Mock Draft 5 – (First 2 rounds)

Jadeveon Clowney will hear his name called very early in this years NFL Draft. All photo rights to http://i2.cdn.turner.com/si/dam/assets/130214140912-clowney-top-1-single-image-cut.jpg

(updated April 27)

Round 1

1. Houston Texans – Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
Can the Texans really pass on a prospect like Jadeveon Clowney? I’ve mocked Bortles going to Houston in my previous four mock drafts; however, I just don’t see Houston passing on Clowney. Clowney possesses a unique blend of power and speed and is considered by many to be a once in a decade type talent. Houston desperately needs a quarterback, but the combination of J.J. Watt and Jadeveon Clowney is too tempting to pass up. (Pick change)

2. St. Louis Rams – Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
This second pick is somewhat tricky. St. Louis could consider trading this pick to a team like Atlanta or Minnesota. However, if St. Louis does decide to use their pick, they’ll decide between Mack, Robinson, and Watkins. In this mock, I have the Rams staying at pick two, where they’ll select offensive lineman Greg Robinson. Robinson is the top lineman in the draft and the Rams have a need at offensive tackle, so this pick makes sense here. Watch out on draft day, this pick has a strong chance of being traded. (Pick change)

3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Khalil Mack, DE/OLB, Buffalo
The Jaguars made some nice additions this free agency but there biggest issue is improving their quarterback position. Reports say that Jacksonville really likes Jimmy Garoppolo, which would be a huge reach here at pick 3. Jacksonville needs a lot of help, so look for them to go with the best player available here. Coach Gus Bradley helped build a strong defense in Seattle, I expect him to do the same in Jacksonville, which is why I have the Jaguars selecting Khalil Mack. Mack is the complete package; he can rush the quarterback, he can cover, tackles well, great instincts. In a few years, I can definitely see Mack being the best player from this class. Jacksonville will wait and draft quarterback in round two. (Pick stays the same)

4. TRADE! Minnesota Vikings (from Cleveland) Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
The Vikings make an aggressive move in this mock, to draft the quarterback they want. The UCF quarterback has a lot of upside and is the prototypical quarterback; he’s big and strong with surprising athleticism, reminding many of a Ben Roethlisberger type player. The Vikings made the move with Cleveland in order to jump the Buccaneers at pick seven. Reportedly, the Bucs are preparing to draft Bortles with that seventh pick, hence the trade by Minnesota. (*Trade* Pick change)

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5. Oakland Raiders – Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
The Raiders are a team to watch out for in May. Oakland could be one of the more active teams in the draft, but in this mock, I have them staying at five. With the 5th overall selection, I see the Raiders taking the dynamic wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Watkins would give Oakland a premier playmaker, something their offense is really lacking. He has the speed, skills, and play making ability to be a superstar in the league for years to come.  (Pick change)

6. Atlanta Falcons – Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
I believe that Atlanta wants to trade up to draft either Clowney or Mack, however in this mock, I have the Falcons staying at pick 6. In this scenario, the Falcons miss out on the top rushers as well as Greg Robinson, but Jake Matthews is a fine consolation prize. Matthews isn’t quite the athlete Robinson is, but he is the most polished offensive lineman in the draft. He should come in and help keep Matt Ryan upright right away. (Pick change)

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
The Bucs are definitely a team to watch come May. I don’t think they’ll move from pick seven, but if a top quarterback drops to them, they may pull the trigger. However, with Bortles off the board already, I expect them to take the offensive talent on the board. Mike Evans is a big physical receiver who is a matchup nightmare for corners. He runs good routes and plucks the football out of the air at its highest point. Evans is an absolute beast and there’s no way he should drop out of the top 10. (Pick stays the same)

8. TRADE! Cleveland Browns (from Minnesota) – Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
The Browns did a nice job this free agency but they are still without a quarterback. Reportedly, the Browns have fallen in love with Carr and it may be too risky to try and wait to draft him with their second first round pick. In this mock, the Browns trade down with Minnesota. The Vikings drafted their quarterback Blake Bortles, and the Browns get the guy they want at pick 8, and they add a pick or two in the process. Both teams get their quarterback of the future; good trade for both. (*Trade* Pick change)

