Bills take record-setting receiver, Patriots get on the board in Day 2 of NFL Draft

Eric Wilson #23 of the Cincinnati Bearcats tackles Zay Jones #7 of the East Carolina Pirates during the first quarter at Nippert Stadium on October 22, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

So how the Miami Dolphins’ AFC East rivals fare on Day 2 of the 2017 NFL Draft?

After trading down the night before, the Buffalo Bills made their two picks in Round 2, including picking a high-volume receiver with ties to the Dolphins. The Jets kept the Florida connections going with their second-round pick as well, taking a Florida Gator, while the Patriots finally got on the draft board.

With the 37th overall pick, the Bills selected wide receiver Zay Jones from East Carolina University. Jones caught an NCAA record 158 passes for 1,746 yards in his senior season, adding eight touchdowns to an impressive stat line. His 399 career receptions are also an NCAA record.

Jones’ dad, Robert Jones, played linebacker for the Dolphins from 1998-2000.

The Bills second selection in the second round, the 63rd overall pick, was Temple offensive lineman Dion Dawkins. The big, 314-pound 23-year-old may line up at guard for the Bills despite being a starter at left tackle in college. Dawkins made second-team All-American Athletic Conference in 2015 and earned first-team honors in 2016.

The Jets went with Florida Gators safety Marcus Maye with the 39th pick overall. Maye, who spent four seasons in Gainesville, made 50 tackles in his senior season. The 6-foot, 216-pound defensive back had his best college season, though, as a junior when he made 77 total tackles to go along with two interceptions and four forced fumbles, good for third most in the SEC.

>> Draft Profile: Florida Gator safety Marcus Maye

The Jets used the 79th overall pick on ArDarius Stewart, a wide receiver from Alabama. Stewart ran a 4.49 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine and compares him to former Dolphins practice-squad receiver Chris Hogan.

In three seasons at Alabama, Stewart caught 129 passes for 1,713 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also served as a kick returner for the Crimson Tide in his sophomore and junior seasons, returning eight kicks for 161 yards in 2016.

The Patriots got in on the draft action later on Friday night, taking Youngstown State outside linebacker Derek Rivers with the 83rd overall pick. The first of New England’s two third-round selections, Rivers totaled 58 tackles, including 19.5 for a loss, and 14 sacks in his senior year.

Two picks later, the Patriots nabbed Antonio Garcia, a tackle from Troy. Garcia started 42 games at left tackle and posted the second best vertical among offensive lineman at the NFL Combine.

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