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2014 NFL Mock Draft Update: 2nd Round Commences


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 – Aaron Donald – DT – Pitt

They didn’t pull the trigger on Clowney but the Houston Texans certainly wouldn’t mind adding more pass rush help next to J.J. Watt. Aaron Donald has the production and the game tape to back up his stance as one of the most disruptive rushers in the 2014 class.

#34 – Washington Redskins – David Yankey – OG – Stanford

Fixing the defense is all fine and good but it won’t matter if the Washington Redskins can’t keep Robert Griffin III upright.  David Yankey is a smart, physical and experienced guard out of Stanford who is versatile enough to start anywhere from day one.

#35 – Cleveland Browns – Carlos Hyde – RB – Ohio State

There is only one more position on offense the Cleveland Browns need to address, which is finding a high quality running back.  Carlos Hyde is a shifty, powerful and relentless workhorse out of OhioState who can carry the load every Sunday without fear of breaking down.

#36 – Oakland Raiders – Jordan Matthews – WR – Vanderbilt

Getting a quality receiver on offense tops the agenda for the Oakland Raiders and Jordan Matthews is among the best.  Though not fast by definition, his size, great hands and expert route running make him extremely tough to cover even for the best corners.

#37 – Minnesota Vikings (from ATL) – Scott Crichton – DE – Oregon State

Trade yield:  Falcons get MIN #40 and 5th round pick

With two of their top defensive ends on the even of leaving in free agency, the Minnesota Vikings must make sure they

#38 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Odell Beckham Jr. – WR – LSU

Once again robbed of that needed pass rusher, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers again look to the offense.  This time they add a dynamic receiver in Odell Beckham Jr.  His good speed, agility and acceleration make him dangerous with the ball in his hands, even on special teams.

#39 – Jacksonville Jaguars – Derek Carr – QB – Fresno State

Having wisely found a way to keep their second round pick, the Jacksonville Jaguars know how to cash it in when FresnoState quarterback Derek Carr falls to them.  Tall, athletic, confidence and boasting a huge arm he will join their organization with a chip on his shoulder.

#40 – Atlanta Falcons (from MIN) – Morgan Moses – OT – Virginia

Again having taken advantage with a trade down, the Atlanta Falcons continue their trenches makeover by getting Matt Ryan some protection.  Morgan Moses has loads of size and strength, not to mention underrated footwork in pass protection.

#41 – Buffalo Bills – Austin Seferian-Jenkins – TE – Washington

E.J. Manuel needs blocking and better receiver from his tight ends.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins is one of those rare types who can provide both.  An accomplished blocker out of Washington, he has the athleticism and size to create matchup problems in coverage.

#42 – Tennessee Titans – Jimmy Garoppolo – QB – Eastern Illinois

Ken Whisenhunt insists Jake Locker has a shot at the starting job for the Tennessee Titans, but that won’t stop him from adding some competition.  Jimmy Garoppolo has the poise, height, accuracy and quick release of a future starter, or even more.

#43 – New York Giants – Cyril Richardson – OG – Baylor

Improving the interior blocking up front is a must for the New York Giants.  Cyril Richardson is a mass of humanity with dominant strength.  He blows open running lanes but retains the needed footwork to hold his ground in pass protection.

#44 – St. Louis Rams – Bradley Roby – CB – Ohio State

Needing more depth in the secondary with Corteland Finnegan getting older, the St. Louis Rams bring in the hyper-athletic and fast Bradley Roby out of OhioState.  Though still needing more polish, his cover potential is extremely high under the right guidance.

#45 – Atlanta Falcons (from DET) – Bishop Sankey – RB – Washington

Signing Steven Jackson seemed like the right idea last season but it didn’t turn out that way.  The Atlanta Falcons do their best work with a consistent ground attack.  Bishop Sankey has the strength and toughness to run downhill but also the versatility to catch passes out of the backfield.

#46 – Pittsburgh Steelers – Allen Robinson – WR – Penn State

One thing missing from the offense for the Pittsburgh Steelers is the big wide receiver who can go up and get the football in contested situations.  Allen Robinson, with his 6’3″ frame and explosive lower body did that all the time for PennState and did it well.

#47 – Dallas Cowboys – Xavier Su’a-Filo – OG – UCLA

Travis Frederick was a solid addition at center but the Dallas Cowboys are still having problems at guard.  UCLA standout Xavier Su’a-Filo has the size and power for the position along with experience and polished technique that should allow him to start immediately.

#48 – Green Bay Packers (from BAL) – Ryan Shazier – OLB – Ohio State

Trade yield:  Ravens get GB #53 and 5th round picks

One of the tasks ahead for the Green Bay Packers is getting more athletic and dynamic in their front seven.  Ryan Shazier is a tackling machine at outside linebacker with the speed to track down ball carriers, play coverage or in the Packers’ case bring timely blitzes.

#49 – New York Jets – Kyle Fuller – CB – Virginia Tech

How long can Rex Ryan wait before going defense?  Here’s the answer.  In need of some addition help at corner, the New York Jets nab Kyle Fuller from Virginia Tech.  A willing tackler and hitter, he’s got the natural athleticism and instincts to excel in coverage.

