1) Atlanta-Jadeveon Clowney (DE) South Carolina
Atlanta makes a move for the best 4-3 DE that we have seen in a decade. It will cost them the swapping 1st rounders, the 37th pick this year, and next years 1st rounder. No need for description on Clowney, if you have turned on a TV the last 6 months you know all about him. Atlanta does not have to give up as many picks as St Louis did because the Texans want to move down more.
2) St Louis-Khalil Mack (LB) Buffalo
Ferocious pass rusher that could be a dominate guy off the edge for years to come. He is fast, instinctive, and is a hitting machine.
3) Jacksonville-Blake Bortles (QB) UCF
Jacksonville could go OL or QB here. They take a prototypical QB he is tall and has a strong arm. He will sit behind whatever old washed up QB wins the gig to start the year there and take over by week 8 when they are 1-7.
4) Cleveland-Sammy Watkins (WR) Clemson
The Browns go with BPA at a skill position here. Watkins is the best WR to come out since AJ Green, and Cleveland knows all to well what he has done. Watkins and Gordon will be a deadly combo if they can find a QB to throw to them.
5) Oakland -Greg Robinson (OT) Auburn
The Raiders OL was terrible last year. They have filled some holes in FA but still need lots of help. This is not a flashy pick but it is the right one. They need to win now and keeping their QB upright will help do just that.
6) Houston-Johnny Manziel (QB) Texas A&M
The storybook ending to Houston’s pick. They trade down, get some extra picks, and still get to take the Texas kid after all. They also won’t get criticized for hitting or missing on Clowney now that one of these picks is likely to pan out.
7) Tampa Bay-Mike Evans (WR) Texas A&M
Here is a big, strong WR for The Bucs and they need a WR to put opposite Vincent Jackson. With Mike Williams stabbed then traded and I think they will jump to replace him.
8) Minnesota-Aaron Donald (DT) Pittsburgh
Mike Zimmer loved Geno Atkins, so he drafted his clone from 2014. If he turns out to play like Geno this will make Zimmer a happy man.
9) Buffalo-Jake Matthews (OT) Texas A&M
So the 3rd of the Texas trio goes here. All end up going in the top ten. Just remember when the college football season ended everyone had Matthews right after Clowney. The Bills need a RT and Matthews fits the bill. He can play RT and shift over to LT later on if they need him too.
10) Detroit-Justin Gilbert (CB) OK State
Detriot has a big need at corner so he fills that void. They get a speedy guy that can help them in the return game as well. This division has Rodgers and Cutler slinging it all over each week having a good secondary is imperative.
11) Tennessee-Derek Carr (QB) Fresno St
The Titans will definitely be trying to trade back here and don’t be surprised if the 49ers try to come up here to get the WR they want. The Jets are also rumored to be looking to come up to get Odell Beckum Jr. This might be where they try it. In my mock I only wanted to project the Trade with the top pick. They need a QB so they get one.
12) New York Giants-Zach Martin (OT/G) Notre Dame
The Giants have a need at G and he can move over to Tackle later on in his career, as his skills progress. If Beaty can’t go at the start of camp he can fill in at tackle right away.
13) St Louis-Taylor Lewan (OT) Michigan
The Rams have the Luxury of two 1st rounders in the top 13 picks thanks to the Redskins trading the farm for RG3, then stinking up the join. They need to see if Bradford deserves an extension or to let him walk. They can’t cut him this year because of his salary. If you can’t cut him you might as well protect him.
14) Chicago- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (S) Alabama
The Bears biggest need is a safety and think about the offenses in their division. The get Megaton and Aaron Rodgers & Co twice a year. They need a playmaker on the back end.
15) Pittsburgh-Darqueze Dennard (CB) Mich St
The Steelers have a need at CB with the age of the players they have currently. They currently have the “all geriatric” defensive backfield. I mean Ike Taylor seemingly can only guard AJ Green, everyone else roasts him. Dennard is big and physical like the Steelers prefer. He will help them in the run game and play well in man press. He is a extra grabby CB when playing the ball down field, so he will fit right in with the Steelturds.
