Where we find out 32 different draft boards at once, in the most roundabout way possible
I have a confession to make; my best friend is a very big San Francisco 49ers fan. He's a really smart guy who knows a ton about football. He and I recently made a first round mock draft on NFL.com, I thought I'd share it with you folks so you could share your opinions. He took the even numbered picks and the Raiders, and I took the odd number picks and the Seahawks.
No trades of course, which does make this entirely pointless.
1.) Houston Texans- Jadeveon Clowney, ER, South Carolina
Just too much for any offense to handle. the AFC South is ruled by the Colts right now. You have to get to Andrew Luck to beat the Colts, and you get to Andrew Luck by rushing through that porous offensive line. Clowney would be lining up right next to the best pass rusher (maybe player in general) in the NFL, and this is the best pass rush prospect since Julius Peppers.
2.) St. Louis Rams- Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
(Dammit Redslurs) I like Greg Robinson more to be perfectly honest, but the Rams need someone to come in and play right now. Matthews has unreal get off at the snap, and he's got great technique, with some nasty to him too. He's not the most athletic, but a good athlete, with good technique, will greatly help Sam Bradford and his fight to be a competent QB.
3.) Jacksonville Jaguars- Khalil Mack, LEO/SAM, Buffalo
This guy is seriously the ideal candidate for LEO, he's got a very high SPARQ, the right height and weight, right explosiveness, good production, just right for what Gus and crew will like in JAX.
4.) Cleveland Browns- Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
I'll be perfectly honest, I think Sammy Watkins is overrated. He's a first rounder, sure, but I don't see top 10 player when I look at him or his tape. My friend likes him more, so this is where he took him. I do like his blocking though.
5.) Oakland Raiders- Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
This was the pick that he insisted on making. He loves the idea of Manziel in Oakland. And I can see why. That style, that personality, and that flair, would be a perfect fit with the Oakland Raider personality of old.
6.) Atlanta Falcons- Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
This guy is an athletic specimen. He ran a sub 5.0 40, benched 225 32 times with 35 inch arms, and had great vertical and broad jumps. He's a punishing run blocker, but does need work as a pass blocker. Greg Hardy's going to stick around for a while, and the Falcons need some way to help keep that away from their franchise QB.
7.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
I love this guy. He's the top receiver in this draft. He's big, he's explosive, has great hands, is big, uses his body very well, gets a few fouls called on him, but forces a few more, oh and did I mention that he's big? In all serious, he's likely the reason that Manziel is as highly regarded as he is.
8.) Minnesota Vikings- Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
He's a perfect QB for Norv Turner's offense. He's got size, has huge upside, can throw deep, and is used to having a great running back behind him.
9.) Buffalo Bills- Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
I don't really like the idea of taking a tight end this high, but the Bills need some weapons for EJ Manuel, and a TE is a young QB's best friend.
10.) Detriot Lions- Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
In the pass happy NFC North you need to be able to stop the pass, and since there's not really much of a problem with the defensive line in Detroit, the secondary needs to get the attention. Gilbert's play was inconsistent, but his upside is undeniable.
11.) Tennessee Titans- Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
Jurrell Casey can't do all the pass rushing in Tennessee, and then there's the fact that I've got every other team in the AFC South taking pass rushers to combat the Colts, this is no exception.
12.) New York Giants- Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
It feels weird having the Giants pick before the Jets. That aside, Lewan would be a great boost for the O-line that the Seahawks completely abused, and would also help keep Manning upright to throw to Victor Cruz.
13.) St. Louis Rams- Hasean Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
On the other side of the ball, the Rams have terrible safeties. Dix would definitely help to fix that. I don't love the idea of taking Alabama players because they always seem to be injured, but this is an exception.
14.) Chicago Bears- Aaron Donald, DT, PITT
Dude's a baller, and has freakish athleticism and drive. He's a technician, and dominated with very little help around him.
15.) Pittsburgh Steelers- Darquese Dennard, CB, Michigan St.
He plays Steeler football. He's the best press corner in the draft, and learning from Ike Taylor would be really good for him.
16.) Dallas Cowboys- Calvin Pryor, S, Louiville
See the reasoning for Clinton-Dix, but then move to Dallas.
