The Final Mocking Draft

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With the Draft less than 3 hours away, you need one final Mock Draft. We here at CJ agree!

Team

Pick/Analysis

1

Houston Texans

Jadeveon Clowney

DE

South Carolina

Analysis: I am not sold on this one as I question Clowney's effort, work ethic and love of the game. However, he is certainly the most physically gifted player in the 2014 draft. I think Clowney goes #1, I just don't know it will be Houston that picks #1 come 8 pm Thursday. Ultimately, I think the potential of Clowney will be too much for any team at #1 to pass on.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Others in Play: Khalil Mack - Effort is not a question and he is a better fit in Houston's 3-4 defense than Clowney.

2

St. Louis Rams(viaWash)

Sammy Watkins

WR

Clemson

Analysis: While most draft experts have Greg Robinson here, I like Watkins. The Rams can get a good tackle at #13 or in the 2nd round. What they can't get is another play-maker like Watkins and whether you believe Bradford is the guy or not, he has never had a legit #1 - Austin is not a #1 - and Watkins gives Bradford the type of play-maker that allows the front office to figure out if Bradford is their guy or not. Regardless, any QB will be better with Watkins.                                                                                                                                                                        Others in Play: The Rams could use some O-line help to protect Bradford, so Robinson and Matthews would be in play (I favor Matthews); Khalil Mack - the Rams have a good defense, but adding a play-maker like Mack can never be taken off the table.

3

Jacksonville Jaguars

Khalil Mack

OLB

Buffalo

Analysis: The Jaguars need a QB - and have for years - but they have reached for a QB before and this would be another reach. The Jaguars can't afford to reach for a QB and miss again and this draft has no sure fire franchise QB's, but is deep with possible starters. The Jaguars go for the safe, yet impactful, pick and then go QB in round 2 or 3.                                   Others in Play: Bortles or Manziel - the Jaguars need a QB, so Blake Bortles and Manziel are in play; Robinson or Matthews - the Jaguars could also use a franchise LT and Robinson and Matthews could fit that bill.

4

Cleveland Browns

Johnny Manziel

QB

Texas A&M

Analysis: If I were a GM, I wouldn't touch Manziel, but I am not a GM and certainly not the GM of the Browns. The Browns need a franchise QB and though I don't see Manziel as that - let alone a long time starter - many do, and it sounds like one of those is the Browns owner. The Browns are looking to put an end to their QB carousel and they are also looking to sell seats and generate buzz. Manziel will fill seats and sell jerseys. He will generate buzz. And he MAY have the ability to be a franchise QB.                                                                                                                                                                       Others in Play: The Browns could use another WR or CB, but 4 is too high for any CBs this year and with Watkins off the board, there is not another WR worthy of the 4th pick. O-Line can't be ruled out here either.

5

Oakland Raiders

Greg Robinson

OT

Auburn

Analysis: While I like Jake Matthew better as a tackle, most prefer Robinson for his size and potential. Robinson is massive and has the measurables that teams drool over and no team is more enamored by measurables than the Raiders.                                                                                                                                                                     Others in Play:The way the Raiders draft, any player is really in play (even guys that most think are 3rd round picks), but the Raiders could really use a QB, so Bortles would have to be in play (and Manziel if still around);

6

Atlanta Falcons

Jake Matthews

OT

Texas A&M

Analysis: The Falcons need help on both lines and if they do not trade up for Clowney, I see the Falcons taking the best available tackle and here, they are ecstatic to pick up Matthews. He is the most well-rounded and pro ready tackle in this draft...and has some good family blood lines for the NFL.                                                                                                                                                                        Others in Play:The Falcons desperately need help on the D-Line, but I think 6 is too high for Donald or Barr; An outside chance could be Eric Ebron with the retirement of Gonzalez.

7

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Mike Evans

WR

Texas A&M

Analysis: Mike Evans is a big WR with great hands and with the trade of Mike Williams and the age of Vincent Jackson (31), this pick makes a lot of sense.                                                                                                                                                                         Others in Play: Bortles (or any QB left) - the Buccaneers cannot be sold on Mike Glennon after last year and with a new coach, QB has to be on the table at 7.

