May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban next to the stage afterHa Ha Clinton-Dix
(Alabama) is selected as the number twenty-one overall pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft to the Green Bay Packers at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports
The draft is almost here folks. One week from now, we will actually be getting ready for the second round of the draft, with the first round the night before. At this time next week, Vic Beasley, Amari Cooper, or even Marcus Mariota, could be a part of the New York Jets.
With the second round slated for a week from tonight, let’s look back at the second round of year’s past. The Jets have the 37th pick of this year’s draft. Let’s go back over the last five years. Who has been selected at number 37 of the draft? Has it been a historically good draft position? Let’s take a look, starting with 2010.
Dec 28, 2014; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Philadelphia Eagles strong safetyNate Allen
(29) runs back an interception against the New York Giants during the fourth quarter at MetLife Stadium. The Eagles defeated the Giants 34-26. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Nate Allen was chosen with the 37th pick of the 2010 NFL draft. He found a home in the Eagles secondary right away, intercepting three passes in his rookie season, to go along with 48 combined tackles. In his five-year career to date, Allen has been durable starting 69 out of a possible 74 games.
He has posted 10 interceptions in his career, including a career high of four in 2014. Allen is only 27 years old, so he has a lot of good years ahead of him. Nate Allen has proven to be a solid draft pick for the Eagles, and should continue to be one for years to come.
Dec 28, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens guardMarshal Yanda
(73) blocks Cleveland Browns linebackerJabaal Sheard
(97) at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports
Next is a name that you might not be as familiar with. Jabaal Sheard was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the 37th pick of the 2011 draft. He started all 16 games as a rookie, and led the Browns with 8.5 sacks and five forced fumbles. He followed that up with seven more sacks in the 2012 season.
He fell off a bit in 2013 in the sacks department, from seven down to 5.5, to go along with a career-low 36 tackles, 19 solo. He rebounded under the direction of Mike Pettine, with 44 tackles, though only two sacks. He will only be 26 years old this season, he has productive play ahead of him.
Jabaal Sheard isn’t a flashy pick, but he has been solid. He may be with the Patriots now, but Sheard is another good pick to come from the 37th pick in the draft.
Dec 14, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Browns tackleMitchell Schwartz
(72) and Cincinnati Bengals defensive endCarlos Dunlap
(96) at FirstEnergy Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports
The Browns were in the same spot once again in 2012. This time, they chose offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz. Schwartz slid right into the right tackle spot, and has started every game for the Browns since, all 48 games of his career.
He is a decent player, ranked 33rd in the league last season by Pro Football Focus. Schwartz does his best work protecting the quarterback, ranking 22nd in the league in that category with a 6.3 grade. Schwartz hasn’t been recognized with a Pro Bowl berth as of yet, but at only 25 years old, is a solid tackle for the Browns. There is a lot to be set for an offensive lineman that hasn’t missed a game in his career.
Mitchell Schwartz is certainly a solid player to come from the 37th pick of the draft.
Jan 4, 2015; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running backGiovani Bernard
(25) gets away from Indianapolis Colts free safetyLaRon Landry
(30) in the first half in the 2014 AFC Wild Card playoff football game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
The next year gave the league a very solid player. Giovani Bernard was selected in the 2013 draft by the Bengals, and has proven to be a dynamic player on the offensive side of the football. Bernard has posted back to back seasons of more than 600 yards rushing, and five touchdowns. Bernard averages over four yards per carry for his young career as well.
But Bernard has been most dynamic in the passing game. Over two years, Bernard has posted 99 receptions for 863 yards and five touchdowns. With over 1,000 all-purpose yards over his first two seasons, Giovani Bernard has a lot to offer the league for many years to come.
Giovani Bernard might be the best of these number 37 picks.
Ra’Shede Hageman was chosen by the Falcons with the 37th pick of last year’s draft. Hageman has not been a starter, but he was active all year, posting one sack and 16 tackles, 12 solo. There is nothing wrong with depth along any defensive line. Hageman is a work in progress, as you would like to see a player develop into a larger role, coming from a high second round pick. It’s hard to evaluate him at this point.
So all in all, the 37th pick has been a solid draft position over the last five years. It may not have yielded all superstars, but it has yielded mostly solid players. We shall see if that continues, very soon.