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

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2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated Outlook for Rounds 4-7
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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
Pick Overall Team Player Position School
1 101 Philadelphia Eagles (From Houston) Pierre Desir CB Lindenwood
2 102 Washington Redskins Ed Reynolds S Stanford
3 103 Atlanta Falcons Kelcy Quarles DT South Carolina
4 104 New York Jets (from Tampa Bay) Trevor Reilly DE/OLB Utah
5 105 New England Patriots (from Jacksonville) Victor Hampton CB South Carolina
6 106 San Francisco 49ers (from Cleveland) Yawin Smallwood ILB Connecticut
7 107 Oakland Raiders DaQuann Jones DT Penn State
8 108 Seattle Seahawks (from Minnesota) Jackson Jeffcoat DE/OLB Texas
9 109 Buffalo Bills Chris Smith DE Arkansas
10 110 St. Louis Rams AJ McCarron QB Alabama
11 111 Seattle Seahawks (from Detroit) Christian Kirksey OLB Iowa
12 112 Tennessee Titans Lache Seastrunk RB Oregon
13 113 New York Giants E.J. Gaines CB Missouri
14 114 Jacksonville Jaguars (from Baltimore) Ka'Deem Carey RB Arizona
15 115 New York Jets Robert Herron WR Wyoming
16 116 Oakland Raiders (from Miami) Terrance Mitchell CB Oregon
17 117 Chicago Bears Jordan Zumwalt LB UCLA
18 118 Pittsburgh Steelers Antonio Richardson OT Arkansas
19 119 Dallas Cowboys Craig Loston S LSU
20 120 Arizona Cardinals Jared Abbrederis WR Wisconsin
21 121 Green Bay Packers Daniel McCullers NT Tennessee
22 122 Tennessee Titans (from Philadelphia) Mike Davis WR Texas
23 123 Cincinnati Bengals Terrance West RB Towson
24 124 Kansas City Chiefs Anthony Steen OG Alabama
25 125 Miami Dolphins (from San Diego) Bruce Ellington WR South Carolina
26 126 New Orleans Saints Zach Mettenberger QB LSU
27 127 Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis) Michael Sam DE/OLB Missouri
28 128 Carolina Panthers Ross Cockrell CB Duke
29 129 San Francisco 49ers Devonta Freeman RB Florida State
30 130 New England Patriots Josh Mauro DE Stanford
31 131 Denver Broncos Christian Jones LB Florida State
32 132 Seattle Seahawks Brandon Thomas OG Clemson
33 133 Detroit Lions (compensatory) Rashaad Reynolds CB Oregon State
34 134 Baltimore Ravens (compensatory) Ahmad Dixon S Baylor
35 135 Houston Texans (compensatory) Ryan Grant WR Tulane
36 136 Detroit Lions (compensatory) Jordan Tripp LB Montana
37 137 New York Jets (compensatory) Aaron Murray QB Georgia
38 138 Baltimore Ravens (compensatory) Arthur Lynch TE Georgia
39 139 Atlanta Falcons (compensatory) Dion Bailey S USC
40 140 New England Patriots (compensatory) James Hurst OT North 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
Pick Overall Team Player Position School
1 141 Philadelphia Eagles (from Houston) Andre Williams RB Boston College
2 142 Washington Redskins Chris Davis CB Auburn
3 143 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Lamin Barrow ILB LSU
4 144 Jacksonville Jaguars Adrian Hubbard OLB Alabama
5 145 Minnesota Vikings (from Cleveland) TJ Jones WR Notre Dame
6 146 Detroit Lions (from Oakland through Seattle) Caraun Reid DT Princeton
7 147 Atlanta Falcons Bryan Stork OC Florida State
8 148 Minnesota Vikings Prince Shembo OLB Notre Dame
9 149 Buffalo Bills Nevin Lawson CB Utah State
10 150 San Francisco 49ers (from Detroit through Jacksonville) Deion Belue CB Alabama
11 151 Tennessee Titans Antone Exum CB Virginia Tech
12 152 New York Giants Charles Leno Jr. OT Boise State
13 153 Buffalo Bills (From San Diego) Devin Street WR Pitt
14 154 New York Jets Justin Ellis NT Louisiana Tech
15 155 Miami Dolphins James Wilder Jr. RB Florida State
16 156 Chicago Bears James White RB Wisconsin
17 157 Pittsburgh Steelers Carl Bradford, OLB Arizona State
18 158 Dallas Cowboys Morgan Breslin OLB USC
19 159 Jacksonville Jaguars (from Baltimore) Jeff Janis WR Saginaw Valley State
20 160 Arizona Cardinals George Uko DT USC
21 161 Green Bay Packers Jon Halapio OG Florida
22 162 Philadelphia Eagles Kenny Ladler S Vanderbilt
23 163 Kansas City Chiefs Marcel Jensen TE Fresno State
24 164 Cincinnati Bengals Jalen Saunders WR Vanderbilt
25 165 San Diego Chargers David Fales QB San Jose State
26 166 Indianapolis Colts James Gayle DE/OLB Virginia Tech
27 167 New Orleans Saints Bennett Jackson CB Notre Dame
28 168 Carolina Panthers Joe Jon Duncan TE Dixie State
29 169 New Orleans Saints (from New England via Philadelphia) Ed Stinson DE Alabama
30 170 San Francisco 49ers Tom Savage QB Pitt
31 171 Miami Dolphins (from Denver through San Francisco) Seantrel Henderson OT Miami (FL)
32 172 Seattle Seahawks Ronald Powell OLB Florida
33 173 Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory) Vinnie Sunseri S Alabama
34 174 New York Giants (compensatory) Ricardo Allen CB Purdue
35 175 Baltimore Ravens (compensatory) Ryan Carrethers DT Arkansas State
36 176 Green Bay Packers (compensatory) Brandon Coleman WR Rutgers

