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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  • Joe Perry

    How is Garopollo drafted twice? Idiot. This is one of the worst mocks I’ve seen.

  • Joey power

    Nix can’t handle double teams or being a 0-tech two gap NT

  • Sergio Quintero

    Seems like Latimer is the super riser in the draft recently, seems like a lock to go in the 2nd round, careful on the Garopolo situation you had him going 65 & 70.

    Seeing the most recent mocks, I have to change my picks:
    1) Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech
    2) Donte Moncrief WR Ole Miss
    3) Scott Crichton OLB Oregon St.
    4) Trai Turner OG LSU
    5) Dexter McDougle CB Maryland
    6) Zack Kerr NT Delaware
    7) Chandler Jones WR San Jose St.

    • BlueBoltFan

      i like your draft, too. Though I have a feeling Kerr is going to be gone by the 6th, maybe even by the time we pick in the 5th.

      I’m still not sold on Crichton. I know a lot of people who are more knowledgeable than me are warming up to him lately. I just don’t see enough speed or flexibility. Of course, I like Trent Murphy so I’m kinda living in a glass house.

      The other thing that mock drafts can never predict are the 2-3 crazy picks in the first few rounds that no one sees coming or the highly touted players who inexplicably drop (a la Keenan Allen). I expect Telesco to jump on on or two of those.

      • Sergio Quintero

        I want to take him earlier, but I also don’t want to severely over draft him, I would have taken him in the 4th, I love his highlights, but his evaluations continue to have him in the 7th round.

        I probably should have put him in the 5th, but until I see other drafts have him around there I’ll play it optimistically.

      • Sergio Quintero

        Crichton & Murphy are actually really similar, in terms that they have the high motor that makes guys like Shaun Phillips & Greg Hardy productive pass rushers, they share excellent technique & motor, if you want skill set than Attaochu & Lawrence may be your guys.

        • BlueBoltFan

          Ahhh. Gotcha. I’m gonna watch more game film on Crichton. I’ve only seen tape of him vs. Utah. Thanks for the info.

    • tubbs45

      It is interesting how some of these player have made super strides up the draft ladders and then there are a few who nose dive. I really like Fuller and Dennard. This mock simulator had Fuller and Dennard gone before the 25th pick. oh well it gives us something to do until the actual draft. I dont really think that Gilbert would be there in the first round but here is my lastest 5 rounder:

      1. CB JUSTIN GILBERT
      2. OT JOEL BITONIO
      3. WR DONTE MONCRIEF
      4. DT DANIEL MCCULLERS
      5. OLB ADRIAN HUBBARD

      • Sergio Quintero

        I can’t see Moncrief making the 3rd round, the skill set is too good, Kiper had him going 56th one pick ahead of the chargers in the 2nd in his most recent mocks, and the most recent CBS and NFL.com mocks have him in the 2nd.

        Gilbert is the most talented corner in the draft, he’s behind Verrett, Fuller & Dennard in terms of level of play, but his ceilling is much higher than them, can’t see the 6’0 corner with sub 4.4 speed + being an excellent returner available at 25, if he is, run up with the card, he has a chance at being a pro bowler in 2-3 years.

        • tubbs45

          I just have a hard time believing the rapid change in draft boards for the team GMs. For the talking heads I get it, they go back, review film, try to get info off of the nil scouts. All I know is I can’t wait!!!

          • Sergio Quintero

            Charley Casserly said of mocks, early in the process its the draftnicks opinions on players, later in the process they start talking with their contact inside teams, and slowly but surely they start spilling the beans, and mock drafts one week from the draft Casserly said he would read them because they were surprisingly accurate.

          • tubbs45

            Results from last years mock/draft:
            http://www.thehuddlereport.com/scoring/mockdrafts.shtml

          • jamfed

            I think mock drafts in March are more realistic than in April (or May). The media gets all hyped up about combines and pro-days, but in reality, game tape and real play always WINS (which makes the older mock drafts in March more realistic – IMO)

            There will be some guys that do climb quickly (like DJ Hayden last year), but you and I can see risers and fallers now, but late hype and stock is only created by the media..

            IMHO, early mocks are more accurate.

    • tubbs45

      Love the Chandler Jones pick in the 7th!

  • BlueBoltFan

    I actually love this draft for the Chargers! It’s the best case scenario, really. Though I don’t think any of those picks will be available at those spots. Kyle Fuller (or Verrett) would be my 1st round back up pick. Trent Murphy would be my back up pick in round 2 and there are about 3 or 4 WRs I like that should be available in round 3 (Josh Huff being my favorite).

