Nov 28, 2013; Austin, TX, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders wide receiver Jace Amaro (22) attempts to catch a pass against Texas Longhorns safety Josh Turner (5) during the first half at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Texas beat Texas Tech 41-16. Mandatory Credit: Brendan Maloney-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Mock Draft Update: Complete 2nd Round

The latest 2014 NFL mock draft continues into the second round as the trades this time slow down and teams sort of reshuffle their boards.

#33 – Houston Texans – Louis Nix – DT – Notre Dame

Stopping the run wasn’t always easy for the Houston Texans in 2013.  By adding Louis Nix to their defensive front, that job becomes easier while at the same time putting some in the middle who will draw blocks away from J.J. Watt.

#34 – Washington Redskins – Stephon Tuitt – DE – Notre Dame

Getting better up front on defense is a necessity for the Washington Redskins.  Stephon Tuitt is a big, strong 3-4 end out of Notre Dame who fits their scheme and qualifies as a classic disruptor.  He’s big enough to anchor against the run and plays with the kind of motor that makes him a quarterback nightmare.

#35 – St. Louis Rams (from CLE) – Ra’Shede Hageman – DT – Minnesota

Having bolstered the offense in round one, Jeff Fisher is free to add to his already strong defense and he is delighted to find athletically gifted defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman still available.  The Minnesota standout has every physical tool required to dominate.  All he needs is some refinement and motivation.

#36 – Houston Texans (from OAK) – Morgan Moses – OT – Virginia

Bortles already has a pretty good cast of offensive talent around him but the Houston Texans must look to make sure he is and will be protected in the future.  The tackle position could use some attention.  Morgan Moses is a massive, strong kid out of Virginia.  He has good feet, surprising nimbleness and can’t take on every type of rusher.

#37 – Atlanta Falcons – Scott Crichton – DE – Oregon State

Unable to go another round without seeking out a pass rusher, the Atlanta Falcons find a really good, if not sexy one.  Most scouts agree the athletic potential for Scott Crichton is limited, but if asked to play defensive end in 4-3 scheme, he can become a serious pest for opposing offenses.  The Falcons possess that scheme and the need.

#38 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jace Amaro – TE – Texas Tech

Surprisingly taken in the second round despite leading the nation among all tight ends, Jace Amaro should land with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a chip on his shoulder in this 2014 NFL mock draft.  Lovie Smith won’t complain.  He needs to get Mike Glennon more weapons and couldn’t find a better one than Amaro.

#39 – Jacksonville Jaguars – Jimmy Garoppolo – QB – Eastern Illinois

Gus Bradley got his pass rusher first, so now he can’t wait any longer to find help at quarterback.  He takes a calculated risk here on Eastern Illinois star Jimmy Garoppolo.  The kid came almost out of nowhere from the FCS and has played well in the Shrine and Senior Bowl games.  The quick release, tall frame, footwork and accuracy are all there.

#40 – New York Giants (from MIN) – C.J. Fiedorowicz – TE – Iowa

Trade yield:  Vikings get NYG 5th round pick

In an uncharacteristic move, the New York Giants make a move up the boards.  Having survived on free agent tight ends for too long, they go after under-the-radar talent C.J. Fiedorowicz out of Iowa.  The kid isn’t quite the athlete like Seferian-Jenkins, but he is arguably a better blocker and has the speed, quickness and hands to make plenty of tough catches for Eli Manning.

#41 – Buffalo Bills – Jack Mewhort – OT – Ohio State

Cody Glenn seems to have the left tackle spot locked down but the Buffalo Bills still need help on the right side.  Jack Mewhort brings size, length and power to the equation.  He was a dominant run blocker at OhioState and has the necessary tools to anchor the right side against any pass rusher.

#42 – Tennessee Titans – Deone Bucannon – SS – Washington

Safety suffered from too much inconsistency for the Tennessee Titans in 2013.  Ken Whisenhunt will look to fix that early in the draft.  Deone Bucannon is a big, hard hitter out of Washington who loves to set the tone with his physical style.  Such a reputation also overshadows how good of a playmaker he actually is in coverage.

