Final NFL 3-Round Mock Draft

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Final NFL 3-Round Mock Draft
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After months and months of wait, plus an additional two weeks, draft day has finally arrived. The offseason Super Bowl kicks off tonight with the first round, tomorrow night with the second and third rounds and Saturday with the final four rounds. 

Mock drafts are flying all over the place. In fact, this is my third. I predicted the entire first round seven weeks ago and the first three rounds three weeks ago.

This draft, obviously my final attempt, predicts the first three rounds. That's 100 picks, and yes, I included trades. These picks are what I think will happen—not necessarily what I would do. 

 

1. Cleveland Browns (Houston): Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

The Browns pull off a massive trade to move up to the number one pick, surrendering both their first-round picks (4 and 26), as well as picks 35 and 71 and their second-round pick in 2015. They take the most polarizing prospect in the draft, Johnny Manziel, who they hope will become their first franchise quarterback since the franchise moved back to Cleveland.

 

2. Atlanta Falcons (St. Louis): Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

Two trades in the first two picks of the draft? You bet. This time it's the Atlanta Falcons who swap picks 6, 37 and 68, plus their 2015 first-rounder, to grab defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. For the Rams, it's the second time in three drafts that they move down from the second overall pick with a king's ransom in draft picks.

 

3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

The Jaguars ignore their quarterback need and grab arguably the safest pass-rusher in the draft. Defensive-minded head coach Gus Bradley will love the different ways he can use Khalil Mack, whether it's as a defensive end or a linebacker.

 

4. Houston Texans (Cleveland): Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida (26, 35, 71, 2015 2nd)

The Texans collect four extra draft picks and still land a franchise quarterback in Central Florida's Blake Bortles. Although not as exciting as Manziel, Bortles is a safe prospect who should succeed under rookie head coach Bill O'Brien.

 

5. Oakland Raiders: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
With both Greg Robinson and Jake Matthews still on the board, the Raiders do what the Raiders do and pick neither. Instead, they grab Taylor Lewan, who's still a dominant tackle prospect but not as elite as the other two.

 

6. St. Louis Rams (Atlanta): Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M (37, 68, 2015 1st)

Head coach Jeff Fisher has only drafted two offensive tackles in the first 80 picks during his almost two decades as a head coach. That trend continues, as he passes on athletic freak Greg Robinson to take the fastest-rising player on most mock drafts. Mike Evans immediately becomes the best receiving threat for Sam Bradford (if the Rams stick with the former No. 1 pick).

 

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

It's going to be tempting for a defensive-minded head coach like Lovie Smith to pass on such a disruptive, dominant defensive tackle like Aaron Donald. But that's what you do when Greg Robinson falls to the seventh overall pick.

 

8. Minnesota Vikings: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

The biggest faller on the majority of draft boards is a surprise top-10 pick by a quarterback-needy team. Expect Bridgewater to start from day one.

 

9. San Francisco 49ers (Buffalo): Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson (56, 61, 94, 2015 1st)

The 49ers have so many picks that it only makes sense for them to trade up for a playmaker, particularly an offensive weapon. Sammy Watkins at nine? That's a dream come true, even if it costs the team both second-round picks, another in the third and their first-rounder in 2015. But with any luck, that 2015 first-rounder will be the 32nd overall pick.

 

10. Detroit Lions: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

Undrafted free-agent LaAdrian Waddle played okay at right tackle for the second half of the 2013 season but he'll head to the bench with the arrival of Jake Matthews, one of the safest players in the 2014 draft class.

 

11. Tennessee Titans: Louis Nix III, NT, Notre Dame

Defensive coordinator Ray Horton has always favored elite nose tackles and he's going to need one in his team's switch to a 3-4 defense in 2014.

 

12. Dallas Cowboys (NY Giants): Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

Jerry Jones can't wait any longer, as he pulls the trigger to move up from pick 16 to 12. It costs just a third-round pick and the Cowboys collect the best defensive tackle in the draft to improve the league's worst defensive line.

 

13. St. Louis Rams: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

This pick almost has to be an offensive lineman, as the Rams could use an upgrade on three of their offensive line spots. Lucky for them, Martin can play anywhere, as in literally all five positions. He'll probably start at left guard, but he could easily move to tackle if Jake Long isn't fully recovered from his ACL injury.

 

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

The Bears address their pair of aging cornerbacks by grabbing the draft's top cornerback, a favorable situation for a team with the 14th overall pick.

