news features

Draft Tracker: 2nd-3rd Rounds

2014 NFL DRAFT

Fri, May 09, 2014

   

Second Round | Senior Bowl Selections

PICK TEAM PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
3. (35)  CLEVELAND JOEL BITONIO OT/OG NEVADA
SAVAGE: Versatile, tough and athletic. Can lay guard or tackle. Great leader and person. Should be a plug-in and play starter.   
 4. (36)   OAKLAND DEREK CARR QB FRESNO ST.
SAVAGE: Quality person number one, quick release and strong arm. Gets to stay close to home and work behind scenes as backup to Matt Schaub.    
 5. (37)  ATLANTA RASHEDE HAGEMAN  DT MINNESOTA
SAVAGE: That's three Reese's Senior Bowlers in a row. Strong and freakish with long arms. Versatile DL fit as Falcons transition from 4-3 to 3-4 hybrid-type scheme under DC Mike Nolan.
 8. (40)  DETROIT KYLE VAN NOY LB  BYU 
SAVAGE: Thought he had a shot to go at end of 1st. Has OLB/ILB and pass rush skills.     
10. (42) PHILADELPHIA  JORDAN MATTHEWS  WR  VANDERBILT 
SAVAGE: Called at 5:50am a couple weeks before going to Mobile, asked for tape of the defensive backs he'd face during practice. One of A+ grades from Reese's Senior Bowl. Ideal fit in Chip Kelly's scheme that requires discipline.
11. (43)  NY GIANTS WESTON RICHBURG OC COLORADO ST.
SAVAGE: One of my favorites in the draft. Has a chance to secure bottom of pocket for Eli Manning. Solid pick.
15. (47)  WASHINGTON  TRENT MURPHY  OLB STANFORD 
SAVAGE: Should become part of rotation with Brian Orakpo and Ryan Kerrigan as a rookie.
18. (50) SAN DIEGO  JEREMIAH ATTAOCHU OLB  GEORGIA TECH 
SAVAGE: Ideal fit for their 3-4 front as an OLB and sub pass rusher. He certainly looks like an NFL player.
26. (58) NEW ORLEANS STANLEY JEAN-BAPTISTE  CB NEBRASKA
SAVAGE: Saints continue to add to secondary with big corner. Added Jarius Byrd and Champ Bailey in free agency. Thought he was best of BIG corners in draft.
29. (61)  INDIANAPOLIS  JACK MEWHORT  OT  OHIO STATE 
SAVAGE: Colts make their first pick of the draft on Mewhort, who can play four positions on the offensive line.     
30. (62)   NEW ENGLAND JIMMY GAROPPOLO  QB  EASTERN ILLINOIS 
SAVAGE: Took spot opened up at Reese's Senior Bowl when AJ McCarron declined invite a few days before the practices started. Will have a few years to learn under Tom Brady. Great situation for Jimmy Football. Has quick eyes, feet and arm. Patriots see an upside with this prospect who is bigger and has a stronger arm than many thought.

 

Third Round | Senior Bowl Selections

PICK TEAM PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1. (65)  HOUSTON  C.J. FIEDOROWICZ TE  IOWA 
SAVAGE: Excellent size, more separation quickness than anticipated, has quality hands.
2. (66) WASHINGTON  MORGAN MOSES  OT  VIRGINIA 
SAVAGE:  Card-carrying GIANT can play LT or RT. Redskins considered him 2nd rounder, got him in 3rd.
3. (67) MIAMI  BILLY TURNER  OT  NORTH DAKOTA ST. 
SAVAGE:  FCS-level lineman with big-school size and potential. Will be counted on to develop as Dolphins remake offfensive line.    
4. (68)  ATLANTA  DEZ SOUTHWARD  WISCONSIN 
SAVAGE: Height, weight, speed prospect who likely plays safety, but has corner skill set.    
5. (69) TAMPA BAY  CHARLES SIMS  RB WEST VIRGINIA
SAVAGE: Very fluid runner and receiver, had major production at both Houston and WVU.     
7. (71) CLEVELAND CHRIS KIRKSEY OLB IOWA
SAVAGE:  Can help on 3rd and 4th down as a rookie. Excellent pass coverage and special teams contributor.  
12. (76) DETROIT  TRAVIS SWANSON  OC  ARKANSAS
SAVAGE: Has two-position flexibility as OC and OG. Tallish interior lineman had a very solid career at Arkansas.     
13. (77)  SAN FRANCISCO  CHRIS BORLAND  ILB  WISCONSIN 
SAVAGE: Niners add most instictive inside backer in the draft. Should help fill hole until Navorro Bowman (ACL) returns to full strength.     
15. (79)  BALTIMORE  TERRENCE BROOKS  FLORIDA STATE 
SAVAGE: Will combine with Matt Elam to form an explosive safety tandem. Has 4.4 speed in 40.  
17. (81) OAKLAND  GABE JACKSON  OG  MISSISSIPPI ST. 
SAVAGE: Excellent value. Should become a starting guard in no time and be there for a long time.
18. (82)  CHICAGO  WILL SUTTON  DT  ARIZONA ST. 
SAVAGE: Nice fit for Bears' 4-3 front. Has upfield quickness and with an organizational plan can become a productive player.     
20. (84)  ARIZONA  KAREEM MARTIN  DE  NORTH CAROLINA 
SAVAGE: Should provide quality depth in 3-4 front and has upside due to height and speed.    
22. (86)  PHILADELPHIA  JOSH HUFF  WR  OREGON 
SAVAGE: Should find an immediate niche in Chip Kelly's offense. Will be quick study in Philadelphia.     
24. (88)  CINCINNATI WILL CLARKE  DE  WEST VIRGINIA 
SAVAGE: Has the physical dimensions to really develop into a starter. Could become part of the DE rotation as a rookie.
29. (93) JACKSONVILLE  BRANDON LINDER  OG  MIAMI (FL) 
SAVAGE: Tall, big school offensive guard with some tackle versatility. Has a chance to play in the league for a long time due to his dependability.  
31. (95)  DENVER  MICHAEL SCHOFIELD  OT  MICHIGAN 
SAVAGE: Showed his position flexibility at Reese's Senior Bowl after primarily playing tackle at Michigan. Has power in his lower body and has chance to become a starter in the future.     
32. (96)  MINNESOTA  JERICK McKINNON  RB  GEORGIA SOUTHERN 
SAVAGE: Earned his way into 3rd round with impressive showing at Reese's Senior Bowl and Combine. Rare combination of strength and speed (32 reps on bench, 4.41 in 40 and 40.5" vertical at Combine).      
35. (99) BALTIMORE CROCKETT GILMORE TE COLORADO STATE
SAVAGE: Steady receiver who should be able to develop behind Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels before emerging as a regular in 2015.    
36. (100) SAN FRANCISCO BRANDON THOMAS OT CLEMSON
SAVAGE: Likely to 'redshirt' in 2014, much like Tank Carradine and Marcus Lattimore did in 2013. Could be starter in 2015 as an OG.