The Commish’s Mock Draft I (Pre-Combine) 2nd Round
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33. Houston Texans – Zach Mettenberger – QB – LSU
Commish’s Comments: After grabbing Clowney with the 1st pick, Bill O’Brien gets his QB at the top of round 2. Mettenberger is a pocket passer coming off an ACL injury, but his arm talent will be very attractive to the QB-hungry coach. O’Brien has typically had pocket passers over the last 7 years of his career, so Mettenberger could be an ideal fit.
34. Washington Redskins – Lamarcus Joyner – CB/S – FSU
Commish’s Comments: Without a 1st round pick and a new head coach, the Redskins need a playmaker that can come in and help them win games. Joyner was a leader for Florida State’s defense and always around the ball. He’d be a big boost to the back end of the Redskins defense.
35. Cleveland Browns – Carlos Hyde – RB – Ohio St.
Commish’s Comments: The Browns have their QB and a big boost to their offensive line from the 1st round. New offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan will want a running back who has good vision and power through a hole.
36. Oakland Raiders – Derek Carr – QB – Fresno St.
Commish’s Comments: The Raiders keep Carr close to home and give him an opportunity to start immediately. Carr has a quick release and displays very good leadership.
37. Atlanta Falcons – Trent Murphy – DE – Stanford
Commish’s Comments: Thomas Dimitroff goes after another proven player from a big university. Murphy could become a leader for the Falcons defense and gives them a big boost along their defensive line.
38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Brandin Cooks – WR – Oregon St.
Commish’s Comments: While some Bucs fans might have been disappointed after missing out on Sammy Watkins in the 1st round of my mock, Cooks might be the next best thing. Don’t let Cooks small stature (5’10” 186 lbs) fool you, he plays much bigger on the field. Cooks can play inside as a slot receiver or stretch the field from the outside. If the Bucs are looking to get “speed in space,” Cooks would be the ideal pick in round 2.
39. Jacksonville Jaguars – Kyle Van Noy – DE/OLB – BYU
Commish’s Comments: Head coach Gus Bradley gets his pass rusher after maybe having his hand forced in round 1. Van Noy is a good fit for the “joker” position as a pass rushing linebacker.
40. Minnesota Vikings – Chris Borland – LB – Wisconsin
Commish’s Comments: The recent release of Erin Henderson has opened up a slot at middle linebacker. Borland is slightly undersized (5’11” 246 lbs), but was very impressive at the senior bowl and drew comparisons to Zach Thomas. Borland would be a good leader for new coach Mike Zimmer to grow with on defense.
41. Buffalo Bills – Ryan Shazier – LB – Ohio St.
Commish’s Comments: Kiko Alonzo proved to be a great pick for the Bills last year, but this pick might be just as good. The rangy Shazier has very good closing speed and would be a nice fit next to Alonzo in Buffalo’s defense.
42. Tennessee Titans – Ka’Deem Carey – RB – Arizona
Commish’s Comments: The Titans are likely to release Chris Johnson this off-season giving them a hole at running back. Carey might be the best all-around back in this draft with his ability to run between the tackles and bust off long runs.
43. New York Giants – Aaron Donald – DT – Pittsburgh
Commish’s Comments: Defensive tackle isn’t a huge need for the Giants, but Donald is a value pick here. Donald is slightly undersized, but plays with relentlessness. If Linval Joseph leaves in free agency, Donald might be an outstanding pick here.
44. St. Louis Rams – Jimmie Ward – SS – Northern Illinois
Commish’s Comments: Look out for Jimmie Ward. Quietly, Ward has people buzzing behind the scenes. Ward is fun to watch. He has closing speed, tackles well, and lays big clean hits.
45. Detroit Lions – Jason Verrett – CB – TCU
Commish’s Comments: The Lions still need to help their secondary. Verrett always seems to be around the ball. Paired with Darius Slay, the Lions will hope their secondary woes might be coming to an end.
46. Pittsburgh Steelers – Xavier Su’a-Filo – OG – UCLA
Commish’s Comments: Value pick here for the Steelers. Su’a-Filo might end up with 1st round value, but in a deep draft, the Steelers might benefit here.
