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Reno's Post-Combine/Pre-Free Agency 1st Round Mock Draft

For my second installment of this Mock series, you see much of the same in the top ten picks. The Lions come up with Pryor instead of Barr, who falls to the Cards at #20. Take all of this with a grain of salt, and don't kill me if you don't like my picks and reasoning. This is just for fun. Let me know what you think.

Previous Mocks: January

Team Selection Position School Reason Previous Pick
1 Houston Texans Teddy Bridgewater QB Louisville There has been a lot of speculation about Blake Bortles being Bill O'Brien's choice as the Texans franchise QB, but I still feel like Bridgewater is easily the best QB in this year's class. He is the most NFL ready and will be their guy going into week 1. I believe this pick will be between Bridgewater and Clowney when it's all said and done. Teddy Bridgewater
2 St. Louis Rams (via WSH) Sammy Watkins WR Clemson I made this pick in my previous mock, and I'm sticking with it. Sammy Watkins is just too great of a talent to pass up. You can make the argument for pairing up Quinn and Clowney, or taking Greg Robinson, but if you take Sammy Watkins, then there are absolutely no excuses for Sam Bradford. The Rams already have two solid tackles in Jake Long and Joe Barksdale. So if you draft Robinson, he'll most likely get moved to Guard. Watkins will provide some instant offense for the Rams, and won't have the same treatment as Tavon Austin last year because he can stay on the field and block for them in rushing situations. Sammy Watkins
3 Jacksonville Jaguars Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina It will be tough to pass up on a talent like Clowney here. He's just too good of a prospect and would immediately come in and make an impact on defense. The Jaguars' defense was awful last year, and they only accounted for 31 sacks all season. 33 year old Jason Babin was the only d-lineman to consistently get pressure for them. It's time for the Jags to start building in the trenches, because they're getting killed there on both sides of the ball. Jadeveon Clowney
4 Cleveland Browns Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M The Browns have two first round picks in this draft. There is no question that at least one will be spent on a QB. I believe it will come down to either taking Johnny Manziel with the #4 overall pick, or Derek Carr with the #23 pick. Lately there has been reports that the Browns favor Carr over Manziel, but this could possibly just be a smokescreen. Manziel is a much better QB than Carr, and there is no guarantee that Carr will make it to their 2nd pick. Johnny Manziel
5 Oakland Raiders Blake Bortles QB UCF Oakland Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie receives a gift as one of the top 3 QB's falls to him at #5 overall. The Raiders have plenty of holes on both sides of the ball, but finding a franchise QB in today's NFL is huge. Bortles has arguably the most upside at the QB position in this year's draft, and certainly has the measurables that a lot of GM's are looking for. Jake Matthews
6 Atlanta Falcons Greg Robinson OT Auburn The Falcons' O-line really struggled last year giving up tied for the second most (50) sacks last year. They need help at both ends of the line and also the interior. After Robinson's incredible combine, there is no doubt in my mind that he'll be the first OT taken in the draft. He's a monster in the run game and is developing as a pass blocker, but is extremely light on his feet and can be moved inside and play guard if they need him to. Don't be shocked to see him go even higher, as teams tend to fall in love with athletic offensive tackles every year. Greg Robinson
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Jake Matthews OT Texas A&M The Bucs don't exactly have a huge need at OT, but Matthews can play anywhere along the o-line. He is regarded as one of the surest picks in the draft. GM Jason Licht has joked about who will be making the final decisions between him and newly hired HC Lovie Smith, but I think both will end up butting heads and having an equal say. The Bucs have a big need at DE, but there isn't really an elite true DE prospect here. Khalil Mack
8 Minnesota Vikings Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo Khalil Mack is the most complete defensive prospect in this year's draft behind Clowney. His stock has gone up after a very impressive combine performance and Minnesota would be lucky to have him as an option at #8. The Vikings have a big need at OLB. PFF graded their weakside LB Greenway at 34 of 35 4-3 OLB's, and he also had the most missed tackles with 21. Mack could see the field as a coverage/pass-rushing OLB and could also get some snaps in as a DE in a 3-point stance. The possibilities are endless with Mack. Blake Bortles
9 Buffalo Bills Mike Evans WR Texas A&M Bills QB EJ Manuel needs weapons. You can't find a better target than 6'5 231 lb. Mike Evans. The Bills could use a tall WR with good speed relative to his size. Evans can become a deep threat for them and also serve as a red zone target that they most desperately need. The Bills didn't have a single receiver catch more than 3 TD's last year, and they accumulated only 16 passing touchdowns all year. Mike Evans
