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NFL draft grades 2017: Experts split on Day 2 picks

Analysts didn’t always agree on team’s choices in the second and third rounds.

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The second day of the 2017 draft was eventful. We won’t know if they made the right moves until these players actually hit the field, but that doesn’t mean we can’t judge them.

There were trades galore. Teams dealt picks to move up or back in the order, trying to get to the right spot to draft a player who may be the answer their team needs at a given position.

We also saw plenty of small school players come off the board. There was a run on cornerbacks, a deep position in this draft class, and that helped shape the way teams approached their picks, too.

The experts have weighed in, and here’s how Dan Kadar of Mocking the Draft, CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco and Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke think each team did in the second and third rounds.

Arizona Cardinals

Mocking the Draft: B-
CBS Sports: A/B
Sports Illustrated: B+/B

Analysts liked the Budda Baker pick in general, but the Cardinals gave up quite a bit to move up and take Baker. Wide receiver Chad Williams has potential but needs to develop as a route runner.

Atlanta Falcons

Mocking the Draft: B-
CBS Sports: B
Sports Illustrated: B

The Falcons continued to build the defense on Friday night, taking LSU linebacker Duke Riley in the second round. Riley has speed, and that’s what the Falcons covet on defense.

Baltimore Ravens

Mocking the Draft: B
CBS Sports: B/B+/B
Sports Illustrated: A-/A-/A-

The Ravens got some defensive help with outside linebacker Tyus Bowser, defensive lineman Chris Wormley and outside linebacker Tim Williams. The experts generally liked the picks, especially Wormley, who is a great fit with the Ravens.

Buffalo Bills

Mocking the Draft: B+
CBS Sports: B+/B-
Sports Illustrated: B+/B+

The Bills added receiving talent with Zay Jones, who should be a good addition. Offensive tackle Dion Dawkins can compete for a starting job right away.

Carolina Panthers

Mocking the Draft: C+
CBS Sports: B-/B-/A
Sports Illustrated: C+/A/B+

Yes, the Panthers added another big playmaker in Curtis Samuel, but the experts wondered if it was the best use of the No. 40 pick. They were a little more impressed by the selection of tackle Taylor Moton and defensive end Daeshon Hall.

Chicago Bears

Mocking the Draft: B
CBS Sports: C-
Sports Illustrated: C

Tight end Adam Shaheen is a small school prospect with big upside, but Prisco and Burke did not love the pick. Shaheen is a big, athletic prospect with loads of potential.

Cincinnati Bengals

Mocking the Draft: B
CBS Sports: B/A
Sports Illustrated: B/B+

Joe Mixon is a problematic prospect because of his history, but he’s got first-round-caliber talent. Jordan Willis, a defensive end out of Kansas State, could end up being a steal for the Bengals.

Cleveland Browns

Mocking the Draft: B-
CBS Sports: B/B
Sports Illustrated: A/A-

The Browns finally got a quarterback! DeShone Kizer has lots of potential, and Hue Jackson should be able to help him tap into it. Larry Ogunjobi is a big defensive tackle who is raw, but has all the tools to succeed.

Dallas Cowboys

Mocking the Draft: B+
CBS Sports: A/B+
Sports Illustrated: A-/Incomplete

The Cowboys landed two cornerbacks on Day 2. The experts loved the selection of Chidobe Awuzie for the Cowboys at No. 60 but were less certain about Jourdan Lewis with the 92nd pick.

Denver Broncos

Mocking the Draft: C
CBS Sports: B/B/C
Sports Illustrated: B/A/C

The experts were all over the place on Denver’s picks: defensive end DeMarcus Walker, wide receiver Carlos Henderson and cornerback Brendan Langley. Walker and Langley both may have been reaches where the Broncos selected them.

Detroit Lions

Mocking the Draft: C
CBS Sports: C/B-
Sports Illustrated: B+/C+

The Lions grabbed cornerback Teez Tabor in the second and added wide receiver Kenny Golladay in the third. Tabor was a good value where he was picked, but speed is the concern for Golladay.

Green Bay Packers

Mocking the Draft: A
CBS Sports: A+/B/B+
Sports Illustrated: B+/B/B

The selection of cornerback Kevin King at the top of the second round was a smart move by the Packers. Safety Josh Jones and defensive tackle Montravius Adams should be solid additions.

Houston Texans

Mocking the Draft: B
CBS Sports: B+/B-
Sports Illustrated: A/B+

Linebacker Zach Cunningham is a specifically good fit in Houston’s defense. Running back D’Onta Foreman is one-dimensional but a good backup for Lamar Miller.

Indianapolis Colts

Mocking the Draft: B
CBS Sports: C-/B-
Sports Illustrated: A/A

The Colts continued to build the defense, getting opportunistic Florida cornerback Quincy Wilson and pass rusher Tarell Basham. Kadar called Basham one of his favorite picks of the day.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Mocking the Draft: B+
CBS Sports: B+/B+
Sports Illustrated: A/D+

The Jaguars got one of the best tackles in the draft in Cam Robinson, and he fills a need. Defensive end Dawuane Smoot has the potential to develop into a consistent edge rusher for Jacksonville.

