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 Revelations


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

To review the previous round, click below.  Enjoy!

ROUND 1

#33 – Houston Texans – Demarcus Lawrence – DE – Boise State

Outside linebacker has not provided the pass rush required for the Houston Texans.  Finding that compliment to J.J. Watt is a must.  Demarcus Lawrence has the speed, athleticism and bend to become that factor on the edge.

#34 – Washington Redskins – Morgan Moses – OT – Virginia

Jay Gruden can’t hope to unlock the true potential of his quarterback until he can assure RGIII is properly protected.  That means adding beef to the offensive line.  Morgan Moses is a big, strong and nimble blocker who can play opposite Trent Williams.

#35 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (f/CHI) – Teddy Bridgewater – QB – Louisville

Trade:  38th and 143rd (5th) pick to Bears for 35th pick

Their first round rumor proves a farce but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pounce on their opportunity to get a front line quarterback when Teddy Bridgewater falls into the second.  He should be able to sit back and learn behind Josh McCown until he’s ready.

#36 – Buffalo Bills (f/OAK) – Eric Ebron – TE – North Carolina

Trade:  41st and 109th (4th) picks to Raiders for 36th pick

Perhaps the biggest stunner of the first round was the freefall of tight end Eric Ebron.  Such things can happen as it did to Sharrif Floyd last year.  The Buffalo Bills aren’t complaining as they move up to get E.J. Manuel a new toy.

#37 – Houston Texans (f/ATL) – Louis Nix – DT – Notre Dame

While Lawrence helps with the pass rush, the Texans add Louis Nix up front to help shut down the run, hopefully with the idea of putting Watt in more pass rush situations where he is most deadly.  Nix is that kind of big but quick nose tackle who can occupy blocks.

#38 – Chicago Bears (f/TB) – Jimmie Ward – SS – NIU

After a series of moves back the Chicago Bears finally make a selection.  Visions of that horrific breakdown against Green Bay will push them to fix the safety position.  Jimmie Ward not only has outstanding coverage ability, but he’s a willing hitter too.

#39 – Jacksonville Jaguars – Kyle Van Noy – OLB – BYU

Linebacker is an area the Jacksonville Jaguars know they have to retool.  The beauty of Kyle Van Noy is he has the range and athleticism to play the traditional role of tackling and coverage but also the speed to bring pressure off the edge.

#40 – Minnesota Vikings – Jimmy Garoppolo – QB – EIU

If they do pass on a quarterback early the Minnesota Vikings have to get one here.  Jimmy Garoppolo is a small school standout but he has good size, mobility and has shown accuracy and the needed quick release to make it in the pros.

#41 – Oakland Raiders (f/BUF) – Tom Savage – QB – Pitt

Matt Schaub is the man under center for 2014 but the Oakland Raiders need to have a long-term solution in place.  Tom Savage looks like the ideal solution for offensive coordinator Greg Olson.  At 6’5″ he can run, reads defenses and displays a cannon arm.

#42 – Tennessee Titans – A.J. McCarron – QB – Alabama

Chance Warmack gets his wish.  Ken Whisenhunt has made it clear Jake Locker is in make-or-break mode and this pick will add the insurance in case he fails.  A.J. McCarron has the size, intelligence, and adequate arm strength to become a starter at the pro level.

#43 – New York Giants – Stephon Tuitt – DE – Notre Dame

The beauty of this pick for the New York Giants is that Stephon Tuitt is so versatile.  He’s big and strong enough to play defensive tackle but also fast enough to play end.  He can be moved around all over the line and expected to disrupt offenses.

#44 – St. Louis Rams – Deone Bucannon – SS – Washington

They passed on a safety in favor of Aaron Donald early so the St. Louis Rams need to make sure they fill that position here.  Deone Bucannon is a Jeff Fisher type of guy.  He’s big, hits hard and still has the speed and prowess to make plays in coverage.

#45 – Jacksonville Jaguars (f/DET) – Joel Bitonio – OT – Nevada

Rebuilding the offense doesn’t stop with a quarterback.  The Jaguars need work everywhere, especially up front.  Joel Bitonio is a strong, versatile blocker who can play outside at right tackle or shift inside to guard.

#46 – Pittsburgh Steelers – Jeremiah Attaochu – OLB – Georgia Tech

Jarvis Jones will get first crack but the Pittsburgh Steelers are driven by the success of their linebackers.  Jeremiah Attaochu will remind them a lot of Joey Porter and James Harrison.  He’s not only a gifted pass rusher but he’s fiery and isn’t afraid to talk.

