I'm sure most of you are all tired of mock drafts and speculation by this point, but cheer up! The NFL Draft is finally here! Lets celebrate this awesome occasion by looking at one more mock draft. I made a few trades at the most glaring draft spots but there very well could be more trades in the first round.
Seth's Mock Draft - 1 and Done!
1. Atlanta Falcons (Trade Up From #6): Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
Analysis: The Texans are in a very interesting spot with the first overall pick. They already have a freak of nature at defensive end and have a more glaring need at quarterback. While it's hard to argue with how destructive Clowney and J.J. Watt would be playing together, that pick would be more luxury than anything else. The trade down with Atlanta has been rumored for a while and it makes a lot of sense. The Texans can get a very nice haul and still get a very solid prospect at #6, while the Falcons get the pass rusher that they desperately need. The Falcons are no stranger to trading up as they did it a few years ago for Julio Jones.
2. St. Louis Rams: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Analysis: The Rams spent a lot of money on Jake Long last year but his injury problems make him unreliable. Scouts love Greg Robinson's toughness and say that he's one of the best offensive tackle prospects in the last 10 years. Robinson may have to start at right tackle for his first season in the league but will be able to slide over to the blindside fairly soon. St. Louis could also use this pick on Sammy Watkins but they already selected a wide receiver with one of their first round picks last year. They traded down from the 2nd pick in the 2012 draft and no one would be shocked if they did it again.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo
Analysis: Gus Bradley is a defensive minded coach and could use a player to transform his defense. The Jaguars can add Khalil Mack to an already impressive pass rush featuring Jason Babin and Chris Clemons. For a team looking to create an identity, this could make the Jaguars' defense a feared unit. They could also look at Sammy Watkins here since they aren't optimistic with Justin Blackmon being reinstated any time soon.
4. Cleveland Browns: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Analysis: If the Browns aren't interested in Johnny Manziel here, it would make sense to give another weapon to whichever QB they presumably would take at #26.
5. Buffalo Bills (Trade Up From #9): Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Analysis: The Oakland Raiders traded down in the top 5 in last year's draft and I think there is a very strong possibility they do it again. They have a lot of holes and in a deep draft, it makes a lot of sense to accumulate more picks. The Bills could also be trading up here for Jake Matthews but I think Mike Evans is the more likely choice as they could still potentially get Taylor Lewan standing put at #9. Evans gives the Bills a much needed offensive weapon for young quarterback E.J. Manuel.
6. Houston Texans (Trade Down From #1): Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Analysis: Assuming the Texans trade down, Jake Matthews would be an incredible pick for them at #6. He can follow in his dad's footsteps and play offensive line in Houston. The Texans would then have one of the best bookend tackles in the NFL. I still think Jake Matthews is the pick here if the Falcons stay put.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Analysis: The Buccaneers have a new coach and G.M. who could look to shake things up. Manziel to the Buccaneers has been gaining steam and with the rumors of Glennon being on the block, selecting a QB in the draft seems inevitable. Will it be this pick? It very well may be. Don't count out a trade down if both Mike Evans and Johnny Manziel are off the board.
8. Minnesota Vikings: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
Analysis: Norv Turner needs a quarterback to work with in Minnesota and Blake Bortles very well may be his guy.
9. Oakland Raiders (Trade Down From #5): Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Analysis: The Raiders are always unpredictable in the draft so no pick is ever a sure thing. Could they reach for someone? Of course, it's the Raiders. But the logical pick in this scenario is Taylor Lewan.
10. Detroit Lions: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan St.
Analysis: The Lions probably saw plenty of Dennard while he played in East Lansing the last few years. Corner has always been a problem for the Lions and it would make a lot of sense to attempt to fill the void here. Justin Gilbert or Odell Beckham Jr. could also be in play here.
11. Tennessee Titans: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Analysis: The Titans badly need a playmaker on their defense. While secondary is an obvious need, Aaron Donald could be an absolute force from the interior defensive line. He's drawn comparisons to NFL Hall of Famer John Randle for being an undersized defensive tackle who has an unstoppable motor and can rack up sacks. Paired with Jurrell Casey, opponents could be in trouble in the trenches!
