2014 NFL Draft: Day Two Live Blog
by David Seigerman
May 09, 2014 7:40 PM EDT
The strength of the 2014 NFL Draft is not in its top talent; it's in its depth. Yes, there were blue chip prospects a'plenty drafted in the first round -- Jadeveon Clowney, Sammy Watkins, Khalil Mack -- but what makes this draft class unique is the volume of draftable talent. Any draft spot in the top 100 has a chance of landing an impact player, and Friday night ends with the 100th pick.
Stick around for commentary throughout the second and third rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft, with commentary on each of the 68 picks to be made on Friday.
100. 49ers (compensation): Brandon Thomas, G, Clemson: Now this is getting ridiculous. The rich keep getting richer in this draft, and San Francisco made the selection so many teams wished they had the luxury of making. Thomas was a top-3 guard prospect before tearing his ACL during a workout for the Saints back in April. He might not be ready for any part of the 2014 season, but that matters not to the Niners, who can stash him and prepare to plug him into the lineup in 2015 (a similar approach they took with Marcus Lattimore last year). San Francisco put on a clinic in drafting the last two days and made an already dominant roster into a near flawless one.
99. Ravens (compensation): Crockett Gillmore, TE, Colorado State: He's still developing both as a blocker and a receiver. But he should find a niche as the Ravens' No. 3 tight end, behind Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels.
98. Packers (compensation): Richard Rodgers, TE, Cal: Tight end became a position of need for the Packers after the scary injury to Jermichael Finley, a longtime favorite target of Aaron Rodgers. He's not the vertical threat that Finley was, and he's nowhere near that athletic. But he's a reliable pass catcher in short-yardage situations and he might blossom more than expected considering the way tight ends have been utilized in the Green Bay passing game.
97. Steelers (compensation): Dri Archer, RB, Kent State: The run on running backs is officially underway. Archer provides Pittsburgh with a unique weapon, a Darren Sproles-type back who can run the ball more effectively than you'd think someone his size should be able to (Archer is 5-8, 173). But his real contribution will be in the passing game, where every screen pass has a chance to become a breakout play. And, of course, he's a home run threat in the return game, as well.
96. Vikings (from Seahawks): Jerick McKinnon, RB, Georgia Southern: All the FCS backs are accounted for, first West, now McKinnon. Though that's where the similarities end. West is the workhorse, McKinnon the specialist. He's a cannonball back, blowing through gaps to earn the tough yards in short-yardage situations. He's extremely strong (32 bench press reps at the Combine) and will pick up the carries left behind by the departure of Toby Gerhart.
95. Broncos: Michael Schofield, T, Michigan: Like so many college left tackles in this year's class, Schofield projects as a candidate to move to the right side or even inside. He's a better run blocker at this point in his career than he is in pass protection, but his true value is in his ability to take snaps at either guard or tackle spot.
94. Browns (from 49ers): Terrance West, RB, Towson: He's a power back with cutback ability, but what really caught everyone's attention was the sheer productivity. In 2013, he carried the ball 413 times for 2,519 yards and 41 touchdowns. He scored 84 touchdowns in his college career -- and he came out after his junior season. If he doesn't come into the league with little tread left on his tires, he could give the Browns a few seasons of hard-nosed running that Trent Richardson never did.
93. Jaguars (from Patriots): Brandon Linder, G, Miami: Big (6-6, 310), aggressive, experienced and technically sound, Linder will be a quiet, steady contributor for Jacksonville.
92. Panthers: Trai Turner, G, LSU: It's still not the tackle they need, but it'll help. Turner is still a raw prospect, but he has a unique combination of size (6-3, 310) and quickness that will benefit the Panthers' run game.
91. Cardinals (from Saints): John Brown, WR, Pittsburg State: Andre Roberts never blossomed into the kind of complementary receiver the Cardinals hoped he would. Brown is a flat-out burner, who ran a 4.34 40 at the Combine. He has great burst, is smooth in and out of breaks, and can be the kind of slot receiver who makes plays in the short passing game but can also take the top off a defense. He will need to be placed in space because he lacks the strength to fight through defenders on his own.
90: Colts: Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss: This is my favorite pick in the third round. Moncrief is a second-round talent -- a big, smooth receiver who showed at the Combine the kind of talent we didn't see much of in 2013. Moncrief was a rising star in 2012 but seemed to shrink when freshman Laquon Treadwell emerged as the team's top receiver. I suspect Moncrief has grown up a bit from that disappointing season, now he'll give Andrew Luck a big (6-2, 221), fast (4.4) receiver who can be effective throughout the route tree.
