Complete First Round Mock Draft

 

I’ve been out of commission for a while due to end of the year finals at school, but here is my complete first round mock for the upcoming draft. I’ll be adding rounds as the draft approaches. Let me know what you think.

1.  Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina 

The talent here is undeniable. The temptation of pairing possibly the best pass rusher and athlete in NFL Draft history with J.J. Watt out-weighs the need for a quarterback. Not to mention it’s a very deep quarterback class, so the Texans can find a viable starter in Round 2.

 

2.  Rams: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson 

If Jadeveon Clowney is taken with the first overall pick don’t be surprised if the Rams can’t move out of this pick. Picking up the most dynamic play maker in this draft and pairing him with Kenny Britt, Tavon Austin, and Jared Cook could be scary. This pick gives Bradford every opportunity to succeed.

 

3.  Jaguars: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF 

Even though the Jaguars are loving Khalil Mack they’re going to get cold feet on the linebacker out of buffalo after getting burned by the Dion Jordan pick in 2013. Bortles is as prototypical as it gets and the Jaguars are in desperate need for a franchise quarterback.

 

4.  Browns: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M 

Don’t buy into the hype that Johnny Football is going to slip. If he’s here at 4 the Browns are going to pick him up. This pick is the bolt of energy this franchise needs. This pick puts asses in seats and gives the Browns a potential star. High-risk/high-reward pick.

 

5.  Raiders: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn 

The Raiders are left in an interesting spot here after missing out on Sammy Watkins. If they do not trade out of this pick, expect them to take the highest-ceiling tackle in this draft to protect their free agent acquisition of Matt Schaub.

 

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6.  Falcons: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M 

If Clowney is still on the board after the first pick, look for Atlanta to get extremely aggressive in moving up. If not, Atlanta will take the safest pick in this draft in Jake Matthews to sure up the offensive line and help Atlanta’s potent passing attack to return to form after an abysmal 2013 season that was plagued by injury.

 

7.  Buccaneers: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo 

This pick is a no brainer for the Bucs. Take the best player on the board, regardless of need. This pick allows Lovie Smith to get very creative in installing his 4-3 defense as he can put Mack down at the line of scrimmage or bump him back to the OLB position.

 

8.  Vikings: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA 

The Vikings need to find a new starting quarterback in this draft. Unfortunately all the Quarterbacks worthy of a top-10 pick are gone. The Vikings will try to find their guy later in the draft and in the mean time will continue to build a defense they have put so much emphasis on.

 

9.  Bills: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M 

The Bills think they’ve found their man in EJ Manuel, now all they need someone for him to get the ball to. The Bills may move back to get Evans but they are famous for over drafting players, so Mike Evans may be their guy at 9.

 

10.  Lions: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State 

With the exception of the defensive line, Detroit’s defense has been below average. Look for the Lions to take the first step in building the back half of their defense

11.  Titans: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan 

Not a lot of great fits on the board at this point for the Titans. They make the safe pick and go with the aggressive tackle. He can play the left or right side, has great height, and is an excellent run and pass blocker.

 

12.  Giants: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame 

The Giants really need to get back to their defensive roots. They go with the big defensive tackle out of Notre Dame to rebuild their defensive line. He can play the noise tackle or tackle position

 

13.  Rams: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama 

St. Louis gets great value with Clinton-Dix at 13 and finds the last piece to their defensive puzzle. The rangy free safety will allow Greg WIlliams to get creative with defensive packages and blitz’s

 

14.  Bears: Zack Martin, OG, Notre Dame 

The Bears pick up an offensive linemen to help solve their never ending problem at offensive line. The versatility of Martin will really help the Bears as he can play right tackle or guard

 

15.  Steelers: Marqise Lee, WR, Southern California 

Pittsburgh really needs a dynamic play maker and Lee could be that guy. His speed and hands give Big Ben another weapon that he really needs.

 

16.  Cowboys: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama 

Sean Lee has been great for the Cowboys but he’s coming off of injury and with the departure of Demarcus Ware, the Cowboys go with the versatile CJ Mosley. He can play outside or inside linebacker.

17.  Ravens: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina 

The Ravens pick up Ebron on a luxury pick. With Dallas Clark gone, Ebron can come in and immediately be a play maker

 

18.  Jets: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State 

The Jets continue to build their defense by pairing Dennard with Dee Milner and their very good front seven. Dennard falls down the board a bit and the Jets get him with great value.

