Sep 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio (71) on the line of scrimmage during the second quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Cowboys Stadium. Alabama beat Michigan 41-14. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Mock Draft Update: 2nd Round Salvo


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 previous round, click below.  Enjoy!

Round 1

#33 – Houston Texans – Cyrus Kouandjio – OT – Alabama

Bill O’Brien has to make sure his rookie quarterback is protected in order to help him grow.  Houston needs help at the tackle spots.  Cyrus Kouandjio has great length and power, best suited for the right side where he can open running lanes.

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

Their moves to improve the front seven on defense won’t be worth much unless the Redskins get a playmaker on the back end.  Jimmie Ward can hit and tackle like a safety but has the speed and range of a corner.

#35 – Cleveland Browns – Jimmy Garoppolo – QB – Eastern Illinois

Probably the biggest sleeper in this 2014 NFL mock draft.  Jimmy Garoppolo has all the tools from size, to accuracy, vision and a quick release.  He’s not used to big league speed, which is why he might not start right away but his long-term outlook is very high.

#36 – Chicago Bears (f/OAK) – Deone Bucannon – SS – Washington State

Trade:  51st and 94th (3rd) picks to Raiders for 36th pick                                      

Sensing the Rams are keen on taking a safety, Chicago jumps up the board to undercut them.  Deone Bucannon has been gaining a lot of steam lately.  He’s a big, physical hitter out of Washington State but has the speed and instincts for coverage.

#37 – St. Louis Rams (from ATL) – Ra’Shede Hageman – DT – Minnesota

Robbed of Bucannon, the Rams instead bolster their defensive front with a value pick in Ra’Shede Hageman.  The kid is an athletic freak for his size at 6’6″, 310 lbs.  He’s a force against the run and with more work can become dominant on the interior.

#38 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jason Verrett – CB – TCU

Lovie Smith got help with Alterraun Verner for his secondary but he still needs more bodies at cornerback.  Jason Verrett will remind him a lot of Tim Jennings.  Short as he might be, his speed, fluidity and knack for taking the ball away are perfect for the Bucs.

#39 – New England Patriots (f/JAX) – Louis Nix  – DT – Notre Dame

Vince Wilfork is still in-house but the Patriots have to know his days are numbered.  Getting younger up front is a priority.  Louis Nix is a mirror image of the All-Pro nose tackle and could become his eventual successor.

#40 – Minnesota Vikings – Kyle Van Noy – OLB – BYU

A really good value pick here.  Minnesota has concerns to address at the linebacker position.  Kyle Van Noy has speed and instincts that rank among the best in this class.  He can bring a pass rush off the edge or create havoc in coverage.

#41 – Buffalo Bills – Jace Amaro – TE – Texas Tech

They missed out on Eric Ebron in the first round but the Bills get a nice consolation price.  Jace Amaro led the NCAA in receiving for tight ends last year and is a natural pass catcher.  He’s a nice, big target who knows how to get open.

#42 – Tennessee Titans – Zach Mettenberger – QB – LSU

Jake Locker may be the man now but his hold on the starting job is tenuous.  Ken Whisenhunt has every reason to go find some competition and the big, strong Zach Mettenberger from LSU has the experience and ability he’s looking for.

#43 – New York Giants – Timmy Jernigan – DT – Florida State

Losing Linval Joseph was a tough blow for New York but that problem could dissipate quickly by landing national championship star Timmy Jernigan in the second round.  He’s a gifted run blocker who has upside in the pass rush department.

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

Trade:  50th and 116th (4th) to Rams for 44th pick

If Ryan Tannehill can’t overtake the Patriots with Taylor Lewan and now Carlos Hyde added to his arsenal, then the Miami Dolphins have a problem.  Hyde is a true three-down running back who grinds out tough yards but also lends a hand as a receiver too.

#45 – Jacksonville Jaguars (f/DET) – Morgan Moses – OT – Virginia

Johnny Manziel is absolutely deadly when he trusts his protection.  Luke Joeckel is coming back from injury but the Jaguars still need to improve their front.  Morgan Moses is a massive human being with surprisingly quick feet.  He can fit in on the right side and anchor as a pass protector.

#46 – Pittsburgh Steelers – Martavis Bryant – WR – Clemson

Ben Roethlisberger would love some size added to his receiving corps.  Here the Pittsburgh Steelers see his size and throw in some speed.  Martavis Bryant is all of 6’4″ but has clear 4.4/40 speed to get downfield fast.  A great outside threat to compliment Antonio Brown.

