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McLane's NFL Mock Draft

One man's opinion on how Thursday night's first round in the NFL draft will play out.

McLane's NFL Mock Draft

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel passes the ball during a drill at pro day for NFL football representatives in College Station, Texas, Thursday, March 27, 2014. (Patric Schneider/AP)
Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel passes the ball during a drill at pro day for NFL football representatives in College Station, Texas, Thursday, March 27, 2014. (Patric Schneider/AP)

One man's opinion on how Thursday night's first round in the NFL draft will play out (updated version).

To check out Zach Berman's mock draft, click HERE.

1. Houston Texans
Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

Bill O’Brien will look to move out of the top spot, but he will have to settle for taking the best talent in the draft.   

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2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)
Greg Robinson, T, Auburn

Rams can’t replace Sam Bradford here, but they protect him with a tackle that has ‘ten-year All Pro’ written all over him.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars
Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

The Jags have a tough time passing on Sammy Watkins, but Gus Bradley needs a pass rusher to fill the “Leo” spot in his hybrid front.

4. Cleveland Browns
Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

The buzz is true – the Browns aren’t interested in Johnny Manziel this early – and they strengthen their receiver group by taking the best available.

5. Oakland Raiders
Jake Matthews, T, Texas A&M

After Watkins goes the Raiders are tempted by Mike Evans, but stay true to their board and select a plug-in-and-start tackle.  

6. Atlanta Falcons
Taylor Lewan, T, Michigan

Lewan may be a bit of a reach at this spot, but Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff has been known to draft for need.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

The new regime in Tampa isn’t sold on Mike Glennon and decides now is the time to push its cards in on getting a franchise quarterback.    

8. San Francisco 49ers (trade with Minnesota)
Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

The draft-pick rich 49ers make an aggressive move for the type of receiver Richard Sherman might not want to disrespect.  

9. Buffalo Bills
Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

The Bills flirt with exchanging picks with the Texans, but get quarterback E.J. Manuel the big receiving target he needs.  

10. Detroit Lions
Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma St.

There are some who believe Darqueze Dernard or Kyle Fuller is the best CB in the draft, but the Lions play it safe and take the one with the greatest upside.   

11. Tennessee Titans
Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

Some mockers had Barr slipping, but pass rushers generally go earlier than expected, especially freakishly-gifted ones.   

12. New York Giants
Zach Martin, T/G, Notre Dame

The Giants wanted in on Ebron, but nab the versatile Martin, who should start right away and help protect a battered Eli Manning.

13. Dallas Cowboys (trade with St. Louis)
Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

Fearful of the Bears at No. 14, Jerry Jones moves up three spots to nab the difference maker the Cowboys defense needs up front. 

14. New York Jets (trade with Chicago)
Odell Beckham, WR, LSU

The Jets have eight picks they can trade and use one to jump four teams for the multi-faceted Beckham.  

15. Pittsburgh Steelers
Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

Dennard might get the nod ahead of Fuller here, but the Steelers gladly take the polished, versatile cornerback.   

16. St. Louis Rams (trade with Dallas)
Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

A handful of promising quarterbacks are still on the board, but the Rams don’t want to invest first-round money on one. Pryor is no small consolation.  

17. Baltimore Ravens
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

Despite his attempts to trade out, GM Ozzie Newsome takes Clinton-Dix, who could be a suitable heir to Ed Reed. 

18. Chicago Bears (trade with N.Y. Jets)
C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama

Mosley’s a steal at 18 for the Bears, who picked up another selection along the way to improve a league-worst run defense.

19. Miami Dolphins
Cyrus Kouandjio, T, Alabama

The Dolphins try to trade out of this spot, but they address an offensive line that was partly responsible for 58 sacks allowed last season. 

20. Arizona Cardinals
Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

Bortles will need a year to develop, which is just fine with the Cardinals, who have Carson Palmer to mentor the young quarterback.   

21. Green Bay Packers
Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State

If the Packers pass on the athletically-gifted Shazier, the Eagles would have to think long and hard about the inside linebacker.  

22. EAGLES
Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon St.

Chip and Howie stay patient and get the small, but quick and tough Cooks, who should soften the loss of DeSean Jackson.  

23. Kansas City Chiefs
Marqise Lee, WR, Southern Cal

The Eagles could opt for Lee instead of Cooks, but he drops to Andy Reid, who needs ball catchers for quarterback Alex Smith.  

24. Cincinnati Bengals
Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

The Bengals aren’t typically scared off by behavioral issues and won’t let Roby’s recent run-in with the law defer them from filling a glaring hole.     

25. San Diego Chargers
Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan St.

The best man-press cornerback in the draft keeps falling and drops into the laps of a team that desperately needs help in the secondary.   

26. Cleveland Browns (from Indianapolis)
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

With Derek Carr still available, the Browns take the quarterback that showed up on tape, not during his Pro Day.

27. New Orleans Saints
Jason Verrett, CB

The Saints couldn’t pull off a swap to get Cooks ahead of the Eagles, so Sean Payton takes the inside-outside versatile corner.   

28. Carolina Panthers
Morgan Moses, T, Virginia

The Panthers could try and find Steve Smith’s replacement here, but there are plenty of starting-caliber receivers to be had in the next round.   

29. New England Patriots
Xavier Su’a Filo, G, UCLA

The Patriots have this pick up for sale and could drop out of the first round, but Bill Belichick has to start thinking about replacing the aging Logan Mankins.

30. Minnesota Vikings (trade with San Fran)
Derek Carr, QB, Fresno St.

The Browns could try to wait till pick No. 40 to get a quarterback, but one of the Texans, Rams or Jaguars would likely pull the trigger early in the second round.

31. Denver Broncos
Joel Bitonio, T, Nevada

The Broncos need linebackers, but expending the 31st pick on the second-tier group would be unwise when there is so much depth at tackle.     

32. Seattle Seahawks
Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

The Seahawks could go o-line or trade back, but if they stand pat they could help Russell Wilson with this sleeper tight end.

 

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