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2015 NFL Draft: Day 2 Winners & Losers

A look at teams that appeared to hit the mark in the second and third rounds and those who did not.

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

It's always tough to grade winners and losers before prospects hit the field but some teams appear to fill their needs better than others. Last night's second and third rounds was filled with quality starting talent.

Here are some teams I think did well and some of those that did not.


Baltimore: TE Maxx Williams, Minnesota and DL Carl Davis, Iowa

The Ravens moved up in the second to take Williams, the consensus number one tight end of the draft. He'll replace Dennis Pitta and could emerge as Joe Flacco's favorite target. Davis was considered at worst a second round pick and will help replace Haloti Ngata in an already strong defensive line.

Jacksonville: RB T.J. Yeldon, Alabama and G/C A.J. Cann, South Carolina

The Jags appear to be putting together a second strong draft in a row. Yeldon could push Dennard Robinson to a complimentary role and become the starting back week one. Cann was a top guard to some and will compete for and probably win a starting job right away.

San Francisco: S Jaquiski Tartt, Samford and Edge Rusher Eli Harold, Virginia

The Niners have let the draft come to them and as such walked away with some pretty good value yesterday. Tartt is a big hitting prospect that projects more as an in the box safety.

Most were surprised when Harold fell into the third round. The Niners again pounced on the value for a prospect that might not see too much action right out of the gate. Harold's in need of some coaching to refine his technique but his size, length, and athleticism make him an intriguing pass rushing prospect, a top 30 prospect to some.

Tampa Bay: T Donovan Smith, Penn State and G/C Ali Marpet, Hobart

The Bucs had to find protection for number one overall pick Jameis Winston. They made that clear by drafting two of the top offensive linemen in this class. Smith is a massive tackle that should start on the right side right away.

Marpet turned some heads at the Senior Bowl back in January proving he could hang with the big boys. The athletic guard should also start right away.


Carolina: WR Devin Funchess, Michigan

There were a few other spots the Panthers were expected to fill in round two including offensive line and edge rusher. Instead, they drafted Funchess, another big lumbering WR (like Kelvin Benjamin last year).

That's not to say Funchess won't turn out as a nice player, but the Panthers now have two nearly identical receivers and no one to really stretch the field. As 9ers fans, we know how that can really hurt a team.

Buffalo: CB Ronald Darby, Florida State and G John Miller, Louisville

The Bills have two really good starters in Stephon Gilmore and Leodis McKelvin so picking another corner is a bid odd. Sure most teams are operating in nickel formations more than 50% of the time but the Bills had other, more pressing areas of need. Miller is a developmental guy that could have been had a round or two later.

Pittsburgh: CB Senquez Golson, Ole Miss and WR Sammie Coates, Auburn

I think Golson could be a nice corner but didn't like that the Steelers picked him this early. He was probably more of a third or fourth round corner but hey, they got their guy.

Coates was a strange pick given the Steelers depth chart. He'll be buried behind Antonio Brown, Martavis Bryant, and Markus Wheaton.

New England: S Jordan Richards, Stanford and DE Geneo Grissom, Oklahoma

The Pats always seem to have strange picks and this year has been no different. Both of their selections will be considered reaches. They also didn't address a major need at corner.

I'll be back Monday with grades for each team.