Wednesday, May 7, 2014
ESPN Boston mock draft: Round 2
By Mike Reiss
On Monday, April 28, the fifth-annual ESPNBoston.com reader mock draft was held. The mock included participation from three loyal readers.
As a spin-off from that mock, we’ve recruited four ESPNBoston.com readers to continue with a second-round mock draft based off the first round.
Mike Procopio is a 33-year-old native of Middleton, Mass. A graduate of Masconomet Regional High School and Salem State University, Mike has worked at Tactician Corporation in Andover since 2003. He lives with his wife, Kristen, in Wakefield.
Evan Smith is from the South Shore of Massachusetts, and currently is a junior at Boston College majoring in marketing at the Carroll School of Management. He is a longtime sports fan and a regular mock drafter, with a passion for studying players’ talents and seeing how they might translate to the pros.
Justin Carpenter is a 20-year-old-college student from the northwest suburbs of Chicago. He is an avid Boston sports fan who made the transition from soccer to football his senior year and had a season-long 55-yard field goal. He hopes to take part in the NFL’s regional combine in the future, and if that dream isn’t realized, he plans to pursue a career as a high school teacher.
Tony Clark is a 41-year-old resident of Muncie, Ind., who attended Ball State University. He currently works for Teal Automotive as a transmission parts sales adviser. Clark enjoys NFL football and has a dog named Brady.
2014 NFL DRAFT
Round 1: May 8, 8 p.m. ET Rds. 2-3: May 9, 7 p.m. ET Rds. 4-7: May 10, noon ET
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34. Washington Redskins: Jason Verrett (CB) TCU -- Verrett doesn't have the size most marquee corners have, but good ball skills and some of the best times at the combine make him a steal for Washington if he slides to them here.
35. Cleveland Browns: Allen Robinson (WR) Penn State --Josh Gordon can only burn so many teams (and fantasy teams) before defenses game plan for him. Robinson will make a good second option for whichever quarterback ends up in Cleveland.
36. Oakland Raiders: Kelvin Benjamin (WR) Florida State --Matt Schaub needs someone to throw to, and this big target will slide right in and start from Day 1. His presence will be felt in the red zone as well.
37. Houston Texans (via trade from Atlanta): Louis Nix III (DT) Notre Dame -- His stats don't jump off the page, but his size and the attention he gets from blockers will. Nicknamed "Irish Chocolate," he will help anchor a Texans run defense loaded with young talent.
38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jace Amaro (TE) Texas Tech -- Tampa Bay needs someone to draw some attention away from Vincent Jackson, and Amaro is it. The former Red Raider brings that sneaky quickness that can burn linebackers and safeties up the seam.
39. Jacksonville Jaguars: Teddy Bridgewater (QB) Louisville -- Jacksonville passed on a quarterback in the first round, but takes a chance with Bridgewater, whose stock has fallen more than any other prospect.
40. Minnesota Vikings: Bradley Roby (CB) Ohio State -- The Vikings add to their defense with the talented Roby, who offers good cover skills and is not afraid to be physical with good press coverage skills. After giving up the second most passing yards per game in the league last year, the Vikings' defense will improve with first-round pick Anthony Barr’s pressure and Roby’s coverage.
41. Buffalo Bills: Donte Moncrief (WR) Mississippi -- After passing on Eric Ebron in the first round, the Bills get their physical weapon for EJ Manuel. Though not a tight end, Moncrief offers physicality, along with his speed, great hands, and route-running ability.
42. Tennessee Titans: Carlos Hyde (RB) Ohio State -- The Titans would love a defensive back here, but after letting go of Chris Johnson, they take Hyde. Though he has a similar playing style to Shonn Greene, Greene has disappointed over the past few years. Hyde offers the Titans a back with a lot of power who can get the yards between the trenches.
43. New York Giants: Timmy Jernigan (DT) Florida State -- The Giants' needs at this point include D-line help and tight end, so with Jernigan still on the board the Giants don’t hesitate with this pick. Jernigan has immense power that allows him to take on double teams, but also has great pass-rushing technique. If he can blow through the offensive line, causing the QB to flee the pocket, Jason Pierre-Paul will be waiting in the wings to chase him down.
