2014 NFL Mock Draft - Kevin Hanson
Below are the Round 3 picks of Kevin Hanson's 2014 NFL Mock Draft:
65. Houston Texans (draft history): JaWuan James, OT, Tennessee
The Texans have one of the league's best left tackles in Duane Brown, but they could use an upgrade on the right side. James started 49 games at right tackle for the Vols, which is a record for most starts for an offensive lineman in school history.
66. Washington Redskins (draft history): Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin
Always around the football, Borland was one of the most productive inside linebackers in college football over the past four years with a total of 410 tackles and 50 of them for loss. In addition, he set the Big Ten record for most forced fumbles (15).
That said, there are some concerns about his surgically-repaired shoulder, his speed or lack of thereof and his length (under 6-foot, 29 1/4-inch arms).
67. Oakland Raiders (draft history): A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama
The Raiders traded for Matt Schaub and named him as their starting quarterback for the 2014 season. While Schaub isn't the long-term answer, the Raiders are unlikely to draft a quarterback in the first round, but they could take one in the second or third round.
McCarron may not have the strongest arm in this class and he may get the "game manager" label, but he is a proven winner. In three years as the starter, he led the Crimson Tide to two national titles and a third title game appearance. In his collegiate career, he compiled a 77:15 TD-to-INT ratio.
68. Atlanta Falcons (draft history): Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State
As noted earlier, Matt Ryan was sacked more than any quarterback not named Ryan Tannehhill or Joe Flacco. While they used their first-round pick on Jake Matthews, it wouldn't be out of the question to see the Falcons use another early-round pick on the offensive line.
69. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (draft history): Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
Defensive end was one of the team's bigger positions of need prior to free agency, but that changed when they signed ex-Bengal Michael Johnson. Even so, you can never have enough pass-rushers and Crichton is an excellent value at this spot.
With a relentless motor, Crichton isn't an elite athlete, but he has been productive at Oregon State and is an extremely safe pick here.
70. Jacksonville Jaguars (draft history): Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood
Desir is an excellent athlete with good size (6-1, 198) and could easily be a second-round pick giving the Jags solid value here. Through three rounds, the Jags have bolstered their pass rush, got a franchise quarterback and improved their secondary.
71. Cleveland Browns (draft history): Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
Perhaps the Browns won't draft a second receiver in the first three rounds, but the trio of Josh Gordon, Sammy Watkins and Landry would give defensive coordinators fits. While Landry is far from a burner, he has great hands with the ability to make contested grabs in traffic.
72. Minnesota Vikings (draft history): Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State
An excellent value here, Jackson has an excellent combination of size (6-3, 336), power and quickness at guard.
73. Buffalo Bills (draft history): Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU
With C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson on the roster, running back is not necessarily a position of need, but Jackson is 33 years old and nearing the end of his career. Considered the best running back in this year's draft class by some, Hill is a big (6-1, 233 pounds) and powerful runner and the Bills take advantage of his slide to the third round.
74. New York Giants (draft history): Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
The Giants signed Rashad Jennings in free agency and are hopeful about David Wilson, but it wouldn't surprise me if the team selects a running back with one of its first three picks.
Despite his denials, there are reports that Mason will need wrist surgery, but he's expected to be ready for the preseason. Mason carried the ball 317 times for 1,816 yards and 23 touchdowns. Closing the season with six consecutive 100-yard games, Mason racked up 188 for 1,063 yards (5.65 YPC) and 14 touchdowns during that span.
75. St. Louis Rams (draft history): Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson
After releasing Cortland Finnegan this offseason, it wouldn't surprise me if the Rams added a cornerback with one of their early picks.
76. Detroit Lions (draft history): Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson
There has been speculation that the Lions could trade up to select Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins. While that is not how it unfolds in this version of my mock, the Lions get a nice value in Watkins' collegiate teammate in Bryant here.
