The NFL Draft is just over 24 hours away and everyone is speculating who will go where, who will fall, who will rise and what trades will be made. I've done three mock drafts between the NFL Combine and now. This is my final mock draft. Some of you might not agree with the picks, some of you may love them. Let the mock madness begin!
1. Houston Texans
Pick: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
I don’t think the Texans can pass up on having Clowney and Watt anchor their defensive line. They can get a QB with their 2nd round pick, or even trade back up into the late 1st round.
Previously Selected 2.0: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
Previously Selected 1.0- Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
2. St. Louis Rams
Pick: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
This pick is being made with the assumption that St. Louis remains here. I don’t think they will, but if they do, Robinson is the pick.
Previously Selected 2.0: Khalil Mack (Atlanta Falcons), OLB, Buffalo
Previously Selected 1.0- Greg Robinson (St. Louis Rams), OT, Auburn
3. Jacksonville Jaguars
Pick: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
When Justin Blackmon was on the field he had scrubs throwing him the ball and put up monster numbers. If Watkins can stay on the field and perform he will put up big numbers and make Jaguars fans forget about Blackmon. (If the league doesn’t forget about him first)
Previously Selected 2.0: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Previously Selected 1.0- Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
4. Cleveland Browns
Pick: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
Make could be the top defensive guy in the draft behind Clowney. With Watkins off the board, the Browns know that their QB of the future could still be there when they select again at 26. They’ll go with the defensive stud.
Previously Selected 2.0: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
Previously Selected 1.0- Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
5. Oakland Raiders
Pick: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
The Raiders need offensive line help. If they want to keep Matt Schaub healthy and upright, they draft a lineman here. It is the Raiders…so who the heck really knows?!
Previously Selected 2.0: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Previously Selected 1.0- Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
6. Atlanta Falcons
Pick: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
They do need defensive help, but I think locking up someone to protect the franchise quarterback will be a well used draft pick.
Previously Selected 2.0: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Previously Selected 1.0- Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo (Atlanta Falcons)
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Pick: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
I doubt they use this pick on a QB. They need help at receiver and after hiring Lovie Smith as coach, they should be relatively set defensively.
Previously Selected 2.0: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Previously Selected 1.0- Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
8. Minnesota Vikings
Pick: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
GM Rick Speilman’s job is on the line with this selection. Does he go with a safe bet and take a defensive player or does he jump on Manziel? This guy is the pick because by selecting him he does two things: Selects the player with the most upside and star power and he selects a player that COULD keep him as GM until they get to their new stadium in 2016.
Previously Selected 2.0: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Previously Selected 1.0- Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
9. Buffalo Bills
Pick: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
If this guy is as big of a playmaker as they say he is, he would be the right pick. Buffalo needs playmakers for E.J. Manuel and Ebron is the right guy.
Previously Selected 2.0: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Previously Selected 1.0- Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
10. Detroit Lions
Pick: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
They were awful on defense down the stretch last season and their division is one of the best passing divisions in the NFL (Minus Minnesota).
Previously Selected 2.0: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
Previously Selected 1.0- Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
11. Tennessee Titans
Pick: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
He still might slide down the board, but Tennessee doesn’t think that Jake Locker is the future and Manziel has a ton of upside in an offense run by Ken Whisenhunt.
Previously Selected 2.0: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
Previously Selected 1.0- Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
12. New York Giants
Pick: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
The Giants were dreadful on defense last year. Barr is a top ten talent that will slide out into their laps.
Previously Selected 2.0: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Previously Selected 1.0- Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
13. St. Louis Rams
Pick: HaSean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
Improving their secondary is the priority and they will have the pick of the litter with the only defensive back being selected thus far is Justin Gilbert. Clinton-Dix is a playmaker that can step in Week 1.
Previously Selected 2.0: Odell Beckhan, Jr, WR, LSU
Previously Selected 1.0- Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
14. Chicago Bears
Pick: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
The Bears play the Packers twice, the Lions twice and if the Vikings hit on a quarterback, they’ll face them as well. They need to improve their secondary who got them knocked out of the playoffs against the Packers during Week 17 last year.
Previously Selected 2.0: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Previously Selected 1.0- Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
15. Pittsburgh Steelers
Pick: Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville
The other top safety will be selected here. The Steelers aren’t getting any younger and by injecting youth into the secondary, that could bump them over the .500 mark and put them back in the playoffs.
Previously Selected 2.0: Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
Previously Selected 1.0- Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
16. Dallas Cowboys
Pick: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
The Cowboys will need to improve their defense and with the loss of Demarcus Ware, they need to add another guy who can affect the pass rush.
Previously Selected 2.0: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
Previously Selected 1.0- Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
17. Baltimore Ravens
Pick: Zack Martin, OG, Notre Dame
Protecting Joe Flacco and improving their offensive line is a huge need for the Ravens. They have the ability to be a top seed in the AFC with improvement to the line and hopefully showcasing Flacco as the overpriced…I mean…’elite’ quarterback that he is.
