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    Round 2, No. 35 overall: #Jaguars select @GatorsFB 's Jawaan Taylor! #NFLDraft
    The Raiders traded the 35th pick to the Jaguars, who selected OT Jawaan Taylor.
    Jim McBride's take: Played both right and left tackle for the Gators and was often dominant in both spots. He's a technically sound player with the lateral quickness to mirror pass rushers and the strength to shoo them away. Will have to watch his weight (he was once as high as 385) at the pro level.
    Quick bio: Taylor was one of the "biggest" names in the recruiting process when he signed with the Gators out of Florida’s Cocoa High School, earning top marks from talent scouts despite weighing nearly 400 pounds. The Gators wanted him but reportedly told Taylor that they would not sign him unless he dropped some weight. He did so, officially weighing in at 347 pounds when he accepted their offer. That was a good decision for all involved, as Taylor has since emerged as one of the most dominant blockers in the country, with a real shot at being the first offensive lineman selected in the 2019 draft. Taylor lived up to his hype as a top recruit, earning playing time at right tackle in all 13 games of his true freshman, starting 12 times. He was recognized as a Freshman All-American by multiple outlets. Taylor did not earn postseason honors over the next two years as the Gators’ starting right tackle, but don’t expect that to dissuade teams from investing a high pick in him. — First Level Media
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/26/2019 11:22:36 PM
    Jaguars take OT Jawaan Taylor 35th overall. I had them taking him 7th in the first round. Counting that as half a hit
    WR Deboo Samuel goes 36th overall to the 49ers.
    Jim McBride's take: Explosive player who can string together multiple moves after the catch and leave defenders grasping (and gasping) for air. Figures to be a slot machine at NFL level. Has the speed and smarts to be a valuable special teamer. Was hurt a lot in college.
    Quick bio: Samuel’s biggest problem in college had been staying healthy. He redshirted in 2014, missed seven games as a redshirt freshman in 2015 because of a hamstring injury and three games in 2016 due to the same issue. He was off to a blazing start as a junior, returning a kickoff for a touchdown in each of the first two games, before his season ended in the third game because of a broken leg. Health and production finally came together for Samuel as a fifth-year senior, when he caught 62 passes for 882 yards and 11 touchdowns, playing in every regular-season game before deciding to sit out the Belk Bowl. That pushed his career total to 148 receptions for 2,076 yards and 16 touchdowns, and he added six scores via the running game and four on kick returns, including a 90-yarder to open last season’s game against Mississippi. He put the cherry on top with a strong performance during the week of Senior Bowl practices, solidifying his status as one of the top wideout prospects in the class. — First Level Media
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/26/2019 11:27:22 PM
    Stanning the Jaguars and Bills' offseasons is a bit of an odd feeling.
    Carolina trades up to Seattle’s spot at No. 37.
    The Panthers traded up with Seattle to draft OT Greg Little 37th overall.
    Jim McBride's take: A physical specimen with a great hand punch and an aggressive style. Little, who slides effortlessly, played in all 36 games during his college career and was All-SEC this past season. He has quick feet, but his weight (he's been up to 340) will also need watching.
    Quick bio: Little was one of the featured prospects on an Allen (Texas) High School team that went 46-1 over his career as a starter, helping him earn consensus five-star grades (and top five overall) by recruiting experts. Little wasted little time in living up to his hype, playing in all 12 games (and starting five) to earn Freshman All-American honors at left tackle in 2016. He graduated to Second Team All-SEC accolades by starting all 12 games on the blind side as a sophomore before getting first-team (and some All-American) love as a junior before announcing his plans to enter the 2019 NFL Draft. Former Ole Miss standout wide receivers D.K. Metcalf and A.J. Brown may wind up hearing their names called earlier than Little in the 2019 NFL draft, but Little is a solid top 50 prospect. — First Level Media
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/26/2019 11:31:40 PM
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    Seattle gets no. 47 in round 2 and no. 77 in round 3.
