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1 - HOU: Jadeveon Clowney, DE , South Carolina
I am not as turned off by the fact that he didn't perform all of the drills at the Combine. I know what he can do, and that is be the most dominant defensive player we've seen in a while. Pairing him with JJ Watt will spell troubles for any offense they play.
2 - STL: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
If Clowney goes #1, I think the Rams will use the QB class as bait to trade down. If Clowney is there, the Rams will take him. If somehow Clowney goes and they do pick here, they will go with the guy who is the most dominant run blocking OT in the draft. It's all about physicality in the NFC West. Boys like him shouldn't be able to move like he does.
3 - JAX: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Shaad Kahn wants to build the Jags into a name. Johnny Football has the most "star power" of anyone in this draft. He will bring excitement and fannies into the seats. He's my #3 QB. He is the most athletic of the top 3 and can make all the throws, but size and decision making are all major down points for me.
4 - CLE: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
If the Rams open up to trade the #2 pick, I think the Browns will be in play to jump up and take Manziel because of his name. This is the smarter pick though. They can add a top flight WR with the 26th pick, pair him up with Gordon and Cameron and all of a sudden turn the Browns into a formidable team.
5 - OAK: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Sure the Raiders need help at WR, but why take the 3rd QB off the board when you can grab the top WR and add a QB later. Watkins proved at the Combine why he's the top WR in a class of outstanding players.
6 - ATL: Khalil Mack, LB , Buffalo
Comparisons: Rush passer like JPP, cover like Urlacher, defend run like Derrick Thomas. Sounds like a winner to me. Hasn't been able to prove himself against equal competition at Buffalo, but he dominated there. #1 defender on some boards.
7 - TB: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Matthews can go anywhere from 2 all the way to 11. By far the safest OT in the draft. Can run and pass block effectively. Great bloodlines. Bucs always looking to upgrade OL.
8 - MIN: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
Dream scenario for the Vikes. Doubt he will actually make it here, but if he does, he will be set up with an underrated OL, a HOF RB, an emerging start at WR in Cordarelle Patterson. Prototypical size for NFL QB, above average athleticism, could be Big Ben clone.
9 - BUF: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Evans propelled himself at the Combine by measuring 6'5 225, running very well, and catching the ball. Clear #2 on my board now. Perfect fit for Bills who are loaded with slot-type guys to compliment him.
10 - DET: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
Not much difference between him and Dennard. Dennard is a slightly more physical CB, but the Lions are about playmakers and that's what Gilbert is. 8 non-offensive TD's in college (6 Ret, 2 Int), and will step in right away in a depleted secondary.
11 - TEN: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
Value is too great here for the Titans to turn away. Jim Mora Sr. said that Barr is the kind of man you want in your locker room. He can play with his hand in the dirt, or OLB in either 3-4 or 4-3. Dont know why his stock has dropped like it has.
12 - NYG: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Lewan separated himself from the 3-5 range of OT's into the 1-3 range. Was more athletic than I thought he'd be. Was more physical than I thought he'd be. He will open up many options for the Giants to move things around on their OL.
13 - STL: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
While I still have Marquise Lee ahead of Benjamin on my board, I think Benjamin is the better fit. The Rams lack that ideal "X" receiver and that's what Benjamin can be with his size and speed. Motor is an issue but Jeff Fisher can fix that.
14 - CHI: Aaron Donald, DL , Pittsburgh
His Senior Bowl and Combine performances have lifted him to the top DT on my board. And the fit in Chicago is perfect. Not the biggest guy, but he sure can move for a 285lb DT and his penetrating abilities are off the charts.
15 - PIT: Darqueze Dennard, CB , Michigan State
