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2014 NFL Mock Draft Update: 4th Round Hunt


This  2014 NFL mock draft takes the mayhem into the 4th round.  How do things shake out for the teams?

To review the previous rounds, click below.  Enjoy!

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

#101 – Houston Texans – Jaylen Watkins – CB – Florida

Safety and cornerback are still in need of attention.  The beauty of Jaylen Watkins is he has the versatility to play at either position.

#102 – Washington Redskins – Telvin Smith – OLB – Florida State

Linebackers is in a transition phase for the Washington Redskins.  Despite his light weight, Telvin Smith is an athletic, speedy, instinctive playmaker.

#103 – Atlanta Falcons – C.J. Fiedorowicz – TE – Iowa

A great value pick at a position of need for the Atlanta Falcons.  C.J. Fiedorowicz is a better blocker at the moment but he has clear upside as a pass catcher.

#104 – New York Jets (f/TB) – Paul Richardson – WR – Colorado

Eric Decker and Eric Ebron provide the size in the passing game.  Now the New York Jets get themselves a deep threat with Colorado standout Paul Richardson.

#105 – Jacksonville Jaguars – Travis Swanson – C – Arkansas

The offensive line continues to get help, this time on the interior.  Travis Swanson has physical limitations but he’s very smart, quick and gets the most out of his abilities.

#106 – Cleveland Browns – Dion Bailey – FS – USC

Will he replace T.J. Ward?  Probably not but there is potential with Dion Bailey.  He’s built closer to a linebacker but has the speed, fluidity and instincts to play good coverage.

#107 – Oakland Raiders – Aaron Murray – QB – Georgia

Matt Schaub is the MFIC for the Oakland Raiders but this team needs to add to quarterback in this 2014 NFL mock draft.  Aaron Murray is a great select-and-stash type.

#108 – Minnesota Vikings – Will Sutton – DT – Arizona State

Defensive tackle isn’t their primary issue but Will Sutton has first-to-second round potential.  Getting him in the fourth is too good of value to pass on.

#109 – Buffalo Bills – Jordan Tripp – OLB – Montana

Kiko Alonso was a great pickup last year and the Buffalo Bills need to get him some help.  Jordan Tripp is a fiery athlete with good versatility who fits their scheme well.

#110 – St. Louis Rams – Antone Exum – CB – Virginia Tech

Jeff Fisher loves physical defensive backs.  Antone Exum does his best work at corner but has added value with experience playing safety.  Very tough and athletic.

#111 – Detroit Lions – Craig Loston – SS – LSU

Losing Louis Delmas was tough for the Detroit Lions, especially from a leadership standpoint.  Craig Loston can replace that given his reputation at LSU.

#112 – Tennessee Titans – Loucheiz Purifoy – CB – Florida

Bigger, more athletic corners are required to make a 3-4 defensive function.  Loucheiz Purifoy needs a lot of work but he flashed loads of skill at Florida.

#113 – New York Giants – Christian Jones – LB – Florida State

Linebacker is an area still in need of work for the New York Giants.  Christian Jones played inside at FSU but is such a good athlete that he can easily shift outside.

#114 – Jacksonville Jaguars (f/BAL) – Devin Street – WR – Pittsburgh

Johnny Manziel loves bigger receivers so the Jacksonville Jaguars oblige by bringing in the underrated Devin Street at 6’3″.  Good speed and agility coupled with go-get-it style.

#115 – New York Jets – Marqueston Huff – FS – Wyoming

A Senior Bowl standout, coaches were very impressed with the many talents of Marqueston Huff.  Has the toughness of a safety but the speed and fluidity of a corner.

#116 – Miami Dolphins – Ego Ferguson – DT – LSU

Major value here.  In need of help at defensive tackle after losing Paul Soliai, the Miami Dolphins get a raw but physically talented kid in Ego Ferguson out of a proven program.

#117 – Chicago Bears – Walt Aikens – CB – Liberty

Again GM Phil Emery looks for value in a small school.  Walt Aikens has some character concerns but his size (6’1″) and athleticism showed up a lot at the Senior Bowl.

#118 – Pittsburgh Steelers – Ed Stinson – DE – Alabama

Nix gets some company up front.  Playing at Alabama makes it easy to miss certain good players.  Ed Stinson is a great example.  An tailor-made 3-4 defensive end, he has every trait required to start for the Pittsburgh Steelers for a long time.

#119 – Dallas Cowboys – Bruce Ellington – WR – South Carolina

Jerry Jones loves receivers so it’s only a matter of time before he takes one.  Bruce Ellington was a two-sport athlete in college and has “playmaker” written all over him.

