JAY GOLDBERG's 2014 MOCK DRAFT
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ROUND 1      change       previous pick in this mock draft 
Pick Team Player Comment
1 HOU Clowney
DE
South Carolina
Okay, the draft chatter has me convinced to move off Bortles and project Clowney.  I still say, however, if the Texans grab Bortles that would not be a mistake if they believe he is a franchise quarterback.  Why?  Here's the deal regarding this pick and quarterbacks.  If a team is going to select a quarterback in the top half of round one, it is a quarterback that team expects to be its franchise quarterback.  If the team has some doubt, it should wait until round two (or maybe late in round one) and beyond to select a quarterback.  Therefore, a quarterback selected in the top half of round one will be judged on his success, not on where he is selected in the top half of round one.  Would the Steelers be less happy with BIg Ben if they drafted him with the third pick in round one instead of the eleventh pick in round one?  Of course not.  Would the Raiders feel better if they drafted JaMarcus Russell at #15 in round one instead of first overall?  Again, of course not.  I know there is an opportunity cost, however; drafting a quarterback in the top half of round one must say that that team has little doubt they got their franchise quarterback.  And since a team only plays one quarterback, if they get him at pick #1, #8 or #15 in round one; does it really matter when?  Secondly, while a strategy of moving down a few spots with the thought of if player A is not available, then we can grab player B, is a fine strategy for most positions; it certainly is not for franchise quarterbacks.  If a team has a fallback position at franchise quarterback, then maybe that team's faith in their number one quarterback is really not strong enough to select him early in round one anyway.  Balancing a roster at most other positions makes sense.  Passing on your top wide receiver on your board to trade down and get your third rated wide receiver plus your second rated safety could make sense for a team's overall roster.  But does a team really want to downgrade anything at quarterback for any reason?  I say no.  So if the Texans believe in Bortles, selecting him here has nothing to do with where his perceived value is on expert's draft boards.  If he becomes a franchise quarterback, then he is worth the number one pick in the draft.  By the way (great song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers), if the Texans' trade down, they risk losing Bortles, so my take would be if they land in the top half of round one, they should not draft a quarterback there.  Instead they should draft a quarterback at the top of round two.
Was Bortles QB
2 STL Robinson
OT
Auburn
The Rams are an ideal trade candidate for a team that wants Watkins or Mack or Bortles.  However, I do not consider trades.  Short term, Jake Long's injury leaves a hole at left tackle.  Long term, Robinson bookends Long and allows re-signed Saffold to kick inside to guard.  While some may project Watkins; I believe the Rams have some playmakers at receiver and will target a tall receiver later in the draft.
3 JAC Mack
OLB
Buffalo
Jacksonville needs a quarterback.  If the Jaguars loved Bridgewater, his Pro Day will not change their minds.  Also, Bortles is now available, and Manziel is high on many draft analysts' boards.  However, the draft talking heads indicate that Jacksonville likes Garoppolo.  But there is so much false information this time of year, so I won't get roped in.  Hmmm, I do have a very high grade Garoppolo.  Enough delay.  Head coach Gus Bradley is the former Seattle defensive coordinator where Seattle drafted Bruce Irvin and moved him to linebacker. Mack is more talented than Irvin and the best defensive player on the board.  A quarterback will wait until round two.
4 CLE Watkins
WR
Clemson
The Browns see the Jaguars pass on a quarterback are left "Pondering" quarterbacks Bortles, Bridgewater, Carr and Manziel. <I will now use "Pondering" to representing considering drafting a quarterback in round one who does not belong in round one in honor of Christian Ponder.>  Of these moves, the one I'm most sure about is that they should not draft Manziel here (not that he won't succeed, but too much risk and drafting a quarterback this early who fails can set back a franchise for years).  I think Cleveland will go quarterback with their second pick in round one.  Therefore, I have them drafting wide receiver Sammy Watkins to give their future, to be determined quarterback, a dynamic pair of receivers.  Watkins also provides a number one wideout should Gordon have additional off-the-field issues. 
