2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated Outlook for Rounds 4-7

Richard LangfordCorrespondent IMarch 22, 2017

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 02:  AJ McCarron #10 of the Alabama Crimson Tide walks off the field after the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 2, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Sooners defeated the Crimson Tide 45-31.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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With a wild first two days already under the belt of the 2014 NFL draft, over half of the event's proceedings still sit in front of us. 

Saturday features Rounds 4-7, and although the guys who will be selected in these rounds are not nearly as well known as the players who went before them, these selections are still vital for each team. 

Finding players who can contribute in the later rounds is key to a team's success. These guys will be locked into cheap contracts, and if they can develop into starters, it will create salary-cap freedom for their franchise going forward.

At any rate, here is how I see Saturday playing out:

 

2014 Round 4 Mock
PickOverallTeamPlayerPositionSchool
1101Philadelphia Eagles (From Houston)Pierre DesirCBLindenwood
2102Washington RedskinsEd ReynoldsSStanford
3103Atlanta FalconsKelcy QuarlesDTSouth Carolina
4104New York Jets (from Tampa Bay)Trevor ReillyDE/OLBUtah
5105New England Patriots (from Jacksonville)Victor HamptonCBSouth Carolina
6106San Francisco 49ers (from Cleveland)Yawin SmallwoodILBConnecticut
7107Oakland RaidersDaQuann JonesDTPenn State
8108Seattle Seahawks (from Minnesota)Jackson JeffcoatDE/OLBTexas
9109Buffalo BillsChris SmithDEArkansas
10110St. Louis RamsAJ McCarronQBAlabama
11111Seattle Seahawks (from Detroit)Christian KirkseyOLBIowa
12112Tennessee TitansLache SeastrunkRBOregon
13113New York GiantsE.J. GainesCBMissouri
14114Jacksonville Jaguars (from Baltimore) Ka'Deem CareyRBArizona
15115New York JetsRobert HerronWRWyoming
16116Oakland Raiders (from Miami)Terrance MitchellCBOregon
17117Chicago BearsJordan ZumwaltLBUCLA
18118Pittsburgh SteelersAntonio RichardsonOTArkansas
19119Dallas CowboysCraig LostonSLSU
20120Arizona CardinalsJared AbbrederisWRWisconsin
21121Green Bay PackersDaniel McCullersNTTennessee
22122Tennessee Titans (from Philadelphia)Mike DavisWRTexas
23123Cincinnati BengalsTerrance WestRBTowson
24124Kansas City ChiefsAnthony SteenOGAlabama
25125Miami Dolphins (from San Diego)Bruce EllingtonWRSouth Carolina
26126New Orleans SaintsZach MettenbergerQBLSU
27127Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis)Michael SamDE/OLBMissouri
28128Carolina PanthersRoss CockrellCBDuke
29129San Francisco 49ersDevonta FreemanRBFlorida State
30130New England PatriotsJosh MauroDEStanford
31131Denver BroncosChristian JonesLBFlorida State
32132Seattle SeahawksBrandon ThomasOGClemson
33133Detroit Lions (compensatory)Rashaad ReynoldsCBOregon State
34134Baltimore Ravens (compensatory)Ahmad DixonSBaylor
35135Houston Texans (compensatory)Ryan GrantWRTulane
36136Detroit Lions (compensatory)Jordan TrippLBMontana
37137New York Jets (compensatory)Aaron MurrayQBGeorgia
38138Baltimore Ravens (compensatory)Arthur LynchTEGeorgia
39139Atlanta Falcons (compensatory)Dion BaileySUSC
40140New England Patriots (compensatory)James HurstOTNorth Carolina

 

AJ McCarron's Slide Will End

Two-time national-championship-winning quarterback AJ McCarron is still on the board, but he won't slide past the St. Louis Rams' selection at No. 110. 

The Rams have Sam Bradford to handle starting duties, but entering his fifth year in the league, Bradford has still yet to convince anyone that he is the kind of quarterback a franchise should be content with. 

McCarron would give the Rams a quarterback to develop, as either a stop-gap guy or a permanent starter, which would allow the Rams to let Bradford walk.

McCarron doesn't have the strongest arm, and he won't beat teams with his feet, but he has solid accuracy and brings elite experience.  

