Oct 6, 2012; Columbus, OH, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers cornerback Stanley Jean-Baptiste (16) against the Ohio State Buckeyes at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-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?

To see rounds one and two, click the links below.  Otherwise enjoy!

Round 1

Round 2

#65 – Houston Texans – Trevor Reilly – OLB – Utah

J.J. Watt is the Man in the pass rush department for Houston but they need a presence at outside linebacker.  Trevor Reilly is that kind of athlete who can fill that void.

#66 – Washington Redskins – Stanley Jean-Baptiste – CB – Nebraska

Long corners are becoming en vogue in around the league and Stanley Jean-Baptiste is every bit of 6’3″ with good instincts and agility to go with it.

#67 – Oakland Raiders – Zach Mettenberger – QB – LSU

They sweat it out for three rounds but the Raiders finally go after a quarterback and get a good one.  Zach Mettenberger has the size (6’5″) and arm strength of a future starter.

#68 – Atlanta Falcons – Troy Niklas – TE – Notre Dame

Tony Gonzalez is done and the Falcons can’t waste time grieving.  Troy Niklas doesn’t have the production but he’s another big athlete with good hands out of Notre Dame.

#69 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Bashaud Breeland – CB – Clemson

Lovie Smith got Alterraun Verner to replace Revis but he needs another reliable corner for his defense to function.  Bashaud Breeland is raw, but very tough, agile and aware.

#70 – San Diego Chargers (f/JAX) – Daniel McCullers – DT – Tennessee

It’s never a bad time to add a massive run stuffer and the Chargers could use one.  Daniel McCullers may be big to a fault but his quickness for his size makes him a force in the middle.

#71 – Cleveland Browns – Tre Mason – RB – Auburn

Running back remains an issue to this point for Cleveland.  Not after this pick.  Tre Mason may be short but his toughness, powerful legs and vision make him a constant threat.

#72 – Minnesota Vikings – A.J. McCarron – QB – Alabama

Like Oakland they waited for a quarterback but the Minnesota Vikings aren’t disappointed.  Mike Zimmer gets a big, smart and experienced quarterback in A.J. McCarron.

#73 – Buffalo Bills – Jordan Matthews – WR – Vanderbilt

It’s a surprise he fell this far but the Buffalo Bills can celebrate getting Jordan Matthews.  Is he fast?  No.  Can he make big catches and take over games?  Yes.

#74 – New York Giants – Paul Richardson – WR – Colorado

Eli Manning loves to have fast receivers like Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks.  With Nicks gone they need a replacement.  Paul Richardson has the speed and the savvy.

#75 – St. Louis Rams – Bishop Sankey – RB – Washington

Running back might not be the first choice but the Rams won’t be disappointed with Bishop Sankey.  The kid is a multi-level threat who can run, receive and block.

#76 – Detroit Lions – Marcus Smith – DE – Louisville

Martin Mayhew loves to stockpile pass rushers for Detroit.  Marcus Smith is a fine addition to that group with his good burst, long frame and notable instinct.

#77 – San Francisco 49ers (f/TEN) – Marcus Martin – C – USC

Jonathan Goodwin is out, leaving the center position in a tough spot for the 49ers.  Marcus Martin is still a bit raw but his physical potential could erase Goodwin’s memory quickly.

#78 – Dallas Cowboys – Dakota Dozier – OG – Furman

The guard positions still aren’t quite settled for Dallas and Tony Romo isn’t getting younger or healthier.  He may come from a small school, but Dakota Dozier plays like a man.

#79 – Baltimore Ravens – Ka’Deem Carey – RB – Arizona

Ray Rice is officially in serious trouble and now so is the Baltimore running game.  They can’t afford to go into the season without stability there.  Ka’Deem Carey is strong and tough with good vision and acceleration.

#80 – Chicago Bears (f/NYJ) – Kareem Martin – DE – North Carolina

Defensive end got an overhaul in Chicago but that doesn’t mean they should stop adding to it.  Kareem Martin still needs work on his technique but physically the kid can be is a good as he wants to be.

