NFL draft: Second and third round pick-by-pick analysis

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The Tennessee Titans picked up Heisman winner Derrick Henry.

Welcome to USA TODAY Sports' 2016 NFL draft tracker. Here's pick-by-pick analysis of Rounds 2 and 3:

Round 2

32. Cleveland Browns – Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State: The Browns kick off the second round by opting for pass rush. Ogbah had 22½ sacks over the past two seasons. Cleveland had all of 29 last year and is still trying to recover from 2013 first-round disappointment Barkevious Mingo.

33. Tennessee Titans – Kevin Dodd, DE, Clemson: Sense a theme? Another edge player goes at the top of the round. Dodd was nearly as productive as Tigers teammate Shaq Lawson in 2015, constantly harassing quarterbacks and ball carriers. He might begin his pro career in sub packages behind starting Titans OLBs Brian Orakpo and Derrick Morgan.

34. Dallas Cowboys – Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame: Stunner. Dallas throws caution to the wind, taking Smith, arguably the most-talented player in the draft. The Irish star can play inside or out and cover nearly the entire field — when healthy. Of course, he tore two knee ligaments and suffered nerve damage in his leg during January's Fiesta Bowl. He likely won't play in 2016, but the Cowboys might have found an all-pro caliber player for 2017 and beyond. Smith had more than 100 tackles and double-digit tackles for loss each of the past two seasons.

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35. San Diego Chargers – Hunter Henry, TE, Arkansas: The top tight end in the draft goes to San Diego, where he can learn from Antonio Gates, a near lock for the Hall of Fame but quite possibly entering his final NFL season. Henry's a solid receiver and decent enough blocker.

36. Jaguars (from Baltimore Ravens) – Myles Jack, LB, UCLA: Many thought the Jags would take Jack in Round 1. They end up trading to get him in the second round, and the defense that surrendered the most points in the AFC in 2015 suddenly has two elite playmakers in Jack and first-round DB Jalen Ramsey (not to mention 2015 first-round DE Dante Fowler, who missed his rookie season with a knee injury). Of course, if not for concerns about a degenerative knee condition, Jack might have gone 30 spots higher.

37. Kansas City Chiefs (from San Francisco 49ers) – Chris Jones, DT, Mississippi State: Kansas City's first pick of the 2016 draft is Jones, an uber-promising lineman, but one who's been criticized for not giving full effort every play. He joins a D-line that could lose NT Dontari Poe in a year to free agency and parted with retired DE Mike DeVito this offseason.

38. Miami Dolphins (from Ravens via Jaguars) – Xavien Howard, CB, Baylor: Miami gets another big corner in Howard (6-0, 201) to team with 6-1, 207-pound veteran Byron Maxwell, whom they acquired from the Eagles last month. Could be a nice countermove when facing a team like the division rival Jets, who start two of the NFL's bigger receivers in Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker.

39. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Noah Spence, OLB/DE, Eastern Kentucky: Might have first-round talent, but character questions from his days at Ohio State and a slow 40 time (4.8) hurt him. But Spence is a productive player, and his drug tests have all come back clean recently. He can certainly help in Tampa, where most of the team's pass rush comes inside courtesy of Pro Bowl DT Gerald McCoy. And pressure is key in the NFC South, where every team starts a stud quarterback.

40. New York Giants – Sterling Shepard, WR, Oklahoma: If WR Victor Cruz is unable to get back to his previous form after 2014's horrific knee injury, there's a good chance Shepard can replace his production. Shepard is excellent out of the slot and should see a lot of balls from QB Eli Manning when Odell Beckham isn't open.

41. Buffalo Bills (from Chicago Bears) – Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama: Finally, the Tide defenders begin coming off the board. Rex Ryan wasn't able to bring ILB David Harris with him from the Jets, but he might have found a similar talent in Ragland, who should be a very reliable, if not flashy, performer. The question Ragland will have to answer is whether he can handle coverage responsibilities on passing downs in a division where Rob Gronkowski often roams wild.