5 OAK Bortles
QB
Central Florida
It didn't even take a trade for the Clowney to the Raiders at this spot to no longer be projected in my mock draft. A number of mock drafts have the Raiders selecting Manziel.  I don't think so.  With Bortles now available, he is the selection.  He can sit a year (or two) behind Schaub which will make his transition to the NFL very successful.
Was Clowney DE
6 ATL Barr
OLB
UCLA
The sure values here, according to most draft boards, would be offensive tackle and I can see Atlanta drafting Matthews at this spot.  However, their need for a pass rusher is an overriding need.  One comment I hear often during the draft from draft analysts is stay true to your board, if you have a player ranked 6 or 8 or 10 spots higher than another player you have to draft the higher rated player.  Really?  Come on now.  How many teams, if they reconstituted their draft board from say three years ago would see the players line up in the exact order they had them in terms of their NFL impact/future potential.  Despite what these draft "experts" say this should not be a micro-managed process; it should be a macro-managed process.  Players should be in groups of potential NFL impact and then further sorted by system and team need.  So I have this choice coming down to either the inside pass rusher Donald or the outside pass rusher Barr.  Who Atlanta drafts could come down to who they have in their next group of players.  For now I am projecting Barr who steps in and starts on the outside as a Von-Miller-type (not necessarily a Von-Miller-production) pass-rushing linebacker.  FYI - I read on Rotoworld that Dallas brought in Barr for a workout with the thought of moving him to defensive end.  That write-up makes me feel even more confident in this projection since it is a bit high for Barr.  However, Barr can play SAM and rush as a defensive end in the nickel.
7 TB Matthews
OT
Texas A&M
Lots of goodies here for the Bucs.  Mosely would give the Bucs the top-notch inside-outside combo coach Lovie Smith likes in his linebacking unit; Evans would give the Bucs a very Chicago-Bear-like receiving duo.  However, Football Outsider had the Bucs ranked as the #27 run blocking unit and the #21 pass blocking unit last year.  So I am sticking with Matthews for now. FYI - I the oft-injured wide receiver Owusu was on my list of underrated players in the 2012 draft.  If healthy, he could be a nice surprise for the Bucs in 2014.
8 MIN Carr
QB
Fresno State
The momentum Carr is generating leading up to draft is very NASCAR-like (groan).  If the Browns were hoping to get him at #26 there is a good chance he will be gone, so they may have to draft him at #4.  I didn't have them pulling the trigger there so Carr becomes a Viking and the second quarterback drafted, ahead of both Manziel and Bridgewater.
Was Mosley ILB
9 BUF Lewan
OT
Michigan
Buffalo can go in a number of different directions here.  They can go with a tackle, a big receiver (Evans) or the top tight end in the draft (Ebron).  Since this is a deep wide receiver draft and it appears the Bills hit on both Woods and Goodwin in last year's draft; and between Chandler, Moeaki (if he can stay healthy) and another player drafted last year the speedy Gragg, they have some options at tight end; so I have them grabbing Lewan who settles in immediately as their starting right tackle.
10 DET Gilbert
CB
Oklahoma St
The Lions will be tempted by wider receiver Evans and safety Clinton-Dix but while they have some numbers at corner, they are lacking a shut down corner.  With my top cornerback still available in this mock draft, I have the Lions rsprinting to the podium to submit their card for Gilbert.
11 TEN Donald
DT/DE
Pittsburgh
The Titans lose out on drafting a pass-rushing outside linebacker for their new 3-4 defense in my latest mock draft.  They must have seen this coming before me, however, since they signed Shaun Phillips since my initial mock draft.  They cut Johnson so a running back is needed, but they can and should wait to grab one on day two of the draft.  While both Clinton-Dix to provide a playmaking safety and Dennard to help compensate for the loss of Verner (although Wreh-Wilson could be a good in-house candidate) are possibilities; I like Donald here to play defensive end in their base defense, and kick inside to pass rush from the tackle position in the nickel.
12 NYG Mosely
ILB
Alabama
Ebron or Mosely (who is now available again).  Both make sense, both, traditionally, are not at positions the Giants would draft at this point in the draft.  I am going with the player I believe the Giants need the most; Mosely.  Can you name a difference-maker currently on the roster at linebacker for the Giants?  
