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

May 8, 2014; New York, NY, USA;   Jimmy Garoppolo (Eastern Illinois) poses for a photo during the NFL Draft red carpet arrivals at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
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Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistMay 9, 2014

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 GaroppoloQBEastern Illinois
34. Redskins Ra'Shede HagemanDTMinnesota
35. Browns Marqise LeeWRUSC
36. Raiders Louis NixDTNotre Dame
37. Falcons Scott CrichtonDEOregon State
38. Buccaneers Tom SavageQBPittsburgh
39. Jaguars Timmy JerniganDTFlorida State
40. Seahawks* Xavier Su'a-FiloOGUCLA
41. Bills Jace AmaroTETexas Tech
42. Titans Carlos HydeRBOhio State
43. Giants Cyrus KouandjioOTAlabama
44. Rams Lamarcus JoynerCBFlorida State
45. Lions Joel BitonioOGNevada
46. Steelers Jordan MatthewsWRVanderbilt
47. Cowboys Stephon TuittDTNotre Dame
48. Ravens Morgan MosesOTVirginia
49. Jets Cody LatimerWRIndiana
50. Dolphins Jack MewhortOTOhio State
51. Bears DaQuan JonesDTPenn State
52. Cardinals Austin Seferian-JenkinsTEWashington
53. Packers Demarcus LawrenceDEBoise State
54. Eagles Stanley Jean-BaptisteCBNebraska
55. Bengals Marcus MartinCSouthern California
56. 49ers (from KC) Carl BradfordOLBArizona State
57. Chargers Ego FergusonDTLSU
58. Saints Phillip GainesCBRice
59. Colts Bishop SankeyRBWashington
60. Panthers Donte MoncriefWROle Miss
61. 49ers Bruce EllingtonWRSouth Carolina
62. Patriots *Troy NiklasTENotre Dame
63. Broncos Gabe JacksonOGMississippi State
64. Seahawks Davante AdamsWRFresno State
Note: An asterisk (*) indicates that a trade was made for the pick

 

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

Dec 13, 2013; Charleston, IL, USA; Eastern Illinois Panthers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) throws the ball during the fourth quarter against the Towson Tigers at O'Brien Field. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports
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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

Dec 26, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Pittsburgh Panthers quarterback Tom Savage (7) during the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl against the Bowling Green Falcons at Ford Field. Pittsburgh Panthers defeated Bowling Green Falcons 30-27. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-U
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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 MasonRBAuburn
66. Redskins Kyle Van NoyOLBBrigham Young
67. Raiders Allen RobinsonWRPenn State
68. Falcons Terrence BrooksFSFlorida State
69. Buccaneers Keith McGillCBUtah
70. Jaguars Jeremy HillRBLSU
71. Browns Andre WilliamsRBBoston College
72. Vikings Jaylen WatkinsCBFlorida
73. Bills Jeremiah AttaochuOLBGeorgia Tech
74. Giants Telvin SmithOLBFlorida State
75. Rams Paul RichardsonWRColorado
76. Lions Antonio RichardsonOTTennessee
77. 49ers (from TEN) Pierre DesirCBLindenwood
78. Cowboys Cameron FlemingOTStanford
79. Ravens Caraun ReidDTPrinceton
80. Jets Dri ArcherWRKent State
81. Dolphins Derek CarrQBFresno State
82. Bears Trai TurnerOGLSU
83. Eagles* (from PIT) Jared AbbrederisWRWisconsin
84. Cardinals Cyril RichardsonOGBaylor
85. Packers Chris BorlandILBWisconsin
86. Eagles Kelcy QuarlesDTSouth Carolina
87. Chiefs Walt AikensCBLiberty
88. Bengals Will SuttonDTArizona State
89. Chargers Travis SwansonCArkansas
90. Colts Bashaud BreelandCBClemson
91. Cardinals* Charles SimsRBWest Virginia
92. Panthers Michael SchofieldOTMichigan
93. Patriots Dakota DozierOGFurman
94. 49ers Taylor HartDEOregon
95. Broncos Zach MettenbergerQBLSU
96. Vikings (from SEA) Lache SeastrunkRBBaylor
97. Steelers Jemea ThomasCBGeorgia Tech
98. Packers David YankeyOGStanford
99. Ravens Antone ExumCBVirginia Tech
100. 49ers E.J. GainesCBMissouri
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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