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    1st RD Mock Numero Uno

    1. Houston Texans Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina

    For most of the season, Ive argued that Manziel should go to the first team that needs a QB; however, Clowney is a Lawrence Taylor/Reggie White/Bruce Smith caliber prospect. If the Texans pair him with Watt (arguably the best defensive player in the NFL), they have a chance to construct a young D that rivals the Seahawks and 49ers. I think theyd be justified in drafting Clowney, Manziel, or Bridgewater, but I think this move sets Houston on the most prudent path.

    2. St. Louis Rams Greg Robinson OT Auburn

    I think you can argue that the Rams should consider moving on from Bradford, but they wont. The Rams found their RB in Zac Stacy, and hes helped the to establish the offensive identity Fisher wants. You can make a case for Sammy Watkins here, but Austin and Bailey are very good. Robinson is the best run blocking OT Ive seen at the college level. Hes a perfect fit for what theyre trying to establish on offense.

    3. Jacksonville Jaguars Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M

    I expect Gust Bradley to establish a very good D within the next couple of seasons, and I expect him to try to replicate an offense that compliments that defense much like the system they have in Seattle. Manziel has the skillset to extend drives by converting 3rd downs, and hes the best QB in the draft at connecting on deep passes. They still need to facilitate the running game, but this is a great fit for both parties.

    4. Cleveland Browns Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville

    The Browns miss out on Manziel, but they get Bridgewater. Bridgewater compares favorably to Matt Ryan; Bridgewater has more upside. I rate Bridgewater higher than most of the #1 QBs in recent seasons (Newton and Luck being the exceptions).

    5. Oakland Raiders Sammy Watkins WR Clemson

    Oakland still needs a QB, but if Im them, Im not passing up a player like Watkins for a guy with as many concerns as Bortles. Denarius Moore has struggled to stay healthy, but if he can, hed be a high-end 2nd option. This is a case of Watkins being too good to pass as much as need, but it does fill a need.

    6. Atlanta Falcons Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M

    As Bridgewater was the preseason #1 QB and would be the #1 QB in most drafts, Matthews was the #1 OT and would be the #1 OT in most drafts. His pass pro is near flawless (perfect for an Atlanta team that wants to utilize the talents of Jones and White).

    7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Khalil Mack DE/OLB Buffalo

    Tampa Bay is close to having a very good D. McCoy and David should kill it for Smith. Mack is an ideal candidate for SOLB on base downs, and he can kick down to DE for passing situations. Outstanding COD and balance.

    8. Minnesota Vikings Blake Bortles QB UCF

    Bortles has his concerns, but given the talent at their other positions of need, this is as good a spot as any to go QB, and Bortles does bring a lot to the table. I see the Big Ben comparisons much more than the Andrew Luck comparisons. Not the most precise QB in the world, but he makes plays, and he has the size and athleticism to excel. Slight but warranted reach here.

    9. Buffalo Bills Mike Evans WR Texas A&M

    The Bills would ideally go D here, but Im not liking the DEs or CBs at this point. You can make a case for Mosley, but I think you give your 2nd year QB a weapon that compliments his other WRs. In Evans, you get an extremely physical WR with a big frame. Hes hard to press, and he uses his body well. Brandon Marshall would be my pro comparison.

    10. Detroit Lions Kyle Van Noy OLB BYU

    The Lions need help at DE, LB, and in the secondary. Van Noy is a play maker. Hes scored a TD in every season at BYU (two in 2013). In his last three seasons, he has seven interceptions (at least two interceptions in each of those seasons). He has 11 forced fumbles in four seasons (none in his senior season but six during his junior season). Since his sophomore season, he has posted TFL totals of 15, 22, and 17.5. He also had 13 sacks as a junior, and he blocked three kicks during his time at BYU.

    11. Tennessee Titans Anthony Barr OLB UCLA

    I have mixed feelings on Barr, but I think hell be a good fit for a Ray Horton D. Should be a very productive 3-4 OLB, and I see a significant drop off after Barr. 20+ TFL in each of the last two seasons.

    12. New York Giants Taylor Lewan OT Michigan

    The Giants need help at OT. Thats no secret. Lewan didnt allow a sack during his Senior season, and I view him as underrated as an athlete and as a run blocker.

    13. St. Louis Rams Jimmie Ward FS Northern Illinois

    The Rams need to get serious about their secondary, and Ward is the most sound FS prospect since Earl Thomas. His angles are perfect; he can cover WRs (some said better than any of the CBs on the North Squad during the Senior Bowl); hes a sure tackler; and he excels in single-high looks. This is much higher than most mocks will have him, but if you look at the criticisms, they all boil down to size. Hes the closest thing to Earl Thomas since Earl Thomas, and there isnt a more valuable non-QB in the NFL than ET.

