NFL Draft results 2014, Round 3: Louis Nix goes to Texans, Browns avoid wide receivers

Joe Robbins

The results of the third round held plenty of intrigue, from the curious drop of defensive tackle Louis Nix to the Browns actively avoiding wide receivers despite issues with Josh Gordon and Nate Burleson.

SB Nation 2014 NFL Draft

The second and third rounds of the 2014 NFL Draft were dominated by trades that reshuffled the draft order. The most convoluted sent Notre Dame defensive tackle Louis Nix to the Houston Texans at No. 83 overall, a pick that had been held by the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cleveland Browns and Philadelphia Eagles at different points of the draft.

Nix was by far the biggest name to come off the board, at least going by SB Nation's big board. Nix was rated as the No. 12 overall player in the draft, but was ultimately picked one spot behind fellow defensive tackle Will Sutton, who was SB Nation's No. 79 overall.

Nix was part of what was perhaps a predictable run of offensive and defensive linemen. Of the round's first 29 picks, 16 were players who typically play with a hand or two in the dirt.

The skill players were highlighted by running backs Charles Sims (No. 69 to Tampa Bay) and Tre Mason (No. 75 to St. Louis). More interesting were the skill players who weren't drafted, specifically by the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland is seemingly desperate with a wideout, with Josh Gordon facing a season-long suspension and Nate Burleson out until training camp with a fractured arm. And yet, the Browns selected outside linebacker Christian Kirksey and running back Terrance West instead.

Good luck, Johnny Manziel!

Pick Team Player Position School
1. (65) Houston Texans C.J. Fiedorowicz TE Iowa
2. (66) Washington Redskins Morgan Moses OT Virginia
3. (67) Miami Dolphins (from Oakland) Billy Turner OT North Dakota State
4. (68) Atlanta Falcons Dezmen Southward S Wisconsin
5. (69) Tampa Bay Buccaneers Charles Sims RB West Virginia
6. (70) San Francisco 49ers (from Jacksonville) Marcus Martin C USC
7. (71) Cleveland Browns Christian Kirksey OLB Iowa
8. (72) Minnesota Vikings Scott Crichton DE Oregon State
9. (73) Buffalo Bills Preston Brown LB Louisville
10. (74) New York Giants Jay Bromley DT Syracuse
11. (75) St. Louis Rams Tre Mason RB

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12. (76) Detroit Lions Travis Swanson C Arkansas
13. (77) San Francisco 49ers (from Tennessee) Chris Borland LB Wisconsin
14. (78) Washington Redskins (from Dallas) Spencer Long OG Nebraska
15. (79) Baltimore Ravens Terrence Brooks S Florida State
16. (80) New York Jets Dexter McDougle CB Maryland
17. (81) Oakland Raiders (from Miami) Gabe Jackson G Mississippi State
18. (82) Chicago Bears Will Sutton DT Arizona State
19. (83) Houston Texans (from Pittsburgh; originally Cleveland, Philadelphia) Louis Nix DT Notre Dame
20. (84) Arizona Cardinals Kareem Martin DE North Carolina
21. (85) Green Bay Packers Khyri Thornton DT Southern Miss
22. (86) Philadelphia Eagles Josh Huff WR Oregon
23. (87) Kansas City Chiefs Phillip Gaines CB Rice
24. (88) Cincinnati Bengals Will Clarke DE West Virgina
25. (89) San Diego Chargers Chris Watt OL Notre Dame
26. (90) Indianapolis Colts Donte Moncrief WR Ole Miss
27. (91) Arizona Cardinals (from New Orleans) John Brown WR Pittsburg State
28. (92) Carolina Panthers Trai Turner OG LSU
29. (93) New England Patriots Brandon Linder OG Miami
30. (94) Cleveland Browns (from San Francisco) Terrance West RB Towson
31. (95) Denver Broncos Michael Schofield OT Michigan
32. (96) Minnesota Vikings (from Seattle) Jerick McKinnon RB Georgia Southern
33. (97) Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory) Dri Archer RB Kent State
34. (98) Green Bay Packers (compensatory) Richard Rodgers TE California
35. (99) Baltimore Ravens (compensatory) Crockett Gilmore TE Colorado State
36. (100) San Francisco 49ers (compensatory) Brandon Thomas OT Clemson

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