Round 2 Mock: 49ers and Raiders go defensive after o-line splash

Day 2 of the draft begins with Bay Area clubs bolstering their defensive units

Tommy Call
April 27, 2018 - 12:04 pm

As exciting as the first round of the NFL draft can be there is an expectation when taking a player in first round.With that expectation there comes pressure.

First-round picks can make or break a general manager’s career —  but the real money is made day two.

With both the 49ers and Raider addressing the offensive line in the first round, it wouldn’t be a surprise if both teams go defensive in round two.

Boston College edge rusher Harold Landry would be a dream for the 49ers. He was widely mocked to them in the first round, but somehow was passed on 32 times — something I’m still scratching my head over.

Landry has a wicked first step and the bendability of Von Miller. He was originally ranked my 10th overall player in the entire draft. I even wrote recently how he could be “my early favorite for defensive rookie of the year” — yes he’s that good.

Whoever steals him round two will hit the draft lottery.

Another pass rusher that has value in the second is Wake Forest’s Duke Ejiofor. Ejiofor is an underrated crafty pass rusher who wouldn't be a bad option if Landry is gone. Guys like Lorenzo Carter and Josh Sweat could provide a spark to the 49ers pass rush.

Outside of Landry, one name I like for the 49ers in second round is safety Justin Red from Stanford. A big rangy safety who can ballhawk the backend of defenses. Reid the younger brother of  former 49ers first-round pick, Eric Reid. He also attended John Lynch’s alma mater, so the connection is there and he fills a need. There are some athleticism concerns, but his value is too great to pass up on day two.

Another name to watch is linebacker Malik Jefferson out of Texas. He has incredible potential, but needs some fine tuning. He would bring speed to the linebacking corps that needs someone who can cover tight-ends, something Jeffersons athleticism allows him to do.

The Raiders could look at a defensive back day two. Talented corners like Colorado’s Isaiah Oliver and Iowa’s Josh Jackson are still available. Speedy, feisty corner Donte Jackson from LSU would be a great fit in Oakland. He would immediately improve their slot corner situation. Jackson is also one of the fastest players in the entire draft, something Oakland consistently covets. They could also look to the interior defensive line for players like Michigan’s Maurice Hurst or NC State’s BJ Hill.

A position I love in the second round is receiver. The 49ers found Jimmy Garoppolo’s next bodyguard in the first round. Now they can find his next target in the second.

SMU’s Courtland Sutton is a big-bodied receiver that would provide an immediate red-zone threat for Garoppolo. Colorado State’s Michael Gallup, Memphis’s Anthony Miller and Washington’s Dante Pettis would all provide a burst for Kyle Shanahan’s offense.

Speed threat Christian Kirk out of Texas A&M is still available and we all know how much the Raiders love speed. The mid rounds seem to be an ideal time to find skill players: Rookie of the year Alvin Kamara went in round three, Ju Ju Smith-Schuster went round two, Cooper Kupp went round three and so did Kareem Hunt.

Here is my top-10 best available for day two of the NFL draft:

1. Harold Landry —  EDGE — Boston College

2. Maurice Hurst — DT — Michigan

3. Will Hernandez — OG — UTEP

4. Josh Jackson — CB — Iowa

5. Isaiah Oliver — CB — Colorado

6. Derrius Guice — RB — LSU

7. James Daniels — OL — Iowa

8. Justin Reid — S — Stanford

9. Jerome Baker — LB — Ohio State

10. Dallas Goedert — TE — South Dakota State


Now without further ado, here is my second round mock draft for day two:

33. Cleveland Browns — Connor Williams — OL — Texas

34. New York Giants — Isaiah Oliver — CB — Colorado

35. Cleveland Browns — Harold Landry — EDGE — Boston College

36. Indianapolis Colts — Sam Hubbard — EDGE — Ohio State

37. Indianapolis Colts — Josh Jackson — CB — Iowa

38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Derrius Guice — RB — LSU

39. Chicago Bears — Will Hernandez — OG — UTEP

40. Denver Broncos — James Daniels — OL — Iowa

41. Oakland Raiders — Donte Jackson — CB — LSU

42. Miami Dolphins — Kyle Lauletta — QB — Richmond

43. New England Patriots — Calton Davis — CB — Auburn

44. Washington Redskins — Justin Reid —  S — Stanford

45. Green Bay Packers — Lorenzo Carter — EDGE — Georgia

46. Cincinnati Bengals — Jerome Baker — LB — Ohio State

47. Arizona Cardinals — Dallas Goedert — TE — South Dakota State

48. Los Angeles Chargers — Harrison Phillps — DL — Stanford

49. Indianapolis Colts — Courtland Sutton — WR — SMU

50. Dallas Cowboys — Christian Kirk — WR — Texas A&M

51. Detroit Lions — Ronald Jones — RB — USC

52. Philadelphia Eagles — Tyrell Crosby — OT — Oregon

53. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Jessie Bates — S — Wake Forest

54. Kansas City Chiefs — Josh Sweat — EDGE — Florida State

55. Carolina Panthers — Austin Corbett — OL — Nevada

56. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Holton Hill — CB — Texas

57. Tennessee Titans — Arden Key — EDGE — LSU

58. Atlanta Falcons — Maurice Hurst — DL— Michigan

59. San Francisco 49ers — Malik Jefferson — LB — Texas

60. Pittsburgh Steelers — Mason Rudolph — QB — Oklahoma State

61. Jacksonville Jaguars — DJ Chark — LSU — WR

62. Minnesota Vikings — Martinas Rankin — OL — Mississippi State

63. New England Patriots — Dante Pettis — WR — Washington

64. Cleveland Browns — Anthony Miller — WR — Memphis


Stay tuned for reactions to the 49ers and Raiders picks from day two and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @tommy_iii for all your draft questions.

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