NFL Draft Results 2014: Round 1 Grades and Prospect Predictions for Day 2

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistMay 9, 2014

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 16:  Jace Amaro #22 of the Texas Tech Red Raiders celebrates a touchdown against the Baylor Bears at AT&T Stadium on November 16, 2013 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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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
Pick Team Player Position School Grade
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)


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