NFL Mock Draft 2014: Team-by-Team Predictions for Rounds 2 and 3

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NFL Mock Draft 2014: Team-by-Team Predictions for Rounds 2 and 3
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Day 1 of the 2014 NFL draft is now in the books, but teams looking to build a Super Bowl contender know hitting on their picks in Rounds 2 and 3 is just as important on Day 2. 

While the first round is generally filled with the draft's biggest names and playmakers, the second and third round still present teams with the opportunity to acquire future Pro Bowlers. Playmakers on both sides of the ball—such as Pro Bowlers LeSean McCoy and T.J. Ward—have been taken in the second round of the draft before going on to highly productive careers. 

After an action-packed first round in Radio City Music Hall, here's a full list of predictions for every team in the second round:

 

Round 2 Mock Draft
Pick Team Player Position School
33. Texans Derek Carr QB Fresno State
34. Redskins Cyrus Kouandjio OT Alabama
35. Browns Cody Latimer WR Indiana
36. Raiders Marqise Lee WR USC
37. Falcons Kony Ealy DE/OLB Missouri
38. Buccaneers Xavier Su'a-Filo OG UCLA
39. Jaguars Joel Bitonio OG/OT Nevada
40. Seahawks (from MIN) Ra'Shede Hageman DT Minnesota
41. Bills Morgan Moses OT Virginia
42. Titans Demarcus Lawrence DE Boise State
43. Giants Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech
44. Rams Allen Robinson WR Penn State
45. Lions Scott Crichton DE Oregon State
46. Steelers Louis Nix III DT Notre Dame
47. Cowboys Timmy Jernigan DT Florida State
48. Ravens Stephon Tuitt DT/DE Notre Dame
49. Jets Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt
50. Dolphins Lamarcus Joyner CB/S Florida State
51. Bears Marcus Martin OC USC
52. Cardinals Zach Mettenberger QB LSU
53. Packers Austin Seferian-Jenkins TE Washington
54. Eagles Kyle Van Noy OLB BYU
55. Bengals Carl Bradford OLB Arizona State
56. 49ers (from KC) Jeremiah Attaochu OLB Georgia Tech
57. Chargers Billy Turner OG/OT North Dakota State
58. Saints Weston Richburg OC Colorado State
59. Colts Gabe Jackson OG Mississippi State
60. Panthers Jack Mewhort OT Ohio State
61. 49ers Donte Moncrief WR Ole Miss
62. Patriots Trai Turner OG LSU
63. Broncos Pierre Desir CB Lindenwood
64. Seahawks Antonio Richardson OT Tennessee

 

Round 2 Highlights

Houston Fans Experience Deja Vu All Over Again

A quarterback wearing "Carr" on the back of his jersey won't be a new sight for Texans fans. Most would rather forget the David Carr era, but taking a shot on his younger brother Derek is something that makes some level of sense. 

The younger extension of the Carr family arguably has the best arm in the draft and was highly productive as a starter for Fresno State. 

Questions over his ability to handle pressure in the pocket to deliver a strike remain, but after securing Jadeveon Clowney with the first overall selection, the Texans would be best suited at least attempting to find a starting-caliber quarterback. 

 

Atlanta Becomes a Big Winner With Investment in Front Seven

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In the first round, the Atlanta Falcons grabbed one of the safest picks in the first round in Jake Matthews. He'll offer a consistent and solid presence at whichever tackle spot the Falcons want to plug him in. What they missed out on, though, was a pass-rusher. 

Fortunately for Atlanta in this scenario, a first-round talent slips through the cracks and into their hands in the second round. Kony Ealy is the kind of explosive pass-rusher who can carve out a role on defense right away. He has the versatility to help out as a defensive end or rush linebacker in the Falcons' multiple scheme. 

With two immediate contributors in the trenches on both sides of the ball, it would be hard to deny that the Falcons came away with a strong start to their draft haul. 

 

Timmy Jernigan's Free-Fall Ends in Dallas

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After a successful final season at Florida State that ended in a national championship, defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan had earned speculation that he could be a first-round pick. However, a failed drug test at the combine in February put a damper on those talks in the lead-up to the draft. 

Still, Jernigan is one of the most explosive defensive tackles in the draft. His disruptive ability would be ideal for the Cowboys' 4-3 alignment and head coach Jason Garrett told The Dallas Morning News that the team will assess things like failed drug tests on a "case-by-case basis":

“You always try to evaluate all of that personal stuff on a case-by-case basis,” Garrett said. “Our scouts do a great job of going through what the player is all about, where he came from, his upbringing, his family life, any off-the-field issues or instances, and we go through it and we make a decision on where that player should fit or could fit into our program."

Failing a drug test at the combine is about as boneheaded a move as you'll see. But given Jernigan's talent level, someone will look past it sooner or later. The Cowboys needs up front make them a likely candidate. 

 

Arizona Puts Its Future in Zach Mettenberger's Hands

There was a lot of speculation that the Arizona Cardinals could be in play if Teddy Bridgewater or Johnny Manziel slid all the way to 20 on draft night. Both of them did and the Cardinals didn't bat an eyelash. Instead, they actually traded down with the Saints and took hard-hitting Deone Bucannon. 

That doesn't mean they've given up on finding the signal-caller of the future, though. Bruce Arians has worked with Carson Palmer, Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck and Ben Roethlisberger during his career. All four of those quarterbacks have varying degrees of athleticism, but are big-bodied quarterbacks with great arms. 

That means the quarterback whisperer is just the right guy to groom the 6'5", 225-pound heavy-footed Mettenberger into a viable NFL starter. 

