3 Round NFL Full Mock Draft (3.0)
**UPDATED MOCK – LINKY: http://wp.me/p2pbCG-cd
4/20/2014 – James Fedewa
Here is the latest full, three round NFL Mock Draft, not including compensatory picks or any draft trades. We are directly in the middle of mock season, so there are literally hundreds of mock drafts on-line (I know, I read them all). We are in the middle of a new era of the “mock season,” as there are an additional two weeks of anticipation added to this year’s mock season, since the draft had been moved back two weeks (now into May). Please enjoy:
|1 Houston: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina||Clowney is a true #1 overall pick with outstanding upside. Clowney can strike fear into any opposing QB (or left tackle) and is clearly the best player in the 2014 draft. A goof QB is needed, but Houston can still draft a QB prospect later in the draft. Houston has been in this situation twice: David Carr & Mario Williams (and they should know exactly what not to do). Clowney is a day one starter, future Pro-Bowler and the most talented player in this draft. Considering the “Mario Williams” comparison, Mario Williams commanded a $100 million contract two years ago, from Buffalo.|
|2 St. Louis (from WAS): Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson||The Rams can go several directions with this pick. The Rams already have some high dollar expenses invested in the O-Line (Long and Saffold), so they can probably hold off on a OT with this pick. A QB could be taken too, as Sam Bradford has been a little inconsistent, including some injuries (as of late), but Head Coach Jeff Fisher has committed to Bradford, so adding weapons for his keeper QB is a must. Watkins would be a great compliment to last year’s first round pick, WR Tevon Austin and they both have different skill sets, but both are gifted with speed.|
|3 Jacksonville: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo||Jacksonville desperately needs a starting quarterback, but no QB in this class should be starting in the NFL immediately. The Jags need starters NOW (not week 8 or next season) so they will draft the best player available, and start him now. Mack is a great talent and can instantly provide a defensive identity for the struggling Jags.|
|4 Cleveland: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn||Cleveland almost needs a quarterback more than any other position, but Hoyer could be a nice stop-gap. So they will decide to go with the mammoth road-grater O-Tackle. Robinson can play right tackle now, and shifting current RT Mitchell Schwartz inside to guard would improve two positions needs with one quick draft pick. A QB can be found and groomed later in this draft (as Hoyer might have the job locked up in 2014)|
|5 Oakland: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M||For once, the Raiders draft the safest pick in this draft. Matthews has the highest “floor” (with a decent ceiling) and can lock down the left tackle position for the Raiders for the next decade. Matthews has the blood lines to be in the NFL (and the Pro Bowl) for a long time. A QB could be drafted here as well, but they will wait later for their QB of the future. The Raiders offseason has been quite impressive with cheap, short term additions (with some fairly large names signings).|
|6 Atlanta: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan||Protecting superstar QB Matt Ryan is the largest priority in Atlanta. Lewan can be used at a right tackle in year one, and gradually take over for injury prone left tackle Sam Baker. Or start Lewan day one at LT, and shift Baker to another spot. Lewan offers flexibility and nastiness, a great addition to this team.|
|7 Tampa Bay: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M||Tampa is not exactly looking for a QB this early, but Manzeil is too good to pass up. Bucs new GM and Head Coach get their own-new guy as they look to clean house and re-rebuild the team to the new management preferences. Expect last year’s rookie QB Mike Glennon to be traded (maybe Arizona) or even Oakland.|
