Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 5/10/14

The depth of the 2014 NFL draft is astounding. Before the second day of the draft began, longtime NFL scout and NFL Media analyst Gil Brandt said that this draft is 1 1/2 rounds deeper than last year’s, and it’s showing. Great players, like Oregon State defensive end Scott Crichton and Virginia offensive tackle Morgan Moses still were coming off the board in the third round, and quality players like Lindenwood cornerback Pierre Desir and Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron are still available. Some teams owned the draft, while others made some head-scratching decisions. Check out Day 2′s winners and losers: WINNERS San Francisco 49ers: Stockpiling picks paid off for the 49ers, who grabbed the consensus best running back in the draft (Ohio State’s Carlos Hyde), a potential starting center (USC’s Marcus Martin) and a potential starting inside linebacker (Wisconsin’s Chris Borland). General manager Trent Baalke and head coach Jim Harbaugh might not get along, but they sure do know how to draft. The 49ers potentially found a future starting offensive lineman in Brandon Thomas, who was projected as a second-round pick before tearing his ACL this offseason. The 49ers can stash Thomas on the non-football injury list for the season like they did with Marcus Lattimore and Tank Carradine in 2013. Baltimore Ravens: The Ravens succeed in the NFL because they obviously know how to draft. After grabbing linebacker C.J. Mosley in the first round, the Ravens selected the best available players in Florida State defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan and safety Terrence Brooks. The Ravens’ defense could be dangerous once again. They also filled a need with Colorado State tight end Crockett Gilmore. Jacksonville Jaguars: The Jaguars gave quarterback Blake Bortles a couple of solid wide receivers in a class stocked with them. If USC wide receiver Marqise Lee’s knee is healthy, Jacksonville might have selected the steal of the second round. They also grabbed Penn State wideout Allen Robinson later in the second round, and one or both of those players should be able to contribute right away. LOSERS Cleveland Browns: The Browns realize they need receivers to catch passes from Johnny Manziel, right? The Browns’ top wide receiver — Josh Gordon — wreportedly is facing a 16-game suspension, and they haven’t drafted a wideout yet. Nevada offensive lineman Joel Bitonio, Iowa linebacker Christian Kirksey and Towson running back Terrance West are great players, but there also were some tremendous wide receivers on the board when they were making those picks. Houston Texans: Maybe Bill O’Brien is the last person on earth who has faith in quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. The Texans are three rounds deep and they still haven’t drafted a quarterback. The Texans drafted well, grabbing UCLA guard Xavier Su’a-Filo, Iowa tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz and Notre Dame nose tackle Louis Nix, but if they hope to compete soon — and they have the team for it — they need a quarterback. Perhaps the Texans will grab Alabama’s AJ McCarron on Day 3. Seattle Seahawks: The Seahawks certainly have their own way of drafting. They seleced a projected third-rounder (Colorado wide receiver Paul Richardson) in the second round after trading down twice, and they selected a projected fifth-round pick (Missouri offensive tackle Justin Britt) in the third round. It’s tough to argue with the logic of a team that just won the Super Bowl, but last year’s draft didn’t contribute much in 2013, and only time will tell how Richardson and Britt turn out. There’s reason to believe the Seahawks know what they’re doing, but based on perceived value alone, the Seahawks have to be included in this category.Filed under: Doug Kyed, NFL Draft, Top Stories

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