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2014 NFL Mock Draft: Full Seven-Round Projection

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Mocking All Seven Rounds

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With the NFL season drawing closer to its end and college football wrapped up, the draft season is upon us and it’s time for more coverage of the top prospects than one human can possibly handle. One of the best ways to get your fix of 2014 NFL Draft coverage is via a mock draft.

Except this is a seven-round mock, including all 224 current picks from all 32 teams.

While it’s far too soon to even come close to effectively predicting where this year’s crop of prospects will land, a seven-round mock draft gives us an opportunity to see what each team’s needs are and where the biggest names in college football could land based on their current stock.

It’s also an opportunity to let your imagine run wild. What would it be like if Johnny Manziel was playing for the Minnesota Vikings? Or if Darqueze Dennard was intercepting passes as a part of the San Diego Chargers’ secondary? Maybe even Jace Amaro catching touchdown passes from Tom Brady? So many possibilities to mull over in the next four months – that’s what makes the NFL Draft so exciting.

Here’s a look at all seven rounds of the upcoming 2014 NFL Draft and the players who I believe will come off the board before all is said and done.

Be aware that there will be more draft picks once all of the compensatory picks are announced in the next couple of months. Only underclassmen who have declared or are expected to declare are included in this mock draft.

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1. Houston Texans: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

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While there are plenty who don’t like Bridgewater, it’s hard to imagine the Texans going any other direction with this pick considering their question marks at quarterback.

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2. St. Louis Rams: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

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Imagine an offensive line with Jake Long on one end and Matthews on the other. It would make it much easier for the Rams to protect Sam Bradford after he returns from his torn ACL.

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3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

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The Jaguars desperately need to find a way to sell tickets moving forward. What better way to fill the seats than adding one of the most electrifying prospects of the 2014 class. Plus, it addresses their biggest need.

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4. Cleveland Browns: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

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At this point, it’s hard to see the Browns passing up on arguably the best talent in the class. Clowney isn’t a quarterback, but would bring a dynamic dimension to the Cleveland pass rush.

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5. Oakland Raiders: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

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It’s clear the Raiders aren’t sold on either of their two quarterbacks after subpar performances down the stretch. Carr is an exciting prospect who can step in and start from Day 1.

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6. Atlanta Falcons: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

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The Falcons will continue to live at the bottom of the NFC South barrel if they don’t address the pass rush this offseason. Mack is a rising star who excels at getting to the quarterback.

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7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

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One of the most electrifying players of the 2014 class, Watkins has the ability to be a dynamic receiver. Teamed with Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams, Watkins would take the NFL by storm.

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8. Minnesota Vikings: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF

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No matter what they do this offseason, the Vikings need to put a new quarterback under center in 2014. Bortles is the best passer available, and brings the athleticism we’re seeing throughout the modern NFL.

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9. Buffalo Bills: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

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An intriguing talent with the physical tools to be a star, Barr still has a lot of ground to gain before he’s a true weapon in the NFL. The potential is definitely there, though, for him to be a difference-maker.

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10. Detroit Lions: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

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A shutdown cornerback with unparalleled aggressiveness, Dennard can shine in coverage and against the run. The Lions desperately need an upgrade, and found one right down the street.

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11. Tennessee Titans: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama

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While middle linebacker isn’t their biggest concern, Mosley would easily upgrade the spot. He’s a Top 10 talent who would bring a physical presence and leadership to a young Tennessee defense.

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12. New York Giants: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

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Considered by some to be one of the best tackle prospects in recent history, Robinson could come off the board much sooner than this. The Giants immediately find themselves a franchise left tackle.

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13. St. Louis Rams: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

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No matter how many draft picks the Rams have invested in receivers in recent years, Evans is too good to pass up. He’d provide Bradford with a big target to throw to who always comes down with the ball.

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14. Chicago Bears: Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame

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The Bears need a big, dominant defensive lineman who can be a difference-maker on every down. With Henry Melton injured and headed for free agency, Tuitt would be welcomed into that role.

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15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

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If there’s one team that needs a left tackle, it’s the Steelers. The position was a carousel this season, but bringing a player like Kouandjio into the fold would certainly help keep Ben Roethlisberger upright.

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16. Baltimore Ravens: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

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An underrated playmaker, Robinson is a deadly weapon with the ball in his hands. Along with Torrey Smith and a healthy Dennis Pitta, Robinson would remove all excuses for Joe Flacco.