9. Buffalo Bills – Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Buffalo has a need on the offensive line however with both Robinson and Matthews off the board, I think they go in a different direction. Buffalo should look to add some dynamic offensive skill players to help their young quarterback EJ Manuel. Eric Ebron is a big and fast tight end whose playing style has been compared to Jimmy Graham. He is 6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, but still ran a 4.6 40 and put up 24 reps on the bench press. Ebron would provide a big target down the middle for Manuel. (Pick change)

10. Detroit Lions – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
If Mike Evans is still available at pick 10, I could see the Lions taking a good hard look at him. But with him off the board, I think Detroit will address their secondary. I believe Detroit will ultimately be deciding between Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Justin Gilbert with this pick. In the end, I went with Clinton-Dix to Detroit. He is a rangy safety that lines up like a center fielder, but his speed and instincts allow him to get from sideline to sideline. With some strong quarterbacks in the division, Detroit needs lots of help in their secondary. (Pick change)

11. Tennessee Titans – Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
Tennessee lost starting corner Alterraun Verner to free agency and they are still in the transition of their 3-4 defense, so expect a defensive minded pick here. However, Jake Locker has had trouble staying on the field, so the Titans could surprise some by selecting a top quarterback if available at pick 11. The way the board stands at this point in the draft, I couldn’t imagine the Titans passing on Justin Gilbert. Gilbert is the top corner in the Draftwiz positional rankings and would fill the void at corner. (Pick change)

12. New York Giants – Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
I think the Giants can go in a couple of different directions with this pick. They lost Linval Joseph, so a defensive tackle like Aaron Donald is another option. A linebacker like C.J. Mosley isn’t out of the question. However, I am still convinced they’ll take the best player available in offensive tackle Taylor Lewan. The Giants line struggled protecting Manning all of last year. Lewan and last years first round pick Justin Pugh will give New York some youth along the offensive line. (Pick stays the same)

13. St. Louis Rams – Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
This might be the most surprising pick in my entire mock draft. The Rams are a team on the rise and could be a real contender in the next few years. However, I don’t think the Rams are sold on Sam Bradford. He hasn’t lived up to expectations and has had some real trouble staying on the field. Manziel wouldn’t have to start his first year and would give some serious competition to Bradford. This pick may come as a surprise to some, but it really isn’t that much of a stretch. (Pick change)

14. Chicago Bears – Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
The Bears need major help on their defensive line and in their secondary. They added defensive lineman Lamarr Houston and Jared Allen in free agency, but they need some more interior help. Aaron Donald would be the perfect player for the Bears defensive scheme. Donald has helped his stock raise more than any other player this past year. Donald has also been soaring up the Draftwiz Big Board, make sure to check out the rankings. At 285 pounds, Donald was able to run a 4.68 in his 40-yard dash as well as putting up 35 reps on the 225-pound bench press. Donald shined all season and has now shined in both the senior bowl and the combine. (Pick stays the same)

15. Pittsburgh Steelers – Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
The Steelers need help on their defense, specifically both the tackle and cornerback position. Pittsburgh brought back Ike Taylor, but expect a corner to be drafted to eventually replace him. Darqueze Dennard seems to fit the Pittsburgh Steelers defense of old. Dennard, the Jim Thorpe recipient, is a physical corner who possesses great instincts. Dennard might the best man-to-man corner in the draft. (Pick stays the same)

16. Dallas Cowboys – Anthony Barr, DE/OLB, UCLA
The Cowboys defense was absolutely terrible in 2013 allowing the most yards per game in the league. Dallas brought in defensive lineman Henry Melton, but they also lost longtime Cowboy Demarcus Ware. The Cowboys would be thrilled to see Anthony Barr still sitting on the board at pick 16. With the loss of Ware, Barr would be the edge rusher that the Cowboys are lacking. Great value for the Cowboys with this pick. (Pick change)

17. Baltimore Ravens – Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
The Ravens improved their wide receiver position when they added veteran wide receiver Steve Smith. Baltimore used a first round pick last year to draft safety Matt Elam but they lost veteran safety James Ihedigbo to free agency. The way the board has shaped up in this mock draft, expect Baltimore to draft a safety in the first round back-to-back years. Calvin Pryor is arguably the top safety in the draft and would give Baltimore a young and talented safety tandem. Pryor is a hard-hitting safety that isn’t afraid to get physical. (Pick stays the same)

