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.
|33.||Texans||Jimmy Garoppolo||QB||Eastern Illinois|
|36.||Raiders||Louis Nix||DT||Notre Dame|
|37.||Falcons||Scott Crichton||DE||Oregon State|
|39.||Jaguars||Timmy Jernigan||DT||Florida State|
|41.||Bills||Jace Amaro||TE||Texas Tech|
|42.||Titans||Carlos Hyde||RB||Ohio State|
|44.||Rams||Lamarcus Joyner||CB||Florida State|
|47.||Cowboys||Stephon Tuitt||DT||Notre Dame|
|50.||Dolphins||Jack Mewhort||OT||Ohio State|
|51.||Bears||DaQuan Jones||DT||Penn State|
|53.||Packers||Demarcus Lawrence||DE||Boise State|
|55.||Bengals||Marcus Martin||C||Southern California|
|56.||49ers (from KC)||Carl Bradford||OLB||Arizona State|
|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
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:
Nine players left in green room for Friday night, including QB Jimmy Garoppolo, USC WR Marqise Lee, Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 9, 2014
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
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:
Also, any team wanting Marqise Lee better trade up to 33 or 34. Otherwise, he is going to be Johnny's new target.— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) May 9, 2014
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
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
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:
But Broncos do the smart thing and get Bradley Roby. Xavier Su’a Filo for the Seahawks?— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) May 9, 2014
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.
|66.||Redskins||Kyle Van Noy||OLB||Brigham Young|
|67.||Raiders||Allen Robinson||WR||Penn State|
|68.||Falcons||Terrence Brooks||FS||Florida State|
|71.||Browns||Andre Williams||RB||Boston College|
|73.||Bills||Jeremiah Attaochu||OLB||Georgia Tech|
|74.||Giants||Telvin Smith||OLB||Florida State|
|77.||49ers (from TEN)||Pierre Desir||CB||Lindenwood|
|80.||Jets||Dri Archer||WR||Kent State|
|81.||Dolphins||Derek Carr||QB||Fresno State|
|83.||Eagles* (from PIT)||Jared Abbrederis||WR||Wisconsin|
|86.||Eagles||Kelcy Quarles||DT||South Carolina|
|88.||Bengals||Will Sutton||DT||Arizona State|
|91.||Cardinals*||Charles Sims||RB||West Virginia|
|96.||Vikings (from SEA)||Lache Seastrunk||RB||Baylor|
|97.||Steelers||Jemea Thomas||CB||Georgia Tech|
|99.||Ravens||Antone Exum||CB||Virginia Tech|
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
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:
I really like Jeremy Hill. You gotta worry about some character flags, and he doesn't have great speed, but he's a Mack truck.— Matt Miller (@nfldraftscout) April 30, 2014
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
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
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.