Luke Joeckel, Jacksonville, 2nd overall -- We already talked about this selection in our day 1 review. Luke is the first pick of new GM Dave Caldwell and coach Gus Bradley in an effort by new owner Shahid Khan to turn the franchise around. With a great left tackle in Eugene Monroe already on the roster, Luke will start off on the right side his rookie season. However Monroe is in a contract year, so Luke could take over the left tackle position very soon. The Jaguars had a great draft, and I'm pretty confident Jacksonville will become a decent team fairly soon.
Christine Michael, Seattle, 2nd round -- Seattle didn't have a 1st round draft pick after dealing for Percy Harvin, so C-Mike was Seattle's first selection of the draft. It's no surprised C-Mike went as early as he did as some teams had him rated the top running back on the board. Michael is joining a Seattle team that is a Super Bowl contender and a very young yet explosive offense. Ahead of him at the position is Marshawn Lynch, the BEAST himself. Combining Lynch and Michael has to be one of the most physical backfields in all the NFL. I can't wait to watch the NFC West next season.
Damontre Moore, New York Giants, 3rd round -- The fall that was predicted for Damontre Moore came to fruition, as Moore fell all the way to the middle of the 3rd round. In interviews after the draft, Giant head coach Tom Coughlin said he loved the way Damontre played on tape, going all out every snap, and had production this past year in the SEC. That was focusing on all the positives. Moore won't be asked to play an essential role right away for the Giants, but he will definitely be in the rotation at defensive end. He will get to watch from some of the best in Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre-Paul. An interesting question is will the city of New York keep Moore focused on football? We hope so, as the Moore-Robert Griffin III battles will be fun to watch for years to come.
Sean Porter, Cincinnati, 4th round -- Apparently there where several teams high on Sean Porter in the 4th round including the Houston Texans. Porter adds to a linebacker position for the Bengals that is currently in remodeling mode, signing former Steeler James Harrison just a couple weeks ago. Porter brings athleticism to their position where he most likely will play WILL linebacker. The question is how early will Sean see the field? Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer is one of the best in the league and he will find a way to get him on the field.
Ryan Swope, Arizona, 6th round -- This one shocked a lot of people, including myself. I had Swope as a 3rd or 4th round draft pick, but he was available late into the 6th round. Adam Schefter and Chris Mortenson for ESPN reported that it was Ryan's concussion history that caused a lot of teams to take Ryan off their board all together. In this day and age of player safety, that makes a lot of sense. Luckily for Ryan, he joins a rebuilding Arizona Cardinal team under new coach Bruce Arians who pledged before the draft to add someone with the pure speed as Swope has. He kept his promise and Ryan joins a receiving core featuring Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd, last year's 1st round draft pick. Question will be can Carson Palmer make this a good passing offense? Arians loves to throw the ball down the field, and adding Swope is a wise choice.
Jonathan Stewart, St. Louis, UDFA -- I was more shocked that Stewart went undrafted. Combining his size and athleticism at the MIKE position, I thought some teams might be drooling for a linebacker with his skills. In the end, Stewart finds a home in St. Louis with a defense undergoing a make-over under Jeff Fisher.
Patrick Lewis, Green Bay, UDFA -- Lewis could potentially be snapping the ball to the highest paid player in the NFL, Aaron Rodgers. I think the west coast offense Green Bay runs will be a great fit for Lewis, and he could make the team.
Steven Terrell, Jacksonville, UDFA -- I thought Terrell had a shot to be drafted. Terrell joins Joeckel in Jacksonville, who loves to use three safties in their nickel and dime package under new head coach Gus Bradley. Those numbers, along with Terrell being a smart football player, gives him a shot to make the team.
Spencer Nealy, New York Jets, UDFA -- I said in our pre-draft preview there was no way Rex Ryan wouldn't sign Nealy after his pro-day workout, and the Jets were very quick in doing so after the draft. The Jets may be the worst roster in the NFL, so Nealy has a shot to stick in New York, but the defensive line talent is strong.
Uzoma Nwachukwu, Houston, UDFA -- This signing makes too much sense. Texans need as much receiver help as they can get, and EZ is consistent with his game to make an impact in training back.
CJ Jones, Kansas City, UDFA -- Same for CJ Jones in Kansas City. Jones, who has been the 12th Man for the Aggies numerous times the past two seasons, put on a workout clinic at A&M's pro day. If you can play special teams and play them well, there is always a spot for you on the roster. That is what Kansas City will be asking for.
SEC Dominates with 63 selections -- The SEC shattered the old record set by the Pac-12 for most selections in an NFL Draft (55). They had help from new additions Texas A&M (5) and Missouri (2), but would have set the record without us newbies anyway. Let this sink in for a moment -- there were 5 SEC teams with 7 or more selections in this draft. Just goes to show how long of a way we have to go to increase the talent on our roster. Sumlin is getting us there.