I watched the second and third rounds of the NFL Draft from my apartment in Stillwater Friday night. Not nearly as glamorous as being at the Weeden crib last night. Oh well.
Two things I was monitoring:
If Markelle Martin was selected. He wasn’t. He was projected by many to go in the third round, but I’d imagine the knee injury that kept him from working out at the NFL Combine and OSU’s pro day last month was a factor in him slipping to the fourth round. The Titans, Colts, Jaguars, Patriots, Buccaneers and Falcons were at Martin’s individual pro day two weeks ago, so I’d most expect him to go to one of those teams.
I was also paying attention to who the Jaguars and Browns added to complement Justin Blackmon and Brandon Weeden. Here’s a breakdown of those picks.
Jaguars’ second-day picks
Second round No. 6 (No. 38 overall): Andre Branch, DE/OLB, Clemson
The Jags went defense with their second selection, upgrading their pass rush by taking the versatile Branch. He tallied 77 tackles (16 for loss), 9.5 sacks and five quarterback hurries in 2011.
Third round No. 7: Bryan Anger, P, California
Well this is interesting. Anger ranked 13th in the nation in punting yards per game (44.25) last season and made the All-Pac-12 First Team.
So, no offensive complements for Blackmon on Day 2.
Browns’ second-day picks
Second round No. 5 (No. 37 overall): Mitchell Schwartz, OT, California
Surprised the Browns didn’t go wide receiver here, but Schwartz is a key part of the continued overhaul of the Cleveland offense. And I’m sure Weeden, should he become the starter, will appreciate the protection. The 6-5, 315-pound Schwartz started 51 games at Cal, at both tackle positions, and especially impressed at the Senior Bowl during pass-blocking drills. He told reporters at the Senior Bowl that Cal’s diverse blocking schemes helped him prepare for the pros.
Third round No. 24: John Hughes, DT, Cincinnati
The Browns decided to address the defense after making a trade with the Broncos to move down in the third round. Hughes tallied 51 tackles (12.5 for loss), five sacks and two quarterback hurries in 2011.
Cleveland will have two picks in the fourth round. Perhaps we’ll find the second part of the next #Weeden2 hashtag then?
The draft resumes at 11 a.m. Saturday. Martin will surely come off the board at some point. Jamie Blatnick and Johnny Thomas could go in the late rounds. There’s also a small chance guys like Levy Adcock, Josh Cooper and Grant Garner could be selected late, but they’ll likely need to join a team as an undrafted free agent.