The first day of the 2018 NFL Draft started well for the Big 12, with Baker Mayfield being selected as the first overall pick. From then on, however, no other player from the conference heard their name called.
The second day of the draft looks to be more fruitful for the conference, with multiple players projected to go in the second and third rounds.
DAY TWO (ROUNDS 2 & 3)
PROJECTED SECOND ROUND PICKS
EARLY-TO-MID SECOND ROUND: CONNOR WILLIAMS, OT, TEXAS
Connor Williams was hoping to go late in the first round, but the only teams that might take him decided to go in a different direction. You can read a more in-depth analysis of Williams’s strengths and weaknesses on our Day One post here.
Williams is the highest rated remaining offensive tackle and so will most likely go early in the second round to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or possibly even the Cleveland Browns, who have the first pick in the second round.
MID-SECOND ROUND: MASON RUDOLPH, QB, OKLAHOMA STATE
Most every metric out there has Mason Rudolph as the highest caliber quarterback left on the board, so if a team is going to draft a signal caller, they’re probably going to go with Rudolph. That said, where he goes is probably going to depend on what specific teams are looking for.
Rudolph was long seen as a possible Patriot who could be developed behind Tom Brady, but New England showed on the first day of the draft that they are maybe not so interested in long term development players.
Still, included with the Pats are the Denver Broncos, the Los Angeles Chargers, and the Jacksonville Jaguars as teams that are seen as wanting to take a quarterback. You can read a more in-depth analysis of Rudolph’s strengths and weaknesses on our Day One post here.
MID-TO-LATE SECOND ROUND: ORLANDO BROWN, OT, OKLAHOMA
Tackles are always a fairly high priority for teams in the draft, but Brown didn’t do himself any favors at this year’s NFL Combine. He was once thought to be a sure first round pick, but teams worry about his ability to hold up against NFL edge rushers.
For that reason, he’s thought to go later in the second round, maybe even the third round. The Los Angeles Chargers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers or Miami Dolphins might take Brown on Day Two.
MID-SECOND-TO-EARLY THIRD ROUND: MALIK JEFFERSON, LB, TEXAS
There were multiple linebackers drafted in the first round, so many teams will be looking to fill other needs on Day Two. That’s not great news for Malik Jefferson, who could go anywhere in the second or third round, depending on who decides to take a chance on him.
He’s a player that is seen as somewhat of a gamble because of his perceived lack of instincts. You can read a more in-depth analysis of Jefferson’s strengths and weaknesses on our Day One post here. Jefferson could be taken by the Oakland Raiders, the Atlanta Falcons, or the Cincinnati Bengals.
LATE SECOND-TO-EARLY THIRD ROUND: MARK ANDREWS, TE, OKLAHOMA
Tight ends do not generally go very high in the draft, so it’s not a surprise that Mark Andrews would get drafted so low despite his being one of the best at his position in the country. While Andrews is valuable as a pass catcher, most of the critiques of his game have to do with his struggles in blocking.
Playing in a system that uses the tight end more as a pass catcher is probably related to that perception. Because of his position group, Andrews could go anywhere from the middle of the second round to late in the third round. Teams that might be interested in him include the Tennessee Tians, Seattle Seahawks, and the Cincinnati Bengals.
PROJECTED THIRD ROUND PICKS
EARLY THIRD ROUND: JAMES WASHINGTON, WR, OSU
Wide receivers normally have less value as a position group, so as good as James Washington is, it’s not surprising that he would fall this low. Teams like his hands and ability to beat defenders, but hesitate because he doesn’t have prototypical NFL receiver size. You can read a more in-depth analysis of Washington’s strengths and weaknesses on our Day One post here.
He could go in the mid-second round, but he’s likely a third round guy based on what teams have already taken. Teams that could take him include the Buffalo Bills and the Dallas Cowboys.
MID-THIRD ROUND: JOSEPH NOTEBOOM, OT, TCU
It’s feasible that Noteboom could go early in the second round if a team particularly likes him, but if not he could quite feasibly go in the late third round. Noteboom is perceived as a player with good athleticism and technique, but his flashes of inconsistency are why he is likely to be drafted somewhere in the third round.
He had a good Senior Bowl showing, which may or may not endear him enough to a team willing to take him earlier. He could possibly be selected by the Chicago Bears or New England Patriots.
LATE THIRD ROUND: OGBONNIA OKORONKWO, OLB, OKLAHOMA
There was no better linebacker/defensive end hybrid in the Big 12 this season than “Obo,” and he projects to play the same position in the NFL. There is a perception that his size might limit him in being able to be the same kind of force in the professional ranks that he was as a college player.
Because the position he’s projected to play is so specialized, in addition, he probably will go later in Day Two. Teams that could take him include the Denver Broncos and the Los Angeles Chargers.
LATE THIRD ROUND: HOLTON HILL, CB, TEXAS
Holton Hill had a great year on the field for the Texas Longhorns in 2017 and projects as a high caliber lockdown corner. He’s a physical tackler and is able to play one-on-one with wide receivers with confidence.
He is also thought to be a ballhawk who isn’t afraid to look for the endzone. Why is he a late third round projection? Hill was suspended at the end of 2017 and some teams worry that off-the-field issues will keep him from being truly successful at the next level.
Teams that could take a chance on him as a possible “steal” in the draft include the Houston Texans and the Jacksonville Jaguars.