By Cody Strahm @CodyJStrahm on May 10, 2014
Day 2 of the 2014 NFL Draft is in the books. What a day it was, with surprises all over the board. Here were the five biggest steals of Rounds 2 and 3.
Ra'Shede Hageman's motor may run hot and cold at times, but his explosiveness off the snap is elite -- and that isn't a word to throw around loosely. With good coaching, Hageman might be remembered as one of the biggest steals of this draft. His ceiling suggests he can be one of the most dominant interior defensive linemen in football with consistency.
There was some talk that Notre Dame nose tackle Louis Nix III would sneak into the first round. He lasted until Round 3. Despite the slide, Nix might be in the perfect situation in Houston. If he can become the blocker-occupying nose tackle the Texans have been missing, he'll open up even more opportunities for the likes of J.J. Watt and No. 1 overall pick Jadeveon Clowney.
USC's Marcus Martin was another prospect who some thought had an outside shot of his hearing his name called during the first round. Like Nix, Martin lasted until the third. Martin is a big, powerful center who is a bit raw, but is still very young (was a 20-year-old junior) and has a high ceiling with continued development. He could be a massive upgrade along the San Francisco offensive line.
If you would have told someone who was watching Marqise Lee play in 2012 that the USC receiver wouldn't hear his name called until the second round of the draft, that person would have probably laughed in your face. A injury-plagued 2013 campaign hurt his stock, but turn on the film, specifically of 2012, and he's an explosive receiver who runs crisp routes and has the athletic ability and body control to make just about any catch.
Morgan Moses' massive frame and long arms will make him difficult to rush the edge against at any level. Starting-caliber tackles who project to be fairly reliable in pass protection from day one aren't typically available in the third round. If there is no secret reason why he dropped so far, Moses might be remembered as one of the major steals of the entire draft.
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