12. New York Giants: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Analysis: The Giants need an explosive weapon on offense and have needed stability at tight end for a long time.
13. St. Louis Rams: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
Analysis: The Rams could also go wide receiver here but since the WR class is so deep, I have them going secondary. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix gives the Rams much needed help at safety.
14. Chicago Bears: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
Analysis: The Bears need to draft the best defensive player available with the 14th overall pick. In this scenario it just so happened to be Anthony Barr.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma St.
Analysis: Ike Taylor is getting up there in age and the Steelers could very well use some help at corner on the other side.
16. Dallas Cowboys: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
Analysis: The Cowboys safeties have been terrible for a long time, maybe Calvin Pryor could change that with his ability to actually tackle (something Cowboy safties never seem to be able to do!). They could also trade down and get more picks since they could use more depth.
17. Baltimore Ravens: Zack Martin, OT/OG, Notre Dame
Analysis: Maybe I have him falling to my Ravens because I'm biased but I think Zack Martin is the perfect player for the Ravens. Whether they use him at left guard or right tackle, Joe Flacco will have much more time to throw in 2014 if Martin becomes a Raven.
18. New York Jets: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon St.
Analysis: The Jets need a speedy WR, and Cooks seems to be the WR widely linked to them. Odell Beckham and Kyle Fuller could also be possibilities.
19. Miami Dolphins: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
Analysis: The Dolphins need to improve the offensive line...badly. I think they may trade down if Moses is the best offensive tackle on the board but if they stay pat, this could be the pick.
20. Arizona Cardinals: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Lousiville
Analysis: The Cardinals have still been looking for their franchise QB since Kurt Warner retired after the 2009 season. This would be a really nice home for Teddy Bridgewater since he may not need to start right away behind Carson Palmer.
21. Green Bay Packers: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
Analysis: The Packers need a middle linebacker and usually take the best player available. C.J. Mosely would be a very nice value at #21.
22. Philadelphia Eagles: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
Analysis: With Desean Jackson cut the Eagles could use a speedy WR...enter Odell Beckham!
23. Kansas City Chiefs: Marqise Lee, WR, USC
Analysis: It's about time the Chiefs finally get a sturdy WR to play across from Dwayne Bowe
24. Cincinnati Bengals: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
Analysis: The Bengals have been linked to Fuller for a while now. They need a corner with the injury concerns and age of the corners already on their roster. Don't rule out a surprise quarterback pick here
25. San Francisco 49ers (Trade Up From #30): Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
Analysis: I don't think the question is "will the 49ers trade up?" I think the question is "Where will the 49ers trade up and who will it be for?". Your guess is as good as mine but I think they could use a corner.
26. Cleveland Browns: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno St.
Analysis: The Browns need a QB if they pass on one at #4. If Bridgewater isn't on the board, I think Carr is their next choice.
27. New Orleans Saints: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
Analysis: With Will Smith gone, you can never have enough pass rushers!
28. Carolina Panthers: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida St.
Analysis: Can they really go into the season with Jason Avant and Jericho Cotchery as their starting wideouts? Expect a WR or two taken in the first few rounds.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars (Trade Up From #39): Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois
Analysis: Here is my surprise pick! First things first, it's no surprise that I have the Patriots trading out of the first round pick. With four quarterbacks already taken, pick #29 and #32 may be the last chance for a team to jump the Texans at #33. Teams also covet first round QBs because of the 5th year option the team gets when selecting a player in the 1st round. I think the Jaguars make a lot of sense for Garoppolo who is my favorite QB in this draft.
30. San Diego Chargers (Trade Down From #25): Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
Analysis: The Chargers were in the bottom half of the NFL last year in sacks, wouldn't hurt to add Dee Ford here.
31. Denver Broncos: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio St.
Analysis: The Broncos filled a lot of their holes in free agency so I think they can go best player available here which is Ryan Shazier.
32. Seattle Seahawks: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
Analsysis: While I picked Jordan Matthews here for the Seahawks this is the most unpredictable pick in the draft. The Seahawks roster is already pretty deep and doesn't have many holes. I could see them trading down, taking a corner, or maybe even an offensive linemen. But I'm going to go with a shot in the dark and pick the talented WR from Vandy.
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