Gathering up some second-round mocks

May, 9, 2014
May 9
Gathering up a few second-round mock drafts, highlighting the New England Patriots' picks, and sharing a few thoughts:

Mel Kiper's mock (ESPN Insider): Insider RB Carlos Hyde (Ohio State) -- "The Patriots get a dynamic talent to take more pressure off Tom Brady, and they do have a need here."

Don Banks' mock ( QB Tom Savage (Pittsburgh) -- "Taking another non-first round quarterback named Tom wouldn't be the worst decision the Patriots could make."

Bucky Brooks' mock ( RB Tre Mason (Auburn) -- "The Heisman Trophy finalist would be a nice fit."

Rob Rang's mock ( QB Jimmy Garoppolo (Eastern Illinois) -- "Tom Brady isn't getting any younger and Garoppolo's quick decisions and release make him an ideal protégé."

Evan Silva's mock (Rotoworld): QB Tom Savage (Pittsburgh)/RB Tre Mason (Auburn) -- Draft covers second/third rounds.

Nate Davis' mock (USA Today): TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins (Washington) -- "According to Tony Gonzalez, Seferian-Jenkins is the best all-around tight end prospect in the draft this year." C Weston Richburg (Colorado State) -- "Upgrade at center is still needed."

QUICK-HIT THOUGHTS: It's a clean sweep across the board on offense. Setting up Day 2, running back, tight end, offensive line and defensive end/outside linebacker were the positions targeted as the spots with a higher likelihood of picking. Quarterback might be a little rich here, but if the Patriots really do like Savage, the feeling here is that he wouldn't be there at the end of the third round, and a pick of Savage would be consistent with what the Broncos did with Brock Osweiler (No. 57 overall pick, 2012). The Seferian-Jenkins pick is intriguing; he has a lot going for himself as a player, the questions here have been more related to questions away from football. If the Patriots go running back, the hunch here is that it wouldn't be Hyde.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter



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