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Beyond The Bench's Mock Draft V5.0 (Round 1)

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This will be my final 1 round mock. My next one will be a 2 rounder. Be sure to follow me on twitter @BeyondTheBench or on Facebook at Tune into my live podcast Sundays at 9 am eastern at

1 - HOU: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
I can't, for the life of me, come to a single conclusion as to who the Texans are going to take. I can see Clowney because of obvious reasons. I can see Mack because he fits their scheme. But with the trade of Schaub and only bringing in Fitzpatrick, they are probably looking for someone who start at QB right away. Bortles fits the Bill O'Brien mindset of prototypical QB size/athleticism. This pick will probably change next week, but for now, I think they go Bortles.
2 - STL: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
If Clowney doesn't go #1, I think the Rams will do anything to trade out of this pick because of other teams wanting to jump up to grab him. If he doesn't and they have to pick here, I think it'll either be Watkins or Robinson. Saffold makes more sense at Guard and Robinson will learn from the great Jake Long.
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. If you needed any reassurance that this kid is the most talented player in his draft, watch his Pro Day. Defensive Pro Days are more eye opening as they aren't scripted and are normally run by another team's coach.
4 - CLE: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
I think the Browns realize that with the fall of the QBs in this class, they may be able to grab a top one at 26 and so do I (see below). If you pair Watkins with Josh Gordon, that automatically makes the Browns WR duo one of the top 3 in the NFL. I just pray they don't go Manziel here.
5 - OAK: Khalil Mack, LB , Buffalo
Had him at #1 in my last mock, and still feel he belongs there. This kid can rush the passer like a healthy Jason Pierre-Paul, drop in coverage like Brian Urlacher, and stuff the run like Derrick Thomas. I feel he's the most complete and ready-to-go player in the draft. I can see the Raiders trading down, but with Watkins and Clowney off the board it may be difficult. Donald Penn may take them out of the OT discussion here at 5. Bortles will be in discussion if he's available here.
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 2nd 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. They may be in on trading up for Clowney if he falls past 1/2.
7 - TB: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
I think they can be in the Mike Evans discussions here at 7, but they did lose Donald Penn and Lovie Smith is a proponent of winning in the trenches. Lewan surely separated himself from the 2nd tier and jumping into the 1st tier of OT's with a great Combine. 4 year starters at a top level don't come around often. I like Anthony Collins, but he is a Right Tackle.
8 - MIN: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
I adjusted my Big Board after seeing Manziel's Pro Day. I normally don't hold Pro Days for QBs in high esteem, but watching him come out in pads, show off his cannon of an arm, his poise, his knowledge, his love of the game, it made me open my eyes a little more. He may be a mix of Fran Tarkenton and Russel Wilson. If he can improve on his decision making, he has a chance to be something special.
9 - BUF: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
I wouldn't be surprised if Mike Evans is the guy here, but they have 3 talented WRs on the roster in Johnson, Woods, and Goodwin. Scott Chandler is a fine Tight End, but he is nowhere near the athlete that Ebron is. This kid has a chance to be the next Vernon Davis if he can learn to block better.
10 - DET: Darqueze Dennard, CB , Michigan 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, and will be an immediate impact player for a team that loves impact.
11 - TEN: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
Teddy Bridgewater may be in the conversation if he drops, which I have here. But I think they're primed to take a QB in rounds 2 or 3. Losing Alterraur Verner will hurt. Taking this playmaking Cornerback will ease the pain a great deal. He's my top rated guy there as I like the return ability he brings as well.
12 - NYG: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Mike Evans is the perfect fit for the replacement of the departed Hakeem Nicks. 6'5 235 lbs and runs in the 4.5's. Eli had a terrible season last year, and part of that was because Hakeem Nicks was invisible for most of the year. Evans will bring size and explosiveness to an offense that needs it. Look for Taylor Lewan to be picked here if he falls.
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: Marqise Lee, WR , USC
