Full 3 Round NFL Mock Draft (4.0)

5/7/2014 – by James Fedewa

The final mock draft of the season is finally upon us. My mock drafts usually jump around, exposing alternative team views and opinions to each team need. I do listen, recognize and reply to your comments and I incorporate what fans recommend (or insist) as everything is debatable, yet nothing is for certain in the NFL Draft.

**your comments and recommendations are truly valued (and expected)

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, Super Mario 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, with some larger 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. If Bradford can distribute the ball well, the Rams offense can be very very deadly…
3 Jacksonville: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M  Johnny Manziel gets his Russell Wilson comparisons in this year’s draft, but he is more like a Michael Vick combined with Steve Young type of play-maker. 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. Manziel could carry this team and if he stays health and grows/develops, he can help the team win 8 more games by himself, but JFF will need some weapons. Last years #1 pick OT Luke Joeckel will get a second opportunity to protect his old QB from 2012. 
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. The Browns can’t afford to be wrong with this pick and if they pass on a QB here, they might not have an opportunity to draft one of the top 4 QB’s in this years draft. Bortles and Bridgewater have larger ceilings, but Carr has the higher floor. He’s the safest QB in the draft.
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 the whole draft. A wide receiver could be taken here, same with a left tackle, but Mack is the exception.
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. Robinson will also improve the running game and open some lanes for Steven Jackson.
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 QB as they look to clean house and re-rebuild the team how the new management prefers. Expect last year’s rookie QB Mike Glennon to be traded (maybe Arizona) or even Oakland, but nothing more than a 3rd or 4th round pick.
8 Minnesota: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF Bortles can go anywhere in the first round of this draft, but his stock has been sliding recently. 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, tools and drive are very impressive, as his attributes should translate very 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 the o-line needs more help. Matthews is the best player available and too good to pass up. He can be the Bills left tackle for the next decade (or more).
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 well in Jeff 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 is a very talented CB. His tape is loaded with great special teams play, and with Devin Hester gone, Fuller can be his replacement and be a very successful kick returner too. Fuller is a bit of a freelancer as he hunts for the big play, which can put him out of position often. He also has had some significant injuries, but Chicago needs an upgrade at the position.
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)
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: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU Beckham can play inside, outside with special teams return ability. He’s a tough, speed receiver that can also be outstanding on special teams returning kicks and punts.
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: 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 OLB. Barr’s stock has been decreasing because he is very raw, without a lot of great game tape, so he could possibly have a long slide in this draft, but no later than #25
21 Green Bay: *Hasean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama Clinton-Dix is the best safety in this class with great cover and ball skills. Green Bay will draft best defensive back with this pick, but LB C.J. Mosley might be a better fit here.
22 Philadelphia: 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. C.J. Mosley or Marquise Lee might be a good fit here too, but Pryor can add a new identity to this defense. 
23 Kansas City: Marqise Lee, WR, USC Lee is a very fluid and elusive runner that makes the game look like it is in slow motion. He’s a top three WR in this draft, but his stock has been slipping because he is not a speedster or very big. He would complement Derek Bowe very well in Andy Reid’s offense and could turn into a #1 WR quickly. Lee also can return kicks, which is also a need in KC.
24 Cincinnati: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri Replacing defensive end Michael Johnson will be very difficult so outside pass rusher is a big 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: *Jason Verrett, CB, TCU Verrett has immense talent but he is not the biggest guy ( nearly 5′ 9″). 2″ taller and Verrett a top ten draft pick. San Diego has no choice but to grab the best available DB on the board and Verett can be a great fit for San Diego’s zone cover scheme. Passing on a possible long term LT like Cyrus Kouandjio will be very hard to do, but the San Diego secondary needs more help and Kouandjio’s knee could have him red flagged. *** This could be a prime pick to see a possible TRADE DOWN, possibly with San Francisco who really needs a starting CB.
26 Cleveland (from IND): Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State Cooks is the fastest WR in this draft and can open up the whole offense in Cleveland. Cooks paired up with Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron, with Derek Carr distributing can be very fun to watch (not to mention Ben Tate).
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 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.
28 Carolina: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama Carolina should go WR here, but left tackle and protecting franchise QB Cam Newton is even more important. The Panthers could find a good WR in round two.
29 New England: RaShede Hageman, DT, Minnesota Hageman is a beast and can play any position on the D-line, perfect multi tasker for New England. With good coaching (and motivation) Hageman can possibly evolve into a JJ. Watt type of talent.
30 San Francisco: Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA The top tier CB’s are all taken at this point, which is what the 49ers should target first. There are good CB’s in the 2nd and 3rd round, but expect a possible trade up with this pick (with their second or third round picks), aiming to get at least Jason Verrett.
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: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia Seattle builds through the trenches, so they’ll draft the best available O-Linemen. Plus, Moses is willing to play anywhere on the O-line.
SECOND ROUND  
33 Houston: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
34 Washington: Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada
35 Cleveland: David Yankey, G, Stanford
36 Oakland: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
37 Atlanta: Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
38 Tampa Bay: Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
39 Jacksonville: Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU
40 Minnesota: Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
41 Buffalo: Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State
42 Tennessee: Louis Nix III, NT, Notre Dame
43 New York Giants: Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
44 St. Louis: Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois:
45 Detroit: Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State
46 Pittsburgh: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
47 Dallas: Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State
48 Baltimore: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
49 New York Jets: Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech
50 Miami: Ja’Wuan James, OT, Tenn
51 Chicago: Dominique Easley, DT, Florida
52 Arizona: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
53 Green Bay: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
54 Philadelphia: Donte Moncrief, WR, Mississippi State
55 Cincinnati: Antonio Richardson, OT, Ten
56 San Francisco (from KC): Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice
57 San Diego: Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
58 New Orleans: Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington
59 Indianapolis: Marcus Martin, C, USC
60 Carolina: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
61 San Francisco: Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford
62 New England: Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State
63 Denver: Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State
64 Seattle: Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame
THIRD ROUND  
65 Houston: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois
66 Washington: Carl Bradford, OLB, Arizona State
67 Oakland: AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama
68 Atlanta: Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State
69 Tampa Bay: Christian Kirksey, OLB, Iowa
70 Jacksonville: Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford
71 Cleveland: Pierre Desir, CB, Linderwood
72 Minnesota: Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
73 Buffalo: Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson
74 New York Giants: Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU
75 St. Louis: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State
76 Detroit: Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin
77 San Francisco (from TEN): Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford
78 Dallas: Terrance West, RB, Towson
79 Baltimore: DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State
80 New York Jets: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska
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: Trevor Reilly, OLB, Utah
86 Philadelphia: Marcus Smith, DE, Louisville
87 Kansas City: Terrence Brooks, FS, Florida State
88 Cincinnati: Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina
89 San Diego: Trai Turner, OG, LSU
90 Indianapolis: Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU
91 New Orleans: Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State
92 Carolina: Keith McGill, CB, Utah
93 New England: C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa
94 San Francisco: Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
95 Denver: Rashaad Reynolds, CB, Oregon State
96 Minnesota (from SEA): Cyril Richardson, G, Baylor
*97 Pittsburgh: Billy Turner, OT,North Dakota State
*98 Green Bay: Dakota Dozier, OG, Furman
*99 Baltimore: Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson
*100 San Francisco: Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina
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Posted on May 7, 2014, in NFL and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. What does Hester being gone have to do with Fuller? Hester played WR.

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