Thursday, May 8, 2014
Our mock draft, final version
By Rich Cimini
Our third and final crack at the first round. To keep things orderly, I didn't include trades:
1. Houston Texans : Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina -- Still think there's a decent chance the Texans trade down and pick a quarterback.
2. St. Louis Rams: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn -- He's their new Orlando Pace.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo -- Defensive-minded Gus Bradley goes with the pass-rusher over Johnny Football and the stud receivers.
4. Cleveland Browns: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M -- Mike Pettine building a monster O-Line with Matthews, Joe Thomas and Alex Mack.
5. Oakland Raiders: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson -- A pick right out of the old Al Davis handbook.
6. Atlanta Falcons : Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan -- If they don't trade up for Clowney, they'll pick the nastiest lineman in the draft.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M -- He can learn from Josh McCown for a year before taking over the pirate ship.
8. Minnesota Vikings: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State -- They'll get the quarterback with the next pick.
9. Buffalo Bills: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M -- Doug Marrone wanted Watkins, happily settles for the second-best receiver.
10. Detroit Lions: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina -- New OC Joe Lombardi, formerly of the New Orleans Saints, gets his version of Jimmy Graham.
11. Tennessee Titans: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida -- The Whiz Kids put Jake Locker on the clock.
12. New York Giants: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame -- Tough choice for the Coughlins (they really like LSU WR Odell Beckham, Jr.), but they go offensive line for the second straight year.
13. St. Louis Rams: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama -- The Rams have their version of the Iron Bowl with Clinton-Dix and Robinson.
14. Chicago Bears: Aaron Donald, DT, Pitt -- Donald is undersized for some 4-3 teams, but not the Bears.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State -- Mike Tomlin needs young blood in his secondary, and he gets the best man-to-man corner.
16. Dallas Cowboys: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA -- Best available pass-rusher for a defense that needs help everywhere.
17. Baltimore Ravens: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama -- GM Ozzie Newsome, in perhaps his final draft, dips into the pool of talent at his alma mater.
18. New York Jets: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU -- Doubt he lasts this long, but I've been on OBJ the entire way, so why change now? I think they'll have to trade up to get him. They could flip with the Titans, giving up a third-round pick and two fourth-rounders. If OBJ is gone, they'd consider Brandin Cooks, Marqise Lee and perhaps secondary help.
19. Miami Dolphins: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia -- The Fish pair Moses with Branden Albert, giving them Wahoo bookends.
20. Arizona Cardinals: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State -- A highly productive linebacker adds more juice to a talented defense.
21. Green Bay Packers: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville -- Their safeties failed to create a single turnover last season.
22. Philadelphia Eagles: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State -- Cooks gets a chance to prove he's better than DeSean Jackson, as he stated.
23. Kansas City Chiefs: Marqise Lee, WR, USC -- The Chiefs' wide receivers were last in the league in receptions, yards and touchdowns.
24. Cincinnati Bengals: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech -- This will be their fourth first-round DB since '06, but Fuller is a great value at 24.
25. San Diego Chargers: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State -- Allowed 9.1 yards per pass attempt to wide receivers, highest in the league.
26. Cleveland Browns: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State -- The Brownies get their quarterback. They also could try to pry Kirk Cousins away from the Washington Redskins.
27. New Orleans Saints: Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana -- Drew Brees needs a new toy.
28. Carolina Panthers: Joel Bitonio, G, Nevada -- The Panthers allowed a league-high 60 sacks and Jordan Gross retired.
29. New England Patriots: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU -- Yes, they signed Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, but this is a value pick.
30. San Francisco 49ers: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State -- Their wide receivers combined for only eight touchdown catches, tied for second fewest in the league.
31. Denver Broncos: Xavier Su'a-Filo, G, UCLA -- Maybe you watched the Super Bowl; they had trouble blocking people.
32. Seattle Seahawks: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama -- Even the defending champs have blemishes; they could use O-line help.