2014 NFL Draft: Predicting The Top 100 Picks

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

That’s apparently not an old adage that the NFL brass adheres to.

The league’s decision to push its most anticipated event of the offseason—the NFL draft—back from its usual spot in late April to early May has been met with universal criticism and backlash from fans.

You would think that maybe the silver lining would be that the extra time would provide us all with more clarity for what’s going to actually happen in this year’s draft. But the opposite has happened. Rumors, smokescreens and innuendo have dominated the headlines for weeks, leaving fans wary, scornful and in the mood to give in and say, “Let’s go already.”

Luckily, the day that we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived.

Yes, draft day is here.

With a record number of underclassmen declaring for the 2014 NFL draft, this year’s draft class has been labeled as the deepest and most talent-stocked group we’ve seen in quite some time.

Big names like Johnny Manziel, Jadeveon Clowney and Sammy Watkins have been at the forefront throughout the process. However, this year’s class runs much deeper than just the big star names.

As we prepare for tonight’s much-awaited kickoff to the festivities, there are still plenty of questions about what to expect over the next few days.

This year’s draft may feature much more star power than last year’s affair. Somehow, though, it’s managed to remain more unpredictable and mysterious.

I certainly can’t say for sure how it will all transpire, but I can at least attempt to venture a quality guess as to how the first three rounds will unfold. Here are my final predictions for how the top 100 picks of the 2014 NFL draft will play out.


Round 1

1. Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

*2. (Trade) Atlanta Falcons (From Rams): Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

*The Falcons trade picks No. 6, No. 37 and a 2015 4th round pick to the Rams in exchange for the No. 2 pick.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo

4. Cleveland Browns: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

*5. (Trade) Detroit Lions (From Raiders): Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

*The Lions trade picks No. 10 and No. 45 to the Raiders in exchange for the No. 5 pick.

*6. St. Louis Rams (From Falcons): Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

*8. (Trade) Dallas Cowboys (From Vikings): Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

*The Cowboys trade picks No. 16 and No. 47 to the Vikings in exchange for pick No. 8.

9. Buffalo Bills: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

*10. Oakland Raiders (From Lions): Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

*11. (Trade) New York Jets (From Titans): Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

*The Jets trade picks No. 18 and No. 49 to the Titans in exchange for pick No. 11.

12. New York Giants: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

13. St. Louis Rams: Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama

14. Chicago Bears: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

*16. Minnesota Vikings (From Cowboys): Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

*17. (Trade) San Francisco 49ers (From Ravens): Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

*The 49ers trade picks No. 30 and No. 56 to the Ravens in exchange for pick No. 17.

*18. Tennessee Titans (From Jets): Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA

19. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State

20. Arizona Cardinals: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF

21. Green Bay Packers: Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville

22. Philadelphia Eagles: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

*23. (Trade) Denver Broncos (From Chiefs): CJ Mosley, LB, Alabama

*The Broncos trade picks No. 31 and No. 63 to the Chiefs in exchange for pick No. 23.

24. Cincinnati Bengals: Cyrus Kouandjio, OL, Alabama

25. San Diego Chargers: Marqise Lee, WR, USC

26. Cleveland Browns: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

27. New Orleans Saints: Marcus Martin, OC, USC

28. Carolina Panthers: Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada

29. New England Patriots: Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State

*30. Baltimore Ravens (From 49ers): Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana

*31. Kansas City Chiefs (From Broncos): Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska

*32. (Trade) Oakland Raiders (From Seahawks): Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

*The Raiders trade picks No. 36 and No. 107 to the Seahawks in exchange for pick No. 32.

Note: *Picks with asterisks are selections that are a part of a projected trade. 

