With Round one of the draft finally over we can now turn our attention to the second round. The Redskins and the Colts come back onto the board in this round as the teams scramble to grab the best available talent.
33 – Houston Texans Derek Carr
The Texans need a QB. After losing/getting rid of Matt Schaub in the offseason the QB roster looks weak. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Case Keenum and T.J. Yates are not who you want as your signal caller.
The Texans dream scenario would have been to see Teddy Bridgewater drop right into their lap but the Vikings took care of that. It leaves open the possibility of a family reunion though.
In 2002 David Carr was drafted by the Houston Texans as the number one overall pick. He was an epic bust. Could his little brother Derek be about to try to do the same again. He has already played at the same college.
34 – Washington Redskins Terrence Brook
The Redskins come onto the board with their second overall pick and they need to inject some youth into the secondary at the cornerback and safety positions.
DeAngelo Hall hasn't got many seasons left and the Redskins need to get a rookie in who can soak up some of that wisdom.
I see them taking Terrence Brook who is an aggressive but raw player who has played both at cornerback and free safety.
59 – Indianapolis Colts Marquise Lee
After not having a first round pick the Colts needed to trade up from pick 59. A trade with the Browns seems to make the most sense. The Colts need a wide receiver to give Luck someone to throw to. The Colts will be delighted to grab Marquise Lee who was unfortunate fall into the second round.
36 – Oakland Raiders – Jace Amero
The Raiders did a great job picking up Kahlil Mack in the first round. It is no secret though that there roster is too old and desperately needs the injection of youth this draft should provide.
A long term franchise QB would be great but I see the Raiders waiting until next year to solve that issue. The problems elsewhere on the field are so bad that a rookie QB could get pummelled right out of the NFL.
Instead I see the Raiders picking up tight end Jace Amero who would be a great receiving option for the Oakland outfit.
37 – Atlanta Falcons – Kony Ealy
The Falcon's are doing well out this years draft. A trade up for Jadeveon Clowney may not have been possible but they picked up a solid tackle Jake Matthews and now they can add Kony Ealy a strong pass rusher who was unfortunate to fall out of the first round.
38 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Morgan Moses
The Buccaneers need to improve the offensive line. Tackle Morgan Moses is just sitting there on the shelf waiting to be picked. The 6'6'' 314 pound Moses will do the Buccaneers nicely.
39 – Jacksonville Jaguars – Cyrus Kouandjio
The Jaguars need a strong offensive tackle if they are to give new franchise QB Blake Bortles a fighting chance. Cyrus Kouandjio had a bad combine and is recovering from a knee injury. The tape shows that Kouandjio can be a vicious blocker who is capable of dominating the rush.
He will do the Jaguars very nicely.
40 – Seattle Seahawks- Ra'Shade Hageman
After trading out of the first round the Seahawks must feel confident that there man would still be on the board eight picks later. They were right because, there is plenty of talent left at both tight end and on the D-line. I reckon the Superbowl Champions will target the defensive tackle position and drafting Ra'Shede Hageman.
41 – Buffalo Bills - Carl Bradford
The Bills need a linebacker and Carl Bradford could be their man. He can play either as an inside linebacker or an outside linebacker since he is strong both against the pass and the run.
42 – Tennessee Titans - Jeremy Hill
After getting rid of running back Chris Johnson the Titans need to get a new ground and pound merchant. Jeremy Hill is perfect for the Titans combining the ability to both burst through gaps and run over players.
43 – New York Giants – Dion Bailey
The Giants still need a safety after grabbing Odell Beckham in the first round. A lot of talent has gone from the safety position already but the Giants will grab up Dion Bailey. Bailey was a real playmaker at safety last year. Derek Carr and Fresno State were amongst his victims at the Las Vegas Bowl.
44 – St. Louis Rams – Cody Latimer
The Rams need a wide receiver. They have shown a great deal of faith, some would say too much, in Sam Bradford's arm and if that faith is to have any point Bradford needs some weapons. Cody Latimer would be such a weapon.
45 – Detriot Lions – Kyle Van Noy
After investing so heavily on the offense the time has come for the Lions need to get better on defense. Kyle Van Noy will bring some more pass rush to the Lions defense and fulfil Jim Caldwell's need to have a “flamethrower” on defense.
46 – Pittsburgh Steelers – Louis Nix
Grabbing Ryan Shazier in the first round went along way to erecting that “Steel Curtain” again expect them to go even further by snapping up Louis Nix.
47 – Dallas Cowboys – Stephon Tuitt
After a surprisingly/disappointingly sane first round draft of tackle Zach Martin 'America's Team' need to get busy at finding some defensive concrete on and dynamism on the line. Stephon Tuitt who can play both at tackle and end could tick two boxes at once.
48 – Baltimore Ravens – Joe Bitonio
The Raven's need to replace Michael Oher at right tackle. Joe Bitonio impressed at the combine and is a good fit here at Baltimore.
49 – New York Jets - Xavier Su'a-Filo
The Jets need a guard to help their running game. Xavier Su'a-Filo is a guard whose run block can maul the opposition. He would be a great fit for the Jets.
50 – Miami Dolphins - David Yankey
The Dolphins need to continue to rebuild the rest of the offensive line in order to protect QB Ryan Tannehill. David Yankey the offensive guard Stanford should fill this gap nicely.
51 – Chicago Bears – Ego Ferguson
After securing a top quality cornerback in the first round the Bears can now look to grab a defensive tackle to toughen up the line of scrimmage.
Ego Ferguson out of LSU could be the guy to do just this. It would have been better if he had stayed another year at college to improve his technique but on the other hand this just means he has a high ceiling.
52 – Arizona Cardinals - Jimmy Garoppolo
The Cardinals could do with a developmental QB and Jimmy Garoppolo could be the guy. He was invited to the draft which implies that teams must be showing an interest at some level.
53 – Green Bay Packers - Austin Seferian-Jenkins
Safety Clinton-Dix might well have been the steal of the round for the Packers at number 21 last night. The Packers can replicate that feet by drafting Austin Seferian-Jenkins the tight end at pick 53.
Sefarian-Jenkins has dropped down the board as the draft process has dragged on but he is a quality player.
54 – Philadelphia Eagles – Devante Adams
The Eagles surprised many by drafting defensive end Marcus Smith a round or two earlier than many expected. In the second round they could target a wide receiver like Devante Adams.
55 – Cincinnati Bengals – Gabe Jackson
The Bengals picked up an aggressive cornerback in Dennard in the first round. I see them targetting the O-line in the second by picking up Gabe Jackson out of Mississippi State. Jackson was impressive at the senior bowl and he seems a safer bet then gambling and over-drafting an unproven pass rusher in round two.
56 – San Francisco 49ers - Donte Moncrief
After not trading up in round one I can't see the 49ers doing so in round 2. They could do with a wide receiver though and Donte Moncrief had a strong combine where he went faster than expected. This speed combined with his 6'2'' frame should attract the 49ers.
57 – San Diego Chargers - Justin Ellis
The Chargers need a nose tackle. Justin Ellis is the best NT left and the San Diego outfit will snap him up.
58 – New Orleans Saints - Keith McGill
The Saints were bold in the first round trading up to grab Drew Brees a weapon in wide receiver Cooks.
They will focus on defense in round two grabbing cornerback Keith McGill. At 6'3'' McGill is ideal to deal with the new tall wide receivers being drafted this year.
59 – Cleveland Browns – Carlos Hyde
After trading down with the Colts I see the Browns beefing up the offense by grabbing one of the best running backs in the draft; Carlos Hyde. 6 foot tall and 230 lbs Hyde is able to blast through tackles. Last year he mauled his way to 1,527 yards.
There have been some questions over his ability as a receiver but Hyde did improve there year or year. Last year he had 15 receptions 3 touchdowns for 147 yards. Given the Josh Gordon will stretch the plays and draw attention Hyde could find himself lots of space as a
short receiving option.
Overall, I like Hyde in the Browns offense as someone who can move the chains
on short yards.
60 – Carolina Panthers – Antonio Richardson
The Panthers need an offensive tackle. Antonio Richardson could be the guy they target. Although Tennesse didn't make it to a pro game Richardson had a solid 2013 in what was a tough fixture list.
Tackles are highly prized and the Panthers won't risk waiting until later on to grab one.
61 – San Fransisco 49ers – Weston Richburg
With their second pick of the round the 49ers will grab a centre. More specifically the best centre in the draft Weston Richburg.
62 – New England Patriots – Jarvis Landry
After grabbing a defensive lineman in the first round look for the Patriots to grab wide receiver Jarvis Landry. Landry didn't get as much buzz as teammate Odell Beckham but produced better stats than him and could have be a better long term prospect.
63 – Denver Broncos - Chris Borland
The Broncos need a middle line backer Chris Borland out of Wisconsin is the best inside linebacker left. The Broncos should snap up this hard hitting run-defender who has also shown some ability as a pass-rusher.
64 - Seattle Seahawks – Demarcus Lawrence
With their second pick in the second round I see the Seahawks improving their defensive line further by drafting Demarcus Lawrence. An athletic player who picked up 20 sacks last year Lawrence falls this far due so reported off the field difficulties.
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