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FadeToZach's Post Free Agency Mock Draft (Round 1)

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Some big changes to the mock this go around. I'm starting to agree that the media has overhyped the QBs and they won't be going as high as originally said, but 4 still go in the first round. Also, I've mocked some trades because on average there's like 5 trades in the first round every year, so I figured I should include some.

This mock will change a few more times before draft day.

To prove the point that none of us should be too confident about our mocks: www.philly.com/philly/blogs/red_zone/That-mock-draft-you-read-today-was-insanely-inaccurate.html http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/What-mock-drafts-lack.html

1 - HOU: Jadeveon Clowney, DE , South Carolina
This pick is becoming more and more interesting. Most people agree Clowney is the BPA. QB is the most important position on a team though and the Texans have a hole there. Coach O'Brien has ties to the UCF program and the Texan's QB coach is from UCF. So you can't count out Bortles. Now there's word that they'd prefer to draft Mack. Trade down is likely their preferred option
2 - MIN: Khalil Mack, LB , Buffalo
*TRADE* We all know the Rams want to trade down. The Vikings are said to covet Mack and have so many 1st round picks on the roster right now that they mortgage next years pick along with their 2nd round pick
3 - JAX: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
I know what you're thinking, with Clowney and Mack gone the Jags would have to go QB. I don't think it happens though.
4 - CLE: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
With the news that QBs may be falling, the Browns won't feel the need to grab one too early. They do have that second 1st round pick. So they go with a best player available mentality and take Robinson, giving them a great couple of OTs and move Schwartz inside to OG
5 - DET: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
*TRADE* I dont' think the Raiders are so in love with any of these QBs that they'd have to take one here. Their best move is to move down. The Lions are a team that's believed to be serious contenders to trade up, with the top two WRs being their targets. They give up at least their 2nd round pick
6 - ATL: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
They wanted one of those pass rushers but couldn't get one, luckily Matthews is still there to fill another need
7 - TB: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
The Bucs have been rumored to be kicking the tires on all the top QBs. They are rumored to like Manziel so I think they pull the trigger, especially with their other top targets off the board
8 - STL: Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
*TRADE* They moved down too far to still get the OT they wanted but Clinton Dix is another player they definitely need.
9 - BUF: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
I could see the Bills going a few different ways, OT, TE or pass rusher. I think getting Manuel weapons will win out
10 - OAK: Aaron Donald, DL , Pittsburgh
*TRADE* I'm tempted to put Manziel here but GM McKenzie is drafting for his life and wants to bank on Schaub for this season, so he's going to try to draft starters for this year. Donald is a high motor player with good character who could contribute right away
11 - TEN: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
The Titans are a wild card in the draft. I always have trouble deciding who to mock here. The consensus I see is that mockers think Barr will be the pick due to the need for more pass rushers in Ray Horton's new 3-4 defense. It's probably been mocked so much that there's no way it will happen
12 - NYG: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
We've all seen that the GMen like to address their lines early, and their OL is not set yet
13 - STL: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
This is higher than I believe Martin should go, but the Rams will want to bolster the OL and he's the next best on the board
14 - CHI: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
They signed their CBs for one more year, time to address their situation at safety
15 - PIT: Darqueze Dennard, CB , Michigan State
Youth on defense will be the goal in Round 1. Ike Taylor is getting old.
16 - DAL: Kony Ealy, DL , Missouri
I've seen Ealy ranked all over the place. After a solid pro day, the Cowboys will look to add him at DE, their weakest position. He has the added bonus of being able to rush from the DT position as well
17 - BAL: Cyrus Kouandjio, OL , Alabama
This is higher than Kouandjio has been mocked in a while, but reports are coming out that some doctors have cleared his knee and he looked fine at his pro day. Ozzie Newsome likes Alabama players and might be just the guy to take him to fill his need at RT
18 - NYJ: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
I've been mocking a receiver here since January. The draft is deep at WR though. CB is becoming a glaring need
19 - CLE: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
*TRADE* The Dolphins don't see value in pick #19 so they trade back. The Browns see Bortles dropping and are worried the Cardinals might take him. They give up at least their 3rd round pick to move up
20 - ARI: Jimmie Ward, S , Northern Illinois
I think the likeliest positions are OLB and Safety
21 - GB: C.J. Mosley, OLB, Alabama
Defense will be the focus early. The Pack have been knocked out of the playoffs by the 49ers the past 2 years. Usually it's a lack of speed that does them in. Mosley starts at ILB and improves overall team speed.
22 - PHI: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
The Eagles could use an OLB, CB, WR, or Safety. I remember hearing a while back that they were enamored with Kyle Fuller, so I put him here
23 - KC: Odell Beckham, WR , LSU
They have a need at WR and he fits the mold of the type of WR Andy Reid drafts
24 - CIN: Bradley Roby, CB , Ohio State
Youth is needed at CB
25 - SD: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
Cam Thomas is gone and they need a big NT
26 - MIA: Xavier Su'a-Filo, OL , UCLA
*TRADE* The Phins moved back to get better value when addressing their OL needs
27 - NO: Dee Ford, DE , Auburn
Champ Bailey is a stopgap at CB so they don't have to draft one early
28 - CAR: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
It seems like their entire OL has retired or left. WR is another big need but a deeper position in this draft. With the way they play football, a strong OL is more important to them.
29 - SF: Brandin Cooks, WR , Oregon State
They could use a WR who can stretch the field
30 - JAX: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
*TRADE* The Jags see the QB they want and move up to get him, giving up at least their 2nd round pick this year. The Pats are always a team looking to move back and pick up more picks
31 - DEN: Ryan Shazier, LB , Ohio State
They are in a position to just draft the best player available and Shazier could add a lot of athleticism to their defense
32 - OAK: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
*TRADE* After not going for the QB with their first pick, they'll trade up to secure the one they like most. They give up their first 2nd round pick at least.