8

Minnesota Vikings

Blake Bortles

QB

Central Florida

Analysis: Bortles has the prototypical NFL QB size and good mobility, and with a serviceable QB already on the roster (Cassel), the Vikings would have the ability to sit Bortles for a year if needed.                                                                                                                                                                       Others in Play:Aaron Donald - with Zimmer as the new HC in Minnesota, he may see Donald as the next Geno Atkins and pounce; the Vikings could also use help in the secondary and with Zimmer at the helm, defense would not be a surprise - Calvin Pryor, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Darqueze Dennard, Justin Gilbert.

9

Buffalo Bills

Eric Ebron

TE

North Carolina

Analysis: If EJ Manuel has any chance of succeeding as an NFL QB, he is going to need more weapons. Scott Chandler is a solid TE but adding a second TE as gifted as Ebron could be a huge help to Manuel.                                                                                                                                                                        Others in Play:With the loss of Jarius Byrd, the Bills could use a safety, but I think 9 is too high for Pryor or Clinton-Dix; the Bills could also use a tackle, so a guy like Taylor Lewan would have to be an option.

10

Detroit Lions

Odell Beckham Jr

WR

LSU

Analysis: The Detroit Lions and 1st round WRs have become synonymous over the years, and even with the signing of Golden Tate, I like this pick. The Lions could use help in the secondary, but the Lions with Beckham are more dangerous than the Lions with any of these CBs or Safeties. The Lions have been looking for a #2 to put opposite Calvin Johnson for years and Beckham can provide that.                                                                                                                                                                        Others in Play:CB - Gilbert or Dennard; S - Clinton-Dix or Pryor

11

Tennessee Titans

Anthony Barr

OLB

UCLA

Analysis: The Titans are a wildcard. They could go QB, CB or DE. With his former UCLA D-Coordinator now the LB coach in Tennessee, I think the Tians take Barr and his upside and allow him to develop behind veterans Shaun Phillips and Kamerion Wimbley.                                                                                                                                                                       Others in Play:QB - Teddy Bridgewater or if Bortles or Manziel fall; CB - Gilbert or Dennard.

12

New York Giants

Zack Martin

OT/OG

Notre Dame

Analysis: Coming off his worst year as a pro, the Giants need to protect Manning and Martin would be a great choice. While they could use a guy like Aaron Donald, when you have a franchise QB, your first order has to be to protect him, so Martin is the pick.                                                                                                                                                                        Others in Play:Aaron Donald - the Giants would love Donald but protecting Manning has to be plan 1 and 1a; If Eric Ebron is still around, he could get a long look by the Giants.

13

St. Louis Rams

Taylor Lewan

OT

Michigan

Analysis: With Lewan still available, the Rams gamble paid off going with Watkins at #2 and getting a LT at 13. Lewan is a solid tackle and will provide much needed protection for Bradford.                                                                                                                                                                      Others in Play: Safety - Clinton-Dix and Pryor.

14

Chicago Bears

Aaron Donald

DT

Pittsburgh

Analysis: The Bears couldn't be happier with the way things played out. The Bears were embarrassed in the run game in 2013 and need a lot of help along the line. Donald can step in day 1 and start in Chicago and provide an instant upgrade.                                                                                                                                                                       Others in Play:The Bears also need help in the secondary, so Clinton-Dix and Pryor are in the mix, as are CBs Gilbert and Dennard.

15

Pittsburgh Steelers

Darqueze Dennard

CB

Michigan State

Analysis: This pick pains me because I would love to see Dennard in stripes, but the Steelers need help in the secondary and Dennard is the most pro ready CB in the draft and his physicality fits the bill for what the Steelers like to do on defense.                                                                                                                                                                         Others in Play: The Steelers could desperately use some play-makers on offense as well, so WR (Cooks, Latimer, Benjamin, etc) is a definite possibility here.

16

Dallas Cowboys

Ha Ha Clinton Dix

S

Alabama

Analysis: The Cowboys could really use help on the D-Line and would love Donald, but he is off the board and any other DT or DE here would be a bit of a reach. Therefore the Cowboys go with one of their other needs in Safety.                                                                                                                                                                      Others in Play: If Zack Martin is on the board (as he is here), he could be an option as could any WR. Beyond Bryant, the Cowboys have some question marks (age, injury, lack of talent, all of the above) at the play-making positions.

