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2014 NFL Draft: Full Three-Round Post-Combine Mock Draft

2014 NFL Draft: Full Three-Round Post-Combine Mock Draft
By Casey Conroy on February 27, 2014

Round One

Houston Texans – Teddy Bridgewater, Quarterback, Louisville

Bridgewater has the makings of a franchise quarterback, and those don’t grow on trees. Houston has a lot of holes to fill, but getting a quarterback to drive their offense is atop the list.

 

St. Louis Rams (Via Redskins) – Jake Matthews, Offensive Tackle, Texas A&M

I fully expect the Rams to trade out of this spot, but without trades, grabbing the top lineman here will help them keep Bradford upright for the future.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars – Jadeveon Clowney, Defensive End, South Carolina

The Jaguars have a defensive minded head coach in Gus Bradley, and having the best defensive prospect to come out in years available for you is simply too much to pass up.

 

Cleveland Browns – Derek Carr, Quarterback, Fresno State

The quarterback play from the Browns last year was horrendous, outside of Brian Hoyer, but is Hoyer the quarterback of the future for the Browns? Doubtful.

 

Oakland Raiders – Johnny Manziel, Quarterback, Texas A&M

How much fun would it be to watch Manziel on the Raiders? The Raiders need a quarterback because last season showed Terrelle Pryor and Matt McGloin aren’t the future.

 

Atlanta Falcons – Khalil Mack, Outside Linebacker, Buffalo

The Falcons were a bit of a mess last year and need help on both sides of the football. Adding Mack can help that defense more competitive.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Taylor Lewan, Offensive Tackle, Michigan

The Bucs need to help out their young quarterback Mike Glennon, upgrading the offensive line will do wonders for this offense.

 

Minnesota Vikings – Blake Bortles, Quarterback, Central Florida 

The Vikings team isn’t that bad, it has holes as many teams do, but they were really just dragged down by bad quarterback play. Bortles will step in and start right away for the Vikings, hopefully taking the pressure off Adrian Peterson.

 

Buffalo Bills – Eric Ebron, Tight End, North Carolina

The Bills have been abused by tight ends in for the last few years, and it’s time for them to get some pay back. Ebron becomes an ultra-athletic weapon for E.J. Manuel and elevates this offense.

 

Detroit Lions – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Safety, Alabama

The Lions secondary has been a mess for years outside of Delmas, and then they cut Delmas to clear up cap space. Detroit has a mighty need at safety and Clinton-Dix helps them on the back end.

 

Tennessee Titans – C.J. Mosley, Linebacker, Alabama

The Titans have great pieces in place all over the roster, and their middle linebacker spot needs an upgrade. Adding Mosley could make this one of the best defenses in the AFC.

 

New York Giants – Ryan Shazier, Linebacker, Ohio State

The Giants have needed linebacker help for years, and finally they get it in Shazier. Shazier steps in as the best linebacker on the team and gives them a great player in the middle of the defense.

 

St. Louis Rams – Aaron Donald, Defensive Tackle, Pittsburgh

The Rams don’t have a ton of needs at this point, except probably the secondary, but in this spot, the Rams add a defensive tackle rather than overdraft a safety.

 

Chicago Bears – Ra’Shede Hageman, Defensive Tackle, Minnesota

Chicago needs a lot of help in the middle of their defensive line and adding Hageman would help considerably.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers – Jace Amaro, Tight End, Texas Tech

The Steelers can save a bunch of money by switching to Amaro, yea that’s a joke and a bad one, but it’s still the truth. The Steelers need cap room just as all teams do, and replacing the aging Heath Miller with Amaro is the way to go.

 

Dallas Cowboys – Kony Ealy, Defensive End, Missouri

The Cowboys are going to part ways with Demarcus Ware at some point this offseason, so adding a pass rusher, and any help on defense becomes a huge need.

 

Baltimore Ravens – Greg Robinson, Offensive Tackle, Auburn

The Ravens get an offensive tackle to help out their line. Eugene Monroe could walk in free agency, and Michael Oher is bound to anyways, building up the line makes too much sense.

 

New York Jets – Mike Evans, Wide receiver, Texas A&M

The Jets receivers are bad, that’s pretty clear, and the massive Evans falls to them, giving Geno Smith a target who can go up and get the ball.

 

Miami Dolphins – Xavier Su’a-Filo, Offensive Guard, UCLA

The Dolphins offensive line is a mess, plain and simple. They’ll likely add some other players in free agency, but they need a ton of help and Su’a-Filo is going to be very good.

 

Arizona Cardinals – Dee Ford, Outside Linebacker, Auburn

The Cardinals were really hoping one of the top two tight ends would fall but not today. Since they can’t grab either, they select a talented pass rusher in Ford.

