Kiper’s Day 2 winners and questionable picks: Which teams got the best value?
- Mel Kiper has served as an NFL draft analyst for ESPN since 1984. He is a regular contributor on SportsCenter and ESPN Radio and writes weekly for ESPN Insider.
There were some really good prospects left on the board entering Rounds 2 and 3 of the 2021 NFL draft. My top prospects were wide receiver Elijah Moore (No. 16 overall in my rankings), defensive tackle Christian Barmore (22), linebacker Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (23), safety Trevon Moehrig (24), offensive tackle Teven Jenkins (25) and running back Javonte Williams (31).
A couple of them dropped farther than I thought, but each could be Day 2 steals. This is the day in which teams can find value in the draft. There are going to be a lot of second- and third-round rookie starters in 2021, and this is where the good general managers and scouting staffs find gems. It’s also where the smart teams make trades to get even more value, and we saw a flurry of them Friday.
Just like we did out of the first round, below are the picks I liked and didn’t like from Day 2. I’m basing these on my rankings and how I have prospects graded, along with whether teams got value with their selections. Come back Saturday night for my post-draft grades for all 32 teams. And we’ll be back for Rounds 4-7 on Saturday (noon ET on ESPN, ABC and the ESPN App).
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