NFL Mock Draft: Complete 3rd-Round Projections

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Jan 6, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Auburn Tigers running back Tre Mason (21) scores a touchdown against the Florida State Seminoles during the second half of the 2014 BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

6/70 Jacksonville: Tre Mason RB, Auburn

If Mason really does fall to third round Jacksonville better take him there to take the place of a possibly departing free-agent Maurice Jones-Drew. Even if Jacksonville can re-sign Drew his age is still a concern so they still need a RB.

7/71 Cleveland: Trevor Reilly OLB, Utah

Reilly is a top fifty player on many boards so picking him up at seventy-one could be a steal for the Browns. Along side Skov who I have the Browns taking earlier in my draft. The middle of their defense should be significantly better.

8/72 Minnesota: Odell Beckham Jr. WR, LSU

If Odell was just a little bit bigger I think he goes late first or early second, But as Odell stands he’s under six feet tall, and if he doesn’t stand out at the combine I can definitely see Odell falling.

9/73 Buffalo: Jordan Mathews WR, Vanderbilt

Buffalo has got to get another outside threat and someone with size to possibly be an end zone threat. Along side Eric Ebron who I have Buffalo taking in the first round and Stevie Johnson the Bills will all of a sudden have weapons everywhere for a young E.J. Manual.

10/74 New York Giants: Chris Borland ILB, Wisconsin

Borland is being compared to Miami Dolphins great Zach Thomas, and Borland does have a lot of Thomas in his game. Undersized and all over the field trying to be in every play reminds me of exactly how thomas played.I believe Borland is the best inside backer in the draft and would be a first rounder if he was two inches taller.

11/75 St. Louis: Jarvis Landry WR, LSU

Tavon Austin had flashes of a number one receiver in this league last year, but that being said Landry would compliment Tavon on the other side very well in my opinion. I’m sure Sam Bradford would want one more receiver that’ll go up and make plays.

12/76 Detroit: Chris Smith DE, Arkansas

Lions ha to go safety or pass rusher here, and the value is definitely with the pass rusher. All the attention the two d-tackles warrant for Detroit should make way for Smith to get to the quarterback.

13/77 San Francisco: Will Sutton DT, Arizona State

With one more pick in this round Sutton is to high on all the boards to pass him up here. You can never have to many run stuffing d-tackles. Defensive depth trending for the Niners.

14/78 Dallas: Pierre Desir CB, Lindenwood

Dallas needs a corner and a safety in these later rounds of the draft. The safety will have to wait because Desir is s big time talent that played at a little school or he would be a higher pick. I’m sure of it.

15/79 Baltimore: Westin Richburg C, Colorado State

The Ravens have a big need at center so they take Richburg here. I really wanted the Bengals to be able to draft Richburg in this round but I can’t see him falling that far. Only way Richburg falls would be for Bryan Stork to raise his stock more at the combine so some teams think Stork is better, he’s not.

16/80 New York Jets: Telvin Smith OLB, Florida State

The Jets and Rex Ryan want to get back to tough hard-nosed playoff level defense. Smith played at a high level on a national title team at FSU. He should be able to contribute towards that goal for the Jets.

17/81 Miami: Bishop Sankey RB, Washington

As Lamar Miller was thought to be the guy going into 2013, but now going into 2014 one can’t be so optimistic on Miller. Miller only contributed 709 yards and two touchdowns in 2013. An improvement is expected by fans and should be.

18/82 Chicago: C.J. Fredorowicz, TE, Iowa

The Bears need a big time playmaking TE. Bennett is dependable, yet he isn’t going to warrant double teams on the goal line to free up someone else. C.J. is the exact same size as Rob Gronkowski. Gronkowski is great at catching TD’s from the red zone, and maybe this kid Fredorowicz is too.

19/83 Cleveland: Paul Richardson WR, Colorado

It seems like the Browns have drafted every position on the team already. That said Cleveland gets a very good compliment to Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron as their end zone threat. Making Bridgewater’s rookie year a little easier.

20/84 Arizona: A.J. McCarron QB, Alabama

Arizona has claimed to be all in with Carson Palmer, but Bruce Arians seems like a smart guy and good coach. Meaning Arians shouldn’t count on someone (Palmer) that hasn’t played at a high level in a long time. A back-up plan or back-up quarterback is needed, and that is A.J.

21/85 Green Bay: Ahmad Dixon S Baylor

Green Bay needs secondary help so Dixon seems like an obvious choice. Dixon is probably the highest rated secondary player on their big board. He is on mine.

22/86 Philadelphia: Bashaud Breeland CB, Clemson. The corners five or six through fifteen are very similar and it is going to take the combine and a little more film to get a real feel on who may be better and go where, but Breeland will be third round grade at least on most every team’s boards.

23/87 Kansas City: Daquan Jones DT, Penn State. The Chiefs had a dominant defense at the beginning of last year, but as the year went on the defense started to fall short. Including allowing the Colts to have the second largest comeback in playoff history. Some would contribute the downfall to defensive depth so they try to fix that in this draft.


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