Sep 28, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (86) runs with the ball after making a catch in the second half against the Minnesota Golden Gophers at TCF Bank Stadium. The Hawkeyes won 23-7. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

2014 NFL Mock Draft Update: 3rd Round Run


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 review the previous round, click below.  Enjoy!

ROUND 1

ROUND 2

#65 – New England Patriots (f/HOU) – C.J. Fiedorowicz – TE – Iowa

Rob Gronkowski is no guarantee moving forward for the Patriots.  C.J. Fiedorowicz has great blocking ability with highly underrated speed and soft hands to catch passes.

#66 – Washington Redskins – Phillip Gaines – CB – Rice

Cornerback is far from solved for the Washington Redskins.  Phillip Gaines showed his athletic prowess at the combine and proved his man coverage skill at Rice.

#67 – Oakland Raiders – Kelvin Benjamin – WR – Florida State

This could turn into a bigtime steal for the Oakland Raiders.  Getting the 6’5″ Kelvin Benjamin in the third round offers playmaking potential for their offense.

#68 – Atlanta Falcons – Bishop Sankey – RB – Washington

Stephen Jackson was a flameout with the Atlanta Falcons, so they need to help the running backs.  Bishop Sankey is a proven all-around talent who fits their scheme.

#69 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Martavis Bryant – WR – Clemson

Jeff Tedford said he wants speed at receiver.  Though they added Mike Evans, bringing in the 6’4″ Martavis Bryant with his 4.4 speed might change the NFC South dynamic.

#70 – Jacksonville Jaguars – Trent Murphy – DE – Stanford

Gus Bradley got some veteran help with his pass rush but he still needs a young talent on the edge.  Trent Murphy dominated college football in 2013 and is Bradley’s type of player.

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

Joe Haden is the man in the Cleveland Browns secondary but they need to find him help at the opposite corner.  Adding the 6’3″ Stanley Jean-Baptiste who flashed ballhawk skills at Nebraska qualifies.

#72 – Minnesota Vikings – Antone Exum – CB – Virginia Tech

The beauty of Antone Exum is his versatility.  He has the size, athleticism and speed for corner but also boasts experience at safety.  Minnesota needs help at both.

#73 – Buffalo Bills – Terrence Brooks – FS – Florida State

Jairus Byrd was a tough loss for the Buffalo Bills.  Replacing him won’t be easy.  Terrence Brooks has the range, agility and ball skills to do it.

#74 – New York Giants – Marcus Martin – C – USC

Zack Martin should help at tackle or guard but center remains a problem for the New York Giants.  Marcus Martin is the most talented in this 2014 NFL mock draft.

#75 – St. Louis Rams – Jordan Tripp – OLB – Montana

Linebacker is okay but not settled for the St. Louis Rams.  Jordan Tripp is an overlooked small school athlete who can play inside or outside thanks to great athleticism.

#76 – Detroit Lions – Rashaad Reynolds – CB – Oregon State

There really isn’t a part of his game to nitpick with Rashaad Reynolds save for his 5’10″ height.  He might be one of the more consistently good corner in this class.

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

Size came in the second round.  Now the San Francisco 49ers pour on the speed by adding burner Paul Richardson from Colorado.

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

His steady climb up boards is not an accident.  Dakota Dozier drove much of the offensive success at Furman and has the dimensions to do the same for the Dallas Cowboys.

#79 – Baltimore Ravens – Jack Mewhort – OT – Ohio State

Michael Oher is out and the Baltimore Ravens have to get his right tackle spot taken care of.  Adding the big, powerful and experience Jack Mewhort would be their ideal solution.

#80 – New York Giants (f/NYJ) – Devin Street – WR – Pitt

Victor Cruz wanted an outside threat for Eli Manning and the Giants oblige.  Devin Street has plenty of speed to get vertical along with a 6’3″ frame to go up and get the ball.

#81 – Miami Dolphins – Carl Bradford – LB – Arizona State

Their free agent spending last year didn’t solidify the linebacker issues for the Miami Dolphins so they bring in the physical, instinctive and versatile Carl Bradford.

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

Phil Emery needs to load up an aging cornerback position with young talent.  Pierre Desir is a great option.  He’s still raw but his size, athletic skill and coverage ability project well to the pro game.

#83 – Cleveland Browns (f/PIT) – Jeremy Hill – RB – LSU

Ben Tate is expected to become the starter but he doesn’t boast reliable durability.  The Cleveland Browns have to grab some insurance and Jeremy Hill is that big, workhorse type they’ll love to have.

#84 – Arizona Cardinals – Zach Mettenberger – QB – LSU

Bruce Arians needs a project to start grooming behind Carson Palmer, who is 34.  Zach Mettenberger has the big body and cannon arm Arians likes in his quarterbacks.

#85 – Green Bay Packers – Will Sutton – DT – Arizona State

The defensive front of the Green Bay Packers is in transition and looking to get more dynamic.  Will Sutton can be that for them given his natural leverage and burst off the line.

