2015 NFL Draft’s Second Round Loaded With Talent And Risk


Round one of the 2015 NFL Draft has come and gone. The highly anticipated first round of the draft took place last night, Thursday, April 30th. No blockbuster deals went down, no team mortgaged their future for Marcus Mariota, and no general manager offered “Trader Rick” a deal he couldn’t refuse.

Apr 30, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell addresses the crowd in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

The second round of the draft offers even more intrigue, as top talents such as Randy Gregory, La’el Collins, and Dorial Green-Beckham were dropped from the first round due to off- field and character issues. The problem is, for every Randy Moss, you get a Josh Gordan, or Justin Blackmon, or Dion Jordan, you get the idea. The point is, you can never be too careful when choosing a player in the first round.

Perhaps the most interesting piece of news last night, was Nebraska OLB Randy Gregory falling out of the first round. Gregory tested positive for marijuana at the combine in March and is now enrolled in the NFL’s substance abuse program. A similar issue, however, did not stop the Denver Broncos from drafting Missouri DE Shane Ray in the first round of the draft.

La’el Collins, OT LSU, was widely viewed as one of the draft’s top offensive lineman going into Thursday’s draft. But an investigation into the murder of an ex-girlfriend made general managers think twice about drafting the versatile offensive lineman. Although Collins is not a suspect in the murder, he is meeting with the police for questioning.

Dorial Green-Beckham is one of the draft’s top receivers, but with his list of character issues, it was no surprise to anyone when his name wasn’t called Thursday night.

The Minnesota Vikings could be in a great spot to land a top talent in the 2nd round of the 2015 NFL draft. Not only will be have the chance to land a difference maker on day 2, but we will get to see general manager Rick Spielman make his first 2nd round selection in his career as general manager(unless of course, he trades out of the 2nd round). The last time the Vikings drafted a player in the second round was Kyle Rudolph with the 43rd overall pick in 2011.

In the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft the Minnesota Vikings selected Michigan State CB Trae Waynes, with the 11th overall pick. Waynes will add much needed depth to Minnesota’s secondary.

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