2014 Full Three Round Mock Draft (3.3)

5/2/14 – by James Fedewa (@jamfed)

The NFL Draft looms closer as we are less than a week away and  fans are getting anxious for their teams new additions.  Assuming there will be mad trades and crazy exchanges, the NFL Draft can generate so much rumor and gossip, no one knows what to believe as true. But one thing we know is that the excitement is starting to build and tons of trade buzz is brewing.

The 2014 draft is noted as one of the deepest drafts in recent memory, so initially the trade rumors were said to be soft this year. Most of the “deep” talent in this draft is in the 2nd and 3rd rounds, and those picks will not be dealt easily. Most of the 2nd round wide receivers this year would have been first round picks last year, and most of the 3rd round rated cornerbacks this year could have been late 1st or early 2nd picks last year.  So these “tradable” 2nd and 3rd round draft choices are very hot this year and are valued even more than normal.

The latest buzz to surface in this years draft in the defensive secondary. Noted first round prospects like cornerbacks Justin Gilbert, Darqueze Dennard, Kyle Fuller, Bradley Roby, Jason Verrett & Safeties Calvin Pryor, Clinton-Dix and Deone Bucannon could all be gone before San Diego picks at #25. And most Chargers mock drafts have San Diego selection a cornerback in round one.  Draft runs at specific positions can trigger panic and over-drafting prospects can happen (similar to the draft run on offensive linemen in the first round of the 2013 draft).

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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 an 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: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M  Johnny Manziel gets his Russell Wilson comparisons in this years draft, but he is more like a Michael Vick combined with Steve Young type of playmaker. JFF has his media up’s and down’s, but he can make BIG plays and can be a superstar in this league for a long time. He can make Jacksonville look amazing, and HC Gus Bradley is a gambler and they look like a great pair.
4 Cleveland: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno St. Cleveland wants, wants and wants. But they really need, need and need a starting QB. Carr has more experience that the other top two QB’s and might be the safest pick out of all the QB’s in this class (and the Browns can’t afford to be wrong with this pick).
5 Oakland: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo Mack is a great talent and can instantly provide a defensive identity for the struggling Raiders. He’s the BPA, but might even be the best player/prospect in this draft
6 Atlanta: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn Protecting superstar QB Matt Ryan is the largest priority in Atlanta. Robinson 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: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville  Tampa is not exactly looking for a QB this early, but Bridgewater is too good to pass up, as he has some Aaron Rodgers qualities and comparisons in their games. 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: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M Matthews has the highest “floor” (with a decent ceiling)out of the top 3 O-Tackles in this draft. Left tackle is not a primary need for the Bills, but he is the best player available and too good to pass up.
10 Detroit: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M Evans is a true #1 wide receiver and is too hard to pass up. Teaming up with Megatron, Golden Tate and Reggie Bush this could be a truly amazing offense in Detroit. Too many weapons? Too many #1 WR’s? Maybe, but Evans is a top 10 talent
11 Tennessee: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State The Titians could go pass rusher here, as they are changing to a 3-4 defense, but the #1 CB in the draft should trump any 34-OLB’s here.
12 New York Giants: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan Protect Eli, win more games. Plus, Lewan provides a nasty intimidating presence that is needed for a “run first” team. Lewan will do the dirty work in NY.
13 St. Louis: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan St. Dennard is very physical and can fit into most defensive schemes. He will fit very will in HC Fisher’s scheme and pair up very well with the Rams other CB Jenkins.
14 Chicago: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech Fuller’s stock has been rising quickly and he’s a very talented CB. He’s tape is loaded with great special teams play, and with Hester gone, insert Fuller for instant success. He is a bit of a freelancer as he hunts for the big play, something Chicago really needs. He also has had some big injuries…
15 Pittsburgh: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State Roby’s stock has been rising quickly as well, but he has had some negative press lately too, which doesn’t bother Pittsburgh at all. Roby is very talented and might be the most gifted athlete out of all the other CB’s in this round.
16 Dallas: 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)
17 Baltimore: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame Investing in o-line protection with a versatile player like Martin (who can play nearly every O-line position) is savvy. He’ll be a very good RT.
18 New York Jets: 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. The Jets can use more pass rushers and they also need new defensive personnel as they transition into a new 3-4 defense. Barr’s stock has been decreasing, and he could possibly have a long slide in this draft, but no later than #25
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: Hasean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama The Cards could draft a pass rusher here, but Clinton-Dix is the best safety with unmatched talent from other free safeties in this draft.
21 Green Bay: Calvin Pryor, SS, 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
22 Philadelphia: 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 linebacker, with great coverage ability with an excellent nose for the ball. He’s an every down linebacker, future team captain/leader, and possible Pro Bowler.
23 Kansas City: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU Beckham can play inside, outside with special teams return ability. He’s a tough, speed receiver that will compliment Bowe very well.
24 Cincinnati: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri Replacing defensive end Michael Johnson will be very difficult so outside pass rusher is a need. Ealy’s stock has been drooping, but he 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: Marqise Lee, WR, USC The Chargers can use more weapons for QB Phillip Rivers and San Diego would be shocked to see him available at #25. Lee teamed up with surprise rookie sensation Keenen Allen could be a great combination. Lee is very fluid and elusive and makes the game look like it is in slow motion. Lee will be exactly what the Chargers need on offense with a slowing Antonio Gates. This is a BPA pick.
26 Cleveland (from IND): 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 but he can pair up very well with Cleveland’s other superstar CB Joe Haden
27 New Orleans: Louis Nix III, NT, Notre Dame The premier nose tackle in this draft is exactly what the Saints need on defense. Nix in the middle makes the whole defense better, as a good nose tackle commands more attention in the front 7.
28 Carolina: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State Carolina will have a whole new wide receiver corps this season, so they’ll draft a few in this draft. Plus, grabbing the fastest guy in the draft makes sense for Carolina, replacing aging star Steve Smith .
29 New England: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State Jernigan can play in multiple spots on the defensive line and he can provide some additional interior pass rush. He’s versatile, quick for a big man with pass rush moves and can plug holes, just what the Pats like.
30 San Francisco: RaShede Hageman, DT, Minnesota The 49ers defense has plenty of defensive playmakers, but they need to get younger on the D-Line. 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.
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).
SECOND ROUND  
33 Houston: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois
34 Washington: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
35 Cleveland: David Yankey, G, Stanford
36 Oakland: Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
37 Atlanta: Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
38 Tampa Bay: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
39 Jacksonville: Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State
40 Minnesota: Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
41 Buffalo: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
42 Tennessee: Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State
43 New York Giants: Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU
44 St. Louis: Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State
45 Detroit: Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois:
46 Pittsburgh: Donte Moncrief, WR, Mississippi State
47 Dallas: Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
48 Baltimore: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
49 New York Jets: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
50 Miami: Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada
51 Chicago: Dominique Easley, DT, Florida
52 Arizona: Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech
53 Green Bay: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
54 Philadelphia: Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
55 Cincinnati: Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford
56 San Francisco (from KC): Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice
57 San Diego: Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
58 New Orleans: Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington
59 Indianapolis: Terrence Brooks, FS, Florida State
60 Carolina: Antonio Richardson, OT, Ten
61 San Francisco: Marcus Martin, C, USC
62 New England: Telvin Smith, OLB, Florida State
63 Denver: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State
64 Seattle: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
THIRD ROUND  
65 Houston: Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame
66 Washington: Carl Bradford, OLB, Arizona State
67 Oakland: AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama
68 Atlanta: Pierre Desir, CB, Linderwood
69 Tampa Bay: Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford
70 Jacksonville: Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State
71 Cleveland: Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson
72 Minnesota: Terrance West, RB, Towson
73 Buffalo: Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU
74 New York Giants: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
75 St. Louis: Ja’Wuan James, OT, Tenn
76 Detroit: Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin
77 San Francisco (from TEN): Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
78 Dallas: Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina
79 Baltimore: DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State
80 New York Jets: Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida
81 Miami: Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona
82 Chicago: Andre Williams, RB, Boston College
83 Cleveland (from Pitt): Kelcy Quarles, DT, South Carolina
84 Arizona: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU
85 Green Bay: Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State
86 Philadelphia: Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State
87 Kansas City: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska
88 Cincinnati: Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina
89 San Diego:  Keith McGill, CB, Utah
90 Indianapolis: Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU
91 New Orleans: Marcus Smith, DE, Louisville
92 Carolina:  Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson
93 New England: Dakota Dozier, OG, Furman
94 San Francisco: Cyril Richardson, G, Baylor
95 Denver: Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State
96 Minnesota (from SEA): Trevor Reilly, OLB, Utah
*97 Pittsburgh: Billy Turner, OT,North Dakota State
*98 Green Bay: Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford
*99 Baltimore: Rashaad Reynolds, CB, Oregon State
*100 San Francisco: Christian Kirksey, OLB, Iowa
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Posted on May 1, 2014, in NFL. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Terrible mock for the Browns I’m assuming you don’t do this often. Taking Carr at 4 is a stretch but it could happen. Literally everything else is garbage. While they might take a running back early, and Hyde would be a fine choice, there is no way they would take two in a row especially since they just signed Ben Tate to be the starter. Even worse, the deepest and arguably best position for the team is defensive line and you have them taking TWO. The D-line runs 7 deep there is less than a 5% chance they take one period let alone 2 within their first five picks and certainly not in the first round. The team needs are QB, WR, ILB, CB, and OL and you have them adressing just quarterback.

