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Five-Round Mock - 3/2/13 (Mock #2)

ROUND 1

1.

Blake Bortles - QB, UCF (93, #9)

Houston takes the quarterback they believe to be most ready for the NFL, opting for Bortles over Manziel and Bridgewater.  The connections between Houston and Bortles continue to grow along with the decision to draft a quarterback rather than pair Clowney with Watt. On paper, Bortles is an ideal prospect, but he needs to improve his arm strength and accuracy (especially throwing left) to be a complete quarterback. 

2.

TRADE: ATL sends picks #6, #37, and #68 (2,420 pts) for STL pick #2 (2,600 pts).

Jadeveon Clowney - DE, South Carolina (96, #1)

Atlanta sees their opportunity and pounces on it.  The Falcons give up their second and third round picks to swap up four spots in this mock (while in reality it may include 2015 draft picks) to get Clowney.  For this to come to fruition, however, St. Louis would need to be ready to choose between Watkins and Robinson and must be able to realize that the return they require for this pick should not compare to the trove they received for the rights to pick Robert Griffin III (1st, 2nd, 1st, 1st), which they have used incredibly.

3.

Teddy Bridgewater - QB, Louisville (93, #10)
 
Jacksonville, in dire need of an quarterback of the future, sprints to the podium in this mock draft as they add a scout favorite in Teddy Bridgewater.  A pure pocket passer, Bridgewater did not excel as many thought he would in the second half of the 2013 season, but not enough to remove him from Scouts, Inc.'s #1 quarterback slot.

4. 

Sammy Watkins - WR, Clemson (95, #4)

Cleveland, pairing a new weapon with the best young wide receiver in football, drafts Sammy Watkins and surprises many by not choosing Manziel.  The Browns have a solid roster already established and can continue to add to their arsenal with Watkins. Watkins has fantastic home run ability and good ball skills and separation, possibly giving the Browns the NFL's best wide receiver duo.

5.

Derek Carr - QB, Fresno State (60, #133)

Oakland is searching for their quarterback of the future and reportedly prefer Carr to Manziel and select him at #5 in this mock.  Carr's arm strength is his best asset. Combined with a good showing at the combine, Carr's insane college stats will likely land him a round one final grade.  

6. 

Greg Robinson - OT, Auburn (97, #2)
It may not happen today, tomorrow or soon, but eventually Greg Robinson will be accepted as a top 20 pick, then a top 15 pick, and then a top 10 pick. Here, the Rams reinvest the 1st round pick from Washington and turn it in to more picks via this mock's trade.  The Rams pick up Robinson, an ideal tackle prospect who should have a better career than all the tackles drafted in 2013.

7.

Khalil Mack - OLB, Buffalo (96, #3)

Khalil Mack, who some draftniks call the best player in the draft, did it all at Buffalo, leading the NCAA in tackles for loss and forced fumbles while accumulating 10.5 sacks in his senior season.  Mack is powerful, quick, and stays on the field throughout the game, making him an athlete that could challenge Clowney for defensive rookie of the year.

TRADE: NYJ receives pick #8 (1,400 pts) from MIN for picks #18 and #49 (1,310 pts). 

8.

Mike Evans - WR, Texas A&M (94, #7)

Arming Geno Smith with weapons, New York adds Mike Evans, a big-bodied receiver with uncanny speed.  Evans produced in a high-powered Texas A&M offense, proving himself in the SEC with 1,394 yards and 12 touchdowns.  Evans is the second-best wide receiver prospect behind Watkins, but could be picked third if teams decide to overlook Marqise Lee's most recent season.

9.

C.J. Mosley - ILB, Alabama (93, #12)

Pairing Mosley with Kiko Alonso makes Buffalo a force defensively.  With losses in free agency coming, Buffalo needs to bolster their front seven with day one starters, and Mosley fits the bill.  The 6'2" senior dominates run plays, diagnosing and ending plays quickly. He will need to bulk up in the NFL, but that is much easier for players than learning instincts.