Was Ebron TE
13 STL Evans
WR
Texas A&M
And thus ends the Brian Quick project.  Evans becomes the big-target and number one receiver on the Rams.  With Givens, Austin, Bailey and Pettis the Rams have a very good supporting cast of receivers.  All they needed was a true number one and with Evans they get it.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Robinson OT
14 CHI Clinton-Dix
FS
Alabama
The Bears need a safety make-over.  Major Wright is gone, Conte is replaceable.  That said, I am going with the play-maker Clinton-Dix over the hitter Pryor.  The Bears will add a hard-hitting safety later in the draft.
15 PIT Dennard
CB
Michigan State
The Steelers like football playing machines and Dennard fits that description.  He is also an upgrade over William Gay who should be a third corner. 
16 DAL Ford
DE/OLB
Auburn
I see a number of options for Dallas here.  While Jernigan is a possibility, the signing of Melton (if healthy) lessens that need.  So what the Cowboys need, desperately, is a pass rusher.  So while Ealy has better size and is the better two-way defensive end, I'm now going to project Dee Ford to Dallas.  He is a tremendous athlete who can get after the passer.  Ware was an undersized end, so Ford can step in and replace him.  Some may see this a reach, but I do not (as I'm sure anyone who watched the Senior Bowl would agree).
17 BAL Martin
OT
Notre Dame
The Raven's badly need to upgrade its offensive line.  If it was just Rice who crawled his way to three yards and a cloud of dust I might say that it was part offensive line, part running back mileage.  However, the younger, less wear and tear Pierce was no better.  Martin can start at either right tackle or can kick inside to guard.
18 NYJ Ebron
TE
North Carolina
Hmmm.  Wide receiver or cornerback?  This actually just reminded me of one of the funniest scenes ever in television.  The show, Taxi.   The character, Reverend Jim (Christopher Lloyd).  The set up, Reverend Jim taking the test to get his hack (taxi) license.  Reverend Jim starts filling out his personal information on the test and the gets to drug addiction or mental illness.  He reads it out loud and say, "tough choice."  Well this is a tough choice and, for me, now comes down to CB Fuller or WR Beckham Jr.  While the consensus around the mock drafts I look at seem to be a wide receiver over a cornerback, I say this is a very deep wide receiver draft and Ryan is a defensive coach.  So welcome tight end Eric Ebron to the Jets.  Huh?  The Jets need offensive weapons, are weak at tight end, and Ebron is just too good to pass up here.
Was Fuller CB
19 MIA Su'a-Filo
OG
UCLA
For Miami in round one it will not be best player available; it will be best offensive lineman available.  With the signing of Jason Fox, Miami can now draft a guard.  The one player I know they will, not draft is the guard Yankey; they do not want another Stanford offensive lineman.  Too many opportunities for the press to kick up the dirt.  So I have them drafting Su'a-Filo who sits atop my guard board.  A sleeper could be OT James from Tennessee.
20 ARZ Pryor
SS/FS
Louisville
Signing Antonio Cromartie means Arizona will no longer draft a cornerback here. Arizona has a very good defense, but could use a pass rusher to play opposite Abraham and a strong safety.  The best option as I have the draft unfolding is the hard-hitting safety Pryor.  He will start from day one, and paired with Mathieu (when healthy) provides the Cards with a good young safety tandem.
21 GB Beckham Jr.
WR
LSU
The Packers lose out on the top two safeties on most analysts boards (not on mine, however).  If the Pack loves Buchannon as much as I do they could pull the trigger. However, I appear in the minority in terms of Bucannon as a first round talent.  So who will Green Bay draft?  Certainly it will be on defense, right?  Well, with Beckham Jr. available, and after losing Jennings and Jones in two consecutive years; I have the Packers drafting to their strength and selecting the talented wide receiver.
22 PHI Cooks
WR
Oregon State
While Nix III is still a possibility since Logan and Square are not your usual mammoth run-stuffing, offensive-lineman-occupying 3-4 nose tackles and Nix III is; Cooks is just too good a fit as Jackson's replacement to pass up here.  I know some say that Philly wants height, but Cooks is heads and tails the best receiver left on my board.
