The 2013 NFL regular season is in the books, and for the 20 teams not headed to the playoffs, it's officially NFL draft season.
The draft order for the top 20 picks is set, and already we have underclassmen declaring their intentions for the upcoming season. With that information starting to come together, what better time to unleash the first full seven-round mock draft of the year?
Why do a mock draft before the playoffs even begin? It's important to start the education process for the fans of the eliminated teams. And while a Dec. 30 mock draft won't be heavily accurate, it does show current team needs before free agency and matches those needs up with the current value of draft-eligible players.
A few notes on mock drafts, especially those coming this early in the process:
— The draft order is based on the current top 20 picks, plus playoff seedings.
— Declared and assumed underclassmen are included.
The Pick: QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
The Houston Texans are starting over in 2014 with a new head coach and ultimately a new philosophy. They also need to start over with a new quarterback.
Neither Matt Schaub nor Case Keenum is the long-term answer here, and with the first overall pick in the draft, it's wise for general manager Rick Smith to find his guy at the position. Heading into the pre-draft months, no player looks more like a franchise quarterback than Teddy Bridgewater.
The Louisville junior has it all from inside and outside the pocket, and if the Texans want a quarterback who can get the ball out to playmakers Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins, this is their guy. Bridgewater isn't the biggest quarterback, but his poise and accuracy make him a future star.
The Pick: WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson
The St. Louis Rams have plenty of needs to address this offseason, but they will also be heavily favored to trade out of the No. 2 spot before the draft begins on May 8.
General manager Les Snead typically does a good job moving up and down the board, and the last two drafts in St. Louis have netted several young starters on both sides of the ball. But if the Rams do keep this pick, what would Snead do with it?
The conventional move would be to snag left tackle Jake Matthews from Texas A&M and pair him with Jake Long once he returns from ACL surgery. That would be a solid pick, but the franchise-changing move would be to give Sam Bradford a go-to wide receiver capable of big plays before and after the catch.
That's Sammy Watkins' game. He would give the Rams instant credibility on the edge and finally match Bradford up with a wide receiver who has Pro Bowl ability.
The Pick: QB Blake Bortles, Central Florida
The Central Florida quarterback might not be a household name, but among NFL teams, he's a well-known entity. And in a class desperate for quarterback talent at the top of the first round, Bortles' ability as a mobile passer is just what the Jacksonville Jaguars are in the market for.
Bortles isn't the crazy runner that Johnny Manziel is, and he doesn't have the downfield arm of Derek Carr, but he's accurate, poised, and even though he's pro-ready, he still has room to grow as a quarterback.
The Jaguars have one goal in the first round of the 2014 draft, and that's to find a quarterback. If Teddy Bridgewater is off the board, Bortles is the next-best option.
The Pick: QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
It's easy to connect the dots on this one. The Cleveland Browns desperately need a spark on offense and a savior at quarterback. Johnny Manziel represents both.
The Texas A&M quarterback and former Heisman Trophy winner is polarizing, but with the controversy comes a ton of potential and production. Manziel may need to change his penchant for running at the next level, but what he won't have to alter are his instincts and feel for where to attack a defense. That, as much as anything, is what has stood out about Manziel the last two seasons—he's an attacker.
The Browns need an attitude on offense, and Manziel will give them a ton of swagger alongside top-tier quarterback ability.
The Pick: QB Brett Hundley, UCLA
There is no guarantee that Brett Hundley, a redshirt sophomore, will enter the 2014 NFL draft. But if he does, teams will fall all over themselves for a chance to grab his pro-ready arm and considerable athletic upside.
Hundley isn't NFL-ready from a footwork or field vision perspective, but he'll get there in due time. The reason he's worthy of the No. 5 overall pick is because you see on film a player that's so close to getting it, and in the meantime, he's able to attack with his arm and legs as a mobile, attacking quarterback.
The Oakland Raiders need a franchise quarterback in the worst way, and they'll be comfortable learning with Hundley along the way. But in Hundley, they're getting a passer who would easily grade out higher than any of the quarterbacks drafted in the 2013 class and a player with considerable upside.
The Pick: OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
The draft order has been kind to the Atlanta Falcons. Sitting at pick No. 6 overall, general manager Thomas Dimitroff is able to select the No. 3 ranked player in the class after the run on quarterbacks to kick things off.
The Falcons are desperate for help on both lines, but they can't afford to pass on Jake Matthews if he's still on the board. The athletic offensive tackle has NFL bloodlines and proved in his four years at Texas A&M that he's capable of being a dominant presence on the edge of the line.
Matthews is a Day One starter for the Falcons at left or right tackle, but his long-term fit is on the blindside. With his length, athleticism and control as a pass-protector, Matthews is one of the few blue-chip prospects in the 2014 class.
