Focus Draft: Round 2
After seeing Round 1 on our TV show (or here on the site) we’ve decided to extend our first ever mock draft into a second round. As with our first round mock this isn’t a projection of what we think will happen, this is what we’d do based off our CFF grading over the last six months.
Will that player that you saw slide all the way through our first round make it to your team in the second? Which surprise names do we have in the second round that you might have been looking at as a third day sleeper? Read on to find out.
33. Tennessee Titans: Cedric Ogbuhei, OT, Texas A&M
Gone are the days of David Stewart and Michael Roos, so with Ogubehi on the board the Titans find a partner in crime for Taylor Lewan. His ACL injury isn’t ideal and he isn’t the most physical blocker around, but his work in pass protection would provide an immediate upgrade (health permitting).
34. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Owamagbe Odighizuwa, ER, UCLA
The tweener does a great job of getting linemen going backward and was incredibly productive throughout 2014. The Bucs desperately need some pass rush to alleviate some of the pressure on Gerald McCoy to do it all.
35. Oakland Raiders: Paul Dawson, LB, TCU
Speaking of productive, how about Mr. Productivity. Dawson had a nose for the ball like no other in college football, recording the most run stops and the best run stop percentage of all players. By a distance. There are concerns how he’ll hold up against better athletes, but is there a player in the draft with his instincts?
36. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State
Change of direction concerns see him fall in our mock despite wildly touted as the top cornerback out there. Jacksonville isn’t short on cornerbacks but landing a guy with his ceiling in Round 2 never hurts.
37. New York Jets: Laken Tomlinson, OG, Duke
An offensive line can go from good to godawful in a heartbeat and the Jets aren’t getting any younger. Tomlinson would add some push and some power to a unit that hasn’t had much success finding successors as players have moved on or retired. He had the second-highest ranking of all guards last year.
38. Washington Redskins: Cam Erving, OT, Florida State
Erving showed enough in his starts at center to suggest he could be a real difference-maker there. The Redskins are in need of retooling their line and Erving could prove a big cog in that.
39. Chicago Bears: Stephone Anthony, LB, Clemson
Graded exceptionally well throughout 2014 with the fearsome Clemson line doing a good job keeping bodies off him. Chicago needs help all through their defense and linebacker is certainly no exception.
40. New York Giants: Damarious Randall, S, Arizona State
Antrel Rolle is gone so the team has to be looking at safety with nothing proven on the roster to take over. Step forward Randall who was a Top 10 safety in our production grades last year, grading positively in every facet of play.
41. St Louis Rams: Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (OH)
Rollins offer tremendous upside with just one year of college ball on his resume, especially with as impressive a year as it was. His level of competition may not have compared to other cornerbacks but his production certainly did, with his ball skills (eight picks) on show and a third-highest production grade on the year.
42. Atlanta Falcons: Clive Walford, TE, Miami
Matt Ryan could really use Tony Gonzalez right? Well Gonzalez is gone so it’s time Atlanta found a replacement for him and there isn’t a better pure catch tight end around. Walford had the highest mark of tight ends last year in this regard.
43. Cleveland Browns: Malcom Brown, DT, Texas
Might need some nurturing to develop a more rounded skill set, but it’s his ability to penetrate in the run game that will have Cleveland looking. They need to make some plays in the backfield to make life easier.
44. New Orleans Saints: Byron Jones, CB, Connecticut
Something of a shame he didn’t play most of the 2014 season but was impressive enough when he did. The bigger type of corner is very much in right now and New Orleans are certainly subscribing to that fashion.
45. Minnesota Vikings: Markus Golden, ER, Missouri
A more complete player than his Missouri teammate, Golden was somewhat overshadowed despite the kind of productive season that saw him grade in the Top 5 of edge defenders for both run defense and pass rushing.
46. San Francisco 49ers: Tyler Lockett, WR, Kansas State
Just makes plays. That’s all you can really say about Lockett who was behind only Amari Cooper in our production grades after a stellar season. Anquan Boldin isn’t going to be around forever and you need to give Colin Kaepernick some talent to work with.
47. Miami Dolphins: Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA
Miami has had some problems in recent years with linebackers in coverage situations. Kendricks would rectify that and then some, with the kind of range and feel in coverage the team are craving for. He earned the highest coverage grade of any linebacker.
