Night two, Rounds 2 and 3 of the 2018 NFL Draft continued with trades, surprise, and much anticipation! Players who did not get selected in round are back in hopes of their dreams coming true on night two.
As 7pm ET arrived, the Browns were back on the clock, with the 33rd pick selecting offensive tackle, Austin Corbett from Nevada. The Browns kept the ball rolling by trading Houston for their 35th pick, selecting a dominant running back, Nick Chubb from Georgia, Chubb has had NFL comparisons to running back, Alfred Morris, after seeing Chubb’s performance at Georgia, it’s safe to say that Chubb will be an asset to open the Browns’ offense utilizing his lower body strength and ability to break tackles when he is carrying the ball. The next top prospect off the board was tight end, Mike Gesicki, selected by the Dolphins with the 42nd pick. Although Gesicki is an overall talented tight end, I pictured his talents with another team, other than the Dolphins. Further into the 3rd round, top wide receiving prospect, Christian Kirk, out of Texas A&M was drafted to the Cardinals. The Cardinals is a great fit for the All American wide receiver and to have an athlete like Larry Fitzgerald to learn from and play alongside for at least one season is huge. Next is a running back that was initially talked about as a potential 1st round pick up, LSU, running back, Derrius Guice. Guice has been projected to be an instant starter in the NFL. With the 59th pick, the Redskins could definitely utilize him. Guice is a powerful back that carries multiple skill comparisons to Marshawn Lynch.
The eagerness for us here in Florida come round 3, was two of University of Central Florida’s very own getting selected, starting tight end, Jordan Akins. Akins got selected 98th to the Houston Texans, whom we knew was in the market for a tight end to work in with Ryan Griffin. At the 91st pick, UCF, wide receiver, Tre’Quan Smith found out he is heading to New Orleans. Smith showed everyone that he is a reliable receiver in traffic and deep down the field. Shortly into round 3 with the 76th selection, the Steelers grab Oklahoma quarterback, Mason Rudolph. Rudolph has the skill set to do big things in the league, but playing under a center will be an adjustment for him, although whom better to learn from than Big Ben.
Rounds 1 through 3 are exhilarating, but a chance to play in the NFL regardless is a dream come true. So who were the prize pick-ups of rounds 4 through 7 and top undrafted free agents? Stay tune with us at Florida National News.