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17. Dallas Cowboys: Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame

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As we saw this season, the Cowboys need a lot of help along the defensive line. Nix is among the best in the nation at disrupting offenses, which is why he’s such a great fit for Dallas.

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18. New York Jets: Marqise Lee, WR, USC

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Before the Jets decide to throw in the towel with Geno Smith, they need to give him more weapons to work with. Lee is a dynamic receiver who can go the distance every time he touches the ball.

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19. Miami Dolphins: Cameron Erving, OT, Florida State

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A rising star who possesses outstanding athleticism and footwork, Erving has the tools to be a starter on the blindside from Day 1. With so many problems along the line, the Dolphins seem to be a great fit.

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20. Arizona Cardinals: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

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It looks like character issues will drop Lewan down the first round, but it’s hard to ignore his natural talent. Big bodied and very strong, the former Wolverine can be mauler at the next level.

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21. Green Bay Packers: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

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Arguably the best tight end in the 2014 class, Amaro is an outstanding weapon in the passing game. While his blocking needs some work, Aaron Rodgers would love to him stretching the seam in Green Bay.

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22. Philadelphia Eagles: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

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A close second to Dennard for the top cornerback ranking, Gilbert possesses similar physicality and coverage prowess. The Eagles boasted a subpar secondary, but would get better with this pick.

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23. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

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Since the departure of Tony Gonzalez so many years ago, the Chiefs have been missing an impact tight end. Ebron makes plays all over the field, and would be a valuable weapon for Alex Smith.

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24. Cincinnati Bengals: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State

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As good as the Bengals defense has been this season, it can always get better. With James Harrison growing old, Cincinnati needs a replacement and Shazier seems like a solid choice.

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25. San Diego Chargers: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

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The Chargers have fielded one of the worst secondaries in the NFL this season, and that needs to change. Verrett is small, but brings outstanding instincts and coverage abilities to the table.

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26. New Orleans Saints: Kony Ealy, OLB, Missouri

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Another underrated talent who excels at getting to the quarterback, Ealy won’t wait long to make an impact at the next level. He’s a great fit for the Saints’ 3-4 defense and should rack up sacks quickly.

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27. San Francisco 49ers: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

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Despite spending numerous picks on the position, the 49ers are still thin at receiver. Beckham is a proven playmaker who does a great job of getting open and picking up yards after the catch.

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28. Cleveland Browns: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU

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The Browns need a franchise quarterback after watching Brandon Weeden quickly develop into a bust. Mettenberger is recovering from an ACL tear, but has the tools to be an NFL starter.

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29. Carolina Panthers: E.J. Gaines, CB, Missouri

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This season, the Panthers have fielded one of the best defenses in the league. The cornerback position, however, might need an upgrade this offseason. Gaines has the talent to contribute immediately.

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30. New England Patriots: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

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When it comes to the Patriots defense, versatility is key. Jernigan has the tools to play all along the defensive line, and has shown recently that he’s capable of being a disruptive force.

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31. Denver Broncos: Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford

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Whenever Von Miller isn’t on the field, the Broncos struggle to pressure opposing passers. Murphy is a terrific pass rusher as well as run defender who makes plays with smarts and instincts.

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32. Seattle Seahawks: David Yankey, G, Stanford

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All season long, the Seahawks have been hindered by a lack of offensive line depth. By bringing Yankey aboard, Seattle would suddenly have an elite backup who can push the starters for serious playing time.

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Second Round

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33 HOU G Cyril Richardson Baylor
34 WAS ILB Shayne Skov Stanford
35 CLE RB Lache Seastrunk Baylor
36 OAK FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix Alabama
37 ATL DT Aaron Donald Pitt
38 TB TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins Washington
39 JAC RB Tre Mason Auburn
40 MIN DT Ra'Shede Hageman Minnesota
41 BUF OT Antonio Richardson Tennessee
42 TEN QB Tajh Boyd Clemson
43 NYG WR Kelvin Benjamin Florida State
44 STL OLB Adrian Hubbard Alabama
45 DET WR Brandin Cooks Oregon State
46 PIT WR Jordan Matthews Vanderbilt
47 DAL OLB Michael Sam Missouri
48 BAL OT La'el Collins LSU
49 NYJ G Zack Martin Notre Dame
50 MIA Gabe Jackson Mississippi State
51 CHI CB Loucheiz Purifoy Florida
52 ARI QB Brett Smith Wyoming
53 GB DT Will Sutton Arizona State
54 PHI WR Jarvis Landry LSU
55 SF CB Bradley Roby Ohio State
56 CIN CB Terrance Mitchell Oregon
57 SD WR Davante Adams Fresno State
58 NO OT James Hurst North Carolina
59 SF RB Ahmad Dixon Baylor
60 IND FS Calvin Pryor Louisville
61 CAR WR Paul Richardson Colorado
62 NE TE C.J. Fiedorowicz Iowa
63 DEN ILB Christian Jones Florida State
64 SEA OLB Vic Beasley Clemson
 
