2014 NFL Draft Day 2

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Rounds 2 and 3 are now in the books for the 2014 NFL Draft.

It has been widely known that this draft class is the deepest one in a long time. Players taken in the 2nd and 3rd rounds and even ones that are still available, could have been 1st or 2nd rounders in another year’s draft.

This has everything to do with the fact that this draft saw the most underclassmen to ever apply in this history of the draft with 98.

Here is how the 2nd and 3rd rounds shaped up.

Round 2

Houston Texans – OG Xavier Sua-Filo

Dallas Cowboys – DE Demarcus Lawrence

Cleveland Browns – OT Joel Bitonio

Oakland Raiders – QB Derek Carr

Atlanta Falcons – DT Ra’shede Hageman

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers – TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Jacksonville Jaguars – WR Marquise Lee

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Detroit Lions – LB Kyle Van Noy

St. Louis Rams – S Lamarcus Joyner

Philadelphia Eagles – WR Jordan Matthews

New York Giants – C Weston Richburg

Buffalo Bills – OT Cyrus Kouandjio

Seattle Seahawks – WR Paul Richardson

Pittsburgh Steelers – DE Stephon Tuitt

Washington Redskins – LB Trent Murphy

Baltimore Ravens – DT Timmy Jernigan

New York Jets – TE Jace Amaro

San Diego Chargers – LB Jeremiah Attaochu

Chicago Bears – DT Ego Ferguson

Arizona Cardinals – TE Troy Niklas

Green Bay Packers – WR Davante Adams

Tennessee Titans – RB Bishop Sankey

Cincinnati Bengals – RB Jeremy Hill

Denver Broncos – WR Cody Latimer

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San Francisco 49ers – RB Carlos Hyde

New Orleans Saints – DB Stanley Jean-Baptiste

Indianapolis Colts – OT Jack Mewhort

Carolina Panthers – DE Kony Ealy

Jacksonville Jaguars – WR Allen Robinson

New England Patriots – QB Jimmy Garoppolo

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Miami Dolphins – WR Jarvis Landry

Seattle Seahawks – OT Justin Britt

Round 3

Houston Texans – TE C.J. Fiederowicz

Washington Redskins – OT Morgan Moses

Miami Dolphins – OT Billy Turner

Atlanta Falcons – SS Dezmen Southward

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – RB Chris Sims

San Francisco 49ers – C Marcus Martin

Cleveland Browns – LB Christian Kirksey

Minnesota Vikings – DE Scott Crichton

Buffalo Bills – LB Preston Brown

New York Giants – DT Jay Bromley

St. Louis Rams – RB Tre Mason

Detroit Lions – C Travis Swanson

San Francisco 49ers – LB Chris Borland

Washington Redskins – OG Spencer Long

Baltimore Ravens – S Terrence Brooks

New York Jets – DB Dexter McDougle

Oakland Raiders – OG Gabe Jackson

Chicago Bears – DT Will Sutton

Houston Texans – DT Louis Nix III

Arizona Cardinals – DE Kareem Martin

Green Bay Packers – DT Khyri Thornton

Philadelphia Eagles – WR Josh Huff

Kansas City Chiefs – DB Phillip Gaines

Cincinnati Bengals – DE Will Clarke

San Diego Chargers – OG Chris Watt

Indianapolis Colts – WR Donte Moncrief

Arizona Cardinals – WR Josh Brown

Carolina Panthers – OG Trai Turner

Jacksonville Jaguars – OG Brandon Linder

Cleveland Browns – RB Terrance West

Denver Broncos – OT Michael Schofield

Minnesota Vikings – RB Jerick McKinnon

Pittsburgh Steelers – RB Dri Archer

Green Bay Packers – TE Richard Rodgers

Baltimore Ravens – TE Crockett Gillmore

San Francisco 49ers – OG Brandon Thomas

Winners

The Houston Texans did a great job of building a defensive line that will dominate for years to come. They got great value adding Louis Nix III in the middle of the 3rd round. This was a player that was looked at as a potential 1st round pick, and they stole him in the 3rd and put him on a defensive line with Jadeveon Clowney and J.J. Watt. Scary!