89. Chargers: Chris Watt, G, Notre Dame: The Chargers continue to built their offensive line. They added Chad Rinehart as a free agent last year and DJ Fluker in the first round of the draft. Now, they add Watt, a strong, aggressive, technically sound guard.
88. Bengals: Will Clarke, DE, West Virginia: Cincinnati has had a strong draft, getting my No. 1 man corner (Darqueze Dennard) and my No. 1 running back (Jeremy Hill). So, I have to cut them some slack on this pick, which at the very least is a reach. Clarke seems to be a somewhat ordinary prospect, with great measurables but not much on film that projects to being a dynamic player. Right now, he's a rotational defensive end, probably only able to play on the left side as he doesn't bring much as a pass rusher.
87. Chiefs: Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice: Like Justin Gilbert, he's more a sensational athlete than a polished corner right now. Gilbert is the far more developed corner, obviously, but Gaines has the potential to be a ballhawking zone corner.
86. Eagles: Josh Huff, WR, Oregon: Chip Kelly brought Huff to Oregon, which should tell you something about Huff's speed and explosiveness. He'll play more of the DeSean Jackson role, making plays out of the slot, whereas second-round pick Jordan Matthews will be more of a boundary receiver.
85. Packers: Khryi Thornton, DT, Southern Miss: B.J. Raji resigned for one season, so Green Bay is looking for insurance should Raji walk after this season. Thornton played inside at Southern Miss, but he's a mere 6-3, 304 (a mere 33 pounds lighter than Raji) and doesn't seem to be the type that would be effective on the nose. Perhaps they see him more as a rotational DE, where he'll join last year's first-round pick, Datone Jones.
84, Cardinals: Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina: I thought Martin would be a capable 4-3 LDE, better playing the run than rushing the passer. I'm not sure he has the strength to take on tackles and double teams as a 3-4 DE, but he's a developing prospect and he'll get a chance to contribute to a promising defense being honed in Arizona.
83. Texans (from Eagles): Louis Nix III, NT, Notre Dame: Earlier in the day, I was kidding with someone that the Texans should take Nix at the top of the second round. I had no idea he still be available 50 picks later. If his knee is healthy and he's able to play with the energy and quickness he showed more of in 2012 than 2013, he'll be a disruptive force beyond just being a space eater.
82. Bears: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State: Feels like a hedge bet to me. Chicago took Ego Ferguson in the second round (too early in the draft) and now add another big enigma to the defensive tackle rotation. In 2012, Sutton looked like he would become the kind of 3 technique tackle that Aaron Donald proved to be. In 2013, he looked, heavy, slow and ineffective. If Sutton can bring his weight down and regain his quickness, this could turn into a steal for the Bears.
81. Raiders (from Dolphins): Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State: A classic road grader-type guard, Jackson will be dominant in the run game and far more comfortable in pass protection than you'd think.
80. Jets: Dexter McDougle, CB, Maryland: His 2013 season was shortened by injury (the same injury that kept him from working out at the Combine), so most of the tape to watch was from 2012. He shows flashes of being a confident and capable man corner, though he lacks the size and strength to jam bigger receivers at the line.
79. Ravens: Terrence Brooks, FS, Florida State: Of all the defensive playmakers that carried the Seminoles to the national championship, Brooks' game might translate to the next level most naturally. Jernigan, Joyner, Telvin Smith, Christian Jones all might be experiencing a position shift. Brooks will be asked to do what he does best -- cover larger areas of the field, rally to help the run, and make plays on special teams.
78. Redskins (from Cowboys): Spencer Long, G, Nebraska: A vintage Nebraska model massive interior lineman (6-5, 320). He has a great base and will be a force in the run game but his footwork and lack of quickness could pose problems against interior penetrators and A Gap blitzers.
77. 49ers (from Titans): Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin: People were scared off by Borland's measurables. The Niners clearly were attracted to his production. He forced 15 fumbles during his career and is as pure a tackler as there is in the draft. NaVorro Bowman's injury makes ILB a bit of a need; Borland will have no problem filling in until Bowman is back.
