Broncos’ trade-up for Lock highlights Day 2 of draft
The Denver Broncos made one of the biggest headlines of Round 2 of the 2019 NFL Draft on Friday in Nashville, Tenn., trading up to take Missouri quarterback Drew Lock with the 42nd overall pick.
The move came after a run on defensive backs (four) and offensive linemen (four) in the first nine picks of the second round. The last of those nine picks was also Denver’s selection, as the Broncos took Kansas State tackle/guard Dalton Risner 41st overall.
Denver then sent pick Nos. 52, 125 and 182 to the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for the 42nd pick, selecting Lock.
Considered the draft’s second- or third-best quarterback on most boards, Lock surprisingly went unselected in the first round on Thursday night, as Kyler Murray (No. 1), Daniel Jones (No. 6) and Dwayne Haskins (No. 15) came off the board. After watching Thursday’s action in the green room, Lock watched Friday from his agent’s nearby office in Nashville, celebrating with friends and family upon his selection.
“A king-size Pringles, that’s how big the chip on my shoulder is,” Lock told Denver reporters on a conference call after he was selected.
Lock had been connected to the Broncos during the draft process, with general manager John Elway rumored to be interested dating to the Senior Bowl in January, but Denver passed on him four times before taking him. The Broncos traded down from No. 10, then took Iowa tight end Noah Fant at No. 20 and Risner at No. 41 before the trade-up for Lock.
That wasn’t the only major move during Round 2 involving a quarterback, as the Arizona Cardinals dealt Josh Rosen to the Miami Dolphins.
After reports earlier in the day suggesting Miami could send the 48th overall pick to Arizona in return, the Dolphins traded down to No. 62 and then sent No. 62 to the Cardinals for Rosen and a 2020 fifth-round pick.
The move resolved an awkward situation, after the Cardinals took Murray first overall on Thursday, a year after trading up for Rosen at No. 10 overall.
Among other highlights of Round 2, the Jacksonville Jaguars traded up for Florida offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor at No. 35 overall. Taylor was widely considered a possible top-10 selection but slid out of Round 1.
Other offensive linemen quickly followed, with Mississippi’s Greg Little (37th to Carolina), Oklahoma’s Cody Ford (38th to Buffalo in a trade-up), Risner and Mississippi State center Elgton Jenkins (44th to Green Bay).
The first part of the second round also included a wealth of cornerbacks. After only one (Deandre Baker to the New York Giants) went on Thursday night, six came off the board in the first 14 picks of Round 2. The last of those was LSU’s Greedy Williams, who many considered the draft’s top cornerback before sliding to No. 46 overall, where the Cleveland Browns traded up to nab him.
Late in Round 2, the Kansas City Chiefs drew some attention by trading up to nab speedy Georgia wideout Mecole Hardman, who ran a 4.33-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. The choice was interesting given Hardman’s similarities to Tyreek Hill, who was suspended indefinitely by the Chiefs on Thursday after a new development in his pending legal situation.
Round 2 finished with one of the draft’s biggest slides coming to an end, as the Seattle Seahawks traded up to grab Ole Miss wide receiver D.K. Metcalf. A combine star who ran a 4.33-second 40-yard dash at 6-foot-3, 228 pounds, Metcalf was considered a contender to be the first wide receiver off the board but wound up as the ninth to go.
Among the Round 3 highlights:
-The New York Jets grabbed Florida defensive end Jachai Polite at No. 68 overall. Polite was once considered a likely first-round pick as one of the draft’s top pass-rushers before performing poorly at the combine and drawing negative reviews in interviews with teams.
-At No. 76, the Washington Redskins went with Ohio State wideout Terry McLaurin, reuniting him with his college quarterback, Dwayne Haskins.
-The New York Giants made defensive end Oshane Ximines the first-ever draft pick from Old Dominion, trading up to grab him 95th overall.
-After a drought of 58 picks without a signal-caller, the Carolina Panthers took the fifth quarterback of the draft, West Virginia’s Will Grier, at No. 100. Grier threw for 3,864 yards, 37 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 11 games last season.
–The New England Patriots sent a draft pick — No. 101 overall — to the Los Angeles Rams as part of one trade before getting the same pick back from the Rams in a later trade. The Patriots ultimately took West Virginia offensive tackle Yodny Cajuste in that slot.