#50 – Miami Dolphins – Gabe Jackson – OG – Mississippi State

A move up in the first round got them a tackle, this time the Miami Dolphins pay off by being patient.  Gabe Jackson is no joke at the guard position.  He is big, beefy, strong and aggressive like crazy.  He’s a top notch road grader when run blocking .

#51 – Chicago Bears – Dion Bailey – FS – USC

He’s not on a lot of radars at the moment but it’s only a matter of time before Dion Bailey starts to get noticed.  The USC safety is a legit playmaker, showing the kind of range and instincts in the coverage that teams love, and something the Chicago Bears sorely lack.

#52 – Arizona Cardinals – Antonio Richardson – OT – Tennessee

He might not be quite agile enough for left tackle but Antonio Richardson has everything necessary to anchor the right side.  He’s not only big but powerful with long arms and heavy hands.  When he’s sound in his technique, he can block anybody.

#53 – Baltimore Ravens (from GB) – Jack Mewhort – OT – Ohio State

Michael Oher is on his way out and the Baltimore Ravens have some retooling to do up front.  Having a desire to reignite their running game, they add Jack Mewhort from OhioState.  Not overly athletic, he nonetheless is a powerhouse at right tackle who thrives when going forward.

#54 – Philadelphia Eagles – Trevor Reilly – OLB – Utah

Adding more speed and athleticism to their front seven is a priority for the Philadelphia Eagles.  Trevor Reilly has the build and the agility to elude blockers when rushing the passer or chasing down ball carriers.

#55 – Cincinnati Bengals – Deone Bucannon – SS – Washington State

A bit old school for some, there is no question that Deone Bucannon is a hitter and physical tackler.  His size and build are quite imposing, but that overshadows how good he actually is in coverage.  Very similar to Seahawks star Kam Chancellor.

#56 – San Francisco 49ers (from KC) – Lamarcus Joyner – S/CB – Florida State

After watching the success Arizona had with Tyrann Mathieu, the San Francisco 49ers may look to add a similar playmaking defensive back in their secondary.  That would be Lamarcus Joyner.  Though shorter than ideal, he’s well built, tough and instinctive when it comes to finding the football.

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

He may not be that premier athlete that everyone wants in this 2014 NFL mock draft but Trent Murphy still led the nation in sacks.  He knows how to get to the quarterback.  That is all the San Diego Chargers need to know when they take him.

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

Adding size and quickness to the defensive line is a must for the Indianapolis Colts in order to improve their porous run defense.  DaQuan Jones has plenty of bulk and strength to anchor in middle, not to mention the agility to close off lanes across the line of scrimmage.

#59 – New Orleans Saints – Loucheiz Purifoy – CB – Florida

Injuries really hurt the secondary for the New Orleans Saints late in the year, especially at corner.  Loucheiz Purifoy is still somewhat raw but his length, athleticism and speed are all near the elite categories.  Under the right coaching he could be a huge steal.

#60 – Carolina Panthers – Billy Turner – OT – North Dakota State

Offensive line is a favorite area for the Carolina Panthers front office, so with a number of free agents possibly leaving they are bound to address it sooner than later.  Billy Turner is a late riser from a small school but his physical tools are clear as day on tape.

#61 – San Francisco 49ers – Martavis Bryant – WR – Clemson

If they are to challenge the Seahawks in 2014, the San Francisco 49ers have to counter the sizeable Seattle secondary.  That comes with adding bigger receivers.  Martavis Bryant gets overlooked because of Sammy Watkins but his 6’4″ frame and excellent hand-eye coordination are traits worth exploring.

#62 – New England Patriots – Carl Bradford – OLB – Arizona State

The fact Carl Bradford draws comparisons to Brandon Spikes is enough by itself to interest the New England Patriots, especially since Spikes is a free agent.  What he may lack in athletic skill, Bradford makes up with instinct, tenacity and physical play.

#63 – Denver Broncos – Jimmie Ward – SS – Northern Illinois

The secondary took a serious beating in 2013 for the Denver Broncos and it could get worse after free agency.  Jimmie Ward is a tad undersized for safety but he’s a great asset in coverage with the range and instincts to track the football like a corner.

#64 – Seattle Seahawks – Davante Adams – WR – Fresno State

Sidney Rice is likely gone and perhaps Golden Tate too.  Percy Harvin is no guarantee to stay healthy either.  The Seattle Seahawks need stability at receiver.  Davante Adams has good size and speed along with a very reliable pair of hands.

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  • Old Frog

    Old Frog gets a guard in the second round and he likes it. Only thing that would make it better would be if it were paired with Zack Martin in the first.

  • Sebastian Cosentino

    No way Carr falls that far. Won’t get passed the first round. Doubt he gets passed Minnesota in round 1.

  • Sebastian Cosentino

    In this draft you had Oakland not taking a quarterback at #5, and you still say they pass on Carr here? No way.

    • Erik Lambert

      I personally feel they’ll settle for A.J. McCarron or Zach Mettenberger in the 3rd round.

