The second and third rounds of the NFL Draft are over, which means it's time to grade every Day 2 selection and take a look at the winners and losers. Below, we have every pick in the second and third rounds in order of selection. If you're looking for first round grades as well, click here.
As for the grading, teams don't get a B just for showing up. A "B" is a good pick, while an "A" is a great pick. A "C" is not bad in my eyes, it's simply average. I'm a little harsher than some graders, with emphasis on value over filling need. However, the grading becomes more generous as the draft goes on, as there's more value to be had and reaches aren't as severe. Obviously there is a lot of opinion here, so hit me up on Twitter if you disagree.
Second Round Grades:
32. Cleveland Browns: Emmanuel Ogbah, DE/OLB, Oklahoma State
This is the proper range for Ogbah, who could be a great pass rusher. He's best in a 3-4 scheme, which the Browns could be switching to. This is a solid but not amazing pick.
33. Tennessee Titans: Kevin Dodd, DE/OLB, Clemson
This is just like the Ogbah selection. It's the right range for Dodd, who could have been a first round pick. However, I'm a little unsure of his fit in a 3-4, but he should carve out a role.
34. Dallas Cowboys: Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame
Honestly, I'm unsure what to make of this. His knee is a major concern and some teams had totally pulled them off their board. However, if ANY team knows the shape of Smith's knee, it's the Cowboys. Their doctor performed the surgery and Smith would have been the best player in the draft if healthy. There's risk, but this could be the best pick in the Draft in a few years.
35. San Diego Chargers: Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas
This isn't really a reach for Henry, but I'm not high on him. He does fill a major need and the Chargers will use him to replace Antonio Gates. But it's a terrible year for TEs and Henry is more of a mid-to-late second round pick than an early second.
36. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Ravens): Myles Jack, LB, UCLA
Oh Jacksonville, you're on fire this year. They've landed two of the best defensive players in the draft in Ramsey and Jack. The Jags moved up to land Jack, but didn't give up much and it's totally worth it. Jack has a scary knee issue, but this is more than worth the risk. I love this pick.
37. Kansas City Chiefs (via 49ers): Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State
This is a strong pick by the Chiefs, as Jones could have been a first round pick. The Chiefs could lose a starting DL next year, and Jones can help replace that player (Dontari Poe?). The Chiefs get a grade boost for trading down and getting an extra third in last night's deal.
38. Miami Dolphins (via Ravens from Jaguars): Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor
This would have been a better pick if the Dolphins didn't trade up to make it. It's not a bad pick, as Howard was going to be a second rounder, but moving up hurts the grade.
39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Noah Spence, DE, Eastern Kentucky
Spence is the last of the borderline first rounder pass rushers on the board, and the Bucs have to glad they landed him. His talent is there, but there are off-the-field issues. But at this point in round two, it's totally worth the risk.
40. New York Giants: Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma
This is might be a bit early for Shepard, but the kid can play. He'll be a great fit in New York and will help the Giants at WR. They have nothing reliable outside of Odell Beckham.
The Bills could have taken Ragland and gotten a solid grade. They moved up to take him, but it was absolutely worth it to take Ragland. The Bills needed ILB help and now they have it Ragland.
42. Baltimore Ravens (via Dolphins): Kamalei Correa, OLB, Boise State
This is a tinge high for Correa, but not by much. It fills a need and the Ravens get a boost for trading down not once, but twice. It's nothing to get crazy hyped about, but it's good work from GM Ozzie Newsome.
43. Tennessee Titans (from Rams via Eagles): Austin Johnson, DT, Penn State
Johnson is a second round prospect and this fills a need. However, there were better DTs on the board still that would have been better picks. Still, the Titans could have done a lot worse.
44. Oakland Raiders: Jihad Ward, DT, Illinois
See above. This is just like the Johnson pick. Not great, but far from bad.
45. Tennessee Titans (via Rams): Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
This would make a lot more sense if the Titans didn't trade for DeMarco Murray. The Titans need secondary help and passed on several really good players to take Henry. The Heisman Trophy winner is good, but this isn't really a fit for the Titans.
46. Detroit Lions: A'Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama
This is a great pick. Robinson has first round talent, although he's not going to do much against the passing game. However, this fills a need and is great value. I love this pick for the Lions.
47. New Orleans Saints: Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State
The Saints didn't have a WR who could really stretch the field, but they do now in Thomas. It's a quality pick, and is decent value for Thomas.
48. Green Bay Packers (via Colts): Jason Spriggs, OT, Indiana
The very rare Ted Thompson trade up. Spriggs is still very raw, but has potential. The Packers gave up a solid amount to move up, but have four impending free agents on the OL. I get why the Packers made this move, but I'm not in love with it either.
49. Seattle Seahawks (via Bears from Bills): Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama
The Seahawks gave up a 4th to move up only a few spots, but it was worth it. Reed is a first round talent and he'll be a great fit in Seattle.
