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2014 Three-Round NFL Mock Draft
John Bazemore

The NFL draft is just a few weeks away and mock drafts are flying all over the place. I've already made my attempt at one, predicting the entire first round. Here's another one, where I simulate the first three rounds of the draft.

This isn't based on what I think teams will do but what they should do.

 

1. Houston Texans: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

I don't care about the negative buzz surrounding Teddy Bridgewater over the last few months. I care about what Bridgewater did during his playing career. He's the most NFL-ready prospect at the position. It's tempting to take Jadeveon Clowney and pair him with J.J. Watt, but rookie head coach Bill O'Brien is an offensive mastermind. If he can use the top pick on a quarterback, he should.

 

2. St. Louis Rams: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

Greg Robinson is the offensive tackle prospect that dominated at the NFL Scouting Combine, but Jake Matthews is the player who dominated throughout his entire college career. He's good enough to hold down the fort for the Rams at left tackle for at least a decade.

 

3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

Consider this a dream come true. The best defensive player to enter the NFL draft in more than a decade falls to the third overall pick? Jacksonville head coach Gus Bradley may have a while to go before he completes his building of Seahawks South but Clowney instantly becomes the best player on this team, and that's not an exaggeration.

 

4. Cleveland Browns: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

The Browns could pick a quarterback here, but they also have two first-round picks. They have an opportunity to grab a player whom some analysts believe could be a better NFL player than Clowney. This is the ideal scenario for rookie head coach Mike Pettine, a defensive guru.

 

5. Oakland Raiders: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

There's no way the Raiders can pass on a quarterback this high, especially with their choice of two top prospects. The decision comes down to Blake Bortles or Johnny Manziel. I'll take the more complete, NFL-ready quarterback over the boom-or-bust player.

 

6. Atlanta Falcons: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

In the real draft, the Falcons may look to trade up to the number one overall pick to grab Jadeveon Clowney but it's hard to deny that this is a pretty ideal scenario. The Falcons discovered in 2013 that they need major help in the trenches. With Robinson available at pick six, life suddenly becomes a lot easier for Matt Ryan.

 

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

Quarterback is a possibility, but it doesn't make a lot of sense with a promising sophomore in Mike Glennon and a veteran in Josh McCown. Since Lovie Smith already has (foolishly) proclaimed McCown as his starter, it makes sense to try to emaulate the type of team he had in Chicago. Receivers Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery made life a lot easier for McCown in 2013. Hopefully Vincent Jackson and Sammy Watkins can do the same in 2014.

 

8. Minnesota Vikings: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

The Vikings will need a quarterback but I'm not sold on Johnny Manziel high enough to draft him with the eighth pick. Instead, I'll take his favorite receiver, Mike Evans. Imagine Evans and Cordarrelle Patterson on the field at the same time. What a nightmare for, well, whoever ends up having the cover them.

 

9. Buffalo Bills: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama

The Buffalo Bills lost the best player on their team in free agency. With the opportunity to select Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to replace Jairus Byrd, this should be an easy call.

 

10. Detroit Lions: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

This would mark the fourth first-round defensive lineman by the Detroit Lions in the last five seasons. That's okay. Defense wins championships and games are won and lost in the trenches. Plus the Lions may not be re-signing Nick Fairley when he hits free agency. Donald has an incredible combination of speed and power. Imagine the combination of him, Ndamukong Suh and Ziggy Ansah.

 

11. Tennessee Titans: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

One of the easiest picks in the first round is Anthony Barr to the Titans. New head coach Ken Whisenhunt is switching to a 3-4 defense. He needs an elite pass-rusher to anchor his defense. Barr has been slipping on draft boards in recent mock drafts, but the Titans should be thrilled to grab an elite player at a position of need with the 11th pick.

 

12. New York Giants: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

The Giants have to recapture the formula that helped them win two Super Bowls in a five-year span. But they lost Justin Tuck to free agency and Jason Pierre-Paul hasn't looked like an elite player since 2011. The addition of Kony Ealy should help revive Pierre-Paul's career and establish the Giants' pass rush as one of the better ones in the game.

 

13. St. Louis Rams: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

Janoris Jenkins is probably the only cornerback on the roster that the Rams would be comfortable using as a starter in 2014. But they have their choice of any of the cornerbacks in the draft with the 13th pick.

Kyle Fuller might be the best of the bunch. He's a player who has really been rising on draft boards in recent weeks. He's versatile enough to play as a corner, safety or even linebacker. He's a big hitter and he's impressive in coverage. He's what the Rams need to counter with Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson and Carson Palmer in the division.

 

14. Chicago Bears: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

With Charles Tillman and Tim Jennings both nearing the end of their careers, the Bears need to find one of both of their replacements in the draft. They could go with a defensive tackle to replace Henry Melton, but Darqueze Dennard is too solid of a player to pass up. During his senior year of college, Dennard reportedly allowed just 0.88 yards per target, a record for the BCS era.

Dennard in the same division with Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford? The Bears say yes.

 

15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame

The Pittsburgh Steelers don't have a proven playmaker at nose tackle. Louis Nix may be just a bit of a reach with the 15th pick, but you can't run a 3-4 defense without a powerful presence in the middle of the defensive line.

 

16. Dallas Cowboys: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

Taylor Lewan would be a bargain for any team with the 16th pick, too good for the Cowboys to pass up. He could play right tackle for a year, allowing the Cowboys to let Tyron Smith walk as a free agent after the 2014 season in an attempt to save money via the salary cap. Or he and Smith could team up to anchor the tackle positions for the next decade, making Doug Free trade bait if he didn't move inside to guard.

 

17. Baltimore Ravens: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

Even though the Baltimore Ravens missed the postseason for the first time in the John Harbaugh and Joe Flacco era, they're a good enough franchise to take the best player available at pick No. 17. With tight end Eric Ebron falling this far, this is an easy call. The combination of Ebron and Dennis Pitta will make life a lot easier for Flacco, who posted the worst statistical season of his career in 2013.

 

18. New York Jets: Odell Beckham, WR, LSU

It's no secret that the New York Jets need major help on the offensive side of the ball. Rex Ryan has drafted a defensive player in the first round with five straight picks, but he has to change that philosophy this year. He is coaching for his job, after all. Imagine the explosiveness of an offense that features Michael Vick, Chris Johnson and Odell Beckham Jr. That's speed everywhere.

 

19. Miami Dolphins: Zack Martin, OT/OG, Notre Dame

This might be the most obvious pick in the second half of the first round. The Dolphins need serious help on the offensive line after the Bullygate scandal in 2013. Notre Dame's Zack Martin fills a need at either tackle or guard. He's versatile enough to play four of the five positions on the offensive line.

 

20. Arizona Cardinals: Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn

The Cardinals have the opportunity to grab a potential franchise quarterback in Johnny Manziel. But veteran Carson Palmer still has a few years left. This team needs to improve its pass rush. Outside linebacker Dee Ford may be just a bit of a reach, but he'll make life a lot easier for defensive backs Patrick Peterson, Antonio Cromartie and Tyrann Mathieu.

 

21. Green Bay Packers: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama

It's time for the Packers to start looking at a replacement for A.J. Hawk, who enters his ninth season in the NFL in 2014. They could look at a wide receiver, but I just don't see the point with Aaron Rodgers still having a pair of reliable targets in Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.

Mosley is the best defensive player available and would probably be a starter by Week 1.

 

22. Philadelphia Eagles: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

It doesn't make sense for the Eagles to draft a wide receiver in the first round, even with the loss of DeSean Jackson. There are enough weapons in this offense. Most of them just don't play receiver.

This is a team that had a better-than-expected defense in 2013 but lacks playmakers at almost every position on that side of the ball. Their strategy should be to choose the best defensive player available, and that's Jason Verrett, one of the best cover corners in the draft. He won't start as a rookie but in a few years, it should be Brandon Boykin and Verrett starting at cornerback, not Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher. 

 

23. Kansas City Chiefs: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

The Chiefs were exposed on defense late last season so it wouldn't be a poor decision to pick a cornerback or defensive lineman with their first-round pick. But they really need help at wide receiver, especially with Dwayne Bowe no longer the weapon he was a few years ago. Brandin Cooks was an explosive, dynamic player in college. He'll give Andy Reid flashbacks to his time in Philly with DeSean Jackson...hopefully without the off-the-field issues too.

 

24. Cincinnati Bengals: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

The Bengals have a bunch of big names at cornerback but no stars. Veteran Leon Hall is recovering from his second major injury in three years. Terence Newman is on the decline, Pacman Jones is inconsistent and Dre Kirkpatrick is looking more and more like a bust. With Justin Gilbert falling down to the 24th pick, the Bengals would be foolish to pass him up.

