Mock Draft 2.0

Here is my Mock Draft 2.0 with Jadeveon Clowney going first followed by Jake Matthews, Khalil Mack and Sammy Watkins...

Round 1 of the NFL Draft kicks off one month from today, Thursday, May 8th.

Here's my latest Mock Draft 2.0, as former South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney kicks things off and is selected by Houston. Despite their need to find a franchise quarterback, the Texans nab the top prospect in this draft and the best non-quarterback NFL prospect to enter the draft in years.

I do believe that their could very well be a flurry of activity of trades, especially at the top half of the draft, as teams jockey for position to target specific players. Houston, St. Louis, Cleveland, Atlanta, Tampa Bay and others could very well move up or back within the first round.

Trades are not part of my mock draft.

Round 1
1
Houston Texans
Height: 6-5
Weight: 266
Hometown: Rock Hill, S.C.
Class: 2014 JR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 1
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Bill O'Brien
2013 Record: 2-14

ANALYSIS: I am not budging here and see the Texans selecting defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. I have been saying for over a year now that he's the best non-quarterback to enter the NFL draft in years. That being said, they need a franchise quarterback and I could certainly see them trading out of the top spot for more picks and getting Blake Bortles, Derek Carr or someone else down the line. At the end of the day, I just don't see how any team can pass on Clowney and his upside. But for the right price…

Round 1
2
St. Louis Rams
Height: 6-5
Weight: 308
Hometown: Missouri City, Texas
College: Texas A&M
Class: 2014 SR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 6
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Jeff Fisher
2013 Record: 7-9

ANALYSIS: Once again the Rams are sitting atop the cat bird seat. I don't anticipate them staying in the No. 2 hole and see St. Louis trading back, likely inside the top ten. If by chance they do hold this pick it's one of the two offensive tackles – Greg Robinson or Jake Matthews. I am sticking with Matthews here (even though) I have Robinson graded higher. He's the more ready of the two.

Round 1
3
Jacksonville Jaguars
Player: Khalil Mack
Height: 6-3
Weight: 251
Hometown: Fort Pierce, Fla.
College: Buffalo
Class: 2014 SR
Position: OLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 2
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Gus Bradley
2013 Record: 4-12

ANALYSIS: The Jaguars could certainly go quarterback with this pick. Then again, they could and should opt to wait until the second round. Mack posted even better numbers than Clowney at NFL Combine. He had a 40" vertical jump, 10'8" broad jump and 4.56 forty (10 yard split of 1.56). He also ran a blazing 4.18 short shuttle. He finished the season with 19 tackles for a loss, 10.5 sacks, three interceptions and 100 tackles. This kid has star written all over him. Mack would fit in perfectly in Jacksonville in Gus Bradley's defense.

Round 1
4
Cleveland Browns
Height: 6-1
Weight: 211
Hometown: Fort Myers, Fla.
College: Clemson
Class: 2014 JR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 4
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Mike Pettine
2013 Record: 4-12

ANALYSIS: The Browns have two picks in the first round and some ammunition to move up, if they choose. Quarterback is a possibility here or they could grab one with their second selection at No. 26. The best available player is Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Boy would he be a terrific, explosive compliment to Josh Gordon.

Round 1
5
Oakland Raiders
Height: 6-0
Weight: 207
Hometown: Kerrville, Texas
College: Texas A&M
Class: 2014 SO
Position: QB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 9
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Dennis Allen
2013 Record: 4-12

ANALYSIS: I sense that the Raiders could try and do what they did last year and trade down for their guy and add a draft pick or two. The question is who is that player? It's possibly a quarterback. If they stay here they could go best available (Greg Robinson). There are no trades in this mock so I am going with quarterback Johnny Manziel.

Round 1
6
Atlanta Falcons
Height: 6-5
Weight: 332
Hometown: Thibodaux, La.
College: Auburn
Class: 2014 SR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 3
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Mike Smith
2013 Record: 4-12

ANALYSIS: I would find it extremely hard to believe that Greg Robinson would fall to the Falcons at No. 6. If he did it would take all of ten seconds for the Falcons to turn in their selection to the commissioner. I could certainly see Atlanta aggressive to move up to grab a tackle or perhaps even Jadeveon Clowney. But in this Mock, they get lucky and land Robinson.

