2014 NFL Mock Draft: Round 4 Projections

Clemson defensive back Bashaud Breeland, a potential Buffalo Bills target, shouldn’t be on the board long in Round 4. (Photo: Joshua Kelly — USA Today Sports)

BBD Editor: Dan Hope

It’s the final day of the 2014 NFL draft, and Day 3 is typically the most unpredictable of all. Players who were projected to be drafted higher often tend to continue falling for one reason or another, while teams will start to stump even some of the most educated media draftniks with hidden small-school gems.

Even so, there’s plenty of talent still on the draft board, and there’s players at positions across the board who would seemingly be great fits for specific teams in Round 4.

101. Philadelphia Eagles (from Houston Texans): Bashaud Breeland, CB/S, Clemson

As they have to address their need for secondary talent, it would be a surprise if the Eagles don’t kick off Day 3 by selecting a defensive back. Breeland is a versatile, skilled player who could provide depth at both cornerback and safety and is one of the best DBs available here.

102. Washington Redskins: Jaylen Watkins, CB, Florida

Watkins could make an immediate impact as a slot cornerback in a secondary that is thin on depth and talent.

103. Atlanta Falcons: Jackson Jeffcoat, OLB/DE, Texas

The Falcons need to add a hybrid pass-rusher on the edge, and would look smart to draft the athletic Jeffcoat in this scenario.

104. New York Jets (from Tampa Bay Buccaneers): Chris Smith, OLB/DE, Arkansas

The Jets could use a pass-rushing spark at the outside linebacker position. Smith is an athletic, high-motor edge defender who should be able to make that transition in New York’s 3-4 defense and would be the best edge rusher available in this scenario.

105. New England Patriots (from Jacksonville Jaguars): Jordan Tripp, OLB, Montana

Tripp is a fluid athlete and skilled coverage linebacker who could contribute in subpackages and on special teams and provide much-needed depth at the position.

106. San Francisco 49ers (from Cleveland Browns): Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood

Projected as a second-round selection by many, a cornerback with Desir’s length and ball skills shouldn’t last long on Day 3. The 49ers, who have had a clear best player available strategy throughout the draft thus far, could satisfy that while also addressing a need at cornerback by choosing Desir.

107. Oakland Raiders: Chris Davis, CB, Auburn

Davis could provide the Raiders much-needed depth at cornerback but also be a huge asset as a punt returner and gunner on special teams.

108. Seattle Seahawks (from Minnesota Vikings): James Gayle, DE, Virginia Tech

The Seahawks haven’t added a defensive end yet, but they should be in the market for one, and Gayle is a strong, athletic edge rusher who would fit the bill here.

109. Buffalo Bills: Walt Aikens, CB/S, Liberty

A big, physical defensive back with experience at both cornerback and safety, Aikens is a promising small-school standout who would also be the Bills’ fourth consecutive selection pulled from their list of predraft visitors.

110. St. Louis Rams: Tom Savage, QB, Pittsburgh

Rumored to be in the market for a quarterback in this year’s draft as they start to foresee a potential future without Sam Bradford, Savage has the physical tools to be an intriguing Day 3 developmental prospect and could be St. Louis’ target in Round 4.

111. Seattle Seahawks (from Detroit Lions): Caraun Reid, DT, Princeton

The Seahawks can continue to replenish their defensive line talent—and continue being one of the best pressure-creating defenses in the NFL—by adding an explosive interior penetrator in Reid.

112. Tennessee Titans: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU

The 2014 season could be Jake Locker’s last in Tennessee, so the Titans should be looking to draft a developmental quarterback early on Day 3. Mettenberger has fallen and could continue to drop because of injuries and off-field issues, but he’s a second-round talent who has by far the most franchise quarterback potential of any passer available at this point.

113. New York Giants: Kevin Pierre-Louis, OLB, Boston College

The Giants should be in the market for some linebacker depth on Day 3, and could add an explosive athlete with high upside in Pierre-Louis.

114. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Baltimore Ravens): Telvin Smith, LB, Florida State

After going all offense with their first four draft picks, the Jaguars need to start looking for defensive playmakers. Drafting Smith, an instinctive and athletic linebacker who can play both inside and outside despite limited size, would be a good start.

115. New York Jets: Cyril Richardson, G, Baylor

Richardson is a massive guard who drive blocks with power and could provide immediate competition and depth for Brian Winters and Willie Colon on the Jets’ interior offensive line.

116. Oakland Raiders (from Miami Dolphins): Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson

The Raiders don’t have any wide receivers with the size, speed and potential of Bryant, an explosive outside playmaker who could prove to be a steal on Day 3.

117. Chicago Bears: Keith McGill, CB/S, Utah

With a rare combination of size and athleticism, McGill has high upside as a defensive back prospect and could project to both cornerback and safety.

118. Pittsburgh Steelers: Ross Cockrell, CB, Duke

The Steelers have once again neglected their need at the cornerback position through the first three rounds, but could get a smooth all-around player with starting potential by landing Cockrell in Round 4.

119. Dallas Cowboys: Justin Ellis, NT, Louisiana Tech

Dallas needs a big run-plugging nose tackle like Ellis who could line up alongside Henry Melton inside and make it tougher for opposing offenses to drive right through the gut of the Cowboys defense as they often did last year.