 

49ers Continue to Build Defense with Jeremiah Attaochu

The 49ers have become an annual contender during the Jim Harbaugh era for their ability to get after the quarterback. However, that trend hit a wall last season as the Niners ranked just 18th in the league in sacks. 

This should lead to an early investment in the pass rush from the team that went safety in the first round. Matt Miller of Bleacher Report has identified Attaochu as someone with excellent upside:

It stands to reason that the Niners are thinking the same thing when watching Attaochu's film from Georgia Tech. 

 

Round 3 Mock Draft
Pick Team Player Position School
65. Texans DaQuan Jones DT/DE Penn State
66. Redskins Cyril Richardson OG Baylor
67. Raiders Jimmy Garoppolo QB Eastern Illinois
68. Falcons Troy Niklas TE Notre Dame
69. Buccaneers Telvin Smith OLB Florida State
70. Jaguars Kareem Martin DE North Carolina
71. Browns Carlos Hyde RB Ohio State
72. Vikings Davante Adams WR Fresno State
73. Bills C.J. Fiedorowicz TE Iowa
74. Giants Dakota Dozier OG Furman
75. Rams Bishop Sankey RB Washington
76. Lions Terrence Brooks FS Florida State
77. 49ers (from TEN) Phillip Gaines CB Rice
78. Cowboys Stanley Jean-Baptiste CB Nebraska
79. Ravens Tre Mason RB Auburn
80. Jets Chris Borland ILB Wisconsin
81. Dolphins David Yankey OG Stanford
82. Bears Jarvis Landry WR LSU
83. Eagles* (from PIT) Keith McGill CB Utah
84. Cardinals Cameron Fleming OT Stanford
85. Packers Jaylen Watkins CB Florida
86. Eagles Ego Ferguson DT LSU
87. Chiefs Tom Savage QB Pitt
88. Bengals Will Sutton DT Arizona State
89. Chargers Caraun Reid DT Princeton
90. Colts Marcus Roberson CB Florida
91. Cardinals* Martavis Bryant WR Clemson
92. Panthers Paul Richardson WR Colorado
93. Patriots Crockett Gillmore TE Colorado State
94. 49ers Travis Swanson OC Arkansas
95. Broncos Jeremy Hill RB LSU
96. Vikings (from SEA) Walt Aikens CB Liberty
97. Steelers Will Clarke DE West Virginia
98. Packers Bashaud Breeland CB Clemson
99. Ravens Dri Archer RB/WR Kent State
100. 49ers Shayne Skov ILB Stanford

Round 3 Highlights

Raiders Patience Rewarded with Garoppolo

The Oakland Raiders entered the draft as a team that most felt needed a quarterback. They didn't let that keep them from choosing the best player available in Khalil Mack in Round 1, though. 

That's the kind of patience that will be rewarded if Garoppolo does, in fact, fall into their laps in the third round. Don't let his small-school pedigree fool you—he's already drawing comparisons to a fellow Eastern Illinois alum, per Rich Cimini of ESPN:

Yes, Matt Schaub has been brought on to start for the Silver and Black right now, but Garoppolo could be the future. 

 

Browns Hype Continues to Swell with Hyde

The Browns ensured they'd be the most-talked-about team in the NFL by taking Johnny Manziel at No. 22 in the first round. Now they could add to that flash by taking Ohio State product Carlos Hyde in the third. 

Hyde's size and speed combination made him a wrecking ball of a back in college. With the oft-injured Ben Tate representing the Browns' only proven commodity at running back, it makes some sense that they will add another weapon in the backfield. 

Between Hyde's ability to break tackles and Manziel's theatrics the Browns will definitely see an increase in their time on SportsCenter. Even if it doesn't equate to any increase in the standings. 

 

Ravens Find Ray Rice's Successor in Tre Mason

At 5'8", 208 pounds, Tre Mason is built like a bowling ball. With 4.5 speed and the downhill running of a traditional power back, he has the tools to hit a home run every time he touches the ball.

For Ravens fans, all this should sound familiar. It is nearly identical to a description of Ray Rice—back when Ray Rice was one of the game's best backs, of course. The former Rutgers star is coming off a disappointing season in which he averaged just 3.1 yards per carry.

That opens the door for the Ravens to find a running mate for up-and-comer Bernard Pierce. Mason fits the bill and should give the Ravens a formidable stable going forward.

 

Patriots Find Their Tight End in Gillmore

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Jace Amaro has been a popular pick for the New England Patriots in mock drafts. After all, he's the kind of athletic tight end that most figured would pair nicely with Rob Gronkowski and liven up the Patriots offense.

After passing on the Texas Tech product in the first round, it's tough to see the Patriots taking him now.

What they may opt for is Crockett Gillmore. At 6'6", 260 pounds, Gillmore possesses a similar frame and shows a knack for high-pointing the ball in the air. Those receiving abilities would come in handy as the Patriots look for the flexibility on offense they once had.

 

Ravens Go Offense Again with Do-It-All Dri Archer

Dri Archer may be listed as a running back, but he's far from the traditional bruiser that Mason would be for the team. With 4.26 speed, he's the kind of player who can be successful however you get him the ball. 

The Ravens are in a position to go with the best available player on the board and it just might be Archer here. With his ability to make plays in space, he's reminiscent of Darren Sproles. Except faster. Just think about that. 

The Ravens offense was absolutely stagnant last year with few dynamic weapons for Joe Flacco to work with. That would come to an end here. 

With starting-caliber players to be found in both the second and third round, fans will want to continue to monitor the draft well into Friday night. You could be watching your team take their next pro bowler. 

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