SportsPulse: NFL Draft expert Stephen Ruiz breaks down the pros and cons of QB Kyle Trask and his potential in the NFL.


Round 1 of the NFL project won most of the attention of fans and the media, but the moves that general managers and coaches make on Day 2 can be just as integral to the condition of the teams.

On Friday, offensive commanders and corner links were in high demand, and there were even mini-quarterback runs, with three call signals taken in four picks. After the first three rounds, several teams and players stood out as clear beneficiaries of the action of the evening, while several others remained in questionable places.

Here are the biggest winners and losers of Day 2 of the 2021 NFL Project:


New England Patriots: Bill Belichik’s recent record on Day 2 was at its best, but it was the kind that the coach had to speed up his team’s return to form. Supporting Nick Saban’s pipeline after taking Alabama quarterback Mac Jones at number 15, the Patriots used their second-round selection for another Crimson Tide product in defense of Christian Barmore, a first-round talent and perhaps best player. available entry on Friday. New England further strengthened their gap by adding Ronnie Perkins of Oklahoma to the end of the third round.

Both players require more ease and consistency in their approach, but Belichick seems to be just the person to help them realize their potential. The moves were an important step in recharging the defense.

Zack Wilson: It is obvious that the CEO of the New York Jets Joe Douglas has learned from his mistakes with Sam Darnold, as he is now investing heavily in providing the quarterback of BYU and number 2, who offers enough support. After his move to trade for USC offensive guard Alijah Vera-Tucker in Round 1, Douglas used the lonely remaining piece of his arsenal on Friday to supply Wilson with an insidious and secure goal in Ole Miss, a broad successor to Elijah Moore. The condition of the secondary may allow Wilson to play catch-up often as a rookie, but the offensive figures are starting to come together well.

Los Angeles chargers: Premier players in the right positions have now twice found themselves in the lap of GM Tom Telesco in this project. One day after solving their long-standing left-wrestling problem by securing the Rashawn Slater in the Northwest, the Bolts solidified their secondary position with Florida cornerback Assante Samuel Jr. at number 47. In addition to his size, Samuel has almost everything else to be. long-term starter to the next level. Georgia’s Georgia end Tre ‘McKitty, however, reached the third round.

Rondal Moore: At only 5-7 and 181 pounds, Moore faced a vague prospect as he waited to see if the organization that chose him would be open enough to use him in a way befitting his talent. Purdue’s wide successor – Arizona Cardinals’ 49th pick – came in perhaps the best place, as coach Kliff Kingsbury proved willing to ignore the amount of talent that broke the game. Moore certainly complies with this bill, and Kyler Murray must be able to find ways to get the ball into space, which will allow his explosiveness to warm up.

Dave Getlman: It’s never too late to change your mind, as the typically tough 70-year-old CEO of the New York Giants is already trading twice in the project. His Saturday shot was particularly impressive, as second-round striker Aziez Ojulari of Georgia and third-round cornerback Aaron Robinson must be able to strengthen the defense in both the short and long term.

Cleveland Browns: No one would have looked in the eye if Browns had used his first round of Notre Dame backer Jeremiah Owusu-Karamoa. Instead, Cleveland added Greg Newsum II’s Northwest Corner and returned for the multi-talented defender in the middle of the second round. The explosiveness and scope of Ovusu-Karamoa must be used well in the scheme of defense coordinator Joe Woods. Anthony Schwartz’s wide third-round receiver is unpolished, but he has solid claims as the fastest player in this year’s version.

Patrick Mohames: Kansas City bosses have no plans to allow their stellar quarterback to be harassed again after offensive line injuries helped the Tampa Bay Bookers miss to beat him in the Super Bowl 55. After his offensive trading, Orlando Brown Jr. added former Oklahoma center scorer Creed Humphrey. The decision was met with immediate approval by the caller himself.

Kyle Trask: The Florida quarterback may face a tough battle to establish himself as a reliable starter in the NFL, but he finds himself in a promising place for his development after the Tampa Bay Bookers made him the final pick of the second round. Tom Brady and Bruce Arians are ideal teachers for the young passerby and Trask will not be under pressure to take action for a while.

Miami Dolphins: After the Denver Broncos skipped their side to select North Carolina, avoiding Yavonte Williams at the start of the second round, CEO Chris Greer warned on Friday that he would not take action. This patience paid off as the safety supplements for Day 2 by Jevon Holland and the tight end of Hunter Long added to the impressive weight that began with wide-legged first-round receiver Jalan Waddle and pitcher Jalan Phillips. Running backwards will help complete the class, but Miami is in good shape.

