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Beyond The Bench's Mock Draft V4.0 (Round 1)

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1 - HOU: Khalil Mack, LB , Buffalo
Okay, before you all rush to the bottom of the page and start leaving negative comments, listen to my point. The Texans run a 3-4 base defense. Sure, Clowney is most likely the most talented player in the draft, and the Texans need a QB, but Mack is such an amazing physical talent and he plays the perfect position for them. Pass rushing, run stuffing, dropping in coverage, he can do it all.
2 - STL: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
The Rams will do anything to trade out of this pick. They won't get what they got for RG3, but they'll pick up additional picks. If they are forced here, I think with Saffold being brought back, it lessens the need to grab the top OL man. Watkins is such an elite talent, he will make an impact right away.
3 - JAX: Jadeveon Clowney, DE , South Carolina
How can you let him fall pass you if you're the Jags? They revamped their defensive line, but this kid is special and we've known it for almost 2 years now.
4 - CLE: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
The Browns are left with their pick of QB's after the top 3 all pass. Manziel would be the sexy pick here, but I love what Bridgewater brings to the table. Athleticism, accuracy, big game experience. This kid has is all, except for a typical frame.
5 - OAK: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
I wouldn't be surprised if he goes in the top 3, but in this scenario he falls to Oakland. The Raiders totally screwed up their offensive line plans when they let Veldheer go and tried to bring in Roger Saffold, who failed his physical. He returned to St. Louis. The Raiders rarely go with what they should do, but they better this year.
6 - ATL: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
The Falcons need help at pass rusher, but with Mack and Clowney off the board, there is no one worthy of this pick. Their second most desperate need is at Offensive Tackle. Matthews comes from great bloodlines. He is the most well rounded Tackle in the draft and will play day 1.
7 - TB: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Evans has been mostly compared physically to Vincent Jackson. What better way to break him into the league than to pair him with VJax. This pick will give new QB Josh McCown 2 physical receivers, something he had in Chicago when he had success filling in for Jay Cutler last year.
8 - MIN: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
When you think of Vikings QBs, who do you think of 1st? The answer should be Fran Tarkenton. How much doesn't Johnny Football remind you of Tarkenton? The answer should be a whole lot. Only negatives about him are his height and decision making. He has a cannon, is the most athletic, and brings the most moxy to the table. He will generate interest in the purple and gold immediately.
9 - BUF: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
The Bills added help at LB when they signed Brandon Spikes. One spot they may go is TE with Eric Ebron, even though they brought back Scott Chandler. But they have a hole at Right Tackle. I think Cordy Glenn will be moved there as that's where he is best suited, and Lewan will be the day 1 Left Tackle.
10 - DET: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
I love the addition of Golden Tate to the team. The Lions should address their secondary in the 1st round, whether it be at Safety with either Clinton-Dix or Pryor, or at Cornerback with Gilbert or Dennard. Dennard is the physical local hero, but Gilbert is the better playmaker, and that's what the Lions love.
11 - TEN: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
I don't think the Titans have interest in trading up for one of the top 3 QBs, but if one of them falls to them, they will swipe him up. Bortles may go #1, but he won't fall past here. His Big Ben comparisons are too exciting for a team who is getting tired of Jake Locker getting hurt every year.
12 - NYG: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
I am very tempted to put Eric Ebron in here, but I think the drop off from 1st round to 2nd round LBs is greater than the TEs. Barr was once thought to be a top 5 picks, but has had to gain momentum from his Pro Day to bring his stock up. I think he's a difference maker at WLB, something the Giants have missed for quite some time now.
13 - STL: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
I've moved Pryor ahead of Clinton-Dix as my top Safety as I think he bring a more well rounded game. I'd rather have a Kam Chancellor type than a Jarius Byrd type. And that's how I see both of these guys comparing out. Pryor is the more physical guy, which is needed in the NFC West.
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
Dennard is the most physical CB in the draft and has tested very well no matter where he's been. The Steelers need to get back to that physical nature that they're so noted for. Won't be needed to step into the #1 spot right away, but eventually will take over Ike Taylor's spot.
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: C.J. Mosley, OLB, Alabama
