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LaPan's Mock 5.0

The NFL Draft is less than one month away and the draft boards are starting to come together. Teams are bringing prospects into their facilities and attending Pro Days to get final evaluations.
As the Draft approaches there is change at the top as the Texans are mocked, for the first time, to select a player that is not a quarterback. Who will it be? Where will the quarterbacks fall to in the draft? Who will your team select? Find out that and more in this three-round Mock Draft.
Round 1
1. Houston Texans - Jadeveon Clowney
For the first time this Draft season there is not a quarterback at the top. Although the Texans need a quarterback, it is just too enticing to pass on Clowney. His size, speed and athletic ability will pair extremely well with the pass rush ability J.J. Watt and others have.
After seeing new Texans defensive coordinator, Romeo Crennel, working with Clowney at his Pro Day it is easy to see the attraction to Clowney the Texans have. It is also a more enticing option to take Clowney and a quarterback later in the draft than it is to have Blake Bortles and a lesser pass rusher.

2. St. Louis Rams - Greg Robinson
The Rams loose a bit of leverage to trade down after the Texans take Jadeveon Clowney. Since their pick is not as attractive to other teams the Rams stay put and take Greg Robinson. Robinson is a huge, bruising tackle who will be able to lock down the left tackle position in St. Louis for the foreseeable future.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Blake Bortles
The Jaguars have a huge need at quarterback and get their chance to fill it with Bortles. A big, strong-armed and mobile quarterback is just what Gus Bradley needs to turn the Jaguars around.

4. Cleveland Browns - Johnny Manziel
The Browns were one of the most aggressive teams in Free Agency, addressing many of their needs. After adding Andrew Hawkins and Nate Burleson to their receiver group, the Browns must address their need at quarterback. Manziel has shown a great deal of growth throughout the pre-Draft process and can step in and instantly make the Browns better.

5. Oakland Raiders - Sammy Watkins
Oakland is another team with a huge need at quarterback but takes arguably the best play maker in the draft in Watkins. Watkins steps in and immediately becomes the top play maker on the Raiders roster. His speed and elusiveness in the open field not only makes Watkins dangerous, but opens up the rest of the field for Denarius Moore and James Jones.

6. Atlanta Falcons - Khalil Mack
The Falcons offseason showed that they will likely be moving to a 3-4 base defense. Make is the perfect complement to a 3-4 defense with great strength and a natural ability to get to the opposing quarterback. Mack has good speed off the edge and uses leverage well, allowing him to get past tackles with ease.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Mike Evans
The Buccaneers were arguable the most active team in Free Agency. They addressed needs at quarterback, cornerback and on the defensive line. Now they add an offensive play maker to complement Vincent Jackson and help new quarterback Josh McCown.

8. Minnesota Vikings - Teddy Bridgewater
The Vikings get lucky and have the top quarterback prospect in the draft fall to them at eight. Bridgewater's game is NFL-ready and will be an instant upgrade to an offense that struggled to move the ball through the air. Bridgewater is helped by the fact that the Vikings offense is predicated on the run game, making his new job far less high-pressure.

9. Buffalo Bills - Eric Ebron
The Bills addressed their offense outside the numbers by trading a 6th Round pick for Mike Williams. Now they can address the middle of the field by drafting Ebron. Ebron is an athletic freak with good hands. He will provide a great option over the middle for E.J. Manuel.

10. Detroit Lions - Justin Gilbert
The Lions defensive front is the strength of their defense. There is a huge need to strengthen the back four to make the Lions a legitimate contender. Gilbert has great ball skills and very good recovery speed which makes him an ideal corner to play in the NFC North.

11. Tennessee Titans - Anthony Barr
The Titans need help getting to the quarterback and Barr is a great option. Barr has great athleticism and does a very good job using his speed to get past tackles. He will need to develop a better set of pass rush moves if he wants to succeed at the next level, but has all the raw tools teams look for.

12. New York Giants - Aaron Donald
The strength of the Giants defensive line is on the outside. In an effort to strengthen the interior, drafting Donald is a great move. Donald has an explosive first step and consistently dominates on the interior. His pass rushing ability makes him a natural fit in New York.

13. St. Louis Rams - Haha Clinton-Dix
The Rams second selection in the 1st Round immediately improves their defense. Clinton-Dix is a big, physical and experienced safety who has seen some of the best talent that the NCAA has to offer. His physical play and quickness makes him a great option in the Rams defensive backfield.

