Jan 1, 2014; Tampa, Fl, USA; LSU Tigers running back Jeremy Hill (33) is tackled by Iowa Hawkeyes defensive back B.J. Lowery (19) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Mock Draft, Third Round: Running Backs Flying Off the Board

First Round

Second Round

Third Round

1 (65). Houston Texans: Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin

Previous picks: Jadeveon Clowney, Zach Mettenberger

2 (66). Washington Redskins: Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State

Previous picks: Kyle Fuller

3 (67). Oakland Raiders: Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado

Previous picks: Derek Carr, Timmy Jernigan

4 (68). Atlanta Falcons: Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU

Previous picks: Anthony Barr, Jimmie Ward

5 (69). Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State

Previous picks: Mike Evans, Scott Crichton

6 (70). Jacksonville Jaguars: Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington

Previous picks: Blake Bortles, Bradley Roby

7 (71). Cleveland Browns: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

Previous picks: Jake Matthews, Johnny Manziel, Jason Verrett

8 (72). Minnesota Vikings: Dakota Dozier, OG, Furman

Previous picks: Teddy Bridgewater, Ryan Shazier

9 (73). Buffalo Bills: Lamarcus Joyner, DB, Florida State

Previous picks: Greg Robinson, Jace Amaro

10 (74). New York Giants: Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson

Previous picks: Taylor Lewan, Austin Seferian-Jenkins

11 (75). St. Louis Rams: Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford

Previous picks: Khalil Mack, Darqueze Dennard, Morgan Moses

12 (76). Arizona Cardinals (f/CLE via DET): A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama

Previous picks: Demarcus Lawrence, Joel Bitonio

13 (77). San Francisco 49ers (f/TEN): Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska 

Previous picks: Kelvin Benjamin, Keith McGill, Kareem Martin

14 (78). Dallas Cowboys: Dominique Easley, DT, Florida

Previous picks: Kony Ealy, Terrence Brooks

15 (79). Baltimore Ravens: Craig Loston, S, LSU

Previous picks: Zack Martin, Davante Adams

16 (80). New York Jets: Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor

Previous picks: Eric Ebron, Marcus Roberson

17 (81). Miami Dolphins: Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford

Previous picks: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, David Yankey

18 (82). Chicago Bears: Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU

Previous picks: Aaron Donald, Pierre Desir

19 (83). Cleveland Browns (f/PIT): Tre Mason, RB, Auburn

Previous picks: Jake Matthews, Johnny Manziel, Jason Verrett, Jordan Matthews

20 (84). Arizona Cardinals: Kelcy Quarles, DT, South Carolina

Previous picks: Demarcus Lawrence, Joel Bitonio, A.J. McCarron

21 (85). Green Bay Packers: Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas

Previous picks: Calvin Pryor, Troy Niklas

22 (86). Philadelphia Eagles: Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson

Previous picks: Brandin Cooks, Jeremiah Attaouchu

23 (87). Kansas City Chiefs: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU

Previous picks: C.J. Mosley

24 (88). Cincinnati Bengals: Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina

Previous picks: Dee Ford, Marcus Martin

25 (89). San Diego Chargers: Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida

Previous picks: Louis Nix, Carl Bradford

26 (90). Indianapolis Colts: Da’Quan Jones, DT, Penn State

Previous picks: Gabe Jackson

27 (91). New Orleans Saints: Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona

Previous picks: Marqise Lee, Weston Richburg

28 (92). Carolina Panthers: Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming

Previous picks: Allen Robinson, JuWuan James

29 (93). New England Patriots: Billy Turner, OT, North Dakota State

Previous picks: Ra’Shede Hageman, C.J. Fiedorowicz

30 (94). San Francisco 49ers: Ahmad Dixon, S, Baylor

Previous picks: Kelvin Benjamin, Keith McGill, Kareem Martin, Stanley Jean-Baptiste

31 (95). Denver Broncos: Jordan Tripp, LB, Montana

Previous picks: Xavier Su’a-Filo, Donte Moncrief

32 (96). Minnesota Vikings (f/SEA): Terrance West, RB, Towson

Previous picks: Teddy Bridgewater, Ryan Shazier, Dakota Dozier

33 (97). Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory selection): Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice

Previous picks: Odell Beckham Jr., Stephon  Tuitt

34 (98). Green Bay Packers (compensatory selection): Will Clarke, DE, West Virginia