120. Arizona Cardinals: Cameron Fleming, OT, Stanford

A strong offensive tackle with good length, Fleming has starting potential at right tackle, where the Cardinals should be looking for a better option than Bobby Massie.

121. Green Bay Packers: Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford

Skov would be a great fit at inside linebacker, where the Packers need to add talent, in Green Bay’s 3-4 defense. An instinctive linebacker with a nose for the ball, Skov could immediately rotate in and make an impact in a situational role.

122. Tennessee Titans (from Philadelphia Eagles): Nevin Lawson, CB, Utah State

The Titans should, at the very least, be looking for cornerback depth after losing Alterraun Verner this offseason. Lawson is a quick, skilled secondary player who is a solid value in the latter half of Round 4.

123. Cincinnati Bengals: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia

It’s time for the Bengals to draft a quarterback they can develop to challenge incumbent starter Andy Dalton. Murray might not be a franchise passer, but he has enough skill both inside and outside of the pocket to make plays at the next level and step into action if necessary.

124. Kansas City Chiefs: Bruce Ellington, WR, South Carolina

The Chiefs need another playmaker for their receiving corps, especially one like Ellington who can bring a level of speed and shiftiness they mostly lack at the position.

125. Miami Dolphins (from San Diego Chargers): Lamin Barrow, LB, LSU

An active tackler who can play both inside and outside, Barrow would be a good rotational addition for the Dolphins defense.

126. New Orleans Saints: Wesley Johnson, OL, Vanderbilt

Possessing the versatility to play all five spots on the offensive line, Johnson could be brought in as the Saints’ starting center but also provide depth at tackle and guard.

127. Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis Colts): Kevin Norwood, WR, Alabama

The Browns came into the draft with a need at wide receiver, and that was before it came to light not only that Josh Gordon could face a season-long suspension for a positive marijuana test, but also that Nate Burleson fractured his arm in minicamp. The Browns need a receiver with the size to make plays on the outside, and could get a capable option in Norwood.

128. Carolina Panthers: Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee

The Panthers have a major need at offensive tackle following Jordan Gross’ retirement, and Richardson would be tremendous value this late in Round 4. He might not be ready to step into a starting role right way, but he has the potential to play on either side of the offensive line.

129. San Francisco 49ers: AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama

The 49ers could use one of their many picks on a backup quarterback, and the two-time national championship winner would be an enticing value late in Round 4.

130. New England Patriots: DaQuan Jones, DT, Penn State

The Patriots could still look for another defensive tackle, specifically one with more size and power who can spell Vince Wilfork at nose tackle, and Jones would fit the bill.

131. Denver Broncos: Avery Williamson, ILB, Kentucky

Middle linebacker is the Broncos’ greatest remaining need. They might not find a starter at the position in Round 4, but Williamson is an underrated talent who could contribute as an athletic rotational player and on special teams.

132. Seattle Seahawks: Dontae Johnson, CB, North Carolina State

At 6’2” and 200 pounds, Johnson has the size the Seahawks look for in cornerbacks and he combines that size with intriguing athleticism and ball skills.

133. Detroit Lions (comp): Rashaad Reynolds, CB, Oregon State

The Lions have a need for talent in their secondary, and Reynolds would be a good value selection in the compensatory portion of the fourth round.

134. Baltimore Ravens (comp): James Hurst, OT, North Carolina

The Ravens need to upgrade at right tackle, and if Hurst is fully recovered from his broken fibula, he has the polish and overall skill set to quickly step in and start on the right side if needed.

135. Houston Texans (comp): David Fales, QB, San Jose State

The Texans haven’t left themselves with much chance of drafting a quarterback who can provide immediate competition for the starting job. Even if they end up trading for New England Patriots backup quarterback Ryan Mallett, which seems likely after New England’s second-round selection of Jimmy Garoppolo, Houston should still add a rookie quarterback to the mix, and Fales is the best available at this spot.

136. Detroit Lions (comp): Shamar Stephen, DT, Connecticut

At the University of Connecticut’s pro day, Lions defensive line coach Kris Kocurek showed significant interest in Stephen, who could be looked at to provide depth at defensive tackle with Nick Fairley potentially entering his final season in Detroit.

137. New York Jets (comp): Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming

The Jets should be looking to add another weapon at wide receiver; Herron is a dynamic athlete from the slot who would be great value as a late fourth-round selection.

138. Baltimore Ravens (comp): Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech

Tyrod Taylor isn’t a player the Ravens should feel comfortable turning to in case of a Joe Flacco injury, so they should be in the market for a young backup quarterback. Thomas might never be an NFL-caliber passer, but his physical tools are arguably the best of any quarterback in the class.

139. Atlanta Falcons (comp): Arthur Lynch, TE, Georgia

A skilled pass-catcher and solid blocker, Lynch could see immediate playing time on an offense that has no proven threat at the tight end position.

140. New England Patriots (comp): Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers

If the Patriots want to continue the Rutgers-to-Foxborough pipeline in this year’s draft, their best option would be Coleman, a big receiver who could add another target to the mix and is well worth taking a chance on at the end of Round 4.

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