|8 Minnesota: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF||Bortles can go anywhere in the first round of this draft and he is a top ten pick. His resume’ is fairly NEW (and almost incomplete), but his size, tools and “potential” can turn him into an elite prototypical QB. He’s very raw (and a high risk, high reward type). His attitude is very impressive as well, and his skill should translate well in the NFL.|
|9 Buffalo: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M||Evans is a true #1 wide receiver, and a very dangerous weapon for the young Bills offense. He is a perfect fit with Slot WR Stevie Johnson and both #2’s Robert Woods and newbie Mike Williams. Evens will not be asked to carry the team, as there are a lot of weapons around him. Great fit, but almost a luxury pick. O-Line might be a good pick here.|
|10 Detroit: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State||Detroit can go O-Line with this pick (yet they should go with the best overall linebacker here), but Gilbert is too good to pass up at this spot. Detroit’s secondary can use an infusion of new talent. They have decent CB’s at the moment, but Gilbert’s overall talent and speed is too great to pass on.|
|11 Tennessee: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA||Barr is a little mysterious and raw for an OLB. He is a tweener-hybrid type of player: Is he a 34-OLB, is he a 43-DE (or a 43-OLB)? He should prosper as a rush 34-OLB and he can be a very good one. Tennessee needs pass rushers and they also need new defensive personnel as they transition into a new 3-4 defense. Barr can play any linebacker position, but he will focus on pass rushing linebacker. Out of all the top 15 players in the draft, his stock has been decreasing, and he could possibly slide in this draft, no later than #25.|
|12 New York Giants: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh||Donald is a little short and smaller for a DT, but he is rare pass rusher, run stuffer and fierce playmaker. Put him anywhere on the D-line, and he will shine (*one of my favorite prospects in this draft and should be in the top 10 area)|
|13 St. Louis: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame||Drafting the best WR in this draft class was very savvy with the #2 overall pick, but investing in o-line protection with a more versatile player like Martin (who can play nearly every O-line position) is even savvier.|
|14 Chicago: Hasean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama||The Bears could draft a cornerback at this spot in this draft, but Clinton-Dix is the best safety with unmatched talent from other free safeties in this draft. A good CB can be found later in this draft, maybe round 2 or 3, but a safety like Clinton-Dix may not be anywhere in this draft.|
|15 Pittsburgh: Louis Nix III, NT, Notre Dame||The premier nose tackle in this draft is exactly what the Steelers need on defense (but CB or SS might be a better target). Pittsburgh did sign NT Cam Thomas, but he is more of a rotational backup, who lost his starting job last year in San Diego. Nix in the middle makes the whole defense better, as a good nose tackle commands more attention in the front 7.|
|16 Dallas: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri||Pass Rushing DE is the most open and glairing need in Dallas at the moment. The Cowboys are always considered a Super Bowl contender, but without a premier pass rusher, they are just average at that. Dallas should be drafting several pass rushing specialists within this draft.|
|17 Baltimore: Marqise Lee, WR, USC||Baltimore needs weapons for QB Joe Flacco and Lee can develop into a true #1 the Ravens need (since losing Anquan Bolden). Lee is very fluid and elusive and makes the game look like it is in slow motion. Lee will be exactly what the Ravens need on offense.|
|18 New York Jets: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU||Jets needs a #1 wide receiver, and Beckham has that type of talent. He’s a speed receiver that can work inside or outside that will compliment new WR Eric Decker very well.|
|19 Miami: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina||Miami should be drafting O-line prospects, but with signing new LT Brandon Albert, right tackles and OG’s can be found later in the draft. Adding the top tight end prospect like Ebron will only improve young Tannehill confidence (and stats).
