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Charlie Campbell's 2014 NFL Mock Draft: Round Three

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  1. Houston Texans: Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington
    The Texans could use a running back to replace Ben Tate and take some of the load off Arian Foster.

    Sankey was one of the best backs in college football in 2013. He averaged 5.8 yards per carry on the year for 1,775 yards with 18 touchdowns. The junior also tracked down 25 receptions for 298 yards and another score. Sankey ran really well against Stanford and Oregon, though he did have a fumble against the Ducks.

    The 5-foot-10, 203-pound Sankey isn't the biggest back, but he makes up for his lack of size with speed and elusive running. Sankey has nice feet and balance. He also looks like a nice fit in the passing game for the NFL. As a sophomore in 2012, Sankey ran for 1,439 yards and 16 touchdowns while averaging five yards per carry. He caught 33 passes for 249 yards, too.

    Pick change; previously Tre Mason, RB

  2. Washington Redskins: Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee
    The Redskins start to revamp their offensive line for Jay Gruden's offense.

    Richardson played well in 2013. In a rematch against Jadeveon Clowney, Richardson was too jacked up early on and Clowney beat him for some plays in run defense. Richardson settled down and kept Clowney from recording a sack. By the fourth quarter, South Carolina was moving Clowney around to go against other linemen. Richardson also had a strong performance against Missouri's edge rushers.

    Richardson had some issues with Florida and young pass-rusher Dante Fowler. Richardson started the season strongly against some weak opponents. He played well overall against Georgia, but was beaten for a sack by Ray Drew.

    Entering the 2012 season, Dallas Thomas was a quality tackle prospect, but Richardson's talent prompted Tennessee to move Thomas inside to guard. Richardson did an excellent job protecting Tyler Bray's blind side. The Volunteers produced great pass protection with Richardson leading the way - the team only allowed eight sacks for the year.

    Richardson was a Second-Team All-SEC selection for his 2012 season. He also held his own going against South Carolina superstar Jadeveon Clowney. The 6-foot-6, 336-pound Richardson has size to go with some athleticism. It wouldn't surprise me to see the junior's stock rise in the runup to the 2014 NFL Draft.

    Pick change; previously Chris Borland, ILB

  3. Oakland Raiders: Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
    The Raiders have filled their needs in free agency, so they could really go any direction with this pick. A running back could make sense as Darren McFadden only signed a 1-year deal and Maurice Jones-Drew is only a short- term signing. It makes sense to draft a running back for the future and have a good backup in case the vets continue to deal with injuries.

    Mason would be higher in this mock if he were bigger. Mason measured in at the Combine at 5-foot-8, 207 pounds, but looks smaller. He is very quick with superb cutting ability. The junior also has excellent balance and runs with good pad level to bounce off defenders. Once Mason learns blitz protection, he could be a three-down starter in the NFL.

    Mason had a massive 2013 season to help lead Auburn to an SEC title and almost a national championship. He averaged 5.7 yards per carry on the year for 1,816 yards with 23 touchdowns, plus had 12 receptions for 163 yards. As a sophomore on a bad team, Mason totaled 1,002 yards with eight touchdowns and an average of 5.9 yards per carry.

    Pick change; previously Will Sutton, DT

  4. Atlanta Falcons: Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State
    The Falcons need another starting safety, and Bucannon fits their desire to get more physical this offseason.

    The 6-foot, 216-pound Bucannon has a nice mix of ball skills, run-support tackling and hard hitting ability. The senior recorded six interceptions with 114 tackles, three forced fumbles and one pass broken up in 2013. He notched four interceptions, four passes broken up, one forced fumble, and 106 tackles the year before. Bucannon had three interceptions, 80 tackles and four passes broken up in 2011.

  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cyril Richardson, G, Baylor
    The Buccaneers grab a guard to replace Davin Joseph.

    Richardson was largely dominant in 2013. The senior was a tremendous run-blocker for Lache Seastrunk and opened a ton of holes at the point of attack. Richardson's pass protection was sound as well.

    Richardson did an overall good job of blocking for quarterback Robert Griffin III in 2011. Richardson also did well opening up holes in the ground game for Terrance Ganaway. Richardson started out at guard in 2010 before he moved to tackle as a sophomore. The junior was moved back to guard for 2012.

    The 6-foot-5, 335-pounder played better back on the inside. He was consistent in every phase of the game. Baylor experienced a lot of success running behind him, and he was also reliable in pass protection. Richardson could be most effective at guard in the NFL.

