**Denotes redshirt sophomores
1. Houston Texans – *Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
The Texans need to find a quarterback to build their franchise around, but there isn’t a quarterback worthy of the top selection, and I don’t see Bill O’Brien settling for someone he’s not completely sold on. It’s never a good idea to overthink a potential franchise-changing pick, and if the Texans stay true to their board, it will be a close decision between Jake Matthews, Greg Robinson and Clowney. But Clowney’s potential is too great to pass on.
Mock 1.0 Pick: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M (see entire Mock Draft 1.0)
2. St. Louis Rams (from Redskins) – Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Even though the Rams were able to re-sign Rodger Saffold after he failed a physical with the Raiders, there are still concerns on the offensive line. Jake Long is coming off of ACL surgery and the team lost depth during free agency. On draft day, the pick will likely come down to Matthews or Robinson, and with Matthews being the higher rated tackle on my board, he’s the pick.
Mock 1.0 Pick: *Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
3. Jacksonville Jaguars – **Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
This selection still makes me cringe, but I understand the thought process. The Manziel marketing angle would be huge, especially for a team like the Jaguars, and it would generate incredible interest from the NFL universe. As rewarding as the pick of Manziel will be in the beginning with media attention, merchandising and ticket sales, the selection is destined to be a complete disaster as his style doesn’t translate to the next level.
Mock 1.0 Pick: **Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
4. Cleveland Browns – Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo
The Browns are loaded with picks and have the ability to do what they please. There are a number of needs that they must address, including quarterback. But, with new general manager Ray Farmer being a former NFL linebacker and former fourth-round pick of the Eagles in 1996 and new head coach Mike Pettine being a defensive-minded coach, selecting an ascending talent like Mack to be the cornerstone of their defense fits their philosophy.
Mock 1.0 Pick: *Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
5. Oakland Raiders – *Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Like the Jaguars and Browns, the Raiders are also desperate for a young quarterback to groom. But, with a lot of questions surrounding this year’s quarterback class, the Raiders should look to upgrade at wide receiver. From a skill set standpoint, there are similarities between Watkins and former Raiders first-round pick Darrius Heyward-Bey. However, Watkins is more polished than Heyward-Bey was as a prospect and the Raiders hope he will have more success.
Mock 1.0 Pick: *Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
6. Atlanta Falcons – *Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
There’s a lot of talent on the board and the Falcons could go in a few directions with this selection. The most glaring need on their roster is at tight end with Tony Gonzalez retiring. Ebron has a dynamic skill set, offers tremendous versatility and should become an immediate favorite of Matt Ryan.
Mock 1.0 Pick: **Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – **Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
The draft could fall many different ways, but if Robinson happens to fall to the Buccaneers as he has in this scenario, it should be a no-brainer as he would instantly upgrade their offensive line and provide stability on the left side.
Mock 1.0 Pick: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
8. Minnesota Vikings – *Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
When it comes to being desperate for a quarterback, there isn’t a team more in need of a young quarterback to build around than the Vikings. Bridgewater had a questionable pro day performance and as concerned as NFL decision makers were following his session, he has a skill set that’s very intriguing and in the right system could develop into a quality starter.
Mock 1.0 Pick: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
9. Buffalo Bills – Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
The Bills feel that they found their franchise quarterback in 2013 first-round pick E.J. Manuel, but it’s crucial that they continue to build around him and provide the protection he needs upfront. Lewan brings great intensity to the field that head coach Doug Marrone covets and allows Cordy Glenn to move over to the right side where he is best suited.
Mock 1.0 Pick: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
10. Detroit Lions – **Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
There was a time when it seemed like the Lions drafted a wide receiver in the first-round every year and it was a joke. But the selection of Evans -- another imposing receiver to complement Calvin Johnson -- would give the Lions one of the most intimidating offenses in the NFL.
Mock 1.0 Pick: **Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
11. Tennessee Titans – Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
The Titans are another team that could entertain drafting a quarterback in the first-round, since the Jake Locker experiment hasn’t worked. But, taking one at this point would be a mistake. So, turning their attention to the defensive side of the ball would be the right move as the Titans transition to a 3-4 defense. Barr has incredible upside and has the skill set to be a dominant force.
