Two Round Mock Draft


updated: 3/3/14



By Darryl L.

Also See Glenn B's Mock

This mock does include trades.


| Round 1 | Round 2 |



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1. Houston Texans - DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

The public pressure to draft Texas icon Johnny Manziel might be intense, but no more intense than it was in 2006 when Vince Young was on the board. The Texans made the right call then, (drafting Mario Williams instead), and they'll repeat history here. Clowney's 2013 season was a disaster on the field and off, but every one of Clowney's recent DUI infractions were quickly forgotten when he dropped a 4.47/40 time at the Combine. Ultimately, it will come down to GM Rick Smith (and owner Bob McNair) coming to the conclusion that Clowney is simply a better prospect, and less of a gamble, than any of this year's QBs.



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2. St. Louis Rams (VIA WAS) - OT Greg Robinson, Auburn

The Rams are in the catbird seat with this pick, as they will no doubt find themselves entertaining offers from other teams to move up for Bortles, Manziel, or Bridgewater. However, the opportunity to lock down a freak like Robinson will help Rams GM Les Snead resist the temptation to pull the trigger on any trades.



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3. *TRADE* Minnesota Vikings (VIA JAC) - QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

The Vikings are a boring team looking to get a stadium built for the 2016 season, so they'll happily jump ahead of the Browns to pick up the most electric (if riskiest) player in the draft. Manziel is already a media superstar, and he'll combine with Adrian Peterson and Cordarelle Patterson to give the franchise some much-needed juice. Whether or not Manziel's game translates to the NFL remains to be seen, but he'll keep the Vikings relevant until the paint dries on their new arena.



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4. Cleveland Browns - WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson

Getting drafted by the Browns will be a drag for Watkins, but the good news is that he'll instantly be fourth in line to assume GM duties once Jimmy Haslam gets his name on a contract. Haslam allegedly was in love with the idea of bringing Manziel to Cleveland, so current pseudo-interim GM Ray Farmer may not make it to Round Two if Minnesota beats him to Johnny Football. Watkins, with TE Jordan Cameron and WR Josh Gordon, will give the Browns three great targets for whoever wins the QB Competition in Cleveland, and for whomever wins the Head Coaching Competition in Cleveland.



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5. Oakland Raiders - OLB Khalil Mack, Buffalo

Literally everyone on the Raiders' payroll is likely to get fired before the end of the season, so GM Reggie McKenzie needs to find an immediate impact player right away in order to have any chance of staying off the unemployment line next January. Mack is that kind of instant-impact player that can come in and immediately improve a defense.



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6. Atlanta Falcons - OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

Matt Ryan was sacked nine times by the Panthers in the finale of the Falcons' disastrous 2013 season. That was bad. Ryan isn't especially equipped to handle physical contact in the same way that vampires aren't especially equipped to handle sunlight, so getting him a capable left tackle is an absolute must.



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7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State

The rumors of new GM Jason Licht looking to move Darrelle Revis' mammoth (unguaranteed) contract are already circulating, and doing so makes all the sense in the world considering HC Lovie Smith's preference for the Cover-2, Charles Tillman's pending availability, and the absurdity of paying anyone $16 million to drop back into zone. It will suck to have handed the Jets their 2013 first rounder (which became DROTY Sheldon Richardson), but Licht can cut the Jets' 2014 compensation from a 3rd to a 4th by simply removing Revis from the roster, saving $16 mil in the process. Dennard represents an exponentially cheaper substitute whose physical style reminds some of Revis.



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8. *TRADE* Jacksonville Jaguars (VIA MIN) - QB Derek Carr, Fresno State

Jags HC Gus Bradley coached Carr in the Senior Bowl and was reported to have come away fairly impressed with Carr's personality, his arm, and his accuracy. If Carr was able to dispel some of the questions about his happy feet in the pocket and laid-back Cali surf-breh vibe, he might be the best QB in this draft, considering his arm strength, size, and the video-game stats he put up on the college level.



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9. Buffalo Bills - TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina

If the Doug Marrone regime is going to prosper in Buffalo, they need to get EJ Manuel to play better, and in order to get EJ Manuel to play better, they need to give him more options at receiver. While Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods is a nice tandem on the outside, and CJ Spiller can be dangerous out of the backfield, the Bill offense needs someone to challenge the middle of the field offensively. Ebron fits perfectly.