18. New York Jets – Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
The Jets added wide receiver Eric Decker in free agency, but that’s just a piece of the puzzle. The Jets still need to add some offensive weapons for quarterback Geno Smith, or perhaps Mike Vick, but that’s a different issue. The way the board shapes up, look for New York to add the playmaking wide receiver from LSU, Odell Beckham Jr. He possesses terrific speed and is a threat to take the ball to the house whenever he touches it. (Pick change)

19. Miami Dolphins – Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
The Dolphins added tackle Branden Albert in free agency, but I’m still not sold on their shaky line. Albert will be a good fit, but look for Miami to still address their offensive line early in the draft. Zack Martin had a very solid season at Notre Dame and has proved that he possesses the versatility to play either tackle or guard in the NFL. With the addition of Branden Albert, the Dolphins can pick Martin and plug him at either tackle or guard. (Pick stays the same)

20. Arizona Cardinals – Kony Ealy, DE/OLB, Missouri
The Cardinals need to address their outside linebacker position. John Abraham is entering his 15th season and Sam Acho is simply not a starter. Look for Arizona to draft the best player on the board. Kony Ealy is ridiculously athletic; he’ll be able to play in both the 4-3 and 3-4 scheme. Ealy might not start right away for Arizona, but he’ll certainly be the replacement for Abraham when he retires. (Pick stays the same)

21. Green Bay Packers – Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State
I liked what Green Bay did this offseason by resigning B.J. Raji and Sam Shields. Then they also added veteran defensive end Julius Peppers. However, I still think Green Bay needs to address their safety and linebacker positions. I believe the pick will come down to Ryan Shazier and C.J. Mosley. With the lack of speed on defense, I think they go with Shazier. He ran a very impressive 4.36 40-yard dash at his pro day, which shows he has the speed to get from sideline to sideline. Packers fans should also know he has the ability to contain mobile quarterbacks, cough cough Colin Kapernick. (Pick stays the same)

22. Philadelphia Eagles – Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia
With Desean Jackson now in Washington, the wide receiver position is now in question. The Eagles are a team to watch in the draft, I wouldn’t be surprised if they moved out of this pick. With all the drama surrounding Desean Jackson, people are forgetting that they need to address their defense. Philadelphia brought in Malcolm Jenkins to start at safety, but they still need to add some other secondary players. The Eagles are still transitioning to their 3-4 defense, so an edge rusher isn’t out of the question with this pick. Ultimately, I think the Eagles will draft the best defensive player available with this pick. Kyle Fuller is a name that’s been moving up draft boards. He is a talented corner who plays much more physical than his size would indicate. (Pick stays the same)

23. Kansas City Chiefs – Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
The Chiefs got off to a hot start last year because of their defense, but in the playoffs it was the defense that let them down. I could see the Chiefs looking in the secondary if one of the top players slipped, but if not, they need to add some skill players on offense. Brandin Cooks is one of the top playmakers in the draft and should make an immediate impact for KC. Andy Reid loves his fast wide receivers and Cooks ran a 4.33 in the 40-yard dash, fastest out of all wide receivers. (Pick change)

24. Cincinnati Bengals – Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
The Bengals lost defensive end Michael Johnson to free agency, so defensive end is a possibility here. However, the Bengals cornerbacks Terrance Newman and Pacman Jones are nearing their last days in the NFL. Talented cornerback Leon Hall is combing back from another torn Achilles, so there’s definitely room for improvement at the cornerback position. Jason Verrett might not have the ideal size for a corner, but he has great quickness and agility. He’ll make an impact right away in Cincinnati. (Pick stays the same)

25. San Diego Chargers – Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
San Diego’s defense is a concern as they finished the season 23rd in the league in sacks and 29th in pass defense. The Chargers should be looking to draft a defensive lineman or a cornerback with this selection. On the defensive line, Louis Nix is a real possibility here. However with the recent run on corners, expect San Diego to continue the trend. Bradley Roby is a big strong corner who struggled at times last year. He has the talent to be great, but there is some risk with this pick. (Pick stays the same)

