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Wandylic's Mock Draft v2
Published at 3/12/2014 9:45:11 PM
Please note that the first 10 picks were made before free agency.
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I may have overstated Manziel's abilities, but my choice as #1 still remains. Ultimately, I think it makes sense for the Texans to go with a Texas prospect. Not only is Manziel the best quarterback in this draft, but he'll be an instant hit with fans since they've come to know and love Manziel locally at the college level.
Robinson has made a meteoric rise on the draft boards, and his combine performance was huge for his performance. At this point, he's reached the pinnacle, since the Texans won't draft a tackle at #1. An offensive tackle seems most logical here - Sam Bradford is among the league's most sacked (and least healthy).
In most years, Teddy Bridgewater would far and away be the #1 pick. However, since Manziel's on the board, the Jaguars will just have to suffer with Teddy Bridgewater. Oh darn. Seriously, the Jaguars can't possibly be stupid enough to not draft a quarterback here.
I slammed Bortles in my last mock draft, and I stick by that opinion in this mock draft. If you would have showed me the Fiesta Bowl without telling me Bortles was projected to go in the top 5, I would've pegged him as a second, maybe third round pick. But who are the Browns supposed to draft, David Carr?
The Raiders have decided not to franchise tag Lamarr Houston (yet), so it looks like defensive end will be the Raiders' most pressing issue. Although Clowney won't get to stay in the southeast with the Falcons, he'll get starting experience on day one with the Raiders and be an immediate leader on defense.
Last time around, I had Matthews as the first offensive tackle off the board and Lewan second. Here, Robinson leapfrogs them both, meaning Matthews holds firm at the second slot. Although Matthews will start off on right tackle, he'll help a struggling rushing game get active and as a result take some weight off Matt Ryan.
A bit of a surprise here, but the Buccaneers badly need some help on defense. Unless Dee Ford is suddenly a top-10 pick, Barr makes sense as the Bucs run a 4-3 and need a lot of help in doing so. Sammy Watkins makes a lot of sense here, but he can't fix the offense in the way Barr can fix the defense.
The Vikings used one of their three first-round picks last year on Xavier Rhodes, but the defense still gave up 397 yards per game, second worst in the NFL. Derek Carr at #8 would simply be a waste of a pick. Remember how well Christian Ponder turned out? They'll look for a QB next round.
Once again, Watkins get mocked to the Bills, solely because this makes so much sense. EJ Manuel struggled last year without a true #1 wide receiver, which Watkins has the talent to be on day one. Watkins is truly a physical specimen to behold, and he's been paired with excellent intangibles.
I thought about Mike Evans here - see my last mock draft - but the Lions have too much of a history of top-10 pick WR busts. The Lions have an equally pressing, if not more pressing, need at linebacker where they don't have anyone of Calvin Johnson caliber.
It was inevitable that the Titans would go guard in the first round last year. This year, the right offensive tackle position needs looked at. The offensive line still hasn't reached what it could be, and Lewan, who was regarded by many as a top-10 pick last year, has the capability to be a day 1 starter and impact player.
The Giants took a huge hit by losing Keith Rivers in the offseason, and their two potential starters aren't Top 64 caliber. Dee Ford, this year's up-and-comer (see: DJ Hayden) has the potential to make that difference for the Giants. This is by no means the same defense that won the Super Bowl just two years ago.
The Rams let Cortland Finnegan walk instead of paying him $9 million. (They also didn't give Rodger Saffold Raiders-money, so maybe they've played this a bit smart.) In his absence, the Rams will need one of the top 2 CBs on the board to fill the void in the secondary.
Without Brian Urlacher, the Bears' front seven was a shell of its former self. Jon Bostic and Lance Briggs aren't the players they used to be. CJ Mosley may not be a starter on day one but he'll be shadowing two experienced vets and be ready to take over if and when one of them goes down.
HaHa Clinton-Dix appeared to be the choice here, but instead the Steelers gave a hefty contract to Mike Mitchell. They also seem content on letting Emmanuel Sanders walk, so it looks like they're all-in on a wide receiver in the first round. Luckily, Mike Evans dropped to them at #15, so they'll be intent on scooping him up.
The Ravens made a very smart move in re-signing Jacoby Jones, but he can't be Joe Flacco's only target. Marqise Lee makes sense here - he's a nitty-gritty wide receiver who can complement Jones' explosiveness.