NFL Draft 2016 live blog: Day 2

SANTA CLARA — This is the live blog for Day 2 of the 2016 NFL draft. I will update this frequently with information and analysis as the picks roll in.

4:00 Bold prediction: The 49ers  will trade into the second round and draft LSU inside linebacker Deion Jones.

4:12 Browns take Oklahoma State edge-rusher Emmanuel Ogbah with Pick 32. Great pick. Should have been a first-rounder.

4:13 How far will Myles Jack fall, and will he fall to the 49ers in Round 3? And would the Niners pass on him?? I think they would. Trent Baalke can’t afford to draft any medical redshirts. He could get fired before they ever see the field.

4:19 The Titans take edge-rusher Kevin Dodd, who isn’t half the player Ogbah is.  Teams aren’t touching inside linebackers.

4:22 Scratch that. The Cowboys take Notre Dame inside linebacker Jaylon Smith with Myles Jack on the board. Are teams more concerned with Jack’s knee than Smith’s knee? That would be fascinating.

4:28 The Jaguars trade up two spots with the Ravens to take UCLA linebacker Myles Jack. Their first round pick was Jalen Ramsey. They have the best draft so far.

4:30 It’s official: Kansas State guard Cody Whitehair is available at Pick 37.

4:35 Chiefs take Mississippi State defensive end Chris Jones, whom I consider one of the top-15 players in the draft. The Niners could have stayed at Pick 37 and taken him had they taken Jack Conklin with Pick 7.

4:41 The Ravens trade down again, this time with the Dolphins who take Baylor CB Xavien Howard, one of may favorite corners in the draft. He and Byron Maxwell will make an excellent duo.

4:44 The Bucs take Eastern Kentucky defensive end Noah Spence, who may be the best edge-rusher in the entire draft. He falls to Round 2 because he failed drug tests a a few years ago at Ohio State.

4:48 The Giants draft slot receiver Sterling Shepard, which probably means Victor Cruz is done.

4:52 The Bills trade up to Pick 41 and take Alabama inside linebacker Reggie Ragland. All of the top inside linebackers have been picked. Now, teams will start drafting linebacker/safety hybrids.

4:59 The Ravens take Boise state outside linebacker Kamalei Correa with Pick 42. Raiders pick at No. 44. I think they’ll take USC S/LB Su’a Cravens.

5:01 Titans take Penn State nose tackle Austin Johnson. Raiders on the clock. A linebacker would make the most sense, although they also could take a defensive tackle, such as Florida’s Jonathan Bullard.

5:06 The Raiders defensive tackle Jihad Ward. I like this pick. He can play 3-technique or 5-technique. Gives the Raiders defense options.

5:10 Titans take Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry. With Pick 45. If Deion Jones falls 10 more picks, I think the Niners will trade up for him.

5:36 With the Pick 50, the Seahawks pick Alabama defensive tackle Jaran Reed. He will replace Brandon Mebane.

5:37 Just sat in the same room as Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner. Armstead is ripped. Makes Buckner look small.

5:46 The Jets take Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg with Pick 51. Terrible, but at least they didn’t take Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook. Cook would have been even worse.

5:49 The Falcons take Deion Jones. Didn’t think he’d get picked that high. Now the 49ers most likely will target Clemson ILB B.J. Goodson in Round 3.

6:03 Bengals take wide receiver Tyler Boyd. Great complement for A.J. Green.

6:06 The Bears take Cody Whitehair, the best guard in the draft.

6:17 With Pick 59, the Bucs select a kicker — Robert Aguayo from Florida State.

6:24 Michigan State edge-rusher Shilique Calhoun is still available.

6:27 The Saints trade up for Pick 61 and take Ohio State safety Vonn Bell.

6:28 The 49ers are going to take Connor Cook, right? Ugh.

6:32 The Panthers take Samford CB James Bradberry to replace Josh Norman.

6:35 With the final pick in Round 2, the Broncos take Georgia Tech defensive tackle Adam Gotsis to replace Malik Jackson.

