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2014 NFL Mock Draft Update: 3rd Round Raids


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 the previous rounds, click below.  Enjoy!

ROUND 1

ROUND 2

#65 – Houston Texans – Antonio Richardson – OT – Tennessee

Johnny Manziel does his best work when properly protected.  The Houston Texans bolster the depth of their front with big Antonio Richardson who has the strength and length to man the right side opposite Duane Brown.

#66 – Washington Redskins – Terrance Brooks – FS – Florida State

Their defensive front got some needed upgrades but the Washington Redskins are still lacking playmakers on the back end.  Terrence Brooks was an underrated key to the FloridaState defense and has the instincts and range to make plays in coverage.

#67 – Oakland Raiders – Allen Robinson – WR – Penn State

An outstanding value pick for the Oakland Raiders here.  Allen Robinson has a chance to go in the first round and they manage to get him in the third.  Great size at 6’3″ with explosive leaping ability and can run after the catch.

#68 – Atlanta Falcons – Ja’Wuan James – OT – Tennessee

He played on the right side at Tennessee but review of the tape on Ja’Wuan James show a big kid with very good footwork that signals he might be better suited for left tackle.  Matt Ryan needs better protection for the Atlanta Falcons.

#69 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – David Yankey – OG – Stanford

David Yankey was a steady rock for Stanford during his college career.  He has the size and power of a guard but also played pretty well at tackle when asked.  That versatility is something the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can use up front.

#70 – Jacksonville Jaguars – Tre Mason – RB – Auburn

Toby Gerhart is the going to get his chance at a full-time job but that doesn’t mean the Jacksonville Jaguars shouldn’t bring in some help.  Tre Mason is a quality back  who can add some speed and receiving ability to their backfield.

#71 – Cleveland Browns – Stanley Jean-Baptiste – CB – Nebraska

Long corners are becoming the hot ticket among teams and this 2014 NFL mock draft is no different.  Stanley Jean-Baptiste is an intriguing talent at 6’3″ with good playmaking instincts.  Needs to improve his fluidity in coverage.  Could also move to safety.

#72 – Minnesota Vikings – Bashaud Breeland – CB – Clemson

Cornerback was not exactly a position of strength for the Minnesota Vikings in 2013.  It could use another boost in talent.  Clemson standout Bashaud Breeland plays tough and physical in coverage and plays the run very well.  A perfect Mike Zimmer corner.

#73 – Buffalo Bills – A.J. McCarron – QB – Alabama

E.J. Manuel struggled on the field and staying healthy last season.  His consistency needs to improve this season but the Buffalo Bills also need to improve their backup situation.  A.J. McCarron is an proven game manager from Alabama who can become even more.

#74 – New York Giants – Dakota Dozier – OG – Furman

Geoff Schwartz was a great addition for the New York Giants offensive line but their interior blocking still needs more help.  Furman guard Dakota Dozier is one of the top sleepers in this draft.

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

Zac Stacy and Bennie Cunningham are nice between-the-tackles runners but the St. Louis Rams could really use a multi-threat back who can run but also catch and pass protect.  Bishop Sankey fills all those boxes.

#76 – Detroit Lions – Billy Turner – OT – North Dakota State

If Matthew Stafford is going to reach the pinnacle of his ability with Sammy Watkins he’ll need pass protection.  Tackle could use some help in that department.  Billy Turner is a physically gifted small school prospect who could man the left side.

#77 – San Francisco 49ers (f/TEN) – Cody Latimer – WR – Indiana

One of the fast risers in this draft.  Indiana wide receiver Cody Latimer not only has the size the San Francisco 49ers need at 6’3″ but he also has really good speed and athleticism.  He’ll make a great slot option early but can develop into more later.

#78 – Dallas Cowboys – Dezmen Southward – SS – Wisconsin

Safety was a problem most of last season for the Dallas Cowboys.  They really could use more speed and athleticism on the back end.  Dezmen Southward stands a solid 6’0″ with 4.38 timed speed.  He’s a terrific athlete but needs work on his fundamentals.

