Sep 7, 2013; Ann Arbor, MI, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Fitzgerald Toussaint (28) carries the ball as Notre Dame Fighting Irish nose tackle Louis Nix (1) and linebacker Jarrett Grace (59) defend in the third quarter at Michigan Stadium. Michigan won 41-30. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Three Round 2013 NFL Mock Draft (before free agency)

The gray area… The dip, purgatory, gap-ville. Hurry up and wait… It’s the term between the Super Bowl and the NFL Draft (the area where football fans dread). Its three long months of boiling, and a good time to predict.

So what does a football fan do to ride the boil, other than avoid the NBA and read about spring training? These fans look to the NFL Draft. And if you like the draft, like thousands of other Americans, you are a DRAFTNIK. So assuming who would make NFL teams better, by watching hundreds of clips of on-line player video footage, is within this gray area.

Here my latest NFL Mock Draft of 2014. I’m not going to write stories about every selection (yet), but I will say that Jadeveon Clowney is clearly the number 1 player in this draft and Houston should not reach with their number one overall selection. Houston does need a quarterback, and Teddy Bridgewater could be that choice, but he is just not a prototypical QB, so therefor he is not an A.) #1 selection. Blake Bortles has the tools and the body, but he was virtually unknown three months ago. Bortles stock is currently at its peak, but he is very raw and success may be a reach (and that equals gamble). Johnny Manziel is a huge wild card (and crazy talented), but Manziel’s rock-star attitude, reckless play and small size could lead him to a crash and burn. All three top tier quarterbacks have too much of a gamble to be a #1 overall pick.

 

OVERALL TEAM
1 Houston Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
2 St. Louis (from WAS) Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
3 Jacksonville Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
4 Cleveland Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
5 Oakland Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
6 Atlanta Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
7 Tampa Bay Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
8 Minnesota Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
9 Buffalo Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
10 Detroit Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan St.
11 Tennessee Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
12 New York Giants Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
13 St. Louis Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
14 Chicago Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
15 Pittsburgh Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
16 Dallas Hasean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
17 Baltimore C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
18 New York Jets Marqise Lee, WR, USC
19 Miami Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
20 Arizona Derek Carr, QB, Fresno St.
21 Green Bay Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
22 Philadelphia Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville
23 Kansas City Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
24 Cincinnati Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
25 San Diego Louis Nix III, NT, Notre Dame
26 Cleveland (from IND) Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State
27 New Orleans Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
28 Carolina Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
29 New England RaShede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
30 San Francisco Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
31 Denver Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
32 Seattle Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA
SECOND ROUND
33 Houston Texans Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
34 Washington David Yankey, G, Stanford
35 Cleveland Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State
36 Oakland Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU
37 Atlanta Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
38 Tampa Bay Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
39 Jacksonville Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
40 Minnesota Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford
41 Buffalo Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
42 Tennessee Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
43 New York Giants Dominique Easley, DT, Florida
44 St. Louis Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
45 Detroit Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
46 Pittsburgh Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
47 Dallas Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State
48 Baltimore Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
49 New York Jets Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech
50 Miami Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State
51 Chicago Trevor Reilly, OLB, Utah
52 Arizona Antonio Richardson, OT, Ten
53 Green Bay Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
54 Philadelphia Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
55 Cincinnati Telvin Smith, OLB, Florida State
56 San Francisco (from KC) Marcus Martin, C, USC
57 San Diego Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida
58 New Orleans Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington
59 Indianapolis Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State
60 Carolina Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
61 San Francisco Louchiez Purifoy, CB, Florida
62 New England Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois:
63 Denver Carl Bradford, OLB, Arizona State
64 Seattle Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame
THIRD ROUND
65 Houston AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama
66 Washington Christian Kirksey, OLB, Iowa
67 Oakland Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois
68 Atlanta Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford
69 New York Jets (from TB) Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona
70 Jacksonville Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina
71 Cleveland Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson
72 Minnesota Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska
73 Buffalo Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State
74 New York Giants Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin
75 St. Louis Terrance Mitchell, CB, Oregon
76 Detroit Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State
77 San Francisco (from TEN) Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
78 Dallas Kelcy Quarles, DT, South Carolina
79 Baltimore Billy Turner, OT,North Dakota State
80 New York Jets Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU
81 Miami Terrence Brooks, FS, Florida State
82 Chicago Marcus Smith, DE, Louisville
83 Cleveland (from Pitt) Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas
84 Arizona Jackson Jeffcoat, DE, Texas
85 Green Bay Brandon Thomas, OG, Clemson
86 Philadelphia DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State
87 Kansas City Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada
88 Cincinnati Cyril Richardson, G, Baylor
89 San Diego Ja’Wuan James, OT, Tenn
90 Indianapolis Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU
91 New Orleans Jeoffrey Pagan, DE, Alabama
92 Carolina Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State
93 New England Keith McGill, CB, Utah
94 San Francisco Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State
95 Denver Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU
96 Minnesota (from SEA) Yawin Smallwood, ILB, Connecticut
 *San Diego Chargers-  #1. Louis Nix III, NT, Notre Dame /  #2. Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida / #3. Ja’Wuan James, OT, Tenn

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  • Padraigh Keogh

    First two picks are ok. Just missed out on Richardson in third. Would take LSUs Hill. If we get a NT in free agency cant see us take Nix, even thou like him. Maybe Beckham, Ford, Van Roy, hagemann or verrett.

