2014 NFL Draft: Post-Super Bowl 2-Round Update
Well, the Super Bowl is in the books, and the NFL Scouting Combine is the next event on the horizon for prospective NFL players. The final two spots in the draft order are set, and it is NFL draft season.
Ever since the end of the college football season, these players have been put under the microscope and analyzed ad nauseam. This means there could be changes to their perceived NFL draft stock.
The likelihood that NFL franchises move players around as much as the media does is slim. However, players can use these opportunities to open eyes and cast a light on their play, whether it's good or bad.
This is also the time of year where disinformation is in the air. It's important to never get too caught up in rumors or conjecture about prospects, regardless of the source.
Ultimately, it is the film that wins out, so that's always the best tool for player evaluation. Check out this latest two-round update to see if your team is getting better or worse with these picks.
This mock is divided by team rather than pick, but you can check at the end for the full two-round mock draft if you want to see how it played out pick-by-pick.
First Round, First Pick: Teddy Bridgewater, Quarterback, Louisville
Second Round, First Pick: Calvin Pryor, Safety, Louisville
The Houston Texans are among the most talented teams in the NFL. They have star wide receiver Andre Johnson and running back Arian Foster. On defense, they have defensive end J.J. Watt, who might be the best defender in the entire league.
So, how did they finish with the worst record in the NFL in 2013?
Much of that can be attributed to the lack of consistency at the quarterback position. To counter that, the Texans select Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater with their top pick. There might be some debate about if Bridgewater is worth this selection, but the fact is you can't win with average quarterback play.
After taking Bridgewater in the first, the Texans stay with the Louisville Cardinals and select safety Calvin Pryor. Pryor has great size and exceptional range. As good as the Texans defensive front has been, the team has suffered on the back end with mediocre talent.
St. Louis Rams
First Round, Second Pick: Jake Matthews, Offensive Tackle, Texas A&M
First Round, 13th Pick: Ra'Shede Hageman, Defensive Tackle, Minnesota
Second Round, 13th Pick: Deone Bucannon, Safety, Washington State
Using their first of two picks in the first round, the St. Louis Rams add an immense talent to the offensive line in Texas A&M tackle Jake Matthews. Matthews is a technician and an experienced starter. Adding him would allow the Rams to move offensive lineman Rodger Saffold inside to guard and create a dominant right side of the offensive line.
Having worked on one side of the line with their first pick, the Rams can now flip to the other side and add Minnesota defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman. Hageman is nearly impossible to block with one man and has a style predicated on both quickness and power. Adding him to a talented front four would give defensive ends Robert Quinn and Chris Long much better numbers to work with.
In the second round, the Rams stay on defense, adding safety Deone Bucannon from Washington State. Bucannon has the size (6'0" 215 lbs) and physical style to be the enforcer in the defensive secondary that this team has lacked. His range is superb, and he closes with excellent speed.
First Round, Third Pick: Jadeveon Clowney, Defensive End, South Carolina
Second Round, Third Pick: AJ McCarron, Quarterback, Alabama
Most pundits had the Jacksonville Jaguars pegged as one of the worst teams in the NFL before the season ever started. While they did play well in spurts, their overall season was a disappointment. However, not all is lost, as they get a chance to get themselves right on defense with defensive end Jadeveon Clowney from South Carolina.
Clowney's impact all along the defensive line will be immediate and most likely produce highlight-reel material. No, drafting Clowney doesn't give the Jaguars a different quarterback, but he will make that defense better. He is the type of player that offenses must scheme around, so even if he doesn't show up in the box score, his impact is felt all over the field.
Help at the quarterback position comes in the second round in the form of AJ McCarron of Alabama. There is no consensus about just how good McCarron can be in the NFL, but in terms of physical talent, he really only lacks elite arm strength. Should he prove to be a great starter, he won't be the first quarterback to come into the league and get stronger over the course of his first few seasons.