#81 – Miami Dolphins – Will Sutton – DT – Arizona State

The loss of Paul Soliai put a dent in the defensive line for Miami.  Will Sutton has loads of potential on the interior if he can shore up his work ethic.

#82 – Chicago Bears – Victor Hampton – CB – South Carolina

Like Jason Verrett, South Carolina corner Victor Hampton will get questioned for his size but his athletic ceiling and gritty toughness should fit right in with the new Bears defense.

#83 – Cleveland Browns (f/PIT) – Christian Jones – ILB – Florida State

Mike Pettine likes his linebackers to have range and athleticism.  Few have more than Christian Jones.  He is a very nice substitute for the departed D’Qwell Jackson.

#84 – Arizona Cardinals – Jeremy Hill – RB – LSU

Jonathan Dwyer was a nice addition but the Arizona Cardinals still need a difference-maker at running back.  Jeremy Hill is a classic bell cow with terrific vision and deceptive speed for his size.

#85 – Pittsburgh Steelers (f/GB) – JaWuan James – OT – Tennessee

The offensive line played better down the stretch last season for Pittsburgh but they still need blocking help.  JaWuan James has terrific upside given his dimensions and athleticism.

#86 – Philadelphia Eagles – Martavis Bryant – WR – Clemson

Big receivers who can run.  That is something Chip Kelly loves and Martavis Bryant is that player.  At 6’4″ he can go up top for the ball but also yields 4.4/40 speed to get downfield in a hurry.

#87 – Kansas City Chiefs – Ed Reynolds – FS – Stanford

Eric Berry could really use a wingman on the back end of the Chiefs defense.  Ed Reynolds has the range and body of a pro free safety and showed improved awareness in coverage last season.

#88 – Cincinnati Bengals – Will Clarke – DE – West Virginia

The loss of Michael Johnson hurts but the Bengals must move on.  Will Clarke can help them do it.  He has outstanding length and size coupled with blossoming pass rush skill.

#89 – San Diego Chargers – Devin Street – WR – Pittsburgh

Philip Rivers likes big receivers who can go up and get the football.  Devin Street is that kind of guy from Pitt.  His great hands and body control will make him a money down target.

#90 – Indianapolis Colts – Jared Abbrederis – WR – Wisconsin

Not all great receivers were great athletes.  That must be made clear.  Jared Abbrederis is not a gamebreaker type but he is extremely smart, very sound in his technique and gets the most out of what he has.

#91 – New Orleans Saints – Loucheiz Purifoy – CB – Florida

Rob Ryan proved he could turn a defense around in 2013.  That is why Loucheiz Purifoy is his kind of project:  ridiculously athletic and boasting so much potential but in serious need of polish.

#92 – Carolina Panthers – E.J. Gaines – CB – Missouri

Captain Munnerlyn was a tough loss for Carolina and they need to think about finding a replacement.  E.J. Gaines is much like the former Panther:  short but strong, tough and instinctive.

#93 – New England Patriots – Weston Richburg – C – Colorado State

The interior blocking from the guards to the center needs work in New England.  Weston Richburg is a Patriots type with his intelligence, quickness and leadership qualities.

#94 – Kansas City Chiefs (f/SF) – Yawin Smallwood – ILB – Connecticut

Derrick Johnson could use help at the inside linebacker spot.  Yawin Smallwood is a tackling machine from Connecticut who also lends a helping hand in coverage.

#95 – Denver Broncos – Bruce Ellington – WR – South Carolina

As if Peyton Manning needs another weapon.  Bruce Ellington is a speedy little bugger from South Carolina who is a nightmare with the ball in his hands.

#96 – Minnesota Vikings (f/SEA) – Christian Kirksey – OLB – Iowa

Zimmer loves athletic linebacker in his system like Vontaze Burfict in Cincinnati.  Christian Kirksey is built in that same mold.  He finds the football and is an asset in coverage.

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  • Daniel Sutter

    if the chargers trade up then i would go for SGB.

    • Erik Lambert

      Do you mean Stanley Jean-Baptiste?

      • Daniel Sutter

        haha fixed…

        • Erik Lambert

          In which case they’d be getting a good player.

