Top 2024 NFL Draft Day 2 Steals: Stud DB Slips to Eagles, Colts Land Adonai Mitchell

Day 2 of the 2024 NFL Draft is in the books. Let's take a look at which players were the biggest steals during Rounds 2 and 3.

Just like that, we’re through three rounds in the 2024 NFL Draft.

Friday night saw plenty of action, including multiple trades, a run on cornerbacks, and a few head-scratching picks across Rounds 2 and 3. There’s plenty to break down.

We ranked our biggest Round 1 steals on Thursday night. Now, let’s get into the top steals from Day 2 of the NFL Draft.

Biggest Steals from Rounds 2-3 of the 2024 NFL Draft

DT Jer’Zhan Newton: No. 36, Washington Commanders

Newton, who prefers to go by “Johnny,” was a consensus first-round talent and the No. 12 player on our big board. No. 12! But a foot injury — that reportedly is fully healed — caused arguably the best defensive tackle in this class to fall to the second round.

Newton’s slide ended early in Round 2 when the Washington Commanders made him the 36th overall pick. This is a steal, one that enables Washington to plan for the future at defensive tackle while adding a player who should contribute right away.

DB Cooper DeJean: No. 40, Philadelphia Eagles

Many viewed Cooper DeJean as a first-round pick. We had him ranked as the 15th-best prospect on our big board. And yet, DeJean slipped to the Philadelphia Eagles, who traded up with the Commanders to select him with the 40th overall pick.

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Whether DeJean will be a cornerback or a safety in the NFL remains to be seen. But he and Quinyon Mitchell, whom the Eagles selected in Round 1, will add a needed boost to Philadelphia’s secondary.

CB Kool-Aid McKinstry: No. 41, New Orleans Saints

Kool-Aid McKinstry entered last season as arguably the top cornerback prospect in the country. His stock dropped throughout the campaign, but he still was considered a likely first-round pick — and the 19th-best player on our big board.

Ultimately, McKinstry fell to No. 41, where the New Orleans Saints drafted him after trading with the Green Bay Packers. This is a great move for New Orleans, which gets a player with all the tools to be a starting corner in the pros.

WR Adonai Mitchell: No. 52, Indianapolis Colts

Adonai Mitchell was the No. 28 player on our big board, and he was higher on other lists. But he slid and slid and slid, likely due to concerns about his effort and physicality. His route running also could use some work.

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Nevertheless, landing Mitchell with the No. 52 represents great value to the Indianapolis Colts, who now have one of the more intriguing, young receiver rooms in the NFL. Quarterback Anthony Richardson now can work with Mitchell, Michael Pittman Jr., and Josh Downs. That’s a good group.

Mitchell is far from a perfect prospect, but he has the speed and raw ability to develop into a real weapon.

OG Christian Haynes: No. 81, Seattle Seahawks

UConn guard Christian Haynes arguably was the second-best guard available in the draft. He also was the No. 32 player on the Pro Football Network big board.

However, interior offensive linemen tend to fall in drafts, and that’s exactly what happened to Haynes. He dropped to 81, where the OL-needy Seattle Seahawks ended his slide. Haynes has the size and ability to be a solid Week 1 starter.

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