Finally. Draft Day. Hopefully I’m not the only one who feels like a kid waking up on Christmas morning excited for the presents that Santa left under the tree. In less than 24 hours, we will find out what presents Santa Spielman has in store for the Minnesota Vikings. For any non-Vikings fans reading this article, please excuse my lame reference above. Anyways, with the draft so close, it’s only fitting that I post a final mock draft with trades. With that said, let the mock draft begin!
Sep 7, 2013; Athens, GA, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) walks on the field in between plays in the first half against the Georgia Bulldogs at Sanford Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports
1. Houston Texans-Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
The Texans are asking for a King’s ransom in exchange for the number 1 pick. Clowney is a stud, but he is not worth the price tag to trade up. Odds are Houston stays put and drafts Clowney, who, along with J.J. Watt, will form a terrifying duo.
2. TRADE! Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Tampa trades up and selects the polarizing playmaker whom they have so often been linked to as of late.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars-Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
Arguable the best prospect in the draft, Mack will be a great addition to Gus Bradley’s vastly improved defense.
4. Cleveland Browns-Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Cleveland is able to pair the most electric player in the draft with Josh Gordon. Watkins has an extremely rare skill-set that Cleveland will enjoy for years to come.
5. Oakland Raiders-Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Oakland gets their man to replace Veldheer(who should have been been re-signed in the first place).
6. Atlanta Falcons-Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Donald expressed interest in playing for Atlanta, and was also coached by Atlanta’s coaching staff during the Senior Bowl. He will bring a pass-rush that Atlanta is currently desperate for.
7. St. Louis Rams-Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
After picking up a few extra picks(including a 2nd rounder), St. Louis gets the best pass-protecting tackle in the draft to protect Bradford’s blindside.
8. TRADE! Detroit Lions-Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Detroit trades up to get their man. Watch out NFC North DBs.
9. Buffalo Bills-Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Lewan will start immediately and will help improve Buffalo’s below-average offensive line.
Oct 27, 2012; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide defensive back HaHa Clinton-Dix (6) looks at the offense during the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Bryant Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports
10. Minnesota Vikings-HaHa Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
After trading down 2 slots and gaining an extra 3rd rounder in the process, Minnesota takes the well-rounded safety from Alabama. The safety duo of Smith and Clinton-Dix proves too tempting for Rick Spielman to resist.
11. Tennessee Titans-Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
Tennessee jumps on it’s top ranked QB just weeks after choosing not to pick up Locker’s fifth-year option.
12. New York Giants-Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Eli Manning needs a good tight-end that he can use as a safety blanket to throw the ball to instead of using the other team.
13. St. Louis Rams-Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma St.
St. Louis gets some much-needed help in their lackluster secondary in the form of the best cornerback prospect in the draft.
14. Chicago Bears-Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
Chicago adds the most pro-ready corner in the draft who looks forward to intercepting passes from Matt Cassel.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers-Bradley Robey, CB, Ohio State
Pittsburgh chooses to draft for upside and takes Robey, who was excellent in 2012 but disappointed in 2013.
16. TRADE! New York Jets-Odell Beckham, WR, LSU
New York trades up to draft their man. Beckham pairs with Decker to give Geno Smith or Michael Vick a solid one-two punch at the wide-receiver position.
17. Baltimore Ravens-Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
Baltimore chooses to go with the high-upside but raw pass-rusher from UCLA.
18. Dallas Cowboys-Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
Wait, not Johnny Football? Wait, Teddy Bridgewater isn’t the first Louisville player to be selected? Yes, and yes. Dallas adds the hard-hitting safety to help improve their awful secondary.
19. Miami Dolphins-Zack Martin, OG, Notre Dame
Miami bolsters it’s interior offensive line with the physical Zack Martin.
20. Arizona Cardinals-C.J. Mosely, ILB, Alabama
Arizona replaces Karlos Dansby with the best inside linebacker in the draft.
21. Green Bay Packers-Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
Sep 28, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; USC Trojans wide receiver Marqise Lee (9) during the game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
22. Philadelphia Eagles-Marqise Lee, WR, USC
Philadelphia gets the best route-runner in the draft to help replace DeSean Jackson.
23. Kansas City Chiefs-Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon St.
Andy Reid reportedly likes Cooks. Cooks also gives Alex Smith a target who is a threat to score every time he touches the football.
24. Cincinnati Bengals-Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
Cincinnati lost Michael Johnson to Tampa Bay, and needs a replacement. Ealy is a player who has top-15 talent, but falls due to character concerns.
25. San Diego Chargers-Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
San Diego’s secondary underwhelmed last year. Verrett will add a physical presence, and should not be underestimated due to his height.
26. Cleveland Browns-Derek Carr, QB, Fresno St.
Cleveland grabs their quarterback at 26, making Carr the 3rd QB to come off the board.
27. New Orleans Saints-Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan St.
Dennard falls simply because the depth at the cornerback position in this draft and will fill a need for the Saints.
28. Carolina Panthers-Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
Carolina’s current receivers remind me of Star Wars: Episode 1- The Phantom Menace–a movie that released 15 years ago and was never very good in the first place. Latimer has the potential to be this years’ Keenan Allen, and Carolina will take that in a heartbeat.
29. New England Patriots-Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
New England needs help at the 3-technique, and that is what they are hoping Hageman will provide.
30. San Francisco 49ers-Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
Although he won’t start immediately, Tuitt’s style of play is perfect for what the 49ers want to do on defense.
31. TRADE! Minnesota Vikings-Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Dec 28, 2013; Orlando, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) sets to throw during the first quarter of the Russell Athletic Bowl against the Miami Hurricanes at Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports
Ahh, here it is. Minnesota trades back into the first round to acquire Teddy Bridgewater. In my opinion, Bridgewater is the best quarterback in the draft, and picking him up at the bottom of round 1 will prove to be a steal.
32. Seattle Seahawks-Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
Seattle makes Russell Wilson a happy man by filling a huge need at Right Tackle with this addition.
After a hectic day one, the Minnesota Vikings fill two big needs, and help out both their offense and defense. After trading down 2 picks and picking up an extra 3rd rounder, the Vikings draft HaHa Clinton-Dix. Spielman then chooses to trade his second round and the last 2 third round(the Vikings would have three 3rd round picks after trading from pick 8 to 10) picks in order to move back into the first round and take the quarterback he has been wanting all along. In my opinion, this is the absolute best-case scenario for the draft.
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