2019 NFL Draft | Best Value Picks on Day Two


Have you ever had those moments where you tell your significant other that you want to go out to dinner but they overthink it and take three hours to get ready? Similarly, plenty of teams overthink their picks during the NFL Draft and plenty of talented players fall down draft boards.

Last year, we saw talented players like Justin Reid and DaeSean Hamilton fall to the third and fourth rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft. This year, there were some notable players who fell much further than expected. Of course, my big board is a lot different than what teams in the NFL have, but here’s my message: stop over-drafting and overthinking and just draft good football players.

Now that the 2019 NFL Draft is over, it’s time for overreactions and premature grades, but what I’m going to do is figure out who were some of the best values in the second round!

Round 2 

Arizona Cardinals – Byron Murphy, CB, Washington 

With the 33rd pick and the first of the second round, the Cardinals selected my top-ranked cornerback. Murphy was ranked 9th on my board and is a perfect fit for their new defense. As the Cardinals move to a 3-4 defense, they’re going to generate pressure with Chandler Jones and Terrell Suggs. They have Patrick Peterson in their secondary, but there have been rumors of him being on the move. Regardless of what’s decided, the Cardinals get an instinctive player who is fluid in zone coverage with great play recognition, aggressiveness, and ball skills.

Jacksonville Jaguars – Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

There were concerns on the knee for Jawaan Taylor; that’s why he fell down draft boards. Ultimately, my 7th-ranked player falls to a perfect spot for the Jaguars, and Taylor’s going to become their starting right tackle. He’s got great grip strength and packs some serious power behind his punch. He was close to 400 pounds before getting to Florida, but he’s done a great job maintaining his weight below 330 pounds since then. His footwork at the Scouting Combine looked good, and he should have a solid career for the Jaguars.

Buffalo Bills – Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma 

The 15th-ranked player on my board fell to the 38th pick. Cody Ford can slide inside or play right tackle for the Bills. Regardless of where he plays, the Bills continue to build up their offensive line. With this pick, they add their 8th offensive lineman into the mix this offseason, and it’s going to be a fun competition to watch in training camp. Ford consistently plays with a wide base and has good hand placement and the foot speed you want to match any type of pass rusher off the edge. Ford brings two years of experience at both guard positions and 14 starts at right tackle to Buffalo.

Kansas City Chiefs – Mecole Hardman, WR, Georgia 

This pick by the Chiefs isn’t really about value; it’s mainly because it makes sense. Hardman was my 136th ranked player, but the Chiefs only had three picks between the first round and third round. Picking in the back of the second and third rounds, there was a good chance that Hardman could be off the board by the time the Chiefs’ next pick came around. He makes a lot of sense for the Chiefs because of his explosiveness and long speed. With the ugly Tyreek Hill situation, there’s a good chance that we see Hardman producing much sooner than later. He should develop into a more precise route runner, but with this landing spot, you have to get excited with Patrick Mahomes throwing the football.

Seattle Seahawks – D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss 

One of the more surprising stories of the 2019 NFL Draft was the rise and fall of D.K. Metcalf. He crushed the Combine and was destined to be a first-round pick, according to everyone. I had him in the top 20 of my board, and he earned a first-round grade. Despite where I had him, the NFL had him much lower on their boards and must have had some concerns about his previous neck injury. The Seahawks grabbed him with the last pick of the second round, and they’re getting one of the more talented players in this draft class. He’s a physical specimen and is going to create mismatches on every cornerback he comes across. The long speed for him is there and, despite the concerns with him as a route runner, he should develop well.

Round 3 

Denver Broncos – Dre’Mont Jones, DT, Ohio State 

In general, the Denver Broncos had a great draft. They put a focus on their offense and were still able to snag a talented defensive tackle in the third round. Jones had a second-round grade on my board, but he fell into the second round thanks to a run on defensive backs and offensive linemen. Jones can step in and start for the Broncos right away. He’s got great burst, plays below pad level, and shows consistent effort on every snap. He’ll be able to rush the passer and make plays at the line of scrimmage. The Broncos should see an immediate return on their investment.

Chicago Bears – David Montgomery, RB, Iowa State 

One of my favorite picks in the entire draft was David Montgomery to the Chicago Bears. As I discussed on a few radio shows in Chicago, the Bears were doing their research on running backs. One player that I didn’t talk about was David Montgomery, partially because he should have been off the board by this point. However, the Bears were able to trade up and draft the former First Team All-Big 12 award winner. Montgomery is a physical runner that can run through you, but he also shows good vision when in the open field and getting through the hole. He has shown a tendency to bounce runs, but that’s partially because his offensive line did him zero favors. There will be some complaints about his breakaway speed, but overall, he can become an every down back for the Bears.

New England Patriots – Chase Winovich, EDGE, Michigan

It’s not the Patriots’ fault that teams in the NFL don’t know how to draft. The fact that Chase Winovich was still available at the 77th overall pick is baffling to me. He’s got one of the best motors of any defensive lineman in the class, has a consistent bend, and holds his own against the run. Throughout his career, he had 43 tackles for loss and 18.5 sacks and falls into a perfect situation. The Patriots had a need for an edge rusher, and it won’t be surprising if Winovich turns into a starter for their defense in short order.

Pittsburgh Steelers – Justin Layne, CB, Michigan State

This fit is perfect, and it’s an absolute steal for the Steelers with the 83rd pick. The Steelers have struggled with drafting cornerbacks over the years. Normally, they take one a round or two early, but this time, one of the more talented cornerbacks in this class fall into their lap. Layne has great length at 6’2″ with 33″ arms. He showed good explosiveness (11’2″ broad jump) at the Combine and looked much more fluid than expected with 3-cone drill time of 6.9 seconds. On the field, he’s sticky in coverage and is going to press every receiver he matches up against. There will be some concerns with his ball skills only having three interceptions in his career, but he did have 15 pass deflections last season. Overall, Layne is a perfect fit for the Steelers and just what they need.

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