NFL Mock Draft 2.0 – Rounds 2 & 3

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On Monday I posted round 1 of my 2nd mock draft and today I’ll cover rounds 2 & 3. Check back tomorrow for rounds 4-7 and my analysis of the Bears seven picks.

Round 2

33.) Texans: LB Kyle Van Noy, BYU (6’3, 243) - 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 should be an instant upgrade over either Mercilus or Reed at OLB.

34.) Redskins: WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida St (6’5, 240) - He’s 240 pounds with 4% body fat. That’s unreal. Benjamin has an elite size/speed ratio, though there is some concern about his hands and change of direction ability. His route-running needs work, but Benjamin has the physical tools to be unstoppable eventually and should be a dangerous deep threat right away. The Redskins need some size at the position and a deep threat and Benjamin gives them both with the upside for more.

35.) Browns: RB Carlos Hyde, Ohio St (6’0, 230) - Rumor has it the Browns are looking for a workhorse back and that is what Hyde brings to the table. He’s a tough-runner with surprising burst and wiggle for a guy his size.

36.) Raider: QB Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois (6’2, 219) - The Raiders get their QB of the future in Garoppolo. I don’t think even they are stupid enough to consider Schaub their long-term answer at QB and should be looking for an upgrade for 2015 and beyond. Garappolo doesn’t have the biggest arm, but his quick release and sound decision-making should make him a solid pro and an upgrade over what the Raiders currently have at the position.

37.) Falcons: OT Cyrus Kouandijo, Alabama (6’7, 322) - A lot has been made of his disappointing combine and failed medicals due to an arthritic knee, but when you watch his game tape he is a borderline dominant left tackle against top competition in the SEC. None other than Dr. James Andrews has said his medicals are fine and his knee is normal for a man of his size. Kouandjio is very mobile for his size with a good kick slide and despite some inconsistent play last year, has the tools to be a dominant tackle down the road.

38.) Buccaneers: DE Scott Crighton, Oregon St (6’3, 273) - The Bucs finished 23rd in the league in sacks last year. The signings of DE Michael Johnson and DT Clinton McDonald will help, but Lovie Smith’s zone scheme needs a pass rush from the defensive line. Crighton can line up across from Johnson on passing downs and use his impressive burst to  generate pressure off the edge. His pass rush technique needs some work but he has the physical tools to be a force.

39.) Jaguars:  QB Zach Mettenberger, LSU (6’5, 224): Mettenberger has good size and a cannon arm, but showed inconsistent accuracy at the college level and he’s not very mobile. With a year or two of grooming, he could end up being a very good NFL QB, but will need a solid line in front of him because he struggles to escape pressure.

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  • Eddie Currie

    For the love of all things holy in football, I pray the Bears don’t throw a 2nd round pick down the toilet by drafting Chris Borland.

    • Mike Flannery

      down the toilet? ha. what don’t you like about Borland? Anything besides the height issue?

      • Eddie Currie

        Haha. Ok, there is the height issue. There’s also the speed issue and the short arms issue. All of that combined is an undersized linebacker who doesn’t have great speed and isn’t the surest of tacklers. Not exactly the gamble I’m hoping to see the Bears make in the 2nd round. DT is deep, I’d love to see them take Quarles, Ferguson, Johnson, Jones, etc. in the 3rd. If they’re available, Ward or Bucannon in the 2nd at safety. Which means, if you see MLB being one the biggest needs for the Bears, they’d be free to take C.J. Mosely in the 1st, who I’m a big fan of. Or the best defensive talent available (Gilbert, Dennard, Donald, Ealy). Just not a Borland fan, would rather see another team take that risk. I’d actually rather see the Bears trade up for Clowney or Mack instead of drafting Borland, haha. Didn’t mean to be so rude!

        • Mike Flannery

          Not rude at all man. I appreciate the feedback. Was just curious because I rarely talk to anyone who doesnt like Borland (besides the obvious height/arms issue). He ran a 4.7 at his pro day which is at least average for an mlb and I rarely see him miss a tackle, but I didnt watch every one of his games or anything. You sound like you don’t think MLB is one of the Bears biggest needs? Are you related to Jon Bostic or something?

          I would be very happy with Mosely, but not if they passed on Donald for him. I dont think DT is that deep. Of those DTs you mentioned, Quarles is the only one I like. I’m not sold on any of the others and think they may just be depth guys at the next level. Just an opinion obviously.

          I like both Ward & Bucannon a lot and had both in the Bears 2nd round slot at one point before deciding on Borland. I’ll be posting my reasoning behind the picks after im done (wed).

          • Eddie Currie

            No relation to Bostic, haha. Honestly, I see linebacker, corner, and safety being just as important as DT in the draft. 90-some percent of the mocks out there have the Bears taking a DT in the 1st and I just hate that idea. Sure it’s a position of need, but I was just pointing out that there are still quality options at DT that can be had much later in the draft, and to have the Bears locked in at DT is just so close-minded and frustrating to hear so frequently. I’m a big fan of taking talent over need. Injuries last year showed just how uncertain everything is.
            In the 1st, I’d be really happy with Mosely, Gilbert, Dennard, or Donald. In the 2nd, Ward, Bucannon, or Lawrence. 3rd, Easley, Quarles, SJB. With the Allen signing our DE position seems pretty solid, but I’d still hate to see the Bears pass up a pass rusher in the draft if he’s the best talent available and best talent on their board. Talent over need and everything should work out! And no Borland, haha. Then again, I think the Bears’ number one priority should be to trade back and attempt to acquire another 2nd or 3rd round pick. That would be ideal.

          • Mike Flannery

            I agree with you on talent over need, but I think Donald is a top 10 talent. The fact that he also plays a position the Bears need is gravy. I don’t think Jernigan is a top 15 guy. So if Donald is gone before the Bears pick, I would much rather them draft a different position then DT. I would be ok with them taking Mosely, Ealy, Barr or Gilbert at 14 but if they aren’t going to take one of those four I would rather they move down and pick up more picks.

  • Mattia Rizzo

    As a Patriots (and LSU) fan I would have preferred picking Loston rather than Bailey. As you said Bailey don’t have a clear fit on defense while Loston could be a good fit “day 1″ against the run and actually the Pats need a SS. Looking at all the situation with Gronkowski I think NE will look for someone who could play his position like Troy Niklas, just to be sure to have a good starting TE available any moment and a good blocker on the field when they decide to go with the power running attack (even having Hoomanawanui on the roster). The HB/TE or “move” TE position can be addressed with more ease later in the draft with guys like Jake Murphy or Gator Hoskins.

    • Mike Flannery

      Loston would be liability in coverage if forced to play this year, while Bailey is decent in both coverage and vs the run. The Pats do need a SS and I think Bailey is more ready to contribute immediately than Loston is. Long term Loston is the better athlete and has more upside, but Bailey will be better player in 2014. I think both will be very good strong safeties eventually.

      Like Loston, Niklas is raw and probably needs a year or two before being NFL ready. He’s only been a tight end for 2 seasons. Amaro is close to a finished product and can step in and contribute right away at the move TE position which was a huge hole in Pats offense last year.

      I like both players you mentioned better long-term but Pats window is closing and I think they will go with more NFL ready prospects like Amaro & Bailey