By Todd Singer @breakingbadfish on April 17, 2014
Only a few weeks away from the 2014 NFL Draft, things are rapidly starting to take shape. Until draft week comes, there's no surefire way to know what each team is thinking, but I'll try to give you some insight to the individual war rooms with this three-round mock draft.
Clowney is still the best player in this draft, a potential generational talent, and there are too many question marks surrounding the top QBs to consider them over a potential Clowney-Watt combo.
The Falcons desperately need to shore up their o-line to keep Matt Ryan upright, and GM Thomas Dimitroff is no stranger to trading up to get the guy he wants.
As much as it may be tempting for Jacksonville to take Khalil Mack or Sammy Watkins here, there's simply no way they can continue to avoid the glaring hole at signal caller.
Manziel is the most polarizing figure in the draft, but after his pro day allayed some concerns about his play, a team like Cleveland in need of a shot in the arm could make him the pick.
While the Raiders signed James Jones in the offseason, their receiving corps is still a bit thin. Watkins would add a multi-dimensional weapon to new QB Matt Schaub's arsenal.
The Rams trade back and still end up with one of the draft's top tackles in Matthews, who can learn behind Jake Long before eventually replacing him.
With the trade of Mike Williams to Buffalo, the Bucs are in need of some help in their passing game. The physically imposing Evans would be a great complement to Vincent Jackson.
While Mack played outside linebacker at Buffalo, he can make a seamless transition to 4-3 end in the pros. Having lost Jared Allen to free agency, the Vikings would be all too happy to see Mack here.
The Bills would like to slide Cordy Glenn inside to guard to enhance their ability to protect EJ Manuel, and drafting a guy like Lewan, who's ready to start Day 1, would be a good way to do just that.
The Bears are well aware that Donald may not make it to them at 14, so they make their way up the board to ensure they get the man who could help shore up their porous run defense.
Having lost Alterraun Verner to free agency, the Titans' corner depth is very thin. They could certainly use the best cover corner in the draft in Dennard.
Call this more of a hunch than anything else. If the Giants' top targets are off the board, they could opt for Clinton-Dix with Antrel Rolle and Stevie Brown no guarantee to be on the roster beyond next season.
Having released Cortland Finnegan, the Rams have an opening at corner across from Janoris Jenkins that the physically gifted Gilbert could fill nicely.
The Lions could use some help on the right side of their line, and they could do worse than selecting the incredibly reliable Martin, who offers tremendous versatility and consistency.
The Steelers could use help in the secondary, but with no obvious choices here they could opt for the draft's best MLB in Mosley, solidifying a position that's become synonymous with Steelers football.
The Cowboys are in desperate need of pass rush help after releasing DeMarcus Ware. Although Barr was primarily a linebacker in college, many believe he can make the transition to playing with his hand down in the NFL.
The Ravens need to replace Michael Oher on the right side after he signed with Tennessee, and Moses' stock has been shooting up draft boards despite playing in relative anonymity at Virginia.
While Jet fans may not like the idea of taking a corner in back-to-back first rounds, Roby has perhaps the best physical tools of any corner in the draft and could adequately replace Antonio Cromartie across from last year's rookie Dee Milliner.
Ebron may fall a bit if he gets past the Giants as there aren't too many teams between 12 and 19 with the luxury of taking a pass-catching tight end over other needs. But he'd a big help in taking the pressure off young Ryan Tannehill in Miami.
Once considered the top QB prospect in this class, Bridgewater could fall a bit if Minnesota passes on him at 8 and Arizona would be more than happy to select the heir apparent to Carson Palmer.
Pryor goes right after his Louisville teammate as the Packers are in dire need of a leader for the back end of their secondary since Charles Woodson left town.
The Eagles' receiving depth chart is awfully thin after the release of DeSean Jackson, and coach Chip Kelly is very familiar with Cooks and his big-play ability from their days playing in the "Civil War".
The Chiefs also need some help in their receiving corps, and they could use Beckham's speed and game breaking ability to complement fellow LSU grad Dwayne Bowe.
Having lost Michael Johnson to free agency, the Bengals could use some help in the pass-rushing department, even if they claim they're fine going into next season with Margus Hunt lining up across from Carlos Dunlap.
Fuller has been a late riser up draft boards after an impressive combine showing, and he'd be a significant addition to a beleaguered Chargers' secondary that has to see Peyton Manning twice a season.
