall and weighs 240 pounds. He will play a lot like Greg Olsen of Carolina.
43. New England Patriots : Luke Falk, qb, Washington State. Patriots pull the trigger early on Tom Brady’s heir apparent. Rather than wait another 20 picks, Belichick gets kind of a Brady clone in Falk. Falk had a very productive college career even though it tailed off statistically last year. It’s his 67% accuracy and above average arm that intrigues the Patriots. As a developmental quarterback, Patriots can’t do much better.
44. Washington Redskins : B.J. Hill, DT, North Carolina State. Drafting Hill fills a big time need for the Redskins, who reach for a run stuffing nose tackle, because they have no 3rd round pick. Hard to pick over the more touted Harrison Phillips of Stanford, who led all players in 225 reps at the combine with 42 reps. But Hill is more athletic and quicker off the ball, with a 40 time of 4.99 to 5.21 for the smaller Phillips.
45. Green Bay Packers : Kalen Ballage, rb, Arizona State. Even though the Packers have needs at cornerback, there isn’t a player as high on their board as Ballage. Ballage was very impressive at the Senior Bowl and combine, displaying great speed and elusiveness for a big back at 6 foot 2 inches and 225 pounds. His acquisition means that running back Ty Montgomery can shift back to being a receiver. Ballage is an excellent receiver who may develop into a 3 down back when he learns how to block at NFL level.
46. Cincinnati Bengals : Sam Hubbard, DE, Ohio State. Hubbard finally goes off the board and to an in-state team no less. This pick is for depth as much as anything. Hubbard will back up the aging all-pro Carlos Dunlap and be a situational pass rusher for an aging Bengals defense. The inconsistent Hubbard falls into an ideal spot.
47. Arizona Cardinals : Duke Ejiofor, DE, Wake Forest. Missed the combine recovering from a torn labrum in his shoulder. Ejiofor has the size and speed to play the edge of the defensive line for the Cardinals. Fills a hole that is currently unoccupied.
48. Los Angeles Chargers : Darius Leonard, ILB, South Carolina State. Desperate to improve their rush defense, the Chargers add the last impact inside linebacker in this draft. Leonard had 47 tackles for loss in his 3 year career, and has the size and speed to play sideline to sideline. He came out after his junior year. When paired with 1st round pick DaRon Payne, the Chargers can now stand up to the rest of the league. Playoff’s?
49. Indianapolis Colts : Hayden Hurst, te, South Carolina. The top tight end on some boards finally gets picked. The Colts are trying to fill all of their holes with this one draft and realize they need an upgrade at tight end. Tough to pass up receiver D.J. Chark.
50. Dallas Cowboys : Lorenzo Carter, LB, Georgia. The Cowboys are fortunate to have Carter still available. At 6 foot 5 inches and a 4.5 40 at the combine, the Cowboys luck into one of the most athletic linebackers left in the draft. Will play behind Sean Lee, but will get a lot of time on the field next year for the Cowboys.
51. Detroit Lions : Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan. Hurst had a heart murmur that popped up at a combine physical, has been cleared to play, but never the less, dropped because of the health concern. As explosive a first step of all the defensive lineman available. Hurst might have gone 1st round if he were bigger and had no health issue.
52. Baltimore Ravens : D.J. Chark, wr, LSU. All Chark did this off season was become offensive MVP at the Senior Bowl and run one of the fastest 40’s at the combine in 4.34. Some people say he’s too thin, but I thought he looks great and might be the best in his class. At 6 foot 2 inches, he has plenty of size to be great at the NFL level.
53. Buffalo Bills : Equanimeous St. Brown, wr, Notre Dame. At 6 foot 5 inches tall, St Brown, is surprisingly athletic and is a polished route runner with good to great hands. Some scouts believe he will be a better pro than college player. They’re right.
54. Kansas City Chiefs : Donte Jackson, cb, LSU. One of the fastest cornerbacks in the draft goes to one of the worst pass defense’s in the league. And after losing 2 more cornerbacks in free agency, this is such a huge need for the Chiefs, they might grab another in the 3rd round. Jackson is smaller but has the speed to make up ground.
55. Carolina Panthers : Dallas Geodert, te, South Dakota State. Big receiving tight end is an eventual replacement for all-pro Greg Olsen. at 6 foot 4 inches and 260 pounds he ran the 40 in 4.73, fast for a kid his size. Will need to improve as a blocker of course, but will contribute in 2 tight end sets and they can split Olsen outside, unless he retires.
56. Buffalo Bills : Kerryon Johnson, rb, Auburn. Johnson is as solid a prospect as they get. A tough physical runner who played hurt down the stretch for the Tigers but still dominated against big time SEC opponents. Has good hands catching out of the backfield. Will be a great backup to LeSean McCoy until the torch is passed.
57. Tennessee Titans : Billy Price, c, Ohio State. Price, who tore a pectoral muscle at the combine finally goes off the board. Was considered one of the top center prospects before the injury. Will be a solid backup for now and may start by midseason, if he can cut down on penalties and get stronger after the injury. Too much value to pass up.
58. Atlanta Falcons : Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford. Strongest players at combine is not a great athlete. Will step in and be part of rotation at defensive tackle after having a spectacular senior season, where he had twice as many tackles (103) as any other tackle prospect, and 17 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. Atlanta is thrilled to get him late 2nd.
59. San Francisco 49’ers : Anthony Miller, wr, Memphis. Undersized, but projects to be a quick slot receiver in the NFL. Arguably the most productive receiver in college last year. Had 92 receptions for over 1,400 yards and 17 touchdowns.
60. Pittsburgh Steelers : Mason Rudolph, qb, Oklahoma State. The Roethlisberger heir is in the house. Similar size and college production as a pocket passer, would’ve gone higher if he had any athleticism or escapability.
61. Jacksonville Jaguars : Kyle Lauletta, qb, Richmond. The late run on quarterbacks concludes will the star of the Senior Bowl going off the board. Will compete right away to be backup of inconsistent Blake Bortles. Probable quarterback of the future.
62. Minnesota Vikings : Justin Reid, safety, Stanford. With the Vikings getting old at safety it makes sense to draft and all around talent that they can develop. Reid will need to work on coverage and has the speed to become a good if not great safety.
63. New England Patriots : Auden Tate, wr, Florida State. Big receiver falls into the right place for his career. Will have time to develop behind incumbent receivers. Huge touchdown target for Tom Brady to throw to. Would’ve liked defense here but Tate to tantalizing to pass up. Will become big red-zone target by the end of the season.
64. Cleveland Browns : Desmond Harrison, LT, West Georgia. A developmental left tackle with character concerns about past drug use. A project with huge upside. Cleveland can afford to gamble here with the athletic small college Harrison.
That concludes the second round of the 2018 draft.