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Beyond The Bench's Mock Draft V6.0 (Round 1)

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1 - HOU: Jadeveon Clowney, DE , South Carolina
I keep wanting to put someone other than Clowney at #1 and have done so in my past few mocks, but I know deep down he should be the guy to go at the top. Sure there are motivation and motor questions, but no one else is close to being a "once in a generation" player.
2 - STL: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Robinson is as physically gifted, dominating, and pro-ready an Offensive Tackle as there has been in my few years of covering the draft. Matthews is intruguing because of the connection with his father and Jeff Fisher, but Robinson is the better player. I see the Rams trading out and taking maybe less than face value for the pick.
3 - JAX: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
I still have Bridgewater as my top rated QB, Pro Day and all, but I think Manziel will be the 1st one taken. I can't put my finger on what type of QB he's going to be in the NFL. He can make the throws, he can run, he can do a lot, including make poor decisions. He will make the Jags a relevant team in the media and in the fan base.
4 - CLE: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
While the Browns are in need of a QB, I think they see the QBs like I do (not much separation between Top 3 and next tier) and would rather pair up a next tier guy with Watkins. Watkins isn't the Brandon Marshall stature WR, but he is a true playmaker and will give the Browns a Top 3 WR duo in the entire NFL.
5 - OAK: Khalil Mack, LB , Buffalo
The Raiders are in need of a QB of the future, as Matt Schaub is just a temporary fix at the position. But as I said, I don't think there's a great deal of separation between the Top 3 and the rest. Mack has all the tools to be a star in the league. He can pass rush, he can defend the run, he can drop in coverage. If Watkins is off the board, I'd love for this to be the pick.
6 - ATL: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
If the top 2 pass rushers are off the board, which in this scenario they are, I fully expect the Falcons to take the top Offensive Tackle. Matthews is the most complete OT in the draft, but doesn't have the upside Robinson has. Great bloodlines, and he will be a mainstay on the Atlanta OL for years to come.
7 - TB: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
I am going back and forth between whether I think the Bucs will take Evans or Taylor Lewan. I chose Evans because I think there are Right Tackles to be had in the 2nd round. No Tackle has the tools that Evans can bring to the field. Josh McCown flourished with 2 big WRs in Chicago, now he has Evans & VJax.
8 - MIN: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
Norv Turner, the Vikings new OC, loves to throw the ball down the field. And though I have Bridgewater as my top QB, I think Bortles' size and arm are more of a fit for the purple and gold. He physically reminds you of either Big Ben or Philip Rivers, who Norv had a ton of offensive success with.
9 - BUF: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
The Bills can go in a number of different directions. They may trade up to get a Clowney or Mack, or possibly a WR. They can take a Tackle, but this draft is loaded with solid guys there. There is no Tight End with as much upside as Ebron. If he can learn how to block a little bit and cure some of his dropsies, he can become a franchise player.
10 - DET: Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
I'm really wondering if the rumors that the Lions are interested in moving up to take either Watkins or Evans. If they don't and they stand pat here, I think they go with the Centerfield Safety from Alabama. Though I have Pryor as my top Safety, and I think his physical play is a fit for the Detroit defense, I think the guy who can read the QB better is the pick here.
11 - TEN: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
Teddy Bridgewater really intrigues me at this pick. But there are plenty of QBs to be had in the later rounds. The loss of Alterraun Verner is a key one and they will need to fill that hole. I like Gilbert's game as a fit in Tennessee. He's a playmaker in the passing game and in the return game.
12 - NYG: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
This is a steal for the Giants. Lewan has been as high as 6 in some mocks that I've read. He will slide right into the Left Tackle spot moving Will Beatty to the right side, and Justin Pugh inside to either Guard or Center. Don't be surprised if they are thinking Aaron Donald too.
13 - STL: Darqueze Dennard, CB , Michigan State
This draft is far too deep at WR to warrant reaching for one here. I think Dennard is a great fit for the physical nature of Jeff Fisher's defense. He is teriffic in man/press coverage, and is long like the new wave of CBs is tending to be. I have him as my top CB in this draft.
14 - CHI: Aaron Donald, DL , Pittsburgh
The more I think about it, the more I believe that if the Bears really want Donald, they're going to have to trade up for him, because I think the Cowboys may look to do the same. Donald is a clone of Geno Atkins and may be a little quicker than him. There's nothing about him I would change, even him being undersized, because that's part of what makes him the player he is.
15 - PIT: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
I can see the Steelers moving down if possible if this is how the board shapes up. Do they reach for a WR or CB? I don’t think so. The Pittsburgh offensive line has been in shambles in recent years and Martin will help solidify it. He can play 4 or 5 positions on the line and at a high level of compete too.
16 - DAL: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
Pryor is my top Safety in the draft. He is a big hitter, a great run stuffer, and an above average cover guy. While I think addressing the Defensive Line is the top priority for the Cowboys, I don't see anyone worthy of this pick as Ford, Ealy, and Jernigan project more as late 1st/early 2nd round picks.
17 - BAL: C.J. Mosley, OLB, Alabama
This is a steal for the Ravens. The Ravens desperately need help on the OL, but I think this draft is deeper there than on the Linebacker list. Mosely is a sideline to sideline player. He's not Ray Lewis, but he will ease the pain of not having him as a 3 down player.
