The first round of the NFL draft featured plenty of excitement along with good and bad decisions from each team. However, this event is just getting started.
Everyone gets excited about the first round of the draft, but it is Day 2 and Day 3 that really decide how well a team did at improving the roster. The second round especially features plenty of stars who will make an early impact with their new teams.
While there will likely be even more trades than the first round due to the fact that the cost is lower to move up, here is a prediction for what each team will do in the next 32 picks.
|33||Houston Texans||Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State|
|34||Washington Redskins||Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice|
|35||Cleveland Browns||Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State|
|36||Oakland Raiders||Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois|
|37||Atlanta Falcons||Kony Ealy, OLB, Missouri|
|38||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Xavier Su'a-Filo, G, UCLA|
|39||Jacksonville Jaguars||Marqise Lee, WR, USC|
|40||Seattle Seahawks (from Minnesota)||Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State|
|41||Buffalo Bills||Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia|
|42||Tennessee Titans||Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood|
|43||New York Giants||Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State|
|44||St. Louis Rams||Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana|
|45||Detroit Lions||Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU|
|46||Pittsburgh Steelers||Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt|
|47||Dallas Cowboys||Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame|
|48||Baltimore Ravens||Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama|
|49||New York Jets||Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech|
|50||Miami Dolphins||Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin|
|51||Chicago Bears||Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota|
|52||Arizona Cardinals||Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh|
|53||Green Bay Packers||Marcus Martin, C, USC|
|54||Philadelphia Eagles||Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State|
|55||Cincinnati Bengals||Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State|
|56||San Francisco 49ers (from Kansas City)||Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson|
|57||San Diego Chargers||Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State|
|58||New Orleans Saints||Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State|
|59||Indianapolis Colts||Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington|
|60||Carolina Panthers||Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee|
|61||San Francisco 49ers||Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska|
|62||New England Patriots||Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington|
|63||Denver Broncos||Yawin Smallwood, ILB, Connecticut|
|64||Seattle Seahawks||Joel Bitonio, G, Nevada|
Most Intriguing Picks
No. 33 Houston Texans: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
Selecting Jadeveon Clowney with the first pick will end up being a smart move when he causes havoc on opposing offenses, but that does not take away from the fact that the Texans are in need of a quarterback.
While Houston would have likely preferred to get Teddy Bridgewater, the Minnesota Vikings swooped in at No. 32 and got the Louisville star. This leaves the Texans to get the next best available in Derek Carr.
According to Albert Breer of NFL.com, this is not necessarily a bad thing:
There are teams that had Derek Carr as the No. 1 QB in the draft. I've heard Jay Cutler comparisons. Fascinating, with Texans there at 33.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 9, 2014
Of course, the obvious thing people will point out is the fact that Derek's brother, David, was a major disappointment after being taken by the Texans in 2002.
However, ESPN's Michael Smith notes that the team will be getting much better value this time:
If the Texans take Derek with the first pick of the second round they'd be stealing a Carr this time around.— Michael Smith (@michaelsmith) May 9, 2014
The organization has to be able to look past the name and see a talented quarterback who can help the squad win games.
No. 35 Cleveland Browns: Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State
The Browns have to be satisfied with their first round, bringing in two explosive athletes and high-upside players in Justin Gilbert and Johnny Manziel. At the very least, the latter is going to sell plenty of tickets.
Still, the draft can get even better if the squad adds another impact player on the offense, namely running back Carlos Hyde.
The Ohio State star is considered by many to be the best running back in the class due to his size (6'0", 230 lbs) and his ability to run through contact. He also has already expressed interest in helping the Browns, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
Yeah, I think I can help the Browns with their running game. I had a chance to watch a couple of the Browns games. Being at Ohio State, you see their games all the time. There was some games they struggled real bad running the ball, and in order to be successful in the league you have to run the ball. I feel like I can definitely help them out.
Considering the Browns do not have a legitimate starter in place and Hyde can contribute immediately, this seems to be a perfect match.
No. 42 Tennessee Titans: Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood
The Titans lost talented cornerback Alterraun Verner this offseason to free agency, and replacing him should be high on the list in this draft.
Fortunately, Pierre Desir falls to them in this scenario as one of the top sleepers in the entire class. The Lindenwood product has not seen much action against top competition, but he has all the skills to succeed in the NFL.
He has good size at 6'1" and the physicality necessary to handle bigger receivers at the next level. Additionally, he has impressed almost everyone during interviews, including Doug Farrar of Sports Illustrated:
I like Pierre Desir just on tape. After talking with him? Total draft mancrush. Humble, hungry person who's been through a LOT.— SI_DougFarrar (@SI_DougFarrar) May 2, 2014
If he is still on the board when the Titans are picking, this should be an easy selection for the front office.
No. 49 New York Jets: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
New York went defense with the first pick, grabbing hard-hitting safety Calvin Pryor. However, defense was not really the problem for the Jets last season.
With the next selection, the squad has to make sure it drafts someone who can help out offensively. Quarterback Geno Smith struggled last season, but he did not have much of an opportunity to succeed without weapons around him.
Jace Amaro could be that weapon after an extremely productive season at Texas Tech. He is a natural pass-catcher and can use his size to make plays across the middle of the field and in the end zone.
Brian Costello of the New York Post feels the fit is so good that the team might move up to make the pick:
I think the Jets take Texas Tech TE Jace Amaro tonight in Round 2. They may have to move up to get him. #nyj— Brian Costello (@BrianCoz) May 9, 2014
No matter where he is taken, this would be a huge addition for an offense in need of help.
No. 61 San Francisco 49ers: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska
After losing to the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC title game, the 49ers are likely to take some of the strategies from their biggest rival. In this case, it will be drafting big cornerbacks who can be shut-down players at the next level.
Stanley Jean-Baptiste fits that description after coming in at 6'3". While he does not have great speed, he knows how to make plays on the ball in the air.
Peter Schrager of Fox Sports thought he could climb all the way into the first round:
Stanley Jean-Baptiste, the corner out of Nebraska, is a fascinating prospect. 6'3, 220. Teams want the next Sherman now. Could go Day 1.— P. Schrager (@PSchrags) April 24, 2014
While the cornerback is still on the board heading into Day 2, it would be a perfect match for the 49ers who will fill its biggest need after grabbing a receiver a few picks earlier.
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