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/26/2019 11:34:39 PM
    #Raiders GM Mike Mayock trades again. This time, he goes from 38 to 40 in exchange for No. 158
    Buffalo traded up two spots to Oakland at No. 38.

    Couldn’t be more thankful for the opportunity @Patriots . Let’s get to work!🔥

    Three trades in first six picks of second round. Teams know what they want and are coming up to get it.
    The Bills take G Cody Ford 38th overall.
    Jim McBride's take: Played tackle and guard — and excelled at both — but projects inside as a pro. Has ideal blend of size, strength, and surliness. Has missed time with several injuries (including a broken leg) during his career, so durability is a question.
    Quick bio: It isn’t often that the Sooners are able to lure players out of the SEC territory but little about this Louisiana native runs traditional, including his remarkable balance and athleticism for a man of his size. Ford redshirted his first season in Norman before winning the starting left guard role in 2016. He broke his leg three games into the year, however, and was unable to wrestle the starting role from Ben Powers a year later, only getting back into the starting mix for four games when Powers was injured. Ford enjoyed his most impressive season in 2018, sliding outside to right tackle, where his unusual combination of length, light feet and physicality earned him first-team All-Big 12 honors. — First Level Media
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/26/2019 11:36:37 PM
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    The Bucs use the 39th pick on CB Sean Bunting.
    Quick bio: Despite playing his prep ball in the football-loving state of Michigan, Bunting fell through the recruiting tracks, only earning a scholarship from CMU after showing up on campus to talk to coaches in person and forgoing offers from programs at lower divisions.
    He started off at safety and even saw some time at wide receiver during an initial redshirt season before committing to cornerback. He started just one game there a year later but showed an intriguing knack for finding the ball, breaking up five passes and intercepting two others. A year later, he caught the attention of MAC opponents, snatching five interceptions over his final four games and paving the way for his real breakout in 2018. Bunting was named the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year with 37 tackles, five passes broken up, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and a blocked kick before opting to forgo his final year of eligibility following Central Michigan firing head coach John Bonamego.
    Proving one of the pleasant surprises of the 2019 Combine, the one-time walk-on impressed in drills (4.42 40-yard dash, 41.5" vertical jump, 126" broad jump), staking his claim as a potential top 100 candidate. — First Level Media
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/26/2019 11:42:29 PM
    CB Trayvon Mullen goes 40th overall to the Raiders.
    Quick bio: For all of the hype that Clemson’s dominant defensive line earned throughout the Tigers’ run to their second national title in the past three years, it was Mullen who took home Defensive MVP honors. He collected six tackles, an interception and a forced fumble in the title game before announcing his intent to forgo his senior season and head directly to the NFL. It isn’t a surprising ascent for Mullen, who signed with Dabo Swinney and the Tigers as one of the most highly touted preps in the entire country and a consensus four-star recruit from the talent-rich state of Florida. He saw action as a true freshman, recording 17 tackles and one pass broken up before winning the starting job as a sophomore. Mullen quickly emerged as one of the better cornerbacks in the ACC in his second year on campus, earning third-team all-conference honors with 40 stops, three pass break-ups and three interceptions. He improved to second-team All-American in 2018 in a vote by the American Football Coaches Association with 36 tackles (including four for loss and two sacks), as well as three passes broken up and the interception of Tua Tagovailoa in the title game. — First Level Media
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/26/2019 11:47:45 PM
    Round 2, No. 40 overall: #Raiders select @ClemsonFB 's Trayvon Mullen! #NFLDraft
    4 CBs and 3 OL go in the first 8 picks tonight
    Round 2, No. 41 overall: #Broncos select @KStateFB 's Dalton Risner! #NFLDraft
    The Broncos used the 41st overall pick to OL Dalton Risner.