First Round, Fourth Pick: Johnny Manziel, Quarterback, Texas A&M
First Round, 26th Pick: Kelvin Benjamin, Wide Receiver, Florida State
Second Round, Fourth Pick: Ka'Deem Carey, Running Back, Arizona
In 2013, the Cleveland Browns defense showed marked improvement, while the offense fell flat on its face. That means the 2014 NFL draft must be offense-heavy.
The Browns have two first-round selections, and they go big on both. First, quarterback Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M gets the nod. There's little doubt just how dynamic and explosive Manziel can be. It remains to be seen, though, if he can integrate fully into an NFL offense.
If you already have a player like wide receiver Josh Gordon, getting him a running mate isn't a bad idea. Florida State wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin is raw but explosive. As a red-zone target alone, he should be nearly impossible to stop.
Moving to the second round, the Browns get their running game back in order with Arizona running back Ka'Deem Carey. Carey is a complete back who can do everything on the field. He can run inside or outside and can positively influence the passing game as a receiver or blocker.
First Round, Fifth Pick: Blake Bortles, Quarterback, UCF
Second Round, Fifth Pick: Antonio Richardson, Offensive Tackle, Tennessee
Taking into consideration the fact that a mock draft is a prediction, UCF quarterback Blake Bortles is the pick here. Bortles is a very talented quarterback, but whether or not he can lead a franchise remains to be seen. He has all the physical gifts you look for in an NFL signal-caller, but he could improve his consistency and decision-making.
Moving to the second round, the Oakland Raiders get a real steal in Tennessee offensive tackle Antonio Richardson. It's hard to imagine the enormous tackle sliding to the second come May, but for now, he represents an exceptional value pick at this point in the draft. Richardson is a mauler with great power and leverage in the run game.
First Round, Sixth Pick: Khalil Mack, Defensive End, Buffalo
Second Round, Sixth Pick: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tight End, Washington
One key area of concern for the Atlanta Falcons going into the offseason is their pass rush. Adding Buffalo defensive end Khalil Mack would quiet many of those concerns. As disruptive as Mack was in college, having him in a fixed role as a pass-rushing defensive end would be excellent for him. Mack's energy and explosion off the edge make him the type of defender who must be accounted for on every down.
In the second round, the Falcons look to the future with Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins. This is a team that loves to target its tight ends, and Seferian-Jenkins is a massive athletic figure in the middle of the field. He is an underrated blocker and just needs to be in the right system to flourish.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
First Round, Seventh Pick: Sammy Watkins, Wide Receiver, Clemson
Second Round, Seventh Pick: Tajh Boyd, Quarterback, Clemson
There is a great deal of synergy with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with these two picks. First, they snatch up the best wide receiver in the draft by selecting Clemson's Sammy Watkins. Watkins is almost impossible to cover one-on-one and is special after the catch.
Obviously, there are multiple directions the Buccaneers could go here, including quarterback, but in terms of pure value, Watkins is too good to pass up.
The synergy comes in the second round, when the Buccaneers opt for Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd. Boyd is among the most underrated prospects in the draft, and there is no player who understands how to use Watkins more than he does.
Boyd needs to work on his accuracy, especially on his deep throws, but he compares very favorably to New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith when he was in the draft, so being taken at this point seems very fair.
First Round, Eighth Pick: Derek Carr, Quarterback, Fresno State
Second Round, Eighth Pick: Chris Smith, Defensive End, Arkansas
The Minnesota Vikings have really backed themselves into a corner with their quarterbacks. Try as they might, they just can't seem to find a player who can lead this offense. So, in the first round, they roll the dice on Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr, who has the best arm talent in the draft and surprising athleticism.
Carr is an excellent mix of qualities that a team like the Vikings has to like. He has some mechanical issues in his game that need cleaned up, and he will need to work better when his initial read isn't there, but the potential is there.
Second-round pick Chris Smith from Arkansas might not be a household name, but make no mistake, the kid can play. His initial step and leverage are on par with any defensive end in this draft. The Vikings struggled to rush the passer in 2013, so an upgrade is needed.
