2014 NFL Draft: Live Fantasy Recap (Rounds 2-3)
The second round of the 2014 NFL Draft begins at 7:00 p.m. ET, while the remainder of the draft will finish up on Saturday (12 p.m. ET). Coverage is on ESPN and the NFL Network.
Throughout the second and third rounds, I'll be updating this page with live analysis of the fantasy implications of each skill position pick. Brandon Niles will be checking in tomorrow to summarize the mid- to late-round picks. Since opportunity is crucial for a rookie, we'll give a grade for each early pick given the player's opportunity for playing time.
To see our fantasy recap of the first round, click here.
2.04 - Oakland Raiders - QB Derek Carr, Fresno State
Carr is accurate and has a quick release, but the scouts question his toughness and ability to throw under pressure. The Raiders traded for Matt Schaub, so Carr won't have to start immediately. It's not a good situation for a rookie QB. Opportunity: B
2.06 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers - TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
Seferian-Jenkins has excellent speed (4.56 40-yard dash) for the position to go along with the necessary size, ball skills and athletic ability to be a force down the seams. The Buccaneers have the underwhelming Brandon Myers and Tim Wright on the roster, so Seferian-Jenkins may have the chance to start as a rookie. Opportunity: A
2.07 - Jacksonville Jaguars - WR Marqise Lee, USC
Lee had an uneven junior season after two productive years at USC (including 118-1721-14 as a sophomore), but posted solid numbers at the Combine and looks good on film. At sub-6’0”, he lacks the size of a prototypical NFL receiver. He slipped in the draft due to concerns about a possible knee injury. He’ll have a chance to play immediately for the Jaguars, who are hurting at wideout due to Justin Blackmon’s suspension woes. Opportunity: A
2.10 - Philadelphia Eagles - WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt
At 6’3”, Matthews has great speed/size combo (4.46 40-yard dash) for the position. He has huge hands (10 3/8”) and he does a nice job of fighting for the ball at the point of the catch. Demaryius Thomas, Larry Fitzgerald and Josh Gordon are all physically comparable, per Mock Draftable. With DeSean Jackson out of the way, the long-term prospects are bright for Matthews in Chip Kelly’s offense, though he’ll have to compete with Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper for snaps in his rookie season. Update: Chip Kelly said that they'll start Matthews inside, which could spell trouble for Zach Ertz's upside (unless he can improve his blocking to the point that he can pass Brent Celek as the starter). Opportunity: A-
2.13 - Seattle Seahawks - WR Paul Richardson, Colorado
At only 175 lbs, he’s very slight for his height (6’0”), but he has great speed (4.40 40-yard dash) and also possesses good quickness and acceleration. Could thrive in the NFL if he can beat press coverage. Richardson will compete with Sidney Rice, Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse for targets. Baldwin was shaping up as a nice sleeper, but with the return of Rice and the addition of Richardson, his snaps may be getting squeezed. Opportunity: B+
2.17 - New York Jets - TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
Amaro has prototypical size (6’5”, 265 lbs) for the position to go along with decent speed. Curiously, his hands are small (9”) for a tight end. He’s not an experienced blocker. He could play immediately for the Jets, who currently have Jeff Cumberland as their TE1. Opportunity: A
2.20 - Arizona Cardinals - TE Troy Niklas, Notre Dame
Niklas has very good size (6’6”, 270 lbs) to go along with solid speed for the position, though he’s no burner. He’s a better blocker than route runner at this point. The TE doesn’t play a big receiving role in Bruce Arians’ offense, so Niklas looks like a good fit in that respect. He’ll have a chance to play early in his career, though he doesn’t project to be a great fantasy option given Arians’ scheme. Opportunity: B
2.21 - Green Bay Packers - WR Davante Adams, Fresno St.
He lacks elite speed (4.56 40-yard dash), but he has great ball skills, runs physical routes and is otherwise solid athletically. He'll be a good fit for the Packers' quick-hitting West Coast Offense. With Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb and Jarrett Boykin on the roster, Green Bay has more pressing needs, but GM Ted Thompson obviously likes what he sees in Adams. His short-term opportunity is not particularly good, though he'll be a good dynasty prospect with Nelson and Cobb coming up on contract years. Opportunity: B-
2.22 Tennessee Titans - RB Bishop Sankey, Washington
Sankey is a good all-around back with nice wiggle, though he struggles in pass protection. He tested very well at the Combine with a 4.49 40-yard dash and good-to-great scores across the board. Sankey is in a great situation for a rookie given the current RBs on the Titans' roster (Shonn Greene, Dexter McCluster), so he'll have a chance to start from the get-go. If he has a good offseason, he'll be drafted as a RB2 come August. Opportunity: A+
2.23 Cincinnati Bengals - RB Jeremy Hill, LSU
Hill is a downhill runner with good size and decent burst, but he lacks breakaway speed. The Bengals are drafting BenJarvus Green-Ellis's eventual replacement. With OC Hue Jackson calling the plays, the Bengals will be running early and often, and they'll want to keep Gio Bernard healthy. Hill's upside is limited given Bernard's presence. Opportunity: C
2.24 Denver Broncos - WR Cody Latimer, Indiana
Latimer tested well at the Combine with a nice combination of speed and agility. At 6’2”, he has good height for the position and his 39” vertical is an indicator of red zone success. The plan may be for the newly-signed Emmanuel Sanders to eventually replace Wes Welker, with Latimer taking over Eric Decker's old spot in the offense. Latimer could contribute immediately, but will more likely be 4th or 5th in the pecking order in his rookie season. Opportunity: B-
2.25 San Francisco 49ers - RB Carlos Hyde, Ohio State
Hyde is a power back with decent speed and good all-around ability as a receiver and pass protector. He does not go down easily; reminiscent of Eddie Lacy. Frank Gore is reaching the end of the line and Kendall Hunter will also be a free agent in 2015. Depending on the health of Marcus Lattimore, Hyde may be the eventual replacement for Gore, giving him dynasty appeal. For now, he'll have to bide his time. Opportunity: C
