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Date Player
4/30/2016 Cody Kessler, Cle, QB
After trading out the No. 2 overall pick and a chance to take Carson Wentz last week, the Browns waited until the No. 93 pick to nab Kessler, who threw 88 touchdown passes during three seasons for USC.

Analysis: The Browns have spent their entire expansion era looking for a franchise quarterback, and while Robert Griffin III is expected to start next season, Jackson sees Kessler as a major part of his team's future.
4/29/2016 Derrick Henry, Ten, RB
The Titans selected Henry with the No. 45 overall pick, their third of three picks in the second round Friday night. They traded for DeMarco Murray in March and reworked his deal keeping him under contract through 2019.

Analysis: Coach Mike Mularkey wants the Tennessee Titans to run so often that having the NFL's 2014 rushing leader wasn't enough.
4/29/2016 James Bradberry, Car, CB
The Carolina Panthers have selected Bradberry out of Samford in the second round of the NFL draft.

Analysis: The Panthers, who lost to the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl, used the 62nd overall pick Friday to fill a need in their defensive secondary following the departure of All-Pro cornerback Josh Norman. Bradberry, 6-foot-1 and 211 pounds, was a four-year starter with the Bulldogs after transferring from Arkansas State. Playing primarily at cornerback, Bradberry had eight career interceptions and 27 pass break-ups, and was a two-time all-Southern Conference pick.
4/29/2016 Roberto Aguayo, TB, K
Aguayo, from Florida State, was selected by the Buccaneers in the second round of the draft and was the 59th overall pick.

Analysis: The previous kicker to go in the second round was Mike Nugent, who was the 47th overall pick by the New York Jets in 2005. Aguayo also became the first kicker since Sebastian Janikowski to forgo his senior year in college. As a sophomore he was a first-team selection to The Associated Press All-America team for the second straight season. Had he stayed for his senior season, Aguayo would have likely set NCAA records for scoring.
4/29/2016 Myles Jack, Jax, LB
The Jaguars traded up two spots to grab the UCLA linebacker out of UCLA in the second round of the NFL draft Friday night, landing a speedy player with huge upside. If Jack returns to form, the Jaguars could have the steal of the draft.

Analysis: The Jacksonville Jaguars got "three good looks" at Jack's injured right knee and were satisfied with the results. Still, it took an emotional tug for general manager Dave Caldwell to get Jack to Jacksonville. Jack had been widely projected to go early in the first round Thursday. Instead, he slipped to the second day.
4/29/2016 Christian Hackenberg, NYJ, QB
The New York Jets have selected Hackenberg with their second-round pick in the NFL draft.

Analysis: With Ryan Fitzpatrick still unsigned and in a contract stalemate with the Jets, New York added another quarterback to the roster in Hackenberg. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Hackenberg threw 16 touchdowns with six interceptions last season for the Nittany Lions. The Jets also have Geno Smith, the former starter who was a second-rounder in 2013, and Bryce Petty, a fourth-rounder last year, at quarterback.
4/29/2016 Noah Spence, TB, DE
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have addressed the need for a pass rusher with the selection of Spence in the second round of the NFL draft.

Analysis: Spence was the eighth player selected Friday night, No. 39 overall. He began his college career at Ohio State, but wound up at Eastern Kentucky because of off-the-field issues that kept him being a first-round pick. The Bucs are using the draft to re-tool a defense that allowed opponents to complete 70 percent of passes and throw for 31 touchdowns last season. Part of the problem was an inconsistent pass rush.
4/29/2016 Reggie Ragland, Buf, LB
The Buffalo Bills traded up eight spots in the second round to select ARagland with the 41st pick in the NFL draft on Friday night.

Analysis: Ragland is listed at 6-foot-1 and 247 pounds and was the SEC's defensive player of the year last season. In selecting Ragland, the Bills continued filling needs in revamping what had been an under-performing defense last year.
4/29/2016 Chris Jones, KC, DT
The Kansas City Chiefs chose Jones from Mississippi State with the sixth pick in the second round of the NFL draft on Friday night.

Analysis: The Chiefs had traded their first-round choice to San Francisco on Thursday night for a package that included the No. 37 overall pick, plus selections in the fourth and sixth rounds. The 6-foot-6, 308-pound Jones provides depth along the defensive line after the retirement of veteran Mike DeVito this offseason. He also gives the Chiefs some bargaining leverage with defensive tackle Dontari Poe, whose contract expires after next season
4/29/2016 Jaylon Smith, Dal, LB
The Dallas Cowboys have taken Smith with the 34th overall pick in the second round of the NFL draft.