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10. Detroit Lions - CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State

The Lions have been compiling horses in the front seven of their defense, but their secondary hasn't taken advantage of the pressure that Suh, Fairley, and company create. Gilbert is enigmatic, but he's a gifted athlete in the Antonio Cromartie mold who can step in and cause some turnovers.



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11. Tennessee Titans - QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

The Titans opted not to pick up Jake Locker's option, so he's essentially on a one-year deal where he gets less than twelve months to show new HC Ken Whisenhunt that he can 1. Stay healthy, and 2. Continue to show the improvement he displayed last year before getting injured in Week Four against the Jets. It would behoove the Titans to hedge their bets on Locker by picking up Teddy Bridgewater, who may be the best pure passer in the draft. Worst case scenario is that Locker starts to fulfill his promise under Whisenhunt, and Tennessee has a nice trade chip next season in Bridgewater.



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12. New York Giants - WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M

Mike Evans made a college career out of reeling in passes from Johnny Football off of broken plays. These days, every play that Eli Manning runs looks like a broken play, so this would be a perfect marriage. Malcontent malingerer free agent Hakeem Nicks will not be back, so Evans can step right into that spot as the big receiver Eli has lacked since Plaxico Burress shot a hole in his own sweatpants.



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13. *TRADE* Dallas Cowboys - OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA

GM Jerry Jones and Owner Jerry Jones sat down with Capologist Jerry Jones and concluded, apparently, that it was time to move on from DeMarcus Ware, which greatly saddened DC Jerry Jones and annoyed HC Jerry Jones, not to mention drawing the ire of the Cowboys fanbase, led by SuperFan Jerry Jones. GM Jones trades up for Barr, who steps into Ware's vacated roster spot.



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14. Chicago Bears - DT Louis Nix, Notre Dame

It's hard to believe that the once-mighty Bears were the worst team in the league against the rush last season, but they were, and they need help at DT in the worst way. Nix can be a monster on the inside.



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15. Pittsburgh Steelers - OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan

The number one item on the list of the Steelers' organizational priorities is keeping Ben Roethlisberger healthy. The second item is to keep Ben Roethlisberger from killing Todd Haley. Lewan is big and athletic enough to help achieve both items.



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16. *TRADE* St. Louis Rams (VIA DAL) - S Calvin Pryor, Louisville

Jeff Fisher's defenses require rangy, hard-hitting safeties, and he's more than happy to plug Pryor into what is an ascending, talented defense.



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17. Baltimore Ravens - S Haha Clinton-Dix, Alabama

Losing Ed Reed and Ray Lewis was always going to be painful, and replacing them, obviously, was going to be difficult. Drafting Clinton-Dix here starts to fill the hole left behind by Reed's departure.



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18. New York Jets - QB Blake Bortles, Central Florida

The reaction at Radio City Music Hall to this pick will be priceless. If Bortles slides past Tennessee at 11, none of the teams between them and the Jets need QB help. The Jets were one of eight teams to interview Bortles at the Combine, so he's on their radar. The question then becomes, how much are they all committed to Geno Smith moving forward? Smith had a well-publicized up-and-down season in 2013, but it appeared that he was on the upswing as the season closed, when he posted an 83.6 QB rating over the last four games. However, that was soon followed by a somewhat embarrassing dick-pic scandal, then by seeing Smith getting thrown off of a Virgin Airlines flight after arguing with a flight attendant. Neither of those things are career-jeopardizing infractions, obviously, but those lapses in judgment (along with his spotty play on the field) could possibly combine to lead GM John Idzik to want to cover his bases regarding the franchise's most valuable position. Idzik knows from his Seattle days that loading up at QB is the way to go—they drafted Russell Wilson the same year they gave Matt Flynn a giant free agent contract—and judging by his first draft, he's not afraid to use a pick at a position of strength if that prospect is the best available player on his board. Blake Bortles will almost certainly be the BAP on the Jets' board if he slides this far.



