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LaPan's Mock 5.0


Matt LaPan

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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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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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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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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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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