The Pick: DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have invested draft picks at the defensive end position in the past, but never in a prospect with as much upside as Jadeveon Clowney. As the franchise looks to a re-boot with a new general manager and head coach, stealing Clowney with pick No. 7 is a great way to start things off.
Clowney is a top-tier athlete, and he comes with amazing potential, but the new coaches in Tampa must be prepared to get the most out of him. If they can motivate him—something he seemed to struggle with in 2013—they'll have a premier pass-rusher on the edge of an already talented defense.
The Pick: QB Derek Carr, Fresno State
The Minnesota Vikings will start the offseason with a new head coach. That man will be tasked with helping general manager Rick Spielman find the team's franchise quarterback, just three seasons after they invested a first-round pick on Christian Ponder. Starting over at the position comes with the pressure to get it right this time around.
The Vikings find themselves on the bottom of all the teams needing a quarterback in the first round. Houston, Jacksonville, Cleveland and Oakland will have all likely selected a passer by this time, and barring any trades, the Vikings will simply be handed whomever is left.
Of course, if that's Derek Carr, they shouldn't complain. Carr may fall on draft day due to his last name—he's the younger brother of David Carr—and because his footwork in the pocket isn't the picture of consistency. But Carr has a pro-style arm, body and IQ. He's been productive while executing two very different offenses at Fresno and comes with the most pro-ready game in the draft outside of Bridgewater.
This may feel like a consolation prize, but the Vikings would be lucky to have this scenario play out on draft day.
The Pick: DE Khalil Mack, Buffalo
The Buffalo Bills were able to dial up a surprising amount of pressure in 2013 with players like Jerry Hughes and Manny Lawson, but can they consistently out-scheme their talent? Few NFL teams can, which is why adding athletic pass-rushers is always at a premium in the NFL draft.
The Bills have a need for more speed on the edge of their defense—be it at linebacker or defensive end. In finding a player to fill that role, they won't have to travel far. Buffalo's Khalil Mack has been a non-stop terror on the edge at the collegiate level, and his showing against Ohio State answered many doubters as to his ability to stack-up against NFL-level competition.
Mack may not have the big name or come from an elite program, but his ability to attack the backfield is elite.
The Pick: CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
Jim Schwartz is out as head coach in Detroit, and whomever the Lions hire as the next head man will inherit a talented roster with few top-level holes. The biggest issue on the depth chart comes at cornerback, but the 2014 draft has a few good ones the Lions can consider with the No. 10 overall pick.
The type of cornerback drafted will depend largely on what type of defense the new coaches install, but the safe bet is going with the most athletic man-coverage cornerback in the class. That's Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert.
Gilbert has everything you want from an NFL cornerback. He's big enough to handle outside receivers but shows the quick feet and hips to work through transitions and double-moves in man coverage. And to top it all off, he's brilliant at attacking the ball and making plays once he has the football in his hands.
The Pick: DE Kony Ealy, Missouri
The Tennessee Titans find themselves at a crossroads. After a 7-9 season, it would be easy to call this a team on the rise, but they face an offseason full of question marks. Do they keep Jake Locker? Is cornerback Alterraun Verner worth top-five cornerback money? When do they draft to fill future needs at offensive tackle?
Those questions will be addressed between now and the May 8 draft, but as of today, the best value that fills a need comes at defensive end.
Missouri's Kony Ealy will draw comparisons to Aldon Smith, and they aren't far off. Ealy is long but has strength on his 275-pound frame to attack blockers, runners and passers. He's also versatile enough to play outside the tackle, head-up or even inside as a three-technique on passing downs. That type of do-it-all pass-rusher is what the Titans desperately need next to Jurrell Casey.
The Pick: OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA
The number of teams at the top of the draft with needs at quarterback will inevitably push other top-tier players down the board. That's good news for the New York Giants.
With five quarterbacks selected in the top eight picks, the Giants are in a position to sit back and let the best defender on the board fall to them. Whether that's an outside linebacker or defensive end, both could fill an immediate need on the Giant defense.
With Anthony Barr available, the choice is easy. The Giants need an athletic, rangy outside linebacker who can cover tight ends and attack the backfield. This former running back can do it all on the edge and brings much needed speed to the Giants' front seven.
The Pick: OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama
With their original pick in the first round, the St. Louis Rams can look to fill the other need considered with the No. 2 overall pick—offensive tackle.
General manager Les Snead aggressively signed left tackle Jake Long before the 2013 season, but a late ACL tear has Long's availability for the 2014 opener in question. Outside of that, the Rams need help at right tackle and could look to mirror the decisions of the Kansas City Chiefs and Jacksonville Jaguars in drafting a top-tier tackle with the plan to move them to the left side down the road.