16) Dallas-Anthony Barr (LB) UCLA
They have a lot of needs on defense so they will go with BPA. He can play OLB and offer some pass rush to make up for the departing Demarcus Ware.
17) Baltimore-Calvin Pryor (S) Louisville
They have no one to play opposite of Matt Elam so they will go safety in the first. He is the best safety left and the position is thin so they can’t wait. I did his full breakdown last week.
18) New York Jets-Odell Beckum Jr. (WR) LSU
Well the crowd at radio music hall will still boo, I mean they always do. This is the best case scenario for the Jets they don’t trade up and still get one of the Top 3 WR. I don’t know if he will make it this far rumors are swirling around him from multiple teams. Decker can’t do it all alone and I think it’s starting to be confirmed Stephen Hill is a big bust-a-rooski.
19) Miami-Xavier Su’a Filo (OG) UCLA
From best case to worst case scenario. Miami wants to get a OT in the first but all of the top tackles are gone. There line needs help everywhere since the whole Martin TattleGate stripped them of a OT and OG. They take the best OL on their board. I considered Morgan Moses here but since their whole line needs help they will go with the more versatile guy.
20) Arizona-Ra’shede Hageman (DT) Minnesota
He is probably the biggest boom or bust guy thus far in the mock. He has some tendency to take plays off, but he is 6’6″ and 320 pounds but still moves well. He can play the NT in the 3-4 which is a spot AZ can use help at. He will start week 1.
21) Green Bay-Eric Ebron (TE) UNC
Bye bye Jermichael Finley hello Eric Ebron, this would fill a major need and TEs tend to slide a bit on draft day just ask Tyler Eifert.
22) Philadelphia-Brandon Cooks (WR) Oregon St
Another fill the void pick. The Eagles don’t have anyone at WR that played serious snaps except Riley Cooper. Maclin has to prove he is back from the ACL tear so chip Kelly beefs up his arsenal of weapons and replaces Desean Jackson.
23) Kansas City-Jimmy Ward-(S) NIU
Here is the dilemma for the Chiefs getting Alex Smith cost them their 2nd round pick. This means they might have to reach a bit on a safety. I personally think Ward is the best tackler in the draft and would be ahead of the others if he didn’t go to NIU. He is projected in the late 20s so it’s not a huge reach here, but after Ward there are no other top safety’s. They will snag him up and put him next to Eric Berry to have a solid tandem.
24) Cincinnati-Kyle Fuller (CB) Virginia Tech
The Bengals roster is deep and talented but their biggest need is corner. They have capable players but they are all getting a little long in the tooth. They need to get younger at corner we all know that, Fuller is the most versatile of the corners. He can play man, man press, and zone. He fits the Bengals scheme and he is a thumper who will knock your block off given the chance. He is my top corner, the Bengals will be lucky to have him still available at 24.
25) San Diego-Louis Nix III (DT) Notre Dame
The Chargers could go with DL or CB here but I think they will wait on a CB since the class is deep and Nix would have been a Top 10 pick had he came out last year. Once he is fully healthy expect him to return to his beastly form. Flashes of him returning to form were present at his pro day. He looked strong. He can play NT for them in the 3-4.
26) Cleveland (from Indy)-Teddy Bridgewater (QB) Louisville
The Browns need a QB to compete in one of the toughest divisions in football. Browns fans might think the Hoyer is the answer, but I suspect he would be like Derek Anderson was a few years back. He would be a world burner for about 6 games then once teams have tape of him he would be exposed. There is a reason he was a backup for years before starting in Cleveland. Bridgewater has lots of great tape (trust me I watched it) so this is a great value. Ian Rapport has confirmed Cleveland’s scouts like him as well. His pro day is what has caused his stock to fall. I still think he could be gone earlier and a lot of this is smokescreens. Don’t be surprised if a team jumps back into the first round if he makes it to the teens. He is Matt Miller’s number 1 prospect.
27) New Orleans-Jason Varrett (CB) TCU
Position of need and BPA on the board. Varrett is a junkyard dog he knows he is the smallest dog in the fight so he makes sure you feel his bit early. He is a competitor and a tough guy something the Saints defense could use.