 

25. San Diego Chargers: Calvin Pryor, SS, Louisville

With four of the five top cornerbacks gone in the draft, the Chargers can get the second-rated safety. Pryor may lack elite coverage skills, but he is a physical mauler, capable of laying a big hit on unsuspecting wide receivers across the middle. The safety combination of Pryor and Eric Weddle will make life much more difficult for the rest of the division, particularly Peyton Manning.

 

26. Cleveland Browns: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

The Browns simply cannot pass on Johnny Football with the 26th pick. Some would argue that they shouldn't have passed on him with their first pick. He's a polarizing prospect, a player who has just as high a chance of turning into a bust as he does of becoming a star.

But look at whom the Browns have had at quarterback over the years. Manziel won't be as bad as Brandon Weeden, Colt McCoy or Brady Quinn. He can't be.

 

27. New Orleans Saints: Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU

The Saints grab a playmaking linebacker to improve a defense that surprsingly ranked among the best in the NFL in 2014. He would be a perfect fit in Rob Ryan's aggressive defense.

 

28. Carolina Panthers: Marqise Lee, WR, USC

With Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant listed as the Panthers' starting wide receivers, it's pretty obvious that the Panthers need some major help for Cam Newton. They could also look for a tackle here, but since wide receiver is arguably the most dominant position in the draft class, they can't pass on a player like Marqise Lee with pick No. 28.

 

29. New England Patriots: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

When you're as good as the Patriots are year after year, you can draft by need when you really want to instead of going for the best player available. Jace Amaro is the second-best tight end available, and since the Patriots will never again have the dangerous combination of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandex, they need to find Tom Brady more weapons to throw to besides Kenbrell Thompkins and Aaron Dobson.

Wait, those guys aren't weapons. Regardless, Brady is nearing the end of his career. The Broncos are making all the noise about an all-in push for the Super Bowl, but don't forget about Belichick's gang. They want it just as badly. 

 

30. San Francisco 49ers: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

In a mock draft with trades, I would have projected the 49ers to trade up into the top half of the first round to grab one of the top cornerback prospects. But sticking at No. 30 still lands them Bradley Roby, considered to be a late first-round option. He has some character concerns, but he'll land in a strong locker room and compete for a starting job in 2014.

 

31. Denver Broncos: Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA

When you're as good as the Denver Broncos, you basically don't have many holes. And what holes they did have they filled with some spashy free-agent signings, adding pass-rusher DeMarcus Ware, cornerback Aqib Talib and safety T.J. Ward. They can draft the best player available or go for need with their first pick. UCLA guard Xavier Su'a-Filo allows them to pick a player who can replace Zane Beadles and start as a rookie.

 

32. Seattle Seahawks: Ra'Shede Hageman, DT/DE, Minnesota

The reigning Super Bowl champions don't have many weaknesses, if any. They could go for a wide receiver, especially with the loss of Golden Tate. They could stretch for an offensive lineman. Or they could pick the best player on the board.

Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman has been mocked in the middle of the first round in some drafts. He has the ability to play either defensive tackle or end. It's all about putting pressure on the quarterback. The Seahawks know that.

 

SECOND ROUND

33. Houston Texans: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

With the additions of Bill O'Brien and Teddy Bridgewater to the team this offseason, Houston may be closer to the postseason than most think. Their biggest priority in the second round has to be making sure that Bridgewater is protected enough to ensure he doesn't turn into David Carr 2.0. Morgan Moses can play right tackle and slide to left when Duane Brown eventually retires.

 

34. Washington Redskins: Jimmie Ward, SS, Northern Illinois

With their first pick in the draft, the Redskins should just go for the best player available. Jimmie Ward is a borderline first-round talent who would also fill a major void for the Redskins. He's both a playmaker and a big hitter, and he'll be needed in a division featuring Nick Foles, Tony Romo and Eli Manning.

 

35. Cleveland Browns: Joel Bitonio, OT/OG, Nevada

Khalil Mack and Johnny Manziel in the first round, and Joel Bitonio early in the second round? The Browns may be a sleeper playoff team, especially in the weak AFC North. Bitonio can play either tackle or guard, but it would make sense for the Browns to start him at one of the two guard positions as a rookie.

 

36. Oakland Raiders: Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State

Charles Woodson has to be in his final season in the NFL. He has to be. He can provide the veteran leadership needed for Deone Bucannon to eventually succeed him as a starter, and hopefully, as a star.

