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LaPan's Mock 4.0 - Free Agency Edition

Matt LaPan

After a crazy Free Agency period, the mock draft boards are being shifted daily. With Pro Days still in progress, the boards are likely to change again.

Round 1

1. Houston Texans - Blake Bortles

The Texans officially traded Matt Schaub away, clearing the way for the new face of the franchise. Bortles is a great fit for Bill O'Brien and his staff. A big, strong and smart quarterback with good mobility. Bortles will also be helped by a strong running game and good set or receivers, taking some of the pressure off of him when he steps in.

2. St. Louis Rams - Greg Robinson

Jake Long tore his ACL in December, leaving his status for the start of the season in question. Robinson is the ideal fit to slide in and become the starter at left tackle. He is a mammoth man with great feet and even better strength.

The Rams will likely have the option to trade out of the 2nd spot with a team looking to get Jadeveon Clowney, setting them up to build quality depth.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Jadeveon Clowney

If the Rams stay put at the 2nd pick the Jaguars are in great position to get arguably the most talented player in the Draft. Clowney is a physical freak with good pass rushing ability. He plays the run well and has the "it factor" that the Jaguars need as they build back to a winning organization.

4. Cleveland Browns - Sammy Watkins

The Browns do need a quarterback but it will be too hard to pass on Watkins. Watkins has good size and great speed. He has game-breaking ability to go along with strong hands. Watkins could be one of the safest picks in the draft and will pair perfectly with Josh Gordon.

5. Oakland Raiders - Jake Matthews

The Raiders got their starting quarterback in Matt Schaub after trading for him. This allows them to take the best player available on the board. Matthews is a technically sound tackle who has good instincts and great fundamentals. This makes Matthews a very solid pick and a potential long-term solution for the Raiders left tackle position.

6. Atlanta Falcons - Khalil Mack

The Falcons made it clear through Free Agency that they will be running a 3-4 defense in 2014. They bulked up the line in Free Agency and now solidify the linebacking corps with the best linebacker available. Mack is a very good pass rusher and has an unbelievable motor. Mack is a great fit for the new-look Falcons.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Taylor Lewan

The Buccaneers were arguably the most active team in Free Agency, addressing many of their team needs. New coach Lovie Smith will address his offensive line by picking Lewan. Lewan is a big, aggressive tackle with good footwork and great power. He is also mobile and will be able to get out on screens to block for Doug Martin.

8. Minnesota Vikings - Teddy Bridgewater

The Vikings luck out and get the best quarterback in the Draft at number eight. Bridgewater is not the biggest quarterback but he is tough and has very good accuracy. Even though Bridgewater struggled in his Pro Day, he still has the potential to be a great quarterback.

9. Buffalo Bills - Eric Ebron

The Bills get a great new weapon for E.J. Manuel. Ebron is the best tight end in the draft and will be one of the most athletic tight ends in the NFL. Ebron is another athletic freak and has a good set of hands. He struggles at the point of attack but will likely be used as a "move" tight end and receiver.

10. Detroit Lions - Justin Gilbert

The Lions front-four is well known for being aggressive and, at times, dominant. They now need to build that reputation along the back-four. Gilbert has good size and great ball skills. He has fluid hips and good recovery speed. He will be an instant upgrade for the Lions defensive backfield.

11. Tennessee Titans - Anthony Barr

The Titans are reported to be running a hybrid 4-3 and 3-4 combination defense next season. For that they need pass rushers and get a good one in Barr. Barr is extremely athletic and has great speed off the edge. He needs some work on using his hands but raw ability and upside makes him a great top-15 pick.

12. New York Giants - Aaron Donald

Donald is a good interior presence with a great set of pass rush moves. He consistently wins inside, despite his smaller stature. He fits right into what the Giants defensive front has been doing for years.

13. St. Louis Rams - Haha Clinton-Dix

The Rams address another huge need with their second selection of the 1st Round. Clinton-Dix is a solid all-around safety who came from a pro-style defense at Alabama. He can defend the run and the pass well and will help a safety group that struggled in 2013.

14. Chicago Bears - Timmy Jernigan

The Bears need interior line help and get it in Jernigan. Jernigan is an explosive athlete on the interior who is far quicker and more explosive than he looks. Jernigan has good pass rushing ability and plays the run well. An instant upgrade inside, Jernigan has a ton of room to grow his game and can be an impact player for a long time.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers - Darqueze Dennard

The Steelers defense is in need of a refurbishing, they can start with Dennard. Dennard is an extremely aggressive and hard-nosed cornerback, perfect for the Steelers defense.

