NFL Mock Draft 5.0 (first 2 rounds)

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    • By Bucky Brooks
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    The draft is less than a month away, but scouts are still working hard to put the finishing touches on draft boards across the league. With team visits, private workouts and background searches nearly completed, we can begin to make solid assertions on what might transpire in the first two rounds of the draft.
    Here's my latest mock draft based on what we've learned over the final month through pro-day performances and private workouts:
    Round 1

    1. Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
    A frontline featuring Clowney, J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus would make AFC quarterback shake in their boots facing the Texans.
    2. St. Louis Rams: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
    Greg Robinson is the better athlete and offers more upside, but it could be hard for Jeff Fisher to pass on the more polished Matthews based on his relationship with the family.
    3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
    Say what you want about Manziel's potential flaws, there is no doubt that he would energize the Jaguars with his presence and spectacular playmaking ability.
    4. Cleveland Browns: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
    Adding an explosive weapon like Watkins to a lineup featuring Josh Gordon and Jordan Cameron would give the Browns the top receiving corps in the AFC North.
    5. Oakland Raiders: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
    With Matt Schaub set to lead the team in 2014, the Raiders can afford take a patient approach with Bortles.
    6. Atlanta Falcons: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
    Protecting Matt Ryan is the team's priority after watching him get pummeled in the pocket a season ago.
    7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
    The Mike Williams' trade paves the way for the team to add Evans as a complement to Vincent Jackson in the passing game.
    8. Minnesota Vikings: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
    Linebacker isn't an obvious need, but the Vikings could elect to take the best player available with Mack on the board at this pick.
    9. Buffalo Bills: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
    The Bills could elect to take a talented tight end to help E.J. Manuel, but the defense could use a versatile SAM linebacker/pass rusher to complement Mario Williams and Jerry Hughes off the edges.
    10. Detroit Lions: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
    Jim Caldwell's experience with Peyton Manning in Indianapolis could prompt him to surround Matthew Stafford with a explosive weapons on the perimeter.
    11. Tennessee Titans: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
    Defensive coordinator Ray Horton's success with Patrick Peterson could persuade the Titans to take a rangy, athletic cornerback with superb ball skills.
    12. New York Giants: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama:
    Mosley's athleticism and versatility would bring another dimension to a defense that's struggled the past few seasons.
    13. St. Louis Rams: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
    Jeff Fisher would be wise to give Greg Williams an aggressive safety with playmaking skills based on the defensive wizard's success in Tennessee (Blaine Bishop), Washington (Sean Taylor) and New Orleans (Darren Sharper).
    14. Chicago Bears: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
    Donald is an ideal 3-technique in the Bears' Tampa 2 scheme because of his speed, athleticism and quickness.
    15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
    The Steelers need to find a replacement for Ike Taylor as the designated No. 1 corner in the lineup. Dennard is an ideal fit with his grit, toughness and ball skills.
    16. Dallas Cowboys: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