 

37. Atlanta Falcons: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State

The Falcons really lack some identity on the defensive side of the ball, especially at linebacker. Ohio State's Ryan Shazier would be a tremendous fit in the team's 3-4 defense. He can cover sideline to sideline, possessing blazing speed. He collected 144 tackles, including 23.5 for a loss, and seven sacks as a senior. He just makes plays. Hopefully he can make some against Jimmy Graham and the other weapons in the NFC South.

 

38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

A potential first-round pick in many mock drafts, there's simply no way the Buccaneers can pass on Timmy Jernigan with the 38th overall pick. The DT duo of Gerald McCoy and Jernigan should be one of the best in the game.

 

39. Jacksonville Jaguars: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

The fourth-best quarterback in the draft goes to the Jaguars, who hope they've found their franchise guy.

 

40. Minnesota Vikings: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU

No quarterback in the first round? Well then it has to happen in the second. Expect Mettenberger to earn the starting job as a rookie.

 

41. Buffalo Bills: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

Knee issues could cause him to fall in the draft, but he's a good enough player for the Bills to take a chance on him midway through the second round.

 

42. Tennessee Titans: Tre Mason, RB, Auburn

The release of Chris Johnson leaves Shonn Greene at the top of the running back depth chart. You don't want Shonn Greene at the top of your running back depth chart.

 

43. New York Giants: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

The loss of Hakeem Nicks opens a hole on the Giants' roster, even with the emergence of Rueben Randle. Eli Manning is 33 years old and possibly on the decline. Allen Robinson should help prolong his career.

 

44. St. Louis Rams: Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin

He's used to playing inside linebacker but with the Rams, look for a player like Chris Borland to shift outside to linebacker in place of Jo-Lonn Dunbar.

 

45. Detroit Lions: Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State

The Detroit Lions had their pick of any of the five cornerbacks in the first round, but they went with the best defensive tackle in the draft. Hybrid corner/safety Lamarcus Joyner would be a great addition in the middle of the second round.

 

46. Pittsburgh Steelers: Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida

Ike Taylor is probably in his final year in the NFL, and William Gay is 29 and nothing special as a starter. Marcus Roberson could take over as a starter midway through the season.

 

47. Dallas Cowboys: Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood

It's time for Dallas to acknowledge that Morris Claiborne is probably a bust. The former top-ten pick has produced almost nothing in his first two years in the NFL. Anything he adds from this point on is a bonus. Look for Pierre Desir to compete for a starting job as a rookie.

 

48. Baltimore Ravens: Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State

Again, with the best player available, the Ravens grab a player they really don't need but could use in a year or two.

 

49. New York Jets: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington

Talk about a total offensive makeover for the New York Jets this offseason. They've now brought in Mike Vick, Chris Johnson, Odell Beckham Jr. and Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

 

50. Miami Dolphins: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

In a make-or-break year for former first-round pick Ryan Tannehill, Jordan Matthews should give the Dolphins a terrific trio at wide receiver in 2014.

 

51. Chicago Bears: Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana

The rich get richer. The Bears had probably the best duo at wide receiver in the NFL in 2013 with Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. Add Cody Latimer to the mix and defenses are in over their head in 2014.

 

52. Arizona Cardinals: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois

Carson Palmer may have a few years left, but the Cardinals would be foolish to ignore the quarterback position, especially without a solid backup option. Jimmy Garoppolo is one of the projected second-round quarterbacks, but if anybody could turn him into a star, it's Bruce Arians.

 

53. Green Bay Packers: Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame

The Packers really need pass-rushers. Clay Matthews has struggled with injuries and no one knows if Julius Peppers will be effective switching to outside linebacker at age 34. Stephon Tuitt, a marginal first-round prospect, should be able to contribute immediately.

 

54. Philadelphia Eagles: Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech

The Eagles can't ignore their pass rush forever. They didn't add any weapons in free agency or the first round of the draft. With Jeremiah Attaochu, a borderline first-round talent, falling to pick 54, this is an easy call.

 

55. Cincinnati Bengals: Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State

After losing Michael Johnson, the Bengals need to replace his production on the defensive line.

 

56. San Francisco 49ers: Marcus Martin, C/OG, USC

The 49ers let center Jonathan Goodwin walk in free agency. They can replace him with center/guard Marcus Martin.

