Winners and Losers of Round 1 and 2 in NFL Draft

The first two rounds of the NFL draft have been completed with winner and losers in each round.

The easy winner for the first round was the Cleveland Browns.

The Browns traded down from the No. 4 spot to the No. 9 spot and then moved up one to No. 8 to grab Justin Gilbert a talented cornerback.

Of course, some will say Sammy Watkins, who went No. 4 with Buffalo is better than Gilbert, but Gilbert plus the first round pick from Buffalo next year is better overall.

Cleveland then grabbed Johnny Manziel with the Browns’ No. 22 pick overall. Manziel should fit into the offense of Kyle Shanahan and will bring excitement to the Browns and their fans.

Ray Farmer had plenty of pressure on him in his first draft as General Manager of the Browns and he easily took the top spot in round one.

The first round loser was Marquis Lee the talented wide receiver for the USC Trojans. Lee was not a first round lock, but things looked up for him heading into the draft. Philadelphia passed on the receiver and Kansas City, which needs receivers, did as well. Carolina also in need of a wide out opted for Florida State’s Kelvin Benjamin.

In a way, Buffalo also was a loser in the first round even though they grabbed maybe the second best all around player in Sammy Watkins. However, they had to give up next year’s first round pick for Watkins, which could prove costly if they have another mediocre or worse season in 2014-15.

Round two winners were without a doubt led by the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers had four picks in the round.

San Francisco grabbed a bull of a runner in Carlos Hyde from Ohio State. Next, they took Marcus Martin a center from USC, who many thought was the best at that position in the draft. Chris Borland was then drafted by San Francisco. Borland is a talented linebacker from Wisconsin.

Brandon Thomas was then taken. Thomas is an offensive tackle from Clemson. He torn an ACL in a workout with New Orleans, but is considered one of the better tackles and he can recover during 2014 and come in strong in 2015.

Dallas was easily the loser of round two. They took Demarcus Lawrence trading up to 34 from 47. However, the trade cost the Cowboys too much.

Between Saturday and Sunday there are a number of talented players still left in the draft and a long shot or two that will end up being an All-Pro one day.

The first two rounds, according to data taken from Bovada, topbet, betonline and sportsbooks.com, also have a superior amount of talent than the lower rounds, but percentages are high a star will be born from rounds 3 through 7.

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