    Securing a pass rusher is a top priority, but Pryor is rated higher than any available defensive end at this point. Thus, Jerry Jones opts to fill one of the Cowboys' biggest needs with his first.
    17. Baltimore Ravens: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
    Ozzie Newsome has a reputation for snagging Pro Bowl-caliber players in the first round. Lewan has all of the tools to be a dominant player at his position, which makes this pick a no-brainer at this point.
    18. New York Jets: Marqise Lee, WR, USC
    The Jets have made a concerted effort to upgrade the receiving during the offseason, but adding a dynamic weapon like Lee in the middle will help Geno Smith and Michael Vick become more efficient from the pocket.
    19. Miami Dolphins: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
    Martin's versatility makes him an ideal fit for the Dolphins as a potential swing player along the offense line.
    20. Arizona Cardinals: Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn
    John Abraham led the Cardinals with 11.5 sacks in 2013, but he is 35 and on the backside of his career. Ford could serve as his apprentice for a season before taking over as the team's designated pass rusher.
    21. Green Bay Packers: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State
    Dom Capers love to throw out exotic looks to disrupt the flow of offensive schemes. Shazier is versatile playmaker with the ability blitz, run or cover from multiple spots on the front seven.
    22. Philadelphia Eagles: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
    Roby is a talented cover man with the speed, athleticism and movement skills to thrive in an aggressive scheme.
    23. Kansas City Chiefs: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
    Andy Reid desperately needs an explosive playmaker on the perimeter to make the Chiefs' version of the West Coast offense pop. Beckham is a dynamic receiver-returner with the talent and potential to be a star as a pro.
    24. Cincinnati Bengals: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
    The loss of Michael Johnson robbed the Bengals of a young, athletic rusher with extraordinary length. Marvin Lewis fills the void by taking Ealy with the Bengals' first pick.
    25. San Diego Chargers: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
    The Chargers need a long, rangy cover corner to match up with the big-bodied receivers that dominate the AFC West.
    26. Cleveland Browns: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
    GM Ray Farmer patiently waits for his franchise quarterback to fall into his lap. Bridgewater gives the Browns a legitimate signal caller to build their future playoff aspirations around.
    27. New Orleans Saints: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
    The creative offensive mind of Sean Payton won't allow him to bypass a talented playmaker like Cooks at this point.
    28. Carolina Panthers: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
    The departure of Jordan Gross could force GM Dave Gettleman to the focus his efforts on finding a blindside protector for Cam Newton.
    29. New England Patriots: Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
    It's hard to find big, athletic defenders with Hagemen's physical tools. Although effort and desire are huge concerns, Belichick needs to add youth to a defensive line that's long in the tooth.
    30. San Francisco 49ers: Demarcus Lawrence, OLB, Boise State
    The 49ers might be forced to look for a pass rusher with Aldon Smith's off-field actions become a huge distraction. Lawrence is a fluid athlete capable of rushing the passer from a three-point stance or upright position.
    31. Denver Broncos: Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA
    After watching his offensive line bullied at the hands of the Seattle Seahawks, John Fox insists on adding a beefy blocker with a nasty disposition.
    32. Seattle Seahawks: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
    The Seahawks rolled to the world title despite playing with a patchwork offensive line. Moses addresses the void at right tackle and is a perfect fit in the 'Hawks' zone-based blocking scheme.