6:39 The Browns take Penn State defensive end Carl Nassib with Pick 65. I guess Hue Jackson doesn’t think much of Connor Cook.

6:43 The 49ers are on the clock after Dallas takes Nebraska defensive tackle Maliek Collins.

6:47 49ers take Mississippi State cornerback Will Redmond. Good pick. Makes you think the 49ers may trade back into Round 3 for an inside linebacker.

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    1. He’s hit on two, even if he only gets one more, I’d say that would be considered a success. That’s what I thought he needed to do in this draft, come away with three starters. OL, ILB, DL

    1. He’s got some traits you like to see, that’s for sure. Expect him to be an ascending player, and should minimize the Mingo mistake….

  1. Adam Schefter – Dr. Dan Cooper, Cowboys’ team physician, performed Jaylon Smith’s surgery one week after Fiesta Bowl.

  2. 4:28 The Jaguars trade up two spots with the Ravens to take UCLA linebacker Myles Jack. Their first round pick was Jalen Ramsey. They have the best draft so far.
    Either that or they’re about to lose a lot of low scoring games.

    1. how do you get the best draft so far drafting an injured player in the 2nd RD that could require more surgery…..smh

  3. wow…..both injured players going early in the 2nd round……..makes me believe there really isn’t much LB talent in this draft

    1. Baalke was just in no position to take the risk on these players when his job is on the line and the roster is so depleted….

  4. Chiefs got one of my favs, Chris Jones with the 37 pick. No worries. Would have been redundant after the Buckner choice.

  5. Ravens snag Kamalei Correa. Stanley yesterday. They are having one of the 49er draft scenarios so far.

  6. Jihad Ward… thought there were better options available but I know he had been getting some buzz leading up to the draft as a guy that could go earlier than expected.

    Bama DTs are falling.

      1. Both backs have plenty of mileage on them, but remember when the Panthers had two quality backs? It’s a nice luxury to have….

      2. They probably wanted a third down option, in which case I think they could have done better.

      3. Grimey April 29, 2016 at 2:13 pm
        Henry could be good on certain teams, just not the 49ers. He’d have the same problem Demarco Murray had in Chip’s offense.

    1. He’s a good run stopper though. That’s a good thing to have when you have to face Peterson, Lacy, and Langford twice a year.

  7. Deion Jones does not seem like a Baalke/Chip kind of draft pick. I can see them actually trading back to get an another 4th rounder. And I feel that there are a few inside lb’s that are Borland types still available.

    1. i hate to be a bubble burster but nobody in the league is picking anyone with the niners in mind.

      If seattle is picking a player with another team in mind it is the cardinals or the rams.

        1. Hawks need D line help. Rams, Niners and Cards have good to great running offenses. The Hawks D-line is not what it was 2 years ago, they’ve aged, lost players here and there, and it doesn’t hurt to get the top ranked DL at this point.

  8. Question Grant….is Deion Jones something that you think or is it from ‘sources’ that the 9er’s like him?

  9. Armstead has a year of working with the 49ers strength and conditioning coach, so he will probably have more meat on his bones than Buckner at this stage.

  10. Grant, you obviously feel that inside lb is the teams greatest need at this point, which I agree. Strong up the middle type thing. How do you feel about Joshua Perry from Ohio St? I have seen him projected at inside and outside lb.

          1. My point is that meeting with a prospect doesn’t mean they’ll pick that prospect.

      1. Funny story about Waynes, but it’s too long to get into now. I’ll just say, I called it. Last year I said Waynes had bust written all over him, and literally almost got into a fist fight over it. All he was is fast. No ball skills, or defensive skills, and way too stiff for a CB, or any DB for that matter.

        Somebody needs to get a hold of Connor Cook and explain to him why going a little later than he hoped is not a big deal. After all, his idol, TB12, was the 199th pick of his draft class. Turned out alright for him. Not saying Cook is the next Brady, but he’s miles better than Kessler, and you can take that to the bank!

      1. For a moment I really thought he could be a possibility for us in the 3rd.

        Great pick for CIN.
        Lots of talent in this2nd round so far.