That would work with Cyrus Kouandjio. He's been a force for Alabama at left tackle but has the body type and strength to work well as a conventional right tackle, too. If needed, he could fill in for Long and then slide to the right tackle spot or come in as a Day One right tackle with an eye on a move later on.
The Pick: LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama
Alabama's C.J. Mosley ranks as one of the best overall players in the 2014 draft, but the number of quarterbacks selected early on makes him available for the Chicago Bears with pick No. 14. That's a steal for a team in need of a young, fast outside linebacker.
General manager Phil Emery addressed two of the team's three linebacker positions in the 2013 draft when he selected Jon Bostic (ILB) and Khaseem Greene (WLB), but there is still a need for a future at the strongside linebacker position. That's where Mosley comes in.
The Bears would instantly have one of the league's brightest young linebacker corps with this lineup and could return the team to the days of dominant linebacker play.
The Pick: OT Greg Robinson, Auburn
The Pittsburgh Steelers tried addressing the offensive tackle position by selecting Mike Adams in the second round of the 2012 draft, but that move hasn't panned out and provided the team with a long-term answer at the position. Now, they're back to square one, and a fresh start at left tackle is needed.
The 2014 draft can provide the answer. Redshirt sophomore Greg Robinson has the athleticism needed to protect the edge in today's NFL, but he's also shown in the Auburn offense the nastiness to step in as a run-blocker. Robinson hasn't yet declared for the draft, but as a top 15 prospect, he's considered likely to toss his name into the lottery after the BCS National Championship Game.
The Pick: OT Cedric Ogbuehi, Texas A&M
The Baltimore Ravens will flip a coin with the Dallas Cowboys to determine the order of their picks, but for today's mock draft, it's decided by alphabetical order.
With pick No. 16, the Baltimore Ravens will be faced with several tough decisions. The biggest need on this roster heading into free agency, though, comes at left tackle. Quarterback Joe Flacco must be protected for Baltimore's down-field passing game to take flight. Even after a trade for Eugene Monroe, the Baltimore line never clicked. Now, with Monroe a free agent, the team could look to get younger and cheaper at the position.
If left tackle is the pick, Texas A&M's Cedric Ogbuehi offers the best value and most upside of the remaining players. He started at right tackle in 2013 but shows incredible athleticism and the footwork to make an easy transition to the blindside. Ogbuehi doesn't have a ton of experience, but his skill set is established.
The Pick: DE Benardrick McKinney, Mississippi State
You might not know the name Benardrick McKinney, but you will as soon as he enters the NFL draft.
McKinney has the quick first step and long, athletic frame that scouts dream of from a pass-rusher. And in his two seasons at Mississippi State, he's proven his ability to get into the backfield and make plays. Athletic enough to play standing up or with his hand in the dirt, McKinney is the type of playmaker the Dallas Cowboys need opposite DeMarcus Ware.
Whether the Cowboys will run a 4-3 or 3-4 defense in 2014 remains to be seen, but by adding a pass-rushing prodigy like McKinney, they have scheme versatility and a ton of speed up front.
The Pick: WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M
The New York Jets will have continuity at head coach heading into 2014, but now they must look to improve the overall talent around quarterback Geno Smith. The rookie from West Virginia showed promise down the stretch, but he was working with sub-par players around him. The Jets' front office has a mandate to find Smith weapons.
Texas A&M's Mike Evans leaves school as a productive red-zone threat and dominant match-up receiver. At 6'4" and close to 230 pounds, he has the size to separate from defenders and make plays in traffic or in space.
Evans' ability to box out defenders and make plays in the end zone is exactly what the Jets are missing.
The Pick: TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina
The Miami Dolphins are building a monster offense, but they still need a few more pieces to the puzzle. While a left tackle might seem like the obvious pick here, that's a need they're likely to address in free agency. What they can't find on the open market is a tight end with Vernon Davis-like speed and moves.
Eric Ebron leaves North Carolina as an athletic freak of a tight end. He's big and strong but is also very smooth and agile. Ebron may drop an easy pass or two, but the junior's upside is tremendous. He showed some of that potential in 2013 by improving as a blocker and working to better his route-running skills. Now, he's a little seasoning away from being a dynamic threat in the NFL.
The Pick: OT Cameron Erving, Florida State
The Arizona Cardinals finally moved on from Levi Brown this season when they traded him to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now, the team faces an offseason where finding a left tackle is the No. 1 need on its list.
Free agency is expected to feature several available quality blindside protectors, but there's no guarantee the Cardinals will be able to lure one to the desert. Instead, drafting the future at the position is the smart move for Steve Keim and co.
Cameron Erving is a top-shelf athlete, and in the Florida State offense, he's been asked to handle one-on-one assignments in pass protection and the run game. He's a pro-ready mauler with the length and quickness to handle his own on the edge.