  • CALiFORNiAkiD

    1- Dee Ford OLB
    2- Bashaud Breeland CB
    3- Donte Monchief WR

    • Julien Bélair

      Moncrief* and he will probably be a second round pick unfortunately.

    • Diegoblue

      Like D Ford but he may not be there at 25

      • Sergio Quintero

        I wouldn’t be shocked if he wasn’t the burst if for real, I would love to see him go crazy on some poor slow footed RT.

        • Diegoblue

          Yeah is burst is crazy .. 4.53 on his Pro Day

    • Sergio Quintero

      I would love to see Paul Richardson in the 3rd round, kind of have a feeling he wont be there.

      • jamfed

        Deep Draft! VERY DEEP at WR. I had Richardson at SD’s 3rd rounder for 2 days before I changed it. He’s a burner, with good hands (but he can drop the easy pass). I’d be Happy with Paul as he’s PURE SPEED and not too small either.

    • jamfed

      IMO: SD could draft everyone of these guys, in this order, and thy would be SOLID. But I think Dee Ford is 2nd round material, and Breeland is 3rd round material
      .Mochief is a damn good WR.

      • CALiFORNiAkiD

        Let’s hope Dee Ford is even there when #25 comes around.

        Breeland is gaining major momentum during the draft process.
        Another guy I hope is there when we pick late in the 2nd round.

  • Julien Bélair

    1. Verrett
    2. Jeremiah Attaochu
    3. Daquan Jones

    • Sergio Quintero

      What are your preferences of the 2nd round pass rushers?, For me:
      1 Van Noy
      2 Crichton
      3 Murphy
      4 Bradford
      5 Attaochu
      6 Smith

      • jamfed

        …whoa…
        I wrote a whole response thinking 1 to 6 were your ROUND selections. I got to Bradford and said, WAIT A MIN.
        Crichton in the 2nd, yes! Maybe Attaochu….
        I like Smith in the 3rd.

      • Julien Bélair

        Attaochu easily for me ! he is flying under the radar but watch out!

        Watch Murphy vs notre dame and you will not want him on your team anymore.

      • Diegoblue

        Van Noy or Attaochu to me would be a nice addition to the D with Super Melvin on the other side

    • jamfed

      All three would be epic and A+ draft. CB, OLB and NT (DUN – DONE).

      • Julien Bélair

        I would like that to happen but I like a lot of players so it could end up being a completely different draft and I would be equally happy

  • Eli Rodriguez

    Every player that I want is in the 2nd round. I’d be happy if the chargers trade their 1st round pick for a high 2nd. Then trade their other 2nd round pick for a higher 2nd round pick. I really want Van Not and Roby. TT has to get a NT through free agency though. I don’t really trust any in this Draft besides Nix and he’s got a problem with his knee so idk. 3rd round get a WR to compliment Allen. 4th try and get Seastruck

    • RoyalChargers

      Perfect draft and scenario trading back for a high second and those two are the perfect fit for the chargers. I think bradley roby is going to be the best corner in this draft. The jets are all over him and they drafted the defensive player of the year last year when everyone scratched their heads Give me Bradley Roby and Kyle Van Noy

      • Eli Rodriguez

        I agree a 100% about roby. He had the potential to be the best. He didn’t have a great year last season but he can def get back on the right track. I love Van Noy he’s such a beast. I think we could even use him in coverage not just pass rushing. With him and Ingram we could have great linebacker core. He’s smart and knows the game well. He taught ansah at byu

  • Marcel West-Bailey

    If we happen to sign Earl Mitchell, draft Nix, and then run a 4-3 (if Pagano isn’t too stubborn) I can’t see how that won’t work. Obviously team dynamics would have to be taken into account but that looks like a good line. Kinda scary I think. And I think this will benefit Te’o as well. We all know he isn’t the best against the run but he’s good in coverage. If we can dominate the line, making a team 1 dimensional they’ll have no choice to throw the ball, giving Te’o a chance to look like the player he was in college.

    • Diegoblue

      If we run a 4-3 what happens to Butler ? Since it sounds like you have Teo in the middle.

