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First Mock NFL Draft of Spring

How will DeSean Jackson's signing scramble this one?

First Mock NFL Draft of Spring
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Now that the big ticket costless agents are largely gone, and teams are rustling through the bargain bin, it’s time for a mock draft to see how things have changed.

1. Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE South Carolina. Status quo, even after the Schaub deal. It just means that they’ll take a Qb at the top of the 2nd or trade back into the late first to do that.

2. St Louis Rams(from Washington): Greg Robinson, OT Auburn. Even after getting Saffold mailed back to them from Oakland, they still need a LT. I wouldn’t take Robinson here, but it’s more likely than Matthews or Lewan.

Washington’s 2nd round pick: Morgan Moses, OL UVA. The Redskins have literally been begging OTs to take their RT job. I think that Donald Penn left the Redskins facility with Bruce Allen grabbing his leg Jeff Van Gundy style. They need offensive playmakers and safeties, but RT is the priority. Moses is a bit thin for Gruden’s likes, but they’ll take him to every buffet in the greater DC area.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Blake Bortles, QB UCF. Their GM all but admitted that Qb is their priority here. This is another place where I would take a different prospect, but Bortles makes a lot of sense. He played at UCF and will be willing to sit for a few games to develop.

4. Cleveland Browns: Teddy Bridgewater, QB Louisville. If they get a RG and an upgrade from Greg Little, this offense could be scary… …..if they framed Kyle Shanahan for a hobo murder so that they can hire someone else.

5. Oakland Raiders: Khalil Mack, LB Buffalo. Trading for Schaub eliminates a QB this high, signing Donald Penn eliminates a LT. This pick becomes “Best Player Who’s Career Will Be Ruined By Playing For The Raiders Available.”

6. Atlanta Falcons: Jake Matthews Jr, OT TAMU. Status quo. All the Falcons moves make sense if you consider that their first pick has always been planned as a LT. 

7. Tampa Bay Bucs: Johnny Manziel, QB TAMU. The Black Swan hits the draft. Lovie’s been very coy about his draft plans and the Bucs have been sniffing around Qbs. Manziel with Tedford could work, and they have a vet to hold down the fort for a year while Johnny Football learns.

8. Minnesota Vikings: Derek Carr, QB Fresno State. They’re not disappointed by not getting Manziel. He’s a terrible fit for Norv’s offense. Carr’s release makes him ideal for it.

9. Buffalo Bills: Sammy Watkins, WR Clemson. They’ll take one of Watkins, Evans or Ebron here. If they sign Desean Jackson, then this pick becomes an offensive lineman.

10. Detroit Lions: Eric Ebron TE UNC. A bit of a surprise with teams/pundits all but writing in Justin Gilbert with this pick. There’s plenty of CBs available in round 2 for them, they just can’t pass on a real difference making TE to go with Megatron.

11. Tennessee Titans: Anthony Barr, LB UCLA. They would have taken Manziel if he made it here, but they aren’t crying about “being stuck” with Barr.

12. New York Giants: Mike Evans WR Texas A&M. They have Cruz, but not much at TE or else at WR(although they like Ruben Randle). They just can’t pass on Evans.

13. St Louis Rams: Justin Gilbert, CB Okla. State. They replace Long and Finnegan in one night. Great draft.

14. Chicago Bears: HaHa Clinton-Dix, S Alabama. It would be Donald here, but after committing a ton to Allen and Houston, they have to allocate their resources differently.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Taylor Lewan, OT Michigan. Tomlin dances a jig with the Rooneys live on ESPN.

16. Dallas Cowboys: Aaron Donald, DT Pittsburgh. After losing Hatcher and Ware, they have to reinforce the defensive line.

17. Baltimore Ravens: Louis Nix, NT Notre Dame. Ngata has lost a lot of tread in the tire already and with Jones walking to Balto(and Terrance Cody being a total bust), Nix or Hageman makes a lot of sense here.

18. New York Jets: Bradley Roby, CB Ohio State. This should be a WR who can get deep, but Rex is furious at losing Cromartie and missing out on Revis. Talent is required.

19. Miami Dolphins: Zach Martin, OT Notre Dame. Status quo. It’d be shocking if they didn’t take a RT here.

20. Arizona Cardinals: Ra’shede Hageman, DL Minnesota. They might take a QB here, but they can’t pass on Dockett’s replacement. Hageman has flexibility to play up and down a defensive line.

21. Green Bay Packers: Calvin Pryor, S Louisville. A hitter who can cover, perfect for their defense. Honestly, you can flip Pryor and CJ Mosley between this pick and the next...

22. Philadelphia Eagles: Marquise Lee, WR Southern Cal. Desean Jackson’s replacement. Chip Kelly loves players who smoked his Oregon Ducks in college, Lee certainly did that.

23. Kansas City Chiefs: Xavier Su’a Filo, OG UCLA. They really want a WR who can get deep here, but they did lose both their OGs in costless agency. They just can’t pass on a Day 1 starter. 

24. Cincinnati Bengals:  Kony Ealy, DE Missouri. Michael Johnson's replacement. Ealy will be a good but unspectacular player for years.

25. San Diego Chargers: Kyle Fuller, CB Virginia Tech. They’re throwing a lot of poop up against the wall at the CB spot and hoping something sticks. Fuller would be a starter tomorrow over every other Cb on the roster.

26. Cleveland Browns(from Indy): CJ Mosley LB Alabama. D. Jackson’s replacement at ILB. Also becomes a team leader immediately.

Colts’ 2nd round pick: Gabe Jackson, OG Miss State. Their guards are subpar at best. Its a little too high to take an OC like Swanson, but Jackson is perfect for them. A mauler with good technique.

27. New Orleans Saints: Bishop Sankey, RB Washington. You just knew that Peyton couldn’t draft defense, especially after singing Byrd. Sankey will be a scary fit for them on that turf. I don’t think his NFL game will resemble Sproles, but he can be used in a similar role.

28. Carolina Panthers: Odell Beckham, Jr WR. Best WR who can deal with triple teams all season long available for them. Kelvin Benjamin is also a possibility here.

29. New England Patriots: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE Washington. If the Pats were truly interested in Kelvin Benjamin, it was as a TE not a WR. They need a burner and they just don’t have it. Taking Benjamin to take targets away from Amendola makes no sense. And if they want a TE, they’ll take Seferian-Jenkins and call it a Thursday.

30. San Francisco 49ers: Kelvin Benjamin, WR FSU. They could even deal up for him. Makes. No. Sense.

31. Denver Broncos: Tim Jernigan, DT FSU. They would love to see CJ Mosley drop here, but if he doesn’t, Jernigan makes a lot of sense for them.

32. Seattle Seahawks: Jace Amaro TE Texas Tech. A defensive end is possible, but they need an offensive playmaker. Amaro will play at WR a lot, but also be the starter at the in-line TE spot.