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Third Round

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65 HOU OLB Kyle Van Noy BYU
66 WAS WR Bruce Ellington South Carolina
67 OAK DE Chris Smith Arkansas
68 ATL TE Arthur Lynch Georgia
69 NYJ CB Lamarcus Joyner Florida State
70 JAC DE Scott Crichton Oregon State
71 CLE ILB Yawin Smallwood Connecticut
72 MIN G Xavier Su'a-Filo UCLA
73 BUF SS Deone Bucannon Washington State
74 NYG TE Marcel Jensen Fresno State
75 STL CB Kyle Fuller Virginia Tech
76 DET OT Jake Mewhort Ohio State
77 SF DT Ego Ferguson LSU
78 BAL C Travis Swanson Arkansas
79 DAL WR Robert Herron Wyoming
80 NYJ WR Donte Moncrief Ole Miss
81 MIA RB Ka'Deem Carey Arizona
82 CHI FS Dion Bailey USC
83 CLE WR Jared Abbrederis Wisconsin
84 ARI RB Andre Williams Boston College
85 GB OLB Dee Ford Auburn
86 PHI FS Terrance Brooks Florida State
87 SF C Tyler Larsen Utah State
88 CIN FS Marqueston Huff Wyoming
89 SD DE Trevor Reilly Utah
90 NO FS Nickoe Whitley Mississippi State
91 SF OT Joel Bitonio Nevada
92 IND ILB Chris Borland Wisconsin
93 CAR OT Seantrel Henderson Miami (FL)
94 NE WR Mike Davis Texas
95 DEN RB Charles Sims West Virginia
96 MIN RB Marion Grice Arizona State
 
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Fourth Round

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97 HOU RB Carlos Hyde Ohio State
98 WAS G Anthony Steen Alabama
99 ATL RB Storm Johnson UCF
100 TB DE Marcus Smith Louisville
101 JAC OT Billy Turner North Dakota State
102 CLE G Ryan Groy Wisconsin
103 OAK ILB Jordan Zumwalt UCLA
104 MIN ILB Max Bullough Michigan State
105 BUF G Jon Halapio Florida
106 STL QB Jimmy Garoppolo Eastern Illinois
107 DET OLB Boseko Lokombo Oregon
108 TEN OT JuWuan James Tennessee
109 NYG DE Jackson Jeffcoat Texas
110 DAL OT Morgan Moses Virginia
111 NYJ SS Craig Loston LSU
112 MIA ILB Lamin Barrow LSU
113 CHI DT DaQuan Jones Penn State
114 PIT CB Aaron Colvin Oklahoma
115 JAC WR Brandon Coleman Rutgers
116 ARI TE Joe Don Duncan Dixie State
117 GB DE George Uko USC
118 PHI G Kadeem Edwards Tennessee State
119 KC QB David Fales San Jose State
120 CIN QB A.J. McCarron Alabama
121 SD OLB Jeremiah Attaochu Georgia Tech
122 NO C Weston Richburg Colorado State
123 SF QB Aaron Murray Georgia
124 CLE FB Jay Prosch Auburn
125 CAR OLB Jordan Tripp Montana
126 NE DE Josh Mauro Stanford
127 DEN DT Calvin Barnett Oklahoma State
128 SEA WR L'Damian Washington Missouri
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Fifth Round