      • Marcel West-Bailey

        I think you could play them both. Obviously not at the same time…unless you ran a 4-4 stack…which actually sound interesting now that I think about it. But you’re right you couldn’t run them both like you could in a 4-3. I’m clearly talking out of my ass lol

    • Sergio Quintero

      I’ll confirm to you Pagano is too stubborn. The generalized thought of Pagano from “experts” is that he’s from the Norv school, meaning he designs beautifully on a chalkboard, and then tries to plugs his players to his design, not the other way around, building a defense around what his players do best.

      The benefit to his style of play is that most of the time the chargers are fundamentally sound, and don’t give up big plays. But they waste the talents of Reyes & Liuget most notably.

      • Marcel West-Bailey

        Gennaro-ly speaking huh? lol

        • Sergio Quintero

          He isn’t the first one to mention it, but the Norv school is his, I actually heard the first time when pro football focus spoke of the chargers missusing Liuget & Reyes.

          They were quite hard on Pagano being so persistent on using 5 tech DT’s in 3-4 scheme. Meaning players that play better shaded to the side of a guard, that actually and try to get penetration instead of holding up the OLineman for the linebackers to make plays. Reyes & Liuget are better playing like Warren Sapp rather than Brett Keisel for a quick comparison.

        • Sergio Quintero

          Pro football focus in their evaluations are not nice to DC’s like Pagano, they don’t like defenses that give a whole lot of yards per play, and high completion %, basically bend but don’t break DC’s. They give more importance to excellence per play, than points per game.

          If you evaluate in yards per play the chargers were downright atrocious on defense.

    • jamfed

      Earl Mitchell and the 4-3? eh….
      If SD were to switch to a 4-3, Earl Mitchel wouldn’t be needed or he’d be a backup. Reyes and Luiget would be the DT’s in a 4-3.
      Manti Te’o played ILB in a 3-4 in college, but he could excel as a MLB (hmmm…)

  • Gunnar Martin

    Can we wait until the major part of free agency is over with to do these mock drafts? Wouldn’t that make more sense?

    • Marcel West-Bailey

      Do you watch “Gennaro-ly speaking” by chance?

      • Gunnar Martin

        I saw it last night for the first time :)

      • jamfed

        I have three times. I’m the guy to answers his Q and sends him MORE Q’s. He’s has ripped me apart a few times about Stuckey and…

    • jamfed

      Yes, you are right. But waiting is BOARING! If you have ever done a mock draft, it changes DAILY. check out my mock history on nationalfantatic dot com

      • Gunnar Martin

        Yes, it does change daily. That’s why I get sick of mock drafts until they actually have some meaning.

  • afroamongfew

    I personally dislike mock drafts without trades (in a “what’s the point?” sort of way) but yeah, no, I’m starting to see that there’s no value in drafting Nix. Why take ANOTHER project DT when we already have 2 on the roster (Jerideau and Geathers) and there are plenty of capable starting NTs in free agency (Mitchell, Joseph, Soliai, etc.). I’d rather take Dee Ford, have him learn under the tutelage of Freeney and Johnson for a year (also just fucking cut English already, he’s not worth keeping around even for a million dollars) or, better yet, take Morgan Moses and have him sit a year before becoming King Dunlap’s eventual replacement.

    Also, Roberson is a mess at CB, terrible tackler (and we don’t need more of that), so why not take Paul Richardson in the second round and give PR17 a true #2 receiver to throw to.

    I like the intent of the Ju’wuan James pick though. Given my alterations, I’d rather take Jeremy Hill there to pound the rock with once RM24 inevitably breaks down next season.

    • Diegoblue

      I dont believe Nix would be a project the two you mentioned weren’t even drafted. There grading Nix as the best DT of this draft.

      • jamfed

        IMHO: Nix is the 4th best DT, but only at NT. Any team running a 4-3 is going to draft Donald, Jernagan or Hageman (NOT NIX). Nix is only a 34-NT (IMO).

        • Diegoblue

          I like Donald but too small for the 34 that we run .. Jernigan would be a DE in our 34 and Hageman is too tall to me to be an effective NT in our Defense.. Hence unless we switch to the 43 which I haven’t heard anything.. NIX would be perfect for 34 as you said.. You remember how it was when we had J Williams pushing the middle back it created problems for the opposing teams because they were unable to run making them one dimensional Therefore helping our passing defense as whole.. it would make the MLBs more effective as well as the OLBs coming off the edge if we control the middle of the line with force.

    • jamfed

      I will never assume a mock draft with a trade. There could be 6 trades in the fist round, with ZERO are predictable. Mock Drafts are difficult enough, which i only base on TEAM NEED (which is before free agency). So, this mock draft is very limited, fundamental and premature.