18 - NYJ: Odell Beckham, WR , LSU
The Jets biggest need is a pass catcher, maybe more than one. Beckham is a playmaker before and after the catch. He is a great route runner, can run past single coverage, and is great turning a short gain into a long one. He may end up being more of a #1 WR than newly acquired Eric Decker.
19 - MIA: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
This mock draft is what I think teams will do, not what I would do if I were them. Nothings screams that more than this pick. Everyone I know has Moses screaming up boards. I don't see it. I think his footwork sucks, his hips are too tight, and he gets beat by the smaller edge rusher. But he will be placed on the right side in Miami and figures to be a better run blocker than a pass blocker. Miami needs help desperately on their O Line.
20 - ARI: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
If Teddy Bridgewater falls out of the Top 15, some team is going to get a steal. I wouldn't be shocked if someone trades up into this area if he is still on the board to grab him. This is a perfect fit for the Cardinals. They will be able to groom him behind Carson Palmer for a year or 2. They don't have any glaring holes that I see them needing to take a certain position. Maybe Anthony Barr?
21 - GB: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
This is value that is just too great to pass up. The Packers need another pass rusher opposite Clay Matthews in the Linebacking corp. Barr has been extremely productive at a position he has only played for 2 years. Now he gets to learn from one of the best in the NFL.
22 - PHI: Cody Latimer, WR , Indiana
I love this kid's game. He is big (6'3" 215 lbs), he is a great route runner, and is fast (4.38 40 at his Pro Day). Forget about his lack of production in 2013. His QB situation at Indiana was awful. Look at what he can do, and that is be an under the radar #1 WR.
23 - KC: Brandin Cooks, WR , Oregon State
I love watching tape of Cooks. The best attribute for most fast wide receivers is normally his step to go inside. I love his step to go outside. The spring in his legs is special. He is also extremely fast, shown by the fact that he ran the fastest 40 at the Combine. He will quickly become a favorite of Alex Smith as he can play outside as effective as he plays in the slot.
24 - CIN: Kony Ealy, DL , Missouri
Ealy is helped due to the fact that this is a pretty poor class for Defensive Ends after Clowney. However, he is worthy of a 1st round pick in my opinion. He is the reason Michael Sam won the SEC DPOY. His prowess took eyes away from Sam. He will step in right away and fill in for the departed Michael Johnson.
25 - SD: Jason Verrett, CB , TCU
Verrett is my favorite Cornerback in this draft. I love his physicality and his reads on balls in the air. He isn't the new Richard Sherman sized CB, but he plays much bigger than he is. His vertical makes up for some of what he lacks in height. The Chargers need help in their secondary immediately.
26 - CLE: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
I think this is the kid they want anyway. He has shown that he can run the west-coast offense at an exceptional level. But for me, the west-coast is the only offense he will be able to run as I don't see him adjusting well when pressure is put right in his face. He's got a great arm is a film-a-holic. Will that be enough to bring the Browns back to relevance.
27 - NO: Ryan Shazier, LB , Ohio State
Shazier is a perfect fit for a Rob Ryan defense. He can play either inside or outside Linebacker, whether that be the Will or Sam. If he came out 10 years ago, he'd be a top 15 pick, but the need for Linebackers has decreased with the amount of 3+ WR sets in the league.
28 - CAR: Marqise Lee, WR , USC
If Lee had stayed healthy throughout the 2013 season, he'd be higher on my board. His production was down before the injury, but I think that was due to inconsistent play at QB. He will immediately step into the #1 spot in Carolina as the Panthers have Wide Receivers who made 0, yes ZERO, catches for them last season. Sorry Jerricho Cotchery, Jason Avant, and Tiquan Underwood, this kid is better than any of you.
29 - NE: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE , Washington
ASJ just reminds you of Rob Gronkowski, physically. 6'6", 260 lbs, and is athletic. I don't know if he has the hands of Gronk, but he will either take over for Gronk, or get the Pats back into a regular 2 TE rotation, which is what they had when they were going good over the last few years.
30 - SF: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
I wish I had seen more games from Fuller like he played against Alabama. If there was more tape like that game, he may be considered the #1 Cornerback in the draft. At 6'0", 190, he fits the new style of big CBs. I also love how good a tackler he is and how well he plays the run.
31 - DEN: Xavier Su'a-Filo, OL , UCLA
The Broncos really did a nice job in filling their holes in Free Agency. I would love to see the Broncos trade back 10 spots or so and take a kid like Chris Borland as Mike Linebacker is their biggest need and I don't know if he is worthy of a 1st round pick. But here, I can see them upgrading the depth on their O Line especially since they lost Zane Beadles to the Jags.
32 - SEA: Cyrus Kouandjio, OL , Alabama
Kouandijo was a top 3 or 4 OT when the draft season initially hit us. He was almost a lock Top 12 pick, but then had a poor final 3 games of the season, including getting beat a bunch in the Crimson Tide Bowl Game vs. Oklahoma. But he has all the tools to be a great Right Tackle in this league, and that's where he'd play with the defending Champs.

User Comments

Monday, April 28, 2014 7:28 PM
Above Average -- very nice!
Monday, April 28, 2014 11:24 PM
Excellent -- Very nice job!
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 12:56 AM
Excellent -- Hmm...pretty impressed, very realistic, not a carbon of others, excellent commentary! Best Mock I've seen this draft year! Thank You..
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 1:01 AM
Above Average -- I like your commentary as well, although if Barr fell this far the eagles would trade up with Miami to take him

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