Hello everyone, I have decided to get into the mock draft spirit and make up my own mock draft. This really isn't my first one, to be completely honest, when I'm bored at work, or in class and my professor isn't going on about only God knows what, I find myself writing out mock drafts to pass the time. I include trades because they make it a lot more enjoyable for me, because who wants to read what amounts to the same exact mock for the most part without trades? I'll give descriptions of the Bengals picks obviously, the AFCN and a select few others also. I will also do the top 10 picks in the second round, and the Bengals second and third round picks, I hope you enjoy it!
1. Houston- QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
Teddy Bridgewater isn't getting any love at the moment from the media but that's ok. He's still the best QB in this draft, and I still believe Houston will make the right choice and grab him up and not look back.
2. Cleveland(f/StL)- QB Blake Bortles, UCF
Cleveland jumps ahead of Jacksonville and gives up it's two first round picks to get the media darling Blake Bortles. He can step in and play right away for the Browns, he can't do any worse than Brandon Weeden, or he could sit for a little while and let Brian Hoyer/Jason Campbell man the starting role so he can develop.
3. Jacksonville- DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
Atlanta will be offering a kings ransom at this point to move up for the Jadeveon Clowney, but I think if it plays out like this, Jacksonville won't even have enough time to field calls for trade downs because they would have already sprinted to the podium with the pick.
4. St. Louis(f/Cle)- WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson
St. Louis needs a tackle, a Safety, maybe a Corner, definitely another OLB. But they have three picks in the first now and they know they can get a premier tackle, a defensive player later on, so why pass on a talent like Sammy Watkins? He's an A.J. Green/Julio Jones kind of receiver in that he will make a QB look good. He'll make them look very good. I mean look at Tajh Boyd, at one time he was viewed as a top ten pick by a lot of people, and a lot of they hype had to do with the play of Sammy Watkins. Sam Bradford will be doing back flips.
5. Oakland- OLB Khalil Mack, Buffalo
I know, Johnny Manziel should be in this spot right? Sure, if Oakland doesn't stick to a particular big board. Khalil Mack is the second best defensive player in the draft and is a day one starter. Besides, I 100% believe that Oakland will try to get a veteran QB, because the coaching staff is coaching for their jobs this season, and it's probably easier to get enough wins/production from someone like Mike Vick against the AFCW than Johnny Football would in his first year.
6. Atlanta- OT Greg Robinson, Auburn
Atlanta wanted to move up, they couldn't, so they get the best offensive tackle in the draft, which isn't a bad consolation prize to be honest. He will help improve that running game they have been desperately trying to get for the past few seasons almost immediately.
7. St. Louis(f/TB)- OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
St. Louis makes another move with the picks they have to move up and take Jake Matthews to man the right side, of course if Jake Long isn't ready, he can easily man the left side also.
8. Minnesota- DE Kony Ealy, Missouri
In Mike Zimmer Minnesota must trust. Zimmer has proven that his defenses can win games, divisions, and in some instances, score more than his own teams offense. So I think they can sit and wait on a QB, Zack Mettenberger or Derek Carr will be available by the time they get their second pick so a DE that can wreak havoc in the back field will suit Zim just fine.
9. Buffalo- CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma St.
10. Dallas(f/Det)- DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
11. Tennessee- OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA
12. NY Giants- OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan
13. Tampa Bay(fStL)- QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
14. Ny Jets(f/Chi)- WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M
15. Pittsburgh- DE Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota
Pittsburgh needs to bolster it's defense with young players, so Ra'Shede Hageman, a physical freak would fit perfectly and help to reestablish the Steel Curtain.
16. Detroit(f/Dal)- TE Eric Ebron, UNC
17. Baltimore- OT/OG Zack Martin, Notre Dame
Baltimore needs to rebuild that offensive line to help protect it's million dollar man Joe Flacco. So get a versatile player that can play multiple spots and in the draft, and by this time I'd assume they would have signed some people in FA. For the record, I hope this doesn't happen but I just feel like they are going to make a run for Anthony Collins.
18. Chicago(f/NYJ)- DT Timmy Jernigan, FSU
19. Miami- FS HaHa Clinton-Dix, Alabama
20. Arizona- OLB Dee Ford, Auburn
21. San Francisco(f/GB)- CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan St.
22. St. Louis(f/Phi)- FS Calvin Pryor, Louisville
23. Kansas City- WR Kelvin Benjamin, FSU
24. Oakland(f/Cin)- QB Derek Carr, Fresno St.
Cincinnati could go BPA here, but there isn't a huge gap in talent here, and later in the draft, so instead they opt to trade back to the highest bidder, which happens to be Oakland.
25. San Deigo- WR Odell Beckham Jr., LSU
I know they could use some defensive upgrades, but instead opt to go BPA and get Phillip Rivers a new WR to pair with Keenan Allen. A very solid receiving core in SD.
26. Philadlephia(f/StL via Cle)- CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech
27. New Orleans- OT Morgan Moses, Virginia
28. Wasington(f/Car)- ILB C.J. Mosley, Alabama
Carolina opts to trade back after the Saints take the guy they were targeting and Washington somehow gets a top 15 talent at pick 28. Jay Gruden is one lucky guy.
29. New England- TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
30. Green Bay(f/SF)- WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon St
31. Denver- NT Louis Nix, Notre Dame
32. Seattle- WR Marqise Lee, USC
2.1 Houston- DE Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame
2.2- Carolina(f/Was)- OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama
2.3 Cleveland- CB Jason Verett, TCU
2.4- Cincinnati(f/Oak)- OLB Kyle Van Noy, BYU
I wanted to put Jason Verett out of TCU here but Cleveland is one pick ahead and I think if it plays out like this somehow they wouldn't pass on him. Kyle Van Noy is a great pick up and wouldn't have to start at all for us this year, and this way we have options with the linebackers in the future.
2.5 Atlanta- OLB Ryan Shazier, Ohio St
2.6 Minnesota(f/TB)- QB Zack Mettenberger, LSU
Minnesota trades up two spots, one ahead of Jacksonville to get the QB they wanted. In Mike Zimmer Minnesota must trust.
2.7 Jacksonville- QB Jimmy Garroppolo, Eastern Illinois
2.8 Tampa Bay(f/Min)- WR Allen Robinson, Penn St
2.9 NY Giants(f/Buf)- RB Carlos Hyde, Ohio St
2.10 Tennessee- OG David Yankey, Stanford
2.23 Cincinnati- CB Pierre Desir, Lindenwood
Cincy gets it's conrner in the 6'1 small school prospect. He is another player that doesn't really have to play right away, chances are we'll sign a veteran corner late in FA at a relatively cheap price who can most likely start, and Desir can sit, watch and learn, and hopefully Dre Kirkpatrick picks up his play, he wasn't so bad at the end of last year, comparatively.
3.24 Cincinnati- QB Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech
SURPRISE SURPRISE!!! We get the guy who will push Dalton in the third round. Let's think about this, Mike Brown likes bigger strong armed QBs. He also wants to push Dalton to play better. So here is what happens, take Logan Thomas, develop him, let him push Dalton. Who knows if Logan Thomas can start in this league ever? He has all the tool to do it, I see it as a low risk, VERY HIGH reward...