 

Green Bay Packers – DaQuan Jones, Defensive Tackle, Penn State

The Packers add beef and power to their interior defensive line, Jones can play in both 3-4, and 4-3 fronts and would be a great addition to the Packers defense.

 

Philadelphia Eagles – Jason Verett, Cornerback, TCU

Top corner off the board, not to slight the other corners, but Verett had a great combine and his aggressive style is something the Eagles secondary needs.

 

Kansas City Chiefs – Odell Beckham Jr., Wide Receiver, LSU

The Chiefs have one of the most talented rosters in the NFL, they’re let down against the Colts was brutal, and not exactly a tell of their defense. Since they defense isn’t a massive problem, they add the incredibly talented receiver out of LSU.

 

Cincinnati Bengals – Anthony Barr, Linebacker, UCLA

The Bengals linebackers aren’t incredibly talented and adding the pet project Barr could make this unit incredible, boom or bust pick.

 

San Diego Chargers – Jeremiah Attaochu, Linebacker, Georgia Tech

The Chargers desperately need some pass rushing help, and adding Attaochu won’t be a saving grace, but it will definitely help.

 

Cleveland Browns (Via Indianapolis) – Jimmie Ward, Safety, Northern Illinois

The Browns may have to let T.J. Ward walk in free agency, and they could use help back there in general outside of Joe Haden

 

New Orleans Saints – Justin Gilbert, Cornerback, Oklahoma State

The Saints need to keep bolstering their secondary, especially after cutting Jabari Greer.

 

Carolina Panthers – Marqise Lee, Wide Receiver, USC

The Panthers need to help out Cam Newton for once. They’ve only drafted a handful of offensive players in since he got there, and they’ve been lineman or late round receivers/running backs.

 

New England Patriots – David Yankey, Offensive Guard, Stanford

The Patriots interior offensive lines was one of the worst in football last year. If they want to keep Tom Brady upright and successful for the last few years of his career, getting Yankey on their line will help.

 

San Francisco 49ers – Bradley Roby, Cornerback, Ohio State

The 49ers biggest need of the offseason, Roby is a fast player who has the size that teams will covet.

 

Denver Broncos – Kyle Fuller, Cornerback, Virginia Tech

The Broncos were embarrassed in the Super Bowl, and their horrendous play in the secondary played a big role in that.

 

Seattle Seahawks – Timmy Jernigan, Defensive Tackle, Florida State

The Seahawks have a number of defensive lineman hitting free agency, Jernigan will make them forget about that problem.

 

Second Round

Houston Texans – Louis Nix, Defensive Tackle, Notre Dame

The Texans could really use a true nose tackle for their defense and adding Nix allows for Watt to see more single blocks (hopefully).

 

Washington Redskins- Aaron Lynch, Defensive End, USF

This pick would be seen as a stretch by some, but Lynch was on another level when he played at Notre Dame. The Redskins are in dire need of help on their defense and hope Lynch gets back to the way he was.

 

Cleveland Browns – Gabe Jackson, Offensive Guard, Mississippi State

The Browns guards are pretty bad, and they’ll need some interior push to help out what was a bad run game in 2013.

 

Oakland Raiders – James Gayle, Defensive End, Virginia Tech

Gayle is a terrorizing pass rusher who gets little hype in the media. Adding Gayle to the Raiders defensive line will help them get after the other quarterbacks in the AFC West.

 

Atlanta Falcons – Troy Niklas, Tight End, Notre Dame

The Falcons need a replacement for the retiring Tony Gonzalez and Niklas will do a stand up job. He isn’t on Gonzalez’s level, but he’ll step in and start immediately.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Trent Murphy, Defensive End, Stanford

Murphy didn’t show out well at the combine, but he’s a decent pass rusher and those are of high need in the NFL.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars – Dominique Easley, Defensive Tackle, Florida

He’s likely to go later than this due to his knee issues, but Easley is a fantastic player when healthy.

 

Minnesota Vikings – Kyle Van Noy, Outside Linebacker, BYU

The Vikings have a poor linebacking core, one that just had a starter cut, need and value match up here.

 

Buffalo Bills – Cyril Richardson, Offensive Guard, Baylor

The Bills had Doug Legursky start more than half the season at LG, that’s explanation enough.

 

Tennessee Titans – Kelvin Benjamin, Wide Receiver, Florida State

Benjamin is a physical freak, and the Titans lack a bigger receiver. Benjamin can help drastically in the red zone for the Titans.

 

New York Giants – Zach Martin, Offensive Line, Notre Dame

Martin gets the “Offensive Line” treatment because he could start at tackle or guard, and the Giants could use at both.

