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Matt Mock Draft 1.0 (Round 1)

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1 - HOU: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Bridgewater is the most NFL ready of all the 1st round quarterbacks. With a solid pro day performance he can vault up to the 1st overall pick. He would be a perfect fit for Bill O'Brien's offense.
2 - STL: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
The Rams have two major needs: Receiver and Left Tackle. The draft is deep in both areas so it would make sense to draft the best overall offensive playmaker and look to get a tackle at 13.
3 - JAX: Jadeveon Clowney, DE , South Carolina
Gus Bradley is a defensive minded coach who believes in a strong pass rush from his time in Seattle. Clowney is the best overall player and there is too much risk associated with the remaining QB's. I'd look for Jacksonville to add a proven QB in free agency while adding a developmental prospect like A.J McCarron in Round 2
4 - CLE: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Manziel is the most scrutinized player in the draft but his playmaking ability is undeniable. Personally, I don’t think Manziel will succeed in the NFL but that doesn’t mean Cleveland won’t.
5 - OAK: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
The Ben Roethlisberger of this draft class should be able to step right in and play immediately. The Raiders have had a good running game and good talent at receiver but no one to distribute the ball properly. Bortles has prototypical size and athletic ability. The Raiders should be thanking Cleveland for letting him slip to the 5th pick.
6 - ATL: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
This is a toss-up between Matthews and Greg Robinson of Auburn. Both project as potentially elite left tackles. Each player could be interchangeable at this slot but Atlanta will likely feel more comfortable with Matthews due to his longer track record of success.
7 - TB: Khalil Mack, LB , Buffalo
Mack is a pure pass rusher and that is an enormous need in a division with Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, and Cam Newton. Adding a player of Mack’s caliber will be essential to success in Lovie Smith’s defense.
8 - MIN: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
No one seems to be talking about Derek Carr but he only threw for 50 TD passes his senior year. Carr is not the same signal caller his brother was and the two should not be confused with each other. The elder Carr went into a miserable situation where Derek will be going into one of the best in the draft. The Vikings have a great run game and an underrated receiving corp. with Corradelle Patterson, Greg Jennings and Kyle Rudolph. This offense has every chance to succeed.
9 - BUF: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
When you select a QB early you eventually need to figure out if he is the long term answer. Buffalo will never know if E.J Manuel is a franchise quarterback if his only legitimate target is Stevie Johnson. The Bills need to add a sizeable playmaker who can win one on one. Evans’ size are physicality make him the ideal fit in Buffalo.
10 - DET: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
The Lions have invested so much in the defense in recent years that they should be poised to have a breakout season. However, they lack a true playmaker at corner that can shut down opposing receivers. Gilbert fits that mold perfectly.
11 - TEN: C.J. Mosley, OLB, Alabama
The Titans need a defensive playmaker who could be the leader of the defense for years to come. Mosely’s experience at Alabama and his run stuffing reputation should provide a much needed spark to their defense.
12 - NYG: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
It’s tough to imagine one of the best overall players in the draft falling out of the top 10 and I would think someone would eventually make a deal to move up and take Robinson but, if not, the Giants will certainly be celebrating. Eli was under constant pressure and adding a potentially elite left tackle should ease that burden.
13 - STL: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
The draft strategy works out perfectly for the Rams. They land the most prolific playmaker in Watkins and close out the first round with the most athletic tackle in the draft. Although Robinson and Matthews are the cream of the crop Lewan is not far behind at all. He should anchor the offensive line for quite some time.
14 - CHI: Tim Jernigan, DT, Florida State
Its pretty clear that the Bears were pathetic against the run last year. Their defensive line was pushed around and left no ability for their linebackers to get to opposing running backs. Jernigan is an athletic big man that should draw the attention of more than one blocker on most plays, freeing up the linebacking corp.
15 - PIT: Darqueze Dennard, CB , Michigan State
With Ike Taylor either on his way out or making a move to safety there will be pretty much no talent at the corner position in Pittsburgh. Although the Steelers need O-line and receiver help they should be able to grab talented players in later rounds at those positions. Dennard is physical much like Taylor was and should fit nicely in their 3-4 defense.
16 - DAL: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
No one is really sure what DeMarcus Ware’s future hold in Dallas but its likely that they wont be able to afford him. In either case, their defense has been for too pedestrian. Barr is the best overall defensive player left and is equally talented against the run as he is rushing the passer. He will fit nicely opposite of Ware or filling his role.