23 KC Moses
OT
Virginia
Yes, the Chiefs need a wide receiver. They can talk up A.J. Jenkins all they like; and Donnie Avery is a solid, but not top tier starter.  But this team's best weapon is running back Charles and their offensive line took a hit in the offseason.  Moses is a better run blocker than pass blocker and has been known to have trouble, at times, keeping his weight down.  Sounds like an ideal player to move inside to guard.  So Moses is the pick and either plays right tackle or guard for the Chiefs.
24 CIN Manziel
QB
Texas A&M
This is my first real curve ball.  However, I have my reasons.  Dalton has been just good enough but hasn't shown that he is a franchise quarterback and he's coming up on new contract time.  And if Dalton is more of the same what do they do?  Franchise money for a non-franchise quarterback cuts deeply into the salary cap.  Therefore, draft Manziel.  If Dalton proves he's the guy, pay him and you have a backup in Manziel you can showcase and later trade while he tries to prove he's a professional who can be a difference-maker in the NFL.  If Dalton is the same old same old; you let him walk and have Manziel ready to step in and take over.  Makes sense to me.  But maybe only to me. <Maybe not just me; since writing this I read on Rotoworld that owner Mike Brown referred to Dalton's contract status as a "dilemma.">
25 SD
Nix III
DT
Notre Dame
While I like some of the corners on San Diego's roster (especially Steve Williams) and they can use a player who has a chance to lead the unit; with the big man Nix III now available, I have them drafting him to start at nose tackle.
26 CLE Fuller
CB
Virginia Tech
A lot of mock drafts have Carr but he's now gone in my mock.  On my board, this would be Garoppolo.  However, with Bridgewater and others still available I temporarily have the Browns waiting until round two to draft their quarterback.  We'll see as the draft approaches. So I have the Browns drafting Fuller to play opposite Haden moving Skrine to the nickel.
Was Bridgewater QB
PREVIOUS PICKS - Watkins WR
27 NO Shazier
OLB
Ohio State
The Saints need an outside linebacker to pair with Galette.  Shazier is very fast and very athletic and could grow into both an effective chase and tackle linebacker and a blitzing linebacker. His size isn't ideal for a 3-4 outside linebacker, so alternatively he can kick inside and play the run and blitz from there. Worst case he comes in on third down (can rush and has the speed to play the pass as well).
28 CAR Lee
WR
USC
After letting Smith go and failing to sign any free agent wide receivers of note; it's fairly obvious where the Panthers will go in this deep wide receiver draft.  So it's a matter of who not what position.  Lee is my top rated receiver left on the board so I have the Panthers drafting him.  However, he won't be the only receiver drafted by Carolina in the 2014 draft.
29 NE Seferian-Jenkins
TE
Washington
Between Gronkowski's injury history and Hernandez in jail, I have the Patriots drafting a young tight end Sereian-Jenkins.  Some may think Amaro since he may be a better fit for Hernandez' old spot; but I think Belichick goes for the all around S-J and figures a way to use him with Gronk if Gronk is healthy.  A sneaky pick here, one I am debating, is drafting Benjamin and playing him in the Hernandez role.
30 SF Roby
CB
Ohio State
Roby is the pick here because he has good size and speed.  However, I also love the potential of Verrett who isn't the tallest corner, but has speed, quickness, ball skills, and can sky to battle taller receivers.  So it wouldn't surprise me if the 49ers took him here.  The 49ers needed a corner before Culliver was arrested for a felony hit and run, and get a good one towards the bottom of round one.
31 DEN Borland
ILB
Wisconsin
Denver continues what they started in free agency, adding pieces to upgrade its defense.  Borland comes in and starts in the middle right away.
32 SEA Jernigan
DT
Florida State
While a receiver such as Benjamin or Latimer is a possibility; this is still a defensive-minded team and Jernigan is a defensive player who stands out on my board at the moment.  He upgrades and already impressive Seattle defensive front.
