If you are a football and draft fan, you’ll notice my mock doesn’t start with Jadeveon Clowney nor does Johnny Manziel show up in the first round. I think the “win now” attitude of the league along with how coaches are hogtied to their picks will make for a few less reaches. I don’t see a clear cut top 10 quarter back nor do I see hands down first pick. I think the issue of Clowney’s taking plays off and poor senior season will affect his placement. Where I think the question of the competition Khali Mack played against goes away when you look at the actual numbers he produced.
That said… I didn’t take into account trades though I think it’s likely the Falcons will try to move up and get Clowney, especially if he isn’t the first pick. If my first three are right then I almost guarantee Atlanta jumps over Oakland to get the DE.
Here is my list, we can see on Thursday how right or wrong I am.
1) Khali Mack – Houston Texans If they don’t trade out of this spot then I think they are going to take Brown as he is the better fit in their system and is known as a high motor guy.
2) Sammy Watkins – St. Louis Rams This is the last chance for Bradford to prove himself and Fisher has to give him weapons.
3) Greg Robinson – Jacksonville Jaguars This is a tough pick but their need at O-line is too strong to pass up on Robinson.
4) Jadeveon Clowney – Cleveland Browns The media will make a lot about this, but Clowney’s drop in production last year made him drop in the draft… but he’s too good to drop far.
5) Jake Matthews – Oakland Raiders At this point I think Matthews is a bit better than the rest and will get the nod from the silver and black.
6) Taylor Lewan – Atlanta Falcons There may be depth at OT in this draft, but keeping Ryan on his feet is too important to wait on.
7) Zach Martin – Tampa Bay Buccaneers If you are going into a season with a journeyman quarterback, you need to give him all the time you can.
8) Blake Bortles – Minnesota Vikings Bortles has the most pure upside and is in the same mold as the last time the Vikes had a good QB back with Daunte Culpepper.
9) Mike Evans – Buffalo Bills Evans makes the Bills one of the best receiving corp in the AFC and is a great way to help a second year QB.
10) Justin Gilbert – Detroit Lions Detroit has the offense to win games but the defense needs help in the secondary and Gilbert will fit the system.
11) Eric Ebron – Tennessee Titans Every team needs a great tight end and Ebron is too good to let drop any further.
12) Aaron Donald – New York Giants The Giants go with need and pick up the big defensive tackle here.
13) Ha Ha Clinton-Dix – St. Louis Rams Fisher already improved the offense, grabbing the best safety now is a no brainer. Two of their three big needs covered.
14) Darqueze Dennard – Chicago Bears Bears need to seriously upgrade their secondary and Dennard is as close to a steal as you get at this point of the draft.
15) Anthony Barr – Pittsburgh Steelers The Steelers need to get pressure on the opposing quarterbacks so Barr makes a lot of sense right here.
16) Calvin Pryor – Dallas Cowboys Cowboys need major help on their D-line but safety is a problem as well and Pryor is a good fit.
17) C J Mosely – Baltimore Ravens Ravens have always been built from the linebackers out and it’s time to start refilling the cupboard.
18) Brandin Cooks – New York Jets Cooks is a good possession receiver for a second year quarterback like Smith to build with.
19) Morgan Moses – Miami Dolphins After last year’s O-line implosion, the Dolphins have to address it in the draft and Moses has a lot of upside.
20) Bradley Roby – Arizona Cardinals Corner is the biggest need for the Cardinals and Roby is a bit of a stretch but he fills that need.
21) Odell Beckham Jr – Green Bay Packers Adding new targets for Rodgers is almost unfair to the rest of the NFC North, but they’re going to do it anyway.
22) Ryan Shazier – Philadelphia Eagles Eagles needs to shore up their front seven and Shazier will bring some nice pop to the linebacking corp.
23) Marqise Lee – Kansas City Chiefs Alex Smith needs some new targets with some of the offseason departures and Lee will work well in their system.
24) Kyle Fuller – Cincinnati Bengals One of the better defenses in the league gets to plug one of the few holes here with Fuller.
25) Jason Verrett – San Diego Chargers San Diego really needs a corner so they are willing to reach a little here to make sure they get their need filled.
26) Teddy Bridgewater – Cleveland Browns The last coach got fired after one season. There’s no way you take a risk at QB. Bridgewater is the most likely to start day one.
27) Kyle Van Noy – New Orleans Saints This isn’t their biggest need but it’s the best player available that fills a need.
28) Cyrus Kouandjio – Carolina Panthers Gettleman proved last year that he likes to bulid from the line and isn’t worried about possible health problems.
29) Kelvin Benjamin – New England Patriots This may be the happiest day for Brady since he met Gizelle. A big, strong wide receiver can put the Patriots back on top.
30) Ra’Shede Hageman – S F 49ers Best player available at a position of need. No sense reaching for a center or a wide receiver here.
31) Chris Borland – Denver Broncos Fox has to work on getting the defense up to match the offense if he wants to avoid games like the Super Bowl.
32) Cody Latimer – Seattle Seahawks Latimer is a good choice to pick up for Tate without getting a lot of pressure put on him.