It was one of my most popular posts from last year so why not go ahead and post another one this year? This years NFL draft has been different from years past since they pushed the date for the draft back a month. All it’s really done has given us more time to fall in and out of love with prospects and make scouts think they should take any other QB then Bridgewater. But enough of that. Remember I don’t project trades. This is a mock draft based off on how the order stands right now!
1. Houston Texans – Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina – They should take Bridgewater. And I’ll stand by that until it’s proven otherwise. They are a playoff team with good QB play. Clowney doesn’t make them a playoff team. Word is they will move down and get Manziel. That is still a mistake as long as Bridgewater is available.
2. St. Louis Rams – Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson – We say this every year it seems here lately, but Bradford has one more year to prove himself. And I think he will. You pair Watkins with that receiver corps we will be looking at one tough offense to stop.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M – They have to put butts in the seats. An electric offensive player will do that. I’m not high on Manziel. But I think he will be better then Bortles.
4. Cleveland Browns – Blake Bortles, QB, UCF – I don’t like him but from some reason scouts have fallen in love with the potential he has. Apparently that means more then 3 years of actual game tape of being great with Bridgewater.
5. Oakland Raiders – Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo – The Raiders have needs every where. But I don’t see them going QB here even though Schaub is not the answer. If Mack had played for a big time program he’d be the best player in this draft. I think he’ll be better then Clowney.
6. Atlanta Falcons – Dee Ford, DE, Auburn – They need a pass rusher! NEED! Barr from UCLA is an option. But I generally believe they move up to get Clowney. If not they may move down because this is a bit of a reach.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M – If they stay with Glennon (I think they do) this will be when they prove it by drafting him a receiver instead of taking Bridgewater.
8. Minnesota Vikings – Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville – They will go QB. It just depends on which one is still left to decide which one they take. This is an instant upgrade for the offense.
9. Buffalo Bills – Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn – I’m not a fan of players getting to the combine and being a work out champions and then moving up draft boards. And that’s why I’m not a fan of Greg Robinson.
10. Detroit Lions – Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan – Let the run on offensive tackles begin. Although I do like Jake Matthews more then Lewan.
11. Tennessee Titans – Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State – They lost their best corner in free agency. So now they have to get one to replace him. Dennard has a chance to be something special.
12. New York Giants – Jake Mathews, OT, Texas A&M -Eli still has some good years left and they need to make that offense more potent. With the receivers being so deep this year they can wait until their next pick to get one of those.
13. St. Louis Rams – Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh – One scout said Donalds the best player he has seen in the last 20 year in the draft. That might be a tad high in praise but he is really good.
14. Chicago Bears – Timmy Jernigan, DT, FSU – They need help on the interior line pretty badly. Just missing out on Donald they get the next big body available.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers – Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State – If Gilbert is off the board I think they go o-line here. For some reason that seems to always be a need for them.
16. Dallas Cowboys – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Safety, Alabama – What a name. And I’ve been saying for 3 years now the Cowboys would draft a safety. Maybe this year I’ll be right.
17. Baltimore Ravens – Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame – Last year they struggled to run the ball. I’d like to blame the o-line for that right now and not Ray Rice.
18. New York Jets – Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU – They need receiver help. No matter how bad Vick and Geno Smith are, they need some one to target when they throw all those interceptions.
19. Miami Dolphins – C.J. Mosely, ILB, Alabama – Best player available for them. o-line at this point would be a reach.
20. Arizona Cardinals – Calvin Pryor, Safety, Louisville – If they can get another young safety to pair with Mathiu and they can find their stride that defensive backfield will be pretty dangerous.
21. Green Bay Packers – Morgan Moses OT, Virginia – Another team that seems to always need o-line depth due to injury.
22. Philadelphia Eagles – Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State – They need to add a receiver to help replace their lose at that position.
23. Kansas City Chiefs – Marqise Lee WR, USC – They have a win now attitude so they have to get the most polished receiver in the draft to help their offense.
24. Cincinnati Bengals – Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA – Barr is a do it all type player. He will definitely help them in them get to the QB.
25. San Diego Chargers – Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech. – They need secondary help and Fuller could ene up being a real steal if he can always play to his abilities.
26. Cleveland Browns – Jason Verrett, CB, TCU – If they can find someone to play close to Haden’s level on the other side of the field this great defense will only get better.
27. New Orleans Saints – Kelvin Benjamin, WR, FSU – They need to add some receiver depth here and help that offense get past the Seahawks defense.
28. Carolina Panthers – Jordan Mathews, WR, Vanderbilt – There really isn’t a bad receiver pick to be made here. They just need to pick one of them.
29. New England Patriots – Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame – They too could go receiver here but I see them adding some beef to the d-line.
30. San Francisco 49ers – Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana – Adding another option in the passing game will really help that offense move forward and beyond Boldin’s career.
31. Denver Broncos – Lamarcus Joyner, CB, FSU – Denver needs to continue to add secondary help. Joyner is a play maker who can play safety and corner back.
32. Seattle Seahawks – Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota – Your Superbowl champions add some talented beef to that d-line.