26. Cleveland Browns (from Ind) – Marqise Lee, WR, USC
In this scenario, Cleveland took their quarterback of the future in Derek Carr with the 4th overall pick. Look for Cleveland to add some more playmakers for Carr with their second first round pick. Cleveland would be delighted to see Marqise Lee still sitting on the board at pick 26. Lee was once regarded as a top-10 pick, but after a disappointing season that was plagued with injuries, he has slipped a little bit. Lee certainly has the ability to be a star in the league; he just needs to remain on the field. Carr would have some excellent options to throw too in Josh Gordon, Marqise Lee, and Jordan Cameron. (Pick change)

27. New Orleans Saints – Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
The Saints made a huge splash in free agency by landing safety Jarius Byrd. I personally think New Orleans should draft a defensive player with this selection, however reports are saying they’ll look to add another wide receiver with this pick. The report could just be a smokescreen but for now I’ll mock them wide receiver Cody Latimer. Latimer is a player that has been rising up draft boards and most believe he could sneak into the first round. (Pick change)

28. Carolina Panthers – Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
Carolina had a tough free agency, and that’s an understatement. The Panthers lost secondary players Captain Munnerlyn and Mike Mitchell. There’s also a huge hole at wide receiver. They cut longtime Panther Steve Smith and lost Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn to free agency. Not only that, Jordan Gross’ retirement gives Carolina a need at the tackle position. All of these positions are possibilities here, so it all depends on who drops in the draft. In this mock, all of the top receivers are off the board. Instead of reaching for a wide receiver, look for Carolina to draft Morgan Moses, the top offensive lineman available. (Pick change)

29. New England Patriots – C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
The Patriots lost starting corner Aqib Talib to Denver, but they went out and signed Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. It appears that the days of Vince Wilfork and Brandon Spikes are over in New England, so the defensive line and linebacker are possibilities here. With C.J. Mosley still sitting here at pick 29, Bill Belicheck may run to the podium himself to announce the pick. Mosley is a tough instinctual linebacker and is the top linebacker prospect in the draft. (Pick stays the same)

30. San Francisco 49ers – Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
San Francisco doesn’t have too many pressing needs, but they can use some depth at the cornerback and wide receiver positions. With most of the top corners off the board, look for the 49ers to draft the top receiver available. In this mock, San Francisco drafts the matchup nightmare Kelvin Benjamin. Benjamin is 6-foot-5 and has great speed for an athlete his height. He’d be able to stretch the field as well as being a perfect red zone target. Benjamin needs to be more consistent catching the ball, but he certainly has the potential to be special. (Pick change)

31. Denver Broncos – Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
The Broncos made the biggest splash in free agency as they signed T.J. Ward, Demarcus Ware, and Aqib Talib. Denver still has questions at linebacker with the recent loss of Wesley Woodyard. With all the top linebackers off the board, expect Denver to go with the best player available approach. Timmy Jernigan would be a great fit for Denver and would be a great value pick at this point in the draft. (Pick change)

32. Seattle Seahawks – Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA
The Super Bowl champions lost some depth throughout the free agency period. Defensive line, secondary, offensive line, and wide receiver are all possibilities at this pick. Seattle’s offensive line struggled at points throughout the season, so I expect them to go in that direction. Xavier Su’a-Filo is the top guard in the draft and would fill a need for the Seahawks. (Pick change)

Round 2

33. Houston Texans – Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
The Texans smartly took Jadeveon Clowney, the best player in the draft, with their first pick. A lot of people believe Bridgewater will drop significantly and in this case he drops all the way to pick 33. If Bridgewater drops during the draft, watch out for a team to trade back into the first round to select the Louisville quarterback. Teddy is the number 18 player on the Draftwiz Big Board. (Pick change)

34. Washington Redskins – Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
The addition of Desean Jackson should open things up for their offense. The Redskins could use some depth on their offensive line. Kouandjio would blossom into a starting tackle in a year or two. (Pick change)

35. Cleveland Browns – Stanley Jean-Baptise, CB, Nebraska
The Browns added a quarterback and a wide receiver already so they can go in a couple different directions here. I think they grab a corner with this pick. Some might think this is a reach, but Jean-Baptise would fit the Browns defense nicely. He’s a big corner standing at 6-foot-3. (Pick change)