42. Ravens (from Dolphins) – Kamalei Correa, OLB, Boise State: A nice edge player who had 31 tackles for loss in 2014, including 12 sacks. He probably starts his NFL career as a situational player on passing downs, but GM Ozzie Newsome needed to start planning for life after OLBs Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil retire.

43. Titans (from Philadelphia Eagles via Los Angeles Rams) – Austin Johnson, DL, Penn State: GM Jon Robinson continues rebuilding his defense Friday night with Johnson, who joins a unit that ranked 18th against the run last year. But Johnson can also get to the quarterback from inside, posting 6½ sacks last year.

44. Oakland Raiders – Jihad Ward, DL, Illinois: He may not make a ton of splash plays, but that's what Khalil Mack is for in Oakland. Ward is a hustler who should be able to set the edge or play inside and fills depth for a team that lost DE Justin Tuck to retirement.

45. Titans (from Rams) – Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama: The Heisman Trophy winner, fresh off a 2,219-yard season, heads to Nashville to pair up with DeMarco Murray in Tennessee's new-look backfield. Henry is a better receiver than he showed at Alabama and is pure north-south, almost always getting positive yardage. A team that ranked 25th rushing the ball in 2015 should be much better.

46. Detroit Lions – A’Shawn Robinson, DT, Alabama: Detroit is a year removed from losing DTs Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley to free agency, and Haloti Ngata, 32, only has so many snaps left. Robinson, 21, though he looks 41, could be a defensive cornerstone. He can shut down run lanes and also tie up blocks on passing downs, which should help turn loose DE Ziggy Ansah off the edge.

47. New Orleans Saints – Michael Thomas, WR, Ohio State: Keyshawn Johnson's nephew has excellent tools, including a 6-3, 212-pound frame. QB Drew Brees will appreciate having a big target to replace departed WR Marques Colston. Thomas had 110 catches and 18 TDs over the past two seasons for the Buckeyes.

48. Green Bay Packers (from Indianapolis Colts) – Jason Spriggs, T, Indiana: GM Ted Thompson moves up nine slots for Spriggs, who may be the left tackle of the future in front of Aaron Rodgers, who was sacked 46 times in 2015. Spriggs is an exceptional athlete for a 6-6, 301-pound man.

49. Seattle Seahawks (from Bears via Bills) – Jarran Reed, DT, Alabama: Pete Carroll and GM John Schneider bolt up the board seven spots for the final high-profile member of the Tide's vaunted defense. Reed helps Seattle reload a D-line that lost longtime DT Brandon Mebane to the Chargers in free agency. Reed should step in immediately as a likely starter on the base defense.

50. Houston Texans (from Atlanta Falcons) – Nick Martin, C, Notre Dame: A plug-and-play center — Martin is the brother of Cowboys all-pro G Zack Martin — who could take over immediately for departed free agent C Ben Jones.

51. New York Jets – Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State: He's the 11th quarterback the Jets have picked since 2000. Hackenberg has exceptional physical tools, but his accuracy and decision making seemed to steadily deteriorate after his stellar freshman year, when he played for Bill O'Brien. Though the Jets have yet to re-sign QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, there's probably little chance Hackenberg plays in 2016, when he'll likely be tied to the hip of OC Chan Gailey. Geno Smith, the team's second rounder in 2013, is starting to look like the stopgap.

52. Falcons (from Texans) – Deion Jones, LB, LSU: After taking Florida S Keanu Neal on Thursday, the Falcons get another athletic, hybrid type player for their defense. Jones is 6-1, 222 pounds, but he brings the ranginess this unit lacked at the second level in recent years.

53. Washington Redskins – Su’a Cravens, LB/S, Southern California: Yet another safety/linebacker 'tweener that every team seems to want now. Washington's bigger needs appear to be secondary, where DeAngelo Hall is moving into the deep safety role. But Cravens could definitely take over at strong safety and move into a linebacker role in sub packages.

54. Minnesota Vikings – Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson: A gifted corner who could give the Vikes a nice, long-term tandem with 2015 first rounder Trae Waynes. Minnesota is extremely deep here now with Xavier Rhodes, Captain Munnerlyn and aging Terence Newman. Alexander does need to learn to find the ball better after failing to pick off a pass at Clemson.

55. Cincinnati Bengals – Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh: He rewrote the record book at Pitt. Boyd could step in as a nice third option for QB Andy Dalton behind A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert. Cincinnati really had to get a wideout after losing Mohamed Sanu and Marvin Jones during free agency.

56. Bears (from Seahawks) – Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State: He should immediately push veteran LG Matt Slauson for a starting job. Chicago still appears to need help at left tackle, but the rest of the O-line seems to be taking shape nicely — good news for QB Jay Cutler and new starting RB Jeremy Langford.

57. Colts (from Packers) – T.J. Green, DB, Clemson: Indianapolis might have an open competition for its second and third corner jobs behind Vontae Davis. And those are especially key roles considering the Texans (DeAndre Hopkins/Will Fuller) and Jaguars (Allen Robinson/Allen Hurns) will be rolling out scary wideout tandems. Depending on where he's most effective, Green could also finding himself playing safety alongside Mike Adams.

58. Pittsburgh Steelers – Sean Davis, DB, Maryland: The Steelers continue bolstering the AFC's worst pass defense a night after taking CB Artie Burns in Round 1.

59. Buccaneers (from Chiefs) – Roberto Aguayo, K, Florida State: He becomes the highest-drafted kicker since Mike Nugent in 2005. The NFL's lengthened extra point has put new emphasis on the play, now effectively a 33-yard attempt. Aguayo was perfect on his 198 PATs in college. More pertinent, the 2013 Lou Groza Award winner was 69-for-78 (88.5%) on field-goal tries and didn’t miss on any of his 49 attempts inside 40 yards. Aguayo, QB Jameis Winston's teammate at FSU, expressed a desire to play for the Bucs and seems likely to hold the job for years to come.

60. New England Patriots – Cyrus Jones, CB, Alabama: The Pats take Jones (5-10, 197), who looks like an ideal nickelback, and can also return punts.

61. Saints (from Arizona Cardinals via Patriots) – Vonn Bell, S, Ohio State: New Orleans comes up 17 spots for Bell, perhaps the best coverage safety in the draft. It's worth wondering if this should signal a warning to starters Kenny Vaccaro and Jairus Byrd on a defense that gave up a league record 45 TD passes in 2015.

62. Carolina Panthers – James Bradberry, CB, Samford: Maybe the 6-1, 211-pounder gets first crack at the job opened up by the departure of CB Josh Norman, Carolina's former franchise player. Bradberry's size should help him combat players like Julio Jones, Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson and, now, Michael Thomas in the NFC South.

63. Denver Broncos – Adam Gotsis, DT, Georgia Tech: A new asset for a D-line that lost Malik Jackson in free agency. Gotsis likely won't provide Jackson's ability, but he's long (6-4, 287) and tough, especially on run downs, and could crack the rotation in short order.

Round 3

64. Titans – Kevin Byard, S, Middle Tennessee: Could compete to start after longtime S Michael Griffin moved on to Minnesota.

65. Browns – Carl Nassib, DE, Penn State: Is he a linebacker or a defensive end for Cleveland's 3-4 defense? One thing is for sure, Nassib, the younger brother of Giants QB Ryan Nassib, can rush passers after collecting 15½ sacks last year.

66. Chargers – Max Tuerk, C, Southern California: The Bolts take a step to fortify an O-line that couldn't protect QB Philip Rivers or get the AFC's worst ground game going in 2015. Tuerk, who's played guard and tackle, too, has a reputation as a highly intelligent player, though knee problems have been an issue.

67. Cowboys – Maliek Collins, DT, Nebraska: He won't solve Dallas' pass-rush deficiencies, but depth issues on the interior line are only slightly less worrisome.

68. 49ers – Will Redmond, CB, Mississippi State: A once-loaded Niners secondary clearly needed help at corner after ranking 27th against the pass in 2015. Redmond has high upside if healthy.