28) Carolina-Kelvin Benjamin (WR) FSU
The Panthers will need to replace Steve Smith and get Cam some other weapons. There defense is stout but they have to score some points to win. Kelvin was all the rage after the national title game but he is a little raw still. He slides the back of the 1st.
29) New England-CJ Mosley (ILB) Alabama
The Patriots will probably try to trade out of the first round all together, hey always do. Good OL’ Bill likes to think he is the master of the draft. Recently he hasn’t been doing so hot. Mosley is a solid player and will replace Spikes in the middle.
30) San Francisco-Marqise Lee (WR) USC
The Niners need some help at WR for the future. If Kaep gets the contract that he wants, that likely means they will have to let Crabtree walk. Boldin is getting old old old so they need some young talent.
31) Denver-Ryan Shazier (LB) OSU
The Broncos need some help on defense, just in case you missed te Super Bowl and didn’t already know that. Shazier is a safe pick he has a high floor but not as high of a ceiling. He will be a solid NFL player for many years. He is a solid tackler that can cover the TEs and slot receivers because of his speed. The reason that he is not being drooled over is because he doesn’t rush the passer.
32) Seattle-Stephon Tuitt (DE) Notre Dame
The Seahawks will be happy to get Tuitt here, they lost some players on the DL this offseason. They will be looking to add to the trenches with there limited picks. They will add a pass rusher they can develop on their great defense. Look for Tuitt to be a monster on that defense in 2 years.
33) Houston-Dee Ford (OLB) Auburn
He is a better fit for their system then Clowney was. He can rush off the edge for them opposite JJ Watt.
34) Washington-Morgan Moses (OT) Virginia
The Redskins need someone to help protect RG3 and more importantly his knee. Moses stock is rising he is a great value here. He could go as high as the teens if there is a run on OT on Thursday.
35) Cleveland-Carlos Hyde (RB) OSU
Everyone thought the Browns were nuts when they traded Trent Richardson. As of now they looked pretty smart, but this season will tell the whole story about Richardson. They still need to replace him and Hyde does just that.
36) Oakland-Kony Ealy (DE) Mizzou
Oakland needs help in a lot of places, one of them being the defensive line. Ealy will help them with providing some pass rush off the edge.
37) Houston-(Clowney trade) Chris Borland (ILB) Wisconsin
The Texans need an inside backer and Borland is a sure tackler that well help solidify the LB corp. They can put him next to Cushing and let him learn from one of the best.
38) Tampa Bay-Joel Bitonio (OT/G) Nevada
The Bucs line was bad bad bad last year. Mike Glennon was running for his life all season. Joel is a guy that can play tackle and if he struggles he will at least be a good guard at the next level. He is a monster run blocking which will be something Lovie will want to do.
39) Jacksonville-Kyle Van Noy (OLB/DE) BYU
What do the Jags need? Good football players. They get one here that can cover and provide some pass rush.
40) Minnesota- Tom Savage (QB) Pittsburgh
Mike Zimmer needs a QB for the long haul. He gets a big, tough, strong armed QB that he can groom for the future. I still wake up and wish he was still our Defensive Coordinator every day, no offense to Gunther.
41) Buffalo-Jordan Matthews (WR) Vanderbilt
EJ Manuel needs some options to throw to. He gets a tall fast WR that can still get open when everyone knows the ball is coming to him…..I mean he did it at Vandy his entire college career. The Bills will hope pairing him with Robert Woods will play out nicely.
42) Tennessee- Bradley Roby (CB) OSU
This is a need position for the Titans. With his bad tape, and questionable decisions in 2013 his stock plummeted. Similar to Janoris Jenkins in 2012. Good value here and it is worth the risk, with a clean record he would go top 10
43) N.Y. Giants-Dominic Easley (DT) Florida
The Giants need to fill holes on the defensive line to get back to the way they won titles. Pass rush and running the ball. Easley when healthy is a top 15 pick so they get him here at a good value.
44) St. Louis-Lamarcus Joyner (CB/S) FSU
The Rams need help at safety and at corner. He is the perfect guy to play a little of both and settle in where he is best. He is not afraid to play in the box and hit you.