Round 2

33. Houston Texans: AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama

34. Washington Redskins: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

35. Cleveland Browns: Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State

*36. Seattle Seahawks (From Raiders): Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

*37. St. Louis Rams (From Falcons): Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame

38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

39. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois

40. Minnesota Vikings: Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU

41. Buffalo Bills: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

42. Tennessee Titans: Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU

43. New York Giants: Kony Ealy, DL, Missouri

44. St. Louis Rams: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

*45. Oakland Raiders (From Lions): Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State

46. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

*47. Minnesota Vikings (From Cowboys): Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington

48. Baltimore Ravens: Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA

*49. Tennessee Titans (From Jets): Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood

50. Miami Dolphins: Ja’Wuan James, OT, Tennessee

51. Chicago Bears: Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State

52. Arizona Cardinals: Demarcus Lawrence, LB, Boise State

53. Green Bay Packers: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State

54. Philadelphia Eagles: Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss

55. Cincinnati Bengals: Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State

*56. Baltimore Ravens (From 49ers): Jimmie Ward, FS, Northern Illinois

57. San Diego Chargers: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame

58. New Orleans Saints: Dee Ford, LB, Auburn

59. Indianapolis Colts: Weston Richburg, OC, Colorado State

60. Carolina Panthers: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State

61. San Francisco 49ers: Keith McGill, CB, Utah

62. New England Patriots: Dominique Easley, DT, Florida

*63. Kansas City Chiefs (From Broncos): Trai Turner, OG, LSU

64. Seattle Seahawks: Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State

Round 3

65. Houston Texans: Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin

66. Washington Redskins: Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford

67. Oakland Raiders: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington

68. Atlanta Falcons: Marcus Smith, LB, Louisville

69. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State

70. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU

71. Cleveland Browns: Tre Mason, RB, Auburn

72. Minnesota Vikings: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU

73. Buffalo Bills: Terrence Brooks, FS, Florida State

74. New York Giants: C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa

75. St. Louis Rams: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia

76. Detroit Lions: Telvin Smith, LB, Florida State

77. San Francisco 49ers: Trent Murphy, LB, Stanford

78. Dallas Cowboys: Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson

79. Baltimore Ravens: Ed Stinson, DE, Alabama

80. New York Jets: Bashaud Breeland, CB, Clemson

81. Miami Dolphins: Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming

82. Chicago Bears: Ego Ferguson, DT, LSU

83. Cleveland Browns: Will Clarke, DE, West Virginia

84. Arizona Cardinals: Michael Schofield, OT, Michigan

85. Green Bay Packers: Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame

86. Philadelphia Eagles: Jeremiah Attaochu, LB, Georgia Tech

87. Kansas City Chiefs: Kevin Norwood, WR, Alabama

88. Cincinnati Bengals: Preston Brown, LB, Louisville

89. San Diego Chargers: Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice

90. Indianapolis Colts: Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida

91. New Orleans Saints: Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina

92. Carolina Panthers: Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida

93. New England Patriots: Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh

94. San Francisco 49ers: Brent Urban, DE, Virginia

95. Denver Broncos: Kareem Martin, DE, North Carolina

96. Minnesota Vikings: DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State

97. Pittsburgh Steelers: Brandon Thomas, OT, Clemson

98. Green Bay Packers: Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado

99. Baltimore Ravens: Terrance West, RB, Towson

100. San Francisco 49ers: Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech

Quarterback Projections

Projected Top-100 Picks: 10

Round 1 Picks

1-7. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

1-20. Blake Bortles, UCF (Arizona Cardinals)

1-26. Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville (Cleveland Browns)

1-32. Derek Carr, Fresno State (Oakland Raiders)

Round 2 Picks

2-33. AJ McCarron, Alabama (Houston Texans)

2-39. Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois (Jacksonville Jaguars)

Round 3 Picks

3-72. Zach Mettenberger, LSU (Minnesota Vikings)

3-75. Aaron Murray, Georgia (St. Louis Rams)

3-93. Tom Savage, Pittsburgh (New England Patriots)

3-100. Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech (San Francisco 49ers)

The Top 10 Day-3 Prospects

  • David Fales, San Jose State
  • Tajh Boyd, Clemson
  • Connor Shaw, South Carolina
  • Garrett Gilbert, SMU
  • Keith Wenning, Ball State
  • Jeff Mathews, Cornell
  • Stephen Morris, Miami
  • Brett Smith, Wyoming
  • Bryn Renner, North Carolina
  • Keith Price, Washington