    As for NTs, check out Justin Ellis and Zach Kerr, both of whom should be available in the 4th round. They have very similar skill sets to Nix.

    And I’d go Brandon Thomas in the 5th if he’s available.

    • Sergio Quintero

      Trent Murphy sounds like an interesting 3rd round guy, Telesco seems to like really productive players even they don’t have ideal physical traits.

  • tubbs45

    C.J. Mosley still there at 25. I know we are not in big need of ILBs, but for all of the BPA people out there, wont that be tough to pass up???

    • jamfed

      I love C.J Mosely. He’s an top 10 talent (IMHO) but ILB isn’t a top 10 pick. But Te’o and Butler inside, I just don’t know where he would fit.
      I think Detroit should draft him (if you saw my last mock draft)

      • tubbs45

        I have seen many a mock draft lately. Just thought Id throw it out there, but I do think he falls top 15 in the draft with Det. being a front runner. The whole idea of BPA regardless of need I think is kind of silly, because you have to factor in team needs to some degree.

        • Sergio Quintero

          If its BPA then its a WR in the first round Beckham & Cooks seem to be ahead of the corners (Fuller/Verrett/Roby) & Nix, buts its not that simple.

        • Joe Perry

          Ding ding ding… we have a winner!!! Just now figure out how drafting works? Stupid Charger fans, you’re worse than Donkey fans.

  • Nick Mansoor

    Wooooow Dennard, Van Noy and Latimer for the Chargers!! I will shit my pants if that happens!!!!!!!!

    #Boner
    #DreamCameTrue

  • esco charger

    Honestly I think Gilbert will go to the lions dennard either to the rams or steelers and fuller will be going to philly or Cincinnati neither will be available to us at 25 the only player I see drafting is nix or trade down what players will be worth It. Its not like the chargers know which players are good and the rest of the league is lost we talk as fans of the chargers but in reality a lot of good players that we want will be gone by the time we pick but I guess wishful thinking is always good

    • jamfed

      There will always be weird draft picks that bust mock draft early. Watch, Jacksonville will draft C.J. Mosley or Atlanta will draft Cyrus Kouandjio in the first few picks.

      Either way, SD will get a great opportunity to draft someone that wasn’t expected to be there.

  • Marcel West-Bailey

    I don’t like Dennard as a Charger. I just don’t think he fits the scheme but I think he’ll be a good player. Just not in our system. I think a mix between the two drafts is nice though. Nix, Van Noy or Moncrief, Lattimer, Desir or Jean-Baptise, Marcus Smith or Crichton, DAT, and Dexter McDougle/ another WR or CB

    • jamfed

      I like Dennard as a day one starter. Probably the only CB I’d be comfortable starting so soon and I think he can play in any scheme (any). This mock draft is a “likely” projection, but I’d prefer:

      1.) Louis Nix III, NT, Notre Dame (Darqueze Dennard, CB / RaShede Hageman, DT)
      2.) Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama (Deone Bucanon, SS / Lamarcus Joyner, CB)
      3.) Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska (Pierre Desir, CB / Terrence Brooks, SS)
      4.) Brent Urban, DE, Virginia (JaWuan James, OT / Mike Davis, WR, Texas)
      5.) Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh (Tyler Gaffney, RB / Seantrel Henderson, OT)
      6.) Devon Kennard, OLB/ILB, USC
      7.) L’Damian Washington, WR, Missouri

    • Sergio Quintero

      Marcel you read Gehlken & Acee’s chats, am I off in saying that reading in between the lines, the chargers are not in love with Louis Nix, every comment on the chargers drafting a Nose Tackle in the first round seem to be thrown down.

      I know there smoke screens but there seems to be fire to this smoke, I mean I notice zero love headed in Irish chocolate’s direction, Roby & Fuller seem to be the ones getting coverage.

      • Marcel West-Bailey

        Yeah I read the one Gehlken had today. I asked a question but it never showed up. So I just hoped someone would ask. Man I don’t you’re wrong. I was actually asking that. Well if we don’t take one in the first round will Telesco take on later or even at all? I know when anyone asks it’s always “the Chargers are high on Lissemore”. Which makes me think Nix is out of the question. Gelhken, in an article, said the odds weren’t likely but if he was still there “sign him up”. The thing is the NFL app on my phone keeps track of all the players that visit San Diego and Roby is the only CB on that list. Of course it isn’t a foregone conclusion that he will be the corner taken or just because he is the only one that came to work out he is the only option but I have yet to hear officially that the Chargers are linked to anyone else.