Mosley will be able to play either WLB in a 4-3 or MLB in a 3-4. He is a sideline to sideline player and fits what Baltimore has done in the past with LBs. Comes from a pro style defense at Alabama and I think he's ready to go.
18 - NYJ: Marqise Lee, WR , USC
The Jets brought in Eric Decker, but he is closer to a #2 than a #1. If Lee falls to them here, they should jump all over him. Although they will have a tough time choosing between him and Eric Ebron.
19 - MIA: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
Ryan Tannehill needs new, fresh faces protecting him. The Dolphins already brought in Brandon Albert to play LT. Martin doesn't wow you with overwhelming physical tools, he just gets the job done. Can play G or T with effectiveness.
20 - ARI: Brandin Cooks, WR , Oregon State
The Cards lost Andre Roberts to Washington in Free Agency. And while it may be early to take a slot receiver, there is such a high percentage of plays now with 3 WR. Cooks speed and route running is amazing, and now he'll get to learn more from the great Larry Fitzgerald.
21 - GB: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
It just doesn't seem fair that the Packers are able to add a pass catching talent like Ebron. They lost Jermichael Finley at TE and James Jones at WR so they have a need. Ebron needs work on his in-line blocking, but his athleticism is outstanding.
22 - PHI: Ra'Shede Hageman, DL , Minnesota
The Eagles were able to sure up most holes on their offense during free agency. One spot they still need help at is stopping the run. Hageman is versatile enough to play 5 technique all the way down to 0 technique. He will be an instant impact maker on that defense.
23 - KC: Odell Beckham, WR , LSU
While I like Kelvin Benjamin more, I think Beckham fits the KC scheme better. Unless they decide to let Dwayne Bowe go, then Benjamin fits in as the big "X" receiver. After losing McCluster and Avery, this is a major need for them. Xavier Su'a-Filo is in play as they need a Guard too.
24 - CIN: Dee Ford, DE , Auburn
The only negative about Ford is that he's undersized compared to typical DEs. But you can't overlook his production and his workout numbers. With the losing of Michael Johnson, the Bengals are in need of a pass rusher.
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. Roby may be better suited as a Nickel CB as he lacks ideal size, but he's the best CB on the board.
26 - CLE: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
The Browns are giving their new franchise QB Teddy Bridgewater a new toy. His motor isn't always running, but when it does, he is a physical freak outside. He will be a great compliment to Josh Gordon.
27 - NO: Kony Ealy, DL , Missouri
This kid can flat out get to the QB. Needs some improvement in run stopping, but will fit in great the attacking, aggressive Rob Ryan defense. His prowess was the reason Michael Sam saw so many single-teams and was able to succeed.
28 - CAR: Cyrus Kouandjio, OL , Alabama
I've never seen a team coming off a #2 seed have so many holes. They need help at WR, but this is a very deep WR draft. They need help in the secondary, but the drop off from Kouandijo to the rest of the OTs is greater. Cyrus was once considered a top 15 pick but has seen his value drop after a poor Bowl Game and Combine.
29 - NE: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
With the inevitable loss of Vince Wilfork, the Pats are going to need a space eater that can come in and have similar success. Nix is by far the best Nose Tackle in this draft and as long as he can stay healthy, will be a great new piece for Belichick.
30 - SF: Jason Verrett, CB , TCU
I think the 49ers go after the best CB (which is either Verrett or Kyle Fuller) or 5 technique DE (Tuitt). While taking Justin Smith's eventual replacement seems tempting, CB is a bigger need going into the 2014 season. I love Verrett's smoothness.
31 - DEN: Xavier Su'a-Filo, OL , UCLA
The Broncos filled just about every hole with a phenomenal free agency period. They did lose Zane Beadles to the Jaguars, so G may be their only hole. Su'a-Filo is a favorite of a bunch of draft experts. He will not get out of the 1st round because the Seahawks will swipe him if he falls to them.
32 - SEA: Stephon Tuitt, DL , Notre Dame
The Seahawks were able to generate a consistent pass rush because of their ability to rotate players in on the DL. They lost most of their depth to the Jaguars so they'll take a chance on a productive player out of Notre Dame. WR may be in play here, but there are potential starters to be had at that position up til rounds 3 or 4.

User Comments

Monday, March 17, 2014 10:32 AM
Above Average -- Prett Good! But the Texans are likely to go Bortles, Clowney or even Brigewater. K-Mack will liklely go to ATL or TBB.
Monday, March 17, 2014 10:41 AM
Excellent -- I love that this seems to be an original draft. Doesn't let others experts opinions really come into play
Monday, March 17, 2014 2:02 PM
Below Average -- I was with you until pick 26 you said the Browns would get a new toy opposite AJ Green ....
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 9:29 PM
-- Wow, so because I made a mistake and said AJ Green instead of Josh Gordon, I get a Below Average?? Similar colors, same division, sheesh, give a guy a break!

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