|20 Arizona: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno St.||The Cards get lucky for a change and draft one of the top rated QB’s, with the biggest arm (perfect for HC Bruce Arians offense). Current QB Carson Palmer can groom Carr for a year or two, until he retires.|
|21 Green Bay: RaShede Hageman, DT, Minnesota||Green Bay’s defense has plenty of defensive playmakers (on the outside pass rush), but they are missing something (which is really interior pass rusher). Hageman is a beast and can play any position on the D-line. Hageman will excel as a DE in the 3-4, who can possibly evolve into a JJ. Watt type of talent.|
|22 Philadelphia: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State||NT is the missing piece to the Eagles new 3-4 defense and Jernigan will be that run stuffer in the middle. Jernigan is more than just a NT, and he can provide some interior pass rush too and play DE. Philly could take a wide receiver here (or even CB or OLB) but the interior defensive line needs more help. WR and CB talent is thick in this draft and can be found later in this draft.|
|23 Kansas City: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State||Any offensive weapon for QB Alex Smith will work. The Chiefs offense needs new receivers and grabbing the fastest guy in the draft makes sense in KC. Cooks can complement Bowe, plus Andy Reid drafted DeSean Jackson, who is very similar to Cooks.|
|24 Cincinnati: Dee Ford, DE, Auburn||Replacing defensive end Michael Johnson will be very difficult so outside pass rusher is a need. Dee Ford is the best pass rusher available and could be a great fit in Cincy. O-Tackle can be taken here as well.|
|25 San Diego: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan St.||With Teddy Bridgewater still available, I’d expect a trade-down happen with this pick (with Jacksonville, Oakland, Tennessee) but with Dennard still available, San Diego elects to keep their pick and draft a top tier CB. Dennard is very physical and can fit into most defensive schemes. He would easily be the best CB on the Chargers roster, instantly.|
|26 Cleveland (from IND): Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville||Cleveland lucks out and grabs a great QB prospect with their 2nd first round pick. It was a gamble not drafting a QB with their first pick, but it pays off in the end.|
|27 New Orleans: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama||Mosley has top ten draft pick ability, but inside linebacker is not usually a top ten pick. Mosley is an every down player, with an excellent nose for the ball. And every down linebacker, future team captain/leader, and possible Pro Bowler.|
|28 Carolina: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia||With holes at WR and Left tackle, protection is a better fit than any wide receivers here. Moses is very “under the radar” type of talent and he can even go as early as pick #23, #24 or #25 or #27|
|29 New England: Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville||Prior is a fearless beast with tremendous range (that has the “thump” effect). He’s a great intimidator who will be allowed to freelance and punish in the secondary|
|30 San Francisco: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU||Verrett has immense talent but he is not the biggest guy (5′ 8″). He is built more like an inside nickel CB, which is a good fit for the NFC West (matching up will with the Harvin’s and Tevon’s). He’s a Playmaker and if he had 2 or 3 more inches in height, he’d be a top 15 pick.|
|31 Denver: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State||Denver drafts an athletic physical freak and him paired up with Von Miller is very intimidating linebacking core.|
|32 Seattle: Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA||Investing in your interior line with a premier OG means you’re investing in rushing the ball and protecting your QB; perfect for Seattle. XSF can play anywhere on the O-line, but he’ll play right guard in Seattle (a glaring weakness).|
|33 Houston: Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State|
|34 Washington: David Yankey, G, Stanford|
|35 Cleveland: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech|
|36 Oakland: Dominique Easley, DT, Florida|
|37 Atlanta: Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State|
|38 Tampa Bay: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama|
|39 Jacksonville: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State|
|40 Minnesota: Telvin Smith, OLB, Florida State|
|41 Buffalo: Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois:|
|42 Tennessee: Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame|
|43 New York Giants: Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State|
|44 St. Louis: Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State|
|45 Detroit: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State|
|46 Pittsburgh: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State|
|47 Dallas: Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State|
|48 Baltimore: Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada|
|49 New York Jets: Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech|
|50 Miami: Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford|
|51 Chicago: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State|
|52 Arizona: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech|
|53 Green Bay: Donte Moncrief, WR, Mississippi State|
|54 Philadelphia: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt|
|55 Cincinnati: Antonio Richardson, OT, Ten|
|56 San Francisco (from KC): Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State|
|57 San Diego: Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU|
|58 New Orleans: Tre Mason, RB, Auburn|
|59 Indianapolis: Kelcy Quarles, DT, South Carolina|
|60 Carolina: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU|
|61 San Francisco: Marcus Smith, DE, Louisville|
|62 New England: Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame|
|63 Denver: Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida|
|64 Seattle: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington|
|65 Houston: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois|
|66 Washington: Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin|
|67 Oakland: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU|
|68 Atlanta: Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington|
|69 Tampa Bay: Carl Bradford, OLB, Arizona State|
|70 Jacksonville: AJ Mcarron, QB, Alabama|
|71 Cleveland: Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU|
|72 Minnesota: Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina|
|73 Buffalo: Terrence Brooks, FS, Florida State|
|74 New York Giants: Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State|
|75 St. Louis: Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU|
|76 Detroit: Marcus Martin, C, USC|
|77 San Francisco (from TEN): Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford|
|78 Dallas: Terrance West, RB, Towson|
|79 Baltimore: Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State|
|80 New York Jets: Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice|
|81 Miami: Andre Williams, RB, Boston College|
|82 Chicago: Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado|
|83 Cleveland (from Pitt): Pierre Desir, CB, Linderwood|
|84 Arizona: Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina|
|85 Green Bay: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska|
|86 Philadelphia: Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State|
|87 Kansas City: Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona|
|88 Cincinnati: Louchiez Purifoy, CB, Florida|
|89 San Diego: Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana|
|90 Indianapolis: DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State|
|91 New Orleans: Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson|
|92 Carolina: Keith McGill, CB, Utah|
|93 New England: Dakota Dozier, OG, Furman|
|94 San Francisco: Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU|
|95 Denver: Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford|
|96 Minnesota (from SEA): Cyril Richardson, G, Baylor|
Posted on April 20, 2014, in NFL. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.
