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2014 NFL Draft Reactions: Rounds 2 and 3

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The Jaguars select two new weapons for Blake Bortles, Louis Nix to the Texans, and more.

2014 NFL Draft Reactions: Rounds 2 and 3

Favorite Picks:

WR Marqise Lee and WR Allen Robinson to the Jacksonville Jaguars at #39 and #61

The Jaguars are doing all they can to help their new franchise quarterback, Blake Bortles. They added two really nice weapons for Bortles to throw to for the next five-plus years. First, they nabbed Marqise Lee from USC with their early second round pick. As I mentioned before in the last reaction post, Lee could have been the top wide receiver in the 2013 draft if he came out then. He probably should have been a first round pick, but the Jaguars were fortunate enough to have him drop to their laps. 

Lee will serve as their speedster and deep threat while Allen Robinson will be Bortles' red zone target. He's a big receiver at 6'2", 220 pounds and was really productive at Penn State last season. He was 6th in the nation with 1,432 receiving yards and also had 97 receptions with 6 touchdowns. 

TE Jace Amaro to the New York Jets at #49

A young quarterback's best friend is his tight end and the Jets now have that with the selection of the Jace Amaro. At Texas Tech, Amaro was the primary target for freshman quarterback Davis Webb. He lined up primary in the slot and was destroyed teams in the middle of the field. He was 11th in the nation with 1352 receiving yards and 10th with 106 receptions. He also scored seven touchdowns for the Red Raiders. With Amaro in the fold, the Jets now have two huge targets along with Jeff Cumberland for Geno Smith to throw to. 

NT Louis Nix III to the Houston Texans at #83

When you though the Texans' defensive line couldn't get any scarier with J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney, they made it even better with the Louis Nix pick. General manager Rick Smith seized the opportunity and moved up back into the third round and grabbed the best nose tackle in the draft to anchor their defensive line for years to come. Nix is a first round to early second round rated talent that fell because there were questions with his endurance and he is coming off knee surgery. Also, his huge social media presence may have rubbed teams the wrong way. If Nix can prove his knee injury hasn't slowed him down and improve his endurance, this is an absolute steal for the Texans. 

Picks that left me scratching my head:

QB Jimmy Garoppolo to the New England Patriots at #62

The Patriots may have found their heir apparent to Tom Brady in Jimmy Garoppolo, but how about helping their 37 year old quarterback now? I understand you have to look towards the future, but with the Patriots' Super Bowl window closing as Brady gets older, they should have tried to get a win-now player. They could have went with a wide receiver since you cannot trust Danny Amendola to stay healthy and I am not a big fan of the rest of their corps except Julian Edelman. Garoppolo may turn out to be the next best QB for all I know, but the Patriots need pieces to get that Super Bowl trophy. 

The Cleveland Browns not taking a WR with any of their three Day 2 picks.

With Josh Gordon facing a year-long suspension and Nate Burleson re-injuring his left arm, it baffles me that the Browns didn't go wide receiver with one of their three picks. Who is Johnny Manziel going to throw to? The only reliable option they have now is tight end Jordan Cameron. I like the pick of offensive lineman Joe Bitonio, but they could have done without linebacker Chris Kirskey and running back Terrance West. In day three, they have to address the wide receiver position or it could be another long season offensively for the Browns.  

Other Potential Steals

DE Kony Ealy to the Carolina Panthers at #60

The Panthers nabbed a good player in Kony Ealy out of Missouri in the late second round. Ealy was projected to go in the late first or early second round, so the value is pretty good Carolina. Ealy is a solid pass rusher and provides insurance for next season if they decide to let Greg Hardy go. 

OT Morgan Moses to the Washington Redskins at #66

Moses is another projected late first or early second round prospect and the Redskins may have hit the jackpot with him falling to them in the third round. With Moses, the Redskins now have two bookend tackles along with Trent Williams to protect Robert Griffin III's backside. 

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