    Pick change; previously Kareem Martin, DE

  6. Jacksonville Jaguars: A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama
    The Jaguars grab their quarterback and get a player who is used to winning.

    McCarron (6-3, 220) benefitted from an elite offensive line and running game throughout his time as a starter. He only had to make a handful of throws per game in order to contribute to wins for Alabama, even against good opponents. McCarron lacks a strong arm and mobility. He's a game-manager type who looks better suited to being a backup.

    In 2013, McCarron completed 67 percent of his passes for 3,063 yards with 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions. He didn't play well against Virginia Tech or Ole Miss, but tore up a weak Texas A&M secondary. McCarron closed out his career by struggling against Oklahoma.

    McCarron completed 67 percent of his passes for 2,933 yards with 30 touchdowns and three interceptions in 2012. The junior had great looks to throw the ball because of Alabama's running game and star-studded offensive line. He connected on 67 percent of his passes for 2,634 yards with 16 touchdowns and five interceptions in 2011.

    The Crimson Tide didn't let McCarron throw the ball that much. He had only 314 attempts in 2012 for an average of 22 per game. Teddy Bridgewater (419), Johnny Manziel (434), Tajh Boyd (427), David Fales (451) and Logan Thomas (429) all received a lot more experience throwing against pass coverage and pass rushes.

    Pick change; previously Travis Swanson, C

  7. Cleveland Browns: Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin
    The Browns could use more talent at middle linebacker.

    Borland had 112 tackles with 8.5 tackles for a loss, two passes broken up, two forced fumbles and four sacks in 2013. The redshirt senior is a thumper middle linebacker who is a tough-as-nails run-defender. He has shown some nice pass-rush ability as an interior blitzer.

    Borland is a tough, physical defender who has a knack for jarring the ball loose. His best fit in the NFL could be on the inside of a 3-4 defense. He may not have the speed and athleticism to play in a 4-3. Borland is short and not a fluid enough athlete for pass coverage in the NFL.

    Borland totaled 104 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 10 tackles for a loss and six passes broken up in 2012. He recorded 143 tackles in 2011, along with 19 tackles for a loss, five forced fumbles, 2.5 sacks, two interceptions and five passes broken up.

    Pick change; previously Bishop Sankey, RB

  8. Minnesota Vikings: Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina
    The Vikings grab a defensive end for Mike Zimmer. It makes sense for the team to add more talent at end after losing Jared Allen to Chicago.

    The 6-foot-5, 272-pound Martin has some talent, but he didn't produce up to it until his senior season. After a slow start to 2013, Martin played his best football to close out his collegiate career. The senior recorded 82 tackles, 21.5 tackles for a loss, 11.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and three passes broken up for the year. He looks like a 4-3 defensive end with a nice combination of speed and strength. Martin was solid, but unimpressive, at the Senior Bowl.

    Martin totaled 40 tackles, 15.5 tackles for a loss, three passes batted, one forced fumble and four sacks in 2012. He beat out Donte Paige-Moss for a starting job in 2011 despite the fact that Paige-Moss had a productive 2010 season. As a sophomore, Martin provided a bigger impact early in the season for the Tar Heels than Quinton Coples. Martin recorded 40 tackles with four sacks, seven tackles for a loss and six passes batted in 2011.

    Pick change; previously Demarcus Lawrence, OLB

  9. Buffalo Bills: Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss
    The Bills add a receiver with size to go with Robert Woods and Stevie Johnson.

    The 6-foot-2, 221-pound Moncrief had a disappointing 2013 season, but still entered the 2014 NFL Draft. The junior notched 59 receptions for 938 yards with six touchdowns for the year. He has some size to him, but could lack the speed to get separation from NFL defensive backs. In 2012, Moncrief was a Second-Team All-SEC selection as he caught 66 passes for 979 yards and 10 touchdowns. Moncrief's numbers were similar year over year, but he played better as a sophomore.

  10. New York Giants: Telvin Smith, OLB/S, Florida State
    The Giants need help at linebacker.

    Smith is a linebacker/safety tweener who is a tremendous athlete. He is very fast and improved over his time at Florida State. Smith led the Seminoles' defense in tackles in 2013 with 90. He also had two sacks, 9.5 tackles for a loss, four passes broken up and three interceptions. The 6-foot-3, 218-pounder ran a 4.52 40-yard dash at the Combine. For the NFL, he could either add weight for linebacker or drop a few pounds for safety. If Smith does the latter, some teams could view him as a Kam Chancellor-type prospect.