Fearing that they may miss out on the top class of corners after losing Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers to free agency, the Niners use some of their wealth of picks to move up a few spots and take Verrett, who plays bigger than his 5-foot-9 frame indicates.
After losing Lance Moore to free agency, the Saints receiving corps is uncharacteristically thin. With Marques Colston on the wrong side of 30, Lee would be a shiny new weapon for Drew Brees to utilize.
With the retirement of Jordan Gross, the Panthers are left very thin on the offensive line. Even if they choose to move Byron Bell across to the left side, they'll need someone to replace him on the right side which Bitonio can do.
Jernigan could very well go earlier than this, but without many teams having a pressing need for a 4-3 tackle, he could fall right into the Patriots' laps as the eventual replacement for Vince Wilfork.
With Ahtyba Rubin an impending free agent next season, the Browns could look to find an eventual replacement for him in the draft. The massive Tuitt looks like he could be an ideal fit as a 3-4 end.
The Broncos lost Wesley Woodyard to free agency and, even though they made some significant upgrades via free agency, they're still in the market for a solid all-around "Mike", which Borland certainly is.
With Golden Tate leaving for Detroit and Percy Harvin's recurring injury issues, Seattle could look to add receiver help for Russell Wilson. Giving him a huge red zone target like Benjamin certainly wouldn't hurt.
Having passed on a QB in the first round, Houston could opt for the small school prospect Garoppalo, who has turned heads during the pre-draft process.
The Redskins lost their captain and leader of their defense, London Fletcher, to retirement this offseason, and although Shazier played outside at Ohio State, he's fluid and versatile enough to move inside in a 3-4 scheme.
The Browns have one of the best cover corners in the league in Joe Haden, but opposing QBs frequently pick on the corner opposite him, which could precipitate the selection of a big, physical corner like Jean-Baptiste
The Buccaneers started the necessary revamping of their defensive line with the signing of Michael Johnson, but adding a much needed pass-rushing presence from the inside like Hageman would go a long way towards remedying Tampa's abysmal sack total.
With Tony Gonzalez retiring, the Falcons only have Levine Toilolo to fall back on at the tight end position. Selecting Amaro, who some believe could be a Gonzalez clone, would be a big help to Matt Ryan.
Although the Raiders acquired Matt Schaub, he's not the long-term solution in Oakland. Savage, who has ideal size and a strong, accurate arm, has been quietly creeping up the QB rankings as of late.
The Jaguars' pass rush has been lacking for some time, and their two best pass rushers are both over 30, which could make the high-motor Ford a worthy pick at this spot.
The Giants are in dire need of an upgrade at tight end, and after Amaro comes off the board, it wouldn't be surprising if they tried to move up to ensure they can grab Niklas, who some consider the best all-around tight end in this class.
After watching Jairus Byrd sign with New Orleans, the Bills are in need of a replacement on the back end of their secondary. The little known Bucannon would be a solid fit.
Nix could be a victim of position scarcity, causing him to fall further than his stock would indicate, but for a team like Tennessee moving to a 3-4 and looking for an adequate zero technique NT, he'd be a perfect fit.
The Vikings' QB situation has proven to be a complete mess, and having passed on a QB in the first round, they could use this selection to take the solid but unspectacular McCarron.
The Rams could use an upgrade over Rodney McLeod in their secondary, and Ward is a little known prospect who has been drawing rave reviews during the pre-draft process.
Outside of Stephen Tulloch, the Lions' linebacking corps could use a significant upgrade. Attaochu, who has been a late riser and can apply good pressure on the opposing QB, could be a good fit at this point.
The Steelers are in desperate need of reinforcements at cornerback, and this could be an opportunity for them to take a chance on Joyner, who although on the smaller side, has tremendous instincts and ball skills.
No one could blame the Cowboys for doubling up on pass-rushing defensive ends with the lack of depth they currently have at the position, and Crichton is a high-motor end who would fit nicely across from first rounder Anthony Barr.
Latimer has started to gain a lot of traction lately, with good size and big play ability, and although he went largely unnoticed at Indiana, he'd be a nice third option behind the Smiths in Baltimore.
There's a dearth of impact interior linemen in this draft, so the Jets would do well to grab the best one in the class if he's still on the board for this pick.
As a player with tremendous size and physical ability who's still very raw, Kouandjio is one of the tougher prospects to evaluate. But the Dolphins would certainly take a shot at beefing up their line if he fell this far.