#47 – Dallas Cowboys – Kony Ealy – DE – Missouri

This could turn into a major steal for the Dallas Cowboys.  After adding Robert Geathers and Timmy Jernigan in the first, they give their defensive line another boost with the big and athletic Kony Ealy who is a perfect fit for their scheme and already a proven rusher.

#48 – Baltimore Ravens – Jordan Matthews – WR – Vanderbilt

Torrey Smith said his Baltimore Ravens need a possession receiver to help Joe Flacco and the offense.  Jordan Matthews is their guy.  He’s big at 6’3″, runs pristine routes and has outstanding hands which he showcased often in the SEC.

#49 – New York Jets – Jace Amaro – TE – Texas Tech

They skipped Ebron early to give their defense some help in the secondary but the New York Jets don’t let a second opportunity slip.  Jace Amaro isn’t quite the athlete Ebron is but he’s a proven pass catcher with great size who knows how to get open.

#50 – Miami Dolphins – Austin Seferian-Jenkins – TE – Washington

Tight end is an area that needs attention for the Miami Dolphins as well.  Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a huge upside talent who has the speed to get open as a pass catcher but also the body and strength to block.

#51 – Chicago Bears – Kareem Martin – DE – North Carolina

Everything from size to burst and length check the boxes for Kareem Martin.  He flashed constantly as a pass rusher at North Carolina but still needs to find consistency.  Also athletic enough to move around and rush from different areas and stances.  Big upside.

#52 – Arizona Cardinals – Keith McGill – CB – Utah

Patrick Peterson is entrenched at cornerback but the Arizona Cardinals need to find him a wingman.  Keith McGill is one of those new “long corners” that are sweeping the league.  At 6’3″ he has great size and boasts the athleticism to thrive in coverage.

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

The tight end run continues as the Green Bay Packers look to overcome the loss of Jermichael Finley.  Troy Niklas isn’t quite polished yet but he’s on the same athletic level as former teammate Tyler Eifert.  Great potential as a pass catcher.

#54 – Philadelphia Eagles – Marcus Smith – OLB – Louisville

Trent Cole isn’t getting any younger.  The Philadelphia Eagles have to invest at the outside linebacker position in order to supplement their pass rush.  Marcus Smith isn’t a nimble athletic but he has the dimensions and proved at Louisville he could get quarterbacks on the ground.

#55 – Cincinnati Bengals – Scott Crichton – DE – Oregon State

Losing Michael Johnson and trading Robert Geathers has left the defensive end spot weakened for the Cincinnati Bengals.  So they decide to give it a needed boost.  Scott Crichton bring length, power and motor out of OregonState.  A real tone-setter.

#56 – San Francisco 49ers (from KC) – Allen Robinson – WR – Penn State

Adding size and strength at wide receiver is something the San Francisco 49ers know they have to do.  Allen Robinson is a solid value pick here.  He’s got a stout 6’3″ frame, great leaping ability and is a threat after the catch.

#57 – San Diego Chargers – Daniel McCullers – DT – Tennessee

The defense gets another boost for the San Diego Chargers.  This time they look up front and grab a massive interior force in Daniel McCullers.  He will help shut down the run, opening up chances for the team to make plays against the pass.

#58 – Indianapolis Colts – Lamarcus Joyner – S – Florida State

Lamarcus Joyner gets overlooked because of his size but the kid knows how to make plays.  He’s athletic and fast enough for corner but also smart and tough enough for safety.  The Indianapolis Colts can find a place for him.

#59 – New Orleans Saints – Chris Borland – ILB – Wisconsin

The talent on defense for the New Orleans Saints is assembled.  Now they need a leader to bring it all together.  Chris Borland is an instinctive, athletic inside linebacker who can deliver hits and elevate his teammates with his leadership.

#60 – Carolina Panthers – Ja’Wuan James – OT – Tennessee

Protecting Cam Newton was a big part of his success with the Carolina Panthers.  Having added another weapon the team looks to shore up the loss of Jordan Gross.  Ja’Wuan James has the size of a right tackle but underrated feet that make him a match for the left.

#61 – Chicago Bears (f/SF) – Bashaud Breeland – CB – Clemson

Phil Emery likes his corners to be athletic and tough.  The beauty of Bashaud Breeland is he’s fulfills both requirements and has plenty of upside.  He just needs to refine some technique issues.  That’s no problem because he won’t start immediately anyway.