    • Derek Carr, QB, Fresno St. – He’s not Bortles or Bridgewater, but he’s my 2nd favorite QB this draft (Manziel is my fav). Plus, I went to Fresno State for a stint and I’m from Bakersfield, CA (both homes for Carr. So I’m biased, but that’s what MOCKS are.

      RaShede Hageman, DT, Minnesota – He’s possibly the next JJ Watt (or Richard Seymour). He just needs motivation, but he can be that beast. He’s an upgrade over your other two DE’s.

      Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State – He’s a beast, but not super fast. I like him more than Ben Tate (and trust me, you’ll be disappointed by Ben Tate, as he’s been over hyped since before he was drafted. He’s never been a starter, and he’s a product of zone blocking one cut and run, vs. a power back that Cleveland needs. Bad combo for Browns fans, IMHO)

      Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State – He’s a beast, and I hope he actually slides to San Diego in the 3rd round.

      Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson – Good compliment to Joe Haden in the Cleveland secondary.

  2. tflr45@gmail.com

    Horrendous Packer draft. You have them ignoring their biggest need, Safety, and taking a DT when they already have 3 NTs (including Raji). Then Niklas in the second when they can get a TE later who is easily as good. Turner in the third round is also bad because he will be a 2-3 year project and they need help immediately.

    • I had the Packers taking Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska in the 3rd round for a while, but I like him to convert into a FS. And I like ILB Shayne Skov as a better fit in GB…

      Look for Jonathan Dowling, FS, Western Kentucky for GB in the 4th or 5th round.

  3. Love your draft but ….

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