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Silva's Two-Round Mock Draft

Friday, April 18, 2014



33. Houston Texans -- Central Florida QB Blake Bortles

Securing Bortles at 33 would be a coup for the Texans. It would also more easily allow the team to justify treating Bortles as a developmental quarterback as opposed to starting him in Week 1.

34. Washington Redskins -- USC C/G Marcus Martin

The Redskins don't have a first-round choice and will target an Opening Day starter with the 34th pick. Martin adds size to a Washington line Jay Gruden has been incrementally making bigger.

35. Cleveland Browns -- USC WR Marqise Lee

I believe Penn State's Allen Robinson should be considered by Cleveland here, but Lee is more of a vertical threat and arguably a superior tactical complement to alpha-receiver Josh Gordon.

36. Oakland Raiders -- Fresno State QB Derek Carr

It's no secret that the Raiders are high on Carr, a big-armed prospect with plus athleticism. Using an early draft pick at quarterback might buy beleaguered GM Reggie McKenzie one more year.

37. Atlanta Falcons -- Georgia Tech DE/LB Jeremiah Attaochu

Attaochu is a high-energy, explosive edge pass rusher capable of playing 3-4 rush 'backer, or end in a wide-technique scheme. He would be a great fit in Mike Nolan's "multiple" defensive system.

38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Nevada T/G Joel Bitonio

The Bucs' biggest need beyond wide receiver is guard, where LG Carl Nicks' health is a question mark and RG Jamon Meredith is a below-average starter. Bitonio could start at either position.

39. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater

Teams worry about Bridgewater's smallish frame and hand size, but there isn't a passer in this draft with better college film. He is a pro-ready short to intermediate thrower and excellent system fit for West Coast OC Jedd Fisch, who schemes to give his wideouts run-after-catch chances.

40. Minnesota Vikings -- LSU QB Zach Mettenberger

Mettenberger is the anti-Christian Ponder with a big arm and nonexistent mobility, but most importantly a quarterback prospect who perfectly fits the Norv Turner mold. He'd quickly push Matt Cassel for playing time.

41. Buffalo Bills -- Ohio State OT Jack Mewhort

The Bills can afford to pass on right tackles at No. 9 because starters there are acquirable later on. Mewhort is technically sound with impressive versatility. He can play anywhere on the line.

42. Tennessee Titans -- Ohio State RB Carlos Hyde

Hyde is the back new Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt wanted Beanie Wells to be in Arizona. A pro-ready feature runner, Hyde could carry the Titans' offense until they find a franchise quarterback.

43. New York Giants -- Notre Dame TE Troy Niklas

Reports indicate the Giants are concerned that Eli Manning is declining. The G-Men could buoy Eli by surrounding him with more talent. The Giants have a glaring tight end need, with injury-riddled Adrien Robinson currently topping the depth chart. Niklas is an impact in-line tight end.

44. St. Louis Rams -- Florida State DT Timmy Jernigan

If the Rams secure a safety and offensive lineman in round one as this mock forecasts, they're left without pressing needs. Jernigan could conceivably sit atop St. Louis' draft board at No. 44. The Rams have been annual underachievers in run defense, and Jernigan is relentless in pursuit.

45. Detroit Lions -- Penn State WR Allen Robinson

The "elite" receiver prospects will be out of reach for Detroit at No. 10 overall, but GM Martin Mayhew can circle back and select a big-time round-two wideout at the draft's deepest position. Despite the Golden Tate signing, the Lions aren't done upgrading Matthew Stafford's weapons.

46. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin

The Steelers have reportedly promised Ben Roethlisberger a "big receiver" in this year's draft. Benjamin is a boom-or-bust prospect, but would give Pittsburgh a needed red-zone threat.

47. Dallas Cowboys -- Missouri DE Kony Ealy

Dallas currently "boasts" the weakest defensive line in the league. Ealy isn't an edge-bending pass rusher, but could develop into a Michael Bennett-type player at defensive end and tackle.

48. Baltimore Ravens -- Florida State DB Lamarcus Joyner

I expect this year's top-three safeties to fly off the board in round one. Joyner would be a solid fallback target for GM Ozzie Newsome. He could play a Tyrann Mathieu role, manning free safety in Baltimore's base defense and giving the team slot corner options in the nickel and dime.

49. New York Jets -- Washington TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins

Although many have pinpointed No. 2 wideout as a need for the Jets, I think tight end should be a preferred target for a team intent on running the ball relentlessly. "ASJ" is a pro-ready in-line blocker with potentially dominant red-zone chops. He should be a high-volume touchdown scorer.