#120 – Arizona Cardinals – Dri Archer – WR – Kent State

Andre Roberts was a tough loss for the Arizona Cardinals and needs to be replaced.  Dri Archer is undersized but he’s wicked fast and can create mismatches in the slot.

#121 – Green Bay Packers – Shayne Skov – ILB – Stanford

Inside linebacker hasn’t been settled for awhile on the Green Bay Packers roster.  Shayne Skov is a great leader and explosive on the field.

#122 – Philadelphia Eagles – Nevin Lawson – CB – Utah State

If he weren’t 5’10″ then there is no question Nevin Lawson would be getting more attention.  He has the chops to play press coverage, and the Philadelphia Eagles need it.

#123 – Cincinnati Bengals – Travis Carrie – CB – Ohio

His lack of speed hurts his stock but in the right defense Travis Carrie can be a terror.  He hits and tackles well and shows a nose for the ball.  The Cincinnati Bengals will love him.

#124 – Kansas City Chiefs – Adrian Hubbard – OLB – Alabama

The defensive front took a hit for the Kansas City Chiefs after losing Tyson Jackson.  Adrian Hubbard is a versatile player with the rare strength to play end or even nose.

#125 – San Diego Chargers – Kevin Norwood – WR – Alabama

Keenan Allen is the man now but the San Diego Chargers need a secondary option to compliment him.  Kevin Norwood is smart, dependable and sneaky good.

#126 – New Orleans Saints – Preston Brown – ILB – Louisville

Inside linebacker was a real headache area for the New Orleans Saints last year.  Preton Brown bring plenty of thumping power and savvy as a play caller on the field.

#127 – Cleveland Browns (f/IND) – Carl Bradford – OLB – Arizona State

A real Swiss Army Knife type of player in that Carl Bradford can do many things on the field.  He can play inside, outside or even rush the passer.  Very instinctive and physical.

#128 – Carolina Panthers – Jared Abbrederis – WR – Wisconsin

Brandin Cooks provides the deep threat for the Carolina Panthers.  Jared Abbrederis is the route running magician who always gets open at the right time.

#129 – Chicago Bears (f/SF) – Max Bullough – ILB – Michigan State

Jon Bostic flamed out in the middle and D.J. Williams is a short-term answer at best.  Max Bullough gets overlooked for his late-season suspension, but the MSU middle man is a born leader with good instincts, toughness and intelligence.

#130 – New England Patriots – Will Clarke – DE – West Virginia

Rob Ninkovich and Chandler Jones need help with the pass rush.  Will Clarke has drawn comparisons to Jones in this 2014 NFL mock draft and has the tools to be a solid third end.

#131 – Denver Broncos – E.J. Gaines – CB – Missouri

Height concerns are the primary reason E.J. Gaines drifts down boards but he’s a good fit for the Denver Broncos given his toughness against the run and solid ability in coverage.

#132 – Seattle Seahawks – Kelcy Quarles – DT – South Carolina

A lot of bodies were lost up front for the Seattle Seahawks.  Kelcy Quarles has day two ability and length with a knack for rushing the passer.  Pete Carroll will like that.

#133 – Detroit Lions (comp) – Caraun Reid – DT – Princeton

A sleeper defensive tackle who projects as a good interior pass rusher.  Another body to help replace the departed Nick Fairley.

#134 – Baltimore Ravens (comp) – Terrance West – RB – Towson

Ray Rice may start 2014 but the Ravens still need fresh bodies at the position.  Terrance West carried the Towson program on his back and has very good versatility.

#135 – Houston Texans (comp) – T.J. Jones – WR – Notre Dame

Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins are the primary targets but the Texans could use a third option.  T.J. Jones is not a premier athlete but he is a proven receiver who does everything well.

#136 – Detroit Lions (comp) – Devonta Freeman – RB – Florida State

His lack of size is a concern regarding his durability but in small doses Devonta Freeman can do some serious damage with his prowess as a runner and receiver.

#137 – New York Jets (comp) – Chris Davis – CB – Auburn

McGill will be their outside guy but the Jets still need bodies at corner.  Chris Davis lacks height at 5’10″ but his athleticism and burst could make him an ideal slot corner.

#138 – Baltimore Ravens (comp) – Justin Ellis – DT – Louisiana Tech

Haloti Ngata created some concern at nose tackle by refusing an extension.  So Baltimore adds some insurance with the big, powerful plugger Justin Ellis.

#139 – Atlanta Falcons (comp) – Mo Alexander – SS – Utah State

He tested very well at the combine and has the size-speed potential that defensive coaches love.  Mo Alexander is a great upside pick for the Atlanta Falcons.

