33. Texans: OT Morgan Moses, Virginia (6’6, 325): The Texans need a RT and Moses can fill that role now and possibly move over to LT in a year or two with a little more experience.
34. Redskins: CB Jason Verrett, TCU (5’10, 176): If he were an inch or two taller, Verrett would be a lock for the 1st round. He might have the best man coverage skills in the draft and is good against the run despite his small frame.
35. Browns: RB Carlos Hyde, Ohio St (6’0, 235): Browns fans should be happy with the hometown Hyde pick and the third offensive weapon of the draft for the suddenly interesting Browns offense.
36. Raiders: DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh (6’0, 189): The Raiders get another steal with a first round talent at DT early in the 2nd round. Donald will be one of the smallest DTs in the league, but also one of the best pass rushers. He was the most productive DT in CFB last year (28.5 TFLs, 11.5 sacks) and has the quickness, low center of gravity, and strong hand play to be a force inside.
37. Falcons: G Xavier Su’a Filo, UCLA (6’3, 305): The Falcons need to protect Matt Ryan and open some holes in the running game. Terrible O-line play was a big reason the Falcons struggled last year. Su’a Filo is extremely strong and has enough mobility to pull or zone block if needed. He’s already 23, so should be ready to play immediately.
38. Buccaneers: DE Scott Crichton, Oregon St (6’3, 265): The Bucs finished 23rd in the league in sacks last year. Crichton will team with 1st round pick Khalil Mack to give the Bucs two powerful speed rushers off the edge.
39. Jaguars: DE/OLB Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech (6’3, 252): Showed well in Senior Bowl practices playing for Jags HC Gus Bradley. Attaochu could fill a role similar to what Bruce Irvin did in Seattle while Bradley was the DC there. The Jags had one of the worst pass rushes in the NFL last season and they need to find a player(s) who can get to the QB. As long as Attaochu runs in the 4.6 range at the combine, he’s a good bet to the Jags in round 2.
40. Vikings: OLB Ryan Shazier, Ohio St (6’2, 230): Chad Greenway and Erin Henderson were two of the worst OLBs in the league last season. Shazier has elite speed for an LB (4.4 range) and despite being underweight is a big hitter and an instinctive blitzer.
41. Bills: TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington (6’6, 276): The Bills continue to add weapons for young QB EJ Manual. Sefarian-Jenkins is a good blocker with surprising agility for a man his size and excellent hands. He’s not a deep threat, but can be a reliable (and huge) target on short to mid range routes and is tough to bring down once he has the ball in his hands.
42. Titans – RB Tre Mason, Auburn (5’10, 205): With Chris Johnson about to be released, the Titans pick the closing thing to Johnson in this year’s draft. Mason can fly and is tough enough to break a tackle or two. He’s a dangerous running back once he gets to the second level and can provide value as a return man as well.
43. Giants – RB Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona (5’10, 207): With Andre Brown testing the free agent waters and David Wilson possibly done for his career, the Giants need a RB. Carey led the nation in rushing last year (1,929 yards) at Arizona and is sturdy enough to handle the bulk of the carries for the Giants next season.
44. Rams – G David Yankey, Stanford (6’5, 314): The Rams continue to rebuild their O-line with a solid all-around guard out of Stanford. Yankey will open some holes inside for Zac Stacy and help keep Bradford clean in the passing game. He’s a first round talent with few if any flaws.
45. Lions – CB Louchiez Purifoy, Florida (6’0, 190): The Lions need to find someone to play CB across from Darius Slay. Purifoy has the athleticism to be great, but doesn’t make as many plays as he should with his skill set. He plays very physical and with so much swagger it’s like he’s already thinks he’s great even though he’s not yet. He’ll fit right in on the Lions.
46. Steelers – CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech (6’0, 194): Starting CB Ike Taylor was brutal last season. PFF ranked him 70th out of 79 CBs that played at least half of their teams snaps. Fuller is a technician at corner and excels on short to intermediate routes. He lacks deep speed, so he can be taken advantage of with the long ball, but the rest of Fuller’s game is solid including his run support. Fuller should be ready to step in and contribute right away.
