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Mock Draft 3.0. (Not predicting trades) More to come!
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- Houston Texans #1 – Jadeveon Clowney – DE – South Carolina
Clowney would make the Houston front line terrifying. I just get the feeling Bill O’Brian isn’t in love with any of these top QBs. I think they take a QB in a later round, maybe Jimmy Garoppolo.
- St. Louis Rams (from Washington) #2 – Greg Robinson – OT – Auburn
I expect St. Louis to try and trade this pick, but without accounting for trades, I like them to take Greg Robinson. Robinson has been shooting up draft boards with his unbelievable size and athleticism. With Jake Long likely to be out for a while with a torn ACL and MCL, this pick would make sense.
- Jacksonville Jaguars #3 – Teddy Bridgwater – QB – Louisville
I know the Jaguars re-signed Henne, but I still feel like the Jaguars have to take a QB here. Bridgewater is in my mind, the most polished and NFL ready QB in this class. Bridgewater would bring a tremendous amount of leadership to Jacksonville, something I think Coach Gus Bradley is looking for.
- Cleveland Browns #4 – Sammy Watkins – WR – Clemson
Watkins is my favorite WR prospect to come out since 2011 with Julio Jones and AJ Green. Cleveland’s offense would all of a sudden become very scary with Gordon, Watkins, Cameron, and company.
- Oakland Raiders #5 – Blake Bortles – QB – Central Florida Oakland needs a franchise QB and Bortles is the top QB on some team’s draft boards. One thing I look at when I check out a QB is their wins, it sounds simple, but sometimes the player’s moxy can be all the difference in the NFL.
- Atlanta Falcons #6 – Khalil Mack – OLB – Buffalo Atlanta desperately needs an athletic pass rusher and that’s what Mack brings to the table. Mack has a huge ceiling, and brings a wow factor with his explosion and play making ability. .
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers #7 – Jake Matthews – OT – Texas A&M
Tampa Bay has overhauled their offensive, and with the recent cut of Donald Penn this pick makes even more sense.
- Minnesota Vikings #8 – Johnny Manziel – QB – Texas A&M I personally love Johnny Manziel, but he is somewhat of a risk with his style of play. Teams hate risky 1st round picks, which is why I think Manziel drops to #8. Shades of Fran Tarkenton.
- Buffalo Bills #9 – Mike Evans – WR – Texas A&M This would give 2nd year QB EJ Manuel a great vertical threat, and security blanket. Evans would pair nicely with Buffalo’s other smaller young receivers Robert Woods, and Marquise Goodwin.
- Detroit Lions #10 – Darqueze Dennard – CB – Michigan State After the free agent pickup of Golden Tate, I think the Lions turn to defense. Dennard is a lock down corner who plays extremely physical. He likes to be left on an island in man-to-man and rarely gives any space to opposing WRs.
- Tennessee Titans #11 – Anthony Barr – OLB – UCLA Barr is a freak athlete and actually played FB and RB at UCLA for a while. After switching over to OLB, Barr has excelled and the sky is the limit for him and his raw athleticism. Barr is a perfect fit for Tennessee as they move into a 3-4 defense.
- New York Giants #12 – Eric Ebron – TE – North Carolina Ebron would give Eli much needed support after the departure of Brandon Myers, and the likely departure of Hakeem Nicks. Ebron is a phenomenal athlete and a matchup nightmare, a lot of people compare him to Vernon Davis.
- St. Louis Rams #13 – Calvin Pryor – S – Louisville The Rams need to address the safety position, and I like Pryor more than Clinton-Dix. Pryor brings a intimidating physical style of play that’s all important in the NFC West.
- Chicago Bears #14 – Aaron Donald – DT – Pittsburgh After a phenomenal showing at the combine Aaron Donald is climbing draft boards. With Henry Melton and Corey Wooton’s futures uncertain, DT is an glaring need.
- Pittsburgh Steelers #15 – Justin Gilbert – CB -Oklahoma State This looks like it’ll be Ike Taylor’s last season with Pittsburgh, and the Steelers don’t have much depth at the position. Gilbert is big, fast, and an electric play maker.
- Dallas Cowboys #16 – Timmy Jernigan – DT – Florida State With DeMarcus Ware gone, the need to address the D line is even more apparent. The cornerstone of new defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli’s D has always been the defensive line.
