Thumbs up, thumbs down for second-round draft picks

Our NFL Nation reporters assess the second-round draft picks.

33. New York Giants
Landon Collins, S, Alabama

Obviously they needed a safety. And until about a week ago, Collins was widely viewed as the best safety in this draft. (Arizona State’s Damarious Randall was the only safety taken in the first round Thursday night.) So the Giants make a big move to trade up from No. 40 to No. 33 and select Collins to help bolster a position of significant need. The Giants gave up the No. 40 pick (a second-rounder), the No. 108 pick (their fourth-rounder) and the No. 245 pick (the extra seventh-rounder they got from the Broncos in last year’s Brandon McManus trade). It feels like a lot to give up, and it doesn’t really solve their need at free safety, as Collins projects to be a box safety exclusively. But he likely immediately becomes the best safety on their roster, and their roster isn’t quite as tattered as it was a year ago, so giving up the fourth-rounder isn’t likely to hurt them too much. Thumbs up. -- Dan Graziano

34. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Donovan Smith, OT, Penn State

After drafting Jameis Winston in the first round, the Bucs needed to protect their new quarterback. The Bucs viewed Smith as the best remaining lineman on the board and grabbed him. Smith likely will start off at right tackle with Demar Dotson likely to move to the left side. Thumbs up. -- Pat Yasinskas

35. Oakland Raiders
Mario Edwards Jr., DE, Florida State

I know Edwards had a great draft season, but he is more of a run-stopper than a pass-rusher. He had three sacks last season. The Raiders need more burst than that. They had just 22 sacks last year and just seven from their defensive ends. That mark was the fewest in the NFL. I think Edwards can become a good player, but because there were other pass-rushers on the board, I’m a little down on this pick. I would have been more impressed if the Raiders traded down about 10 picks, gotten some much-needed draft power and then taken Edwards. Thumbs down. -- Bill Williamson

36. Jacksonville Jaguars
T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama

In Yeldon, the Jaguars get a 6-foot-1, 226-pound back who thrived on running inside but still had the elusiveness and cutting ability to make potential tacklers miss. He was durable and productive during three seasons at Bama, rushing for 3,332 yards and 37 touchdowns. General manager David Caldwell said Yeldon was the team’s third-ranked running back behind Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon and there was a gap between the remaining backs. Coach Gus Bradley likes the fact that Yeldon is a three-down back, which gives the Jaguars the ability to leave him on the field in a no-huddle, hurry-up offense situation. Thumbs up. -- Michael DiRocco

37. New York Jets
Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State

It’s easy to see why the Jets made this choice: speed. Smith is one of the top vertical threats in the draft and he should be a nice complement to Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker. The long-term success of the pick hinges on whether Smith can expand his game. Right now, he’s a one-trick pony. If he doesn’t develop, it’ll go down as a wasted pick. Thumbs up. -- Rich Cimini

38. Washington Redskins
Preston Smith, DE, Mississippi State

Smith is not a dynamic pass-rusher and won’t beat linemen off the edge. The Redskins needed more speed off the edge, but I wasn’t crazy about some of the other options. Smith showed he could win with power and was more athletic than teams expected based on combine results; he also was productive with nine sacks and 15 tackles for loss. He showed versatility, having moved around, and did drop into coverage on occasion. Thumbs up. -- John Keim

39. Chicago Bears
Eddie Goldman, DT, Florida State

With veteran Jeremiah Ratliff listed as the lone nose tackle on the Bears’ voluntary minicamp roster, general manager Ryan Pace needed to find a young interior defensive lineman to clog the middle. The 6-foot-4, 336 pound Goldman fits the mold. Plus, Ratliff is 33 years old and just pleaded guilty to a DWI charge from January 2013. The reason Goldman fell to the second round, unlike Washington’s Danny Shelton, is because he lacks proven pass-rush skills. Goldman had only six career sacks in 37 games at Florida State. That means he likely comes off the field in nickel, although it’s premature to label Goldman a two-down player until he squares off against meaningful competition in training camp. Thumbs up. -- Jeff Dickerson

