The latest 2014 NFL mock draft continues into the second round as the trades keep flying and teams make some bold moves.
#33 – Houston Texans – Lamarcus Joyner – S – Florida State
Inconsistency at safety must be addressed for Houston. Lamarcus Joyner lacks size but is a playmaker with a cool head on his shoulders.
#34 – Washington Redskins – Cyril Richardson – G – Baylor
Protecting RGIII must take priority for the Washington Redskins. Cyril Richardson is a road grader in the run game and is too big and athletic to beat in pass protection.
#35 – St. Louis Rams (from HOU) – Timmy Jernigan – DT – Florida State
He dominated the BCS title game for stretches and the Rams could use more help defending the run. Timmy Jernigan does that better than anybody. So they move up to get him.
#36 – Oakland Raiders – Brett Smith – QB – Wyoming
Reggie McKenzie doesn’t fear surprise picks for the Oakland Raiders. Brett Smith is a late riser but he has a good arm, mobility, a nice frame and works his progressions well.
#37 – Atlanta Falcons – David Yankey – G – Stanford
Protecting Matt Ryan and opening up running lanes are priorities for Atlanta. David Yankey is versatile, powerful, and a leader who can set the tone from the guard spot.
#38 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Antonio Richardson – OT – Tennessee
Having acquired their pass rusher, Lovie Smith tries to get Mike Glennon more protection. Antonio Richardson is a big, burly tackle who can lock down rushers and get downhill to open lanes in the running game.
#39 – Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Reilly – DE – Utah
Gus Bradley needs more from the Jacksonville Jaguars pass rush. Trevor Reilly has really come on for Utah, displaying top notch athleticism and a better pass rush instinct.
#40 – New York Giants (from STL) – Zack Martin – G – Notre Dame
In dire need of help up front, the Giants jump up a few spots to secure Notre Dame lineman Zack Martin. Smart, strong and technically sound he is ready to start immediately.
#41 – Buffalo Bills – DeVante Parker – WR – Louisville
DeVante Parker is the ideal Buffalo Bills receiver. Not only is he big at 6’3″ but he has speed to go with it. E.J. Manuel will covet that in 2014.
#42 – Tennessee Titans – David Fales – QB – San Jose State
Jake Locker is in doubt for his job and the Tennessee Titans need to bring in competition. David Fales has some deficiencies but he is accurate, intelligent, mobile and can run a pro offense at its peak.
#43 – St. Louis Rams (from NYG) – Jason Verrett – CB – TCU
Corteland Finnegan is getting older, so Jeff Fisher gives St. Louis some depth at corner. Jason Verett is undersized but tough, athletic and fast. He has a nose for the football too.
#44 – St. Louis Rams – Tre Mason – RB – Auburn
No running back had a bigger ending stretch to the season than Tre Mason. He runs with a purpose, has good vision and can be a receiver as well. St. Louis got something from Zac Stacy, but Mason brings more depth and potential.
#45 – Detroit Lions – Bradley Roby – CB – Ohio State
Inconsistency at cornerback continues to haunt the Detroit Lions. Bradley Roby is still not polished enough but his athleticism and potential in coverage is unquestioned.
#46 – Pittsburgh Steelers – Moses Morgan – OT – Virginia
The Virginia senior got better and better as the season went on. He has the frame and athleticism of a top tackle and can grow into much more. His issue is weight control.
#47 – Dallas Cowboys – Ra’Shede Hageman – DT – Minnesota
The defensive overhaul continues. With a safety in place, Dallas gets lucky by nabbing the uber-athletic Ra’Shede Hageman. His upside is off the charts and could do amazing things under Rod Marinelli.
#48 – Baltimore Ravens – Kyle Van Noy – OLB – BYU
Ozzie Newsome sticks to his board, so he will see Kyle Van Noy is still available. Baltimore needs more youth at outside linebacker. Van Noy is an instinctive playmaker.
#49 – New York Jets – La’el Collins – OT – LSU
La’el Collins has played both guard and tackle for LSU. The New York Jets might need help at both positions in 2014 so he is a heady pickup for the front office to protect Geno Smith.
#50 – Miami Dolphins – Ka’Deem Carey – RB – Arizona
Offensive line is still a need but so is finding a workhorse running back to ease pressure on Ryan Tannehill. Ka’Deem Carey doesn’t get attention, but few do the job better than him.
#51 – Chicago Bears – Deone Bucannon – SS – Washington State
Safety became a sore spot for Chicago as the season went on. Major Wright is a free agent. So they take Deone Bucannon, a 6’1″ safety from WashingtonState with a reputation for dealing fierce hits and taking the ball away.
#52 – Arizona Cardinals – Michael Sam – OLB – Missouri
Pass rush from the outside linebacker spot took the Arizona Cardinals defense to another level. Still, John Abraham is 35. They need youth. Michael Sam has the frame and the proven production to fit right in at that spot.
#53 – Green Bay Packers – Marcus Roberson – CB – Florida
Sam Shields is a free agent and the Packers could use more reliable coverage from their corners. Marcus Roberson is not a run defender but he plays very good man-to-man on receivers.
#54 – San Diego Chargers – Loucheiz Purifoy – CB – Florida
Though his coverage ability is not at the same level as his Florida teammate, Loucheiz Purifoy is the better athlete with a higher ceiling. That is what the Chargers bank on.
#55 – Philadelphia Eagles – Morgan Breslin – OLB – USC
An injury dropped him off the map but at the start of the college season Morgan Breslin was viewed as one of the best pass rushing outside linebackers in the country.
#56 – Cincinnati Bengals – E.J. Gaines – CB – Missouri
A slight size deficiency drops him into the second round but E.J. Gaines has first round ability. He can play solid coverage, tackle and has the instincts to attack the ball.
#57 – Indianapolis Colts – Xavier Su’a-Filo – G – UCLA
More and more it’s easy to see the Indianapolis Colts thrive when Andrew Luck is protected. Xavier Su’a-Filo has the quickness, power and technique to further that aim.
#58 – New Orleans Saints – Aaron Colvin – CB – Oklahoma
The loss of Keenan Lewis really showed how thin New Orleans is at corner. Aaron Colvin can alleviate a lot of that pressure with his good size and athleticism.
#59 – San Francisco 49ers (from KC) – Travis Swanson – C – Arkansas
Jonathan Goodwin is still an anchor in the middle for the 49ers but he’s getting up there in age. Travis Swanson gives them an excellent line of succession to maintain their stout offensive line.
#60 – San Francisco 49ers – Dominique Easley – DT – Florida
A torn ACL ended his season but before that there wasn’t a more dominant defensive lineman than Dominique Easley. San Francisco won’t fear the injury concerns.
#61 – Carolina Panthers – Jordan Matthews – WR – Vanderbilt
Why not double up? The Carolina Panthers did it last time. Jordan Matthews can bring them another receiver, one with a big frame, great hands and keen understanding of how to run routes and get open.
#62 – New England Patriots – C.J. Fiedorowicz – TE – Iowa
His production is highly misleading. Scouts believe C.J. Fiedorowicz has the size-to-speed ratio to give defenses headaches. On top of that he is a highly effective blocker.
#63 – Denver Broncos – Victor Hampton – CB – South Carolina
Champ Bailey is aging fast and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is a free agent. The Denver Broncos need more help at corner. Victor Hampton, while inconsistent, is athletic and tough.
#64 – Seattle Seahawks – Jack Mewhort – OT – Ohio State
Russell Wilson hasn’t gotten the best protection in 2013 and the Seattle Seahawks could really use more help at the tackle spots. Jack Mewhort is big, versatile, intelligent and getting better.
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