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It’s nearly that time of year again! As the old saying goes, “the NFL season never ends”, and in a few weeks 32 teams will attempt to bolster their teams for a chance to make a run at the Lombardi Trophy in February of 2015. The NFL has become an event not just for coaches and front office people of NFL teams, but fans of NFL teams flock to Radio City Music Hall in New York City for the annual draft.


So I have decided to write up my annual Mock Draft. This season I will also give you the mock drafts from some of the top NFL websites in the Internet. So without further ado, here’s my picks;


Legend:


BR- Bleacher Report


Mel- Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN


CBS- Pete Prisco (Senior writer for cbssports.com)


NFL- Charles Davis (Analyst for nfl.com)


Wes- My picks


1. Houston Texans


BR- Jadaveon Clowney


Mel- Khalil Mack


NFL- Jadaveon Clowney


CBS- Blake Bortles


Wes- Jadaveon Clowney, DE/South Carolina - 6’7”, 265 pounds: Imagine Clowney and J.J. Watt at each end of the defensive line. The Texans need a quarterback, but with Clowney’s size and speed. the Texans can’t afford to let him go with the No. 1 pick.


2. St. Louis Rams


BR- Greg Robinson


Mel- Greg Robinson


NFL- Sammy Watkins


CBS- Greg Robinson


Wes- Greg Robinson, OT/Auburn - 6’5”, 320 pounds: The Rams need help almost everywhere, but keeping QB Sam Bradford upright and healthy is their number one priority, so taking the best offensive lineman in the entire draft makes sense.


3. Jacksonville Jaguars


BR- Teddy Bridgewater


Mel- Jadaveon Clowney


NFL- Khalil Mack


CBS- Jadaveon Clowney


Wes- Khalil Mack, OLB-DE/Buffalo - 6’3”, 247 pounds: A month ago I would have the Jags taking Teddy Bridegwater, but since then Teddy had a less than stellar performance at Louisville’s Pro Day. The Jags could go with UCF’s Blake Bortles here, but their last two first round QB picks have been duds. Here they will take perhaps the best pure pass rusher in the draft and a possible future pro bowler for many years to come. I just wish he would be around for the Falcons at No. 6.


4. Cleveland Browns


BR- Sammy Watkins


Mel- Blake Bortles


CBS- Sammy Watkins


NFL- Teddy Bridgewater


Wes- Sammy Watkins, WR/Clemson - 6’1”, 205 pounds: The Browns could very well take a QB here, but again they have been spurned by taking a QB early in the draft. I think they take the speedster in Watkins, hopefully they can find someone through Free Agency or later in the draft that will throw him the ball. The Browns really need more than this one pick can offer.


5. Oakland Raiders


BR- Khalil Mack


Mel- Bridgewater


CBS- Mike Evans


NFL- Greg Robinson


Wes- Teddy Bridgewater, QB/Louisville - 6’3”, 196 pounds: The Raiders have signed Matt Schaub to play QB, but for how long. I like the Raiders taking a QB here, but my pick would be Bortles. The Raiders like to take the risky players, so Bridgewater seems fitting for the Black and Silver.


6. Atlanta Falcons


BR- Jake Matthews


Mel- Jake Matthews


CBS- Khalil Mack


NFL- Jake Matthews


Wes- Jake Matthews, OT/Texas A&M - 6’5”, 305 pounds: I really hope Pete Prisco from CBS knows what he is talking about with Mack still being there for the Falcons. I honestly think Atlanta may trade up to make a run for Clowney or Mack, but I can’t predict trades. With that said, the Falcons could take Anthony Barr as a pass rusher, but his stock has fallen over the last few weeks. The Dirty Birds need to protect Matty Ice, so they take the second best offensive lineman in Jake Matthews. The 6’5 beast comes from great NFL stock, his father Bruce Matthews was an 18-year veteran and is a member of the NFL Hall of Fame.


7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers


BR- Mike Evans


Mel- Sammy Watkins


CBS- Johnny Manziel


NFL- Johnny Manziel


Wes- Blake Bortles, QB/Central Florida - 6’4”, 229 pounds: The Bucs feel like the luckiest team in the world when Bortles falls to them at No. 7, while Tampa could take the big WR Mike Evans from Texas A&M, they take Bortles from right up the road in Orlando.


8. Minnesota Vikings


BR- Johnny Manziel


Mel- Johnny Manziel


CBS- Teddy Bridgewatwer


NFL- Blake Bortles


Wes- Johnny Manziel, QB/Texas A&M - 6’1”, 209 pounds: The flamboyant “Johnny Football” take his talents up north to Minnesota. Just too bad for Johnny that he will have to adjust to the cold weather, as the Metrodome is no more.


9. Buffalo Bills


BR- Eric Ebron


Mel- Tyler Lewan


CBS- Eric Ebron


NFL- Mike Evans


Wes- Mike Evans, WR/Texas A&M - 6’5”, 225 pounds: Evans becomes the third Aggie to be drafted in the first nine picks. Evans has huge size and perhaps the best hands of anyone in the draft. He becomes the next big time receiver named Evans to play for the Bills (Lee Evans).


