2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated Round 2 and 3 Projections
We were promised drama.
We were promised surprises.
We were promised excitement.
Boy, did the first round of the 2014 NFL draft deliver. From the big curveball of Blake Bortles going No. 3 overall to the Vikings' ninja-like move to snatch Teddy Bridgewater away from Houston at No. 32, what was billed as the most unpredictable draft in ages was nothing less.
Now, we go back to Radio City Music Hall on Friday night for the second and third rounds. Will the Houston Texans stand pat with the first pick in the second round? Will they draft the little brother of their first-ever draft pick, David Carr? When will a team finally take a running back?
In this complete, updated two-round mock draft, I do my best to forecast Day 2 of the most unpredictable draft in recent memory.
1 (33). Houston Texans
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois
No, the Texans don't take Derek Carr, the younger brother of former Texans No. 1 overall pick David. It's not because of the family ties, though. Carr is a big-armed boom-or-bust guy with sloppy mechanics, and the Texans need a more consistent, NFL-ready passer.
Of course, Garoppolo didn't play against the highest level of competition at Eastern Illinois, but his decision-making and accuracy should translate well to head coach Bill O'Brien's offense.
2 (34). Washington
Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood
Washington has been desperate to add size and playmaking ability at the cornerback spot for what seems like forever. DeAngelo Hall can't last forever—and given the caliber of his play lately, Hall's re-signing just underscores how badly Washington needs fresh blood.
As Jeff Pearlman wrote for Bleacher Report, Desir has an incredible, inspirational story—but all general manager Bruce Allen cares about is Desir's ability to stop the bleeding in the secondary. There's no question the 6'1", 198-pound corner's got the physical talent to do just that.
3 (35). Cleveland Browns
Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA
The Browns' first move after drafting Johnny Manziel should be an investment in his continued health and well-being.
Su'a-Filo is the best all-around guard in this class. His power, explosion and versatility will have an instant impact—not just in keeping interior rushers off of Manziel, but also in opening holes for new free-agent running back Ben Tate.
4 (36). Oakland Raiders
Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
The Raiders need a solution at the quarterback position—stop me if you've heard that one before—and the combination of Carr's NorCal roots, huge arm strength and value at the top of the second round will be too great to resist.
Though it remains to be seen if new owner Mark Davis shares his late father's taste for extreme verticality, Carr's skill set just screams Raiders football.
5 (37). Atlanta Falcons
Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
The Atlanta Falcons are in strong contention to be the luckiest ducks in the draft.
First, bulletproof pass protector Jake Matthews falls to them in the first round.
Then, defensive end Kony Ealy—for whom most evaluators had a first-round grade—falls to them in the second. Without having to give up anything of value, the Falcons got two quality starters at their two biggest needs.
6 (38). Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State
The Buccaneers just missed out on Kony Ealy, but they still get one of the draft's better pass-rushing defensive ends in Lawrence.
Yes, the Bucs have pressing needs elsewhere, especially at the interior of the offensive line. Quality guards are very tough to come by in this draft class, though; at No. 38 overall, there just isn't a guard worth this pick.
Lawrence gives new head coach Lovie Smith a classic Tampa 2 pass-rusher to rotate in behind free agent Michael Johnson.
7 (39). Jacksonville Jaguars
Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
In 2013, the Jaguars were desperate for a playmaking receiver in addition to all-or-nothing deep threat Cecil Shorts. Given the ongoing struggles of troubled 2012 fifth overall pick Justin Blackmon, the Jaguars need to move on and get someone with size and talent.
In Robinson, the Jaguars get a 6'2", 220-pound receiver with great hands and a huge 39-inch vertical jump. He's not blazing fast, but a big target like Robinson should make life much easier for quarterback Chad Henne—or Blake Bortles—in 2014.
8 (40). Seattle Seahawks (from Minnesota Vikings)
Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
A diluted drug test sample at the NFL combine may have dropped Jernigan's stock, but the beastly defensive tackle is exactly the kind of physically dominant, versatile player teams thank their lucky stars to draft this low—baggage or no baggage.
Jernigan, a first-team All-American in 2013, helps restock a Seahawks defensive line that was harvested pretty thoroughly in free agency.
9 (41). Buffalo Bills
Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
Many linked Buffalo with tight end Eric Ebron in the first round because sophomore quarterback EJ Manuel needs all the quality targets he can get.
