mock-draftThe Combine is coming up this week, so that means an update to my 2014 Mock Draft. There were a number of changes, but nothing really major. That of course will all change after the Combine, when good performances can significantly increase a player’s draft stock and a poor one can have a negative effect. Look for the post-combine update to have a very different look then the one below.

1) Houston – Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
Clowney is still in play for the Texans, but one of the QBs will eventually push themself ahead. There is a big campaign for it to be home state hero Manziel, but in this version it becomes Bortles. He has all the characteristics that new coach Bill O’Brien looks for in a signalcaller and could have an impressive Combine.
Previous: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

2) Atlanta(from St Louis) – Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
Still going with the trade. As was said before the Falcons aggressively traded up for Julio Jones, and also for Desmond Trufant last year. They need a pass rusher and who better then Clowney?

3) Jacksonville – Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
New mock, but Blaine Gabbert still needs to be replaced. In this version, the Jags would be thrilled to land Bridgewater. He might be the most ready of the Big 3 QBs to play right away and handle the pressure.
Previous: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF

4) Cleveland – Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Well so much for Brandon Weeden and Brian Hoyer, since both are obviously not the answer and new regimes mean new QBs. Manziel would generate excitement for the team’s fanbase in addition to fixing a long standing problem.

5) Oakland – Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Just missing out on the Big 3 QBs will force them to wait until Round 2. They lack a dynamic receiver and Watkins is just that and more who finally provides them with a #1 WR.

6) St Louis(from Atlanta) – Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
If the Rams do indeed move down and Matthews is still available, then this might be one of the smartest picks in the draft. However, Greg Robinson is closing the gap and could pass Matthews after the Combine.

7) Tampa Bay – Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
The Bucs must get more sacks and while LB isn’t strictly a need, they won’t be able to pass on Barr. He’s a Top 5 talent who falls here because of all the QBs picked before him.

8) Minnesota – Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
The Vikings took on Josh Freeman to see if he could solve their QB problem, so that’s how desperate they are for one. If Carr has a good showing at the Combine, then this wouldn’t be as big a reach as it seems now.

9) Buffalo – Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
The Bills could use an upgrade over Erik Pears at RT. Robinson’s impressive season has fueled his big rise up Draft boards. If he performs well, they could move him to LT and Cordy Glenn into guard.
Previous: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

10) Detroit – Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
This season was a clear indication of how the offense struggles when Megatron is taken out of the equation. Evans would not only be a solid receiver himself, but would draw coverage away from Johnson.

11) Tennessee – Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Same position, different player. While he had a somewhat dissapointing season, Lewan could step in and provide immediate help for the Titans with his ability to block well for both the run and pass.
Previous: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

12) NY Giants – Khalil Mack, OLB, Auburn
All three of the Giants’ starting LBs are free agents, so expect the position to be an early focus. Plus at this point Mack is a great value at this point and just slipping out of the Top 10 is Big Blue’s gain.
Previous: CJ Mosley, ILB, Alabama

13) St Louis – Haha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
While they could use some help at corner, safety is the bigger need and Clinton-Dix is the unquestioned top guy at the position. He can play deep coverage, but also come up to play closer to the line of scrimmage.

14) Chicago – Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame
The Bears could use upgrades all over the defensive line and Nix has an enticing combination of talent. He has surprising quickness for such a big guy despite a injury that limited his effectiveness last season.

15) Pittsburgh – Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
The Steelers had problems covering top recievers last year and that could be fixed with the selection of Dennard. He’s the top CB in the draft and has Top 10 skills.

16) Dallas – Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
Fixing the D-line is arguably the ‘Boys biggest issue and in this version they opt for the talented Jernigan. Of course there’s the Jerry Jones factor to consider when predicting Dallas draft picks.
Previous: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri

17) Baltimore – Marqise Lee, WR, USC
Joe Flacco sure missed Anquan Boldin this season and would definitely like a replacement. Enter Lee, who despite a down year still has all the tools that won him the Biletnikoff in his sophmore year.

18) NY Jets – Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
The Jets need offensive playmakers period because Geno Smith needs all the help he can get and Kellen Winslow isn’t cutting it. Ebron is the top option with his mix of athleticism and physicality.

19) Miami – Zach Martin, OG/OT, Notre Dame
Miami needs multiple OL upgrades for reasons that should be obvious to even the most casual football fan. Martin has the versatility to play at either tackle or guard, which fit in with the team’s tow biggest needs.
Previous: Cyrus Kouandijo, OT, Alabama

20) Arizona – Cyrus Kouandijo, OT, Alabam
Kouandijo has all the physical tools you’d want in a prototypical LT and has star potential despite some inconsistency last season. The Cards must find someone better to play the position then Bradley Sowell.
Previous: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

21) Green Bay – Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
BJ Raji is a free agent and might not be back, so the Packers could find his replacement early. Hageman is physically imposing with the burst to cause havoc.

22) Philadelphia – Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
Sticking in the secondary, Chipples opts to help the Eagles’ beleaguered pass defense with the selction of Pryor, who has the instincts and athleticism to make plays all over the field.
Previous: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

23) Kansas City – Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
Dwayne Bowe is the only reliable target that Alex Smith has, but that could be fixed with Benjamin. He needs refinement in some areas but has the size/speed skills to succeed.
Previous: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

24) Cincinnati – Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
Leon Hall torn his ACL for the second time last season and Pacman Jones and Terrance Newman are getting older. Gilbert has the speed and athleticism to make big plays any time he gets his hands on the ball.
Previous: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

25) San Diego – Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
The Bolts were particularly horrid in pass defense last year, so must address the CB position early. Jason Verrett was a leader in the Horned Frogs secondary and could definitely help out the Chargers
Previous: Zach Martin, OG/OT, Notre Dame

26) Cleveland(from Indianapolis) – Odell Backham Jr, WR, LSU
Teams that draft QBs early usually draft a offensive compliment and Manziel will like throwing to a receiver with the speed and versatility of Beckham.
Previous: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

27) New Orleans – Dee Ford, DE/OLB, Auburn
A pass rusher will be high on the Siants’ list of needs and Ford is on the rise after an impressive Senior Bowl performance.
Previous: Scott Crichton, DE/OLB, Oregon State

28) Carolina – Antonio Richardson, OT, Tenessee
Jordan Gross has a been a rock for the Panthers at LT but he may or may not retire. Richardson’s blend of size and skills could see him end up as a higher pick.

29) New England – Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
Hernandez is gone and Gronk is injured, so finding another pass catching TE is in order. Amaro is just that and has the versatility to line up both on the line or split out.
Previous: Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, TE, Washington

30) San Francisco – Stephon Tuitt, DE/DT, Notre Dame
Justin Smith can’t play forever and the Niners don’t have many needs so they’ll pick for the future. Tuitt is already talented but could get even better under Smith’s tutelage, plus he has the versatility to play either DE or DT.
Previous: Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford

31) Denver – Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
The Broncos had numerous injuried to their pass rushers last season so getting depth is important. Ealy has the skills ot go much higher, but falls here due to circumstance.
Previous: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

32) Seattle – Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
The Seahawks receivers were decent, but could always use an upgrade. Russell Wilson could use a better intermediate target then Zach Miller.
Previous: Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor