2014 NFL Draft: Round Two Mock Draft

There is a ton of talent left to start round two, including a couple Notre Dame DL.

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 FalconsKony 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 BillsJace 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 RamsStanley 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 SteelersPhillip 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 CowboysTimmy 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 JetsJordan 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 BearsTerrence 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 PackersLouis 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 BengalsDemarcus 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 SaintsMarcus 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 ColtsWeston 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 49ersBashaud 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 BroncosChris 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 SeahawksJack 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.

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24 Responses to “2014 NFL Draft: Round Two Mock Draft”

  1. Jason says:

    ASJ is gone. He would have been a nice pick!

  2. Daniel R. Martin says:

    I guess Lyoko was right about Easely pick. What a shame.

    Wow! Belichick really crapped the bed on this one. I’ve always maintained that BB is the greatest coach in the history of the league. However, every year he manages to demonstrate utter ineptitude as a GM. This is a very bad move in a myriad of ways.

    My other team, the Falcons, played it safe and drafted Matthews when the better move was clearly to trade back for either the bigger, nastier Lewan or Zach Martin, both of whom play the same position of need, while picking up additional picks in the deepest draft of the decade.

    This move by the Patriots is, of course, decidedly worse. They picked a player who likely won’t start until half way through the year if he does start this season, will likely only play for a couple of seasons, and wouldn’t be worth a pick at 29 even if he wasn’t the most injury prone player featured in this draft. I guess BB hasn’t learned from Gronkowski the dangers of relying upon an injury prone player.

    Nix and Tuitt fell to us. Tuitt will likely still be available in the early second. Even if they could only get a 2 and a 4 to trade back, it would’ve been the better move. Easely would’ve been available in the third. Craft needs to hire a GM. Picks like this and Tavon Wilson have probably cost us at least one championship.

    • Ryan says:

      While I agree that Tuitt could quite possibly have been the better pick, there is no way that Nix was a better idea unless Wilfork and Kelly had both retired or already been ruled out for the season. Easley fits into their D-line very well as a dynamic interior pass rusher who can add ten pounds of bulk but still remain too fast to easily block. If Wilfork is double-teamed, Easley will go off. He is the second-best player at this role in the draft behind Aaron Donald, so without injuries the Patriots wouldn’t have been able to draft him. His injuries are the only remaining question. They are a big question, however, because BOTH of his ACLs have been surgically repaired. According to a recent report, though, he will be back for training camp and should be available to start the year. This pick is hardly Belicheck crapping the bed, and if the Seahawks were looking at him 3 picks later, that only adds to his credibility.

      • Daniel R. Martin says:

        yeah…….NO! Wilfork and Kelly are both likely playing on borrowed time. While I wouldn’t have decided on Nix if I had my druthers, I find him infinitely preferable to an undersized DT who is hobbled by critical, repetitive, non-contact related injuries.

        The move was to trade back and grab Tuitt, a DT sized lineman who is athletic enough to play D-End. They could have picked up an extra second to be used on a pass rush specialist like Attaochu.

        • Ryan says:

          I think Belicheck has a better sense of both Wilfork’s, Kelly’s, and Easley’s health levels than you or I. This might be assuming a bit, but I think that if Easley wasn’t going to play again BB wouldn’t have drafted him. And, if Wilfork and Kelly weren’t going to play again, I think he would’ve drafted Nix or Jernigan. Sometimes you have to think like Belicheck to understand why he made the pick. Once again, no guarantee that this pick works out. He could be the next Ron Brace. But it’s a needs-based pick of a risk-reward player. It has a chance of going well.

        • acm says:

          it’s all just a best guess type of thing, a crap-shoot. Think about it, if what you said above were true, then the Ras_I pick or the Maroney pick would have never happened. If BB really knew as much as you give him credit for, a plethora of bust-out picks wouldn’t have happened either.
          Let me put it this way, if Billy B tried to walk on water, I am sure he would sink right in, just like the rest of us, if you know what I mean.

        • Ryan says:

          Acm- you’re not reading well. I am not heralding Belicheck as the best coach ever and I am definitely not a fan of his draft style in general. BB’s flaws are easy to see in that he thinks he can fix every off-field problem with a player. I am simply saying that he is not a moron. After all of these failed picks in the 2nd round due to their inherent risk, one would hope he had learned something. Belicheck definitely has knowledge of Easley’s injury situation and has heard he will be ready for training camp. I am not even saying that Belicheck is any smarter than us, just that he is better informed of what is happening to HIS team.

  3. Ryan says:

    I am a bit annoyed that Deone Bucannon went to the Cardinals at 27, but that was almost definitely his true value. Since he’s gone, the Patriots should probably look at another SS, but I don’t think Round 2 has any great options. Here’s how I would rate the remaining options:

    Round 3: Craig Loston, Dion Bailey, Ed Reynolds
    Round 4: Ahmad Dixon, Brock Vereen, Dezmen Southward, Tre Boston*, Hakeem Smith*
    Round 6: Vinnie Sunseri, Sean Parker

    *-Boston and Smith are both best valued in Round 5, but the Patriots lack a 5th Round pick and so they would more likely be comp pick considerations.

  4. Ryan says:

    My grading for the Easley pick:

    Value: B. For the pick slot, the Patriots got a player who would not have been available at their next pick and has the talent to justify that slot. Pretty simple grading here.
    Risk: D. A first-round pick should not have this much risk of not playing a single down. He is not an F because he is on track for training camp and he has had no off-field problems. However, this was an extremely dangerous first-round pick for a team that usually goes with the best sure thing still available.
    Player: A-. Easley may be a little small for interior line and he has some mechanics to fix so that he can use his strength effectively. Additionally, his presnap antics have to be stopped as they earn him penalties.
    Need: A. The Patriots sorely needed a pass rush from the interior line and Easley’s speed is perfect for this role. If he develops, New England could hurry some QBs.

    Overall: B. The team needs a player to fill the role of interior pass rusher and Easley was the best player left. He has few questions about his play but he carries the inherent risk of a player who has had surgery on both ACLs. The value was good at this point but not great, as he was scheduled for early second but taken late first.

    My thoughts: This pick scares me in that he could be incredibly frustrating to watch due to injury. But the fact that he was the perfect pick if his injury history isn’t accounted for makes me think that he could be a great Patriots player if he can stay on the field.

  5. J H TARBORO says:

    After last nights pick of Dom Easley, I won’t try guess who the Pats might pick. Last night was a total reach for a guy coming off dual acl surgeries and he couldn’t cut laterally at his pro day. I really hope the Pats have a real draft strategy, i wasn’t jumping for joy after their first pick, but good luck tonight. Ryan Mallett is getting traded, something has to happen tonight!

    • Duuude says:

      Obviously the Pats have a real draft strategy, you just don’t like it. Their strategy was to take the most talented player at one of their positions of greatest need, despite the injury history. If you think that “injury prone” is (at least often) a silly notion that mistakes bad luck for an ongoing physical issue, and you want a difference-maker even picking late, then it’s a great strategy.

      If you either believe in injury-proneness or want a safer pick (higher floor, lower ceiling) then it’s a bad strategy. But it’s clearly their strategy. Apparently it was Seattle’s as well. If NEP wanted to go the other way, there were Nix and Tuitt (and Sua-Filo and Bitonio) sitting there.

      For me, the shot at a difference-making pass rusher is worth the risk, especially since I do think that injuries are mostly bad luck.

      If NEP came away with ASJ, as mocked here, I’d feel like the first two rounds couldn’t realistically have gone any better.

  6. STEVE G says:

    Hey Mike. If u c BB, ask him to draft Shemar Stephens out of UCONN in the later rounds, then move him to OG. He can thank me later. 🙂

  7. Jason says:

    If Richburg was available at 55 or lower I would trade up to grab him. Our offensive line has been the most to blame for our Super Bowl losses. Yes we’re good enough to get to the AFC Game with our current roster – but beefing up the middle of the line should now be considered priority #1 IMO.

    • Robert Geiber says:

      I agree, I think getting strong in the trenches with the push of the middle and protecting the pass rush of the middle is the most important factor during the Broncos AFC championship game as well as in the Super Bowl.

      Denver Denver could not handle the pass rush and defensive line from Seattle toprotect Peyton Manning.

      I think the Patriots are taking the blueprint of what worked and did not work last year.

  8. Dan Sullivan says:

    I think the Patriots tonight will draft 2) Xavier-Su’a-Filo G UCLA and 3) A.J. McCarron QB

    What I would do 2) Kyle Van Noy OLB BYU and 3) C.J. Fiedorowicz TE Iowa.

    A center or defensive back not until fourth round as good ones will still be available.

    • acm says:

      have strong doubts either of Su’a Filo or van Noy is a realistic option at 62. Not gonna say it’s impossible one of them falls there, especially after yesterday, but not very likely, imo.

  9. trent says:

    Would love to see ASJ make it to 62. Personally I am guessing that he won’t, but just my opinion.

    Regarding Niklas–Mike Reiss mentioned that he heard information on some issues the Patriots have with both Niklas and Fiedorowicz, and that they may not be high on the Patriot’s radar. He didn’t specify which one had each of these issues, but mentioned that between the two, one did not pass the mental test when it came to complex issues/situations, and the other did not seem like a program fit and would not thrive in the patriots’ team environment.

    Just thought I would pass that along to those who did not read it. It makes me think it is less likely NE picks one of those two unless they get them at a really good value. If they cannot get ASJ or amaro, the guy I have been pushing is arthur lynch. I mentioned last week that I preferred him over CJF. Could be a target early day 3 if we still haven’t filled that need.

    • steve earle says:

      Well yea but Bill did take Easley even with the injury red flags so no one should be written off now.

      • trent says:

        I am not trying to sit here and point out that these guys have flags, a lot of guys in the draft have flags and will still get taken.

        The reason I am suggesting to consider this information is because it seems to come from the team. Just as Loyko saw the signs that the team liked easley, these are signs that the team does not like niklas and CJF. So consider it in that sense, not in the sense that they are flags.

    • acm says:

      The Pats having concerns about how Niklas and CJF would fit, is that on the ESPN team site or what? Don’t remember seeing anything of the sort from Reiss.

      • trent says:

        He mentioned it in his chat. I know it is just rumor, but reiss was very high on CJF and then just like that, he backed away after hearing this info, even though he was a little reluctant to reveal the information. Which makes me think it could be very genuine information. Then again, it may not be true. I just posted it as information to consider, and you can judge for yourself what you want to believe obviously…

        • Ryan says:

          As an Iowa Hawkeye fan and New England Patriot fan. BB will have far more information on CJF than he could ever want. Brian Ferentz was a coach for the Pats now a coach at Iowa at the TE and OL position. Aaron Hernandez’s brother is also a coach at Iowa. Meanwhile Kirk was under Bill for the Browns. With all of that being said, when Iowa “stole” CJF from Illinois many years ago it took some time for him to garner playing time. It was impart do to his inability to block. It wasn’t until much later in his career that he gained extensive playing time. I do consider him better than Niklas in part to my bias as a Hawkeye but, his poor production at Iowa IMO was based on extensive staff changes and Iowa’s inability to use him effectively. In other words, I felt like many times he was being forced to play in away that didn’t suit him. He isn’t as fast, but I think he is a much better blocker than many in this class and when I see him catch the ball it reminds me of Gronk.

        • acm says:

          Thanks, Matt and Trent.

          that was both interesting to read and elusive of Mike R. I guess it’s all in the history books now with both of them gone.

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