CFF: 2nd Round Mock
With the first round in the books, it’s time to look ahead to Round 2. As always, there is a lot of talent still remaining on the board and teams have a chance to come away with quality players in Rounds 2 and 3. Given the names already off the board, here are the players we would target if given the reins to each team.
33. Tennessee Titans – Devin Smith, WR, Ohio State
Perhaps the best deep receiver in the draft, Smith led the nation with 754 yards on deep passes. Not just a speed threat, he has the ball skills to make an impact at all levels of the field.
34. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Randy Gregory, ED, Nebraska
Gregory could be the best player remaining in the draft. His off-field concerns have knocked him out of the first round, but his pass rushing ability is tough to overlook. His Pass Rushing Productivity mark of 13.8 against Power-5 competition was fifth in the class among edge rushers.
35. Oakland Raiders – Trey Flowers, ED, Arkansas
One of our favorite players to watch in college football last year, Flowers was the best run defender among edge players and he was extremely productive as a pass rusher in the SEC. His 14.2 Pass Rushing Productivity led all 4-3 defensive ends in the draft class.
36. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jaelen Strong, WR, Arizona State
The Jaguars continue to add playmakers for QB Blake Bortles, Strong is one of the best in the class at making plays over defensive backs. He could develop into a vertical slot threat as his 4.06 yards/route from the slot led the nation against Power-5 competition.
37. New York Jets – Hau’oli Kikaha, ED, Washington
With Leonard Williams added to the defensive line, the Jets can still address their edge rush situation with Kikaha. His 42 pressures and 13.8 PRP against Power-5 opponents ranked fourth among 3-4 outside linebackers last season.
38. Washington Redskins – Landon Collins, S, Alabama
Washington has a chance to address a major hole in the secondary with Collins who can play around the line of scrimmage or deep in a half-field role. He graded negatively against the run only once all season and posted the second-highest grade among safeties against Power-5 teams.
39. Chicago Bears – Henry Anderson, DI, Stanford
Another productive sleeper, Anderson led all defensive interior players with 57 total pressures last season. He was equally proficient against the run as he ranked third with 30 run stops and a 12.3% Run Stop Percentage against Power-5s.
40. New York Giants – Paul Dawson, LB, TCU
The most productive linebacker in the nation, Dawson’s 23.2% Run Stop Percentage dwarfed the nation’s next best mark of 14.2. He was all over the field making plays despite subpar athleticism and we’re expecting his instincts to translate to the next level.
41. St. Louis Rams – Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma
Despite not having any 2014 data on Green-Beckham, a look back at his 2013 tape shows a potentially special player. He has the size and downfield ball skills to make an instant impact, off-field issues aside.
42. Atlanta Falcons – Maxx Williams, TE, Minnesota
The best all-around tight end in the draft, Williams posted the sixth-highest run blocking grade in the class and his 166 yards on deep passes (20+ yards in air) led the nation.
43. Cleveland Browns – DeAndre Smelter, WR, Georgia Tech
The Browns add a downfield threat who is the best run blocking wide receiver in the draft. His 4.36 yards/route led the nation.
44. New Orleans Saints – Jalen Collins, CB, LSU
Good value at this point of the draft, Collins has a chance to be the best cornerback in this class. He allowed only 10 percent of deep vertical routes to be completed last season.
45. Minnesota Vikings – Markus Golden, DE, Missouri
Another productive sleeper, Golden’s 12.5 Pass Rushing Productivity against Power-5 teams ranked 10th among edge rushers in the class while posting a 12th-best Run Stop Percentage of 8.5%. He adds depth to the defensive line while potentially replacing Brian Robison down the line.
46. San Francisco 49ers – Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (OH)
Rollins was excellent last year against MAC competition and his inexperience suggests there’s room to grow. His overall grade was third in the draft class and he steps into a big position of need for the 49ers.
47. Miami Dolphins – Grady Jarrett, DI, Clemson
The Dolphins add another piece to their defensive line with Jarrett who can line up at multiple spots. He was a strong all-around player as he ranked in the Top 5 in the draft class in both Run Stop Percentage and Pass Rushing Productivity.
48. San Diego Chargers – Jordan Phillips, DI, Oklahoma
A major position of need, the Chargers get great value in Phillips. He flashes impressive quickness for a big man and he can slot in at nose tackle and he’s good enough to rush the passer in sub-packages. He finished with only two negatively-graded games last season.