Running Back Projections

Projected Top-100 Picks: 5

Round 1 Picks

1-29. Carlos Hyde, Ohio State (New England Patriots)

Round 2 Picks

2-42. Jeremy Hill, LSU (Tennessee Titans)

2-47. Bishop Sankey, Washington (Minnesota Vikings)

Round 3 Picks

3-71. Tre Mason, Auburn (Cleveland Browns)

3-99. Terrance West, Towson (Baltimore Ravens)

The Top 10 Day-3 Prospects

  • Jerick McKinnon, Georgia Southern
  • Andre Williams, Boston College
  • Charles Sims, West Virginia
  • Devonta Freeman, Florida State
  • Lache Seastrunk, Baylor
  • Dri Archer, Kent State
  • Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona
  • De’Anthony Thomas, Oregon
  • Storm Johnson, UCF
  • Isaiah Crowell, Alabama State

Wide Receiver Projections

Projected Top-100 Picks: 17

Round 1 Picks

1-4. Mike Evans, Texas A&M (Cleveland Browns)

1-5. Sammy Watkins, Clemson (Detroit Lions)

1-9. Odell Beckham Jr., LSU (Buffalo Bills)

1-17. Brandin Cooks, Oregon State (San Francisco 49ers)

1-25. Marqise Lee, USC (San Diego Chargers)

1-30. Cody Latimer, Indiana (Baltimore Ravens)

Round 2 Picks

2-34. Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State (Washington Redskins)

2-46. Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt  (Pittsburgh Steelers)

2-54. Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss (Philadelphia Eagles)

2-60. Allen Robinson, Penn State (Carolina Panthers)

2-64. Davante Adams, Fresno State (Seattle Seahawks)

Round 3 Picks

3-70. Jarvis Landry, LSU (Jacksonville Jaguars)

3-78. Martavis Bryant, Clemson (Dallas Cowboys)

3-81. Robert Herron, Wyoming (Miami Dolphins)

3-87. Kevin Norwood, Alabama (Kansas City Chiefs)

3-91. Bruce Ellington, South Carolina (New Orleans Saints)

3-98. Paul Richardson, Colorado (Green Bay Packers)

The Top 10 Day-3 Prospects

  • Shaquelle Evans, UCLA
  • Brandon Coleman, Rutgers
  • Jared Abbrederis, Wisconsin
  • Mike Davis, Texas
  • Josh Huff, Oregon
  • Jalen Saunders, Oklahoma
  • T.J. Jones, Notre Dame
  • Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest
  • Jeff Janis, Saginaw Valley State
  • Jeremy Gallon, Michigan

Tight End Projections

Projected Top-100 Picks: 5

Round 1 Picks

1-11. Eric Ebron, North Carolina (New York Jets)

Round 2 Picks

2-38. Jace Amaro, Texas Tech (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Round 3 Picks

3-53. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Washington (Oakland Raiders)

3-74. C.J. Fiedorowicz, Iowa (New York Giants)

3-85. Troy Niklas, Notre Dame (Green Bay Packers)

The Top 10 Day-3 Prospects

  • Richard Rodgers, California
  • Arthur Lynch, Georgia
  • Crockett Gillmore, Colorado State
  • Jake Murphy, Utah
  • A.C. Leonard, Tennessee State
  • Marcel Jensen, Fresno State
  • Colt Lyerla, ex-Oregon
  • Joe Don Duncan, Dixie State
  • Xavier Grimble, USC
  • Jordan Najvar, Baylor

Offensive Tackle Prospects

Projected Top-100 Picks: 12

Round 1 Picks

1-2. Greg Robinson, Auburn (Atlanta Falcons)

1-6. Jake Matthews, Texas A&M (St. Louis Rams)

1-10. Taylor Lewan, Michigan (Oakland Raiders)

1-12. Zack Martin, Notre Dame (New York Giants)

1-24. Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama (Cincinnati Bengals)

1-28. Joel Bitonio, Nevada (Carolina Panthers)