  11. Sucks to see all this d-line talent fly by. Would have loved a shot at Robinson or Reed. Dorsey’s almost finished and Williams may be forced to retire very soon. Need a big run stuffer in the middle. No 2nd round pick and no guards going off the board. Trade-up was a mistake.

    1. You do realize that they UPGRADED de 2nd round pick for a 1rs round, right?

      If they don’t make the trade, they take the G in the second round.
      It would not make a difference to the players you would like them to get in the second.

      1. I said against the run. Buckner is an “aggressive pass rusher.” Not a run stuffer. Reed and Robinson are. And I mentioned the need for a NT. Buckner can’t play NT. Reed and Robinson can. Williams is gone in a year and so is Dorsey.

          1. It went right over JBT’s head, right Allan? Some people just can’t grasp the concept of trading up. I keep hearing people say, man I wish we didn’t get rid of our 2nd round pick, lots of good players going in round 2, lol. It’s hilarious.

    2. Respectfully, I don’t know if it was a mistake. Maybe the rest of the league feels the same way as Baalke /Chip. He was far and away the best pure guard. All the others are pretty close. So now we have him for 5 years on rookie contract instead of 4. And we can get back some of the picks if we really want. Not a bad deal.

    1. your lack of information on draftees is pathetic…..yes a KICKER…a special one

      Roberto Aguayo:
      – Most accurate kicker in NCAA history with a .9673 conversion rate (267-of-276)

      1. I don’t care if he’s the greatest kicker of all time, no way in hell I’d draft one in the 2nd round….

        1. I don’t get the outrage…..Kickers win games all the time and will play more snaps than some players earlier……

          is this a macho thingy or isn’t the point of drafting players is to WIN games

          Sebastian Janikowski was drafted in RD1 and i don’t hear no one complaining after 15 years

          1. Outrage? Since it wasn’t the 49ers who drafted him I don’t think anyone around here’s reaction would be accurately described as outrage. Surprise, shock or even disbelief maybe. If you want to read outrage I would go take a peak at the Buc’s forum right about now.

  12. Niner fans need to show more patience. Of course, other teams will select another good player but that is how the draft works. Niners first 2 picks will rate high in any comparison. Getting one of the best defensive linemen and the best run blocker is impressive.
    Round 3 will give Baalke another chance to get another need pick, but maybe he could package another pick with another team to get back into the second round and get a player they covet.

  13. Grant. Right now as it pertains to SF. Who is the best player on the board, who do you think the 9er’s will draft, and who would you draft?

  14. Taking Aguayo sure pissed off Baalke. Looking at him to come in and “compete” in the 3rd round with Dawson and then cut Dawson to save salary cap room.

  15. Did you know……”Nick Saban’s first season at Alabama was 2007. From the 2007-15 drafts, 12 Alabama DBs have been drafted, and none have been to Pro Bowl.”

      1. last yr probowl – Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, Jets C Nick Mangold

        I suspect previous yrs – Steelers DECameron Heyward

  16. Joshua Perry ILB Ohio St
    Nick Kwiatkoski ILB W Virginia
    B.J. Goodson ILB Clemson
    Tyler Matakevich ILB Temple
    Blake Martinez ILB Stanford
    Josh Forrest ILB Kentucky
    Nick Vigil ILB Utah St
    Scooby Wright III ILB Arizona
    Kentrell Brothers ILB Missouri
    Jared Norris ILB Utah
    Steve Longa ILB Rutgers
    Terrance Smith ILB Florida St
    Beniquez Brown ILB Miss St
    Steven Daniels ILB BC
    Dominique Alexander ILB Oklahoma

      1. Wow, great call MDW. The Niners needed an aggressive, athletic press CB and that’s certainly what they got in round 3.

        I guess he’s he’s Baalke’s annual ACL pick. Well, at least this ACL rehaber is expected to be physically ready to play by week, if not preseason. Of course, he’ll probably be a little behind in terms of development within Kelly’s system, unless he’s ready to go at the start of training camp.

