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2014 NFL Draft: The 5 Biggest Surprises of Day 2

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2014 NFL Draft: The 5 Biggest Surprises of Day 2

Jimmy Garopollo
Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

The NFL Draft is full of surprises every year, and the 2014 edition has been no different. Day 1 saw the Jaguars possibly reaching for Blake Bortles at No. 3 and the Browns trading around to select Johnny Football at No. 22. Day 2 provided its share of interesting moves as well, so here's a look at five of the biggest surprises from the second day of the draft.

5. Carolina Panthers Fail to Draft Wide Receiver

Kelvin Benjamin
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5. Carolina Panthers Fail to Draft Wide Receiver

Kelvin Benjamin
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The Panthers failed to retain Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell, Domenik Hixon and Ted Ginn this offseason, so picking Kelvin Benjamin with their first pick came as no surprise. However, with names like Cotchery and Underwood currently on the roster, the Panthers should have looked for another early-round receiver to boost the offense and give Cam Newton another option.

4. Carlos Hyde is Second RB Picked, Joins Crowded 49ers Backfield

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4. Carlos Hyde is Second RB Picked, Joins Crowded 49ers Backfield

Carlos Hyde
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Hyde was thought to be the top running back prospect in the draft, but the Tennessee Titans felt differently. They elected to choose Bishop Sankey to fill the void left by the departed Chris Johnson. For Hyde, not only was he passed over by the Titans, but where he wound up was surprising as well. San Francisco already has Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James and Marcus Lattimore on the roster, so who will be the odd man out in San Fran?

3. Cleveland Browns Do Not Add Wide Receiver

Josh Gordon
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3. Cleveland Browns Do Not Add Wide Receiver

Josh Gordon
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When it was publicly announced that Pro Bowl WR Josh Gordon was facing banishment from the NFL, it was widely thought that the Browns would address the WR position in either the second or third rounds. Cleveland ultimately decided to go OL, LB, RB with their three choices on Friday, dispelling that notion. The Browns may have further clarification on Gordon's potential ruling, but it was a surprise to see Cleveland shy away from adding a WR.

2. No Quarterback for Houston Texans

Ryan Fitzpatrick
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2. No Quarterback for Houston Texans

Ryan Fitzpatrick
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New head coach Bill O'Brien is thought to be an offensive guru, but offensive efficiency in Houston could be nonexistent with its quarterbacks; it's surprising to see Houston go three rounds without filling its need of a QB. Ryan Fitzpatrick has shown that he can win in the NFL, and Case Keenum looked good at times last season, but neither of them appear to be the answer in Houston. Do the Texans take a QB in Round 4, or trade for Ryan Mallett?

1. New England Patriots Select QB Jimmy Garoppolo No. 62 Overall

Jimmy Garoppolo
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1. New England Patriots Select QB Jimmy Garoppolo No. 62 Overall

Jimmy Garoppolo
Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

The biggest surprise during Day 2 of the draft was the Patriots' selection of Eastern Illinois' Jimmy Garoppolo at No. 62. Tom Brady has said that he has plans to play into his 40s, and New England has one of the top backups in Ryan Mallett, so the move to select Garoppolo is interesting. Thought to be a reach at No. 62, Garoppolo could become Brady's backup if Mallett is traded, justifying his selection -- but not as a second-rounder.