17 - BAL: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
Torrey Smith might want receiver help but the Ravens run game is their major issue. They probably won’t be able to retain both of their tackles so one will have to be replaced. Martin has the ability to play tackle or move inside to guard. Either way he should help bolster the Ravens’ run game.
18 - NYJ: Marqise Lee, WR , USC
Lee is a talented receiver who played in a pro style offense at USC. Do me a favor, name 3 Jets receivers. You can’t can you? There’s a reason for that, they’re not any good. This is a pathetic offense with a more than questionable starting quarterback. They need a receiver who is used to a high volume of targets who can step in quickly to a pro style attack.
19 - MIA: Cyrus Kouandjio, OL , Alabama
With the offensive line decimated by the Incognito scandal and the fact that they weren’t any good in the first place the Dolphins will need to improve all around. Cyrus is a raw right tackle but he’s a physical beast. With a little coaching he can step right in and play immediately.
20 - ARI: Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
Arizona was absolutely decimated by the tight end position last season. This basically means that they lacked solid defenders up the middle of their defense. This goofy named safety can match-up man on man or deliver punishing blows across the middle, which should alleviate the one weakness on an otherwise solid defense.
21 - GB: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
The Packers have been soft defensively over the past few seasons which is why they have not returned to the Super Bowl. With B.J Raji likely to hit free agency Green Bay needs to increase their toughness. Nix is a Midwestern boy who plays a similar game to Raji. He can step in nicely at half the cost.
22 - PHI: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
Pryor has the ability to step right in and be a contributing factor to the Eagles’ defense. Philly appears poised for a playoff run but their main weakness is in the secondary. Look for Pryor or a top rated corner at this spot.
23 - KC: Brandin Cooks, WR , Oregon State
Jamaal Charles was Kansas City’s best receiver last year and he plays running back. Cooks’ speed has him flying up draft boards. He looks to be a cross between Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson, both players Reid drafted in Philadelphia. Cooks is the ideal fit for Andy Reid’s offense.
24 - CIN: Kony Ealy, DL , Missouri
With the loss of Michael Johnson likely through free agency the Bengals will have to replace his production. Ealy is a better fit for their scheme than Dee Ford so the Bengals go with him here.
25 - SD: Dee Ford, DE , Auburn
San Diego needs to upgrade their pass rush and secondary. There’s no telling how Melvin Ingram will recover from a torn ACL and Jarret Johnson wasn’t as impressive as most believed he would be. Dee Ford is a prototypical pass rush specialist who can make a big impact on third down.
26 - CLE: Odell Beckham, WR , LSU
Any playmaker will do when it comes to Cleveland. They need impact players on the outside and inside offensively. Beckham has the ability to stretch the field on the outside or find ways to make space on the inside. He’s much like Pierre Garcon who was a perfect fit for Kyle Shannahan in Washington.
27 - NO: Ra'Shede Hageman, DL , Minnesota
New Orleans needs to get tougher if they want to compete with the likes of Seattle. They were too soft against the run and it was clear in their Divisional Round defeat. Hageman was a Senior Bowl standout and his toughness and physicality will be welcomed in New Orleans.
28 - CAR: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
Whether Steve Smith returns or not, the Panthers need to give Cam Newton more playmakers on the outside. Brandon LaFell played well but he’s not close to the caliber they need to move toward the Super Bowl. Benjamin is a monstrous, clutch receiver who can win almost any jump ball situation. He also possesses great speed for his size. He should make Cam happy.
29 - NE: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Ebron is a top tier talent who fell so far simply because teams needed other positions. He could have landed in KC but Cooks will be a better fit for Andy Reid. The rich get richer in this scenario as Ebron takes over the Aaron Hernandez role or he takes over full time if Gronk isn’t back for next season due to injury.
30 - SF: Jason Verrett, CB , TCU
The secondary has been San Fran’s weakest aspect over the past couple of seasons. Verrett’s coverage abilities and overall toughness translate well with the Niners. This is a prospect whose stock is rising quickly.
31 - DEN: Bradley Roby, CB , Ohio State
Champ Bailey isn’t getting any younger and if you watched the Super Bowl the secondary looked incredibly feeble. Denver’s championship window is closing rapidly and they need to add toughness to their secondary. Roby is a top five corner in this draft who should start as a nickel corner and eventually work his way to being the number 1 guy.
32 - SEA: Aaron Donald, DL , Pittsburgh
No one fits Seattle more than Donald. Undersized and underappreciated, Donald is a pure football player with less than desirable size. In this case, his size doesn’t matter. Donald was absolutely dominant in the ACC and with some inevitable departures along the d-line in Seattle he will join the best defense in football.

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Friday, February 28, 2014 10:11 PM
Above Average -- Great Job
Saturday, March 8, 2014 6:45 PM
Below Average -- no way robinson falls out of top 6

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