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This is how I think the first round will play out in this year's draft (assuming there are no trades, but we all know there will be). I appreciate comments/critiques and I am all ears to what others may have to say or think on how the draft may play out.

1 - HOU: Jadeveon Clowney, DE , South Carolina
Clowney is the best player in the draft period. He has very unique talents that can sometimes be hard to find and it's really hard to pass up on a guy like that. QB is a huge need for this franchise, but a Clowney/Watt duo is going to be fun to watch.
2 - STL: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
The Rams need to protect Bradford and keep him on the field as their franchise QB. Matthews is the best pass protector in this draft.
3 - JAX: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Jacksonville made huge strides this offseason to improve their D-Line with bring back Jason Babin and bring in guys like Chris Clemons, Red Bryant, and so on. The draft focus should be aimed at QB and Bridgewater is the most NFL ready.
4 - CLE: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
The Browns released Weeden and Campbell this offseason, which suggests they are committed to finding a new guy to plug in under center, hopefully for the long term. They have said they want Carr and could grab him later in the round, but that's risky since there are other QB needy teams behind them. So if I'm the Browns, I'm either trading back for Carr or drafting one of the draft's top QBs at pick 4.
5 - OAK: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Oakland made the trade for Schaub with the intentions of him being the starting QB. They don't have many weapons offensivley and lack a true #1 WR. Drafting Watkins is the best possible move here as he is a great playmaker and has a bright future in front of him.
6 - ATL: Khalil Mack, LB , Buffalo
Atlanta really needs an elite pass rusher to pressure the QB. Mack can be plugged in at linebacker or D-end and that type of versatility is what makes him such an intriguing prospect.
7 - TB: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Trading away Mike Williams has left a huge hole in the Tampa Bay receiving core and that needs to be addressed in this draft. Like Williams, Evans is a big redzone threat and if they grab him here, it would be almost as if Williams never left.
8 - MIN: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Manziel's off-field troubles have hurt his stock tremendously in this draft. The Vikings need someone to fix their QB issue because I mean come on A.P. can't do it on his own. Johnny Football is a great escape artist and can make big plays, but this is a guy who has the potential to be really good or really bad in the NFL. We'll have to wait and see.
9 - BUF: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Buffalo needs a second tackle to go opposite of Cordy Glenn. There are three elite tackles in this draft that you can't go wrong with, one of which is Robinson.
10 - DET: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
The Lions can do whatever they want with this pick. Sure they could use upgrades in the secondary, an upgrade at linebacker, another receiving option, etc., but just about anything they take here is a good pick besides a QB. The addition of Barr would be an upgrade over Ashlee Palmer. However a guy like Gilbert, Clinton-Dix, Ebron, or Lewan would make sense too.
11 - TEN: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
The loss of Verner leaves a big hole in their secondary. With the top QBs off the board, the Titans will have to look towards something else and adding Gilbert would fill a big need.
12 - NYG: Aaron Donald, DL , Pittsburgh
Although undersized, Donald has impressed many after a strong combine performance. He is very fast and very qucik for a defensive tackle and is well worth taking here. The Giants could use D-line help after losing Tuck and Joesph this offseason.
13 - STL: Ha'Sean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
Receiver is one of the top priorities in this draft for the Rams and I wouldn't be surprised if they took one here. However, this draft is so deep at receiver that the Rams can fill other needs with their two first round draft picks. Clinton-Dix is the best saftey in the draft and can step into a starting role right away.
14 - CHI: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
The Bears added great DEs this offseason with the additions of Houston, Allen, and Young. However, they have little to no depth on the interior of their D-line. Nix is a great run-stuffer and will help to slow down the NFC North's great running backs.
15 - PIT: Darqueze Dennard, CB , Michigan State
The Steelers could use a young cornerback to add some youth to an aging secondary. Dennard was a big contributer in that great Spartan defense and should do the same for any franchise that gets him.