47. Dallas Cowboys – Cyril Richardson – OG – Baylor
Commish’s Comments: The massive Richardson struggled in pass protection in the film I saw. However, he is still a massive individual who can dominate in the run game. He has the size of former Cowboys guard Larry Allen.
48. Baltimore Ravens – Travis Swanson – C – Arkansas
Commish’s Comments: The Ravens never really recovered from Matt Birk’s retirement last year. Swanson could be this year’s top center and a nice grab for the Ravens at a position of need in round 2.
49. New York Jets - Jordan Matthews – WR – Vanderbilt
Commish’s Comments: The Jets continue to put weapons around Geno Smith. Matthews is a big receiver with soft hands. Matthews probably won’t blow you away with his speed or athleticism, but he is a reliable target for a quarterback.
50. Miami Dolphins – Gabe Jackson – OG – Mississippi St.
Commish’s Comments: The Dolphins need offensive linemen and Jackson is the next best one available. Enough said.
51. Chicago Bears – Marcus Roberson – CB – Florida
Commish’s Comments: Charles Tillman might be leaving in free agency, and even if he returns, the Bears need some talented youth in their secondary.
52. Arizona Cardinals – Telvin Smith – OLB – FSU
Commish’s Comments: The NFC West is full of teams looking for pass rushers off the edge. Smith is a little undersized, but the Cardinals might like him as a situational pass rusher.
53. Green Bay Packers – Austin Seferian-Jenkins – TE – Washington
Commish’s Comments: Jermichael Finley is likely gone in free agency and Aaron Rodgers likes to use his tight ends. Seferian-Jenkins is a nice balanced tight end who can make big plays in the pass game.
54. Philadelphia Eagles – Allen Robinson – WR – Penn St.
Commish’s Comments: Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin are both free agents and Desean Jackson is complaining about his contract. Allen Robinson has been mentioned as a potential 1st round pick with his blend of size and speed.
55. Cincinnati Bengals – Kyle Fuller – CB – Virginia Tech
Commish’s Comments: Fuller is a long corner who seems very fluid on the field. The Bengals need some more youth in their secondary.
56. San Francisco 49ers (via KC) – Louchiez Purifoy – CB – Florida
Commish’s Comments: Purifoy had also been mentioned as a 1st round pick. The 49ers have some questions with Carlos Rogers and Eric Wright. Purifoy might be a young corner who can develop in the 49ers defense.
57. San Diego Chargers – Dominique Easley – DE – Florida
Commish’s Comments: The Chargers get a little more athletic with their defensive line here.
58. New Orleans Saints – Davonte Adams – WR – Fresno St.
Commish’s Comments: Robert Meachem is a free agent. If Adams is available at this point in round 2, he would provide just another big weapon for Drew Brees.
59. Indianapolis Colts – Jarvis Landry – WR – LSU
Commish’s Comments: Once Reggie Wayne went down with an injury last year, we saw Andrew Luck still have success with a lot of receivers most people had never heard of. Landry is a very good route runner with very good hands.
60. Carolina Panthers – Tre Mason – RB – Auburn
Commish’s Comments: Yes, the Panthers have DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart, but Williams is getting older and Stewart can’t stay healthy. Mason got better and better as 2013 went on and broke huge plays in the national title game.
61. San Francisco 49ers – Trevor Reilly – DE/OLB – Utah
Commish’s Comments: Reilly might be a freak physically. He’s 6’5” and 255 lbs, but is so fluid in coverage. He also has the ability to put his hand in the dirt and rush the passer. If Navarro Bowman is out for part of 2014, the 49ers might look for another pass rusher to help on defense.
62. New England Patriots – Troy Niklas – TE – Notre Dame
Commish’s Comments: Niklas has drawn some comparisons to Rob Gronkowski. Why not have the Patriots snag him then, especially since they love to run 2-tight end sets and their other tight end is in jail.
63. Denver Broncos – Scott Crichton – DE – Oregon St.
Commish’s Comments: The Broncos lost Dumerville to free agency last year and Von Miller to injury. You can never have enough pass rushers.
64. Seattle Seahawks – Brandon Coleman – WR – Rutgers
Commish’s Comments: Pete Carroll wanted a big receiver and there isn’t any taller receiver in this draft.
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