The Pick: CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
San Diego needs a physical, aggressive man coverage cornerback. Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard fits the bill, and in this draft, he's available at pick No. 21.
Dennard is super aggressive in coverage and has shown the ability to hang with receivers down the field at the college level. While he's not the fastest cornerback in the draft, Dennard's technique is solid and gives him a projection as a Day One starter once in the NFL.
For the Chargers, that's a best-case scenario. Dennard would step into the team's No. 1 cornerback role, where he could flourish thanks to the pass-rush presence of the front seven.
The Pick: OLB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State
The move to a 3-4 defense worked well for the New Orleans Saints throughout the 2013 regular season, but they're still missing the high-profile parts to make it into something special.
That's where Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier comes into play. The junior linebacker has the best first step in college football, and he's proven to be a menace coming off the edge. While Shazier isn't the big, heavy pass-rusher some teams prefer in a 3-4 set, he's quick enough and strong enough to shed blockers and still make plays in the run game.
The Saints are building something special on defense, and adding Shazier could help put them over the top.
The Pick: TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro plans to declare for the 2014 NFL draft after the National University Holiday Bowl, per ESPN.com's Joe Schad, and NFL teams will be ready to pounce.
Amaro is an athletic, moving tight end perfect for today's game. He can play flexed out in the slot, almost like an oversized wide receiver with the speed to beat defenses and the size to box out coverage. Amaro would be perfect for a passing attack like the one in Kansas City.
It just so happens that the Chiefs will be looking to add weapons to the offense, and Amaro is an ideal fit at tight end. His red-zone ability and after-the-catch upside would give Alex Smith his Missouri-version of Vernon Davis to open up the Kansas City passing game.
The Pick: WR Marqise Lee, USC
The San Francisco 49ers are built around a tough defense and a punishing run game, but as Frank Gore ages, the team will need to rely more and more on the passing game. For that to become a reality, the Niners need more weapons at wide receiver.
The team didn't hit on Mario Manningham's signing—somewhat due to injuries—and will look to replace Anquan Boldin in the near future. While wide receiver might not be a 2014 need, the 49ers draft for the future, and wide receiver is on their list of impending needs.
Marqise Lee has top-10 potential, but a shaky 2013 could hurt his stock. He was injured for part of the year, and when healthy earlier in the season, he struggled with dropped passes. Those two issues are fixable but could also push him down the board, right into the 49ers' hands.
The Pick: FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama
The Green Bay Packers may throw a party in their draft room if Alabama safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix is still on the board by the time they're picking in May.
Not only is free safety a major need for the team, but Clinton-Dix is an exceptional value pick at No. 25 overall. And like Eric Reid and Kenny Vaccaro from the 2013 class, the Alabama safety can step in and make an impact from his first day on the job. That's exactly what Green Bay needs.
Clinton-Dix would give Dom Capers' staff the rangy, ball-hawking safety they need, but he'll also come up and pop runners. That three-down threat is what playing safety in the NFL today is all about, and Clinton-Dix has it down.
The Pick: CB Jason Verrett, TCU
The Cincinnati Bengals made the playoffs for a third straight season on the backs of a young roster—and that's a credit to the front office. Now, they'll look to bolster a defense that's been a strength for them while looking to distance themselves from the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Ravens within the AFC North.
The Bengals need to get younger and better at cornerback. Adam Jones and Terence Newman are on their last legs, and top starter Leon Hall has struggled to stay healthy as of late. That leaves the inconsistent Dre Kirkpatrick as the team's most dependable player for the future.
Jason Verrett is the type of aggressive, in-your-face cornerback the team would love to pair with Kirkpatrick, Brandon Ghee and Hall long term. He can play inside or outside in coverage and excels in man situations. Verrett has a little attitude, but so does the rest of the Bengals defense. He'll fit right in.
The Pick: OLB Vic Beasley, Clemson
The depth chart for the Philadelphia Eagles looks impressive at outside linebacker, but when you dig in and evaluate the play of Trent Cole, Brandon Graham and Connor Barwin, you see a need for a dominant defensive player. Signed in the 2013 offseason, Barwin was solid all season, and while Cole and Graham can get to the quarterback, they've been inconsistent—especially Graham.
What the defense lacks is a speedy pass-rusher the offense must prepare for each week. That's the type of player who can change a defense, and that's the type of player Vic Beasley is.
With a first step that few tackles can compete with, Beasley is able to dominate off the ball. But he's not just a speed-rusher, as the Clemson end shows good hand use and smart instincts when attacking the ball. Beasley would give the Eagles a truly dynamic defender to stand out on an otherwise solid group.
The Pick: WR Odell Beckham, LSU
Using the selection they stole from the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for running back Trent Richardson, the Cleveland Browns will look to continue their rebuild on offense. With pick No. 4 overall, they added quarterback Johnny Manziel, but now they'll give him a weapon to work with.
