NFL prospect watch: Midseason top-10 mock draft

NFL prospect watch: Midseason top-10 mock draft

McCoy on top play, food & QBs in draft

November 2, 2013, 7:00 am
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From left to right: Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley. (USA Today Images)

With the loss to the Giants this past week, the Eagles slipped back into the top 10 of the 2014 draft. Here's an updated top-10 mock draft with some players to watch this Saturday.

1. Jacksonville Jaguars - Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon, No. 8
My top QB prospect, the redshirt sophomore signal caller throws with velocity and accuracy and has sprinter's speed. He's the total package, and a player the Jags can build an identity around.

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville, No. 5
Bridgewater doesn't wow with any specific aspect of his game, but he's so solid across the board that it's too hard to pass on him here. Has the makings of a very good QB.

3. Minnesota Vikings - Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina, No. 7
The best pure football player in the draft, Clowney has been maligned for seemingly taking the year off. But watch him and see how he gets doubled-teamed constantly, and nobody is quicker off the ball than Clowney. Will be a star in the NFL.

4. New York Giants - Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M, No. 75
(Texas A&M vs. UTEP, 9 p.m., ESPN2)
While Will Beatty hasn't been terrible at left tackle, the Giants would be smart to find a franchise player like Matthews to bookend with their solid 2013 first-rounder, Justin Pugh.

5. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan, No. 77
(Michigan State vs. Michigan, 3:30 p.m., ABC)

The Steelers' offensive line has been reduced to starting former seventh-round pick Kelvin Beachum at LT. Once a strength of the team, Pittsburgh needs an anchor like Lewan to stabilize a shaky line.

6. Atlanta Falcons -- Anthony Barr, LB/DE, UCLA, No. 11
There are few teams who offer as little pass rush from the outside as the Falcons. Barr is a 3-4 OLB, but a creative coordinator can find all sorts of ways to utilize such an athletically-gifted pass rusher.

7. St. Louis Rams (from Washington) -- Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA, No. 17
Sam Bradford has never become the franchise QB the Rams envisioned when he was the first pick in the 2010 draft, and now he's coming off a serious knee injury. Hundley, a redshirt sophomore, has some growing to do but has the physical talent to be special.

8. Houston Texans -- Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M, No. 2
(Texas A&M vs. UTEP, 9 p.m., ESPN2)

I know I'll get flak for this pick, but the Texans will part ways with Matt Schaub this offseason and while I like Case Keenum, he's not a long-term solution. Manziel has his faults (size being the biggest), but there's no doubting his physical skills and the fan interest he'd generate.

9. St. Louis -- Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson, No. 2
(Clemson vs Virginia, 3:30 p.m., ESPN)

The Rams continue to build their offense around speed with Watkins joining Tavon Austin at WR. Watkins is a bigger version of DeSean Jackson and the best wideout in the draft.

10. Philadelphia Eagles -- C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama, No. 32
With the top four QBs off the board, the Birds turn to the top LB prospect in the draft. Mosley (6-2/238) can play inside and out, showing great backside pursuit, the ability to beat blocks and the quickness to cover backs and tight ends. Mosley would give the defense a versatile playmaker it sorely lacks.

And here are some pass-catching prospects to watch:

Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech, No. 22
(Texas Tech vs. Oklahoma State, 7 p.m., FOX)

A big (6-5, 257) TE, the junior has the athletic ability to be a real matchup problem in the NFL.

Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State, No. 8
(Penn State vs. Illinois, Noon, ESPN)

Robinson has the size (6-3/210) and leaping ability to be a tough red-zone matchup. Should go somewhere in the second round.

Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers, No. 17
(Rutgers vs. Temple, Noon, ABC)

One of the biggest receivers in college, Coleman (6-5/220) isn't a burner but uses his size/speed combination well.