Nov 20, 2013; Toledo, OH, USA; Northern Illinois Huskies safety Jimmie Ward (15) warms up before the game against the Toledo Rockets at Glass Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Mock Draft Update: 2nd Round Begins


The latest 2014 NFL mock draft continues into the second round as the trades keep flying and teams make some bold moves.

To see the first round action, click here.  Otherwise, enjoy!

#33 – Houston Texans – Morgan Moses – OT – Virginia

Having gotten their franchise QB, the Texans must account for what he will do as a rookie:  hold the ball.  That means protection.  Morgan Moses is big, strong and has good feet.

#34 – Washington Redskins – Jimmie Ward – SS – NIU

Getting a playmaker on the back end of the defense remains paramount for Washington.  Jimmie Ward has shot up draft boards of late.  He’s physical but plays with the range of a corner.

#35 – Cleveland Browns – Gabe Jackson – OG – Mississippi State

Physicality and consistency both lacked a lot for the Cleveland Browns offensive line last year, especially along the interior.  Gabe Jackson is an animal at guard who can bulldoze running lanes or weigh anchor in protection.

#36 – Oakland Raiders – Timmy Jernigan – DT – Florida State

Talk about a value pick.  Several experts have Timmy Jernigan going in the first round but the Oakland Raiders, who need more youth up front on defense get him for a fraction of the cost.  He will instantly improve their run defense.

#37 – Atlanta Falcons – Cyrus Kouandjio – OT – Alabama

 A hazy injury history could really hamper Cyrus Kouandjio but at age 20 the kid is still growing into his body.  He’s already a top talent at tackle and the Falcons would be foolish to pass him at this point.

#38 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jimmy Garoppolo – QB – EIU

Lovie Smith and the Bucs warned they would take a quarterback.  They just never said when.  They finally pounce here, grabbing a high upside FCS star in Jimmy Garoppolo.  He’s got the height, accuracy and quick release.  All he needs is development.

#39 – San Diego Chargers (f/JAX) – Bradley Roby – CB – Ohio State

The Bolts finally make their first pick after trading back and it proves to be a good one.  Bradley Roby needs to work on consistency issues but his athletic ceiling is sky high and should add some playmaking punch to that porous secondary.

#40 – New York Giants (f/MIN) – Stephon Tuitt – DT – Notre Dame

Trade:  43rd and 152nd (5th) picks to Vikings for 40th pick

The losses of Linval Joseph and Justin Tuck still linger for the Giants.  They need a disruptor on the defensive line.  Stephon Tuitt has the versatility to play end or tackle regardless of the situation.

#41 – Buffalo Bills – Ryan Shazier – OLB – Ohio State

Kiko Alonso could really use help at linebacker for Buffalo.  Ryan Shazier is a freaky fast tackling machine who has the vision to track ball carriers and the instincts to blitz or play coverage.

#42 – Tennessee Titans – Marcus Roberson – CB – Florida

Losing Alterraun Verner  during a defensive scheme switch was tough for Tennessee.  They need better cover corners to make their new system work.  Marcus Roberson has his deficiencies in terms of strength but his ability to latch onto receivers is self-evident.

#43 – Minnesota Vikings (f/NYG) – Scott Crichton – DE – Oregon State

Keeping Everson Griffen isn’t enough to compensate for the loss of Jared Allen.  Minnesota needs more out of their defensive ends.  Scott Crichton isn’t a premier athlete but he’s tough, strong, and utterly relentless.

#44 – St. Louis Rams – Allen Robinson – WR – Penn State

Sam Bradford has plenty of speed at the receiver position but he really could use a target with size.  Not only is Allen Robinson 6’3″ he could jump out of the gym.  A classic go-get-it type of receiver.

#45 – Detroit Lions – Antonio Richardson – OT – Tennessee

Matthew Stafford got good protection for long stretches in 2013 but the Detroit Lions still have some holes to plug up front.  Antonio Richardson is a massive, long-armed blocker from Tennessee who can fill right in on the right side.

#46 – Pittsburgh Steelers – Pierre Desir – CB – Lindenwood

Don’t let the small school syndrome fool you.  Though still raw, Pierre Desir is a future starter in this 2014 NFL mock draft.  His size, length, and athleticism make him a perfect fit for Pittsburgh, who need young depth at corner.

#47 – Dallas Cowboys – Kelcy Quarles – DT – South Carolina

Henry Melton and Kony Ealy get some extra help up front.  Kelcy Quarles didn’t get much attention at South Carolina last season.  That’s a shame because he posted 9.5 sacks and has intriguing physical upside.

#48 – Baltimore Ravens – Kyle Van Noy – OLB – BYU

Ozzie Newsome sticks to the board and there is no doubt Kyle Van Noy is among the best available.  He’s not a pure pass rusher but he can harass the quarterback, which goes along well with his tremendous instincts and athleticism.

