LIVE: NFL Draft Tracker (Rounds 2 and 3)
May 10, 2014 § Leave a comment
1. (33) Houston Texans: Xavier Su’a-Filo, G UCLA
Short bio: No interior linemen was as impressive as Su’a-Filo during the 2013 campaign. Su’a-Filo is a nasty drive blocker that plays to the whistle. He also started 19 games at left tackle during his collegiate career.
Quick take: Drafting Su’a-Filo is another step molding the offense in Bill O’Brien’s image. The Texans were a heavy zone blocking team under Gary Kubiak. Su’a-Filo is physical drive blocker that can set the tone in the middle of the offense. Brandon Brooks is solid at right guard, while Su’a-Filo will slide into the starting left guard spot from Day 1.
The Redskins traded to give the Cowboys their pick. Washington picked up the Cowboys’ second and third-round picks.
2. (34) Dallas Cowboys: DeMarcus Lawrence, DE Boise State
Short bio: Very few players in this draft class are as gifted as Lawrence while rushing the passer. He had 20 sacks the past two seasons. He was also suspended by the team three times.
Quick take: Lawrence will become the Cowboys primary pass rusher at right defensive end. He’ll replace the franchise’s all-time leader in sacks, DeMarcus Ware. Lawrence is an undersized end at 251 pounds, but he has a very quick step to become the edge rusher needed in Monte Kiffin’s Cover 2 scheme.
3. (35) Cleveland Browns: Joe Bitonio, T Nevada
Short bio: Bitonio is one of the best athletes among offensive linemen in the draft. He’s also one of the most versatile.Bitonio was an offensive tackle for the Wolf Pack, but he projects to guard in the NFL.
Quick take: The Browns decided to go with an offensive lineman, an indication the team will move toward a run-first offense and establish itself on the ground. Bitonio is highly athletic and an ideal fit in the team’s new zone blocking scheme under new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. He will compete to start at right tackle or guard.
4. (36) Oakland Raiders: Derek Carr, QB Fresno State
Short bio: Of the top four quarterbacks in this class, Carr is the most natural thrower. He has a strong arm and a quick release. Concerns stem from poor deep ball accuracy and the perception he struggles under pressure.
Quick take: The Raiders were enamored with Carr throughout the draft process. Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie didn’t attend many pro days, but Fresno State’s was one of them. Carr doesn’t have to step in Day 1 as the starter, but he becomes the team’s safety net if Matt Schaub’s play continues to decline.
5. (37) Atlanta Falcons: Ra’Shede Hageman, DT Minnesota
Short bio: If players were chosen purely on raw physical ability, Hageman would have been a Top 10 overall selection. Hageman is 6-6, 310 and highly athletic. His play, however, was very inconsistent as a senior.
Quick take: The Falcons made it a priority to become bigger and more physical. The rebuild began with the acquisition of Paul Soliai and Tyson Jackson during free agency. Hageman, meanwhile, is an ideal defensive end for the 3-4 front. Hageman is long, strong and athletic.
6. (38) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, TE Washington
Short bio: If Eric Ebron is the most physically talented tight end in this class, Seferian-Jenkins is second. Seferian-Jenkins’ played dropped off dramatically in 2013, but he recommitted himself after the season. He’s now leaner, faster and a lingering foot injury is healed.
Quick take: The Buccaneers continue to get bigger and more athletic on offense. With 6-5 wide receivers Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans on the outside, Tampa Bay now has a 6-5 tight end to roam the middle of the field. New Buccaneers QB Josh McCown will get to pick and choose which mismatch he wants to throw to on every down.
7. (39) Jacksonville Jaguars: Marqise Lee, WR Southern California
Short bio: Despite a disappointing junior campaign, Lee is still a dangerous receiver that excels running after the catch. He’s a year removed from winning the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver with 118 receptions for 1,721 yards.
Quick take: With Justin Blackmon’s future in doubt with the Jaguars, Lee will have an opportunity to step in Day 1 and provide an impact. Cecil Shorts proved he could be legitimate option in the offense. The Jaguars get a good value in Lee, who is very dangerous with the ball in his hands. And Blake Bortles will have two legitimate threat on the outside to throw to.
The Lions moved up to 40th overall with a trade with the Seahawks.