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
Pick Overall Team Player Position School
1 177 Houston Texans Antonio Andrews RB Arizona State
2 178 Washington Redskins Brandon Linder OG Miami
3 179 New England Patriots (from Jacksonville) Isaiah Lewis S Michigan State
4 180 San Francisco 49ers (from Cleveland) Tyler Larsen OC Utah State
5 181 Houston Texans (from Oakland Raiders) Kevin Norwood WR Alabama
6 182 Atlanta Falcons Marion Grice RB Arizona State
7 183 Chicago Bears (from Tampa Bay) Marqueston Huff S Wyoming
8 184 Minnesota Vikings Tyler Gaffney RB Stanford
9 185 Tampa Bay (from Buffalo Bills) Cassius Marsh DE Boston College
10 186 Tennessee Titans J.C. Copeland FB LSU
11 187 New York Giants Brett Smith QB Wyoming
12 188 St. Louis Rams Matt Patchan OT Boston College
13 189 Detroit Lions Brent Urban DE Virginia
14 190 Miami Dolphins Kasim Edebali OLB Boston College
15 191 Chicago Bears Michael Campanaro WR Wake Forest
16 192 Pittsburgh Steelers Rob Blanchflower TE UMass
17 193 Kansas City Chiefs (from Dallas) Shamar Stephen DT Connecticut
18 194 Baltimore Ravens Russell Bodine OG North Carolina
19 195 New York Jets Jay Prosch FB Auburn
20 196 Arizona Cardinals Rajion Neal RB Tennessee
21 197 Green Bay Packers Alden Darby S Arizona State
22 198 New England Patriots (from Philadelphia) Aaron Lynch DE/OLB USF
23 199 Cincinnati Bengals Josh Stewart WR Oklahoma State
24 200 Kansas City Chiefs Devekeyan Lattimore LB USF
25 201 San Diego Chargers Deandre Coleman DT Cal
26 202 New Orleans Saints Jemea Thomas S Georgia Tech
27 203 Indianapolis Colts DeAnthony Thomas RB/WR Oregon
28 204 Carolina Panthers Cody Hoffman WR BYU
29 205 Jacksonville Jaguars (from San Francisco) Khairi Fortt OLB Cal
30 206 New England Patriots L'Damian Washington WR Missouri
31 207 Denver Broncos Denicos Allen OLB Michigan State
32 208 Seattle Seahawks Bene Benwikere CB San Jose State
33 209 New York Jets (compensatory) Corey Linsley OC Ohio State
34 210 New York Jets (compensatory) Taylor Hart DE Oregon
35 211 Houston Texans (compensatory) Howard Jones OLB Shepherd
36 212 Cincinnati Bengals (compensatory) Kadeem Edwards OG Tennessee State
37 213 New York Jets (compensatory) Jeremiah George ILB Iowa State
38 214 St. Louis Rams (compensatory) Andre Hal CB Vanderbilt
39 215 Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory) Jerick McKinnon RB Georgia Southern