14. Chicago Bears - Calvin Pryor
The Bears have needs on the defensive line and at safety. With Pryor still on the board, it makes more sense to go safety. Pryor is a hard-hitting safety who does a great job filling lanes on the run and makes wide receivers think twice about coming over the middle.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers - Darqueze Dennard
The Steelers defense is most known for applying pressure to opposing quarterbacks.Yet they could not do that to the normal level when their defensive backs did not play well last year. Adding Dennard will allow them to apply more pressure with his good press-cover skills and aggressive play off the line of scrimmage.

16.Dallas Cowboys - Kony Ealy
The Cowboys will need to replace the pass rush ability they lost when Demarcus Ware went to Denver, Ealy can start to fill that role. He is not going to have the immediate impact of Ware but Ealy does a great job getting after the passer by using great athleticism and a solid set of pass rush moves.

17. Baltimore Ravens - Taylor Lewan
With Michael Oher going to Tennessee, the Ravens need to fill a tackle position. Lewan is a tough, skilled player who had a lot of experience at Michigan. Lewan's pass blocking skills will help protect Joe Flacco but his run blocking ability should help Ray Rice get back on track after a down year.

18. New York Jets - Odell Beckham Jr.
The Jets signed Eric Decker in Free Agency but still need another receiver to complement Decker's game. Beckham Jr. has the potential to break any play with his speed and will make whichever quarterback the Jets decide to start look better with his fantastic hands and catch radius.

19. Miami Dolphins - Zack Martin
The Dolphins need an obvious overhaul of their offensive line. Martin is a hard-nosed blocker who will give an edge to the Dolphins offense.

20. Arizona Cardinals - C.J. Mosley
Mosley is the most complete linebacker in the Draft. He can play the run, the pass and he was a team leader at Alabama. He will be able to come in and improve the middle of the Arizona defense from day one.

21. Green Bay Packers - Louis Nix III
With B.J. Raji only signed on for one year the Packers have to look for the future in the middle of their defense. Nix is a great fit as a nose tackle in the NFL with a huge frame and deceiving athleticism. Nix also does a very good job getting up field and disrupting the pocket. He will have a year to learn the NFL game with Raji before becoming the guy in the middle.

22. Philadelphia Eagles - Brandin Cooks
The Eagles and DeSean Jackson parted ways this offseason, for a lack of a better term, and it left a huge hole in the Eagles offense. They can get a com probable player in Cooks who is fast, runs great routes and has great ability after the catch. Cooks also returns punts and can even return kickoffs if needed. If Cooks works like many think he will, Eagles fans might forget Jackson was ever there.

23. Kansas City Chiefs - Marqise Lee
The Chiefs defense carried them through most of 2013, adding Lee will help the offense carry their weight. Lee is a quick, elusive target with good hands. Lee had good moves in the open field and then displays breakaway speed. He is very good in the short and intermediate games, fitting right into Alex Smith's strengths.

24. Cincinnati Bengals - Kyle Fuller
The Bengals are in need of help in the defensive backfield. Fuller adds length and speed to the Bengals while also adding good ball skills.

25. San Diego Chargers - Jason Verrett
The Chargers have needs all over the defense but fill arguably the largest hole by adding Verrett. He is an aggressive corner with great recovery speed. He is often knocked for his size but uses his athletic ability and speed to cover receivers much larger than he is.

26. Cleveland Browns - Kelvin Benjamin
The Browns addressed their need at receiver in free agency, but Benjamin's potential is too enticing to pass on. Benjamin is a huge target for new quarterback Johnny Manziel (selected at number four) and a great red zone threat. He has some issues with drops but with his size, speed and athletic ability, Benjamin is hard to pass over.

27. New Orleans Saints - Dee Ford
The Saints lack a real pass rushing presence outside of Cam Jordan. Ford is a great fit to help get to opposing quarterbacks. Ford is extremely athletic and does a good job using his hands to attack opposing tackles.

28. Carolina Panthers - Cyrus Kouandjio
The Panthers need a tackle to protect Cam Newton, especially while he comes back from ankle surgery. Kouandjio's stock plummeted due to his pre-Draft workouts but his film shows a strong run blocker and good pass blocker. Kouandjio is a gamble in the 1st Round but could be a gamble well worth taking for the Panthers.

29. New England Patriots -RaShede Hageman
Both Vince Wilfork and Tommy Kelly are back in New England, but both have major question marks due to their age and injuries. Hageman gives quality depth along the Patriots' defensive front and adds an element of pressure. He would be able to play as part of a rotation before eventually taking over inside in the future.