Yours is a horrible draft for GB. Hageman is way overrated by you and others. He only played 55% of the plays in college and didn’t dominate anybody. To plodding and slow to be any help against anything but a play run right at him. GB needs IMMEDIATE help and taking a slug like Hageman first, a WR second when they can get a very good WR in the third or fourth rounds and a slow reacting CB when they are loaded at CB already, won’t give them anything but backups next year!
I have the Green Bay Packers selecting Hageman, Moncrief and SJB.
RaShede Hageman is prototypical DE in the 34 and is the 2nd best DT coming out of college this year. He’s huge and reminds me of Michael Brockers, but with more pass rushing ability. Hageman can play all three DL positions in GB and I have him rated higher than Datone Jones (and even higher than Nix on the DL). 55% of defensive is very standard, as most defenses rotate their defensive line.
I was going to have GB select a TE with their 2nd round pick, but Donte Moncrief is better than all of this years TE (IMO). So instead of drafting Finley’s replacement, they find James Jones replacement. Moncrief can be a pro-bowler quickly and I think he’ll grow into a better player than Jordy or Cobb. GB needs more talent at the receiver position, as Rogers is really making them look better than they really are.
Stanley Jean-Baptiste is a bit of a project, but he is BIG,fast, and will knock you out. Therefore, I convert him into the Packers starting free safety in 2015.
**Please note, GB’s three selections would be perfect for San Diego too and if the Chargers made the same exact draft, as I projected GB to make, expect success…
The Browns won’t take a RT at 4 for 2 reasons. #1 RT is not a need, Schwartz struggled early last season mainly because he was playing next to the worst RG i’ve ever seen and played better as the year went on and #2 A RT at 4 = terrible value, that like spending 300$ on a trash can.
Robinson is a left tackle and Joe Thomas can groom him and eventually take his spot. Robinson is.a very talented OT prospect and BPA at that spot. Most Browns fans say Manziel, but at #4?
This is an interesting mock for a Browns fan as you have probably the strongest “can’t miss” guys going as the first four picks. But the way it shakes out leaves us with an OT, probably not the optimum choice for Farmer and company. I could see a reach here for Mike Evans or a trade down if someone wants to jump up for a QB.
The Browns are a little different than most NFL Teams, in regards to team needs. They have good pass rushing OLB’s, they have a very good WR and TE tandom. They have a premier LT. So if they don’t take a QB with their fist pick, then who do they take?
Taking a WR is too early at #4, because they already have a #1 WR & a #1 TE. Adding another #1 reciever = too many pass catchers (for a bad weather team)
If I’m the Browns, I wait on a QB (but Manziel might be too good pass) so I draft BPA.
Joe Thomas will be 30 this year. He might have 3 more years in him at left tackle, why not invest in the BEST tackle prospect?
Nix is a second rounder, and couldn’t find your pick for the Steelers in the third. Benjamin scares the heck out of me, for lack of character. I doubt the Steelers draft looks much like your mock
Nix isn’t a second rounder, despite what the media says. He’s a first round talent and the only reason why I see him slipping is because he’s a 2-Down Player (and not expected to play in nickle packages). He might only be in 50% of the defensive plays.
Steelers traded their 2014 3-Round pick, but they do have a compensatory selection at #97.
I have Benjamin sliding to the 2nd round to Buffalo. I think you may be looking at an old draft. Do you see my 3.3?