Another guy with a phenomenal Combine. Dennard is the most physical CB in the draft and that's important with the Steelers having to face AJ Green, Josh Gordon, and Torrey Smith each twice a year. Really like this marriage.
16 - DAL: Tim Jernigan, DT, Florida State
I don't get why most people loved his workouts. I didn't see any explosiveness. He runs like he's dropping a load in his pants. But his tape is still really good and the Cowboys need a prototypical 4-3 DT.
17 - BAL: Marqise Lee, WR , USC
The Ravens will be happy if any of the top 4 WR's fall to them. Lee looks like he may be a Desean Jackson Jr. with a little more size.
18 - NYJ: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
The Jets would love if one of Watkins/Lee/Evans falls to them. They don't in this scenario so they take a guy who is being compared to Vernon Davis. Geno gets his safety valve.
19 - MIA: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
Ryan Tannehill needs new, fresh faces protecting him. Martin doesn't wow you with overwhelming physical tools, he just gets the job done. Can play G or T with effectiveness.
20 - ARI: Jason Verrett, CB , TCU
Perfect fit for a secondary that will feature Peterson and Mathieu. Thought he'd be strictly a slot guy, but I think he can play outside too. Martin will be in play if he falls.
21 - GB: Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
Clinton-Dix has fallen because of the rising of other players. I have Pryor higher on my board, but I think Ha Ha's game translates better to the Packer system.
22 - PHI: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
The Eagles got beat over the top way too much last year. Pryor's stock is flying high right now and this may end up being considered a steal if he falls here. Fits the idea of a physical Philly defense.
23 - KC: Brandin Cooks, WR , Oregon State
His Combine propelled him into the 1st round and to a team that maybe one WR away from making a major run.
24 - CIN: Ra'Shede Hageman, DL , Minnesota
The Bengals don't have many holes. One thing that was clear was their lack of depth on the DL in case of an injury. I can see them going DE also, but Dee Ford is going to have to show me something at his Pro Day or Kony Ealy may be the pick too.
25 - SD: Bradley Roby, CB , Ohio State
The Chargers were 29th against the pass this year. That wasn't helped by the fact that they faced Peyton Manning twice. But that's another reason why an upgrade is needed.
26 - CLE: Odell Beckham, WR , LSU
Beckham is the WR that no one is talking about that may go on to great things. Love his athleticism, route running, and ability to get the ball at it's highest point.
27 - NO: Dee Ford, DE , Auburn
Again, he's going to have to show me something at his Pro Day after flaking out at the Combine. He says he's the best Defensive End in the draft. I need to see more. But the dude clearly is talented if you look at tape and his Senior Bowl performance.
28 - CAR: C.J. Mosley, OLB, Alabama
No, I didn't forget about Mosley. I just think other teams' needs were more pressing than taking him. He will look amazing next to Kuechley and Davis. Jordan Matthews may be in play or Jarvis Landry if he has a better Pro Day.
29 - NE: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE , Washington
Compares physically with a former Patriot TE who is no longer playing in the league. With doubts of Rob Gronkowski's future, this makes tons of sense.
30 - SF: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
With Justin Smith's career in its twilight, they 49ers will just look to re-load. Nix is coming off an injury, which is why he dropped, but he's still the best 3-4 DL'man on my board.
31 - DEN: Kony Ealy, DL , Missouri
This kid plays with such a high motor. I don't know if there are any OL'men worthy of taking here, maybe Antonio Robinson, but this kid is special.
32 - SEA: Jace Amaro, TE , Texas Tech
Zach Miller can't stay on the field consistently and even when he is, he's been a disappointment considering the contract he signed. Amaro had a disappointing Combine, but I think he's better than that and think he will have a great Pro Day.

User Comments

Monday, March 3, 2014 7:24 PM
Excellent -- Solid commentary, solid picks. Only questions are Benjamin over Lee/Cooks and Mosley dropping that far.
Monday, March 3, 2014 8:57 PM
Excellent -- One of the more competent mocks I've seen on here.
Monday, March 3, 2014 9:08 PM
Excellent -- One of the more competent mocks I've seen on here.

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