LSU wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. plays football like a power forward trapped in a point guard's body. He's mean, physical and aggressive as a route-runner—especially when going over the middle. He's fearless but is also athletic enough to take the ball to the house on short catches.
Pair Beckham with Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron, and you have an exciting trio of pass-catchers for Manziel.
The Pick: WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
The Carolina Panthers have a stud wide receiver in Steve Smith, and his chemistry with quarterback Cam Newton is a big part of the reason the team won the NFC South. But Smith turns 35 years old this spring. The Panthers need to start identifying his replacement before they're left without a go-to receiver.
With pick No. 29 overall, they can add that future go-to guy in Biletnikoff Award winner Brandin Cooks. A smaller receiver like Smith, Cooks has the speed to beat defenses vertically and can also make plays after the catch on shorter routes. Additionally, he's shown great awareness when asked to break off routes and adapt to the quarterback—two big assets when stepping into an offense with a running quarterback.
Cooks may never be able to completely replace Steve Smith, but he's a damn good option for the Panthers' long term.
The Pick: WR Allen Robinson, Penn State
All season, we've heard how great Tom Brady is considering the little talent around him at wide receiver. The New England Patriots must fix that as Brady nears the end of his brilliant career. The Super Bowl window is closing, and to capitalize on it, Bill Belichick must find Brady a go-to outside receiver.
To find that guy, Belichick can call up his old assistant Bill O'Brien at Penn State. In that offense, they have Allen Robinson, a 6'3" wide receiver with the speed to break open the field and the size to stretch defenses vertically. Robinson in an offense with Brady's talents would flourish. On the flip side, give Brady an athlete like this who is already familiar with New England-style route concepts and good things will happen.
The Pick: DT Louis Nix, Notre Dame
The Denver Broncos have a load of talent on defense, but they're mostly playing on the edges. There's no lack of speed here, but they do lack the big nasties in the middle of the trenches. John Elway should look into head coach John Fox's past and see his ability to develop war daddies at defensive tackle and quickly make the pick to get Louis Nix from Notre Dame.
Nix is a mammoth man in the middle, but he's not all size and strength. Like a poor man's Vince Wilfork or Dontari Poe, Nix has shown the lateral agility and quickness to make plays in the backfield. He'll contribute as a lane-clogging run defender, but don't sleep on his pass-rushing moves.
That's what the Broncos need, too. Someone in the middle to draw attention away from Von Miller and friends on the outside.
The Pick: TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington
What do you give the team that has virtually everything? A tight end who can do it all.
Austin Seferian-Jenkins didn't have great production in 2013, but he showed his three-down ability as a run-blocker, pass-catcher and red-zone nightmare on a consistent basis. Seferian-Jenkins is a throwback to the days when tight ends actually blocked, and using his 275-pound frame and long arms, he's shown a knack for knocking defensive ends and linebackers off their spot.
Placed into the Seattle offense, Seferian-Jenkins could become an instant red-zone threat.
The 2014 NFL draft class figures to be very deep at key positions like cornerback, running back, wide receiver and outside linebacker. That carries over into the second round thanks to a record number of underclassmen entering each season.
Teams looking for starters don't have to focus only on the first round anymore, as plenty of Week 1 starters can be found here on Day 2.
|1||Houston Texans||OLB Trent Murphy||Stanford|
|2||Washington||ILB Shayne Skov||Stanford|
|3||Cleveland Browns||DE Stephon Tuitt||Notre Dame|
|4||Oakland Raiders||DT Will Sutton||Arizona State|
|5||Atlanta Falcons||DE Michael Sam||Missouri|
|6||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||WR Jarvis Landry||LSU|
|7||Jacksonville Jaguars||RB Tre Mason||Auburn|
|8||Minnesota Vikings||DT Ra'Shede Hageman||Minnesota|
|9||Buffalo Bills||FS Calvin Pryor||Louisville|
|10||Tennessee Titans||OT Antonio Richardson||Tennessee|
|11||New York Giants||DT Ego Ferguson||LSU|
|12||St. Louis Rams||QB A.J. McCarron||Alabama|
|13||Detroit Lions||WR Jordan Matthews||Vanderbilt|
|14||Pittsburgh Steelers||WR Kelvin Benjamin||FSU|
|15||Dallas Cowboys||QB Jimmy Garoppolo||Eastern Illinois|
|16||Baltimore Ravens||WR Davante Adams||Fresno State|
|17||New York Jets||OLB Adrian Hubbard||Alabama|
|18||Miami Dolphins||OT Taylor Lewan||Michigan|
|19||Chicago Bears||CB Bradley Roby||Ohio State|
|20||Arizona Cardinals||QB Zach Mettenberger||LSU|
|21||San Diego Chargers||OG Cyril Richardson||Baylor|
|22||New Orleans Saints||OT La'el Collins||LSU|
|23||San Francisco (from Chiefs)||SS Ahmad Dixon||Baylor|
|24||San Francisco 49ers||CB E.J. Gaines||Missouri|
|25||Green Bay Packers||OLB Kyle Van Noy||BYU|
|26||Cincinnati Bengals||FS Dion Bailey||USC|
|27||Philadelphia Eagles||WR Paul Richardson||Colorado|
|28||Indianapolis Colts||WR Donte Moncrief||Ole Miss|
|29||Carolina Panthers||CB Loucheiz Purifoy||Florida|
|30||New England Patriots||DT Dominique Easley||Florida|
|31||Denver Broncos||WR Devante Parker||Louisville|
|32||Seattle Seahawks||CB Kyle Fuller||Virginia Tech|
Round 3 is where teams generally find steals. This is the round for the running back who might be a step slow in the 40-yard dash but has the vision to excel at the next level. This is where the 6'1" quarterback gets drafted and then becomes a star.
