NCAA Football: North Carolina State at North Carolina

Final Three-Round Mock Draft: Updated Picks, Predictions & Stock Updates

NCAA Football: North Carolina State at North Carolina

Only three days remain until the 2014 NFL Draft is slated to kick off, but there is still much uncertainty as to how it will all play out. Players like Teddy Bridgewater are watching their stocks dwindle, while rapid-risers like Tom Savage are (somehow) shooting up draft boards. There is no telling exactly how teams value each prospect relative to the media’s perception of their worth.

Let’s take a look at how the first three rounds are shaping up. This will be our final mock draft until the big day.

The 2014 draft class is one of the deepest of all-time. There’s plenty of talent available on both sides of the ball. So expect plenty of crazyness and uncertainty come Thursday evening. Here’s our best stab at how it’ll all play out:

ROUND 1:

 

1. Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

With so much uncertainty surrounding the quarterbacks, the safe play for the Texans is to take the best player available. Despite his overblown character concerns, Clowney is a once-in-a-generation talent that any team will regret passing up.

2. St. Louis Rams: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

With Jake Long recovering from an ACL injury, the Rams have a chance to solve their tackle position once and for all. Robinson has a lot of holes in his game but flashed dominance no offensive lineman is capable of matching in this class.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

With one pick, the Jaguars give their franchise the much-needed injection of energy they have lacked for years. Manziel is the ultimate risk-reward would could be a dominant player if his skills translate to the NFL.

4. Cleveland Browns: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

Watkins and Josh Gordon instantly give the Browns a wide receiver corps that few in the NFL could match. All they need now is a quarterback to bring it all together.

5. Oakland Raiders: Khalil Mack, DE/OLB, Buffalo

Mack is simply the best player available at this point, giving the Raiders a blue-chip defender than can step in and be the best player on the roster from day one.

6. Atlanta Falcons: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

Arguably the safest pick in the draft, the Matthews is a plug-and-play starter from day one who will go a long way in rebuilding the trenches in Atlanta, even if he does not have the same upside as Greg Robinson.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

Trading Mike Williams almost forces the Bucs to take a receiver here. Evans is the prototypical deep threat that can will give Josh McCown a pair of receiver that strongly resemble the group he had in Chicago.

8. Minnesota Vikings: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

Bridgewater’s stock appears to be in freefall after a disappointing month of workouts, but he is only a few months removed from being the unquestioned No. 1 quarterback in this class.

9. Buffalo Bills: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

The Bills do have Scott Chandler in the fold, but they need more than a glorified receiver at the tight end position. Ebron is arguably the best tight end prospect since Vernon Davis and will give them a dynamic player the position that they have not had before.

10. Detroit Lions: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

The Lions have gone far too long without adding a first-round talent to the secondary. Gilbert can be a big over-aggressive but he will be an excellent fit in the Lions all-or-nothing style of defense.

11. Tennessee Titans: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

The Titans will give Jake Locker at least one more year to prove he can be the franchise quarterback. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix can be their Cover 1 specialist that will allow their defense to be more aggressive.
12. New York Giants: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

The Giants get a steal here with one the best defensive tackle prospect since Marcell Dareus, despite being a bit undersized.

13. St. Louis Rams: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

With Cortland Finnegan no longer in the picture, the Rams need a man-to-man specialist who can lock down a side of the field. Dennard can be that guy.

14. Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

Hageman is a bit raw and not quite as consistent as most scouts would prefer, but he has the tools to develop into the run-stuffer the Bears need in the middle of their defense.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

Any team willing to overlook a recent arrest and a disappointing 2013 campaign may wind up getting the best cornerback in this class. Roby has elite movement skills and can instantly start for the Steelers.

16. Dallas Cowboys: Anthony Barr, DE, UCLA

Barr slides down the board further than most would anticipate. Here, he provides great value to the Cowboys who were decimated on the defensive line last year.

17. Baltimore Ravens: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

Even after locking down Eugene Monroe, the Ravens still have a massive hole at the opposite tackle position that was once occupied by Michael Oher.

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

Few teams need more help at the skill positions than the Jets. Beckham Jr. he would fit perfectly opposite Eric Decker as a receiver who can add an element of speed with polished route-running for whoever is playing quarterback this season.

19. Miami Dolphins: Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada

The Dolphins need to completely re-vamp their offensive line both on and off the field. Bitino allows the to completely move on from the Jonathan Martin era.

20. Arizona Cardinals: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

Carson Palmer played relatively well last year, but the Cardinals need to start thinking about the future. A coach’s dream from the shoulders up, it remains to be seen whether or not Bortles can clean up his accuracy and overcome his average arm strength in the NFL.

21. Green Bay Packers: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
Simply put, Mosley is the best player on the board. Mosley can play any linebacker position in any scheme, which is perfect for a Packers defense that will use more 4-3 looks next year.

22. Philadelphia Eagles: Marqise Lee, WR, USC

Receiver becomes an even more pressing need after releasing DeSean Jackson. Injuries and turmoil at USC contributed to Lee’s disappointing 2013 campaign, but he can turn out to be a steal if he can return to his record-breaking 2012 form.

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

The Chiefs don’t have many holes on their roster, but giving Alex Smith an extra toy to play with may be their top need. Cooks is an undersized speedster who also has value as a return man.

24. Cincinnati Bengals: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

The Bengals have been getting by with average safeties for too long. Pryor is a big-time hitter who will set a new tone for the Bengals’ secondary.

25. San Diego Chargers: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

The Chargers have used their last few first-round picks to shore up the defensive and offensive fronts—it is time to give their secondary an infusion of young talent.