- Baltimore Ravens #17 – Marquise Lee – WR – Southern California Torrey Smith needs help on the outside and Lee is a tremendous talent this late in the 1st round. If you’re going to pay Flacco that much money, you need to put some serviceable weapons around him. If Steve Smith is signed, this pick could change.
- New York Jets #18 – Brandin Cooks – WR – Oregon State Cooks had unbelievable numbers in college, winning the Bilitnikoff award his senior year. Cooks would bring much needed speed and play making ability to the Jets WR core. Having a big possession WR receiver like Decker and an explosive smaller WR like Cooks would be a massive upgrade for Geno Smith.
- Miami Dolphins #19 – Zack Martin – OT – Notre Dame After the whole Richie Incognito/Johnathan Martin situation, the Dolphins can’t afford to take Taylor Lewan with his off the field issues. They need to take a offensive lineman here and Zack Martin would fit well.
- Arizona Cardinals #20 – Taylor Lewan – OT – Michigan I have Lewan this late in the draft because his off the field issues. He’s a phenomenal OT though, and the Cardinals could certainly use one.
- Green Bay Packers #21 – Louis Nix III – DT – Notre Dame Green Bay figures to address the defensive side of the ball, and Nix III is an ideal fit. In addition to plugging holes, Nix III gets a good push and regularly gets into the backfield.
- Philadelphia Eagles #22 – Haha Clinton-Dix – S – Alabama The Eagles signed Malcolm Jenkins, but Clinton-Dix would be a huge upgrade over Earl Wolff. He’s a great pick for Philly if he falls this far in the draft.
- Kansas City Chiefs #23 – Odell Beckham Jr. – WR – Louisiana State Jamaal Charles carried the Chiefs in both the running and receiving games. They need to find a play making receiver to assist him, Beckham Jr is that.
- Cincinnati Bengals #24 – Bradley Roby – CB – Ohio State Most of the Bengal’s CBs are in their 30s and have contracts expiring soon. They need to get young at the position, and Roby fits their need.
- San Diego Chargers #25 – Jason Verrett – CB – Texas Christian This is the perfect fit for San Diego’s defense, and Verrett will most likely be around. While slightly undersized, Verrett plays a physical style of defense and loves to go man to man.
- Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis) #26 – Derek Carr – QB – Fresno State After picking a WR early, the Browns turn to the much needed QB position. I’m one of the only people that think Carr could go in the top 10, and I’m absolutely in love with his game. Unfortunately not a whole lot of people see what I’m seeing. I still believe Carr won’t drop out of the 1st round, someone will take notice. Landing in Cleveland with a Gordon, Watkins, Cameron situation wouldn’t be the worst thing.
- New Orleans Saints #27 – Morgan Moses – OT – Virginia The 6-6 325 pound giant with fairy feet switched from RT to LT his senior year, making him capable of stepping in for Zach Strief if the Saints don’t re-sign him. Hell, Moses is even capable of playing guard. Moses also boasts the best beard of the draft class, invaluable.
- Carolina Panthers #28 – Kelvin Benjamin – WR – Florida State After losing Steve Smith the Panthers now have NO returning receivers with a catch from last season. Who is Cam going to throw the ball to…? I feel like the Panthers have to go WR in round 1, and Benjamin could develop into a future WR1. Benjamin is capable of making incredibly athletic plays, and has a ton of upside, he just needs to work on some of the nuances of the game.
- New England Patriots #29 – CJ Mosley – LB – Alabama Brandon Spikes will be leaving New England, and Mosley can step in from day 1 and produce. Mosley is a tremendous player and leader, and a top 10 talent in my mind.
- San Francisco 49ers #30 – Kyle Fuller – CB – Virginia Tech With major questions surrounding the 49ers corners, I like them to select Fuller who is shooting up team’s draft boards after a strong combine. Fuller is a great lock-down corner with ridiculous arm length.
- Denver Broncos #31 – Ryan Shazier – LB – Ohio State After running a 4.34 40 at his pro day Shazier has been shooting up draft boards. After signing a safety, outside linebacker, and corner, picking an inside linebacker could make sense here.
- Seattle Seahawks #32 – Ra’shede Hageman – DT- Minnesota With both Jordan Hill and Jesse Williams on the IR last year, I like the Seahawks to address the interior of their line. Their need is even greater now that they’ve released Red Bryant. Hagemen brings incredible length and athleticism.
Let me know your thoughts on this mock draft! Who do you want your team to take?
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