2.1. Cincinnati Bengals: Isaiah Wilson, Georgia OT
The Bengals got their guy on the offensive side of the ball and now they can make out like bandits and get one of the best O-Line prospects in the draft to help protect him. Isaiah Wilson can immediately slide in to replace Cody Glenn and will be just as good as Glenn was.
2.2. Indianapolis Colts: Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State WR
Aiyuk is a receiver that can run the routes fast and get downfield in a hurry that is going to make it hard for defenses to defend both him and T.Y. Hilton.
2.3. Detroit Lions: Jordan Love, Utah State QB
Since the Colts don’t grab Love, I think the Lions do. During the offseason there were rumors of Stafford getting traded and while they were claimed to be “false”, I can’t help but wonder if those rumors didn’t hold a nugget of truth in them? Stafford is probably not long for the Lions if he doesn’t start winning, so it would make sense for the Lions to get a guy that can sit on the bench for a year or two and learn from him and be their guy of the future. Love has the tools to be an NFL starter at some point.
2.4. New York Giants: Tyler Biadasz, Wisconsin C
The Giants center is awful. This is the next best center on the list. Kind of a no-brainer here on this pick.
2.5. (TRADE!!!) Jonathan Taylor: Wisconsin RB
This pick is part of the trade from earlier. I don’t have much faith in the Lion’s running back room, and I think they are still trying to find their workhorse. Jonathan Taylor was that kind of guy at Wisconsin the past few years, so I could see the Lions adding him to their roster.
2.6. Carolina Panthers: Jordyn Brooks, Texas Tech LB
The Panthers continue to bolster their defense with a solid linebacker that ANY team would be lucky to have. Brooks didn’t get as much exposure as Murray, Queen, or Simmons due to playing at Tech, but he’s almost in that caliber.
2.7. Miami Dolphins: Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne S
The Dolphins stockpiled on offensive talent in the first round, but now it’s time to get help on the defensive side of the ball. Teams threw ALL over the Dolphins last year so the secondary needs have to be addressed first. Dugger is a super quick in the secondary that can get to the players after the catch and make the plays that the Dolphins need made.
2.8. Houston Texans: A.J. Epenesa, Iowa DE
The Texans lost Clowney and J.J. Watt isn’t getting any younger, or healthier, so while Texans fans may hate to hear it, it’s time to draft a new defensive end. Epenesa is a phenomenal talent (while not as good as Watt) that can easily anchor down one end of the Texans’ defensive line for years to come.
2.9. Cleveland Browns: Grant Delpit, LSU S
While the Browns signed Sendejo and Joseph this year, I don’t think that those two are necessarily all they need to have a competent secondary. With the Bengals getting Burrow and the Ravens having Lamar Jackson, the Browns need to be gearing their defense with the tools they need to beat these two and that means, great secondary options like Delpit, who is a legitimate first round talent.
2.10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ross Blacklock, TCU DT
As mentioned before, the Jaguars have many holes and this is the best player available that fills one of them. Blacklock was in the first round of my projected draft for awhile, so the Jaguars would be getting a steal here.
2.11. Chicago Bears: Jeremy Chinn, Southern Illinois S
After letting Clinton-Dix walk in free agency, the Bears are going to be on the hunt for a new safety, and after missing out on Delpit, I think Chinn has a solid chance to go here. Chinn is one of the top safeties this year and it definitely doesn’t hurt that he’s only right down the road.
2.12. Indianapolis Colts: Noah Igbinoghene, Auburn CB
The Colts get another chance to draft a future QB, and while it’s likely that they do, I can’t see them passing on Igbinoghene. He is actually probably a first round talent but I couldn’t force him into a spot that I didn’t 100% like him at before here. The Colts’ corners aren’t anything to be proud of, so they can get one of the best available here.
2.13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cam Akers, Florida State RB
Tom Brady may help the passing game, but in order to get the Bucs to the championship, they’re going to need to get their running game up to speed too. Cam Akers was one of the best running backs in college football last year and will make the short trip to Tampa to join the Bucs to hopefully be the missing piece on the offense.
2.14. Denver Broncos: Jalen Reagor, TCU WR
Like I said in the first round, I believe the Broncos are going to address their need for a complementary receiver and if they miss out on one of the top guys in the first round, they will get him here. I think Jalen is the best available receiver at this moment, so it makes a pretty simple pick and easy fit for both sides.
2.15. Atlanta Falcons: Justin Madibuike, Texas A&M DT
While Grady Jarrett is no slouch, he has no one helping him out on the defensive line. Justin Madibuike was an absolute monster at Texas A&M last year, and while maybe it’s the Texas boy in me hoping to see him go so high, I could absolutely see him getting drafted high and immediately starting on a line this bad and making an impact.
2.16. New York Jets: Tee Higgins, Clemson WR
With the Jets pass on a receiver in the first round because of the depth this year, there’s no way they pass here and they take the next best available which I believe is Higgins. Higgins is one of the guys you could say could go at the end of the 1st round, so it’s kind of a steal for New York to get him here. Either way, Darnold is going to get an excellent weapon to throw to with this pick.