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One week left mandatory mock draft

Ok everyone, I'm here with a mock draft, one that I'm sure will be ripped apart and hated, because, you know, it's a mock draft and they are always wrong. But joking aside, Here is a mock draft, it is completely based on not how I think the draft will go down in reality(new rule for me, absolutely NO TRADES) but how I think they SHOULD draft. I have read up on every rumor for every team, and studied a lot of these prospects, so although I'm no expert, I feel like I'm knowledgeable enough to defend each and every pick I made.

One thing I'm excited about is that I DO believe certain players are going to slide, for instance, TE Eric Ebron out of UNC. I believe if he falls past the NY Giants, then he could drop to Baltimore, or as low as Kansas City. This mock draft is no where near perfect, and no where near what will actually happen on the actual draft day, as always, these are for entertainment purposes, so enjoy!

P.S. I'll give insight into a few picks I made...

1. Houston- DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

2. St. Louis(f/Was)- OT Greg Robinson, Auburn

3. Jacksonville- QB Blake Borltes, UCF

I consider him to be the 3rd QB in this draft, behind Teddy Bridgewater, and Johnny Manziel. But this pick isn't about what he can do his rookie year, but what he will do his third year, With Chad Henne on the team I believe Jacksonville can get their top rated QB, in this case Blake Bortles, and let him sit for either part of the season or the whole season, and get accustomed to the speed of the game.

**Side Note** If Jacksonville passes on QB in the first round, which is VERY likely, I think they go for Aaron Murray, who could be the "Russel Wilson" of this draft class.

4. Cleveland- QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

Cleveland needs a savior. They need someone to excite the fans. They need a starting caliber QB. It just so happens Johnny Manziel is all of those things. How he will transition to the NFL is anyone's guess, being able to predict how someone will react to the NFL is a crap shoot to begin with. I just think Johnny Manziel is the guy for Cleveland, and will give Cleveland something to look forward too.

5. Oakland- WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson

6. Atlanta- OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

7. Tampa Bay- OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan

8. Minnesota- OLB Khalil Mack, Buffalo

I 100% believe the rumors that Minnesota wants Blake Bortles, but I'm not doing trades so I don't see any way he falls to 8. That's ok though, as Mike Zimmer gets the second best defender in this class. Khalil Mack is easily top 5, maybe even top 3 talent(I have him graded out exactly even with Jake Matthews, tied for #3 on my board), but due to QB needy teams and a early run on OT's, he falls to Mike Zimmer. I think it is a best case scenario for K.Mack, to be coached by Zim...If somehow Minnesota does end up with Khalil Mack, Mike Zimmer will have him looking like the steal of the draft in no time.

9. Buffalo- WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M

Again, another prospect falls due to teams valuing the QB and OT positions over the WR. Buffalo will take that all day long, but in reality, if Mike Evans falls past Tampa Bay, some other team would make a move to jump in the top ten and get him...

10. Detroit- OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA

11. Tennessee- DE Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh

Aaron Donald doesn't look like a natural fit in a 3-4 scheme at all. But that' s what everyone thought about Sheldon Richardson last year and look how he is doing. I believe Aaron Donald has enough talent and football IQ to play in either scheme, his best fit would obviously be a 4-3 front with that said. Tennessee jumps on the best player available approach with this pick.

12. NY Giants- OT/G Zack Martin, Notre Dame

13. St. Louis- FS HaHa Clinton-Dix, Alabama

14. Chicago- CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma

15. Pittsburgh- CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan St.

16. Dallas- WR Odell Beckham Jr, LSU

I think Dallas goes offense in the first round, as they probably believe they've done enough and now have a solid enough defensive line. I think they could be a potential partner for a team looking to trade down out of the top 10 if someone like Mike Evans falls. Here I have them going with Odell Beckham Jr out of LSU to pair with Dez Bryant. This would form a WR tandem that may end the season as the best 1-2 WR pairing in the league. Tony Romo won't complain.

17. Baltimore- TE Eric Ebron, UNC

A faller due to various reasons. One of which I just can't see a team outside of the top ten in desperate need of a TE that they would invest a 1st round pick on one. I know Baltimore just signed Owen Daniels to pair with Dennis Pitta, but Pitta nor Daniels offers the upside of Eric Ebron. He's a matchup nightmare and extremely valuable at this juncture in the draft.

18. NY Jets- CB Kyle Fuller, VT

The Jets need someone opposite Dee Milliner, who by the way started playing much better at seasons end. Kyle Fuller could very well end up being the top corner in this class, and that is something I don't think Rex Ryan will want to pass on.

19. Miami- OLB Ryan Shazier, Ohio St.

Miami needs help on the offensive line, but Ryan Shazier offers so much potential I don't think you can pass it up at pick 19. I've been reading that he is gaining a lot of steam heading into next weeks draft that he may go higher and even could go as high as 10 with Detroit. I don't buy that but I do buy that he is highly regarded and won't last past pick #20. Which is a shame because he would look good opposite Vontaze Burfict...

20. Arizona- OLB/DE Kony Ealy, Missouri

Bruce Arians doesn't seem to be to high on the QB class in this years draft. I believe if he drafts a QB in the higher rounds, it's because he wants him to start right away, he wants the next Big Ben, Andrew Luck, Peyton Manning, and it just doesn't seem like he sees that in this draft class.

21. Green Bay- FS Calvin Pryor, Louisville

22. Philadelphia- WR Marqise Lee, USC

23. Kansas City- ILB C.J. Mosley, Alabama

**Side note** C.J. Mosley will be a steal.

24. Cincinnati- CB Bradley Roby, Ohio St.

I know...every other mock draft on the web has Bradley Roby going to Cincy, no fun right? Well there is probably a good reason everyone puts him to Cincy. I mean, he fits our CB mold. He wouldn't even have to start this upcoming season, and to be honest I wouldn't want him to. Instead, he can sit 4th or 5th(Dre Kirkpatrick willing) on the depth chart and contribute on special teams(we all know he can do that extremely well).

