Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
The Texans go with the best player available; the team could use an edge-rusher on the other side from J.J. Watt. I think Houston will be more inclined to acquire a veteran quarterback like Jay Cutler or Kirk Cousins rather than reach for one who doesn't deserve to go first overall.
Minnesota Vikings: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
TRADE! The Rams are able to auction off the second-pick for the second time in three seasons. Here, the Vikings move up to land Bridgewater. Minnesota has to get a franchise quarterback this offseason.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
Jacksonville goes down the road to land its future franchise quarterback. Clearly, the Jaguars have to get a signal-caller who can lead their team.
Cleveland Browns: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
With two first-round picks, the Browns are in a position to land the top wide receiver in the 2014 NFL Draft and still get their quarterback with a player who falls lower. Watkins on the other side from Josh Gordon could be a prolific tandem.
Oakland Raiders: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
The Raiders are another team that has to get a franchise quarterback. With all of Oakland's needs, I don't see the organization trading up with St. Louis. I think the Raiders can sit at five and still land their future signal-caller. Manziel would be a good fit in Oakland's West Coast offense.
Atlanta Falcons: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
The Falcons have to find a young pass-rusher to replace John Abraham. Barr is a great scheme fit for Mike Nolan.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
The Bucs saw Donald Penn show serious signs of decline in the second half of the season. Tampa Bay needs a tackle who can upgrade a pathetic offense.
St. Louis Rams: Cameron Erving, OT, Florida State
After the trade with the Vikings, the Rams get some offensive line help. Jake Long has had a history of injuries and now has a late-season knee tear to come back from. The Rams could play Erving elsewhere until he eventually replaces Long.
Buffalo Bills: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
The Bills need to get an upgrade at right tackle. Lewan could play there or go to left tackle with Cordy Glenn going to the right side.
Detroit Lions: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
The Lions have to upgrade their secondary receiver to go with Calvin Johnson. Detroit's offense is too dependent on Megatron. A big receiver like Evans would give the Lions a combo like the Bears duo.
Pittsburgh Steelers: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
TRADE! The Steelers need some talented youth on their defense and a disruptor in the middle. Nix would be a perfect scheme fit in the middle of Pittsburgh's 3-4.
New York Giants: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
The Giants have a had a weakness at linebacker for years. Mosley would be a good solution and could be a nice play-maker behind New York's defensive line. He would upgrade the Giants' pass coverage and run defense.
St. Louis Rams: HaHa Clinton Dix, S, Alabama
Safety was a weakness on the Rams' defense in 2013. Landing Clinton-Dix would be a nice upgrade for St. Louis.
Chicago Bears: Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
The Bears defense needs help on the inside, especially if Henry Melton isn't brought back. Hageman would upgrade Chicago's run defense and interior pass rush.
Tennessee Titans: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
After moving down with Pittsburgh, the Titans take Gilbert. Tennessee could use more talent and depth at cornerback; Alterraun Verner is hitting free agency. Landing the top-rated corner at No. 15 is a good value.
Baltimore Ravens: Marqise Lee, WR, USC
Last year in the overreaction mock, Matt Elam was projected to Baltimore. This year, the Ravens find a replacement for Anquan Boldin. Marqise Lee would be a downfield weapon to work with Joe Flacco's big arm.
@jsemmens I've been to the Big Board in the past, but it's still an inefficient way of going about a mock. Not to mention, reports and the people writing them change, no? I come to Walt's site because I used to like his insight on every player. Now, it's simply team needs and a very limited amount of actual analysis. You definitely need SOME amount of explanation behind a pick with regards to team need, but you need much more of the player evaluation angle. Any dummy can write why a particular team "needs" a specific position; it takes a pretty good eye to understand what player needs to fill it. Again, just my 2 cents.
@dawg66 I see where you're coming from. I really do. But I'm sure as a Browns fan you can understand, they have needs EVERYWHERE. You aren't gonna win a super bowl unless you have a QB. Case in point pretty much every super bowl winning quarterback ever. Second, yes you have Terrelle Pryor and Corey Coleman. Terrelle Pryor is a slot receiver which is gonna get you nowhere unless you play for New England. Corey Coleman has yet to prove a damn thing. Mike Williams, however, just took down Alabama pretty much BY HIMSELF. It's the right range for him and I'm positive Huge Jackson wouldn't pass over him at this point, meaning pre-combine and interviews.
Here's my mock based on team need, prospect value and prevailing opinion as well as some ideas of my own. Please let me know about the team(s) that you follow more closely, and any picks that you agree or disagree with. Please comment, and feel free to rate.