Previous picks: Calvin Pryor, Troy Niklas, Travis Swanson

35 (99). Baltimore Ravens (compensatory selection): Anthony Johnson, DL, LSU

Previous picks: Zack Martin, Davante Adams, Craig Loston

36 (100). San Francisco 49ers (compensatory selection): Telvin Smith, LB, Florida State

Previous picks: Kelvin Benjamin, Keith McGill, Kareem Martin, Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Ahmad Dixon

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  • 3kolu

    I can live with the Vikings first 2 picks, but to continue on offense in the third wouldn’t be my top choices. I believe they go after a big corner and Stanley Jean-Baptiste would be high on my list with the height, wingspan and athletic ability. He’s still a little tight in the hips but, if the Vikes put him on the on the outside with the sideline as his advocate, he would be very similar to Brandon Browner. He has also played some safety another position that could use an upgrade.

    • SayreBedinger

      I like SJB and I agree he’d be a good pickup for the Vikes if they are thinking about getting big in the defensive backfield. He’s a former WR with good ball skills.

      • Kyle Showell London

        yeah i like him to wish tampa bay would trade down to get some draft pics and maybe draft him love his size

  • Diegoblue

    You lost me after the 1st pick .. Nix

  • Hart

    First pick a WR for Steelers and second pick a DL. No CB until the third round? Terrible. If Colbert did this, he should be fired.

    • Dom DiTolla

      While I disagree w/DL as early as rd two, why should Colbert be fired for waiting until round three for a CB? Draft class is deep w/talent at the position & they can fill other important need w/guys who will see the field on the offensive side of the ball first. No matter how many draft picks they add, the defense will be garbage this fall. Thus, upgrading the offense to compete in shootouts will be of the utmost importance.

      Remember, they’re not paying Ike Taylor $2.5 mil this fall and William Gay $1.5 mil each of the next two seasons to sit on the bench. Plus, LeBeau has an aversion to letting rookies contribute anyway unless injuries strike or a complete and total lack of personnel exist at a position.

      • Hart

        You made part of my argument for me actually. The Steelers are MISERABLE at CB right now and if Ike Taylor and William Gay are basically there for one more one year, the Steelers need CBs now. Especially considering the fact that Lebeau doesn’t play first year players. An ELITE CB needs to be drafted this year to learn so he can step in next year when Ike and Gay are both probably gone if you consider your own argument that any defensive player won’t play this year. Cortez Allen isn’t elite. So next year Ike walks away and they draft a first year CB and start him next year?? Unless you believe Lebeau is leaving and Keith Butler will take over and play a first year player. Draft an elite CB in the first round and let him learn now and be ready to step up next year. YOU already said they don’t start rookies, so next year is different???

        The second issue with the best CB the Steelers draft in this mock is that he is a project at best. Look at all the negatives: hands of stone, too slim to support the run ( a requirement of Steeler CBs ), and he has injury concerns. That is the best CB they will draft to be their number one CB? If he was being drafted as the second CB that would make sense, but as the number one? I don’t see the logic in that.

        The draft is deep in CBs and supposedly in WRs as well. If Brown is the number one and MOORE is the slot/number three and Wheaton was drafted last year to be the number two, couldn’t a WR be drafted in the third or fourth round so the CB need can be filled in the first round? CB need appears to be a much greater need than WR?? If nothing else, draft a CB first round and a TE second round. Miller needs to be replaced and another TE this year with Miller can help with the receiving issue.

        Going into another season with PUTRID play at CB and not addressing it until basically the fourth round should get a GM fired.

        The defense will be garbage if it is never addressed. So forget defense and load up on offense to win “shootouts”? The league is obviously offense-driven now, but you can’t ignore the defense and just win shootouts. Three of the four teams in the Conference championship games last year were in the top 10 defenses for points allowed. The two best teams, the Seahawks and Niners, were the top 2 in the league. The only team that was outside the top 10 was the Broncos and we saw what happened to them in the Super Bowl. Offense is important, but you need defense to be a complete team.

        Drafting a 4th round project CB as your next NUMBER 1 CB is not going to get it done.

        • SDAZT.STEEL66

          Not really. The Steelers might be “awful” at cornerback, but rookies are unlikely to play w/Dick LeBeau still there. In addition, who is to say the 3rd round or later CBs don’t contribute in 2015 after a year with the organization?

          The fact that you are clamoring for a CB in round one illustrates that you haven’t done any research or watched any of the mid-round prospects at the position at all. Is Gaines a perfect fit for Pittsburgh? No. But neither are Dennard or Gilbert.