8. (40) Detroit Lions: Kyle Van Noy, LB BYU
Short bio: As one of the most versatile linebackers in the draft class, Van Noy is a solid pass rusher with 17 sacks the past two seasons and a comfort level dropping into coverage. He can play multiple roles in any defense.
Quick take: Van Noy played primarily as a 3-4 outside during his time at BYU, but he’ll be a strongside linebacker in the Lions’ system. He can also put his hand in the dirt and be a pass rusher on third down in certain defensive subpackages.
9. (41) St. Louis Rams: Lamarcus Joyner, CB Florida State
Short bio: Joyner lacks size (5-8, 184), but he’s a highly instinctive player. As a senior, Joyner finished with 69 tackles, seven tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, two interceptions and three forced fumbles. He can also cover in the slot, if needed.
Quick take: In the NFC West, the Rams saw what type of impact Tyrann Mathieu had in the Cardinals’ secondary. Joyner is a similar talent. He can start at free safety and slide inside to nickel corner against multiple-receiver sets.
10. (42) Philadelphia Eagles: Jordan Matthews, WR Vanderbilt
Short bio: Matthews is arguably the best pure route runner in the class. He left Vanderbilt as the SEC’s all-time leading receiver. And he’s Jerry Rice’s cousin.
Quick take: When the Eagles released DeSean Jackson, the team was expected to find a replacement in the draft. Matthews was chosen to be that replacement, but he’s a different style of player than Jackson. Matthews is a bigger target (6-3, 212) and precise route runner.
11. (43) New York Giants: Weston Richburg, C Colorado State
Short bio: Richburg is the No. 1 rated center. He’s advanced at reading defenses and making line calls. Richburg excels moving laterally, and he already improved his core strength during the offseason.
Quick take: The Giants signed J.D. Walton as a free agent to replace David Baas at center. But Walton missed all of last season with an injury. Richburg is prepared to step in immediately start. With the acquisitions of John Jerry and Geoff Schwartz, the Giants’ offensive line now appears set.
12. (44) Buffalo Bills: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT Alabama
Short bio: After the 2012 season, Kouandjio was viewed as a Top 10 talent. He didn’t play as well in 2013. There is also an issue with a lingering knee injury. Kouandjio is still overwhelming at the point of attack and has all the tools necessary to start at left tackle.
Quick take: The Bills benefited from concerns over Cyrus Kouandjio’s knee. Kouandjio is a strong run blocker to add to one of the better running teams in the NFL. Kouandjio will likely move from left tackle to right tackle to replace the dynamic duo of Erik Pears and Chris Hairston.
13. (45) Seattle Seahawks: Paul Richardson, WR Colorado
Short bio: Richardson does most of his damage outside the numbers and is a legitimate deep threat with 4.40-second 40-yard dash speed. As a senior, Richardson averaged 16.2 yards per catch.
Quick take: Richardson brings a new dynamic to the Seahawks offense. Golden Tate, who signed with the Lions as a free agent, and Percy Harvin are primarily underneath threats that do most of their damage after the catch. Richardson is a true vertical threat that can work outside the numbers and open up the underneath routes.
14. (46) Pittsburgh Steelers: Stephon Tuitt, DE Notre Dame
Short bio: Tuitt has first-round talent, but he struggled during his junior campaign due to weight gain. If he returns to his 2012 form when he registered 12 sacks, he could be considered a steal. Tuitt can play either 3-4 defensive end or 4-3 defensive tackle.
Quick take: The Steelers had concerns at all three levels of their defense entering the offseason. Mike Mitchell was signed to play opposite Troy Polamalu. Ryan Shazier was chosen in the first round to fill a hole at inside linebacker. Tuitt’s addition will help upgrade the team’s thin defensive line ranks. Tuitt is an ideal and experienced 5-technique (defensive end) for a 3-4 defense.
15. (47) Washington Redskins: Trent Murphy, LB Stanford
Short bio: Murphy registered 25 sacks the past two seasons and led college football with 15 as a senior. Murphy is an experienced 3-4 outside linebacker, who tested much better than expected at the NFL combine.
Quick take: The Redskins two starting linebackers, Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo, are either entering their final year of their contract or have two years remaining. The Redskins haven’t committed to either long-term. Murphy is the insurance policy. A 3-4 outside linebacker at Stanford, Murphy is an edge-setter that is underrated as a pure pass rusher.