#140 – New England Patriots (comp) – Storm Johnson – RB – UCF

LeGarrette Blount was a big part of the Patriots offense last year.  His power will be missed.  Storm Johnson is overlooked at UCF thanks to Blake Bortles but has the vision and toughness to handle heavy loads of carries.

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  • Gary Carter

    I’m a Giants fan And I loved this mock I can only hope the Giants draft this well but I found every pick credible and well thought out can’t wait to see our two fifth round picks.

    • Erik Lambert

      Thanks Gary. Yeah, I felt the Giants made some heady moves in this edition that apply talent to all of their needs.

  • Giovannoni

    Jairus Byrd was not on the browns, he was on the bills

    • Erik Lambert

      Oops. Meant T.J. Ward.

    • Erik Lambert

      Corrected.

  • anon76returns

    From a Broncos fan perspective, it seems each of your drafts are getting better, Erik! Love Shazier in the first. Prefer Mewhort in the second (or third!), but can live with a good interior lineman as well- Franklin can be a terror on the interior, and while he was pretty good at RT, he had problems with speed off the edge, so I’d prefer to draft a tackle and use Franklin at LG.

    I’m Not all that happy with Easley in the 3rd- too much of an injury risk, plus he’s more of a penetrator when the Broncos prefer their DTs to occupy blocks (not to mention that with Knighton, Vickerson, Williams, Unrein, and Wolfe/Jackson in nickel, DT is the deepest position group on the team). Would prefer to get Roberson there, and still would be happy to double dip with Gaines in the 4th.

    • Erik Lambert

      Fair points all around. I just felt last year the lack of a penetrator in the middle really hurt them, particularly in the Super Bowl. Besides, I also feel Easley has the prowess to kick outside to end.

  • Jarod Cook

    You have the Browns continuing to get quality picks and adding depth in the 3rd and 4th rounds. Taking a CB and a RB in the 3rd. Then taking a Safety and a LB in the 4th. I love the SJB pick up in the 3rd, and he should continue to improve with experience. Also like the pick up of Bailey in the 4th, he’s got good instincts and can play deep in coverage. Needs to work on his tackling ability though, tends to try and strip the ball away instead of just making the tackle.

    • Erik Lambert

      Zimmer is a master with defensive backs. He’ll handle SJB and Bailey just fine.

  • Old Frog

    WR in the 4th. Why not? Need to find a replacement for Bryant before he inks that big cap-killing contract.

    • Chad

      If you’re looking for a Dez filler, this isn’t the guy. Imagine if Beasley bulked up but lost a bit of quickness.

  • BearsFan_39

    Would like to see shayne skov taken here by Chicago, Dj Williams won’t play forever and skov has a nastiness the bears haven seen in a long time

    • Erik Lambert

      I don’t trust he’s the same player after that knee injury. Besides Bullough is better than his projections have him.

  • dolphinmofo

    Hope the Chicago Bears draft turns out well. As for the dolphins ××××them. You should only print for your team because you f××× them. Funny your draft picks won’t be ours but we’ll be better than your team . Go phins. You blow.

  • mccall316

    As a Raiders fan, I want Murray. I think he can be one of the best qbs in the entire draft. I’ve watched several of his games and he knows what it takes to win games. Did that with several injuries to his best offensive weapons. Due to his torn ACL, he isn’t ready so sitting on the bench and waiting to play is perfect. I do think Schaub can be the answer for a year or two while Murray is ready. He has more potential then McGloin. I may not have cared for the safety and receiver in the last two rounds, Murray would be a perfect fit for Oakland

    • Erik Lambert

      They do love reclamation projects and Murray has the upside to become their latest success story.

  • brian basile

    16
    WR MIKE EVANS
    TEXAS A&M
    47
    DT RA’SHEDE HAGEMAN
    MINNESOTA
    78
    DE JACKSON JEFFCOAT
    TEXAS
    119
    DE KAREEM MARTIN
    NORTH CAROLINA
    158
    G MICHAEL SCHOFIELD
    MICHIGAN
    229
    RB JERICK MCKINNON
    GEORGIA SOUTHERN
    231
    S MARQUESTON HUFF
    WYOMING
    238
    FB J.C. COPELAND
    LSU
    248
    QB JEFF MATHEWS
    CORNELL
    251
    OT MATT PATCHAN
    BOSTON COLLEGE
    254
    CB SHAQUILLE RICHARDSON
    ARIZONA

  • mwh625

    I could see the Seahawks taking Kelcy Quarles with that pick. I wonder what round Marquise Flowers of AZ goes?

    • Erik Lambert

      Probably not before the 6th round at least and he very well could become an UDFA. The kid has intriguing measurables but he needs to figure out his true position first.

