Let’s track what’s going on for Day 2 of the 2018 NFL Draft!
35. Cleveland Browns -- Nick Chubb (RB, Georgia)
Nick Chubb is the latest Georgia Bulldogs player to be drafted this season. Chubb had a marvelous career that was revitalized after a serious knee injury in his sophomore season. He’s the second Georgia back to go off the board, after his teammate Sony Michel was picked by the New England Patriots. This is a pretty good selection for Cleveland, although he enters a crowded backfield with both Carlos Hyde AND Duke Johnson in tow.
37. Indianapolis Colts — Braden Smith (OG, Auburn)
Braden Smith of the Auburn Tigers becomes the first Auburn player to be drafted in the 2018 draft. Smith heads to the Indianapolis Colts, where he’ll team up with newly drafted guard Quenton Nelson of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. It’s clear that the Colts are investing in their offensive line, and picking up a player of Smith’s caliber should no doubt help them going forward. He made 41 consecutive starts with the Auburn Tigers and earned All-American honors a season ago.
43. Detroit Lions — Kerryon Johnson (RB, Auburn)
The second consecutive Auburn Tigers player is off the board now in the 2nd round, as Kerryon Johnson goes to the Motor City. Johnson was selected by the Detroit Lions with the 43rd overall pick. Kerryon was the SEC’s Offensive Player of the Year in 2017, having had an outstanding year, with 1,391 yards and 18 touchdowns on the ground. Kerryon gives the Lions some solid running back depth and it’s possible that he could very well compete for the starting job.
46. Kansas City Chiefs — Breeland Speaks (DE, Ole Miss)
The Chiefs traded up for the All-SEC Second Teamer. Speaks recorded seven sacks in his senior season in Oxford, and had eight tackles for loss. He should fit nicely on a very good Chiefs defense.
47. Arizona Cardinals — Christian Kirk (WR, Texas A&M)
One of the SEC’s most consistent receivers over the past three seasons, Kirk will be returning to his native Arizona to play for Josh Rosen and the Cardinals. He had 919 yards and 10 touchdowns in the 2017 season, and also brings another element to the Cardinals’ punt return game.
55. Carolina Panthers — Donte Jackson (CB, LSU)
An LSU player is finally off the board! The Panthers grabbed Jackson, who impressed at the Combine and pro day with a 4.3 40-yard dash. Jackson ran track while at LSU and was part of the SEC champion 4X100 relay team.
56. New England Patriots — Duke Dawson (CB, Florida)
The Pats haven’t shied away from taking Florida Gators players before, and they’ve done so again in the 2018 Draft. This time, they’ve nabbed defensive back Duke Dawson. Dawson finished his career at UF with six interceptions, 81 total tackles, 6.5 TFL and three touchdowns. He also had 17 passes defended and two forced fumbles. He’s the first Gator to be picked in the 2nd round, and the second Gator in the entire Draft, joining Taven Bryan, who was picked by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
59. Washington — Derrius Guice (RB, LSU)
Washington picks up perhaps the steal of the entire NFL Draft so far in LSU Tigers star Derrius Guice. Guice had to wait a while for his name to be called, but he goes to what is a pretty good spot in D.C. Guice’s accomplishments are obviously well known to the rest of the SEC, so now NFL defenses will be tasked with trying to stop him. Good luck.
61. Jacksonville Jaguars — D.J. Chark (WR, LSU)
D.J. Chark will join former teammate Leonard Fournette down in Duval County. The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Chark with the 61st overall pick in the 2nd round. Chark amassed 1,351 career yards and six touchdowns, but it’s his prospects that tantalize teams. At 6-foot-4, 198 lbs., Chark figures to be a solid red zone target for Blake Bortles and fills a need for Jacksonville after the departures of Allen Robinson and Allen Hurns.
63. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Carlton Davis (CB, Auburn)
Tampa Bay took Auburn’s Carlton Davis with the 63rd overall pick. Davis had three good years with the Auburn Tigers, racking up 136 total tackles, 3.5 TFL and four interceptions. He also had 28 passes defended, including 10 in 2016 and 2017, too. Davis goes to a secondary that is being bolstered in this Draft as of now.
66. New York Giants — Lorenzo Carter (DE/OLB, Georgia)
The Giants are the latest team to take a player from the Southeastern Conference. That being Lorenzo Carter. The standout Georgia defensive lineman/outside linebacker had a terrific career in Athens. He had over 160 tackles, over 20 TFL and finished with 14.0 career sacks, including 4.5 in his senior season. Carter also had six fumble recoveries and forced fumbles, proving to have a knack of making big plays.
80. Houston Texans — Martinas Rankin (C, Mississippi State)
The Mississippi State Bulldogs got on the board for the first time all night with the 80th overall pick. The Houston Texans used that pick on Martinas Rankin, a stout center who performed well for the Bulldogs in his time in Starkville. The Texans’ SBN blog actually pined for Rankin to be drafted, so Battle Red got what they wanted!
85. Carolina Panthers — Rashaan Gaulden (S, Tennessee)
The Tennessee Volunteers finally got on the board five picks later. The Carolina Panthers spent the 85th pick on Rashaan Gaulden, the now former Volunteers safety. Gaulden had 137 total tackles in four years with the Vols, along with 9.5 TFL, 1.0 sack and one interception. He came away with nine career passes defended, one forced fumble and three recoveries. And... well, two flipped birds that one time.
87. Oakland Raiders — Arden Key (DE/OLB, LSU)
LSU got back on the board again with the selection of Arden Key. The Oakland Raiders chose Key with the 87th overall pick in the 2018 Draft’s 3rd round. Key will likely play opposite Khalil Mack and could prove to be a terror if he stays healthy. When he was, he was a force for LSU, and that kind of play on the edge could and should translate to the league.
88. Green Bay Packers — Oren Burks (OLB, Vanderbilt)
Vandy’s first selection of the 2018 NFL Draft was Oren Burks. Burks, an outside linebacker, will now play for the Green Bay Packers. The Packers selected Burks with the 88th overall selection in the 3rd round. Burks racked up 4.5 sacks in his career at Vandy, serving as an OLB and a safety for a time, as well. He totaled 228 tackles and 15.5 TFL with five picks, 21 passes defended, one forced fumble and two recoveries. He should be a great addition to a Packer defense that appears to be improving with Jaire Alexander and Josh Jackson both being drafted this year.
93. Jacksonville Jaguars — Ronnie Harrison (S, Alabama)
Jacksonville added to what is already one of the best secondaries in the league with the selection of Ronnie Harrison. The Alabama Crimson Tide got back on the board with the 93rd overall pick in the 3rd round, as Harrison will go from Tuscaloosa to Duuuuuvaaaaaal County. The Jags have three players from the SEC in this year’s draft class in Harrison, D.J. Chark and Taven Bryan.