16. Dallas Cowboys - Kony Ealy

Ealy often gets lost in the shuffle but should not be slept on. Ealy is an explosive athlete who has nearly the same workout numbers as Jadeveon Clowney. Ealy uses his hands well but uses his speed to bend the edge and chase down quarterbacks.

17. Baltimore Ravens - Mike Evans

The Ravens get a new weapon for Joe Flacco, and likely his go-to option. Evans can play all over the field but has great size. He has great ball skills and fights for every ball. When paired with Smith and Pitta, Evans elevates the entire Ravens offense.

18. New York Jets - Marqise Lee

Whether it be Michael Vick or Geno Smith, the Jets quarterback will need a go-to offensive threat. Lee provides that option with his crisp routes and good speed. He can make almost any play into a scoring opportunity.

19. Miami Dolphins - Zack Martin

The Dolphins offensive line faces major changes following the bull yin scandal in 2013. Even though the Dolphins addressed the offensive line during Free Agency, Martin is a perfect option to put in the new group. Tough, versatile and aggressive at the point of attack. Martin can play either tackle and step in right away.

20. Arizona Cardinals - Dee Ford

The Cardinals showed they were on the brink of the playoffs in 2013. With Ford added to an aging defense, they could be pushed over the top. Ford is athletic and uses his hands well. He will have growing pains if asked to drop into coverage, but as a pure pass rusher, Ford will elevate the Cardinals defense.

21. Green Bay Packers - C.J. Mosley

Mosley could be the most complete prospect in the 2014 Draft class. He reads plays well, is aggressive and can make plays sideline-to-sideline. Mosley fills run holes well and is elusive when opposing linemen try to block him. A solid pick for the Packers.

22. Philadelphia Eagles - Calvin Pryor

The Eagles have a few needs on the defense and fill the biggest with one of the top safety's in the class. Pryor is a downhill player who is not afraid to use his pads to dislodge the ball. His aggressive play will bring an edge to the Eagles defense.

23. Kansas City Chiefs - Odell Beckham Jr.

The Chiefs defense was one of the best in the NFL last season but their offense struggled to score. Beckham Jr. will add a new dimension to the Kansas City offense and give Alex Smith another outside option.

24. Cincinnati Bengals - Jason Verrett

Verrett is not the biggest defensive back but he is one of the best. He is aggressive and uses a great natural athleticism to defend much larger receivers. Verrett also fills well in run support.

25. San Diego Chargers - Louis Nix III

Nix will clog a hole in the middle of the Chargers defense. The mammoth defensive tackle is extremely athletic for a man his size and plays the run as well as he rushes the passer, a rare combination in nose tackles.

26. Cleveland Browns - Johnny Manziel

The Browns get their quarterback with their second pick of the 1st round. Manziel took a bit of a fall but lands in a good position after the Browns selected Sammy Watkins at number four. He will have a good line in front of him and a very good group of receivers. Manziel could finally bring an end to the rotating door known as the Brown quarterback position.

27. New Orleans Saints - Kyle Fuller

The Saints need to sure up the back-four of their defense if they want to get back to the top of the NFC again. Fuller has good length and is very quick. He has good ball skills and will be able to help the Saints pass defense from Day 1.

28. Carolina Panthers - Cyrus Kouandjio

Cam Newton will likely be slowed a bit at the start of the year after off-season ankle surgery. Kouandjio will be the new blind-side defender for Newton. He is a bit stiff-hipped at times but is a true gamer. He has a ton of experience and should translate well into the Panthers offense.

29. New England Patriots - RaShede Hageman

The Patriots defensive front was devastated with injuries last season. Selecting Hageman not only builds depth for the time being, it serves as a protection plan if Vince Wilfork demands a release.

30. San Francisco 49ers - Brandin Cooks

The 49ers offense needs another weapon for Colin Kaepernick and Cooks is the ideal option. Cooks is quick across the field and fast with the ball in his hands. He is a perfect possession receiver for Kaepernick to rely on.

31. Denver Broncos - Ryan Shazier

Shazier has great athleticism and does a good job getting after the quarterback. Although the Broncos have Von Miller and Demarcus Ware, Shazier is a good rotational player and insurance option for any injuries or off-field issues.

32. Seattle Seahawks - Kelvin Benjamin

Benjamin is a big-bodied receiver that will give the Seahawks a huge Red Zone threat. He attacks the ball at its highest point and uses his size to dominate defenders. He can be used as an outside receiver or as a flexed tight end. He struggled with drops, but is a great value at the end of the 1st round.