Lee had a rough Junior year at USC. Not all of it was because of him. An underperforming display by a usually good Offensive Line, poor play by the QB position, and some nagging injuries were cause for a down year. I think with a QB like Big Ben, and another WR that will draw most attnetion like Antonio Brown, he can excel at the next level.
16 - DAL: Dee Ford, DE , Auburn
The Cowboys have major holes at the pass rusher position. With the signing of Henry Melton, it may take them out of the DT discussion here at 16. Ford has a chip on his shoulder and has said that he is a better player than Clowney. He may not have the physical tools Clowney does, but he has the motor and will.
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: Brandin Cooks, WR , Oregon State
The Jets brought in Eric Decker, but he is closer to a #2 than a #1. This kid can flat out fly, and he runs above average routes too. Geno needs as many weapons as possible. Although I do think they are a possible team to move up for 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: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
This is tremendous value for Barr. The Cardinal defense may be one or two players away from being as good, if not better than the Seahawks D. Barr will slide into the Will spot in their LB corp, and may help that defense take the next step. Look out for this team this year.
21 - GB: Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
Sean Richardson is not a starting safety, but he's slotted in there right now. Clinton-Dix is the most pro-ready of the 2 safeties. This is teriffic value for the Packers and it is at a position of need.
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: Kony Ealy, DL , Missouri
Michael Johnson has left a hole at Defensive End for the Bengals. Ealy is a high motor guy and he can flat out get to the QB. He's the reason Michael Sam saw many single teams leading to his SEC Defensive Player Of The Year. Cincy needs to add depth along that line as they showed they can't withstand injuries.
25 - SD: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
The Chargers need help at CB, but this is a tremendously deep draft for getting starters at Corner. There is no Nose Tackle that you'll be able to get that will be as productive as Nix. He was the driving force behind the defense that took Notre Dame to the BCS Championship Game 15 months ago. More than Te'o.
26 - CLE: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
I cannot see this happening as if he slips into the low 20's, someone will have to trade up to get him. But I am not projecting any trades. If someone else jumps up to get him, I think the Browns actually prefer Derek Carr, but Bridgewater is too high a value here. He's still the #1 QB on my board.
27 - NO: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
Marques Colston is 30 years old now, and hasn't been able to stay healthy over a consistent period of time. Lance Moore is gone. Robert Meachem will most likely not be back. The Saints need to add another target for Brees. Why not give him a huge one at that. This is a perfect spot for him as he needs to go to a place that has great coaching and veteran leadership in place as he has had a tendency of taking plays off.
28 - CAR: Bradley Roby, CB , Ohio State
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 on the Offensive Line (Kouandijo may be in play here), they need a safety or 2, but they are in desperate need of a Cornerback. Roby is the top guy on my board here. He's very athletic and plays much bigger than his size.
29 - NE: Ryan Shazier, LB , Ohio State
Back to back Buckeyes go here as the Patriots take a physical, athletic LB who in my opinion is being greatly undervalued. He is #25 on my Big Board so this is a value for me. The Patriots have been ravaged by injuries along their LB crew and depth has been an issue. It won't be anymore.
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 did a tremendous job filling holes via Free Agency. It is tough to peg a spot of need for this team, so it's time to take BPA. Su'a-Filo is down here because he plays Guard. He is extremely athletic and think he's better than 31st best player. The loss of Zane Beadles also makes this somewhat of a hole filler.
32 - SEA: Cyrus Kouandjio, OL , Alabama
I originally had Stephon Tuitt here as I think the Seahawks would love to rebuild the rotation of excellence on their Defensive Line, but Right Tackle is a major need in my opinion and there is a major drop off after Kouandijo. They lost Breno Giacomini and if there's one thing Alabama produces, is NFL ready Offensive Lineman. His stock took a major hit due to poor play in the 2nd half of the season last year, but putting him at Right Tackle is probably better for him as that seems to be his nat

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Thursday, April 3, 2014 8:23 PM
Excellent -- very well thought out! love ha ha goin to the pack!

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