The first-rounders get the press, but the guys who come later who deliver you a Lombardi Trophy.
The Seattle Seahawks are a perfect example. Russell Wilson was a third-rounder. Richard Sherman and Kam Chancellor both went in the fifth. Malcolm Smith, who was the MVP of Super Bowl XLVIII, went in the seventh.
They all helped to supplement first-rounders Earl Thomas, Russell Okung and Marshawn Lynch.
It's impossible to say what the future holds for the players selected on Day 2 of the 2014 NFL draft, but it's safe to reach a conclusion that plenty of potential Pro Bowlers and possibly an MVP or two found new homes in Rounds 2 and 3.
Here's a look at how each team has performed so far.
|Arizona Cardinals||(27) Deone Bucannon, SS; (52) Troy Niklas, TE; (84) Kareem Martin, DE; (91) John Brown, WR||Seemed to address most needs, but value a bit questionable. Bucannon, especially, feels like a reach.||B-|
|Atlanta Falcons||(6) Jake Matthews, OT; (37) Ra'Shede Hageman, DT; (68) Dezmen Southward, FS||Great pick with Matthews. Most NFL-ready player in draft. Hageman has loads of potential. Worth the risk in 2nd round.||A-|
|Baltimore Ravens||(17) C.J. Mosley, ILB; (48) Timmy Jernigan, DT; (79) Terrence Brooks, FS; (99) Crockett Gillmore, TE||Really like the Mosley pick. Gives Ravens much-needed ILB. If he can be consistent, Jernigan is a steal in the 2nd.||B+|
|Buffalo Bills||(4) Sammy Watkins, WR; (44) Cyrus Kouandjio, OT; (73) Preston Brown, ILB||Paid a king's ransom for Watkins. Might not be worth it. Grabbing Kouandjio boosts the grade.||B-|
|Carolina Panthers||(28) Kelvin Benjamin, WR; (60) Kony Ealy, DE; (92) Trai Turner, OG||Taking Benjamin seems like wrong pick, especially with Marqise Lee still there. Ealy could become good player, but Panthers should've look to other positions.||C+|
|Chicago Bears||(14) Kyle Fuller, CB; (51) Ego Ferguson, DT; (82) Will Sutton, DT||Like Fuller, just not at 14. Same with Ferguson. Bears addressed some needs but may have sacrificed value.||C+|
|Cincinnati Bengals||(24) Darqueze Dennard, CB; (55) Jeremy Hill, RB; (88) Will Clarke, DE||Love Dennard selection. Gives Bengals CB they desperately need. Cincy lost a lot of points with Hill pick. Understand the need for RB, but why not Carlos Hyde?||B|
|Cleveland Browns||(8) Justin Gilbert, CB; (22) Johnny Manziel, QB; (35) Joel Bitonio, OT; (71) Christian Kirksey, OLB; (94) Terrance West, RB||Great Day 1. So-so Day 2. How the Browns didn't draft WR after Josh Gordon news is anybody's guess.||B+|
|Dallas Cowboys||(16) Zack Martin, OT; (34) Demarcus Lawrence, DE||Martin helps out on O-line, but went a little earlier than expected. Lawrence is pass-rusher Cowboys need. Good value despite lower volume.||B-|
|Denver Broncos||(31) Bradley Roby, CB; (56) Cody Latimer, WR; (95) Michael Schofield, OT||At 31, Roby is worth taking. Might flame out, might work. Either way, worth it to see for Denver. Drafting Latimer was also shrewd move.||A|
|Detroit Lions||(10) Eric Ebron, TE; (40) Kyle Van Noy, OLB; (76) Travis Swanson, C||Ebron makes Detroit passing game that much better. Van Noy offers good value. Why didn't Lions look at CB, though?||B|
|Green Bay Packers||(21) Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS; (53) Davante Adams, WR; (85) Khyri Thornton, DT; (98) Richard Rodgers, TE||First three picks were great for Green Bay. Clinton-Dix is best safety in the draft; Adams is like-for-like replacement for James Jones; Thornton long-term replacement for B.J. Raji.||A-|
|Houston Texans||(1) Jadeveon Clowney, DE; (33) Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG; (65) C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE; (83) Louis Nix, DT||Clowney, Su'a-Filo and Nix were all great picks. Despite grabbing Clowney, Nix might actually be most bang for buck.||A+|
|Indianapolis Colts||(59) Jack Mewhort, OG; (90) Donte Moncrief, WR||No first-rounder, and Colts didn't do much with what they had.||C|