Round 2

33. Houston Texans - Morgan Moses

34. Washington Redskins - Bradley Roby

35. Cleveland Browns - Xavier Su'a-Filo

36. Oakland Raiders - Carlos Hyde

37. Atlanta Falcons - Austin Seferian-Jenkins

38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jordan Matthews

39. Jacksonville Jaguars - Derek Carr

40. Minnesota Vikings - David Yankey

41. Buffalo Bills - Allen Robinson

42. Tennessee Titans - Tre Mason

43. New York Giants - Antonio "Tiny" Richardson

44. St. Louis Rams - Jarvis Landry

45. Detroit Lions - Shayne Skov

46. Pittsburgh Steelers - Jimmie Ward

47. Dallas Cowboys - Terrence Brooks

48. Baltimore Ravens - Stephon Tuitt

49. New York Jets - Jace Amaro

50. Miami Dolphins - Bishop Sankey

51. Chicago Bears - Marcus Roberson

52. Arizona Cardinals - Joel Bitonio

53. Green Bay Packers - Trent Murphy

54. Philadelphia Eagles - Christian Jones

55. Cincinnati Bengals - Kyle Van Noy

56. San Francisco 49ers - Lamarcus Joyner

57. San Diego Chargers - Jeremiah Attaochu

58. New Orleans Saints - Marcus Martin

59. Indianapolis Colts - Carl Bradford

60. Carolina Panthers - Davante Adams

61. San Francisco 49ers - Scott Crichton

62. New England Patriots - Troy Niklas

63. Denver Broncos - Dominique Easley

64. Seattle Seahawks - Gabe Jackson

Round 3

65. Houston Texans - Kelcy Quarles

66. Washington Redskins - Chris Borland

67. Oakland Raiders - Will Sutton

68. Atlanta Falcons - Deone Bucannon

69. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Brandon Thomas

70. Jacksonville Jaguars - Yawin Smallwood

71. Cleveland Browns - Kareem Martin

72. Minnesota Vikings - Marcus Smith

73. Buffalo Bills - Ahmad Dixon

74. New York Giants - Paul Richardson

75. St. Louis Rams - Loucheiz Purifoy

76. Detroit Lions - Demarcus Lawrence

77. San Francisco 49ers - Travis Swanson

78. Dallas Cowboys - Ego Ferguson

79. Baltimore Ravens - Jack Mewhort

80. New York Jets - Stanley Jean-Baptiste

81. Miami Dolphins - Anthony Steen

82. Chicago Bears - Pierre Desir

83. Cleveland Browns - Bashaud Breeland

84. Arizona Cardinals - Zach Mettenberger

85. Green Bay Packers - CJ Fiedorowicz

86. Philadelphia Eagles - Trevor Reilly

87. Kansas City Chiefs - Donte Moncrief

88. Cincinnati Bengals - Weston Richburg

89. San Diego Chargers - Jaylen Watkins

90. Indianapolis Colts - Justin Ellis

91. New Orleans Saints - Cameron Fleming

92. Carolina Panthers - Keith McGill

93. New England Patriots - DaQuan Jones

94. San Francisco 49ers - Daniel McCullers

95. Denver Broncos - Telvin Smith

96. Minnesota Vikings - Anthony Johnson

97. Pittsburgh Steelers - Adrian Hubbard

98. Green Bay Packers - Chris Smith

99. Baltimore Ravens - Lamin Barrow

100. San Francisco 49ers - Jordan Tripp

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Like the Raiders pick. It's what they SHOULD do.... Knowing them they will probably take a QB or another odd selection.


Taking Carr at 36 would be the perfect scenario for the organization.  I just don't think Carr will get out of the 1st round.

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If the Bengals take Verrett with Fuller still on the board I'll be highly upset.

Don't see any chance Manziel falls like that. I'd be less surprised if Bridgewater did.

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I'm still not entirely sure that Verrett is a first rounder. That size is a huge issue for me.

I completely agree. HUGE issue for me. Receivers and tights and running backs are getting bigger, faster and stronger. Not sure he can keep up.

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I think Manziel should be a top-10 pick but if he gets past the Vikings there really isn't another spot for him to go that makes sense. Also I do the mocks without trades, if there was trades then yes I completely see a team trading ahead of Cleveland to get him.

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Agree with you about Manziel falling if he doesn't get picked at 8.  There's definitely the chance that someone trades up to get him.  Lord, if the Browns got Watkins to put with Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron with Manziel throwing them the ball?  You're setting up a beautiful offense in Cleveland.

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