61. Jacksonville Jaguars: TE Mike Gesicki, Penn State
I really like the fit of Mike Gesicki in Jacksonville. Even with the addition of Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Gesicki would come in and be a receiving threat at tight end right away. He’s not much of a blocker, but with Seferian-Jenkins and former Redskin Niles Paul on the team, he won’t have to be. He can focus on running routes and getting open deep. And adding another weapon for Blake Bortles certainly wouldn’t be a bad thing.
62. Minnesota Vikings: CB Mike Hughes, UCF
After filling their two biggest needs in free agency and getting a luxury pick at tackle in the first round, the Vikings can take a player to fill a need. The team could use a solid cornerback to play across from Xavier Rhodes, and Mike Hughes is a borderline steal at this point. Hughes is a fringe first round prospect, but he is also a love/hate prospect in the scouting community. In the event that some of the talented players that slipped in this mock fall into the top 10 of Round 2, Hughes could find himself falling down the board.
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Still, Hughes was a strong cover man in his lone season at UCF. He figures to be a solid No. 2 corner at the next level, and he has the athleticism to be a very good pro. He could probably go in the top 40 picks, and he will likely move up if he continues to perform well in pre-draft visits.
63. New England Patriots: WR DaeSean Hamilton, Penn State
Not many expected the Patriots to lose Danny Amendola. But, he ended up leaving the team and signing with the Miami Dolphins. Given that Tom Brady will turn 41 in August, the Patriots have to make sure that they surround him with enough weaponry to remain competitive at the end of his career.
DaeSean Hamilton seems like the kind of player that the Patriots would have interest in. Hamilton is a very good route runner with solid, 6-foot-1 size and solid athleticism. He was a threat for the Penn State offense this past season, and he has done a lot to help improve his overall game during draft season.
Hamilton would come in and play the Amendola role as a versatile, do-it-all receiver behind the team’s top options. He would start his career as the No. 4 guy before eventually becoming a starter. It’s not an obvious need, but it’s never a bad thing to add an offensive playmaker to pair with the greatest quarterback to ever play the game.
64. Cleveland Browns (via PHI): RB Kerryon Johnson, Auburn
With what seems like their millionth pick in the first two rounds, the Browns just grab the best player available. Kerryon Johnson is one of the many running backs who figures to be a mid-second round option, but he slips here out of circumstance. The Browns would be happy to land him as a complement to Carlos Hyde, and the two would create a nice one-two punch for the team’s new-look offense. As it stands, Cleveland would have what looks like a very solid offense after the first two round of the draft.
That’s it for this part of the mock, but we’ll have Round 3 coming your way soon. Keep it here at Riggo’s Rag as we work through every round of the NFL Draft in the coming week!