NFL Draft nabs second biggest viewership for ESPN, NFL Network

For once, the national pundits are not laughing at the Cleveland Browns for their draft picks. Six of the Wolverines drafted were taken in round three or earlier, second most of any team through three rounds in this years draft to Alabama, which had ten.

If that was the logic applied by GM Jon Robinson, he was correct.

Day 2 of the 2017 NFL Draft was filled with nearly as much drama and intrigue as the first round.

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Two of those players, both from Oklahoma, were selected despite the stain of domestic violence incidents. Chicago gave up a lot of picks for a guy who made just 13 starts in his college career. Cook was an All-American last season.

The SEC now gets to claim that half of the conference had a former player who was drafted in the first round. For months, Garrett was projected to be the top pick in this year's draft, and while the Browns were considering all options at No. 1 since they were also in need of a quarterback, it's safe to say this was their best option.

Every player is happy at the first round of the draft. Reddick in Round 1 and safety Budda Baker in Round 2 were great scheme fits for a Cardinals defense that prizes versatility. Two offensive linemen taken on Day 3 continued the trend of the Cardinals finding options who can help in 2017. Their names on the list of drafted players is far from a point of pride, considering their off-field issues. Their time is now. Their draft season included the acquisition of wide receiver Brandin Cooks (for the No. 32 overall pick), running back Mike Gillislee (in restricted free agency for a fifth-round pick), tight end Dwayne Allen and defensive end Kony Ealy. The NFL allows five minutes per pick in rounds four through seven, and then four minutes per compensatory pick in all rounds. Putting all its efforts into one pick, Chicago must be banking on him to be a substantial addition. And Belichick never turns down value.

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"For some of our fans, probably (they'll) pause for a second", Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said.

A Malcolm Butler deal is even more unlikely now as the Saints have drafted the top cornerback in this year's draft in Marshon Lattimore. They selected a franchise-record three players in the first round, two on Day 2 and five Saturday. Alabama's O.J. Howard went to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 19, Ole Miss' Evan Engram went to the New York Giants at No. 23 and Miami's David Njoku went to the Cleveland Browns at No. 29.

The debate over, the first round complete, now the question becomes this: What will Jabrill Peppers do in the NFL? Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams should know just how to deploy him. Sixth round: Denver Broncos (Vernon Davis trade) - No. 18 (202 overall) 10. These are my three winners and three losers from April 27's first round. Cleveland is showing enviable patience.

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LeBron James' love for Cleveland is undeniable that is why he aims for the city's sports teams to achieve success, specifically the Browns. He has the potential to be a beast in short-yardage situations and should provide very good value for a Washington team that had a strong draft.


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