2014 NFL Draft, Day 2: 10 things to know, Jimmy Garoppolo edition
The first two days of the 2014 NFL Draft are in the books, and while Day 2 wasn't quite spectacle, there was still plenty to talk about.
The first two days of the 2014 NFL Draft are in the books, and while rounds two and three weren't quite Round 1 spectacle, there was still plenty to talk about. So let's get to it...
1. Since 2005, the Patriots have drafted five quarterbacks: Matt Cassel (7th round, 2005), Kevin O'Connell (3rd round, 2008), Zac Robinson (7th round, 2010), Ryan Mallett (3rd round, 2011) and now Jimmy Garoppolo (2nd round, 2014).
Of that group, only Cassel got significant playing time with the Pats and that was only because Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 1 of the '08 season. With Garoppolo now headed to New England, the feeling is that he's next in line behind Brady.
Yes, the futuer Hall of Famer will be 37 when the season begins, but there's no guarantee Garoppolo will be any better than his predecessors. Still, that doesn't mean we can't talk about it!
One NFL scout told me Garoppolo was the smartest QB prospect he's been around in 10 years #Patriots— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) May 10, 2014
>>> RT @MoveTheSticks: Jimmy Garoppolo took AJ McCarron's spot in the SR Bowl and he just got selected ahead of him.— Bryan Fischer (@BryanDFischer) May 10, 2014
Not everybody was crazy about the move, however:
Pats yet again make a move that fails to maximize Brady's closing window for another ring— Ross Tucker (@RossTuckerNFL) May 10, 2014
Oh, and there's this:
Garoppolo has the same agent as Tom Brady, his new QB mentor in New England. Both represented by Don Yee— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) May 10, 2014
2. Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer was one of 30 players at Radio City Music Hall, and when he finally heard his name called Friday (56th pick to the Broncos), he rolled out of the green room and onto the stage looking like this:
Cody Latimer’s Draft Day outfit was… casual: pic.twitter.com/FlJYwXsI2U— SB Nation (@SBNation) May 10, 2014
Fred G. Sanford approves. And the "G" stands for Good lord, man.
3. The Giants took center Weston Richburg with their second-round pick. Richburg definitely fills a need, and he also loves pigs.
One of the reasons I love Weston Richburg…this pic --> pic.twitter.com/vHYO4pqidM— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) May 10, 2014
4. Through two days, the Jags have had a solid draft. And sometimes, luck plays a big part in things falling into place. In Round 1, the team landed Blake Bortles, then on Friday they gave their new franchise quarterback two shiny weapons when they landed wideouts Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson.
Jags tried to trade up to 35th spot -- third on second round -- with Cleveland to take Lee. The price was too high and Lee fell to them.— Vito Stellino (@vitostellino) May 10, 2014
Two years ago, the Jags used a first-round pick on Justin Blackmon. Now suspended, the team appears ready to move on from him.
Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell basically says WR Justin Blackmon's career in Jax is over— Mark Long (@APMarkLong) May 10, 2014
Hey, Josh Gordon, you paying attention?
5. In 2005, three running backs went in the first five picks. This year, the first running back didn't go off the board until the 54th pick, when the Titans selected Washington's Bishop Sankey. The previous record for running backs going undrafted? Last year, when Gio Bernard lasted until pick No. 37.
Speaking of running backs, the team that traded its #1 pick for Trent Richardson now makes its first pick...— Andrew Brandt (@adbrandt) May 10, 2014
Back in October, we wrote about Richardson's struggles and ended with this: "Obviously, losing Vick Ballard and Ahmad Bradshaw necessitated some roster moves. It just shouldn't have been for a Colts' first-rounder. A pick, by the way, the team really could have used next April on a run-blocking interior lineman."
The Colts' first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft (59th overall): Ohio St. offensive tackle Jack Mewhort.
7. Pre-draft rumors that the Patriots could trade backup Ryan Mallett to the Texans apparently are just that. In fact, the Texans had some interest in Jimmy Garoppolo.
From high-ranking #Texans source: Houston was considering Jimmy Garappolo as 3rd round pick, but remain adamant not trading for Ryan Mallett— Ed Werder (@Edwerderespn) May 10, 2014
Definitely would not count on a Ryan Mallett trade to Houston or anywhere. Mallett expected back in Foxboro.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 10, 2014
Mallet's in the last year of his rookie deal, and a year from now he'll almost certainly be somewhere other than New England.
8. If you're holding out hope that Zach Mettenberger, Tom Savage, Tajh Boyd, or Logan Thomas might blossom into special players, you might want to readjust your expectations.
9. Kony Ealy has strong, bejeweled wrists.
10. Poor Browns fans. Less than 24 hours after a homeless dude convinced owner Jimmy Haslam to draft Johnny Manziel, all-everything wideout Josh Gordon is reportedly facing an indefinite suspension for violating the league's substance abuse program. Exacerbating matters: Cleveland didn't take a wideout with their 35th pick, much to the chagrin of this poor sap.
In an ironic twist, a homeless man sold Josh Gordon that weed.— Drew Magary (@drewmagary) May 9, 2014
In other Johnny Football-related news, this is the most Jerry Jones comment ever:
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