2014 NFL Draft Day Two Grades

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Indianapolis Colts B-

The Colts didn’t have a first-round pick thanks to the Trent Richardson trade, but they made up for it by making two quality selections on the second day of the draft. Jack Mewhort has appealing versatility, and some believe he could even play at all five positions. The Ohio State product figures to slot in as guard, and his upside is predicated on his pass protection; he already looks like a steady run blocker. Mewhort is a sleeper prospect, as he looked great on tape but didn’t receive much praise in the pre-draft season due to a lack of measurables. Donte Moncrief, on the other hand, certainly doesn’t lack measurables, and he’s as athletic as any wideout in this class. Moncrief lacks polish, but he has a nasty size/speed combination and is yet another one of those high-upside types to add to the Colts roster. With Reggie Wayne, T.Y. Hilton, Hakeem Nicks, Dwayne Allen, Moncrief, and others, the Colts probably have the best pass-catchers in the NFL.

Tennessee Titans C-

I was surprised to see the Titans make Bishop Sankey the first running back off the board ahead of Carlos Hyde and Tre Mason, but plenty of people are high on Sankey’s all-around game. I’m not one of them, but there’s little doubt that Sankey should be a great fit in Ken Whisenhunt‘s offense. He has the upside to be a good “wiggle” back and make a big impact in the receiving game, and I would be shocked if he isn’t the starter from day one.

Houston Texans B+

I really want to give the Houston Texans an “A” on the strength of the three players they drafted yesterday, but I can’t bring myself to do it. Why? They didn’t draft a quarterback, and now they are down to Zach Mettenberger, Aaron Murray, David Fales, A.J. McCarron, Tom Savage, and…well, a mixed bag of options. The Texans did well to snap up a perfect fit at nose tackle in Louis Nix (I can’t believe he fell that far) and the draft’s best guard in Xavier Su’a-Filo, and C.J. Fiedorowicz should be a solid tight end at the next level. I didn’t think the Texans needed a TE even after losing Owen Daniels due to the presence of Ryan Griffin and Garrett Graham, but Fiedorowicz helps. At the same time, the Texans could have a lost season next year if they don’t find a franchise quarterback, but at least they have set themselves up for success at other positions. I wonder if this is all because the Texans aren’t sold on any quarterbacks in this year’s draft, but I find it hard to believe that they would pass up on a QB until the fourth-seventh rounds. Check out this piece to see just how difficult it is to find a viable starter on the third day of the draft.

Jacksonville Jaguars A

The Jacksonville Jaguars seem prepared to let Justin Blackmon go, and they certainly stocked up on wide receivers yesterday in preparation for his absence in 2014. Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson are two of the most individually talented wide receivers in this year’s draft class, as both have true No. 1 upside. Landing both was huge for the Jaguars, and Lee, who was once regarded as a top-ten prospect, was an absolute steal after making a surprising tumble out of the first round due to concerns over his knee (I still can’t believe the Cleveland Browns passed on him in the second). Lee has major drop issues, but he has a ridiculous amount of raw talent.

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  • Giovannoni

    Glad to see the Raiders get the respect they deserve!

  • Bryan Ford

    Texans did what they needed to… it is obvious they just don’t love any of these QB’s.. and if you don’t believe any of these guys are your guy… then you don’t reach and take them… All 4 of their picks so far area going to make an impact this next season. They found their nose tackle…. an instant starter at one of the guard positions… and a Tight End that is immediately a better blocker than either tight end on the roster.. and he showed very good hands.. even though they weren’t utilized much at Iowa. They deserve an A so far…. most of the QB’s in this draft just aren’t A grade level…. I think the only guy they should try to get in the 4th if available, is Aaron Murray… his upside is higher than the others… and if fully recovered… I think he’s better than Bridgewater and Carr.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      Great points, Bryan, and the Texans would probably agree with plenty of those statements. I really like the three picks the Texans made, but I’m worried that they won’t be able to find the right QB. Are they really willing to wait until next year for a quarterback? Anyway, I feel like a “B+” gives them plenty of respect for the moves they made yesterday, and the Nix pick was a massive steal. I still can’t believe he fell that far. Btw, the Texans get an “A” from me if you include the Clowney pick, so that’s where their overall draft stands at this point in time.

    • Don Andrew Halvorson

      You mean Tom Savage or Zach Mettenberger

  • cheney2jail

    Re Dolphins: Wide receiver corpses? What is this, the Walking Dead?

  • Gary

    Browns let about 10 very good WR’s go by without drafting one of them. Who do they think they are going to throw to, Little? I knew they would waste draft picks just like every year. What team in their right mind would let Watkins pass on by and then even Hyde at running back.? Only the Browns. All the Browns fans are going to hear is “wait till next year” once again. I give their draft so far a solid “F” for failure

  • Doroteo Fifolo

    The Dolphins should bury those corpses…