2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated Outlook for Rounds 2 and 3

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2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated Outlook for Rounds 2 and 3
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Considering the 2014 draft class is often hailed as the best in recent memory, fans with draft fatigue after Day 1 of the 2014 NFL draft would be wise to tune in for Rounds 2 and 3 as top prospects have yet to hear their names called.

The trickle-down effect is in full force as prospects who would already have been off the board in recent years have yet to find pro homes.

Let's take a look at how Friday's two rounds will play out based on needs and value. Don't scoff at any pick, as it's not like the first round was predictable in any way.

 

Round 2

Pick Team Player Position School
33. Texans Jimmy Garoppolo QB Eastern Illinois
34. Redskins Ra'Shede Hageman DT Minnesota
35. Browns Marqise Lee WR USC
36. Raiders Louis Nix DT Notre Dame
37. Falcons Scott Crichton DE Oregon State
38. Buccaneers Tom Savage QB Pittsburgh
39. Jaguars Timmy Jernigan DT Florida State
40. Seahawks* Xavier Su'a-Filo OG UCLA
41. Bills Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech
42. Titans Carlos Hyde RB Ohio State
43. Giants Cyrus Kouandjio OT Alabama
44. Rams Lamarcus Joyner CB Florida State
45. Lions Joel Bitonio OG Nevada
46. Steelers Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt
47. Cowboys Stephon Tuitt DT Notre Dame
48. Ravens Morgan Moses OT Virginia
49. Jets Cody Latimer WR Indiana
50. Dolphins Jack Mewhort OT Ohio State
51. Bears DaQuan Jones DT Penn State
52. Cardinals Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington
53. Packers Demarcus Lawrence DE Boise State
54. Eagles Stanley Jean-Baptiste CB Nebraska
55. Bengals Marcus Martin C Southern California
56. 49ers (from KC) Carl Bradford OLB Arizona State
57. Chargers Ego Ferguson DT LSU
58. Saints Phillip Gaines CB Rice
59. Colts Bishop Sankey RB Washington
60. Panthers Donte Moncrief WR Ole Miss
61. 49ers Bruce Ellington WR South Carolina
62. Patriots *Troy Niklas TE Notre Dame
63. Broncos Gabe Jackson OG Mississippi State
64. Seahawks Davante Adams WR Fresno State

Note: An asterisk (*) indicates that a trade was made for the pick

 

33. Houston Texans: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois

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The brass in Houston can't be happy that Minnesota jumped back into the first round and stole Teddy Bridgewater, but the Texans can still kick things off the right way in the second round with a potential franchise quarterback.

As ESPN's Adam Schefter notes, Jimmy Garoppolo is just one name who has yet to hit the podium after a stacked first round:

Garoppolo is a bit of a project player, but his upside has to entice coach Bill O'Brien. He's an obvious choice at a position of need.

 

35. Cleveland Browns: Marqise Lee, WR, USC

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Marqise Lee is another name left in the green room, but he certainly won't last long.

As Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke points out, teams need to jump Cleveland before it's too late:

The Browns have a new franchise quarterback in Johnny Manziel, so it makes sense they finally add a complementary receiver across from Josh Gordon. It's predictable, but a necessary move to help a rookie quarterback.

 

38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh

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Tampa Bay elected to pass on the crop of quarterbacks near the start of the first round, but Lovie Smith surely understands that he can't get by with Josh McCown and Mike Glennon for very long.

Tom Savage is a nice developmental pick whose stock came on strong late in the draft process. He's worth a look as he can compete for the starting gig and also develop for a year if he loses out on the job.

There aren't a wealth of needs in Tampa Bay, so a potential franchise quarterback is not a horrific investment given the circumstances.

 

40. Seattle Seahawks: Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA

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This epitomizes why the Seattle Seahawks are Super Bowl champs.

Many, including Bryan Fischer of NFL.com, figured the Seahawks would have pulled the trigger on Xavier Su'a-Filo at the end of the first round:

Here we are anyway. Seattle trades down, gets more picks and still lands the mauling guard who provides an upgrade in the running game. Not bad.

 

42. Tennessee Titans: Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State

Some running back has to step up and be the first to come off the board this year, right?

Expect that to be Carlos Hyde as the Tennessee Titans look to fill the hole left in the backfield by Chris Johnson.