 

St. Louis Rams – Ahmad Dixon, Safety, Baylor

Possibly the Rams biggest need of the offseason, adding a safety of Dixon’s caliber is great for the Rams here.

 

Detroit Lions – Jordan Matthews, Wide Receiver, Vanderbilt

The Lions have been lacking a receiver to help take the pressure off of Calvin Johnson, Mathews is a snag here.

 

Pittsburgh Steelers – Darqueze Dennard, Cornerback, Michigan State

The secondary is getting old in Pittsburgh and Dennard can step in right away and contribute.

 

Dallas Cowboys – Ego Ferguson, Defensive Tackle, LSU

The Cowboys defense was god awful last year, it’ll be a very defensive heavy draft for the Cowboys this year.

 

Baltimore Ravens – Deone Buccanon, Safety, Washington State

Despite his size, playing in the box isn’t his strong suit, but it is Matt Elam’s strong suit. This selection allows Elam to play in the box, and helps their pass defense.

 

New York Jets – Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tight End, Washington

Give Geno Smith all the weapons! Really though, Smith needs to give someone the ball.

 

Miami Dolphins – Jack Mewhort, Offensive Tackle, Ohio State

Offensive line again, the Dolphins offensive line was one of the worst in football last year, and it showed.

 

Chicago Bears – Cyrus Kouandjio, Offensive Tackle, Alabama

He’s rumored to be off several teams’ boards due to bad knees, but at this time of the year tons of rumors are flying around. The Bears just gave a lot of money to Jay Cutler, time to protect that investment.

 

Arizona Cardinals – AJ McCarron, Quarterback, Alabama

The Cardinals need a plan for the future at quarterback, selecting McCarron, they’re hoping he can continue to win multiple championships.

 

Green Bay Packers – Lamarcus Joyner, Cornerback, Florida State

Packers continue to address the defense, as it is the biggest concern with the team.

 

Philadelphia Eagles – Brandin Cooks, Wide Receiver, Oregon State

Wide receiver doesn’t seem like a big need, but Riley Cooper is likely to walk in free agency and Jeremy Maclin will be signed to a short deal.

 

Cincinnati Bengals – Will Sutton, Defensive Tackle, Arizona State

Sutton has to figure out what weight he’s going to play at, but when he’s on, he’s good.

 

San Francisco 49ers (Via Chiefs)  – Weston Richburg, Center, Colorado State

Getting younger and better at center is important for the 49ers this offseason, Richburg is big and strong enough to play guard, helping out the running game right away.

 

San Diego Chargers – Josh Mauro, Defensive End, Stanford

The Chargers continue to address their defense, and rightly so.

 

New Orleans Saints – Demarcus Lawrence, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, Boise State

Saints get lucky and have a very good pass rusher fall to them. Lawrence can stand upright and rush the passer from the outside linebacker spot for the Saints.

 

Indianapolis Colts – Travis Swanson, Center, Arkansas

Andrew Luck took a pretty bad Colts team to the divisional round of the playoffs last year, but he needs some protection.

 

Carolina Panthers – Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Cornerback, Nebraska

The Panthers defense was one of the best in the NFL in 2013, no thanks to their secondary. A corner here can pay huge dividends.

 

San Francisco 49ers – Donte Moncrief, Wide Receiver, Ole Miss

Moncrief is a big and fast outside receiver, with Anquan Boldin’s age, and Michael Crabtree’s contract coming up at the end of the 2014 season, receiver is a big need.

 

New England Patriots – C.J. Fiedorowicz, Tight End, Iowa

Patriots need another tight end for their two tight end offense, they grab the best available here.

 

Denver Broncos – Telvin Smith, Outside Linebacker, Florida State

Smith is a little light, but he’s rangy and the Broncos could use a player like that.

 

Seattle Seahawks – Morgan Moses, Offensive Tackle, Virginia

Seattle’s biggest problem last year was the blocking, Moses can step in at right tackle and start.

 

Third Round

Houston Texans – Charles Sims, Running Back, West Virginia

I know, first running back off the board. Arian Foster has been overworked and Ben Tate is a goner in free agency.

 

Washington Redskins – Shayne Skov, Inside Linebacker, Stanford

Redskins need to replace the long tenured London Fletcher and Skov could be the perfect man to do it.

 

Oakland Raiders – Pierre Desir, Cornerback, Lindenwood

Raiders desperately need to upgrade their secondary, hopefully adding Desir gets some improvements out of D.J. Hayden.

 

Atlanta Falcons – Chris Borland, Inside Linebacker, Wisconsin

Borland could be the steal of the draft if he can overcome his size.

 

Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Allen Robinson, Wide Receiver, Penn State

The Bucs really need another outside receiver to help take pressure off Vincent Jackson.