The 6'5", 265-pound Amaro is exactly that: a huge target who presents a physical mismatch against linebackers. His height, length and leaping ability will make him very tough to defend on third downs and in the red zone.
10 (42). Tennessee Titans
Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech
When you're switching base defensive alignments, as the Titans are, you need a whole lot of new bodies in the front seven.
Not only do linebacker roles completely change, but the responsibilities of defensive linemen—and the physical requirements to fulfill those responsibilities—are all different. Attaochu and his pass-rushing skills are a perfect fit for the Titans here.
11 (43). New York Giants
Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
The Giants seem to be perpetually rebuilding their offensive line, but the 6'7", 322-pound Kouandjio has the potential to anchor that line for years to come. With elite size and plenty of good film out there, he seemed like a quality two-way left tackle prospect throughout the 2013 college season.
Questions about the consistency of his effort and the refinement of his technique are legitimate—as are concerns about a poor combine performance and a "failed" physical there, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.
Nevertheless, if Kouandjio is healthy, his size and athleticism alone ensure he'll be a useful player.
12 (44). St. Louis Rams
Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
In the 2013 draft, the Rams made a huge move up for receiver/returner Tavon Austin. Though Austin played well and sometimes provided the spark the Rams were looking for, they need to pair him with a consistent outside possession receiver.
At 6'1", 212 pounds, Adams has the body and hands to do exactly that, as well as the frame to get even bigger.
13 (45). Detroit Lions
Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU
Lions head coach Jim Caldwell said he could use a "flamethrower" at outside linebacker, per MLive.com's Kyle Meinke—a pass-rushing threat who can come up to the line of scrimmage and get around the corner.
Per Caldwell, the team is looking for more help in their pass rush, and the Lions are "trying to find maybe a little different flavor in that regard...obviously, anybody can use a flamethrower and sometimes you find one here or there."
Van Noy would appear to fit that bill.
And though he doesn't have the explosiveness of a Khalil Mack or Anthony Barr, Van Noy is a clever, relentless and effective pass-rusher who could solve Detroit's biggest defensive problem.
14 (46). Pittsburgh Steelers
Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame
The big defensive tackle nicknamed "Irish Chocolate" had been penciled in as the Steelers' first-round pick for much of the draft evaluation cycle. Then, a poor combine performance revived concerns about his health and explosiveness.
Nevertheless, Nix has rare size at 6'2", 331 pounds. For a Steelers team that desperately missed former nose tackle Casey Hampton in 2013, an anchor like Nix should be a perfect fit.
15 (47). Dallas Cowboys
Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
After losing both Jason Hatcher and DeMarcus Ware in free agency, the Dallas Cowboys desperately need to get some big-bodied pass-rushers back along the front of their Tampa 2-based defense.
Free agent Henry Melton was a good start, but Melton has off-field baggage and is coming off of a major injury. Hageman had some of his own behavioral issues in college, and his incredible talent doesn't always show up in his play.
Nevertheless, at 6'6", 310 pounds and terrifying at his best, Hageman is an ideal replacement for Hatcher.
16 (48). Baltimore Ravens
Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
This is a pretty simple pair of dots to connect: The Ravens lost starting right tackle Michael Oher in the offseason, and the 6'6", 314-pound Moses should be able to step right into that spot and play well.
Bookending re-signed left tackle Eugene Monroe, Moses would provide the Ravens with one of the bigger, better offensive lines in football once again.
17 (49). New York Jets
Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
When the Jets passed on a bumper crop of talented wide receivers in the first round, it was a bit of a head-scratcher for some.
When the Jets get back on the clock, though, general manager John Idzik's plan will become apparent: He'll get a quality receiver prospect in the second round. Latimer is just that—a 6'2", 215-pound target with great hands, route-running ability and body control.
18 (50). Miami Dolphins
Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State
This isn't a need pick; it's a value pick. The Dolphins have a good running back in Lamar Miller, and they signed Swiss Army back Knowshon Moreno in free agency.
Yet, Hyde is a borderline first-round talent; at No. 50 overall, he's just too exciting a proposition for head coach Joe Philbin to pass up.
19 (51). Chicago Bears
Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin
The Bears have been searching for an heir to Brian Urlacher for what feels like five years, even though 2013 was their first season without him.
Borland is no Urlacher, but he is a smart, tough player who'll step in and help stabilize a Chicago Bears defense that completely fell apart in 2013—crushing their playoff hopes.