#79 – Baltimore Ravens – Marcus Martin – C – USC

The offensive line gets another boost for the Baltimore Ravens.  Marcus Martin might not be the most polished center in the draft but he certainly has the highest upside, not yet having tapped the potential of his strength and quickness.

#80 – New York Jets – Cyril Richardson – OG – Baylor

Another big, powerful guard who spent time at tackle during college.  Cyril Richardson could be the best run blocker of any offensive linemen in the 2014 class.  That is sweet music to the ears of the New York Jets who just picked up Chris Johnson.

#81 – Dallas Cowboys (f/MIA) – Kareem Martin – DE – North Carolina

More defensive end help lands in Dallas.  North Carolina standout Kareem Martin has intriguing size-to-speed combination with the prowess to rush in three and two-point stances.  He’s not a finished product but under Rod Marinelli he will be.

#82 – Chicago Bears – Pierre Desir – CB – Lindenwood

Cornerback is in need of a youth infusion for the Chicago Bears with Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings over 30-years old.  Pierre Desir is an ideal pick.  He’s still in need of polish but his physical skill is starter worthy once coached up.

#83 – Cleveland Browns (f/PIT) – Ka’Deem Carey – RB – Arizona

Ben Tate was signed as the future starter for the Cleveland Browns but when at Houston did he show the durability to handle that level of carries?  If the Browns GM is smart he’ll hedge his bets by adding Ka’Deem Carey, a proven workhorse out of Arizona.

#84 – Arizona Cardinals – Phillip Gaines – CB – Rice

Patrick Peterson is their main man at corner but in order to take their defense to another level they need to get him a wingman.  Phillip Gaines has intriguing physical ability out of Rice that flash at the scouting combine.  Does his best work in press coverage.

#85 – Green Bay Packers – Jonathan Dowling – SS – Western Kentucky

Speed and range are the trademarks of Western Kentucky safety Jonathan Dowling.  He loves to hit and has a knack for taking the ball away as well.  The Green Bay Packers need somebody like that.

#86 – Baltimore Ravens (f/PHI) – Brock Vereen – FS – Minnesota

Matt Elam could use some help for the Ravens at safety.  Brock Vereen quietly had a great scouting combine and his game tape showed an athlete with the range and cover skills desired in a free safety.

#87 – Kansas City Chiefs – Trai Turner – OG – LSU

The guard position took a huge  hit for the Kansas City Chiefs in free agency.  They almost certainly have to address it in the draft as quickly as possible.  Trai Turner is a powerful interior man from LSU who excels in run blocking.

#88 – Cincinnati Bengals – Laurent Duvernay-Tardif – OT – McGill

Drafting well is part of the reason the Cincinnati Bengals have become really good of late and part of that is finding quality players in unexpected places.  In need of offensive line help, they might find a gem up north in Canada with Laurent Duvernay-Tardif.

#89 – San Diego Chargers – Trevor Reilly – OLB – Utah

Adding more pass rush from the outside is something the San Diego Chargers must handle sooner than later.  Trevor Reilly has the physical tools and athleticism coupled with country strength that will serve him well against bigger blockers.

#90 – Indianapolis Colts – Weston Richburg – C – Colorado State

Interior blocking really hampered Andrew Luck a lot in 2013 despite the Indianapolis Colts success.  Weston Richburg is a solid center prospect who has enough technique and talent to shift to guard if necessary.  Good versatility.

#91 – New Orleans Saints – Jackson Jeffcoat – DE – Texas

Cameron Jordan and Junior Gallette have the interior pressure handled for the New Orleans Saints but they really could use some heat coming off the edge.  Jackson Jeffcoat is a defensive end at Texas but his body type and athleticism signal a better fit in a 3-4.