2.29 Jacksonville Jaguars - WR Allen Robinson, Penn St.
He has good size, runs reliable routes and will win many a jump ball, but he is lacking in the speed department (4.60 40-yard dash). He’s capable of contributing immediately. Between Robinson and Marqise Lee, the Jaguars have certainly shored up their receiving corps, which is a good thing for eventual starter Blake Bortles. The team is not drafting as if Justin Blackmon will be back anytime soon. Opportunity: A
2.30 New England Patriots - QB Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois
Biggest concern seems to be the jump in competition from Eastern Illinois, but he has a quick release and is both mentally and physically tough. He’ll need seasoning, and he'll get it playing behind Tom Brady. Opportunity: D
2.31 Miami Dolphins - WR Jarvis Landry, LSU
Landry’s Combine numbers are nothing to write home about, but he has great hands and toughness, and does the little things right. He's a little reminiscent of Anquan Boldin given his measurables (or lack thereof) and his tough play. He'll have to compete with Brian Hartline and Brandon Gibson for playing time. Opportunity: B
3.01 Houston Texans - TE C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa
Has the height (6’5”) and weight (265 lbs) that the NFL looks for at the tight end position and moves well for his size, underlined by a nice showing in the agility and quickness portion of the Combine. The Texans let Owen Daniels walk but re-signed Garrett Graham, so Fiedorowicz isn't likely to start right away. Opportunity: C
3.05 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers - RB Charles Sims, West Virginia
Sims is a good all-around back with a nice blend of size (6’0”, 214 lbs) and speed (4.48 40-yard dash). He also has very nice hands out of the backfield. He gives the Bucs another good RB to go along with Doug Martin, Bobby Rainey and Mike James, but he may have a tough time getting on the field unless he has a great summer. Opportunity: C-
Mason has good instincts and cutback skills, though fumbling and pass protection are two holes in his game. He tested well at the Combine. He’ll compete for snaps with Benny Cunningham, Isaiah Peaad and Daryl Richardson for carries behind bellcow Zac Stacy. Opportunity: C
Huff is built like a running back. He has good (not great) speed and can break some tackles. He played for Kelly at Oregon and will join a corps that already has Jeremy Maclin, Riley Cooper and fellow rookie Jordan Matthews. Opportunity: B
3.26 - Indianapolis Colts - WR Donte Moncrief, Mississippi
He has great speed (4.40 40-yard dash) to go along with good size (6’2”, 221 lbs) and a 39” vertical. The Colts signed Hakeem Nicks in free agency and have Reggie Wayne returning from a torn ACL. It may be difficult for Moncrief to get on the field this season, but this is a good long-term spot for him. Opportunity: C
3.27 - Arizona Cardinals - WR John Brown, Pittsburgh St.
Brown ran a 4.34 40-yard dash, but he is slight at 5’11” and 179 lbs. He can contribute in the return game and take the top off of the defense while also playing some slot. With Andre Roberts' departure, Brown will have an opportunity to earn snaps behind Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd. Opportunity: B
3.30 - Cleveland Browns - RB Terrance West, Towson
West is a patient runner with solid (but not great) measurables. He’ll have a chance to earn carries behind Ben Tate, and could eventually press Tate for playing time. Opportunity: B-
3.33 - Pittsburgh Steelers - WR Dri Archer, Kent St.
Archer is an extremely quick Darren Sproles type who can play running back or receiver. The Steelers will find different ways to use his 4.26 speed, though he doesn’t project to get a heavy workload. Opportunity: B-
3.34 - Green Bay Packers - TE Richard Rodgers, California
The Packers only have Andrew Quarless and Brandon Bostick at tight end, so it was a glaring need heading into the draft. Rodgers is a bulked-up receiver, so he could be a nice fit in Green Bay’s TE-friendly offense. He has good size (6’4”, 257 lbs), but didn’t show a lot of speed or quickness at the Combine. If he can win the starting job (unlikely for a rookie TE), he could be a sleeper in this offense. Opportunity: A
3.35 - Baltimore Ravens - TE Crockett Gillmore, Colorado St.
Gillmore has prototypical size (6’6”, 260 lbs.) for the position. He has big (but not great) hands and a large catching radius. He’ll spend the year developing behind Dennis Pitta and Owen Daniels with the hopes that he’ll be ready to contribute in 2015. Opportunity: D