Charean Williams’ mock draft 3.0
04/26/2014 5:10 PM
11/12/2014 5:02 PM
The Dallas Cowboys want Pittsburgh DT Aaron Donald and would love UCLA pass rusher Anthony Barr, but both likely will be gone at No. 16. Will they trade up for one of them? Will they trade down if both are off the board? The 16th choice is too high for Boise State DE Demarcus Lawrence, Northern Illinois strong safety Jimmie Ward or Missouri DE Kony Ealy, and Florida State DT Timmy Jernigan is a nose tackle, which is the reason they passed on Florida’s Sharrif Floyd last year. Notre Dame OG/OT Zack Martin might make sense if they sit tight.
1. Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina. The Texans get their quarterback in the second round, perhaps selecting Pitt’s Tom Savage 33rd overall.
2. Rams: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn. The Rams probably will try to trade down, but if they stay put, Jeff Fisher could draft an offensive lineman in the first round for the first time. Robinson would upgrade a line that currently has Jake Long at LT and Joe Barksdale at RT.
3. Jaguars: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo. He won’t sell tickets, but he will help a defense that ranked 29th against the run and had only 31 sacks.
4. Browns: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M. The Browns have had 20 starting quarterbacks since their return in 1999, including first-rounders Tim Couch and Brady Quinn. Browns fans will love Manziel.
5. Raiders: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson. The Raiders need receiving help, even with the addition of free agent James Jones, if they are to improve an offense that ranked 23rd last season.
6. Falcons: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M. LT Sam Baker, a first-round pick in 2008, played in only four games in 2013 because of a left knee injury and has missed 26 games in his six-year career. And Lamar Holmes might not be the answer at RT.
7. Buccaneers: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M. A quarterback is intriguing, but the Bucs need receiving help. Vincent Jackson is 31, and the No. 2 spot is up for grabs with the trade of Mike Williams.
8. Vikings: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida. The Vikings drafted a quarterback in the first round in 2011, and now they are looking to replace Christian Ponder as the franchise QB. Bortles or Teddy Bridgewater?
9. Bills: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina. An elite tight end would help young QB E.J. Manuel. Of course, Manuel might be more thankful for an elite OT.
10. Lions: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh. Nick Fairley is scheduled to become a free agent after this season. Adding Donald would give the Lions one of the top lines in football — at least on paper.
11. Titans: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA. The Titans, who ranked 14th in total defense last season, need a pass rusher for their new 3-4 defense.
12. Giants: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan. The Giants allowed 40 sacks last season. Eli Manning needs better protection.
13. Rams: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama. T.J. McDonald was a solid third-round pick last year, but the Rams need an upgrade over Rodney McLeod.
14. Bears: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State. The Bears filled their need at DE with the signings of Willie Young, Jared Allen and Lamarr Houston, and helped themselves at S, but they are thin at DT.
15. Steelers: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State. With Ike Taylor turning 34 and coming off a season in which he was the most burned defender in the league, according to STATS, the Steelers could draft a CB in the first round for the first time since 1997.
16. Cowboys: Zack Martin, OT/OG, Notre Dame. The Cowboys are in no man’s land. To get a defensive lineman, they will have to trade up (Donald or Barr) or trade down (Lawrence or Ealy).
17. Ravens: Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville. Free safety Matt Elam shifts to strong safety, leaving a hole for a natural center fielder.
18. Jets: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State. Even after drafting Dee Milliner with the ninth overall pick last year, the Jets find themselves in the same spot with the release of Antonio Cromartie.
19. Dolphins: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama. The Dolphins need an OL, but if the top four are off the board and the two best safeties are gone, they will have to settle for getting the best player.
20. Cardinals: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State. John Abraham turns 36 in May, leaving the need for youth. Shazier had 317 career tackles, including 45.5 for loss.
21. Packers: Jimmie Ward, SS, Northern Illinois. The Packers, who ranked 25th in total defense, got no turnovers from their safeties last season. They need a free safety to pair with Morgan Burnett, but Clinton-Dix and Pryor are off the board.
22. Eagles: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State. Chip Kelly attended Roby’s Pro Day. Roby would upgrade a position that is merely adequate with starters Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams and the addition of Nolan Carroll, though Brandon Boykin is a quality nickel corner.
23. Chiefs: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU. The Chiefs’ top three WRs caught a touchdown once every 17 receptions, and Dexter McCluster now is gone. A.J. Jenkins might or might not develop.
24. Bengals: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU. Terence Newman and Adam Jones are over 30, and Leon Hall is coming off a second Achilles’ tendon injury. Dre Kirkpatrick needs someone he can grow with.
25. Chargers: Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame. The Chargers, who have Corey Liuget and Kendall Reyes, need a DT to clog the middle.
26. Browns: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech. Pro Bowler Joe Haden handles one side of the field, and the Browns are looking for an upgrade over Buster Skrine on the other.
27. Saints: Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State. The Saints have Pro Bowler Cameron Jordan and Akiem Hicks, but they could use another pass rusher for Rob Ryan’s rotation.
28. Panthers: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia. The Panthers could use two OTs, but especially an LT to replace Jordan Gross, who retired.
29. Patriots: Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota. The Patriots don’t have much depth at DE behind Rob Ninkovich and Chandler Jones, and DT Vince Wilfork, who turns 33 this season, is coming off an Achilles’ injury. Help is needed in the defensive line.
30. 49ers: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State. The 49ers were not the same team in the games Michael Crabtree missed last season. Though they still have Anquan Boldin and Quinton Patton, the 49ers could use a fast slot receiver.
31. Broncos: Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA. The Broncos need to do a better job at protecting Peyton Manning, as the Seahawks showed in the Super Bowl, and they lost OG Zane Beadles in free agency.
32. Seahawks: Marqise Lee, WR, USC. Golden Tate went to the Lions, leaving the Seahawks an obvious need.
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