First Round, Ninth Pick: C.J. Mosley, Linebacker, Alabama
Second Round, Ninth Pick: Troy Niklas, Tight End, Notre Dame
Linebacker might not be the most imperative need the Buffalo Bills have, but it is hard to pass on a player like Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley. His ability to impact the defense from any linebacker spot with his athletic ability is rare.
In the second round, the Bills add a huge athletic target in the passing game with Notre Dame tight end Troy Niklas. Niklas is massive at 6'6.5" and 270 pounds. He has soft hands and does a great job finding voids in the zone and overwhelming man coverage with his size advantage.
First Round, 10th Pick: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Safety, Alabama
Second Round, 10th Pick: Allen Robinson, Wide Receiver, Penn State
In order to rebuild, the Detroit Lions must start with a defensive secondary that was very mediocre in 2013. Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is a tremendous all-around safety prospect who can come up and stuff the run or drop into coverage. The Lions could lean cornerback here as well, but either way, this pick has to address the defensive backfield.
For their second-round pick, the Lions finally address the problems at wide receiver. For as great as wide receiver Calvin Johnson is, he has never had a decent player lined up opposite him. Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson is a vastly underrated player and a real first-round talent who could be had in the second. He has great size and speed, and he just needs to shore up his concentration so that he can be more productive.
First Round, 11th Pick: Kony Ealy, Defensive End, Missouri
Second Round, 11th Pick: Zach Mettenberger, Quarterback, LSU
It is hard to speculate sometimes how a new coaching staff will view the current roster. For the Tennessee Titans, that means the quarterback position specifically. It could be viewed that quarterback Jake Locker turned a corner last season before going down once again with injury.
This puts the first-round priority firmly on the defensive side of the football. Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy is a fast riser with tons of upside. His size makes him a great fit for a 4-3, but he plays fast, able to turn the corner on a tackle.
Ealy's aggressive nature takes him out of plays at times, though, and he could stand to work on his conditioning to improve his speed.
In the second round, with LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger sitting there, the Titans snatch him up as insurance. Mettenberger is a stark contrast to Locker in terms of style. He is much more of a pure pocket passer with good instincts and a strong arm.
If Mettenberger can work out before the draft, he will have a chance to boost his stock even further. But if he cannot show teams he is going to be ready in 2014, he could slide into the later rounds.
New York Giants
First Round, 12th Pick: Anthony Barr, Linebacker, UCLA
Second Round, 12th Pick: Kyle Fuller, Cornerback, Virginia Tech
Even with the inclusion of linebacker Jon Beason, this unit could still use some more talent. UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr is an explosive athlete who can be utilized in multiple ways in the New York Giants front seven. He is adroit at lining up as a rush defensive end as well as a more traditional 4-3 linebacker.
Moving to the second round, the Giants get a real steal with cornerback Kyle Fuller from Virginia Tech. Fuller has excellent size and speed to go along with a nice all-around coverage game. He is especially skilled in press man, where he can utilize his strength to disrupt the wide receiver.
First Round, 14th Pick: Timmy Jernigan, Defensive Tackle, FSU
Second Round, 14th Pick: Cyril Richardson, Guard Baylor
The Chicago Bears' highest priority has to be adding talent to both sides of the line. On defense, that means bringing in defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan as a first-round pick. Jernigan struggles with consistency, but when he is on, he is an exceptional three-technique tackle. He has an explosive first step and does a nice job with his hands.
Offensive line is addressed in the second with Baylor guard Cyril Richardson. Richardson is a massive human being who plays as strong as he looks. He isn't the most agile player in the country, but once he gets his hands on you, it's over.
There is no consensus about who the best guard is in this draft, but Richardson looks like the best fit for what the Bears do on offense.
First Round, 15th Pick: Justin Gilbert, Cornerback, Oklahoma State
Second Round, 15th Pick: Jarvis Landry, Wide Receiver, LSU
An area of concern for the Pittsburgh Steelers is their defensive secondary. Cornerback was a problem for the Steelers in 2013, and with cornerback Ike Taylor getting older, it becomes a primary need. Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert has the physical style and man coverage skills the Steelers defensive staff covets.
