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Final 2014 NFL Mock Draft Update: 3rd Round


Experts believe things will really start to get interesting around the third round this year.  Does the 2014 NFL mock draft bear that out?

To review the previous rounds, click below.  Enjoy!

ROUND 1

ROUND 2

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

Having moved down for an extra pick, the New England Patriots give themselves some insurance for Rob Gronkowski by taking the underdeveloped but highly promising tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz who can double as a blocker and pass catcher.

#66 – Washington Redskins – Gabe Jackson – OG – Mississippi State

Securing the well-being of Robert Griffin III and opening up the run game are both priorities for the Washington Redskins.  Gabe Jackson is a massive, power guard who has the athletic traits to help with both.

#67 – Oakland Raiders – Phillip Gaines – CB – Rice

The secondary is far from settled for the Oakland Raiders.  They really could use some help at corner, especially with those strong AFC West passing attacks.  Phillip Gaines had an outstanding pre-draft process and displays the size and speed to match with any receiver.

#68 – Atlanta Falcons – Laurent Duvernay-Tardif – OT – McGill

This pick might come as a surprise to some but the Atlanta Falcons are a passing team and so they need pass protectors.  Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is a late riser from Canada who has the balance, size and strength to stonewall pass rushers.

#69 – Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Rashaad Reynolds – CB – Oregon State

Alterraun Verner was a nice addition in free agency but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers need more help at corner.  Rashaad Reynolds isn’t tall but his athleticism, toughness and ball skills make him a great fit for Lovie Smith’s defense.

#70 – San Diego Chargers (f/JAX) – Jarvis Landry – WR – LSU

Keenan Allen is the main man in town for the San Diego Chargers.  They need to add some help around him now.  Grabbing the savvy and sure-handed Jarvis Landry would be a great way to start.

#71 – Cleveland Browns – Brock Vereen – FS – Minnesota

Replacing T.J. Ward with Donte Whitner wasn’t the ideal scenario for the Cleveland Browns. Safety still needs more attention on defense.   Brock Vereen is a good-sized, athletic kid who showed instincts and intelligence at Minnesota.

#72 – Minnesota Vikings – Christian Jones – ILB – Florida State

Linebacker is a mess for the Minnesota Vikings right now and Mike Zimmer should know that.  He needs upgrades in speed and athleticism.  Christian Jones brings loads of both from FloridaState.

#73 – Buffalo Bills – Antonio Richardson – OT – Tennessee

E.J. Manuel was sacked too much in 2013.  That can’t fly for the Buffalo Bills again, so they use this 2014 NFL mock draft to bring in help with the massive-but-nimble Antonio Richardson who showed at Tennessee he can pass protect against the best.

#74 – New York Giants – Dominique Easley – DT – Florida

Defensive line play is what drove the New York Giants to championships in 2007 and 2011 and is how their defense goes.  Dominique Easley has well-documented knee concerns but he’s still perhaps the best interior pass rusher in this class.

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

Jeff Fisher likes his corners tough and ornery.  Antone Exum was built for that at Virginia Tech.  He has the size and agility to play tight coverage but adds more value thanks to his toughness against the run.

#76 – Detroit Lions – Stanley Jean-Baptiste – CB – Nebraska

The secondary remains the problem for the Detroit Lions on defense.  Cornerback and safety both need help.  Stanley Jean-Baptiste has the athleticism and ball skills for corner but his sheer size might make him a great free safety too.

#77 – San Francisco 49ers (f/TEN) – Marcus Smith – DE – Louisville

Aldon Smith has a very uncertain future with the San Francisco 49ers, leaving their pass rush in equally foggy straits.  Marcus Smith is a long, explosive pass rusher out of Louisville who can give them some needed depth in a key area.

#78 – Dallas Cowboys – A.J. McCarron – QB -Alabama

Anybody who thinks the signing of Brandon Weeden eases the quarterback concerns for the Dallas Cowboys needs to stop watching football.  A.J. McCarron has at least one thing on his record that Tony Romo doesn’t.  He wins championships.

#79 – Baltimore Ravens – Dion Bailey – FS – USC

Matt Elam was a fine addition at safety but the position needs more help for the Baltimore Ravens.  Dion Bailey showed great versatility at USC and has the range and ball skills to become a starter at the pro level.