10. Detroit Lions


BR- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix


Mel- Mike Evans


CBS- Justin Gilbert


NFL- Justin Gilbert


Wes- Justin Gilbert, CB/Oklahoma State - 6’0”, 201 pounds: The Lions have plenty of offensive fire power and they have become better defensively against the run with the like of Suh, but they could use some help in the secondary, and that’s why they take the top corner back in the draft in Gilbert. He has good size, great leaping ability, and is physical which is a must with the NFL WRs these days.


11. Tennessee Titans


BR- Justin Gilbert


Mel- Anthony Barr


CBS- Anthony Barr


NFL- Anthony Barr


Wes- Anthony Barr, OLB-DE/UCLA - 6’4”, 247 pounds: At one point this past Winter, Barr was seen by some as the top pick in the draft. Since then his stock has dropped due to teams thinking he could be a “tweener”, not sure if he is a LB or a DE. However, he is a tremendous athlete for the Titans who need a lot of help on defense.


12. New York Giants


BR- Aaron Donald


Mel- Eric Ebron


CBS- Jake Matthews


NFL- Tyler Lewnan


Wes- Ha Ha Clinton Dix, FS/Alabama - 6’1”, 207 pounds: I started to put Ebron here for the Giants, giving Manning a huge target at TE, but I think the Giants need help in the secondary, and Clinton-Dix is one of the better FS in the draft.


13. St. Louis Rams


BR- Darqueze Denard


Mel- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix


CBS- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix


NFL- Ha Ha Clinton-Dix


Wes- Eric Ebron, TE/North Carolina - 6’4”, 245 pounds: After taking Robinson to help keep Bradford upright, nor they give him a huge target and down field threat from the TE position with Ebron. He probably had the best hands of anyone in the ACC, including wide receivers.


14. Chicago Bears


BR- Timmy Jernigan


Mel- Aaron Donald


CBS- Aaron Donald


NFL- Timmy Jernigan


Wes- Timmy Jernigan, DT/Florida State - 6’2”, 298 pounds: Jernigan moves like a defensive end with a defensive tackle body. I think the Bears get a steal with the former Seminole.


15. Pittsburgh Steelers


BR-Kony Ealy


Mel- Justin Gilbert


CBS- Bradley Roby


NFL- Darqueze Denard


Wes- Taylor Lewan, OT/Michigan - 6’8”, 315 pounds: The Steelers grab up the behemoth Lewan to help protect Big Ben. They could go defense here also, but their OL is getting a little long in the tooth.


16. Dallas Cowboys


BR- Anthony Barr


Mel- Timmy Jernigan


CBS- Timmy Jernigan


NFL- Calvin Pryor


Wes- Darqueze Denard, CB/Michigan State - 5’11”, 196 pounds: The former Twiggs County Cobra was a First Team All-American this past season at MSU. His only knock is his height, but the physical corner has outstanding leaping ability which makes up for any lack of height. Personally I like Denard better than Gilbert from Oklahoma State. The Cowboys can’t let Denard pass them by.


17. Baltimore Ravens


BR- Kyle Fuller


Mel- Brandin Cooks


CBS- Taylor Lewan


NFL- Eric Ebron


Wes- Bradley Roby, CB/Ohio State - 5’11”, 192 pounds: Gilbert will be long gone and I think Denard will also, so the Ravens look to bolster their secondary with the third best corner back in the draft. They could Calvin Pryor or C.J. Mosley here too.


18. New York Jets


BR- Odell Beckham, Jr.


Mel- Brandin Cooks


CBS- Odell Beckham, Jr.


NFL- Odell Beckham, Jr.


Wes- Brandin Cooks, WR/Oregon State - 5’10”, 185 pounds: While Cooks isn’t your prototypical WR, he runs a 4.33 in the 40 and could be dangerous in the slot. The Jets need someone who can stretch the field and Cooks fits the bill. Beckham, Jr could be another possibility, but he has had his problems with drops.


19. Miami Dolphins


BR- Zack Martin


Mel- Zack martin


CBS- C.J. Mosley


NFL- Zack Martin


Wes- Zack Martin, OT/Notre Dame - 6’4”, 305 pounds: If any pick in this draft is a “no brainer” it’s this one. Someone needs to keep Tannehill off the ground and Martin is the best available option for the fins.


20. Arizona Cardinals


BR- Blake Bortles


Mel- Darqueze Denard


CBS- Calvin Pryor


NFL- Bradley Roby


Wes- Calvin Pryor, FS/Louisville - 6’2”, 207 pounds: The Cardinals were horrible last season against the pass and Pryor fills a need in the middle of the first round. A solid pick for the Cards.