 

15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Odell Beckham, WR, LSU

The Steelers need to get Ben Roethlisberger more weapons on offense. With Odell Beckham available in the middle of the first round, they'll grab the best player available without hesitating.

 

16. New York Giants (Dallas): Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA (78)

It's a favorable situation for the Giants when they trade down four spots, pick up an extra third-round pick and pounce on a player they may have taken with the 12th overall pick. Barr will help compensate for the loss of Justin Tuck in free agency.

 

17. Baltimore Ravens: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

A physical defender who can play corner or safety, Fuller is a steal for the Ravens with the 17th pick.

 

18. New York Jets: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

Rex Ryan hasn't picked an offensive player in the first round since his very first pick as head coach. That was Mark Sanchez and we all know how that worked out. The Jets really need help on offense but it doesn't make sense to draft a wide receiver who might catch 45 passes per season when a top corner is available. Gilbert's speed will help him with some of the division's top receivers, notably Mike Wallace and Stevie Johnson.

 

19. Miami Dolphins: Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA

Following Bullygate, it's apparent that the Dolphins need some serious help on their offensive line. The draft's best guard, Xavier Su'a-Filo is also the best player available at No. 19.

 

20. Arizona Cardinals: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama

Quietly falling, perhaps due to others rising, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix gives the Cardinals one of the best secondaries in the NFL. You try throwing on Patrick Peterson, Tyrann Mathieu, Antonio Cromartie and Clinton-Dix.

 

21. Green Bay Packers: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

Another weapon for Aaron Rodgers to throw to and a replacement for oft-injured Jermichael Finley, Ebron is a steal for Green Bay in the second half of the first round.

 

22. New England Patriots (Philadelphia): Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State (62, 93; 122)

The Patriots move up seven spots in the fifth trade of the first round, giving Tom Brady a much-needed weapon. They surrender a late pick in both the second and third round but receive the Eagles' fourth-round pick. 

 

23. Kansas City Chiefs: Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana

Andy Reid has picked an offensive or defensive lineman in eight of the last nine first rounds. Make that eight out of 10, as the Chiefs pick the fastest-rising receiver on draft boards. Cody Latimer will take over for Dwayne Bowe as the top receiver on the depth chart by the end of the season.

 

24. Cincinnati Bengals: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

Dropping perhaps because of the number of teams that run a 3-4 defense picking ahead of the Bengals in the draft, Kony Ealy replaces Michael Johnson, who signed a massive deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency.

 

25. San Diego Chargers: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State

The Chargers really need defensive help, particularly in the secondary. But fast-rising linebacker Ryan Shazier is too good to pass up late in the first round. The Chargers can look for help at corner or safety in a later round.

 

26. Houston Texans (Cleveland): C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama

C.J. Mosley's draft stock has really fallen due to injury concerns, but with Houston's issues at linebacker, the former Alabama star appears to be a steal with the 26th overall pick. If he can just stay healthy, he'll be a star in this league.

 

27. New Orleans Saints: Ra'Shede Hageman, DT/DE, Minnesota

The best player available late in the first round, Ra'Shede Hageman is a versatile playmaker that will fit well in Rob Ryan's defense. He's capable of playing defensive tackle or defensive end.

 

28. Carolina Panthers: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

This pick absolutely has to be an offensive tackle or a wide receiver. With so many talented receivers and a shortage on tackles by the end of the first round, it makes sense for the Panthers to grab Cam Newton's blind side blocker at pick 28.

 

29. Jacksonville Jaguars (Philadelphia): Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State (70, 105, 179)

That's two trades out of the first round for the Eagles, who collect a third, fourth and sixth-round pick from the Jaguars. Derek Carr makes four quarterbacks selected in the first round of the draft.

 

30. Buffalo Bills (San Francisco): Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU

Twenty-one spots after they were originally scheduled to pick, the Bills grab a versatile linebacker who can team with Kiko Alonso and Brandon Spikes to provide one of the most fearsome linebacker trios in the game.

 

31. Denver Broncos: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

There really aren't any holes on the Broncos, who signed three defensive stars in free agency: DeMarcus Ware, Aqib Talib and T.J. Ward. In a win-now mode, why not add another offensive weapon for Peyton Manning?

 

32. Seattle Seahawks: Dominique Easley, DT, Florida

Here's another team without any holes. They can pick for need or just grab the best player available. After losing defensive linemen Red Bryant and Chris Clemons in free agency, the Seahawks grab a player with one of the highest ceilings in the draft.

 

33. Houston Texans: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

A potential first-round cornerback falls to the second round. The Texans grab him to play alongside Jonathan Joseph.

