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Grab your GM hats




The below mock is not a representation of how I believe the teams will draft, but rather, a scenario that has a plausible player for each team. The challenge for you arm-chair GMs is what would you do when the Cowboys are on the clock....

1. Houston - Blake Brotles, QB
The Texans can say all they want about their interest in Clowney, but he's not going to be the pick. Brotles becomes the day one starter.

2. Atlanta - Jadeveon Clowney, DE
Once again, Atlanta shows they're not afraid to move up for a player they deem as special. Clowney instantly gives this defense some teeth.

3. Jacksonville - Teddy Bridgewater, QB
The Blaine Gabbert experiment is over (much to the relief of the Jags' fanbase). Bridgewater is the most NFL ready QB in this draft and may be able to finally give this team some offensive respectability.

4. Cleveland - Sammy Watkins, WR
I don't believe all the reports about the Browns wanting Manziel. They have some pretty bad weather at the Dawg Pound and they'll need a strong-armed QB to deal with it. I can see them going after a guy like Mettenberger (and then twice a year, he can face off with Roethlisberger for a bi-annual berger bowl).

5. Oakland - Johnny Manziel, QB
Oakland has a couple young QBs, but neither appears to be a long-term solution. Manziel's playmaking ability will be too much for the Raiders to pass up.

6. St. Louis - Greg Robinson, OT
I think Matthews is the OT most ready to play day one, but Robinson isn't far behind and he has a higher ceiling. At 6'5" and 332lbs, he's already a mountain of a man and he's scary athletic for his size.

7. Tampa Bay - Kony Ealy, DE
We see it every year. Some player gets drafted much earlier than expected. It's Ealy in this case. He displayed his unbelievable athleticism in the three-cone drill at the combine. That performance, plus the lack of true 4-3 defensive ends in this draft will shoot him up boards and the Bucs will snag him in the top 10.

8. Minnesota - C.J. Mosley, ILB
The Vikings won't reach for Carr with this pick and instead, they'll take the top inside linebacker in the draft. Earlier in the off-season, they cut Erin Henderson so there's a big hole in the middle of the defense and new head coach Mike Zimmer won't hesitate to fill it with a player of like Mosley.

9 Buffalo - Khalil Mack, OLB
The Bills end up getting a local product to help bolster their defense. Some consider Mack, not Clowney, the best defensive player in the draft and his pass rushing skills at OLB will make this defense very formidable.

10. Detroit - Calvin Pryor, S
As if the Lions secondary wasn't already bad enough, they recently released Louis Delmas. As much as people want to mock a guy like Mike Evans here, this class to far too deep at WR for the Lions to ignore their secondary woes. They've taken care of the front of their defense, now they get a key piece to repair the backend.

11. Tennessee - Jake Matthews, OT
The Titans could easily go with an OLB like Anthony Barr or Dee Ford (as a surprise pick), but I don't think they'd pass up on Matthews if he's somehow still on the board at this point. Putting him with last year's first round pick Chance Warmack will give the Titans two tremendous building blocks on the offensive line.

12. New York Giants - Timmy Jernigan, DT
Every Giants fan will be disappointed if they see Matthews get that close only to be snatched away at the last second. However, after drafting a tackle last year in the first round, the Giants didn't plan to double-dip anyway. This is a deep class for offensive tackles so the Giants stick to their usual MO and one of the top defensive tackles in the draft.

13. St. Louis - HaHa Clinton-Dix, S
The Rams could go a few directions with this pick, Jeff Fisher decides to focus on his defense and takes the best safety left on the board. His defense is now nearly complete.

14. Chicago - Aaron Donald, DT
With the safeties off the board, Chicago selects the best 4-3 defensive tackle in the draft. Donald will step right in and fill a huge hole in this defense.

15. Pittsburgh - Louis Nix, DT

The Steelers are getting old on defense and a new nose tackle is just what the doctor ordered. At over 330 pounds, Nix is the top NT in the draft and he'll give Pittsburgh a young stud to build around.