36. Oakland Raiders – Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
Oakland could certainly use some more talent on their defensive line. Ra’Shede Hageman could easily go in the first round, so this would be a good pick for Oakland at this point. (Pick stays the same)

37. Atlanta Falcons – Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn
Atlanta missed out on one of the top pass rushers earlier in the draft, but they pick up the best edge rusher in round two. Dee Ford is a speedy edge rusher who specializes in getting after the quarterback. (Pick change)

38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
I almost gave the Bucs a quarterback here, but if McCown and Glennon don’t work out, they’ll definitely be looking to make a move to draft Mariota or Winston next year. Jace Amaro adds another weapon to this Tampa Bay offense. (Pick stays the same)

39. Jacksonville Jaguars – Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois
Jacksonville passed on the top quarterbacks in order to draft Khalil Mack. In round two, the Jaguars get their quarterback of the future in Jimmy Garoppolo. Garoppolo is my fifth rated quarterback, make sure to check out the top 5 QB’s in my blog. (Pick stays the same)

40. Minnesota Vikings – Demarcus Lawrence, DE/OLB, Boise State
Minnesota got their quarterback of the future in Blake Bortles during round one. I don’t think they’ll need to give up their second round pick to swap picks with Cleveland. The Vikings need to add some dynamic pass rushers to their defense, a guy like Demarcus Lawrence would contribute right away. (Pick stays the same)

41. Buffalo Bills – Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
The Bills must continue to add offensive weapons around EJ Manuel. After grabbing Eric Ebron in round one, Buffalo adds the dynamic Allen Robinson. Robinson has been a name that’s been rising up draft boards. (Pick change)

42. Tennessee Titans – Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State
The Titans recently cut ties with running back Chris Johnson. Tennessee elects to go with a different style runner this time around by drafting the powerful Carlos Hyde. (Pick stays the same)

43. New York Giants – Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
New York lost some key players on their defensive line, so expect them to address that early in the draft. Scott Crichton has a nonstop motor and should add some much needed depth to this defensive line. (Pick change)

44. St. Louis Rams – Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois
The Rams have already addressed a few positions of need thus far in the draft. Drafting a safety here would certainly make a lot of sense. Jimmie Ward has a chance to go much earlier in the draft, so this would be a good pick here for St. Louis. (Pick change)

45. Detroit Lions – Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
Detroit wants to add a wide receiver to compliment Calvin Johnson and Golden Tate. They weren’t able to get one of the top two wide outs, but Davante Adams would have a chance to play right away. (Pick change)

46. Pittsburgh Steelers – Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame
Pittsburgh added corner Darqueze Dennard in round one and I think they’ll go defense with their second pick as well. Louis Nix could be selected in round one, and Pittsburgh would be very fortunate to have him sitting here with their second pick. (Pick change)

47. Dallas Cowboys – Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State
The Cowboys defense was a disaster a year ago. After grabbing Anthony Barr in round one, Dallas addresses their secondary in round two. The safety position needs to be upgraded and Deone Bucannon has the talent to step in and play right away. (Pick change)

48. Baltimore Ravens – Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
Baltimore could grab another wide receiver with this pick, but Stephon Tuitt is too talented to pass up with this pick. Tuitt has a chance to be a good player in this league and he would add some needed depth to the Baltimore defensive line. (Pick change)

49. New York Jets – Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame
The Jets need to add as many offensive weapons as they can. In round one, New York drafted wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. In round two, the Jets choose to add the talented tight end Troy Niklas. (Pick change)

50. Miami Dolphins – Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin
In this mock, the Dolphins addressed their offensive line issues by drafting tackle Zack Martin in round one. Miami could use an upgrade at the linebacker position. Chris Borland is an instinctual player who would be an excellent addition for the Dolphins. (Pick change)

51. Chicago Bears – Lamarcus Joyner, CB, Florida State
The Bears defense has question marks all over the place. After addressing the defensive tackle position in round one, expect Chicago to go secondary here. Lamarcus Joyner is a very talented player who possesses the ability to play both corner and safety. (Pick change)

52. Arizona Cardinals – Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU
Arizona can’t rely on Carson Palmer being their quarterback for the next couple of years. Mettenberger would be a good project for Arizona, as he would develop under Palmer. (Pick stays the same)