#49 – New York Jets – Davante Adams – WR – Fresno State

Rex Ryan got his needed corner so now the Jets can resume upgrading the offense.  Davante Adams is a quality find in the second round.  His good size, deceptive speed and reliable hands will be most welcome for Michael Vick or Geno Smith.

#50 – Miami Dolphins – Carlos Hyde – RB – Ohio State

Having bolstered their offensive line, the Dolphins have to gain a presence on the ground.  Carlos Hyde is a legit bell cow who can wear a defense down over the course of a game.

#51 – Chicago Bears – Terrance Brooks – FS – Florida State

Chris Conte has seemingly survived free agency thus far but the Chicago Bears vowed to bring him competition at free safety.  Terrance Brooks has loads of athletic potential, good instincts and length which will make him a serious threat to start.

#52 – Arizona Cardinals – Jaylen Watkins – CB – Florida

Improving at corner and safety were both note for Arizona.  The beauty of Jaylen Watkins is he has the athletic traits to play either position.  He has the speed and athleticism for corner and the toughness for safety.

#53 – Green Bay Packers – Trent Murphy – DE – Stanford

Improving the disruptability of the defensive front was paramount for Green Bay.  Nabbing the NCAA sack leader in 2013 this late in the second round in Trent Murphy counts as helping accomplish that goal.

#54 – Philadelphia Eagles – Deone Bucannon – SS – Washington State

Chip Kelly likes big athletes and needs a presence at safety.  Deone Bucannon can be both.  His size, length and physicality are well documented but it’s his potential in coverage that will intrigue the Eagles.

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

There really aren’t many holes to fill for Cincinnati and it still seems too early to address the quarterback position.  So they go after another proven playmaker for their defense, this time at safety.  Lamarcus Joyner may be short, but he doesn’t play that way.

#56 – San Francisco 49ers (from KC) – Ego Ferguson – DT – LSU

It might seem a tad early for Ego Ferguson to come off the board but when a team has the number of picks San Francisco does, they can afford it.  Ferguson is a versatile defensive tackle who can move all around the line for them.

#57 – San Diego Chargers – Jeremiah Attaochu – OLB – Georgia Tech

Finding an outside linebacker to rush the passer is of course a priority for the Chargers, but so is finding some more attitude and passion  on that side of the ball.  Jeremiah Attaochu checks the boxes is all those categories.

#58 – Indianapolis Colts – Craig Loston – SS – LSU

Antoine Bethea was an overlooked loss the Colts had to endure in free agency.  It will be hard to replace him but Craig Loston of LSU can do it.  He’s not a top tier athlete but he plays physical, makes tackles and is a vocal leader on the back end.

#59 – New Orleans Saints – Donte Moncrief – WR – Ole Miss

A lot of turnover has been happening on offense for New Orleans.  One area they could use some youth (and size) is wide receiver.  Donte Moncrief is their kind of guy:  big, deceptively fast with an excellent route running tree.

#60 – Carolina Panthers – Jack Mewhort – OT – Ohio State

Wide receivers are the top priority but offensive line strength is what makes the Panthers go.  Keeping it bolstered is almost of equal importance.  Jack Mewhort is a big, nasty blocker out of OhioState.  He opens running lanes and fears nobody.

#61 – San Francisco 49ers – Keith McGill – CB – Utah

Taking a page from the Seahawks playbook, San Francisco adds some size and length to their secondary with the 6’3″ Keith McGill.  He’s not a polished gem yet but the ability is there for him to become a mainstay on the outside.

#62 – New England Patriots – Jarvis Landry – WR – LSU

Tom Brady doesn’t necessarily need an explosive receiver.  What he needs is a “reliable” receiver, somebody he can go to on money downs when he has to have a conversion.  Jarvis Landry isn’t an athletic phenom but he gets open and makes the play.

#63 – Denver Broncos – Brandon Thomas – OG – Clemson

The loss of Zane Beadles really hampers the Denver Broncos on the offensive line, largely viewed as a primary reason for their Super Bowl disaster.  Brandon Thomas played tackle in college but has the size, strength and footwork to become a fixture inside.

#64 – Seattle Seahawks – DaQuan Jones – DT – Penn State

The loss of Red Bryant dealt a rather heavy blow to the run defense for Seattle.  Replacing him won’t be easy.  DaQuan Jones is a great place to start.  The PennState defensive tackle is a quick and powerful load who can hold up the run.