Don't overlook the value here. The third round features starter-quality players ready to become household names.
|1||Houston Texans||RB Carlos Hyde||Ohio State|
|2||Washington||OT James Hurst||North Carolina|
|3||Oakland Raiders||WR De'Anthony Thomas||Oregon|
|4||Atlanta Falcons||TE C.J. Fiedorowicz||Iowa|
|5||New York Jets (from Tampa)||OT Jack Mewhort||Ohio State|
|6||Jacksonville Jaguars||DE Jackson Jeffcoat||Texas|
|7||Cleveland Browns||RB Lache Seastrunk||Baylor|
|8||Minnesota Vikings||OL Zack Martin||Notre Dame|
|9||Buffalo Bills||TE Marcel Jensen||Fresno State|
|10||New York Giants||RB Ka'Deem Carey||Arizona|
|11||St. Louis Rams||DE Kareem Martin||North Carolina|
|12||Detroit Lions||FS Lamarcus Joyner||FSU|
|13||San Francisco (from Titans)||QB Tajh Boyd||Clemson|
|14||Baltimore Ravens||CB Aaron Colvin||Oklahoma|
|15||Dallas Cowboys||OG Gabe Jackson||Mississippi State|
|16||New York Jets||RB Andre Williams||Boston College|
|17||Miami Dolphins||RB Bishop Sankey||Washington|
|18||Chicago Bears||QB Brett Smith||Wyoming|
|19||Cleveland (from Steelers)||CB Vic Hampton||South Carolina|
|20||Arizona Cardinals||OLB Christian Jones||FSU|
|21||San Diego Chargers||OLB Aaron Lynch||South Florida|
|22||New Orleans Saints||CB Marcus Roberson||Florida|
|23||Kansas City Chiefs||WR Kasen Williams||Washington|
|24||San Francisco 49ers||DE Ed Stinson||Alabama|
|25||Green Bay Packers||DT DaQuan Jones||Penn State|
|26||Cincinnati Bengals||OLB Dee Ford||Auburn|
|27||Philadelphia Eagles||SS Hakeem Smith||Louisville|
|28||Indianapolis Colts||DE George Uko||USC|
|29||Carolina Panthers||OG Anthony Steen||Alabama|
|30||New England Patriots||C Travis Swanson||Arkansas|
|31||Denver Broncos||SS Deone Buccanon||Washington State|
|32||Minnesota (from Seattle)||DE Scott Crichton||Oregon State|
The fourth round of the 2014 NFL draft is one loaded with talent. Here, you can find a developmental quarterback who might be a year or two away from the field or a talented inside linebacker who's just a little short for NFL standards.
Whatever the case may be, we'll see a high number of rookie starters coming out of the fourth round this year.