Was Benjamin WR

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ROUND 2     change       previous pick in this mock draft 
Pick Team Player Comment
33 HOU Bridgewater
QB
Louisville
So starts the second round run on quarterbacks.  Bridgewater is NFL-ready and a couple of months ago if you said the Texans would get both Clowney and Bridgewater you wouldn't have believed it.
Was Bitonio
PREVIOUS PICKS - Clowney DE
34 WAS Bitonio
OT
Nevada
I have heard things all over the place regarding Kouandjio; especially regarding his injury status.  So I'll pass on him here.  Besides, Bitonio is now available so that is who I have the Redskins selecting.
Was Kouandjio
35 CLE Garoppolo
QB
Eastern Illinois
The Browns wait until round two and get one of my underrated players in the draft (not because he is unknown, but because I have a first round grade on him).
Was Verrett CB
PREVIOUS PICKS - Watkins WR, Fuller CB
36 OAK Hageman
DT
Minnesota
After selecting Bortles their is obviously no longer a need at quarterback here. Hageman is the best player on my boatd who fills a need for Oakland.  Worst case he is a rotational player in year one.  However, this former tight vend has a tremendous upside and may not be available at this spot in the real draft.
Was Carr QB
PREVIOUS PICKS - Bortles QB
37 ATL Kouandjio
OT
Alabama
While Ealy is available, I look for Atlanta to ignore the temptation to double-up on pass rushers and address their offensive line here.  Kouandjio is a bit of a medical mystery at this point but more signs point towards no problem rather than problem.  So this projection is predicated on Atlanta having a clean bill of health on him.
Was Ealy DE
PREVIOUS PICKS - Barr OLB/DE
38 TB Robinson
WR
Penn State
The Bucs will have their choice of a number of talented receivers; Matthews, Benjamin, Latimer, Adams, Robinson and more.  After an excellent on-campus workout, I changing up to the underrated Robinson here.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Matthews OT
Was Matthews WR
39 JAC Murray
QB
Georgia
Jacksonville drafts their quarterback of the future and he's a good one.  I have him rated higher than many other draft analysts.  Murray is a smart, successful, undersized quarterback.  Remind you of anyone from head coach Bradley's last team?  With Henne on board, Jacksonville can allow Murray to fully heal.
Was Garoppolo QB
PREVIOUS PICKS - Mack OLB
40 MIN Bucannon
SS
Washington St
Finally, a round two pick I am not changing!  Pairing Bucannon with last year's rookie Smith gives the Vikings the best young safety tandem in the league.  I have a first round grade on Bucannon.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Carr QB
41 BUF Benjamin
WR
Florida State
While my initial gut was Van Noy and that can happen; I keep hearing how Buffalo wants to surround their young quarterback with weapons.  So I'll change up. Benjamin played with Manuel two tears ago so their is familiarity.  In addition he is a big target which helps with off-target throws.  I like Manuel and adding Benjamin will help.
Was Van Noy OLB
PREVIOUS PICKS - Lewan OT
42 TEN Sankey
RB
Washington
Since the Titans have the hammer in Greene, I have them drafting the playmaker Sankey over the big back Hyde.  I changed-up from Mason because of the injury rumours.
Was Mason RB
PREVIOUS PICKS - Donald DT/DE
43 NYG Ealy
DE
Missouri
Well, it only took one update for Jernigan to be off the board in my mock, so to answer my previous quastion; no this can't happen.  So now, I'll project another player the Giants would jump at the chance of drafting because he fell in my mock draft and again ask, can this happen?  The Giants like numbers on their defensive line and Ealy adds a quailty player to their defensive end rotation.
Was Jernigan DT
PREVIOUS PICKS - Mosely ILB
44 STL Ward
FS
Northern Illinois
This is only the second pick on this round that has not changed and once again it is a safety.  So far this has been a great mock draft for the Rams.  Ward is an ideal running mate for strong safety McDonald.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Robinson OT, Evans WR
45 DET Turner
OT
N Dakota State
This could easily be James (Tennessee).  James is more NFL-ready, but Turner has more upside.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Gilbert CB
46 PIT Tuitt
DE
Notre Dame
Tuitt is another player who is coming off the board in my mock draft later than I thought he would since he is one of the few top tier 3-4 defensive ends in the draft.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Dennard CB
47 DAL Easley
DT
Florida
After losing Hatcher, worst case a third player is needed to rotate in with Melton and Hayden.  Best case Easley starts in Hatcher's spot.  His value has been down a bit pre-draft since he is coming off an injury.
