Friday featured two times the picks and thus two times the surprises in the 2014 NFL draft.
While the second and third rounds don't garner anywhere near the attention of the first round, plenty of big players had to wait until Day 2 to hear their names called.
One of the most notable picks came early in the second round. The Oakland Raiders selected Derek Carr to try to become the team's first franchise quarterback since Rich Gannon retired. The Raiders' recent history of acquiring QBs is pretty poor, so Carr has that working against him:
Since '11, the Raiders have used draft picks (inc. trades) to acquire QBs C. Palmer, T. Pryor, T. Wilson, M. Flynn, M. Schaub and now D.Carr— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 9, 2014
Former Cleveland Browns general manager Phil Savage thinks Carr will work out great for Oakland:
Carr gets a chance to stay close to "home" and work behind scenes as a backup to Matt Schaub. Crisp arm and 4.65 forty = QB coach dream.— Phil Savage (@SeniorBowlPhil) May 9, 2014
Although the former Fresno State signal-caller is stuck behind Matt Schaub for 2014, that could serve as a benefit in the long term, as Carr can spend a year learning the team's playbook and getting used to the NFL.
Another quarterback who won't see the field anytime soon is Jimmy Garoppolo, who was selected by the New England Patriots with the 62nd pick.
Not since Drew Bledsoe in 1993 have the Pats taken a QB that early in the draft, per Jeremy Lundblad of ESPNBoston.com. It must be nice to have seamlessly transitioned from one Pro Bowl QB (Bledsoe) to another (Brady):
Jimmy Garoppolo is the highest drafted QB by the @Patriots since Drew Bledsoe went No. 1 overall in 1993— Jeremy Lundblad (@JLundbladESPN) May 10, 2014
SiriusXM NFL Radio wonders if Ryan Mallett might be offloaded very soon:
Jimmy Garoppolo is the newest member of the @Patriots. Texans haven't taken a QB, yet. Ryan Mallett trade on the horizon??— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) May 10, 2014
NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported that, for the moment, he's still a Patriots player:
Patriots, at this point, expect all the QBs (Brady, Mallett, Garoppolo) to attend OTAs & minicamp. No trade talks yet. That can change quick— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 10, 2014
One team that made out like a bandit on Friday was the Jacksonville Jaguars, grabbing Marqise Lee at No. 39. Lee was viewed by some as a first-rounder, so to get him seven picks into the second is a major steal.
Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman made the point that the former USC wideout would've been considered a top-20 pick before his injury problems last year:
If Marqise Lee could've come out as a soph (pre injuries) he probably goes top 20.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) May 9, 2014
ESPN's Chris Mortensen likes what Jags head coach Gus Bradley is building with his selections in the last two drafts:
David Caldwell putting together an offensive foundation in 1st two drafts- LT Luke Joeckel, QB Blake Bortles and WR Marqise Lee #JAXPick— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) May 9, 2014
Jacksonville added another wide receiver, Allen Robinson, a little later in the second round to give Blake Bortles another target in the passing game:
I like what the Jags have done today ...well except for Meester's bizarre jacket, but thumbs up on Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) May 10, 2014
Jaguars now have added WRs Allen Robinson and Marqise Lee, along with QB Blake Bortles. Big.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 10, 2014
The team that's generally viewed to have done the best on Day 2 is the San Francisco 49ers. They selected four players on Friday: running back Carlos Hyde, center Marcus Martin, inside linebacker Chris Borland and offensive tackle Brandon Thomas.
Sports on Earth's Michael Tanier gives up:
I surrender to the #49ers— Michael Tanier (@MikeTanier) May 10, 2014
Grantland's Bill Barnwell heaped plenty of praise on 49ers general manager Trent Baalke for his wheeling and dealing:
49ers trade down, get an extra pick, draft possibly the best center in the pool. Trent Baalke, man.— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) May 10, 2014
Speaking of San Francisco's first pick, Barnwell wonders if Marcus Lattimore's rehabilitation isn't going according to plan, so Hyde was drafted:
Wonder if the Carlos Hyde pick tells us how Marcus Lattimore’s rehab is going.— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) May 10, 2014
Like Lattimore, the 49ers are planning to essentially "redshirt" Brandon Thomas for the 2014 season to let him recover from his injuries:
Baalke said they expect guard Brandon Thomas to essentially redshirt this season as Lattimore did last year. #49ersDraft— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) May 10, 2014
Considering the 49ers were already one of the best teams in the league heading into the draft, the way in which they aggressively went about improving is downright scary. San Francisco won't be content until it's winning the Super Bowl year after year.
Baalke is certainly positioning himself as one of the best GMs in the league. Between his team-building and the overall talent in the roster, surely it's only a matter of time before the Niners reach the summit.