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Phamalacka Mock 2.0
Published at 3/5/2014 5:32:48 PM
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I struggled to not pick Clowney here. I personally feel that none of the QBs in this class are truly number 1 prospect- level. That may be a little harsh, but with the expectation level of QBs in the NFL, I really don't see any of the Big Four (Bortles, Bridgewater, Manziel, and Carr) as being able to pull a Matt Ryan or Joe Flacco and step in instantly and take a team to the playoffs. All that being said, the "perfect storm" of team vs. player is achieved with this pick. The Texans are, by all consideration, a playoff team when they put a good QB in. Bridgewater is a guy who is most ready on day 1 of the prospects this year, and has a high enough ceiling to stretch for him. With the security blanket of Andre Johnson, an incredible defense, and a still valid Arian Foster, Bridgewater could bring the Texans right back to the playoffs, where they belong.
(Mock 1.0- QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville)
This is a difficult pick to process, honestly. The Falcons will be in play to trade up to get Clowney, and another team may be in play to take a QB, but I think that the Rams' asking price may end up being too steep. That considered, Matthews is the obvious pick (Although Sammy Watkins will be tantalizing here), because the Rams need a technician and a "sure thing" at LT, as opposed to the higher upside "riskier" Greg Robinson. Matthews has fallen in a lot of mocks because he isn't as physically impressive as Robinson, but he will be a great NFL tackle for a while.
(Mock 1.0- OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M)
(For 1st, 3rd, 2015 2nd) The Jaguars will be tempted to take Clowney themselves here, but with such a deep draft this year, a 3rd round pick is worth moving down to 6 where there is truly similar talent.
The Falcons also get their man with this pick. Clowney adds the pass rush element that has been needed on the DLine for the Falcons even when John Abraham was at his peak. Clowney provides the most ferocious edge rusher in the draft, and if properly motivated, could be a 15+ sack guy for the Dirty Birds.
(Mock 1.0- DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina)
The Browns will be hard pressed to not take a quarterback here, and even with the rumors that they like Carr better, I think they will want Manziel here. However the extreme talent of Watkins, especially when added up with Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron. Watkins is the best offensive prospect in the draft (just edging out the Robinson/Matthews tie) and the Bronws need something that can add another catalyst to a teem brimming with needs.
(Mock 1.0- QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M)
This is a pick that looks toward the future, and is surprising because it's the Raiders making a legitimately good pick in the 1st round. The Raiders have the toughest schedule for next year, and unless they decide now that Manziel/Bortles/Carr is their man, they should pick Robinson and look toward the future (2015's QB class seems incredible at a distance, with Hundley, Petty, Mariota and possibly Winston) and the Raiders need to start making good picks if they want to progress in the next couple of years.
(Mock 1.0- DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida State)
The Jaguars take the best player available, even with Bortles and Manziel still on the board. The Jaguars were terrible in the pass rushing department and their linebacker play was mediocre at best last year. Mack fills both needs, establishing a tandem buddy for Polsunszly (sp.) and generating some sort of pass rush in Jacksonville.
(Mock 1.0- QB Blake Bortles, Central Florida)
Any of the players taken already in the draft would be good for the Bucs. Mack, Robinson, and Bridgewater probably are on the top of their list. Barr is the consolation prize. He's a great pass rusher, which is something the Bucs definitely need. However, he's a bit raw, which can definitely be a good thing (Ezekiel Ansah last year) and I think Ansah is a great comparison for Barr. He's a bit risky, but he has all the tools. In the right system, with Lovie and Frazier, he could be dominant.
(Mock 1.0- OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA)
This might be a surprise for some (especially with all the QBs not being picked) but DLine is a huge need for the Vikings. Jernigan destroyed the National Championship and has fallen out of people's vision for the draft, largely because of Aaron Donald, but his versatility (ability to play End/Tackle) is a great thing to jump on here. I could see the Giants jump up to get Lewan, as well.
(Mock 1.0- LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama)
A lot of people have Mike Evans being picked here, but with WR and TE being a need for the Bills, Ebron basically kills two birds with one stone. With all the Jimmy Graham WR/TE debate, I truly believe that teams are valuing Tight Ends as recievers with a few more benifits. Simply put, Ebron is at least on a similar level as Evans as a pass catcher, and the fact that he's a good blocker just adds value.
(Mock 1.0- OLB Khalil Mack, Buffalo)
Justin Gilbert. That's who the Lions would effectively giving up to make this pick. They've need corner help for seemingly ever now, but the tantalizing prospect of having Evans on the other side of Megatron may be too much to pass up. With incredible, Johnson-esque size, Evans would be the possession receiver in the Lions' offense to allow Megatron to stretch the field more, which makes Stafford better. It's a hard decision to pass on Gilbert, and I could see Detroit trying to trade up for Watkins, but this is a good move in the end.
(Mock 1.0- WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson)
People seemingly aren't expecting current RT David Stewart to come back, which presents a perfect situation for Lewan. He'd get to play RT for a year across from MIchael Roos (A great Tackle) and then would slide over when Roos' contract expires. Lewan has the character questions that people have arisen, but Lewan would have been a top 10 pick last year, and 11 would be a steal for him.
(Mock 1.0- OT Greg Robinson, Auburn)
After missing out on Lewan, the Giants tackle another need, Linebacker. Mosely gives them the flexibility of putting him in any of the three linebackers spots, or even at DE if completely necessary.
(Mock 1.0- OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan)
(From St. Louis, for 1st, 3rd round picks)
The Boys jump two teams to get their man. With Jernigan off the table a little earlier than expected, the Cowboys see an opportunity and take it, overpaying slightly in the process (According to the draft chart we've all seen). Donald was a force at Pitt, and dominated the combine, but his size has kept him out of true top 10 consideration, but Jerry will make a good move to start building a defense around, as the Bears almost definitely have Donald high on their board.
(Mock 1.0- DT Louis Nix III, Notre Dame)
Clinton-Dix is a good pick here, even though the Bears would have probably liked to have Donald available to them. If there's something to make you say HaHa, it was the Bears safety play last year (I'm not taking the joke out, I like it, for all it's badness). Clinton-Dix would be an instant upgrade and the Bears could start piecing their defense back together.
(Mock 1.0- S HaHa Clinton-Dix, Alabama)
The Steelers have said that they are in the market for a tall bodied pass catcher, but the Steelers will look at later rounds for that, as Ebron and Evans are off the board, and Gilbert put on a show at the combine, and Ike Taylor was disasterous last year at corner. There are good enough WR prospects that will be available in the 2nd round, so this defensive pick makes sense.
(Mock 1.0- CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State)
This may be a bit of a reach, but it's an area of extreme need, and I value Pryor higher than most (I would have had them take him at 13, so at the gain of a 3rd round pick, they stil get their guy). Rodney McLeod was in the bottom percentile of Safeties last year, and inserting Pryor, a sure tackler, a good centerfielder, is a win for everyone involved. He instantly provides an upgrade at Safety to line up behind Ogletree and that brilliant Rams DLIne to make them a fine defensive unit for 2014.
(Mock 1.0- WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M)