40. Tennessee Titans
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Missouri

The guy has incredible size at 6-foot-5, 237 pounds, and he ran a 4.49-second 40-yard dash at the combine. But he was such an off-the-field problem at Missouri that the Tigers kicked him off the team after two marijuana arrests and an incident in which he allegedly forced his way into an apartment and pushed a woman down a set of stairs. He finished at Oklahoma but never actually played for the Sooners. Thumbs down. -- Paul Kuharsky

41. Carolina Panthers
Devin Funchess, WR, Michigan

Blown away, particularly after general manager Dave Gettleman said on Thursday it was important to “keep the first three picks.” So he gave second-, third- and sixth-round picks to the Rams to move up for a player who size-wise (6-foot-5, 230 pounds) resembles last year’s first-round pick, Kelvin Benjamin (6-5, 240). Funchess doesn’t seem to fit the elite speed receiver the Panthers were looking for to play opposite Benjamin, although he’s not slow with a 4.47 40-yard dash at the combine. But he does fit Gettleman’s love for big receivers. And as Gettleman said, Funchess plays fast and creates mismatches. But this still seems like a lot to give up. Thumbs down. -- David Newton

42. Atlanta Falcons
Jalen Collins, CB, LSU

The 6-foot-2, 198-pound Collins fits the mold of that fast (4.48 speed), physical, big cornerback in new coach Dan Quinn’s scheme. The biggest question is Collins reportedly had some off-the-field issues related to marijuana use, but the Falcons obviously appeared willing to look beyond those issues. Quinn told me a few weeks ago he wanted to target a cornerback to help defend some of the big receivers in the NFC South, such as Kelvin Benjamin and Mike Evans. Thumbs down. -- Vaughn McClure

43. Houston Texans
Benardrick McKinney, ILB, Mississippi State

He’s a tall (6-foot-4), thick inside linebacker with good speed. The Texans have had a revolving door next to Brian Cushing since DeMeco Ryans’ departure after the 2011 season. They needed an infusion of talent there. Thumbs up. -- Tania Ganguli

44. New Orleans Saints
Hau'Oli Kikaha, OLB, Washington

This is my favorite pick yet for the Saints, who went with an insane amount of college production over combine measurables with Kikaha. The 6-foot-2, 253-pounder had an eye-popping 19 sacks last year (the most by any FBS player since 2005, according to ESPN Stats & Information) and 13 in 2013. His speed and athleticism don’t rank among the elite pass-rushers in this year’s class (he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds at his pro day). But ESPN analyst Todd McShay raves about Kikaha’s power, which he said is essential for NFL pass-rushers. Kikaha suffered two ACL injuries early in college but he bounced back strong. Thumbs up. -- Mike Triplett

45. Minnesota Vikings
Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA

The Vikings addressed an obvious need at linebacker, though it remains to be seen whether Kendricks will be big enough to fill their hole at the middle linebacker spot. He stands just 6 feet and weighs only 227 pounds, which might make him a better fit at the weakside spot than in the middle. But the 2014 Butkus Award winner is a fast, fluid linebacker who should be able to cover plenty of ground in Mike Zimmer’s scheme and hold up in pass coverage. Thumbs up. -- Ben Goessling

46. San Francisco 49ers
Jaquiski Tartt, S, Samford

Who? Apparently not even 49ers Hall of Famer Charles Haley knew who he was in attempting to pronounce Tartt’s first name while announcing the pick in Chicago. Yes, DB is a need for the Niners in general, but the need in particular is at cornerback, and the 6-foot-1, 228-pound Tartt, who ran a 4.53-second 40-yard dash at the combine, is more of a safety who covers the slot or the post. The 49ers seem set at safety with Eric Reid at free and team MVP Antoine Bethea at strong. It seems strange to take a relative unknown with a second-round pick, even if he impressed Niners brass on a visit to Santa Clara. Thumbs down. -- Paul Gutierrez

47. Philadelphia Eagles
Eric Rowe, CB, Utah

This had to happen. The Eagles have two glaring holes in their secondary. Rowe could fill either one. The Eagles showed a lot of pre-draft interest in Connecticut cornerback Byron Jones, who is best known for his record broad jump at the scouting combine. Rowe is a similar player -- he has played both corner and safety -- without the athletic-marvel patina that vaulted Jones into the first round. Thumbs up. -- Phil Sheridan