16. (48) Baltimore Ravens: Timmy Jernigan, DT Florida State
Short bio:Jernigan was dominant in stretches for the national champions. He has very strong hands that he uses to shed blocks as well as anyone in the class. Size is a concern at 299 pounds, and he can be driven off the ball.
Quick take: Jernigan slid after testing positive for a banned substance at the NFL combine. The Ravens used it as an opportunity to make a value selection. But Jernigan isn’t an ideal fit in the Ravens’ 3-4 front. He’s better in a four-man front, but he can be used in nickel and dime packages.
17. (49) New York Jets: Jace Amaro, TE Texas Tech
Short bio: A glorified wide receiver in a tight end’s body, Amaro registered a staggering 106 receptions for 1,352 yards in Texas Tech’s spread offense. Amaro is a move tight end that wasn’t asked to be an inline blocker.
Quick take: The Jets needed an offensive weapon to build around QB Geno Smith. Amaro isn’t the wide receiver everyone expected, but he played almost exclusively out of the slot for the Red Raiders. The Jet can use two-tight end sets with Cumberland on the line and Amaro playing the role of a bigger receiver from the wing, slot or on the outside.
18. (50) San Diego Chargers: Jeremiah Attaochu, LB Georgia Tech
Short bio: Attaochu is an underrated edge rusher, who displays flexibility and athleticism to bend the corner and get to the quarterback. Attaochu is Georgia Tech’s all-time leader with 31.5 career sacks. He also has experience as a linebacker or defensive end.
Quick take: The Chargers defense was completely different when Melvin Ingram was healthy and provided a rush off the edge. Attaochu provide a presence rushing off the opposite edge. With the Chargers’ concerns in the secondary, the ability to get to the quarterback will improve the defense at every level.
19: (51) Chicago Bears: Ego Ferguson, DT LSU
Quick take: The Bears loaded up on defensive end talent during free agency. Defensive tackle was still a glaring need. Lamarr Houston can slide inside and play 3-technique (outside shoulder of the guard), but the team lacked a run-stuffer. Ferguson is tough to move off the line, which makes him very good against the run.
20 (52) Arizona Cardinals: Troy Niklas, TE Notre Dame
Short bio: After converting from defense, Niklas played tight end for two seasons. Niklas is a massive (6-6, 270) target with plenty of potential, but he lacks the speed to be a consistent vertical threat. Niklas only had 37 receptions for 573 yards in two years.
Quick take: Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians prefers tight ends serve as blockers and receivers. He regards the Steelers’ Heath Miller as the best in the business because of his ability to do both. Niklas is a strong blocker with tremendous size and potential. Rob Housler, meanwhile, has been a disappointment the past two years.
21. (53) Green Bay Packers: Davante Adams, WR Fresno State
Short bio: In the Bulldogs’ wide open offense, Adams led college football with 131 receptions and 24 touchdown catches. Adams isn’t the biggest or fastest target, but he excels running after the catch and high-pointing the football.
Quick take: With James Jones now in a different Bay area, Adams will add another weapon in the Packers’ offense. Adams excels after the catch and provides an outside target opposite Jordy Nelson. The Packers can then use Randall Cobb everywhere in the defense.
22. (54) Tennessee Titans: Bishop Sankey, RB Washington
Quick take: The first running back finally comes off the board. Sankey can’t replace Chris Johnson’s speed, but he is extremely quick and versatile. He’ll prove to be an excellent complement to Shonn Greene, who is more of bruising between-the-tackles runner.
23. (55) Cincinnati Bengals: Jeremy Hill, RB LSU
Short bio: Hill is a big back at 233 pounds that excelled in a pro-style system. Hill can be a workhorse, but he also averaged an SEC-record 6.9 yards per carry in 2013. Hill does have two off-the-field incidents that need to be addressed by teams.
Quick take: Gio Bernard is expected to have a bigger role in the Bengals offense under new coordinator Hue Jackson. But Bernard isnt’ an every-down back. BenJarvus Green-Ellis will also turn 29 this summer and lacks explosion. Hill is a bigger back that can make a defender miss to break long runs.
24. (56) Denver Broncos: Cody Latimer, WR Indiana
Short bio: Latimer flew under the radar due to playing for an underwhelming Hoosiers squad and a lingering foot injury. Latimer, though, is an ideal No. 2 wide receiver. Latimer is 6-2, 215 pounds with strong hands and 4.38-second 40-yard dash speed.
