2014 NFL Draft: Day 2 Trade Analysis
Bitter NFC East rivals Dallas and Washington opened the trade market in Round 2 of the 2014 NFL Draft, with the Cowboys moving up to select Boise State pass rusher Demarcus Lawrence.
Jerry Jones moved all of the Dallas Cowboys' Day 2 chips into one basket in dealing the team's second- and third-round picks to the divisional rival Washington Redskins in order to move up to the No. 34 overall pick and select Boise State pass rusher Demaracus Lawrence in the second round of the NFL Draft on Friday.
Cowboys director of player personnel Stephen Jones acknowledged the team may have overpaid to climb up to No. 34, but said Lawrence was the third-rated pass-rusher on the team's board and they were worried he wouldn't last much longer.
"He was the last guy we really had in terms of the right-end spot," Stephen Jones said. "We knew we might have to give up a little more than maybe the charts read out. That happens sometimes when you want a guy and we really wanted this guy. We didn't want to lose him. We worked through the deal. We sweetened the pot a little bit and got the deal done."
The next deal came six picks later, with the defending champion Seattle Seahawks trading out of their first pick of the draft for the second time in as many days.
In a deep draft, the Seahawks are clearly banking on their track record of drafting impact players - and Pro Bowlers including quarterback Russell Wilson and cornerback Richard Sherman - in the middle rounds. By stockpiling picks in a very deep draft, they increase their chances of hitting on a few diamonds and keeping the train rolling with lower-priced players they have under contract for four years.
SECOND ROUND TRADES
--Cowboys acquire No. 34 overall pick, select Boise State defensive end Demarcus Lawrence.
Redskins receive Cowboys' second- (No. 47 overall) and third-round (78) picks this year.
Comment: With the Cowboys parting ways with DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer coming off a season-ending left knee injury, Dallas was clearly in need of a young outside pass rusher. Lawrence needs to get stronger, but he does possess plenty of potential. The biggest knock on this pick is whether Dallas needed a pass rusher more than an interior lineman or safety.
--Lions acquire No. 40 and 146 overall picks, select BYU linebacker Kyle Van Noy.
Seahawks acquire Nos. 45, 111 and 227 this year.
Comment: Van Noy brings needed speed and instincts to the Lions' defense. After going through a tumultuous time as a teenager, Van Noy is now a respected vocal presence on a team in need of leadership. He has also shown good coverage skills - a big asset in today's NFL.
--Rams acquire No. 41 overall pick, select defensive back Lamarcus Joiner.
Bills receive Nos. 44 and 153 picks this year.
Comment: Joyner is undersized, but he's a playmaker at safety or cornerback on a defense loaded with young talent. The Rams make a luxury pick and can move Joyner around according to down – he can play nickel or roam the field opposite second-year strong safety T.J. McDonald.
--Eagles acquire No. 42 overall pick, select Vanderbilt wide receiver Jordan Matthews.
Titans receive Nos. 54 and 122 this year
Comment: Everyone knew the Eagles would select a receiver, it was just a matter of when after cutting ties with DeSean Jackson and with Jeremy Maclin coming off a knee injury. In Matthews, they land the SEC's all-time leading receiver. He's not as explosive an athletes as many receivers in this class, but he's low-risk and fits well in head coach Chip Kelly’s offense.
--Chargers acquire No. 50 overall pick, select Georgia Tech linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu.
Dolphins receive pick Nos. 57 and 125 this year.
Comment: A productive, high motor player, Attaochu fits well into the Chargers' 3-4 scheme. The Nigeria native can struggle when one-on-one against a blocker, but the Chargers need players who can get after the passer and Attaochu has the quickness and chase skills to fit the bill.
--Broncos acquire pick Nos. 56 and 242, select Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer.
49ers receive pick Nos. 63 and 171 along with a 2015 fourth-round pick.
Comment: Considered a mid-round pick entering the draft process, Latimer skyrocketed up many draft boards and was considered a fringe first-round prospect entering the draft. He even scored a Green Room invite in a classic example of the pendulum swinging a bit too far and leaving a young man squirming in Radio City Music Hall. When the dust settled, the Broncos land an athletic wide receiver with an impressive speed/agility combination to help fill the void left by Eric Decker’s departure.
--49ers acquire No. 57 overall pick, select Ohio State running back Carlos Hyde.
Dolphins receive pick Nos. 63, 171 this year.
Comment: 49ers fans don’t want to admit it, but Frank Gore is going to fall off that proverbial running back cliff sooner than later. With undersized Kendall Hunter and LaMichael James along with Marcus Lattimore coming off major knee surgery, the 49ers had options but no ready-made replacement should Gore’s 2,187 career regular-season carries catch up with him this year. Hyde is a powerful, between-the-tackles runner from a BCS program who can take the reins in the future ... or sooner, if need be.
--Jaguars acquire No. 61 pick, select Penn State wide receiver Allen Robinson.
49ers receive pick Nos. 70 and 150.
Comment: The No. 34 overall prospect by NFLDraftScout.com, Robinson is a great value pick for the Jaguars here. While he lacks elite speed, Robinson has a big frame at 6-3, 220 and drew a comparison to 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin from NDS analysis Dane Brugler.
THIRD ROUND TRADES
--Dolphins acquire No. 67 pick, select North Dakota State offensive tackle Billy Turner.
Raiders receive pick Nos. 81 and 116.
Comment: Turner comes from a small-school program, but is athletic and has the frame to get stronger. He needs to improve his technique and may project best inside to guard – where he did not play in college.
--Texans acquire No. 83 pick, select Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix.
Raiders receive pick Nos. 101 and 141 this year.
Comment: NFLDraftScout.com's last first-round prospect remaining, Nix fell due to a combination of last season's knee injury and the fact he showed up to fall camp overweight last season. This is a low-risk/high-reward pick by the Texans, who find a run-stuffing presence for the interior of their line with J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney crashing off the outside.
--Jaguars acquire No. 93 overall pick, select Miami (Fla.) guard Brandon Linder.
Patriots receive pick Nos. 105 and 179.
Comment: Another in-state product from Southwest Ranches, Fla., Linder is a jack of all trades, master of none type who comes to the NFL with the experience to potentially serve as a reserve at multiple positions.
--Browns acquire pick No. 94, select Towson running back Terrance West.
49ers receive pick Nos. 106 and 180.
Comment: West was a bit of a surprise early entrant coming out of the FCS level. He's well built with power and balance, but lacking in elite speed - in the mold of the man he'll attempt to back up, Ben Tate.
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