48. San Diego Chargers
Denzel Perryman, ILB, Miami

The University of Miami product is a tackling machine, finishing with 110 tackles -- including 9.5 for loss -- in his final season for the Hurricanes. Perryman, a Butkus Award finalist, also finished with two sacks, three forced fumbles and an interception in 2014. I understand the reasoning behind the selection and I like Perryman. San Diego’s defense has struggled with production and health issues at inside linebacker of late. Starting inside linebackers Manti Te’o and Donald Butler missed a combined 14 games the past two seasons. However, the Chargers have more obvious areas of need, including edge rusher, defensive line and receiver. Thumbs down. -- Eric D. Williams

49. Kansas City Chiefs
Mitch Morse, G, Missouri

The Chiefs needed a center to at least compete with Eric Kush, the only veteran on their roster at the position. Morse will be a solid pick if he wins the job. Even if he doesn’t, he has the versatility to back up at guard or tackle, where he played his last couple of collegiate seasons. Thumbs up. -- Adam Teicher

50. Buffalo Bills
Ronald Darby, CB, Florida State

Of all positions on the Bills’ roster, cornerback was probably the least pressing need, both from a talent and depth perspective. Still, the Bills stuck true to their word and took the best player remaining on their draft board. He could be buried on the depth chart to begin his career but it’s not a bad problem for one of the NFL’s best defenses. Thumbs down. -- Mike Rodak

51. Cleveland Browns
Nate Orchard, OLB, Utah

This fits Ray Farmer’s plan, as Orchard is a proven producer (18.5 sacks) and can form a formidable pass-rushing trio with Paul Kruger and Barkevious Mingo. He has ideal size at 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds, but an already underwhelming playmaking crew has added exactly zero offensive points through the first three picks of this draft. The Browns will go through two of the best receiving classes from the last 15 years without taking one high. Thumbs down. -- Jeremy Fowler

52. Miami Dolphins
Jordan Phillips, DT, Oklahoma

Miami has holes at linebacker, guard and safety. Strangely, the Dolphins drafted a defensive tackle in the second round. General manager Dennis Hickey is staunch in drafting the best available player on the board and that must have been the case with Phillips. A big defensive tackle certainly wasn’t a need, especially after spending $114 million in free agency on Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. Phillips will provide depth behind Suh and Earl Mitchell. But the Dolphins could have addressed another position with a better chance to provide an immediate impact. Thumbs down. -- James Walker

53. Cincinnati Bengals
Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon

Apparently offensive line coach Paul Alexander stole the keys to the Bengals’ war room and locked everyone out, because so far this draft has been all about building up his line. One round after taking Cedric Ogbuehi as their future left tackle, Cincinnati added Fisher to provide depth on the other side. Like Ogbuehi, Fisher also can play on the inside. This latest decision was certainly a head-scratcher on the surface because the Bengals had other players they liked on the board around the time they were picking (tight end Maxx Williams, outside linebacker Paul Dawson and receiver Tyler Lockett, for example). But it’s hard to completely dismiss the move. Maybe the Bengals are on to something. Thumbs up. -- Coley Harvey

54. Detroit Lions
Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska

Abdullah is an interesting choice. He has great character and is extremely smart. He also has good combine numbers and gained 4,588 yards in his career along with 73 receptions. He also is somewhat of a return threat, having brought back kicks and punts during his career at Nebraska. But fumbling is an issue here. He fumbled 24 times during his Cornhuskers career, losing 17 of them, according to ESPN Stats & Information. It’s an OK pick, but considering some of the depth left at running back, the Lions could have gone with a defensive tackle here and gotten better value at No. 54. The Lions plan on giving Abdullah a shot as a returner as well as a running back. Thumbs down. -- Michael Rothstein