17

Baltimore Ravens

Zack Martin

OT/OG

Nortre Dame

Analysis: The Ravens really need help on the O-Line and would be ecstatic to see Martin on the board when they pick in round 1. Martin could step in as an immediate starter at tackle or guard.                                                                                                                                                                         Others in Play: Pryor - the Ravens could use a safety to pair up withMatt Elam and Pryor and Elam would create a solid (and young) safety duo.

18

New York Jets

Brandin Cooks

WR

Oregon State

Analysis: I don't buy Decker as a #1 or a true play-maker and I have questions about what Chris Johnson has left, so as far as I see it, the Jets need play-makers and Cooks is that.                                                                                                                                                                          Others in Play: CB - the Jets could use a corner and Rex Ryan's defense is predicated on good corner play, so with Gilbert, Fuller, Verrett and Roby still on the board, I wouldn't be shocked to see the Jets go after a CB and target a WR later in the draft.

19

Miami Dolphins

Cyrus Kouandjio

OT

Alabama

Analysis: This may be a bit high for Kouandjio, but if the Dolphins have faith in Tannehill, they have to protect him and improve the line. Tannehill is lucky to be alive after 2013 and if healthy, Kouandjio is one of the best tackles in this draft.                                                                                                                                                                        Others in Play:The Dolphins could also look at OG (Su'a-Filo) at this spot or one of the remaining CBs or Safeties.

20

Arizona Cardianls

Calvin Pryor

S

Louisville

Analysis: Most draft gurus have Carr going here, but I don't see it. Palmer has enough left in the tank to provide the Cardinals the luxury to wait a round or two before picking a QB. Pryor would allow the Cardinals to strengthen one of the only weaknesses on this otherwise very good defense.                                                                                                                                                                      Others in Play:QB - Carr or Bridgewater. LB/DE - Guys like CJ Mosely, Kyle Van Noy (BYU), Chris Borland (Wisconsin), Dee Ford (Auburn) or Kony Ealy (Missouri) could also be good fits here.

21

Green Bay Packers

CJ Mosley

OLB

Alabama

Analysis: Mosley is the best ILB in this draft and would be a great value at 21. Mosley could upgrade a less than stellar Packers defense.                                                                                                                                                                       Others in Play:WR - Aaron Rodgers makes his receivers good, but he could use another top receiver like Latimer, Lee, Benjamin, etc. Giving Rodgers more weapons is never a bad idea.

22

Philadelphia Eagles

Cody Latimer

WR

Indiana

Analysis: With the release of Jackson and Maclin coming off a torn ACL, WR is a real position of need for the Eagles and 22 is a good spot to get a pretty good one. Latimer is a big WR (6'2" 215lbs) with good speed and would be a solid pick for the Eagles.                                                                                                                                                                         Others in Play:The Eagles could use help on defense (CB or DE), so any of the top CBs or remaining DE's could be in play for Chip Kelly.

23

Kansas City Chiefs

Marqise Lee

WR

USC

Analysis: The Chiefs defense took a nose dive midway through 2013, but what really hurt them was the lack of WR threats on their roster. Bowe is not a true #1 and beyond him, their WRs are pretty pedestrian. Nothing sticks out with Lee - decent size, average speed - but he runs good routes, has good hands and knows how to get open.                                                                                                                                                                         Others in Play:Safety or D-Line - I don't see a safety worthy of this pick and D-Line may be a stretch here as well - though a guy like Hageman or Nix III may be worth a flyer.

24

Cincinnati Bengals

Kyle Fuller

CB

Virginia Tech

Analysis: Even with Gilbert still on the board, I think the Bengals take Fuller because he fits the Bengals defense better. Gilbert is not as polished as Fuller and is not a very physical player. The Bengals like physical CBs and need a CB that can play right away and that is Fuller. With Roby's latest transgression (though minor - and possibly bogus), it just shows that he has some off the field issues to get under control and the Bengals have been doing a good job staying away from risks lately.                                                                                                                                                                         Others in Play: O-Line - with the loss of Collins and Whitworth north of 30, the Bengals need to start thinking LT replacement. If one of the OTs slip down the board (or Martin), it would not shock me to see the Bengals take them at 24.                                                                                            Sleeper Pick: Teddy Bridgewater - maybe not as much of a sleeper now that there has been a bunch of talk about it, but Bridgewater is still my top QB in this draft and I think should be (but won't be) a top 5-10 pick.                                                                                                                     Sleeper Pick 2: Carlos Hyde - Think about a backfield of Hyde and Bernard. Hyde has speed, size, power and can catch out of the backfield. While this is high for Hyde based on mock projections, it is not in regards to talent and production. 10 years ago when RBs had more value, Hyde would have been a top 10 pick.                                                                                             Sleeper Pick 3: CJ Mosley - In my mock he is gone by now, but if he is around, I could see the Bengals taking him here and it would be a great pick.