In the second round, the Steelers jump to offense with LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry. Landry lacks the elite speed that fans have grown accustomed to, but he is a polished route runner and has exceptional hands. Jones slips a little because of such a crowded wide receiver class, and this pays off big for the Steelers.
First Round, 16th Pick: Greg Robinson, Offensive Tackle, Auburn
Second Round, 16th Pick: Brandin Cooks, Wide Receiver, Oregon State
The Baltimore Ravens continue to struggle with finding their franchise left tackle. Auburn's Greg Robinson certainly looks the part. His ability to play with dominating power in open space is exceptional. It's one thing to be a finisher in a phone booth, but his ability to finish in the open field is a rare talent.
By the time May gets here, it will be hard to imagine Robinson falling this far, but as of now, this pick represents an exceptional value for a team in need of an offensive lineman.
Ever since the Ravens let wide receiver Anquan Boldin leave, they have struggled to replace him. Oregon State wide receiver Brandin Cooks is an exciting player with a very well-rounded game. He can run all the routes with precision and has very good speed, especially in short bursts.
First Round, 17th Pick: Louis Nix III, Defensive Tackle, Notre Dame
Second Round, 17th Pick: Marcus Roberson, Cornerback, Florida
Building a great defense requires certain pieces in place. The type of defense the Dallas Cowboys run mandates that they get a penetrating 3-technique defensive tackle. Notre Dame's Louis Nix III can be exactly that kind of player. Nix uses the strength in his lower body in rhythm with excellent hands to create opportunities for penetration.
Regardless of what scheme the Cowboys run in 2014, Nix is a player who can find a place. Whether it's as a one-gap, 3-technique or a 1-technique nose tackle with two-gap responsibility, he will impact the opposing offense.
Another big piece of the defense is a coverage player who can be left on an island. The Cowboys have one such cornerback in Morris Claiborne. Florida cornerback Marcus Roberson would be a great partner in the secondary. Roberson is more polished than his film at times gives him credit for and is fearless.
New York Jets
First Round, 18th Pick: Marqise Lee, Wide Receiver, USC
Second Round, 18th Pick: Gabe Jackson, Guard, Mississippi State
The New York Jets invested in their future at quarterback, it's only right to get him a weapon. Taking USC wide receiver Marqise Lee would give quarterback Geno Smith the safety net he needs at wide receiver. Lee is the kind of player who can elevate the play of his quarterback with his ability to make contested catches.
In the second round, the Jets take a look at improving the offensive line with Mississippi State guard Gabe Jackson. Jackson is a technically superior prospect with a high football IQ. He's the kind of player who will be making offensive line calls for over a decade in the NFL.
First Round, 19th Pick: Taylor Lewan, Offensive Tackle, Michigan
Second Round, 19th Pick: Will Sutton, Defensive Tackle, Arizona State
Key losses on both sides of the line highlight what's happening with the Miami Dolphins. Getting Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan would help with the loss of multiple offensive linemen. Lewan is a mauler at tackle and plays with a legit mean streak.
On the other side of the football, Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton would allow the Dolphins to let one of their free-agent defensive tackles walk without having to pay him huge money. Sutton is a huge guy with a quick first step and great hands. He might want to play a little lighter in the NFL to better use his quickness, but even at 315 pounds, he is a tough matchup.
First Round, 20th Pick: Cyrus Kouandjio, Offensive Tackle, Alabama
Second Round, 20th Pick: Carl Bradford, Linebacker, Arizona State
Plenty of Arizona Cardinals fans want their team to draft a quarterback in 2014. However, in the first round, value dictates that the Cardinals instead look to the offensive line with Alabama offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio. Kouandjio is a punishing blocker who is improving in his footwork and hands.
