The first round is in the books and with only four trades, there’s still plenty of talent still left on the board as we enter the second day of the 2020 NFL Draft. We did see some surprising picks in the first round such as Jordyn Brooks to the Seattle Seahawks, Isaiah Wilson to the Tennessee Titans and Damon Arnette to the Las Vegas Raiders.
Teams will reach to stay true to their board. Even if that means it goes off what we traditionally see. On the first night of the 2020 NFL Draft, we only had four trades. One of them were from the New England Patriots where they added a second and third round pick from the Los Angeles Chargers so we’ll see the Patriots quite a bit tonight as they five picks to make.
With that being said, let’s take a look at some of the best available prospects on the second day of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Kristian Fulton, CB, LSU (14th overall)
My 14th overall player on my board is still available going into the second night of the 2020 NFL Draft. Am I surprised that he fell? Yes because I think he was the second best cornerback in this draft. He had a terrific combine and his tape checks out with his physical prowess to make an afternoon as difficult as possible for a wide receiver. Going into this draft, his value was all over as there were concerns with a failed drug test at LSU. However, he’s going to provide a perfect value for a team that needs a starting caliber cornerback on the second day of the 2020 NFL Draft.
Ideal fits: New York Giants (36th overall), Carolina Panthers (38th overall), Chicago Bears (43rd overall)
Zack Baun, EDGE, Wisconsin (17th overall)
After a diluted drug test at the Combine, it was no secret that Baun was going to slide down draft boards. He’s still a talented edge rusher that’s going to provide a defense plenty of versatility as he’s able to drop into coverage or rush the passer. He seems like a perfect fit for team such as the Patriots in the first round but now that he’s made it into the second night of the draft, there’s going to be a wide open field of teams interest in him. Baun makes a lot of sense with a defense that runs an odd front for him to rush off the edge but the lack of length might concern some teams.
Ideal fits: Detroit Lions (35th overall), New England Patriots (37th overall), Pittsburgh Steelers (49th overall)
If your team is looking for an edge rusher, don’t be fooled by the size of this one. Despite only being 6’2, Zack Baun was one of the most productive & disruptive edge rushers last season. Here’s an in-depth film piece on the 1st round talent #OnWisconsin https://t.co/wnK0lUUfDu
— Russell Brown (@RussNFLDraft) March 21, 2020
Jonathan Taylor, RB, Wisconsin (21st overall)
Every year, the value of running backs is all over the place. Rightfully so, there’s plenty of risk in taking a running back in the first round. This year, it was the Kansas City Chiefs that took one with Clyde Edwards-Helaire from LSU. For me, Taylor is my top ranked running back in this draft and is my 21st overall player. There’s plenty of teams that could utilize him as a featured back in the second round with his terrific vision, burst and contact balance to be a premier back at the next level.
Ideal fits: Detroit Lions (35th overall), Miami Dolphins (39th overall), Tampa Bay (45th overall)
Yetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn State (23rd overall)
I’ll be honest, I’m surprised that Gross-Matos is still available. From the perspective of his upside and just overall ability right now, he’s a day one player. However, he’ll be available on the second night of the draft and there’s plenty of teams that will covet an edge rusher of his caliber. He’s still putting it all together but he can translate speed-to-power and has the length with plus-athletic ability that will make a difference off-the-edge. It wouldn’t be surprising to see a team move up to draft him.
Ideal fits: New York Giants (36th overall), Dallas Cowboys (51st overall), Minnesota Vikings (58th overall — possible trade up)
Jaylon Johnson, CB, Utah (25th overall)
There was certainly a chance that Jaylon Johnson would go in the first round. He didn’t end up going but he shouldn’t last long on the second day of the draft. He’s my 25th ranked player in this draft and would fit a team that needs an instinctive, press corner with the ball skills to match. Johnson had 11 pass deflections and two interceptions during the 2019 season. Keep in mind, he’s tough as nails too because he played through all of last season with a torn labrum.
Ideal fits: Chicago Bears (43rd overall), Dallas Cowboys (51st overall — possible trade up candidate)
Antoine Winfield Jr., SAF, Minnesota (26th overall)
In this draft class, Winfield Jr. is my top ranked safety and I really thought he’d be the first one off the board. Fortunately, he can still be the first safety off the board but it’s just unfortunate that it’ll have to be on day two. He’s got some of the best ball skills and tracking ability of any defensive back in this class. We all know who is father is and that he’s spent much of his life watching film and learning from him. There will be plenty of teams that can utilize Winfield Jr., as he can be utilized as a single-high safety but he’s best suited to have a dual safety responsibilities.
Ideal fits: New York Giants (36th overall), New England Patriots (37th overall), Miami Dolphins (39th overall)
One of the easier evaluations I've done this year has been Antoine Winfield Jr.
Dude just balls whenever he's on the field. Terrific ball skills and overall a good tackler. Example of him coming downhill and making the tackle. An easy top-50 grade & day 2 pick for any team. pic.twitter.com/NOPsV9cmLt
— Russell Brown (@RussNFLDraft) February 15, 2020
Grant Delpit, SAF, LSU (29th overall)
Going into this past year, Delpit was certainly the consensus top ranked safety. Playing through the season injured dropped his draft stock as his play declined. Regardless, there’s a chance he’s the first safety drafted in this years class. On day two of the draft, teams that are looking for an aggressive downhill player with great range will be coveted. He’s best suited to be a free safety but will need to become a more consistent tackler. If healthy, he should have an easy transition to the next level and will be one of the better picks from the second day of the NFL Draft.
Ideal fits: Cleveland Browns (41st overall), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (45th overall), Minnesota Vikings (58th overall or possible trade up candidate)
A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, Iowa (30th overall)
For most of the year, Epenesa was considered a top-15 pick for the 2020 NFL Draft. After a poor performance at the Scouting Combine and a one-dimensional pass rush, Epenesa has been pushed down to the second day of the draft. He’s got tremendous length and loves to long-arm or bullrush offensive lineman. Even though he’s fallen in the draft, he won’t last long. It wouldn’t be surprising if a team moved up to get him.
Ideal fits: Cincinnati Bengals (34th overall), Detroit Lions (35th overall), Dallas Cowboys (51st overall)
There's certainly parts in the game against Penn State where AJ Epenesa is a bit underwhelming. This is a great rep though where he generates some pressure. He shows some explosiveness, good pad level when crossing the face of the LT & hits a rip move on his inside rush. pic.twitter.com/XMXGZW2rTD
— Russell Brown (@RussNFLDraft) February 8, 2020