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

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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
Pick Overall Team Player Pos. School
1 216 Houston Texans Richard Rodgers TE Cal
2 217 Washington Redskins Calvin Barnett DT Oklahoma State
3 218 Cleveland Browns Jacob Pedersen TE Wisconsin
4 219 Oakland Raiders Aaron Colvin CB Oklahoma
5 220 Atlanta Falcons Kevin Pierre-Louis LB Boston College
6 221 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jonathan Brown LB Illinois
7 222 Jacksonville Jaguars Dontae Johnson FS North Carolina State
8 223 Minnesota Vikings Andrew Jackson ILB Western Kentucky
9 224 Buffalo Bills Jay Bromley DT Syracuse
10 225 Carolina Panthers (from N.Y. Giants) John Urschel OG Penn State
11 226 St. Louis Rams Storm Johnson RB UCF
12 227 Seattle Seahawks (From Detroit) Ethan Westbrooks DE West Texas A&M
13 228 Tennessee Titans Connor Shaw QB South Carolina
14 229 Dallas Cowboys (from Chicago) Tevin Reese WR Baylor
15 230 Pittsburgh Steelers Shaquelle Evans WR UCLA
16 231 Dallas Cowboys Tyler Starr OLB South Dakota
17 232 Indianapolis Colts (from Baltimore) Spencer Long OG Nebraska
18 233 New York Jets Xavier Grimble TE USC
19 234 Miami Dolphins Jordan Najvar TE Baylor
20 235 Oakland Raiders (from Arizona) Ryan Hewitt FB Stanford
21 236 Green Bay Packers Ryan Groy OG Wisconsin
22 237 Philadelphia Eagles Tre Boston S North Carolina
23 238 Dallas Cowboys (from Kansas City) Lavelle Westbrooks CB Georgia Southern
24 239 Cincinnati Bengals Kerry Hyder DT Texas Tech
25 240 San Diego Chargers Justin Britt OT Missouri
26 241 St. Louis Rams (from Indianapolis) Hakeem Smith S Louisville
27 242 Denver Broncos (from New Orleans through San Francisco) Carrington Byndom CB Texas
28 243 San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina) Trey Millard FB Oklahoma
29 244 New England Patriots Wesley Johnson OT Vanderbilt
30 245 San Francisco 49ers Eathyn Manumaleuna DT BYU
31 246 Denver Broncos Max Bullough ILB Michigan State
32 247 Oakland Raiders (from Seattle Seahawks) Charles Sawyer CB Ole Miss
33 248 Dallas Cowboys (compensatory) Avery Williamson ILB Kentucky
34 249 St. Louis Rams (compensatory) Kevin Pamphile OT Purdue
35 250 St. Louis Rams (compensatory) Jake Murphy TE Utah
36 251 Dallas Cowboys (compensatory) Zach Fulton OG Tennessee
37 252 Cincinnati Bengals (compensatory) Blake Annen TE Cincinnati
38 253 Atlanta Falcons (compensatory) Lonnie Ballentine S Memphis
39 254 Dallas Cowboys (compensatory) Will Smith OLB Texas Tech
40 255 Atlanta Falcons (compensatory) Chandler Jones WR San Jose State
41 256 Houston Texans (compensatory) Quincy Enunwa WR Nebraska

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. 

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