47. Cowboys – DT Will Sutton ASU (6’1, 315): It’s tough to pass on a safety here, but DT is a much shallower position in this year’s draft and with the Cowboys potentially losing both starters at DT and no cap space to sign a free agent… they need to reach a little on Sutton. He’s a divisive prospect. Sutton dominated his junior year as a pass rusher (13 sacks), then gained 30 pounds his senior year and became an excellent run-stuffer (Pac-12 defensive player of the year) but the added weight slowed him down and he couldn’t get to the QB (4 sacks) like he did as a junior. Sutton showed up at the Senior Bowl close to his run-stuffer weight (315 pounds) but showed flashes of his junior year quickness in both the drills and the game (1 sack). Scouts are torn on who the real Sutton is, I’ve seen him anywhere from a late 1st round pick to early 4th. Personally, I think that there is an ideal weight (295?) at which Sutton could be good against both the run and the pass and if he finds it, Sutton would be a steal in round 2.
48. Ravens – T Antonio Richardson, Tennessee (6’6, 327): Massive LT prospect who is an exceptional athlete for a man his size. The rub with Richardson is that his technique is poor and he hasn’t shown the desire to get better. He seems fine relying on his size and natural athleticism to get by. Richardson is an NFL caliber player right now, but the potential is there for him to dominate if he puts the work in to improve his technique. Both of the Ravens tackles (Oher, McKinnie) are free agents so they need to draft a contingency plan or two in case they leave Baltimore.
49. Jets – WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon St (5’10, 186): The Jets continue to add explosive play-makers to their offense. They need all the help they can get as they had the worst collection of skill players in the NFL last season. Cooks is dangerous with the ball in his hands and will give Geno Smith a reliable target on slants and other short routes which he can turn into big gains. Cooks’ size is less than ideal, but he was unstoppable as a junior (128 catches, 1,730 yards, 16 TDs). He’s a poor man’s Steve Smith.
50. Dolphins: OT Jack Mewhort, Ohio St (6’6, 306): Another strong, versatile O-lineman who played everywhere but center during his stint at OSU. Mewhort showed well at the Senior Bowl, solidifying his 2nd round grade. By all reports, he’s a good guy off the field as well, which is important to the Dolphins after the Martin / Incognito debacle.
51. Bears: S Calvin Pryor, Louisville (6’2, 208): The Bears get lucky and the draft’s #2 rated safety falls to the mid 2nd round. This might reek of a homer selection, but safeties are rarely drafted in the first round (only 5 in last 4 drafts), it’s a deep draft at the position which may force teams that need a safety to address thinner positions (DE, DT) first, there aren’t many teams that need a safety bad enough to draft one early, and at least one safety-needy team (Eagles) is rumored to be filling the position in free agency instead. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Bears signed at least one free agent safety as well, but they can’t afford to pass on Pryor if he is available. He’s the complete package at free safety with great range, good ball skills, and is a solid tackler known for occasionally laying out a receiver over the middle. In other words, he’s exactly what the Bears have been missing at the safety position since Mike Brown. If the Bears draft Pryor and find a way to sign SS TJ Ward, then all of a sudden they could have one of the best safety combinations in the NFL.
52. Cardinals: OLB Kyle Van Noy, BYU (6’3, 244): Another steal in the 2nd round, Van Noy can do it all at the OLB position. He’s more of a finesse guy than some teams like, but you can’t argue with the results (24 sacks, 54 TFLs over last 3 seasons). Van Noy is unique in that he excels in both coverage and rushing the passer. He’ll be an instant upgrade for the Cards over Sam Acho who was the weak link on a very good defense last year.
53. Packers: OLB Trent Murphy, Stanford (6’5, 255): There are rumors all over the place about the Packers targeting Murphy in round 2. It makes sense, the Packers need edge rushers and that’s what Murphy does best (15 sacks in 2013). He gets surprisingly low to the ground coming off the edge despite his height, has a myriad of sneaky pass rush moves, and is a 100% effort all-the-time type of player. Bears fans are going to hate him.
54. Eagles: S Ed Reynolds, Stanford (6’2, 206): I hear the Eagles are going to address the safety position in free agency, but even if they sign two vets, it still makes sense to draft a safety of the future. Chip Kelly is familiar with Reynolds from his days at Oregon and knows that he’s smart in coverage with natural instincts, good ball skills and solid range. Reynolds showed a knack for making big plays returning 3 of his 6 picks for TDs in 2012.