#43 – Minnesota Vikings (from NYG) – Ryan Shazier – OLB – Ohio State

Defensive line would be the bigger need but the Minnesota Vikings have to realize that Ryan Shazier is a first round talent who has fallen to the middle of the second round.  His speed, length and ability to tackle would be tremendous assets to their defense.  He will remind Mike Zimmer quite a bit of Vontaze Burfict.

#44 – St. Louis Rams – Carlos Hyde – RB – Ohio State

Though their running game made a good recovery later in the season, the St. Louis Rams still lack that workhorse back who can take and handle the majority of handoffs during a game.  Carlos Hyde did all of that for OhioState and did it well.  He is much like Marshawn Lynch:  big, strong and a load to bring down once past the line of scrimmage.

#45 – Detroit Lions – Odell Beckham Jr. – WR – LSU  

Matthew Stafford has a good offense in place but he still lacks a second receiver option opposite Calvin Johnson.  So the Detroit Lions scoop up the versatile Odell Beckham Jr.  Not only fast and quick, his underrated lower body strength makes him a danger with the ball in his hands.  He should also be a big help in the return game.

#46 – Pittsburgh Steelers – Antonio Richardson – OT – Tennessee

The secondary got a nice boost in the first but the Pittsburgh Steelers still have work to do on their offensive line.  Getting another tackle would certainly help.  Antonio Richardson might be too big to play on the left side, but his power, heavy hands and solid balance make him an excellent option on the right.

#47 – Dallas Cowboys – Cyril Richardson – OG – Baylor

The offensive line wasn’t a big problem for the Dallas Cowboys compared to other areas but they still could use an upgrade at the guard position.  Cyril Richardson didn’t have the greatest Senior Bowl but the Baylor product is an absolute mauler in the run game.  He can blow open lanes for DeMarco Murray and has enough athletic skill to become a stalwart in pass protection.

#48 – Baltimore Ravens – Marcus Roberson – CB – Florida

The secondary had several bouts of inconsistency in 2013 for the Baltimore Ravens.  It might need some more help in coverage to take proper advantage of the pass rush.  Marcus Roberson lacks some bulk but his height, length and natural athletic makes him a tremendous asset when covering wide receivers.  If he can add some muscle he can become a real problem.

#49 – New York Jets – Xavier Su’a-Filo – OG – UCLA

Losses to free agency really hampered the New York Jets offensive line last year, especially at the guard positions.  Bolstering them should help Geno Smith improve.  Xavier Su’a-Filo is often overlooked in 2014 NFL mock draft boards but the UCLA guard is for real.  He shows an excellent power base with good hands and technique.  He’s experienced and consistent too.

#50 – Miami Dolphins – Ka’Deem Carey – RB – Arizona

Aside from protection, the Miami Dolphins need more consistency from their running game.  That will take a back who can tote the rock at least 20 times per game.  Ka’Deem Carey came on strong in 2013 for Arizona, showcasing his downhill style but also flashing his improvement as a receiver as pass protector.

#51 – Chicago Bears – Jason Verrett – CB – TCU

Short cornerbacks get overlooked a lot in the NFL, but don’t count the Chicago Bears as one of those teams that will.  Given what the 5’8″ Tim Jennings has done for them, they will look at TCU standout Jason Verrett as a potential steal.  Though only 5’10″, the kid is an explosive athlete who excels in press coverage but shows the burst and recognition to play zone as well.  He tackles, is durable and has natural playmaking instinct.

#52 – Arizona Cardinals – Bradley Roby – CB – Ohio State

Most of the pass rushers and tackles are taken, which means the Arizona Cardinals must see if they can get Patrick Peterson some help in the secondary.  Bradley Roby had an uneven season in 2013 but the OhioState corner possesses the ideal athleticism and speed to lock down receivers once his technique is refined.

#53 – Green Bay Packers – Trevor Reilly – OLB – Utah

The search for a secondary pass rusher opposite Clay Matthews is ongoing for the Green Bay Packers.  They also simply need more depth at linebacker anyway.  Trevor Reilly has excellent athleticism and speed coming off the edge and shows the agility and recognition to track ball carriers through the muck.

#54 – Philadelphia Eagles – Ahmad Dixon – S – Baylor

They got their pass rusher in the first round and the Philadelphia Eagles next land their needed safety in the second.  He isn’t a finished product but Ahmad Dixon is much further along than people realize.  Size and range are key parts to his game, along with a physical nature that lets him clean up tackles and deliver big hits.