#62 – Houston Texans (f/NE) – Tre Mason – RB – Auburn

Trade:  65th (3rd) and 177th (6th) picks to Patriots for 62nd pick

Ben Tate is gone and Arian Foster is coming off surgery.  The Houston Texans can’t afford to let the running back position fall into disrepair.  Tre Mason dominated for Auburn and has a versatile skill set that they can put to good use.

#63 – Denver Broncos – Telvin Smith – OLB – Florida State

The only knock scouts seem to make on Telvin Smith is that he weighs just 218 lbs.  Newsflash:  so did Jack Lambert.  The Florida State standout flies to the football, makes tackles, has great vision and is a fiery leader on the field.  Denver can live with that.

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

Finding more stability at wide receiver following the loss of Golden Tate is something the Seattle Seahawks can’t ignore in this 2014 NFL mock draft.  Davante Adams has good size, great hands and enough athleticism and speed to get himself open.

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  • Joe

    Eric Ebron lasting until the second rd? Your mock drafts get worse and worse

    • Erik Lambert

      Alas, I can’t win over everybody…

  • Johnny

    A S-J making it all the way to 50??? Wow!! I would love that, but I don’t think he gets past NE in the 1st round..
    Nice though… ” reach ” for T Cyrus in the 1st round and then a stud TE (ASJ) drops to the Phins in the 2nd. … wow..
    Those 2 picks can probably be picked the other way around … Or even better.. They could have got TE Ebron in the 1st round and T Cyrus in the 2nd.

    • Erik Lambert

      All depends on situation and circumstance.

    • Tynan Patrick

      There are a lot of rumors that he could end up in the third or fourth rounds. Apparently he hasn’t done well in his interviews and teams are afraid of him

      • Johnny

        Well.. NE won’t be afraid.. 85, Moss, oh yeh.. and a murderer.. lol

  • Joe Wedra

    Interesting to see Marcus Smith go so high.

    • Erik Lambert

      All depends on perspective. His position at Louisville was defensive end, which he’s too light for but as a rush linebacker he’s a much better fit and he posted 14.5 sacks last year. He clearly knows how to get the quarterback.

      • joe

        Makes sense a lot of good players went before that pick, i like attaochu. Bucannon I’m mad about lol I wanted him bad too. How do you feel about the upside and play of Ronald Powell, what round?

        • Erik Lambert

          Physically speaking the kid has the chops. His character and technique issues force me to pause though. He needs work between the ears. I’d say between a 3rd and 4th rounder.

  • Rick Talley

    And right there for the Rams is Bucannon…..SWEET!

    • Erik Lambert

      Indeed. You hit a home run there.

  • Brian

    Do you really think the Bears would draft Ward with Buchannon still on the board? They’re both good, but I’d give the edge to Buchannon if he’s still there.

    • Erik Lambert

      It’s funny you should ask that question because I actually asked Dan Pompei the same thing. He said numerous people he’s talked to, including scouts, favor Ward over Bucannon because of his athleticism and coverage ability, plus he can tackle. That is why I did that.

  • DiscountPCRepair SATX

    Why are the BEARS drafting a defensive end in round 2?

    • Erik Lambert

      Because Kareem Martin is an outstanding physical specimen who doesn’t have to play right away. He can learn behind Allen and Houston, provide depth and become great rotational guy with the ability to start down the road.

      • DiscountPCRepair SATX

        Willie Young and Idonje and Washington … where are all these ends going to be?

        • Erik Lambert

          What has Washington done? He’s a 6th round pick who looked good from a physical standpoint but did absolutely nothing last year. Besides he has no experience in a 4-3. Martin does and has the production to prove it. Cut Washington or put him on the practice squad and give his spot to Martin who can put it to better use.

    • Sagar

      So you’re saying that a DE that doesn’t have to play right away takes precedent over a DT? That won’t happen.

      • Erik Lambert

        Defensive tackle is much deeper in this class than end. You have to remember Idonije and Allen are well into their 30s and the Bears still have no young talent with serious pedigree on the roster. Their best performer under the age of 25 was David Bass, a waiver wire pickup. Read the later rounds and you’ll see I addressed D-tackle. Besides, don’t forget Lamarr Houston is more than capable of kicking inside.

        • Sagar

          We have to young ends in Willie Young And Lamar Houston. We also have, as you mentioned, David Bass and Cornelius Washington. I saw that you have Easley going to the bears in the 3rd round? I don’t believe he will last that long. I think if you switch these two picks then it makes more sense.