25. San Diego- OLB Kyle Van Noy, BYU

26. Cleveland(f/Ind)- OG Xavier Sua-Filo, UCLA

27. New Orleans- WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon St.

28. Carolina- OT Morgan Moses, Virginia

29. New England- DT Dominique Easly, Florida

If it wasn't for an injury he'd be widely considered 1B in the DT rankings. Why pass up his upside at pick 29?

30. San Francisco- CB Jason Verrett, TCU

I truly 100% believe Jason Verrett will have the best rookie year of any DB in this class, similar to Janoris Jenkins rookie year. He could be the best corner in the draft but falls because he is 5'9. Which honestly I don't see as an issue, if I'm not mistaken, I think I read somewhere the average height of an NFL WR is just about 5'11...

31. Denver- DT Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota

32. Seattle- OT/G Joel Bitonio, Nevada

**EXTRA**Some highlight picks from round 2 and a few more Bengal picks

33. Houston- QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

Although I would love for the Bengals to pounce on Teddy Bridgewater, I just don't see it happening. To be honest I think he should be the first QB taken, to Jacksonville, but there anti-Teddy noise is so loud that it's just hard to put him anywhere. I honestly think some team will take advantage of the pre draft fall and trade up into the first round to grab him, Tampa Bay maybe?

**Side note**Houston manages to get two top 5 prospects with their first two picks to kick off Bill O'Briens NFL head coaching career

34. Washington- NT Louis Nix, Notre Dame

Jay Grudens first pick as the Washington head coach is defensive line. Louis Nix is just way to much value to pass on here, I wanted to put him in the first round but it was just to hard to find a good place to put him, I thought Arizona but Kony Ealy gives more versatility. Regardless, Jay Gruden gets a first round talent with his second round pick.

35. Cleveland- WR Davante Adams, Fresno St.

36. Oakland- QB Derek Carr, Fresno St.

I don't think Derek Carr falls to the second round but with no trades allowed, I couldn't fit him into the first.

37. Atlanta- DE Dee Ford, Auburn

Atlanta benefits from an unintentional slide for the Auburn pass rusher and shores up to big holes with their first two picks.

38. Tampa Bay- QB A.J. McCarron, Alabama

A.J. McCarron can come in and immediately compete for the starting job in Tampa Bay.

39. Jacksonville- DE/OLB/LEO Jeremiah Attachou, Georgia Tech

Huge upside and good value at 39.

40. Minnesota- QB Zach Mettenberger, LSU

He's no guarantee, but that's fine, because he'd sit his first year anyway and learn Norv Turners system before competing for the starting job next season.

41. Buffalo- OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama

I'm hooking Buffalo up apparently as they keep benefiting from draft day slides or top players that just so happen to fill holes on the roster.

42. Tennessee- RB Tre Mason, Auburn

A perfect compliment to Shonne Green, kind of resembles the Gio Berneard/BJGE pairing we have going on here...

43. NY Giants- RB Carlos Hyde, Ohio St.

David Wilson is no sure thing after his injury, and if you can get an immediate starter that can take pressure off of Eli Manning, why wouldn't you?

44. St. Louis- DT Timmy Jernigan, FSU

45. Detroit- WR Cody Latimer, Indiana

46. Pittsburgh- WR Allen Robinson, Penn St.

47. Dallas- DE Demarcus Lawrence, Boise St.

48. Baltimore- FS Jimmie Ward, N. Illinois

49. NY Jets- TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech

50. Miami- OG Gabe Jackson, Mississppi St.

51. Chicago- CB/FS Lamarcus Joyner, FSU

52. Arizona- ILB Chris Borland, Wisconsin

53. Green Bay- OC Weston Richburg, Colorado St.

54. Philadelphia- OLB Trent Murphy, Stanford

55. Cincinnati- QB Tom Savage, Pittsburgh

I struggled with this pick, I'm not going to lie. I just couldn't figure out what to do, I had it narrowed down to a couple different players here, but ultimately decided on Tom Savage. He's a big strong armed QB with a big upside if properly coached. I know Mike Brown likes big armed guys, and I know if he reaches his potential, in a play-action style offense that has weapons like A.J. Green and Marvin Jones to stretch the field, why not take a chance? He is one of two QBs they have brought in for meetings, and can push Dalton easily. Speaking of Dalton, with his contract up in the air at this point, it's probably good to have a backup plan, because let's be honest, outside of #14, who do we have that could realistically get us into the playoffs and make some noise?

56. San Francisco(f/KC)- OC Marcus Martin, USC

57. San Diego- DE Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame

58. New Orleans- CB Jaylen Watkins, Florida

59. Indianapolis- OLB Marcus Smith, Louisville

60. Carolina- WR Donte Moncreif, Ole Miss

61. San Francisco- OLB Scott Chrichton, Oregon St.

62. New England- RB Jeremy Hill, LSU

63. Denver- WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt

64. Seattle- TE Troy Niklas

Cincinnati Third round pick- OC Travis Swanson, Arkansas

Regarded as the top center for a long time, he takes a bit of a tumble to Cincy in the third round, which is great for the team. We have an obvious hole at the center position, and I'm sure they are ok with letting Mike Pollak compete to play center, we need someone who can be a long term player and lock the position down for a while.

Cincinnati Fourth round pick- SS Tre Boston, UNC

Cincinnati Fifth round pick- DE Will Clarke, WVU

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Cincy Jungle's writers or editors.

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