 

19.  Dolphins: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State 

Miami has to get offensive line help in this draft. Unfortunately the top four tackles are already all gone. They’ll settle by getting Tannehill a new weapon. Look for Miami to move back from this pick to take a tackle in the bottom of the first.

 

20.  Cardinals: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville 

Bridgewater free falls from being the possible number one pick to the later picks of the first round. The Cardinals don’t necessarily need a quarterback but Carson Palmer is older and the Cardinals could find their quarterback of the future. Great value for Arizona.

 

21.  Packers: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU 

The Packers benefit from not having a lot of needs. They’re defensive could definitely use some work, particularly their aging secondary. Verrett fills that gap.

 

22.  Eagles: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh 

The Eagles have suffered from having an undersized and sub-par front seven for the past four or five seasons. Aaron Donald could anchor their defense, add size, and demand double teams. Philadelphia desperately needs this kind of help up front

 

23.  Chiefs: Odell Beckham, WR, LSU 

With Dexter McCluster gone Kansas City needs a returner and not to mention wide receiver is a big need for them. They can fill two needs with one pick.

 

24.  Bengals: Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville 

Even though the Bengals would love to get some help on offense with this pick, they’ll be doing back flips to get Calvin Pryor. The hard hitting safeties could arguably be the best safety in this draft class.

 

25.  Chargers: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri 

Ealy is a very interesting prospect considering how different teams value him. Some teams have him in the first round and some would not touch him until the third. The Chargers go ahead and pull the trigger on him; you can never have too many pass rushers.

 

26.  Browns: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama 

The Browns have their new quarterback in Manziel and now they pick up his SEC counterpart. Drafting a quarterback and then a tackle is one of the oldest tricks in the books and the Browns are in an awesome position to do so. Although, they already have pro bowler Joe Thomas, they sure up the right side while also getting their left tackle of the future.

 


27.
  Saints: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State 

The Saints have made it very clear that they want to find some offensive help and they find it in a draft class deep with wideout talent.

 

28.  Panthers: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State 

The Panthers are not going to make the best pick here because they are handcuffed by the fact that they have to get a wide receiver, so they over draft Robinson. Look for Carolina to also try to move up and jump some of the other wide receiver hungry teams.

 

29.  Patriots: RaShede Hageman, DT, Minnesota 

Hageman is the best player on the board and can also replace Vince WIlfork when he decides to retire. There is lots of value in this pick.

 

30.  49ers: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech 

The 49ers are yet another team that can make luxury picks based on the fact that they have very few needs. Harbaugh saw what the Patriots could do with two pro bowl caliber tight ends and decides to bring in another top tight end to pair with Vernon Davis.

 

31.  Broncos: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State 

The Broncos found out a lot about their defense in the Super Bowl and decide to pair up another talent defensive tackle with Sylvester Williams.

 

32.  Seahawks: Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn 

The Seahawks immediately find their replacement for Red Bryant and add another talented pass rusher.

 

 

 


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4 Responses to “Complete First Round Mock Draft”

  1. Ron says:

    God, please don’t let this happen! We do NOT need another receiver taken in the first round. We already moved up last year. Receivers can be found throughout the draft. We need a stud OT, one of the top three, Robinson, Matthews, or Lewan. Neither Long, nor Staffold competed in a 16 game schedule last year, nor will they this year. We need another Jackie Slater, or Orlando Pace Tackle that can stay healthy and have a productive career.

    I have no problem with Clinton-Dix at Pick #13, but either we trade out of #2 and pick up some extra picks, or we take one of the top three tackles.

  2. Chris says:

    Wouldn’t mind picking up one of the top three tackles at all. Convinced that the Texans are going to take Clowney and then we won’t be able to trade out of the two spot.

    I completely hear what your saying on drafting a tackle but what you also have to remember is Tavon is not the kind of WR that can open up a defense by himself and there’s no guarantee that Kenny Britt will work out. By drafting Sammy we get a dynamic play maker and the field becomes a lot bigger for Tavon. Then if Kenny Britt works out and Jared Cook works out that’s just a bonus.

  3. B.J. Rassam says:

    With all the questions in the NFL surrounding Bradford’s true ability, the Rams keep adding WRs dating back to last year – to little avail. Maybe this #2 overall draft pick of yet another WR addition will put them over the playoff hump, then again – maybe not. Remember how Tavon Austin was going to turn the whole Rams offense around last year….?

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