#92 – Carolina Panthers – Rashaad Reynolds – CB – Oregon State

Captain Munnerlyn was probably one of the most underrated losses the Carolina Panthers suffered in free agency.  Cornerback really needs a boost for them.  Rashaad Reynolds doesn’t meet the ideal height requirements but everything else about him is starter-worthy.

#93 – New England Patriots – Russell Bodine – G/C – North Carolina

Bill Belichick loves versatile players regardless of the position they play.  The New England Patriots are thin on the interior of their offensive line.  Russell Bodine brings experience as a center with the ability to play guard as well.

#94 – Chicago Bears (f/SF) – Jeff Janis – WR – Saginaw Valley

Wide receiver is set at the top for Chicago but they should be on the lookout for quality depth.  Jeff Janis is another great developmental option for them.  He fits their profile at 6’3″ with 4.4 speed but needs to work on his consistency.  Great upside pick.

#95 – Denver Broncos – Dominique Easley – DT – Florida

If it really is about 2014 for the Denver Broncos, then they can afford to take gambles in this draft just like they did free agency.  Dominique Easley is a question mark due to a torn ACL, but before that injury he was the best interior pass rusher in college football.

#96 – Minnesota Vikings (f/SEA) – Andre Williams – RB – Boston College

Toby Gerhart was a tough loss for the Minnesota Vikings but it was a loss they expected.  Replacing him is a priority though.  Being able to nab Andre Williams in the third round, who led the NCAA in rushing in 2013 would accomplish that task.

#97 – Pittsburgh Steelers (comp) – Colt Lyerla – TE – Oregon

Somebody is going to take a risk on tight end Colt Lyerla.  The Pittsburgh Steelers have the veteran leadership to handle the gifted but troubled youth.  Heath Miller is their starter but he’s 31.  The team needs a successor in place.  Lyerla is worth the risk.

#98 – Green Bay Packers (comp) – Jarvis Landry – WR – LSU

It’s a virtual guarantee that every year the Green Bay Packers will select at least one receiver in the draft.  If they were to get Jarvis Landry this late it would be a major success.  While not explosive he has outstanding hands, body control and savvy.

#99 – Baltimore Ravens (comp) – Marcus Roberson – CB – Florida

Marcus Roberson is not ready to match up with NFL receivers but his press coverage ability is tough to ignore.  If the Florida kid can bulk up and improve his strength, he has long-term upside for the Ravens.

#100 – San Francisco 49ers (comp) – Brandon Coleman – WR – Rutgers

Defensive backs are getting bigger in the NFC West and the San Francisco 49ers need to keep pace on the offensive side in this 2014 NFL mock draft.  Rutgers receiver Brandon Coleman is a perfect counter with his huge 6’6″ frame and deceptive athleticism.

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  • Rich

    I am not pleased with this selection for the Cowboys. Dezmen Southward. No thanks.

    • Alex Darden

      My thoughts exactly.

    • Erik Lambert

      Can’t please everybody.

      • Scott.

        Do u think Jerry is ready to give up on Johnson and Wilcox? I would have no problem with the upgrade but when selecting you have to put Jerry’s ego in the mix. I personally don’t think he’s ready to give up on them yet. Personally would like Richardson there, but would not complain about the competition at safety.

        • Erik Lambert

          What matters is what Rod Marinelli wants. He’s the new DC and will have his own ideas about safety. Southward is a tremendous athlete who just needs development. Marinelli should be able to get him where he can be and Jerry does love athletes. Don’t forget they got Su’a-Filo in the round before.

          • Scott.

            Fair enough I guess I missed your first round mock. Assuming with that selection they moved down and picked up a pick. An upgrade anywhere on an 8/8 team is inviting

          • Erik Lambert

            No question.

    • Dave

      Totally on board with you on that. Seriously, ” He’s a terrific athlete but needs work on his fundamentals.” Doesn’t that pretty describe Wilcox and Johnson already? They may grab a safety late if there’s value to be had, e.g. Brock Vereen in the fifth, sixth (via trade), or seventh, but they aren’t giving up on Wilcox yet. The guy was a rookie that missed part of camp due to his mother’s death and only played safety a couple of years. I thought he was playing rather well prior to the concussion, so I’m willing to give him another year before calling him a bust. I think if they improve the pass rush that will help immensely, too, so I’m looking for another “rushman” here.