16 - BAL: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Now Lewan is could easily be a top ten pick, but some guys fall in the draft and it happened to be Lewan for me. Baltimore could use another tackle after losing Oher. Lewan is a left tackle, but could make the switch to right or the Ravens could have Monroe move over. Either way, they'd be getting a top tackle if he is available here.
17 - DAL: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
Dallas had been in need of a saftey for years. Pryor is an elite saftey prospect and could make an impact right away. D-line is another big need, but they could still find a good player in the second round or trade up if the opportunity presented itself.
18 - NYJ: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
The draft is loaded at reciever, but with a guy like Benjamin or Lee available, I don't see how you could not take them. The addition of Decker was huge for the Jets, but one weapon isn't gonna help Smith or Vick, so WR is the best option here.
19 - MIA: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
Miami needs help up front and a lot of it. Adding Martin to the right side along with Albert on the left would give Tannehill nice protection and time in the pocket.
20 - ARI: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
Arizona needs to realize that Carson Palmer's career is almost finished and they need to find his replacement. Carr would be a great pick here as he will most likely be available and he could even take over the starting job during the 2014 campaign.
21 - GB: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Ebron falls a little bit in my mock, but he may not be available here so the Pack could look elsewhere. However, if he ends up available here, then Green Bay would be finding the perfect replacement for Finely. Ebron is a freak athlete and should become one of the NFL's elite tight ends.
22 - PHI: Dee Ford, DE , Auburn
A WR to replace Jackson would be a nice pick here, but adding Ford would fill their need at OLB as he fits their scheme very well. He has received comparisons to Trent Cole.
23 - KC: Marqise Lee, WR , USC
Lee becomes almost a must pick here as KC hasn't added an impact WR. Lee has great potential and could make an impact right away in this offesne.
24 - CIN: Kony Ealy, DL , Missouri
The Bengals lost Michael Johnson to free agency and need to find a guy to replace him. Ealy is the best defensive end in the draft not named Clowney and would fill a big need.
25 - SD: Bradley Roby, CB , Ohio State
Roby would be a solid selection here as he fills a need and can make an impact for the Chargers right away. One of this draft's many talented WRs would make sense too.
26 - CLE: Carlos Hyde, RB , Ohio State
Hyde is a monster and the Browns need a starting running-back to go along with Ben Tate.
27 - NO: Stephon Tuitt, DL , Notre Dame
The Saints need an upgrade at DE badly and Tuitt is a solid player with a lot of potential. He also has the ability to shift to the inside as well.
28 - CAR: Cyrus Kouandjio, OL , Alabama
Kouandjio is a massive tackle that does most of his damage in the runshing attack. He would most likely shift over to the right side because he is better at run blocking, but if I'm a running-back, I'd want him leading the way.
29 - NE: Ra'Shede Hageman, DL , Minnesota
Wilfork isn't getting any younger, so I think it's time they find his replacement. Hageman would be mentored by one of the best defensive tackles in the game and could fill in for him once he makes his retirement.
30 - SF: Demarcus Lawrence, DE , Boise State
Lawrence would add great depth to an already talented defense. He is an explosive pass rusher and can create chaos for QBs, such as the division's Russell Wilson.
31 - DEN: C.J. Mosley, OLB, Alabama
Mosley has all the talent and potential to be drafted earlier in this draft, but he just fell in this mock. He has great athleticism and projects to be a tackling machiene along the inside. This Denver defense could be crazy good with the addition of Mosely.
32 - SEA: Odell Beckham, WR , LSU
Beckham Jr. is a great replacement for Golden Tate. He can make an impact in the return game and line up in the slot or the outside. He would be a valuable weapon to have in your offense.

User Comments

Thursday, February 27, 2014 5:23 PM
Average -- Pretty good! but I don't think Ebron gets past the Ravens or Cardinals.
Monday, April 21, 2014 8:59 AM
Above Average -- I like how you have barr to the lions, I see a lot of people have Gilbert or Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. anyone that knows the lions and follows them closely knows that Barr is the obvious pick.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 11:26 PM
Above Average -- Would really like to see those trades, but good picks overall. Pryor to Dallas was a nice touch. Only negative is a RB going in the first round. This ain't your daddy's NFL.

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