Eagles Draft Preview: Value based picks
Pictured from left to right: Johnny Manziel, Jadeveon Clowney and Marqise Lee. (USA Today Images)
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1. Houston Texans – *Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
The Texans will certainly entertain trade offers, but may be forced to keep the top pick and make a selection. They may consider drafting a quarterback with this pick, but it will be hard to pass on Clowney, who from a skill set standpoint is the most talented player in the draft.
Mock 2.0 Pick: *Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
Mock 1.0 Pick: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
2. St. Louis Rams (from Redskins) – Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
As enticing as Sammy Watkins is with this selection, and there is a chance he could be the pick, the Rams have injury concerns on the offensive line and must protect Sam Bradford. Greg Robinson has unlimited potential, but Matthews is the safest prospect in the draft and is destined to be a perennial All-Pro.
Mock 2.0 Pick: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Mock 1.0 Pick: *Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
3. Jacksonville Jaguars – **Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
The Manziel marketing angle would be huge for the Jaguars, and it would generate incredible interest from the NFL universe. But, as rewarding as Manziel would be in the beginning with media attention, merchandising, and ticket sales, the selection is destined to be a complete disaster, as his size and style don’t translate to the next level.
Mock 2.0 Pick: **Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Mock 1.0 Pick: **Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
4. Cleveland Browns – Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
There are a lot of options on the board for the Browns, which means calls from teams around the league. Whether the Browns decide to trade down or stay put, they have a glaring hole at quarterback that must be addressed. The fast rising Carr has become a favorite of many teams and becomes the new franchise signal caller in Cleveland.
Mock 2.0 Pick: Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo
Mock 1.0 Pick: *Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
5. Oakland Raiders – **Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
It’s always tough to pinpoint which direction the Raiders will go on draft day and having so many needs only complicates things. But upgrading on offense is the direction they should go, and while Watkins or Mike Evans make sense, Robinson is the pick and will start on the left side for the next decade.
Mock 2.0 Pick: *Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Mock 1.0 Pick: *Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
6. Atlanta Falcons– Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo
The Falcons could sweat it out and hope that Mack falls to the sixth pick, but it’s likely that they will have to trade up for him. From all indications, they are willing to move up for an impact defender and Mack gives them the pass-rushing presence they are looking for off the edge.
Mock 2.0 Pick: *Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
Mock 1.0 Pick: **Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – *Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
This would be a dream scenario for the Buccaneers to land Watkins with the seventh pick, but for them to truly secure him, they will have to investigate a trade. It’s no secret that the Buccaneers could use a wide receiver to complement Vincent Jackson after they traded Mike Williams to Buffalo, and Watkins would be the ideal solution.
Mock 2.0 Pick: **Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Mock 1.0 Pick: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
8. Minnesota Vikings – Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
The Vikings are the wildcard of the first round. They have a number of positions they could target, with quarterback at the top of the list. With Manziel and Carr already off the board, Bortles or Bridgewater could be considered, but it would be a reach. With that said, defense should be the focus, especially with Mike Zimmer leading the charge. Donald is on the rise and he can be the Vikings’ Geno Atkins, who Zimmer coached with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Mock 2.0 Pick: *Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Mock 1.0 Pick: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
9. Buffalo Bills – **Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
The Bills have to build around E.J. Manuel and give him more help on offense, whether it’s with protection or a playmaker. Taylor Lewan will draw strong interest, as will Eric Ebron, but Evans is the imposing perimeter threat that will make the other receivers better and help Manuel flourish in his second year.
Mock 2.0 Pick: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
Mock 1.0 Pick: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
10. Detroit Lions – Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
There’s a strong possibility that the Lions could trade down with the amount of talent on the board. But if they decide to make a selection at No. 10, they could select another offensive weapon for Matthew Stafford. However, improving the secondary takes precedent. Dennard is a player the Lions are very familiar with and he has the potential to be a lockdown corner.