          • Daniel Sutter

            from what ive seen he looks solid. any ideas why is he projected in the 3rd? have a feeling he gets grabbed up sooner. size and skill set seem to be there from what Ive seen.

          • Erik Lambert

            Still a little raw with his technique and because of his size he doesn’t have the fluidity teams prefer from starting corners. It’s the same problem that caused Richard Sherman to drop.

  • http://twitter.com/kumerle Kenneth Kumerle

    Packers will not likely give up those picks to move up 6 spots to pick 15!

    • Erik Lambert

      Yes, that argument was played out quite extensively.

  • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

    The Rams could have drafted a good Guard in Dakota Dozier in the 3rd round for the Rams. they can get a change of pace RB in the later rounds.

    • Erik Lambert

      Sankey is not a change of pace runner, believe me and don’t worry about guard. This class is deep and they can still find a really good one in the 4th.

      • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

        the Rams are basically loaded at their Running back group with Zac Stacy leading the way and Benny Cunningham as their best backup and for sure Daryl Richardson will be motivated to at least wrestle the back up job from Cunningham with Pead and Chase Reynolds rounding up the group. Drafting Sankey is just a waste of a pick while the Rams are in need to upgrade the O-line. As Tony Softli says to win in the NFC West, Rams need to win in the trenches.

  • Scott.

    This mock makes way too much sense for jerry jones.. #miserableboysfan.

    • Erik Lambert

      You’re not the first ‘Boys fan to mention that. #miserylovescompany

    • Daniel Sutter

      very true words lol

  • chargersfanfromswitzerland

    give me fuller withe the first pick in the 2nd, attaouchu second pick in the 2nd, moncrief with the first in the 3rd and mc cullers with the second in the 3rd and i would be stoked erik!!
    add colvin in the 5th.. oh man.. go chargers

    • Erik Lambert

      Fuller is going in the first. Mark my words. Attaochu and Moncrief are definitely within reach in the 2nd and McCullers should be there in the 3rd.

      • chargersfanfromswitzerland

        yeah, unfortunately i guess thats true, would take him at 25 without a doubt too!!

        • Erik Lambert

          Yeah. The way I see it Arizona, Philadelphia and Cincinnati are your main road blocks to him. If he’s there at #25, you have to pull the trigger.

          • Daniel Sutter

            Ford or Fuller in the first. Would be great pick-ups for SD, if they make it to 25 that is. I see Fords stock rising before the draft, Fullers already has…seeing how TT works it will probably be an offensive player though. but he seems to be great at recognizing O tallent, so building on our strength would be awsome too.

          • Erik Lambert

            Ford is going before #25 in my opinion. Fuller might too but he has the better chance of falling to SD. TT could go guard but I doubt that’s the highest priority.

  • Chad

    Dallas goes DE, DT, and OG…..all needs. Lets get realistic here Eric, Jerruh will have picked up another TE or RB by now.

    • Erik Lambert

      Probably.

  • BlueBoltFan

    I like the position selection, but I would switch them and go for a different WR.

    Telesco has spoken regularly this about wanting to add speed on both sides of the ball. Martavis Bryant pr Paul Richardson would make more sense at the #70 pick and I think McCullers would still be available at #89. If not, Weston Richburg makes a lot of sense. He could compete for a guard spot this year, then take over for C Nick Hardwick who has contemplated retirement each of the last two seasons and is on the final year of his contract.

    P.S. Rivers already has some guys who can get vertical!

    • Erik Lambert

      Why have one big receiver when you can have several. Personally I don’t think McCullers falls that far and the Chargers would be able to do so much with him on the field. I believe Street is a hidden gem in the draft, having fallen down boards because of a late season injury. There is still plenty of opportunity to add speed later and they can still get that center in the 4th.

      • BlueBoltFan

        True. Plus I just read the Bolt Beat article on Cody Latimer who has speed and should be available in the fifth. Also a tall WR. There are options.

        • Erik Lambert

          Most definitely.

        • powderBLUE801

          But don’t you notice that both of those recivers have had bad injuries? I want someone that we are not rolling the dice on year after year. Just saying.