#47 – Dallas Cowboys – David Yankey – OG – Stanford

Tony Romo is coming off a back injury.  If Dallas is going to ensure his survival in 2014 they need to guarantee better protection.  Bringing in the All-American David Yankey who thrived at both tackle and guard for Stanford is a perfect solution.

#48 – Baltimore Ravens – Ka’Deem Carey – RB – Arizona

Ray Rice is not only in legal trouble but he’s also getting older.  Baltimore really has nobody who can replace him as the feature back.  Ka’Deem Carey might not have intriguing speed, but he doesn’t need it.  He finds holes, hits them and doesn’t go down easy.  Vastly overlooked talent.

#49 – New York Jets – Austin Seferian-Jenkins – TE – Washington

The rebuild of the Jets offense begins to have one major word associated to it:  size.  Having already added the 6’5″ Kelvin Benjamin in round one, they throw in the 6’5″ Austin Seferian-Jenkins from Washington who doubles as a good receiver and blocker.

#50 – St. Louis Rams (f/MIA) – Terrence Brooks – FS – Florida State

The Rams need a safety and they go after one from the national champs.  Terrence Brooks gets glossed over having played on a talent-rich defense at Florida State but his athleticism, speed, range and awareness make him a promising free safety prospect.

#51 – Oakland Raiders (f/CHI) – Davante Adams – WR – Fresno State

Matt Schaub is the man of the hour and the Oakland Raiders must do everything possible to help him.  Adding more receiving help tops the list.  Davante Adams has great hands, length and the explosion to go up at get jump balls with enough speed to get open.

#52 – Arizona Cardinals – Demarcus Lawrence – DE – Boise State

Adding an outside rusher to replace John Abraham is something Arizona knows they have to do.  A fast-rising talent in Demarcus Lawrence could be their answer.  He has the explosion, bend and length to come off the edge in any defense.

#53 – Green Bay Packers – Troy Niklas – TE – Notre Dame

Many are afraid of Troy Niklas less because of character or talent issues and more due to his limited production.  That is less due to him and more of the offense he played it.  Niklas is only scratching the surface of what his size, speed and good hands can accomplish.

#54 – Philadelphia Eagles – Jeremiah Attaochu – OLB – Georgia Tech

Trent Cole remains a steady force for Philadelphia but the team really has no young options at outside linebacker.  Georgia Tech spark plug Jeremiah Attaochu has the ability and the attitude to become that solution.

#55 – Cincinnati Bengals – Rashaad Reynolds – CB – Oregon State

Cornerback is at a real transition point for Cincinnati.  They really need young blood at the position.  Rashaad Reynolds may not have preferred size but his toughness, instincts, intelligence and athleticism show he can start for any secondary.

#56 – San Francisco 49ers (from KC) – Jordan Matthews – WR – Vanderbilt

Adding more size to the receiving corps is one of the goals for San Francisco and they will love a dedicated, savvy prospect like Jordan Matthews.  He led the SEC in receiving, boasts a 6’3″ frame and plays the position like a pro.

#57 – Carolina Panthers (f/SD) – Ja’Wuan James – OT – Tennessee

Trade:  60th and 168th (5th) picks to Chargers for 57th pick

Jordan Gross was a big loss for the Panthers and they can’t afford for the offensive line to weaken just when the offense is starting to figure things out.  Adding a good pass protector on the edge is a must.  Ja’Wuan James has the size, length and nimble feet for it.

#58 – Indianapolis Colts – Xavier Su’a-filo – OG – UCLA

Andrew Luck is the main reason the Indianapolis Colts win.  Keeping him upright and giving him a running game are two priorities.  Xavier Su’a-Filo can help accomplish both, possessing the power to open lanes and the technique to wall off rushers.

#59 – New Orleans Saints – Pierre Desir – CB – Lindenwood

Cornerback became a sore spot for the Saints defense last year and needs a boost in depth at the very least.  Pierre Desir can help with that initially and possesses the length and speed to become a front-line starter with a little more polish.

#60 – San Diego Chargers (f/CAR) – Jarvis Landry – WR – LSU

Philip Rivers uncovered a gem last year with Keenan Allen but the Chargers would much like to find a secondary target to draw away double coverage for their new star.  Jarvis Landry is a consummate worker who gets open, makes the tough catches and does everything right.

#61 – San Francisco 49ers – Paul Richardson – WR – Colorado

The other part of the 49ers need at receiver was speed.  Having added Matthews for his hands, they next bring in Colorado standout Paul Richardson for his legs.  The added deep threat brings yet another dimension to San Francisco they were lacking.

#62 – New England Patriots – Weston Richburg – C – Colorado State

Interior blocking hampered Tom Brady more often than he would’ve liked in 2013.  Settling down the center position could really help matters.  Weston Richburg has the quickness, size, technique and intelligence of a long-term starter.  He can plug and play right away too.