Round 2 Picks

2-35. Jack Mewhort, Ohio State (Cleveland Browns)

2-41. Morgan Moses, Virginia (Buffalo Bills)

2-50. JaWuan James, Tennessee (Miami Dolphins)

Round 3 Picks

3-66. Cameron Fleming, Stanford (Washington Redskins)

3-84. Michael Schofield, Michigan (Arizona Cardinals)

3-97. Brandon Thomas, Clemson (Pittsburgh Steelers)

The Top 10 Day-3 Picks

  • Antonio Richardson, Tennessee
  • Billy Turner, North Dakota State
  • James Hurst, North Carolina
  • Charles Leno, Boise State
  • Garrett Scott, Marshall
  • Justin Britt, Missouri
  • Seantrel Henderson, Miami
  • Wesley Johnson, Vanderbilt
  • Charles Siddoway, Mississippi State
  • Cornelius Lucas, Kansas State

Interior Linemen Prospects

Projected Top 100 Picks: 5

Round 1 Picks

1-27. Marcus Martin, USC (New Orleans Saints)

Round 2 Picks

2-48. Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA (Baltimore Ravens)

2-59. Weston Richburg, Colorado State (Indianapolis Colts)

2-63. Trai Turner, LSU (Kansas City Chiefs)

Round 3 Picks

3-69. Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

The Top 10 Day-3 Prospects

  • Travis Swanson, Arkansas
  • Russell Bodine, North Carolina
  • Cyril Richardson, Baylor
  • Dakota Dozier, Furman
  • Chris Watt, Notre Dame
  • Jon Halapio, Florida
  • Bryan Stork, Florida State
  • John Urschel, Penn State
  • Anthony Steen, Alabama
  • David Yankey, Stanford

Defensive Tackle Projections

Projected Top 100 Picks: 8

Round 1 Picks

1-8. Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh (Dallas Cowboys)

Round 2 Picks

2-36. Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota (Seattle Seahawks)

2-53. Timmy Jernigan, Florida State (Green Bay Packers)

2-57. Louis Nix, Notre Dame (San Diego Chargers)

2-62. Dominique Easley, Florida (New England Patriots)

Round 3 Picks

3-82. Ego Ferguson, LSU (Chicago Bears)

3-96. DaQuan Jones, Penn State (Minnesota Vikings)

The Top 10 Day-3 Prospects

  • Kelcy Quarles, South Carolina
  • Will Sutton, Arizona State
  • Daniel McCullers, Tennessee
  • Anthony Johnson, LSU
  • Ryan Carrethers, Arkansas State
  • Caraun Reid, Princeton
  • DeAndre Coleman, California
  • Zach Kerr, Delaware
  • George Uko, USC
  • Calvin Barnett, Oklahoma State

Defensive End Projections

Projected Top 100 Picks: 8

Round 1 Picks

1-1. Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina (Houston Texans)

Round 2 Picks

2-37. Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame (St. Louis Rams)

2-43. Kony Ealy, Missouri (New York Giants)

2-45. Scott Crichton, Oregon State (Oakland Raiders)

Round 3 Picks

3-79. Ed Stinson, Alabama (Baltimore Ravens)

3-83. Will Clarke, West Virginia (Cleveland Browns)

3-94. Brent Urban, Virginia (San Francisco 49ers)

3-95. Kareem Martin, North Carolina (Denver Broncos)

The Top 10 Day-3 Prospects

  • Chris Smith, Arkansas
  • James Gayle, Virginia Tech
  • Aaron Lynch, South Florida
  • Taylor Hart, Oregon
  • Jackson Jeffcoat, Texas
  • Josh Mauro, Stanford
  • Michael Sam, Missouri
  • Ben Gardner, Stanford
  • Chaz Sutton, South Carolina
  • Kasim Edebali, Boston College

Outside Linebacker Projections

Projected Top 100 Picks: 10

Round 1 Picks

1-3. Khalil Mack, Buffalo (Jacksonville Jaguars)

1-18. Anthony Barr, UCLA (Tennessee Titans)