Was Hageman DT
PREVIOUS PICKS - Ford DE/OLB
48 BAL Yankey
OG
Stanford
The rebuilding of the Ravens' offensive line continues with Yankey. 
PREVIOUS PICKS - Martin OT
49 NYJ Verrett
CB
TCU
With a quality corner like Verrett still on the board, the Jets made the right decision going offense over corner in round one.
Was Robinson WR
PREVIOUS PICKS - Ebron TE
50 MIA James
OT
Tennessee
The Dolphins' offensive line was a mess last year.  Would signing Fox stop you from drafting a right tackle?  I didn't think so.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Su'a-Filo OG
51 CHI Sutton
DT
Arizona State
Sutton should see the field often in 2014 given the Bears' depth chart at defensive tackle.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Clinton-Dix FS
52 ARZ Mettenberger
QB
LSU
Mettenberger has the big arm coach Arians likes and Palmer is getting towards the end of his career.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Pryor SS/FS
53 GB Amaro
TE
Texas Tech
A team in need of defense won't draft offense again, right?  Well, with a need at tight end and Amaro still available ....
PREVIOUS PICKS - Beckham Jr. WR
54 PHI Attaochu
OLB
Georgia Tech
The Eagles 3-4 got some sacks from Trent Cole, and who?  Attaochu will help in that area.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Cooks WR
55 CIN Van Noy
OLB
BYU
While I like the potential of DiManche (he was on my list of underrated player in last year's draft), Van Noy is more of a SAM linebacker.
Was Crichton DE/OLB
PREVIOUS PICKS - Manziel QB
56 SF Latimer
WR
Indiana
Latimer is gaining momentum as the draft approaches.  Some have him projected late in round one.  While I'm not there yet, he will now certainly come off the board by the end of round two. He should replace Patton as the 49ers number three receiver.
Was Richardson WR
PREVIOUS PICKS - Roby CB
57 SD Lawrence
OLB/DE
Boise State
The Chargers do not have any outside linebacker in their 3-4 who you can count on for double-digit sacks.  While Smith could be the pick because he has the measureables to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense Lawrence is the higher rated prospect and he too, can play outside linebacker.
Was M Smith OLB/DE
PREVIOUS PICKS - Nix III DT
58 NO Landry
WR
LSU
The potential replacement down the line for Colston, Landry is a physical receiver with good hands who fights for the ball.  He has speed limitations, but Brees will make him a very effective tool.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Shazier OLB
59 IND McGill
CB
Utah
McGill is one of the new breed of tall corners and with Davis and Toler on hand he can be broken in slowly.  That is if Toler can stay healthy.  Toler could also be a cap casualty after this year.
60 CAR Mewhort
OT
Ohio State
One of the few quality offensive tackles left on the draft board; I have Carolina changing up to help their offensive line; especially since there are still a lot of quality receivers still available.
Was Adams WR
PREVIOUS PICKS - Lee WR
61 SF Richburg
C
Colorado State
The 49ers will have their center of choice at this spot and whoever they bring in will challenge Kilgore to start.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Roby CB, Latimer WR
62 NE Savage
QB
Pittsburgh
If pre-draft rumors are to be believed, Savage is a player on the rise as the draft approaches; and a player the Patriots like.