 

57. San Diego Chargers: Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee

King Dunlap has been remarkably successful as a run-blocker, but he turns 30 in 2014 and likely won't be effective for much longer. Antonio Richardson can play right tackle when D.J. Fluker slides over to the left side of the line.

 

58. New Orleans Saints: Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss

More weapons are needed for Drew Brees, especially with Marques Colston aging and Lance Moore no longer on the Saints.

 

59. Indianapolis Colts: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

Finally, the Colts get a chance to pick their player. You could easily argue for an offensive lineman or a defensive player, but the Colts have to try to make life a little bit easier for Andrew Luck.

Reggie Wayne may have just a year or two left in his career and Hakeem Nicks is on a one-year prove-it deal. Adding a big, physical player like Kelvin Benjamin will give the former Luck, the 2012 number one overall draft pick, a much-needed red-zone weapon.

 

60. Carolina Panthers: Ja'Wuan James, OT, Tennessee

The Panthers addressed their first major need by selecting Marqise Lee to play wide receiver. Now it's time to find a tackle. Lucky for them, Tennessee's JaWuan James has a second-round grade and could immediately start for the Panthers at left tackle, protecting Cam Newton's blind side.

 

61. San Francisco 49ers: Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida

Another cornerback for the San Francisco 49ers? That's right. They've had some disappointing players at the position in recent years, and it's time to make the back of their defense as solid as the front.

 

62. New England Patriots: David Yankey, OG, Stanford

Guard isn't a need right now, but both Logan Mankins and Dan Connolly are aging. One or both will need a replacement in a year or two.

 

63. Denver Broncos: Carl Bradford, OLB, Arizona State

The Broncos can just take the best player available with their second pick. Bradford would start over Jamar Chaney, hands down.

 

64. Seattle Seahawks: Trai Turner, OG, LSU

People don't seem to realize that the Seattle Seahawks have a below-average offensive line. Trai Turner would start over JR Sweezy at right guard.

 

THIRD ROUND

65. Houston Texans: Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State

A new head coach, quarterback, offensive tackle and now wide receiver? Don't be surprised if the Houston Texans have an above-average offense in 2014.

 

66. Washington Redskins: Dakota Dozier, OG, Furman

Shawn Lauvao was a decent signing in free agency, especially because he can play guard and center. But Dakota Dozier can start from day one.

 

67. Oakland Raiders: Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame

The Raiders really need a starting tight end instead of the trio of David Ausberry, Mychal Rivera and Nick Kasa.

 

68. Atlanta Falcons: Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State

Although originally projected as a 4-3 defensive end, the Falcons could use Lawrence as a hybrid defensive end/linebacker. He'd be the best player available at this point in the draft.

 

69. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford

Gerald McCoy, Timmy Jernigan, Michael Johnson and Trent Murphy will give the Buccaneers a pretty solid defensive line.

 

70. Jacksonville Jaguars: Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington

What, you don't like Toby Gerhart as the starting running back?

 

71. Cleveland Browns: Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State

Yes, the Browns signed running back Ben Tate in free agency, but they need another player to carry the football. One of the top running backs in the draft still available early in the third round is a bargain pick for Cleveland.

 

72. Minnesota Vikings: De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon

The Vikings need lots of help on offense. They're getting it in this year's draft. Imagine Zach Mettenberger at quarterback, Adrian Peterson at running back, Cordarrelle Patterson and Mike Evans at receiver and De'Anthony Thomas as an offensive weapon.

That's a good start.

 

73. Buffalo Bills: Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson

This could be a make-or-break year for E.J. Manuel, and he needs more weapons at wide receiver. Martavis Bryant is a second-round talent who slips to Buffalo in the third round.

 

74. New York Giants: Dominique Easley, DT, Florida

Another defensive lineman goes to the Giants, who now have JPP, Kony Ealy, Damontre Moore and Dominique Easley.

 

75. St. Louis Rams: Terrence Brooks, FS, Florida State

Perhaps a bit of a reach here, but the Rams really need some help at safety. Terrence Brooks could compete for a starting job as a rookie.

 

76. Detroit Lions: Billy Turner, OT, North Dakota State

The Lions could have gone with Taylor Lewan in the first round or Antonio Richardson in the second. They'll take Billy Turner in the third, and he'll probably start from Week 1 at right tackle.

 

77. San Francisco 49ers: Jordan Tripp, OLB, Montana

Linebacker help will be needed, especially if the Aldon Smith situation doesn't get any better.

