The Commish’s Mock Draft 4.0 (1st Round)
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1. Houston Texans – Jadeveon Clowney – DE – South Carolina
Commish’s Comments: Right now it would probably be a surprise if this pick doesn’t happen. The Texans could also consider Khalil Mack because he’s a better fit for the 3-4 defense, but remember, Romeo Crennel had Tamba Hali as his OLB in Kansas City. Hali was a former defensive end. ROUND 2 ROUND 3
2. St. Louis Rams (via WAS) – Sammy Watkins – WR – Clemson
Commish’s Comments: The Rams are meeting and working out Watkins this weekend. OT will be tempting, but Watkins is a game-breaker. Watkins and Tavon Austin could counter the tough defenses in the NFC West. ROUND 2 ROUND 3
4. Cleveland Browns – Johnny Manziel – QB – Texas A&M
Commish’s Comments: My gut still says this is far from a done deal because Cleveland has a 1st time coach and GM. Would a 1st time GM and coach be willing to tie their careers to Johnny Manziel? On the flip side, Manziel puts the Browns on the map in the NFL. ROUND 2 ROUND 3
5. Oakland Raiders – Mike Evans – WR – Texas A&M
Commish’s Comments: This pick might be the biggest no-brainer for me. The Raiders are in a win-now mode with their GM and coach likely to be fired if they don’t win soon. Evans provides Matt Schaub a “Andre Johnson” type WR. ROUND 2 ROUND 3
6. Atlanta Falcons – Greg Robinson – OT – Auburn
Commish’s Comments: The Falcons should end up with Khalil Mack or an OT here. Robinson is a very talented offensive linemen, but struggles a little in pass protection. With experience, his potential is extremely high. ROUND 2 ROUND 3
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Derek Carr – QB – Fresno St.
Commish’s Comments: This might surprise some, but if the Bucs feel Derek Carr is the best fit for their offense under Jeff Tedford, then why is this such a surprise. Tedford coached brother David Carr in college to being the top pick in the 2002 draft. David’s struggles in the NFL were not the fault of Tedford and might have been the result of being the first pick of an expansion team who game him little to work with and zero protection. No, Derek is not David, but Tedford’s familiarity with the Carr family should not go unnoticed. Carr’s quick release, accuracy, and athleticism should be great fits for Tedford’s quick passing game. Derek Carr also possesses excellent character with a wife, child, and is very active in the community through charity and religion. Lovie Smith might feel comfortable with Carr’s talent and character to go ahead and secure him here rather than passing and hoping he can still grab Carr a little later. ROUND 2 ROUND 3
8. Minnesota Vikings – Blake Bortles – QB – UCF
Commish’s Comments: Different than the Bucs, Vikings offensive coordinator Norv Turner likes big pocket passers with strong arms. Bortles arm is not elite, but he can drive the ball down the field. Bortles big frame and athleticism is also an added bonus for the QB-needy Vikings. ROUND 2 ROUND 3
9. Buffalo Bills – Jake Matthews – OT – Texas A&M
Commish’s Comments: Matthews might be the safest pick in this draft. With Cordy Glenn at left tackle, Matthews’ experience at right tackle will allow him to step in and start from day 1. ROUND 2 ROUND 3
11. Tennessee Titans – Justin Gilbert – CB – Oklahoma St.
Commish’s Comments: After losing Alterraun Verner in free agency, the Titans are in need of a corner. Gilbert is raw with his technique, but the physical talent is there. ROUND 2 ROUND 3
12. New York Giants – Aaron Donald – DT – Pitt
Commish’s Comments: Everyone loves Donald, but no one is willing to slot him much higher than this pick. If available, he is a perfect fit for Tom Coughlin’s Giants. ROUND 2 ROUND 3
13. St. Louis Rams – Taylor Lewan – OT – Michigan
Commish’s Comments: Lewan is a physical offensive tackle who plays with a nasty nature all the time. He is a great fit with Jeff Fisher’s mentality. ROUND 2 ROUND 3
14. Chicago Bears – Calvin Pryor – S – Louisville
Commish’s Comments: If Donald and Clinton-Dix are gone, Pryor makes the most sense. Pryor is a big hitter in the back end of the secondary who can fly all over the field. ROUND 2 ROUND 3
15. Pittsburgh Steelers – Odell Beckham Jr. – WR – LSU
Commish’s Comments: The Steelers need a WR, but what type of receiver would they like? I’d take the best playmaker, which is what Beckham is at this point. ROUND 2 ROUND 3
16. Dallas Cowboys – Anthony Barr – DE/OLB – UCLA
Commish’s Comments: Barr is still very raw as a defensive player with just 2 years of experience under his belt, but his raw tools will make Rod Marinelli drool. ROUND 2 ROUND 3
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