          • BlueBoltFan

            Paul Richardson has had injuries,too. And he’s thin (175 lbs., I believe). But with Latimer, taking a guy with Top 50 abilities in the 5th round is more of a risk worth taking, imo.

          • powderBLUE801

            Doubt he is there in the 5th. From what I have read the faiders and browns like him a lot too.

          • BlueBoltFan

            1. I wouldn’t read too much into rumors about who teams like right now.
            2. KA#13 was considered a 2nd rounder at worst going into the draft. We got him in the 3rd.
            3. I wasn’t saying getting Latimer was a necessity. I was just using him as an example of a big, fast WR expected to be available later in the draft. The position is deep this year. And taking a flyer on one with high upside in a later round may be a worthwhile risk.

          • powderBLUE801

            I see your point.

          • Daniel Sutter

            Faiders…makes me smile every time :)

  • anon76returns

    Broncos need an ILB, guard, and depth at corner, in that order. No way they draft a CB in the first with Shazier (played both ILB and OLB at O State) still on the board. Best available OG in the second is fine, but no need to waste a 1st rounder on a CB when all they need is depth, and definitely no need to take a WR in the third.

    • Erik Lambert

      Jason Verrett is your starting nickel corner, anon. If you put Talib on the outside and him in the slot it’s hard seeing anybody pass on the Broncos. Sometimes common sense needs to trump needs. Based on my board as is there should be a quality ILB there in the 4th.

      • anon76returns

        Talib on one corner, Webster on the other, and Harris slides into the slot corner in the nickel package (Harris is great on the outside, but I believe he’s the best slot corner in the game). My boards have a depth-quality CB in the 3rd or 4th, but we have to get a starting guard and ILB in rounds 1-2. Shazier at MLB in the base would be able to stay in and play cover OLB in the nickel, and with his sub 4.4(!!) 40 time, you’d better believe he could stick with RBs and TEs in coverage.

  • Albert

    Erik, Marquise Lee is missing from your draft board. I brought this up in first round comments and had some questions regarding him and Cooks. How do the two players compare with one another? Thanks.

    • Erik Lambert

      I swear I thought I had Lee going before Cooks. Guess he accidentally got lost on my board. I, personally, really like both players. The key difference between them is technique. Lee is more of a technician, similar to what Marvin Harrison was for Indy. He can run any route well, get himself open and then take it to the house. Cooks has size limitations that makes him more of a fast Wes Welker who will be dynamite in the slot and can occasionally shift outside for a deep ball. If San Francisco gets either one, they’ll have the speed threat they want. After that it’s just about finding a bigger target too.

      • Albert

        Hahah it’s okay. Thanks Erik for the reply. So it sounds like you have Lee rated slightly higher than Cooks. So if both were still on the board, you would have the 49ers taking Lee instead? Yeah I was just trying to get people’s opinion of Lee, since everyone seems to be so down on him even though he was rated as potentially a top-5 pick before the season started. I agree as I said in my initial comments, I would be happy with either guy, because they need that speed option and I would lean towards WR first before addressing CB. With the depth at CB in this draft, I would be fine with them either picking up one with either 2nd round pick or if they found someone they liked, moving up late in the 1st to pickup a potential starting CB.

        • Erik Lambert

          Jim Harbaugh could do some great things with either player. I think people are down on Lee because he didn’t show the explosive burst most expected of him at the combine. Let’s not forget though he played most of the 2013 season hurt. He’s very tough and with some work can regain that acceleration that makes him deadly. Cooks would provide similar help as well. San Fran is instantly more explosive with either player.

          Personally though, I believe they should make an aggressive play for Mike Evans. But that’s just me.

          • Albert

            Yup I totally agree. He had injuries plus that QB situation was UGLY. In my original comment, I said I would like those two guys, but my dream scenario would be Mike Evans. I think if he drops past the Top 10, then I would be down to move aggressively to get him. Do you see him dropping past 10? Would would it take to move up to get him in that range? If they had to get into the top 10, it would probably cost them their top 3 picks this year or two 1st rounders, right? If that’s the case, I’m not sure I would do that.