    Pick change; previously Kyle Van Noy, OLB

  11. St. Louis Rams: Philip Gaines, CB, Rice
    The Rams cut Cortland Finnegan and could use another cornerback to pair with Janoris Jenkins.

    Gaines (6-0, 193) was a star of the Combine and used the opportunity to really help his draft stock. He blistered the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds and did well in the field drills. The senior had 36 tackles with four interceptions and nine passes broken up in 2013. The year before, he recorded 33 tackles with 18 passes defended. Gaines clearly has a nice combination of size and speed. It wouldn't be surprising if his stock climbs in the lead up to the 2014 NFL Draft.

    Pick change; previously A.J. McCarron, QB

  12. Detroit Lions: Craig Loston, S, LSU
    Detroit continues to add talent to its secondary. The Lions cut Louis Delmas and could use a safety to pair with Glover Quin.

    Loston (5-11, 217) replaced Brandon Taylor in the starting lineup in 2012 and had a solid debut. Loston was named a Second-Team All-SEC selection after making 55 tackles, three tackles for a loss, one pass broken up and three interceptions.

    The Tigers game-planned for the senior to lead their secondary in 2013 after losing Eric Reid to the NFL. Loston was much better as a senior. In 2013, he recorded 57 tackles, three passes broken up, three interceptions and four tackles for a loss. Loston didn't play well against Georgia, but had good games against Florida, Alabama, Texas A&M and Iowa. He did well at the Senior Bowl.

  13. San Francisco 49ers: Marcus Martin, C, USC
    The 49ers center Jonathan Goodwin turns 35 later this season. Perhaps backup Daniel Kilgore is the future, but the organization could use another interior lineman for depth if he does pan out as a starter.

    Martin (6-3, 320) was a surprise entry in the 2014 NFL Draft. He probably should have returned for his senior season to improve before going pro. Martin started his career at left guard and was the starter for the Trojans in 2011 and 2012. He moved to center for 2013 and had a quality season. Martin has some athleticism and versatility.

  14. Dallas Cowboys: Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State
    Dallas continues to build up its defense. Sutton gives Rod Marinelli a speedy three-technique.

    Sutton had a disappointing senior season with 48 tackles, 13.5 tackles for a loss and four sacks. He broke out for the Sun Devils in 2012 as one of the best pass-rushers in college football. Sutton picked up 13 sacks, 63 tackles, 23.5 tackles for a loss, five passes broken up and three forced fumbles. Unfortunately, an injury knocked him out for the vast majority of the game against Oregon. He totaled 33 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks in 2011.

    Sutton had a rough Senior Bowl as he was out of shape and overweight at 6-foot, 315-pounds. However, Sutton is working to get back down to 300 and has already gotten to 304. At that size, he would be best as a three-technique defensive tackle in a 4-3 defense who lives and dies with his speed and explosion.

    Pick change; previously Telvin Smith, OLB

  15. Baltimore Ravens: Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers
    The Ravens go with the best player available and pick up a big receiver for Joe Flacco.

    Coleman (6-6, 225) is a massive receiver who looks like a tight end. He was very consistent for Rutgers and produced while playing in a running offense. The junior led the Scarlet Knights with 43 receptions for 718 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2012. Coleman led Rutgers with 663 receiving yards on 39 receptions with 10 touchdowns the season before, too.

    The biggest question about Coleman is if he has enough speed for the NFL. The senior started out 2013 with nine receptions for 94 yards and two touchdowns against Fresno State. He finished the year with a total of 33 receptions for 538 yards and four touchdowns. Coleman looks like he is still trying to regain his speed following last summer's knee surgery.

  16. New York Jets: Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor
    Nothing will help Geno Smith's development more than a talented running back who opens up passing lanes. The Jets have quality depth, but seem to lack a lead dog at running back. Chris Ivory is talented, yet injury-prone, while Bilal Powell is better suited as rotational back.

    Seastrunk is an intriguing runner with size and speed. He has nice cutting ability and a real burst to break off long runs. Seastrunk needs to avoid the tendency to dance around and run more downhill. He also has to learn the passing game since he had zero receptions in 2013. Originally, Seastrunk signed with Oregon and redshirted as a freshman in 2010. He had to sit the 2011 season out after transferring to Baylor.

    To start the 2013 season, Seastrunk was on fire before an injury derailed his second half of the year. He ran for 1,117 yards and 11 touchdowns on only 158 carries (7.4 average). In the early going, Seastrunk only played in the first half of games as the Bears blew out so many opponents. He went over 100 yards in six of seven games before he was injured against Oklahoma. Seastrunk had numerous highlight-reel carries running over defenders and accelerating away from other defensive backs.

    Seastrunk (5-9, 201) finished the 2012 season in impressive fashion with 843 yards in the final six games. He averaged 7.7 yards per carry for the year on a total of 1,012 yards and seven touchdowns. The sophomore ran over some tough opponents, including Kansas State (19-185), Oklahoma State (16-178) and UCLA (16-139).

  17. Miami Dolphins: Justin Ellis, DT, Louisiana Tech
    The Dolphins build up their defensive line. They could use a heavy nose tackle after losing Paul Soliai.

    Ellis (6-1, 334) is a sleeper prospect who a lot of teams are high on. He is a heavy tackle who has power at the point of attack. Ellis showed some burst and surprising movement skills for big tackle at the Combine. The senior recorded 48 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks and a pass batted in 2013. He could be a nice value pick.

    Pick change; previously Brandon Thomas, OT

  18. Chicago Bears: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska
    The Bears continue to build up their defense and add a young cornerback. Phil Emery likes prospects with size and speed.

    The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Jean-Baptiste fits the mold of the big corners who are becoming the rage in the NFL. He used the Senior Bowl to answer some questions. Many wondered if Jean-Baptiste had the movement skills to stay cornerback or would he have to be moved to safety. Jean-Baptiste proved that he does as he showed the potential to be more than a press-man cover. Jean-Baptiste illustrated the quickness and agility to play some off-man and zone coverage in Mobile.

    Jean-Baptiste had four interceptions with 12 passes batted and 41 tackles in 2013. He used the Senior Bowl to show that he is worthy of second-day consideration.

    Pick change; previously Philip Gaines, CB

  19. Cleveland Browns: Brandon Thomas, OT/G, Clemson
    The Browns lost Shawn Lauvao in free agency and needed an upgrade at guard anyway.

    Thomas (6-3, 317) did a quality job as the blind-side protector for Tajh Boyd in 2013. As a pass-blocker, Thomas showed some quick feet and nice athleticism. He is pretty good athlete who could be a nice fit in a zone-blocking scheme. Thomas' long-term home in the NFL could be at guard. He was a 3-year starter for Clemson after breaking into the starting lineup as a sophomore in 2011. Thomas had an impressive week at the Senior Bowl and did well in the pass-protection one-on-ones.

    Pick change; previously Shayne Skov, OLB

  20. Arizona Cardinals: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU
    The Cardinals should start to prep Carson Palmer's replacement.

    Mettenberger (6-5, 224) has big size, a strong arm and some athletic ability. He massively improved his game under the direction of offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. The senior's accuracy, decision-making, field vision and fundamentals were exceptionally better year over year. He completed 65 percent of his passes in 2013 for 3,082 yards with 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

    On the road at Georgia, Mettenberger had a great performance to almost lead LSU to a victory. The Tigers' defense failed him in the 44-41 loss to the Bulldogs. He had a rough game against Ole Miss in an upset loss.

    Mettenberger completed 59 percent of his throws in 2012 for 2,609 yards with 12 scores and seven interceptions. He has definitely improved since 2012, despite LSU's loss to Alabama this season.

  21. Green Bay Packers: Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin
    The Packers could use more depth for their receiving corps.

    The 6-foot, 189-pound Abbrederis is a gritty receiver with the speed to stretch the field and some toughness. He caught 73 passes for 1,051 yards with seven touchdowns in 2013. Abbrederis torched Bradley Roby and Ohio State for 10 receptions, 207 yards and a touchdown.

    Despite terrible quarterback play in 2012, Abbrederis totaled 49 catches for 837 yards and five touchdowns. He consistently produced big plays for the Badgers over 2011-2012. In 2011, even though Abbrederis had fewer receptions than No. 1 receiver Nick Toon, Abbrederis topped Toon in yardage. Abbrederis caught 55 passes for 933 yards and eight touchdowns. The sophomore exploited a lot of soft coverage and produced some big plays for quarterback Russell Wilson. Abbrederis also returned punts and averaged 16 yards per return. He is a good blocker as well.

  22. Philadelphia Eagles: Corey Latimer, WR, Indiana
    The Eagles could use more talent at wide receiver, and Latimer fits Chip Kelly's desire to have wide outs with size.

    Latimer (6-2, 215) decided to skip his senior season after producing a quality junior year for the Hoosiers. His most impressive game of 2013 was an eight-catch 136-yard game against Missouri. However, he didn't stand out against Ohio State (5-60) or Wisconsin (5-42). The junior finished 2013 with 72 receptions for 1,096 yards and nine touchdowns. As a sophomore, he had 51 receptions for 805 yards with six scores. Latimer was said to impress at his pro day, and some feel he could be a second-day pick.

    Pick change; previously Dontae Johnson, CB

  23. Kansas City Chiefs: Martavius Bryant, WR, Clemson
    Kansas City could use more talent at receiver.

    Bryant didn't have the breakout 2013 season that many expected, but he still entered the 2014 NFL Draft. He caught 42 balls for 828 yards and seven touchdowns for the year. Prior to last season, Bryant was stuck behind DeAndre Hopkins and Sammy Watkins. Bryant (6-3, 211) has upside with a skill set that combines size and speed, but he needs development.

    Pick change; previously Anthony Johnson, DT

  24. Cincinnati Bengals: Carl Bradford, OLB, Arizona State
    The Bengals could use a long-term starter at outside linebacker after letting James Harrison go.

    The 6-foot-1, 250-pound Bradford played well in 2013. He has a unique skill set with toughness as a run-defender and pass-rushing ability. Bradford was impressive against Notre Dame with a lot of disruption. He was superb versus Washington State with forced fumbles and a sack, but was suspended against Oregon State. Bradford totaled 55 tackles with 18 tackles for a loss, 8.5 sacks, four passes broken up, one interception and three forced fumbles for the year.

    Bradford broke out in 2012 with 81 tackles, 11.5 sacks, 20.5 tackles for a loss, five passes defended, three forced fumbles and one interception. The sophomore started strongly and was on fire to close out the season. He had sacks in the final six games, with a total of seven sacks in that stretch.

    Pick change; previously Weston Richburg, C

  25. San Diego Chargers: Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State
    San Diego must acquire multiple talents at corner via the 2014 NFL Draft.

    In 2013, Joyner totaled 69 tackles with seven tackles for a loss, two interceptions, four passes broken up, three forced fumbles and 5.5 sacks. The 5-foot-8, 194-pounder has some Tyrann Mathieu to him. Joyner is small, but he is a pure football player with excellent instincts. For the NFL, Joyner could get second-day consideration as a nickel corner and safety hybrid. He had a monstrous game against Clemson with two forced fumbles and an interception.

  26. Indianapolis Colts: Demarcus Lawrence, OLB/DE, Boise State
    The Colts got a great 2013 season out of Robert Mathis, but he's aging and Bjoern Werner didn't show much as a rookie. Indianapolis could use another pass-rusher.

    Lawrence had a slow start to the 2013 season, got red hot in the middle, and then didn't record a sack in the final four games. Still, he amassed 72 tackles, 20.5 tackles for a loss, 10.5 sacks, one pass batted and three forced fumbles for the year. In a six-game strectch, the junior recorded nine sacks. Lawrence (6-3, 251) needs to add weight to stay at defensive end in the NFL, or he will have to move to outside linebacker. Thus, returning for his senior year would have been a good move.

    Lawrence did a superb job in 2012 as the replacement for Shea McClellin. Lawrence spent his freshman year in community college, but the sophomore was a breakout player for the Broncos in 2012 with 9.5 sacks. Lawrence also led the defensive line in tackles (48) and tackles for a loss (13.5). He chipped in four forced fumbles and an interception, too.

    Pick change; previously Cyril Richardson, G

  27. New Orleans Saints: Dontae Johnson, CB, N.C. State
    The Saints could use another corner to pair with Keenan Lewis. Pat Robinson has been a bust.

    Johnson (6-2, 200) picked up 82 tackles with two passes broken up and three interceptions in 2013. He was improved over his previous two seasons. For teams looking for tall and long cornerbacks, Johnson will be on their radar. He landed a spot in the Senior Bowl and had a decent week. At the Combine, Johnson ran faster than expected with a 4.45 40-yard dash. He is a sleeper worth watching and could benefit from the success of the Seattle Seahawks' cornerbacks.

    Johnson got on the field as a sophomore when he played nickel and linebacker. He had 58 tackles. In 2012, Johnson moved to cornerback and totaled 70 tackles with eight passes broken up, one sack and a forced fumble.

    Pick change; previously Martavius Bryant, WR

  28. Carolina Panthers: Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
    The Panthers should double up at receiver.

    After a knee injury cost him the 2012 season, Richardson came back in impressive fashion to start 2013. He was the most productive receiver in the nation in Week 1 with 10 receptions for 208 yards and two touchdowns against Colorado State. Richardson maintained his strong play with 83 receptions for 1,343 yards and 10 touchdowns for the year. The 6-foot, 175-pounder has speed, but he needs to get stronger for the NFL.

    Richardson started his collegiate career strongly as a freshman and sophomore. In 2010, he hauled in 34 passes for 514 yards and six touchdowns. Richardson made 39 receptions for 555 yards and five scores in 2011. He lost 2012 to a torn ACL that occurred in the final week of spring practice.

  29. New England Patriots: Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford
    The Patriots continue to build up their offensive line for Tom Brady. Fleming could play guard or tackle for New England.

    Fleming played well for Stanford in 2013. He was a tough run-blocker and is an improving pass-protector. Fleming had some challenges with Anthony Barr, but Fleming wasn't a liability going against the best edge rusher in the Pac-12. Fleming would have been better off returning for his senior year and getting better before turning pro.

    Fleming (6-4, 323) broke into the starting lineup in 2011. He had a good season blocking for Andrew Luck and Stepfan Taylor. In 2012, Fleming moved to right tackle and had a good year opening up holes for Taylor.

  30. San Francisco 49ers: Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU
    San Francisco revitalized Glenn Dorsey, but he isn't signed long term, and the 49ers could grab a similar young talent.

    Johnson (6-2, 308) replaced Michael Brockers in LSU's starting lineup for 2012 and played well. The sophomore totaled 30 tackles with 10 tackles for a loss, three sacks and one pass broken up. TCU started this year off by double-teaming Johnson with a guard and center on virtually every snap. He still caused some disruption and totaled four tackles with a tackle for a loss.

    In 2013, Johnson notched 35 tackles with nine tackles for a loss, three sacks and an interception. He has a great skill set and is very explosive. Johnson has a lot of upside, but hasn't produced up to his potential. He is too inconsistent and disappears for stretches.

    Pick change; previously Justin Ellis, DT

  31. Denver Broncos: Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State
    The Broncos lost Zane Beadles to Jacksonville, so it makes sense for Denver to grab an interior lineman.

    Jackson played well in 2013, including a quality outing against LSU defensive tackles Anthony Johnson and Ego Ferguson. Jackson also did well going against South Carolina's talented defensive line, especially tackle Kelcy Quarles. As expected, Jackson ran over Texas A&M's young defense in a shootout loss. He had a quality week at the Senior Bowl and showed that he's ready to play quickly in the NFL.

    Jackson (6-3, 336) blocked well for Mississippi State in 2012. He excelled against Alabama and defensive tackle Jesse Williams. Jackson also was solid against LSU and Texas A&M. He didn't allow a single sack for the season. Jackson's run blocking is as effective as his pass protection, and he has good upside to develop into a starter quickly in the NFL.

    Jackson was a Second-Team All-SEC selection in 2011, his second year as a starter. He was a powerful run-blocker for running back Vick Ballard for both of those seasons. Jackson should only get better as he gains more experience.

  32. Minnesota Vikings: Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona
    The Vikings could use a running back behind Adrian Peterson since Toby Gerhart signed with the Jaguars.

    Carey was suspended for the first game of 2013, but was red hot after returning to the lineup. He averaged 5.4 yards per carry for 1,885 yards and 19 touchdowns. Carey also caught 26 passes for 173 yards and a score. He recorded 132 yards on 30 carries against Washington and scored four touchdowns against Colorado. The junior exceeded 100 yards rushing in every game this year - excluding that week he was suspended.

    Carey took college football by storm in 2012 as he led the nation in rushing with 1,929 yards and an average of 6.4 yards per carry. The sophomore scored 23 touchdowns on the ground. Carey also hauled in 36 receptions for 303 yards and a score. He ran for 425 yards and six touchdowns with 15 receptions for 203 yards and two scores in 2011 as a freshman backup.