 

2014 Round 5 Mock
PickOverallTeamPlayerPositionSchool
1141Philadelphia Eagles (from Houston)Andre WilliamsRBBoston College
2142Washington RedskinsChris DavisCBAuburn
3143Tampa Bay BuccaneersLamin BarrowILBLSU
4144Jacksonville JaguarsAdrian HubbardOLBAlabama
5145Minnesota Vikings (from Cleveland) TJ JonesWRNotre Dame
6146Detroit Lions (from Oakland through Seattle)Caraun Reid DTPrinceton
7147Atlanta FalconsBryan StorkOCFlorida State
8148Minnesota VikingsPrince ShemboOLBNotre Dame
9149Buffalo BillsNevin LawsonCBUtah State
10150San Francisco 49ers (from Detroit through Jacksonville)Deion BelueCBAlabama
11151Tennessee TitansAntone ExumCBVirginia Tech
12152New York GiantsCharles Leno Jr.OTBoise State
13153Buffalo Bills (From San Diego)Devin StreetWRPitt
14154New York JetsJustin EllisNTLouisiana Tech
15155Miami DolphinsJames Wilder Jr.RBFlorida State
16156Chicago BearsJames WhiteRBWisconsin
17157Pittsburgh SteelersCarl Bradford,OLBArizona State
18158Dallas CowboysMorgan BreslinOLBUSC
19159Jacksonville Jaguars (from Baltimore)Jeff JanisWRSaginaw Valley State
20160Arizona CardinalsGeorge UkoDTUSC
21161Green Bay PackersJon HalapioOGFlorida
22162Philadelphia EaglesKenny LadlerSVanderbilt
23163Kansas City ChiefsMarcel JensenTEFresno State
24164Cincinnati BengalsJalen SaundersWRVanderbilt
25165San Diego ChargersDavid FalesQBSan Jose State
26166Indianapolis ColtsJames GayleDE/OLBVirginia Tech
27167New Orleans SaintsBennett JacksonCBNotre Dame
28168Carolina PanthersJoe Jon DuncanTEDixie State
29169New Orleans Saints (from New England via Philadelphia) Ed StinsonDEAlabama
30170San Francisco 49ersTom SavageQBPitt
31171Miami Dolphins (from Denver through San Francisco)Seantrel HendersonOTMiami (FL)
32172Seattle SeahawksRonald PowellOLBFlorida
33173Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory)Vinnie SunseriSAlabama
34174New York Giants (compensatory)Ricardo AllenCBPurdue
35175Baltimore Ravens (compensatory)Ryan CarrethersDTArkansas State
36176Green Bay Packers (compensatory)Brandon ColemanWRRutgers

 

Antone Exum: A Talented Player with Something to Prove

As you can see, I have Virginia Tech cornerback Antone Exum going No. 151 to the Tennessee Titans. He has the talent to go much higher, but the fact that he is still available heading into Day 3 is understandable. He was able to play in just two games last season after a slow recovery from an ACL tear

Exum is just under 6'0", but he checks in at over 200 pounds. He is a physical player who knows how to use his hands to disrupt receivers.

Besides his injury issues keeping him off the field, there is also the concern that they have stripped him of the athleticism needed to play corner.

If he reaches his potential, however, he could be a No. 1 corner in the NFL.  

 

2014 Round 6 Mock
PickOverallTeamPlayerPositionSchool
1177Houston TexansAntonio AndrewsRBArizona State
2178Washington RedskinsBrandon LinderOGMiami
3179New England Patriots (from Jacksonville)Isaiah LewisSMichigan State
4180San Francisco 49ers (from Cleveland)Tyler LarsenOCUtah State
5181Houston Texans (from Oakland Raiders)Kevin NorwoodWRAlabama
6182Atlanta FalconsMarion GriceRBArizona State
7183Chicago Bears (from Tampa Bay)Marqueston HuffSWyoming
8184Minnesota VikingsTyler GaffneyRBStanford
9185Tampa Bay (from Buffalo Bills)Cassius MarshDEBoston College
10186Tennessee TitansJ.C. CopelandFBLSU
11187New York GiantsBrett SmithQBWyoming
12188St. Louis RamsMatt PatchanOTBoston College
13189Detroit LionsBrent UrbanDEVirginia
14190Miami DolphinsKasim EdebaliOLBBoston College
15191Chicago BearsMichael CampanaroWRWake Forest
16192Pittsburgh SteelersRob BlanchflowerTEUMass
17193Kansas City Chiefs (from Dallas)Shamar StephenDTConnecticut
18194Baltimore RavensRussell BodineOGNorth Carolina
19195New York JetsJay ProschFBAuburn
20196Arizona CardinalsRajion NealRBTennessee
21197Green Bay PackersAlden DarbySArizona State
22198New England Patriots (from Philadelphia) Aaron LynchDE/OLBUSF
23199Cincinnati BengalsJosh StewartWROklahoma State
24200Kansas City ChiefsDevekeyan LattimoreLBUSF
25201San Diego ChargersDeandre ColemanDTCal
26202New Orleans SaintsJemea ThomasSGeorgia Tech
27203Indianapolis ColtsDeAnthony ThomasRB/WROregon
28204Carolina PanthersCody HoffmanWRBYU
29205Jacksonville Jaguars (from San Francisco) Khairi ForttOLBCal
30206New England PatriotsL'Damian WashingtonWRMissouri
31207Denver BroncosDenicos AllenOLBMichigan State
32208Seattle SeahawksBene BenwikereCBSan Jose State
33209New York Jets (compensatory)Corey LinsleyOCOhio State
34210New York Jets (compensatory)Taylor HartDEOregon
35211Houston Texans (compensatory)Howard JonesOLBShepherd
36212Cincinnati Bengals (compensatory)Kadeem EdwardsOGTennessee State
37213New York Jets (compensatory)Jeremiah GeorgeILBIowa State
38214St. Louis Rams (compensatory)Andre HalCBVanderbilt
39215Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory)Jerick McKinnonRBGeorgia Southern

 

Will the De'Anthony Thomas' Highlight Reel Transfer to the NFL?

