Oct 12, 2013; Baton Rouge, LA, USA; LSU Tigers wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) catches a pass as Florida Gators defensive back Vernon Hargreaves (1) during the first half of a game at Tiger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Mock Draft Update: Into the 3rd Round

Experts believe things will really start to get interesting around the third round this coming May.  Does the 2014 NFL mock draft bear that out?

#65 – Houston Texans – JaWuan James – OT – Tennessee

Ensuring the protection of their new investment at quarterback must weight on the minds of the Houston Texans coaches.  JaWuan James is lauded for his size, strength and balance that makes him a better pass protector than most realize.

#66 – Washington Redskins – Ed Reynolds – FS – Stanford

Knee problems hampered part of his college career but Ed Reynolds returned strong and was one of the keys to the powerhouse Stanford defense.  The Washington Redskins need somebody reliable in coverage on the back end.  Reynolds can be that guy.

#67 – Oakland Raiders – Jarvis Landry – WR – LSU

Wide receiver is an area that needs attention from the Oakland Raiders.  Jarvis Landry doesn’t have any special physical gifts but he’s still got talent and unlike most receivers knows exactly how to get the most out of it like he did at LSU.

#68 – St. Louis Rams (from ATL) – Victor Hampton – CB – South Carolina

Jeff Fisher loves tough, scrappy cornerbacks and there is no question Victor Hampton out of South Carolina fits that profile.  Though undersized at 5’10″ he is tough, physical, athletic and very reliable in coverage provided he can be kept under control.

#69 – New York Jets (from TB) – Dakota Dozier – OG – Furman

Part of the identity that got the New York Jets to two AFC championship was dominant interior blocking on the offensive line.  They could use help at guard.  Dakota Dozier may come from small Furman college, but his physical ability is anything but small.

#70 – Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Reilly – OLB – Utah

Still in need of help with their pass rush, the Jacksonville Jaguars add unheralded outside linebacker Trevor Reilly from Utah.  The kid is very athletic with burst off the edge and the long arms required to keep blockers off of him on the way to the quarterback.

#71 – Chicago Bears (from CLE) – Kareem Martin – DE – North Carolina

Pass rusher is also a requirement for the Chicago Bears and given the weak depth at 4-3 defensive end they can’t afford to wait anymore.  Kareem Martin has the prototypical size, length and instinct to get the quarterback but needs some refinement in technique.

#72 – Minnesota Vikings – Stanley Jean-Baptiste – CB – Nebraska

Big corners are becoming en vogue throughout the league thanks to the Seattle Seahawks.  Count the Minnesota Vikings as a team who buys in when they add the 6’3″ Stanley Jean-Baptiste from Nebraska who has playmaking instincts.

#73 – Buffalo Bills – Telvin Smith – OLB – Florida State

A lot of coaches won’t be able to ignore the limited 218 lbs that Telvin Smith weighs coming out of FloridaState but facts are facts.  The kid is a dynamic athlete with speed and the ability to deliver hits.  The Buffalo Bills might like him next to Kiko Alonso.

#74 – New York Giants – Bashaud Breeland – CB – Clemson

Another team anxious to add some size and athleticism to their secondary.  The New York Giants will love the potential possessed by Bashaud Breeland.  His technique needs work but his length, speed and toughness make him a complete corner.

#75 – St. Louis Rams – Dominique Easley – DT – Florida

Having already filled most of their needs, the St. Louis Rams are at a point where they can afford to take a gamble.  When healthy Dominique Easley was among the most dominant defensive tackles in football.  Whether he can move on from two torn ACLs will be the question.

#76 – Detroit Lions – Keith McGill – CB – Utah

He certainly looked good at the scouting combine and Keith McGill, like Jean-Baptiste can really help the Detroit Lions in their secondary.  The young man has impressive athleticism despite his 6’3″ size and should help greatly in that tough NFC North.

#77 – San Francisco 49ers (from TEN) – Paul Richardson – WR – Colorado

Having gotten their big receiver early, the San Francisco 49ers seek to add a target with speed.  Paul Richardson showcased plenty of that at the scouting combine and his game tape should prove he has what it takes to handle the pro level.

#78 – Dallas Cowboys – Will Sutton – DT – Arizona State

Slimming down will be first priority for Will Sutton whenever he gets chosen because his quickness and burst make him one of the better interior pass rushers in this 2014 NFL mock draft.  The Dallas Cowboys will love putting him next to Timmy Jernigan.

#79 – Baltimore Ravens – Martavis Bryant – WR – Clemson

Adding a big receiver was a priority for the Baltimore Ravens, so why not add one with some speed?  Martavis Bryant played second fiddle to Sammy Watkins but at 6’4″ with 4.4 speed he is a big-play threat who is also an excellent target in the red zone.

#80 – New York Jets – C.J. Fiedorowicz – TE – Iowa

Tight end provided next to nothing for the New York Jets in 2013, something that has to change if their offense is to get off the ground.  C.J. Fiedorowicz is a standout blocker from Iowa but the tape shows a player with deceivingly good hands and ability receiving.

