NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko
Day one of the 2014 NFL Draft is already in the books and now things gets interesting. The first round went pretty much as expected, but day two is where the depth and value of this draft will shine bright. If you look at the draft board it’s clear there are some very good players still available to start round two.
In fact, there will be very good players that last all the way through the third round. With the new draft format, Day Two is the most exciting and action packed day of the draft, here is how I think it shakes out.
2014 NFL Draft: Second Round
33. Houston Texans – Jimmy Garappolo, QB, Eastern Illinois (or Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh)
I’m not convinced Houston stays at this pick or that they take a QB here. They need to get their QB at some point and I don’t think they’d take Derek Carr. Garappolo will come off the board quickly today whether it’s Houston or someone coming up to get him.
34. Washington Redskins – Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
Washington gets lucky and will have their choice between a couple very good Offensive Tackles. Moses could have easily gone in the first round and with the Redskins in need of a Right Tackle, he won’t last long on day two.
35. Cleveland Browns – Marqise Lee, WR, USC
The Browns could make out like bandits if they land Lee in the 2nd Round. The Browns really wanted to get Brandin Cooks in the 1st, but missed out. Adding Lee to Justin Gilbert and Johnny Manziel could be the beginning of a franchise changing draft in Cleveland.
36. Oakland Raiders – Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
Reggie McKenzie made the right selection by taking Khalil Mack in the first round and now they can get their QB of the future by standing pat at pick #36. Rumors have been swirling since March that the Raiders love Derek Carr and getting him in the second round makes this pick even better for Raiders fans.
37. Atlanta Falcons – Kony Ealy, DE/OLB, Missouri
Everyone knew the Falcons were going to select either an Offensive Tackle or Pass Rusher in the first round. Adding a legitimate Left Tackle in round one means Atlanta can address their substandard pass rush and Ealy is the best player available at that position.
38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA
I’ve made my love for Su’a-Filo well known. Guards are devalued in the new age NFL and get pushed down the board in favor of premium positions. Su’a-Filo is one of the best players remaining regardless of position and Tampa Bay can continue to rebuild their line with a future All-Pro player.
39. Jacksonville Jaguars – Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
David Caldwell made a bold and risky selection by picking Blake Bortles at #3. Now they need to get him some help and Cody Latimer is a size-speed receiver that can fill the void left by Justin Blackmon. Latimer was rumored to go in the 1st Round, but this is a better range for his talent.
40. Seattle Seahawks (via Minn) – Stephon Tuitt, DL, Notre Dame
The Seahawks were set to take Dominique Easley at #32 until the Patriots swooped in and took him off the board. Seattle could go in two directions here, Offensive Tackle or Defensive Line. Tuitt is a big bodied, versatile DL that can step in and fill Red Bryant’s old role.
41. Buffalo Bills – Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
The Bills are acting like a team one player away from contending. Adding Sammy Watkins was a great move, but giving up their 1st Round pick in 2015 could come back to bite them. Buffalo needs to add some more talent to their defense with Amaro on the board the Bills decide to give EJ Manuel even more toys.
42. Tennessee Titans – Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State
The Titans are in desperate need of a starting Running Back, so they are a good bet to be the first team to pick on. Carlos Hyde is the best RB in the draft and a player that can come in to an offense and carry the load from day one.
43. New York Giants – Joel Bitonio, OL, Nevada
I thought the Giants would target offensive line with Zack Martin in the first round. Instead they get one of the best receivers in the draft and have Bitonio fall right into their laps. Bitonio can play left tackle, but might end up being a pro bowl Guard if he kicks inside.
44. St. Louis Rams – Stanley Jean-Baptist, CB, Nebraska
A record nine defensive backs went off the board in the first round meaning teams will scramble and potentially reach for Corners in the 2nd Round. Baptist is a player many in the NFL are high on although his tape leaves a lot to be desired. The Rams could also go Safety here, but that position took a hit with the top four guys going in the first round.
45. Detroit Lions – Lamarcus Joyner, S, Florida State
I love Eric Ebron and adding him to an already potent offense makes the Lions even more explosive. However, the pick leaves the Lions in a tough spot. There secondary is flat out terrible, with the run on safeties and cornerbacks they will have trouble filling those holes. Joyner is the next best Safety available and while he’s undersized, he’s a playmaker.
46. Pittsburgh Steelers – Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice
As I said with the SJB selection, Cornerbacks will get pushed up the board. Gaines’ stock is on fire and I could see him go even higher than this. He’s a tremendous athlete with great on-ball production and has experience playing man coverage. Steelers need a cornerback badly and will take one with this pick.
47. Dallas Cowboys – Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
Jerry Jones picked with his head and not his heart last night and it pays off in the second round. Jernigan is a player that could have easily gone in the first round, but has some character concerns. Jernigan would pair with Henry Melton to form a pretty explosive inside tandem.