10.

Anthony Barr - LB, UCLA (89, #28)
Barr, once regarded as a can't-miss top 3 pick, is an inexperienced but hyper-talented leader who has good size and good range.  He struggles in one-on-one conflicts in the hole with bigger backs, but ran a sub 4.5 40 time at the combine, reeling scouts back in with his tremendous upside.

11.

Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix - FS, Alabama (91, #16)
Ha-ha is aggressive and smart, with fantastic recognition and instincts. To be placed in an already-good or great defense would be a much better place for him as an auxiliary ballhawk and run supporter (St. Louis, Kansas City, Baltimore come to mind). Here, Tennessee's 22nd rated defense by Football Outsiders adds Clinton-Dix (who says he gets a lot of Monica Lewinsky jokes. Makes sense).

 12.

Justin Gilbert - CB, Oklahoma State (93, #10)

The Giants, needing another cornerback to rebuild what is quickly-deteriorating roster that lead a 2013 campaign among the most disappointing in the NFL. Gilbert is balanced and projects to be strong in all facets of being a next-level cornerback, but great in none.

13.

Darqueze Dennard - CB, Michigan State

 14.

Timmy Jernigan - DT43, Florida State

15.

Kony Ealy - DE43, Missouri

 16.

Louis Nix - DT43, Notre Dame

17.

Marqise Lee - WR, USC

18.

(via NYJ) Johnny Manziel - QB, Texas A&M

19.

Jake Matthews - OT, Texas A&M

20.

Eric Ebron - TE, UNC

21.

Calvin Pryor - FS, Louisville

22.

Darqueze Dannard - CB, Michigan State

TRADE: Carolina receives pick #23 (760 pts)  from Kansas City for picks #28 and #92 (792 pts). 

23.

Odell Beckham Jr. - WR, LSU

24.

Jason Verrett - CB, TCU

25.

Stephon Tuitt - DE34, Notre Dame

26.

David Yankey - OG, Stanford

27.

Taylor Lewan - OT, Michigan

28. 

Brandin Cooks - WR, Oregon State

 29.

Scott Cricton - DE, Oregon State

30.

Jordan Matthews - WR, Vanderbuilt

31.
Bradley Roby - CB, Ohio St.

32.

Xavier Su'a-Filo - OG, UCLA

ROUND 2
Rankings hidden for spacial reasons.

33.Dee Ford - OLB43, Auburn

34.Zack Martin - OG, ND

35.Shayne Skov - ILB, Stanford

36.Aaron Donald - DT, Pitt

37.Ryan Shazier - OLB, OSU

38.Trent Murphy - DE, Stanford

39.Bishop Sankey - RB, Wash

40.Jeremiah Attaochu - OLB, GT

41.Jace Amaro - TE, TX Tech

42.Kyle Van Noy - OLB43, BYU

43.Antonio Richardson - OT, Tenn

44.Gabe Jackson - OG, Miss St

45.Kelvin Benjamin - WR, Florida State

46.Carlos Hyde - RB, OSU

47.Jackson Jeffcoat - DE, Texas

48.Travis Swanson - C, Ark.

49.Ra'Shede Hageman - DE34, Minnesota

50.Marcus Roberson - CB, UF

51.A Seferian-Jenkins - TE,UW

52.Cyrus Kouandjio - OT, Alabama

53.Dominique Easley - DE, UF

54.Allen Robinson - WR, PSU

55.Jack Mewhort - OT, OSU

56.Dion Bailey - SS, USC

57.DaQuan Jones - DT34, PSU

58.Lamarcus Joyner - CB, FSU

60.Troy Niklas - TE, Notre Dame

61.Kelcy Quarles - DT, SCar

62.Weston Richburg - C, CSU

63.Yawin Smallwood, ILB, UConn

64.Paul Richardson - WR, Colorado

 

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