53. Green Bay Packers – Terrence Brooks, S, Florida State
The Packers safeties were a complete disaster last season. Terrence Brooks would be an instant upgrade in Green Bay and he should see the field immediately. (Pick stays the same)

54. Philadelphia Eagles – Kyle Van Noy, DE/OLB, BYU
The Philadelphia defense really struggled at getting pressure on the opposing quarterback. Kyle Van Noy slightly slipped a little in this mock, and the Eagles would love to see him available with their second pick. Kyle Van Noy is my fifth rated rated outside linebacker in my positional rankings. (Pick change)

55. Cincinnati Bengals – Dominique Easley, DT, Florida
After losing some defensive line depth during free agency, Cincinnati could look to the draft to regroup. Geno Atkins is coming off a torn ACL, so adding a defensive tackle makes sense. Dominique Easley will be part of the rotation right away. (Pick change)

56. San Francisco 49ers (from KC) – Keith McGill, CB, Utah
The 49ers need to improve their depth at the cornerback position. Keith McGill is a big and long-armed corner who should fit the mold of this San Francisco defense. (Pick stays the same)

57. San Diego Chargers – Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech
San Diego was able to snag the talented corner Bradely Roby in round one. In round two, the Chargers select edge rusher Jeremiah Attaochu. Attaochu is exceptionally quick around the edge and excels at getting after the quarterback. (Pick change)

58. New Orleans Saints – Marcus Martin, C, USC
The Saints surprised some by drafting a wide receiver in round one. In round two, New Orleans takes the top center in the draft, Marcus Martin. Martin has a real shot at starting week one for the Saints. (Pick change)

59. Indianapolis Colts – Joel Bitonio, OT/OG, Nevada
The Colts would love to add a safety with this pick, but all of the top guys are already off the board. Instead of reaching for a guy here, the Colts add versatile lineman Joel Bitonio. (Pick change)

60. Carolina Panthers – Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
After addressing their offensive tackle position in round one, expect Carolina to snag a wide receiver with this pick. They would be delighted to see Jordan Matthews still available with their second pick. (Pick change)

61. San Francisco 49ers – Marcus Smith, DE/OLB, Louisville
The 49ers now have some questions at defensive end due to the Aldon Smith situation. Marcus Smith is a capable pass rusher who would provide some insurance for San Francisco. (Pick change)

62. New England Patriots – Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
The Patriots offense was much better when they ran from their two tight end set. Pairing Seferian-Jenkins with Gronkowski should bring back the explosiveness from their dual tight end set. (Pick stays the same)

63. Denver Broncos – Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
Denver doesn’t necessarily need a wide receiver, but the loss of Eric Decker will hurt. Jarvis Landry should add some young talent to the Denver wide receiver position. (Pick stays the same)

64. Seattle Seahawks – Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss
Seattle upgraded their offensive line in round one, look for them to add a playmaker in round two. Donte Moncrief might be the best available player at the end of round two. Moncrief would have a chance to play right away in Seattle. (Pick change)

Dont forget to voice your opinions in the comments below and I’ll make sure to comment back!

36 thoughts on “Mock Draft 5 – (First 2 rounds)

    • Thanks for the comment Gary. Waiting on a QB seems risky to me, but which QB do you see them drafting in round 3. Tom Savage if he’s available? Maybe McCarron or Murray?

      • DraftWiz: Great job on your mock 5. I do not believe the hype saying the top pickers will eschew QBs. HOU trades out with ATL because they feel Mack fits their scheme better than Clowney. STL, if they don’t trade out, takes their top-rated OT. I have JAC taking Manziel at 3, CLE, Bortles at 4, and OAK taking Bridgewater at 5. Carr falls to HOU in round 2. JAC’s owner has promised excitement. CLE needs an option if Hoyer gets hurt again and OAK traded for Schaub so they could develop Bridgewater. Is Ebron that much better than Chandler? I see BUF taking Donald, who can be a plug-in star in their 4-3 scheme. I see DET taking a CB and Ha Ha falling to my Packers. Fisher will not take Manziel as a developmental player after the headaches Vince Young gave him. I see STL taking the safety, Pryor. Good luck on your assignment! :)

      • First off thanks comment, and great post. The NFL is a quarterback driven league, so I could see all the quarterbacks going much earlier that people are predicting. All of the scenarios you listed are certainly possible. I see the quarterbacks slipping a little and then you’ll see some teams trade up for them, but thats pretty hard to predict in a mock draft. I personally like Ebron a lot, he shouldn’t slip out of the top 15. Donald has been moving up draft boards more than anyone else, it’d be awesome to see him move into the top 10. And for your Packers, that would be a heck of pickup if they got Clinton-Dix. I’m not sure if he makes it to you, but he’s worth moving up just a couple of spots. Thanks again for the comment, really great stuff.