#55 – Cincinnati Bengals – Lamarcus Joyner – S – Florida State

Another defensive back with height issues but proved quite the playmaker in college.  Lamarcus Joyner has the track record of a first round pick and would be there if only he were four inches taller.  The Cincinnati Bengals don’t require bigger defensive backs like other teams, and they have need for help at the safety position.  Joyner is deceptively tough, able to make tackles and is also a keen asset in coverage.

#56 – San Francisco 49ers (from KC) – Will Sutton – DT – Arizona State

The front seven is the backbone of the San Francisco 49ers defense.  Justin Smith is a cornerstone and he’s entering his mid 30s.  They must look to bolster the depth behind him for the future.  Will Sutton is somewhat undersized as a defensive tackle but his natural leverage, quickness and strength make him a disruptor.  He would fit in well at defensive end for them.

#57 – San Diego Chargers – Trent Murphy – DE – Stanford

A future at defensive end doesn’t seem to be in the cards for Trent Murphy given his lack of bulk, but the nation’s sack leader clearly has a place in the pros.  The San Diego Chargers need somebody at outside linebacker who can get pressure on the opposing quarterback.  Murphy is not a great athlete but he is strong, lengthy and relentless until the whistle.  He’ll find ways to create heat.

#58 – Indianapolis Colts – DaQuan Jones – DT – Penn State

Wide receiver is another area to consider but it was run defense that truly crippled the Indianapolis Colts in the playoffs.  They need to get bigger and stronger up front if they want to advance further.  DaQuan Jones is not a pass rusher but he has great size and strength coming out of PennState.  His added quickness should make him a great fit at nose tackle to help plug up running lanes.

#59 – New Orleans Saints – Keith McGill – CB – Utah

Big cornerbacks are sweeping the 2014 NFL mock draft, thanks in large part to what Seattle has accomplished.  Among the more popular names of late is Keith McGill out of Utah.  The 6’3″ corner has the size and length for sure, along with the required athleticism and speed to mirror receivers.

#60 – Carolina Panthers – Joel Bitonio – OT – Nevada

Both starting tackles are potential free agents for the Carolina Panthers, so they can’t afford not to address the position in the draft.  Joel Bitonio was a revelation at the Senior Bowl.  He showcased surprisingly good balance and footwork in pass protection and has the size and strength to run block.  He could be a great fit for them on the right side.

#61 – San Francisco 49ers – Telvin Smith – LB – Florida State

The injury to NaVarro Bowman was a kick in the gut for the 49ers who also had to lose the NFC championship.  He was their best overall player in 2013 and now is a question mark after tearing the ACL and MCL in his left knee.  Cold as it might sound, San Francisco must think about adding depth at linebacker in case he doesn’t return to his old self.  Telvin Smith is somewhat light, but he is wicked fast and athletic out of FloridaState.

#62 – New England Patriots – Jackson Jeffcoat – DE – Texas

His stats don’t reflect much but the running theme with Jackson Jeffcoat is he’s an excellent athletic prospect with enough potential to become a dangerous pass rusher.  What he needs is further coaching to improve his hand fighting and discipline.  The New England Patriots can provide that, and he can provide them with more sacks.

#63 – Denver Broncos – Loucheiz Purifoy – CB – Florida

Champ Bailey and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie both could be gone after the Super Bowl is over.  That makes cornerback a need area for the Denver Broncos.  Loucheiz Purifoy is a definite project at corner but he might be the best athlete at the position in the 2014 draft.  He can run with any receiver, has good length and elite level athleticism.  What he lacks is polish and improved instincts.

#64 – Seattle Seahawks – Gabe Jackson – OG – Mississippi State

Russell Wilson needs better protection regardless of what happens in the big game.  The Seattle Seahawks can’t expect him to hold up under the frequent hits forever.  Gabe Jackson is their kind of guy:  big, powerful and an absolute mauler at guard.  He run blocks with the best and has improved considerably as a pass protector.

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  • Nathan Kearns

    While I still believe that St. Louis can get more for that No.2 overall pick, I absolutely love this second round.

