The first round of the NFL draft was every bit as wild, unpredictable and exciting as most were expecting, but Friday is when teams can establish themselves as the real winners.
Just take a look at some of the second- and third-round picks from a year ago: Eddie Lacy, Giovani Bernard, Tyrann Mathieu, Kiko Alonso, Keenan Allen, Larry Warford, the list goes on.
Of course, if you go another year back, you'll find Super Bowl-winning quarterback Russell Wilson, who was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the third round.
While the first round tends to garner the most attention, there is never a shortage of talent available on the weekend. With guys like Marqise Lee, Louis Nix III, Jace Amaro and Kony Ealy still available, this year will be no different.
Complete Day 2 Viewing Info
|Time (ET)||Event||Network||Live Stream|
|1 p.m.||NFL Draft Pre-Show||NFL Network||NFL.com|
|6 p.m.||SportsCenter Special: Draft Countdown||ESPN||WatchESPN|
|7 p.m.||NFL Draft: 2nd and 3rd Rounds||NFL Network||NFL.com|
|7 p.m.||NFL Draft: 2nd and 3rd Rounds||ESPN||WatchESPN|
Day 2 Predictions
Houston Gets a Chance for Another Carr...and Passes
Could it be?
When the Minnesota Vikings traded up at the end of the first round to select Teddy Bridgewater, it made Derek Carr the consensus top quarterback available with the Houston Texans, who just so happen to need a signal-caller, on the clock.
And as SportsCenter's Twitter feed noted, the Fresno State product certainly isn't a stranger of being onstage for a Texans draft pick:
“I shook Commissioner Tagliabue’s hand and told him I’d be back,” said Derek Carr about the moment when older brother David was drafted by the Houston Texans, via ESPN's Sheldon Spencer. “I guess that wasn’t politically correct. But I was only 11, so I didn’t know too much.”
It would be a fascinating story if the Texans brought another Carr to Houston, and it makes plenty of sense as far as the depth chart is concerned, but don't be surprised if Rick Smith goes in another direction.
One potential route is selecting Nix and further adding to an already scary defensive line, as Rotoworld's Josh Norris mentioned:
I wouldn't hate this. RT @tacowrecker: At 33 Nix would give HOU best DL in AFC, bar none— Josh Norris (@JoshNorris) May 9, 2014
That will leave Carr to slip a few more picks to the Oakland Raiders, who have shown much more interest in him, as Bleacher Report's Matt Miller noted:
Raiders put out a lot of smoke that they wanted Derek Carr at No. 5. Maybe they meant at No. 36— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) May 9, 2014
Carr may never escape his brother's shadow, but at least he won't have to play in the same city.
Marqise Lee Goes Very Early
If the draft order holds, I'd wager Marqise Lee goes to the Cleveland Browns at No. 35, giving Johnny Manziel another target across from Josh Gordon.
However, this guy really shouldn't be on the board still, and it wouldn't be surprising if there were a lot of teams right now on the phone trying to move up to No. 33 or 34.
As many, such as USA Today's Tom Pelissero and Rivals' Adam Gorney, were quick to argue, it was a travesty for Lee to fall out of the first round:
Cannot believe Marqise Lee wasn't a first-round pick. Maybe not a No. 1, but that guy will start and produce in the league for a decade.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) May 9, 2014
Maybe injury concerns forced teams to shy away, but Lee is a dynamic, game-changing athlete who is just one year removed from recording 118 catches and 1,721 receiving yards as a sophomore.
Whoever gets him at the beginning of the second round will run victory laps around the war room.
Bishop Sankey First Running Back off the Board
Times, they are a changin'.
The NFL is quickly morphing into a passing league, and even though teams like the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles and others have shown it is possible to run the ball to great success, taking running backs in the first round is becoming increasingly rare.
As NFL Network's Rich Eisen noted, history was set on Thursday when no RB went off the board—again:
We've never seen two consecutive NFL Draft first rounds go without a running back selected...until tonight.— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) May 9, 2014
Of course, that just means teams can find immense talents in the second round. Bernard, Lacy and Le'Veon Bell all produced last year as second-round picks, while there are high hopes in Seattle for Christine Michael.
This year's class is no different.
Carlos Hyde, Jeremy Hill and Bishop Sankey could all hear their name called first for running backs, while Tre Mason would probably be in the mix if not for his wrist injury.
But if I have to choose, I'll go with Sankey, who has drawn comparisons to a former NFL great, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Bob McGinn:
He's got a little bit of Emmitt Smith in him.
He's like a poor man's Emmitt Smith. He can run everywhere. He's just not a real burner. But he's got quickness and vision, and he's a hell of a kid. He's tougher than (expletive).
Despite inconsistent offensive line and quarterback play, Sankey broke Corey Dillon's school record with 1,870 rushing yards on 327 carries last season, putting the Huskies on his back at times.