      The fact that you mention Morgan Moses in the first round makes me think you are smarter than the average guy. SD needs O-line help in a major way. Moses is VERY VERY good first round sleeper. He’s like DJ Fluker but more nimble. I’d 1000% be happy with Moses in the 1st.

      Dee Ford = Undraftable
      he has had major back surgery, weighed in at 244# on his pro day and is a loud mouth. NON FIT TYPE. He’ll slid. He has a mid second round grade, and he’ll have a decent 5 year career.

      Roberson is good, but my second round sleeper is ADAMS (Fresno State). He’s a stronger Keenan and could be a #1.

      Jeremy Hill: Dude, WHO THE HELL ARE YOU!? I swear we’re on the SAME PAGE. I love HILL @ 235 in the 3rd round.
      Your whole post is creeping me out, because I agree with you beyond 100%

      • afroamongfew

        Firstly, thanks for the complement, this is the first year in my fandom for the Chargers where I’ve really tried to make an effort to be educated about the draft and free agency so I’m still learning. And hell, I tried doing a three round mock draft with trades and put it on reddit and got HAMMERED for my trade choices, so I understand going that route even if I feel like it’s a little vanilla.

        I didn’t know about Ford’s back surgery, but do you think the Chargers will answer their edge rushing woes later on in the draft (like taking a chance on Aaron Lynch for example) or… do we just kind of let our pass rush live and die on Dwight Freeney’s aging shoulders? That’s why I would be excited to take Ford at #25, even if he doesn’t have a long career he wouldn’t be thrust into the starting role in year one and hopefully extend that 5 year span to 6 decent years.

        I’ve actually seen mock drafts that have the Panthers taking Davante Adams in the FIRST round, so I don’t think he’s a sleeper any more lol. My WR big board looks like:

        The “Not going to be there at #25, so stop praying” Tier
        1) Sammy Watkins
        2) Mike Evans

        The Great Prospect Tier
        3) Odell Beckham Jr.
        4) Marquise Lee
        5) Jordan Matthews
        6) Davante Adams
        7) Brandin Cooks

        The “Why didn’t you stay in school an extra year?” Tier
        8) Kelvin Benjamin
        9) Allen Robinson

        The Good Second Round Pick Tier
        10) Paul Richardson
        11) Donte Moncrief
        12) Jarvis Landry
        13) Bruce Ellington

        The “I have my reasons for not elevating him quite yet” Tier
        14) Martavis Bryant

        The Third Round Pick Tier (aka I’d really like us to take one)
        15) Robert Herron
        16) Josh Huff
        17) Jared Abbrederis

        The Rest of the Top 20
        18) Jeff Janis
        19) Cody Latimer
        20) Kevin Nerwood

  • Chingri

    1. NT Louis Nix
    2. CB Marcus Robertson
    3. WR Paul Richardson if he drops or trade up
    Scenario 2: sign Golden Tate, and get OC/OG in 3rd
    Best scenario: sign Tate & Sam Shields or Cap Munnerlyn and go with best player available and NT early
    Wishful thinking: sign NT Linval Joseph/Soliai, Tate, Shields/Munnerlyn and go with best player available

    • jamfed

      There will be a good WR in the 3rd round. A really good one (just like last year – KA). I now live in Seattle, so I’m a little partial to Tate. I like him a lot.

      Linval Joseph will not play NT for a 3-4 team. He wants $$$, and if he doesn’t get SACKS, he wont get big money.

      Munnerlyn – We can only HOPE.

      • Chingri

        I’m sure a great WR will be available in rd.3, but I believe Richardson would fit perfectly and give our offense that extra speed dimension to make it elite (with the return of Royal and the continued development of Green).
        I agree with your Joseph assessment, though, right now him and Soliai are the only ones that can fill that power NT hole our D is missing.
        I think additional cuts have to be made to fill these huge holes, why is Clary still here???
        Also, though he’s a future Hall of Famer and a class act, I think Gates is on the twilight of his career and should either take a paycut or be cut for the benefit of the team.

  • Sergio Quintero

    Really good mock James, the first pick really depends if the chargers get a NT in the free agency, the only change I would really make of importance is Gilbert in Dennard and vice versa, that a very minor quibble for the first round.

    Damn solid mock, I would been nice to the chargers and given them Bitonio instead of Jones, I guess that’s more wishful thinking.

    • jamfed

      Thank you Sergio. You’re right, and I would honestly prefer a first round left tackle. I have a feeling that Philly takes Nix though. Philly really needs a NT.
      Gilbert and Dennard are solid first round prospects, and if either of those guys are available, TAKE’M. But there will be some very good CB’s in the 2nd and 3rd round this year.
      Bitorinio is limited to only G or RT. He will never be a LT and James could develop into an elite OL at any OG or OT position.

      • Julien Bélair

        zach martin in the first would be great!