Sam Darnold: One day, after Carolina Panthers chose not to attract the best passer to push Darnold, the team exercised the fifth year of the quarterback option. This was just the beginning of the good news of the day for the caller, as the front office spurred him on with its Day 2 LSU wide receiver Terrace Marshall Jr. (who already has experience in the system for offensive coordinator Joe Brady), offensive decisions of BYU Brady Christensen and Notre Dame tighten around Tommy Trembull. Not bad for a player who seemed to have a hard time finding a starting spot before the Panthers pounced on him in trading.

Trey’s Sermon: The state of Ohio and the transfer to Oklahoma ended his career in college on the rise with a late jump, and his professional prospects are particularly promising after he landed in the San Francisco 49ers in the third round. Kyle Shanahan’s scheme should be perfect for Sermon, and the 6-0, 215-pound back should form a fun pair with quarterback Trey Lance, who can also walk through the defenses with his feet.

Aaron Rodgers: The moves may not calm the disgruntled quarterback, but the Green Bay Packers at least did something to help him. The team turned to their hole in the center, taking Josh Myers of Ohio in the second round before finally taking a wide successor to Amari Rodgers of Clemson in the third.


Dallas Cowboys: Jerry Jones and set themselves the task of loading the defense with the kind of playmakers that the new coordinator Dan Quinn will like. The return of four Day 2 picks, however, was largely uninspiring. Kentucky Cutwin Joseph may have become the ball that this secondary specialist has long lacked, but his inexperience and underdeveloped sense of position make him a risky option for a significant role early in his career. Neither UCLA’s Osa Odighizuwa nor Iowa’s Chauncey Golston do much to move the needle along the defensive line, and Oregon cornerback Nahshon Wright is a huge project.

Carson Wentz: Apparently the Indianapolis Colts are not so concerned about outsiders for their hole in the left. GM Chris Ballard left double on his defensive front to take Vanderbilt DE Dayo Odeyingbo after grabbing Michigan DE Kwity Paye on Day 1. A new move may be forthcoming, but that should raise serious concerns for the quarterback, who took 50 sacks in the league. with 50 2020, although he only played in 12 games.

Naji Harris: It certainly seemed that the Pittsburgh Steelers’ focus would turn to their patchwork front after the team used its best selection on Thursday in Alabama, running backwards. Instead, however, the organization selected Penn State’s Penn Fryermouth in Round 2. The Steelers finally turned their attention to the line in the third round with Illinois center / keeper Kendrick Green, but the addition feels a little overwhelming. Given Ben Rotlisberger’s dwindling ability and lineup prospects, Harris could go through a rough time as a rookie.

Seattle Seahawks: So much to give Russell Wilson his much-coveted offensive help. Seattle had other plans with their first selection, grabbing broad-based Western Michigan successor D’Wayne Eskridge in the second round. The 5-9, 190 pound target has an easy speed, but it is now a 24 and more open field threat than a full receiver.

Los Angeles Rams: Can a 155-pound receiver navigate the NFL successfully? We are yet to find out the answer when Louisville’s broad successor Tutu Atwell replaces Sean McVeigh. Given the abundance of Rams’ ability to catch gaps with Robert Woods, Cooper Coop, Van Jefferson and DeSane Jackson, this selection felt like a luxury for a team that had to deal with other issues.

Jared Goff: As the Detroit Lions patiently approach their recovery from Matthew Stafford, they don’t do much to give Goff weapons in the passing game. GM Brad Holmes did not choose a successor in the first three rounds, leaving the team with commanders Breshad Perriman and Tyrell Williams as leading options. It will be heavy equipment, but even with D’Andre Swift’s second-year contribution to the passing game, the configuration may be unbearable for Goff.

Melvin Gordon: The returning Broncos expressed his displeasure earlier this season, saying he felt “neglected”. With Denver using Williams’ early selection, it looks like Gordon will face at least one more time in the back. Given that he is entering a contract year, he will have to make the most of the opportunities that happen to him.

Davis Mills: By the time Trask enters the NFL in a perhaps ideal situation, Mills is already at the center of a mess with the Houston Texans. The Stanford caller may not be ready for a major role early in his career after making just 11 starts in college, but Houston really can’t indulge in some kind of uncertainty about Deschaun Watson’s future. Even if the star quarterback and the franchise make a clear breakthrough, this hardly seems like a suitable atmosphere for a young caller to develop properly.

Follow Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz on Twitter @MikeMSchwartz.

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