30. San Francisco 49ers - Bradley Roby
Another cornerback comes off the board in the 1st Round when the 49ers address their need by selecting Roby. Roby has fluid hips and good ball skills and will add to an already dangerous defense.

31. Denver Broncos - Ryan Shazier
The Broncos defense got an overhaul in Free Agency. They add another piece to the defense by adding Shazier. Shazier is a fast, aggressive linebacker who will complement Von Miller well. Shazier also brings pass rushing ability.

32. Seattle Seahawks - Stephon Tuitt
The defending Super Bowl champions add depth and versatility to a defense that dominated 2013. Tuitt has the ability to play inside or outside and will be a great rotational piece on the Seahawks defensive line.

Round 2
33. Houston Texans - Derek Carr
34. Washington Redskins - Allen Robinson
35. Cleveland Browns - Xavier Su'a-Filo
36. Oakland Raiders - Timmy Jernigan
37. Atlanta Falcons - Austin Seferian-Jenkins
38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Morgan Moses
39. Jacksonville Jaguars - Scott Crichton
40. Minnesota Vikings - David Yankey
41. Buffalo Bills - Jimmie Ward
42. Tennessee Titans - Tre Mason
43. New York Giants - Jack Mewhort
44. St. Louis Rams - Jimmy Garoppolo
45. Detroit Lions - Kyle Van Noy
46. Pittsburgh Steelers - Jordan Matthews
47. Dallas Cowboys - Terrence Brooks
48. Baltimore Ravens - Jarvis Landry
49. New York Jets - Jace Amaro
50. Miami Dolphins - Joel Bitonio
51. Chicago Bears - Dominique Easley
52. Arizona Cardinals - Jeremiah Attaochu
53. Green Bay Packers - Troy Niklas
54. Philadelphia Eagles - Deone Bucannon
55. Cincinnati Bengals - Marcus Martin
56. San Francisco 49ers - Davante Adams
57. San Diego Chargers - DaQuan Jones
58. New Orleans Saints - Martavis Bryant
59. Indianapolis Colts - Bashaud Breeland
60. Carolina Panthers - Paul Richardson
61. San Francisco 49ers - Trent Murphy
62. New England Patriots - Kareem Martin
63. Denver Broncos - Gabe Jackson
64. Seattle Seahawks - Donte Moncrief

Round 3
65. Houston Texans - Telvin Smith
66. Washington Redskins - Ed Reynolds
67. Oakland Raiders - Dakota Dozier
68. Atlanta Falcons - Ahmad Dixon
69. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Yawin Smallwood
70. Jacksonville Jaguars - Carl Bradford
71. Cleveland Browns - Lamarcus Joyner
72. Minnesota Vikings - Demarcus Lawrence
73. Buffalo Bills - Trevor Reilly
74. New York Giants - Carlos Hyde
75. St. Louis Rams - Marcus Roberson
76. Detroit Lions - Weston Richburg
77. San Francisco 49ers - Travis Swanson
78. Dallas Cowboys - Kelcy Quarles
79. Baltimore Ravens - Dion Bailey
80. New York Jets - Stanley Jean-Baptiste
81. Miami Dolphins - Anthony Steen
82. Chicago Bears - Ego Ferguson
83. Cleveland Browns - Chris Borland
84. Arizona Cardinals - Pierre Desir
85. Green Bay Packers - Marcus Smith
86. Philadelphia Eagles - Keith McGill
87. Kansas City Chiefs - Cyril Richardson
88. Cincinnati Bengals - Antonio "Tiny" Richardson
89. San Diego Chargers - Jaylen Watkins
90. Indianapolis Colts - Justin Ellis
91. New Orleans Saints - Loucheiz Purifoy
92. Carolina Panthers - Phillip Gaines
93. New England Patriots - Zach Mettenberger
94. San Francisco 49ers - Anthony Johnson
95. Denver Broncos - Billy Turner
96. Minnesota Vikings - Craig Loston
97. Pittsburgh Steelers - Christian Jones
98. Green Bay Packers - CJ Fiedorowicz
99. Baltimore Ravens - Jackson Jeffcoat
100. San Francisco 49ers - Chris Smith

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Lucas Polglaze
Apr 11 2014 12:13 PM
Can't disagree with Shazier and Gabe Jackson. Two good picks.
That said, as much as I like Billy Turner, I don't think the Broncos will double-dip on offensive linemen. Not that great a need.
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Lucas Polglaze
Apr 11 2014 12:14 PM
I could see Shazier-Pierre Desir-Turner.
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Can't disagree with Shazier and Gabe Jackson. Two good picks.
That said, as much as I like Billy Turner, I don't think the Broncos will double-dip on offensive linemen. Not that great a need.