#80 – Chicago Bears (f/NYJ) – Bashaud Breeland – CB – Clemson

At some point Phil Emery plans to draft an eventual replacement for Charles Tillman at corner.  Bashaud Breeland is an excellent choice.  He won’t have to start right away, has the athleticism, size and toughness against the run the Chicago Bears are looking for.

#81 – Miami Dolphins – Jack Mewhort – OT – Ohio State

The right side of the offensive line gets a serious makeover as the Miami Dolphins add OhioState powerhouse Jack Mewhort.  Big, powerful and nasty he will plow open running lanes for them from Day One.

#82 – Chicago Bears – Kelcy Quarles – DT – South Carolina

Another area of need gets a big addition.  The Bears are thin at defensive tackle.  Kelcy Quarles has size, explosion and length that helped him notch 9.5 sacks in 2013.  He has loads of potential and is a perfect fit for their system under Mel Tucker.

#83 – Cleveland Browns (f/PIT) – E.J. Gaines – CB – Missouri

Joe Haden is the man now for the Browns secondary but they know the best thing they can do is get him some help.  E.J. Gaines constantly gets overlooked but he has the athleticism, recovery speed and physicality to play tight coverage against anybody.

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

Running back was a problem for the Arizona Cardinals last season.  They need a workhorse who can tote lots of carries every game and get first downs.  Jeremy Hill has his character flaws but his power, size and acceleration are hard to pass on.

#85 – Green Bay Packers – Dezmen Southward – FS – Wisconsin

Inexperience is really the only thing holding back safety Dezmen Southward.  He has every physical trait desired in a centerfield-type defender and would make a great fit for the Green Bay Packers provided they trust Dom Capers to coach him up.

#86 – Miami Dolphins (f/PHI) – Shayne Skov – ILB – Stanford

Inside linebacker was anything but solved last season and needs more competition.  Shayne Skov was a fixture for Stanford and when healthy has the range, leadership and thumping power teams strive for.

#87 – Kansas City Chiefs – Dakota Dozier – OG – Furman

Losing two starting guards in free agency can be devastating for a lot of teams  The Kansas City Chiefs will face that test in this 2014 NFL mock draft.  Adding Furman guard Dakota Dozier would go a long way towards passing it.

#88 – Cincinnati Bengals – Billy Turner – OT – North Dakota State

Anthony Collins is gone but the need to protect Andy Dalton is not.  The Cincinnati Bengals add a promising small school talent in Billy Turner who flashed at the Senior Bowl.

#89 – San Diego Chargers – David Yankey – OG – Stanford

David Yankey played tackle first for Stanford before becoming an All-American at guard.  He’s big, smart, powerful and a great leader up front.  He will bring some stability to that San Diego Chargers line.

#90 – Indianapolis Colts – Trai Turner – OG – LSU

So they want to run the ball with Trent Richardson?  If the Indianapolis Colts ever hope to accomplish that he needs blocking, and so does Andrew Luck.  Trai Turner is rising fast on board and is known best for his punishing run blocking.

#91 – New Orleans Saints – Cameron Fleming – OT – Stanford

Terron Armstead might have a future at left tackle but the New Orleans Saints still need work on the right side.  Cameron Fleming has the size and lower body strength along with a very healthy head on his shoulders.

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

Ron Rivera took a serious hit to the secondary in free agency and the Carolina Panthers must replenish.  Travis Carrie has good size and athleticism along with the vision required to function in a primarily zone scheme.

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

Tom Brady can’t function with pressure in his face and a lot of it came at him up the middle last season.  So the New England Patriots start at center with the polished and promising Weston Richburg.

#94 – San Francisco 49ers – Marcus Martin – C – USC

Unlike Richburg, Marcus Martin is still a work in progress but he’s also bigger and stronger.  That is what makes him a great candidate for the San Francisco 49ers who just lost veteran Jonathan Goodwin.

#95 – Denver Broncos – Kareem Martin – DE – North Carolina

Von Miller was hampered by injuries last year and Demarcus Ware is no guarantee at his age.  Throw in the loss of Robert Ayers and the Denver Broncos need pass rushers.  Kareem Martin is still developing but is already proving he can find ways to the quarterback.