45) Detroit-Cody Latimer (WR) Indiana
As much as we think he can, Megatron cannot do it all every week. With Latimer and Tate added across from him this offense will be in better shape.
46) Pittsburgh-Austin Seferian-Jenkins, (TE) Washington
Heath Miller is getting old and Big Ben needs some more targets. This will help with both.
47) Dallas-Timmy Jernigan (DT) FSU
If any owner will overlook the fact that he failed his combine drug test, it’s Jerry Jones. I mean it takes a special kind of stupid to fail a drug test that you are told what day it will be months ahead of time. It also takes a special kind of stupid to make some of the picks and do some of the things Jerry does; they are a perfect match.
48) Baltimore-Allen Robinson (WR) Penn State
The Ravens signed Steve Smith but he only has a few years left. He can help groom Robinson to take over.
49) N.Y. Jets- Deone Bucannon (S) Washington State
The Jets need safety help, like a lot of teams, and there aren’t that many in this draft. They reach a bit to fill a need.
50) Miami- Cyrus Kouandajio (OT) Alabama
The Dolphins line was a mess last year. Cyrus will be a steal here if he can get and stay healthy.
51) Chicago-Stanley Jean-Baptiste (CB) Nebraska
He is rangy and tall to help cover the big receivers in the NFC north.
52) Arizona-Ja’Wuan James (OT) Tennessee
The Cardinals need to get the line stabilized because Carson is not mobile at all. He can be effective in a clean pocket. This will also help with a young QB that they will have to start grooming for the future.
53) Green Bay-Terrance Brooks (S) FSU
Forced to reach here based on their extreme need and the thin safety position. The next safety might not be picked until the late 3rd round. The Packers are contenders and can’t risk a project starting at safety.
54) Philadelphia- Demarcus Lawrence (OLB) Boise State
The Eagles will have a pass rusher off the edge that they can develop to takeover for Trent Cole if he struggles coming off his injury.
55) Cincinnati- Trai Turner (OT) Michigan
The Bengals lost their backup do it all lineman Anthony Collins. They like to take guys in the trenches in the middles rounds and they like them versatile. Here is a guy that can help at G/T and eventually take over for Whitworth at covering the blind side. I know its not a flashy pick but based on whats available they will go here. Had Lawrence not gone a pick before he would have been the guy.
56) San Francisco (Alex Smith trade)-Pierre Desire (CB) Lindenwood
The Niners lost a lot at the CB position this offseason. They will look to add a couple of corners this is the first.
57) San Diego-Marcus Martin (C) USC
The Chargers need to upgrade their interior line. They will ask Marcus to make the quick drive south from LA to San Diego and do just that.
58) New Orleans-Davante Adams (WR) Fresno State
We all know how NOLA likes there weapons, they lost Sproles so they will look to add a WR to pair across from Colston for Brees.
59) Indianapolis-Jeremiah Attacochu (OLB) Georgia Tech
The Colts just go with BPA on defense and get a pass rusher to put pressure on the young QBs in the division.
60) Carolina-Antonio Richardson (OT) Tennessee
The Panthers have an excellent defense and need to be able to protect Cam and run the ball. Richardson is another guy that would have gone in the late first early second with a clean bill of health. Instead he is a high upside value pick here.
61) San Francisco-Weston Richburg (C) Colorado State
The Niners will likely package their abundant picks and go up and get a few people they really want. Since trades are too hard to predict they stay put here and get a guy that will challenge to start day 1. He is also retirement insurance in case Goodwin decides to hang up the cleats.
62) New England-Jace Amaro (TE) Arizona
The Pats love running two TE sets. Problem is one of there TEs is a murderer and the other is only worried about murdering shots all night at the club. He will be alongside Gronk and will give them a decent option if Gronk gets hurt again.
63) Denver-Jarvis Landry (WR) LSU
All the chips are in the center of the table for the Broncos this year. Why not get Peyton more weapons. I mean he did lost Eric Decker right?
64) Seattle- Martavis Bryant (WR) Clemson
The Seahawks defense is solid and they reinforced the D-line with pick 32. Here they look to get Russell a weapon and replace Golden Tate departure.