Welcome back to Building the Dam’s segment on the 2019 NFL Draft winners and losers. We continue along as the Building the Dam team shares our thoughts on our most and least favorite draft picks of day two of the draft.
Below are our thoughts and opinions, but we encourage you readers to share your thoughts or your winners and losers in the comment section!
Winner: New England Patriots
We all keep wondering how the Patriots keep winning, right? Well it’s because they keep crushing the draft, and this year has been no different. After adding CB Joajuan Williams in round two, the Pats crush round three by adding Chase Winovich at DE and Yodney Cajuste at OT. Both of these players can replace players the Pats lost in free agency and be instant contributors. It’s the Patriots world, we’re just living in it.
Loser: Cincinnati Bengals
So the Bengals picks on day two made absolutely no sense. In the second round they reached for a TE in Drew Sample that should’ve gone in round four before capping their day off with another reach for LB Germaine Pratt that could’ve waited till day three as well. An overall perplexing draft day for the Bengals after a strong day one.
Winners: Denver Broncos, One-Pick Teams
After trashing the Broncos’ selection of Iowa tight end Noah Fant (R1, #20) on day one, I really liked how Denver cleaned up on the second day of the draft. The team used back-to-back early second-round picks on Kansas State offensive tackle Dalton Risner and Missouri quarterback Drew Lock, both of whom very well could’ve been first-round talents, and then grabbed Ohio State interior defensive lineman Dre’Mont Jones early in round three. Any team that addresses needs with three potential starters on day two is definitely a winner.
I also really liked how every team that had just one pick on the second day utilized their shot at getting the most bang for their buck. In the second round, I thought that Oakland finally made a useful choice when they snagged Clemson cornerback Trayvon Mullen (R2, #8) and New Orleans sured up their offensive front with Texas A&M center Erik McCoy (R2, #16). In their third round, a wealth of teams picked up key immediate contributors for their rosters including Chicago selecting Iowa State running back David Montgomery (R3, #9), Washington going with Ohio State wide receiver Terry McLaurin (R3, #12) to pair up with Dwayne Haskins, Miami protecting new quarterback Josh Rosen with Wisconsin guard Michael Deiter (R3, #14) and the New York Giants even adding athleticism off the edge in the 6’4”, 250-pound Oshane Ximines (R3, #31) out of Old Dominion.
Losers: Quarterbacks, Los Angeles Rams
The aforementioned Missouri gunslinger Drew Lock went early in round two to Denver and West Virginia’s Will Grier was plucked late in round three by Carolina, but those were the only two quarterbacks to be taken on the second day. I’d expect a big run on passing talents early and often on the final day of the selection process, beginning with two likeable guys in North Carolina State’s Ryan Finley and Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham. Besides quarterbacks having a rough day, I also was not a personal fan of what I saw from the Los Angeles Rams, as with four huge picks, they chose a group of players who sit as next-level question marks. Washington safety Taylor Rapp (R2, #29) was overall an understandable selection, but to me, their third round was rough when they scooped up Memphis running back Darrell Henderson (R3, #6), Michigan cornerback David Long (R3, #15) and Oklahoma offensive tackle Bobby Evans (R3, #33). At the spots they had available, I felt like there were much better options for them to go with.
Winner and Loser: Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks did their usual draft day dancing, trading back and amassing late round picks before finally grabbing DK Metcalf at 64th overall. Metcalf has some incredible speed, and is another excellent deep threat for Russell Wilson to work with. The fact that they were able to grab him late in the second and get all those late round picks Seattle loves to play with is a big accomplishment for John Schneider.
It’s great they’re beefing up that receiving corps, because news broke late tonight that one of Russ’s favorite targets, Doug Baldwin, has probably played his last down of football. Baldwin has already had two surgeries in the offseason, and it seems like his body is just never going to be where it needs to be again. That’s a huge blow to Seattle; Baldwin has always been a big contributor to the offense, and is hugely popular with both his teammates and the fan base.
Winner: Cleveland Browns
The Browns already won day one by not showing up and making fools of themselves, instead grabbing OBJ from the Giants. With their first pick in the draft, they picked up a high ceiling CB, Greedy Williams from LSU. The Browns finally have a team to be excited about, and they’re playing their cards right.
Loser: Oakland Raiders
The Raiders had an inexplicable first round, and they followed that up by making a huge reach for Clemson’s Trayvon Mullen. You know that scene in Harry and the Hendersons where John Lithgow is trying to make Bigfoot hate him so he’ll want to leave? That’s what the Raiders are doing to Oakland with this draft.
The Dolphins were able to load up on picks for next years draft and steal Josh Rosen for a late 2nd rounder. At worst they spent a second round pick on Tua Tagovailoa’s backup in 2020. At best they picked themselves up a franchise QB for pennies on the dollar.
Loser: People who watched the draft instead of the NHL Playoffs
NHL Playoffs > Watching Jim Brown almost fall asleep while announcing the Browns 2nd round pick.
We will be continuing our draft coverage of day three on Building the Dam. Stay tuned for more instant feedback on our picks in the 2019 NFL Draft!
- Day 1 Winners and Losers
- Day 2 Winners and Losers
- Day 3 Winners and Losers - 4/28
- Overall Winners and Losers - 4/29