This is the right range for Martin and it fills a major need. However, I'm not really sure why the Texans moved up just two spots to grab him. Still, this is a quality pick.
51. New York Jets: Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State
Hackenberg has all the talent in the world, but there's major bust potential here. It's a risky pick and given how bad Hackenberg was in his last two years, this could end up failing. It's a boom-or-bust selection.
52. Atlanta Falcons (via Texans): Deion Jones, LB, LSU
Jones is a lesser version of Darron Lee, so I'm not sure why the Falcons passed on Lee. Jones is speedy and has upsized, but it is very raw. This is a reach, although it does fill a need.
53. Washington Redskins: Su'a Cravens, LB/S, USC
I like what Washington is doing. Cravens is a hybrid S/LB that will be huge on third downs if used properly. This is good value as well.
54. Minnesota Vikings: Mackenzie Alexander, CB, Clemson
This is easily an A+. Alexander is a first round talent who will be a very good nickel at worst. He should not have lasted this long. Corner isn't a major need, but this is great value.
55. Cincinnati Bengals: Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
Boyd can be a high-end No. 2 WR, exactly what the Bengals need. He's the last of WRs worth taking this high and it's the proper range. The Bengals nailed this pick.
56. Chicago Bears (via Seahawks): Cody Whitehair, OL, Kansas State
There is so much to love about this pick. It's great value for Whitehair, who is better than first rounder Joshua Garnett as far as I'm concerned. It fills a need for Chicago and the Bears nabbed him after trading down twice. This is one of the best move in Round 2.
57. Indianapolis Colts (via Packers): T.J. Green, DB, Clemson
Green is basically a lesser version of Jalen Ramsey, although Green has much more development left. He's a burner and can play either safety or corner. He was a late riser, which could dock this pick in the view of others. The Colts' grade gets a boost for trading down.
58. Pittsburgh Steelers: Sean Davis, DB, Maryland
The late second is the right range for Davis, who will likely play safety. He's versatile, but there were better safeties on the board for the Steelers.
59. Buccaneers (via Chiefs): Robert Aguayo, K, Florida State
The Bucs gave up a third and a fourth to take a kicker. What more needs to be said?
60. New England Patriots: Cyrus Jones, CB, Alabama
Not a big fan of this one. Jones has added value on returns, but he's a third rounder, not a second. There were better players on the board for the Pats.
61. Saints (via Patriots, from Cardinals): Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State
This is great value for Bell, who could have been an early second rounder. The Saints gave up a third and a fourth, but it was worth it. The Saints needed secondary help as well.
62. Carolina Panthers: James Bradberry, CB, Samford
Bradberry is really raw and this is too early for him. There are better CBs on the board, but he does have potential. It fills a big need, but this is a reach.
63. Denver Broncos: Adam Gotsis, DE, Georgia Tech
Hello there massive reach. Gostsis is a mid-Day 3 pick, not a second rounder. It fills a need, but there were much better players on the board.
Third Round Grades:
64. Titans: Kevin Byard, S, MTSU
This fills a need, but it's too early for Byard. He likely would have been on the board in Round 4.
65. Browns: Carl Nassib, DT, Penn State
This is the right range for Nassib and the Browns needed DL help. I like Nassib, although there is some one-hit wonder risk.
66. Chargers: Max Tuerk, C, USC
Tuerk fills a need, but this is too early. Trading down would have made way more sense.
67. Cowboys: Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska
This helps the Cowboys D-line depth, which they had to do. He's better than he played last year and should contribute earlier. It's a solid pick.
68. 49ers: Will Redmond, CB, Mississippi State
This is the right range for Redmond, who could have gone much higher if not for injury. It also fills a big need.
69. Jaguars: Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Maryland
I can't pronounce Ngakoue, but I know it's a good pick. He'll provide some needed pas rushing help. I love what Jacksonville is doing.
70. Ravens: Bronson Kaufusi, DE, BYU
Kaufusi fills a big need for the Ravens. It's the right range for him as well. He's raw, but there is potential.
71. Giants: Darian Thompson, S, Boise State
I love this pick. It's great value for Thompson, a second round prospect, and fills a massive need.
72. Bears: Jonathan Bullard, DE, Florida
Bullard should not have been on the board. I thought it was more likely that he went in the first than outside the Top 70. This even fills a need. Great pick, Bears.
73. Dolphins: Kenyan Drake, RB, Alabama
This is the right range for Drake, who can do more for a team than Derrick Henry. He'll be a very good third down back and help out on returns.
74. Chiefs: KeiVarae Russell, CB, Notre Dame
I like Russell a lot, and he has the pure talent of a second or even first rounder. However, there are some character and injury concerns. This pick could turn out great, or be a bust. They get a boost as part of their trade down with the Bucs.
