Since many of you didn’t catch on last time, we’re going to do this again. This mock draft represents players your team obviously will not be making in a couple of weeks when the draft kicks off.
Or will they…?
1. Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
I don’t really see the fit here. Jadeveon Clowney along with J.J. Watt? How will there be enough sacks to go around?
2. St. Louis Rams (f/WSH): Khalil Mack, DE/LB, Buffalo
Like pairing Clowney and Watt in Houston, putting Mack at SAM linebacker with the Rams and their duo of Robert Quinn and Chris Long isn’t necessary.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
The Jaguars would never pick a receiver here. Watkins has good potential in the NFL, but clearly he’s not going to the Jaguars because they are sold on the QBs of this draft.
4. Cleveland Browns: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
The Browns have a slot to be filled at right tackle, and with two first round picks, there’s no reason to spend this one on the best lineman in the draft when you already have Joe Thomas.
5. Oakland Raiders: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
The Raiders are set at quarterback, and I’m sure if Bortles were on the board here they would pass.
6. Atlanta Falcons: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
The Falcons don’t need any upgrades on the offensive line. The protection for Matt Ryan was great last year.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Having both Vincent Jackson AND Mike Evans? That would be a terrible idea. There IS such thing as too much size in the NFL at wide receiver.
8. Minnesota Vikings: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
The Vikings are OK at QB, that’s why they brought in and started Josh Freeman last year. Plus, Johnny Manziel is too popular off the field.
9. Buffalo Bills: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
The Bills cycled through QBs last year like dirty laundry, but there wasn’t anything wrong with their protection.
10. Detroit Lions: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Why would the Lions take a tight end? No reason to add a dynamic playmaker to the offense to take pressure off of Calvin Johnson.
11. Tennessee Titans: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
Moving to the 3-4 defense, the Titans have no need to add a pass rusher like Barr who is scheme versatile.
12. New York Giants: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Donald is too small to succeed in the NFL, despite his elite strength, explosiveness, and production. The Giants will pass.
13. St. Louis Rams: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
The Rams taking two defenders? Forget about it. Not a possibility. They don’t need to upgrade safety bad enough to take Clinton-Dix here.
14. Chicago Bears: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
The Bears taking a corner who doubles as a return specialist? After Devin Hester left?! No.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
The Steelers lost Emmanuel Sanders this year and Mike Wallace last year, but that doesn’t matter. Beckham would be a worthless pick here.
16. Dallas Cowboys: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
The Cowboys don’t need any help on the defensive front, so they aren’t going to pick Jernigan here.
17. Baltimore Ravens: Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame
Who is taking over at right tackle for departed Michael Oher? It doesn’t matter. Martin is considered a top 12 value by some but certainly not the Ravens.
18. New York Jets: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
The Jets upgraded their offense in free agency, and let go of Antonio Cromartie. I doubt they are looking to upgrade their defensive backfield.
19. Miami Dolphins: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
The Dolphins’ offensive line is good enough as-is. No need for a guy like Kouandjio to come in and take the RT position.
20. Arizona Cardinals: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Carson Palmer didn’t over-achieve last year. The Cardinals are banking on him for a long-term solution and even if Bridgewater falls here, his skills aren’t enticing enough to not pass and go for another position.
21. Green Bay Packers: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
Mosley was a fantastic inside linebacker at Alabama, but his skills would not be of any use in Green Bay, where they have had elite production out of the middle linebacker position the last few years.
22. Philadelphia Eagles: Marqise Lee, WR, USC
The Eagles released DeSean Jackson, but they’ve got it covered with Jeremy Maclin coming off that ACL injury, signing a one-year deal. Letting go of Jason Avant doesn’t matter either.
23. Kansas City Chiefs: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
Pryor isn’t a good value here, and the Chiefs could look to other areas of need in the first round than pairing Eric Berry with a hard-hitting strong safety.
24. Cincinnati Bengals: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
Dennard would fill a need at corner for the Bengals, but despite his value here there’s no reason for them to cash in. There are other players available they could benefit from taking.
25. San Diego Chargers: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
The Chargers don’t have any holes on the defensive line, so grabbing Nix here would be a waste of time.
26. Cleveland Browns (f/IND): Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
The Browns taking a QB at the bottom of the first round? Nope. Not even the guy they are rumored to have the most interest in.
27. New Orleans Saints: Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State
The Saints lost Brian De La Puente? Who cares! There’ll be a decent center available in the middle rounds to take over the calls on a Super Bowl contending offensive line.
28. Carolina Panthers: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
The Panthers are NOT taking a receiver in round one. Cooks especially.
29. New England Patriots: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
The Patriots don’t need a second tight end. There won’t be enough balls to go around.
30. San Francisco 49ers: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
The Niners have so many picks in this draft, but it would be a waste of time to take a corner like Fuller here.
31. Denver Broncos: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State
The Broncos’ defense already has enough speed, and Shazier can’t shed blocks so he’s of no use to Denver.
32. Seattle Seahawks: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
The Seahawks lost/let go of a couple starting offensive linemen this offseason, but Moses wouldn’t be able to find a niche on this Super Bowl roster.
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