User Comments

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 11:17 AM
Poor -- wayyyy off base.. some picks make absolutely no sense
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 12:31 PM
-- I'm guessing you just go around ranking everybody's mock as Poor. Every one of these players has an early round grade and I give justification for every pick. If this mock makes absolutely no sense to you, the problem is you, not the mock.
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 4:39 PM
Excellent -- great draft
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 5:41 PM
Average -- Some people are questionable like Tuitt , Morgon Mosey, but I like Critchon I got him as a first round too.
Sunday, January 26, 2014 1:48 AM
Poor -- Were the Titans kicked out of the NFL? They are supposed to pick 11th.
Sunday, January 26, 2014 1:42 PM
Excellent -- Well written and pretty well picked. Some great outside of the box thoughts,...but with explanations. Nice job here.
Sunday, January 26, 2014 9:05 PM
-- I don't know what happened to the Titans pick, it was Taylor Lewan all along. Thank you for the positive reviews
Monday, January 27, 2014 12:45 PM
Below Average -- The Packers would NOT pass up on Ebron.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 3:19 PM
Average -- In this man's defense the Packers can't stop anyone or block anyone. It's a mock draft fellas. Don't take it personally. Your draft was different;but at least you are original . nice job.
Thursday, January 30, 2014 12:28 PM
Above Average -- Solid mock. For the guy saying the Packers would not pass up on Ebron, as a Packers fan, I sure as hell hope they would. Nothing against Ebron, but Safety and D-Line are a MUCH bigger need than a TE in round 1. I like the analysis with all the picks!
Friday, January 31, 2014 9:16 PM
Poor -- overviewed dushbag...form your own opinion! regurd robot...unoriginal smuck.
Monday, February 3, 2014 8:47 AM
-- ^^^ Hahaha, what??
Thursday, February 6, 2014 8:02 AM
-- Please notice the link at the beginning of my mock, I just think it's good reading
Thursday, February 6, 2014 10:26 AM
Above Average -- Solid. I agree with most of the picks.
Friday, February 7, 2014 4:40 PM
Above Average -- tuitt and moses not first round material,but can understand why you did what you did.
Saturday, February 8, 2014 9:01 AM
Average -- ^^^ I want some of what that guys got, it clearly smokes good.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 9:32 AM
-- I'm seeing plenty of comments about Tuitt being too high. I'm also seeing him all over the board in draft rankings. I've decided to move him down and Hageman up. We'll see if that sticks.
Thursday, February 13, 2014 8:27 PM
Above Average -- I would love to see Watkins fall to TB but I have a feeling he'll be gone by then. Great mock overall.
Friday, February 14, 2014 5:03 PM
Excellent -- watkins baby love it go bucaneers we will make the playoffs with beast sammy watkins
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 8:25 AM
Average -- I think Evans and Lee fall too far down in this draft, but pretty good picks
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 1:11 PM
Excellent -- Great explanations for your picks and love the fisy for each team.
Thursday, February 20, 2014 2:43 PM
Above Average -- This cornerback draft is actually deep with prospects that can do well in the league so that is why I think Dennard at 10 is too high, there is no significant difference from him to the 5th ranked cb
Friday, February 21, 2014 8:10 AM
-- Interesting take. I've heard mixed reviews of Dennard, but I have him at 10 due to Lions' need. It could very well be Gilbert instead of Dennard there or they could all drop down the board. Thanks for the review
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 11:10 AM
Above Average -- Solid!
Friday, February 28, 2014 2:49 PM
Above Average -- This is pretty good, but Bortles and Bridgewater should be switched for sure
Saturday, March 8, 2014 6:46 PM
Average -- except for tuitt ok
Monday, March 17, 2014 11:22 AM
Above Average -- I was wondering where u would go after saints resign zach since u were high on them taking a ol in draft, and i cant dissagree right now they r one cb from having a real serious secondary then go wr or olb after that
Monday, March 17, 2014 2:13 PM
-- With the way my mock turned out Verrett seemed like the best pick for them at 27, but I wouldn't be surprised if they went WR or OLB
Friday, March 21, 2014 9:01 PM
Excellent -- Love the comments & the erudition. J-E-T-S need WR--but funny how Benjamin's suddenly fallen off everybody's first round. You're the first person I've seen smart enough to have not just Watkins but Evans too going that high. Giants taking an OT=smart pick
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 4:44 PM
Poor -- Why would the rams trade back just to trade up?????? They could still get Dix at 13.
Thursday, April 17, 2014 7:47 AM
-- They trade back because they don't need #2 pick, they trade up to get the player they want. With teams like the Bills, Lions, Titans, Ravens, Bears, etc, all looking at Dix, they might have to move up to secure him. He's no lock to be there at #13
Monday, April 21, 2014 10:39 AM
-- It looks like I'm not the only mocker predicting that trade up - http://www.2mugsff.com/content/rummys-what-should-they-do-nfl-mock-draft-2014
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 7:47 PM
Above Average -- Like the draft. Although I hope the Eagles take Odell.

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