    Round 2


    33. Houston Texans: AJ McCarron, QB, Alabama
    The Texans have all of the offensive weapons needed to be a force in the AFC, but the quarterback position must be addressed. McCarron is the ultimate winner with a ton of experience managing game situations and egos.
    34. Washington Redskins: Joel Bitonio, OT, Nevada
    Jay Gruden most important job is to help RGIII return to his playmaking ways. Adding a talented pass protector to solidify the edges is a great lace to start.
    35. Cleveland Browns: Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State
    Ben Tate's signing won't prevent the Browns from adding a punishing runner to the stable. Hyde can contribute as a role player initially, before taking over as the full-time runner in a year or so.
    36. Oakland Raiders: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
    Jernigan would add some juice to the Raiders' defensive line with his athleticism and non-stop motor.
    37. Atlanta Falcons: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
    The Falcons released Asante Samuel in the offseason, so finding a quality nickel corner could be a priority despite drafting two young players a season ago. Verrett is arguably the top corner in the draft, but his size keeps him out of the 1st round.
    38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU
    Lovie Smith inherits a loaded defense, but needs a versatile SAM linebacker to fill out the line up. Van Noy is disruptive defender capable of creating chaos as rusher or in coverage.
    39. Jacksonville Jaguars: Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
    The loss of MJD makes it imperative to add a young RB despite the presence of Toby Gerhart. Mason is an ideal complement as a change of pace runner.
    40. Minnesota Vikings: Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU
    Derek Carr will be in play at this point, but Mettenberger's talent and experience in pro-style system under one of Norv Turner's protégées (Cam Cameron) makes him the better fit in Minnesota.
    41. Buffalo Bills: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
    To help E.J. Manuel become more efficient in the pocket, the Bills could add a big-bodied tight end with Rob Gronkowski-like skills to the line up.
    42. Tennessee Titans: Jeremy Hill, RB, LSU
    The Titans want to get back to being a physical offensive squad but need a hammerhead runner to pave the way. Hill is a big, physical runner with sneaky quickness and wiggle.
    43. New York Giants: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
    The Giants could use a hybrid tight end like Amaro to create mismatches in space, while providing Eli Manning with a big-bodied playmaker over the middle.
    44. St. Louis Rams: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
    Credit GM Les Snead for attempting to surround Bradford with playmakers, but the receiving corps still needs a big-bodied pass catcher in the stable to serve as a red-zone weapon. Benjamin destroys smallish defenders near the goal line with his significant size-strength advantage, as evidenced by his 15 receiving touchdowns at Florida State in 2013.
    45. Detroit Lions: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska
    The Lions have been looking for a No. 1 corner for years but haven't found one capable of holding up against the dynamic receivers in the NFC North. Jean-Baptiste is far from a finished product, but his size and ball skills make him an intriguing option at this point.
    46. Pittsburgh Steelers: Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State
    With Troy Polamalu nearing the end of a distinguished career, the Steelers need to groom a young, athletic safety to take his place. Bucannon is the ideal guy for the job with a strong nose for the ball and a penchant for delivering teeth-rattling shots in the hole.
    47. Dallas Cowboys: Marcus Smith, DE, Louisville
    The pressure is on Jerry Jones to find a suitable replacement for DeMarcus Ware's production off the edge. Smith is a smooth pass rusher with explosive first-step quickness and exceptional body control.
    48. Baltimore Ravens: Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
    Joe Flacco missed Anquan Boldin's presence a season ago, so Ozzie Newsome will attempt to add a big-bodied playmaker to the mix in the draft. Latimer is a size-speed monster with outstanding natural receiving skills.
    49. New York Jets: Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, Georgia Tech
    Rex Ryan is a masterful schemer, but he needs an explosive athlete off the edge to increase the Jets' sack production in 2014. Attaochu lacks polish as a rusher, but his natural athleticism and strength could make him a disruptive force in the Jets' aggressive scheme.
    50. Miami Dolphins: Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin
    Adding a Zach Thomas clone would work well in Miami. Borland is a tackling machine with the instincts and awareness to thrive behind the Dolphins' imposing frontline.
    51. Chicago Bears: Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois
    After watching balls repeatedly fly over the top of the defense last season, Marc Trestman will convince Phil Emery to invest heavily in athletic safeties on draft day. Ward is a gifted ball hawk with terrific instincts and field awareness.
    52. Arizona Cardinals: Stephon Tuitt, DT, Notre Dame
    With Darnell Dockett signs of slowing down as the Cardinals' designated disruptive defender, GM Steve Keim could enter the draft intent on identifying a potential successor.
    53. Green Bay Packers: Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
    The loss of James Jones leaves a void in the Packers' three-receiver lineup. Robinson is a big, physical pass catcher with underrated athleticism and explosiveness.
    54. Philadelphia Eagles: Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
    The loss of DeSean Jackson has garnered the headlines, but it's the void created by the departure of veteran Jason Avant that could have the greatest impact Nick Foles' efficiency from the pocket. Avant routinely made key catches over the middle of the field in critical situations. Chip Kelly could peg Adams to slide into Avant's role as the versatile No. 3 receiver.
    55. Cincinnati Bengals: Marcus Martin, C, USC
    New offensive coordinator Hue Jackson wants to run the ball up the gut, but the team needs an athletic center with strength and power to execute his wishes. Martin has all of the tools to develop into a Pro Bowl-caliber pivot at the next level.