20 (52). Arizona Cardinals
Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU
Carson Palmer isn't going to last forever, and the resurgent Cardinals have a chance to lock down the most important position in football for years to come. Mettenberger is cut from a similar cloth as Palmer: a big-framed, big-armed pocket passer who can make every NFL throw.
Mettenberger is available this late because he's recovering from an ACL injury, had his combine drug-test sample diluted and, according to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, has a back condition called spondylolysis, per NFL.com's Chase Goodbread.
21 (53). Green Bay Packers
Marcus Martin, OC, USC
It's beautiful when a plan comes together.
Without a clear replacement on the roster, the Green Bay Packers let starting center Evan Dietrich-Smith walk away in free agency this spring. Many figured general manager Ted Thompson would pursue the Browns' Alex Mack.
Instead, the Packers have the draft's best center waiting for them at the bottom of the second round.
22 (54). Philadelphia Eagles
Marqise Lee, WR, USC
After the 2012 college football season, many thought Marqise Lee was going to be the first receiver taken in this draft. After all, he'd racked up 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns on an FBS-leading 118 catches.
In 2013, though, Lee struggled with injury issues—not to mention the loss of quarterback Matt Barkley and receiving partner Robert Woods to the NFL. His production fell off dramatically as a result. Lee's combine and pro day performances weren't amazing, either, but the Eagles still get a steal with the 54th overall pick.
23 (55). Cincinnati Bengals
Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada
The Bengals have one of the deepest, most balanced, most talented rosters in the NFL. While other teams are reaching for need, the Bengals can afford to draft an insurance policy.
Left tackle Andrew Whitworth will be getting his first shot at the full-time starting job, so the versatile Bitonio can take Whitworth's place as a swing guard/tackle.
24 (56). San Francisco 49ers (from Kansas City Chiefs)
Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson
The 49ers have No. 1 receiver Michael Crabtree and the ageless Anquan Boldin opposite him—but of course, Boldin isn't truly ageless, and the 49ers have very little depth behind those two.
The 6'4", 211-pound Bryant is a big, long target who could make an impact right away and be groomed to replace Boldin, though Bryant doesn't have Boldin's bulk or strength.
25 (57). San Diego Chargers
Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss
Continuing a late-second-round run on wide receivers, Moncrief brings a 6'2", 221-pound frame to the Chargers' receiver corps. Spark plug Keenan Allen played very well as a rookie last season, and Moncrief's size and possession-receiver game should be an excellent complement.
26 (58). New Orleans Saints
Weston Richburg, OC, Colorado State
The Saints had the poor fortune of having the best free-agent center in a season when plenty of teams were flush with cap money—but they weren't.
With Brian De La Puente gone to Chicago, the Saints are fortunate to get the draft's other top center prospect, Richburg, at the bottom of the second round.
27 (59). Indianapolis Colts
Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
Last offseason, the Colts knew they needed to build depth behind top wideouts Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton, so they signed Darrius Heyward-Bey as a free agent. Not only did Heyward-Bey not work out, but Wayne got hurt and the Colts struggled to get open downfield.
Landry, a 5'11", 205-pound playmaker, should make an excellent No. 3 receiver while the Colts groom him for an eventual starting role.
28 (60). Carolina Panthers
Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee
They call him "Tiny." As you can see in the above picture, they do it as a joke. The massive 6'6", 336-pound offensive tackle from Tennessee has elite size and the tools to become a very good left tackle.
With stalwart left tackle Jordan Gross having retired on the Panthers, they're forced to replace him on the fly. Richardson is a better prospect than they could've hoped for this low in the draft.
29 (61). San Francisco 49ers
Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska
In the never-ending arms race of the NFC West, the 49ers are trying to keep up with, and surpass, the historically great Seattle Seahawks defense.
Stanley Jean-Baptiste fits the profile perfectly: He's 6'3", 218 pounds, fast and raw. Can 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh coach him up the way Pete Carroll coached up Harbaugh's college pupil, Richard Sherman? Can Jean-Baptiste step in and improve the 49ers secondary, or will he be a long-term project?
30 (62). New England Patriots
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
I tried not to do the easy thing here and give the Patriots a tight end. Seferian-Jenkins, though, is too tempting of a fit at No. 62 overall.
