M2K's Mock, v. 1
Published at 2/5/2014 6:18:59 PM
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Houston may look to trade down, but I don't think that is going to happen. They need a true franchise signal caller, and by the time the draft rolls around in may I have a strong suspicion Bortles will be the top rated guy.
TRADE: Atlanta trades their first, second and fifth round picks
I think the Falcons will make a move to get the player they covet, and that's Jadeveon Clowney. They are in serious need of an accomplished pass rusher, and Clowney is the best prospect in this draft regardless of position. Despite an off year in 2013, he still remains as an elite athlete that doesn't come along very often.
The Jaguars may consider a trade down, but they won't budge and end up taking what some believe to be a better pro prospect than Blake Bortles. Bridgewater may be a better athlete than Bortles, and has more upside. Look for the Jags to try and move Blaine Gabbert sometime this off-season as a result of this pick.
Are the Browns REALLY that enamored with Johnny Football? I am not sure that they are, but I'll play into their bluff and mock him here. There's no doubt that Manziel can play the game, it just remains to be seen how well he can play it on a professional level. Take into account some of the baggage he brings along, and you begin to wonder if he's really worth a top five pick.
The Raiders don't have a dire need at receiver, but Watkins is just too good to pass on at this point. Some could argue that it is Watkins who is the more pro ready player than Clowney. Some, in my opinion, would be right about that. Watkins has elite skills and doesn't come with all the off field headaches that Clowney has.
The Rams trade down, and manage to get a much needed player in Clinton-Dix. Some may say this is a reach. However, if you look at the history of the draft, many times a safety is looked at as not worth a top ten or top twenty pick, and end up rising up draft boards in the last few weeks or days. Then they often get selected higher than anticipated. The Rams desperately need a playmaking safety, and this guy is the best of the bunch by a pretty sizable margin.
Another team that needs a pass rusher, they could elect to go with Anthony Barr here. Instead the Bucs select a player who fits the mold of a 4-3 linebacker better, but also has the speed and ability to rush the passer when called upon. Mack is a tremendous athlete that can immediately help a beleaguered defense.
TRADE: Tennessee trades their first and third round picks
The Titans are moving to a 3-4 defense and would LOVE to get a bonafide outside pass rusher in this draft that fits the scheme. Enter Anthony Barr at just the right time. I have little doubt Ken Whisenhunt would push for a trade if Barr falls to this point. Minnesota wants to move down to get picks and value. It works out perfect.
TRADE: Dolphins trade their first and third from 2014, second rounder from 2015
Miami did an abysmal job of protecting their QB in 2013. With the issues involving Richie Incognito and the departure of Jonathan Martin, there is glaring holes on the offensive line. While Jake Matthews is rated higher by some, Robinson is the player with more upside and a potential brighter future in the NFL.
The Lions must get an outside receiver to play opposite Calvin Johnson, and Evans is an almost carbon copy of Megatron. He has deceptive speed and has very good hands. He may not quite be as athletic as Calvin, but he is plenty good enough to make opposing defenses wonder about who to double cover.
The Vikings trade down, and they still want a QB, so look for them to trade back into round one later to get their man. However, they also need some serious help on defense. Mosely is a player who can be placed at any of the linebacker spots and would be an upgrade for this team.
The Giants would be ecstatic if this scenario played out, which is why it's not likely to happen. However, I really think Matthews is a bit over rated, and I believe his Combine or Pro Day workouts will reveal some chinks in the armor. Is he worth a top ten pick? Probably. But there is always a couple "sure" top ten players who fall. This would be a boon for the G-men.
After getting their secondary help with their first pick, the Rams decide to address their offensive line here. Lewan struggles with speed rushers, but he has shown the potential to take coaching and work to improve. He is strong and doesn't get pushed around, even by top competition in the college levels. He could replace Jake Long if he doesn't recover from his injury as well or as quickly as desired.
Chicago is expecting Henry Melton back, but they need some depth and strength in the middle of their defensive line. Stephen Paea hasn't been what they expected. Nix is solid against the run and would offer enough in pass rush to make him worth this pick.
The Steelers are still looking to improve along their offensive line. Zack Martin can be used at four different positions along the offensive line, but most likely would settle in at the guard spot opposite David DeCastro.
The Baltimore receiving corps leaves something to be desired. They could elect to go with Marquise Lee, but instead choose a poor man's Jimmy Graham. Ebron would be a great addition to this offense, and would start immediately.