The Denver Broncos made the biggest headline of Round 2 of the 2019 NFL Draft on Friday in Nashville, Tenn., trading up to take Missouri quarterback Drew Lock with the 42nd overall pick.
The move came after a run on defensive backs (four) and offensive linemen (four) in the first nine picks of the second round. The last of those nine picks was also Denver’s selection, as the Broncos took Kansas State tackle/guard Dalton Risner 41st overall.
Denver then sent pick Nos. 52, 125 and 182 to the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for the 42nd pick, selecting Lock.
Considered the draft’s second- or third-best quarterback on most boards, Lock surprisingly went unselected in the first round on Thursday night, as Kyler Murray (No. 1), Daniel Jones (No. 6) and Dwayne Haskins (No. 15) came off the board. After watching Thursday’s action in the green room, Lock watched Friday from his agent’s nearby office in Nashville, celebrating with friends and family upon his selection.
“A king-size Pringles, that’s how big the chip on my shoulder is,” Lock told Denver reporters on a conference call after he was selected.
Lock had been connected to the Broncos during the draft process, with general manager John Elway rumored to be interested dating back to the Senior Bowl in January, but Denver passed on him four times before taking him.
Among other highlights of Round 2, the Jacksonville Jaguars traded up for Florida offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor at No. 35 overall. Taylor was widely considered a possible top-10 selection but slid out of Round 1.
Other offensive linemen quickly followed with Mississippi’s Greg Little (37th to Carolina), Oklahoma’s Cody Ford (38th to Buffalo in a trade-up), Risner and Mississippi State center Elgton Jenkins (44th to Green Bay).
The second round also included a wealth of cornerbacks. After only one (Deandre Baker to the New York Giants) went on Thursday night, six came off the board in the first 14 picks of Round 2. The last of those was LSU’s Greedy Williams, who many considered the draft’s top cornerback before sliding to No. 46 overall, where the Cleveland Browns traded up to nab him.