Three Round Full NFL Mock Draft

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Dec 7, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan State Spartans cornerback Darqueze Dennard (31) breaks up a pass intended for Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Devin Smith (9) during the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Here is the latest full, three round NFL Mock Draft (not including compensatory picks or any draft trades). We are directly in the middle of mock season, so there are literally hundreds of mock drafts on-line (I know, I have read them all).

This mock draft is not flashy or favorite-prospect influenced. It is based on current stock drops/increases (per players), team need, player visits per team and free agency additions.

Please enjoy and your comments are valued (and expected): 

 

1 Houston: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina Clowney is a true #1 overall pick with outstanding upside. Clowney can strike fear into any opposing QB (or left tackle) and is clearly the best player in the 2014 draft. A goof QB is needed, but Houston can still draft a QB prospect later in the draft.  Houston has been in this situation twice: David Carr & Mario Williams (and they should know exactly what not to do). Clowney is a day one starter, future Pro-Bowler and the most talented player in this draft. Considering the “Mario Williams” comparison, Mario Williams commanded a $100 million contract two years ago, from Buffalo.
2 St. Louis (from WAS): Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson  The Rams can go several directions with this pick. The Rams already have some high dollar expenses invested in the O-Line (Long and Saffold), so they can probably hold off on a OT with this pick. A QB could be taken too, as Sam Bradford has been a little inconsistent, including some injuries (as of late), but Head Coach Jeff Fisher has committed to Bradford, so adding weapons for his keeper QB is a must.  Watkins would be a great compliment to last year’s first round pick, WR Tevon Austin and they both have different skill sets, but both are gifted with speed.
3 Jacksonville: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo Jacksonville desperately needs a starting quarterback, but no QB in this class should be starting in the NFL immediately. The Jags need starters NOW (not week 8 or next season) so they will draft the best player available, and start him now. Mack is a great talent and can instantly provide a defensive identity for the struggling Jags.
4 Cleveland: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn Cleveland almost needs a quarterback more than any other position, but Hoyer could be a nice stop-gap. So they will decide to go with the mammoth road-grater O-Tackle. Robinson can play right tackle now, and shifting current RT Mitchell Schwartz inside to guard would improve two positions needs with one quick draft pick. A QB can be found and groomed later in this draft (as Hoyer might have the job locked up in 2014)
5 Oakland: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M For once, the Raiders draft the safest pick in this draft. Matthews has the highest “floor” (with a decent ceiling) and can lock down the left tackle position for the Raiders for the next decade. Matthews has the blood lines to be in the NFL (and the Pro Bowl) for a long time. A QB could be drafted here as well, but they will wait later for their QB of the future.  The Raiders offseason has been quite impressive with cheap, short term additions (with some fairly large names signings).
6 Atlanta: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan Protecting superstar QB Matt Ryan is the largest priority in Atlanta. Lewan can be used at a right tackle in year one, and gradually take over for injury prone left tackle Sam Baker. Or start Lewan day one at LT, and shift Baker to another spot. Lewan offers flexibility and nastiness, a great addition to this team.
7 Tampa Bay: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M  Tampa is not exactly looking for a QB this early, but Manzeil is too good to pass up.  Bucs new GM and Head Coach get their own-new guy as they look to clean house and re-rebuild the team to the new management preferences. Expect last year’s rookie QB Mike Glennon to be traded (maybe Arizona) or even Oakland.
8 Minnesota: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF Bortles can go anywhere in the first round of this draft and he is a top ten pick. His resume’ is fairly NEW (and almost incomplete), but his size, tools and “potential” can turn him into an elite prototypical QB.  He’s very raw (and a high risk, high reward type). His attitude is very impressive as well, and his skill should translate well in the NFL.
9 Buffalo: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M Evans is a true #1 wide receiver, and a very dangerous weapon for the young Bills offense. He is a perfect fit with Slot WR Stevie Johnson and both #2’s Robert Woods and newbie Mike Williams. Evens will not be asked to carry the team, as there are a lot of weapons around him. Great fit, but almost a luxury pick.  O-Line might be a good pick here.
10 Detroit: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State Detroit can go O-Line with this pick (yet they should go with the best overall linebacker here), but Gilbert is too good to pass up at this spot. Detroit’s secondary can use an infusion of new talent. They have decent CB’s at the moment, but Gilbert’s overall talent and speed is too great to pass on.
11 Tennessee: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA Barr is a little mysterious and raw for an OLB. He is a tweener-hybrid type of player: Is he a 34-OLB, is he a 43-DE (or a 43-OLB)?  He should prosper as a rush 34-OLB and he can be a very good one. Tennessee needs pass rushers and they also need new defensive personnel as they transition into a new 3-4 defense. Barr can play any linebacker position, but he will focus on pass rushing linebacker. Out of all the top 15 players in the draft, his stock has been decreasing, and he could possibly slide in this draft, no later than #25.
12 New York Giants: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh Donald is a little short and smaller for a DT, but he is rare pass rusher, run stuffer and fierce playmaker. Put him anywhere on the D-line, and he will shine (*one of my favorite prospects in this draft and should be in the top 10 area)