76. Lions: Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas: Early in the season, Swanson was considered the top center in the class. He had a steady 2013 season but nothing stellar. He'll be a fine pick for Detroit, that should look to continue to bolster its offensive line, considering how many times the Lions are going to ask Matthew Stafford to throw the ball this year.
75. Rams: Tre Mason, RB, Auburn: With the possible exception of San Francisco, no one is having a better draft than the Rams. Zact Stacy was a find last year, but he's not workhorse material. Neither is Mason, but the two together will be a potent combination -- particularly behind an offense line that got a lot better by adding Greg Robinson at No. 2.
74. Giants: Jay Bromley, DT, Syracuse: I wasn't sure if Bromley woudl fit as a 4-3 DT or a 3-4 DE. Or neither.
73. Bills: Preston Brown, ILB, Louisville: Watch out, AFC East. The Bills are at the point where they're adding depth to fortify positions of strength. Brown -- whose pro prospects I like far more than those of Marcus Smith, who went in the first round to Philadelphia -- gives them a young rotational inside backer to back up Brandon Spikes and Manny Lawson. Eventually, Brown will step into a starting role alongside Kiko Alonso, last year's second round pick who had a stellar rookie season.
72. Vikings: Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State: Projects more as a LDE in Minnesota's 4-3 front than a pass rushing right end. He's strong and stout against the run, with long arms that helped him cause a bunch of fumbles during his college career.
71. Browns: Christian Kirksey, OLB, Iowa: The Browns are becoming the refuge of the little guy. Last year, they took Barkevious Mingo (6-4, 241) in the first round. Now, they add Kirksey (6-2, 233), who is athletic and mobile but has trouble getting stuck on blockers. And there was that other little guy they took earlier in the draft . . . Johnny Something-or-Other.
70. 49ers (from Jaguars): Marcus Martin, C, USC: Martin was the top center on a lot of draft boards, and at 6-3, 320, is far bigger and more physical than Weston Richburg (6-3, 298), who is more technically sound. Martin will be a perfect fit for the 49ers' smashmouth run game.
69: Buccaneers: Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia: A poor man's Bishop Sankey, Sims can do everything asked of a running back, but isn't likely to be more than a rotational contributor.
68. Falcons: Dez Southward, S, Wisconsin: Southward's greatest strength is his versatility. He can play the deep middle as a free safety, can come up and support the run as an in-the-box safety and even has some snaps at cornerback under his belt.
67. Dolphins (from Raiders): Billy Turner, T, North Dakota St.: The overhaul of the Miami offensive line continues. They added Branden Albert in free agency, drafted right tackle Ja'Wuan James in the first round, and now add Turner, who likely will serve as a swing tackle, providing depth and potentially an eventual replacement for Albert, who will turn 30 during the season.
66. Redskins: Morgan Moses, T, Virginia: He was never the first rounder some talked him up to be. He's a bit stiff and lacks the mobility to play left tackle, but he should make the transition to right tackle without any issue.
65. Texans: C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa: He'll be a big target for Houston's QB, whoever that turns out to be. He's a throwback tight end who will be a more than capable blocker and make the tough catches in short-yardage situations.
64. Seahawks: Justin Britt, T, Missouri
When you're the defending Super Bowl champs, you don't make a lot of picks out of need. But this one certainly fills one of Seattle's few needs. The Seahawks lost right tackle Breno Giacomini, and clearly the goal was to fill that hole early in the draft. There were several right tackle prospects I had rated higher here than Britt (Morgan Moses, Antonio Richardson), but Seattle wasted no time in making this pick and closing this one hole.
63. Dolphins (from 49ers): Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
Odell Beckham is the more explosive receiver of the LSU Deux, Landry may be the more acrobatic. Whereas Beckham is better getting open and playing in space, Landry is at his best winning contested throws and catching jump balls. Ryan Tannehill is entering his third season as the Dolphins' starting quarterback. He'll have a talented trio of receivers (Landry, Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline) and no more excuses for not taking the next step in his development.
62. Patriots: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois
With the number of developmental quarterbacks available in this year's draft, you had to figure there were a handful of teams who'd be shopping not for today but tomorrow. Denver, New Orleans, Arizona could all be looking for the quarterbacks of the future. New England clearly found one prospect that intrigued them. You have to figure that means the end of Ryan Mallett with the Patriots (though it never really began there for him), whether he's moved soon or if his contract is allowed to expire after the 2014 season. Garoppolo has the golden ticket -- the chance to learn to play the position at the feet of Tom Brady. He's a promising talent who has been granted the opportunity to learn from the best and work on the kinds of details he never had the chance to at the FCS level.
