2014 NFL Mock Draft: Round 3

Last update: Thursday, April 3, 2014. Major changes in all 5 rounds.
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  1. Houston Texans: Carl Bradford, DE/OLB, Arizona State
    The Texans would kill two stones with one bird with this pick, as Emmitt would say. They need to upgrade their pass rush and find some help at inside linebacker. Carl Bradford would satisfy the former, which would allow Brooks Reed to move inside.

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  2. Washington Redskins: Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford
    The Redskins wanted to address the safety position this offseason. All they’ve done so far is bring Brandon Meriweather back and sign Ryan Clark, which is not enough.

    Pick change; previously Terrence Brooks, S

  3. Oakland Raiders: Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
    Why not pair Derek Carr with his favorite receiver? An upgrade at the position is needed, and Davante Adams is a steal here anyway.

    Pick change; previously Tre Mason, RB

  4. Atlanta Falcons: Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State
    The Falcons addressed a bunch of needs this offseason, but one hole that remains is the safety position, as the team recently cut Thomas DeCoud.

    Pick change; previously Ed Reynolds, S



  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Dominique Easley, DT, Florida
    Considering that they have to battle Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Cam Newton twice per season, the Buccaneers need to find someone besides Gerald McCoy to apply an interior pass rush.

    Pick change; previously Bashaud Breeland, CB

  6. Jacksonville Jaguars: Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
    The Jaguars signed Toby Gerhart, but perhaps they’ll add another running back in Rounds 3-4. They have to know that Gerhart can’t possibly be the sole featured back.

    Pick change; previously Bishop Sankey, RB

  7. Cleveland Browns: Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington
    Ben Tate is now with the Browns, but he has an extensive injury history. Cleveland may decide to protect itself.

    Pick change; previously Cameron Fleming, OT

  8. Minnesota Vikings: Craig Loston, S, LSU
    The Vikings did a good job of addressing their pedestrian secondary this offseason, but they still need a safety next to Harrison Smith.

  9. Buffalo Bills: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
    If the Bills don’t grab Mike Evans at No. 9, they may just opt for a receiver at this juncture. Stevie Johnson won’t be on the team much longer.

  10. New York Giants: Devonta Freeman, RB, Florida State
    The Giants signed Rashad Jennings, but they still need another running back. They can’t rely on just Jennings until David Wilson returns.

  11. St. Louis Rams: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU
    The Rams should think about drafting a quarterback on Day 2 just in case Sam Bradford continues to be mediocre (and injury-prone).

  12. Detroit Lions: Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas
    The Lions re-signed Dominic Raiola, but they need to find a long-term solution at center.

    Pick change; previously Dominique Easley, DE



  13. San Francisco 49ers: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
    Jim Harbaugh loves to run multiple-tight end formations. The 49ers have Vernon Davis and Vance McDonald on the roster, but Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a steal here and fits San Francisco’s offense so well that Harbaugh may not want to resist. Besides, Davis will be a 32-year-old free agent after the 2015 season.

    Pick change; previously Kareem Martin, DE

  14. Dallas Cowboys: Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU
    The Cowboys desperately need a defensive tackle, as they don’t have much around Henry Melton.

  15. Baltimore Ravens: Terrance West, RB, Towson
    Given Ray Rice’s struggles and legal issues, the Ravens may use a pick in the middle rounds on a new running back.

    Pick change; previously Lache Seastrunk, RB

  16. New York Jets: Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson
    Poor Rex Ryan is frustrated that his team whiffed on all of the top cornerbacks (things got very bad for him in the April Fools Mock Draft). The Jets will have to address the position in the draft.

    Pick change; previously Demarcus Lawrence, DE/OLB

  17. Miami Dolphins: Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State
    As noted earlier, the Dolphins must make multiple upgrades on their offensive line. If they want to use Zack Martin at right tackle, they could take a guard later on.

  18. Chicago Bears: Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU
    If the Bears can’t retain Henry Melton and happen to miss out on Aaron Donald at No. 14, Anthony Johnson would be an option during Day 2.

  19. Cleveland Browns: Christian Jones, LB, Florida State
    The Browns had two holes to fill at inside linebacker once they cut D’Qwell Jackson. Signing Karlos Dansby fills one of the needs, but Cleveland needs a long-term option at the position.

  20. Arizona Cardinals: Joel Bitonio, G/OT, Nevada
    Someone like Joel Bitonio could compete for the right guard spot with Earl Watford. He could also provide depth at both tackle and guard.



  21. Green Bay Packers: Tre Boston, S, North Carolina
    Is there any doubt that the Packers need to improve their secondary? Their defensive backfield blew so many coverages throughout the season, and they had no chance against Colin Kaepernick.

  22. Philadelphia Eagles: Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida
    Cary Williams hasn’t been very good and will probably be released next offseason (he’s due $6.5 million in 2015), while Bradley Fletcher can’t be counted on to start 16 games in a year. I liked the Nolan Carroll signing, but Philadelphia will still probably add another corner.

    Pick change; previously Deone Bucannon, S

  23. Kansas City Chiefs: Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
    The Chiefs need some help in their receiving corps, especially with Dexter McCluster now in Tennessee.

  24. Cincinnati Bengals: Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee
    The Bengals lost Anthony Collins in free agency, so they’ll have to look elsewhere for a long-term solution at left tackle.



  25. San Diego Chargers: Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida
    The Chargers’ defense made every single quarterback look like a Pro Bowler early in the year. They have a dreadful cornerback situation, which could be remedied with the use of an early-round pick in May’s draft.

    Pick change; previously DaQuan Jones, NT

  26. Indianapolis Colts: Cyril Richardson, G/OT, Baylor
    Adding an offensive linemen who can play multiple positions would be a good idea for the Colts, who have issues up front.

  27. New Orleans Saints: Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona
    The Saints lost Darren Sproles, so they may want to find another pass-catching running back in the 2014 NFL Draft.

  28. Carolina Panthers: Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
    The Panthers obviously could double up – or even triple up – on receivers during the early stages of the 2014 NFL Draft.

    Pick change; previously Jared Abbrederis, WR

  29. New England Patriots: DaQuan Jones, NT, Penn State
    Vince Wilfork was re-signed, but he won’t be around much longer. The Patriots need a long-term solution at nose tackle.

    Pick change; previously C.J. Fiedeorowicz, TE

  30. San Francisco 49ers: Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood
    The secondary is a troublesome area for the 49ers, so they may spend multiple selections on the cornerback position.

  31. Denver Broncos: Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford
    The Broncos may move Orlando Franklin to fill Zane Beadles’ spot. If so, they’ll have to obtain someone to compete with Chris Clark for the right tackle job.

    Pick change; previously Travis Swanson, OT

  32. Minnesota Vikings: Telvin Smith, OLB, Florida State
    The Vikings have just one sure thing at linebacker, and that would be Chad Greenway, who is coming off an awful season.

  33. Pittsburgh Steelers: Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss
    The Steelers signed Lance Moore to replace Jerricho Cotchery, but he’s just a temporary solution.

    Pick change; previously Loucheiz Purifoy, CB

  34. Green Bay Packers: Will Clarke, DE/DT, West Virginia
    As mentioned earlier, the Packers are trying to get much faster on defense. They also need help up front, as B.J. Raji signed back on for just one more year.

  35. Baltimore Ravens: Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State
    The Ravens knew all along that they’d lose Michael Oher in free agency. He’s gone, so they need a new right tackle because Ricky Wagner cannot be allowed to start.

    Pick change; previously Brandon Coleman, WR

  36. San Francisco 49ers: Ahmad Dixon, S, Baylor
    The 49ers spent a first-round pick on a safety last year, but they may have to use another selection on one with Donte Whitner signed on with the Browns.



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