#63 – Denver Broncos – Scott Crichton – DE – Oregon State

DeMarcus Ware was a flashy free agent signing but there’s no guarantee he’ll completely solve the pass rush losses of Robert Ayers and Shaun Phillips.  Besides, Scott Crichton is a great value pick this late in the second round and will bring an edge to that front.

#64 – Seattle Seahawks – Trent Murphy – DE – Stanford

Sometimes pass rushers are just pass rushers.  Nobody said they had to be elite athletes.  Trent Murphy dominated college football last season.  He knows how to get to the quarterback.  Pete Carroll should be able to find a place for him.

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  • Chad

    Just curious, what made you take Yankee over Su’a-Filo?

    • Erik Lambert

      Yankee can play tackle if asked.

  • http://twitter.com/kumerle Kenneth Kumerle

    Pryor and Niklas would certainly help the Packers!

    • Erik Lambert

      Agreed. High upside picks.

  • Daniel Sutter

    What else do the Chargers get in return for this mock trade? A 4th or 5th?

    • Erik Lambert

      Whoa. Missed that bit. Will correct. It was a 5th.

  • Mattia Rizzo

    Still getting a center in 2nd round and seeing two good pass-rushers picked right after that hurts…

    • Erik Lambert

      Tom Brady was sacked twice in the AFC championship and hit a number of other times by a defensive front playing without Von Miller. Tom Brady is at his best when protected. Belichick will survive without another pass rusher.

      • Mattia Rizzo

        Yeah but part of that was because of injuries on the line and I’m not sure Jones and Ninkovich can survive another year playing more than 1000 snaps… Not to say that in your 3rd round just one center was drafted before the Patriots’ pick, so there seems to be no hurries for that…

  • Jarod Cook

    Comparing with your mock in the 1st I like how you have the Browns drafting OT Matthews at #4, and WR Lee at #26. Staying patient and grabbing QB Garropollo at #35, he needs work but has the tools to develop into a good QB. Which he can do behind Hoyer for a year or two. But I’ve been thinking are the Browns really going to bring 10 rookies into training camp, and how many of them will actual make the 53 man roster? Instead why not trade one of there 3rd+4th round picks to get back into the 2nd round. The chances of hitting on are good player in the 2nd are twice as likely as in the 3rd or 4th. And at #26 instead pick LB Shazier, or CB Verrett. Since it’s a deep WR draft use the trade to pick up a Mid/Late 2nd round pick and get a WR there.

    • Erik Lambert

      Another idea is to trade those extra picks to move down to get extra picks in 2015. Keep in mind though there are some age issues on that roster that must be insured.

      • Jarod Cook

        Gotta disagree about the age issue, last year the Browns where the second youngest team in the league. The 3 oldest players on their team last year were Weeden, Jackson, and Thomas, and two of those players aren’t there anymore and Thomas is 29 this year. They did get older with some of the FA’s they signed in the off season, but they can be replaced with other FA’s in the future, or with future drafts,
        With such a deep draft in the first 2-3 rounds this year, and not knowing how next years draft class will stack up, they should focus on the talent in this years draft. With all there picks in this years draft, they need to walk away with at least 4-5 starters for the future. And your more likely to find a starter in the 2nd verses in the 3rd or 4th.

        • Erik Lambert

          True but don’t forget they substituted Karlos Dansby and Donte Whitner for Ward and Jackson. That’s two positions right there that are key to the Pettine defense. Besides, Seattle showed that the best teams are the ones with the best depth, and those are built by hoarding picks.

          • Jarod Cook

            Whitner is 28 while Ward is 27, so no real age difference there. Although Whitner has more miles on his body compared to Ward, also think Ward is the better defender of the two. Dansby I agree with you on. He’s 31 and plays at a position where father time catches up at a faster pace. If they can get 2 seasons out of him I’ll consider the signing a success. Mean while they could look to add a player in the draft either this year or next to be an heir apparent.
            I also agree with you that there’s a lot of players who are projected to go in the 3rd and 4th round, that could add good depth at those positions. Also agree adding depth is good for a team. But when they’re still missing players at the starting level, what good is depth going to do?

          • Erik Lambert

            They’re not just adding depth Jarod, they’re creating competition. Doing that often allows a team to sift through a large draft class to find starters they weren’t expecting. Maybe that MLB meant to backup Dansby actually plays better than him in camp and preseason. Based on these mocks so far the Browns have added great starters to their roster and have a chance to keep doing so in the rounds to come.