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  • Rishi Pochiraju

    Erik, I like the Redskins pick at 34. Ward has indeed been rising lately, and I actually had him in the first round of my latest mock draft. However I do believe that cornerback is as big of a need as safety is — I’m just not confident in DHall, Amerson, and Porter as 1-2-3 cover corners. We need a guy who’s going to be the next premier player on that defense — while I don’t disagree with Ward there, I think it could go either way with Ward or Bradley Roby. I’d be fine with either.

    • Erik Lambert

      Don’t fret, Rishi. This corner class is very deep. You can find a quality guy who can probably start as far as the 4th round if need be. I simply felt they need more range and playmaking ability out of the safety position.

  • 3kolu

    I don’t like the Scott Crichton pick. He is a reach at #43. There are too many talented players available than to go with Crichton in the second. he i a 3rd rounder at best IMAO.

    • Erik Lambert

      That’s fine, but I disagree. Too many people are focused on his athletic ceiling. This guys can flat out play. He is big, strong, relentless and finds a way to get the quarterback on the ground. He reminds me a lot of Jared Allen. Besides, I did have them trade back first so they still have plenty of chances to fill other needs.

      • 3kolu

        More important than his 4.84 40 was his 10 yard split, but his vertical 31.5″ shows not only his lack of athleticism but his lower body explosion. And, I agree with ugglor, Shazier would be a great pick-up at #40 or Stephon Tuitt.

        • Erik Lambert

          I have faith that Zimmer would know how to use Crichton. He’s a great defensive coach and Crichton can be a really good player under his guidance. Spielman said he wants ten picks. Shazier is good, as is Tuitt but I don’t get caught up in the combine numbers. I trust what I see on tape and Crichton has good tape.

  • ugglorr

    If Shazier is there at 40, Minnesota will not trade down.

  • Bob

    Some will argue the Raiders will take a QB, but I just don’t see it.

    • Erik Lambert

      We’ll see. I just couldn’t pass up Jernigan at that spot. There should be a QB there in the 3rd.

  • David Mallow

    I would love to get Crichton at 43., he plays with his love for the game every down hes on the field… but Shazier at 40 would be hard to pass up… decisions, decisions

    • Erik Lambert

      No doubt, it’s tough. I just feel a stable pass rush helps more than an athletic linebacker.

  • Wayne Davis

    My 2.0 with trades

    Rd 1 Pick 15 Anthony Barr,(Pitt) OLB,UCLA
    Rd 2 Pick 8: Derek Carr,QB,Fresno St
    Rd 2 Pick 12(STL): Kyle Van Noy, OLB, Byu
    Rd 2 Pick 14(PITT): Gabe Jackson, OG, Ms
    Rd 2 Pick 19(CHI): Stanley Jean-Baptiste
    Rd 3 Pick 8: Keith McGill, CB, Utah
    Rd 3 Pick 12 (DET): Jackson Jeffcoat, DE
    Rd 3 Pick 18 (CHI): Deone Bucannon, SS
    Rd 3 Pick 32: A.J. McCarron, QB
    Rd 4 Pick 8: Jeremy Hill, RB
    Rd 4 Pick 11 (DET): Caraun Reid, DT,
    Rd 5 Pick 8: Lamin Barrow, ILB, LSU
    Rd 6 Pick 8: Dri Archer, WR, Kent St
    Rd 7 Pick 8: Colt Lyerla, TE,

  • Diegoblue

    I like both of the Chargers picks

    • Erik Lambert

      You should. Highly underrated players with great upside.

  • Bryce Stanton

    Who has a third round mock draft

    • Erik Lambert

      Forthcoming.

  • Ken Tomlin

    While I can understand the Crichton pick, I’d much rather have the VIKES go with Garoppolo or S/CB help at 40. Desir/Buccanon would help a secondary that was ranked near the bottom in most pass defense categories. We still need a CB to start opposite Rhodes when Munnerlyn moves inside in our nickel def. Also, having Buccanon would enable Smith to help over the top while he comes down in the box. As far as Garoppolo, I’ve seen him play live 3 times. Kid reminds me of Aaron Rodgers when he came out. He’ll need a yr or two to develop, but I truly believe 5 yrs from now, he’ll be the QB who has the most success and playoff appearances!

    • jojo2

      I have been follow Erik’s articles that pertain to the Vikes and he has zero intell on us. He guesses and guesses very poorly. A month ago he had the Vikes trading up for Clowny (giving up 2nd round pick and 3rd) and later stated he thought the Vikes would sign a free agent DE Lamar Houston for 35 million. His response was “well it could happen”. The Vikes will not take a DE in the 2nd round with so many more needs after inking Everson and signing Wooten for depth. I like Garoppolo a lot or a guy in the secondary.

  • Mattia Rizzo

    No way the Patriots will use a 2nd round pick on a receiver, not for Landry though.

  • roger paul

    well…at least i like the Rams second round pick in this mock…