61. Jaguars (from 49ers): Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
One of the questions asked on Thursday when the Jaguars drafted Blake Bortles was, Who is he going to throw the ball to? Jacksonville had the leanest supply of skill position players outside of Florham Park, but they have begun to restock, adding first Lee, then Robinson. Clearly, there is patience in Jacksonville, which has made the commitment to building a young offense.
60. Panthers: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
This is a good landing spot for Ealy, who is probably a better rotational player than an every down RDE. He joins a Panthers defensive front that is as talented as any front seven in the league.
59. Colts: Jack Mewhort, T, Ohio State
Indianapolis is the last team into draft pool, making its first pick six slots before the end of the second round. And when Marvin Harrison announced the pick, it provided insight into why Indy went this direction. Mewhort was a left tackle at Ohio State. He projects more as a right tackle, as he struggled a bit with speed rushers. But Harrison referred to him as a "guard," and Mewhort might very well move inside. He's played center in the past and probably could line up anywhere along the Colts' offensive line in his rookie season.
58. Saints: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska
Jean-Baptiste is one of the biggest, longest corners in the draft, and he can thrive in the kind of press man coverage he's going to have the chance to play under Rob Ryan. New Orleans has added Champ Bailey, Jairus Byrd and now SJB to its secondary, to join last year's first-round pick, Kenny Vaccaro. In two short years, the Saints have turned one of the worst pass defenses in league history into a strength.
57. 49ers (from Dolphins): Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State
I have been banging this drum for several weeks now. Frank Gore's terrific career is in its final stages, and the Niners needed a banger of a back, first to diminish Gore's workload and eventually assume it. This is a perfect pick for a team that will come out of this draft with the most talented, most complete roster in the NFL.
56. Broncos (from 49ers): Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
There were few hotter names in the final weeks leading up to the draft than Latimer, who some where predicting could sneak into the first round. I never saw him with quite so much upside, but he is a big target with a feel for getting open. He's a few notches below Jordan Matthews on my list of big receivers, and I think Donte Moncrief might also be a better big receiver. But Latimer is going to make his share of plays, stepping right into the Z receiver role vacated by Eric Decker.
55. Bengals: Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU
Hill is the best back on my Big Board, a prospect with a first-round grade who will prove to be a second-round steal. Sound familiar? Same story as Giovani Bernard, who the Bengals drafted last year. NFL offenses run the ball with a backfield by committee, and there isn't a better tandem of young backs anywhere in the league better than Bernard and Hill will be for the Bengals.
54. Titans: Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington
This is the latest the first RB has come off the board in the history of the NFL Draft. That doesn't surprise me, as the value of the position has deflated like the Snoopy balloon at the end of the Macy's Day Parade. What surprises me is that Sankey was the first back taken. He's a well-rounded back who does a lot of things well but is largely unspectacular. I had him rated well behind the draft's two best backs (Jeremy Hill and Carlos Hyde), as well as behind Tre Mason and Ka'Deem Carey.
53. Packers: Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
Adams is not the burner he sometimes appeared to be at Fresno State. But he's a great fit for the Packers, as he's a sure-handed possession receiver with some big play ability and the toughness to make catches in traffic.
52. Cardinals: Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame
Niklas reminds me of Heath Miller -- a classic two-way tight end, who is a solid blocker and will be a reliable receiver in traffic and the red zone. He's 6-foot-6, 270 pounds and isn't going to do for the Cardinals what, say, Vernon Davis does for the Niners. But he's an every down tight end who fills a position of need.
51. Bears: Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU
This as a total need pick. It's far too early for Ferguson (I had a fourth-round grade on him), but the Bears saw Aaron Donald taken one pick before them in the first round and Timmy Jernigan taken three picks too soon in this round. Clearly, they felt they needed to plug this hole before any other prospects got away at a position of sure desperate need.
50. Chargers: Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech
While I'm shocked the Chargers passed on the best pure nose tackle in the draft (Louis Nix III) twice, they landed a solid edge rusher in Attaochu. I still think he was done a disservice by Georgia Tech, which played him primarily at defensive end this season; that set him back in terms of developing areas of his game beyond rushing the passer. But Attaochu is going to help Dwight Freeney bring the heat.
