The first round often receives the majority of hype and attention, but it’s often Rounds 2 and 3 that can propel teams from playoff hopefuls to playoff contenders. Here are five players that should be potential steals on Day 2 of the draft, several of them that many thought would be selected in the first round.
Kevin King CB, Washington: In a year where one of the areas of strength has been defensive back, King’s ability may have been overshadowed by his brethren. Any other year he would have been off the board by now. Compared to Richard Sherman in terms of size and length, he can come in and compete immediately. He also provides a high degree of versatility that is highly coveted in today’s pass happy NFL. With a plethora of defensive back needy teams in Round 2, King should receive his new area code by tonight.
Dalvin Cook RB, FSU: Two of the top three backs went off the board in the first eight picks, leaving many to project Cook wouldn’t make it out of the first round. Round 1 came and went and Cook remains on the board. Arguably the most dynamic back in terms of size, speed, and athleticism, he has all the makings of a feature back. Off the field issues may have hurt his stock slightly, but as a team that picks high in the second round you have to be excited at the opportunity to select him. In an era where a back must be able to catch the ball just as importantly as run in between the tackles, Cook’s assets are at an all time high. Some food for thought, guys like Shady McCoy, Matt Forte, and Le’veon Bell were all selected in the Second round. We’ll leave it at that.
Cam Robinson OT, Alabama: Robinson is the cream of the crop when it comes to this years group of tackles. He is considered a “people-mover” with the ability to maul defensive lineman in the running game. He has the physical skill set you covet in a offensive tackle. His big flaw has been pass blocking, but a tackle of his caliber still on the board on Day 2 is baffling. You can never have too many guys to protect your franchise aka the quarterback.
Cooper Kupp WR, Eastern Washington: Three of the top wideouts went off the board within the first 10 picks. For those teams who are waiting to select a pass catcher in the later rounds, could find value in Kupp. He is the prototypical slot receiver, in an era where Wes Welker, Julian Edelman, Cole Beasley have revolutionized the position. Krupp’s skills are move valuable than ever, he has great ball skills and ability to get yards after the catch. He can be the ideal 1-2 punch to a team’s passing arsenal.
Chidobe Awuzie CB, Colorado: Any other year, Awuzie could have been a late first round pick. Due to the depth at that position, he slid into the second round. The former Buffalo has all the physical attributes necessary to become an NFL caliber cornerback. His long arms enable him to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage and play man-to-man coverage exceptionally well. Coming from a program where he saw both ends of the spectrum in terms of winning and losing seasons, he has one of the strongest upsides of any corner back in this class.