        • Sergio Quintero

          I’m not a big fan of drafting a Nose Tackle in the 1st round, they don’t get enough snaps to justify the pick in my view, the chargers base defense actually is nickel defense with Reyes & Liuget playing defensive tackle.

          I tend to ask questions against my position, to prove/disprove my perceptions, I have made questions several times along the lines of: Nose Tackle is the greatest priority, and if Nix and one of the corners is there who do you expect them to take, and the answers have always been corner seems to be the priority and a corners should go ahead of Nix.

          You can say its smoke screens, but I found an answer Gehlken gave yesterday telling, I’m paraphrasing here, but he said you can’t draft a Nose Tackle just because the depth is poor in the position, you can’t push players up the board just because you have a need. That sure sounds like they don’t love Nix.

          • Marcel West-Bailey

            Well, in my opinion, the defensive line is the most important part of any defense. And the most important part of the 3-4 defensive line is the NT as I’m sure you know. Something that came across my mind a few months ago was, if we had a good NT, how bad would the secondary be? If we could get more pressure on the QB and force him out of the pocket and make him uncomfortable, Derek Cox may have looked better this season. There’s no guarantee of that but it’s the formula for a good defense. I say all that to say if Lissemore is really the best option when Pagano decides to use him, then so be it, but I’m personally just don’t see it YET. The season will tell.

            I do think, like most, that the corner back position is a extreme need regardless of whether we get a NT or not. My personal favorites are Verrett and Fuller but considering Verrett’s height (which I don’t think is a problem due to the way he plays) and Fuller’s stellar play regardless of his injury history, we either won’t select Verrett or have the chance to select Fuller. Which leaves us with Roby, but they’re just pre-draft theories that will soon play themselves out. But along the lines of the need at corner I do wonder how much of that is down to lack of talent or lack of preparation or lack of coaching. You’ve said, many a times, we aren’t known for developing corners. We’ve had a few pretty good to average but not a lock down DB. The reason I bring that up is because Kyle Posey wrote an analysis on BFTB back in November I think about Cox struggling. The link is at the end if you haven’t read it. Anywho, it was a long list of things that Cox was doing wrong that kept him from being successful as a corner. Now a lot of the things were fundamentals that you learn when you first start to play and somehow Cox had forgotten all of them. What I found interesting was that Cox had a pretty good in career in Jacksonville before he came to SD so I had no idea what happened in between. Was he not personally preparing? Was he not focused? Or was the defensive back coaching them well enough? All questions I think need to be addressed.

            Yeah I read that too. I think Telesco said he ranks needs opposed to players. It’s a bit unorthodox how they draft. Like last year at the draft WR wasn’t really a huge need when they drafted him but they thought he would be a good addition to the team. Which makes me think they aren’t of the mindset to take the BPA at any time in the draft. Maybe the BPA of a particular position but not overall.

  • gpack17

    I really believe they will do 1 of 3 things in the draft..the first 2 being pick either nix or sua filo…the next would be trading back with jacksonville and getting their 2nd and 3rd..with that we still might be able to get nix or sua filo..

  • NENS4212

    Here is my 7 round picks for the Chargers: (All picks are assuming they are available at my projected pick)

    1st: Louis Nix ; DT

    2nd: Michael Sam ; DE

    3rd: Josh Huff ; WR

    4th: E.J. Gaines ; CB

    5th: Cyril Richardson ; OG

    6th: Dri Archer ; WR

    7th: Donald Hawkins ; OT

    • Marcel West-Bailey

      Michael Sam? In the second? Really?

      • NENS4212

        Yes. Really!! He had 123 tackles, (36 for loss), 21 sacks, six forced fumbles and two intercepted passes in his college career. He was an All American & SEC defensive Player of the year his senior year. Why not?? Have him be a DE/LB hybrid behind Dwight Freeney to learn and grow. Might be a good insurance policy if Freeney goes down again

        • Marcel West-Bailey

          Because there are a plethora of other players that are head and shoulders better than him. He’s very raw in the hands. He doesn’t have a quick first step to get off the line. He lacks size and doesn’t get around blockers. Actually as a player he’s raw. Putting a player like him into a spot where we need help immediately doesn’t make sense.

          • Diegoblue

            Exactly ..

          • NENS4212

            Ok. Swap my 4th and 2nd rounders.

        • jcrisp

          Or he could be another jonas mouton :D