2014 NFL Draft Fantasy Live Blog, Day 2

The PFF Fantasy team gives you a blow-by-blow account of the action on Day 2 of the NFL Draft with insights and analysis along the way.

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2014 NFL Draft Fantasy Live Blog, Day 2


2014_DRAFT_BLOG_01It was a wild Day 1 of the 2014 NFL Draft, but the dust is far from settled. Several fantasy-relevant players will come off the board tonight, and we’re going to be here every step of the way.

If you need to get caught up, check out our Day 1 Live Blog.

We’ll be updating as the action unfolds with the newest updates appearing at the top of the live blog below.

After the draft concludes, we’ll be rolling out plenty of content, but if you want to get caught up on what we’ve done on the lead in to the big weekend, check out our NFL Draft Fantasy feed. You can also take a look at Jeff Ratcliffe’s pre-Draft offensive and defensive rankings.

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10:26 P.M.: A couple of selections with some IDP interest. LB Chris Borland went to San Francisco at No. 77, and DT Louis Nix III to Houston (who traded back up for him) at No. 83. Borland was shaping up to be a top-10 IDP rookie pick, but finds himself behind Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman for the time being, which hurts his short-term value. Nix joins Jadeveon Clowney and J.J. Watt for a Texans defensive line that will cause teams fits. He will not have much value in IDP leagues though as will be asked to eat blocks and keep his partners in crime clean, but he could boost (is that possible?) Watt and Clowney.

10:19 P.M.:  The St Louis Rams add a back up to Zac Stacy and continue to commit to a power running game with the No.75 pick by drafting Tre Mason. This likely spells the end for Isaiah Pead and Daryl Richardson in St Louis. Mason has plenty of improvement to do if he wants to be a feature back, in particular his pass blocking, but he offers a change of pace to Stacy.

10:18 P.M.:  Louisville ILB Preston Brown goes to Buffalo at No. 73. He’s a two-down thumper who will need to develop to have IDP value.

10:09 P.M.: Lets catch up on a few picks… Cleveland picked Iowa ILB Christian Kirksey at the No. 71. He should be an upgrade on Craig Robertson and see playing time quickly. Jeff Ratcliffe projects him as having three down potential. Minnesota add DE Scott Crichton with No. 72. He should slip in to rotation with Brian Robison and Everson Griffen as he has a great motor and can kick inside. The Giants took DT Jay Bromley with pick No. 74.

10:02 P.M.: The Buccaneers take their third offensive skill position player by selecting RB Charles Sims at No. 69. Sims drew comparisons to Matt Forte in the pre-draft process and was particularly noted for his good hands and value as a receiver out of the backfield. He’ll be a nice compliment to Doug Martin. Bobby Rainey and Mike James fantasy owners will be disappointed.

9:55 P.M.: Wisconsin  safety Dezmen Southward goes at No. 68 to Atlanta. He’ll compete to start alongside William Moore and will have some sleeper value in IDP dynasty leagues.

9:47 P.M.: Tight-ends were in play for the Texans at pick No. 33, but they passed. Not this time though as they take C.J. Fiederowicz with pick No. 65. It’s another selection that adds to a crowded spot on a team’s depth chart as Graham Garrett and Ryan Griffin both has some success last year. Fiederowicz offers 4.76 speed though and could be used as a receiving threat in 12 personnel packages.

9:40 P.M.: Blake Bortles will not lack for weapons it appears. Allen Robinson will join fellow rookie Marqise Lee and speedster Cecil Shorts in Jacksonville in what will be a battle for playing time and targets. This year’s off-season should be very important in developing chemistry for this new look offense.

The Dolphins addition of Jarvis Landry won’t threaten Mike Wallace, but Brandon Gibson (recovering from an patella tendon tear) and Rishard Matthews face new competition too.

NFL Network’s Daniel Jeremiah reports that the Patriots would have taken Blake Bortles in round 1 if he was on the board for them before eventually settling on Jimmy Garappolo later. Whether this means Ryan Mallet’s time in New England is done we’ll wait and see.

9:32 P.M.: Clearly the Jaguars are not counting on Justin Blackmon in 2014 as they trade up to pick No.61 and select WR Allen Robinson. Minutes later the 12th receiver in 64 picks is taken by Miami, LSU wideout Jarvis Landry. The Patriots due diligence with the quarterback class clearly wasn’t a smokescreen either as in between the receiver picks they selected Jimmy Garoppolo at No. 62.

9:27 P.M.: Carolina take some pass rush insurance by selecting Missouri DE Kony Ealy at pick No. 60. Charles Johnson struggled with an MCL strain last season and Greg “Kraken” Hardy is playing under the franchise tag so Ealy gives them some options and flexibility. He can rush from the interior and if he gets a DT designation he’ll have some fantasy value.

9:16 P.M.: We really do have a run on running backs. In a somewhat surprising pick the 49ers trade back up with Miami and pick Carlos Hyde. It’s a sign that San Francisco are looking to the future rather than the present, and following on from reports that Marcus Lattimore isn’t yet 100% makes Hyde’s value in dynasty leagues somewhat intriguing.

 

9:10 P.M.: Denver have traded up with the San Francisco to select WR Cody Latimer with pick No. 56. A fantasy sleeper for some has just been blown out of the water as any player with Peyton Manning at quarterback will get a second look on fantasy draft day. Although he will likely start the season as a WR4 he has been picked to replace Eric Decker due to his great hands. Mike Clay urges caution though.