Hyde is a power runner who will do well behind the likes of first-round pick Taylor Lewan, which will in turn have a positive ripple effect on Jake Locker. Defense is also an option at No. 42, but helping Locker at this stage of his career has to take precedence.

 

Round 3

Pick Team Player Position School
65. Texans Tre Mason RB Auburn
66. Redskins Kyle Van Noy OLB Brigham Young
67. Raiders Allen Robinson WR Penn State
68. Falcons Terrence Brooks FS Florida State
69. Buccaneers Keith McGill CB Utah
70. Jaguars Jeremy Hill RB LSU
71. Browns Andre Williams RB Boston College
72. Vikings Jaylen Watkins CB Florida
73. Bills Jeremiah Attaochu OLB Georgia Tech
74. Giants Telvin Smith OLB Florida State
75. Rams Paul Richardson WR Colorado
76. Lions Antonio Richardson OT Tennessee
77. 49ers (from TEN) Pierre Desir CB Lindenwood
78. Cowboys Cameron Fleming OT Stanford
79. Ravens Caraun Reid DT Princeton
80. Jets Dri Archer WR Kent State
81. Dolphins Derek Carr QB Fresno State
82. Bears Trai Turner OG LSU
83. Eagles* (from PIT) Jared Abbrederis WR Wisconsin
84. Cardinals Cyril Richardson OG Baylor
85. Packers Chris Borland ILB Wisconsin
86. Eagles Kelcy Quarles DT South Carolina
87. Chiefs Walt Aikens CB Liberty
88. Bengals Will Sutton DT Arizona State
89. Chargers Travis Swanson C Arkansas
90. Colts Bashaud Breeland CB Clemson
91. Cardinals* Charles Sims RB West Virginia
92. Panthers Michael Schofield OT Michigan
93. Patriots Dakota Dozier OG Furman
94. 49ers Taylor Hart DE Oregon
95. Broncos Zach Mettenberger QB LSU
96. Vikings (from SEA) Lache Seastrunk RB Baylor
97. Steelers Jemea Thomas CB Georgia Tech
98. Packers David Yankey OG Stanford
99. Ravens Antone Exum CB Virginia Tech
100. 49ers E.J. Gaines CB Missouri

Note: An asterisk (*) indicates that a trade was made for the pick

 

65. Houston Texans: Tre Mason, RB, Auburn

While Houston added Andre Brown in free agency to complement Arian Foster, his health history is iffy and there is good value to start the third round in Tre Mason.

Mason is one of the draft's more explosive players and will easily gain significant playing time in spelling Foster. He's an adequate replacement for Ben Tate, which will make the life of whomever lines up under center much, much easier.

 

70. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU

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Jacksonville also has to find a new starting running back to take the pressure off of a rookie signal-caller.

To that end, the Jaguars can pull the trigger on Jeremy Hill, a forceful back who grinds for the violent yards between the tackles. Bleacher Report's Matt Miller provides an apt description:

Hill supplants Toby Gerhart right away. Yes, the situation was that dire.

 

75. St. Louis Rams: Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado

In this scenario, St. Louis elects to not address the wideout position early.

That's fine, as long as Jeff Fisher and Co. can find a bit of a diamond in the rough with a later pick.

The speedy Paul Richardson is available in the third round, and while he's quite similar to a couple of the players on the roster already, he's worth the gamble as yet another piece around Sam Bradford who helps to run the excuse well dry.

 

77. San Francisco 49ers (from TEN): Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood

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Yes, San Francisco adds multiple cornerbacks by design in this scenario.

That's what happens when a stacked roster set for contention adds a plethora of new pieces via the draft and the folks in charge understand that a passing league is best countered by—gasp—quality defensive backs.

Pierre Desir is a bit of a project, but his size at 6'1" and 198 pounds perfectly fits the mold of bigger corners that is sweeping the league. He doesn't have to play right away, but the pick may turn out to pay dividends down the line.

 

88. Cincinnati Bengals: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State

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The Cincinnati Bengals don't have a glaring need and can continue to build for the future in the third round, which seems the perfect spot to grab up one of the draft's most underrated players.

Will Sutton is a monster on the interior in all facets, although weight concerns have been a consistent question mark. 

Regardless, the Bengals need some depth. Geno Atkins is coming off an injury and Domata Peko is getting up there in age. That's not to mention Devon Still and Brandon Thompson have done little consistently to suggest they can handle the load alone if necessary.

 

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