  • joe

    49ers taking two wr’s in the 3rd? Interesting..

    • Erik Lambert

      Two very good, very big receivers.

  • Derek Crews

    I would be happy with Tre Masnin in the third. With such a deep draft maybe the Jags should trade back once or twice in the first.

    • Erik Lambert

      It might be a plan but remember they already have a bunch of mid rounders.

      • Derek Crews

        And a lot of holes to fill. What would be better one 1st rounder or three or for 2nd and 3rd rounders?

        • Erik Lambert

          That depends on how much you trust your front office.

          • Derek Crews

            I’m all in!!!

          • Erik Lambert

            Then the latter is your choice but whether you can get that many picks is the hard part.

  • David

    Can I just say hell no to another mid round safety project for Dallas.

    • Erik Lambert

      Sure but it won’t change anything.

      • David

        Well it would be a dumb pick..

        • Erik Lambert

          Okay.

          • David

            Here is a better start.
            1) Pryor
            2) Crichton
            3) Richardson
            The defense is instantly upgraded and also most likey the G position as well.

          • Erik Lambert

            Okay.

  • Chad

    Wouldn’t be surprised to see Dallas gamble on Easley here instead. While most people (myself included) are wary of any kind injured player after the track record of Lee and Murray, there is no doubt that Easley is a monster when he’s healthy. Even if we don’t take Dominique, I believe that Rod will look to the interior so he can build a 4 man pressure wave that will in turn make our current secondary corp much better.

    • Erik Lambert

      Very possible but given how injuries decimated them last year, I think they’ll be wary of Easley.

      • Chad

        I think his progress at Florida’s pro day thursday will help his cause. Being able to bounce back the way he has both times is pretty impressive.

  • First and Skol

    Love the picks for Minnesota. Mosley is the versatile middle LB the Vikings desperately need. Like the Tom Savage pick in round 2, could see them taking Mettenberger here if he is still on the board. Breeland is an underrated corner and is a solid pick at the top of round 3, could see Walt Aikens taken here instead. Love the Andre Williams pick as a replacement for Toby Gerhart. Look forward to seeing the pocks for the later rounds in this mock.

    • Erik Lambert

      Thanks. I felt each of those picks have great value and I personally think Savage is better than Mettenberger due to the fact he can run.

      • First and Skol

        I agree with you about Savage being able to run. I don’t think he has quite the polish as a passer but having sat out 2 years due to transfer rules that is to be expected. Hopefully he doesn’t have to run for his life if he is taken here like he did last year at Pitt

        • Erik Lambert

          Norv Turner is a very good quarterback coach. He’d clean up any of the technique problems fairly quickly. If he weren’t there I might’ve favored Mettenberger.

          • First and Skol

            I agree with u about Turner and feel that with his involvement in the process they won’t be as inclined to reach for a QB with the first pick like they did on Ponder. His track record speaks for itself working with young QBs and excited to think about what he could do if they did land Savage.

          • Erik Lambert

            Precisely.

          • First and Skol

            Good to chat and glad to see a mock with some picks that actually make some since instead of that whole mindset u have to go after one of the big three QBs because u need a QB. There are more needs than just QB and there is no Andrew Luck in this draft so glad to see the mindset of getting great talent to fill holes and get a QB to develop who can be good in time.

          • Erik Lambert

            I always enjoy the debating. Frankly a lot of teams are going to risk dropping to the 2nd to get a quarterback. So they better be sure they can get somebody because a lot of other teams probably have the same idea. Personally I felt with Maziel and Bortles gone that the Vikings would’ve gone elsewhere, which is why I took Mosley.