 

78. Dallas Cowboys: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU

He may not be fast or even average when it comes to speed, but Jarvis Landry is a good possession receiver with good body control and toughness after the catch. He could compete with Terrance Williams for the Cowboys' number two spot at wide receiver.

 

79. Baltimore Ravens: Jackson Jeffcoat, DE/OLB, Texas

The Ravens grab another weapon on defense, a player who was projected by many to be a top-10 overall draft pick less than a year ago.

 

80. New York Jets: Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice

You know the New York Jets need some help at cornerback when they have Dimitri Patterson listed as one of their two starters.

 

81. Miami Dolphins: Dion Bailey, FS, USC

It's a stretch pick here, but the Dolphins really need help at safety.

 

82. Chicago Bears: Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU

The Bears need more playmakers on their defensive line. Ego Ferguson may not start, but he'll compete for playing time as a rookie.

 

83. Cleveland Browns: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska

Joe Haden is one of the top cornerbacks in the National Football League but the Browns don't have a good player starting on the other side of the ball from him. Stanley Jean-Baptiste could compete for a starting job or play the nickel role.

 

84. Arizona Cardinals: Ed Reynolds, FS, Baylor

Ed Reynolds joins a talented defensive backfield that already has Patrick Peterson, Antonio Cromartie and Tyrann Mathieu.

 

85. Green Bay Packers: DaQuan Jones, NT, Penn State

The Packers did re-sign B.J. Raji but it's just a one-year deal. DaQuan Jones can be the nose tackle of the future.

 

86. Philadelphia Eagles: Will Clarke, DE/OLB, Virgina

Chip Kelly loves big players, and in Will Clarke he gets a massive hybrid defensive end/linebacker who will compete for a starting job as a rookie.

 

87. Kansas City Chiefs: Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor

Guard is such an obvious weakness on the Kansas City Chiefs that it's easy to see Cyril Richardson winning a starting job at the start of training camp.

 

88. Cincinnati Bengals: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia

The Bengals need to put some pressure on Andy Dalton, who is entering a contract year. Georgia's Aaron Murray is considered by some to be a potential steal in this year's draft. In fact, expert Brian Baldinger says Murray will have the best NFL career of any quarterback in the 2014 draft.

 

89. San Diego Chargers: Marcus Smith, OLB, Louisville

The only notable pass-rusher on the Chargers is Dwight Freeney, and he's nearing the end of his career. Smith should have no trouble earning a starting job as a rookie.

 

90. Indianapolis Colts: Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford

Even with the additions of Erik Walden and D'Qwell Jackson over the past two seasons, the Colts could use some more depth at linebacker.

 

91. New Orleans Saints: Kelcy Quarles, DT, South Carolina

Brodrick Bunkley has revived his career over the past few seasons but he's also entering his ninth season.

 

92. Carolina Panthers: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State

This is a best-player-available pick, as the Panthers already have Star Lotulelei and Kawaan Short at defensive tackle. Add in Charles Johnson and Greg Hardy and you have a tremendous defensive line.

 

93. New England Patriots: C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa

A tight end for the second time in the first three rounds? That's right. The Patriots almost have to operate as if Rob Gronkowski isn't around anymore. Any contribution he makes should be considered a bonus. He simply cannot stay healthy. Besides, when he is on the field, you know Belichick will love thinking of ways to use Gronk, Amaro and Fiedorowicz on the field at the same time.

 

94. San Francisco 49ers: Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami

The massive Henderson can provide solid depth on the offensive line.

 

95. Denver Broncos: Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma

The Broncos are exactly the type of team that can afford taking a flyer on an injured player in the third round.

 

96. Minnesota Vikings: Christian Jones, OLB, Florida State

Jones helps improve a defense that ranked 31st in scoring in 2013.

 

97. Pittsburgh Steelers: Brandon Thomas, OG, Clemson

Once viewed as a first-round talent, injuries dropped Brandon Thomas to the late third round. He could still win a starting job as a rookie.

 

98. Green Bay Packers: Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson

The Packers are loaded at cornerback, with Tramon Williams, Sam Shields and Casey Hayward as their top three corners, but both starters are aging. Breeland is a great depth pickup.

 

99. Baltimore Ravens: Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona

The Ravens have to operate as if Ray Rice will no longer be effective again. Ever.

 

100. San Francisco 49ers: Ahmad Dixon, SS, Baylor

Notice a theme in San Francisco? It's all about improving the defensive backfield.

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