10 Detroit Lions Calvin Pryor FS Louisville Assuming the Lions don't address their need at safety in Free Agency, they will most likely address it early on in the draft. I view Pryor as the top safety in this draft, and believe he can play both FS and SS for the Lions (like Quin). Lions DC Teryl Austin has made it clear that they are looking for players to create more turnovers. Pryor is a big hitter and his pass defense is a little underrated if you ask me. I believe he can be the difference maker Austin is looking for. Anthony Barr
11 Tennessee Titans Louis Nix III NT Notre Dame With newly hired DC Ray Horton coming to town, he will be introducing his 3-4 defense to the Titans. This gives them an immediate need at nose tackle. Louis Nix III is the best NT prospect in the draft and should be available for them at 11th overall. Derek Carr
12 New York Giants Taylor Lewan OT Michigan Eli Manning was a sitting duck for the Giants last year. Justin Pugh, who was drafted in the first round last year, was the only lineman to provide some solid play for them. Taylor Lewan had a very impressive combine, putting up a great 40-yard dash time at 4.87, and a 1.64 10-yard split, showing his explosiveness. Marqise Lee
13 St. Louis Rams Zack Martin OT/OG Notre Dame During Senior Bowl week, Martin showed that he can play both tackle and guard against great competition. The Rams require a lot of help with their interior line, so Martin would most likely get moved to guard this year. Calvin Pryor
14 Chicago Bears Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh Nobody has had a better 2014 than Aaron Donald. After a solid Senior Bowl performance and a great NFL combine, Donald has seen his draft stock rocket up the boards. The Bears need a ton of help on their defensive line and have Henry Melton set to hit Free Agency. Drafting Donald would at least be a step in the right direction in the attempt to rekindle the tough defensive mindset that Bears fans are used to seeing. Kony Ealy
15 Pittsburgh Steelers Eric Ebron TE UNC There has been reports that the Steelers front office has promised Big Ben that they'd draft a tall WR for him in the 1st round of this year's draft. This could open up a possibility for a trade up. If they're sitting at #15 overall and Eric Ebron is still available, I think they have to pull the trigger. He's a great receiver for a TE and his play has drawn some comparisons to Jimmy Graham. Kelvin Benjamin is also an option here, but I think 15th would be a reach for him after a less than desirable combine. Louis Nix III
16 Dallas Cowboys C.J. Mosley ILB Alabama Talks of moving Sean Lee to weakside linebacker could lead to the Cowboys drafting a ILB like Mosley if he's available. This would be the perfect situation for the Cowboys, as they would be able to move Bruce Carter to the strongside rather than forcing him to be the MIKE linebacker. Mosley is a great talent and always finds his way to the ball carrier. Kelvin Benjamin
17 Baltimore Ravens Kelvin Benjamin WR Florida State The Ravens are probably looking to address their needs at offensive tackle here, but unfortunately for them, there isn't really a good enough talent here for them to reach at #17. The next best thing they can do is get a tall receiver for Flacco to throw to, as he was very erratic at times. Having Benjamin and Pitta will give them some solid redzone options moving forward. Aaron Donald
18 New York Jets Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State The Jets need help in their secondary. Cromartie had a poor year, and Milliner had some growing pains as a rookie. Dennard is the BPA here, and I view him as the top CB over Kyle Fuller and Justin Gilbert. Dennard might not start right away, but it generally takes a couple years to develop CB's anyways. Cromartie is set to hit free agency in 2015, and the Jets really need to add some depth to their secondary any way they can. WR is also a big need for them, but with the position being so deep this year, they can look to address it in the later rounds of the draft. Eric Ebron
19 Miami Dolphins Xavier Su'a Filo OG UCLA Welp. Richie Incognito should consider going incognito after his scandal with Jonathan Martin. I think it's safe to say that the Dolphins have some areas of need on their offensive line. With the top OT's already gone, the Dolphins take the best guard in the draft in Su'a Filo. He's a very powerful run blocker that plays until the final whistle and is also a solid pass protector. Taylor Lewan
20 Arizona Cardinals Anthony Barr OLB UCLA Barr didn't quite have the combine he would have hoped for, and sees his draft stock slip a bit because of it. Still, at 21 overall, Barr would be the best player the Cardinals could have asked for. They are desperate for an edge rusher, and he happens to fit their scheme perfectly. It might take him a while to develop as a pass rusher, but his ceiling is perhaps the highest among all edge rushers in this year's draft. Darqueze Dennard
21 Green Bay Packers HaHa Clinton-Dix FS Alabama With HHCD falling this far, the Packers wouldn't have to think longer than 5 seconds, and might break a leg running to the podium. The Packers' safety play left a lot to be desired last year, and HHCD would be an instant upgrade at FS. M.D. Jennings did a poor job for the Packers on pass defense, and HHCD happens to be an elite FS prospect against the pass. C.J. Mosley