17.) Baltimore Ravens- Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
The best after the catch receiver in this draft, He's used to playing with a QB almost exactly like Joe Flacco, and even in the same offense that Cam Cameron ran in Baltimore with that QB. He'd also be another option in the return game over Jacoby Jones.
18.) New York Jets- Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
Size, size, and more size. That's what Benjamin brings to the table, and to be perfectly honest, not much more. But he's got great upside and could develop alongside their new QB, whichever one it may be.
19.) Miami Dolphins- Zach Martin, OL, Notre Dame
If you can name a place on the OL in Miami outside of center that they don't need, you get a medal. Martin can play any position on that line, and that's all they could ask.
20.) Arizona Cardinals- Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
Carson Palmer isn't getting any younger, and this may be the most talented thrower of the football in the draft this year. He's got tremendous upside, and could be a thorn in the side of all the NFC West teams.
21.) Green Bay Packers- CJ Mosely, ILB, Alabama
Again, drafting Alabama players is not my preference, He's got good explosion, and good instincts. In a league with super athletic TEs, you either need a linebacker that can run with them, or Kam Chancellor. This could very well be that linebacker for the Packers
22.) Philadelphia Eagles- Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio St.
This guy is an athlete, and, like Pete Carroll, Chip Kelly loves athletes. Kelly's offensive schemes are brilliant, but his defenses are less so. This guy can provide the versatility that Kelly loves. He's a good pass rusher, can stop the run well, and has a ton of upside.
23.) Kansas City Chiefs- Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon St
Andy Reid loves to get yards after the catch, and that's why Alex Smith fits his offense very well. Brandin Cooks definitely fits that as well, especially since Dexter McCluster isn't there any more. He will be very productive in the very soft AFC West.
24.) Cincinnati Bengals- Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio St.
The Bengals have a top 10 defense with a pretty bad secondary. Roby's got tremendous upside and physical ability, he could develop into an elite cover corner, and the defensive line that the Bengals have should help that as well.
25.) San Diego Chargers- Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
The Chargers need corners, and this could be a really good one for them. He's tenacious, fast, and a pretty good ball hawk to boot. This is a need pick for the Chargers, no way around it.
26.) Cleveland Browns- Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Bridgewater's best attributes are accuracy and decision making. That's all you need when your weapons include Josh Gordon, Jordan Cameron, and the newly acquired Sammy Watkins. Running back is also a need, but they're picking again in 10 picks, so they'll be in good position to take one there.
27.) New Orleans Saints- Joel Bitonio, OL, Nevada
I love this guy, he's going to be very good at wherever he ends up on the offensive line, especially guard. The Saints love to have good guards to let Drew Brees step up in the pocket, this will also serve to counter the pass rush of the Panthers
28.) Carolina Panthers- Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
The WR situation on the Panthers is very real. But they were also hit hard on the offensive line. Moses might be better suited to right tackle, but they need him at left.
29.) New England Patriots- Ra'Shede Hageman, DL, Minnesota
The Belichick-Brady connection has been well documented, but where Belichick really shines is in defense. Hageman has tremendous upside, and has been called the next Richard Seymour by some, and who drafted Seymour? that's right, Belichick.
30.) San Fransisco 49ers- Martavis Bryant, WR, Clemson
When we were looking at what the 49ers draft picks, we considered three positions, CB, OLB, and WR. We decided that WR would be the best way to go since the pass rushers are lackluster in this draft, and the first round worthy CBs are all gone. Bryant is the kind of receiver that the 49ers don't have right now, he's a vertical threat that can take full advantage of the arm strength that Kaepernick brings to the table.
31.) Denver Broncos- Chris Borland, ILB, Wisconsin
Borland's a good run stopper with good potential in coverage. Being in a division with the Chiefs and Chargers, who have good receiving backs, and going to play the NFC West, which has 4 teams, all of which have good running backs, they need some good linebackers
32.) Your Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks- Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
Latimer is perfect for the Seahawks. He's a great blocker, has good speed, leaping ability, and size. I had no trouble at all making this selection. Latimer has Julio Jones type potential, but he doesn't get great separation, which could cause him to drop, but that should be too bad for Seattle because he won't be getting double covered and he's fantastic at getting 50-50 balls, which basically turn into 80-20 balls in his favor. An offense with Doug Baldwin, Percy Harvin, Marshawn Lynch, and Cody Latimer has incredible potential since Russell doesn't show favorites.