Prospect watch: Top 10 NFL mock draft

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Prospect watch: Top 10 NFL mock draft
October 19, 2013, 10:00 am
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From left to right: Jadeveon Clowney (South Carolina), Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) and Marcus Mariota (Oregon). (AP)

Changing things a bit this week by giving you a Top 10 Mock Draft, with some players you may want to focus on during Saturday's games.

1. New York Giants - Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina, No. 7 (South Carolina vs Tennessee, 12 p.m., ESPN)
Jason Pierre-Paul is getting little help from his linemates, and despite his seemingly lackluster effort, Clowney is still the top DE prospect since Mario Williams.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars - Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon, No. 8
My top QB prospect, the redshirt sophomore signal caller has top-end speed and throws with velocity and accuracy. The total package for the new generation of read-option QBs.

3. 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 it's too hard to pass on him here. Has the makings of a very good team leader.

4. Minnesota Vikings - Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA, No. 17
Christian Ponder has been a disaster, and Josh Freeman isn't the answer either. Hundley, a redshirt sophomore, is a big, poised passer with the physical skills you can't teach.

5. Pittsburgh Steelers - Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M, No. 75 (Auburn vs Texas A&M, 3:30 p.m., CBS)
The Steelers' offensive line is a shambles, with only OC Maurkice Pouncey and OG David DeCastro in place as long-term building blocks. Matthews has assumed 2013's second-overall pick Luke Joeckel's role of Johnny Manziel's blindside protector for the Aggies and proven to be everything Joeckel was -- and possibly more.

6. St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins) - Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA, No. 11
No, the Rams don't run a 3-4 defense, but passing on a pass rusher as talented as Barr would be insane. They'll find a way to make it work.

7. Atlanta Falcons - Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan, No. 77
The Falcons are in desperate need of offensive line help, and Lewan is as solid, if not spectacular, an OT prospect as there is in the 2014 class.

8. Buffalo Bills - Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson, No. 2 (Florida State vs Clemson, 8:00 p.m., ABC)
The closest thing to DeSean Jackson in college football, but bigger. Watkins is an absolute blur and can create havoc all over the field.

9. Oakland Raiders - C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama, No. 32
They bombed out on their last 'Bama backer in Rolando McClain, but Mosley is a different animal and a difference-maker on defense.

10. Houston Texans - Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M, No. 2
Matt Schaub has played his way out of Houston's long-term plans. Manziel is a bit of a risk here, but the fan interest and intriguing skill set is worth the chance.

And some other prospects to watch for if you're an Eagles fan:

Vic Beasley, DE/OLB, Clemson, No. 3 (Florida State vs Clemson, 8 p.m., ABC)
Beasley has become an absolute terror as a pass rusher and would look very nice coming off the edge in the Eagles' hybrid 3-4.

Marqise Lee, WR, USC, No. 9 (USC vs Notre Dame, 7:30 p.m., NBC)
Lee isn't a huge target (6-0/190), but he's got breakaway speed and incredible body control. Would look nice across from Jackson.

Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota, No. 99 (Minnesota vs Northwestern, Noon, ESPN2)
A rare first-round prospect from the Golden Gophers, Hageman has the size (6-6/311) and athletic ability to line up inside or out in Billy Davis' defense.

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