22 Philadelphia Eagles Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State The Eagles have plenty of holes to fill in their secondary. Brandon Boykin has been solid, but he's locked in as the Eagles' slot CB. Cary Williams had a bad year, and Bradley Fletcher becomes a FA next year. Many believe that Gilbert is the top CB in this year's draft after an impressive combine. Gilbert looks very fast on tape, so I don't think the expected combine numbers improves his draft stock too much, but he's a gifted athlete nonetheless. At this point, Gilbert is the BPA for the Eagles, and gives them elite play-making ability at the CB position with a high ceiling. HaHa Clinton-Dix
23 Kansas City Chiefs Marqise Lee WR USC The Chiefs are desperate for a WR opposite of Dwayne Bowe. They drafted A.J. Jenkins in the 1st round in 2012, and he hasn't done anything for them. McCluster played a little bit of WR for them, but he's set to hit free agency this year and Donnie Avery would be better suited as a 3rd or 4th string receiver, instead of a #2. Lee probably would have been a top 10 pick if he decided to come out last year, but decided to stay at USC and had some unfortunate injuries hinder his production. He happens to be the best option for them regarding an upgrade at #2 WR, and the Chiefs end up getting great value with this pick. Jace Amaro
24 Cincinnati Bengals Kony Ealy DE Missouri The Bengals take the BPA here and add the top true 4-3 DE in the draft. They already have a solid defensive line, but don't exactly have any top talent pass rushing DE's. Ealy can come in on limited snaps on become a situational pass rusher for them and develop into a more complete player. Justin Gilbert
25 San Diego Chargers Dee Ford DE Auburn The Chargers have a big need for an edge rusher. The Chargers signed Dwight Freeney last year in an attempt to improve their pass rush last year, but he only ended up playing 4 games before landing on the IR. Dee Ford may be the best edge rusher outside of Khalil Mack. He's had an incredible start to the year, and lit it up during the Senior Bowl, earning the Senior Bowl MVP award. His speed off the edge is a nightmare for offensive tackles. Zach Martin
26 Cleveland Browns Odell Beckham Jr. WR LSU The Browns took their franchise QB with the 4th overall pick, now they're getting the best WR available to compliment him. OBJ isn't tall, but he was a big deep threat for LSU catching the ball an average of 13+ yards past the line of scrimmage. Outside of Josh Gordon, there is a lot left to be desired with Cleveland's receivers. Odell Beckham Jr.
27 New Orleans Saints Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech Cornerback Jabari Greer has recently been released, and the Saints all of the sudden have a big need at CB. Kyle Fuller had an amazing start to his 2013 campaign, but ended up suffering an injury and needed sports hernia surgery. He might have ended up being the top CB if he played a full season. After an impressive showing at the combine, he has a good shot at getting selected in the 1st round. The Saints will be happy to develop Fuller. Jeremiah Attaochu
28 Carolina Panthers Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State Cam Newton and the Panthers could use some help at WR. Brandon Cooks is the best WR available here and has drawn comparisons to their very own Steve Smith. Smith will be turning 35 this year, and Brandon LaFell's contract is up this year. The Panthers will be looking to address WR this year, one way or another. Brandin Cooks
29 New England Patriots Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech The Patriots are definitely going to address their need at TE one way or another. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Patriots sign a TE in free agency and still follow it up with a high draft pick at the same position. Look out for a possible trade up as well. In this scenario, there are no trades, and the Patriots end up taking the best TE available who happens to fit them the best. Amaro has good speed for a TE and has the frame that the Patriots are looking for (6'5 265). Austin Seferian-Jenkins
30 San Francisco 49ers Jimmie Ward SS Virginia Tech This pick has a lot to do with whether Donte (W)Hitner re-signs or not. Jimmie Ward is a solid prospect that is very versatile and can play either safety or slot corner. Ward is considered a ball hawk and had 7 interceptions for Northern Illinois last year. Kyle Fuller
31 Denver Broncos Ryan Shazier OLB Ohio State Shazier showed some versatility at Ohio State and played both OLB and ILB for the Buckeyes. The Broncos may lose a couple linebackers to other teams in free agency, and didn't really have stellar play from their linebacking core outside of Von Miller. Dee Ford
32 Seattle Seahawks David Yankey OG Stanford The Seahawks don't have many holes to fill. They had poor play from their interior line and shuffled their lineups around a bit, so taking the best guard available here would be a solid option for them. Xavier Su'a Filo

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