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Day 2 of the NFL Draft took place in Nashville Friday night beginning with Round 2 and ending the night with Round 3. There were several interesting selections, as well as many expected picks, along the way. Here are your winners and losers from Day 2.
A highly coveted position in today's age of pass-happy offenses, only one cornerback went on Day 1. Day 2 of the draft started with two corners - Byron Murphy (Arizona) and Rock Ya-Sin (Indianapolis) - picked right away. Six of the first 14 selections in the second round were corners and by the time the third round was done, 10 were taken. That's a solid Day 2.
Unlike last year, this was not a stellar draft class for quarterbacks. Still, after three rounds of the draft only five have been selected. Missouri's Drew Lock, who many regarded as a first-rounder, fell into Round 2 going to Denver. Will Grier of West Virginia was the 100th pick taken by the Carolina Panthers. There is still plenty of talent remaining at the position with Ryan Finley (N.C. State), Clayton Thorson (Northwestern), and more.
WINNER: Miami Dolphins
The Dolphins had a huge need at quarterback, yet they drafted Clemson defensive lineman Christian Wilkins with their first pick. Miami had a plan all along and that was a trade with Arizona which brought the Dolphins QB Josh Rosen, the 10th overall pick in last year's draft. Miami gave up a second round pick this year and a fifth rounder next year for Rosen, who some considered the best pure passer in the 2018 draft. The beauty of it all is that Miami only owes Rosen $6.3 million over the next three years and they can pick up his fifth-year option if they choose. Miami also still has a load of draft picks next year which they could use to draft one of next year's passers if they like.
LOSER: Detroit Lions
What do a Hawaii linebacker and a Boston College safety have in common? Well, neither were expected to be drafted until Day 3, but both were taken by the Detroit Lions. Jahlani Tavai of Hawaii was rated 237th by Pro Football Focus, but Detroit believed him worthy of the 41st pick. Will Harris, the BC safety, was rated in 170s. Detroit selected him with the 81st pick. Maybe that's why the Lions have only been to the playoffs four times in the past 20 years.