55. Bengals – CB Bradley Roby Ohio St (6’0, 192): The Bengals are one of the few teams in “best player available” mode, since they don’t have any glaring holes on their roster (except Dalton!). Roby might be gone much earlier if he runs a 4.3 at the combine as rumored he can. If he’s available, he would be a great developmental pick for the Bengals. Roby has prototypical physical traits for the position, has shown a willingness to hit in the run game, and just needs some coaching on his technique. He was destroyed by Wisconsin’s Jared Abbrederris in their match-up last year and it really exposed Roby’s poor technique. All his issues as fixable though and he could develop into a pro bowl caliber CB with the right situation and coaching.
56. 49ers – WR Jarvis Landry LSU (6’1, 195 ): With Anquan Boldin a threat to leave in free agency, the Niners draft a younger version in Landry. He’s not a burner, but he’s very strong, knows how to get open, and has great hands. He’s also a willing blocker in the run game and would give Kaepernick a reliable option opposite Crabtree. Landry is a first round talent, but it’s a deep WR class and the Niners get a great value pick late in the second round.
57. Chargers – OLB Carl Bradford, ASU (6’1, 243): The Chargers need to find someone who can rush the passer off the edge and that is Bradford’s specialty. He’s undersized, but has natural pass rush moves and plays the game with an edge that will be a welcome addition to a defense that was kind of soft in 2013.
58. Saints – SS Jimmy Ward, Northern Illinois (5’11, 191): The Saints should be set for a while at the safety position after this pick. The combo of last year’s first rounder (Kenny Vaccaro) and Ward gives the Saints two safeties with plenty of range in coverage and solid tackling in run support. Ward isn’t flashy but is a sound tackler and is so good in coverage that he could fill in at CB if needed. Good value late in the 2nd round.
59. Colts – CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska (6’3,215): He is a bit raw after switching to CB from WR just two season ago, but Jean-Baptiste has shown surprising fluidity for his height, natural instincts breaking on the ball, and good hands from his days as a WR. He’ll need some coaching on his technique, but he is close to being ready to contribute and would give the Colts a giant corner to match up against the league’s taller WRs.
60. Panthers – CB Pierre Desir, Lindenwood (6’1,195 ): Another tall corner, Desir is making a huge jump up in competition from tiny Lindenwood college. He showed he could handle it at the Senior Bowl. Desir struggled a little the first two days of practice, but I watched him dominate a solid group of WRs in the press coverage drill on day 3. There is a lot of potential here, even if it takes a year or two before he is ready to start. The Panthers had one of the shortest secondaries in the NFL last year, so Desir would be a welcome addition.
61. 49ers – SS Deone Bucannon, Washington St (6’1,216 ): I’m a big fan and hoped he would fall to the Bears in round 3, but Bucannon has been shooting up draft boards since the Senior Bowl and for good reason. He’s one of the biggest hitters in college football and has excellent range in coverage. Bucannon misses his fair share of tackles since he is always going for the big hit, but that can be coached out and it’s really the only flaw in his game. Bucannon and last year’s first round pick (FS Eric Reid) could give the Niners one of the best safety combos in the NFL for years to come.
62. Patriots – C Travis Swanson, Arkansas (6’5, 310): Center Ryan Wendell was the weak spot on the Pats line last year (-14 grade, ranked 33rd out of 35 centers by PFF). Swanson is unusually tall for the center position, but has enough athleticism to pull in the run game and is a solid pass blocker. He’s not the strongest center on the board, but will get stronger in time and should have a long career anchoring the Pats O-line.
63. Broncos – CB / S LaMarcus Joyner, Florida St (5’8,190) He’s going to be one of the shortest players in the NFL, but Joyner can play. He’s a fierce hitter despite his small stature, has great speed, and his instincts are so good that he is always around the ball. Joyner is probably too small to cover outside the hash marks, but he can play either safety spot and could be an outstanding nickel corner. He’ll play a similar role to how the Cardinals used Tyrann Mathieu last season and Joyner is also a dangerous return man.
64. Seahawks – RT Ja’Wuan James, Tennessee (6’6, 315): Seattle’s current RT, Breno Giacomini, was over-matched at times last season, is a penalty magnet and probably shouldn’t be starting in the NFL. James would of been a LT at most colleges, but with Antonio Richardson entrenched there, James got a lot of experience playing on the right side which is beneficial since that is probably his best fit in the NFL. James is a powerful run blocker with good feet and surprising quickness for his size. His technique needs some work, but it’s close enough to NFL ready that he should be able to start at RT from day 1.