Kansas City Chiefs

Mocking the Draft: B-
CBS Sports: B/B+
Sports Illustrated: B+/A

The Chiefs got defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon in the second, but he probably won’t be ready to contribute this season. Running back Kareem Hunt could develop into a feature back.

Los Angeles Chargers

Mocking the Draft: B
CBS Sports: B+/A-
Sports Illustrated: A/A-

The Chargers showed that they wanted to shore up the interior offensive line, taking both of the best guard prospects in this year’s draft. Forrest Lamp and Dan Feeney should stabilize the line, but the Chargers have other needs that went unmet.

Los Angeles Rams

Mocking the Draft: C+
CBS Sports: C/B+/B
Sports Illustrated: D+/B-/B+

The Rams gave quarterback Jared Goff tight end Gerald Everett, who could be a dynamic pass catcher, and Cooper Kupp, a reliable receiver. Safety John Johnson is decent in coverage and against the run.

Miami Dolphins

Mocking the Draft: B-
CBS Sports: B/B-
Sports Illustrated: B+/B-

Linebacker Raekwon McMillan is a leader and exactly the kind of linebacker the Dolphins need. Cordrea Tankersley would have come off the board much sooner in a year with a more shallow cornerback class, so he’s a good value.

Minnesota Vikings

Mocking the Draft: A+
CBS Sports: B/B+
Sports Illustrated: A/A

Dalvin Cook can help fill the void left by the departure of Adrian Peterson. Center Pat Elflein is versatile and reliable, which is exactly what the Vikings need along the offensive line.

New England Patriots

Mocking the Draft: A
CBS Sports:
Sports Illustrated:

The Patriots haven’t seen much action in this draft, but they made these picks count. Charles Harris can be an impact player for them, and Antonio Garcia could develop into a dependable starter.

New Orleans Saints

Mocking the Draft: B-
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Sports Illustrated:

The Saints continued to build the defense with safety Marcus Williams, linebacker Alex Anzalone, and defensive end Trey Hendrickson. Alvin Kamara was a great addition in terms of talent, but New Orleans already has Mark Ingram and Adrian Peterson on the roster.

New York Giants

Mocking the Draft: B-
CBS Sports:
Sports Illustrated:

The Giants got their replacement for Johnathan Hankins in Dalvin Tomlinson, an intelligent defensive tackle who knows how to use leverage to get the best of blockers. Davis Webb can develop behind Eli Manning for the time being.

New York Jets

Mocking the Draft: C+
CBS Sports:
Sports Illustrated:

The Jets needed safeties, and they got another in Marcus Maye. Wide receiver ArDarius Stewart should be a solid addition as long as the Jets somehow find a reasonable quarterback.

Oakland Raiders

Mocking the Draft: B
CBS Sports:
Sports Illustrated:

Safety Obi Melifonwu is big and athletic and a good fit for the Raiders defense. Eddie Vanderdoes should be a solid run-stopper for Oakland if he stays healthy.

Philadelphia Eagles

Mocking the Draft: B-
CBS Sports:
Sports Illustrated:

The Eagles got two cornerbacks, and Sidney Jones is coming off a torn Achilles, but his talent is undeniable. Rasul Douglas was a good value in the third round.

Pittsburgh Steelers

Mocking the Draft: B-
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Sports Illustrated:

JuJu Smith-Schuster could outplay his draft status for the Steelers, depending on the opportunities he gets. The concern with cornerback Cameron Sutton is injuries, and James Conner should be a good short-yardage back for the Steelers.

San Francisco 49ers

Mocking the Draft: C
CBS Sports:
Sports Illustrated:

Cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon has good size, which you can’t teach. The big question mark for the Niners on Day 2 was the selection of quarterback C.J. Beathard.

Seattle Seahawks

Mocking the Draft: B
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Sports Illustrated:

The Seahawks had a haul on Day 2, selecting defensive lineman Malik McDowell, center Ethan Pocic, cornerback Shaquill Griffin, safety Delano Hill, defensive tackle Nazair Jones, and wide receiver Amara Darboh. A few of these guys were projected to go on Day 3 and may be reaches.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mocking the Draft: C-
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Safety Justin Evans was probably drafted a little too soon by the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay also added to Jameis Winston’s arsenal with wide receiver Chris Godwin and brought in linebacker Kendall Beckwith.

Tennessee Titans

Mocking the Draft: C+
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Sports Illustrated:

The Titans got Marcus Mariota a slot receiver in Taywan Taylor, but there were other receivers still on the board who might have been better fits. Tight end Jonnu Smith should be a solid addition.

Washington

Mocking the Draft: B-
CBS Sports: B/B+
Sports Illustrated: B+/B+

Ryan Anderson didn’t stand out as much as he could have at Alabama because of the talent that surrounded him, but he’s a talented pass rusher with a high motor. Cornerback Fabian Moreau slipped to the third because of injury, but if he’s healthy, he’ll contribute.