Bryant has the potential to go a round earlier than this spot, but he gives the Lions a tall (nearly 6-foot-4) and athletic (4.42 forty and 39-inch vertical) receiver opposite Megatron. With Golden Tate in the slot and Reggie Bush or Joique Bell out of the backfield, there are unlimited options for Matthew Stafford.
77. (Via TEN) San Francisco 49ers (draft history): Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford
While he's not as athletic as many of the outside linebackers that will come off the board before him, Murphy, who played for coach Harbaugh at Stanford when he was a freshman, led college football with 15.0 sacks and was second in tackles for loss (23.5) in 2013. In addition, Murphy is the all-time leader in the Pac-12 in both sacks (32.5) and TFL (52.5).
78. Dallas Cowboys (draft history): Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State
Sutton lacks ideal size (6-0, 303) for a defensive tackle, but then again, so does one of the league's best defensive tackles (Geno Atkins). After posting eye-popping numbers in 2012 (23.5 TFLs, 13.0 sacks), Sutton's numbers dropped as a senior (13.5 TFLs, 4.0 sacks). Even though the Cowboys signed Henry Melton in free agency, I expect the Cowboys to use one of their Day 1 or Day 2 picks on defensive line.
79. Baltimore Ravens (draft history): Carl Bradford, OLB, Arizona State
Coached in high school by Toby Gerhart's father, Bradford is an instinctive linebacker prospect that has posted 39.5 tackles for loss and 20.0 sacks over the past two seasons combined.
* Projected Trade: Jets send their first-round pick (No. 18), their third-round pick (No. 80) and their second of three fourth-round picks (No. 115) to the Rams for the 13th overall pick.
80. St. Louis Rams (draft history): Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida
After selecting a cornerback a few picks ago, the Rams add another cornerback with Roberson here. Roberson is a physical corner with good size, length and quickness
81. Miami Dolphins (draft history): Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
Richardson is another example of how deep this year's receiver class is. The Dolphins spent a lot of free-agent dollars on Mike Wallace in the 2013 offseason, but he never seemed to get on the same page with Ryan Tannehill. (Of course, the Dolphins struggled to protect Tannehill.) Adding a receiver like Richardson to the corps would make sense.
82. Chicago Bears (draft history): Dri Archer, WR, Kent State
What Archer lacks in size, he possesses in speed. The Bears have a couple of big-bodied receivers in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery on the outside, but Archer has the versatility and explosiveness in space that gives the Bears a different dimension. In addition, they could use a returner to replace Devin Hester, who signed with the Falcons in free agency.
83. (Via PIT) Cleveland Browns (draft history): Terrence Brooks, S, Florida State
The Browns lost T.J. Ward but signed Donte Whitner at strong safety in free agency. After upgrading their corner spot opposite Joe Haden with Verrett, the Browns find a free safety to pair with Whitner.
84. Arizona Cardinals (draft history): Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford
With last year's starting right tackle Eric Winston a free agent, the Cardinals could go with an in-house replacement such as Bobby Massie to take his place. Or they could look for the replacement via the draft. Fleming has started 38 games at right tackle for Stanford and would have a good chance to become the Day 1 starter.
85. Green Bay Packers (draft history): DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State
While the Packers re-signed B.J. Raji to a one-year deal, they get their long-term replacement for him here with Jones.
86. Philadelphia Eagles (draft history): Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida
While the Eagles have no shot of getting Jaylen's half-brother Sammy in the first round, Watkins helps them in a position that can use some reinforcements. Last season, the Eagles pass defense allowed a league-worst 289.8 yards per game.
87. Kansas City Chiefs (draft history): Kevin Norwood, WR, Alabama
Perhaps the Chiefs will use their first-round pick to upgrade the receiver spot opposite Dwayne Bowe, but if they don't (like I project), adding someone like Norwood in Round 3 fits. While he may not have elite speed, Norwood has decent speed, good size and excellent hands.
88. Cincinnati Bengals (draft history): Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas
The Bengals could use an upgrade at center and Swanson is the top-ranked center still available at this spot.
89. San Diego Chargers (draft history): Daniel McCullers, NT, Tennessee
The Chargers lost nose tackle Cam Thomas in free agency and get his replacement with the 352-pound McCullers.
90. Indianapolis Colts (draft history): Ka'Deem Carey, RB, Arizona
In theory, the Colts should be all set at running back. After all, they don't have their first-round pick in this year's draft since they sent it to the Browns to acquire Trent Richardson. While T-Rich has been a disappointment in his first two seasons, both Ahmad Bradshaw and Vick Ballard have some durability concerns.
Surpassing 100 yards in 12 of 12 games played in 2013, Carey ran for a total of 3,814 yards and 42 touchdowns and added 62 catches for 476 yards and two touchdowns over the past two seasons combined.
91. New Orleans Saints (draft history): Walt Aikens, CB, Liberty
Although the Saints added the versatile LaMarcus Joyner with their previous pick, you can never have too much cornerback depth.
92. Carolina Panthers (draft history): Terrance West, RB, Towson
DeAngelo Williams turned 31 years old last month and the Panthers will owe Jonathan Stewart only $2.5 million in guaranteed money after the 2014 season.
Perhaps you haven't heard of West since he played his football at the FCS level, but the powerful 230-pound back has put up video game-like numbers. Last year, he rushed for 2,509 yards and 41 touchdowns on 413 carries and he racked up a total of 4,854 rushing yards and 84 rushing touchdowns in three seasons.
93. New England Patriots (draft history): Dakota Dozier, G, Furman
While Logan Mankins is obviously a stud at left guard, the Patriots could use upgrades at the other interior offensive line spots as well as depth. Dozier played left tackle in college, but will make the transition inside at the next level.
94. San Francisco 49ers (draft history): Chris Smith, OLB, Arkansas
Like with their pick of Murphy earlier this round and (Marcus) Smith before that, Smith adds pass-rushing depth and insurance for a potentially lengthy absence for Aldon Smith.
95. Denver Broncos (draft history): Rashaad Reynolds, CB, Oregon State
Even though the Broncos lost their starting cornerbacks (Champ Bailey and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie) from 2013, they added Aqib Talib in free agency and are in a better position overall at the position heading into the draft. That said, the Broncos are used to establishing big and early leads with Peyton Manning under center so they can't have too many reinforcements in their defensive backfield.
96. (Via SEA) Minnesota Vikings (draft history): Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU
The Vikings are rumored to be highly interested in Pitt's Aaron Donald, but he was off the board when they selected at No. 8.
97. Pittsburgh Steelers (draft history): Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina
While he began his collegiate career as a point guard on the basketball team and earned SEC All-Freshmen honors (in basketball), Ellington began to play football in his sophomore basketball season. Ellington, cousin of Arizona's Andre Ellington, led the football team in receiving (49/775/8) last year.
98. Green Bay Packers (draft history): C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa
With tight end being a need for the Packers, they will likely draft one at some point in the draft. Considering there is a significant gap between Fiedorowicz and the next group at the position, the timing here makes sense.
99. Baltimore Ravens (draft history): David Yankey, G, Stanford
One of the more versatile offensive line prospects in this year's draft class, Yankey can play four of five offensive line positions but is best at guard. At this point in the draft, Yankey would be an excellent value.
100. San Francisco 49ers (draft history): Brandon Thomas, G, Clemson
Working out for the Saints last month, Thomas unfortunately tore his ACL, which will obviously impact his draft stock. If it weren't for the injury, Thomas would have likely been selected in the second round.
With one of the league's most talented rosters and six picks in the top 100 as well, the 49ers are in a great position to take advantage of the opportunity. Like they did with Marcus Lattimore last year, the 49ers can draft a player that slipped due to injury and essentially redshirt him.
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