Was Murray QB
PREVIOUS PICKS - Seferian-Jenkins TE
63 DEN Martin
DE
N Carolina
Martin immediately settles in as the Broncos' number three defensive end.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Borland ILB
64 SEA Jean-Baptiste
CB
Nebraska
With Browner and Thurman gone, the Seahawks bring in another tall corner with upside.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Jernigan DT

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ROUND 3     change       previous pick in this mock draft 
Pick Team Player Comment
65 HOU Fleming
OT
Stanford
Fleming will challenge for the starting right tackle job and also offers depth at guard.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Clowney DE, Bridgewater QB
66 WAS Skov
ILB
Stanford
A better football player than workout warrior; Skov is a smart, instinctive hard-hitting inside linebacker who replaces Fletcher's heart as well takes his place on the football field.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Bitonio OT
67 OAK Adams
WR
Fresno State
Adams provides a reliable target for Schaub now and Bortles later.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Bortles QB, Hageman DT
68 ATL Hyde
RB
Ohio State
Hyde is the top running back on many draft analysts' boards.  Jackson is aging and there is no every-down back behind him; that is until now.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Barr OLB/DE, Kouandjio OT
69 TB M Smith
OLB/DE
Louisville
This could be one of the steals of the draft.  Smith could be a SAM linebacker for the Bucs in the mold of Von Miller of Denver.  He will need time to learn the position, but has the athletic ability to be an excellent all around player in the near future.  While he learns he is a situational pass rusher.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Matthews OT, Robinson WR
70 JAC Matthews
WR
Vanderbilt
The uncertainty surrounding the status of Blackmon means the Jaguars need to add a quality receiver in this deep pool of talent.  Matthews is a steal as a third round pick.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Mack OLB, Murray QB
71 CLE Mason
RB
Auburn
The Browns signed Ben Tate, but he has a history of injury problems.  Mason can be an excellent change-of-pace back who can step in and carry the load should Tate get injured, again.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Watkins WR, Fuller CB, Garoppolo QB
72 MIN Hill
RB
LSU
With backup Gerhart now the starter in Jacksonville, the Vikings need a new back to caddy for Peterson.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Carr QB, Bucannon SS
73 BUF Brooks
FS
Florida State
Back to back Florida State picks for the Bills nets them a free safety to pair with strong safety Aaron Williams.  Brooks has corner experience so he can cover the slot as well as play the back end. 
PREVIOUS PICKS - Lewan OT, Benjamin WR
74 NYG Niklas
TE
Notre Dame
The Giants get a tall target for the sometimes wild high Eli Manning.  Niklas should have no trouble starting for the G-men.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Mosely ILB, Ealy DE
75 STL Gaines
CB
Rice
Gaines is as physically gifted as any corner in the draft but there are questions how well he'll hold up since has been dinged a bit in college.  If he stays healthy he will form one of the most athletic pair of corners (with Jenkins) in the league.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Robinson OT, Evans WR, Ward FS
76 DET Richardson
WR
Coloardo
Detroit was talking trading up for a receiver in round one.  While I don't believe that, the Lions selecting one of the talented receivers in round three of the draft makes sense given you cannot count on Broyles.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Gilbert CB, Turner OT
77 SF Murphy
OLB/DE
Stanford
Many will be surprised that I haven't addressed outside linebacker previously in this draft with all the uncertainty surrounding Aldon Smith.  Well, last year they selected Lemonier, who is right up there with the second tier players that have been available when the 49ers were on the clock.  Murphy is in the mix with those players and offers the 49ers a choice when Smith is not around.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Roby CB, Latimer WR, Richburg C
78 DAL Ellington
WR
South Carolina
Ellington will give the Cowboys a dynamic slot receiver who can become a tremendous playmaker given the attention opposing defenses will have to pay to Bryant, Williams and Witten.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Ford DE/OLB, Easley DT
79 BAL Decir
CB
Lindenwood
Decir has size and athleticism and is an excellent developmental prospect.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Martin OT, Yankey OG
80 NYJ Moncrief
WR
MIssissippi
That a player with the size/speed/potential such as Moncrief is available here is a testament to the talent and depth at wide receiver in this draft class.  And there are more good receivers!