69. Jaguars – Yannick Ngakoue, DE, Maryland: Jacksonville only had 36 sacks in 2015, not a good total in a division with mobile QBs like Andrew Luck and Marcus Mariota. Ngakoue had 13 sacks last year for the Terps, and the Jags would gladly take half that production.

70. Ravens – Bronson Kaufusi, DE, BYU: He should plug in as a five-technique for a defense that needs an injection of youth. The 6-7, 285 pounder collected 17 sacks over the last two seasons.

71. Giants – Darian Thompson, S, Boise State: The Giants could be set at safety now after taking Landon Collins atop the second round last year. The league's worst pass defense definitely needed added reinforcements despite the $200 million spending spree in free agency.

72. Bears – Jonathan Bullard, DL, Florida: Should be a nice addition to the line of Vic Fangio's defense. He had 18 tackles for loss last year and should create havoc inside while OLBs Pernell McPhee and rookie Leonard Floyd do damage off the edge.

73. Dolphins – Kenyan Drake, RB, Alabama: He's been stuck behind Derrick Henry and T.J. Yeldon in recent years for 'Bama but now could split carries with Jay Ajayi for a team that's seemed desperate for backfield help.

74. Chiefs (from Buccaneers) – KeiVarae Russell, DB, Notre Dame: Kansas City lost CB Sean Smith in free agency and S Husain Abdullah to retirement, so there's definitely a spot for Russell in this secondary, which had 22 INTs a year ago and features Pro Bowl S Eric Berry and defensive rookie of the year Marcus Peters. Russell could swing between safety and nickelback depending on the offense he's facing.

75. Raiders – Shilique Calhoun, DE, Michigan State: This team is suddenly scary on passing downs. Calhoun joins DE Khalil Mack, LB Bruce Irvin and, eventually, LB Aldon Smith, for a team that had just 38 sacks in 2015, 15 courtesy of Mack.

76. Browns (from Titans via Rams) – Shon Coleman, T, Auburn: This leukemia survivor is a heartwarming story who now finds himself in the pros. He could also find himself starting at right tackle after Cleveland let Mitchell Schwartz go in free agency.

77. Panthers (from Eagles via Lions and Browns) – Daryl Worley, CB, West Virginia: Carolina has now taken two corners in the last 16 picks, so apparently there will be open tryouts for Josh Norman's job. Worley had nine INTs for the Mountaineers over the last two seasons.

78. Patriots (from Saints) – Joe Thuney, OL, North Carolina State: He's big (6-5, 304), can play tackle, can play guard ... sounds like a Patriot — and they need O-line depth considering what happened late last year.

79. Eagles – Isaac Seumalo, OL, Oregon State: Played center, guard and tackle for the Beavers. He's unlikely to displace Philly C Jason Kelce any time soon, but he's got the athleticism to do so eventually. If Seumalo is to crack the lineup early, it will probably be at guard.

80. Bills – Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State: A versatile lineman who should be a nice fit for the defense of Rex Ryan, who loves players with diverse skill sets. And don't forget that aging DT Kyle Williams is coming off a serious knee injury.

81. Falcons – Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford: QB Matt Ryan struggled last year, so apparently it was high time to finally replace TE Tony Gonzalez — not that Hooper is the next coming of the all-time great. Still he'll add a nice element to this offense.

82. Colts – Le'Raven Clark, T, Texas Tech: Good value here. Indianapolis' O-line continues to get better after adding C Ryan Kelly on Thursday. Clark provides talent and experience after starting his last 51 games for the Red Raiders.

83. Jets – Jordan Jenkins, LB, Georgia: The ongoing search for an edge presence continues in New York. Jenkins might be a quietly productive player in a similar mold to longtime Jets OLB Calvin Pace, whose career finally seems over.

84. Redskins – Kendall Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech: The fourth member of the Fuller clan to reach the NFL, Kyle's younger brother could be a steal for the 'Skins, who continue to upgrade a shaky defense. A knee injury ruined Fuller's final season with the Hokies, but he could emerge as a very good player, one who probably would have been drafted much higher with a clean medical chart.

