While Day 2 of the NFL Draft doesn't carry the pomp and circumstance of Day 1, there never seems to be any shortage of talent. A big part of that is the inevitable slide of a few first-round worthy players that seemingly occurs each year for a variety of reasons, and 2017 had two particularly prominent cases in the form of running backs Dalvin Cook and Joe Mixon. Besides those recognizable names, there were several other college standouts that were snapped up Friday night, so let's dive in and look at some that could potentially accrue fantasy relevance in the coming season:
Zay Jones, WR, East Carolina- Selected by Buffalo Bills in 2nd round, 37th overall pick: Jones is a seasoned prospect with good size (6-foot-2, 210 pounds) who racked up 399 receptions for 4,279 yards and eight touchdowns while starting 49 games over four college seasons. Those numbers include a single-season FBS record 158 catches in 2016. While his 10.7 YPC figure implies that the majority of his production came in the short-to-intermediate passing game, Jones flashed 4.45 speed at the Combine. Outside of the injury-prone Sammy Watkins, Jones doesn't exactly have the stiffest of competition in front of him on the Bills receiver depth chart, as Philly Brown and Andre Holmes are journeyman types who the younger Jones could conceivably vault over with a strong enough training camp and preseason. With the Bills trying to improve on a 30th-ranked passing offense that averaged only 190 yards per game in 2016, Jones may be given every opportunity to earn a starting job as the No. 2 wideout, especially considering he brings more playing experience than the average rookie.
Curtis Samuel, WR, Ohio State- Selected by Carolina Panthers in 2nd round, 40th overall pick: Samuel compiled 2,535 yards from scrimmage (1,286 rushing, 1,249 receiving) in three college seasons on the strength of 4.31 speed, but his potential role in the 2017 Panthers offense will likely be sorted out as the season unfolds. The speedster doesn't necessarily have an impressive group in front of him on the receiver depth chart outside of No. 1 option Kelvin Benjamin, as Devin Funchess, Russell Shepard and Charles Johnson have a combined 154 receptions over nine NFL seasons between them. However, Samuel initially seems to project more as a specialty player who could see a lot of his early use on end-arounds and go patterns, much in the same way that the departed Ted Ginn, Jr. was often deployed.
Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State- Selected by Minnesota Vikings in 2nd round, 41st overall pick: Cook's slide into the second round has been one of the top stories of the draft's first two days, considering he sported first-round numbers the likes of 4,464 rushing yards, 46 touchdowns and 5,399 total scrimmage yards over 38 games at Florida State. Cook's 5-foot-10, 213-pound frame is sturdy enough to withstand the rigors of being a three-down NFL back, a role he'll eventually earn. Free-agent signee Latavius Murray has certainly been serviceable over his first three pro campaigns as both a rusher and receiver, but Cook's pure talent should eventually facilitate a takeover of the primary tailback job, potentially as soon as at some point in the coming season. The speedy Jerrick McKinnon brings plenty to the table as well, but appears to be ideally suited as a change-of-pace back after struggling last season for stretches as a No. 1 option (3.4 YPA on 159 carries).
Gerald Everett, TE, South Alabama- Selected by LA Rams in 2nd round, 44th overall pick: The Rams had one of the most anemic passing offenses in the NFL last season – ranking 31st in passing yards (2,951) and YPA (6.2) – and also lost two of their two most productive pass-catchers in Kenny Britt and Lance Kendricks (199 combined targets) in the offseason. That should clear a path to opportunity for Everett, who tallied 107 receptions for 1,584 yards and 13 touchdowns over 31 games at the Division II level, and who presently only has 2016 fourth-round pick Tyler Higbee in front of him on the depth chart. Granted, based on rookie season results, Rams quarterback Jared Goff doesn't exactly inspire confidence in the notion that he can spearhead a productive passing game, but his expected improvement coupled with Everett's talent and possible immediate opportunity make the latter a rookie to monitor this summer.