#81 – Miami Dolphins – Kelcy Quarles – DT – South Carolina

Potentially losing two defensive tackles to free agency could really hurt the Miami Dolphins defense.  That is why adding Kelcy Quarles is such a big win for them.  He is a big, long and active interior pass rusher who can help immediately.

#82 – Chicago Bears – Chris Borland – ILB – Wisconsin

There comes a time when physical upside is trumped by proven ability matched with a great head on the shoulders.  Chris Borland is an active, athletic and instinctive middle linebacker who can tackle and deliver hits in the hole.  The Chicago Bears coaches would love him.

#83 – Chicago Bears (from CLE) – Terrance Brooks – FS – Florida State

On the flip side, it seems they will have a new pair of safeties for 2014.  Terrance Brooks has loads of athletic potential.  His speed and agility are equally matched by his toughness when dropping into the box.  A highly versatile player.

#84 – Arizona Cardinals – Joel Bitonio – OT – Nevada

Bruce Arians can’t ignore the offensive line forever.  It still needs some attention at some point for the Arizona Cardinals.  Joel Bitonio has the bend, size and power to anchor at right tackle but also could kick inside to guard, proving his versatile nature.

#85 – Green Bay Packers – Marcus Smith – OLB – Louisville

Getting more dynamic and aggressive up front is a stated goal for the Green Bay Packers.  Having added Mosley on the inside, they move outside by bringing in Marcus Smith.  With clear speed and long arms he is an instant pass rushing threat with good upside.

#86 – Philadelphia Eagles – Daniel McCullers – DT – Tennessee

Their run defense wasn’t the primary problem but it did cause headaches at times for the Philadelphia Eagles.  Improving at nose tackle will help, and the massive-but-quick Daniel McCullers out of Tennessee is exactly who they need.

#87 – Kansas City Chiefs – Yawin Smallwood – ILB – Connecticut

Derrick Johnson remains a fixture at inside linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs but he could use help.  Yawin Smallwood was a tackling machine at Connecticut.  He’s got good instincts and range to track down ball carriers and underrated blitzing ability.

#88 – Cincinnati Bengals – Chris Smith – DE – Arkansas

Stockpiling pass rushers is a favorite vocation for the Cincinnati Bengals.  Chris Smith didn’t have the best production at Arkansas but his outstanding build and good athleticism give him plenty of upside with the right kind of coaching.

#89 – San Diego Chargers – Ross Cockrell – CB – Duke

The scouting combine was a big win for Duke cornerback Ross Cockrell.  He showcased his good size and intelligence during the process and his game tape shows an instinct defender who is quite good at taking the ball away.

#90 – Indianapolis Colts – Davante Adams – WR – Fresno State

T.Y. Hilton is now the established big play guy for the Indianapolis Colts but with Reggie Wayne getting older they need a possession guy with reliable hands.  Davante Adams isn’t a freak athlete but he has long arms and outstanding mits.

#91 – New Orleans Saints – Billy Turner – OT – North Dakota State

The tackle position is still unsettled somewhat for the New Orleans Saints.  Billy Turner comes from a small school but has constantly flashed the frame, foot quickness, strength and nastiness of a future starter in the pros.

#92 – Carolina Panthers – T.J. Jones – WR – Notre Dame

Not every third round receiver is ready to start but T.J. Jones is.  The Notre Dame wide out isn’t “special” but he is athletic, smooth, polished and boasts a pair of excellent hands that should make him a very reliable #2 or #3 receiver.

#93 – New England Patriots – Ego Ferguson – DT – LSU

Vince Wilfork is winding down and the New England Patriots want to get more dynamic up front.  Ego Ferguson is still raw out of LSU but his size-quickness ratio hints at a player that can become a fixture in the middle with the right coaching.

#94 – Kansas City Chiefs (from SF) – Howard Jones – OLB – Shepherd

A team can never have enough pass rushers and the Kansas City Chiefs know they must start adding depth at outside linebacker.  Howard Jones out of small Shepherd was a dominant Division II pass rusher and tested lights out at the combine.

#95 – Denver Broncos – Jeff Janis – WR – Saginaw Valley St.

Scouts are very excited about the future potential of Jeff Janis.  Despite coming out of tiny SaginawValleyState he has the frame, speed and leaping ability to become a bonafide starter.  He might become the perfect replacement if Eric Decker leaves the Denver Broncos.

#96 – Minnesota Vikings (from SEA) – Anthony Johnson – DT – LSU

Mike Zimmer is an expert at elevate defensive players who were inconsistent in college or for another team.  Anthony Johnson has the physical ability to become a stout interior pass rusher but will need time and more polish from the Minnesota Vikings.

For the first round of the 2014 NFL mock draft, click here.

For the second round of the 2014 NFL mock draft, click here.

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  • falcon4ever

    Clowney is my fav player in draft but no way, no how can the falcons trade away their 2nd/3rd round picks when they need so much help along both sides of the line.

