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ddunning's Mock Draft (Round 1)

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1 - HOU: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
QB is a top need for the Texans especially with the inconsistency of Keenum throughout the season. Manziel not only has a high ceiling but is a hometown hero, who will bring the fans back to an organization who has not lived up to expectations the past few seasons. O'Brien is an offensive mind and will want a fresh start with his own guy. After the production he got out of Hackenburg at PSU he will likely see Manziel as his guy. Worst case scenario they get fan support and high jersey sales.
2 - STL: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
St. Louis needs to upgrade their offensive line and protect Bradford but this is a great O-line class and they can easily get a starter with their second pick in the first round. Watkins, who will be a true #1 WR, will not be there when STL picks again. STL has been searching for their #1 guys for years now but never seemed to get there. Austin is great out of the slot and will be freed up with a threat like Watkins. Bradford will have the chance to show whether he is a franchise QB.
3 - JAX: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
An elite talent like Clowney would be tempting for defensive minded coaches, but we all know you don't succeed without your franchise QB. Bridgewater has all the tools to start immediately and be the most successful right out of the gate. With weapons like Shorts, Blackmon and MJD this franchise can turn quickly around with the right guy at the helm. Def wins championships but QB's help get you there.
4 - CLE: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
I am not saying I totally agree with it but CLE needs a QB and he is the best available at this point. The new coaching staff will want "their" guy and they get after it here. Seeing how he performed against Baylor was impressive, hopefully he continues to grow. Look for CLE to do the usually 1-2 punch in the first round, getting a QB and then a weapon for him with the next pick.
5 - OAK: Jadeveon Clowney, DE , South Carolina
Can't miss here, they need a QB but none to take here. They need O-line and WR help but Clowney will be too tempting to pass on. Pryor and McGloin played decent enough to give another chance and try to build up.
6 - ATL: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Thought to be one of the best and safest picks of this class, ATL gets the OL help it needs in part thanks to the mad-dash for the QBs.
7 - TB: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
TB could go with a TE like Ebron or an OT like Robinson, but Barr is an elite talent and fits perfectly what they are doing there.
8 - MIN: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
I think the Vikings will address the QB position in FA and being there is not a QB to take here, they will wait until round two to find the future guy. Robinson is the best player on the board and fills a need.
9 - BUF: Khalil Mack, LB , Buffalo
This pick, like the Manziel pick, makes sense in so many ways. For one, this kid can play and fills a position of need for the Bills. The Bills could go with TE Ebron or S Dix here, but the hometown kid is too good to pass on.
10 - DET: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Detroit needs corner and safety help so S Dix and CD Dennard make sense. What makes more sense is actually getting another receiver to throw to!
11 - TEN: Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
f Locker stays healthy and Johnson returns to form (big IFS) this offense can be good, or atleast look good on paper. I think they will strongly focus on defense early and it starts with adding young athleticism to the safety position. Dix is the only genuine safety with the first round grade, after the Titans he would not last much longer; especially STL in two spots.
12 - NYG: Darqueze Dennard, CB , Michigan State
The Giants can use some help all over the field but one thing at a time. OL can be addressed later on since the draft in deep for that. Grab the top rated CB and help the defense instantly get better.
13 - STL: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
As I stated before, STL needs to upgrade their O-Line, so here it is. Taylor can play the right side if fellow Michigan alum Long is back. And if not they can put him at LT until he does return.
14 - CHI: Tim Jernigan, DT, Florida State
Getting Jernigan at 14 is a steal for Chicago. He fills a positon of need, that last year was ravaged by injuries.
15 - PIT: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
One of the oldest secondaries make the Steelers very vulerable to the pass, which this league has clearly become heavy on. They could take an OL or NT like Nix, but they seriously need to get younger in at CB.
16 - BAL: Marqise Lee, WR , USC
They could use some OL help, but as previously stated OL is the deepest that it has been in recent years. Getting a WR to oppose Smith would be wise and Lee is a legit threat.
17 - DAL: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
The Cowboys could elect to go with a different DT here depending on the Defense they go with, but this has to be the position addressed especially with Safety Dix off the board.
18 - NYJ: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
His catch in the BCS Championship game to win will stay in everyone's mind going into the draft. He is a big target that could help Smith progress in his second season. Rex needs to upgrade the offense to match what he has created on the defensive end.
19 - MIA: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
New GM has to learn from previous GM mistakes and put together a good OL. I am sure the Dolphins will address the OL in FA but there are multiple positions and depth to consider. Protecting Tannehill should be #1 priority if they want him to be around long term. TE Ebron would be a nice target here, but protection is more pressing.
20 - ARI: Cyrus Kouandjio, OL , Alabama
Upgrading the OL and DL is priority for Arizona. Adding another target for Carson and even a future replacement should also be addressd.
21 - GB: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
They get Finley's replacement and another legit target. Saftey and DT also posibility here but Ebron is top TE.
22 - PHI: Kevin Adams, CB , Texas-San Antonio
*** This pick is actually Clavin Pryor out of Louisville (he was not listed on this site). The Eagles are looking good on offense for the most part so expect his draft to be defensive heavy for Philly.
24 - CIN: Jason Verrett, CB , TCU
Pacman is getting old and would better serve the nickle position. Verrett would upgrade the postion and add young to the DBs.
25 - SD: David Yankey, G , Stanford
The Oline could use an upgrade at OG. OLB and CB is a priority but not much here that they could not get later.
26 - CLE: Allen Robinson, WR , Penn State
Hard to pass on a WR like Robinson to pair with Gordon and TE Cameron, giving new QB Bortles plenty of talent on that side of the ball. Expect a RB in round 2 or 3.
27 - NO: Marcus Roberson, DB , Florida
Grabbing a DB is a priority for NO.
28 - CAR: Odell Beckham, WR , LSU
Adding another weapon for Cam is priority especially with Smith getting older and potentially slowing down.
29 - NE: Jace Amaro, TE , Texas Tech
Brady has become use to TEs that are mismatches. Even when Gronk comes back he is prone to injury and could use another playmaker opposite him.
30 - SF: Kony Ealy, DL , Missouri
Youth and flexibility is what Ealy brings to a DL that stars a agind Justin Smith. Experience with both inside and out will help give a break to Smith while still gaining experience.
31 - DEN: Dee Ford, DE , Auburn
A versitile player that can play down at DE or transition to LB. OT Moses could be a stretch here but an option to protect Manning. Going with defensive minded Fox to fix defense for another run.
32 - SEA: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE , Washington
A needed position and a safety target for Wilson, who would succeed in this enviornment. Also would not be traveling far from where he played college ball. The Oline and WR can be upgraded but played relatively well in the playoffs and Superbowl.

User Comments

Thursday, February 13, 2014 1:43 PM
Above Average -- Nicely done.
Thursday, February 13, 2014 2:23 PM
Above Average -- I agree for the most part.
Thursday, February 13, 2014 6:04 PM
Above Average -- Good! But I don't see Manziel going before Bridgewater and Bortles.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 8:59 AM
Average -- I don't think Greg Robinson is on the board...but for people who don't understand what need he fills, it's LG.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 12:38 PM
-- Thanks for the feedback. I agree with Robinson at LG, where he can learn NFL defenses and transistion to LT later. I have Manziel ahead but that is until Combine, then we'll see how O'Brien feels about the QB class.

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