|1||Houston Texans||ILB Chris Borland||Wisconsin|
|2||Washington||DT Kelcy Quarles||South Carolina|
|3||Atlanta Falcons||RB Marion Grice||Arizona State|
|4||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||OT Sean Hickey||Syracuse|
|5||Jacksonville Jaguars||WR Brandon Coleman||Rutgers|
|6||Cleveland Browns||OLB Morgan Breslin||USC|
|7||Oakland Raiders||SS Craig Loston||LSU|
|8||Minnesota Vikings||OG Xavier Su'a-Filo||UCLA|
|9||Buffalo Bills||DT Aaron Donald||Pitt|
|10||St. Louis Rams||CB Antone Exum||Virginia Tech|
|11||Detroit Lions||DE Chris Smith||Arkansas|
|12||Tennessee Titans||QB Aaron Murray||Georgia|
|13||New York Giants||TE Xavier Grimble||USC|
|14||Dallas Cowboys||DT Daniel McCullers||Tennessee|
|15||New York Jets||CB Chris Davis||Auburn|
|16||Miami Dolphins||OG Brandon Thomas||Clemson|
|17||Chicago Bears||DE Trevor Reilly||Utah|
|18||Pittsburgh Steelers||FS Anthony Harris||Virginia|
|19||Jacksonville (from Ravens)||DT Timmy Jernigan||FSU|
|20||Arizona Cardinals||WR Jared Abbrederis||Wisconsin|
|21||San Diego Chargers||WR Mike Davis||Texas|
|22||New Orleans Saints||WR Josh Huff||Oregon|
|23||Kansas City Chiefs||DE Taylor Hart||Oregon|
|24||San Francisco 49ers||OLB Jeremiah Attaochu||Georgia Tech|
|25||Green Bay Packers||TE Arthur Lynch||Georgia|
|26||Cincinnati Bengals||QB David Fales||San Jose State|
|27||Philadelphia Eagles||CB Pierre Desir||Lindenwood|
|28||Cleveland (from Colts)||CB Jaylen Watkins||Florida|
|29||Carolina Panthers||OLB Carl Bradford||Arizona State|
|30||New England Patriots||ILB Yawin Smallwood||UConn|
|31||Denver Broncos||CB Rashaad Reynolds||Oregon State|
|32||Seattle Seahawks||WR Devin Street||Pitt|
The key to building a championship team isn't just hitting on your first-round picks, but also in building depth and finding steals in the later rounds. That starts with Round 5.
Here, you'll find talented players with character red flags, athletes who maybe lack size or speed and developmental players who simply need time and coaching. But make no mistake, there's plenty of talent here.
|1||Houston Texans||OT Seantrel Henderson||Miami (Fla.)|
|2||Washington||C Tyler Larsen||Utah State|
|3||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||OLB Boseko Lokombo||Oregon|
|4||Jacksonville Jaguars||OG Chris Burnette||Georgia|
|5||Cleveland Browns||FS Terrence Brooks||FSU|
|6||Seattle (from Oakland)||OLB Telvin Smith||FSU|
|7||Atlanta Falcons||OG Jon Halapio||Florida|
|8||Minnesota Vikings||WR Robert Herron||Wyoming|
|9||Buffalo Bills||OT Ja'Wuan James||Tennessee|
|10||Jacksonville (from Detroit)||CB Keith McGill||Utah|
|11||Tennessee Titans||RB Charles Sims||West Virginia|
|12||New York Giants||C Weston Richburg||Colorado State|
|13||St. Louis Rams||C Bryan Stork||FSU|
|14||New York Jets||FS Kenny Ladler||Vanderbilt|
|15||Miami Dolphins||OT Joel Bitonio||Nevada|
|16||Chicago Bears||DT Anthony Johnson||LSU|
|17||Pittsburgh Steelers||OLB DeMarcus Lawrence||Boise State|
|18||Dallas Cowboys||RB Jeremy Hill||LSU|
|19||Jacksonville (from Baltimore)||OT Morgan Moses||Virginia|
|20||Arizona Cardinals||DE Josh Mauro||Stanford|
|21||San Diego Chargers||DT Calvin Barnett||Oklahoma State|
|22||New Orleans Saints||ILB Lamin Barrow||LSU|
|23||Kansas City Chiefs||FS Nickoe Whitley||Mississippi State|
|24||San Francisco 49ers||TE Joe Don Duncan||Dixie State|
|25||Green Bay Packers||CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste||Nebraska|
|26||Cincinnati Bengals||DE Marcus Smith||Louisville|
|27||Philadelphia Eagles||FS Ty Zimmerman||Kansas State|
|28||Indianapolis Colts||OLB Jordan Tripp||Montana|
|29||Carolina Panthers||FS Tre Boston||North Carolina|
|30||Philadelphia (from Patriots)||QB Stephen Morris||Miami (Fla.)|
|31||Denver Broncos||OG Chris Watt||Notre Dame|
|32||Seattle Seahawks||DT Caraun Reid||Princeton|
You've made it to Round 6, which means you're a die-hard fan. This is where the backbone of your team is built. It's also where you find Tom Brady or Alfred Morris if you're lucky enough to trust your scouts.