Every pick from Rounds 2-3:
33. Arizona Cardinals: CB Byron Murphy, Washington
34. Indianapolis Colts (from New York Jets): CB Rock Ya-Sin, Temple
35. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Oakland): OT Jawaan Taylor, Florida
36. San Francisco 49ers: WR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina
37. Carolina Panthers (from New York Giants via Seattle): OT Greg Little, Ole Miss
38. Buffalo Bills (from Jacksonville via Oakland): OT/G Cody Ford, Oklahoma
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: CB Sean Bunting, Central Michigan
40. Oakland Raiders (from Buffalo): CB Trayvon Mullen, Clemson
41. Denver Broncos: OT/G Dalton Risner, Kansas State
42. Denver Broncos (from Cincinnati): QB Drew Lock, Missouri
43. Detroit Lions: LB Jahlani Tavai, Hawaii
44. Green Bay Packers: C Elgton Jenkins, Mississippi State
45. New England Patriots (from Atlanta via Los Angeles Rams): CB Joejuan Williams, Vanderbilt
46. Cleveland Browns (from Washington via Indianapolis): CB Greedy Williams, LSU
47. Seattle Seahawks (from Carolina): S Marquise Blair, Utah
48. New Orleans Saints (from Miami): C Erik McCoy, Texas A&M
49. Indianapolis Colts (from Cleveland): LB Ben Banogu, TCU
50. Minnesota Vikings: TE Irv Smith Jr., Alabama
51. Tennessee Titans: WR A.J. Brown, Ole Miss
52. Cincinnati (from Pittsburgh via Denver): TE Drew Sample, Washington
53. Philadelphia Eagles (from Baltimore): RB Miles Sanders, Penn State
54. Houston Texans (from Seattle): CB Lonnie Johnson, Kentucky
55. Houston Texans: OT Max Scharping, Northern Illinois
56. Kansas City Chiefs (from Chicago via New England and Los Angeles Rams): WR Mecole Hardman, Georgia
57. Philadelphia Eagles: WR J.J. Arcega-Whiteside, Stanford
58. Dallas Cowboys: DT Trysten Hill, Central Florida
59. Indianapolis Colts: WR Parris Campbell, Ohio State
60. Los Angeles Chargers: S Nasir Adderley, Delaware
61. Los Angeles Rams (from Kansas City): S Taylor Rapp, Washington
62. Arizona Cardinals (from New Orleans via Miami): WR Andy Isabella, Massachusetts
63. Kansas City Chiefs (from Los Angeles Rams): S Juan Thornhill, Virginia
64. Seattle Seahawks (from New England): WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss
65. Arizona Cardinals: DE Zach Allen, Boston College
66. Pittsburgh Steelers (from Oakland): Diontae Johnson, Toledo
67. San Francisco 49ers: WR Jalen Hurd, Baylor
68. New York Jets: DE/OLB Jachai Polite, Florida
69. Jacksonville Jaguars: TE Josh Oliver, San Jose State
70. Los Angeles Rams (from Tampa Bay): RB Darrell Henderson, Memphis
71. Denver Broncos: DT Dre’Mont Jones, Ohio State
72. Cincinnati Bengals: LB Germaine Pratt, NC State
73. Chicago Bears (from Detroit, via New England): RB David Montgomery, Iowa State
74. Buffalo Bills: RB Devin Singletary, Florida Atlantic
75. Green Bay Packers: TE Jace Sternberger, Texas A&M
76. Washington Redskins: WR Terry McLaurin, Ohio State
77. New England Patriots (from Carolina, via Seattle): DE Chase Winovich, Michigan
78. Miami Dolphins: G Michael Dieter, Wisconsin
79. Los Angeles Rams (from Atlanta): CB David Long, Michigan
80. Cleveland Browns: LB Sione Takitaki, BYU
81. Detroit Lions (from Minnesota): S Will Harris, Boston College
82. Tennessee Titans: G Nate Davis, North Carolina-Charlotte
83. Pittsburgh Steelers: CB Justin Layne, Michigan State
84. Kansas City Chiefs (from Seattle): DT Khalen Saunders, Western Illinois
85. Baltimore Ravens: DE Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech
86. Houston Texans: TE Kahale Warring, San Diego State
87. New England Patriots (from Chicago): RB Damien Harris, Alabama
88. Seattle Seahawks (from Philadelphia via Detroit and Minnesota): LB Cody Barton, Utah
89. Indianapolis Colts: LB Bobby Okereke, Stanford
90. Dallas Cowboys: G Connor McGovern, Penn State
91. Los Angeles Chargers: OT Trey Pipkens, Sioux Falls
92. New York Jets (from Kansas City via Seattle and Minnesota): OT Chuma Edoga, USC
93. Baltimore Ravens (from New Orleans via New York Jets and Minnesota): WR Miles Boykin, Notre Dame
94. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Los Angeles Rams): CB Jamel Dean, Auburn
95. New York Giants (from New England via Cleveland): DE Oshane Ximenes, Old Dominion
96. Buffalo Bills (from Washington): TE Dawson Knox, Ole Miss
97. Los Angeles Rams (from New England): OT Bobby Evans, Oklahoma
98. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Los Angeles Rams): S Quincy Williams, Murray State
99. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Los Angeles Rams): S Mike Edwards, Kentucky
100. Carolina Panthers: QB Will Grier, West Virginia
101. New England Patriots (from New England via Los Angeles Rams): OT Yodny Cajuste, West Virginia
102. Minnesota Vikings (from Baltimore): RB Alexander Mattison, Boise State
–Field Level Media