        Here is NFL Network’s DANIEL JEREMIAH’S quote: “If healthy, he could have snuck into the back end of the first round. He has a big-time burst, but was unable to put a time down on paper due to injury.” — Daniel Jeremiah

        I’ve watched some tape and, oh my, is he aggressive! He’s got plus athleticism and burst. The quick twitch, and loose hips necessary to “mirror” receivers, and he also has the ball skills you look for in a press corner. He will have to clean up his tackling, but he plays with the aggression you look for, so I am not concerned about that. He’s fearless, but he’ll need to stop trying to lower the boom on every tackle and start wrapping up a little better. Not real big, 5’11”, 185 lbs, but big enough to play on the perimeter. From what I’m told, they really wanted someone to rotate in at slot corner, with Ward, freeing him up to play some Free Safety as well. If he doesn’t have any setbacks in terms of recovery, I’d say they certainly got the type of talent they were coveting.

      1. MWD – I will. All the praise is calming me down. Would love to be wrong about this one. Medical Re-check at the combine went well.

        1. Hope yer right, Brodie … but ..
          I’ve been reading .. the first two picks had
          Chipsters fingerprints all over them .. and
          when I saw the graphic on this guy saying
          “Torn ACL – 2015” … I was thinkin’ ..
          this one is ALL .. on Baalke !

    1. B2W,
      I have to agree with you. Billings would have been a good pick – but I’m surprised no one has drafted him up to this point – especially after being projected as a possible late 1st rd pick.

  17. I guess when you can’t point the blame anywhere else you have to do your job right. Good job Baalke good draft so far filling needs with good players.

  18. OK, Redmond has potential, but another ACL reach? Guess their first evaluations said that they need to improve the secondary.

  19. Hope Redmond doesn’t have the temperament of Finnegan. And can play this year. And not be another Acker/Reaser

  20. i would really like the pick without the ACL

    he probably could have got him in the 4th.

    RB, ILB, DL, WR, QB, another OL would have worked better for me

    this is why I’ve been saying that baalke needs all the first and second round picks he can get. Anything below that he messes up.

    It’s almost as though he is saying that we only needed two starting caliber players for this year.

  21. And Grant, your MLB from Clemson may happen. If not, why not Scooby Wright? A Day 3 guy, a thumper, 2 down run stuffer and plays in the Pac.

        1. You misunderstood me. I didn’t say that I’d rather have the Seahawks or Arizona. Or even the Rams. I was merely saying that I’m glad the Raiders aren’t in our division.

  22. Doesn’t make me think they will jump back in for a specific position. Just ask Garnett. Alot of people thought that trade up was for a qb! Balkee surprised again

    1. Only he’s not as good as his brothers, plural. Well coached but not as talented.

      Redmond is a perfect fit in the slot for Chip / ONiel, and he’ll be ready early this year, possibly week 1, allowing more creative use of Jimmie Ward. I love it. Ward got off to a slow start thanks to his foot, and learning a new position. He’s a beast now, an absolute beast, and Redmond reminds me a little of ward, not quite as stout, not as good of tackler as Ward yet either. But they have similar traits, IMO. Redmond is more of a pure slot CB while Ward is more of a FS.

    1. Apparently teams are concerned about that. Too bad for them, because there are going to be a lot of teams wishing they had stuck to the game film, and not fallen for that nonsense. From the buzz I am hearing, there are a lot of shocked scouts and analysts, who cannot believe Kessler, and Brissett came off the board before Cook. For me, that’s laughable, and goes to show their a lot of teams that simply overthink this draft process at times!

      1. In the long run it wont matter. In fact, it will put less pressure on Cook, and from that stand point, he likely benefits.

        He’ll get his opportunity somewhere, and that’s all that matters in the long run.

        Just remember this …… the QB that Connor models his game after, wasn’t drafted till the 6th round and 31 teams were wishing they hadn’t passed on him. That man wears #12, plays just north of Connecticut, has a career passer rating of 96.4, and has 4 Super Bowl rings and 3 Super Bowl MVP awards!