      • Don Andrew Halvorson

        You mean they’ll have to settle for one of them or Garrapollo (who I see as a perfect fit for Oakland) if they pass on Carr at #5.

        • Erik Lambert

          I’ve talked to several Raiders fans about this already. Several of them feels McCarron and Mettenberger fit the system of offensive coordinator Greg Olson with the bigger bodies. Both of them are dropping to at least the third round, which presents an opportunity for the Raiders to bolster the roster with some quality talent before getting them.

  • Don Andrew Halvorson

    I’m not sure why Minnesota would trade up here. Didn’t you have Tampa Bay taking Kony Ealy in the first? Also, why would Atlanta trade back and go OT if they also need pass rush and already had Jake Matthews? I’m lost with what you did here.

    • coolhand

      And he didn’t even bother writing a full paragraph to explain the choice. Not very good proofreading.

      • Don Andrew Halvorson

        Yeah. No one would have Carr falling to the second. If he gets by Minnesota, Tennessee, Arizona, Cleveland (from Indy), and Cincinnati somehow, someone would trade up to snag him before the second round started to avoid the odd-team out jumping up and grabbing him. (The odd team our being whoever didn’t grab a QB out of Houston, Oakland, Jacksonville, and Cleveland because they all won’t all go QB)

        • Erik Lambert

          My reasoning is becoming more and more obvious. Carr is the fourth-best quarterback on the board in a deep but not star-powerful draft. His latest decision not to throw at the scouting combine could threaten to hurt his stock. Minnesota could take him certainly, but their defense was the bigger problem in 2013, and they have a defensive head coach in charge now. Tennessee has Jake Locker and Ken Whisenhunt has said he’s exciting about working with him. Arizona is a maybe but they have bigger issues at offensive tackle and outside pass rusher. Cleveland is going to take Bridgewater, Manziel or Bortles. Cincinnati is a deep sleeper but I don’t see them investing a first round choice with Dalton still there. Jacksonville won’t move up again after doing so to get Clowney. Oakland I feel will wait until their offensive roster is strengthened before pouncing on the quarterback. I have them getting Mettenberger in the 3rd. Thus Carr lands in Jacksonville.

          • Jake

            You’re assuming that Houston and Jacksonville are going to pass up the chance to draft one of the top three QB’s in this draft in round 1. That’s a pretty big assumption considering both those teams are in need of a QB.

    • Jake

      Agreed, this makes absolutely no sense. It’s entirely possible, and I think likely, that MN will trade out of the top ten in round 1 and get their D-lineman somewhere between 10 and 15. Then I think they will go QB in the second and take someone like Garopolo. That’s if they don’t trade for a QB like Mallet or Cousins. I don’t think Lambert is anywhere close on this one. If I remember right he had the Vikings trading up in the first to take a OLB; and here he has them passing on Carr when they desperately need a QB. Not even close. I think he’s just throwing trades out there for the hell of it.

      • Erik Lambert

        That’s your opinion, Jake. Who will trade to Minnesota’s pick? The only team I see with the picks to do it is the Jets and the only player they’d do it for is Sammy Watkins who I have going before the Vikings pick. Therefor they are better off sticking at #8. By the way, you also read an outdated mock draft. My latest one I had them getting Bortles.

        • Jake

          Why does MN need to make any trade right here? There’s no need for a trade. You’re basically ramming a trade in here where it’s not necessary. If they sign Michael Johnson in FA as you predicted in another article why would they ever need to trade up a mere three spots here to draft a DE? As far as round one, we have no idea what might happen on draft day. Watkins or some other player some other team covets might be available at #8 and they are able to make a trade. I think they will be actively looking to trade down because I don’t think Bortles will be there at #8. The top four QB’s have to get past Houston, Jacksonville, Cleveland and Oakland before they can fall to MN and all of those teams are looking for QB’s. The only one who may be there at #8 seems to be Carr and they may not want him that high. I think the most likely scenario is that they will trade down and look for a DT/DE/CB mid round while trying to stockpile more picks in typical Spielman fashion.

    • Erik Lambert

      No, you read an outdated mock draft. Tampa Bay took Taylor Lewan in the first. Atlanta got Anthony Barr in the first. Minnesota took Blake Bortles in the first and traded up to get a pass rusher they need and saw Tampa Bay ahead of them who also still need one.

  • twelsh36446

    Nice try on giving away Detroit’s second round pick to the Falcons, but it won’t work.

  • Paul Newbold

    I agree with the Jets going defense. Rex will hardly be able to contain himself if he has to wait for the third! I’ve been watching film on Jeremiah Attaochu, and think he’s definitely a Rex Ryan type LB! Coples and Attaochu would be a scary LB combination for opposing quarterbacks! Any thoughts about Attaochu?

    • Erik Lambert

      You will love this guy if you get him. Not only is he fast and dynamic coming off the edge, but he brings an attitude that coaches covet. He’s super aggressive and isn’t afraid to get in the face of opponents or teammates. A definite spark plug that Ryan will love.