13 St. Louis: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame Drafting the best WR in this draft class was very savvy with the #2 overall pick, but investing in o-line protection with a more versatile player like Martin (who can play nearly every O-line position) is even savvier.
14 Chicago: Hasean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama The Bears could draft a cornerback at this spot in this draft, but Clinton-Dix is the best safety with unmatched talent from other free safeties in this draft. A good CB can be found later in this draft, maybe round 2 or 3, but a safety like Clinton-Dix may not be anywhere in this draft.
15 Pittsburgh: Louis Nix III, NT, Notre Dame The premier nose tackle in this draft is exactly what the Steelers need on defense (but CB or SS might be a better target).  Pittsburgh did sign NT Cam Thomas, but he is more of a rotational backup, who lost his starting job last year in San Diego. Nix in the middle makes the whole defense better, as a good nose tackle commands more attention in the front 7.
16 Dallas: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri Pass Rushing DE is the most open and glairing need in Dallas at the moment. The Cowboys are always considered a Super Bowl contender, but without a premier pass rusher, they are just average at that.  Dallas should be drafting several pass rushing specialists within this draft.
17 Baltimore: Marqise Lee, WR, USC Baltimore needs weapons for QB Joe Flacco and Lee can develop into a true #1 the Ravens need (since losing Anquan Bolden). Lee is very fluid and elusive and makes the game look like it is in slow motion. Lee will be exactly what the Ravens need on offense.
18 New York Jets: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU Jets needs a #1 wide receiver, and Beckham has that type of talent.  He’s a speed receiver that can work inside or outside that will compliment new WR Eric Decker very well.
19 Miami: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina Miami should be drafting O-line prospects, but with signing new LT Brandon Albert,  right tackles and OG’s can be found later in the draft. Adding the top tight end prospect like Ebron will only improve young Tannehill confidence (and stats).
20 Arizona: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno St. The Cards get lucky for a change and draft one of the top rated QB’s, with the biggest arm (perfect for HC Bruce Arians offense). Current QB Carson Palmer can groom Carr for a year or two, until he retires.
21 Green Bay: RaShede Hageman, DT, Minnesota Green Bay’s defense has plenty of defensive playmakers (on the outside pass rush), but they are missing something (which is really interior pass rusher).  Hageman is a beast and can play any position on the D-line. Hageman will excel as a DE in the 3-4, who can possibly evolve into a JJ. Watt type of talent.
22 Philadelphia: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State NT is the missing piece to the Eagles new 3-4 defense and Jernigan will be that run stuffer in the middle. Jernigan is more than just a NT, and he can provide some interior pass rush too and play DE.  Philly could take a wide receiver here (or even CB or OLB) but the interior defensive line needs more help. WR and CB talent is thick in this draft and can be found later in this draft.
23 Kansas City: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State Any offensive weapon for QB Alex Smith will work. The Chiefs offense needs new receivers and grabbing the fastest guy in the draft makes sense in KC. Cooks can complement Bowe, plus Andy Reid drafted DeSean Jackson, who is very similar to Cooks.
24 Cincinnati: Dee Ford, DE, Auburn Replacing defensive end Michael Johnson will be very difficult so outside pass rusher is a need. Dee Ford is the best pass rusher available and could be a great fit in Cincy. O-Tackle can be taken here as well.
25 San Diego: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan St. With Teddy Bridgewater still available, I’d expect a trade-down happen with this pick (with Jacksonville, Oakland, Tennessee) but with Dennard still available, San Diego elects to keep their pick and draft a top tier CB. Dennard is very physical and can fit into most defensive schemes. He would easily be the best CB on the Chargers roster, instantly.
26 Cleveland (from IND): Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville  Cleveland lucks out and grabs a great QB prospect with their 2nd first round pick.  It was a gamble not drafting a QB with their first pick, but it pays off in the end.
27 New Orleans: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama Mosley has top ten draft pick ability, but inside linebacker is not usually a top ten pick. Mosley is an every down player, with an excellent nose for the ball. And every down linebacker, future team captain/leader, and possible Pro Bowler.
28 Carolina: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia With holes at WR and Left tackle, protection is a better fit than any wide receivers here. Moses is very “under the radar” type of talent and he can even go as early as pick #23, #24 or #25 or #27
29 New England: Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville Prior is a fearless beast with tremendous range (that has the “thump” effect). He’s a great intimidator who will be allowed to freelance and punish in the secondary
30 San Francisco: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU Verrett has immense talent but he is not the biggest guy (5’ 8”). He is built more like an inside nickel CB, which is a good fit for the NFC West (matching up will with the Harvin’s and Tevon’s). He’s a Playmaker and if he had 2 or 3 more inches in height, he’d be a top 15 pick.
31 Denver: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State Denver drafts an athletic physical freak and him paired up with Von Miller is very intimidating linebacking core.
32 Seattle: Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA Investing in your interior line with a premier OG means you’re investing in rushing the ball and protecting your QB; perfect for Seattle. XSF can play anywhere on the O-line, but he’ll play right guard in Seattle (a glaring weakness).
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