          • Jarod Cook

            I don’t really buy into the whole creating competition B.S. How often does a rookie who was picked in the mid rounds come into camp and knock off a veteran? Most rookies have been to focused on what they need to do to be drafted, while vets have been training to keep there jobs. Usually takes a year or two for most rookies, no matter where they’re drafted to make there mark on a team. There are the few exceptions, but for the most part it’s all about time and experience.

  • Old Frog

    I like Yankey in the 2nd for the Boys.

    • Erik Lambert

      It’s a very solid pick.

  • brian basile

    16
    S HA HA CLINTON-DIX
    ALABAMA
    47
    DE TRENT MURPHY
    STANFORD
    78
    DT DAQUAN JONES
    PENN STATE
    119
    G DAKOTA DOZIER
    FURMAN
    158
    QB BRETT SMITH
    WYOMING
    229
    WR DEVIN STREET
    PITTSBURGH
    231
    FB J.C. COPELAND
    LSU
    238
    DE CHRIS MCCALLISTER
    BAYLOR
    248
    G RYAN GROY
    WISCONSIN
    251
    RB DRI ARCHER
    KENT STATE
    254
    RB HENRY JOSEY
    MISSOURI

  • Jaime Olguin

    I like Darante Adams and I got him going to the raiders buy not in that order

    • Erik Lambert

      If you think you’ll get him beyond the 2nd, don’t count on it.

  • Wayne Davis

    Bridgewater & Van Noy we could only be so lucky

    • Erik Lambert

      Got both of them and an extra pick.

  • Johnny

    First… How did Miami end up with T Lewan in the first.. There is no way he drops to #19… And to trade your 4th to move up, isn’t enough… And don’t forget Miami has only 7 picks .. One in each round.. I would love to have T Lewan AND RB Hyde is a far fetched dream come true.. Lewan won’t get past #12 Giants.. But I like the wishful thinking..

    • Erik Lambert

      You might be surprised, Johnny. Lewan’s stock is all over the map. He could go anywhere from #9 to #19. Hyde on the other hand is quite doable and is exactly what the Dolphins need. Well worth the extra pick.

      • Johnny

        If the the Phins hit on T Lewan and RB Hyde.. They can take the rest of the draft off.. lol.. Maybe a late round G, LB, S, and TE… Maybe a diamond in the ruff… But Lewan AND Hyde… That’s too good to be true…

        • Erik Lambert

          Tannehill would be primed for a breakout season and maybe the Fins can be the team that finally knocks the Pats off their perch.

          • Beer O’Clock

            Lewan is not falling to #19. He’s the best pass protection LT in this draft and his off-field issues have been severely overblown by the press. He’ll never make it past the Giants at #12 or the Rams at #13 (assuming the Rams don’t pick a LT with their first pick). Bills will most likely take him at #9, but I wouldn’t be surprised if someone traded up to take him earlier. Not that it matters, but Kiper has him in his top-7 of “super prospects”. My analysis is based on tape of Matthews, Robinson and Lewan.

          • Johnny

            Telling ya bro… T Lewan and RB Hyde… Draft is done!!! You see I’d rather have 2 solid prospects then 7 maybes… Hopefully Hickey will be aggressive.. The Phins lacked that for years… Accept for last year when they traded up for Jordan instead of T Lane Johnson (then we wouldn’t have the big glaring needs on the OLine)

  • Willy

    There’s a big problem with the theory behind the Patriots two picks. 1. They dont need a Starting DT necessarily & can actually wait til next year to draft one if they want. 2. They DO need a Starting TE, yet that wasnt explored in this mock. 3. They dont necessarily need a Starting Center, because they brought back Wendell and they already have Connelly, so I doubt Bill would see that as a priority position to draft, same with DT.
    The first 2-3 rounds are the ones where Starters come from. They Must get a Starting TE, could also use a Starting Safety. Every other position of need, QB, RB, WR, OLB/DE, CB, C, G, are all “Backup” needs, not starters and can be had in the latter rounds. IMO they will most likely go; 1. S, 2. TE, 3.D-line, 4. WR/RB, 6/7 Depth

  • Glenn

    Most reasonable Mock I have seen thus far.

    • Erik Lambert

      Thank you Glenn.

  • Beer O’Clock

    Nice update. Seems you’ve elevated Mettenberger in your analysis (nudge, nudge) a big notch or two.

    Should Ra’Shede Hageman fall to the Rams in the second round, that bang you’ll hear will be the collective champagne corks popping from Rams fans everywhere (including mine).

    • Erik Lambert

      It would be a steal for sure. The kid is a physical marvel who would thrive under Jeff Fisher.