      • The issue with the QBs this year is that there is no Andrew Luck. You can’t artificially inflate the value of what’s available. I believe the Jags are going to be content to continue to build the rest of the team and, while they may draft one or two this year (they currently have 11 draft picks), I believe they’ll target a franchise QB in next year’s draft.

  1. sdjlf says:

    2nd round the packers draft the top Center, Martin, if he is still on the board. WIth the top 3 safeties off the board everybody else is a reach in the 2nd.

    • I think Terrence Brooks could be a bit of a reach for GB, but he’s been rising up draft boards and its such a position of need, he should be picked in rounds 2-3. I do agree though, drafting Martin is a possibility if he’s available.

    • Green Bay will not pick a C that high, the position is not that much of a need as people act like it is, no way TT would let EDS walk just to add C to the list of needs, the plan for starting C is already in place, we’ll end up with one probably but not in the first or second. Terrence Brooks at fifty three is not a reach, he’s the best on the board n if we pass him up there he’s gone shortly after our pick. Terrence Brooks in the second after Shazier in the first is a great pick, we have no true FS on the team and if we passed on Brooks who is a easily capable of stepping in week one would be a big mistake, with that said though, I see TT moving up ten or so spots to get Ward or Bucannon, we need one of the top Safeties, no if, ands or buts about it, we desperately need one of them three guys in the second, not a C.

      • Really good post. I believe GB should look to be aggressive in the draft to get one of these top safeties. Offensive lineman can be found in later rounds, you don’t often hear about too many centers being drafted that early. Some of the better centers in the league have been mid to late round guys. Terrence Brooks would be a good player for GB but like you said, getting a guy Bucannon or Ward would be even better.

  2. I really like your picks and as a
    Viking fan, you sure picked correct and I hope this does happen.
    I wish your luck in your future career. I was a photographer for NBC news and sports in 60′ and 70’s.

  3. IsaacM9 says:

    I like the cowboys picks, Bucannon is the physical safety they need and a good add in second round and I hope no one picks up Barr before them since he already met with the team and they like him, good job overall.

    • Thanks for the comment. The Cowboys would be getting a steal if Barr drops to them at 16. Both Bucannon and Barr should make an impact right away in Dallas.

    • The Ravens should look to add a tackle early in the draft, but the way this mock shaped out, I think they’d love to see Tuitt still sitting there. Some believe Tuitt is a first round talent.

  4. As a patriot fan i really don’t like the picks you had for us. First of all i do agree we need linebacker help, but not in the first round. We need some depth guys that can cover. Not a three down guy, we already have mayo, hightower, and collins. And for our second pick i don’t see us taking a tight end unless it is amaro. We can get Niklas in the third who would be a nice insurance option for gronk, and then take a flier on Lyerla later. I think that we would get some DT depth with that pick. Besides that i think you did at overall good job with rest of the mock.

    • Thanks for the comment. In my opinion, I think NE would be pretty happy with the way this draft went. Mosley is a top 15 player in the draft, so getting him at 29 would be a major steal. Also, I see Seferian-Jenkins as a very talented TE. His blocking needs a lot of improvement but he’s very talented as a receiver. Niklas may not be around in round 3. I do agree with the DT depth though. In a previous mock of mine, I had them drafting Hageman, the DT from Minnesota. Ultimately, I was between Mosley and Hageman for this mock as well.

    • Thanks for the comment Paul. Cincinnati could grab a safety, but the way this mock shaped out, all of the top guys are gone. In my opinion, they’d be reaching a bit for the next safety.