    The 5-foot-10, 196-pounder is a slasher who has nice quickness and a burst to get into the second level. While Carey isn't a big back, he has some physicality to him and can pick up yards after contact. Carey had a number of big runs in 2012 after breaking a tackle in the first 10 yards. He isn't a burner back, so defensive backs can catch him from behind. If Carey can add 10-20 pounds while maintaining his speed, it could help his draft stock.

  33. Pittsburgh Steelers: Shayne Skov, ILB/OLB, Stanford
    The Steelers need linebacker help and Skov would be a great fit in Pittsburgh.

    Skov spent years as an effective starter for Stanford at inside linebacker. The 6-foot-2, 245-pounder had 62 tackles as a freshman in 2009. He broke out with 84 tackles, nine sacks and two forced fumbles in 2010. The junior only played in three games in 2011 before suffering a season-ending injury.

    Skov was suspended for the first game of 2012 for a DUI arrest. He picked up 80 tackles, 2.5 sacks, eight tackles for a loss and a pass broken up for the year. Skov was rusty coming back from his knee injury, but he helped lead a road upset over Oregon, and from that point on, he finished the season looking better.

    The fifth-year senior totaled 109 tackles with 5.5 sacks, 13 tackles for a loss and four passes broken up in 2013. He had monster games against Washington and Oregon. Skov could fit nicely in a 3-4 defense given the way he rushes the passer and operates in the middle of the field.

    Pick change; previously Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB

  34. Green Bay Packers: Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh
    Green Bay could use a better backup to Aaron Rodgers. The Packers were fortunate to make the postseason considering the amount of time that he missed. Savage could develop into a tradeable commodity.

    Lately there has been a nice buzz about Savage. Some are looking at him as a potential diamond in the rough as a mid-round pick. Savage has big size, pocket presence and a quality arm. He also hails from a pro-style offense. In 2013, the senior completed 61 percent of his passes for 2,958 yards with 21 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

    Savage started out his collegiate career at Rutgers in 2009. As a freshman, he threw for 2,211 yards and 14 touchdowns with seven interceptions. He lost his starting spot as a sophomore because of an injury. Savage left Rutgers for Arizona, but that didn't work out and he transfered to Pittsburgh.

  35. Baltimore Ravens: Ahmad Dixon, S, Baylor
    Many have forecast Baltimore to take a safety early in the 2014 NFL Draft, but I think the organization is going to wait until the mid-rounds. From a value perspective, it doesn't make sense to take a safety in the first round in back-to-back drafts.

    Dixon played well in 2013 with 81 tackles, six passes broken up and an interception. He was a solid play-maker in the Bears' defense. Dixon has good instincts and is always around the ball. He is a physical player and could be prone to penalties in the NFL. Dixon held his own at the Senior Bowl and ran surprisingly fast at the Combine with a 4.41-second time in the 40-yard dash.

    In 2012, Dixon finished third on his team in tackles with 102. The junior also contributed two interceptions, three passes broken up, 5.5 tackles for a loss and a sack.

  36. San Francisco 49ers: Terrance Brooks, S, Florida State
    The 49ers lost Dontae Whitner in free agency and could use a new safety to pair with Eric Reid.

    The 5-foot-11, 198-pound Brooks had 56 tackles with two interceptions, five passes broken up and two forced fumbles in 2013. He played well for the Seminoles while showing good instincts and a nose for the football. Brooks left the game against Miami with a concussion. That caused him to be held out against Wake Forest. He finished the year well and had a quality week at the Senior Bowl. Brooks was excellent at the Combine and blazed an ultra-fast 40 time of 4.42 seconds.

    In 2012, Brooks led a talented Florida State secondary in tackles while recording 51 tackles, two interceptions, four passes broken up and one forced fumble.

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2011 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/28): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
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2013 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/25): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5 /Round 6 /Round 7
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2014 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/16): Round 1 /Picks 17-32 /Round 2 /Round 3 /Round 4 /Round 5
Other 2014 Mock Drafts: Charlie Campbell (4/14) /Emmitt Mock (4/20) /Trades Mock (4/13) /Celebrity Mock (4/11) /Backward Mock (4/4) /April Fools Mock (4/1) /Reader Mock /Free Agent Mock (3/6) /Overreaction Mock (12/30)
2015 NFL Mock Draft (UPDATED 4/17): Round 1 /Picks 17-32
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