NFL Draft: Day 2 Outlook

On Day 1 of the 2019 NFL Draft, the Vikings took center Garrett Bradbury help solidify the offensive line. Bradbury is an athletic center that should be an immediate improvement for the Vikings interior, their biggest area of need. As it stands, the Vikings offensive line should look something like Reiff-Elflein-Bradbury-Kline-O’Neill. Eventually, I’ll break down this pick in further detail, in addition to the rest of the draft class, but for now I’ll say the Vikings are off to a solid start.

Bradbury

Including Bradbury, 6 offensive linemen were taken, along with 12 defensive linemen as teams looked to build the trenches.

With those positions becoming more depleted, let’s see what’s left on day two of the draft, starting with the consensus big board top-50 players remaining:

  1. OT Jawaan Taylor (11)
  2.  WR DK Metcalf (15)
  3. CB Greedy Williams (21)
  4. CB Byron Murphy (22)
  5. OT Cody Ford (24)
  6. WR AJ Brown (27)
  7. OT Dalton Risner (31)
  8. QB Drew Lock (33)
  9. S Nasir Adderley (35)
  10. S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson (36)
  11. WR Hakeem Butler (37)
  12. OG Erik McCoy (38)
  13. TE Irv Smith Jr (39)
  14. WR Deebo Samuel (40)
  15. S Juan Thornhill (41)
  16. CB Rock Ya-Sin (43)
  17. S Taylor Rapp (44)
  18. EDGE Chase Winovich (45)
  19. CB Justin Layne (47)
  20. OG Elgton Jenkins (48)
  21. CB Julian Love (50)
  22. S Deionte Thompson (51)
  23. WR Kelvin Harmon (52)
  24. WR Parris Campbell (53)
  25. DL Zach Allen (54)
  26. LB Mack Wilson (55)
  27. DL Dre’Mont Jones (56)
  28. EDGE Jachai Polite (58)
  29. OT Greg Little (59)
  30. CB Amani Oruwariye (60)
  31. WR JJ Arcega-Whiteside (61)
  32. RB David Montgomery (62)
  33. RB Miles Sanders (63)
  34. RB Darrell Henderson (65)
  35. RB Damien Harris (66)
  36. S Amani Hooker (67)
  37. CB Trayvon Mullen (68)
  38. EDGE Jaylon Ferguson (69)
  39. CB Sean Bunting (70)
  40. TE Jace Sternberger (71)
  41. WR Riley Ridley (72)
  42. CB JoeJuan Williams (73)
  43. WR Terry McLaurin (75)
  44. EDGE D’Andre Walker (76)
  45. OT Yodny Cajuste (77)
  46. DL Khalen Saunders (78)
  47. CB Lonnie Johnson (79)
  48. WR Andy Isabella (80)
  49. TE Dawson Knox (81)
  50. CB David Long (82)

Notable other names:

  • DL Charles Omenihu (83)
  • WR Miles Boykin (87)
  • QB Will Grier (88)
  • LB Blake Cashman (93)
  • EDGE Ben Banogu (96)
  • CB Isaiah Johnson (104)

7 “First Rounders” Still Available

  1. OT Jawaan Taylor (11)
  2.  WR DK Metcalf (15)
  3. CB Greedy Williams (21)
  4. CB Byron Murphy (22)
  5. OT Cody Ford (24)
  6. WR AJ Brown (27)
  7. OT Dalton Risner (31)

Each of these players have consensus grades in the top-32. Should one be available (pending Jawaan Taylor’s medicals), it would be tremendous value for the Vikings at 50, regardless of position.

Defensive Backs and Pass Catchers

Only one cornerback (DeAndre Baker) and two wide receivers (N’Keal Harry and Marquise Brown) were selected on the night, leaving a plethora of players available at each position. Defensive backs (5 safeties, 5 cornerbacks) and pass catchers (6 wide receivers, 1 tight end) make up 17 of the top-25 players remaining, making it a prime day for the Vikings to grow richer at either position. On the flip side, if the Vikings are looking to deal Trae Waynes, the deep cornerback market would drive this value down.

Favorite Round 2 Targets:

  1.  Deebo Samuel
  2.  Greedy Williams
  3.  Jace Sternberger
  4.  Zach Allen
  5.  Hakeem Butler

Favorite Round 3 Targets:

  1.  Lonnie Johnson
  2.  Ben Banogu
  3.  Charles Omenihu
  4.  Isaiah Johnson
  5.  Terry McLaurin

An ideal combination of Samuel-L. Johnson (Not Samuel L. Jackson) or Samuel-Banogu would be a heck of a first two days for the Vikings. It’d provide Cousins with an impressive third wide receiver, while bolstering the defense with an athlete. There are a lot of other names that I like, and something else that intrigues me would be continuing to attack the offensive line if Taylor, Risner or Ford continue to fall. I’d expect Greedy Williams to be gone barring a trade.

With the immense talent left on the board, one thing that I would not like to see is a running back taken on Day 2. Even though Dalvin Cook has not shown any form of durability, Ameer Abdullah, Mike Boone and a late round pick will be more than enough depth at the position, and there is no need to sacrifice an impact player for a back up running back with the board above.

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