          • Erik Lambert

            I think between #7 and #15 is his sweet spot. Teams like Chicago, New York and St. Louis might be willing trade partners. If I’ve been reading the draft trade charts right it would probably cost them their low 2nd, low 3rd and 4th round pick to reach Chicago and it goes up from there. I don’t think there’s any doubt the Steelers would take him if he’s there, so San Francisco would have to at least get ahead of them.

          • Albert

            Thanks for the insight. I would make a trade like that to get Evans or rearranging some of those to getting a little higher. With their deep roster, they need quality over quantity. In my opinion, if they can’t move up to get the guys they want, then they should sit and get some of their needs and then trading for future picks. Cuz they can’t use all of their picks.

            Yeah based on most of the mocks I’ve seen that does seem like a pretty reasonable range. I think in a weird way, from the 49ers perspective, it may come down to where the QBs are drafted. If the top 3 QBs get picked up early, then that leaves more talent left on the board and giving them a better chance of him dropping out of the top 10. But if the QBs start dropping, then most likely he’s gone by that Chicago pick.

          • Erik Lambert

            I believe at least two QBs go in the top ten. The wild card is that third one. From my vantage point the Bills, Lions and Giants are all road blocks for Evans. If he makes it to 12th your chances are very good.

          • Daniel Sutter

            No way that no QBs will be taken in the first. I think your spot on with 2-3 in the top half.

  • Paul Newbold

    I like it for the Jets so far Erik. If they can trade up and grab Gilbert, the secondary will be much better suited for Rex’s style of play! Second round receiver will suffice with the addition of Decker. My question is how much would it cost them to trade back into the top half of the third? Niklas at tight end would be a great addition as well, or an OLB. Both positions need addressing and they have (3) 4th rounders, 2 of which can be traded, plus picks in 5, 6, as well. Curious what it would take? :)

    • Erik Lambert

      Interesting idea. They do have two fourth round picks including a solidly positioned one courtesy of Tampa Bay. I’d say surrendering a 5th should bump them back into the 3rd round depending on how high you want to go. Unfortunately if you want to get Niklas it may cost more than that. Now you could go after C.J. Fiedorowicz who is still available and is already a proven blocker with huge upside as a receiver. However, if you’re interested in Niklas it would probably take both 4th rounders and maybe the 5th or 6th as well to go that high, especially in this draft. On the other hand you could just surrender a 3rd in 2015 and that would probably do it as well.

      • Paul Newbold

        It was my thinking to grab Niklas, though as you say Fiedorowick has a nice upside. I think the Jets are going to be active in the trade market, the holes in the secondary have created the situation where they will have to trade up to find a starter at corner. Since they have 12 picks, and can’t possibly sign them all, I think they might very well trade up again to get someone they truly covet. If they were to do it to get back into the third, Niklas and Baptiste interest me for the Jets. My favorite OLB Attaochu looking like he’ll break into the second…but if he were to slip to the third….. Thanks for the input.

        • Erik Lambert

          My pleasure!

  • David

    Erik,
    No offense but I really do not think Kony is worthy of the 16th pick and would be a pretty big reach right there. Kony has been viewed to be somewhat of a potential guy. Thats not who I would go with at 16, especially when they have huge needs at FS and LB as well. I would rather see Dallas go with a Pryor or Dix in the 1st round and then go DE in the 2nd round with a Crichton, Reilly or Murphy. Now I know you have both safeties off of the board and that could happen. So I would take Mosely or trade back unless they decide to draft a Martin which would be a nice luxury but does not address the huge defensive holes.

  • Kyle

    I think you forgot about ASJ on your board too, or I just missed him. No way he doesn’t get drafted in the first 3 rounds. I doubt he makes it out of the second, and could easily go in the first if another team (Seattle) likes him more than Amero.

  • Rick Talley

    The Rams will not take a running back until the 6th round, if at all. I see Evans going to the Rams at 13, or trading down. A safety(or 2) will be taken no earlier than later in the 1st via trade-down; more likely in the 2