|Jacksonville Jaguars||(3) Blake Bortles, QB; (39) Marqise Lee, WR; (61) Allen Robinson, WR; (93) Brandon Linder, OG||Bortles is big risk. Can see adding one WR, but two back-to-back WRs seems like overkill when other areas needed addressed.||C|
|Kansas City Chiefs||(23) Dee Ford, DE; (87) Phillip Gaines, CB||Not sure if I like Ford pick. Seems like Chiefs had DE covered for now. Like Gaines. So fast that he's worth gamble.||B-|
|Miami Dolphins||(19) Ja'Wuan James, OT; (63) Jarvis Landry, WR; (67) Billy Turner, OT||Dolphins reached for picks. James and Landry could've gone round later than they were drafted.||C+|
|Minnesota Vikings||(9) Anthony Barr, OLB; (32) Teddy Bridgewater, QB; (72) Scott Crichton, DE; (96) Jerick McKinnon, RB||Not a fan of taking Barr at No. 9. Great athlete, but that doesn't always translate to being a great pass-rusher. Getting Bridgewater makes up for that in spades. Best QB in draft, and Minnesota grabbed him at 32.||B+|
|New England Patriots||(29) Dominique Easley, DT; (62) Jimmy Garoppolo||Whether or not Jimmy Garoppolo is the long-term replacement for Tom Brady, he at least gives New England possible trade chip down the road.||B|
|New Orleans Saints||(20) Brandin Cooks, WR; (58) Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB||Proof that you don't need ton of picks to do well. Cooks should thrive in NO, while Jean-Baptiste was smart risk at 58.||A-|
|New York Giants||(12) Odell Beckham, WR; (43) Weston Richburg, C; (74) Jay Bromley, DT||Giants addressed some needs, but they settled for less than they should've gotten back.||C+|
|New York Jets||(18) Calvin Pryor, FS; (49) Jace Amaro, TE; (80) Dexter McDougle, CB||Knocked Pryor and Amaro picks out of the park. Grabbed one of best safeties and one of best TEs.||B+|
|Oakland Raiders||(5) Khalil Mack, OLB; (36) Derek Carr, QB; (81) Gabe Jackson, OG||Mack was a steal, even at 5, while Carr might give Oakland franchise QB it so sorely needs.||A-|
|Philadelphia Eagles||(26) Marcus Smith, DE; (42) Jordan Matthews, WR; (86) Josh Huff, WR||Smith was a surprise. Eagles could've done better. Philly did well with two WRs to help passing game.||B-|
|Pittsburgh Steelers||(15) Ryan Shazier, OLB; (46) Stephon Tuitt, DE; (97) Dri Archer, RB||Drafted good players but not sure if Steelers did enough to address pass defense.||B-|
|San Diego Chargers||(25) Jason Verrett, CB; (50) Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB; (89) Chris Watt, OG||Verrett is really underrated. San Diego did great to get him at 25. Not a standout corner but will be really good for a long time.||B+|
|San Francisco 49ers||(30) Jimmie Ward, SS; (57) Carlos Hyde, RB; (70) Marcus Martin, C; (77) Chris Borland, ILB; (100) Brandon Thomas||Niners may not have drafted for need, but they added a ton of value. Marcus Martin could've gone two rounds earlier and few would've complained.||A|
|Seattle Seahawks||(45) Paul Richardson, WR; (64) Justin Britt, OT||Seahawks are the Super Bowl champs. Don't have to nail draft right now.||B-|
|St. Louis Rams||(2) Greg Robinson, OT; (13) Aaron Donald, DT; (41) Lamarcus Joyner, CB; (75) Tre Mason, RB||Day 1 makes this draft for Rams. Getting Robinson and Donald must have been dream scenario.||A|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||(7) Mike Evans, WR; (38) Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE; (69) Charles Sims, RB||Bucs did a lot to upgrade offense. Evans was great pick, and Seferian-Jenkins could become a beast at TE.||A-|
|Tennessee Titans||(11) Taylor Lewan, OT; (54) Bishop Sankey, RB||Sankey can help to replace Chris Johnson. Not like-for-like, but a much more consistent runner.||B-|
|Washington Redskins||(47) Trent Murphy, OLB; (66) Morgan Moses, OT; (78) Spencer Long, OG||Murphy seemed like a reach, undoing what was such good work by getting Morgan Moses at 66.||C+|
Selections via NFL.com
The four players below are arguably the best from Day 2 in terms of value and filling a need on their new teams.