          • First and Skol

            I agree with the weakness at the top of the draft in terms of QB compared to the strength of the other positions teams are going to be more reluctant to reach. I could see them trading that number 8 pick to a team looking to go after their guy. If they can go back to the 12-17 range for a team trying to get Aaron Donald and get extra picks and still get Mosley that would be good. Then they could have ammo to jump back to the bottom of round one ahead of Oakland, and Jacksonville to get their QB.

          • Erik Lambert

            That is a possibility but I just feel #8 is an awkward pick. Too far for a teams to jump up to who have the desired picks. If I had to guess I’d say the Giants at #12 is your best hope to move back. Beyond that I think the Bears, Steelers, Cowboys and Ravens all have the same idea.

          • First and Skol

            I agree because Pittsburgh could be a possibility to make a trade but I don’t see them sacrificing picks to jump over Chicago and New York if they were eyeing Aaron Donald. And if Donald was gone in that scenario then Mosley could be taken depending on the WR and DB needs of those teams

          • Erik Lambert

            I don’t think Donald would interest them as much in their system. They would have greater interest in Nix or Hageman, hence why they would feel comfortable sticking at #15. You also might get the Rams at #13 provided they trade back from #2 first.

          • First and Skol

            That’s always a possibility because all of these trade scenarios really start with what Houston does at one because if they trade that pick to Atlanta like in this mock it could set off a trade frenzy where we could even see the first 3 picks traded if someone really wants to trade up for Khalil Mack

          • Erik Lambert

            That was my assessment as well. This draft is crazy. It could have a flurry of trades in the first round or none.

          • First and Skol

            I agree because really any of the teams picking in the top 6 could trade up or down for extra picks

          • Erik Lambert

            So exciting.

          • First and Skol

            It’s just crazy we have another 2 and a half weeks to wait! I’m on information overload right now

          • Erik Lambert

            Whatever you do, don’t ask how I keep churning out these mock drafts.

          • First and Skol

            I was gonna guess pulling names out of a fishbowl

          • Erik Lambert

            Wow…that’s actually better than my way.

  • chief4ever

    KC Chiefs :

    1)a)Brandin Cooks b) Odell Beckham Jr, or c)Marquis Lee (whoever is still available in this order) – WR

    3)Dion Bailey – FS

    4)Cyril Richardson or David Yaney – OG

    5)Preston Brown – ILB

    6)Charles Siddoway – OT

  • Thomas Eric

    Absolutely love the bills pick I’m a strong believer that aj will be he best quarterback drafted out of this draft when his career is all said and done the guy just wins

    • Erik Lambert

      It’s a great insurance pick if anything else.

      • Thomas Eric

        I think that Ej isn’t going to pan out I feel like he could be another jp loss man or Trent Edwards where we waste several years on someone who isn’t worth time…he also has had to many knee injuries already

        • Erik Lambert

          Then A.J. is your guy.

  • SDAZT.STEEL66

    If the Steelers are willing, I’d love to see them gamble on Lyerla or A.C. Leonard. Since Todd Haley loves his “12″ personnel, they’ll need an athletic TE to pair w/Miller for the next few seasons before taking over for him. Risk/Reward is high w/Lyerla, but that type of athlete is just what their offense needs. I’ll be anxious to see how far his behavioral & off-field issues force him down draft boards.

    • Erik Lambert

      Agreed. Lyerla could do a lot for that offense provided the perks of the pro game don’t destroy him first.

      • SDAZT.STEEL66

        With the type of talent which could be had at CB & WR, I really think the team should be targeting Ebron and Amaro to add some athleticism & flexibility to the TE position. Still, if they do decide to wait, I really hope the FO is having conversations about Lyerla and Leonard if those two slide into Day 3.

        • Erik Lambert

          I think the presence of Miller will hold off on Ebron or Amaro but Lyerla is just late enough to grant them a pass.

  • 3kolu

    I went LB in the 1st, CB or Safety in the second and same here CB or Safety. at #40 and at #96 I would get a big QB with a big arm and intelligence preferably.