    56. San Francisco 49ers: Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss
    The 49ers need a speed receiver on the perimeter to open up the field for Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree. Moncrief is a remarkable size-speed athlete, with the potential to slide into Boldin's spot when the veteran retires in a few seasons.
    57. San Diego Chargers: Louis Nix III, NT, Notre Dame
    Nix is a classic 3-4 nose tackle with the size and strength to two-gap at the point of attack.
    58. New Orleans Saints: Keith McGill, CB, Utah
    Rob Ryan loves long, rangy corners with press-man skills. McGill is a talented cover man with the size-strength combination to match up with the big-bodied receivers dominating the NFC South.
    59. Indianapolis Colts: Lamarcus Joyner, S/CB, Florida State
    Joyner lacks the prototypical size of a starting NFL cornerback, but his versatility, toughness and physicality should make him an ideal nickel corner as a pro.
    60. Carolina Panthers: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
    The Panthers desperately need a No. 1 receiver after parting ways with Steve Smith during the offseason. Matthews shattered the receiving marks in the SEC while developing a game that is more pro-ready than most of his counterparts.
    61. San Francisco 49ers: Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida
    Roberson isn't the most explosive athlete at the position, but he is a sound technician with terrific instincts, anticipation and ball skills.
    62. New England Patriots: Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame
    Rob Gronkowski's injury could prompt Bill Belichick to take a closer look at the tight end position early in the draft. Niklas is an intriguing option because of his size, length and big play potential.
    63. Denver Broncos: Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
    John Fox could elect to bring in a high-motor rusher like Crichton to fortify the Broncos' defensive line.
    64. Seattle Seahawks: Jarvis Landry, WR, LSU
    The Seahawks need a rugged receiver to handle the dirty work over the middle. Landry excelled in that role at LSU and has some Anquan Boldin-like qualities that makes him a great fit in the Seahawks' offense.
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    I like the two picks for the Bears. I do not think The Vikes will go with Mack. They desperately need a QB and will take a QB. They might even trade up to get Bortles if he does not go first.
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    See this is the problem, while I agree that Donald is the best pick at 14(if Dix is gone) but there is an assumption just b/c we are still playing 4-3, that it will be a cover 2 scheme, and that isn't necessarily accurate, and I'm not sure I've read anywhere that they've said they'll continue to run a cover 2 scheme.
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    Don't think I have seen that either. But at the same time, they have not said they have not. So, when you do not hear about a change or a no change... you assume they will stick with the same base set.
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    but you have new coaches, and they have talked about how they want to create confusion at the line, the classic cover 2 doesn't create that kind of confusion. So between new coaches being allowed to run their system and wanting a change in philosophy from the previous scheme you could make a safer assumption that the cover 2 won't be back.
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    See Ric... this is what i don't understand. Why is this new? Tucker was already creating confusion at the line! :rofl2: :002:
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    Yes Lord please let it all come down that way for Da Bears! I'd love to get those two in rounds one and two. We'd have our Tommie Harris and Mike Brown in their prime back again. Those are two great fits.
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    Damn, that would be about the best 1-2 draft I could hope for.

    Donald-Ward
    Donald-Buchannon
    Dix-Quarles

    Theres what I want in order of priority.
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    You would take Ward over Buchannon?
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    I would but ya' didn't ask me. :10 1 9[1]:
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    I wouldn't complain either way but I'd prob go W>B. Just figuring Buchannon is more likely to be available at 51.
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    You might be able to get quarles later since he just got picked up for assault last night in NYC.
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    We'll have to see how this plays out. If he can prove he was nowhere near the nightclub in question at the time of the alleged attack, he should be OK. Otherwise it could hurt him.
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    Remember what Jack Bechta wrote. You can't believe a lot of the stuff you read in print of hear between now and the draft. People spread all kinds of rumors.
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    Thank God everything is moving from print to the internet. I hear if it's on the internet, it's true.
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    Only the stuff printed in blue.
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    I believe you.
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