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2024 NFL Draft: Biggest reaches of Day 2, including T'Vondre Sweat and Ben Sinnott

2RWB949 COLUMBIA, MO - SEPTEMBER 16: Kansas State Wildcats tight end Ben Sinnott (34) catches a 3-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter of a college football game between the Kansas State Wildcats and Missouri Tigers on Sep 16, 2023 at Memorial Stadium in Columbia, MO. (Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

• T'Vondre Sweat goes more than 80 spots ahead of his big board rank: Sweat was drafted by the Tennessee Titans at No. 38 overall amid off-field concerns and a much lower big board rank.

• Commanders reach for Kansas State's Ben Sinnott: Texas' Ja'Tavion Sanders, who is ranked much higher than Sinnott on the PFF big board, was available when Washington made this pick.

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We already took a look at the Day 1 reaches of the 2024 NFL Draft, and now we move to Day 2.

A reach isn’t as egregious on night two as it might be on night one, as draft boards become much more varied the deeper into the prospect pool we get. However, some players were still taken much earlier than they maybe should have gone.

DI T’Vondre Sweat, Tennessee Titans

Sweat was a candidate to slide down the board heading into the night. While he already had concerns over his weight (he played at around 360 pounds) and conditioning, he was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated three weeks before the draft. Yet, the 122nd player on PFF's big board was still selected 38th overall. Sweat is a space-eater, but 38th felt very rich for him.

DI Maason Smith, Jacksonville Jaguars

Smith is a very talented, albeit raw, interior defender for the Jaguars, who must have been enthralled by his size and athleticism to make him the 48th pick in the draft despite his 140th overall ranking on PFF's big board. He has a lot technically that he needs to clean up, but the Jaguars did have a big need along the defensive line. If Smith develops the way they hope, this reach could pay huge dividends.

TE Ben Sinnott, Washington Commanders

Sinnott is a jack-of-all-trades type of tight end who can line up almost anywhere. The problem is that he isn’t overly impressive at any one thing. On top of that, Ja'Tavion Sanders was still available when the Commanders made this selection. Sanders outranked Sinnott by 62 spots (43 versus 105) on the PFF big board when the Commanders made Sinnott the 53rd pick.

Click here to see Ben Sinnott's 2024 NFL Draft profile.

S Cole Bishop, Buffalo Bills

Buffalo was hurting for secondary depth after having to make a lot of sacrifices this offseason to become compliant with the salary cap. While safety was a position of need, Bishop was the 132rd-ranked on PFF's big board player when the Bills selected him at Pick No. 60. He was also PFF’s ninth-ranked safety yet was the third one off the board.

T Caedan Wallace, New England Patriots

The Patriots risked a big run on tackles when they selected a receiver at the top of the second round instead of trying to find a replacement for Trent Brown, and the result was them settling for PFF’s 19th-ranked tackle and 142nd overall prospect at Pick No. 68. As the other tackle on a strong Penn State offensive line, Wallace steadily improved in each of the past three years, but that peak was just a 68.8 overall grade this past season.

T/G Isaiah Adams, Arizona Cardinals

Adams split time between tackle and guard over the past two seasons at Illinois and will likely stay inside at the next level. While he was a solid run blocker, he struggled mightily as a pass blocker, giving up 13 sacks over the past two seasons. Adams was the 137th player on PFF's big board and was taken 71st.

LB Trevin Wallace, Carolina Panthers

The Panthers took a flier on a very athletic, albeit unproductive, linebacker from Kentucky in Wallace. Wallace ranked 168th overall as a prospect and will likely begin his career as a special teamer with the potential to develop into a rotational linebacker.

Click here to see Trevin Wallace's 2024 NFL Draft profile.

T Delmar Glaze, Las Vegas Raiders

This was the biggest reach of the draft so far based on big boards. Glaze was the 77th pick in the draft, but he ranked 257th on PFF's big board, a projected late seventh-rounder or an undrafted free agent. Glaze’s production at Maryland was very consistent, as he graded out in the low 70s in each of the past three seasons, but his athleticism leaves a lot to be desired and his future may be at guard rather than tackle.

LB Ty’Ron Hopper, Green Bay Packers

The Packers doubled up on linebackers in the draft, and while Edgerrin Cooper’s value was about right, possibly even a steal, Hopper was a big reach, going 100 spots ahead of his big board ranking at 91st overall. Hopper graded out very poorly in 2023, as his 51.5 PFF grade was brought down by an abysmal 39.6 coverage grade.

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