55. Baltimore Ravens
Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota

The Ravens addressed the biggest need on their team with the consensus top tight end in the draft. Baltimore sent a fifth-round pick to move up three spots to smartly move ahead of division rival Pittsburgh and get Williams at the No. 55 overall pick. He is a rising playmaker who delivers touchdowns in the red zone and big catches downfield. He’s a long-armed pass-catcher with the type of size and speed that teams covet at the tight end position. The most common comparisons are with Greg Olsen and Jeremy Shockey. The Ravens needed a tight end after the departure of Owen Daniels in free agency and the uncertain future of Dennis Pitta (hip). Thumbs up. -- Jamison Hensley

56. Pittsburgh Steelers
Senquez Golson, CB, Ole Miss

To keep harping on it, Pittsburgh needs cornerbacks and this is the highest the Steelers have drafted a defensive back since 2004 when they used an early second-round pick on Ricardo Colclough. To say that addressing this position was long overdue is the understatement of the decade and they landed an impact player to match with Bud Dupree to improve their pass defense. Thumbs up. -- Matt Williamson

57. St. Louis Rams
Robert Havenstein, OT, Wisconsin

The Rams had no choice but to start bolstering the offensive line and give running back Todd Gurley some powerful blockers to open up running lanes. They did it in a big way with Havenstein, who is listed at 6-foot-8, 321 pounds, and comes from the ultimate in power rushing attacks at Wisconsin. Havenstein probably needs some work in pass protection but should be competent enough to step in at right tackle right away. The Rams continue to show their commitment to maximizing their run game, so it’s hard to find fault in continuing to invest in that endeavor. Thumbs up. -- Nick Wagoner

58. Arizona Cardinals
Markus Golden, DE, Missouri

Golden started only one year at Missouri but he was productive playing behind a lot of talent. He seems to be mature and have the drive to work toward his goals -- just look at his background -- and he’s proven he can get to the quarterback, but his size may be an issue. Thumbs up. -- Josh Weinfuss

59. Denver Broncos
Ty Sambrailo, OT, Colorado State

Depending on what team you spoke with in the pre-draft evaluations, the Broncos may have reached a bit here with the 59th overall pick, but Sambrailo has at least some position flexibility in that he could play tackle or guard. While most of his college starts were at left tackle, the Broncos believe he could be a guard in their offense. Sambrailo has high-quality movement skills, top-end flexibility in his hips and profiles as a starter at some point if he can get stronger. Thumbs up. -- Jeff Legwold

60. Dallas Cowboys
Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska

The Cowboys got a player viewed as one of the best pass-rushers in the draft in the second round. There are risks involved, clearly, but the Cowboys were able to fill a big need and believe they have a support system in place where he can succeed. Thumbs up. -- Todd Archer

61. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ali Marpet, G, Hobart

The Bucs traded up four spots to get Marpet as they continue to overhaul their offensive line. Penn State tackle Donovan Smith was drafted earlier in the second round. The Bucs are trying to rebuild an offensive line that surrendered 52 sacks and didn’t block well in the running game last season. Thumbs up. -- Pat Yasinskas

62. Green Bay Packers
Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (Ohio)

How do you judge someone who played one year of college football? And that one year came in the Mid-American Conference, not exactly a high-major level. It sure makes this pick hard to evaluate, but the Packers claim it didn’t take them all that long. We might have to trust them on this one. “He was probably their best player in Week 2 of the season and he had only started playing that spring,” Packers director of college scouting Brian Gutekunst said. There’s actually more film on Rollins as a college basketball player than there is as a football player. He played basketball for four years and finished his career ranked second in Miami (Ohio) history in steals before returning to the football field for the first time since high school. Thumbs down. -- Rob Demovsky

63. Seattle Seahawks
Frank Clark, DE, Michigan

A talented player who many experts thought might go undrafted after being kicked off the team in November over a domestic-violence charge in an incident with his girlfriend. The Seahawks have made some shocking picks in recent years, but this is the biggest head-scratcher of them all. Thumbs down. -- Terry Blount

64. New England Patriots
Jordan Richards, S, Stanford

Richards was identified as a "beyond the first round target" for the Patriots, so his fit with the team was easy to see. The question we'd have is the value of the pick in the late second round, an opinion that is influenced by media-based analysts who projected him to be a later-round pick. Those media-based analysts have watched Richards a lot more than I have, so we'll defer to them at this point. Thumbs down. -- Mike Reiss