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2014 NFL Draft
Pick Team Player Shutdown Corner Commentary
1 (65) Houston
C.J. Fiedorowicz
TE
School:
Iowa

The Texans must have a plan at quarterback because they went for a massive blocker and solid red-zone option in Fiedorowicz, who is smart, reliable and a force in the run game.

2 (66) Washington Morgan Moses

The Redskins are able to find a long-armed but heavy-footed right tackle candidate who had to be in the conversation when they were on the clock a round earlier. Moses had a nice Senior Bowl and is experienced (43 college starts).

3 (67) Miami

Turner was a big fish in a small pond who battled among the big boys at the Senior Bowl and has the aggressive, mauling mentality to make it as a physical guard. The Dolphins need OL help, but Turner is a two-year project.

4 (68) Atlanta

Southward rose up charts with a huge pro day workout and caught the eye of teams later in the process despite starting two seasons for the Badgers. He has short arms and isn’t a straight mauler, but he's a terrific athlete.

5 (69) Tampa Bay Charles Sims

The Houston transfer showed some Matt Forte-like skills at West Virginia and can be an excellent third-down alternative to Doug Martin in Tampa. Sims is fluid as a receiver and is a decent pass protector.

6 (70) San Francisco
Marcus Martin
C
School:
USC

The 49ers land yet another bargain with Martin, who can play guard or center, which is the bigger need. He could stand to play with a little more vinegar in his diet, but Martin is a terrific athlete with exceptional size inside.

7 (71) Cleveland
Christian Kirksey
OLB
School:
Iowa

Kirksey might move inside for the Browns because even though he was an outside linebacker at Iowa, he's not a pass rusher. He did have 104 tackles last year and is a good run stopper.

8 (72) Minnesota

He could have helped his draft stock with another year at Oregon State, but left early to help his family. He's a raw end with good skills. He is Oregon State's all-time leader with 10 forced fumbles and is third all-time with 22 1/2 sacks.

9 (73) Buffalo

Brown is an old-school thumping inside linebacker at 251 pounds. He probably projects as a two-down player who comes off the field in passing situations.

10 (74) NY Giants
Jay Bromley
DT
School:
Syracuse

A 306-pound nose tackle, Bromley had a nice season in 2013. His 14 1/2 tackles for loss show he can penetrate and get up the field against the run.

11 (75) St. Louis Tre Mason
Tre Mason
RB
School:
Auburn

Tre Mason might be a nightmare in pass protection, but he’s a shifty, quick and surprisingly explosive runner who can take over games when he finds daylight. He’ll be an instant changeup option to the hard-running Zac Stacy.

12 (76) Detroit

The Lions are planning for life after Dominic Raiola with the pick of Swanson, a smart and competitive pivot who really could stand to get stronger. He’ll have a year to bulk up and could start in 2015.

13 (77) San Francisco Chris Borland
Chris Borland
ILB
School:
Wisconsin

An interesting fit for the 49ers, who are already loaded at inside linebacker. But NaVorro Bowman is coming off a major injury, and Borland can step right in if needed and be a strong presence against the run.

14 (78) Washington
Spencer Long
G
Height:
6-3
Weight:
260
School:
Nebraska

Long is an absolute mauler who thrives on his toughness and gets by without elite athletic traits. The Redskins knew they needed to get bigger and tougher up front with a new man-blocking scheme, and they’ve done it with Long and Morgan Moses.

15 (79) Baltimore
Terrence Brooks
DB
Height:
6-0
Weight:
190
School:
Florida St.

The Ravens find quality at safety in Brooks, who can be a nice complement to Matt Elam. Brooks might never be a ballhawk, but in time he has the athletic makeup and work ethic to make himself into a solid starter.

16 (80) NY Jets

The Jets pick a sleeper in McDougle, who finally got healthy following a shoulder injury that cost him most of his senior year. He projects as a tough, competitive slot corner who proved to be a good teammate in college.

17 (81) Oakland Gabe Jackson

Jackson is similar to Larry Warford, who was a third-round steal a year ago. He plays with a massive punch and could be a Day One starter for the Raiders, who have had a heck of a draft.

18 (82) Chicago Will Sutton

Sutton plays the same position as second-rounder Ego Ferguson, which makes this pick odd. With big numbers in college, Sutton figured to go higher, but weight concerns and some underachieving traits brought his stock down.

