2nd Round: Marpet gets ultimate 'bump'
Fifteen total Reese’s Senior Bowl prospects were selected in this round, which meant that 20 of the first 64 selections were in Mobile back in January.
HIGHEST SELECTION: Donovan Smith/Buccaneers #34
Donovan made the most of his time playing for the North when he displayed outstanding athletic ability and agility for a man his size (6060/338). As a 4th year Junior graduate, he was eligible for the game and ramped up his performance as both a left and right tackle during the practice sessions at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. With Tampa Bay needing major offensive line help, his versatility will go a long way as the Bucs try to protect their most important investment, QB Jameis Winston.
SENIOR BOWL 'BUMP': Ali Marpet/Buccaneers #61
No player in the entire 2015 draft class rose from obscurity more than this Hobart College product. Viewed as a late-round possibility in the Fall, by the time his work was complete in Mobile, he was being evaluated as more of a potential starter than developmental novelty. Add in his efforts at the Combine where he posted a 4.98 in the forty, and Ali was destined to go in the 2nd or 3rd rounds as a combination OG/OT with the possibility of even being an OC one day. Again, Tampa Bay valued the versatility and he should become a staple player for them sooner rather than later.
IMMEDIATE HELP': Devin Smith/NY Jets #37
When the Jets opted to take the best available player in USC DE Leonard Williams at pick #6 in the 1st round, it became apparent that a WR would be high on their list in Round 2. Devin proved at the Reese’s Senior Bowl practices that he was much more than just a vertical threat and 9-route specialist when he was targeted and caught more passes than any other wide receiver during those three days. He demonstrated the ability to run a full set of patterns from both inside and outside alignments. With Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker on the perimeter, he should compliment their skill sets well as a slot option in new offensive coordinator Chan Gailey’s passing game.
BEST VALUE: Ameer Abdullah/Lions #54
For what Ameer brings to the table as a runner and receiver, Detroit should get an immediate return on this choice. With Joique Bell and Theo Riddick in the fold, he can morph into whatever role is needed by coach Jim Caldwell and Co. With Reggie Bush moving on to the 49ers in free agency, expect to see this all-time Nebraska great make a splash as a rookie in 2015
'SPOTLIGHT' CHOICE: Jaquiski Tartt/49ers #46
Jaquiski was overlooked as a high school recruit when he weighed 183lbs. at Davidson High School in Mobile. After gaining 38lbs. in his five years at Samford, he looks the part of an NFL safety. Of course, San Francisco has selected safeties in two of the last three first rounds (Eric Reid/LSU and Jimmie Ward/Northern Illinois), so many across the league are wondering what San Francisco has in mind for this many assets at the same position. Amazingly enough, Tartt and Ward were high school teammates and remain best of friends to this day.
Here are the other 10 selections in Round 2 from the Reese’s Senior Bowl:
Preston Smith went 38th overall.
|38.||Preston Smith||Mississippi St.||DE||Redskins|
|48.||Denzel Perryman||Miami (FL)||ILB||Chargers|
|56.||Senquez Golson||Ole Miss||CB||Steelers|
|59.||Ty Sambrailo||Colorado State||OT||Broncos|
|62.||Quinten Rollins||Miami (OH)||CB||Packers|