Quick take: With Eric Decker no longer in the lineup, the Broncos needed someone to pair with DeMaryius Thomas. Latimer is an ideal No. 2 wide receiver. He has the size, speed, hands, fearlessness to go over the middle and willingness to block to fill the role, even as a rookie.
25. (57) San Francisco 49ers: Carlos Hyde, RB Ohio State
Short bio: Hyde has all the tools to be a franchise back. He’s 230 pounds with 4.66-second 40-yard dash speed. He shows burst through the hole and excelled running in a zone scheme. Hyde also has soft hands which makes him a reliable target.
Quick take: Frank Gore can only carry the 49ers’ offense for so long. Marcus Lattimore was believed to be the heir apparent, but his recovery from a severe knee injury is still in the question. Hyde was arguably the top running back in the class, who slid due to positional value. Hyde is another big running back to add to the 49ers’ overwhelming running attack.
26. (58) New Orleans Saints: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB Nebraska
Short bio: Jean-Baptiste is the closest thing to Richard Sherman in this year’s class. Both converted from wide receiver. The difference is Jean-Baptiste is 20 pounds heavier and not as fluid in coverage.
Quick take: The Saints entered the offseason with a hole opposite Keenan Lewis. They addressed it by signing Champ Bailey. Jean-Baptiste will get the opportunity to learn under Bailey, while Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan attempts to develop his immense natural talent.
27. (59) Indianapolis Colts: Jack Mewhort, T Ohio State
Short bio: Mewhort is a versatile and technically sound offensive lineman. Mewhort started his career at left guard before moving to left tackle. He even showed he can be a center during Ohio State’s pro day.
Quick take: Hugh Thornton took over at right guard last season, but the Colts still had concerns on the left side. Mewhort, a collegiate left tackle, started his career at left guard for the Buckeyes. He’s expected to slide inside for the Colts.
28. (60) Carolina Panthers: Kony Ealy, DE Missouri
Short bio: Michael Sam will receive more attention, but Ealy was the top defensive lineman on Missouri last season. Ealy is a long and athletic end with a quick first step. He also provides versatility with the ability to play defensive tackle on passing downs.
Quick take: Ealy, who carried a first-round grade, will add to a rotation that already features Greg Hardy and Charles Johnson. Hardy is planning under the franchise tag this season. Johnson has had some injuries issues and a heavy cap hit. Ealy will provide depth and could eventually replace one of the current starters.
29. (61) Jacksonville Jaguars: Allen Robinson, WR Penn State
Short bio: Robinson shattered multiple receiving records at Penn State. He finished his junior campaign with 97 receptions for 1,432 yards. At 6-2 and 220 pounds, Robinson uses his body very well to shield defenders and make tough catches.
Quick take: The Jaguars are loading up at wide receiver. Robinson joins fellow second-round pick Marqise Lee. With Cecil Shorts, Ace Sanders and Denard Robinson on the roster, it appears as if Justin Blackmon’s future with the team is all but done.
30. (62) New England Patriots: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB Eastern Illinois
Short bio: Everything starts with Garoppolo’s release. No quarterback in this year’s class gets the ball out quicker. As a senior, Garoppolo threw for 5,050 and 53 yards on his way to being named the winner of the Walter Payton Award as the most outstanding offensive player at the FCS level.
Quick take: The Patriots now have a future after Tom Brady retires. The team worked out at least 11 quarterbacks during the pre-draft process and quickly jumped at the opportunity to select Garoppolo. The FCS-product will benefit greatly from learning under Brady and improve his technique after playing in Eastern Illinois’ wide open offense the past two years.
31. (63) Miami Dolphins: Jarvis Landry, WR LSU
Short bio: Landry is a fearless receiver with the best hands in the draft. The question is whether he has the speed and quickness to separate in the NFL. Landry ran a 4.77-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine.
Quick take: Landry is the antithesis of Mike Wallace. While Wallace is one of the top deep threats in the NFL, Landry is a possession receiver. Landry will do all the dirty work as the team’s No. 2 receiver or from the slot. Landry will also be a four-team special teamer early in his career.
32. (64) Seattle Seahawks: Justin Britt, T Missouri
Quick take: With Breno Giacomini signing with the Jets in the offseason, the Seahawks had a hole at right tackle. Britt played left tackle during his career with the Tigers, but the Seahawks will move him to the strongside. Britt is a smart technician that can play both tackle spots if Russell Okung becomes injured at some point.
