Heading into the round two, there are a few players I was hoping would be available with the 44th pick; Karl Joseph and Darian Thompson being the primary targets.
The Pick: Darian Thompson, S, Boise State
Joseph went off the board two picks prior to when Oakland was on the clock with the 44th pick. For the Cravens fans out there, he went to Tampa Bay with the 8th pick in the second round.
Thompson is a 6’2″, 208 lb. ball-hawk. He recorded 19 interceptions during his career at Boise State; a very impressive number. Thompson is also very sound in run support, and is capable of playing either FS or SS. Plugging him in next to Reggie Nelson really improves the safety position from how it looked when the offseason started.
Other players considered: Corey Coleman, Sterling Shepard, Derrick Henry, Germain Ifedi, Keanu Neal.
A handful of offensive players were tempting, as any one of Coleman, Shepard or Henry would have made the offense even more dynamic. But with Nate Allen slotted in at one of the starting safety spots, that position was in need of more help than the offense. That, and I have Thompson graded higher than any of the other available options.
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