Analysis: Smith isn't expected to play in 2016 after tearing ligaments in his left knee in his final college game against Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. He skipped his final season of eligibility despite the injury.
4/29/2016 Laremy Tunsil, Mia, T
Tunsil was a no-show at the Miami Dolphins' news conferences Friday to present him as their first-round pick.

Analysis: Tunsil was absent due to an allergic reaction, the team said. "Unfortunately, Laremy had an allergic reaction this afternoon, so right now he's with our medical staff and hopefully it's just a quick, short-term thing," Dolphins executive vice president of football operations Mike Tannenbaum said. Wags on Twitter diagnosed the problem as Tunsilitis.
4/28/2016 Vernon Hargreaves III, TB, CB
The Buccaneers have selected Hargreaves III with the 11th pick in the NFL draft Thursday.

Analysis: The selection addresses one of the biggest needs for a team that went 6-10 last season and hasn't made the playoffs since 2007. It also sets the tone for what figures to be an effort to bolster the defense over the final two days of the draft.
4/28/2016 Ronnie Stanley, Bal, T
The Ravens selected Stanley with the sixth overall pick in the NFL draft Thursday night.

Analysis: The 6-foot-6, 312-pound Stanley shined at left tackle for the Irish throughout his four-year career. He started all 13 games in each of his final three seasons and was an Associated Press second-team All-American as a senior. The Ravens haven't had a standout left tackle since Hall of Fame entrant Jonathan Ogden retired in 2007.
4/28/2016 Jack Conklin, Ten, T
The Titans selected Conklin of Michigan State with the eighth pick overall after trading up with Cleveland.

Analysis: Conklin brings size at 6-foot-6 and 325 pounds. He started 35 games at left tackle and three at right tackle. Tennessee gave up the most sacks (54) in the NFL in Marcus Mariota's rookie season, and the quarterback missed a total of four games after spraining each knee.
4/28/2016 Leonard Floyd, Chi, LB
The Bears took Floyd with the ninth pick in Thursday's draft after trading up two spots in a deal with Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Chicago sent the 11th pick along with a fourth-rounder to the Buccaneers. The 6-foot-6, 244-pound Floyd is long and elusive off the edge and could put up bigger numbers in Chicago than he did in college. He led the Bulldogs in sacks for the third straight year with 4 1/2 and tied for the team lead with 10 1/2 tackles for loss last season.
4/28/2016 Sheldon Rankins, NO, DT
The Saints selected Rankins with the 12th overall pick in Thursday night's NFL draft.

Analysis: The 6-foot-1, 299-pound Rankins starred at Louisville, where he played defensive tackle and had six sacks, as well as 13 tackles for losses last season. The selection provides the Saints with help on a defense that ranked 31st in the NFL last season, and which struggled both to pressure quarterbacks and stop the run.
4/28/2016 Laremy Tunsil, Mia, T
The Dolphins selected Tunsil with the 13th overall pick in Thursday's draft after he dropped following a bizarre video made the rounds on social media.

Analysis: The approximately 30-second video, which showed a person smoking from a mask equipped with a bong, was posted to Tunsil's verified Twitter account before quickly being deleted. The entire account was deactivated about 30 minutes later but the video added to the perception that Tunsil has off-the-field problems. While it is unclear if it was Tunsil in the video, or what was actually going on, it appeared to impact the left tackle's draft stock.
4/28/2016 Ezekiel Elliott, Dal, RB
The Cowboys selected Elliott with the No. 4 overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday.

Analysis: It's the highest Dallas has drafted a running back since taking Hall of Famer Tony Dorsett second overall in 1977. All-time NFL rushing leader Emmitt Smith went 17th to the Cowboys in 1990. Running back wasn't the biggest need, but the Cowboys will get to put the top-rated running back in the draft behind one of the NFL's best offensive lines. Dallas took blockers in the first round three times in a span of four seasons starting in 2011.
4/28/2016 Carson Wentz, Phi, QB
The Eagles selected Wentz with the second overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday.

Analysis: A potential franchise quarterback was Philadelphia's goal after the team traded up twice to get the second pick from Cleveland. The Eagles moved from No. 13 to No. 8 to No. 2 to get in position to select Jared Goff or Wentz despite signing Sam Bradford to a $36 million, two-year contract in March. Wentz led the Bison to their fifth consecutive FCS title last season. He passed for 1,651 yards and 17 touchdowns during his senior year that was shortened by a wrist injury.
4/28/2016 Jared Goff, LA, QB
The Rams are returning to Los Angeles with a new face of the franchise after choosing Jared Goff with the first overall pick in the NFL draft on Thursday.

Analysis: Two weeks after trading up from 15th to grab the top pick from the Tennessee Titans, Los Angeles selected Goff over North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz. The Rams hope they've finally solved their perennial problem at football's most important position.
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