NFL Mock Draft – Round 2
42.) Titans: RB Tre Mason, Auburn (5’10, 205) – With Chris Johnson released, the Titans need to find another running back unless they plan on Shonn Greene being their feature back. I doubt anyone thinks that’s a good plan. Mason can fly, is sturdy and 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: TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington (6’5, 262) – TE Brandon Myers was a bust last year and is already gone (TB). Seferian-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. His recent 4.5 40-time (rumored) at a workout for the Jets might boost him a little higher than this.
44.) Rams: CB / S LaMarcus Joyner, Florida St (5’8, 184) – 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 free safety or could be an outstanding slot corner. The Rams just released slot corner Cortland Finnegan, so Joyner can slide into that spot right away and contribute as a rookie. Joyner will also help out on kick & punt returns. He’s a tough, hard-nose football player who should be a Jeff Fisher favorite right away.
45.) Lions: CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska (6’3, 218): The Lions do realize they need help at corner right? I’m shocked they passed on one with the 10th pick, but pretty sure they will address the position in round 2. Jean-Baptiste is 6’3, ran a 4.46 40 at his pro day and has a 41.5″ vertical leap. Measurements like those don’t come along very often at the corner position. It’s not like he is just a workout warrior either, Jean-Baptiste had 6 interceptions and 21 pass breakups in just 17 starts and was 2nd team all Big-Ten last season. Jean-Baptiste’s technique is raw, he has only played corner for two years after switching from wide receiver before his sophomore season at Nebraska. I was impressed with SJB’s instincts breaking on the ball at the Senior Bowl and he has excellent ball skills from his days as a wide out. He’s inconsistent against the run but has shown sings of being a big hitter.
46.) Steelers: WR Allen Robinson, Penn St (6’2, 220) – Rumor has it that the Steelers have promised Roethlisberger a big receiver and they get one here with Robinson. Not only does he have great size, but he has excellent hands and enough acceleration and quickness to get open consistently. Robinson has good strength and is a load to bring down after the catch. His stock has dropped due to a slow 40 at the combine (4.6), but he is a steal in round 2. Robinson should develop into an excellent possession receiver with good YAC potential.
47.) Cowboys: DT Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota (6’6, 318) – The Cowboys filled one hole on their D-line by signing Henry Melton but they still need a replacement for Nick Hayden, who finished the 2013 season with a -27.4 grade from PFF which was the 2nd worst grade in the NFL at DT (68/69). Drafting Hageman gives them a replacement for Hayden with a ton of upside and a powerful run stopper to pair with Melton who is more of a pass rusher. Hageman wasn’t as productive as he should have been in college considering his elite strength and athleticism, but he is a converted TE and is still learning the nuances of the DT position. Guys with Hageman’s measurables aren’t often available in the 2nd round.
48.) Ravens: T Antonio Richardson, Tennessee (6’6, 336) – The Ravens like big tackles and Richardson is a massive tackle prospect with surprisingly light feet for his size. “Tiny” struggled in pass pro as a left tackle, but he could step in on the right side to replace Michael Oher and could become a force quickly. With some technique improvement Richardson could eventually become a stud at left tackle as well.
49.) Jets: CB Pierre Desir, Lindenwood (6’1, 198) – The Jets missed out on all of the top free agent corners and they still need help. They need a big corner who can play press coverage and Desir dominated the press coverage drills at the Senior Bowl. He is making a huge jump up in competition from tiny Lindenwood college, but showed he could handle it at the Senior Bowl and then ran well at the combine (4.59) for a guy his size. There is a lot of potential here, Desir has great size, arm length and ball skills. It might take him a year before his technique is good enough to crack the starting lineup but once he’s there he should be a solid pro and a great fit in the Jets aggressive scheme.
50.) Dolphins: G Xavier G Su’a-Filo, UCLA (6’4, 307) – The Dolphins reached for James in the first round, but get a great value pick here. Ideally Su’a-Filo can step in at the RG position and give the Dolphins their 4th new starter on the offensive line. They definitely need a change after the Incognito / Martin fiasco and giving up a league high 58 sacks last year. Su’a-Filo showed fluid mobility at the combine, has good strength and has very few flaws on tape. He’s already 23, so should be ready to play immediately.