1. (65) Houston Texans: C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE Iowa
Quick take: Fiedorowicz is another example of O’Brien’s influence on the offense. O’Brien prefers bigger targets at the position, which double as solid blockers. Fiedorowicz was trained well in Kirk Ferentz’s pro style system. He’s arguably the best blocker in the class with untapped potential as a receiver.
2. (66) Washington Redskins: Morgan Moses, T Virginia
Quick take: The Redskins have attempted to replace RT Tyler Polumbus multiple times this off season. Moses, who has experience playing both right and left tackle, is a massive prospect that fits nicely into an offense which expects to be more physical under the direction of new head coach Jay Gruden.
3. (67) Miami Dolphins: Billy Turner, OT North Dakota State
Quick take: As the Dolphins continue to overhaul their offensive line, Turner is a long-term project with the potential to play tackle or guard. Turner is highly athletic, but he struggled against much better competition at the Reese’s Senior Bowl. His struggles stem from very poor technique.
4. (68) Atlanta Falcons: Dezmen Southward, S Wisconsin
Quick take: Southward adds versatility to the Falcons offense. He started at both cornerback and safety during his career with the Badgers. Last season, Southward started at safety and would slide to the slot against multiple-receiver sets. He’s very fluid in his back pedal, but he regularly gets beaten by double moves.
5. (69) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Charles Sims, RB West Virginia
Quick take: The Buccaneers are loaded at running back with Doug Martin, Mike James and Bobby Rainey, but Sims adds a completely different element to the offense. Sims is the best receiver out of the backfield in this class and an instant contributor on third down.
6. (70) San Francisco 49ers: Marcus Martin, C USC
Short bio: An early entrant, Martin only played center one season at USC. He started 20 games at left guard before making the move. Martin is big (6-3, 320) and athletic, but his technique lacks refinement.
Quick take: After three seasons and 48 consecutive start, the 49ers decided to move on from veteran center Jonathan Goodwin. Daniel Kilgore was expected to take over the spot, but Martin will immediately add competition at the position. If Martin doesn’t win the competition, he can provide depth at all three interior line spots.
7. (71) Cleveland Browns: Christian Kirksey, LB Iowa
Quick take: Even as a third rounder, Kirksey will be expected to start at inside linebacker next to Karlos Dansby in the Browns’ 3-4 scheme. Kirksey is a speedy linebacker that excels dropping in coverage.
8. (72) Minnesota Vikings: Scott Crichton, DE Oregon State
Quick take: During Mike Zimmer’s time at Cincinnati, the Bengals’ defensive line was two-deep at every position. The Vikings are attempting to build their defense in a similar fashion. Crichton will add to the Vikings defensive line rotation alongside Everson Griffen and Brian Robison.
9. (73) Buffalo Bills: Preston Brown, LB Louisville
Quick take: Last season, the Louisville Cardinals were the No. 1 defense in college football. Brown was the leader of the defense. Browns showed he was more athletic during the draft process than he looked on tape. And he could play on nickel downs for Brandon Spikes.
10. (74) New York Giants: Jay Bromley, DT Syracuse
Quick take: The Giants were looking to fill a hole at defensive tackle left by Linval Joseph. Jonathan Hankins will be given a bigger role this season, while Bromley can spell Cullen Jenkins, who already turned 33.
11. (75) St. Louis Rams: Tre Mason, RB Auburn
Quick take: At the start of the draft, the Rams decided to build in the trenches. This team is going to be downright nasty along both lines. In order to take advantage of that style of play, it requires physical running backs to help control the clock. Tre Mason is the most natural runner in the class, and he’ll love continuing his career by running behind Greg Robinson.
12. (76) Detroit Lions: Travis Swanson, C Arkansas
Quick take: Dominic Raiola is entering his 14th season and is signed to a 1-year contract. Swanson will provide depth this season, and take over for Raiola next year.
13. (77) San Francisco 49ers: Chris Borland, LB Wisconsin
Quick take: With Navorro Bowman’s knee injury late in the season, Borland should get an early change to contribute within the 49ers defense. Borland is one of the most instinctive players in the draft and a perfect fit next to Patrick Willis in the short-term.
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