Previously Selected 2.0: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
Previously Selected 1.0- Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
18. New York Jets
Pick: Odell Beckham Jr, WR, LSU
Eric Decker was a dramatic improvement at the wide receiver position but the Jets wont be done there. Beckham Jr will add another dimension to the passing game.
Previously Selected 2.0: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Previously Selected 1.0- Marquise Lee, WR, USC
19. Miami Dolphins
Pick: Cyrus Kouandijo, OT, Alabama
The Dolphins lost two starting offensive lineman not due to contract issues or injury, but to being idiots. They find one less idiot.
Previously Selected 2.0: Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA
Previously Selected 1.0- Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA
20. Arizona Cardinals
Pick: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
When it comes down to it, the Cardinals do not need a quarterback…yet. This pick will be used to ensure that their defense will be atop the already competitive NFC West. Carson Palmer is serviceable, and with a great defense, all you need is a serviceable quarterback. Just ask Trent Dilfer.
Previously Selected 2.0: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
Previously Selected 1.0- C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
21. Green Bay Packers
Pick: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
The Packers need help on defense in two noticeable areas, the safety position and the linebacker position. Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers will line up on the outsides with Nick Perry as well. Mosely can step in and play next to AJ Hawk and add a physical tackling element to their game.
Previously Selected 2.0: Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville
Previously Selected 1.0- Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
22. Philadelphia Eagles
Pick: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
The Eagles need to replace DeSean Jackson because Jeremy Maclin coming off a knee injury isn’t a guarantee and Riley Cooper can make the home run play, but can he be consistent enough to catch 8 balls and 100 yards a game?
Previously Selected 2.0: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
Previously Selected 1.0- Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
23. Kansas City Chiefs
Pick: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
I think Kansas City will play this one by ear. If Bortles falls this far, they will grab him before Cleveland can at 26. I do think they want to draft the heir to Alex Smith, it will just depend. They were embarrassed by the Colts after having a large lead in the playoffs so they could address their defense here. Personally, a quarterback would be a dumb move.
Previously Selected 2.0: Marquise Lee, WR, USC
Previously Selected 1.0- RaShede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
24. Cincinnati Bengals
Pick: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
I’m not going to put all the playoff ineptitude on Andy Dalton, their defense has also been a disappointment. Improving their secondary will be a necessity. Fuller improves them from the moment he puts on pads in training camp.
Previously Selected 2.0: Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
Previously Selected 1.0- Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville
25. San Diego Chargers
Pick: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
The Chargers need better play from their corners. The safety position is pretty well set in San Diego, but these guys need help on the corners.
Previously Selected 2.0: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
Previously Selected 1.0- Ryan Shaizer, OLB, Ohio State
26. Cleveland Browns- (from Indy)
Pick: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
If Carr gets past Arizona at 20, this could very well be his landing spot. If the Cardinals decide not to go with Blake Bortles, this could be where he lands up as well. It’s hard for me to imagine the Browns passing on a quarterback with one or both of their first round picks.
Previously Selected 2.0: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
Previously Selected 1.0- Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
27. New Orleans Saints
Pick: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
In a division with Matt Ryan and Cameron Newton, the Saints need to draft defensive help. If Lovie Smith can right the ship (plenty of pun intended) in Tampa Bay, that’s another team that can threaten the Saints.
Previously Selected 2.0: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
Previously Selected 1.0- Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
28. Carolina Panthers
Pick: Marquise Lee, WR, USC
They lost pretty much everyone who can catch a ball from Cameron Newton. A receiver is a no brainer.
Previously Selected 2.0: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
Previously Selected 1.0- Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
29. New England Patriots
Pick: RaShede Hageman, DE, Minnesota
The Patriots will inject some youth into the aging defensive line. Hageman can step in right away and will be a key contributor to the Bill Belichick defense.
Previously Selected 2.0: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
Previously Selected 1.0- Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
30. San Francisco 49ers
Pick: Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
Even though Aldon Smith’s option was picked up, he’s on thin ice with the NFL and drafting Ford makes Smith replaceable, should that time arise.
Previously Selected 2.0: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
Previously Selected 1.0- Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
31. Denver Broncos
Pick: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
Defense could be a priority here, but keeping Peyton Manning upright for two more seasons will also be a priority.
Previously Selected 2.0: RaShede Hageman, DE, Minnesota
Previously Selected 1.0- Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
32. Seattle Seahawks
Pick: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
The loss of Golden Tate makes the need at wide receiver a high priority, especially with Percy Harvin being made out of Styrofoam.
Previously Selected 2.0: Cyrus Kouandijo, OT, Alabama
Previously Selected 1.0- Jake Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
The one big name that dropped in my drafts was Teddy Bridgewater. I had him being selected in the top 10 in my first two drafts and now he doesn't appear on the board. Where will he go? My guess is he'll either go to Houston at 33, Jacksonville at 35 or if Minnesota doesn't select a quarterback at 8, they could trade up from 40 into the low 30's to grab him.
Either way, we should be in for a fun night watching Round 1 in primetime and seeing the rest of the draft over Friday and Saturday!
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