This is my first mock of the off season, and I decided to just do picks 1-10. Let me know what you guys think!
Houston: DE Jadeveon Clowney. I am fully aware that Houston needs a QB, but I don’t see any QBs in this draft class worthy of a #1 pick, and I also see their decision to keep Schaub around as a sign that they don’t see any franchise QBs in this draft either. They also need a pass rushing LB badly, so I could also see them going with Khalil Mack, but I don’t see Houston passing up on the the player that most consider the best in the draft.
Minnesota: QB Blake Bortles. Had Roger Saffold not returned to the Rams, I would’ve had them taking Greg Robinson, especially with Jake Long coming off an ACL and MCL tear, and a glaring hole in the line that Saffold would’ve left. Their other needs of a safety and guard help can be addressed later in the draft. Minnesota will move up with the knowledge that they need a QB badly, and chances are Oakland and Cleveland will both select one with their picks.
Jacksonville: OLB Khalil Mack. GM David Caldwell has expressed that they will not draft a QB just because it is their biggest need, and they will need to be convinced that he is a franchise caliber QB to be drafted. Also, the fact that they have resigned Chad Henne points to them going elsewhere with the #3 pick. With OG Zane Beedles being resigned, and center being a position that can be addressed later in the draft, the Jags will go with possibly the best pass rusher in the draft, putting Mack alongside Paul Posluzny, replacing a very disappointing Geno Hayes.
Cleveland: QB Teddy Bridgewater. The Browns haven’t had a franchise QB in years. Is Bridgewater that guy? I think that the Browns will soon find out, because I cannot see them going after any other position, aside from possibly Sammy Watkins. But with no QB to get him the ball, I don’t see them going that route.
Oakland: QB Derek Carr: Like Cleveland, I would be shocked to see them go with any other position besides QB. They also need a left gurad very badly, but this is an extremely deep draft along the offensive line, and there are no guards worthy of a top 5 pick.
Atlanta: OT Greg Robinson. It took me a good while to decide between this pick and Anthony Barr. While we addressed the run stopping ability of the defensive line in FA, we didn’t do much to address the pass rush. However, I think that with the switch to the 3-4, guys like Massaquoi, Bierman, Bartu and Spoon will contribute to the pass rush much better as outside rushers in the new scheme. With Robinson, our offensive line will be anchored down with the addition of Asamoah.
Tampa Bay: WR Sammy Watkins. The Bucs top needs are an ILB, an OG, and a slot CB. However, there are no players at these positions worth taking at the #7 pick, so I can actually see them trading down. Now, the WR position isn’t one of major need for the Bucs, but Watkins is a very special talent, and putting him on the roster will give new QB Josh McCown and nice toy to play with, and will become the instant #1 receiver on the team.
St. Louis: OLB Anthony Barr. The Rams would’ve loved to have had Sammy Watkins at this pick, but the Bucs ruined that dream. After James Laurinitis had an off year in 2013, and Jo-Lonn Dunbar looked abysmal, Anthony Barr will add a much needed aggressiveness and playmaking ability to the Rams LB corp.
Buffalo: OT Jake Matthews. Again, another team that would have loved Watkins talents. Buffalo is also in need of a safety with the departure of Byrd, but I can’t see them reaching on Clinton-Dix at #9, and it’d be extremely hard to pass up on a tackle as talented as Matthews especially with the major need to upgrade at the position.
Detroit: CB Justin Gilbert. Most will see this as somewhat of a reach, but Gilbert is considered a top-20 pick around most draft circles, and the Lions need a CB very badly, especially when you consider a 33 year old Rasheen Mathis was their best CB last year.