 

34. Washington Redskins: Joel Bitonio, OT/OG, Nevada

With their first pick, the Redskins grab a versatile offensive lineman who can help protect RGIII and block for Alfred Morris. Offense is the key to this team competing for a postseason berth.

 

35. Houston Texans (Cleveland): Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

Bill O'Brien, Blake Bortles and Jordan Matthews to go with Arian Foster, Andre Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins? Yes please.

 

36. Oakland Raiders: Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh

I personally have no expectations for Tom Savage in the NFL. That makes him a perfect reach pick for the Raiders.

 

37. St. Louis Rams (Atlanta): Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

Off-the-field issues drop Bradley Roby to the second round, where the Rams grab him to pair with Janoris Jenkins.

 

38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington

The Buccaneers look like they're sticking with Mike Glennon, for now. In Austin Seferian-Jenkins, they have an underrated pass catcher to team with Vincent Jackson.

 

39. Philadelphia Eagles (Jacksonville): Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson

With their first pick after trading down twice, the Eagles select a possible replacement for DeSean Jackson.

 

40. Minnesota Vikings: Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State

New quarterback Teddy Bridgewater could use an offensive weapon to throw to but at least he'll have better protection. The Vikings need improvement from their guards and Gabe Jackson will be a Week 1 starter.

 

41. Buffalo Bills: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

It's a make-or-break year for EJ Manuel, who has a plethora of young talent to throw to.

 

42. New York Jets (Tennessee): Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech (137)

The Jets can't ignore their offensive woes forever (although Rex Ryan would probably like to). Jace Amaro gives them an upgrade at each offensive skill position this offseason. In doing so, the Jets give the Titans pick No. 137.

 

43. Pittsburgh Steelers (NY Giants): Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame (173)

The Steelers really need to get a big, physical pass-catcher for Ben Roethlisberger. Troy Niklas stands 6'6'' and weighs 270 pounds and costs just an extra fifth-round pick.

 

44. St. Louis Rams: Kelcy Quarles, DT, South Carolina

The Rams now have a fearsome defensive line that features Robert Quinn, Chris Long, Michael Brockers and Quarles. Only Quarles is not a first-round pick.

 

45. Detroit Lions: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska

A borderline first-round pick, Jean-Baptiste's height will help with him some of the big, physical receivers in the NFC North, notably Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery.

 

46. New York Giants (Pittsburgh): Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame

Two straight defensive ends for the Giants will help get this team's pass rush back to elite form. Now if only Eli Manning can stop throwing interceptions.

 

47. Dallas Cowboys: Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn

One of the draft's top pass rushers falling to the middle of the second round? Even the Cowboys can't screw that up. Ford and Aaron Donald will drastically fix the league's worst pass rush.

 

48. Baltimore Ravens: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

Despite injury concerns, the Ravens pull the trigger on Kouandjio, who will be slated as the Week 1 starter at right tackle over Rick Wagner.

 

49. Tennessee Titans (NY Jets): A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama

The Titans could stick with Jake Locker but they'd be foolish to ignore the quarterback position. A.J. McCarron in the second round is a solid option for new head coach Ken Whisenhunt.

 

50. Miami Dolphins: Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State

Although the Dolphins brought in Knowshon Moreno, he's clearly not the long-term answer. Neither is Lamar Miller. Carlos Hyde is the first running back off the board.

 

51. Chicago Bears: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

One of the draft's biggest fallers, Calvin Pryor fills a need for the Bears and is also clearly the best player available. His hard hitting will be an asset in the physical NFC North.

 

52. Arizona Cardinals: Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech

One of the league's oldest pass rushes gets a jolt with the talented pass rusher out of Georgia Tech. 

 

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

It's been a few years since the Packers had the league's best trio of cornerbacks. Bashaud Breeland is a potential starter in a year or two.

 

54. Philadelphia Eagles: Lamarcus Joyner, CB/S, Florida State

The Eagles love hybrid players and Lamarcus Joyner has the ability to play both cornerback and safety. He's undersized but he's a powerful hitter who will give the Eagles some needed aggression on the defense.

 

55. Cincinnati Bengals: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia

It wouldn't be a complete surprise to see the Bengals draft a Round 1 replacement for much-criticized Andy Dalton. They pass but select injured quarterback Aaron Murray with their second pick. He could be healthy and ready to take over as the starter by 2015, if needed.

 

56. Buffalo Bills (San Francisco): Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State

Loaded with picks in the second and third rounds, the Bills take the best remaining pass rusher in Scott Crichton.