Bill Belichick won't chase tight ends in trying to replicate the Rob Gronkowski/Aaron Hernandez pairing that worked so well in 2012. However, with the ways Gronkowski both struggled with injury in 2013 and proved vital to the success of the offense, drafting an insurance policy for him makes plenty of sense.
31 (63). Denver Broncos
Trai Turner, OG, LSU
The Broncos had their offensive line zealously raided by the rest of the NFL in free agency, most notably losing guard Zane Beadles to Jacksonville.
Turner's 6'3", 310-pound frame should let him step in and compete for a starting gig in Denver. That's an important job, protecting the architect of the most explosive offense in NFL history.
32 (64). Seattle Seahawks
Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
The Seahawks defense got a ton of publicity in 2013, and rightfully so. But their offense was excellent too, finishing eighth in points scored, per Pro Football Reference.
Though the Seahawks had incredible balance between the running of Marshawn Lynch and the passing of Russell Wilson, the offense lacked size on the outside. That's where Matthews comes in. At 6'3", 212 pounds, he immediately creates matchup problems for Seahawks opponents.
1 (65). Houston Texans
Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice
Romeo Crennel gets a big, fast corner prospect to add to his secondary. Gaines' 4.38-second 40-yard-dash time, per NFL.com, hints at some serious upside.
2 (66). Washington
Terrence Brooks, SS, Florida State
More reinforcements for a secondary that badly needs them. Brooks should cut down on big coverage mistakes, as well as add a little pop.
3 (67). Oakland Raiders
Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State
Between Sutton, Mack and the big crop of free-agent signings, the Raiders will be deep, talented, young and experienced in the front seven.
4 (68). Atlanta Falcons
Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame
He's no Tony Gonzalez—but then, nobody's ever been Tony Gonzalez but Gonzalez. Niklas is a very nice prospect at a need position here.
5 (69). Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Telvin Smith, OLB, Florida State
He's a little undersized at 6'3", 218 pounds, but Telvin Smith's tools are a nice fit for Lovie Smith's defense.
6 (70). Jacksonville Jaguars
Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina
How does a freaky 6'6", 272-pound pass-rusher fall to Gus Bradley and the Jaguars in the third round? The Jags won't ask any questions before turning in the card.
7 (71). Cleveland Browns
Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
Running back continues to be the best value in the draft. Not many teams need one early, and few prospects stand out.
Mason, though, will make a great complement to Ben Tate and further round out what could be an amazing young Browns offense.
8 (72). Minnesota Vikings
Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida
The Vikings drafted Xavier Rhodes in the first round last season, but he had to do a lot of learning on the job. While they wait for him to step up, it doesn't hurt to add another big, talented body to their cornerback corps.
9 (73). Buffalo Bills
Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State
After the Bills bizarrely overpaid for struggling guard/tackle Chris Williams, Mewhort has a lot of upside as a tackle who can truly improve the line.
10 (74). New York Giants
Stephon Tuitt, DT, Notre Dame
Though he got a lot less media coverage than linemate Louis Nix, Tuitt isn't necessarily a lesser prospect. The Giants lost tackle Linval Joseph in free agency, so Tuitt is a very nice get in the middle of the third round.
11 (75). St. Louis Rams
Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia
Rams head coach Jeff Fisher has been insistent that quarterback Sam Bradford's job is safe for now. Not choosing a quarterback with either of the team's first-round picks backs that up.
On the other hand, a developmental pick would make some sense if this is Bradford's make-or-break year. Murray is small and doesn't have a cannon, but he sees the field well and makes great decisions. He's a great immediate backup with possible starter upside.
12 (76). Detroit Lions
Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State
The Lions like 2013 second-round pick Darius Slay, but they need to add talent to that secondary and all the impact safeties are gone at this point.
13 (77). San Francisco 49ers (from Tennessee Titans)
Christian Jones, ILB, Florida State
It's hard for NFL fans to imagine a day when Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman aren't wrecking everybody in the middle of the 49ers defense, but that day will come sooner than we think. With that in mind, Jones is a good developmental pick here.
14 (78). Dallas Cowboys
Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia
Again, this pick is more value than need; the Cowboys have DeMarco Murray and holes elsewhere. But Sims should make an instant impact—and Murray has often struggled to stay healthy.
15 (79). Baltimore Ravens
DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State
A slick pickup for a Ravens defense that lost lineman Arthur Jones in free agency. At 6'4", 322 pounds, DaQuan Jones has surprising versatility.