 

Jacksonville Jaguars – Bishop Sankey, Running Back, Washington

Sankey is in many ways similar to Maurice-Jones Drew, and the Jags select him hoping he has a similar career.

 

Cleveland Browns – Jarvis Landry, Wide Receiver, LSU

The Browns continue to upgrade their offense as they add a receiver to play opposite Josh Gordon

 

Minnesota Vikings – Scott Crichton, Defensive End, Oregon State

Crichton is more of a power rusher, and a nice compliment to the aging Jared Allen.

 

Buffalo Bills – Jackson Jeffcoat, Defensive End, Texas

The Bills could really use some help rushing the passer from the outside, Jeffcoat can bring that.

 

New York Giants – Billy Turner, Offensive Guard, North Dakota State

A bit of a project at the next level but Turner is a fully capable of clearing running lanes in the NFL.

 

St. Louis Rams – Davante Adams, Wide Receiver, Fresno State

The Rams could use a bigger outside receiver, this especially will help take pressure off Tavon Austin in the slot.

 

Detroit Lions – Marcus Roberson, Cornerback

Adding more talent to that secondary is important, it can create coverage sacks, and Detroit can’t produce many of them without talented players on the back end.

 

San Francisco 49ers (Via Titans) – Chris Smith, Outside Linebacker, Arkansas

With few needs the 49ers go best player available here and get what the man that will probably replace Ahmad Brooks.

 

Dallas Cowboys – Terrance Brooks, Safety, Florida State

Cowboys continue to pile on the defensive picks as they try to get a competitive defense together so they can catch up in the stacked NFC.

 

Baltimore Ravens – Yawin Smallwood, Inside Linebacker, Connecticut

Daryl Smith will likely walk in free agency for the highest bidder, Smallwood steps in and plays second fiddle to the king, Arthur Brown.

 

New York Jets – Carlos Hyde, Running Back, Ohio State

Hyde is a rather big back, and his experience with the read-option will make him a favorable running back for the Jets and Geno Smith.

 

Miami Dolphins – Trevor Reilly, Linebacker, Utah

The Dolphins linebackers weren’t great last year, insert Reilly for some competition.

 

Chicago Bears – Victor Hampton, Cornerback, South Carolina

Charles Tillman is old and likely moving on from the Bears, secondary help is needed.

 

Cleveland Browns (Via Steelers) – Jeremy Hill, Running Back, LSU

After trading away Trent Richardson last year, the Browns backfield was less than impressive (not that it was impressive with him).

 

Arizona Cardinals – Anthony Richardson, Offensive Tackle, Tennessee

Position of need, one of the best players on the board, what’s not to like.

 

Green Bay Packers – Carl Bradford, Linebacker, Arizona State

Packers continue to bolster the defense, adding a linebacker to the mix can hopefully push this defense up the rankings.

 

Philadelphia Eagles – Dion Bailey, Safety, USC

Eagles adding Bailey gives them some versatility in the secondary as Bailey could likely play corner and safety.

 

Kansas City Chiefs – Keith McGill, Cornerback, Utah

Never hurts to add corners, especially when you get torched by Andrew Luck as badly as the Chiefs did.

 

Cincinnati Bengals – Zach Mettenberger, Quarterback, LSU

Andy Dalton probably isn’t the answer, give him the year and if he falters again, switch to Mettenberger in 2015.

 

San Diego Chargers –  Justin Ellis, Defensive Tackle, Louisiana Tech

The Chargers don’t play with a true nose tackle often, but adding one should help their defensive ends out.

 

Indianapolis Colts – Taylor Hart, Defensive End, Oregon

Hart may be a small project, but he’s physically gifted and built for the position.

 

New Orleans Saints – Arthur Lynch, Tight End, Georgia

Lynch will allow the Saints to use some two tight end formations and he’ll allow them to cut ties with Benjamin Watson.

 

Carolina Panthers – Wesley Johnson, Offensive Tackle, Vanderbilt

With Jordan Gross retiring, left tackle becomes a big need.

 

New England Patriots – Marcus Martin, Center, USC

Upgrading at center is needed and will make both interior line spots look better as a result.

 

San Francisco 49ers – Brandon Thomas, Offensive Guard, Clemson

Another future pick here, Thomas can play both tackle and guard and he can be a quality backup until his name is called.

 

Denver Broncos – Caruan Reid, Defensive Tackle, Princeton

Although they just drafted Sylvester Williams last year, he really struggled getting on the field and Reid adds competition at a position that needs it.

 

Minnesota Vikings (Via Seahawks) – Josh Huff, Wide Receiver, Oregon

Wide receiver isn’t a need pick for the Vikings, but making sure Bortles has plenty of options is important. Also Greg Jennings isn’t getting any younger.

Casey Conroy

Casey Conroy

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