          • Erik Lambert

            After two torn ACLs? Listen, I understand Easley had some great tape but knee injuries scare teams to death. A guy who suffers two of them, no matter how talented, is not worth the investment of a 1st or 2nd round pick. I believe he’ll go in the 3rd which is fair value. Either his knees give out or he fulfill the upside for the Bears at a reasonable risk. Yes, Houston is just 26 but Young turns 29 in September. Bass had his moments last year but what did Washington do? Did he make a tackle last year? The idea that he’s not expendable in favor of a rising talent like Martin confuses me. Again, this is just my opinion.

          • Sagar

            If you look at projected round he is going to be taken in, most analyst say it’s going to be in the second round. He has so much potential that teams will take a risk for him. Also, Washington was a planned project. He has all the physical attributes but he just needs to be mentored. So for you to bring up him not making a tackle last year isn’t a very good argument. Also, is it possible to trade back into the mid 20′s and also get a high 2nd round pick? Then we can possibly take hagamen,Ward/buchannon, and get a solid CB at No.51.

          • Erik Lambert

            I just find it interesting that after all those injuries to the front that Washington still didn’t manage to get in a game. Could’ve been planned but that’s hard for me to accept. As to your Easley argument, the NFL website gave him a grade between the third and fourth rounds. Walter Football said second to third range.

            As to your trade idea, no. I don’t see any team unloading a high second round pick to move up from the mid-20s to #14. I see three teams that might consider moving up from that area in New Orleans, Cleveland and San Francisco. The Saints won’t jump very high given their limited supply of picks. The Browns have what it takes to make the leap but their roster needs a lot of work so I doubt they do. San Francisco to me is the best shot the Bears have of getting an extra second round pick. Move back to #30 and you still have a shot at Hageman. Then move up in the 2nd to grab Ward or Bucannon and use that other 2nd to grab the CB.

  • Eric Kench

    Why does everyone think that the Raiders are gonna draft a quarterback after signing Matt Schaub? It’ll never happen. They draft Sammy Watkins with the 5th pick and the explosive potential of the Raider offense will come to life.

    • Erik Lambert

      For the simple fact Schaub is coming off the worst season of his career and turns 33 in June.

      • Eric Kench

        You can’t just write someone off after one bad season. Schaub will bounce back if given a good line and good receivers.

        • Erik Lambert

          And you can’t discount the sudden decline as merely an anomaly. He had a pretty good line and receivers in Houston and still fell apart. In the immortal words of Burt from the movie Tremors, “What have you people got against being prepared?”

          • Eric Kench

            To be honest I wanted the Raiders to sign Josh Freeman but they went after Schaub instead. I just don’t see them drafting a QB because I thought they drafted a pretty good one last year in Tyler Wilson. He would’ve been a 1st round pick if he had left school a year earlier. I think they’re satisfied with McGloin as their future quarterback.

          • Erik Lambert

            Wilson will have to show something this year otherwise that pick will be labeled a major bust. McGloin had his moments but I’m not sure he worthy of being a long-term starter. We’ll see.

          • Brutus

            I like this pick if the Raiders think Savage has the skill set to be the guy for 10 years…..after hopefully sitting behind Schaub for 2-3 years. The ideal situation is that last year was an anomaly for Schaub and he can be our starter for 2-3 years while mentoring a young QB. Look at how GB handled Rodgers. I think RM believes that a young QB who rides the bench a season or two longer than that QB thinks he should will be a better starter for the long term. On the other hand, I do not believe the Raiders should draft a QB because they feel the need. They should only draft one if they feel he will be our starter for 10 years once he gets the nod.
            As far as McGloin, I disagree that the Raiders are certain the he is our QB of the future. I think they believe he has the QB IQ needed to succeed and can improve on his weaknesses, although they are uncertain if that will translate into a consistent winning playoff contending QB. They believe he can be a very good backup that could become a starter if he is able to max out his abilities, but they aren’t certain enough in the latter to forego looking for someone who they think has more of the physical skill sets that normally succeed at QB in the NFL. I like McGloin and have a high confidence level that he can win any game that we need him to come into for us.
            As far as QBs in this draft, the Raiders should only draft one if they think he has the potential to be our QB of the future. Otherwise, wait until next year. We don’t need another Tyler Wilson, Matt Flynn, or any of the other QBs we have had in the past decade. We need depth and future starters at all positions, so we shouldn’t waste a pick on a career backup (or less) unless the RM at least feels he has the potential to be that guy. It may not work out, but its important that he at least feels it will if he drafts one.