 

57. Denver Broncos (San Diego): David Yankey, OG, Stanford (171)

With a boatload of talent on their roster, the Broncos can pick and choose their targets in the draft by identifying potential Week 1 starters. David Yankey could do that for the squad at guard.

 

58. New Orleans Saints: Marcus Martin, C, USC

The Saints desperately need help at center and would probably trade up to acquire one. Here Marcus Martin falls to them late in the second round.

 

59. Indianapolis Colts: Ja'Wuan James, OT, Tennessee

Protecting Andrew Luck is an absolute necessity for the Colts, who really haven't succeeded on the offensive line since the Peyton Manning era.

 

60. Carolina Panthers: Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood

Ignoring their need at wide receiver, the Panthers select the best remaining cornerback, who will likely start as a rookie.

 

61. Buffalo Bills (San Francisco): Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois

Jimmie Ward, a borderline first-round pick, falling to the end of the second round? That's an ideal scenario for the Bills, who really need a replacement for Jairus Byrd.

 

62. Philadelphia Eagles (New England): Billy Turner, OT, North Dakota State

The Eagles don't need help at tackle right now, but Jason Peters turns 32 in 2014 and could be in the final year of his contract. If not, Billy Turner will be a backup for an offensive line that had all five starters play 16 games in 2013.

 

63. San Diego Chargers (Denver): Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State

Teaming Deone Bucannon with Eric Weddle will give the Chargers one of the better safety tandems in the National Football League. Bucannon also fills a major need, as the Chargers desperately need secondary help.

 

64. Seattle Seahawks: Trai Turner, OG, LSU

Guard is one of the few weaknesses for the defending Super Bowl champions and Turner is the type of player who could start coming out of training camp.

 

65. Houston Texans: Tre Mason, RB, Auburn

It's likely the final year for Arian Foster as a starter in the NFL, with Tre Mason a potential starter in 2015.

 

66. Washington Redskins: Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida

The Redskins need help in their defensive backfield, especially with the emergence of Nick Foles as a potentially elite quarterback. Jaylen Watkins could start for Washington as a rookie.

 

67. Oakland Raiders: De'Anthony Thomas, RB, Oregon

Nobody thinks De'Anthony Thomas is worth a third-round pick, so it makes complete sense for the Raiders to ignore their massive needs and grab a playmaker who likely will disappoint in silver and black.

 

68. St. Louis Rams: Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor

After taking Zack Martin as a projected starter at tackle, the Rams grab Cyril Richardson, who can plug one of the holes at guard. Their offensive line is significantly better from the previous season.

 

69. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU

For the second straight season, the Buccaneers grab a third-round quarterback. LSU's Zach Mettenberger could compete for a starting job with last year's most impressive rookie quarterback, Mike Glennon.

 

70. Philadelphia Eagles (Jacksonville): Marcus Smith, OLB, Louisville

The Eagles finally address their pass rush, grabbing a hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker to potentially take over for Trent Cole in the 2015 season.

 

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

With an offensive-minded head coach, the Texans won't ignore their new quarterback. Davante Adams teams with Andre Johnson, DeAndre Hopkins and Jordan Matthews to form the best quartet of receivers in the NFL. That's almost unfair it's so good. 

 

72. Minnesota Vikings: Dion Bailey, SS, USC

The Vikings can pair Dion Bailey with Harrison Smith to form a respectable, young duo at safety.

 

73. Buffalo Bills: Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington

Fred Jackson has to be in the final season of his career and C.J. Spiller has been inconsistent since he was selected with the ninth overall pick in 2010. Pairing Spiller with Bishop Sankey will help take the pressure off E.J. Manuel in his second year.

 

74. New York Giants: Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Mississippi

Two pass-rushers and now two pass-catchers. Those are the first four picks for the Giants, who can pair Moncrief with Victor Cruz and Reuben Randle.

 

75. St. Louis Rams: Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia

The emergence of Zac Stacy in 2013 turned the Rams into a power-running offense. Charles Sims would be a great complement on offense.

 

76. Detroit Lions: Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado

Even after adding Golden Tate to pair with Calvin Johnson, the Lions aren't satisfied with their receivers. Paul Richardson is the best remaining wide receiver.

 

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

The 49ers need to find a replacement for Aldon Smith. Even if the former top-10 pick isn't suspended for the 2014 season, he can't stay out of trouble.

 

78. New York Giants (Dallas): A.C. Leonard, TE, Tennessee State

Life in New York is about the pass rush and making Eli Manning happy. The Giants fixed their pass rush but now it's time to add another weapon for Manning, who just led the league in interceptions for the third time.