Assuming that linebacker Karlos Dansby leaves, adding a pass-rushing outside linebacker would move up the priority ladder. Local star Carl Bradford from Arizona State would be a great fit for what the Cardinals ask of their outside linebackers. He is aggressive and physical, and he plays faster than he times.
Green Bay Packers
First Round, 21st Pick: Eric Ebron, Tight End, North Carolina
Second Round, 21st Pick: Shayne Skov, Linebacker, Stanford
It seems like a forgone conclusion that the Green Bay Packers will utilize their first-round pick on a tight end. If this turns out to be the case, North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron seems to fit the bill. Ebron is an exceptional pass-catcher and can work the seams well. He was the focus of his college offense and was able to produce no matter what types of coverages he had to deal with.
Moving to the second round, the Packers bolster their linebackers with Stanford product Shayne Skov. Skov is a natural fit at inside linebacker in the 3-4 and is a violent, instinctive player. He was at full strength in 2013 and really impressed. He is very much a downhill type of linebacker who understands gaps and assignments and fills very well.
First Round, 22nd Pick: Darqueze Dennard, Cornerback, Michigan State
Second Round, 22nd Pick: Odell Beckham Jr., Wide Receiver, LSU
The play of the Philadelphia Eagles cornerbacks was disappointing in 2013. But Michigan State cornerback Darqueze Dennard could be just the medicine that the Eagles defense needs. His ball skills are elite, and his experience level is high. He would likely be a day one starter.
Round 2 brings another weapon for head coach Chip Kelly to work with. LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. would make any potential losses at wide receiver much easier to cope with. He is long and lighting fast. His hands are a little up-and-down, but he has a tendency to make huge catches in big moments.
Beckham slides a little because of a crowded wide receiver group and is an excellent value at this point.
Kansas City Chiefs
First Round, 23rd Pick: Jordan Matthews, Wide Receiver, Vanderbilt
It appears the Kansas City Chiefs have put all their chips on quarterback Alex Smith. This means that the Chiefs need to get another target for him to throw to.
Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews does a little of everything. He can run all the routes and is a hardworking player. His hands are a little inconsistent, but as a running mate for Dwayne Bowe, he could be special. Should Matthews time well at the combine, this pick might represent even better value.
First Round, 24th Pick: Jason Verrett, Cornerback, TCU
Second Round, 24th Pick: Dominique Easley, Defensive Tackle, Florida
While the Cincinnati Bengals' season didn't turn out they way they hoped, it doesn't change the amount of talent on the roster. This is a deep team at multiple spots. That gives the Bengals the luxury of drafting talent that they might not need to count on to contribute immediately.
In the first round, TCU cornerback Jason Verrett would be an exceptional pick for the Bengals. If there's a spot where they can upgrade, it is in the secondary, and Verrett has a complete package of skills.
He is good in man and zone coverage, and he makes up for any shortcomings in athleticism with a high football IQ and top-notch technique. His size isn't ideal, but the film shows that teams don't throw his way, even when they have a height advantage.
Moving ahead to the second round, the Bengals take a shot on an immense talent who is recovering from injury. If Florida defensive tackle Dominique Easley gets back to 100 percent, he will be a terror on the interior of the Bengals defensive line.
There was a time when Easley was an easy first-round pick, so assuming he can play at this level again, this is an easy pick for Cincinnati.
San Diego Chargers
First Round, 25th Pick: Bradley Roby, Cornerback, Ohio State
Second Round, 25th Pick: Zack Martin, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame
The San Diego Chargers are another playoff team with a strong roster. But that doesn't mean that they can't make themselves better with these two picks. In fact, the Chargers could really make their team better on both sides of the football in a hurry.
With their first-round pick, the Chargers get a nice value with Ohio State cornerback Bradley Roby. Roby has elite speed and excels in press man coverage. His ability to close on the football is rare among these cornerbacks, and he has solid ball skills.
In the second round, the Chargers turn to the offensive line with Notre Dame offensive tackle Zack Martin. Martin is a talented athlete and looks the part of a swing lineman who can work inside at either guard spot or line up at right tackle. It's unclear where the Chargers would use Martin, but this late in the round, he is too talented to pass on.