21. Green Bay Packers


BR-Jimmie Ward


Mel- C.J. Mosley


CBS- Ryan Shazier


NFL- Cooks


Wes- Odell Beckham, Jr, WR/LSU - 6’0”, 194 pounds: Beckham, Jr set the SEC on fire over the last two years. He has the ability to go the distance any time he touches the ball. Not the best route runner, but his upside is worth the slight risk and with James Jones signing with Oakland, he will be like a present under the tree on Christmas for Aaron Rodgers.


22. Philadelphia Eagles


BR- Calvin Pryor


Mel- Calvin Pryor


CBS- Teddy Bridgewater


NFL- C.J. Mosley


Wes- C.J. Mosley, ILB/Alabama - 6’2”, 238 pounds: The Eagles need help everywhere on the defensive side of the ball. They could go for help in the secondary here, but I think Mosley fills a need and would be a great pick up for Philly.


23. Kansas City Chiefs


BR- Brandin Cooks


Mel- Marqise Lee


CBS- Jimmie Ward


NFL- Kelvin Benjamin


Wes- Marqise Lee, WR/USC - 6’0”, 195 pounds: The Kansas City Chiefs had one of the better defenses last season, but could have used some help on offense. Lee brings the Chiefs a quality WR with good hand. His isn’t a speed burner (4.52 in the 40), but makes up for it with toughness and great route running.


24. Cincinnati Bengals


BR- Jason Verrett


Mel- Ryan Shazier


CBS- Kyle Fuller


NFL- Dee Ford


Wes- Stephon Tuitt, DE/Notre Dame - 6’6”, 305 pounds: A complete run stuffer from the defensive end position, and also has a quick first step off the edge. He remains in the mid west and the Bengals take a chance on the huge defensive end. Tuitt is from Georgia and played at Monroe Area High School.


25. San Diego Chargers


BR- Bradley Roby


Mel- Bradley Roby


CBS- Louis Nix


NFL- Marqise Lee


Wes- Kelvin Benjamin, WR/Florida State - 6’5”, 243 pounds: Benjamin is huge and runs a 4.5 in the 40 which is amazing for a guy nearly 250 pounds. His work ethic is questionable, but could you imagine Keenan Allen on one side and Benjamin on the other. I can, and so can the Chargers.


26. Cleveland Browns


BR-Derek Carr


Mel- Kelvin Benjamin


CBS- Jason Verrett


NFL- Xavier Su’A-Filo


Wes- Derek Carr, QB/Fresno State - 6’3, 215 pounds: The Browns passed on four quarterbacks after getting Watkins with the fourth pick, now they get their QB in Derek Carr. For the Browns sake, I just hope he is better than bis brother David.


27. New Orleans Saints


BR- Dee Ford


Mel- Dee Ford


CBS- Dee Ford


NFL- Kyle Fuller


Wes- Dee Ford, DE/Auburn - 6’2”, 240 pounds: Ford really helped his stock with a great 2013. His speed off the edge will be a welcomed sight for the Saints and their porous defense.


28. Carolina Panthers


BR- Taylor Lewan


Mel- Cyrus Kouandio


CBS- Morgan Moses


NFL- Jarvis Landry


Wes- Cyrus Kouandjio, OT/Alabama - 6’6”, 305 pounds: With Steve Smith departed from the Panthers, they need another WR, and they could make a move for Jarvis Landry out of LSU. However, Landry could be their in the second round and if not they can find someone with a similar skill set. I think they take the mammoth Kouandjio to help protect Cam Newton.


29. New England Patriots


BR- Brandon Thomas


Mel- Ra’Shede Hageman


CBS- Ra’Shede Hageman


NFL- Louis Nix


Wes- Ra’Shede Hageman, DT/Minnesota - 6’6, 315 pounds: With Vince Wilfork out of the picture, the Pats draft a player they can plug in immediately.


30. San Fransisco 49ers


BR- Davante Adams


Mel- Kyle Fuller


CBS- Stanley Jean-Baptiste


NFL- Ra’Shede Hageman


Wes- Jason Verrett, CB/TCU - 5’10”, 176 pounds: Varrett has talent to be a top 20 pick in this draft, but his smallish size makes him drop to the 49ers which has a defense that just gets better and better.


31. Denver Broncos


BR- C.J. Mosely


Mel- Kyle Fuller


CBS- Kyle Van Noy


NFL- Jason Verrett


Wes- Kyle Fuller, CB/Virginia Tech - 6’0”, 194 pounds: Fuller’s draft stock is on the rise and is now a probably first round pick. He ran a 4.49 in the 40 yard dash and could go as high as 20. I think the Broncos get their next Champ Bailey with this physical corner.


32. Seattle Seahwaks


BR- Kelvin Benjamin


Mel- Stephon Tuitt


CBS- Marqise Lee


NFL- Aaron Donald


Wes- Aaron Donald, DT/Pittsburgh - 6’0”, 285 pounds: Donald moves well for a big man on the defensive line. He is a little undersized at his position, but his motor never stops, something Pete Carroll will love.


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