Day 1 of the 2017 NFL Draft had some big trades and some big surprises. From the San Francisco 49ers earning a slew of picks for dropping one spot to allow the Chicago Bears the honor of drafting Mitchell Trubisky to the Kansas City Chiefs making a statement by moving up to get Patrick Mahomes II at No. 10 overall, it was an eventful round.
Myles Garrett was the top pick of the draft on Day 1, and kicking off the second round, the Green Bay Packers landed cornerback Kevin King of Washington.
Trades were fired off right and left from there, and the round included the rest of the big-name quarterbacks, a run on running backs and tight ends, and some ridiculously elite defensive back talent going to very lucky teams.
Below, we’ll highlight some of the biggest things of note from the second round. Be sure to keep up with the 2017 NFL Draft with SB Nation’s tracker, and follow along with SB Nation’s grades of every single pick going into the third round.
We had another situation where a team traded down a single spot, akin to what the San Francisco 49ers did with the Chicago Bears at the top of the first round. This was less dramatic because they didn’t get a surplus of picks for it, but the Jacksonville Jaguars traded up one spot with the Seattle Seahawks at the top of the round.
With that pick, the Seahawks drafted offensive tackle Cam Robinson of Alabama. The Seahawks, who had yet to pick after they traded out of the first round with the 49ers, finally did pick at No. 35 overall, taking Malik McDowell of Michigan State.
The Bears did manage to get some picks back after their big trades on Day 1 when they allowed the Arizona Cardinals to trade up to No. 36, receiving Arizona’s third- and fourth-round picks as well as 2018 picks. With that pick, the Cardinals took Washington safety Budda Baker.
Immediately after that, it was the Buffalo Bills who moved up, acquiring No. 37 and No. 149 overall in exchange for No. 44 and No 91 with the Los Angeles Rams. The Bills took East Carolina wide receiver Zay Jones with the selection.
The Minnesota Vikings moved up from No. 48 to 41 by trading with the Cincinnati Bengals, and they used the pick on Florida State running back Dalvin Cook. They were probably pressed into making the trade after the Carolina Panthers took Curtis Samuel in the pick prior, and they likely wanted to jump the Philadelphia Eagles at No. 43.
At the back end of the round, the Bills moved again, jumping up to No. 63 overall to land Deon Dawkins, an interior offensive line.
The most interesting fits
The Panthers made a very surprising move when they selected Samuel out of Oio State at No. 40 overall. It’s surprising because they added a game-breaking running back in Christian McCaffrey from Stanford in the Top 10 on Day 1.
It’s likely Samuel will play wide receiver for the Panthers, and regardless — they just got much more dangerous. Cam Newton has been playing amazing football but the Panthers have had a lack of playmakers next to him on offense. They now have two more.
Sticking with the running back position, the Vikings took Cook out of Florida State. With the last few years of the Adrian Peterson era being tumultuous at best, the Vikings are now finally ready to move on with Cook, who will step right in and be a contributor from Day 1.
The Cleveland Browns, who took Myles Garrett with the first pick of the draft, passed up taking a quarterback twice despite having nothing interesting at the position. They finally took DeShone Kizer off the board at No. 52 overall, a pick they received from the Titans. Kizer has so much potential, but his tendency for frustrating mistakes make him a gamble. But he’s a gamble that will now be in Cleveland.
The Cincinnati Bengals drafted Joe Mixon, a running back out of Oklahoma who punched a woman in college and broke bones in her face, in the second round. Bengals owner Mike Brown personally approved the pick, while “about half of the boards” of teams around the league did not even include Mixon due to the incident, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Then, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that an anonymous survey taken of all 32 teams, “only four said they would consider drafting” Mixon.
Pearson goes off
Dallas Cowboys legend Drew Pearson announced the team’s No. 60 overall pick and he was more than happy to get the boos from the Philadelphia fans in attendance. He got so into it he started yelling over it, thanking them for his long and successful career in Dallas and rubbing in the fact that the Cowboys have five Super Bowl titles. It was an incredible pick announcement, one of the best in NFL Draft history.
Oh and the Cowboys took a very, very good player in Chidobe Awuzie, a cornerback out of Colorado.