The sixth round isn't sexy, but it's solid. Players drafted here might not have ideal NFL measurables or production, but they're generally one or two fixable traits away from being long-term contributors.
|1||Houston Texans||WR Jalen Saunders||Oklahoma|
|2||Washington||WR L'Damian Washington||Missouri|
|3||Jacksonville Jaguars||C Gabe Ikard||Oklahoma|
|4||Cleveland Browns||OT Wesley Johnson||Vanderbilt|
|5||Oakland Raiders||RB Jay Ajayi||Boise State|
|6||Atlanta Falcons||OLB Christian Kirksey||Iowa|
|7||Chicago Bears (from Tampa)||SS C.J. Barnett||Ohio State|
|8||Minnesota Vikings||CB Ross Cockrell||Duke|
|9||Buffalo Bills||WR Jeremy Gallon||Michigan|
|10||Tennessee Titans||ILB Max Bullough||Michigan State|
|11||New York Giants||DE James Gayle||Virginia Tech|
|12||St. Louis Rams||DT Danny Shelton||Washington|
|13||Detroit Lions||RB James Wilder||FSU|
|14||Miami Dolphins||CB Deion Belue||Alabama|
|15||Chicago Bears||FS Marqueston Huff||Wyoming|
|16||Pittsburgh Steelers||ILB Andrew Jackson||Western Kentucky|
|17||Baltimore Ravens||OLB Prince Shembo||Notre Dame|
|18||Kansas City (from Dallas)||WR Rashad Greene||FSU|
|19||New York Jets||SS Sean Parker||Washington|
|20||Arizona Cardinals||OG Ryan Groy||Wisconsin|
|21||San Diego Chargers||RB Isaiah Crowell||Alabama State|
|22||New Orleans Saints||DE Deandre Coleman||California|
|23||Kansas City Chiefs||QB Jeff Mathews||Cornell|
|24||San Francisco 49ers||NT Ryan Carrethers||Arkansas State|
|25||Green Bay Packers||OT Billy Turner||North Dakota State|
|26||Cincinnati Bengals||OT Charles Leno||Boise State|
|27||New England (from Eagles)||TE Rob Branchflower||UMass|
|28||Indianapolis Colts||CB Carrington Byndom||Texas|
|29||Carolina Panthers||OT Cornelius Lucas||Kansas State|
|30||New England Patriots||CB Bene Benwikere||San Jose State|
|31||Denver Broncos||OLB Jonathan Brown||Illinois|
|32||Seattle Seahawks||WR Cody Hoffman||BYU|
Round 7. The final picks of the 2014 NFL draft. By this point, most broadcast networks aren't even covering the draft anymore, but that's their loss. Your team is going through the process, trying to find that diamond in the rough.
The seventh round produces talented players each year, so it's no surprise that this year's crop has many players that stand out as future NFL starters in the right system. Whether it's a developmental player or a character risk, these picks are calculated, weighed and thought-out before the card goes to the commissioner.
|1||Houston Texans||CB Bennett Jackson||Notre Dame|
|2||Washington||CB Andre Hal||Vanderbilt|
|3||Cleveland Browns||DT Eathyn Manumaleuna||BYU|
|4||Oakland Raiders||OT Jeremiah Sirles||Nebraska|
|5||Atlanta Falcons||WR Tevin Reese||Baylor|
|6||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||QB Logan Thomas||Virginia Tech|
|7||Jacksonville Jaguars||TE Colt Lyerla||Oregon|
|8||Minnesota Vikings||RB LaDarius Perkins||Mississippi State|
|9||Buffalo Bills||TE Jacob Pederson||Wisconsin|
|10||New York Giants||OLB Denicos Allen||Michigan State|
|11||St. Louis Rams||OT Austin Wentworth||Fresno State|
|12||Detroit Lions||OLB Kevin Pierre-Louis||Boston College|
|13||Tennessee Titans||CB Ricardo Allen||Purdue|
|14||Dallas Cowboys (from Bears)||OLB Devon Kennard||USC|
|15||Pittsburgh Steelers||RB Silas Redd||USC|
|16||Dallas Cowboys||WR Ryan Grant||Tulane|
|17||Indianapolis (from Ravens)||C James Stone||Tennessee|
|18||New York Jets||QB Keith Price||Washington|
|19||Miami Dolphins||CB Shaq Richardson||Arizona|
|20||Oakland (from Arizona)||DE Chaz Sutton||South Carolina|
|21||San Diego Chargers||FS Jemea Thomas||Georgia Tech|
|22||San Francisco (from Saints)||WR Shaq Evans||UCLA|
|23||Dallas Cowboys (from Chiefs)||OT Kenarious Gates||Georgia|
|24||San Francisco 49ers||OT Donald Hawkins||Texas|
|25||Green Bay Packers||WR Noel Grigsby||San Jose State|
|26||Cincinnati Bengals||C Jonotthan Harrison||Florida|
|27||Philadelphia Eagles||WR TJ Jones||Notre Dame|
|28||San Francisco (from Colts)||DT Beau Allen||Wisconsin|
|29||San Francisco (from Carolina)||FS Jeremy Deering||Rutgers|
|30||New England Patriots||WR Michael Campanaro||Wake Forest|
|31||Denver Broncos||RB Jerome Smith||Syracuse|
|32||Seattle Seahawks||QB Kenny Guiton||Ohio State|