  • BlueBoltFan

    My Draft for the Chargers based on how your draft goes down:

    1st: Kyle Fuller
    2nd: Trent Murphy
    3rd: TRADE UP w/ Washington for Cody Latimer or Allen Robinson (for our 3rd, 5th, & next years 5th), otherwise Paul Richardson or Josh Huff.
    4th: Justin Ellis

    • Erik Lambert

      That’s a fine list BBF but I would never give up that many picks for Latimer or Robinson.

      • BlueBoltFan

        I think either of those guys would go in the 1st round in almost any other draft. They only fell because there are so many great WRs this year.

        Latimer in particular could be special. And technically we could jump up to get Latimer for a 3rd and a 5th.

  • Tracyl

    Honestly if this scenario plays out for the Cowboys I could see them
    taking Kareem Martin in the 3rd and following up with Sutton. Or maybe
    Easly in the 3rd. But not another safety. At least not this early. Also I
    think the Cowboys are more interested in Billy Turner at OL in the 2nd
    and his versatility at Tackle and Guard. Although Filo would be a great
    pick if he fell that far.

    • Erik Lambert

      They got Filo in the 2nd. The problem I have with the Dallas safeties is their lack of true range. Barry Church is their best free safety and he’s not a sideline-to-sideline guy. Southward has that ability just not the technique yet. He’s a perfect select-and-stash pick.

      • Assassin

        Just from a personal view, if Dallas went some version of DL, OL, DL, OL, DL throughout the first five rounds, I would not be upset at all. The NY Giants proved a couple of years ago that it’s all about the DL/OL. They make your QB better, RB better, WR better and of course mask all sorts of DB issues

        • Erik Lambert

          You’re not wrong.

          • Assassin

            I can’t find the trade that Dallas and Miami made. What were the specifics of it? BTW – don’t ya love this time of year? This is fun!

          • Erik Lambert

            It’s in the first round. Hell yeah, this is my favorite time of year.

          • Assassin

            19th and 81st (3rd) to Cowboys for 16th, 229th (7th) and 238th (7th) picks – I’d do that in a heartbeat if Donald is not there or someone like Barr is available

          • Erik Lambert

            Glad to hear it.

  • Assassin

    Your selections:

    Rd 1 #19 – Dallas Cowboys (f/MIA) – Kony Ealy – DE – Missouri
    Rd 2 #47 – Dallas Cowboys – Xavier Su’a-Filo – OG – UCLA
    Rd 3a #78 – Dallas Cowboys – Dezmen Southward – SS – Wisconsin
    Rd 3b #81 – Dallas Cowboys (f/MIA) – Kareem Martin – DE – North Carolina
    Rd 4 #119 – Dallas Cowboys – Bruce Ellington – WR – South Carolina

    I am good with your first Ealy and second SuiaFilo. But not a SS at 3a. SS is not as strong a need as FS. And FS is not as strong a need as DT. Dominque Easley is still available, take him. If FS, Brock Vereen is still there, take him. Great get at 3b with Martin. I would stay with DT instead of a WR in the 4th and go after the available Kelcy Quarles or Justin Ellis

    • Erik Lambert

      All Dallas fans keep telling me is to ignore my picks because Jerry’s in charge and he loves receivers. Ellington is an attractive open field weapon. Southward is designated as a strong safety but he’s actually more of a hybrid who can play either position.

      • Assassin

        Not all Dallas fans would say that. We already have a great open field weapon in Terrance Williams. We would be more likely to look for a #3, slot type. However I still think DT would probably be the pick there considering the good DT’S available

        • Erik Lambert

          Logically, you’re absolutely right and that’s what I would do but I can’t completely do what I would do otherwise it isn’t realistic.

    • powderBLUE801

      No way sua’filo drops that far. He will be gone early 2nd round or late first.

      • Assassin

        Could be. If so, DT Timmy Jernigan, OT Joel Botiono, OLB Attachou, OG Gabe Jackson and DE Scott Cricton are all still on the board (I dont think Jernigan makes it out of the first myself) – any one of those players would really fit a need.

        • powderBLUE801

          True, I agree with that list. And gabe Jackson is a great guard IMO.

          • Assassin

            also, as a Baylor fan, I’ve been watching OG Cyril Richardson for the past few years. He’s an incredible force. Moves well for a 335 lb dude. Probably a 3rd rounder

    • Assassin

      Kyle Orton a no-show today at OTA’s. Yes they are voluntary but he usually attends those. I would assume him retiring might put a QB into the draft mix, something I thought was out with the Weeden signing. I would project a 4th or 5th rounder at best

  • 3kolu

    Looks good at #108.