Don Ryan/Associated Press

Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas is still on the board after three rounds, and it's not all that surprising.

He is just 5'9" and well under 200 pounds. He also posted a slower-than-expected 40-time (4.50) at the combine and saw his production decline in college as his career progressed. 

Still, I have him going 203rd to the Colts, and I have no doubts that he will produce a big play or two in the NFL. ESPN New York's Rich Cimini offered up this take on Thomas: 

One of the most intriguing weapons in the draft is Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas, a Darren Sproles-like talent. Even though his production dipped in 2012 and 2013, he still finished his career with an average of 7.8 yards per rush, including 5.4 yards before initial contact. 

Thomas' quickness and ankle-breaking moves are worth a sixth-round selection.  

 

2014 Round 7 Mock
PickOverallTeamPlayerPos.School
1216Houston TexansRichard RodgersTECal
2217Washington RedskinsCalvin BarnettDTOklahoma State
3218Cleveland BrownsJacob PedersenTEWisconsin
4219Oakland RaidersAaron ColvinCBOklahoma
5220Atlanta FalconsKevin Pierre-LouisLBBoston College
6221Tampa Bay BuccaneersJonathan BrownLBIllinois
7222Jacksonville JaguarsDontae JohnsonFSNorth Carolina State
8223Minnesota VikingsAndrew JacksonILBWestern Kentucky
9224Buffalo BillsJay BromleyDTSyracuse
10225Carolina Panthers (from N.Y. Giants)John UrschelOGPenn State
11226St. Louis RamsStorm JohnsonRBUCF
12227Seattle Seahawks (From Detroit)Ethan WestbrooksDEWest Texas A&M
13228Tennessee TitansConnor ShawQBSouth Carolina
14229Dallas Cowboys (from Chicago)Tevin ReeseWRBaylor
15230Pittsburgh SteelersShaquelle EvansWRUCLA
16231Dallas CowboysTyler StarrOLBSouth Dakota
17232Indianapolis Colts (from Baltimore)Spencer LongOGNebraska
18233New York JetsXavier GrimbleTEUSC
19234Miami DolphinsJordan NajvarTEBaylor
20235Oakland Raiders (from Arizona)Ryan HewittFBStanford
21236Green Bay PackersRyan GroyOGWisconsin
22237Philadelphia EaglesTre BostonSNorth Carolina
23238Dallas Cowboys (from Kansas City)Lavelle WestbrooksCBGeorgia Southern
24239Cincinnati BengalsKerry HyderDTTexas Tech
25240San Diego ChargersJustin BrittOTMissouri
26241St. Louis Rams (from Indianapolis)Hakeem SmithSLouisville
27242Denver Broncos (from New Orleans through San Francisco)Carrington ByndomCBTexas
28243San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina)Trey MillardFBOklahoma
29244New England PatriotsWesley JohnsonOTVanderbilt
30245San Francisco 49ersEathyn ManumaleunaDTBYU
31246Denver BroncosMax BulloughILBMichigan State
32247Oakland Raiders (from Seattle Seahawks)Charles SawyerCBOle Miss
33248Dallas Cowboys (compensatory)Avery WilliamsonILBKentucky
34249St. Louis Rams (compensatory)Kevin PamphileOTPurdue
35250St. Louis Rams (compensatory)Jake MurphyTEUtah
36251Dallas Cowboys (compensatory)Zach FultonOGTennessee
37252Cincinnati Bengals (compensatory)Blake AnnenTECincinnati
38253Atlanta Falcons (compensatory)Lonnie BallentineSMemphis
39254Dallas Cowboys (compensatory)Will SmithOLBTexas Tech
40255Atlanta Falcons (compensatory)Chandler JonesWRSan Jose State
41256Houston Texans (compensatory)Quincy EnunwaWRNebraska

 

Will Connor Shaw Make it in the NFL? 

Connor Shaw is too short (6'0") and has less-than-average arm strength. I've mocked him to the Titans in Round 7, but there is a chance he may go undrafted. 

What he does have is a winning record and good accuracy. He went 27-5 as a starter at South Carolina while throwing for 6,074 yards and 56 touchdowns. As a senior, he threw 24 touchdowns and just one interception. He also has good mobility and can make plays with his feet. 

Another knock on Shaw has been his inability to stay healthy, and it is hard to see that improving in the punishing NFL. 

Still, Shaw has the look of a valuable backup in the NFL, and he is definitely worthy of a late-round selection.