50. Miami Dolphins -- Alabama OT Cyrus Kouandjio

Medical and technique concerns have all but burst Kouandjio's first-round draft-stock bubble, but he would be a value pick at No. 50. Kouandjio could start at right tackle for the Fins in Week 1.

51. Chicago Bears -- Oregon State DE Scott Crichton

GM Phil Emery did an admirable job of patching up his defensive line in free agency, but won't want elder statesmen Jared Allen, Jay Ratliff, and Israel Idonije playing too many snaps. Crichton has been likened to Panthers sack master Charles Johnson by Rotoworld draft guru Josh Norris.

52. Arizona Cardinals -- Pittsburgh QB Tom Savage

Savage's pre-draft buzz has bordered on annoying, but the well-traveled college journeyman has some franchise-QB traits. Bruce Arians could groom Savage as Carson Palmer's heir apparent.

53. Green Bay Packers -- Louisville DE/LB Marcus Smith

Packers All-Pro OLB Clay Matthews has been unable to stay healthy, while 2012 first-rounder Nick Perry has underwhelmed on the field. Mike Neal is a utility player, and I expect Julius Peppers to play most of his snaps on the line of scrimmage in Green Bay. Smith can harass quarterbacks, a crucial attribute in today's NFL. The Packers need more outside edge-rush help.

54. Philadelphia Eagles -- Ole Miss WR Donte Moncrief

Moncrief's 2013 tape leaves something to be desired, but he has the physical makeup of a No. 1 wide receiver. Riley Cooper is a lower-end No. 2 wideout, and Jeremy Maclin has a one-year deal.

55. Cincinnati Bengals -- North Carolina DE Kareem Martin

Another defensive end/tackle "tweener," Martin is a highly athletic left end prospect who can kick inside on sub-package downs. The Bengals need to improve their depth at both D-Line positions.

56. San Francisco 49ers -- Rice CB Phillip Gaines

The 49ers covet rangy press corners, and Gaines fits the bill as a 6-foot, 193-pound cover guy with adequate arm length and 4.38 wheels. Expect the Niners to select two corners in this draft.

57. San Diego Chargers -- Clemson WR Martavis Bryant

Malcom Floyd's neck injury is career threatening, and 2013 Week 1 starter Vincent Brown won't be guaranteed a 2014 roster spot. Eddie Royal is a middling slot receiver. The Chargers need a vertical stretcher to complement route-running maven Keenan Allen. Bryant is huge and can fly.

58. New Orleans Saints -- Clemson CB Bashaud Breeland

The Saints' first-round pick may be out of reach for this draft's top cornerbacks, but Breeland would be a formidable round-two target with loose hips and plus physicality. New Orleans could nurse Breeland along behind Keenan Lewis and Champ Bailey, before making him a 2015 starter.

59. Indianapolis Colts -- Stanford OG David Yankey

This is the Colts' first pick after trading their first-rounder for Trent Richardson. Indy surprisingly made no notable free-agent upgrades on the offensive line, and will likely draft one early in May.

60. Carolina Panthers -- Fresno State WR Davante Adams

Adams has a size-speed combination similar to Michael Crabtree and Hakeem Nicks, the latter of whom Panthers GM Dave Gettleman helped draft with the Giants. With good arm length and a knack for high-pointing throws, Adams would help compensate for Cam Newton's accuracy flaws.

61. San Francisco 49ers -- Colorado State C Weston Richburg

The Niners expect Daniel Kilgore to be their Week 1 starting center, but he won't be handed the job free of competition. Richburg and Marcus Martin are the top-two centers in the 2014 draft.

62. New England Patriots -- Florida State LB Telvin Smith

Smith is an undersized but lightning-fast linebacker/safety "tweener" who's drawn comparisons ranging from Lavonte David to Kam Chancellor. Smith could contribute in sub-packages and on special teams initially, and potentially grow into a starting outside 'backer for New England.

63. Denver Broncos -- Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews

Matthews has similarities to Eric Decker with superior measurables, if inferior college tape. 33-year-old Wes Welker is likely in his final season with Denver. Emmanuel Sanders could replace Welker in the slot in 2015, with Matthews taking over No. 2 wideout across from Demaryius Thomas.

64. Seattle Seahawks -- Florida OG Jon Halapio

Halapio is a relentless blocker with medical concerns but punishing ability in the running game. Seattle needs to upgrade the right side of its offensive line. Halapio projects as NFL right guard.



Evan Silva is a senior football editor for Rotoworld.com. He can be found on Twitter .
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