Everyone gets excited for the drama on the first night of the NFL draft, but there is plenty more action still to go over the course of the next two days.
While the first round features the big names and those expecting to make the most impact, the second and third round usually includes many immediate starters. Eddie Lacy, Kiko Alonso and others proved this to be true last season.
For this reason, fans have to make sure to keep watching the draft to see what kind of players can be added with picks No. 33 though No. 100. Here is a look at how to watch the upcoming rounds, as well as the top storylines to follow.
Where: Radio City Music Hall, New York, New York
When: Friday at 7 p.m. ET
Watch: ESPN (7-8 p.m.); ESPN2 (8-11:30 p.m.); NFL Network
When Will the Running Backs Come Off the Board?
For the second year in a row, there were no running backs taken in the first round. While it is disappointing for some, this just shows the type of league the NFL has turned into in recent years.
Then again, Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has another solution:
Somebody let the RB's know that the draft starts tomorrow.— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) May 9, 2014
The good news is that there are some truly talented players available at the position. Carlos Hyde is one who stands out with his big size (6'0", 230 lbs) that allows him to run downhill and push his way for extra yards.
Mary Kay Cabot of The Plain Dealer notes that the Browns might be interested in taking him early in the second round:
Versatile runners like Bishop Sankey and Tre Mason should also hear their names called in the second round. Seeing what Lacy and Giovani Bernard did last year after being taken in Round 2, this year's crop should not be disappointed.
Another person to keep an eye on is Kent State running back Dri Archer. He is one of the fastest players in the draft and could be a valuable addition for a number of teams.
Which Quarterbacks Will Find a Home?
Although it took a while for some of the bigger names to come off the board Thursday night, three quarterbacks were selected in the first round. Blake Bortles was the first one picked at No. 3 to the Jacksonville Jaguars, followed by Johnny Manziel to the Cleveland Browns at No. 22 and Teddy Bridgewater at No. 32 to the Minnesota Vikings.
While each of these teams filled big needs at quarterback, there are plenty of other teams looking for long-term solutions at the position. Franchises like the Houston Texans and Oakland Raiders have more immediate needs, while others like the Arizona Cardinals might be hoping to develop someone down the line.
Fortunately, there are plenty of quality options, as laid out by Albert Breer of NFL Network:
QBs on the board going into Day 2: Derek Carr, Jimmy Garoppolo, Zach Mettenberger, AJ McCarron, Tom Savage.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 9, 2014
One surprise team to look out for in the second round is the New York Jets, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:
#Jets are doing a lot of groundwork for QBs that may land in the first round or early in the 2nd round. Watch for Carr, watch for Garoppolo— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 8, 2014
The Jets drafted Geno Smith in the second round a year ago and signed Michael Vick in the offseason. Still, neither player is completely safe in his job heading into next season.
With this much talent available at the most important position in sports, the second round should be just as exciting to follow as the first.
Will We See More Trades?
One of the most exciting things to happen during the NFL draft is when a surprise trade occurs, but there was not too much action in Round 1. There were five trades on Thursday night, although three of them included the Cleveland Browns in some way.
In all likelihood, there will be more deals on Day 2 when the price of moving up is much lower.
The San Francisco 49ers are a squad to keep an eye on due to the fact they hold five of the next 68 picks. They were considered a strong possibility to move up in the first round, but they stayed put at No. 30.
General manager Trent Baalke explained that he considered moving up to get Odell Beckham Jr., but the cost was too great, via Eric Branch of The Chronicle:
We certainly liked him as a football player, no doubt about it. But … the price of doing business when you’re trying to move from (No. 30) up into the top 10 or close to the top 10 becomes pretty stiff. And you’re giving up a lot of football players to go get one football player. And if you look at history, a lot of time it works against you.
In a different setting, he might make a few more moves on Friday to really get the players he wants.
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