#86 – Philadelphia Eagles – Marcus Roberson – CB – Florida

Marcus Roberson doesn’t lack for coverage ability but in order to get to where the Philadelphia Eagles want him, he needs to add strength.

#87 – Kansas City Chiefs – Antonio Richardson – OT – Tennessee

Antonio Richardson played left tackle at Tennessee but he has the size, length and power made for the right side, making him a good replacement for Eric Fisher.

#88 – Dallas Cowboys (f/CIN) – Brandon Coleman – WR – Rutgers

The thing to remember is that Dez Bryant is the biggest receiver on the Dallas Cowboys roster at 6’2″.  That would change the moment his team added the 6’6″ Brandon Coleman.

#89 – San Diego Chargers – Trai Turner – OG – LSU

Interior blocking was a problem for the San Diego Chargers last season.  Trai Turner can turn that around and also help open lanes for Ryan Matthews.

#90 – Indianapolis Colts – Kevin Norwood – WR – Alabama

T.Y. Hilton is the deep threat of the future for the Indianapolis Colts but they still need a young possession guy to compliment him.  Kevin Norwood perfected that art at Alabama.

#91 – New Orleans Saints – Dri Archer – RB – Kent State

Darren Sproles was a tough loss and one the New Orleans Saints would like to fix.  Dri Archer has the speedy, shifty style that can make him a dynamic threat in their offense.

#92 – Carolina Panthers – Travis Carrie – CB – Ohio

Captain Munnerlyn was a big loss for the Carolina Panthers defense.  Their secondary is awfully thin.  Adding the instinctive, tough ballhawk Travis Carrie would alleviate the stress.

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

The center position was a problem for the Patriots in 2013 and hasn’t seen much upgrade.  Weston Richburg is that smart, quick technician type who can be plugged in right away.

#94 – Chicago Bears (f/SF) – Dominique Easley – DT – Florida

If not for two unlucky injuries, there is no question Dominique Easley is a first round lock.  His ability to create pressure from the interior borders on the dominant.  Enormous upside if he stays healthy.

#95 – Denver Broncos – Ka’Deem Carey – RB – Arizona

Montee Ball is the new lead running back but the Denver Broncos have issues to sort out behind him.  Ka’Deem Carey is extremely underrated given his vision, power and ability to gash defenses.

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

Toby Gerhart took his chance in to start in Jacksonville, leaving the depth behind Adrian Peterson razor thin.  Andre Williams, who led the NCAA in rushing, erases that problem.

#97 – Pittsburgh Steelers (comp) – Ed Stinson – DE – Alabama

Nobody talks about him and that is a shame.  Ed Stinson was quietly one of the best players on the Alabama defense and would make a great defensive end for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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

James Jones is gone, leaving a big roster spot to fill at receiver.  Jarvis Landry is not a flashy athlete but his pass-catching ability and knack for the big play can’t be ignored this late in the 2014 NFL mock draft.

#99 – Baltimore Ravens (comp) – Trevor Reilly – OLB – Utah

Pass rush drives the success of the Baltimore Ravens defense and theirs is getting older.  Trevor Reilly is a country strong kid from Utah with the atleticism to fit well at outside linebacker.

#100 – San Francisco 49ers (comp) – DaQuan Jones – DT – Penn State

Adding size and power to their defensive front is on the agenda for the San Francisco 49ers as their superstar Justin Smith fights off father time at age 35.

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  • brian basile

    16 S SEAN CLINTON-DIX ALABAMA Tired 2nd tier safeties, plenty depth for other positions later
    47 WR KELVIN BENJAMIN FLORIDA STATE A steal here, need a true #2
    78 DE DEMARCUS LAWRENCE BOISE STATE Can be our new Demarcus
    119 DT DANIEL MCCULLERS TENNESSEE Absolute beast, perfect run stuffer next to Melton
    158 DE BRENT URBAN VIRGINIA 5th round has been trickiest in every one of these..BPA
    229 DT SHAMAR STEPHEN UCONN Good size, can develop under R.M.
    231 RB JERICK MCKINNON GEORGIA SOUTHERN Home run hitter
    238 DE AARON LYNCH USF Can be a star if he gets his head on straight
    248 OG JOHN URSCHEL PENN STATE Quality depth, can compete for starting job
    251 OT MATT PATCHAN BOSTON COLLEGE Quality depth
    254 FB J.C. COPELAND LSU Best FB in draft, day 1 starter with last pick in draft
    UDFA Jeff Mathews QB Cornell No need to draft a project QB, this guy has all the tools
    UDFA Kirby Van Der Camp P Iowa State I do not like Jones at all
    UDFA Nohammed Seisay CB Nebraska Special teams player , depth at CB

    • baronmwd

      I would have traded back out of that pick 16 targeted Pryor/Ward/Mosley/Shazier picked up an additional 2nd or 3rd. Great grab in 3rd round, I have Lawrence as a 2nd round guy. Love the RB get in the 7th.