The Jacksonville Jaguars did a good job of adding major weapons for their new quarterback, Blake Bortles. They added Marquise Lee in the 2nd round who should have been a 1st round pick. Then they add Allen Robinson as well and come back with Brandon Linder for some offensive line protection. You can’t say the Jaguars didn’t provide enough for Bortles to win.

Despite having no 2nd round pick, the Minnesota Vikings did a nice job by adding Scott Crichton to their defensive line, a player I absolutely loved and saw as a 1st rounder, in the 3rd round. They also trade back into the 3rd round to add RB Jerick McKinnon, a raw, but intriguing, running back that will serve as a nice counter and backup to Adrian Peterson.

I must give the Dallas Cowboys some credit too. They trade up in the 2nd round, giving up their 3rd round pick, in order to find their DeMarcus Ware replacement in Demarcus Lawrence. Lawrence is an awesome player who’s always going 100 MPH and simply knows how to rush the passer. He is far from polished, but with Rod Marinelli in Dallas he should shape up very well. Dallas gets credit for changing their draft strategies of the past, which included taking the flashiest player with every pick so they can sell tickets and jerseys.

Last, but not least, the New England Patriots. I have been beating the Jimmy Garoppolo drum for a long, long, long, (did I say long?) time now. They draft their future successor to Tom Brady. Sorry Jet fans, you thought the misery would end soon after Brady? They couldn’t have found a better player to sit and learn until Brady retires. Garoppolo will be a future Pro Bowler. Remember I said that!

Losers

The Houston Texans. Oh wait! I called them a winner! I’ll explain. While they did a great job building a defensive line that has the potential to be the best in the league for a long time, they passed on quarterback twice. I’m sorry, but Ryan Fitzpatrick isn’t scaring anyone. Will teams even game plan against him? They can now focus on gameplanning against the defensive line, because I see no quarterback to worry about.

The Washington Redskins continue to show that they have no idea what they are doing on draft day. They trade back with Dallas to take LB Trent Murphy, a player who is undersized and seemed like he was strictly a college player, not to mention he could have been available in the 4th. Then they take Spencer Long with the pick they acquire from the Cowboys in the 3rd. I wonder if Long was even watching the draft. This guy had a good chance of being undrafted. I’m totally serious. Hey, but they did hit a home run with Morgan Moses in the beginning of the 3rd so I’ll give them a little credit, but those other 2 picks? Horrible.

When you take being cute to the level where you’re being too cute…that is the San Francisco 49ers. Keep trading around and getting nothing San Francisco! They take a running back in round 2 to add to a core that consists of Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, Lamichael James and Marcus Lattimore. Marcus Martin was a decent pick, but then after that they take Chris Borland to add to the league’s best linebacker core. I get that Navorro Bowman tore his ACL last season, but the 3rd round is not the time to take a guy that will fill in for a couple games. Then they take Brandon Thomas to end the 3rd round, a player who tore his ACL while preparing for the Draft. You will not see Thomas for the entirety of the 2014-15 season. Keep being cute San Fran.

Best Available Players

CB Pierre Desir

WR Martavis Bryant

WR Bruce Ellington

LB Telvin Smith

DT Caraun Reid

LB Shayne Skov

OG David Yankey

OT Antonio Richardson

CB Keith McGill

OG Dakota Dozier

WR Jared Abbrederis

DT Justin Ellis

QB Aaron Murray

DE Chris Smith

S Dion Bailey

DT DaQuan Jones

LB Carl Bradford

OT Cameron Fleming

RB Ka’deem Carey

WR Brandon Coleman

OG Jon Halapio

CB Walt Aikens

CB EJ Gaines

OG Cyril Richardson

S Ahmad Dixon

RB Devonta Freeman

S Ed Reynolds

DE Jackson Jeffcoat

DT Anthony Johnson

RB De’Anthony Thomas

TE Colt Lyerla

LB Christian Jones

FB Trey Millard

DE Michael Sam

DE Aaron Lynch

RB Isaiah Cromwell

RB Storm Johnson

LB Yawin Smallwood

WR Robert Herron

CB Aaron Colvin

DT Kelcy Quarles

WR Michael Campanaro

That does it! Stay tuned for the NFL Draft day 3 at 12 noon EST. I will do a wrap up of day 3 tomorrow, and then completely sum up the draft next week to conclude my work this year on Sports Weekly! Leave a comment!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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