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19. Miami Dolphins - OT Morgan Moses, Virginia

As you may have heard, the Dolphins quietly went through some in-season re-shuffling of their offensive line last season. Losing two starters on the OL propels this into a giant need pick, and Moses might be the best of what's left at the OT position. Moses has drawn comparisons to former Chargers steal Marcus McNeil.



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20. Arizona Cardinals - OLB Dee Ford, Auburn

Ford's Senior Bowl performance has him rocketing up draft boards, where Arizona will gladly take the best remaining pass rusher available.



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21. Green Bay Packers - DT Timmy Jernigan, Florida State

The Packers are going to let BJ Raji walk so they can get lighter and faster on the defensive line to better fit Dom Capers' scheme. Jernigan (6'2?, 299 lbs.) fits the bill.



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22. Philadelphia Eagles - LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama

While Chip Kelly is on the way to turning the offense into a juggernaut, it's incumbent upon GM Howie Roseman to rebuild the defense on the fly. Mosley gives the Eagles the ILB they've lacked since Chuck Bednarik retired.



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23. Kansas City Chiefs - WR Marqise Lee, USC

The Chiefs field an offense that got a lot of production out of role players, but needs to add a star receiver and TE to the mix to take it over the top. Lee would help round out a very nice receiving corps (with Dwayne Bowe and Donnie Avery) that would cause a lot of problems for opposing secondaries.



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24. Cincinnati Bengals - OT Cyrus Kouandijo, Alabama

The Bengals are a team that has never been afraid to take a chance on any player, and they've been rewarded for those gambles many times during Marvin Lewis' tenure (Vontaze Burfict, Andre Smith, for two). Kouandjio may not have an especially long career, but, like Marcus McNeil, he could be a special player for a handful of seasons.



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25. San Diego Chargers - DT RaShede Hageman, Minnesota

The Chargers were a revelation last season under rookie head coach Mike McCoy, but if they're going to take the next step, they'll need to upgrade their defensive and offensive lines. Hageman is gifted, but a project.



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26. Cleveland Browns (VIA IND) - CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech

New, temporary, interim head coach Mike Pettine will want a corner to pair with Joe Haden so he can run his blitz packages without fear of getting torched in the secondary. With Barkevious Mingo, Jabaal Sheard, and Paul Kruger at OLB, the Browns could lead the league in sacks if the DBs step up.



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27. New Orleans Saints - CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State

Rob Ryan did a great job resurrecting a moribund New Orleans defense, but he did much of it with smoke and mirrors in the defensive backfield. Roby is talented but inconsistent, and if Ryan can get through to him, he represents an upgrade from what the Saints are currently running out there in Corey White and Kennan Lewis.



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28. Carolina Panthers - WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State

Brandon LaFell is a free agent and Steve Smith is at the end of the line in Carolina, so it's beyond time to give Cam Newton some new weapons to work with. Benjamin is a huge target that Newton will fall deeply in love with, particularly in the red zone where the Panthers struggled in 2013.



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29. New England Patriots - WR Odell Beckham Jr., LSU

Is this the year that Bill Belichick admits that Tom Brady needs help on offense? Probably not, because Bill Belichick confesses to NOTHING. That said, Beckham is a great value pick here, and would be the best wideout Brady has had since Randy Moss was thrown off the roster.



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30. San Francisco 49ers - DE Dominique Easley Florida

Easley blew out the ACL in both knees (one in 2011, the other in 2013), but before that he was considered a potential high first-round pick. When your roster is as stacked as the 49ers is, you can afford to take a gamble on a talented player who may need a little time to come back from injury. If Easley rounds back into form, the Niners will have a major steal on their hands.



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31. Denver Broncos - WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt

Eric Decker is likely to depart as a free agent, so it makes a ton of sense to replace him with a player of similar size and ability. Matthews is smart enough to learn the Broncos offense, and will be an early front-runner for Offensive Rookie of the Year if he earns Peyton Manning's trust in training camp.



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32. Seattle Seahawks - WR Davante Adams, Fresno State

UFA Golden Tate is expected back, but Doug Baldwin - an RFA - could be sacrificed this offseason in an attempt to upgrade the position for Russell Wilson. If Percy Harvin can stay healthy, Adams could be the big complementary receiver the Seahawks offense has lacked.



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