19 (83) Houston

The Texans were considering Nix in Round 2 and get him at a bargain rate. Defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel gets a poor man’s Vince Wilfork, but a likely two-down player to start out. A need pick, and a good one.

20 (84) Arizona

Martin has the body type — long and strong — to play the base end in the Cardinals’ scheme. He’s not a natural rusher and occasionally takes plays off, so the coaches must find a way to keep that motor running hot to get the most out of him.

21 (85) Green Bay
Khyri Thornton
DE
Height:
6-3
Weight:
260
School:
Southern Miss

Thornton figures to be a 5-technique in the Packers’ scheme, and he’s a dirty-work guy who never will put up big sack numbers but could be a solid rotational piece.

22 (86) Philadelphia Josh Huff
Josh Huff
WR
School:
Oregon

Chip Kelly pick? Yep. Huff might be a bit on the immature side, but he has big-play ability and brings a little fire. He can be used on sweeps, reverses, screens and gadget plays in Kelly’s offense.

23 (87) Kansas City Phillip Gaines
Phillip Gaines
CB
School:
Rice

Gaines tested through the roof at the combine with some sub-4.4 40-yard dashes, and the tape reveals he can get his hands on a lot of passes. But he hasn’t always been great in man coverage and has had his share of injuries.

24 (88) Cincinnati

The Bengals take a player with a similar build as a base end to last year’s second-rounder, Margus Hunt. But with the loss of Michael Johnson, the Bengals felt they had to keep restocking up front. Clarke is very long and athletic.

25 (89) San Diego

In terms of intangibles, toughness and work ethic, Watt carries exceptional marks. He has a compact frame and can be bowled over by power, but he has the make-it traits to be a blue-collar starter one day.

26 (90) Indianapolis Donte Moncrief

Great value this late in the draft. Moncrief suffered in a deep receiver class but has some elite athletic traits and can climb the ladder. He’s 21 and should do well with Andrew Luck.

27 (91) Arizona

There are not many receivers Brown’s size who thrive in the NFL, but he has borderline elite speed and can be an explosive option as a fourth wideout and return specialist, if his tiny frame can hold up.

28 (92) Carolina
Trai Turner
G
School:
LSU

The Panthers pass up tackle and receiver options to draft a physical, athletic guard or center who likely needs a little development time. Turner entered the draft as a junior and could have been a higher pick next year, but he ran a great 40 (4.94) at the combine.

29 (93) Jacksonville

The Jaguars moved up to help the offensive line (Notice a theme with their picks?) but might have reached on Linder, who has great toughness and experience but is not a great athlete and struggles to get out to the second level on run plays.

30 (94) Cleveland
Terrance West
RB
School:
Towson

The Browns have added a hard-headed runner in West, who had an exceptional nose for the goal in college (84 rushing touchdowns). He’s compactly built and shares some characteristics with the Redskins’ Alfred Morris.

31 (95) Denver

The Broncos announced Schofield as a tackle, which was his college position. A lot of teams were projecting him as a guard, where he played and looked solid at the Senior Bowl. Interesting. Good zone-blocker with grit to his game.

32 (96) Minnesota
Jerick McKinnon
RB
Height:
5-10
Weight:
180
School:
Georgia Southern

McKinnon was a veer quarterback at Georgia Southern who announced his arrival at the Senior Bowl with a bone-crunching run on the first day. Can he translate to the NFL game as a running back? He’s a phenomenal athlete who can be used in multiple ways.

33 (97) Pittsburgh
Dri Archer
RB
School:
Kent State

Speed. That’s what Archer brings. Is he a receiver? A runner? A returner? All of those. The Steelers will have to find ways to get the ball into his hands with that 4.26 40-speed. Durability is an issue.

34 (98) Green Bay

When Rogers was bulked up as a sophomore, he was overweight and out of shape. But he could find a niche as a slot tight end because of his decent hands and route-running ability. Another Rogers/Rodgers from Cal to Green Bay …

35 (99) Baltimore

Gillmore is a big-framed, high-effort blocker and receiver who might never start but is the type of glue guy the Ravens love to build their roster with. He plays with urgency and spirit, and should be a core special-teamer.

36 (100) San Francisco Brandon Thomas

What a perfect landing spot for a borderline first- or second-round talent, when healthy. Thomas tore his ACL while training for the draft and it cost him, but he’s going to a team that redshirts as well as anyone and is stockpiling some impressive talent.