        1. Well, I guess your boy wonder has stubbed his toe.He may still do well, but he will not have BB to coach him, so I do not know if he will have the same career path as TB.
          Browns take Kessler? That must have hurt.;p

      2. To me it suggests that when teams interviewed him he failed to convince them otherwise. QB is one position you can’t be anything less than a great leader.

          1. Pretty much. Kaep isn’t a terrible leader in that he sets a good example work ethic wise, but he’s not a charismatic leader either. When things went sideways on him last year his teammates divided around him.

            Like Kaep, Cook is fine in a locker room when the team is winning. But what about when things aren’t so rosy?

            1. I hope Kaep follows the path that Breeze and Plunkett took. Struggled at first but once in a good system that was tailored to their skills, they thrived.
              Sure am glad that Chip is the HC. If Shanahan were the HC, Kaep would be long gone.

  23. Am I crazy, or is Baalke actually not only drafting instant impact players, but also checking off the boxes in terms of need? I’m really impressed with the first 3 picks so far, as long as Redmond returns to form this season. I’m told his ACL tear was very clean, so that’s promising!

    Draft grade for Pick #68: WILL REDMOND: NFL Network’s DANIEL JEREMIAH: “If healthy, he (Redmond) could have snuck into the back end of the first round. He has a big-time burst, but was unable to put a time down on paper due to injury.”

    At 5’11” 185 lbs coming out, Redmond has average size, but he has plus athleticism and burst. He also has the quick twitch, looseness in the hips, pattern recognition, and quick feet necessary to “mirror” receivers, which is what you look for in a press corner. He will have to clean up his tackling a bit, but he plays with the type of confidence and aggression you look for, so I am not concerned about that. He’s absolutely fearless, but he’ll need to stop trying to lower the boom on every tackle and start wrapping up a little better. If he doesn’t have any setbacks in terms of recovery, I’d say they certainly got the type of talent they were coveting, and it fills one of their biggest needs, IMO.

    Grade: B

    According to some scouts and analysts, if he had played all 2015 without injury, he very well could have been selected in round 1. I’m grading this pick a B, because I am always a little apprehensive of knee injuries. However, if he fully recovers as he is expected to, and returns to early 2015 form, this pick could end up with a much better grade than a B.

    3 rounds in the books, and 3 good picks. Now, let’s go get a quality WR, ILB, OLB, and RB tomorrow.

    1. you nailed it in the last sentence, 3 good picks in the books and now we need WR, RB, OLB & ILB…in no particular order. After that ,maybe even another WR and a big body or 2. We could use depth on the D-Line. Dorsey and Williams injuries not to mention the up tempo Kelly offense equals many snaps for defenders….and that impacts the big men most of all.
      Many unproven O-linemen on the roster would warrant a pick there.
      A free safety, with Reid’s concussion issues, could be another wise pick.
      My approach to QB has been to hope Kap excels in Kelly’s offense. Gabbert is insurance. Roll with it for a year…….and if ( or more likely when) it dosent work out……the chances we are picking higher than 7 next year will be very good! Go ” all in” and move up if we have to…..and get a franchise QB. However, Caradale Jones in the 6th or 7th intrigues me. Seems like a good fit with CK’s offense. Might not be a franchise guy…..but could be a good back-up that comes in now and then to run a little here and there….kinda like Kap was used before he took alex’s job

  24. Well, this draft pattern has convinced me that they let Chip have a lot of say with the first 2 picks, and now Baalke is doing his thing. Buckner was an obvious Chip choice because he recruited him, and Redmond was an obvious Baalke choice of an ACL player.
    Guess the ILB class was mediocre this year, along with the QBs.
    Hope they throw Jed a bone and let him pick the 249th player.

    1. Seb, as I think you said somewhere above, it could be they’ve decided the secondary needs a revamping more than the ILB corps. They might have targeted Redmond for nickle corner, which would free up Ward for free safety and make Reid dispensable. And your guy Cardale Jones is still in play, and maybe they’ll make a move on him or Hogan in the 4th.