26. Cleveland Browns: David Carr, QB, Fresno State

The Browns’ patience pays off, as they are able to get the quarterback they have been connected to for quite some time. Carr is a terrific competitor with as much arm talent as anyone in this draft class.

27. New Orleans Saints: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame

His senior season left a little to be desired because of nagging injuries, but Louis Nix could be a dominant player at the next level in the middle of the Saints’ defense if he can find a way to stay healthy.

28. Carolina Panthers: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

The loss of Captain Munnerlyn in free agency cannot be ignored. Verrett has a ton of ability, but his size may limit him to the slot, which is perfect for the Panthers’ needs.

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

The Patriots don’t have many needs, but they have not had certainty at the tight end position since the Aaron Hernandez saga unwound. Amaro would be a perfect complement to Rob Gronkowski, who is coming off an ACL injury.

30. San Francisco 49ers: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

As Aldon Smith continues to find himself on the wrong side of the law, the 49ers must prepare for life without their stud pass-rusher. Ealy provides great value at this point in the draft.

31. Denver Broncos: Xavier Su’a Filo, G, UCLA

The Broncos are starting to age along the offensive line, and should spare no expense to keep Peyton Manning upright as often as possible. Su’a Filo is a great fit as a zone blocker in the Broncos’ scheme.

32. Seattle Seahawks: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington

The defending champs don’t need much, but a protypical two-way tight end could make them impossible to defend. There are some character concerns regarding Seferian-Jenkins’ blocking effort, but he has too much natural ability to pass up at this point.

ROUNDS 2 & 3:

 

33 Houston Texans Jimmy Garoppolo QB Eastern Illinois
34 Washington Redskins Cyrus Kouandijo OT Alabama
35 Cleveland Browns Carlos Hyde RB Ohio State
36 Oakland Raiders Allen Robinson WR Penn State
37 Atlanta Falcons Dee Ford DE Auburn
38 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Morgan Moses OT Virginia
39 Jacksonville Jaguars Timmy Jernigan DT Florida State
40 Minnesota Vikings Ryan Shazier LB Ohio State
41 Buffalo Bills Jimmy Ward S Northern Illinois
42 Tennessee Titans Jordan Matthews WR Vanderbilt
43 New York Giants Donte Moncrief WR Ole Miss
44 St. Louis Rams Troy Niklas TE Notre Dame
45 Detroit Lions Davante Adams WR Fresno State
46 Pittsburgh Steelers Kyle Van Noy DE BYU
47 Dallas Cowboys Stephon Tuitt DE Notre Dame
48 Baltimore Ravens Cody Latimer WR Indiana
49 New York Jets Phillip Gaines CB Rice
50 Miami Dolphins Gabe Jackson G Mississippi State
51 Chicago Bears Deonne Bucannon S Washington State
52 Arizona Cardinals Taylor Lewan OT Michigan
53 Green Bay Packers Cyril Richardson G Baylor
54 Philadelphia Eagles Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State
55 Cincinnati Bengals LaMarcus Joyner S Florida State
56 San Francisco 49ers Kareem Martin DE North Carolina
57 San Diego Chargers Pierre Desir CB Lindenwood
58 New Orleans Saints Jackson Jeffcoat DE Texas
59 Indianapolis Colts David Yankey G Stanford
60 Carolina Panthers Robert Herron WR Wyoming
61 San Francisco 49ers Martavis Bryant WR Clemson
62 New England Patriots Dominique Easley DT Florida
63 Denver Broncos Ego Ferguson DT LSU
64 Seattle Seahawks Brandon Linder G Miami
65 Houston Texans Jeremy Hill RB LSU
66 Washington Redskins Marcus Martin C USC
67 Oakland Raiders Tom Savage QB Pittsburgh
68 Atlanta Falcons Ryan Groy G Wisconsin
69 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Antonio Richardson OT Tennessee
70 Jacksonville Jaguars Jarvis Landry WR LSU
71 Cleveland Browns Arthur Lynch TE Georgia
72 Minnesota Vikings Weston Richburg C Colorado State
73 Buffalo Bills Scott Chrichton DE Oregon State
74 New York Giants Marcus Smith DE Louisville
75 St. Louis Rams Paul Richardson WR Colorado
76 Detroit Lions Andre Hal CB Vanderbilt
77 San Francisco 49ers Preston Brown LB Louisville
78 Dallas Cowboys Carl Bradford LB Arizona State
79 Baltimore Ravens Trevor Reilly LB Utah
80 New York Jets C.J. Fiedorowicz TE Iowa
81 Miami Dolphins Terrance West RB Towson
82 Chicago Bears Daniel McCullers DT Tennessee
83 Cleveland Browns Jonathan Dowling S Western Kentucky
84 Arizona Cardinals Telvin Smith LB Florida State
85 Green Bay Packers Bryan Stork C Florida State
86 Philadelphia Eagles Craig Loston S LSU
87 Kansas City Chiefs Stanley Jean-Baptise CB Nebraska
88 Cincinnati Bengals Christian Jones LB Florida State
89 San Diego Chargers DaQuan Jones NT Penn State
90 Indianapolis Colts Ahmad Dixon S Baylor
91 New Orleans Saints George Uko DT USC
92 Carolina Panthers Jared Abbrederis WR Wisconsin
93 New England Patriots Ka’Deem Carey RB Arizona
94 San Francisco 49ers Bashaud Breeland CB Clemson
95 Denver Broncos Tre Mason RB Auburn
96 Minnesota Vikings Dakota Dozier G Furman
97 Pittsburgh Steelers Bishop Sankey RB Washington
98 Green Bay Packers Rashaad Reynolds CB Oregon State
99 Buffalo Bills Brandon Thomas T/G Clemson
100 San Francisco 49ers E.J. Gaines CB Missouri

 

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