          • Erik Lambert

            People are down on Savage because of his iffy production last year. Much of his struggles though were due to a bad offensive line and injuries to his weapons. Savage has every physical tool in the book to succeed at the pro level. He also has experience in a pro-style offense and plays the position the right way. Give him some time to adjust his technique behind Schaub and there’s your future starter.

          • Brutus

            Like I said, I like the pick. A lot of fans seem to think that because we drafted Schaub, we won’t draft a QB high. I only think it means we won’t reach for one out of need, like RM did for Flynn and Wilson. If the QB he want falls to him, he will take that QB. My gut feeling is that he likes Bortles, Carrs, and Savage, but none until at least the end of the first round or later.
            I like all your mocks. Even when I disagree, there is good rationale for the picks. I will disagree with you on the first round pick for the Raiders. I can’t disagree with us taking Mack, but only if we can’t find a trade partner. I look for RM to trade back as far as possible for as many picks as possible this year and even next year.

          • Erik Lambert

            Believe me, I considered a trade but couldn’t really rationalize anybody moving up after both HOU and JAX moved down. So Mack was the safest pick. That could change if one or neither of those two move down.

          • Brutus

            Ah, but you forget the scenario where the Texans want Bortles and Mack and the Raiders trade the #5 for the #33 and get the 1st and 2nd round picks of the Texans for the next five years…..and pigs fly…..ok, its getting late. I think the Rams want to trade out of the #2 slot also, so trading back is getting crowded – simple supply and demand lowers the value of the trade, so Mack might be worth more than what is being offered as you have said.

          • Erik Lambert

            That was my conclusion.

          • Eric Kench

            It’s not a major bust if the pick is in the 4th round. If anything Tyler Wilson would’ve been a value pick because he would certainly have gone in the first round if he had left school early. I think they gave up on him too soon. He was a true leader in the huddle and he did throw for over 3000 yards in each of his last two years in college. I was sorry to see him go.

          • Erik Lambert

            I don’t doubt he has the ability to play but spending a 4th round pick on a player that doesn’t contribute to the team at all is a bust in my mind. That doesn’t mean he’s a terrible player but it does mean the Raiders should not have picked him. Everything will depend on if he ever sees the field for them.

          • Eric Kench

            Frankly I don’t like the way the Raiders have handled the QB situation. Carson Palmer was the closest thing they had to Rich Gannon and if he had been blessed with great receivers like Tim Brown and Jerry Rice, Palmer would’ve broken Gannon’s passing records.

          • Erik Lambert

            Oakland has this problem of not sticking with a plan. Palmer was a good plan. They just needed to keep building around him. Now he’s looking like a playoff contender in Arizona and the Raiders are starting over again with Matt Schaub.

          • powderBLUE801

            This is why I love faider fans. Lol. There is a reason why you guys have been obsolete in recent years and it won’t change if you think schaub is your long term solution.

          • Eric Kench

            I know. We should’ve kept Carson Palmer and Hue Jackson. We were heading in the right direction when they were here. Schaub may still come around. Hopefully we will draft Sammy Watkins and improve our WR corps.

  • Jake

    Alright I think this particular mock series for the bears is well not very good with all due respect Mr. Lambert iv seen a lot better ones from you tho so I won’t give you too hard of a time lol still well worth the read and another interesting scenario i just besides trading out of the first round I disagree with a DE in the second after adding Allen Houston young and idonije this offseason when we already have projects in Washington and bass

    • Erik Lambert

      Don’t judge me after two rounds, Jake. I’m not done. Also to your DE problem, Martin is better than Bass or Washington, period. Idonije is great for the locker room but not a long-term option and we can’t bank on Allen being around long either. Martin givens them a situational pass rusher with great physical ability and long-term starter potential.

  • Tynan Patrick

    Just curious why ward is listed at SS as oppozed to FS, he has the best pure coverage skill in the draft

    • Erik Lambert

      That was his designation in college.

  • John

    The 49ers have two picks in the 2nd rd. Where is their 2nd pick?

  • ApexSteel

    Attaochu over Jordan Mathews or Jace Amaro at 46? I pray Kevin Colbert doesn’t even think about that foolishness.

  • Michael Steele

    Arron Donald is pure greatness and I feel strongly on that. Which means Denver will move up and pick him. Go Raiders!