Day 2 Best Draft Picks
No. 36. Oakland Raiders: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
It's not often that you can get the player you believe to be the best quarterback in the draft in the second round. That's what happened for the Oakland Raiders after they snapped up Derek Carr:
Oakland had Derek Carr as its top-rated QB...— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 9, 2014
The cherry on top for Raiders fans is how much Carr spoke about his desire to play in Oakland, per the team's official website:
Oh my gosh, it means everything. I am so happy. My uncle [Lon Boyett] was a Raider. I can’t remember when off the top of my head right now, but he was a tight end for the Raiders when Coach [John] Madden was the coach. So, it’s been in my blood for awhile. Especially being in the valley, being from Fresno, there are definitely a lot of Raider fans that I run into.
Carr certainly comes with question marks, as few Fresno State quarterbacks have made the transition to the NFL. His accuracy on deeper throws is also lacking.
Regardless, the Raiders couldn't have asked for much more after having Khalil Mack fall into their laps in the first round. Carr has a great arm, and the presence of the recently acquired Matt Schaub will allow him to ease into the league.
No. 49. New York Jets: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
We're clearly living in some alternate dimension in which the Oakland Raiders and New York Jets know what they're doing in the NFL draft.
A wide receiver would've been ideal here for the Jets, but instead of reaching for somebody, they went with Jace Amaro, who's pretty much like a wideout anyway. Geno Smith and Michael Vick couldn't have gone into next season without an added target in the passing game, and that's exactly what the Jets gave them.
Both head coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik were pleased to have added Amaro, per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News:
John Idzik on Jace Amaro: "He should have an impact on our passing game.No doubt." #nyj— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) May 10, 2014
Rex Ryan on Cumberland-Amaro TE combo: "We have some matchup issues (for opponents) with some people. We're really excited about it." #nyj— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) May 10, 2014
While Amaro won't do much in terms of blocking, he's a tremendous pass-catcher. When was the last time Jimmy Graham blocked anybody?
No. 70: San Francisco 49ers: Marcus Martin, C, USC
San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke isn't wasting any time setting the bar high for Marcus Martin. He said the rookie will head into training camp vying for the starting center position, per Cam Inman of the Bay Area News group:
Baalke said Marcus Martin will begin 49ers career competing for starting center spot— Cam Inman (@CamInman) May 10, 2014
Martin is a fantastic blocker who flourished once he was moved to center. He can handle bull rushes very well and excels in pass protection.
In the third round, you hope to grab somebody who might contribute in a year or two, maybe spell your starters every now and then.
To have gotten somebody of Martin's quality was highway robbery for the 49ers. How do they keep doing this year after year?
No. 83: Houston Texans: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
While Louis Nix won't be happy to have fallen into the third round, he couldn't have hoped for much more in terms of his final destination. Putting he, Jadeveon Clowney and J.J. Watt together gives the Houston Texans one heck of a front seven.
The Texans, meanwhile, grab a player who could've easily gone in the first round. Few teams have as high of a ceiling with their defensive line. Of course, it could blow up in Houston's face just as easily:
...and this is a heck of spot to get Nix by the #Texans. Boom-bust D-line potential is amazing.— Michael Tanier (@MikeTanier) May 10, 2014
There were some games where Nix looked to have checked out mentally. If he can remain consistent in Houston, he could be a force on the interior of that line.
No matter how the Texans defense ends up this year, it will be a lot of fun to watch.