BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – On day one of the NFL draft, while the Bills didn’t have a first-round pick, neither did the Patriots as they traded out of the first-round in a deal with the Chargers.
Meanwhile the Dolphins made three picks including drafting the guy they hope is their franchise quarterback and the Jets added better protection for Sam Darnold. Now we turn our attention to day two. Here’s what the rest of the division did in the second and third rounds:
Patriots – With their first pick of the draft, New England selected safety Kyle Dugger out of Division II Lenoir-Rhyne with the 37th overall pick. It’s been 20 years since Lenoir-Rhyne had a player taken in the NFL draft. The 49ers selected defensive end, John Milem in the fifth-round back in 2000.
Dugger showed off his athleticism and toughness at the senior bowl that really caught the attention of NFL teams. He also brings versatility able to play linebacker and contribute on special teams as a punt returner.
With their second pick in the second round (and the draft) the Patriots stick with defense and take Michigan linebacker Josh Uche with the 60th overall pick. The only move New England made to address the position in the offseason was signing Brandon Copeland, former Jets linebacker. This is an area needing attention for the Pats with Kyle Van Noy and Jamie Collins gone.
With the 87th overall pick, the Patriots went defense again and drafted Alabama linebacker Anfernee Jennings.
The Patriots go offense with their last pick of the third-round and select UCLA tight end Devin Asiasi with the 91st overall pick.
With the 101st overall pick, the Patriots drafted Virginia Tech Dalton Keene.
Dolphins – With their first pick on day two, Miami picked Louisiana offensive lineman Robert Hunt with the 39th overall pick. This is the second offensive linemen the Dolphins have taken so far after selecting offensive tackle Austin Jackson in the first-round, trying to bolster the revamped O-Line and give their new, young quarterback better protection.
Hunt is expected to compete for significant playing time and adds versatility for Miami up front. He played left guard his first two seasons then moved to left tackle in 2018 and then finally played his last two seasons in college at right tackle
With their second pick in the second round, the Dolphins went back to defense and picked Alabama defensive tackle Raekwon Davis with the 56th overall pick. Davis brings some much needed depth on the interior of Miami’s defensive line.
At 6’6″, 311 pounds, Raekwon adds versatility to their D-line as well having played nose tackle and defensive end. During his four years at Alabama, he racked up 175 tackles, 11.5 sacks, an interception and a forced fumbled (with a fumble recovery.)
In the third round, the Dolphins stick with defense and take Texas safety Brandon Jones with the 70th overall pick.
Jones had 232 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 3 interceptions, 7 passes defended, 3 fumble recoveries, 2 forced fumbles during his career with the Longhorns.
Jets – Seattle traded to get the Jets’ first pick in the second round. The Seahawks got pick 48 in exchange the Jets get the 59th overall pick and 101st (3rd round.)
With the Jets’ first pick of the second round, they add a weapon for Sam Darnold taking Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims. This comes after giving Darnold better protection in the first round.
Now they’re trying to add to a Jets’ receiving group that’s very thin. Robby Anderson left in free agency while Quincy Enunwa’s career is in jeopardy after suffering the second major neck injury of his career. That leaves Jamison Crowder and Breshad Perriman as their top two receivers. Darnold better hope Mims can make some kind of impact right away.
Heading to the third round now, the Jets selected Cal safety Ashtyn Davis with the 68th overall pick. After going offense with their first two picks, it’s time to give defensive coordinator, Gregg Williams someone new to work with.
The Jets already have Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye at safety but Davis brings another level of competition and versaility considering he’s played cornerback too so they have him for depth at safety and an option at CB.
With their second pick in the third round, the Jets take Florida defensive end, Jabari Zuniga with the 79th overall pick. If he can stay healthy, Zuniga could provide some much needed help when it comes to rushing the passer. But injuries have been a concern. His last season at Florida, he dealt with a high ankle sprain and could only play six games.
Over those games he had 7 tackles for loss and 3 sacks.