25

San Diego Chargers

Justin Gilbert

CB

Oklahoma State

Analysis: The Chargers need help at CB and they are very happy to get the CB most consider to be the most athletic and have the most upside in this draft. Gilbert slides here simply because he is not as polished as Dennard and Fuller.                                                                                                                                                                       Others in Play: I would be surprised if the Chargers go anywhere but CB here, but maybe a big run clogger in the middle like Nix III or another WR to pair with Keenan Allen.

26

Cleveland Browns (via Indy)

Bradley Roby

CB

Ohio State

Analysis: The Bowns have one of the best CBs in the league in Joe Hayden, but could use someone to pair up with him. Roby is the most athletic and talented player left on the board at the CB position, but he also comes with the most risk. If they want a more sure thing, they could go with Verrett.                                                                                                                                                                        Others in Play:The Browns signed a number of WRs this year in free agency this offseason, but none that look like long term running mates forJosh Gordon.

27

New Orleans Saints

Kelvin Benjamin

WR

Florida State

Analysis: Brees could use another target outside of Graham now that Sproles is gone. I am not sold on Benjamin's NFL success, but I like his ability to develop a lot more when doing so under a QB like Brees. He is big and can make the contested catch and would be a great target for Brees.                                                                                                                                                                         Others in Play: CB - with Jason Verrett still on the board, Verrett could very well be their pick (and a good one at that). I could also see the Saints going with a DE like Ryan Shazier, Dee Ford, Kony Ealy, etc at this spot.

28

Carolina Panthers

Morgan Moses

OT

Virginia

Analysis: The Panthers desparately need two things: WRs and O-Line. With the depth at the WR in this draft, I see the Panthers going O-Line in round 1 and WR in round 2.                                                                                                                                                                         Others in Play: WR - Jordan Matthews, Davante Adams, etc. I would be shocked to see the Panthers go any where but O-Line or WR with this pick.

29

New England Patriots

Ra'Shede Hageman

DT

Minnesota

Analysis: Hageman has the size and rare athletic ability but needs some developmental time and what team is better at developing guys than the Patriots?                                                                                                                                                                      Others in Play: RB Carlos Hyde - with the loss of LeGarrette Blount, the Patriots could use a big powerful back and if not for the recent devaluing of the RB position, Hyde may have been a top 10-15 pick in many years past.

30

San Francisco 49ers

Ryan Shazier

OLB

Ohio State

Analysis: This is a perfect fit. With Justin Smith getting up there in age and Aldon Smith's recent issues, the 49ers may not need a DE week 1 of 2014, but they are going to need one soon. With Smith and Smith still there, they would have time to groom Shazier (OLB/DE) behind them.                                                                                                                                                                           Others in Play: With Bolden and Gore also getting up there in age, the 49ers could also use help at WR or RB. Hyde would not be a bad choice here.

31

Denver Broncos

Jason Verrett

CB

TCU

Analysis: With Champ Bailey moving on, the Broncos could use a young CB and there aren't any better than Verrett when it comes to the position. If he was 2-3 inches taller, he would be a top 10 pick.                                                                                                                                                                        Others in Play:With Decker leaving and Welker not getting younger or less injury prone, a WR could always be a good choice. They could also look to bring in a top offensive lineman or another LB or DE to play alongside Miller.

32

Seattle Seahawks

Stephon Tuitt

DE

Notre Dame

Analysis: The Seahawks won a Super Bowl with a good defensive line rotation but lost some lineman in free agency. Tuitt gives them a talented lineman to replace some of what they lost.                                                                                                                                                                         Others in Play:WIth the loss of Golden Tate and the injury history of Harvin, the Seahawks couldn't go wrong taking a WR here. Wilson is going to need someone to throw to.

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