NFC West: 2014 NFL Round 2 Rapid Reaction

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- The pick: Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State

My take: I can't argue with the value. The 49ers, with a league-high five picks tonight, waited and let the board come to them. They made two trades and pounced on Hyde. Frank Gore, entering the final year of his contract, is nearing the end of his career. Hyde will be the big back for the 49ers for the next several years. The 49ers continue to rely on a punishing rushing game and this pick confirms it.

Don’t forget Lattimore: The 49ers took running back Marcus Lattimore in the fourth round last year. He is recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in 2012. The 49ers won’t rush him. But a tandem of Hyde and Lattimore could be pretty special down the road.

What’s next: The 49ers will likely look at cornerbacks, receivers and offensive linemen next.
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RENTON, Wash. -- The pick: Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado

My take: A huge surprise. Richardson wasn't supposed to be on the Seattle Seahawks' radar, according to most draft experts. At 6-foot, 175 pounds, he doesn't fit the mold of the big-body receiver they were expected to take early in the draft. But Richardson is lightning fast -- clocked a 4.4 40-yard dash and was sometimes even faster. He caught 83 passes last season coming off an ACL injury in 2012.

A Harvin clone: Richardson is very similar to Percy Harvin, extremely quick and a great route runner. That's why this pick seems a little odd, but the Seahawks have earned the right to get the benefit of the doubt here.

What's next: Is it an offensive lineman, something the team desperately needs to address? The Seahawks have the final pick of Round 2 coming up.
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EARTH CITY, Mo. -- The pick: Lamarcus Joyner, defensive back, Florida State

My take: The St. Louis Rams gave up a fifth-round pick to move up three spots from No. 44 to No. 41 to draft Joyner. In the interest of full disclosure, I believed this was possibly the best possible pick the Rams could make amongst all the defensive backs in this draft. The Rams needed a player capable of helping at safety but with the versatility to play in the nickel. Joyner fits both of those needs in one pick and brings incredible leadership to the table as well. Now, to be clear, Joyner is small at 5-foot-9, 184 pounds, but his toughness and football acumen usually put him in the right place at the right time.

Flexibility Fit: He should have a chance to start at safety right away and work as the nickel. Expect to see him on the field early and often. It's the same role Rodney McLeod played last year, but Joyner should offer an obvious upgrade. The Rams needed to add some help at corner and safety and Joyner can do both, which also should give the Rams more flexibility in the next few rounds.

What's next: The Rams' next pick is coming in the third round at No. 75. They could go any number of ways with that pick, including quarterback and offensive line.
RENTON, Wash. -- The pick: The Seahawks sent the No. 40 pick, which they received Thursday form Minnesota, and pick No. 146 in Round 5 to Detroit for pick No. 45 in Round 2, No. 111 in Round 4 and No. 227 in Round 7.

My take: The Seahawks watched three players go off the board at the start of Round 2 -- UCLA guard Xavier Su'a-Filo, Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence and Nevada offensive tackle Joel Bitonio -- that they might have selected, so they opted to trade down for the second time in this draft and added another pick, giving them eight overall.

Su'a-Filo would have helped: As it turns out, Seattle wasn't close to getting the big guard from UCLA at No. 40. He was the first player picked in Round 2, going to the Texans. Obviously, Seattle would have had to keep the last pick of Round 1 to get him.

What's next: The second-round pick from Detroit at No. 45.

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