Round 1
7
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Height: 6-5
Weight: 232
Hometown: Oviedo, Fla.
College: UCF
Class: 2014 SR
Position: QB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 8
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Lovie Smith
2013 Record: 4-12

ANALYSIS: If things really played out this way on May 8th I could see the Bucs doing one of two things. They don't have many picks and trading down to add some selections would make sense. Tampa Bay also needs a quarterback for the future and Blake Bortes could be their guy. He could sit and learn under offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford and veteran signal caller Josh McCown. The Bucs could also opt to move up, hoping to grab Sammy Watkins or even Jadeveon Clowney but what would they have to give up?

Round 1
8
Minnesota Vikings
Height: 6-2
Weight: 214
Hometown: Miami, Fla.
College: Louisville
Class: 2014 JR
Position: QB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 12
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Mike Zimmer
2013 Record: 5-10

ANALYSIS: Despite his poor pro day you can't dismiss what Teddy Bridgewater did as a Louisville Cardinal. The tape doesn't lie. This is an experienced, competitive and smart signal caller with a ton of arm talent. And the Vikings need a quarterback. Christian Ponder was a reach pick a few years ago. Bridgewater is not.

Round 1
9
Buffalo Bills
Player: Taylor Lewan
Height: 7-7
Weight: 309
Hometown: Scottsdale, Ariz.
College: Michigan
Class: 2014 SR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 10
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Doug Marrone
2013 Record: 6-10

ANALYSIS: Doug Marrone has options here. They could nab a great wide receiver or the draft's top end to help out their young quarterback. The Bills could also address their defense. But would they pass on Michigan offensive tackle Taylor Lewan? I don't think so.

Round 1
10
Detroit Lions
Height: 6-11
Weight: 199
Hometown: Jeffersonville, Ga.
Class: 2014 SR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 18
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Jim Caldwell
2013 Record: 7-9

ANALYSIS: Many feel the Lions could take Mike Evans with this selection. But they could grab a very good wide receiver to compliment Calvin Johnson later in the draft. The defense needs help, especially on the back end. Detroit will have their pick of the top defensive back. They land Michigan State standout cornerback Darqueze Dennard here.

Round 1
11
Tennessee Titans
Height: 6-0
Weight: 202
Hometown: Huntsville, Texas
Class: 2014 SR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 21
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Ken Whisenhunt
2013 Record: 7-9

ANALYSIS: The Titans are another team of mystery. They could go in a number of different directions. But they just lost cornerback Alterraun Verner in free agency to the Bucs. So Justin Gilbert is the pick here. He's one of the best available and this cornerback also fills a need.

Round 1
12
New York Giants
Player: Anthony Barr
Height: 6-5
Weight: 255
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
College: UCLA
Class: 2014 SR
Position: OLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 7
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Tom Coughlin
2013 Record: 7-9

ANALYSIS: The Giants could continue to rebuild their offensive front. If Lewan is available he could very well be the player here. But in this mock draft he's already gone, so New York addresses the other side of the ball and selects UCLA outside linebacker Anthony Barr. He gives their defense and pass rush a huge boost.

Round 1
13
St. Louis Rams
Player: Mike Evans
Height: 6-5
Weight: 231
Hometown: Galveston, Texas
College: Texas A&M
Class: 2014 SO
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 14
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Jeff Fisher
2013 Record: 7-9

ANALYSIS: In such a short time the Rams have rebuilt and revamped their roster. This draft is no different. St. Louis has already picked an offensive tackle. Here, they could go a few different ways. But they get Sam Bradford a huge playmaker on the perimeter in wide receiver Mike Evans from Texas A&M.

Round 1
14
Chicago Bears
Player: Aaron Donald
Height: 6-1
Weight: 285
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pa.
College: Pittsburgh
Class: 2014 SR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 5
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Marc Trestman
2013 Record: 8-8

ANALYSIS: Aaron Donald is one of the best football players in this draft. He was so productive at Pitt and this defensive tackle knocked it out of the park at the NFL combine last month. Now he's a Bear and is an ideal fit as a three-technique defensive tackle for their Chicago defense.

Round 1
15
Pittsburgh Steelers
Player: Marqise Lee
Height: 6-0
Weight: 192
Hometown: Gardena, Calif.
College: USC
Class: 2014 JR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 16
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Mike Tomlin
2013 Record: 8-8

ANALYSIS: The Steelers need more weapons at wide receiver for Big Ben and they can't pass on the dynamic Lee. When he's on his game Lee is as good as anyone in this draft. He will have a chance to be a very special player.