49. Jets: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
The Jets came into the 2014 Draft with as broad a wish list as any team in the league. They needed a cornerback and a wide receiver most of all. With their first two picks, they drafted a safety (almost a corner) and a tight end (almost a receiver). Actually, the Jets have helped themselves. They added the best strong safety in the draft and probably the second-best receiving tight end available behind Ebron. He's not going to contribute much as a blocker, but he's another weapon in the passing game for Geno Smith or Michael Vick or whoever winds up as the Jets' starting quarterback.
48. Ravens: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
There were plenty of questions about whether Jernigan could play the 3 technique. But there are even more questions in my mind about whether he can be a nose tackle in a 3-4 front. I don't see Jernigan's penetrating style of play fitting with what the Ravens ask of their interior defensive linemen (Haloti Ngata and Terrence Cody), which means he'll be moving to end, which seems to be a waste of Jernigan's best asset -- his quickness. I don't see the fit here.
47. Redskins (from Cowboys): Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford
As noted, there are a ton of tweeners in this draft, Murphy is not one of them. He is a dynamic playmaker and a perfect fit as a 3-4 outside backer. He's not the athlete that an Anthony Barr is, but he has a solid resume of making plays. He's a high motor, high character guy who will be a distruptive force right away.
46. Steelers: Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
Tuitt is a great fit for Pittsburgh. He's tough and strong and will be a handful for offensive tackles, and he brings a bit more pass rush ability to the position than most natural 3-4 DEs. He'll occupy a lot of blockers, creating opportunities for Ryan Shazier -- Pittsburgh's first-round pick -- to make plays unabated.
45. Seahawks (from Lions): Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
Seattle decided to finally stop moving back and make a pick, and this was a dynamic pick. Richardson is a burner, a guy who threatens a defense vertically, which serves two purposes -- it creates a home run opportunity for Seattle that hadn't existed, and it should open up things underneath, both for Russell Wilson's short passing game and for the Hawks' hard-nosed run game. Safeties will have to respect the deep threat and will not be able to creep up to support the run.
44. Bills (from Rams): Cyrus Kouandjio, T, Alabama:
Kouandjio struggled against speed rushers throughout his college career, so he projects to switch to right tackle, where his strength and athleticism will be a huge factor in the Bills' running game. Buffalo is as committed to running the ball as any team in the AFC, and Kouandjio will fit nicely into the strong side of its offensive line.
43. Giants: Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State
Richburg is slightly smaller than Marcus Martin, but they were widely considered the two best centers in the draft. The Giants needed to add bodies all across their offensive line, and Richburg should be able to step in from Day 1 and handle all the duties of playing center, including helping make protection calls.
42. Eagles: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
Philadelphia replaces DeSean Jackson with the all-time leading receiver in SEC history. The more I watched Matthews this season, the more convinced I was that he'd be a first-round pick. He's this year's Keenan Allen, a big, sure-handed receiver who will make plays in traffic and has decent enough speed to stretch the field on occasion. He doesn't have the profile of Mike Evans or Kelvin Benjamin, but Matthews is the most NFL-ready big receiver in this draft class.
41. Rams (from Bills): Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State
St. Louis is building a pretty impressive defense in a division loaded with them. Joyner is undersized and will not draw assignments on the boundary. Instead, he's an ideal slot corner, and he'll make plays in the run game as well. He'll see Percy Harvin twice and Stevie Johnson twice; Joyner is going to have the chance to contribute to the Rams' push to return to the playoffs.
40. Lions (from Seahawks): Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU
Seattle traded back from the last pick of the first round to No. 40, then traded back even further. Apparently, the Seahawks are giving the rest of the league a little time to catch up to them. The Lions are doing their part, having added Eric Ebron in the first round, and then added Van Noy, a college teammate of Detroit's first-round pick last year, Ziggy Ansah. Van Noy can be disruptive in so many ways, whether it's bringing pressure or picking off passes in coverage. Van Noy may have been slightly undersized to play outside in a 3-4 front. In Detroit's 4-3 scheme, he'll be able to make plays in the run game and in coverage, and be an effective speed blitzer when asked.
39. Jaguars: Marqise Lee, WR, USC
Lee entered the 2013 season as the top WR prospect in the country. He struggled through some injuries, and never did develop the same chemistry with USC's carousel of quarterbacks that he enjoyed with Matt Barkley. He lacks the speed to be a consistent deep threat, but he'll make catches along the boundary, in traffic across the middle, and he'll break plays with terrific agility and a nose for finding open space.
