By Cody Strahm @CodyJStrahm on May 10, 2014
Day 2 of the 2014 NFL Draft is in he books. It was an unpredictable round to say the least, with surprise picks all over the board. Here were the five teams that came away the biggest winners of the night.
The Buccaneers are going all-in during this draft to revamp an offense that ranked 32nd in passing yards and 22nd in rushing yards last season. On Day 2, Tampa Bay landed tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who was voted the nation's top tight end in 2013, and running back Charles Sims, who some say compares favorably to Matt Forte, to go along with the Day 1 selection of Mike Evans. That's a lot of firepower.
The Dolphins quietly had one of the most impressive second days. GM Dennis Hickey patiently traded back twice in the second round to land LSU's Jarvis Landry. Although Landry ran a slow 40, he does so many things well on film that it's hard not to think Miami got a steal. In the third round, Hickey was more aggressive, trading up to complete the club's offensive line rebuild with North Dakota State's Billy Turner, a versatile, nasty lineman.
Ozzie Newsome continues to prove why he's one of the NFL's most respected GMs. On Friday night, the Baltimore Ravens snagged a pair of Florida State standouts in defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan and safety Terrence Brooks. Both have the potential, with new linebacker C.J. Mosley, to help Baltimore reclaim one of the league's most dominant defenses. Colorado State tight end Crockett Gillmore was also added in the third round.
There are many who have questioned the Jaguars' decision to select quarterback Blake Bortles with the No. 3 overall pick. No one is questioning their decision load up on playmakers for their new QB on Day 2. Wide receivers Marqise Lee of USC and Allen Robinson of Penn State are heading to North Florida. Lee and Robinson could turn out to be two of the biggest steals of the entire draft. Jacksonville also nabbed Miami (FL) guard Brandon Linder.
It's difficult not to admire how well the San Francisco 49ers stockpile talent during draft. Friday night brought running back Carlos Hyde, center Marcus Martin, linebacker Chris Borland and guard/tackle Brandon Thomas to San Francisco. All were great values. All should help ensure that the 49ers aren't going anywhere as one of the league's premiere contenders anytime soon.
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