    Most in Rams Nation will scoff at the idea of Carlos Hde when the Rams already have Zac Stacy, but Fisher has a history of wanting multiple three-down backs to use in a rotation.

    Hageman, if he is still available, may cause Jeff Fisher and Les Snead to pull a hamstring running to the podium to put in the pick.

    Great choices!

    • Erik Lambert

      I was surprised by the good fortune as well but that’s how the board fell for me this time. Two quality additions.

    • Gary Stewart

      ive said im ok with hyde but i prefer ka deem or tre in round 2 if they were both gone then hyde but i believe tre and ka deem may fall ionto the 2nd

    • Beer O’Clock

      I agree with you 100% on both points, Nathan.
      Hageman available at #35 seems a little unrealistic but, he’d be a perfect fit in the Rams’ defense and the steal of the century at #35.

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  • [email protected]

    The Steelers great weakness on OL is almost exaggerated as the value that Mike Wallace brought to the team. And Wallace had to be one of the biggest (and most expensive!) busts in FA last year. We were 12th in pass protection (albeit it like 28th in run blocking) per PFF. IF we draft an OL in the 2nd round it would either be for a starting LT or purely for depth across the line (in other words, a versatile lineman that could be used as a sub at multiple positions), NOT for a RT.

    • Joshua Giovannone

      Defense should be our main draft goal. I don’t like taking an OL in the second. A receiver before a lineman would make sense too.

      • [email protected]

        Joshua – we have lotsa needs huh? LOL. Oh, well, the bill has come due! Interesting that all the Steelers fans see the need for an OL as much as those on the outside of ‘the Nation’! I would prefer a NT before an OL for sure……..

  • Padraigh Keogh

    Would rather Chargers take Purifoy when still on the board. Dont agree with OT in first round either. Good DT on board after Chargers 1st pick and good CB too. CB and DT first two picks

  • 3kolu

    Hey Erik, I like Shazier, but depending how we do in FA, I’d prefer Deone Buchanon. He would be a great companion to Harrison Smith. Shazier is a fast athletic LB who is decent in coverage, but I’m concerned about his weight. I’m high on Michael Mauti. I believe that he is an absolute play-making, ball-hawking beast. I believe the Vikings would be set at LB with Cole on the inside and Mauti and Greenway on the outside.

    • Erik Lambert

      The key for Shazier is the bulk. He certainly has the frame for it. If he can add strength to go along with that speed, not only will he do well in coverage but he can become a bigger force rushing the passer as well. Thus he helps the Vikings in three ways.

      • 3kolu

        Absolutely, the Vikings are lacking a speedy LB. His highlight film is impressive. He is a ball-hawking play-maker. Not necessarily their highest priority, Greenway is on the downturn of his career and is counting approximately 5 million against the cap. The Vikes need to renegotiate or consider letting him go. And, that would push LB up the priority list.

    • Gary Stewart

      3k in this mock buchannon was off the board the pick earlier, as a ram fan i feel your pain, when atlanta grabbed julio jones right in front of us the next year jax grabbbed blackmon in front of us i was bummed but thats the draft!!

      • 3kolu

        That’s one of the things I like about Spielman, he wouldn’t be afraid to make a move, hopefully for a future. I’m pretty sure we’d be getting some comp picks next year. But, it depends what we do in FA.

  • Letterman007

    Get it through YOUR HEAD, the Browns AREN’T going to trade two or three for one as they have too many holes to fill to trade away any picks!!!

    • Nathan Kearns

      They have already made it very evident that they are willing to trade up to get “their guy” at quarterback… so there’s that! Unless you are calling the front office liars?! You must be well connected…

      • Letterman007

        Obviously you are unfamiliar with smoke screens !! Banner and company are famous for them! If there were a QB worth trading up for, I’d say yes!! Andrew Luck was worth trading up for, there are no can’t miss quarterbacks in the draft this year! I would hope these FO people are smart enough to see that! The front office may or may not have said they would trade, but this is coming from reporters, can they be trusted, I doubt it!!

        • Nathan Kearns

          Not unfamiliar with “smoke screens,” I am just familiar with how smoke screens generally work. Announcing a willingness to trade up doesn’t do anything aside from 1) churn up interest in a player or 2) decrease your leverage in a trade.

