Day 2 of the 2021 NFL draft has come and gone and as the dust clears we check out some winners and losers. The Seahawks were among the former. Sure, Seattle had just one pick but they chose wisely.
Like every other draft, however, some other picks for some other teams might have made one think, “Oh, I’m not sure about that?” Of course, back in 2012 when other people were running 12th Man Rising, they doubted the Seahawks taking Russell Wilson in the third round and we saw how that turned out. (If you have been dwelling in a cave for the last decade, it turned out well for Seattle.)
Not mentioned on the list below are the Arizona Cardinals because I refuse to give another NFC West their due for making smart choices in the draft. (I am just joking; The Cardinals are doing well.)
Seahawks among winners and loser from day 2 of the 2021 NFL draft
Winner – New England Patriots
After making what I think is a smart choice by taking quarterback Mac Jones on day one, Bill Belichick and company took another Alabama guy in round two, defensive tackle Christian Barmore, and Oklahoma edge rusher Ronnie Perkins in the third round. Both players should be good NFL players and help the Patriots win many games.
Loser – Houston Texans
The Texans are such a poorly run franchise at this point, coupled with the extremely negative situation surrounding Deshaun Watson, that they were forced into drafting a quarterback on day 2. Stanford’s Davis Mills is just meh. Now Houston has 835 quarterbacks on their roster currently (only a slight exaggeration) and no real answers to who will even be the starter by 2022.
Winner – Denver Broncos
When the Broncos were winning Super Bowls in the 1990s they did so by having a great defense and excellent running game. In 2021, Denver’s run game is going to be beastly. Taking North Carolina’s Javonte Williams in round 2 is going to be a steal, especially sharing time with Melvin Gordon. Adding guard Quinn Meinerz in round 3 was brilliant.
Loser – Carolina Panthers
Carolina had three picks on day 2. Receiver Terrace Marshall, Jr. might be good or a bust. Tackle Brady Christensen seems like an overreach with better tackles still on the board when Carolina took him in round 3. Tommy Tremble should be fine as a tight end. The whole time in this draft Carolina seems to have forgotten they need a quarterback.
Winner – Seattle Seahawks
Yes, maybe Seattle still needs offensive line help and could have taken a center here but all the people who question taking receiver D’Wayne Eskridge seem to forget that Seattle did actually improve their offensive line this offseason by trading for Gabe Jackson. Eskridge can return kicks, can run like a cheetah and is the perfect compliment to D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett.