Mock drafts are about to get hit by the proverbial asteroid that is free agency. With the NFL's signing period beginning this week, overwrought picks are soon to be changed.
For this week's mock draft, Matthew Fairburn and I teamed up for three rounds. He did the odd-numbered picks while I took the evens.
1. Houston Texans - Teddy Bridgewater, Quarterback, Louisville
Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles and South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney have become the favorites for the No. 1 pick. But Teddy Bridgewater is the best quarterback in the draft. Maybe the Texans prefer Bortles, but at this point it seems foolish to rule out Bridgewater. It’s the time of year when smoke screens are being thrown up at a rapid pace, and it’s tough to tell what teams are actually thinking. Houston badly needs a quarterback, so this mock will keep it simple and give the Texans the top quarterback on the board.
2. St. Louis Rams - Greg Robinson, Offensive tackle, Auburn
The Rams have one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL and need upgrades at several positions. Robinson is an elite athlete for an offensive tackle, but he made his name at Auburn as a dominating run blocker. Because of that, don’t think he’s just another Jason Smith.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Jadeveon Clowney, Defensive end, South Carolina
This is one of two ideal scenarios for the Jaguars. If either Teddy Bridgewater or Jadeveon Clowney is still on the board, the Jaguars will get a huge upgrade at a position of need. With Bridgewater gone, Jacksonville takes the best player in the draft with the third pick. Clowney is a perfect fit for the LEO role in the Jaguars’ defense. He has a better first step than any prospect in the last decade and should be one of the best defensive ends in the NFL before long.
4. Cleveland Browns - Johnny Manziel, Quarterback, Texas A&M
Browns fans have seen countless quarterbacks brought into Cleveland, only for them to fizzle and get replaced. The most realistic of Browns fans should expect whatever quarterback the team drafts – and it will draft one – to bust out. So why not go with Manziel, the one with the greatest propensity of exploding in spectacular fashion? For all the issues there are about Manziel, his strengths at least equal them.
5. Oakland Raiders - Blake Bortles, Quarterback, UCF
While the Raiders desperately need a quarterback, there’s no guarantee one of the top three quarterbacks will be available when they are on the clock with the No. 5 pick. In this version of our mock draft, Central Florida’s Blake Bortles is still on the board. Bortles has a ways to go in his development. His footwork and decision-making need to improve, but teams will love his size, pocket presence and mobility.
6. Atlanta Falcons - Khalil Mack, Outside linebacker, Buffalo
Mack may be a fallback pick for the Falcons. He’s not a star, potential-packed blocker like Robinson. He’s not a superstar pass rusher like Clowney. But he’s still a top-five player in this draft, and preferred over Clowney by some. Mack can do everything that’s required of a linebacker and has been testing off the charts.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Sammy Watkins, Wide receiver, Clemson
Mike Williams has had a rough year since signing a big contract extension with the Buccaneers. He spent most of the year injured and has run into some trouble off the field. Williams isn’t a guy the Buccaneers can count on going forward, so they would be smart to find another wide receiver for Mike Glennon to work with. Sammy Watkins also happens to be the best player on the board, so this pick makes sense for Tampa Bay.
8. Minnesota Vikings - Anthony Barr, Outside linebacker, UCLA
With a good coach like Mike Zimmer, Barr should be able to rush the passer from space and with his hand down as a traditional defensive end. While his run defense needs plenty of work, we’ve seen pass rushers get drafted highly in recent years. Barr’s size and speed combination is hard to pass up early in the draft.
9. Buffalo Bills - Jake Matthews, Offensive tackle, Texas A&M
Jake Matthews doesn’t quite have the upside that Greg Robinson does as an offensive tackle, and that may cause him to slide a bit on draft day. It’s tough to see the Bills passing on Matthews, though. Matthews has experience playing both left and right tackle, and with Buffalo’s need on the right side of the line, that versatility will be appealing. Consider this the farthest spot Matthews should fall.
10. Detroit Lions - Darqueze Dennard, Cornerback, Michigan State
Although Bill Bentley and Darius Slay are young players, neither projects to be as good as Dennard in the pros. Dennard is advanced as a press coverage safety and can get physical with the biggest of wideouts. At the combine, Dennard showed more athleticism than many expected, securing his spot as the top cornerback in the draft.
11. Tennessee Titans - Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix, Safety, Alabama
The Titans’ secondary is in need of a playmaker. Tennessee could go a number of different directions with this pick given the needs it has on both sides of the ball. But Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix is the top player available and would give the Titans an element they’re currently lacking on defense. Clinton-Dix can play either safety spot and be trusted as a single high safety in coverage as well.
12. New York Giants - Eric Ebron, Tight end, North Carolina
The Giants are thin at tight end, and Ebron is a big-time talent. Although his blocking is rightfully criticized, he’s capable of taking a short pass for a big gain. There just aren’t many tight ends in the NFL that have Ebron’s skill set. While his best asset is his speed, he’s deceptively strong and gets off the line of scrimmage with ease.
13. St. Louis Rams - Jason Verrett, Cornerback, TCU
After parting ways with Cortland Finnegan, the Rams could use another cornerback. Jason Verrett is having shoulder surgery after his pro day, but it shouldn’t hurt his draft position too much. He’s expected to be back for training camp and is the best cornerback in the draft. While Verrett is a bit undersized, he changes directions and breaks on the ball with ease and has the best ball skills of any corner in this class.
14. Chicago Bears - Aaron Donald, Defensive tackle, Pittsburgh
Whether or not Henry Melton returns to Chicago, the Bears need interior defensive linemen. Though Donald may not be overly large or physical, he’s the biggest playmaking defensive tackle in the draft this year. He’s the type of presence up front that would give any team an attacking front while not relying on linebackers to get pressure.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers - Justin Gilbert, Cornerback, Oklahoma State
Pittsburgh needs to get younger in the secondary. That includes the cornerback position. Not only would Justin Gilbert fill a need for the Steelers in that area, but he starts to present a lot of value in the middle of the first round given his developmental upside. At the very least, he will contribute on special teams from day one.
16. Dallas Cowboys - C.J. Mosley, Inside linebacker, Alabama
While the Cowboys are often associated with safeties or defensive linemen in mock drafts, don’t overlook linebacker. Bruce Carter hasn’t had the career many expected and was even benched last season. Sean Lee has played in just 17 games the past two seasons. Mosley is capable of playing either position and starring at both.
17. Baltimore Ravens - Mike Evans, Wide receiver, Texas A&M
Offensive tackle could become a huge need for the Ravens depending on how free agency goes, but the value of Mike Evans at wide receiver is too much to pass up. Baltimore’s offense felt the loss of Anquan Boldin last year, so finding another target for Joe Flacco should be a priority heading into the 2014 season.
18. New York Jets - Odell Beckham Jr., Wide receiver, LSU
It’s imperative this offseason that the Jets add playmakers on offense. With Ebron off the board, New York should focus on wide receivers. Marqise Lee of Southern California may be higher rated than Beckham, but the LSU junior is a big-play threat with the ball in his hands. He’s incredibly fast and shifty in the open field.
19. Miami Dolphins - Xavier Su’a-Filo, Guard, UCLA
Offensive tackle has been a popular pick for the Miami Dolphins, but help is needed all over the offensive line. Xavier Su’a-Filo is the best offensive lineman available at this juncture. He’s played both tackle and guard but excels when pulling from the interior of the line and making blocks in space.
20. Arizona Cardinals - Kony Ealy, Defensive end, Missouri
Passing on an offensive tackle would be a difficult proposition for the Cardinals. But at the combine, general manager Steve Keim talked about the importance of having interchangeable pieces on defense. That’s what Ealy would provide Arizona. He showed at Missouri he can blitz from the edge and the middle. But he’s also athletic enough to shift out to linebacker.
21. Green Bay Packers - Louis Nix, Nose tackle, Notre Dame
Free agency could take a toll on Green Bay’s defensive line, most notably at nose tackle. Luckily, the top nose tackle in the draft is available this late in the first round. Louis Nix suffered through some injuries in 2013, but if he can return to his 2012 form after losing some weight, the Packers could have a steal at 21.
22. Philadelphia Eagles - Bradley Roby, Cornerback, Ohio State
Philadelphia’s outside cornerbacks last season were picked apart. Roby didn’t have the season many expected, but some of his bad moments were a symptom of tendencies that are coachable. Don’t forget, many considered Roby a top-15 talent coming into the season. The talent is still there.
23. Kansas City Chiefs - Kyle Fuller, Cornerback, Virginia Tech
Cornerback and wide receiver are two main areas of need for the Chiefs. With Odell Beckham Jr. off the board, Kansas City turns to the secondary, where it got inconsistent play on the boundary in 2013. Adding a player like Kyle Fuller, who showed signs of being a shutdown corner when healthy, would pay dividends for the Chiefs.
24. Cincinnati Bengals - Calvin Pryor, Safety, Louisville
If there’s a big run on cornerbacks, like in this mock, the Bengals may need to look in another direction in the first round. There’s nothing wrong with settling on a player like Pryor with the 24th pick. He’s able to play free or strong safety and is adept at playing the run and dropping into coverage.
25. San Diego Chargers - Zack Martin, Guard, Notre Dame
Most of the top cornerbacks are off the board, so the Chargers turn to the offensive line, where they still need to beef up the interior. Zack Martin played tackle in college but is best suited as a guard in the NFL. Martin, along with Su’a-Filo, represent the top tier of guards in this draft.
26. Cleveland Browns - Marqise Lee, Wide receiver, Southern California
If the Browns want to get another 1,600-yard season out of All-Pro wide receiver Josh Gordon, the pressure has to be taken off of him. Lee would fit opposite Gordon and give the Browns a wide receiver with dependable hands and playmaking ability.
27. New Orleans Saints - Taylor Lewan, Offensive tackle, Michigan
The fall of Taylor Lewan stops here. Lewan is a talented prospect who struggled a bit as a senior and has some questions to answer off the field. Still, New Orleans needs an offensive tackle, and Lewan is too good to pass up at this spot. Consider this about as far as Lewan could possibly fall on draft day.
28. Carolina Panthers - Cyrus Kouandjio, Offensive tackle, Alabama
Following the retirement of longtime offensive tackle Jordan Gross, the Panthers suddenly have a hole on the left side of the line. There were reports about an arthritic knee with Kouandjio, but the Panthers need to take a chance. Kouandjio is a raw talent who would initially be a strong run blocker.
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29. New England Patriots - Ra’Shede Hageman, Defensive lineman, Minnesota
Expect Bill Belichick to make an effort to trade out of the first round in this draft. There is plenty of talent available at the top of the second round, and if Belichick can make it happen he will. For now, the Patriots grab Ra’Shede Hageman, who is physically dominant at times but needs to clean up his technique.
30. San Francisco 49ers - Jimmie Ward, Safety, Northern Illinois
The 49ers didn’t use the franchise tag on Donte Whitner, and if he’s not brought back, safety is a big need. While Ward isn’t a big hitter, he’s arguably the draft’s best coverage safety and is able to play receivers in man situations. His versatility will be a big asset in the NFL.
31. Denver Broncos - Brandin Cooks, Wide receiver, Oregon State
The Broncos could really use a cornerback, but there’s not a ton of value in the position at this spot. With Eric Decker likely gone in free agency, adding another wide receiver might be a smart move. Wes Welker won’t be around forever, either. Brandin Cooks has really helped himself since the beginning of the season and could have a shot at the first round. He could play on the outside or in the slot, given his ability to get separation with his route running and speed.
32. Seattle Seahawks - Jace Amaro, Tight end, Texas Tech
The Seahawks are one of the worst teams in the NFL in regard to tight end receiving yards. A player of Amaro’s ability could turn that around. Amaro was able to pull in 106 passes for Texas Tech last season because of his catch radius and ability to go up and make difficult catches.
33. Houston Texans - Antonio Richardson, Offensive tackle, Tennessee
After finding their quarterback of the future with first pick, the Texans add some depth to the offensive line, which was a weakness for them a year ago. Antonio Richardson is an athletic tackle who is a bit rough around the edges. Thus, he’s available at the top of the second round.
34. Washington Redskins - Stephon Tuitt, Defensive tackle, Notre Dame
Defensive end is among the many holes on Washington’s defense. Tuitt is a fringe first-round pick who is strong enough to take on the run, but had the quicks at Notre Dame to maintain the edge in a three-man front.
35. Cleveland Browns - Gabe Jackson, Guard, Mississippi State
Cleveland’s focus on offense continues in the second round, this time with the offensive line. Gabe Jackson is a solid guard prospect with the intelligence and physical tools to succeed early.
36. Oakland Raiders - Dee Ford, Defensive end, Auburn
The Raiders desperately need pass rush help. Ford is a great value at this point in the draft, and arguably the best player available. Whether he’s at end or linebacker, he’ll bolster Oakland’s defense.
37. Atlanta Falcons - Morgan Moses, Offensive tackle, Virginia
The Falcons’ surprising demise in 2013 was due to a lack of talent on both lines of scrimmage. In the first round, the Falcons took Khalil Mack to address the need at defensive end. Here, they get a big offensive tackle, Morgan Moses, to help solve some of their pass protection issues.
38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Derek Carr, Quarterback, Fresno State
Mike Glennon had a decent rookie season, but not quite a good enough one for the Buccaneers to pass up a talent like Derek Carr if he slips to their second-round pick. Carr has one of the better pure arms in the draft and when he has time he can make every NFL throw.
39. Jacksonville Jaguars - Timmy Jernigan, Defensive tackle, Florida State
This is an interesting spot for the Jaguars. There isn’t a quarterback worth taking here, so Jacksonville again addresses the defensive line. While Red Bryant was just brought in to play 5-technique, the Jaguars could still use a 1-technique. Roy Miller struggled in that role a year ago. Timmy Jernigan has the strength and discipline to man the middle of a defense and is an excellent value pick here.
40. Minnesota Vikings - Zach Mettenberger, Quarterback, LSU
Despite bringing back Matt Cassel, the Vikings are likely to take a quarterback at some point in the draft. With offensive coordinator Norv Turner having some say in which quarterback gets picked, the Vikings could be after a traditional pocket passer with a big arm. That descriptor fits Mettenberger perfectly.
41. Buffalo Bills - Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Tight end, Washington
The Buffalo Bills need to add another weapon to the passing game, but rather than spend a top-10 pick to do so, Buffalo adds one of the most dynamic tight ends in the draft at pick 41. Austin Seferian-Jenkins has some injury issues, but he’s still a talented pass catcher with impressive body control.
42. Tennessee Titans - Scott Crichton, Defensive end, Oregon State
Tennessee may have brought back Ropati Pitoitua, but having numerous pass rushers is imperative in Ray Horton's defense. Crichton can be used in a variety of roles. He can line up outside and inside and is comfortable with his hand out of the dirt as a linebacker.
43. New York Giants - Ryan Shazier, Linebacker, Ohio State
The Giants love speed on defense, particularly in the front seven. Ryan Shazier has plenty of speed and could play a few different linebacker spots for the Giants, who will be looking to make an addition at that position at some point this offseason.
44. St. Louis Rams - Lamarcus Joyner, Safety, Florida State
If the NFL is a copycat league, the Rams could steal the Tyrann Mathieu blueprint from the Cardinals. Joyner can play safety or cornerback, and showed at Florida State he could do both well.
45. Detroit Lions - Kelvin Benjamin, Wide receiver, Florida State
Given how often the Lions have addressed the wide receiver position, through the draft, trades and free agency, it seems weird to suggest they still need to find another wideout. But that’s definitely the case, as Detroit doesn’t have much outside of Calvin Johnson. With Kelvin Benjamin on the board, it makes even more sense for Detroit to grab a wide receiver.
46. Pittsburgh Steelers - Allen Robinson, Wide receiver, Penn State
If the rumors are true that the Steelers want to add a bigger wide receiver this offseason, Robinson would be a good choice. He’s physical off the line of scrimmage and showed at Penn State he can high-point the ball.
47. Dallas Cowboys - Jackson Jeffcoat, Defensive End, Texas
The Cowboys’ pass defense was deplorable in 2013. Not only does Dallas need to add some talent to its secondary in the offseason, but finding a way to put more pressure on the quarterback should be a priority as well. Jackson Jeffcoat disappointed a bit this season, but he has some physical tools to be effective in certain pass-rushing situations.
48. Baltimore Ravens - Jack Mewhort, Offensive tackle, Ohio State
As free agency begins, the Ravens have holes at both offensive tackle spots. Mewhort is capable of playing either side of the line.
49. New York Jets - Pierre Desir, Cornerback, Lindenwood
Without Darrelle Revis, the Jets’ cornerback group was subpar at best in 2013. Dee Milliner wasn’t great as a rookie, but even if he improves, New York needs to find another corner. Pierre Desir should be the first small school player off the board after a strong showing at the Senior Bowl.
50. Miami Dolphins - Ego Ferguson, Defensive tackle, LSU
The Dolphins have a big need at defensive tackle this offseason, particularly if Paul Soliai and Randy Starks aren’t brought back. Ferguson is the better of the two LSU defensive tackles in the draft and would give Miami a player who can stop the run and rush the passer.
51. Chicago Bears - Andre Hal, Cornerback, Vanderbilt
The run on cornerbacks continues, as the Bears need to add some talent in the secondary. Andre Hal is a physical cornerback who gets beat on occasion and isn’t the fastest corner. But he’s aggressive and shows good ball skills at the catch point.
52. Arizona Cardinals - Ja’Wuan James, Offensive tackle, Tennessee
The Cardinals need to get talent on the offensive line. While James exclusively played right tackle for Tennessee, that may have simply been a symptom of the Volunteers’ talent on the line. If D.J. Fluker can play left tackle for the Chargers, James should get a shot as well.
53. Green Bay Packers - Kyle Van Noy, Linebacker, BYU
The Packers need quite a few upgrades to their front seven. Adding another pass rusher behind Clay Matthews would be a smart move. Kyle Van Noy is versatile enough to play a few different linebacker spots, but he would definitely upgrade the pass rush.
54. Philadelphia Eagles - Deone Bucannon, Safety, Washington State
After the top three safeties, there isn’t a lot of drop-off with Bucannon. After him, though, it’s considerable. Bucannon is capable of dropping in coverage and has good instincts in coverage. He’s also able to deliver crushing hits that make receivers apprehensive about playing in his coverage area.
55. Cincinnati Bengals - Dom Easley, Defensive tackle, Florida
More so than other teams in the league, the Bengals have the ability to make luxury picks in the 2014 NFL Draft with so few glaring needs on the roster. Dom Easley would be a luxury pick, but Cincy could ease him back from injury and have him learn from Geno Atkins, who many compare Easley to.
56. San Francisco 49ers - Marcus Roberson, Cornerback, Florida
Whether it’s simply depth or to start, the 49ers should look to add at least one cornerback in the draft this year. Roberson has the type of skill set that would allow him to step into the starting lineup straight away.
57. San Diego Chargers - Jeremiah Attaochu, Linebacker, Georgia Tech
It seems like the Chargers have been trying to find an impact pass rusher for years. Jeremiah Attaochu is worth the pick here and would fit in nicely as a 3-4 outside linebacker. He’s at his best when rushing the passer.
58. New Orleans Saints - Trent Murphy, Outside linebacker, Stanford
Although the Saints are getting Victor Butler back, having more than two pass rushers would give Rob Ryan more options. Murphy can be moved all around the field and knows how to rush the passer.
59. Indianapolis Colts - David Yankey, Guard, Stanford
For a team like that needs multiple upgrades on the offensive line, a player with David Yankey’s versatility is even more valuable. Yankey would fit best at guard in the NFL, though.
60. Carolina Panthers - Jarvis Landry, Wide receiver, LSU
If Carolina passes on a wide receiver in the first round, there should still be plenty available in the second. Landry didn’t time particularly well at the combine, but he’s a do-everything wide receiver.
61. San Francisco 49ers - Jimmy Garoppolo, Quarterback, Eastern Illinois
Jim Harbaugh was recently spotted working closely with Jimmy Garoppolo at the quarterback’s pro day. The 49ers have begun contract negotiations with Colin Kaepernick, but it wouldn’t hurt to add some insurance to the roster, especially with so many picks in this draft.
62. New England Patriots - Troy Niklas, Tight end, Notre Dame
This is a good value for a player like Niklas. He’s not as far along as the tight ends already picked, but his potential is as great as his catch radius (which is to say it’s nearly limitless).
63. Denver Broncos - Antone Exum, Cornerback, Virginia Tech
Cornerback will be a main area of focus in Denver this offseason. Antone Exum may have dealt with numerous injuries in his college career, but he’s a physically gifted cornerback with a high ceiling. The only question with Exum is whether or not he can stay healthy.
64. Seattle Seahawks - Donte Moncrief, Wide receiver, Ole Miss
With Sidney Rice out and Golden Tate a free agent, the Seahawks could take advantage of the ample depth at wide receiver this year. Moncrief is arguably a top-50 talent who would give the Seahawks a good vertical threat.
65. Houston Texans - Billy Turner, Offensive tackle, North Dakota State
After the year Houston had blocking in 2013, adding two offensive linemen isn’t out of the question. Billy Turner can play just about every position on the offensive line, so he’s a nice option here.
66. Washington Redskins - Loucheiz Purifoy, Cornerback, Florida
Purifoy has the talent to develop into a very good cornerback in the NFL and would give the Redskins a nice pair of cornerbacks of the future with David Amerson.
67. Oakland Raiders - Jordan Matthews, Wide receiver, Vanderbilt
The depth at wide receiver causes Jordan Matthews to fall to the third round, but the Raiders can’t complain. They address their top three needs in the first three rounds of the draft. Not a bad start.
68. Atlanta Falcons - Anthony Johnson, Defensive tackle, LSU
The Falcons have a lot of holes at defensive tackle. Johnson may not have had the junior year many expected, but he’s a quick, talented defensive lineman.
69. New York Jets - Cyril Richardson, Guard, Baylor
Protecting Geno Smith should be right behind finding him weapons on the Jets’ list of goals for this offseason. Cyril Richardson has struggled with the pre-draft process, but he’s a strong blocker with some movement skills despite his size.
70. Jacksonville Jaguars - David Fales, Quarterback, San Jose State
If the Jaguars wait until the third round to draft a quarterback, they’ll be choosing between guys like Fales or Alabama’s AJ McCarron. Fales may not have elite tools, but he’s an accurate passer who is calm under pressure.
71. Cleveland Browns - Ka’Deem Carey, Running back, Arizona
After trading away Trent Richardson, the Browns could use an impact player at running back. Ka’Deem Carey had a miserable combine and has some trouble shedding contact, but he’s a faster than his 40 time would indicate and has solid instincts.
72. Minnesota Vikings - Will Sutton, Defensive tackle, Arizona State
The Vikings need to start adding youth and talent to the interior of their defensive line. Sutton was once considered a first-round player, but had a down senior season.
73. Buffalo Bills - Telvin Smith, Linebacker, Florida State
Kiko Alonso had an outstanding rookie season, and now the Bills need to find another linebacker to play alongside him. Telvin Smith is another athletic guy who would fit into what the Bills are building on defense.
74. New York Giants - Davante Adams, Wide receiver, Fresno State
Adams would be a yet another piece for Eli Manning. Adams is a good talent, but may slide this far because of the depth at wide receiver this year.
75. St. Louis Rams - Brandon Coleman, Wide receiver, Rutgers
Yes, the Rams have invested quite a few draft picks in the wide receiver position over the last several drafts. But they still haven’t quite found what they need. Brian Quick looks like a failed experiment, so St. Louis should look for a big wide receiver to complement Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey. Brandon Coleman fits the bill.
76. Detroit Lions - C.J. Fiedorowicz, Tight end, Iowa
Fiedorowicz would pair nicely with Joseph Fauria because he’s much more of an all-around tight end, capable of blocking and attacking soft spots in zone.
77. San Francisco 49ers - Aaron Colvin, Cornerback, Oklahoma
With more draft picks than available roster spots, the 49ers could be a team that takes a shot on Aaron Colvin, despite his torn ACL. He could be placed on the injured reserve and not take up a roster spot and would also address a need once he’s healthy.
78. Dallas Cowboys - Da’Quan Jones, Defensive tackle, Penn State
Dallas would be fortunate to get a defensive lineman of Jones’ caliber in the third round. He’s a sneaky good athlete and has the power to be an asset against the run.
79. Baltimore Ravens - Christian Jones, Linebacker, Florida State
After wide receiver and offensive line, the front seven might be an area the Ravens address. Christian Jones showed the ability to move all around the formation in a 3-4 defense at Florida State and would be a nice fit in Baltimore.
80. New York Jets - James Hurst, Offensive tackle, North Carolina
Hurst is only dropping this far because he suffered a broken leg in North Carolina’s bowl game. Had he been healthy, he would have been a lock for the second round.
81. Miami Dolphins - Joel Bitonio, Offensive lineman, Nevada
Depending on what the Dolphins do in free agency, they may invest multiple draft picks in the offensive line. Joel Bitonio has been a riser over the last few months. He’s versatile enough to play tackle or guard and could be a right tackle in Miami.
82. Chicago Bears - Demarcus Lawrence, Defensive end, Boise State
Even if the Bears sign Michael Bennett in free agency, Lawrence would give them a versatile pass rusher who can play end or linebacker.
83. Cleveland Browns - Victor Hampton, Cornerback, South Carolina
A secondary cornerback is one of the few weaknesses on Cleveland’s otherwise stout defense. Victor Hampton had some trouble off the field early in his collegiate career, but his talent outweighs any risk in the third round.
84. Arizona Cardinals - Chris Borland, Inside linebacker, Wisconsin
Although the Cardinals just drafted Kevin Minter last year, Borland is a player who is good enough to get on the field in some fashion. He’s a tone-setting team leader and largely the best player available in this scenario.
85. Green Bay Packers - Yawin Smallwood, Linebacker, Connecticut
The biggest need on Green Bay’s defense is inside linebacker. The value didn’t match Green Bay’s pick in the first two rounds, but it does here. Yawin Smallwood has flown under the radar a bit, but he was a bright spot at UConn this season.
86. Philadelphia Eagles - Martavis Bryant, Wide receiver, Clemson
While the Eagles brought back Riley Cooper and Jeremy Maclin, the latter is on just a one-year deal. Bryant has big-play potential. He’s the type of player who had first-round potential for 2015.
87. Kansas City Chiefs - Jared Abbrederis, Wide Receiver, Wisconsin
Most have linked the Chiefs to a wide receiver in the first round. However, it’s not a slam dunk that one worth the pick will be there in the first round. Given the depth at wide receiver in this draft, Kansas City may wait. If the Chiefs pass on wide receiver in the first round, a player like Jared Abbrederis would be a nice consolation prize in the third round.
88. Cincinnati Bengals - Bashaud Breeland, Cornerback, Clemson
The Bengals have a lot of aging pieces at cornerback – namely Adam Jones and Terence Newman. Breeland is a high-upside cornerback who, if he’s groomed properly, could turn into a No. 1.
89. San Diego Chargers - Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Cornerback, Nebraska
The value at cornerback didn’t match San Diego’s picks in the first few rounds, but the Chargers need to find a corner on the first two days of the draft. Stanley Jean-Baptiste is raw but is one of only a few tall, physical cornerbacks in this class.
90. Indianapolis Colts - E.J. Gaines, Cornerback, Missouri
A run on cornerbacks continues. If teams don’t target the position on the first two days of the draft, they’re going to be in trouble. Even if Vontae Davis is brought back, the Colts need talent in the secondary.
91. New Orleans Saints - Robert Herron, Wide Receiver, Wyoming
The Saints have had to get rid of a lot of talent on offense to keep Jimmy Graham. The draft may be New Orleans’ only chance to make up for it. Robert Herron would be a perfect weapon underneath for the Saints.
92. Carolina Panthers - Dion Bailey, Safety, Southern California
Both Mike Mitchell and Quintin Mikell are free agents for the Panthers, leaving them with few options. Bailey is an inexpensive upgrade who can play in the box.
93. New England Patriots - Trai Turner, Guard, LSU
The Patriots need to find another guard. Logan Mankins has been great, but the rest of the guards on New England’s roster offer little promise. Trai Turner is a decent athlete with a lot of room to grow as a blocker. At the very least he will be a powerful run blocker at the next level.
94. San Francisco 49ers - Marcus Martin, Center, Southern California
Martin is capable of playing either center or guard, making him at the worst a nice depth piece. Many consider him the top center prospect in the draft.
95. Denver Broncos - Keith McGill, Cornerback, Utah
Denver may look to draft more than one cornerback in the 2014 NFL Draft. Keith McGill could play safety or cornerback in the NFL. He has the size and physicality to be drafted on the first two days of the draft.
96. Minnesota Vikings - Ross Cockrell, Cornerback, Duke
After Xavier Rhodes, the Vikings are light on talent at cornerback. Cockrell is a press specialist with solid physical tools.