Easley
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129 HOU SS Jimmie Ward Northern Illinois
130 WAS DE Demarcus Lawrence Boise State
131 TB G Brandon Linder Miami (FL)
132 JAC CB Pierre Desir Lindenwood
133 CLE RB Bishop Sankey Washington
134 SEA TE Xavier Grimble USC
135 ATL OT Wesley Johnson Vanderbilt
136 MIN CB Vic Hampton South Carolina
137 BUF CB Keith McGill Utah
138 JAC SS Hakeem Smith Louisville
139 TEN CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste Nebraska
140 NYG G Chris Watt Notre Dame
141 STL SS Anthony Harris Virginia
142 NYJ RB De'Anthony Thomas Oregon
143 MIA OT Charles Leno Boise State
144 CHI QB Connor Shaw South Carolina
145 PIT FS Ty Zimmerman Kansas State
146 DAL G Brandon Thomas Clemson
147 JAC RB Antonio Andrews Western Kentucky
148 ARI DE James Gayle Virginia Tech
149 GB ILB DeDe Lattimore USF
150 PHI QB Stephen Morris Miami (FL)
151 KC DE Taylor Hart Oregon
152 CIN DT Dominique Easley Florida
153 SD CB Rashaad Reynolds Oregon State
154 NO DE Kareem Martin North Carolina
155 SF CB Chris Davis Auburn
156 IND WR Devin Street Pitt
157 CAR WR Ryan Grant Tulane
158 PHI ILB Preston Brown Louisville
159 DEN CB Jaylen Watkins Florida
160 SEA CB Antone Exum Virginia Tech
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Sixth Round

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161 HOU OT Justin Britt Missouri
162 WAS CB Ross Cockrell Duke
163 JAC OLB Denicos Allen Michigan State
164 CLE WR Willie Snead Ball State
165 OAK CB Carrington Byndom Texas
166 ATL OT Kenarious Gates Georgia
167 CHI OLB Morgan Breslin USC
168 MIN DE Ben Gardner Stanford
169 BUF CB Marcus Roberson Florida
170 TEN DE Aaron Lynch USF
171 NYG OLB Christian Kirksey Iowa
172 STL G Dakota Dozier Furman
173 DET CB Bennett Jackson Notre Dame
174 MIA DT Kelcy Quarles South Carolina
175 CHI C Bryan Stork Florida State
176 PIT DT Caraun Reid Princeton
177 BAL TE Jacob Pedersen Wisconsin
178 KC WR Cody Hoffman BYU
179 NYJ OLB Ronald Powell Florida
180 ARI G John Urschel Penn State
181 GB DT Ryan Carrethers Arkansas State
182 NE C Marcus Martin USC
183 KC FS Kenny Ladler Vanderbilt
184 CIN CB Bene Benwikere San Jose State
185 SD OT Cornelius Lucas Kansas State
186 NO DT Daniel McCullers Tennessee
187 SF WR Jeff Janis Saginaw Valley
188 IND DE Larry Webster Bloomsburg
189 CAR FS Tre Boston North Carolina
190 NE TE Rob Blanchflower Massachusetts
191 DEN CB Ricardo Allen Purdue
192 SEA FB Trey Millard Oklahoma
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Seventh Round

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193 HOU RB Jerick McKinnon Georgia Southern
194 WAS WR T.J. Jones Notre Dame
195 CLE ILB Glenn Carson Penn State
196 OAK DT Shamar Stephen Connecticut
197 ATL TE Jake Murphy Utah
198 TB OLB Prince Shembo Notre Dame
199 JAC TE Colt Lyerla Oregon
200 MIN DT Deandre Coleman Cal
201 BUF FS Elisha Olabode TCU
202 NYG C Gabe Ikard Oklahoma
203 STL G Antwan Lowery Rutgers
204 DET C James Stone Tennessee
205 TEN OT Jeremiah Sirles Nebraska
206 DAL FS Avery Patterson Oregon
207 PIT DE Brent Urban Virginia
208 DAL QB Keith Wenning Ball State
209 IND RB James Wilder Jr. Florida State
210 NYJ G Zach Fulton Tennessee
211 MIA DT Eathyn Manumaleuna BYU
212 OAK OT Austin Wentworth Fresno State
213 GB QB Jeff Mathews Cornell
214 PHI CB Marcus Williams North Dakota State
215 DAL DE I.K. Enemkpali Louisiana Tech
216 CIN ILB Keith Smith San Jose State
217 SD RB Tyler Gaffney Stanford
218 SF WR Jeremy Gallon Michigan
219 SF OLB Devon Kennard USC
220 SF QB Adam Kennedy Arkansas State
221 SF DE Cassius Marsh UCLA
222 NE G Austen Bujnoch Cincinnati
223 DEN CB Nevin Lawson Utah State
224 SEA SS Shamiel Gary Oklahoma State