New Orleans Saints
First Round, 27th Pick: Jeremiah Attaochu, Linebacker, Georgia Tech
Second Round, 27th Pick: Joel Bitonio, Offensive Tackle, Nevada
Sticking with the 3-4 defense means the New Orleans Saints must always be on the lookout for players who fit the specific roles it requires. One of those is at the rush outside linebacker spot.
Georgia Tech linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu certainly looks the part of a rush outside linebacker. He has a long, athletic build with good arm length, and he also shows a real burst at the snap.
He may not have the long speed of some other prospects, but he does a great job with his get-off and can turn the corner with exceptional leverage.
With their next pick, the Saints draft Nevada offensive tackle Joel Bitonio. While he might not he a high-profile prospect, Bitonio is a strong, athletic left tackle prospect with tons of upside. He has some excellent film to support his claim as a Day 2 pick, especially against UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr.
First Round, 28th Pick: Mike Evans, Wide Receiver, Texas A&M
Second Round, 28th Pick: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Cornerback, Nebraska
The Carolina Panthers made a huge commitment to upgrading the defense in 2013, and it seriously paid off. At least early in 2014, their attention slides to the offensive side of the football. Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans is a huge, albeit raw, target with tons of potential.
Evans went up against some of the best secondaries in the country in college football, yet he always found a way to make big play after big play. With wide receiver Steve Smith getting a little older, finding his heir apparent in this draft makes perfect sense.
With the potential loss of cornerback Captain Munnerlyn, the secondary could be minus a starter for 2014. Nebraska cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste is a big, physical cornerback. There are a lot of things you can coach up in a cornerback, but 6'2" and 215 pounds isn't one of them. Jean-Baptiste does his best work in press man coverage, where he can muscle up his man and fight for the football.
New England Patriots
First Round, 29th Pick: Aaron Donald, Defensive Tackle, Pittsburgh
Second Round, 29th Pick: Trent Murphy, Defensive End, Stanford
Few teams play the "expect the unexpected" card like the New England Patriots. Most believe that finding more weapons for the offense is a top priority. That almost certainly means the Patriots will ignore that idea completely and go all defense in the draft.
This roster has several young wide receivers, and there's no way the Patriots are giving up on them yet. Instead, they'll look to draft the best player available, especially in the first round.
Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald is one of the most unstoppable forces in all of college football. His ability to penetrate at the snap is off the charts. Some are concerned about his size, but if there's any team that can take full advantage of his skills, it will be the Patriots.
Moving to the second round, the Patriots go back to defense with Stanford defensive end Trent Murphy. Murphy is in that tweener category, somewhere in between a defensive end and a linebacker. Nevertheless, he is hard-working and productive and has a high football IQ. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick will find a way to maximize Murphy's potential.
San Francisco 49ers
First Round, 30th Pick: Davante Adams, Wide Receiver, Fresno State
Second Round, 23rd Pick: Loucheiz Purifoy, Cornerback, Florida
Second Round, 30th Pick: Stephon Tuitt, Defensive End, Stanford
In 2013, the San Francisco 49ers were able to grab some highly talented players and permit them to develop. It was less about need and more about drafting the top players on the board.
2014 looks to be a little different. The 49ers have three picks in the first two rounds; however, this year, they have some needs that are far more defined.
For their top pick, the 49ers look to add an explosive weapon for quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Fresno State wide receiver Davante Adams put up ridiculous numbers in college, but he is more than the system he plays in. Adams has impressive size and can get past defenders in a hurry. He can work all the routes and offer some help with the transition when wide receiver Anquan Boldin decides to hang up his cleats.
The two picks the 49ers have in the second round will help to bring some athleticism to the defense. Florida cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy is a gamble, but if he can get his game to catch up with his athletic potential, he will be a special player in the secondary and the return game.