75. Raiders: Shilique Calhoun, OLB, Michigan State
The Raiders got solid value here for Calhoun, who could have been a late second rounder. He's a bit lazy at times, but will be a very good rotational rusher for the Raiders.
76. Browns (from Titans via Rams): Shon Coleman, OT, Auburn
Coleman has first round potential, but is more raw and older than most prospects because he had a battle with cancer. He might not play right away, but this is great value and fills a need for the Browns.
77. Panthers (from Browns via Eagles through Lions): Daryl Worley, CB, West Virginia
I like this pick better than the Panthers' last CB selection. It's better value. Also, this pick was traded often.
78. Patriots (from Saints): Joe Thuney, OL, N.C. State
It's not the best value for Thuney, but this does fill a need.
79. Eagles: Isaac Seumalo, OL, Oregon State
Seumalo has talent, but there are medical red flags all over him. If he stays healthy, this could be a very good pick. It fills a need too.
80. Bills: Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State
I really like what Buffalo has done. This fills a need, as the Bills are old up front. It also is solid value for Washington, who could have gone in round two.
81. Falcons: Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford
This fills a big need, and Hooper has potential. He was underused at Stanford and could be a very good pro.
82. Colts: Le'Raven Clark, OT, Texas Tech
The Colts found great value here. Clark is a Round Two prospect, and it fills a need. This is a very strong pick.
83. Jets: Jordan Jenkins, OLB, Georgia
The Jets made a better pick here than they did in Round Two. Jenkins has yet to live up to his potential, but that could change in New York. It's worth the risk and is decent value.
84. Redskins: Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
This might be the best pick in the entire third round. The Redskins signed Josh Norman, but this is crazy good value for Fuller. He's coming off a knee injury but shouldn't have slipped out of the second round, let alone this far in the third.
85. Texans: Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State
This Texans offense is looking scary good. Miller will play the slot and although he's raw, he's got great potential. I thought he'd be gone long before this.
86. Dolphins (from Vikings): Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers
I like Carroo as a player. He's a second round prospect at least in terms of pure talent. But there are major off-the-field worries. Not only that, the Dolphins gave up a 2017 3rd and 4th for a player at a position they didn't have a need at.
87. Bengals: Nick Vigil, LB, Utah State
Vigil likely would have been a 4th rounder, but this is still a reach. There were some good DTs on the board that would have been a better pick.
88. Packers: Kyler Fackrell, LB, Utah State
This is good value and fills a major need. Fackrell is raw, but the potential is there as a coverage MLB. He's a better player than Vigil.
89. Steelers: Javon Hargarve, DT, South Carolina State
This is a bit early for Hargrave, but he has potential. It also fills a need and he could be a productive player for the Steelers.
90. Seahawks: C.J. Prosise, RB, Notre Dame
There are better RBs on the board, but I like Prosise. He's raw as a RB, but has potential. He's a three-down back and could be an early contributor since the Seahawks needed depth. At the very least, he'll help on third downs.
91. Patriots: Jacoby Brissett, QB, North Carolina State
Well this is an odd move from New England. The Patriots often take QBs, but this is early for Brissett and Jimmy Garoppolo is the heir to Brady. On the flip side, Tom Brady is likely going to miss the first four games and the Pats have no other QBs. Still, I don't like this pick.
92: Cardinals: Brandon Williams, CB, Texas A&M
This is fills a need, but it's a reach. Williams is super raw and was more of a mid-Day 3 pick.
93. Browns (via Panthers): Cody Kessler, QB, USC
The Browns surprisingly took Kessler at the end of the third. His flaws were shown last year at USC. He has limited upside, as he's an undersized West Coast QB with limited arm strength. I'm higher on Kessler than many, but even I wouldn't have taken him this year. He's more of a backup than a future franchise option.
94. Seahawks (via Broncos): Nick Vannett, TE, Ohio State
Oh look, another OSU player. The Seahawks have little behind Jimmy Graham, who is coming off an injury. This is the right range for Vannett as well, although maybe a bit early.
95. Lions: Graham Glasgow, OL, Michigan
Glasgow played center for Michigan, but could move to guard as well. I like this pick, as it's solid value and fills a need.
96. Patriots: Vincent Valentine, DL, Nebraska
Valentine is a reach here, but he's a good fit for New England. I like this pick more than the Brissett selection, but not by much.
97. Seahawks: Rees Odhiambo, OG, Boise State
This is a bit early for Odhiambo, although there is a ton of potential. He's raw with injury concerns. Seattle, with OL coach Tom Cable, is a really good fit. Plus, Seattle has such a major need up front that they basically can't go wrong with taking linemen.
98. Broncos: Justin Simmons, FS, Boston College
Simmons has potential, although he needs to develop. As far as third round picks go, this is a pretty solid one.Back to the NFL Newsfeed