#96 – Minnesota Vikings (from SEA) – Ross Cockrell – CB – Duke

 Mike Zimmer is a wizard with defensive backs so it’s only natural the Vikings feed the machine at some point.  Ross Cockrell did some great things for Duke.  He has good size, awareness and the body control to play the football in the air.

#97 – Pittsburgh Steelers (comp) – Trent Murphy – DE – Stanford

There is not enough to be feel good about in regards to the Pittsburgh Steelers pass rush, which is a problem.  Adding Trent Murphy, who led the nation in sacks last year, has to help that cause.

#98 – Green Bay Packers (comp) – DaQuan Jones – DT – Penn State

Very good size and power belie how quick PennState defensive tackle DaQuan Jones is.  He brings a physicality to the trenches, something the Green Bay Packers need more of.  He’ll make a solid fit at defensive end for them.

#99 – Baltimore Ravens (comp) – Ka’Deem Carey – RB – Arizona

Nobody is certain regarding the future of Ray Rice in Baltimore, on or off the field.  They need young depth at running back.  Arizona star Ka’Deem Carey gets overlooked because he’s not fast but he finds holes, breaks tackles and can catch passes.

#100 – San Francisco 49ers (comp) – Devin Street – WR – Pitt

Having gotten more speed at receiver in the first round, the 49ers seek to add some size here.  Devin Street still has some developing to do but his 6’3″ frame brings a needed dimension to the San Francisco offense.

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  • tubbs45

    Nice third round. I see the chargers pick being Trai Turner, but I like the Yankee pick.

    • Erik Lambert

      It all depends on who the Chargers like.

      • Wayne Davis

        Yankee grades out better then Turner though doesn’t he… But I guess it boils down to which fits there scheme better

  • David Mallow

    wouldn’t mind getting Christian Jones And Ross Cockrell in the third. although I would rather have Jones and Jean-Baptiste..but nice choices overall

    • Erik Lambert

      I thought so too.

  • Johnny

    So Miami gets the top G in the 1st.. 2nd best TE in the 2nd.., and finally address their biggest need in the 3rd with RT.. If Mewhort doesn’t pan out, they’ll be kicking themselves for not getting a RT earlier.. If he does work out.. Then you got 3 solid day 1 starters… Not bad..

    • Erik Lambert

      Mewhort gets overlooked because he’s a pure right tackle. There’s no versatility to his game. However, if a team commits to him there he will be a long-term starter for sure.

      • Johnny

        If so.. Then that will shore up the OLine.. and add a TE to team up with Clay.. Looks good bro..
        Now maybe S or ILB then another Tackle.., maybe even RB.. Throw in a WR (aka. Coleman)..
        Nice Fish Draft Erik… ( so far )

        • David Thompson

          He grabbed Skov with #86 from Philly and I agree he’s done a nice job. Not too worried about waiting until the 3rd to grab an OT, not that expensive to move up if we have to and there will still be at least at few very talented pure RTs left, Mewhort among them. Only thing I would change is in this scenario I would be looking for Hickey to jump the Jets in the second to get his choice of TEs, and I really hope that choice is ASJ.

          • Johnny

            Thanks for pointing that out.. Forgot about the extra pick.. I think it would be IDEAL to trade down for an extra 2nd pick in this deep draft… Hopefully somebody will fall and a team is desperate enough to come up and trade with us… Good thing it’s a long wait inbetween picks in the first to man some phone calls… A big day for our new GM Hickey… He will be scrutinized on his first draft..

          • Johnny

            I hear you bro… I like ASJ over Ebron… Just for his combo of size and speed… And again THill needs some Big Targets who can move… I’m all in for ASJ.. Biggest nightmare is if NE grabs him.. Imagine having to cover Gronk AND ASJ???

          • David Thompson

            Oh god….yeah on that note he may have just become my first round pick, BB could very well take him at 30. And yeah I like ASJ more than Ebron too. Ebron won’t do much if any blocking, receiver only. ASJ isn’t a very good blocker yet, but I’ve read a few interviews where he talks about blocking in words that are almost loving while at the same time displaying a nice mean streak. Music to my ears.