44. St. Louis Rams: Cyrus Kouandjio (OT) Alabama -- The Rams are in need of offensive line help. Sam Bradford has been under pressure for years, and after finally getting help in Jake Long, he suffered an ACL and MCL tear that he’ll be trying to come back from. Kouandjio is a great fit here as he offers mammoth size with good form that should help create a better pocket and open up running lanes.
45. Detroit Lions: Deone Bucannon (S) Washington State -- Detroit is severely lacking a playmaking safety. Bucannon is a physical safety with good length and overall size. His skill set is ideal toward the line of scrimmage. He's also is a capable special-teamer, and should be a Day 1 starter.
46. Pittsburgh Steelers: Chris Borland (MLB) Wisconsin -- Given Borland’s injury history with his shoulder, teams may be weary of drafting him high. However, being such a need for Pittsburgh, Borland makes too much sense not to happen.
47. Dallas Cowboys: DaQuan Jones (DT) Penn State -- After picking a defensive end in round one to replace DeMarcus Ware, the Cowboys will look to lessen the blow of Jason Hatcher's departure by selecting Jones. He has scheme versatility, which will become useful to Rod Marinelli. With a good motor and snap anticipation, Jones should get significant reps early in his career.
50. Miami Dolphins: Trai Turner (G) LSU -- Miami is in dire need of offensive line help. Signing Branden Albert in free agency and drafting tackle Zack Martin in Round 1 is a step in the right direction. Turner has been a steady riser up draft boards in recent months.
51. Chicago Bears: Jimmie Ward (S) Northern Illinois -- After selecting Aaron Donald in the first round, the Bears focus on their secondary. While technically a strong safety in the MAC, Ward has the speed and range to play either safety spot. After a run of safeties, Ward may be the last safety worth a top-100 selection.
52. Arizona Cardinals: Scott Crichton (DE/OLB) Oregon State -- As a junior underclassman, Crichton could be used as a third-down rusher while spending the season learning the NFL trade from one of the great pass-rushers in John Abraham.
54. Philadelphia Eagles: Trent Murphy (OLB/DE) Stanford -- Chip Kelly goes back to his Pac-12 roots and selects the perfect player to compete with Connor Barwin at LOLB. Murphy led the nation in sacks last season with 15, but don’t let that fool you into thinking he’s just a pass-rusher. He’s a terrific athlete for a player his size (6-foot-5, 250 pounds) and his instincts are top notch.
55. Cincinnati Bengals: Davante Adams (WR) Fresno State -- The popular position projected for the Bengals has been to draft a CB to groom behind aging Terence Newman. Yet Marvin Lewis drafted Dre Kirkpatrick 17th overall in 2012. At this point there is no CB worthy of the selection, and Adams is the top player on the board and could push for playing time instantly.
56. San Francisco 49ers: Kareem Martin (DE/OLB) North Carolina -- A team as deep as San Francisco with no pressing holes can afford to go in a number of directions with this pick. While not nearly the caliber of player, Martin could provide a little insurance behind troubled Aldon Smith.
57. San Diego Chargers: Stan Jean-Baptiste (CB), Nebraska -- After grabbing a receiver in the first round, the Chargers are fortunate to have a solid press-man corner available to them at this point in the draft.
58. New Orleans Saints: Marcus Martin C, Southern California -- Some have speculated that they might look to this area in the first round, but in this scenario they get the edge rusher (Dee Ford) in the first and now their center.
61. San Francisco 49ers: Kyle Van Noy, LB, Brigham Young -- They traded up for a cornerback in the first round (Kyle Fuller), and now add insurance as NaVorro Bowman attempts to come back from a serious knee injury.
62. New England Patriots: Demarcus Lawrence, DE/OLB, Boise State -- He plays with an edge and is one of the top pass-rushers in the draft. He fits a multiple-front team like the Patriots as more of a 3-4 outside linebacker type who would factor into sub packages.
63. Denver Broncos: Dominique Easley, DT, Florida -- If the medical questions check out (two torn ACLs in college), he could be too much value to pass up.