I had them double dipping in the first 2 rounds
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I'd be really happy with that draft for the Bengals. Extremely pleased.
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Lucas, I don't think they NEED to double dip but if they can come away with Jackson and Turner I think it would be a good haul. Sures up the future of the OL there and they still get a play maker like Shazier.


Blake, I think it played out very well for the Bengals. They get the much needed OL help but also get a very good corner who can come in and start day 1.

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Chad Jensen
Apr 11 2014 02:39 PM

I love the Shazier pick. I like the Jackson pick. But the 3rd rounder? Nay. We have Clady/Franklin/Clark/Justice/Painter at tackle. Don't see it. 

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Jake Arthur
Apr 11 2014 05:45 PM

I'd be really happy with that draft for the Bengals. Extremely pleased.

That would be pretty a nice haul for Cincy.

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Apr 11 2014 07:34 PM
Love the steelers pick would be so happy with them players on the black&gold
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Addresses three major needs for Pittsburgh. Great draft for them if it plays out this way

I like this a lot, nice work Matt!  Really like the Cowboys getting Brooks in the second round also.

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Thanks Jeff. He would be a great fit in that defense. I think he is an overlooked guy who is going to be a solid player in the NFL. Good chance he could start next year in Dallas.

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For sure, anytime that you can grab a potential starter in the middle of the second round you have to be happy.  This draft is really deep though, and I actually think that waiting on a safety until the second for Dallas is a better idea than taking Clinton-Dix or Pryor.

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The only reason I don't have them taking either one of those guys is because they are already gone. But I think the combo of Ealy and Brooks is a great grab. 

Erick Trickel
Apr 13 2014 03:04 AM

Like Chad and Luc said I can see the first two picks and like them, but that 3rd rounder? The Broncos have a good group of offensive tackles already. If it was a center that would be different, but even then I dont see two offensive linemen in the first 3 picks. It really isnt that big of a need. Despite signing Ward and Talib they need to shore up their secondary and I think they will do that in the first 3 picks. 

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Broncos fans can tell me offensive line isn't a need all they want, but I'm not buying it. That Super Bowl was won by Seattle defensive line and lost by Denver a offensive line. They have to get better and more physical up front. The same online will end with the same result.
Lucas Polglaze
Apr 13 2014 02:23 PM

Broncos fans can tell me offensive line isn't a need all they want, but I'm not buying it. That Super Bowl was won by Seattle defensive line and lost by Denver a offensive line. They have to get better and more physical up front. The same online will end with the same result.

Sure. I totally agree. But we don't have THAT big of a need at tackle. We already have Ryan Clady (elite), Orlando Franklin (upper echelon) and Chris Clark (above average).
Sure, we could use depth at tackle. But NOT in the first three rounds.
G and C? Sign me up.
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Erick Trickel
Apr 13 2014 02:29 PM

Broncos fans can tell me offensive line isn't a need all they want, but I'm not buying it. That Super Bowl was won by Seattle defensive line and lost by Denver a offensive line. They have to get better and more physical up front. The same online will end with the same result.


We are not saying it isnt a need. We are saying the need isnt at offensive tackle. Clady is coming back from injury who didnt play in the Super Bowl and have Chris Clark as a backup. There isnt a need for OT depth especially in the first 3 rounds. The biggest need is finding a long term LG and C. That is where the need is. Not OT. 

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I had then taking a OG and OC in my mock in the first two rounds.
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Lucas Polglaze
Apr 13 2014 04:14 PM

I had then taking a OG and OC in my mock in the first two rounds.

Fine by me.
Andrew Aziz
Apr 13 2014 05:15 PM
Where's Jake Matthews?
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Chad Jensen
Apr 13 2014 05:32 PM
Any team, even the 9ers, woulda struggled against the Seahawks defensive line in the Super Bowl. It was berserk.

Outside of the second round, this hurts me soul.  :(

I disagree. The 49ers offensive line is powerful and nasty. They are made to deal with the Seahawks
Chad Jensen
Apr 14 2014 02:17 AM
Howd they do in the NFC title game?
Chad Jensen
Apr 14 2014 02:20 AM
I wonder how many of the 9ers o line have been drafted since Carroll became the Hawks coach...

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