    • Johnny

      Wow.. Also would have loves to grab RB Hill who was still available.. But Right Tackle is more important.. Unless T Mewhort could be gotten in the next round.. But imagine the top Guard, Good TE (rather have ASJ, but won’t drop to 50).. And Hill?? A power RB who can also move for his size.. Decent break away speed.. But Hill is a guy that will take one up the middle for 5 all day.. Especially with Pouncy and Filo to lead the way… If you can get that RT in the 4th (risk).. You got a starting Guard, TE, RB, and RT… 4 immediate starters..
      To hit on rounds 1 and 2 for starters is good, 3 is excellent.. But 4?? Wow.

  • 619chargers4life

    And thanks to Erik Lambert the chargers would have a grade A draft. Even if u went with different players then what u selected , the positions of need would get filled and Charger fans everywhere should be happy .

    • Erik Lambert

      I believe so. At least that’s the idea.

  • 3kolu

    Hey Eric, I like Christian Jones a bunch, however, Minny’s got a bunch of 4.7/4.8 guys at ILB. What they need is speed on the outside. I also like some of the other players you have later in the draft like Trent Murphy(a Jared Allen type), David Yankey, Daquan Jones, Dominique Easley and Marcus Smith. However, I’m not really feeling the love with Ross Cockerell. Small Hands and short arms to go along with a sub-par 40. We need to get talent that will come in and contribute even if it’s not a need.

    • Erik Lambert

      That’s the beauty of Jones. He’s projected as a much better outside 4-3 linebacker so you could plug him there if so desired.

  • Chad

    Nabbing AJ here is outstanding. Really nice mock for Dallas so far, can’t wait to see the rest.

    • Erik Lambert

      I really wrestled with it for like ten minutes. Would they take AJ or pass on him? Finally I said the benefits are too great to pass on since most of their other needs are met.

      • Chad

        I think that Jerry gets what he wants in terms of a “viewer magnet” from AJ as well, similar to Manziel. America will tune in to see the 2x National Champion QB either rise and shine or crash and burn.

  • http://sbpra.com/paulvsuffriti Paul V. Suffriti

    Pats would do well to get C.J. Fiedorwicz and Weston Richburg in the 3rd round…

    • Erik Lambert

      I think so too.

  • Steve Batchelor

    Bucs don’t need a corner Eric…They have Verner,Banks, picked up Jenkins in FA, have Johnson and Tandy. The better pick here would definitely be one of the guards or Billy Turner. There is still no guarantee that Nicks will be back and even if he makes it back they are real thin on the OL.

  • http://www.cnsqonline.com cesarnoel

    This would be a great time for the Rams to draft their quarterback in A.J. McCarron. He fits the Jeff Fisher ball. he takes care of the ball well and is a proven winner. He is not afraid to label himself a “game manager” because managing games wins games (See Alex Smith of the Chiefs).

  • Letterman007

    The Browns will take a quarterback by #26 and even move up if necessary. I don’t think they will go after Garropolo, although I’m not sure which one of the other four Farmer likes! They really don’t need Robinson at #4 either, as they can get a capable lineman later in the draft and they aren’t looking to replace Joe Thomas yet !! We’ll see what happens Thursday, but I doubt it will look like this mock in any way!!

    • PANTTERA

      They will getz Manz. He’s perfect for Cleveland.
      Bring some needed BUZZZZZ.

      • Letterman007

        So was Weeden thought to be! I’m not sure which one that Farmer has his eye on or who he is hoping is there at pick four for them to take. But I don’t think his first choice there is a quarterback. I’m not completely sold on any of the big four and have my doubts about all of them. I’m just glad they have Hoyer and don’t need to force a new QB to play immediately!!

        • PANTTERA

          Who knows what these GMs think. A or B ends up being C. GL in Browns town. Trade with ATL so Falcons can get Mack.

          • Letterman007

            That trade with Atlanta isn’t a bad idea, if you can get their first rounder and another fairly high draft pick! I’m sure Farmer is feeling out all scenarios and has a plan for almost whatever happens! But you never know, with trades and teams, there is always someone who does the unexpected!!