48. Baltimore Ravens – Ra’Shede Hageman, DL, Minnesota
Hageman is one of the most overrated players in the draft in my opinion. I heard at the Senior Bowl the Ravens like him and they are looking for more depth at the 5-Technique. I’m not sure if the Ravens would like someone a little more stout, but Hageman will come off the board in this general area.
49. New York Jets – Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
The Jets decided to bypass the Wide Receiver position for a Safety in round one. At some point they need to add more playmakers to the perimeter as Eric Decker won’t get it done by himself. While I am not a huge Jordan Matthews guy, he’s likely to be one of the top WR off the board tonight.
50. Miami Dolphins – Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU
There was a chance Ja’Wuan James could have lasted until this pick, but the Dolphins pulled the trigger at #19. Van Noy is a versatile edge player that can play in just about any type of defense and he will be a hot commodity in round two.
51. Chicago Bears – Terrence Brooks, SAF, Florida State
The Bears are another team in desperate need of Safety help, but because they passed on one in the first round and the late run at the position, they’ll have trouble filling the need. Brooks is the next best safety available and there is a drop off after he gets selected.
52. Arizona Cardinals – Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
I liked the Deone Bucannon selection in round one and I like it even more considering they traded down to get him. Now it’s time to continue building the offensive line. Assuming Arizona passed Kouandjio on his medicals he makes sense for the Cardinals. With Jared Veldheer penciled in at Left Tackle, Kouandjio can flip to the right side where he’s best suited.
53. Green Bay Packers – Louis Nix III, NT, Notre Dame
Nose Tackles is a devalued position and Louis Nix is the victim of that. He’s a first round talent that can plug and play in a 3-man front. This would be tremendous value for Ted Thompson and fill a need area. BJ Raji is on a one year deal and he doesn’t look like the long term solution.
54. Philadelphia Eagles – Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
The Eagles pulled off one of the biggest first round surprises by selecting Louisville OLB Marcus Smith. There is a number of different ways Chip Kelly can go in round two including Cornerback. Robinson is good value here and adds some size to the perimeter of the Eagles high-powered offense.
55. Cincinnati Bengals – Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State
The Bengals wisely chose to address the CB position in round one and got a good one in Darqueze Dennard. Lawrence is the best player available at this point and the Bengals need to build some depth at the End position. Losing Michael Johnson was a blow, but with the addition of Lawrence and the improvement of Margus Hunt they can overcome it.
56. San Francisco 49ers (via KC) – Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
San Francisco is in great position heading into day two of the draft and with 5 selections it’s likely they make a move up the draft board. They need to add a receiver at some point and Adams is one of the best remaining.
57. San Diego Chargers – DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State
Sean Lissimore is currently the Chargers Nose Tackle and that is “less than ideal”. I’m sure they’d love to get their hands on Notre Dame NT Louis Nix, but probably have to trade up to select him. DaQuan Jones is the next best option and could end up having a productive career on the emerging Chargers DL.
58. New Orleans Saints – Marcus Martin, OC, USC
Martin may come off the board before this because any team that needs a center is likely to give him a long look. If he makes it to New Orleans, I expect them to turn the card in within seconds. Only 20 years old, Martin has a great ceiling and projects as an immediate starter in New Orleans.
59. Indianapolis Colts – Weston Richburg, OC, Colorado State
Welcome the Colts to the 2014 NFL Draft. Ryan Grigson gave away the Colts first round pick and are in a position where they need to get impact in the 2nd Round. Richburg isn’t a sexy pick, but fills a need and could be the Colts long term solution at Center.
60. Carolina Panthers – Antonio Richardson, LT, Tennessee
Carolina filled one huge need in the first round, but could have trouble finding their left tackle. Unless they trade up the Panthers will be forced to take a chance on the massive Tennessee tackle.
61. San Francisco 49ers – Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson
Breeland is a bit of a surprise, but rumor has it that the 49ers are high on the Clemson product. Once again the 49ers are a good bet to move up to get the best player on their board. Regardless of what they do they need a cornerback that can play in 2014.
62. New England Patriots – Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington (or Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame)
Whether they move up or sit at #62 and take their chances the Patriots need a Tight End on Day Two. The team likes Troy Niklas a lot and if Seferian-Jenkins is gone he could be the pick. I wouldn’t rule out a trade up to the middle of the second round to get Jace Amaro either. The first round played out perfectly for the Patriots and the second round is loaded with players still on their draft board.
63. Denver Broncos – Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin
Chris Borland is undersized, but at this point of the draft is a great value pick. He’ll be an impact player regardless of the team he goes to and after losing Wesley Woodyard in free agency, the Broncos need an Inside Linebacker.
64. Seattle Seahawks – Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State
Right Tackle is still a big area of need for the Seahawks. Michael Bowie would be the starter if the season began today and regardless of how Seattle feels about him, he needs competition.