Mock Draft 3.0 (2 Rounds & NO trades)
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 a QB at the top of round 2 to compete with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Case Keenum.
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 – Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson. The Browns add Watkins to an already impressive core on offense of Josh Gordon, Jordan Cameron, and Ben Tate. Add a quarterback and the Browns have the makings of a dynamic offense.
5. OAK – Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M. The more polished Tackle of the top 2 prospects. The Raiders go best player available here and get a top 5 player.
6. ATL – Khalil 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. Mack gives them a legitimate threat at 3-4 OLB which will allow Mike Nolan to use more 3-4 base looks.
7. TB – Johnny Manziel , QB, Texas A&M. The Buccaneers could choose Manziel’s teammate at Texas A&M Mike Evans here but instead they grab a dynamic QB. Manziel has boom or bust potential but will benefit from sitting behind an established veteran like Josh McCown.
8. MIN – Blake Bortles, QB, UCF. The Vikings need a franchise QB and I think they reach here to fill that need.
9. BUF – Eric Ebron, TE, UNC. The Bills continue to stockpile weapons for EJ Manuel. Ebron is a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses. Too fast for linebackers yet to big and physical for safeties.
10. DET – Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech. The Lions get a physical press corner to add to their secondary. Fuller has good size, speed and looks the part of a starting corner. Day 1 starter in Detroit
11. TEN – Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State. Gilbert is the best player available at a position of need for the Titans.
12. NYG – Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh. The Giants need help inside so they add Donald a quick, pass rushing 3-technique that’ll be a day 1 starter in New York.
13. STL – Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M. The Rams add a talented, big matchup nightmare like Mike Evans to help Sam Bradford. Make or break year for Bradford, no excuses.
14. CHI – HaHa Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama. Most complete safety in this year’s class. Can play centerfield or in the box.
15. PIT – Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan. The Steelers have plenty of holes but they grab a franchise LT here to protect Ben Roethlisberger.
16. DAL – Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri. The Cowboys are in desperate need of defensive lineman so any DE or DT here would be a good pick.
17. BAL – Zach Martin, OT/OG, Notre Dame. The Ravens need depth on the offensive line and Martin provides that because of his ability to play RT or Guard.
18. NYJ – Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State. The Jets expressed interest in plenty of receiving options via free agency this offseason so I know this is a position they want to address. For a team devoid of playmakers adding a shifty receiver like Cooks makes them a whole lot better.
19. MIA – Xavier Sua’ Filo, G, UCLA. Plug in XSF at RG or LG and you get an instant impact player for 10+ years. Perennial pro bowler.
20. ARZ – Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA. The Cardinals add a 3-4 rush linebacker with huge upside. No pressure for him to play immediately because they have John Abraham in place.
21. GB – Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota. The Packers continue to add depth and youth to their defensive line that was hit by injuries last season. Hageman has the power and quickness to play NT or 5-techinque.
22. PHI – CJ Mosley, LB, Alabama. The Eagles go best player available here. ILB doesn’t look like a huge need until you consider DeMeco Ryans will be 30 next season and is on the downside of his career. Mosley would form a great tandem with Mychal Kendricks.
23. KC – Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU. Dwayne Bowe had a down year and was not the #1 receiver Alex Smith needed. OBJ is a dynamic receiver with experience as a return man that 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. The Chargers get my #1 rated corner in this class here at #25, steal. Verrett is small but has elite potential. Would be a day 1 starter in San Diego.
26. CLE – Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State. Carr has the most arm talent of any QB in the class. The Browns add their QB of the future and have plenty of weapons for him to flourish.
27. NO – Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn. I’m not the biggest Dee Ford fan. I think at this point he’s a one trick pony but adding Ford to Junior Gallette and Cameron Jordan forms a nice young pass rushing trio.
28. CAR – Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana. The Panthers could draft any receiver here (besides Kelvin Benjamin) and I’d approve of it. Latimer is a physical specimen with good ball skills that’ll be a perfect target for Cam Newton.
29. NE – Louis Nix, NT, Notre Dame. I’ve compared Nix to Vince Wilfork throughout this whole draft process so who better to learn from than the man himself? Nix is a great athlete for his size and I think can be better than Wilfork was in his prime.
30. SF – Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State. Despite his recent legal troubles Roby is still a 1st round pick. He has elite speed and is a good athlete with good ball skills.
31. DEN – Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State. The Broncos replace Wesley Woodyard with a player very similar to him. Shazier is undersized but is a speedy, rangy linebacker that can cover a lot of ground sideline to sideline.
32. SEA – Joel Bitono, OT/OG, Nevada. Bitono is a T/G tweener that can help the defending champs in both areas. I personally think he’d be best suited at RG.
33. Houston Texans: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU.
34. Washington Redskins: Morgan Moses, OT, UVA.
35. Cleveland Browns: Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin.
36. Oakland Raiders: DeMarcus Lawerence, DE, Boise State.
37. Atlanta Falcons: JaWaun James, OT, Tennessee.
38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU.
39. Jacksonville Jaguars: Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State.
40. Minnesota Vikings: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State.
41. Buffalo Bills: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama.
42. Tennessee Titans: Scott Crichton, DE/OLB, Oregon State
43. New York Giants: Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame.
44. St. Louis Rams: Jimmie Ward, S, NIU.
45. Detroit Lions: Marqise Lee, WR, USC
46. Pittsburgh Steelers: Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood.
47. Dallas Cowboys: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville.
48. Baltimore Ravens: Ahmad Dixon, S, Baylor.
49. New York Jets: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington.
50. Miami Dolphins: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State.
51. Chicago Bears: Dominique Easley, DT, Florida.
52. Arizona Cardinals: Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State.
53. Green Bay Packers: Marcus Martin, OC/OG, USC.
54. Philadelphia Eagles: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt.
55. Cincinnati Bengals: Carl Bradford, OLB, Arizona State.
56. San Francisco 49ers (from Kansas City): Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU.
57. San Diego Chargers: Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech.
58. New Orleans Saints: Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss.
59. Indianapolis Colts: Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State.
60. Carolina Panthers: Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State.
61. San Francisco 49ers: Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas.
62. New England Patriots: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech.
63. Denver Broncos: David Yankey, OG, Stanford.
64. Seattle Seahawks: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State.
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