16 (80). New York Jets
Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford
This is a classic Rex Ryan pick: needs a pass-rushing outside linebacker, but drafts a 'tweener defensive end who only sort of projects to the position he really needs. Worked just fine with Sheldon Richardson.
17 (81). Miami Dolphins
Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State
More than anything, the Dolphins need beef on the offensive line. At 6'3", 336 pounds, Jackson fits the bill (and then some).
18 (82). Chicago Bears
Devonta Freeman, RB, Florida State
Matt Forte has been carrying a big workload by himself for a long time. With Michael Bush mostly serving as goal-line back, Freeman will be a solid change-of-pace No. 2.
19 (83). Philadelphia Eagles (from Pittsburgh Steelers Through Browns)
Ed Reynolds, FS, Stanford
Last season, the Eagles tried buying an off-the-shelf secondary in free agency. This season, they'll address their safety need through the draft.
20 (84). Arizona Cardinals
Billy Turner, OT, North Dakota State
Turner has all the usual small-school qualifiers: raw, poor technique, poor level of competition, etc. But he's got the body to play left tackle in the NFL, and he's the last prospect about whom that can be said without severe qualifiers.
A bit of a reach for a need, as far as the Cardinals are concerned.
21 (85). Green Bay Packers
C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa
An old-school two-way tight end, Fiedorowicz has huge size, real blocking ability and sure hands. He isn't a downfield weapon, but he fits a need for the Packers at the bottom of the third round.
22 (86). Philadelphia Eagles
David Yankey, OG, Stanford
Chip Kelly loves tough, smart mashers up front. With this pick, Yankey becomes Evan Mathis' heir apparent. Would a Pac-12 guy like Kelly take two Stanford guys in four picks? Yeah, if they fit—and they do.
23 (87). Kansas City Chiefs
Dakota Dozier, OG, Furman
The Chiefs surely didn't expect to lose both of their free-agent starting guards, Jon Asamoah and Geoff Schwartz, in the offseason. Dozier is raw and untested, but at the bottom of the third round, his potential is worth exploring.
24 (88). Cincinnati Bengals
Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
With former Bengals end Michael Bennett gone to Tampa Bay, the 6'3", 273-pound Crichton is an intriguing developmental/rotational guy at this spot.
25 (89). San Diego Chargers
Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington
Another great running back value, Sankey complements (and backs up) the ever-inconsistent Ryan Mathews.
26 (90). Indianapolis Colts
Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor
Guard play was a huge, huge problem for the Colts in 2013. As such, this is a reach for need in a draft with very few good guards.
27 (91). Arizona Cardinals (from New Orleans Saints)
Travis Swanson, OC, Arkansas
More offensive line help for the Cardinals offense. Swanson is probably the last startable center prospect on the board.
28 (92). Carolina Panthers
Ahmad Dixon, S, Baylor
The quick, physical Dixon will help shore up a secondary that lost two starters in free agency.
29 (93). New England Patriots
Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson
Yes, the Patriots got Darrelle Revis, but he can only put one guy on his island at a time. Breeland is a good developmental prospect here. He measures a long 5'11" and boasts good ball skills.
30 (94). San Francisco 49ers
Terrance West, RB, Towson
A running back?! Yes, a running back.
The 49ers may be loaded with them, but LaMichael James is clearly in the doghouse and Marcus Lattimore may never contribute. West makes good sense for whenever Gore finally hits the wall.
31 (95). Denver Broncos
32 (96). Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle Seahawks)
Yawin Smallwood, LB, Connecticut
Middle linebacker has been a growing problem in Minnesota. Smallwood has good size and great instincts.
33 (97). Pittsburgh Steelers (Compensatory Selection)
Kevin Norwood, WR, Alabama
Norwood helps replenish a Steelers receiving corps that has lost a key starter to free agency two years in a row.
34 (98). Green Bay Packers (Compensatory Selection)
Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina
At this point in the draft, good teams are picking "best player available" guys, and Ellington's that guy here.
35 (99). Baltimore Ravens (compensatory Selection)
Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
The late run on receivers hurts the Ravens, who really need a wideout who can play this year. Richardson may not fit that bill, but he has decent size and very good athleticism.
36 (100). San Francisco 49ers (compensatory Selection)
Kevin Pierre-Louis, OLB, Boston College
Another developmental linebacker to keep the 49ers' front seven loaded for years to come.