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2014 NFL Draft

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2014 NFL Draft
Pick Team Player Shutdown Corner Commentary
1 (33) Houston Xavier Su'a-Filo

The Texans grab a first-round-quality offensive lineman to kick off Round 2. Su’a-Filo is best inside, and he will have a chance to beat out last year’s fourth-rounder, Ben Jones, at left guard.

2 (34) Dallas DeMarcus Lawrence

The Cowboys were not going to sit around all draft. They worked the phones all day Friday to move up in Round 2 to pick up a quality pass rusher in Lawrence, who fits their scheme well and likely will be in line to start immediately.

3 (35) Cleveland Joel Bitonio
Joel Bitonio
T
School:
Nevada

The Browns pass on taking a receiver amid all the Josh Gordon suspension talk and instead take a highly talented, throwback lineman in Bitonio, who can play guard, center or tackle. He is very athletic and plays to the whistle.

4 (36) Oakland Derek Carr

The Raiders find a strong-armed quarterback in Carr, who can be groomed while Matt Schaub starts in the short term. Al Davis would have loved this pick. Carr can sling it, he works hard and has a chip on his shoulder, too.

5 (37) Atlanta Ra'Shede Hageman

The Falcons continue to add talent to the front seven, rolling the dice on greatness in Round 2 after an extremely safe Round 1 pick. Hageman has Richard Seymour-like size and ability, but disappears for long stretches.

6 (38) Tampa Bay Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Tight end was a bigger need than many realized for the Bucs, so they rolled the dice on a height/weight/speed prospect who — when healthy and motivated — could be the top blocker/receiver combo at the position in this class.

7 (39) Jacksonville Marqise Lee
Marqise Lee
WR
School:
USC

The Jaguars are able to get Blake Bortles a first-round talent in Lee, whose stock dropped because of a knee injury. But if you go back to the 2012 tape, he played like a top-10 pick. It's a risk-reward choice for a team that badly needs an offensive playmaker.

8 (40) Detroit Kyle Van Noy
Kyle Van Noy
OLB
School:
BYU

It was nice to get Matthew Stafford another weapon in Round 1, but the Lions had to trade up here to get more help on defense. It wasn’t the cornerback or safety many expected, but Van Noy can rush the passer and cover well. He's an interesting hybrid linebacker who might line up on the strong side.

9 (41) St. Louis LaMarcus Joyner

The Rams moved up to land an undersized, feisty defensive back who can play corner or safety. He will be the kind of player whom coordinator Gregg Williams will love coaching in a variety of roles.

10 (42) Philadelphia Jordan Matthews

The Eagles moved up in Round 2 to land a big, competitive receiver in Matthews, who doesn’t blaze but put up big numbers at Vandy despite so-so QB play and extra coverage routinely rolled his way.

11 (43) NY Giants

Richburg is a strong, heady center who is a natural replacement for Shaun O’Hara. He's smart and competitive, and will work well with quarterback Eli Manning.

12 (44) Buffalo Cyrus Kouandjio

At this point in the draft, it’s worth taking a risk on the massive and unfinished Kouandjio, who comes with injury risks and will need serious coaching. But the Bills have a hole at right tackle that needed filling.

13 (45) Seattle Paul Richardson

GM John Schneider is known for some unexpected picks, and after trading down twice the Seahawks land a super lean but extremely fast wideout. He has bulked up this offseason but remains a boom-or-bust home-run threat.

14 (46) Pittsburgh Stephon Tuitt

The Steelers make a classic pick in Tuitt, a long-armed hulk who played much better in 2012, when he wasn't beset by injuries. The team did a lot of work on him leading up to the draft and is convinced he’s healthy now.

15 (47) Washington Trent Murphy
Trent Murphy
DE
School:
Stanford

After dealing away their first-rounder in the RGIII trade and moving down in Round 2, the Redskins go for a hustling, solid and under-developed edge rusher who — interestingly — plays the same position as Ryan Kerrigan and Brian Orakpo. Hmm.

16 (48) Baltimore Timmy Jernigan

Typical Ozzie Newsome. The Ravens' GM let a top-10 talent come to him in Round 1 in C.J. Mosley, and in Round 2 he lands a stout run stopper who some teams were considering much earlier. He’ll play multiple spots in Baltimore.