          Also, teams don’t necessarily always draft for need. Sometimes BPA can be factored into the equation, and guys who are bad scheme fits like Dennard or Gilbert might not be worthy of the 15th overall pick. The problem w/this draft class, is that there are no “elite” plug-n-play CBs like Patrick Peterson. Of course, if you watched any college football, you’d know that.

          However, Kevin Colbert has stated he likes the depth at the position in the draft class, and the team has mined mid-late round gold and received plenty of production from the position during his tenure.

          The Steelers seemed to do just fine at the CB position from 1997-present when they won two Super Bowls with the likes of Ike Taylor (4th round pick), Bryant McFadden (2nd round pick), Deshea Townsend (4th round pick), William Gay (5th round pick).

          • Hart

            You are a comical guy. I have read your other posts and your responses are always the same. Everyone that doesn’t agree with you is , you insult them and then express that they don’t know as much about football as you. You are obviously Bill Polian or someone like that and not the 12 year old I think you are or the guy down the street living in his mother’s basement that works at the last video store in town. Good luck with your future as GM of the Steelers. Not worth trying to have a logical discussion with you. You are right and everyone else is wrong. Now, get to your job at the video store……..on your skateboard.

          • SDAZT.STEEL66

            Awww…that’s so sweet. Thanks for the compliments :)

            So let me get this straight, I can’t question whether or not you’ve watched or studied any CBs in the draft besides Gilbert or Dennard (who might be better scheme fits or better talents in the future than those two projected to go in round one), bring up Colbert’s comments regarding his satisfaction with the depth in the CB class, question whether or not the team could fill other dire needs through the draft process before CB (TE, WR, DL, OLB, etc. if they represent a BPA over a CB in rounds one or two), or even wonder how you arrived at your oh-so wonderful conclusion?

            Yet you can dismiss any well-researched and intelligent counter-point to an argument with childish and untrue insults which have nothing to do with the topic at hand at all? Hell, you even called for Colbert’s job with your first comment if the draft unfolded in the particular fashion which Sayre laid out.

            Hahaha. Your hypocrisy makes you the comical one, sir.

    • SayreBedinger

      Sounds like you should be the GM. Steelers got 3 really good players in this mock.

  • David

    Kony in the 1st round for Dallas is a reach.

    • SayreBedinger

      No he’s not.

      • David

        At 16?? Yeah he is.

  • RONBO19

    Why would a 3-4 team like Houston pick a strictly 4-3 inside linebacker like Chris Borland?

    • SayreBedinger

      Why is he strictly a 4-3 ILB?

      • RONBO19

        According to Gil Brandt; Borland projects strictly as a middle in a 4-3 due to his lack of speed (4.8 -40 at the combine) and his lack of size. Also Daniel Jeremiah of the NFL network says his lack of size and Bulk will eliminate him from consideration by 3-4 teams. He’s kind of like former Cowboy Dat Ngyen from Tex.A&M who Bill parcells got rid of when he became Cowboys GM when he brought in bigger guys and Zac Thomas in Miami before that. As the Guards are pretty much uncovered in the 3-4 smaller Middle guys tend to get blown away as they give up as much as a hundred pounds in Borlands case.

  • joe

    Redskins get bucannon? No thanks! Go eagles! Bucannon looks like the next Dawkins

  • Firre Workcz

    If the Vikings take Bridgewater in the first,their whole draft goes down the drain. If Manziel isn’t available, then go defense (Gilbert or Mosley should be there) and snag a QB in the second (Mettenberger, Savage). Dozier was a nice pick at the top of the third (we need a guard). Not familiar with RB Terrance West from Towson (not familiar with Towson…). Can he catch the ball?

  • Gordon Guffey

    Dakota Dozier & Terrance West would be great adds for the Vikings ~ Add that to two defensive picking in rounds 1 & 2 would go along ways in turning this team around in a hurry ~ From what I have read West would could be something special catching the ball out of the backfield and has the makings of a fine backup RB who could be capable of of starting if something happened to AP and he had to miss some time ~ <<< Lets hope not ~ AP has miss games in the last 3 seasons due to injury and wouldn't come off the field last year playing with a bad growing ~ Thanksfully the Vikings now have a HC who will put the best healthy 22 players out on the field ~

    If the 3rd round worked out this way I would be OK if they took a QB at # 40 ~