After some of the most unpredictable results football fans could have imagined, Day 2 of the 2014 NFL draft (Rounds 3 and 4) is shaping up to be just as exciting as Day 1’s opening round.
With several top prospects like Fresno State’s Derek Carr, Alabama’s Cyrus Kouandjio and Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro all still available as the second round kicks off, there are several teams that could draft a game-changer in the second round.
Here are the full grades for every pick in the first round, the predictions for the top prospects in Round 2 and the player to watch for on Friday night.
|2014 NFL Draft Results and Grades|
|1||Houston Texans||Jadeveon Clowney||DE||South Carolina||A|
|2||St. Louis Rams||Greg Robinson||OT||Auburn||A|
|3||Jacksonville Jaguars||Blake Bortles||QB||UCF||C|
|4||Buffalo Bills||Sammy Watkins||WR||Clemson||B|
|5||Oakland Raiders||Khalil Mack||OLB||Buffalo||A|
|6||Atlanta Falcons||Jake Matthews||OT||Texas A&M||A|
|7||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Mike Evans||WR||Texas A&M||B|
|8||Cleveland Browns||Justin Gilbert||CB||Oklahoma State||B|
|9||Minnesota Vikings||Anthony Barr||OLB||UCLA||C|
|10||Detroit Lions||Eric Ebron||TE||North Carolina||B|
|11||Tennessee Titans||Taylor Lewan||OT||Michigan||C|
|12||New York Giants||Odell Beckham Jr.||WR||LSU||B|
|13||St. Louis Rams||Aaron Donald||DT||Pittsburgh||B|
|14||Chicago Bears||Kyle Fuller||CB||Virginia Tech||C|
|15||Pittsburgh Steelers||Ryan Shazier||OLB||Ohio State||C|
|16||Dallas Cowboys||Zack Martin||OL||Notre Dame||B|
|17||Baltimore Ravens||C.J. Mosley||ILB||Alabama||A|
|18||New York Jets||Calvin Pryor||S||Louisville||A|
|19||Miami Dolphins||Ja'Wuan James||OT||Tennessee||C|
|20||New Orleans Saints||Brandin Cooks||WR||Oregon State||A|
|21||Green Bay Packers||Ha Ha Clinton-Dix||S||Alabama||B|
|22||Cleveland Browns||Johnny Manziel||QB||Texas A&M||B|
|23||Kansas City Chiefs||Dee Ford||DE||Auburn||C|
|24||Cincinnati Bengals||Darqueze Dennard||CB||Michigan State||B|
|25||San Diego Chargers||Jason Verrett||CB||TCU||B|
|26||Philadelphia Eagles||Marcus Smith||OLB||Louisville||C|
|27||Arizona Cardinals||Deone Bucannon||S||Washington State||C|
|28||Carolina Panthers||Kelvin Benjamin||WR||Florida State||B|
|29||New England Patriots||Dominique Easley||DT||Florida||C|
|30||San Francisco 49ers||Jimmie Ward||S||Northern Illinois||B|
|31||Denver Broncos||Bradley Roby||CB||Ohio State||C|
|32||Minnesota Vikings||Teddy Bridgewater||QB||Louisville||C|
Here are the top 10 projected picks of the second round.
|Top 10 Second-Round Projections|
|Round 2 Pick||Overall Pick||Team||Player||Position||School|
|1||33||Houston Texans||Jimmy Garoppolo||QB||Eastern Illinois|
|2||34||Washington Redskins||Cyrus Kouandjio||OT||Alabama|
|3||35||Cleveland Browns||Kony Ealy||DE||Missouri|
|4||36||Oakland Raiders||Derek Carr||QB||Fresno State|
|5||37||Atlanta Falcons||Louis Nix III||NT||Notre Dame|
|6||38||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Joel Bitonio||OT||Nevada|
|7||39||Jacksonville Jaguars||Carlos Hyde||RB||Ohio State|
|8||40||Seattle Seahawks||Marqise Lee||WR||USC|
|9||41||Buffalo Bills||Jace Amaro||TE||Texas Tech|
|10||42||Tennessee Titans||Timmy Jernigan||DT||Florida State|
Prospect to Watch in Round 2: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
One of the biggest shocks of the first round was not a player that was picked, but a talented prospect that was not selected.
I’m talking about Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro
At 6’5” and 265 pounds, Amaro is a raw physical specimen who has the potential to be a star in the NFL. While he is a much better offensive weapon than a pass protector or run-blocker, his raw size and physical ability make growth in those roles inevitable.
There are several teams with major needs at tight end, including two top Super Bowl contenders in the Green Bay Packers and New England Patriots, and the fact that he has slipped this far will be a blessing for the franchise that eventually selects him.
After being passed by in the first round, Amaro made his feelings clear on Twitter:
During his 2013 season with Texas Tech, Amaro racked up an astounding 106 catches for 1,352 yards and seven touchdowns. But even with fellow tight end and North Carolina star Eric Ebron going at No. 10 overall, Amaro’s numbers weren’t enough to catapult him into the first round.
There are still plenty of teams with a need for an elite tight end, though, and there could be a frenzy early in the second round to trade up for the right to acquire him. According to Brian Costello of The New York Post, the New York Jets are one of the teams possibly considering moving up:
With teams waiting this long for Amaro, there is a serious chance his slide continues until the Buffalo Bills pick at No. 41 overall. The franchise has a serious need for viable tight ends who can help quarterback EJ Manuel develop, and the Texas Tech prospect is an ideal fit.
Add in Sammy Watkins, who Buffalo took at No. 4 overall, and the Bills would have a complete offensive overhaul in the ultra-competitve AFC East.
Predicted Landing Spot: Buffalo Bills (No. 41 overall)
*Stats via NFL.com.