Welcome to my first ever mock draft. The word “rookie” in the title isn’t referring to the obvious fact that the NFL draft is full of rookies, but because that’s what I am in this situation. I tried to combine a little of what I believe each team should do, along with their needs and what they should do on paper. I did not incorporate any trades, although I’m 100% certain they’ll be at least one to shake things up. Without further adieu, here it is…
#1 Houston Texans – Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina - He’s as solid as it gets at the top in my opinion and I believe new Head Coach Bill O’Brien wants the sure thing with his first ever draft selection. They can get a QB in the second round at #33.
#2 St. Louis Rams – Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson – They could go with Greg Robinson, but I believe they can get a good tackle at #13. Sam Bradford hasn’t had a legitimate big weapon since he arrived in St. Louis. They drafted Tavon Austin last year, but a mid-season injury to Bradford didn’t allow them to fully gel. Add Watkins to an offensive core of Austin, Jared Cook, and Zack Stacey, and you have a very good core to go with an excellent defense.
#3 Jacksonville Jaguars – Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo – Jacksonville would love Watkins and may consider Manziel, both to add excitement, but ultimately I believe Head Coach Gus Bradley goes with arguably the second best player in the draft.
#4 Cleveland Browns – Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M – They can hint that they may go in another direction all they want. I don’t buy it. They have a talented young core with Josh Gordon, Jordan Cameron, and now Ben Tate, so I believe they look to get their long awaited established quarterback while providing excitement for their franchise.
#5 Oakland Raiders – Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M - The spirit of Al Davis lives on. While they could use a solid tackle like Greg Robinson, Evans is just more of a Raiders type of pick. They hope Watkins falls, but when he doesn’t, they pull the trigger on Evans to give desperate help to a boring offense and new quarterback Matt Schuab. Continue reading