Mock 1.0 Pick: *Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
12. New York Giants – Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame
The Giants must protect Eli Manning and give him more time to operate in the pocket. With the top three tackles off the board, the Giants will get the most versatile lineman in Martin, who can play all five positions on the offensive line.
Mock 1.0 Pick: C.J. Mosley, OLB, Alabama
13. St. Louis Rams – *Marqise Lee, WR, Southern Cal
Earlier in the draft, the Rams upgraded their offensive line with the selection of Matthews and continue to build on the offensive side of the ball with the game-breaking Lee, who will be paired with last year’s first-round pick, Tavon Austin.
Mock 1.0 Pick: *Marqise Lee, WR, Southern Cal
14. Chicago Bears – *Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
Defense has to be a priority for the Bears with this selection. Whether it’s upgrading their front four or secondary, finding a difference maker is important. Gilbert has shined during the draft process and has emerged as the top cornerback available. He has the potential to be a lock-down corner at the next level.
Mock 1.0 Pick: *Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
15. Pittsburgh Steelers – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
Adding youth to the secondary is important for the Steelers and it’s possible they select a cornerback with this pick. But Clinton-Dix is the young playmaker they need at the safety position with Troy Polamalu turning 33 next month.
Mock 1.0 Pick: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
16. Dallas Cowboys – Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
There is only one area the Cowboys should address with this pick and that’s defensive tackle. Even with the signing of Henry Melton, the Cowboys need another impactful starter and depth in the trenches. Donald has enjoyed a meteoric rise up draft boards this offseason and is a perfect fit for the Cowboys' scheme.
Mock 1.0 Pick: *Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
17. Baltimore Ravens – **Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
The Ravens missed the physical aspect that Anquan Boldin brought to their passing attack this past season and they need to find an imposing playmaker that will threaten the opposition. Benjamin is still developing as a receiver, but his size and potential are too much to pass up.
Mock 1.0 Pick: **Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
18. New York Jets – *Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
The Jets haven’t drafted an offensive player in the first-round since they selected Mark Sanchez with the fifth-overall pick in 2009. It’s possible they decide to ignore the offensive side of the ball again and draft another defensive player. But adding an explosive receiving threat like Cooks will add a dimension to the offense that has been missing for a while.
Mock 1.0 Pick: *Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
19. Miami Dolphins – *Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA
There’s a lot of uncertainty surrounding the Dolphins' offensive line. With all that went on this past season between Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito, the Dolphins are in need of stability and a player they can count on upfront. Su’a-Filo is a versatile, solid all-around lineman who translates best to guard, but has the ability to play tackle.
Mock 1.0 Pick: *Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
20. Arizona Cardinals – *Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
Will Bortles be on the board for the Cardinals on draft day? Probably not, but in terms of overall value, I have a second-round grade on him. However, with so many teams in need of a quarterback, he should go somewhere in the mid-to-late first-round. Bortles has the ability to develop into a solid starter, and being under the tutelage of Bruce Arians would help his chances of being successful in the NFL.
Mock 1.0 Pick: *Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
21. Green Bay Packers – Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
The Packers have a need at safety and could reach for a player like Calvin Pryor, but with Dennard falling to them -- even though they have quality starters and good depth at the cornerback position -- he offers too much value to pass on.
Mock 1.0 Pick: *Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
22. Philadelphia Eagles – *Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
Drafting a defensive difference maker with this selection would seem to be the right choice, even though Chip Kelly always has his eye on offensive talent to enhance his high-powered attack. An edge rusher is likely high on the Eagles' list, but selecting Nix would give them the big body they need on their defensive front and will make others around him better.
Mock 1.0 Pick: *Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
23. Kansas City Chiefs – *Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
The Chiefs had a great first season under Andy Reid and they have a promising future with the great young talent on their roster. But as good as their defense is, the offense needs to add another receiver to help out the passing game. Beckham Jr. is a dynamic, versatile playmaker who is dangerous every time the ball is in his hands and should form a nice tandem with Dwayne Bowe.