 

8:58 P.M.: There is a run on running backs. Kind of. Two go back to back as Bishop Sankey is picked by Tennessee at No. 54 and Jeremy Hill goes to the Bengals at No.55. Hill’s fantasy value is somewhat limited as he projects as a power runner in a committee and the Bengals seem justifiably enamored with last year’s selection, Gio Bernard. However, it might take the shine off Bernard’s own fantasy projection how is currently ranked as a RB1 in our consensus rankings. Sankey on the other hand should compete to start from the get go. With Chris Johnson now in New York, and Shonn Green leading the depth chart, Sankey has decent fantasy value straight away.

 

8:43 P.M.: There have now been nine wide receivers taken, and no running backs as the Green Bay Packers have selected WR Devante Adams with pick No. 53. Adams has a similar skillset the the departed James Jones in the fact that he is a strong, physical receiver who can pose problems in the red zone. He will need to develop his route tree to be successful in the NFL as he was limited at Fresno State, but with Aaron Rodgers as his quarterback his fantasy value has taken a boost.

 

 

8:43 P.M.: The third tight-end of the round goes to Arizona at pick No. 52 as the select Troy Niklas. As Mike Clay points out any fantasy value Rob Housler has is out the window.

 

8:34 P.M.: The New York Jets add another weapon for Geno Smith with pick No. 49 by selecting TE Jace Amaro. Since Dustin Keller departed they have struggled to get production from the position but Amaro is a true receiving threat, and another of those basketball converts in the mold of Jimmy Graham. Previous to that the Redskins had picked pass rushing OLB Trent Murphy out of Stanford at No. 47, and the Ravens grabbed one-technique DT Timmy Jernigan at No. 48.

8:23 P.M.: A run of quick picks: The Giants selected C Weston Richburg at No. 43, the Bills get good value with project round 1 OT Cyrus Kouandjio at No. 44 and then the Steelers add another big body in DE Stephon Tuitt at No.46. Buried in all that was the Seahawks selection of WR Paul Robinson at No.45. Robinson is only 175lbs but has blazing speed and draws DeSean Jackson comparisons. Our own Jeff Ratcliffe ranked him 29th in his pre-draft rookie rankings.

8:12 P.M.: We finally get a pick on day two that gets fantasy owners excited as the Eagles trade up to pick no. 42 and select Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews. At 6’3″, Jerry Rice’s cousin will add a new wrinkle to Chip Kelly’s offense and should be a round 1 pick in rookie drafts.

8:06 P.M.: We have another trade and this time it’s the St Louis Rams who are moving up. They address a clear position of need by selecting Florida State safety Lamarcus Joyner who will compete immediately for a starting role at free safety with Rodney McLeod.

8:00 P.M.: Detroit hand in the No.40 pick and select OLB Kyle Van Noy. The outside linebacker from BYU projects best on the strongside at the pro level and would be an upgrade on Ashley Palmer, although whether he has IDP value will depend on his use as an edge rusher.

7:44 P.M.: The Jags strike while the iron is how, snagging Marqise Lee at No. 39. This is straight up value at this point, as we had Lee going in the first round, perhaps as early as No. 22 to the Eagles. A year ago, Lee was in the conversation with Sammy Watkins, but a sub-par senior season saw his stock decline. Still, this is a sold move for a team that is not expecting Justin Blackmon to play in 2014.

7:40 P.M.: Tampa Bay selects Austin Seferian-Jenkins at No. 38. With Seferian-Jenkins standing at just over 6’5″, this gives the Bucs yet another massive weapon on offense. He’s the in-line tight end Tampa lacked, and allows Tim Wright to be the move. Tampa is now Chicago 2.0.

7:25 P.M.: At No. 35 the Browns went with OT Joel Bitonio, which is an obvious move to protect their Day 1 investment in the long term. Oakland followed up with Derrick Carr at 36. Carr entered the draft with a lot of hype, and there are certainly some things to like with his game. His arm is impressive, and he has the tools to become a productive quarterback at this level. However, Carr tends to see ghosts in the pocket. That doesn’t bode positively for his outlook. The good news is that he won’t have to start immediately with Matt Schaub in Oakland. The bad news is that this will not be a Favre/Rodgers situation where the rookie gets to learn under a future Hall of Famer.

7:17 P.M.: Well there you have it. Dallas selects DE Demarcus Lawrence out of Boise State. This is another solid pick. He’s not a burner in terms of speed, but he has great size, athleticism, and versatility. More importantly, Lawrence will help fill a big hole left by another DeMarcus. This is a pretty good landing spot for long-term IDP value, as Lawrence won’t get the dreaded “OLB” designation.

7:14 P.M.: Washington trades with Cowboys, moving back in the second round and snagging a third round pick. Dallas did well in the first round. Time for another smart pick from Jur?

7:10 P.M.: The first pick is in. With the first selection in the second round, the Texans went with OG Xavier Su’a-Filo. A bit of an anticlimactic start, but the fireworks are coming. Get your popcorn ready.

6:58 P.M.: While we wait for the action to start, check out Mike Clay’s rankings for the Day 1 picks.

6:52 P.M.: We’re anticipating the action here on Day 2, but the biggest news of the day is not draft-related. Earlier in the hour, ESPN reported that Browns WR Josh Gordon is potentially facing a season-long suspension for a second failed drug test. Keep in mind that this is not confirmed, but if true, it’s a massive hit to an upstart Browns offense that is still basking in the Johnny Football hype.


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Jeff Ratcliffe is the Director of Fantasy at Pro Football Focus. He produces all of our projections and is one of the most accurate rankers in the fantasy industry. Jeff also is the host of our show on SiriusXM fantasy sports radio and is one of the main hosts of our Fantasy Slant podcast.

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