Last night still feels like a dream. Getting the best player and the biggest need it supposed to happen to teams like Pittsburgh and Baltimore, not Carolina. The Panthers are the plucky pre-teen with a heart of gold, mercilessly coming just short of a perfect scenario. Last night was Christmas morning, and Star Loulelei our Red Ryder BB gun.
Trades have become impossible to project, so I wont do that. There's a good chance Jacksonville moves around -- but assuming they stay put, here's what I have.
33. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jonathan Cyprien, SS, Florida International
I know we want them to take a QB and allow Cyprien to fall, but like the did in the first round the Jags go BPA over need. If there was a QB they really believed in he'd be the pick at #2, and with Gus Bradley coming from a team who struck gold on a third round QB last year, there's no rush when one could be available later.
34. San Francisco 49ers: Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
They made a bold move to get a free safety last night, now they look to complete their secondary. Jesse Williams would be a logicial pick, but there have been some reports this morning that he's struggling with a knee injury. This explains the lack of interest from teams pre-draft.
35. Philadelphia Eagles: Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
This is a dream scenario for Chip Kelly. He got an offensive tackle in the first round, now gets a QB for his system in the second. Smith fits Philadelphia, and he didn't need to move up to get him.
36. Detroit Lions: Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas Pine Bluff
Getting a pass rusher was key, now they add protection. Armstead is a physical player with immense upside. He'll appeal to the Lions sensibilities.
37. Cincinnati Bengals: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
Getting Eifert in the first, and now Lacy -- the Bengals have almost no holes left on offense.
38. Arizona Cardinals: Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
Their top ten pick was a little questionable, but getting Nassib here makes up for it. He has time to sit and learn under Carson Palmer, and not be relied on to start immediately.
39. New York Jets: Matt Barkley, QB, USC
Do I think the Jets will take Barkley? No, but this situation is WAY too funny to pass up. After a bizarre offense-free day yesterday, they look to replace their poor former USC quarterback with a guy who could be the next great poor USC quarterback.
40. Tennessee Titans: D.J. Swearinger, FS, South Carolina
They looked at safeties pre-draft, but Chance Warmack was too important to their offense. Now they get a player with great upside, who gives them a force in the secondary.
41. Buffalo Bills: Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky
42. Oakland Raiders: Manti T'eo, MLB, Notre Dame
They just lost Rolando McClain because of character concerns, so they have to find a fairly safe guy who can occupy the middle. No, making up a girlfriend isn't a 'character concern', it's lying a little on your match.com profile. T'eo makes sense here, even if he's not elite.
43. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
The Bucs aren't afraid of rolling the dice on talent with a banged-up medical record. God... do I really need to see him twice a year now? Plugging him in with Gerald McCoy is frightening.
44. Carolina Panthers: Keenan Allen, WR, California
I think both Cyprien and Warford are bigger priorities, but with both gone they have to look at their teams needs. Don't count out someone like Arthur Brown, but the ties to Carolina are too great. I still think there was a slim chance he could have been the pick at #14, and here it's pure value.
45. San Diego Chargers: Jonathan Banks, CB, Mississippi State
I... I don't know what this team is doing. Fluker at #11 is bizarre, so they play this one a little safer and get the best corner on the board.
46. Buffalo Bills: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
Getting an offensive weapon is of huge importance, and they have time to develop Hunter alongside Manuel. It's a calculated risk, but one they can afford with an extra second round pick.
47. Dallas Cowboys: Menelik Watson, OT, Florida State
That first rounder... yeesh. In any event, this second is good enough to (almost) make up for it. He's an immediate starter at RT, and could develop into a LT with time.
48. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
Do they really need another linebacker? Probably not, but this is what the Steelers do. Work your board, dont let it work you.
49. New York Giants: Cornelius Carradine, DE, Florida State
How does this keep happening? A glut of 3-4 teams allows him to drift unusually far, and they get another elite defensive end.
50. Chicago Bears: Arthur Brown, MLB, Kansas State
He has no business being this low, and is infinitely better than Manti T'eo, but, Raiders. Not many players in this draft could be a Urlacher replacement, Brown is one.
51. Washington Redskins: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
Fred Davis is decent, Ertz is better. Surround your QB with weapons, and see what happens.
52. New England Patriots: Jonathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State
They got Tommy Kelly, but he's a short-term option. This allows them some time to build him up and try to have him prescribe to the 'Patriot way'. Maybe it works, maybe it doesn't.
53. Cincinnati Bengals: Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
Adding another corner would be a boon here after addressing more offensive help early.
54. Kansas City Chiefs **TRADE**: Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, Connecticut
Yes, I will predict the Branden Albert trade, because we all know it's happening. KC get a much-needed corner.
55. Green Bay Packers: Jonathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
Is it finally the time the Packers get a running game? Be still their beating hearts.
56. Seattle Seahawks: John Jenkins, DT, Georgia
There will be plenty of Vespas in Seattle to tow Jenkins wherever he goes. This could be deadly.
57. Houston Texans: Damontre Moore, OLB, Texas A&M
Why not roll the dice? If this pans out they get an elite edge rusher.
58. Denver Broncos: Robert Woods, WR, USC
This is far lower than many predict, but the value is too good to pass up here.
59. New England Patriots: Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers
Their tradition of taking second round corners continues. Ryan could be awfully good in time.
60: Atlanta Falcons: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
His has a hot/cold style, but their defense gets a lot more dangerous with Short and Trufant.
61. San Francisco 49ers: Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
Good teams can gamble, and the payoff is high provided Hunt can learn some technique.
62. Baltimore Ravens: Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
He'll have time to grow, and Flacco could use another target after Anquan Boldin was traded to San Francisco.