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2018 NFL draft results: Winners and losers from day 2

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We take a look at a few winners and losers from Day Two of the 2018 NFL Draft.

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After another day of excitement and intrigue, Day Two of the 2018 NFL Draft is in the books. While it may be jumping the gun to grade out winners and losers on prospects who have yet to hit the field, we can look at the teams who appear to have hit the mark filling their needs, and those who fell short losing the day. We continue our look into the winners and losers of Day Two.

Winners

Chicago Bears: On Day One, the Bears selected my draft crush in Georgia’s Roquan Smith. On Day Two, the Bears continued to draft players I was completely enamored with. With only two picks on Day Two (both in the second-round), the Bears drafted one of the top centers in Iowa’s James Daniels (No 39). A leader on the field with a high football IQ, Daniels displays smooth athleticism and quickness off the ball and adds a starter caliber player to an interior offensive line in need of bolstering. He also brings versatility with the capability of playing guard as well.

Looking to add a dynamic weapon for Mitch Trubisky, the Bears maneuvered back into the second-round trading their 2019 second-round pick and their 2018 fourth-round pick (No. 105) to the New England Patriots for their 2018 second-round pick (No. 51). The weapon of choice was Memphis’ wide receiver Anthony Miller. One of the better route runners in the draft with excellent separation skills, Miller adds an additional skill set to a Bears team who recently signed Allen Robinson and Taylor Gabriel to bolster the unit.

Pittsburgh Steelers: After reaching for S Terrell Edmunds in the first-round, the Steelers improved their standing with some offensive prowess on Day Two. With the recent trade of Martavis Bryant to the Oakland Raiders for their 2018 third-round pick, the Steelers focused on finding Bryant’s replacement in selecting Oklahoma State’s James Washington (No. 60). The former high school basketball and tennis star, as well as the Winner of the Biletnikoff Award (nation’s top receiver), lead all FBS players with 1,549 receiving yards and 119.2 receiving yards per game. Adding Washington to an already explosive receiving corps in Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster, makes the Steelers’ offense excitingly more impressive.

The Steelers were not done with Washington, the team moved up in the third-round acquiring pick No. 79 from the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for the Steelers’ third-round (No. 79) and seventh-round (No. 220) pick in order to draft Oklahoma State’s quarterback Mason Rudolph. Rudolph, considered by some as an early second-round selection, dropped before the Steelers swooped him to select him. Rudolph finds himself in an ideal position learning behind Ben Roethlisberger and surrounded by a talented offensive, not to mention the camaraderie he already shares with fellow Oklahoma State teammate James Washington.

The Steelers finished up the third-round selecting Western Michigan’s offensive tackle Chukuma Okorafor (No. 92). Okorafor has the size, length, and quick feet for the position that may one day (with the help of Mike Munchak) develop into a future starter. With the loss of Chris Hubbard, Okorafor brings needed depth at the position.

David Akers: In what was the highlight of the night, former Philadelphia Eagles’ David Akers had an epic roast with the Dallas Cowboys’ fans during what I’ve considered to be one of the finest draft pick announcements, since last year. Akers rant is clearly in response to former Dallas Cowboys Drew Pearson’s awesome draft pick announcement last year in Philadelphia. I’d have to give it to the Eagles though, because they trolled Dallas with a kicker. Watch the glorious moment below.

Losers

Cleveland Browns: After a solid Day One for the Browns walking away with Baker Mayfield and Denzel Ward, the team made some questionable decisions on Day Two. With the retirement of premier tackle Joe Thomas, some added protection for their star quarterback would seem paramount. The Browns possibly answered that question by drafting Nevada’s offensive lineman, Austin Colbert (No. 33). However, Colbert’s best fit is widely considered at guard at the next level, but the Browns look like they are giving him a go at tackle. Colbert brings the versatility to play all offensive linemen positions, but plugging him at tackle at the next level raises some questions. Nevertheless, as a big fan of Colbert, I am rooting for him.

The more questionable decision for me was the Browns drafting Georgia’s running back Nick Chubb (No. 35). Chubb is a super talented prospect and a tremendous inside runner, but the Browns recently signed Carlos Hyde to complement the explosive Duke Johnson. Chubb, Hyde, Johnson and last years’ rookie Matt Dayes is a solid room of talented backs, but I think with that early second-round pick they could have went in a different direction.

In the third-round (No. 67), the Browns came away with a solid defensive end in Miami’s Chad Thomas. A developmental prospect, Thomas brings explosion, power, quickness, athleticism, and size to a stout defensive line looking for some rotational assistance.

Maurice Hurst: The fall of Michigan’s defensive tackle Maurice Hurst is a sad reality of the life of football for some. In an instant, everything can be snatched away from you. A sure fire first-round prospect, Hurst may likely go undrafted due to medical concerns. At the NFL Combine, a heart condition was flagged during Hurst’s medical evaluation, which quickly scared away many teams with some completely removing him from their boards. Will someone take a flyer on Hurst on Day Three? I really hope so.

What about the San Francisco 49ers:

After drafting Jimmy Garoppolo’s protection in Notre Dame’s offensive tackle Mike McGlinchey on Day One, the 49ers gained some draft capital heading into the money rounds of Day Two. The 49ers quickly utilized said capital (from the recent Trent Brown trade to the New England Patriots) and maneuvered their way to pick No. 44 in the second-round to draft Washington’s wide receiver Dante Pettis. The explosive and quick footed Pettis brings smoothness to his game and is a natural pass catcher and fluid route runner; moreover, he brings tremendous value in the return game and the versatility to play inside and outside. I love the prospect, but was not a fan of giving up a third-round (albeit we received a fifth-round in return) for Pettis, especially when Colorado’s cornerback Isaiah Oliver was available. Nevertheless, I know Kyle Shanahan got his guy, with a cost.

Going into round three, the 49ers selected one of my favorite linebacker prospects (selected him in my recent mock draft) in BYU’s Fred Warner (No. 70). Warner brings the speed and violent tendencies Robert Saleh yearns for and is a nice added back-up plan to the Reuben Foster ordeal. Huge fan of this pick.

With the 49ers’ final third-round pick, the team selected Southern Miss’ safety Tarvarius Moore (No. 95). The explosive Moore brings excellent length, elite speed, and outstanding athleticism, but the key will be how he adapts to playing corner. He shows the skill set to make the move, and if he succeeds, give raises to the scouts.

In the end, I would put the 49ers under the Winners category, but towards the middle of the list due to the Pettis selection. Nevertheless, I get it. Shanahan wanted his guy and the 49ers made it happen. More importantly, the realization of the offensive guru behind the decision helped ease some concerns, because I am a big fan of Pettis. However, I admit, initial reaction raised the eyebrows, but I slowly walked back off the ledge knowing Shanahan wanted this pick.

Who are your Winners and Losers?