    • Erik Lambert

      Because Clowney is not the kind of player that comes around again in a lifetime. I understand the questions about his work ethic, but the guy is a freak who the Falcons can easily build around for the next seven to ten years. Sacrificing a couple second and a third round picks is worth the price. Besides, they’re already starting to clear up cap space for free agency, which will help them address other positions.

      • Gary Stewart

        rams trade #2 for #6 and a 2nd and a 3rd rounder we get matthews at 6 dix at 13 sankey at 37 alan robinson at 44 vic hampton cb at 68 and take a bit of a flyer on easley at DT with #75 id say a pretty good haul and yes thank you rg3 and mr snyder, i believe you had atl giving us a 2015 2nd so the gift that keeps on giving isnt quite done but lets recap washington got rg3 the rams got brockers DT janoris jenkins isiah pead rok watkins alec ogletree stedman bailey and zac stacy in 2012 and 2013 and in 2014 got matthews sankey and victor hampton (of course 2014 is hypothetical) and would have the one remaining piece atlantas 2015 2nd round pick wow thats a pretty good trade!!!

        • Erik Lambert

          So much is going to depend on what the Texans do and how the perceptions shift on the quarterbacks heading into May.

  • Jarod Cook

    The fact that you screwed my Browns out of both there 3rd picks with your meaningless trade in the 1st hurts them. At #71 I’d like to see them take ILB Boreland or Swallwood. And at #83 like to see them add a WR, or an OL.

    • Erik Lambert

      I wouldn’t call getting Mike Evans next to Josh Gordon a meaningless trade.

      • Jarod Cook

        It’s meaningless cause we could trade down and draft him and acquire more picks. Instead of trading up and wasting picks.

        • Erik Lambert

          That’s according to your conservative approach, and that’s fine. I just feel Browns fans have waited long enough. By adding Bridgewater, moving back up to get Evans, using free agency to bolster the offensive line and getting Carlos Hyde (or another running back) in the second they can be ready for a serious run in 2014, not down the road like so many I’ve heard talk about.

  • cyberry

    I’m all for strengthening the issues with defense but ..can’t pass on Davante Adams..who I personally think he makes it out of the second..

    • Erik Lambert

      Am I to understand you’re a Colts fan?

  • Paul Newbold

    I like Baptiste for the Jets in the third, I know you have them going corner in the second. If they could grab Attaochu in the second, and Baptiste in the third, I’d be more then happy! I see Attaochu and Coples being scary or opposing QB’s. Baptiste is a big corner (which Rex loves) and some have even suggested he be moved to safety in the NFL. Both of these defensive picks seem to fit the Rex Ryan player profile. They could go OL with the second third rounder. Keep them coming, enjoying the reads Erik,

    • Erik Lambert

      You may be right, Paul. I wouldn’t put it past them. Stay tuned!

  • 3kolu

    Before the combine I was enamored with Jean-Baptiste, however, his speed was adequate, small hands, tight hips, and lacking a high football acumen could offset the size, arm length, athleticism. I also like Keith McGill and Pierre Desir. And, Anthony Johnson would be redundant giving the Vikings two 3 technique DT’s, they need a big runstopper at DT.

    • Erik Lambert

      It doesn’t just have to be corner with SJB. Mike Mayock said he could make a much better safety because of his ballhawk instinct and physical traits, sort of like a Kam Chancellor in Seattle. As for Johnson, if there’s one thing I’ve learned, you can never have enough interior pass rushers.

      • 3kolu

        You know I was a SJB fan before the draft, and I still like his numbers, though a mediocre 40 and his tight hips have raised a furrowed brow, I am still an advocate. Making the switch to safety isn’t why I’d draft him though, he needs to be more physical in the run game, he sure has the frame for that. Has similar measurables to Taylor MayBut being a 24 year-old rookie draws another flag for me. If the Vikings feel he can lock up some of the bigger receiver’s in the North, then they should grab him. As for Johnson, if he’s BPA and we can lock up a big run-stuffing DT like Joseph, Raji or Melton than, that might be alright. However, it all depends what we do in free agency, we could still bring back K Will to play the opposite DT position. Also, we could use one of our third rounders to secure the services of Ryan Mallett.

  • Sterling Archer

    I would say following your first two rounds the raiders took an OT and then a DT which has them focusing heavily upon the trenches which are a good thing but with Zach Mettenberger and David Fales around in the 3rd Round I see the Raiders pulling the trigger. While WR is a need for the raiders they do still have Holmes, Moore and Streater, while none has more than 4 years in the league they are developing well and could be decent targets, assuming the raiders don’t go get a FA WR.

    • Erik Lambert

      I believe Aaron Murray, Fales and Mettenberger, or at least one of them will be available in the fourth round. You make some good points and wouldn’t be surprised if it happened that way.

  • John Brodie’s Ghost

    I appreciate the mock drafts…good pipe dream fodder, but I really don’t see any way that SF gets through the first three rounds without taking a defensive back. Maybe with the Kilgore extension, you’ll mock them a DB at that 2nd round slot in your next mock.