Getting Notre Dame defensive end Stephon Tuitt late in the second round would be a real steal. Even with defensive end Tank Carradine getting back to speed, having a natural 5-technique end like Tuitt on the roster would give the team a player who could start right away.
First Round, 31st Pick: Dee Ford, Defensive End, Auburn
Second Round, 31st Pick: Jaylen Watkins, Cornerback, Florida
Sometimes, it's best not to overthink a selection. Things will just fall into place when it comes to need and value. The Denver Broncos get all of that with their first-round pick. Auburn defensive end Dee Ford is a perfect fit for the Broncos. He’s a speed/pass-rush hybrid very much in the mold of linebacker Von Miller.
In the Super Bowl, the Broncos were unable to generate any significant pass rush against the Seattle Seahawks. Ford can bring pressure in waves and is relentless going after the quarterback.
The same holds true for their second-round selection. Being able to pull in Florida cornerback Jaylen Watkins would be a steal for a team looking to get younger in the secondary. Watkins is a marvelous press man cornerback who could have no better tutor than cornerback Champ Bailey.
First Round, 32nd Pick: Jace Amaro, Tight End, Texas Tech
Second Round, 32nd Pick: David Yankey, Guard, Stanford
Since the Seattle Seahawks are picking 32nd, that means all went well in the Super Bowl. It also means the team doesn’t have much in the way of glaring weaknesses. One spot it could add some talent to is tight end. Enter Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro.
Amaro is like a 6’5”, 260-pound wide receiver with power to overwhelm defenders and speed to blow past them. He is far from a finished product, but his ability to be the focal point of an offense demonstrates his potential. He is also an underrated run-blocker and is a true three-down player.
As the season progressed, the play of the Seahawks offensive line started to dip. That’s not to say it was a weakness, but if you can get a power guard like Stanford’s David Yankey at this point, you do it. Yankey fits the style the Seahawks love to play and shows a nice balance of power and technique.
Second Round, Second Pick: Ryan Shazier, Linebacker, Ohio State
The Washington Redskins don’t have a first-round pick in 2014, so they need to make good use of their only pick in the top 64. Ohio State's Ryan Shazier slips a little, primarily due to the strength of this linebacker class.
Shazier is a high-energy player with nice instincts and great closing speed. On film, he seems to always be near the football and typically finishes with a fury. For the Redskins, Shazier can provide a pass rush from the outside linebacker spot as well as sound run support.
There would need to be some adjustment for Shazier into the Redskins defense, but his athleticism should make that fairly simple.
Second Round, 26th Pick: Michael Sam, Linebacker, Missouri
A top priority for the Indianapolis Colts must be to improve their ability to rush the passer. As great as linebacker Robert Mathis has been, getting some talent across from him would make him even better.
Missouri's Michael Sam is a college defensive end who is destined for greatness as a 3-4 outside linebacker. He’s strong with his hand in the dirt or standing up. He comes off the ball with a great first step and can turn the corner on a tackle. Sam has excellent closing speed and is athletic enough to drop into coverage if need be.
