Mock Draft 2.0 (Pre Free Agency)

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Updated: March 6, 2014
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1. HOU – Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina. Best overall player in this year’s draft. Texans need a franchise QB but instead decide to draft a dominate DE to pair with with Watt, Mercilus and company. I see them adding Matt Cassell as a stop gap QB who’s already familiar with Coach Bill O’Brien.

2. STL – Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn. Robinson has a higher upside but Matthews is the more polished player right now. I think the Rams take a chance with him despite his boom or bust potential. Best case scenario he’s Jason Peters, at worst he’s Jason Smith.

3. JAX – Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville. Best QB in this year’s class IMO. Jags get their franchise QB and Bridgewater is a perfect fit for Jedd Fisch’s offense.

4. CLE – Johnny Manziel, QB Texas A&M. Despite the front office turnover I still think the Browns covet Manziel. Size and pocket presence is my biggest concerns but he has the talent of a top 5 pick.

5. OAK – Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State. When I see Carr is see a QB whose skills need to be refined. Has tools but is a day 2 selection in my opinion. Need will drive up his stock

6. ATL – Khallil Mack, DE/OLB, Buffalo. Atlanta has holes on their offensive and defensive line so they could go either way. I think they go best player available, which is Mack.

7. TB – Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M. The more polished Tackle of the top 2 prospects. Donald Penn is in his 30’s so Matthews will be his future replacement.

8. MIN – Blake Bortles, QB, UCF. The Vikings need a franchise QB and I think they reach here to fill that need.

9. BUF – Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson. 6’1″, 211 pounds wide receiver that ran a 4.43 40. Eventual #1 receiver for EJ Manuel.

10. DET – Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M. Matthew Stafford loves to throw jump balls which Evans excels at. Number 2 receivers to pair up with Megatron.

11. TEN – Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA. The Titans are moving to a 3-4 and could use some help rushing the passer. Barr is raw but has the long arms and athleticism to excel at OLB.

12. NYG – Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan. The Giants couldn’t protect Eli Manning last year so they draft Lewan to protect his blind side.

13. STL – HaHa Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama. Most complete safety in this year’s class. Can play centerfield or in the box.

14. CHI- Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh. Quick, pass rushing 3-technique to replace Henry Melton assuming he isn’t re-signed. If he is, they could go CB here.

15. PIT – Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State. Ike Taylor is getting up in age and has lost a step or two so he should be moved to safety. On tape I think Gilbert would be better off at safety but his impressive combine performance improves his stock at CB.

16. DAL – Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State. The Cowboys desperately need a defensive tackle, so they have to consider Jernigan, but with Jerry Jones you never know.

17. BAL – C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama. The Ravens need more offensive weapons but could also lose Darryl Smith in free agency. Mosley is a good value pick here.

18. NYJ – Eric Ebron, TE, UNC. Steal at #18, super athletic tight end who will be a matchup nightmare. Go to guy for Geno Smith.

19. MIA – Zack Martin, OT/OG, Notre Dame. The Dolphins offensive line was a mess last year, they need 2 guards and 2 tackles. Martin can play right tackle or guard which makes him a very attractive option for Miami.

20. ARZ – Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn. Situational pass rusher his rookie year who will eventually replace John Abraham.

21. GB – Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota. Packers could be losing Mike Neal and BJ Raji in free agency. Hageman has the power and quickness to play NT or 5-techinque.

22. PHI – Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech. Can rush passer, play in space. Versatile player that Chip Kelly will love. Eventual replacement for Trent Cole.

23. KC – Marquise Lee, WR, USC. Dwayne Bowe had a down year and was not the #1 receiver Alex Smith needed. Lee didn’t live up to expectations his senior year but can develop into a #1.

24. CIN – Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State. Leon Hall has torn his achilles twice in 3 years. Terrance Newman and Pacman Jones are getting up there in age. Dennard is a tall, long corner who answered questions about his long speed at the combine running a 4.51 40.

25. SD – Jason Verrett, CB, TCU. Verrett is small but has elite potential. Would be a day 1 starter in San Diego.

26. CLE – Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State. Cooks is a little speedster, reminds me of Tavon Austin. Can do a lot of things and would be a nice complement to Josh Gordon.

27. NO – Kony Ealy, DE/OLB, Missouri. Ealy joins Junior Gallette and Cameron Jordan to form a nice young pass rushing trio.

28. CAR – Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU. The Panthers could lose Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn in free agency. Beckham Jr. is a dynamic playmaker for Cam who could become a #1 receiver.

29. NE – Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech. Aqib Talib seems to be moving on in free agency. Fuller has good size, speed and looks the part of a starting corner.

30. SF – Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt. Anquan Boldin re-signed but Mario Manningham is scheduled to become a free agent. Matthews is a big bodied receiver with great speed (4.46 40). He’ll benefit from sitting behind Boldin.

31. DEN – Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame. Injuries and age make defensive end the Broncos biggest need.

32. SEA – Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA. Super athletic guard that’ll be a major upgrade to an already solid Seattle offensive line.

Written by LaDarian Blake

Covering the NFL and NFL Draft. Currently attending Chesapeake college on the eastern shore of Maryland where I’m pursing a career in sports writing. Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, and Sixers fan.

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