With a number of high-profile prospects still available, the second and third rounds of the 2015 NFL Draft will get underway Friday night from the Chicago Auditorium Theatre. Following an anticlimactic first round that promised several trades but didn’t deliver, it’s possible far more movement could take place with teams looking to move down or up.
Several top prospects, including Nebraska linebacker Randy Gregory, Arizona State wide receiver Jaelen Strong, as well as quarterbacks like Baylor’s Bryce Petty, UCLA’s Brett Hundley, and Colorado State’s Garrett Grayson, could hear their names called on Day 2 of the draft.
Projected as a first-round selection throughout most of the draft process, Gregory’s stock fell out of the first day due in part to his positive test for marijuana at the scouting combine in February. However, the Denver Broncos opted to select defensive end Shane Ray out of Missouri in the first round, despite his citation for marijuana possession only days before the selection process.
Teams could be more willing to spend a second or third round pick on Gregory. For one, his contract won’t be nearly as high compared to if he went in the first round. Secondly Gregory accumulated 17.5 sacks and 120 tackles over two short years with the Cornhuskers.
Strong, who totaled 2,287 yards and 17 touchdowns off 157 receptions over two seasons with the Sun Devils, leads perhaps an underrated batch of receivers who could go in the next two rounds. There’s also Michigan’s Devin Funchess, Ohio State’s Devin Smith, and Oklahoma’s Dorial Green-Beckham, who like Gregory must prove to teams he can overcome several mishaps from college.
The first round was primarily focused on what the Tennessee Titans would do with the No. 2 pick, and they opted to hold on and select former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota rather than trade the pick to numerous teams hoping to acquire the Heisman Trophy winner.
The Titans will start off the second round with the first pick, with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars, and New York Jets rounding out the top five.
Start Time: 7 p.m. ET
TV Channel: ESPN will show the first hour. At 8 p.m. the draft switches to ESPN2
Live Online: A live stream is available at Watch ESPN here.