A two-liter of Pepsi and some pizza, and Voila! An updated mock draft. Not much has changed from version 1.0. A few players dropped, a few rose. Fair warning, I only have two quarterbacks off the board in the first round – I’ve been getting the feeling that the media and the fans like this group of quarterbacks more than the teams themselves. That includes Manziel – I’m starting to really believe he drops out of the first. Please feel welcome to leave feedback and comments.
1. Houston (2-14): Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
Rumors abound that the Texans are trying to trade this pick, but until they do, they’re going with the BPA. Clowney’s recent workouts have cemented himself in that role.
2. St. Louis – from Washington (3-13): Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
3. Jacksonville (4-12): Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
There’s going to be an early run on offensive tackles, mark my word.
4. Cleveland (4-12): Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
My last mock had Teddy Bridgewater here, but his slight frame and mediocre pro day make him a risk this high. Instead, Mike Pettine resists the temptation to take Watkins and grabs Mack, an instant difference-maker for the defense.
5. Oakland (4-12): Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
6. Atlanta (4-12): Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
With Mack off the board, Atlanta goes for the best OT left on the board – after Lewan, there’s a steep drop to the next level of O-linemen.
7. Tampa Bay (4-12): Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
After trading Mike Williams to Buffalo, the Bucs have a need at WR, and Evans’ stock has been skyrocketing in recent weeks.
8. Minnesota (5-10-1): Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Again, this is much too high for any of this year’s quarterbacks, but Minnesota is desperate. The Vikings could take Bortles, who is raw but has the most upside, but Bridgewater has excelled in a pro-style offense against top-level competition, and is ready to play now. That will appeal to OC Norv Turner.
9. Buffalo (6-10): Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
With Evans and Lewan off the board, this would be a good spot for the Bills to trade down and collect another pick. If not the Bills could take Gilbert. Buffalo has greater needs than CB, but Gilbert has the potential to be an annual Pro Bowler, and you can never have too many corners.
10. Detroit (7-9): Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
The Lions wanted Gilbert – badly. But Dennard isn’t a bad consolation prize.
11. Tennessee (7-9): Anthony Barr, OLB/DE, UCLA
12. New York Giants (7-9): Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Ebron has some mad skills, both as a blocker and receiver. The Giants will count on him to be the cure for whatever’s ailing Eli.
13. St. Louis (7-9): Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
14. Chicago (8-8): Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
15. Pittsburgh (8-8): Ra’shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
It’s all about the line in Pittsburgh.
16. Dallas (8-8): Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Point your finger at Romo all you want, but the Cowboys’ defense has been the real culprit all along. If Donalt falls past Chicago and Pittsburgh, Jerry will personally sprint to the podium with Donald’s name on his card.
17. Baltimore (8-8): Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville
18. New York Jets (8-8): Marqise Lee, WR, Southern California
If Lee can stay healthy, he’ll be a steal. This is higher than most mocks have him, but the Jets are looking for a young star to grow along with Geno. Lee has more size and skill than Cook or Beckham.
19. Miami (8-8): C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
The Dolphins will take OT Martin if he drops this far, which is doubtful.
20. Arizona (10-6): Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
The Cards could use a young quarterback to groom under current starter Carson Palmer, who’s on the downside of his career. Bortles has the size and raw skills of any QB in this draft, and would benefit from a year or two of mentoring before being thrown to the wolves.
21. Green Bay (8-7-1): Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
22. Philadelphia (10-6): Hasean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
23. Kansas City (11-5): Xavier Su’a Filo, OG, UCLA
K.C. lost two good guards to free agency; Filo is a pro-ready brute. The Chiefs also need a wide receiver, but it’s a deep draft for pass-catchers, and they’ll be more likely to find talent later.
24. Cincinnati (11-5): Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
Andy Dalton needs all the help he can get, and coach Marvin Louis is feeling the pressure to win a playoff game.
25. San Diego (9-7): Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame
26. Cleveland – from Indianapolis (11-5): Odell Beckham Jr, WR, LSU
Unless the Browns have targeted a quarterback here, they’ll take the best player available, Beckham, who will give their passing game another target in addition to Josh Gordon.
27. New Orleans (11-5): Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
28. Carolina (12-4): Bradley Roby, CB, OSU
I wouldn’t be surprising if another team fell in love with Roby’s 4.39 speed and took him earlier than this.
29. New England (12-4): Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
30. San Francisco (12-4): Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
31. Denver (13-3): Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
The Broncos could easily go for another wide receiver or guard here. But Ford, who would likely be switched to linebacker, would provide a more immediate impact as a pass-rusher.
32. Seattle (13-3): David Yankey, OG, Stanford