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1. Teams with veteran quarterbacks will capitalize on the talent remaining in this quarterback class. The Saints, Packers, Steelers and Cardinals will all consider taking passers in the fourth and fifth round. Aaron Murray makes sense for the Saints, Logan Thomas fits the Steelers and Cardinals, and David Fales or Keith Wenning could be groomed by Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay.
2. Day 2 saw seven running backs get drafted, and six alone will be taken in the fourth round. Running backs in this draft fell par, which was partially due to diminished positional value, but it was also because this class is remarkably deep at the position thanks to a large amount of running backs declaring early. Some of my favorites that I don’t expect to last long include: Isaiah Crowell of Alabama State, Kapri Bibbs of Colorado State and Storm Johnson of UCF.
3. We saw five offensive tackles go in the first round and four more go on Day 2, but we’ll see only three more NFL-level offensive tackles taken throughout the rest of the draft. Offensive tackles in the NFL need to have enough length, athleticism and bend on the perimeter to hold up against pass-rushers. Cameron Fleming of Stanford, Antonio "Tiny" Richardson of Tennessee and Brandon Thomas of Clemson represent the best remaining talent, but I’m sure NFL teams realized coming in that if they needed to address the offensive tackle position, they needed to do it early on.
4. The Patriots will focus on defense on Day 3 of the draft. They drafted Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley with their first-round pick, but they need to continue to add depth throughout the entire unit. Outside of building their offensive line and maybe adding another tight end, most of their depth needs relate to the defensive back and linebacker spots. Marcus Roberson of Florida and DeDe Lattimore of USF look like Patriots-type players to me.
5. Receivers will still be the talk of Day 3. With 14 wide outs going in the first three rounds, I think we’ll see 20 more go between Rounds 4 and 7. Over the past five years, the most receivers taken in one draft was 33, which occurred in both 2008 and 2012. This class is remarkably deep, and we could see 40 receivers taken.
6. The Jaguars will continue to target the best offensive players available. They took five defensive players with their eight picks in the 2013 draft, which was David Caldwell’s first draft as general manager of the Jaguars. After drafting their quarterback of the future in Blake Bortles and adding his two offensive playmakers in Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson, the Jags could still use offensive line and running back help. Look for them to draft a few defenders, but offense is clearly the focus for them in this draft.
7. The Seahawks and 49ers will remain active on Day 3. Neither team is afraid to move up or down based on their boards, and neither will have any qualms about straying away from the norm with their selections. The 49ers covet high-upside prospects with long-term potential, while the Seahawks value guys that can fit into their scheme and locker room. Both were consistently active on Day 2, and that trend will continue throughout the remaining rounds.
8. The Eagles will take Princeton defensive tackle Caraun Reid. I am not sure what they feel their most glaring needs are, but Reid presents excellent value at this point (he is my third-ranked prospect still remaining) and can offer versatility on an Eagles defensive line that has talent but could certainly use more depth. He’s one of the best small-schoolers and overall defensive tackles in this class.