Round 1
16
Dallas Cowboys
Height: 6-2
Weight: 299
Hometown: Lake City, Fla.
College: Florida State
Class: 2014 JR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 13
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Jason Garrett
2013 Record: 8-8

ANALYSIS: I think Dallas is hoping that Donald falls to them at this spot because he's the perfect under tackle for their defensive scheme. But he's gone, so the Cowboys go with Timmy Jernigan from FSU. He may not be as athletic as Donald but he would be a great pick here for Jerry Jones and his defense.

Round 1
17
Baltimore Ravens
Height: 6-1
Weight: 208
Hometown: Orlando, Fla.
College: Alabama
Class: 2014 SR
Position: S
Rating:
Overall Rank: 19
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: John Harbaugh
2013 Record: 8-8

ANALYSIS: The Ravens grab the top safety in the draft in HaHa Clinton-Dix to pair with last year's top guy, Matt Elam.

Round 1
18
New York Jets
Player: Eric Ebron
Height: 6-4
Weight: 250
Hometown: Greensboro, N.C.
Class: 2014 JR
Position: TE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 20
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Rex Ryan
2013 Record: 8-8

ANALYSIS: The Jets could very well go wide receiver here but they can address that later on because of the depth at the position. With their first pick they get the top tight end in the draft in Ebron.

Round 1
19
Miami Dolphins
Player: Zack Martin
Height: 6-4
Weight: 308
Hometown: Indianapolis, Ind.
College: Notre Dame
Class: 2014 SR
Position: OT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 11
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: Joe Philbin
2013 Record: 8-8

ANALYSIS: Mock drafts are never easy but making the Miami pick at this spot has to be one of the easier ones here. They have to rebuild their offensive line and the fish can't pass up the versatile offensive tackle and guard Zack Martin. He's a terrific player from Notre Dame that could play in south Florida for a dozen years.

Round 1
20
Arizona Cardinals
Player: Dee Ford
Height: 6-2
Weight: 252
Hometown: Odenville, Ala.
College: Auburn
Class: 2014 SR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 30
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Bruce Arians
2013 Record: 10-6

ANALYSIS: In my first mock I had the Cardinals picking QB Derek Carr, thinking about the position down the line in Arizona. But they can get that guy a little later on. Here, they go for a pure edge rusher who can play in space in Dee Ford.

Round 1
21
Green Bay Packers
Player: Ryan Shazier
Height: 6-1
Weight: 237
Hometown: Plantation, Fla.
College: Ohio State
Class: 2014 JR
Position: OLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 17
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Mike McCarthy
2013 Record: 8-7

ANALYSIS: The Packers get an injection of speed to their defensive and linebacking corps with the addition of Shazier. At 6-foot-1, 237-pounds, he runs like a gazelle and makes plays all over the field.

Round 1
22
Philadelphia Eagles
Player: Calvin Pryor
Height: 6-11
Weight: 207
Hometown: Port Saint Joe, Fla.
College: Louisville
Class: 2014 SR
Position: S
Rating:
Overall Rank: 22
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Chip Kelly
2013 Record: 10-6

ANALYSIS: Before the release of Desean Jackson I thought for sure the Eagles would pick a defensive back. Now they could very well go for a wide receiver. But it's so deep at that position I still get a sense they address the secondary with this safety from Louisville.

Round 1
23
Kansas City Chiefs
Height: 6-9
Weight: 189
Hometown: Santa Rosa, Calif.
College: TCU
Class: 2014 SR
Position: CB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 33
Pos Rank: 5

Head Coach: Andy Reid
2013 Record: 11-5

ANALYSIS: It's no secret that Andy Reid could very well get a very good wide receiver here at this spot but the Chiefs also need help in the secondary. With Pryor and Clinton-Dix gone Kansas City turns to cornerback Jason Verrett from TCU. They will get their wide receiver help later in the draft.

Round 1
24
Cincinnati Bengals
Player: Kony Ealy
Height: 6-4
Weight: 273
Hometown: New Madrid, Mo.
College: Missouri
Class: 2014 JR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 27
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Marvin Lewis
2013 Record: 11-5

ANALYSIS: The Bengals could very well go cornerback here (Kyle Fuller or Bradley Roby) but they can't pass on the a pass rusher like Ealy.

