2014 NFL Mock Draft - Kevin Hanson
101. Houston Texans (draft history): Dion Bailey, S, USC
Last year, Jeff Fisher (a former USC safety) drafted USC strong safety T.J. McDonald. This year, he drafts another USC safety in Bailey, who played outside linebacker before this season.
102. Washington Redskins (draft history): Loucheiz Purifoy, CB, Florida
Purifoy has had some recent run-ins with the law and could slide further than this, but the Redskins could use some depth in their secondary. Purifoy has been used by the Gators as a cornerback and safety as well as a receiver and returner.
103. Atlanta Falcons (draft history): Andre Williams, RB, Boston College
No active running back has more carries than Steven Jackson, who turns 31 in July. Williams will be able to take over for S-Jax as the team's featured back when Jackson retires (or misses time), but to say Williams is not much of a receiver out of the backfield would be an enormous understatement. While he rushed for 2,177 yards and 18 touchdowns last season, Williams had zero receptions.
104. (Via TB) New York Jets (draft history): Billy Turner, OT, North Dakota State
One year after their offensive line ranked third by PFF, the Jets dropped to No. 26 in 2013. With the exception of his freshman season when he started at right tackle, Turner started his other three seasons at left tackle. Turner is an excellent athlete with long arms that finishes plays. In fact, his father (Maurice) was drafted in 1983 by the Vikings as a running back and last played for the Jets.
* Projected Trade: Jags send their second-round pick (39th overall), fourth-round pick (105th overall) and fifth-round pick (144th overall) to the Patriots.
105. New England Patriots (draft history): Justin Ellis, DT, Louisiana Tech
Despite his size (6-2, 334 pounds), Ellis has excellent quickness and has the versatility to play either nose tackle or five-technique. If he's still available here, the Patriots get a bargain.
106. Cleveland Browns (draft history): Nevin Lawson, CB, Utah State
While the Browns have one of the league's best young cornerbacks in Joe Haden, they will likely add reinforcements at the position in the draft.
107. Oakland Raiders (draft history): Jared Abbrederis, WR, Wisconsin
The Raiders signed James Jones in free agency, but they could definitely use more weapons and depth at the position.
108. Minnesota Vikings (draft history): Lache Seastrunk, RB, Baylor
The Vikings let Toby Gerhart, the primary backup to Adrian Peterson, walk in free agency. While Peterson seems to be superhuman, he turned 29 years old in March and has more than 2,000 carries in his career. Using a mid-round pick for depth makes sense.
[Related: Gerhart has RB2 upside in fantasy leagues: my 2014 fantasy running back rankings.]
109. Buffalo Bills (draft history): Cyril Richardson, G, Baylor
While Cordy Glenn has developed into a stud left tackle, the Bills could use an upgrade on the right side and some offensive line depth. Even though Richardson spent one season at left tackle, Richardson primarily played guard and is a much better run blocker than pass protector.
110. St. Louis Rams (draft history): Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina
The Rams have a pair of Pro Bowl defensive ends with Robert Quinn and Chris Long and add to their pass-rush rotation with the addition of Martin.
111. Detroit Lions (draft history): Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee
Richardson (or "Tiny" as he's nicknamed) has tremendous size (6-6, 335 pounds), but he also has excellent quickness for his size.
112. Tennessee Titans (draft history): Jemea Thomas, CB, Georgia Tech
The Titans lost one of their starting cornerbacks, Alterraun Verner, in free agency and will likely add some depth at some point of the depth.
113. New York Giants (draft history): Caraun Reid, DT, Princeton
Generating buzz since the Senior Bowl, Reid is one of my favorite players in the draft. In that game, Reid recorded sacks on back-to-back plays and he has excellent burst for an interior defensive lineman.
114. (Via BAL) Jacksonville Jaguars (draft history): Christian Jones, OLB, Florida State
An outstanding athlete, Jones is a nice value at this spot and could be off the board a round earlier.
* 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.
115. St. Louis Rams (draft history): Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia
Recovering from ACL surgery in November, Murray will have a chance to sit behind Sam Bradford for at least a season. With two years left on his rookie six-year contract, Bradford has failed to live up to lofty expectations as a former No. 1 overall pick. At a minimum, Murray should develop into a solid backup, but he could potentially develop into a replacement.
116. Miami Dolphins (draft history): Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia
The Dolphins signed Knowshon Moreno to a one-year free-agent deal and he will likely emerge as the team's starter over Lamar Miller, who had a relatively inconsistent and disappointing sophomore campaign for the Dolphins last year.
Sims is a versatile back and had 1,095 rushing yards with 401 receiving yards last year in his first season with the Mountaineers after transferring from Houston.
117. Chicago Bears (draft history): Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech
While he was one of the nation's top tight end recruits out of high school, Thomas has imposing physical tools as a quarterback: 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, 4.6 40-yard dash, etc. In addition, all reports indicate that he has great leadership skills and intangibles. While he has a very strong arm, Thomas struggles (mightily) with accuracy.
Based on his upside, Thomas could be pushed up to the third or even second round. With Jay Cutler locked in as the starter, however, the Bears and Marc Trestman are in a good position to take a gamble on developing someone like Thomas due to his enormous potential.
118. Pittsburgh Steelers (draft history): Davonta Freeman, RB, Florida State
Freeman has dubbed himself as the "most complete back" in this year's draft class (to be fair, he was asked if he was the most complete back by Terrell Davis) and has drawn some comparisons to Frank Gore.
119. Dallas Cowboys (draft history): Will Clarke, DE, West Virginia
Only five teams had fewer sacks last season than the Cowboys, who also released DeMarcus Ware. Defensive end is just another one of the holes that the Cowboys will need to address via the draft. Clarke led the Mountaineers with 17 tackles for loss and six sacks.
120. Arizona Cardinals (draft history): Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford
Not only did Daryl Washington serve a four-game suspension to start the 2013 season, but he is likely to face league discipline after being sentenced to a year of probation for aggravated assault. In addition, the team lost Karlos Dansby in free agency. Skov adds depth to their inside linebacker corps.
121. Green Bay Packers (draft history): Marqueston Huff, S, Wyoming
It wouldn't surprise me if the Packers used a first-round pick on someone like safety Jimmie Ward, but I expect them to add a safety at some point in the draft. Huff provides the Packers with some versatility as he transitioned to free safety last year after playing cornerback for the previous three seasons.
122. Philadelphia Eagles (draft history): Telvin Smith, OLB, Florida State
Two rounds after selecting Attaochu, the Eagles add another linebacker in Smith. Smith is one of the fastest linebackers in this year's draft class although he weighs only 218 pounds.
123. Cincinnati Bengals (draft history): Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas
Jeffcoat, the son of former Cowboy Jim Jeffcoat, led the Big 12 in sacks (13.0) last season, but he's a bit of a 'tweener and will likely be a fourth-round pick.
124. Kansas City Chiefs (draft history): Trai Turner, G, LSU
Not only did the Chiefs lose left tackle Branden Albert to free agency, but they also lost guards Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asamoah as well.
125. San Diego Chargers (draft history): Michael Schofield, OT, Michigan
Schofield started 36 games — 26 at right tackle and 10 at left guard — at Michigan.
126. New Orleans Saints (draft history): Jordan Tripp, OLB, Montana
Rob Ryan did a tremendous job turning around the record-bad defense that he inherited. After allowing 440.1 yards per game in 2012, the Saints ranked fourth in overall defense (305.7 YPG allowed) in 2013. Although they ranked fourth overall in sacks (49), adding pass-rush depth makes sense.
127. (Via IND) Cleveland Browns (draft history): Jordan Zumwalt, OLB, UCLA
A high-energy guy that delivers a hit, Zumwalt has the versatility to play either inside or outside linebacker.
128. Carolina Panthers (draft history): Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh
The Panthers go into the draft with arguably the weakest wide receiver corps in the NFL. So, in other words, it would not be a surprise if the Panthers added multiple receivers in the draft.
129. San Francisco 49ers (draft history): Kelcy Quarles, DT, South Carolina
Although the 49ers have Tank Carradine, who spend his rookie season on IR, Justin Smith will turn 35 during the 2014 season. Quarles, who can play the five technique, adds defensive line depth.
130. New England Patriots (draft history): Gabe Ikard, C, Oklahoma State
The Pats could use an upgrade at center and Ikard is the best center still on the board.
131. Denver Broncos (draft history): Charles Leno, G/T, Boise State
Leno started at right tackle as a sophomore and moved to left tackle as a junior and senior and has the versatility to move inside to guard at the next level as well.
132. Seattle Seahawks (draft history): Josh Huff, WR, Oregon
While the Seahawks won a Super Bowl with the league's best defense and a powerful running game, they could use more weapons in the passing game. Huff set Oregon single-season records last year with 1,140 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns.
133. Detroit Lions (draft history): Brock Vereen, S, Minnesota
The younger brother of Patriots running back Shane Vereen, Brock played both safety and cornerback at Minnesota. Starting 36 games in his career, Vereen was a first-team All-Big Ten selection last year.
134. Baltimore Ravens (draft history): Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming
The Ravens signed Steve Smith to a free-agent deal after the Panthers released him, but the Ravens could use additional depth at the position. Herron had 72 receptions for 937 yards and nine touchdowns last year.
135. Houston Texans (draft history): E.J. Gaines, CB, Missouri
Adding secondary depth would make sense as no team had fewer interceptions than the Texans (seven) last season.
136. Detroit Lions (draft history): James Gayle, DE, Virginia Tech
Ziggy Ansah led the Lions in sacks (8.0) and the next two guys were defensive tackles: Nick Fairley (6.0) and Ndamukong Suh (5.5). While it's great to get such a pass rush from the interior defensive line, the Lions could use another edge rusher.
137. New York Jets (draft history): Terrance Mitchell, CB, Oregon
One year after trading their best cornerback (Darrelle Revis) to the Bucs, the Jets released their best cornerback (Antonio Cromartie). In some of my previous updates, I've had the Jets adding a cornerback at No. 18 overall, but I would be surprised if the Jets don't add a cornerback or two in this draft.
138. Baltimore Ravens (draft history): Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, OT, McGill (Canada)
A medical student at McGill, Duvernay-Tardif has all of the physical tools as well to succeed: size (6-5, 320), athleticism (sub-5.0 forty) and strength (34 reps at 225 pounds). Despite his medical school background, he has the nasty demeanor on the field and as he says, he "plays through the whistle."
139. Atlanta Falcons (draft history): Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford
The Falcons released starting free safety Thomas DeCoud in March and he signed with the division-rival Panthers. If a free safety like Reynolds is available here, he would make sense.
140. New England Patriots (draft history): Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers
I know, it's a shock to see the Patriots draft an ex-Rutgers player, but in all seriousness, the 6-foot-6 Coleman will help the Pats in the red zone. Of course, tight end Rob Gronkowski is a beast in the red zone, but he has had six surgeries in the past 18 months.
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