** The Tennessee Titans, who nabbed last year’s Heisman Trophy-winner Marcus Mariota of Oregon, picked the 2016 Heisman winner this year. They took Alabama running back Derrick Henry with the 45th overall pick, almost down to the middle of the second round.
** Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg went to the New York Jets with their second-round pick, #51 overall. He was the only quarterback taken in the second round and one of only four taken in the first two round. The others were Jared Goff, Carson Wentz (See yesterday’s post) and Paxton Lynch of Memphis, who went at #26 to Denver.
** Buffalo traded up from #49 to #41 and drafted Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland, the SEC’s 2015 defensive player of the year.
** The first pick of the second round, #32 overall, was Cleveland’s. The trade-happy franchise kept its pick and took Oklahoma State defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah. He is the school’s all-time sack leader with 28, and he’s fourth in Oklahoma State annals with 40 tackles for loss in his career. Ogbah was the 2015 Big 12 co-defensive player of the year, sharing the award with Baylor defensive tackle Andrew Billings. Surprisingly, Billings was not selected in the first three rounds of the draft.
** Jacksonville took U.C.L.A. linebacker Myles Jack – he of the damaged knee (See yesterday’s post)-
with the 36th pick early in the second round. He’s fast and highly-skilled. Jack will be the steal of the draft if his injury allows him to return to anywhere near what he was before.
** Much was made of Ohio State having five first round picks, and deservedly so. The king of the second round was Alabama, which had five picks. Clemson had three. In the third round Ohio State had three picks and Notre Dame had two.
** In the first three rounds combined, Ohio State led the way with an astronomical 10 selections. Alabama was second with seven picks, and Notre Dame was third with six draftees.
** Clemson had four players go in the first two rounds. Mississippi had three players picked in the first round (offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil at #13, wide receiver Laquon Treadwell at #23 and defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche at #29) but none in the second or third rounds.