    14. Chicago Bears Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh

    The Geno Atkins comparisons are legit. If you need a 3-technique, Donald is the terror you want.

    15. Pittsburgh Steelers Allen Robinson WR Penn State

    I see Robinson as perfect for Pittsburgh. His size and his ability to high point the ball make him a legitimate RZ threat, but Robinsons YAC ability is perfectly suited for Haleys offense. Maybe the best YAC WR in this class save for Watkins.

    16. Baltimore Ravens HaSean Clinton-Dix S Alabama

    Baltimore would like to address O-line here, but I dont like the value available, and Dix and Elam would give them one of the most physical safety tandems in the league.

    17. Dallas Cowboys Timmy Jernigan DT Florida State

    Dallas needs help all over the defensive side of the ball. Jernigan isnt as disruptive as Donald, but hes plenty disruptive, and hes very stout for a DT under 300 lbs. Had a strong game against a great Auburn running attack.

    18. New York Jets Marqise Lee WR USC

    The Jets WR unit is as bad as any in the NFL. Before a bad junior season, Marqise Lee was seen by most as an even better prospect than Sammy Watkins. Hes not blazing fast, but he looks like the fastest guy on the field, and his COD is up there with the best. Concerns about his personality and work ethic drop him some, but hes too talented for a team as WR needy as the Jets to pass.

    19. Miami Dolphins Jeremy Hill RB LSU

    Jeremy Hill is a top-10 talent. He runs with remarkable burst especially for a guy who weighs 230. Pad level, vision, quick feet, and physicality are all pluses. Hes the only player in SEC history to average 6.9 YPC. Hes a guy like Lynch or Peterson who demands extra defenders in the box, because you cant expect to tackle him with one guy. Hell also take it to the house. I expect his 40 to be right around 4.5 flat. Miami needs to improve their pass protection, but even more, they need to establish a running game. Also, bypassing Hill here would mean taking a lesser prospect.

    20. Arizona Cardinals Eric Ebron TE North Carolina

    The Cardinals are in a situation similar to Miami. They can use O-line help, but their offense can also use a dynamic threat at TE, and Ebron is too good to pass even if its a lesser need.

    21. Green Bay Packers Calvin Pryor S Louisville

    Green Bays offense is good enough to compete with anyone. Their D is littered with liabilities. Pryor can play either safety position. He hits hard and has good range and ball skills. Doesnt always react as quick as youd like, and his angles are solid but not on par with a guy like Ward. But the Packers would welcome his playmaking and physicality.

    22. Philadelphia Eagles Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State

    Another team that needs some help in the secondary, the Eagles might be unhappy to see the top three safeties off the board, but they get the best CB prospect. Gilbert has good size and length, and hes a fluid athlete. Can play press or off. His intensity can lapse at times, but he goes before Dennard because of physical tools.

    23. Kansas City Chiefs Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State

    Speaking of Dennard, the Chiefs have a turnstile at CB, and they like to blitz. Dennard is used to playing press coverage, which should suit KCs demands. Dennard was the best college CB last season, but lack of upside sees him take a slight hit and fall to #2 CB.

    24. Cincinnati Bengals C. J Mosley LB Alabama

    Might seem like Mosley is going to low, but I think hes been somewhat overrated. Hes outstanding in coverage, and he can fly to the ball, but hes not a guy who will excel taking on O-linemen or big TEs. The Bengals outstanding D-line, coupled with an extremely physical Burfict, should free up Mosley to do what he does best. Obviously, they would like secondary help. But the Ss and CBs left dont offer proper value.

    25. San Diego Chargers Antonio Richardson LT Tennessee

    The Chargers set their line for the next 10 years pairing the big, physical Fluker with the big, physical Tiny Richardson. Tiny is an underrated pass blocker, and hed give SD two ways to run to strength (with Fluker on the other side). Fits what McCoy is implementing in SD.

    26. Cleveland Browns Jarvis Landry WR LSU

    Cleveland has its QB of the future. The next step is establishing a running game, but there arent any RBs here that separate from the pack, so they wait for RD 2 or RD 3. They do add a WR who is a QBs best friend and who perfectly complements Josh Gordon. Gordon is one of the best big-play WRs in the league (none of the top WRs had a better yards per target). Landry can beat you deep, but he excels doing the dirty work. Making tough catches to move the chains, making key blocks. My favorite WR in the draft.

    27. New Orleans Saints Louis Nix NT Notre Dame

    The Saints much-improved D gets another shot in the arm. Their pass D was much better than their run D in 2013 (2nd compared to 19th). Nix could be a pick that takes them to that next level the way the Carolina DTs did this season. They have to account for teams like Carolina, SF, and Seattle, who all love to run the ball.