17 (49) NY Jets Jace Amaro
Jace Amaro
TE
School:
Texas Tech

Amaro was a massive slot receiver and was highly productive for the Red Raiders, but he will have to adjust to playing some of the time in line. Can he block? Yes, but his game needs refinement.

18 (50) San Diego Jeremiah Attaochu

Some might have expected the Chargers to go with a nose tackle here, which is still a big need, but they instead grab the last of the top pass rushers. Attaochu can be a dominant edge force if his assignments are kept simple and going upfield.

19 (51) Chicago Ego Ferguson
Ego Ferguson
DT
School:
LSU

The Bears pass on Louis Nix, a player fans may have wanted, for more of a penetrating 3-technique tackle in Ferguson. He certainly looks the part but remains a raw, one-year starter in need of refinement.

20 (52) Arizona Troy Niklas
Troy Niklas
TE
School:
Notre Dame

At the combine, Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians stated his preference for tight ends who can block. Enter Niklas, a raw, massive specimen who transitioned from defense two years ago and has the size to dominate. But he isn't there yet.

21 (53) Green Bay Davante Adams

The Packers had plenty of options but went for the incredibly productive Davante Adams, who scored 24 touchdowns in a fast-paced offense last season. With a choice talent on the board and a depth issue at wideout, the Packers pounced.

22 (54) Tennessee Bishop Sankey

The Titans end the long running back drought by taking the shifty, compact Sankey. He might never be a game-breaker, but he will surprise you with his all-around skills.

23 (55) Cincinnati Jeremy Hill
Jeremy Hill
RB
School:
LSU

Jeremy Hill has a troubled past but has the size and feet to be very good if he’s committed to the game and staying in line. The Bengals have gambled on some character risks in past years, and this is no different.

24 (56) Denver Cody Latimer
Cody Latimer
WR
School:
Indiana

The Broncos moved up to land a physical, Eric Decker-sized wideout. Latimer is a tough run blocker and was used in a complex passing system at Indiana, even if the QB play there was sub-par.

24 (56) Denver Cody Latimer
Cody Latimer
WR
School:
Indiana

The Broncos moved up to land a physical, Eric Decker-sized wideout. Latimer is a tough run blocker and was used in a complex passing system at Indiana, even if the QB play there was sub-par.

25 (57) San Francisco Carlos Hyde
Carlos Hyde
RB
School:
Ohio State

The 49ers manipulate the board to land here and grab Hyde, who shockingly was the third running back taken. He was Ohio State’s best player last year and will join an absolutely loaded backfield that includes Frank Gore and Marcus Lattimore.

26 (58) New Orleans Stanley Jean-Baptiste

The Saints take a rangy corner who fits the new mold of the modern NFL cornerback. Like Richard Sherman, Jean-Baptiste is a converted receiver, but he has stiff hips and is still learning how to cover people.

27 (59) Indianapolis Jack Mewhort

The Colts finally get in on the fun after losing their first-rounder in the Trent Richardson deal. They upgrade the offensive line with Mewhort, a tackle in college who is likely to move inside. He’s thickly built, tough and nasty.

28 (60) Carolina Kony Ealy
Kony Ealy
DE
School:
Missouri

The Panthers brought Ealy in for a visit, and GM Dave Gettleman comes from the Giants system, where pass rushers were the key to two Super Bowl victories. It’s a bit of a luxury pick for Carolina, but Ealy is a good talent.

29 (61) Jacksonville Allen Robinson

The Jaguars smelled the opportunity to add another quality wideout in Round 2 and grabbed a player whose skills are different from Marqise Lee's. Robinson is a tall, fluid, angular receiver who isn’t blazingly fast but was highly productive in college.

30 (62) New England Jimmy Garoppolo

The Patriots pull a semi-stunner by plucking Jimmy Garoppolo (whose idol is Tom Brady), one of the final Green Roomers left. He has one of the quickest releases in the draft and is highly intelligent and athletic. He can be groomed as Brady’s successor.

31 (63) Miami Jarvis Landry
Jarvis Landry
WR
School:
LSU

The Dolphins drafted a receiver whose hands are perhaps the best in the draft. He’s a shifty, chain-moving possession target who brings toughness after the catch and as a run blocker. He’s not fast but is reliable.

32 (64) Seattle

If you thought the Seahawks' first pick was a reach, get ready for this one. Britt graded out like a fourth- or fifth-rounder to many scouts because of limited athleticism, but he performed well against Jadeveon Clowney last season.