Dan Hope’s Final 7-Round 2014 NFL Mock Draft

The addition of Stanford’s Shanye Skov would give the Buffalo Bills another downhill playmaker at linebacker. (Photo: Kelley L. Cox — USA Today Sports)

65. Houston Texans: A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama

If the Texans haven’t drafted a quarterback at this point, they’ll almost certainly have to take one here, and McCarron would be the top prospect available at the position. The two-time national champion has limited physical tools but could be a natural fit for Bill O’Brien’s offense in Houston.

66. 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.

67. Oakland Raiders: Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia

Like the Texans, the Raiders should eventually look to bring in a young quarterback who can compete for playing time as he develops. Murray might not be a long-term starter, but he has enough experience and passing skill to challenge Matt Schaub for the starting job as a rookie.

68. Atlanta Falcons: Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB/DE, Georgia Tech

The Falcons have a major need for an explosive edge rusher, and Attaochu would be both great value and a natural fit for Atlanta’s hybrid defensive scheme.

69. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State

By waiting until the third round in a deep draft class of receivers, the Buccaneers could still end up with a starting-caliber wideout and second-round talent in Adams.

70. Jacksonville Jaguars: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska

The Jaguars are another team trying to build its secondary around tall cornerbacks, which could draw them to Jean-Baptiste, a converted wide receiver with tremendous size for the position.

71. Cleveland Browns: Bashaud Breeland, CB/FS, Clemson

A physical, instinctive defensive back with experience at both cornerback and safety, Breeland could add depth and competition to the Cleveland secondary.

72. Minnesota Vikings: Phillip Gaines, CB, Rice

Gaines is an explosive athlete who has great length and moves fluidly, and could be a great value to bolster the Vikings’ cornerback rotation.

73. Buffalo Bills: Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford

An instinctive player with a nose for the ball and the versatility to play multiple linebacker role, Skov could provide rotational depth as a rookie then potentially take over the starting middle linebacker job in 2015.

74. New York Giants: Jack Mewhort, OT/G, Ohio State

Mewhort is a versatile offensive lineman who could compete for a starting job at either tackle or guard, or at least provide depth at four positions on the Giants offensive line.

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

The Rams are expected to pick a quarterback at some point in this year’s draft, but unless they are planning for life without Sam Bradford sooner than later, they can probably wait until the third round. Savage has generated significant pre-draft buzz thanks to impressive combine and pro day workouts, and the Rams could take a chance on developing the strong-armed passer.

76. Detroit Lions: James Gayle, DE, Virginia Tech

An athletic pass-rusher off the edge, Gayle would provide rotational depth at defensive end and could even play some rush linebacker if necessitated by Detroit’s new defensive scheme.

77. San Francisco 49ers (from Tennessee Titans): Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech

The 49ers are likely to use of their many draft choices on a backup quarterback. Thomas would make sense as a big, athletic player who has arguably the most promising physical tools of any developmental quarterback prospect in this year’s draft class.

78. Dallas Cowboys: Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State

Jackson is a massive, overpowering blocker who could be an immediate upgrade at right guard.

79. Baltimore Ravens: Bishop Sankey, RB, Washington

One of the best players available in this scenario, Sankey could provide depth behind Ray Rice and Bernard Pierce and potentially succeed Rice in time as the team’s feature back.

80. New York Jets: Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana

The Jets could add another weapon to their offense with impressive size and athleticism should Latimer should be available to them in Round 3.

81. Miami Dolphins: Keith McGill, CB/S, Utah

McGill has a rare combination of size and athleticism that gives him the versatility to play cornerback and safety, and makes his upside worth taking a chance in Round 3.

82. Chicago Bears: Ross Cockrell, CB, Duke

Even with the re-signings of its key veteran free agent cornerbacks this offseason, the Bears should be looking to develop youth at the position. Cockrell is an underappreciated player who could provide immediate depth and potentially develop in time into a starter.

83. Cleveland Browns (from Pittsburgh Steelers): Dri Archer, RB/WR, Kent State

Archer, a big-play threat who ran the fastest 40-yard dash at this year’s NFL Scouting Combine, would continue Cleveland’s effort to make its offense more explosive.

84. Arizona Cardinals: C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa

Fiedorowicz would give the Cardinals a strong in-line blocker and sure-handed pass-catcher at a position where their current lineup is unreliable.

85. Green Bay Packers: Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee

Great value as a late third-round pick, Richardson is a massive, powerful blocker who could provide depth at offensive tackle and potentially be groomed as a replacement for Bryan Bulaga should the veteran leave the team in 2015.

86. Philadelphia Eagles: Nevin Lawson, CB, Utah State

The Eagles have a need to increase competition at the cornerback position, where Lawson would be one of the best prospects available on the board in this scenario.

87. Kansas City Chiefs: Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado

Richardson is an athletically-gifted slot receiver who could add some much-needed speed to Kansas City’s passing offense.

88. Cincinnati Bengals: Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas

The Bengals have a need for competition and depth at both center and guard, which could enable Swanson to come in and win a starting job as a rookie.

89. San Diego Chargers: Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson

Bryant is a high-upside talent who could bring a degree of height and speed that the Chargers do not currently have at the wide receiver position.

90. Indianapolis Colts: Donte Moncrief, WR, Mississippi

The Colts seem to be targeting a wide receiver with one of their Day 2 picks, and that could lead them to Moncrief, whose size and speed gives him high developmental upside.

91. New Orleans Saints: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU

The Saints could use another receiver for their spread offense, and Landry is a local product who could excel in a slot receiver role with his terrific hands and route-running ability.

92. Carolina Panthers: Chris Davis, CB, Auburn

Davis has the skill set to improve Carolina’s dearth of talent at cornerback, while he also has star potential as a return specialist and special teams standout.

93. New England Patriots: Caraun Reid, DT, Princeton

One of the top small-school prospects in this year’s draft class, Reid could give the Patriots a much-needed interior pass-rushing threat from the 3-technique defensive tackle spot.

94. San Francisco 49ers: Telvin Smith, LB, Florida State

An instinctive, athletic linebacker, Smith makes up for his lack of size with his all-around skill set and could project to immediate playing time if NaVorro Bowman’s return for the 2014 season is delayed by his recovery from knee surgery.

95. Denver Broncos: Jerick McKinnon, RB, Georgia Southern

McKinnon is an explosive athlete who could add big-play running ability to the Broncos’ backfield.

96. New England Patriots (from Seattle Seahawks via Minnesota Vikings): Jordan Tripp, LB, Montana

A fluid athlete who is skilled in dropping back to cover, Tripp could contribute situationally in subpackages on the Patriots defense and provide much-needed depth at linebacker.

97. Pittsburgh Steelers (compensatory selection): Brandon Thomas, OT/G, Clemson

Thomas’ status for the 2014 season is uncertain as he recovers from a torn ACL, but he has high developmental upside and could be the Steelers’ left tackle or left guard of the future.

98. Green Bay Packers (compensatory selection): Preston Brown, ILB, Louisville

Brown would add a stout, physical run stopper to the Packers defense at a position of need.

99. Baltimore Ravens (compensatory selection): Robert Herron, WR, Wyoming

One of the best players available at the end of Round 3 in this scenario, Herron could give the Ravens a more explosive receiving weapon out of the slot.

100. San Francisco 49ers (compensatory selection): Rashaad Reynolds, CB, Oregon State

The 49ers should use multiple picks on cornerbacks, and the instinctive, physical Reynolds would make sense to end the top 100.

See page 4 for Round 4-5 projections.

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