49. Kansas City Chiefs – Tyler Lockett, WR, Kansas State
The wide receiver run continues as the Chiefs take one of the nation’s best in Lockett. He plays bigger than his size, showing impressive ball skills and nifty route running skills.
50. Buffalo Bills – Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA
A replacement for Kiko Alonso, Kendricks may be the best cover linebacker in the draft. He had the highest coverage grade in the nation while his 63 defensive stops against Power-5 ranked second among ILBs.
51. Houston Texans – Owamagbe Odighizuwa, ED, UCLA
A powerful edge rusher, Odighizuwa can slot in at outside linebacker in the Texans’ scheme. His 56 total pressures ranked seventh among all draft-eligible players.
52. Philadelphia Eagles – James Sample, FS, Louisville
The Eagles get one of the best safeties in the draft as Sample had the highest coverage grade against Power-5 competition. He made 32 tackles in the passing game without a single miss.
53. Cincinnati Bengals – Troy Hill, CB, Oregon
Another under-the-radar player, Hill was good in all aspects last season for Oregon. He missed only four tackles and on passes thrown beyond 10 yards, he surrendered a completion percentage of only 24% while batting away 10 of those throws.
54. Detroit Lions – Michael Bennett, DT, Ohio State
The Lions address the interior defensive line with one of the better pass rushers in the class. He’s a classic 3-tech, capable of getting upfield and disrupting the offense.
55. Arizona Cardinals – Nate Orchard, ED, Utah
Arizona’s lack of edge rushing gets addressed with Orchard who finished with a Pass Rushing Productivity of 10.4 that included 41 pressures against Power-5 teams. His 22 run stops tied for fifth among 4-3 defensive ends.
56. Pittsburgh Steelers – JaCorey Shepard, CB, Kansas
One of the best playmaking cornerbacks in the draft, Shepherd finished with three interceptions and 11 passes defensed while holding opposing quarterbacks to a passer rating of 53.0 on throws into his coverage.
57. Carolina Panthers – Rob Havenstein, OT, Wisconsin
With weaknesses at both tackle spots, the Panthers take Wisconsin’s right tackle, Havenstein. He had the fifth-highest run blocking grade among the nation’s right tackles while surrendering only 17 total pressures.
58. Baltimore Ravens – Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska
The Ravens found a diamond in the rough in Justin Forsett last season but look to the future here with Abdullah. A talented zone runner, Forsett’s presence allows the Ravens to limit Abdullah’s snaps in pass protection and work to improve his all round game.
59. Denver Broncos – Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon
After trading away Manny Ramirez as part of the trade up to acquire Shane Ray the Broncos look to immediately backfill with Grasu. A mobile blocker for the Ducks in their run to the national title game Grasu allows the Broncos to maintain the quality in front of Manning on the offensive line.
60. Dallas Cowboys – Carl Davis, DI, Iowa
The potential to be the most talented defensive tackle in this draft Davis could be a homerun for Dallas but his inconsistent senior season raises plenty of concerns. A strong run in against the likes of Wisconsin, Nebraska and Tennessee paired with a big Senior Bowl week is the player the Cowboys want to get here.
61. Indianapolis Colts – Eric Rowe, CB/S, Utah
A versatile player, Rowe can fill in and fit nicely with the Colts press game at corner while offering the flexibility to move to safety if required. Targeted four times against Stanford, Rowe allowed one completion for -2 yards with two pass defenses.
62. Green Bay Packers – Clive Walford, TE, Miami
Adding another weapon for Aaron Rodgers can never hurt and the Packers get one of the best receiving tight ends in the draft. Walford’s 3.26 Yards Per Route Run led all draft-eligible tight ends.
63. Seattle Seahawks – Garry Peters, CB, Clemson
Despite a 4.61 40 time, Peters was very strong in coverage last season, allowing only 16.7% of passes to be completed when targeted on passes over 10 yards. He also has the size Seattle looks for in their cornerbacks.
64. New England Patriots – Darryl Roberts, CB, Marshall
The Patriots are expected to address cornerback at some point in the draft and Roberts is an athletic option who performed well last season. He allowed only 29.4% completions on intermediate routes (11-20 yards) and he had the third-best coverage grade among non-Power 5 cornerbacks.