2014 Mock Draft 12.0: Manziel mania

2014 Mock Draft 12.0: Manziel mania
May 6, 2014, 11:30 pm
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Proving I'm capable of completing a marathon (of the mock draft variety, that is), I present the latest and FINAL CSNwashington 2014 mock draft. Round one thoughts are below. Click on through to see how the second some of the third unfold at this point in the process, but first...

* Time to put down my No. 2 pencil and pass my exam to the front of the room.


1 Houston Texans - Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina: It's finally time concede that the Texans won't go QB here - for today at least. Now the apparent debate is which monster defender Houston covets most, Clowney or Khalil Mack.

2 St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins) - Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn: Clowney still on the board either means the Rams take him or trade the pick. Tackle remains their top need. Plan B: WR Sammy Watkins

3 Jacksonville Jaguars - Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo: Unless Sammy Watkins is deemed MUCH better than Mack, pass rusher trumps receiver.

4 Cleveland Browns - Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson: Tons of conflicting reports on this one. Needs include a QB and PR boost. Johnny Manziel is a one-stop shop. Seeing as the Browns have picks at 26 and 33, they can wait. Now, Watkins and Josh Gordon together, good luck corners.

5 Oakland Raiders - Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M: Acquiring Matt Schaub should mean the Raiders will pass on a QB. Beyond that, could go OT, WR or pass rusher.

6 Atlanta Falcons - Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan: Ideally the Falcons land a premier offensive tackle.

7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M: Mike Williams is gone, which makes adding a wide out more of a priority than first thought. The 6-foot-5 Evans paired with Vincent Jackson makes for an NBA-sized tandem.

8 Minnesota Vikings - Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh: Vikings have Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel. They also need to max out their window with Adrian Peterson. Better for 2014, Cassel or Blake Bortles? Take QB in second, Outland Trophy winner (or C.J. Mosley) here.

9 Buffalo Bills - Zack Martin, T/G, Notre Dame The Bills need to stockpile more offensive pieces. Here that means Martin or tight end Eric Ebron.

10 Detroit Lions - Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State: Certainly a trade down candidate if Watkins and Evans are gone. Top need is in the secondary. Ebron or Ha Ha Clinton-Dix also in play.

11 Tennessee Titans - Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: The Titans reportedly declined Jake Locker's 2015 option, providing more proof that a QB could be an early call for Tennessee. Whether that’s Manziel or Bortles is the question. If not, taking the top corner works.

12 NY Giants - Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina: Eli Manning needs either pass catchers or pass blockers

13 St. Louis Rams - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama: With Watkins and Evans long gone, the Rams take the best safety and best name on the board.

14 Chicago Bears - Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State: Bummer for the Bears, who would love Donald. Otherwise, the current corners are collectively an older crew.

15 Pittsburgh Steelers - Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech: Ike Taylor went from good to awful last season, but the top corners are gone. Tops receiver as need, especially if target isn't a tall one.

16 Dallas Cowboys - Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA: Cowboys let pass rusher Demarcus Ware walk. They already needed help for their 32nd ranked defense.

17 Baltimore Ravens - C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama: Mosley falls under "best player available" category and we know Ozzie Newsome will go in that direction. Calvin Pryor is the runner-up call and with Matt Elam would give Baltimore a dynamic safety combo.

18 NY Jets Odell Beckham Jr., LSU, WR: Eric Decker helps the wide receiver situation. More is needed, including those with speed. Jets might need to trade up to land Beckham.

19 Miami Dolphins - Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia: Might be too early for the Moses, but ideally Miami goes OT.

20 Arizona Cardinals - Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida: Arguably the NFL's worst OL needs help at OT, but the best choices are gone. Bortles becomes the long-term QB plan.

21 Green Bay Packers -: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State: The speedy Shazier recorded 143 tackles last season and the Packers need a defensive playmaker. 

22 Philadelphia Eagles - Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville: 

The Eagles allowed the most passing yards last season.

23 Kansas City Chiefs - Marqise Lee, WR, USC: The current No.2 receiver spot opposite Dwayne Bowe equals disaster and even the top target isn't all that.

24 Cincinnati Bengals - Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State: Even though Roby's off the field issues could knock him down the board, the Bengals need a corner.

25 San Diego Chargers - Jason Verrett, CB, TCU: Chargers allowed fourth most passing yards in NFL last season.

26 Cleveland Browns (via Indianapolis Colts) - Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State: Now the Browns get a QB. Sounds like teams are starting to fall for David's younger brother who threw for 5,082 yards and 50 scores last season.

27 New Orleans Saints - Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State: The Saints are known for their passing game prowess thanks to Drew Brees and Sean Payton, not their receivers. Plan B: best corner available.

28 Carolina Panthers - Joel Bitonio, G/T, Nevada: The public is focusing on the Panthers sudden lack of wide receivers. The Panthers surely are focusing on the sudden retirement of Pro Bowl LT Jordan Gross.

29 New England Patriots - Ra'Shede Hageman, DE/DT, Minnesota: Even though Vince Wilfork stays in Foxboro, he's coming off an Achilles injury and Pats need younger legs up front.

30 San Francisco 49ers - Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State: 49ers want a speed receiver to join Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin, here you go.

31 Denver Broncos -

Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA: Protecting Peyton Manning is kind of important.

32 Seattle Seahawks - Stephon Tuitt, DT, Notre Dame: Seattle replenishes its defensive front four. 


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