Full 2-Round Mock Draft
1. Houston Texans: Teddy Bridgewater, Quarterback, Louisville
2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington): Jake Matthews, Offensive Tackle, Texas A&M
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jadeveon Clowney, Defensive End, South Carolina
4. Cleveland Browns: Johnny Manziel, Quarterback, Texas A&M
5. Oakland Raiders: Blake Bortles, Quarterback, UCF
6. Atlanta Falcons: Khalil Mack, Defensive End, Buffalo
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Sammy Watkins, Wide Receiver, Clemson
8. Minnesota Vikings: Derek Carr, Quarterback, Fresno State
9. Buffalo Bills: C.J. Mosley, Linebacker, Alabama
10. Detroit Lions: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Safety, Alabama
11. Tennessee Titans: Kony Ealy, Defensive End, Missouri
12. New York Giants: Anthony Barr, Linebacker, UCLA
13. St. Louis Rams: Ra'Shede Hageman, Defensive Tackle, Minnesota
14. Chicago Bears: Timmy Jernigan, Defensive Tackle, FSU
15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Justin Gilbert, Cornerback, Oklahoma State
16. Baltimore Ravens: Greg Robinson, Offensive Tackle, Auburn
17. Dallas Cowboys: Louis Nix III, Defensive Tackle, Notre Dame
18. New York Jets: Marqise Lee, Wide Receiver, USC
19. Miami Dolphins: Taylor Lewan, Offensive Tackle, Michigan
20. Arizona Cardinals: Cyrus Kouandjio, Offensive Tackle, Alabama
21. Green Bay Packers: Eric Ebron, Tight End, North Carolina
22. Philadelphia Eagles: Darqueze Dennard, Cornerback, Michigan State
23. Kansas City Chiefs: Jordan Matthews, Wide Receiver, Vanderbilt
24. Cincinnati Bengals: Jason Verrett, Cornerback, TCU
25. San Diego Chargers: Bradley Roby, Cornerback, Ohio State
26. Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis): Kelvin Benjamin, Wide Receiver, FSU
27. New Orleans Saints: Jeremiah Attaochu, Linebacker, Georgia Tech
28. Carolina Panthers: Mike Evans, Wide Receiver, Texas A&M
29. New England Patriots: Aaron Donald, Defensive Tackle, Pittsburgh
30. San Francisco 49ers: Davante Adams, Wide Receiver, Fresno State
31. Denver Broncos: Dee Ford, Linebacker, Auburn
32. Seattle Seahawks: Jace Amaro, Tight End, Texas Tech
1. Houston Texans: Calvin Pryor, Safety, Louisville
2. Washington Redskins: Ryan Shazier, Linebacker, Ohio State
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: AJ McCarron, Quarterback, Alabama
4. Cleveland Browns: Ka'Deem Carey, Running Back, Arizona
5. Oakland Raiders: Antonio Richardson, Offensive Tackle, Tennessee
6. Atlanta Falcons: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tight End, Washington
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tajh Boyd, Quarterback, Clemson
8. Minnesota Vikings: Chris Smith, Defensive End, Arkansas
9. Buffalo Bills: Troy Niklas, Tight End, Notre Dame
10. Detroit Lions: Allen Robinson, Wide Receiver, Penn State
11. Tennessee Titans: Zach Mettenberger, Quarterback, LSU
12. New York Giants: Kyle Fuller, Cornerback, Virginia Tech
13. St. Louis Rams: Deone Bucannon, Safety, Washington State
14. Chicago Bears: Cyril Richardson, Guard, Baylor
15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jarvis Landry, Wide Receiver, LSU
16. Baltimore Ravens: Brandin Cooks, Wide Receiver, Oregon State
17. Dallas Cowboys: Marcus Roberson, Cornerback, Florida
18. New York Jets: Gabe Jackson, Guard, Mississippi State
19. Miami Dolphins: Will Sutton, Defensive Tackle, Arizona State
20. Arizona Cardinals: Carl Bradford, Linebacker, Arizona State
21. Green Bay Packers: Shayne Skov, Linebacker, Stanford
22. Philadelphia Eagles: Odell Beckham Jr., Wide Receiver, LSU
23. San Francisco 49ers (from Kansas City): Loucheiz Purifoy, Cornerback, Florida
24. Cincinnati Bengals: Dominique Easley, Defensive Tackle, Florida
25. San Diego Chargers: Zack Martin, Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame
26. Indianapolis Colts: Michael Sam, Linebacker, Missouri
27. New Orleans Saints: Joel Bitonio, Offensive Tackle, Nevada
28. Carolina Panthers: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Cornerback, Nebraska
29. New England Patriots: Trent Murphy, Defensive End, Stanford
30. San Francisco 49ers: Stephon Tuitt, Defensive End, Notre Dame
31. Denver Broncos: Jaylen Watkins, Cornerback, Florida
32. Seattle Seahawks: David Yankey, Guard, Stanford