Adam Shaheen, TE, Ashland- Selected by Chicago Bears in 2nd round, 45th overall pick: Shaheen is a monstrous target at 6-foot-6, 278 pounds, but he's able to contribute as a pass catcher as well as a blocker. He dominated at Division II Ashland and then turned around and posted a 4.79 40 at the Combine, a frightening prospect for linebackers and safeties in coming years. Shaheen has a relatively shallow TE depth chart ahead of him in Chicago, as 32-year-old Zach Miller is coming off a serious LisFranc surgery, while the similarly-built Dion Sims, who will team with the rookie to form the largest tight end tandem in the league, has never notched more than 26 receptions in a season. Despite the Bears' surprise selection of North Carolina quarterback Mitchell Trubisky in the first round, free-agent signee Mike Glennon is likely to be the starter behind center in 2017, which would give Shaheen a serviceable quarterback to haul in passes from should he able to push for playing time.
Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma - Selected by Cincinnati Bengals in 2nd round, 48th overall pick: Past off-field incidents led to Mixon's fall to the second round, despite his 2,027 yards (6.8 YPC) and 17 touchdowns over 25 games at Oklahoma, and 2,921 scrimmage yards overall. The 20-year-old is a nightmare for defenses at 6-foot-1, 226 pounds and 4.45 speed, and also flashed impressive pass-receiving ability with 65 receptions for 894 yards and nine touchdowns with the Sooners. Naturally, he projects as a true three-down back in the NFL, and it would appear to be just a matter of time until he vaults over Jeremy Hill, who averaged under 4.0 yards per carry in each of the last two seasons, as the workhorse in the Bengals backfield. Meanwhile, change-of-pace and receiving specialist Giovani Bernard, who is coming off ACL surgery, would be available to serve as an ideal complement, although Mixon would presumably be able to contribute plenty through the air in his own right. Training camp and preseason will undoubtedly sort the Cincinnati backfield out, but even if he isn't at the top of the depth chart by Week 1, Mixon projects to make a considerable impact as both a runner and receiver as the season unfolds.
DeShone Kizer, QB, Notre Dame- Selected by Cleveland Browns in 2nd round, 52nd overall pick: Kizer lands in quarterback-needy Cleveland, where he seemingly has a clear path to playing time if he opts to take advantage of it. The 21-year-old was considered a first-round talent after throwing for 5,805 yards and posting a 47:19 TD:INT ratio across 25 games in two years at Notre Dame, but lingering questions about his dedication to his craft served to knock him down the draft order. An opportunity for a fresh start awaits with the Browns, where Cody Kessler and Brock Osweiler – the latter who may or may not be with the team by the end of preseason – are presently his only obstacles to a starting job. Kessler would presumably be the favorite between him and Kizer to start Week 1 if the decision were being rendered today, but it wouldn't be out of the question for head coach Hue Jackson to roll the dice on his second-round pick if he showed enough this summer to warrant it. Kizer also brings solid mobility (997 rushing yards on 3.8 YPA over two seasons in college) and would have a receiving corps helmed by Corey Coleman, Kenny Britt and possibly Josh Gordon at his disposal if he's able to secure the No. 1 job.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC- Selected by Pittsburgh Steelers in 2nd round, 62nd overall pick: Smith-Schuster is just 20 years old but arrives in Pittsburgh with plenty of big-time college experience, having started 40 games over three seasons with the Trojans. His sophomore year proved to be the high point of his time at USC, as the 6-foot-1, 215-pounder tallied an impressive 89 receptions for 1,454 yards and 10 touchdowns. While the reception (70) and yardage (914) totals both saw dips in his junior year, Smith-Schuster remained as effective as ever in the red zone by matching his 2015 touchdown haul. The Steelers' receiver depth chart behind Antonio Brown shapes up in interesting fashion, considering the talented but troubled Martavis Bryant has been fully reinstated by the NFL after a year-long suspension, and the promising Sammie Coates also presently slots ahead of the rookie on the depth chart. However, the Pittsburgh offense, which tied for 5th with the Colts in passing yardage last season (4,202), found ways to get multiple wideouts involved, as young backups Coates, Cobi Hamilton, Xavier Grimble and DeMarcus Ayers combined for 55 catches on 111 targets.