    28. Carolina Panthers Donte Moncrief WR Mississippi

    Speaking of Carolina, get Cam some weapons. Moncrief should see his stock rise in the coming months. Hes too talented to ignore. Can beat you deep, can beat you with RAC, can go up and take the ball away from the defender. His physical style is a great fit for Carolina.

    29. New England Patriots RaShede Hageman DT Minnesota

    Hageman might be the most talented DT in the class. He can play in multiple fronts, and he has outstanding burst and length. Inconsistent motor is the major knock, and New England believes that they can positively influence this talent. Not to mention, they need help at DT.

    30. San Francisco 49ers Odell Beckham Jr. WR LSU

    SF gets a deep threat to pair with Crabtree. This pairing should remind some of Michael Irvin and Alvin Harper. Kaepernick has the arm to test any area of the field, and with the attention that Crabtree and Davis require, Beckham should cause Ds headaches. Id compare him to a stronger , longer Desean Jackson.

    31. Denver Broncos Kony Ealy DE Missouri

    Ealy gives Denver s pass rush some help. Millers coming back, but apart from him, they have guys who are long in the tooth or just adequate on the edge. They know the importance of getting after the QB, or they should (after the SB).

    32. Seattle Seahawks Cyrus Kouandjio OT Alabama

    Kouandjio is overrated by many. Based on performance, hes not a 1st RD pick. Based on talent, hes the 2nd best OT in the class (more talented than Matthews), and who develops players better than Seattle? Perfect storm for Seattle. If they can get him to play to his talent, they significantly improved their line.
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    Don't really know about the other teams, but I seriously doubt we take a RB in the first round...
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    Quote Originally Posted by floriokie View Post
    Don't really know about the other teams, but I seriously doubt we take a RB in the first round...
    It's possible based on what rumors are coming out about the staff and based on what I've seen of Lazor's offense.

    Some unique picks in there, but I think at the end of the day it'll probably be pretty close
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    We would need to pick up 3 linemen in FA at least, but I like it! How do you envision the other 5 picks going?
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    I do not know about Hill. Sure he is a 1st rd talent, but the kid has off field problems.
    The third-year sophomore, who escaped jailtime after his second arrest last spring for battery of a bar patron, is expected to have his service hours completed by December, attorney Marci Blaze told the Shreveport Times.
    "He completed an anger management class. He had a successful substance abuse evaluation. The fine, court costs and restitution to the victim have all been paid," said Blaize said. "All the conditions of his probation are complete except for his community service and the remaining probationary period."
    Blaze said Hill's community service has been performed at a Baton Rouge fire station.
    Hill will remain on probation until July 12, 2015. He was first arrested in high school for unlawful carnal knowledge of an underage female at Baton Rouge's Redemptorist High, and was on probation for that charge at the time of his second arrest.
    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap200...robation-terms
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    pretty sure ealy stayed in school...this mocks definitely got different names in slots than i'm used to seeing...
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    Ealy's on the combine list, and I can't find any record of him returning.
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    Hill's talent is undeniable, but in that scenario I'd take either Ebron, Mosley, Ealy or Prior. Despite his talent, I think Hill makes it to the 2nd round or perhaps a team like SF gambles at the end of the 1st.
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    Wow, quite surprised at that pick at 19. Don't get me wrong, I like the player, but think we could trade down, pick up an extra 2nd or 3rd and still get Hill.

    He's got great feet and nice vision. Not sure how much his 6.9 avg was on his OL though?

    I would like this pick a lot though, if we had a considerable upgrade at the guard spots in free agency. Agree we need to get the running game going and seeing how Lazor ran his offence at UVA and the success of the running game last year in Philly would say to me that he will certainly want to get the run game going big style. A back like Hill will certainly upgrade that overnight, but he'll need help with a stronger run game from his OL and that starts inside.. as much as we need to improve the tackles for Pass Pro - you develop a stronger run game and it's not the issue that it was last year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pat-London View Post
    Wow, quite surprised at that pick at 19. Don't get me wrong, I like the player, but think we could trade down, pick up an extra 2nd or 3rd and still get Hill.

    He's got great feet and nice vision. Not sure how much his 6.9 avg was on his OL though?

    I would like this pick a lot though, if we had a considerable upgrade at the guard spots in free agency. Agree we need to get the running game going and seeing how Lazor ran his offence at UVA and the success of the running game last year in Philly would say to me that he will certainly want to get the run game going big style. A back like Hill will certainly upgrade that overnight, but he'll need help with a stronger run game from his OL and that starts inside.. as much as we need to improve the tackles for Pass Pro - you develop a stronger run game and it's not the issue that it was last year.
    Well, Alfred Blue is going to play in the NFL, and he averaged 4.83 YPC behind the same line, and Kenny Hilliard will be an NFL back in 2015, and he averaged 4.56 YPC.
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