38. Buccaneers: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
ASJ is not the receiver that Eric Ebron is. But he is the most complete tight end prospect in this draft. He is a smooth, athletic route runner with more than reliable hands. He'll continue to develop as a blocker (he's flashed a terrific feel over the last two seasons), and eventually he'll be a do-it-all tight end for the Bucs.
37. Falcons: Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
Atlanta was unable to pull off a deal to land Jadeveon Clowney. Instead, it stayed at No. 6 and wound up with Jake Matthews, the safest pick in the draft (not my No. 1 prospect in the field but my No. 2). Hageman is the anti-Matthews. His reputation for taking plays off (or series) is probably what caused him to drop into the second round. Still, he's a great fit with the Falcons, who are likely to play a more hybrid defensive front. Hageman probably is the best 3-4 DE in the draft, and he can slide inside to play DT whenever Atlanta switches to an even front. If he can stay engaged, Hageman could have an impact as a rookie, wherever he lines up.
36. Raiders: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
When David Carr went to Houston with the first pick of the 2002 NFL Draft, it was more of a banishment than an opportunity. He played behind an expansion offensive line, without much by way of offensive weapons to work with. Derek is going to a far better situation. Yes, even though Oakland hasn't been to the playoffs since the early stages of David Carr's NFL career. The Raiders upgraded their defense a ton in the offseason, so they'll be in a lot of ballgames. Carr will have the chance to compete with Matt Schaub for the starting job. And if he winds up sitting through a season of seasoning, it will only benefit Derek in ways his brother was never afforded.
35. Browns: Joel Bitonio, T, Nevada
For all the moving around the Browns did in the first round, I still think they reached on both of their picks. Justin Gilbert is my fourth-ranked corner coming into the draft, and I had Johnny Manziel graded as a mid-second round prospect. Bitonio is more of the same. He has a second-round grade, and I expected he'd come off the board after Cyrus Kouandjio and perhaps Morgan Moses. Still, he is a tremendously versatile prospect who can start at right tackle or slide inside to guard or, maybe someday, replace Joe Thomas at left tackle.
34. Cowboys (from Redskins): Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State
The Cowboys' defense was historically bad in 2013, its first season in a 4-3 scheme after the departure of Rob Ryan. Dallas desperately needs help both in the secondary and pressuring the quarterback. Lawrence should be able to help provide pressure, though there's concern that he might be a bit of a tweener -- not quite strong enough to win battles at the line or win with a bull rush, and not quite the athlete to line up as an outside backer. This draft is filled with guys caught between positions, but Lawrence's track record of creating pressure surely appealed to the Cowboys.
33. Texans: Xavier Su'a-Filo, G, UCLA
Zack Martin is considered the best guard in this year's draft, though Martin will be converting from tackle to play there. Su'a-Filo is the best natural guard in this draft, and he has the strength and agilityto be a big factor in the Texans' running game in front of Arian Foster.
7:03 p.m. ET: Keep in mind that this is one of the deepest drafts in recent years, which makes tonight even more important to most teams than last night was. There are impact players -- several significant ones -- over the 68 picks coming tonight.
6:46 p.m. ET: Chris Mortensen is reporting on ESPN that the Browns have known for weeks that Gordon might not be available to them this season. Baffling, then, that they would not take Watkins at No. 4. They'll add a receiver or more tonight (maybe Jordan Matthews at No. 35), but at this moment, heading into Round 2, their depth chart features Greg Little, Nate Burleson and Andrew Hawkins.
6:30 p.m. ET: The second round of the draft has yet to get underway, and already there are bigger developments than anything that happened last night. First, San Francisco has acquired Stevie Johnson from Buffalo, which means the 49ers filled their biggest need in the draft without having to spend one of their league-high six top-100 picks on one. San Francisco has five picks tonight, 10 left in the draft, and no obvious holes to fill. The best time to find a job is when you have one, right? The best time to shop for talent is when you don't have any immediate need. They can shop for luxury picks all night long.
Then came the news that Josh Gordon reportedly failed a drug test months ago, putting the league's top receiver last season at risk of spending the entire upcoming season on the shelf. The big question, of course, is: When did the Browns know? If they knew going into the first round, how could they not have stayed put at No. 4 and taken Sammy Watkins?
Amazing, but on his first day on the job, Johnny Manziel isn't at the center of the biggest circus in town.