Pittsburgh took a big bruising back in Le’Veon Bell of Michigan State, who will move into the Barry Foster role and probably get a lot of carries for a year. He went before Eddie Lacy, and the Alabama back is still available. The first running back off the board was actually Giovani Bernard of North Carolina, who was selected by Cincinnati. That pick came in right before things got wild with the consecutive picks of Te’o by San Diego and Geno Smith to the Jets.
A recap of the rest of the first half of the second round:
Jacksonville opted to address the rest of their roster, give Blaine Gabbert no immediate competition for the quarterback job, and grabbed Johnathan Cyprien, a safety from Florida International.
Tennessee then traded up with San Francisco, giving up next year’s third rounder to move up six spots. The Titans then took Justin Hunter, the wide receiver from Tennessee. This move makes Kenny Britt and his injuries and issues expendable. San Francisco hit another grand slam, trading down and still getting Tank Carradine.
Philadelphia went with Zach Ertz of Stanford as Chip Kelly installs his offense.
Detroit (#36) and Tampa Bay (#43) went with Mississippi State cornerbacks in Darius Slay and Johnthan Banks.
Buffalo selected Robert Woods 41st overall, and then Hall of Famer Willie Brown had a difficult time with Menelik Watson, the Oakland Raiders pick at #42. Carolina continued to add to its defensive line, going with Kawann Short of Purdue after taking Star Lotulelei in the first round.
Arizona and Buffalo then went with inside linebackers who did not have fake girlfriends at 45 and 46, in Kevin Minter of LSU and Kiko Alonso of Oregon (and prior to that Real Madrid).
Dallas then outsmarted everyone again by going with Gavin Escobar, a tight end from San Diego State. Looking forward to hearing what Jason Garrett thought of that pick.