  • Eddie Currie

    I love the secondary you put together for the Bears. And I can’t argue with Easley in the 3rd, too much upside. I’m curious about the Kareem Martin pick though. I like the selection of a DE at that spot, but I’m curious why you decided on Martin. I’m higher on Scott Crichton and even Trent Murphy, just curious about your thoughts!

    • Erik Lambert

      Trent Murphy doesn’t have the mass and Scott Crichton doesn’t have the athleticism. Kareem Martin has both. The problem scouts generally have with him are regarding his inconsistency. That to me is less a talent problem and more a coaching problem. Martin is simply more physically gifted than Murphy or Crichton but wouldn’t be ready to start right away. That is the beauty of taking him. He wouldn’t have to behind Allen, Houston and Young.

  • Avian Carpenter

    I like this mock draft for the saints it’s fill the teams needs

    • Erik Lambert

      Figured you’d enjoy the adjustments.

      • Avian Carpenter

        Yes ,This mock draft makes us a better team

        • Erik Lambert

          Seems that way.

          • Avian Carpenter

            Traded back up in the 3rd and get a CB with 4th and one of the 5rd picks

  • Scott.

    Love the boys mock. Picking up geathers and Jernigan immediately makes that def line better. Then adding ealy with Spencer resigning could very well make the def line formidable.

    • Erik Lambert

      Certainly one solution to consider.

  • Rick Talley

    Boy, the Rams were just rolling along with Mathews, Donald, and Bucannon; and then……….Jordan Tripp? I look at the players the Rams pass on in the 3rd, like Desir, Sutton, Hill (who would be the real steal), Coleman; and maybe a few others, and I say, NO WAY, JOSE! We may take a LB at some point, but it is not a huge need. And Tripp won’t be drafted till the 5-7. We need CB, another quality RB, even more depth at DT (and Sutton could be a real steal), and WR. But a reach at LB? Erik, tell me u made a mistake with that pick, before I think you had just taken that shot of tequila that pushes you over the edge and mistakenly typed JORDAN “FUDGING” TRIPP”!!!!!

    • Erik Lambert

      Did I stutter? Rick, listen. I know a lot of people just prefer to go after the big names but the key to building winning teams is not being afraid to take players others might not be talking about. Every video or scouting report I’ve read on Tripp, the more I like him. He’s tall (6’3″), had an outstanding combine and by all accounts is a fiery leader on and off the field. His tape shows the ability to diagnose and track down ball carriers. Very instinctive, always in shape and never takes a play off. He has the eyes and toughness to play in the middle but the speed and fluidity to play outside. Best of all, he can be an emergency solution at long snapper. Am I willing to pass on that kind of player just because he played at Montana? No.

      • Rick Talley

        Everything you say about him is true, and I have no aversion to small college players. And, from what I read, he’s a real good special teamer. But I’ve watched some tape on him, and I see finesse written all over him. My real problem with the pick, though, is NEED! With Dunbar, we have a productive veteran reunited with his former DC, and an up-and-comer in Ray Ray Armstrong. And the sooner we address the corner position, the better. So, again: bad pick.

        • Erik Lambert

          Well, there’s a long way to go in this draft so hang with me.

  • baronmwd

    Love what you did for Cowboys. I think Dozier would start week 1. So that’s 3 starters in 3 picks.

    • Erik Lambert

      Hard to argue with how the board fell for them.

  • Juanito Juanito

    awesome draft for the cowboys

    • Erik Lambert

      So I keep hearing. ;)

  • Bryce Stanton

    Who is Terrence Brooks

    • Erik Lambert

      Free safety from Florida State. Uber-athletic with corner speed and zero hesitation in run support. Great special teams help early on and capable of starting almost immediately. Needs to improve his ball skills a little bit but otherwise a quality pick.

  • Chad

    All for adding a receiver that isn’t 4′nothing, but more than a few reports I’ve come across on Coleman say that his hands are suspect.

    • Erik Lambert

      I’m willing to bet a lot of receivers who ended up with great careers had that designation coming out of college. As the saying goes, “You can’t teach 6’6.”

  • John

    This guy has the 49ers picking Trent Murphy. I don’t see that happening in the 2nd round. I am sorry to say this guy doesn’t have a clue.

    • Erik Lambert

      Which guy is that John? As I recall I have them picking Allen Robinson in the 2nd round.

      • John

        The Fansided article has them picking Murphy at 56. The writer is Eric Lambert. Maybe you are seeing another Mock. He has a two round projection.

        • John

          Your Eric Lambert!….tell me you don’t see your own draft having the 9ers taking Trent Murphy in your two round mock.

          • Erik Lambert

            I’m not sure which one you’re looking at John but my mock has links attached. See for yourself at the top of this article. Click Round 2.

    • Brian Barker

      Neither Does Anybody Else But Team That Is Why It Is Called A Mock Draft I’m Sick Of People Thinking They Know Everything And Telling These People They Are Wrong And Not Have No Clue