Hot on the heels of a riveting four-hour first round, the 2014 NFL Draft will resume with the second and third rounds on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. EST.
These rounds are often where the most important action takes place. These are picks that can make a draft wildly successful or flat-out terrible. You're likely to see several trades as teams jockey for position with players remaining at the top of their respective draft boards.
The action will also be much faster and more furious. The time allotted between picks is cut in half, and teams will only have five minutes to make decisions. Given the importance of these picks, is it possible a team could get indecisive and run out of time before making a selection? Probably not, but the possibility is an intriguing reason to follow Friday night's picks.
Here's a breakdown of the order of picks in the second and third rounds:
2014 NFL Draft 2nd and 3rd Round Pick Order
|Round 2||Round 3|
|1 (33)||Houston Texans||1 (65)||Houston Texans|
|2 (34)||Washington Redskins||2 (66)||Washington Redskins|
|3 (35)||Cleveland Browns||3 (67)||Oakland Raiders|
|4 (36)||Oakland Raiders||4 (68)||Atlanta Falcons|
|5 (37)||Atlanta Falcons||5 (69)||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|6 (38)||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6 (70)||Jacksonville Jaguars|
|7 (39)||Jacksonville Jaguars||7 (71)||Cleveland Browns|
|8 (40)||Seattle Seahawks (from MIN)||8 (72)||Minnesota Vikings|
|9 (41)||Buffalo Bills||9 &73)||Buffalo Bills|
|10 (42)||Tennessee Titans||10 (74)||New York Giants|
|11 (43)||New York Giants||11 (75)||St. Louis Rams|
|12 (44)||St. Louis Rams||12 (76)||Detroit Lions|
|13 (45)||Detroit Lions||13 (77)||San Francisco 49ers (from TEN)|
|14 (46)||Pittsburgh Steelers||14 (78)||Dallas Cowboys|
|15 (47)||Dallas Cowboys||15 (79)||Baltimore Ravens|
|16 (48)||Baltimore Ravens||16 (80)||New York Jets|
|17 (49)||New York Jets||17 (81)||Miami Dolphins|
|18 (50)||Miami Dolphins||18 (82)||Chicago Bears|
|19 (51)||Chicago Bears||19 (83)||Philadelphia Eagles (from PIT thru CLE)|
|20 (52)||Arizona Cardinals||20 (84)||Arizona Cardinals|
|21 (53)||Green Bay Packers||21 (85)||Green Bay Packers|
|22 (54)||Philadelphia Eagles||22 (86)||Philadelphia Eagles|
|23 (55)||Cincinnati Bengals||23 (87)||Kansas City Chiefs|
|24 (56)||San Francisco 49ers (from KC)||24 (88)||Cincinnati Bengals|
|25 (57)||San Diego Chargers||25 (89)||San Diego Chargers|
|26 (58)||New Orleans Saints||26 (90)||Indianapolis Colts|
|27 (59)||Indianapolis Colts||27 (91)||Arizona Cardinals (from NO)|
|28 (60)||Carolina Panthers||28 (92)||Carolina Panthers|
|29 (61)||San Francisco 49ers||29 (93)||New England Patriots|
|30 (62)||New England Patriots||30 (94)||San Francisco 49ers|
|31 (63)||Denver Broncos||31 (95)||Denver Broncos|
|32 (64)||Seattle Seahawks||32 (96)||Minnesota Vikings (from SEA)|
|33 (97)||Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory)|
|34 (98)||Green Bay Packers (compensatory)|
|35 (99)||Baltimore Ravens (compensatory)|
|36 (100)||San Francisco 49ers (compensatory)|
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Jimmie Ward Drafted 30th Overall By San Francisco
Ward wasn't the first safety taken in the first round, but he landed in a favorable spot with the 49ers.
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In our "How To Watch" post yesterday, we noted how the MAC had not posted multiple first round picks since Ben Roethlisberger and Jason Babin did it in 2004. That streak without two first-round picks is finally over after 10 years. Khalil Mack was picked fifth overall by the Oakland Raiders after being jilted in favor of a quarterback by Jacksonville. We had to wait 25 more picks, but former Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward was drafted 30th overall by San Francisco.
Today's action should include more selections from the MAC. The primary player to watch out for is running back Dri Archer. He could fill a multi-dimensional role for a number of teams and could have his name called at any time. The other player to really watch out for is Ball State defensive end Jonathan Newsome. He's a very strong candidate to be the next MAC defensive player drafted.
Outside of Archer and Newsome, some names to be aware of toward the tail end of the third round include the two MAC quarterbacks (Keith Wenning, Jordan Lynch), as well as running back David Fluellen and wide receiver Willie Snead. All of those players are probably destined to have their name called on Day 3 of the draft, but a surprise is certainly possible, particularly if there is another run on quarterbacks.