 

79. Arizona Cardinals (Baltimore): Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State (196)

The Cardinals offer a sixth-round pick to move up five spots and select a likely Week 1 starter at the center position.

 

80. New York Jets: Keith McGill, CB, Utah

That's two cornerbacks for the Jets in the first three rounds. Life with Rex Ryan as a head coach is all about winning games on defense.

 

81. Miami Dolphins: Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State

One of the surprise picks in the third round, Demarcus Lawrence is easily the best pass rusher. If he and Dion Jordan can develop into stars, and Cameron Wake plays a few more seasons, the Dolphins will have one of the better pass rushes in the league.

 

82. Chicago Bears: C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa

The massive tight end out of Iowa gives the Bears a respectable one-two punch at tight end. He's yet another huge target for Jay Cutler to throw passes downfield to.

 

83. Cleveland Browns: Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin

Picking for the first time since they grabbed Johnny Manziel with the number one overall pick, the Browns select the best remaining receiver to pair with Josh Gordon.

 

84. Baltimore Ravens (Arizona): Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona

It couldn't have been a worse year for Ray Rice in 2013, who may be suspended but probably isn't good enough to remain the starter anyway. Teaming Ka'Deem Carey with Bernard Pierce should make life easier for former Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco.

 

85. Green Bay Packers: Terrence Brooks, FS, Florida State

Probably the only remaining safety worthy of a third-round pick, Terrence Brooks will start for Dom Capers' defense in Week 1.

 

86. Philadelphia Eagles: Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU

With LeSean McCoy scheduled to earn more than $11 million in 2015, the Eagles have to be prepared to draft his replacement. Bryce Brown and Chris Polk have shown flashes but Hill has much more upside as a runner.

 

87. Kansas City Chiefs: Ed Reynolds, FS, Stanford

The Chiefs were exposed late in the season on defense, particularly in their wild-card playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Ed Reynolds should be able to start next to Eric Berry.

 

88. Cincinnati Bengals: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

Perhaps the biggest steal in the third round, Jernigan will team with Geno Atkins to form the most dangerous defensive tackle duo in the NFL.

 

89. San Diego Chargers: Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford

Although King Dunlap has succeeded at left tackle, he turns 30 this season and has had injury issues. Cameron Fleming is poised to take over when needed.

 

90. Indianapolis Colts: DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State

One of the true nose tackles in the draft, DaQuan Jones is a major upgrade over Josh Chapman.

 

91. New Orleans Saints: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois

When your quarterback is 35 years old, you need to start thinking about a replacement, even when it's a future Hall of Famer like Drew Brees.

 

92. Carolina Panthers: Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers

Finally, the Panthers select a receiver. Coleman may be a bit of a stretch in the third round but he's a 6'5'' target who should be able to help Cam Newton in the red zone.

 

93. Philadelphia Eagles (New England): Will Clarke, DE/OLB, West Virginia

Another pass rusher for the Eagles, Clarke can play on the defensive line or at linebacker. He has great size and could turn into a starter by 2015.

 

94. Buffalo Bills (San Francisco): Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida

The best remaining defensive back, Roberson shores up a much-improved secondary, even with the loss of Jairus Byrd via free agency.

 

95. Denver Broncos: Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin

Inside linebacker is one of the few holes on the Broncos, meaning the undersize Borland should be able to start as a rookie.

 

96. Minnesota Vikings: Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida

The best remaining cornerback, Purifoy improves one of the league's youngest secondaries.

 

97. Pittsburgh Steelers: Adrian Hubbard, OLB, Alabama

Gone are dominant linebackers from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Lawrence Timmons is aging and Jarvis Jones struggled as a rookie. Hubbard will compete for a starting spot, even as a rookie.

 

98. Green Bay Packers: Jackson Jeffcoat, DE/OLB, Texas

Projected to be a top-10 pick had he entered the draft a year ago, Jeffcoat could start at defensive end with a strong showing in camp.

 

99. Baltimore Ravens: Yawin Smallwood, ILB, Connecticut

It's impossible to replace Ray Lewis, but Arthur Brown (second-round pick in 2013) and Yawin Smallwood add toughness to a defense that has disappointed in recent years.

 

100. San Francisco 49ers: Telvin Smith, ILB, Florida State

Although NaVorro Bowman is expected to recover from his brutal leg injury suffered in the NFC Championship Game loss to the Seahawks, the 49ers need to be prepared in case the All-Pro cannot return to elite form.

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