1-19. Ryan Shazier, Ohio State (Miami Dolphins)

Round 2 Picks

2-40. Kyle Van Noy, BYU (Minnesota Vikings)

2-52. Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State (Arizona Cardinals)

2-58. Dee Ford, Auburn (New Orleans Saints)

Round 3 Picks

3-68. Marcus Smith, Louisville (Atlanta Falcons)

3-76. Telvin Smith, Florida State (Detroit Lions)

3-77. Trent Murphy, Stanford (San Francisco 49ers)

3-86. Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech (Philadelphia Eagles)

The Top 10 Day-3 Prospects

  • Carl Bradford, Arizona State
  • Trevor Reilly, Utah
  • Christian Kirksey, Iowa
  • Jordan Tripp, Montana
  • Adrian Hubbard, Alabama
  • Jordan Zumwalt, UCLA
  • Prince Shembo, Notre Dame
  • Jonathan Brown, Illinois
  • Ronald Powell, Florida
  • Shaquill Barrett, Colorado State

Inside Linebacker Projections

Projected Top 100 Picks: 3

Round 1 Picks

1-23. CJ Mosley, Alabama (Denver Broncos)

Round 3 Picks

3-65. Chris Borland, Wisconsin (Houston Texans)

3-88. Preston Brown, Louisville (Cincinnati Bengals)

The Top 10 Day-3 Prospects

  • Christian Jones, Florida State
  • Yawin Smallwood, Connecticut
  • Lamin Barrow, LSU
  • Shayne Skov, Stanford
  • Andrew Jackson, Western Kentucky
  • Jeremiah George, Iowa State
  • James Morris, Iowa
  • Max Bullough, Michigan State
  • Uani Unga, BYU
  • Avery Williamson, Kentucky

Cornerback Projections

Projected Top 100 Picks: 13

Round 1 Picks

1-14. Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State (Chicago Bears)

1-15. Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State (Pittsburgh Steelers)

1-16. Bradley Roby, Ohio State (Minnesota Vikings)

1-22. Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech (Philadelphia Eagles)

1-31. Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska (Kansas City Chiefs)

Round 2 Picks

2-44. Jason Verrett, TCU (St. Louis Rams)

2-49. Pierre Desir, Lindenwood (Tennessee Titans)

2-55. Lamarcus Joyner, Florida State (Cincinnati Bengals)

2-61. Keith McGill, Utah (San Francisco 49ers)

Round 3 Picks

3-80. Bashaud Breeland, Clemson (New York Jets)

3-89. Phillip Gaines, Rice (San Diego Chargers)

3-90. Jaylen Watkins, Florida (Indianapolis Colts)

3-92. Marcus Roberson, Florida (Carolina Panthers)

The Top 10 Day-3 Prospects

  • Travis Carrie, Ohio
  • Loucheiz Purifoy, Florida
  • Terrance Mitchell, Oregon
  • Ross Cockrell, Duke
  • Aaron Colvin, Oklahoma
  • Victor Hampton, South Carolina
  • E.J. Gaines, Missouri
  • Dontae Johnson, NC State
  • Rashaad Reynolds, Oregon State
  • Nevin Lawson, Utah State

Safety Projections

Projected Top 100 Picks: 5

Round 1 Picks

1-13. Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix, Alabama (St. Louis Rams)

1-21. Calvin Pryor, Louisville (Green Bay Packers)

Round 2 Picks

2-51. Deone Bucannon, Washington State (Chicago Bears)

2-56. Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois (Baltimore Ravens)

Round 3 Picks

3-73. Terrence Brooks, Florida State (Buffalo Bills)

The Top 10 Day-3 Prospects

  • Dez Southward, Wisconsin
  • Ahmad Dixon, Baylor
  • Marqueston Huff, Wyoming
  • Antone Exum, Virginia Tech
  • Dion Bailey, USC
  • Ed Reynolds, Stanford
  • Jonathan Dowling, Western Kentucky
  • Craig Loston, LSU
  • Brock Vereen, Minnesota
  • Kenny Ladler, Vanderbilt

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