          I’ve lived in Cleveland for all of my adult life, and yet, since I have been here, there have never had a stable quarterback situation. Mr. St. Ignatius is not the answer… so like it or not, they will be in the market for a QB. Might as well get the one you think best fits your personnel and scheme, right?

          …the only way to ensure that? Trade up!

          • Letterman007

            The problem is you think there is a franchise QB in this draft!! I say there maybe one, but I’m not sure who!! I have my doubts about the top three. Do you really trust Banner and Lombardi, cause I don’t!! So lets waste TWO first round picks on the next Brady Quinn or Brandon Weeden!! I say NO, at least fill one hole somewhere with one of the two picks!! Get a QB, sure but one will be there at #4 and you take him or wait for # 26 and get Garoppolo ! He looks as good as any of them ! Which one do you double Guarantee is that player, that franchise can’t miss QB ! Do you really know, because I don’t and am not willing to waste another TWO fist round picks on a shot in the dark!!

          • Letterman007

            PS, the front office has already lied when replacing Chud,they were going after an offensive Head coach to develop the new QB and did they, NO He is a defensive coach and now having problems finding an Offensive coordinator!! Also, before they hired Chudzinski, they said they were all about stability and they new that was lacking here and then one and done!! That’s not stability!!!

          • Nathan Kearns

            You would be mistaken. In fact, I am one of the few that wouldn’t touch Johnny Manziel in the first round of the Draft. Derek Carr is actually my “top quarterback” in this year’s class, although he will likely fall (at least) to No.8 in April.

            Again, I don’t think it is necessarily about there being a guaranteed, “franchise” quarterback. I think it is a combination of an obvious, glaring “need” and the impatience in the NFL to win NOW, not after a year of developing a raw quarterback prospect.

            Bottom line:
            Do you need a quarterback? Yes.

            Do you want to ensure that he the best quarterback for your particular offensive scheme? Yes.

            Can you afford to “miss” on a QB prospect (again), and risk taking the “next best guy” simply because you weren’t willing to move up? No.

            The Cleveland Browns are an extremely talented team, especially on the defensive side of the football. Even on offense, you have legitimate Pro Bowlers at LT, TE, and WR. They should, and are likely going to, make whatever move is necessary to get their guy at quarterback. If that means giving up the No.26 pick or some packaging of 2nd- and 3rd-rounders, so be it…

            We will have to agree to disagree.

          • Letterman007

            See, even you have a different QB in mind than apparently they do. Like I said there is no legitimate lock on who’s number one!! No can’t miss tag on any in the draft!! If there were I’d give the first three rounds of picks to get him, yes all five picks !!!

  • Zack

    There is NO WAY that the packers pass up Trent Murphy in the second round, atleast, I would be pissed if they did. I agree with the position of choice though, LB in general has to be addressed sometime in the early rounds.

  • Captain Kush

    The Rams don’t need another RB. They already have Stacy, Richardson, and some other guy.

    • Gary Stewart

      d-rich is not the powerback that fisher likes. having an extra powerback is a great idea i prefer ka deem carey or the kid out of auburn, but hyde late in the 2nd could work stacy has proven to be very good but he is not as durable as needed (remember the seattle game where he was out and we couldn’t score with a first and goal from the 1 yd line) so having 2 studs to share 30 carries a week is great and stick with the hot back any particular week. GO RAMS!!

      • Beer O’Clock

        Agree Gary. Stacy and Hyde would make a great tandem that would wear defenses down.
        Stacy is exactly the kind of back Fisher likes but, because he challenges defenders on every play, is susceptible to injury. With Hyde alternating, Stacy’s probability of getting injured decreases by at least 50% and, should it happen, would not change the Fisher’s game plan.
        Cunningham and Richardson would make great “change of pace” backs that would compliment Hyde and Stacy.

  • Jaime Olguin

    I don’t see Reggie giving up that second round pick, he may trade down a couple of spots later in the first but with
    An extra lower first and getting back that fifth round pick that we lost, but buy the time this draft is over the Raiders will
    Have gottin three or four more pick from what they started with, that’s what he did last year, he came in with five or six and ended up with ten picks,

  • Bryan McLean

    Not trying to pick the nit, but Deon Buchanan is out of Washington State.