Mock 1.0 Pick: *Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
24. Cincinnati Bengals – *Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
The Bengals are loaded with young talent, but unfortunately inconsistency at the quarterback position has held them back. While it’s possible the Bengals move on from Andy Dalton in the near future, it won’t be with a quarterback at this selection. Instead, they add to their defense and bring in another playmaking defender in Roby.
Mock 1.0 Pick: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
25. San Diego Chargers – **Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
The Chargers received a steal in the third-round of the 2013 NFL draft with the selection of Keenan Allen. The success that Allen had last season will result in him seeing more double teams this season, but adding another young playmaker on the perimeter would create problems for the opposition. Adams is an ideal fit.
Mock 1.0 Pick: Trent Murphy, DE/OLB, Stanford
26. Cleveland Browns – *Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
With their first pick in the opening frame, the Browns added one of the premier defenders in the draft to their defense in Mack and now it’s time for the new regime to identify the quarterback they want to lead the way for years to come. It’s possible the Browns will have to trade up to select Carr, but he’s a great fit for the offense they’re building.
Mock 1.0 Pick: Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame
27. New Orleans Saints – Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
The Saints' secondary needs a lot of help but with many of the top cornerbacks off the board, the Saints can add an impact player to another area of need: Defensive end. Ford has been on the rise for a couple of months and continues to prove that he is one of the best pass rushers in this year’s draft.
Mock 1.0 Pick: *Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
28. Carolina Panthers – Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
The Panthers released Steve Smith and allowed Ted Ginn, Brandon Lafell and Domenik Hixon to leave during free agency. It’s safe to say that wide receiver should be the pick and Robinson can develop quickly with Cam Newton throwing him the ball.
Mock 1.0 Pick: *Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
29. New England Patriots – *Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
The Patriots always have a plan when it comes to the draft and they do a great job of identifying players that fit their system. One area they’ve tried to add depth to but haven’t had great success is at defensive tackle. Vince Wilfork’s days seem to be numbered after he asked to be released and while Jernigan doesn’t possess the massive size of Wilfork, he’s stout inside and can create havoc.
Mock 1.0 Pick: Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
30. San Francisco 49ers – Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
The 49ers are in a great spot -– they don’t have many glaring needs and most of what they could use is depth, which puts them in a position of drafting the best player available. Hageman is one of the most intriguing prospects in this year’s draft with his rare combination of athleticism, size, strength and versatility. And with a strong defensive unit like the Niners, the sky is the limit.
Mock 1.0 Pick: *Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
31. Denver Broncos – C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
The Broncos made a huge impact during free agency and upgraded their defense with the signings of DeMarcus Ware, T.J. Ward and Aqib Talib. However, the one position that still needs to be addressed is at middle linebacker. It would be a bit of a surprise if Mosley ultimately fell this far in the draft, but he is a perfect fit for the Denver defense.
Mock 1.0 Pick: Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas
32. Seattle Seahawks – *Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
The Seahawks have the best defense in the NFL and are set for years to come, but offensively they have to continue to enhance their passing game and give Russell Wilson more weapons to work with. Drafting local product Seferian-Jenkins, who is an imposing playmaker at 6-foot-6 and 276 pounds, provides Wilson with a big target over the middle that will help his progression.
Mock 1.0 Pick: *Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
Steuber’s next top 20 best available:
1. *Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
2. *Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
3. *Stephon Tuitt, DL, Notre Dame
4. Trent Murphy, DE/OLB, Stanford
5. *David Yankey, OG, Stanford
6. Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
7. *Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
8. *Carl Bradford, OLB, Arizona State
9. *Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
10. *Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
11. Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska
12. A.J. McCarron, QB, Alabama
13. Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State
14. Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
15. *De’Anthony Thomas, RB/WR, Oregon
16. Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
17. *Scott Crichton, DE/OLB, Oregon State
18. *Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
19. Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
20. *Ka’Deem Carey, RB, Arizona