48. San Diego Chargers: Arik Armstead, DI, Oregon
Something of a gamble from a player who has first-round tools and third-round tape. Too inconsistent for our team to get on board with, there are enough flashes that San Diego thinks he can upgrade an at times flimsy front.
49. Kansas City Chiefs: Kevin Johnson, CB, Wake Forest
Didn’t look all that impressive against a less than stellar schedule in a year that dampened some on him. But in a weak corner class he has enough upside that KC can invest in him.
50. Buffalo Bills: Eric Rowe, DB, Utah
If the Bills are lacking in one area on defense its safety, and its no surprise then that we liked Rowe a lot more safety than cornerback. That versatility though never hurts, and he could prove a day one starter in a defense that tends to get good play out of box safeties.
51. Houston Texans: Sammie Coates, WR, Auburn
Another receiver off the board. Coates is raw and may have been better served spending longer in school, but he offers you something to work with in a league that loves a guy who can go deep.
52. Philadelphia Eagles: James Sample, S, Louisville
When you watch Sample you just think “solid”. Not flashy, but Sample tackles well and closes on receivers quickly. Philadelphia doesn’t need a single-high type so can live with his limitations in that regard.
53. Cincinnati Bengals: Jake Fisher, OT, Oregon
Looks very raw but plays with the kind of intensity and nastiness that Cincinnati seems to love in their linemen. Drafted at tackle he may end up at guard depending on his own development (especially in pass pro) and what the team does with Andre Smith and Andrew Whitworth when their contracts expire.
54. Detroit Lions: Michael Bennett, DI, Ohio State
Finished the season like a man possessed, but was not consistent enough generating pressure to go any higher. The Lions need to replace Fairley and Suh, and partnering Bennett with Ngata would go along way to limiting the damage of such a big loss.
55. Arizona Cardinals: Jay Ajayi, RB, Boise State
There are some red flags with Ajayi with knee injuries, fumbles and just how many carries he took at Boise State. But there’s a lot to like with his 1,165 yards after contact second most in the FBS.
56. Pittsburgh Steelers: JaCorey Shepherd, CB, Kansas
Some monster games for Shepherd helped improve his stock with us, chiefly his outing against TCU which was really something to behold. Pittsburgh has finally said goodbye to Ike Taylor and are always in the market for a value cornerback.
57. Carolina Panthers: Nate Orchard, ER, Utah
Carolina finally washed their hands of Greg Hardy and now need to replace that production in some way. Orchard was extremely productive and you only need to look at the tough time he gave Andrus Peat and Jake Fisher to know there’s talent there.
58. Baltimore Ravens: Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska
The elusive Abdullah had the second highest rushing grade of all draft eligible backs even if he wasn’t playing behind the most dominant line. With Justin Forsett old in running back years the future needs to be accounted for.
59. Denver Broncos: Hroniss Grasu, C, Oregon
Team would have loved Cameron Erving to fall to them but they’ll settle for the next best thing in the athletic Oregon center. Owned the highest run blocking grade of any center against Power 5 opposition.
60. Dallas Cowboys: Carl Davis, DI, Iowa
Sometimes great, sometimes invisible. You just wished Davis played to his top level all the time, but sometimes seems to fade away when he gets lots of bodies on him early. Still his upside is too much for Dallas to pass on. Just watch his end to the year if you don’t believe us.
61. Indianapolis Colts: Tevin Coleman, RB, Indiana
The homerun hitter. Coleman might provide the immediate compliment to the aging Frank Gore, with a Chris Johnson like ability to get up field quick. 58.2% breakway percentage led all backs against Power 5 opposition.
62. Green Bay Packers: Daryl Roberts, CB, Marshall
Another cornerback who dominated his level of competition but has the dreaded “how would he fare against better players” asterisk next to his name. Roberts allowed an NFL QB rating of just 67.1 into his coverage and only half the balls thrown into his coverage to be complete.
63. Seattle Seahawks: Garry Peters, CB, Clemson
Sometimes Garry can be a bit too grabby, but if the Seahawks can coach that out of him then they’ve found a guy who fits the mold as far as what they look for in a cornerback. Walks a fine line with his physicality but was near shut down in allowing just 26 receptions on 60 balls thrown into his coverage.
64. New England Patriots: Preston Smith, ED, Mississippi State
Smith might not be a guy who will excel on base downs but it’s about time the Patriots found themselves a true sub package difference maker. Smith can be that guy on the inside while backing up on the edge.