  5. Joshua Hawk says:

    I feel that Minnesota trades up in the draft, but I’m curious to see if they don’t trade all the way up to number 1 to draft Clowney. Mike Zimmer seems to love big freakish defensive ends, Michael Johnson, and may not have a trouble selling the Vikings brass on him. I think that Bill O’Brien can still get the quarterback that he wants with the 8th overall pick, Blake Bortles. The only pick that I have a major problem with though is Cleveland taking Derek Carr 8th overall. I think that he will go to Cleveland but with the 26th pick so that Cleveland can get another big time weapon in Sammy Watkins. I personally think that this will be one of the more interesting drafts with so many possible trade scenarios, and with so many of the teams with high picks having big needs at so many different positions. Overall great job, especially with your reasoning behind each pick.

    • Thanks for the comment Joshua, really good post. I agree, Minnesota is going to be one of the teams to watch come draft day. They’ll be one of the more active teams. Its been reported that Tampa could take Bortles if he’s available at pick 7, hence the reason for the Minnesota move. Now that could be a smokescreen to make the Vikings trade up, but Minnesota won’t take that risk. With the Browns draft dilemma, I personally don’t think the Browns should draft him with their first pick, but, I think they will. A lot of teams like him, so waiting to pick 26 is pretty risky, especially if Cleveland likes him. If I were Cleveland, I’d take Watkins at pick 4, and then trade that 26th pick to get back into the middle of round one in order to take Carr. It really will should be a fun draft, I think a lot of teams will be moving around.

  6. Ding says:

    Great job, enjoyed reading the write-ups on each pick…way better then the Bleacher Report. I was surprised to see Johnny Manziel go to Stl..nice curve ball.
    I see the QB’s slipping with a huge run in the 2nd round….however Bortles may go number one to Houston. I couldn’t find the authors name…but take credit for your work.

    • Thank you for the comment, I really appreciate it. I originally had thought Borltes would go number one, but now I just don’t see it. I could see Houston trading down a few spots and then taking Bortles with that pick. Manziel is a bit of a wild card in this draft, St. Louis is a sneaky spot where he could definitely land. Thanks again!

  7. cleveland gets what for moving down to 8. you minn with their 2nd rd pick. I believe cleveland trades down that pick goes to browns or they don’t make the trade

    • Cleveland would probably add a 3rd, a 4th, and probably another pick. I don’t think they would have to give up their 2nd round pick, but I could be wrong on that one.

  8. If Kelvin Benjamin is an inconsistent pass catcher, it really seems shaky that the 49ers would draft him – unless they know something we don’t know or an undetectable brand of Lester Hays stickem is available.

    • He’s still a very talented player and its something that can be worked on. Benjamin is a matchup nightmare with his height and speed, he would be a good fit in SF.

  9. eplo says:

    Reports are Tennessee is sold on Barr at 11. Then I cant see them passing up a cb in round 2. Rbs don’t go as high as they used to, would love to get a guy like bishop sankey in the 4th

    • Barr would certainly help Tennessee continue the transition into their 3-4 defense. They’ll be in a tough position if Gilbert and Barr are both available at 11. Depending on the board, I could see Tennessee going in a few directions in the second round. In terms of running back, it all depends on how they feel about the top RB compared to the fifth or sixth guy. If the gap is not that big, they can afford to wait, but if theres a big gap, they’ll scoop one earlier. Thanks for the post.

  10. I think Johnny Manziel goes to the Browns, but I also think whoever passes on the guy is making a huge mistake. As for me, I’m a 49ers fan and I don’t see us drafting Benjamin. I think we trade up and surprise everyone and go for Evans or Watkins. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking though.

    • It would take a lot to trade up and draft either Evans or Watkins, but there are some rumors going around that says SF could make the move. That would be some move by them if they were able to pull it off.

  11. Spenser Cramer says:

    Nice mock draft! A lot of solid picks and hard work out into it. Hopefully Deone Bucannon can fall to my Colts at the end of round 2. I really like his game. Good luck to your favorite team this season!

    • Thanks for the comment. Deone Bucannon would be a great fit for Indianapolis. Replacing Antoine Bethea will be tough, but Bucannon has a similar game to him. It would be a great pick for Indy.

  12. Brandon says:

    Great Mock!! Pretty much my ideal draft for the Lions, although I believe they can trade down from 10, get an extra pick, and still get Clinton-Dix. Your street cred just went up big time, IMO

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