85. Texans – Braxton Miller, WR, Ohio State: The Buckeyes' former quarterback is raw as a receiver but not short on ability. At 6-1, 201, he has good size and caught 25 passes last year. He still needs to learn the nuances of the position, specifically route running, but the two-time Big Ten offensive player of the year has very good speed (4.5 in the 40) and could develop into something special.

86. Dolphins (from Vikings) – Leonte Carroo, WR, Rutgers: Another speedy player joins a Miami wideout corps that landed Jarvis Landry two years ago and DeVante Parker in 2015. QB Ryan Tannehill will have no shortage of weapons.

87. Bengals – Nick Vigil, LB, Utah State: Cincinnati gets younger at the position after recently cutting A.J. Hawk. And don't forget Vontaze Burfict will start next season with a three-game suspension. Certainly an opportunity for Vigil to carve a niche in this defense quickly.

88. Packers – Kyler Fackrell, LB, Utah State: A run on Aggies continues with Fackrell, who could find avenues to quarterbacks assuming OLB Clay Matthews continues to demand double teams and top blockers. Fackrell is also solid in coverage, so he might get a look inside as Matthews has.

89. Steelers – Javon Hargrave, DL, South Carolina State: At 6-1, 309 pounds, he'll surely get have a tryout at nose tackle in Pittsburgh, which has been looking for a long-term answer in the middle since Casey Hampton hung up his cleats.

90. Seahawks – C.J. Prosise, RB, Notre Dame: He converted from wideout to tailback in his final season with the Irish and wound up rushing for 1,000 yards. He may not be ready to pass block as a rookie, but he certainly could be a change-of-pace guy behind Thomas Rawls and should quickly earn QB Russell Wilson's trust as a receiving outlet.

91. Patriots – Jacoby Brissett, QB, N.C. State: Intriguing. Jimmy Garoppolo is under contract for two more years, but the Pats may already be looking ahead since Tom Brady swears he'll play into his forties. With Brady facing a probable four-game suspension to start the 2016 season, maybe this is the year New England carries three passers on its 53-man roster. Brissett threw for 43 TDs against 11 INTs the last two years for the Wolfpack after transferring from Florida. At 6-4, 231, he has Brady-esque size and arm strength but is a better athlete.

92. Cardinals – Brandon Williams, CB, Texas A&M: He makes logical sense for no other reason than CBs Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu and Justin Bethel are all recovering from surgery. Williams may have to earn meaningful snaps as a dime back.

93. Browns (from Panthers) – Cody Kessler, QB, Southern California: While Connor Cook continues to languish, Cleveland takes Kessler, who could be solid if unspectacular as a pro, as a potential backup to Robert Griffin III.

94. Seahawks (from Broncos) – Nick Vannett, TE, Ohio State: Buckeyes keep coming off the board. Vannett should be a nice combo tight end for Seattle, but he could find himself frequently blocking in double-tight sets since Jimmy Graham will get priority as a downfield receiver.

95. Lions (compensatory selection) – Graham Glasgow, C, Michigan: The Wolverine remains in Michigan and could get a shot to compete inside on an O-line that's been getting a needed makeover the last two days.

96. Patriots (compensatory selection) – Vincent Valentine, DT, Nebraska: At 6-4, 329 pounds, he could be next up to get a shot at filling Vince Wilfork's massive shoes, especially in light of the recent release of 2014 first-round DT Dominique Easley.

97. Seahawks (compensatory selection) – Rees Odhiambo, OL, Boise State: Seattle takes its second lineman of the draft as a needed rebuild continues. Like first rounder Germain Ifedi, Odhiambo could get a look at tackle and guard.

98. Broncos (compensatory selection) – Justin Simmons, S, Boston College: Probably starts out as a special teamer — remember, former ace David Bruton is now a Redskin — and could be a candidate to replace starter Darian Stewart in 2017.

Note: The Chiefs forfeited their third-round pick for tampering with then-free agent WR Jeremy Maclin during the 2015 offseason


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