Cooper Kupp, WR, Eastern Washington- Selected by LA Rams in 3rd round, 69th overall pick: Kupp projects as a possession receiver at the pro level, albeit one that could be extremely productive in time in the mold of a Wes Welker or Danny Amendola. The Eastern Washington standout was one of the most consistently prolific receivers in college football the last three seasons, posting three consecutive 100-catch campaigns and scoring between 16 and 21 touchdowns over each of his four years. Kupp crossed the goal line a whopping 73 times in 52 college games overall despite subpar 4.6 speed, and although the NFL will represent a major leap up in competition, he joins a team desperate for playmakers in the passing game. Given his sure hands and savvy routes, Kupp could also develop into an effective weapon in the short-to-intermediate passing attack for second-year quarterback Jared Goff, especially considering that the latter averaged a meager 5.3 YPA last season. The uninspiring duo of Mike Thomas and Pharoah Cooper are currently the only two players standing between Kupp and the third receiver role.
Taywan Taylor, WR, Western Kentucky- Selected by Tennessee Titans in 3rd round, 72nd overall pick: After nabbing Western Michigan's Corey Davis at No. 5 overall, the receiver-needy Titans doubled down at the position with Taylor, who brings plenty of experience after playing in 50 games over four years at Western Kentucky. The 5-foot-11, 203-pound wideout was especially impressive in his junior and senior seasons, totaling 184 receptions for 3,197 yards and a whopping 34 touchdowns over those two campaigns alone. He brings solid 4.5 speed as well, and his accomplished resume could garner him ample opportunity to compete for a sizable role in a Tennesee offense that, contrary to its run-heavy reputation, finished 8th in the NFL with 29 touchdown passes last season. Quarterback Marcus Mariota threw 50 passes of 20+ yards in 2016 with lesser targets than he projects to have this season, so Taylor, who scored all 41 of his college touchdowns in his final three campaigns, could find himself on the receiving end of plenty of targets if he can surpass the likes of journeyman Harry Douglas on the depth chart.
ArDarius Stewart, WR, Alabama, Selected by New York Jets in 3rd round, 79th overall pick: Stewart is a solidly built (6-foot-1, 204 pounds) target out of Alabama who totaled 129 receptions for 1,713 yards and 12 touchdowns over 33 college contests. Brandon Marshall and his 128 targets from 2016 went across town for a fresh start with the Giants, leaving a considerable vacuum in the Jets passing game. However, uncertainty at the quarterback position and the very real possibility that Stewart opens the season no better than fourth on the depth chart behind the trio of Eric Decker, Quincy Enunwa and Robbie Anderson will make it an uphill battle for the rookie to garner true fantasy relevance in 2017.
Kareem Hunt, RB, Toledo- Selected by Kansas City Chiefs in 3rd round, 86th overall pick: There's a Jamaal Charles-sized hole in the Chiefs running back depth chart these days, prompting the selection of the 21-year-old Hunt, who racked up no shortage of numbers over 44 career games at Toledo. Hunt averaged exactly a touchdown per contest over his tenure with the Rockets while also supplying 4,945 yards on 6.3 yards per attempt. He's shown the ability to be an effective pass-catcher out of the backfield as well (73 career receptions, including 41 his senior season), so he already boasts the skill set of incumbent backs Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West. The Chiefs ran on 43 percent of their offensive plays last season and Hunt flashed the ability to carry the load with a pair of 200-plus carry seasons in college. Therefore, he would figure to have a legitimate opportunity at a sizable role in a time-share situation with Ware, who's never logged more than the 214 carries he received last season.
D'Onta Foreman, RB, Texas- Selected by Houston Texans in 3rd round, 89th overall pick: Foreman brings a dynamic size/speed combination, having run a 4.4 at his pro day and carrying a formidable 233 pounds on his 6-foot frame. The 21-year-old racked up 2,774 yards (6.4 yards per carry) and 20 touchdowns with the Longhorns, while his 184.4 rushing yards per game last season were an FBS-best figure. Lamar Miller will carry the load once again for the Texans in 2017, but Foreman could see a decent workload as his backup if he can vault over veteran Alfred Blue for the No. 2 job this summer.