16. Dallas - receives a call....

It's the Patriots. They want to move up and select Eric Ebron. Not only do they want the best tight end in the draft to pair with Gronkowski, but they also will steal him away from the New York Jets who are just a few picks away. The offer is their 2014 first, third and fifth round picks. It's very close to the trade we received last year.

So what do you do? Do you stay put and grab a top-rated player like Mike Evans, Taylor Lewan, Anthony Barr, Justin Gilbert or Zack Martin? Do you trade down? Don't look at how the rest of the draft unfolds below before making the decision. Here's how the rest of the draft breaks down if the trade is made....


16. New England - Eric Ebron, TE
Ebron is the consensus #1 tight end in the draft and Tom Brady has proven he is on another level when he has two top-notch tight ends to throw to.

17. Baltimore - Mike Evans, WR
The Ravens would fly up to the podium with their card if Evans was somehow still on the board at this point. In most drafts, the 6'4" 230lbs Evans would be gone in the first 10 picks, but here he falls right into Baltimore's talons.

18. New York Jets - Justin Gilbert, CB
With Ebron and Evans taken back-to-back in front of them, Rex Ryan and company look to strengthen the defense. It looks like Cromartie will be a cap casualty and last year's first round pick, Dee Milliner, didn't impress.

19. Miami - Zack Martin, OT
The Dolphins saw a bullying scandal that left their offensive line in shambles. They decide to replace a defective Martin with a new one who may end up being one of the best players to come out of this draft.

20. Arizona - Taylor Lewan, OT
The Cards have struggled with their offensive line for a long time. Getting Jonathan Cooper back from his injury will help and after teaming him with Lewan, the improvement from 2013 to 2014 will be the most dramatic in the league.

21. Green Bay - RaShede Hageman, DE
The Packers need a lot of help on the defensive line and Hageman's size and skillset should allow him to flourish as a 3-4 defensive end.

22. Philadelphia - Anthony Barr, OLB
The Eagles need help at safety, but the two top-rated guys are gone so they move to address another big need at pass rusher. Barr is still growing as a defensive player and with his upside, he could develop into the Eagles best defensive player.

23. Kansas City - Marqise Lee., WR
Some expect Kelvin Benjamin to go here, but Andy Reid has shown favoritism for smaller wide receivers. Lee is a great route runner with exceptional hands and speed who will quickly develop into Alex Smith's favorite target.

24. Cincinnati - Darqueze Dennard, CB
Mike Zimmer left behind a great defense in Cincy, but they could use some help at corner where the current players are injury prone and/or long in the tooth. Dennard provides great value this late in round one.

25. San Diego - Jason Verrett, CB
San Diego can go in several different directions with this pick, but with their lack of talent at the cornerback position, they can't pass up the speedy Verrett.

26. Cleveland - David Carr, QB
Carr is too much for the Browns to pass up with their second, first round pick. He showed excellent arm strength on the windy days at the Senior Bowl practices and bringing him in to throw to Josh Gordan, Sammy Watkins, and Jordan Cameron gives him every opportunity in the world to succeed.

27. New Orleans - Dee Ford, OLB
Rob Ryan is remaking the New Orleans defense and will jump at the chance to get one of the most explosive players in the draft. Ford has the ability to get double digit sacks in his rookie year.

28. Carolina - Morgan Moses, OT
With reports that Cyrus Kouandjio failed several teams medicals, the Panthers select Moses who will take the place of Jordan Gross who is conteplating retirement.

29. Dallas - ???


OK, so who do you pick? Was the drop off in talent worth getting the extra third and fifth? Personally, I take Zack Martin at 16 and go home happy knowing my QB with the gimpy back will have excellent protection for the rest of his career. One thing I will say about doing this post, it has made me realize that if we do stay put or trade down just a little, we should still end up with a very nice player. Let's hear what you end up doing.

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