PREVIOUS PICKS - Ebron TE, Verrett CB
81 MIA Jones
DT
Arizona State
Jones has more size than the Dolphins' current crop of defensive tackles who see the field.  He can push the pocket and occupy blockers.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Su'a-Filo OG, James OT
82 CHI Seastrunck
RB
Baylor
The depth behind Matt Forte is thin.  Seastrunk is a playmaker who will offer a nice change-of-pace option for Chicago.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Clinton-Dix FS, Sutton DT
83 CLE Joyner
S/ CB
TCU
Joyner is a heady player who could push Gipson to start opposite Whitner.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Watkins WR, Fuller CB, Garoppolo QB, Mason RB
84 ARZ Chrichton
DE/OLB
Oregon
Chricton is better as a 4-3 defensive end; however, at this spot in the draft he is too good for Arizona to pass on with Shaughnessy startin g opposite the aging Abraham.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Pryor SS/FS, Mettenberger QB
85 GB Vereen
FS/SS
Minnesota
Vereen is a very athletic safety who can cover and play the run.  He should slide in as a running mate with Burnett.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Beckham Jr. WR, Amato TE
86 PHI Quarles
DE/DT
South Carolina
Quarles becomes the top backup at defensive end in the Eagles 3-4.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Cooks WR, Attaochu OLB/DE
87 KC Bryant
WR
Clemson
Wow; still high quality wide receiver prospects late in round three.  Bryant could start opposite Bowe.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Moses OT
88 CIN Loston
SS
LSU
Mays is more athlete than football player and Manning is more free safety than strong safety.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Manziel QB, Van Noy OLB
89 SD Jeffcoat
OLB/DE
Texas
The Chargers need better pass rushing linebackers in their 3-4 defense.  Jeffcoat has good speed, good athleticism and can rush the passer.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Nix III DT, Lawrence OLB/DE
90 IND McCullers
DT
Tennessee
The Colts need someone to play behind starting nose tackle Josh Chapman.
PREVIOUS PICKS - McGill CB
91 NO Martin
C
USC
Martin will challenge Lelito to start at center and also offers depth at guard.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Shazier OLB, Landry WR
92 CAR Herron
WR
Wyoming
Herron is an underrated wide receiver in this draft.  He looked great Senior Bowl week.  He'll contribute year one with the Panthers.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Lee WR, Mewhart OT
93 NE West
RB
Towson
The Patriots like collecting running backs and West is a good one.  He is a sleeper in this draft who could have a very successful NFL career.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Seferian-Jenkins TE, Savage QB
94 SF Thomas
QB
Virginia Tech
Thomas has been inconsistent but has the tools to develop into a very good NFL quarterback.  He is also the closet player in the draft to possessing the physical traits of Kaepernick so he could be a good long-term backup. 
PREVIOUS PICKS - Roby CB, Latimer WR, Richburg C, Murphy OLB/BE
95 DEN Carey
RB
Arizona
Carey is a tough kid who plays better than he works out.  He is an ideal replacement for Moreno and can serve as Denver's primary back-up running back.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Borland ILB, Martin DE
96 MIN Jackson
OG
Mississippi St
Jackson will compete to start with Fusco and Ducasse.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Carr QB, Bucannon SS, Hill RB
97 PIT Archer
WR/RB
Kent State
Archer could be the fastest player in the draft class (4.26 forty) who comes in as the principle return man freeing up Brown and Wheaton to play wide receiver full time.  He will also see the field a few times a game on offense to try for the big play.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Dennard CB, Tuitt DE
98 GB Ferguson
DT/DE
LSU
Ferguson can play end in the Packers' 3-4 defense.  He was an active defensive tackle at LSU.
PREVIOUS PICKS - Beckham Jr. WR, Amato TE, Vereen FS/SS
99 BAL Abbrederis
WR
Wisconsin
Abbrederis offers a very sure-handed, good route-running, third-down receiver for Flacco.  
PREVIOUS PICKS - Martin OT, Yankey OG, Decir CB
100 SF Smith
OLB
Florida State
Smith is an undersized 4-3 WILL who is a very good football player who the 49ers will gladly welcome into the fold.  At first glance he may not have a starting role in SF's 3-4 defense, but he can play in the nickel, be a special teams demon, and could move to safety down the line (or bulk up, a lot, and move inside).
PREVIOUS PICKS - Roby CB, Latimer WR, Richburg C, Murphy OLB/BE, Thomas QB