    Quick bio: NFL offensive line coaches look for blockers with a blue-collar work ethic. Few in this draft class match that description better than Risner, who grew up on a cattle ranch, bailing hay, cutting his hands laying barbed wire and becoming the first player from his high school (Wiggins) to play at the Division I level. Concerned that college recruiters would not find him at Wiggins (which had a population of 887 as of 2017), Risner took matters into his own hands, traveling to football camps all over the country - and not just as a high school senior. Risner reportedly began touring camps and emailing college coaches while he was still in the eighth grade. Coaches don’t get much more old-school than Bill Snyder, who offered Risner a scholarship and watched him develop into one of the best blockers in the country. Better yet, Risner developed a social conscious over his career, creating a powerful social media presence through his charitable RiseUp organization, dedicated to helping disadvantaged youth. — First Level Media
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/26/2019 11:53:09 PM
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/26/2019 11:53:41 PM
    After picking Dalton Risner at No. 41, Denver trading back up to 42.
    Broncos on the clock with back to back picks. Gotta take Lock here, right?
    Denver In QB market....
    The Broncos take QB Drew Lock 42nd overall.
    Jim McBride's take: Maybe the biggest arm in this class. He can zip the piggy all over the yard. An underrated athlete who uses quick feet to sidestep the rush and buy extra time in the pocket. A bright red flag is that he's never been asked to line up under center.
    Quick bio: A four-star recruit out of Lee’s Summit, Mo., Lock chose Missouri over several top-tier programs and started eight of 12 games as a freshman, throwing for 1,332 yards (49.0 percent completion), four TDs and eight INTs before becoming a full-time starter as a sophomore. From 2016-17, he totaled 7,363 yards (56.2 percent), 67 TDs and 23 INTs, considering leaving for the 2017 draft. He returned for his senior season in 2018, passing for 3,498 yards (62.9 percent), 28 TDs and eight INTs. — First Level Media
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/26/2019 11:57:43 PM
    Denver trades up to draft Missouri QB Drew Lock.
    I'm sure Broncos fans love seeing that Drew Lock's comparison is Jay Cutler
    The #Patriots and #Browns are among the teams having discussions about trading up...
    Matt Patricia and the Lions pick LB Jahlani Tavai 43rd overall. 
    Quick bio: For scouts to pay much attention to programs with a limited track of producing draft-worthy talent, players have to dominate. That is precisely what Tavai did over four seasons at Hawaii, leaving the program ranked second all-time in tackles despite missing the final six games of the 2018 season due to a shoulder injury which required surgery.
    Tavai’s ability to recover in time to work out for scouts could be the biggest hurdle to his being drafted, but he was able to participate at Hawaii’s pro day at UCLA in late March. He has been a proven difference-maker for the Warriors since stepping onto the field, starting 11 of 13 games as a true freshman and every game he was healthy since, leaving with 390 career stops, including 41 for loss and 16.5 sacks. — First Level Media
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2019 12:02:05 AM
    C Elgton Jenkins goes 44th overall to the Packers.
    Quick bio: The Mississippi native opted to stick in state with the Bulldogs. After spending his first season on campus getting bigger and stronger, he showed off his versatility, starting two games at left tackle and another at right tackle while playing in 11 games. He found himself playing a similar swingman role in 2016, playing in all 12 games as a redshirt sophomore with three starts on the blind side and two more inside at left guard.
    Jenkins’ NFL stock took off as a junior when he slid inside further to center, where he earned the starting nod in 25 of the Bulldogs’ next 26 games before accepting an invitation (as a center) to the Senior Bowl. Ironically, some believe his NFL future is at right guard, the only position he didn’t start for Mississippi State.
    Wherever he winds up along the o-line, Jenkins’ versatility given the roster restraints of today’s NFL could lead to his name being called among the first two rounds of the 2019 NFL Draft. — First Level Media
    Rachel G Bowers, Producer 4/27/2019 12:05:12 AM
    Patriots on the clock! Picking at No. 45 after trading with LA.
    #Patriots have traded with the #Rams and have the No. 45 pick.
    Everyone here booing that the Patriots are on the clock. So funny.
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