With Michael Bush on his way out in Chicago, the Bears need a bruiser capable of spelling the shifty Matt Forte. Hyde, who should be the first back off the board, could easily fill that role.
The Cardinals have a decent option at tight end in Rob Housler, but they run a lot of two TE sets. Having lost Jim Dray to Cleveland, they could opt for the the massive Seferian-Jenkins who is a tremendous weapon in the passing game.
With Evan Dietrich-Smith signing in Tampa Bay, Green Bay will likely be on the lookout for his replacement, which could be the reliable Martin, considered by many to be the best center in the draft.
The Eagles' secondary was their Achilles heel last season, and they need to find an adequate upgrade over Bradley Fletcher, which could lead to them taking a shot on the talented but inconsistent Purifoy.
The James Harrison experiment failed for Cincinnati, and they'll be on the lookout for a replacement at outside linebacker, which the pass rushing Lawrence can adequately fill.
Adams is a big play receiver who played in a smaller conference, but he's got excellent hands and can break any play, which would make him a good fit for the receiver needy Niners.
The Chargers could really use a zero technique NT to help shore up their run defense, and Jones, who had a very solid career in a 4-3 at Penn State, could make the transition.
The Saints got a surprise performance from Junior Galette last season, but they need a complementary pass-rusher coming from the other side. Picking Van Noy, who starred in a 3-4 in college, would be a natural fit.
Having lost secondary leader Antoine Bethea in free agency, the Colts could look to spend their first pick in the draft on a replacement for him. Although Brooks is a bit on the smaller side, he has a lot of the same traits as Bethea.
While Matthews won't wow you with his speed and athleticism, he's got great size and catches almost everything that comes his way which will endear him to Cam Newton.
The Niners have never shied away from taking players who fall due to injury concerns, and when healthy, Easley is a force to be reckoned with all over the line. He could be the heir apparent to Justin Smith.
The Patriots have gotten good production out of their ends, but their depth is severely lacking. Martin, who was a solid pass-rusher at UNC, could be a nice addition to the rotation.
Having lost Zane Beadles to free agency, the Broncos could use some reinforcements on the interior of their offensive line. Yankey, a big body mauler, would be an ideal replacement.
After losing both Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond to free agency, the Seahawks' trademark secondary is a bit thin. They could look to Breeland, with good size and instincts, to fill the void.
65.) Houston Texans- Ja'Wuan James, OT, Tennessee
66.) Washington Redskins- Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State
67.) Oakland Raiders- Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida
68.) St. Louis Rams (trade w/ ATL)- Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
69.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
70.) Jacksonville Jaguars- Keith McGill, CB, Utah
71.) Cleveland Browns- Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington
72.) Minnesota Vikings- Brandon Thomas, G/T, Clemson
73.) Buffalo Bills- Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina
74.) New York Giants- Russell Bodine, C, UNC
75.) St. Louis Rams- Kelcy Quarles, DT, South Carolina
76.) Detroit Lions- Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood
77.) San Francisco 49ers (from TEN)- Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State
78.) Dallas Cowboys- Brent Urban, DT, Virginia
79.) Baltimore Ravens- Vic Hampton, CB, South Carolina
80.) New York Jets- Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson
81.) Miami Dolphins- Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State
82.) Detroit Lions (trade w/ CHI)- Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
83.) Cleveland Browns (from PIT)- Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers
84.) Arizona Cardinals- Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia
85.) Green Bay Packers- Adrian Hubbard, OLB, Alabama
86.) Philadelphia Eagles- Jackson Jeffcoat, DE/OLB, Texas
87.) Kansas City Chiefs- Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee
88.) Cincinnati Bengals- Aaron Colvin, CB, Oklahoma
89.) San Diego Chargers- Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss
90.) Indianapolis Colts- Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford
91.) New Orleans Saints- Taylor Hart, DE, Oregon
92.) Carolina Panthers- Trai Turner, G, LSU
93.) New England Patriots- Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU
94.) Cleveland Browns (trade w/ SF)- Marcus Smith, DE/OLB, Louisville
95.) Denver Broncos- Chris Smith, DE, Arkansas
96.) Minnesota Vikings (from SEA)- Jordie Tripp, OLB, Montana
97.) Pittsburgh Steelers (Comp)- Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming
98.) Green Bay Packers (Comp)- Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU
99.) Baltimore Ravens (Comp)- Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
100.) San Francisco 49ers (Comp)- Dan McCullers, DT, Tennessee
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