2nd Round NFL Mock Draft

Edited by Matt Hicks

The Top 2 Sports Crew did a live 2nd Round NFL Mock Draft Live on Top2Pod. Below is every pick we made, with descriptions for some of them. To hear why we made each of the picks listen to the 2nd Round NFL Mock Draft Episode.

This mock draft is based one which players were available following our first round mock draft. That can be found here

33. Cleveland Browns Arden Key, Defensive End, LSU

Key (6’6”, 238 pounds) has a high ceiling as an edge rusher in the NFL. He has great size and has shown the ability early in his college career to consistently fool defenders and get to the quarterback. Key, however, had his worst collegiate season in 2017, took an absence from the team, and had shoulder surgery. If Key does meet his potential, he makes a lethal bookend with Myles Garrett on what is becoming one of the youngest and most dynamic defenses in the league.

34. New York Giants Nick Chubb, Running Back, Georgia

Chubb was a highly recruited prospect out of high school and lived up to that hype at Georgia; rushing for 1,547 yards and 14 touchdowns on 219 carries. His sophomore campaign featured 747 yards and 7 touchdowns in 6 starts until he had the seemingly career altering and gruesome injury in front of a horrified crowd in Neyland stadium. Chubb, however, bounced back in his senior season and excelled at the combine; running a 4.52 40-yard dash, 38.5 in vertical, and 29 reps on the bench press. Chubb has the skills and explosiveness to power through NFL defenses as a three down back that fits everything the Giants look for in a lead running back.

35. Cleveland Browns Ronnie Harrison, Safety, Alabama

36. Indianapolis Colts WR D.J. Moore, Maryland

D.J. Moore will likely come off the board earlier than 36; but he slides in our mock draft. That makes the Colts very happy as they get the 6’0” 210 pounds 2017 Big 10 receiver of the year. Moore has great speed (4.42 40-yard dash) that allows him to get open down the field and has the ability to play as a possession receiver (40% target rate at Maryland). Moore compliments TY in an offense that can be rebooted this season with the addition of Moore, a healthy Luck, and Ebron operating outside of Doyle.

37. Indianapolis Colts (from NYJ) Isaiah Wynn, Guard, Georgia

38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Taven Bryan, Defensive Tackle, Florida

Taven Bryan excelled in Florida’s standout defense in 2017; recording 40 tackles and 4 sacks against dynamic SEC offenses. Bryan, however, decided to leave after his junior season; leaving him with only has one season of significant playtime. Still, the 6’4” 291 defensive lineman has great athleticism and speed that makes him a viable option both as a defensive tackle and end. Bryan compliments JPP and Bradley Chubb (who we had Tampa Bay taking in the first round) to create a defensive foundation for Tampa Bay to build a comeback season upon.

39. Chicago Bears Rasheem Green, Defensive End, USC

40. Denver Broncos Carlton Davis, Corner Back, Auburn

41. Oakland Raiders Mike Hughes, Corner Back, UCF

42. Miami Dolphins Mike Gesicki, Tight End, Penn State

43. New England Patriots (from SF) Mason Rudolph, Quarter Back, Oklahoma State

Rudolph, the seemingly forgotten quarterback, is the last of the top tier quarterbacks in this draft class. Rudolph is a prototypical pocket passer who has the ability to manage an offense and sling the ball down the field. Rudolph is underdeveloped but could learn well from a few years behind Brady. His fits the mold of the Patriots offense and could make the transition from Brady seemingly seamless when it’s finally time for TB12 to hang it up.

44. Washington Redskins Billy Price, Guard, Ohio State

45. Green Bay Packers Equanimeous St. Brown, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame

This our favorite draft pick from the second round. St. Brown has explosive speed and his size could make him an absolutely devasting deep field threat on the opposite side of Adams. Green Bay is a perfect landing spot for St. Brown, who was desperately underutilized at Notre Dame.

46. Cincinnati Bengals Will Hernandez, Guard, UTEP
47. Arizona Cardinals Christian Kirk, Wide Receiver, Texas A&M
48. Los Angeles Chargers Justin Reid, Safety, Stanford
49. Indianapolis Colts (from SEA) Isaiah Oliver, Corner Back, Colorado
50. Dallas Cowboys Hayden Hurst, Tight End, USC
51. Detroit Lions Kalen Ballage, Running Back, Arizona State

This is the surprise pick of the second round, with Detroit making a bold move to fill their running back void. Ballage has a very high ceiling: the 6’1” 227 pounds running back has great size and surprising speed (4.46 40-yard dash). Ballage scored 15 touchdowns in his junior year and totaled 1005 rushing yards on 170 touches. Still Ballage underperformed overall on a weak Arizona State offense and has failed to consistently use his size effectively. Ballage likely doesn’t equate to a three down back in the NFL but could compliment Blount well in Detroit.

52. Baltimore Ravens James Washington, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma State

53. Buffalo Bills Braden Smith, Guard, Auburn

54. Kansas City Chiefs Lorenzo Carter, Outside Linebacker, Georgia

55. Carolina Panthers Sam Hubbard, EDGE, Ohio State
Hubbard excelled as a replacement for Joey Bosa in an Ohio State defense that frustrated Big 10 offenses; in 2017 Bosa has 13.5 tackles for a loss and 7 sacks. Bosa doesn’t stand out athletically compared to the other defensive ends in this class but works hard to be a playmaker on defense and possess a level of football knowledge that could make him a captain down the road in his NFL career. Hubbard is a nice defensive pick to balance the Courtland Sutton pick we gave Carolina in the first round.

56. Buffalo Bills (from LAR) Anthony Miller, Wide Receiver, Memphis

57. Tennessee Titans Darius Leonard, Inside Linebacker, South Carolina State

58. Atlanta Falcons Harrison Phillips, Defensive Tackle, Stanford

59. San Francisco 49ers (from NO) Donte Jackson, Cornerback, LSU

60. Pittsburgh Steelers Ronald Jones, Running Back, USC

Opinions of Jones differ widely, and he falls farther than likely in our draft. Pittsburgh seems intent on letting Bell know they’re serious about not playing him; and drafting the 5’11” 200 pounds in between the tackles runner will send the message. Jones fits well as a back that can come in and produce in the lead role immediately if Bell decides to hold out.

61. Jacksonville Jaguars Kolton Miller, Offensive Tackle, UCLA

Miller (6’9”, 310) has the size to dominate as an offensive tackle in the NFL. Miller is also surprisingly athletic for his size, however, he lacks consistently disciplined technique. Miller fits Jacksonville’s need to protect and support Blake Bortles. Miller has great upside this late in the draft, and very well could go earlier in the second.

62. Minnesota Vikings Martinas Rankin, Offensive Tackle, Mississippi State

63. New England Patriots Shaquem Griffin, Outside Linebacker, UCF

64. Philadelphia Eagles Troy Fumagalli, Tight End, Wisconsin

About Matt Hicks

Matt’s writing at Top2 is focused on dynasty fantasy football. He loves blending his experience writing research in the field of education with fantasy football stats. Matt currently lives in Baltimore, MD and graduated from Eastern Connecticut State University and the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. You can follow Matt on Twitter: @Top2Matt

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