    2. If you can get past your distaste for taking players with knee injuries you’ll see the 49ers took a CB very similar to the guy you keep lamenting Baalke didn’t take two years ago – Bradley Roby.

      1. I am not too angry at the pick, just resigned. I am just glad Baalke waited until the third round to get his ACL fix. Redmond does fill a need.
        I am amazed that the Browns chose Kessler. I bet 49 is disconsolate.;p

  25. Well, this draft has been productive. Still no blockbuster multi player deals, but one can always hope.
    My final draft speculation will be about moving up again. They should target Atlanta, who has only 5 picks. The Falcons should be eager to get more draft picks so they can lock up those players on rookie contracts. I postulate that the Niners should bundle their 5th, 6th and 7th round picks for the Atlanta 4th (115). It does not add up with the draft value chart, but Atlanta may want to get 7 players under a rookie contract instead of only 5.
    Using the draft tracker of the best remaining players, and considering the 115th and 133rd picks as the 17th and 35th picks in the 4th round, I surmise that the Niners could select- Joshua Perry, Nick Kwaitkoski, Blake Martinez, Sheldon Day or Paul Perkins with the 115th pick, and Kevin Hogan, Devon Cajuste, Josh Ferguson, Cardale Jones or Dadi Nicolas with the 133rd pick. Niners would still have pick numbers 142, 174, 211 and 213, for 9 total picks.

    1. For what it’s worth Redmond says: “I would run in the low 4.3s” if he were 100% healthy.

      And Baalke says that Redmond would start off learning the nuances of playing the slot in the team’s 4-2 nickel defense, as I figured.

      Baalke: “You start with the nickel stuff. He’s a man that can play inside and outside. Will probably start him at inside. We really like his explosive qualities. Guy that can run. Can jump. Play the ball. Once again we are very confident in the procedure that was done. Where he’s currently at in his rehab schedule. We’re very confident he will be ready for training camp and ready to go.” That’s music to Niners fans ears!

      Trent Baalke says the one thing that jumps out about 3rd round pick CB Will Redmond is his “quickness.” And I have to say, I concur. That’s one quick dude!

      The 49ers have done extensive research on Redmond. They met with the Mississippi State CB not once, but twice at the NFL scouting combine (one medical re-check) while using one of their top 30 pre-draft visits, to gauge the progress of his injury. “As far as getting medical checks, getting MRI’s and that’s one of the reason we brought him in.”

      One more thought ….. I can hardly wait to see how they use my boy @ward_jimmie this season. GO NINERS!

    2. It was once said that Denver though Kap was worth a 4th round pick. This is sheer speculation on my part, but maybe this is where they trade Kap to Denver for that Denver pick. Elway didn’t say flatly the trade talks were dead; he said “probably.” It’s better for the Niners to eat 5 million than pay Kap the full 12. And that pick would help them to move up, as you speculate.

        1. Sorry, George, but Kaep likes Chip, and Chip would wring Trents’ neck if he gave up his valuable QB for a paltry 4th round pick. With the Rams and Eagles actions, Kaep is now worth at least a first round pick, and maybe even a couple first rounders.
          Maybe since this is a later round, the Niners could offer Antoine Bethea and/or Bruce Miller for a 4th from San Diego.
          Hope you are feeling better, and this draft made you even happier.

  26. Seb

    I really don’t know about you…I give you props when you show football knowledge, and then you come off with a statement like you just did to George about Chip seeing Kaep as a ‘valued ‘ piece of meat. Kaep will be gone when the right offer comes along….and it WON’T be 2 or even 1 first rounders…that’s just blather….

    1. Oregon, guess I like to speculate, and we do dehumanize players into pieces of meat because that what the owners and FO do all the time.
      Kaep is valuable. He is worth 12.9 mil because that is what they are paying him.
      With the Rams and Eagles giving up at least 5 picks with multiple firsts and seconds for untested and unproven rookies, they just adjusted the worth of Super Bowl QBs with a 4-2 road playoff record. Your beef is with them, not me. I did not set the bar so high.

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