Round 1
25
San Diego Chargers
Player: Louis Nix
Height: 6-2
Weight: 331
Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.
College: Notre Dame
Class: 2014 JR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 34
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: Mike McCoy
2013 Record: 9-7

ANALYSIS: San Diego's front just got much better with the addition of Nix from Notre Dame. He's the missing piece on the defensive line that they have been looking for.

Round 1
26
Cleveland Browns
Player: Derek Carr
Height: 6-2
Weight: 214
Hometown: Bakersfield, Calif.
College: Fresno State
Class: 2014 SR
Position: QB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 24
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: Mike Pettine
2013 Record: 4-12

ANALYSIS: The Browns get their quarterback here in Derek Carr. They can't afford to take a chance that he may be available with their 2nd round pick.

Round 1
27
New Orleans Saints
Height: 6-2
Weight: 234
Hometown: Theodore, Ala.
College: Alabama
Class: 2014 SR
Position: MLB
Rating:
Overall Rank: 15
Pos Rank: 1

Head Coach: Sean Payton
2013 Record: 11-5

ANALYSIS: I believe the Saints and a Dee Ford marriage would be ideal but he's already gone in this mock. The threat of a Mosley drop is being predicted but I don't think he would slip by New Orleans. They need his steady play in the middle of their defensive unit.

Round 1
28
Carolina Panthers
Height: 6-5
Weight: 240
Hometown: Belle Glade, Fla.
College: Florida State
Class: 2014 SR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 23
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: Ron Rivera
2013 Record: 12-4

ANALYSIS: The Panthers defense is one of the NFL's best, though they could use a CB. The offense is solid and they are looking for tackle help. Cyrus Kouandijo is a strong possibility but could a big time outside threat. The draft is deep at receiver. Carolina goes with the big and long Kelvin Benjamin from Florida State. He's needs some work but his upside is enormous.

Round 1
29
New England Patriots
Height: 7-6
Weight: 310
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn.
College: Minnesota
Class: 2014 SR
Position: DT
Rating:
Overall Rank: 25
Pos Rank: 3

Head Coach: Bill Belichick
2013 Record: 12-4

ANALYSIS: Is it me or do the Patriots have this spot on lockdown year in and year out every draft? New England will once again be able to grab a great player for their offensive front, defensive line or in the secondary. Here, they nab Ra'Shede Hageman and go with the versatile lineman from Minnesota.

Round 1
30
San Francisco 49ers
Height: 6-5
Weight: 304
Hometown: Monroe, Ga.
College: Notre Dame
Class: 2014 JR
Position: DE
Rating:
Overall Rank: 41
Pos Rank: 4

Head Coach: Jim Harbaugh
2013 Record: 12-4

ANALYSIS: Tuitt was once considered a top ten selection. He's a good player and a good fit here for the 49ers defense. They could also go after a cornerback (Kyle Fuller) or a playmaking wide receiver (Odell Beckham or Jordan Mattews).

Round 1
31
Denver Broncos
Height: 6-10
Weight: 189
Hometown: Stockton, Calif.
College: Oregon State
Class: 2014 JR
Position: WR
Rating:
Overall Rank: 26
Pos Rank: 5

Head Coach: John Fox
2013 Record: 13-3

ANALYSIS: Can you imagine the speedy, quick and elusive Brandin Cooks paired with Peyton Manning and the Denver offense in the slot? Sure they need to upgrade their defense but you can't pass on this former Oregon State star.

Round 1
32
Seattle Seahawks
Player: David Yankey
Height: 7-6
Weight: 315
Hometown: Roswell, Ga.
College: Stanford
Class: 2014 JR
Position: OG
Rating:
Overall Rank: 39
Pos Rank: 2

Head Coach: Pete Carroll
2013 Record: 13-3

ANALYSIS: The Seahawks can be a little unpredictable when it comes to the draft. Even sitting in the No. 32 hole, Pete Carroll will have a chance to land a very good player in this deep draft class. The Seattle could go after a playmaker at WR, TE or perhaps another DL. They could also pick up the top offensive guard in this class in David Yankey and that's my pick in this mock. No, it's not as sexy as a skilled player but the Seahawks have to bolster their interior line play.

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