Mock 2.0 Pick: **Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Mock 1.0 Pick: **Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
11. Tennessee Titans – *Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
Anthony Barr would fit well in the Titans' new 3-4 scheme, but the loss of Alterraun Verner makes cornerback a high priority. Gilbert is a dynamic playmaker who has the skill set and versatility to become one of the most feared game-breakers in the NFL.
Mock 2.0 Pick: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
Mock 1.0 Pick: *Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
12. New York Giants – Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
The Giants must protect Eli Manning and give him more time to operate in the pocket. Lewan is the perfect solution, as he is a complete tackle who brings a unique blend of finesse and feistiness to the field.
Mock 2.0 Pick: Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame
Mock 1.0 Pick: C.J. Mosley, OLB, Alabama
13. St. Louis Rams – *Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
Earlier in the draft, the Rams upgraded their offensive line with the selection of Matthews. They'll continue to build on the offensive side of the ball with the game-breaking Beckham Jr., who will be paired with last year’s first-round pick, Tavon Austin.
Mock 2.0 Pick: *Marqise Lee, WR, Southern Cal
Mock 1.0 Pick: *Marqise Lee, WR, Southern Cal
14. Chicago Bears – *Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
Defense has to be a priority for the Bears with this selection. With Donald, Gilbert and Dennard off the board, it won’t take long for the Bears to submit their draft card with the name “Ha Ha” on it. No, it’s not a joke; Clinton-Dix fills a huge hole in the secondary.
Mock 2.0 Pick: *Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
Mock 1.0 Pick: *Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
15. Pittsburgh Steelers – Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
The Steelers' depth at cornerback is underwhelming and adding youth to the secondary is important. Fuller has good size and tremendous playmaking ability and although he has a lean build, he plays physical, which is exactly what the Steelers want on defense.
Mock 2.0 Pick: *Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
Mock 1.0 Pick: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
16. Dallas Cowboys – Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
The Cowboys will draft a defensive player with this pick. Donald would’ve been the perfect fit in their scheme, but he’s off the board. Barr may not be the most ideal fit in Dallas’ 4-3 scheme, but he has the athletic ability and strength to play standing up or with his hand in the ground. Barr’s upside outweighs any concerns about scheme fit.
Mock 2.0 Pick: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Mock 1.0 Pick: *Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
17. Baltimore Ravens – Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame
There are a number of prospects that could interest the Ravens with this pick: Ebron, Calvin Pryor, Brandin Cooks, Marqise Lee and Kelvin Benjamin could all be in play. But the versatility that Martin possesses and the flexibility he would give the Ravens up front makes this an easy selection.
Mock 2.0 Pick: **Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
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. And 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 2.0 Pick: *Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
Mock 1.0 Pick: *Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
19. Miami Dolphins – Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
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 need stability and a player they can count on. Moses is an imposing, dependable and tough tackle, who has the potential to be an elite blindside protector.
Mock 2.0 Pick: *Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA
Mock 1.0 Pick: *Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
20. Arizona Cardinals – *Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
Bortles’ stock is all over the place. He could be the top pick in the draft or fall to the Cardinals. Bortles would be a perfect fit in Arizona, as he would likely backup Carson Palmer this year and be under the tutelage of Bruce Arians, who was integral in the development of Ben Roethlisberger - a player some scouts see as the ceiling for Bortles.
Mock 2.0 Pick: *Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida
Mock 1.0 Pick: *Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
21. Green Bay Packers – *Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
The playing future of Jermichael Finley is unknown at this point after he suffered a serious neck injury this past season. So finding a young, pass-catching tight end that Aaron Rodgers can rely on is a major priority. It would be a surprise if Ebron fell this far in the first round, but it’s not impossible.
Mock 2.0 Pick: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
Mock 1.0 Pick: *Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
22. Philadelphia Eagles – *Marqise Lee, WR, Southern Cal
It’s possible that the Eagles could try and trade up for a pass rusher like Barr. But if they decide to wait it out and see who falls to them at 22, their focus will shift to receiver. Lee is a perfect fit for the Eagles' offense, which is based on tempo, spacing and getting the ball in the hands of its playmakers.
Mock 2.0 Pick: *Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
Mock 1.0 Pick: *Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
23. Kansas City Chiefs – *Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
The Chiefs could use a wide receiver to pair with Dwayne Bowe, but with the top receivers off the board they will turn their attention to defense and select Pryor. Pryor gives the Chiefs a physical presence at the safety position, who is best in the box, and will allow Eric Berry to move to free safety after the departure of Kendrick Lewis.
Mock 2.0 Pick: *Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
Mock 1.0 Pick: *Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
24. Cincinnati Bengals – *Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
Getting younger and adding depth to the secondary should be the emphasis of the Bengals. Terence Newman and Adam Jones are getting older and Leon Hall can’t be counted on after suffering his second Achilles tear in three years. The selection of Roby gives the Bengals a young corner they can groom and pair with Dre Kirkpatrick as the teams starting corners sooner rather than later.
Mock 2.0 Pick: *Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
Mock 1.0 Pick: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
25. San Diego Chargers – *Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
There are many questions at the outside linebacker position for the Chargers. Larry English has been a bust since arriving in San Diego, Melvin Ingram had ACL surgery and Dwight Freeney is 34 years old and nowhere near the player he used to be. Shazier is an undersized defender, but he is a tenacious tackler and creates havoc in the backfield.
Mock 2.0 Pick: **Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State
Mock 1.0 Pick: Trent Murphy, DE/OLB, Stanford
26. Cleveland Browns – **Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
With their first pick, the Browns selected their franchise quarterback in Carr and now continue to construct their offense with the selection of Benjamin. With Benjamin, Josh Gordon, Jordan Cameron, Ben Tate and others, the Browns have the makings of an explosive offense.
Mock 2.0 Pick: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
Mock 1.0 Pick: Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame
27. New Orleans Saints – Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
The Saints could use help in the secondary, but with many of the top cornerbacks off the board, they will identify another impact player on defense. Ford has ascended during the draft process and is one of the best pass rushers available.
Mock 2.0 Pick: Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
Mock 1.0 Pick: *Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
28. Carolina Panthers – **Davante Adams, WR, Fresno 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 Adams has the talent to become Cam Newton’s immediate No. 1 option on offense.
Mock 2.0 Pick: *Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
Mock 1.0 Pick: *Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
29. New England Patriots – *Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
The Patriots lack depth on the defensive line and have to wonder how much Vince Wilfork has left, as he returns from Achilles surgery. With Nix available, he gives the Patriots a difference maker in the trenches and a backup plan in case Wilfork is unable to return to form this season and beyond.
Mock 2.0 Pick: *Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
Mock 1.0 Pick: Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
30. San Francisco 49ers – Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
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 the 49ers in a position to take the best available player, they can take a chance on a boom-or-bust prospect like Hageman.
Mock 2.0 Pick: Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
Mock 1.0 Pick: *Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
31. Denver Broncos – C.J. Mosley, LB, 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, but inside linebacker is still a concern, and Mosley, despite the concerns about his durability, has the ability to be a difference maker in the middle.
Mock 2.0 Pick: C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
Mock 1.0 Pick: Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas
32. Seattle Seahawks – *Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA
The Seahawks must add depth on the offensive line after losing veteran linemen Breno Giacomini and Paul McQuistan and the versatility that Su’a-Filo possesses will provide them the flexibility they require.
Mock 2.0 Pick: *Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
Mock 1.0 Pick: *Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
Steuber’s next top 25 best available
1. *Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
2. *Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
3. *Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
4. *Stephon Tuitt, DL, Notre Dame
5. Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois
6. Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
7. *Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
8. *Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
9. *Carl Bradford, OLB, Arizona State
10. Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska
11. *Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
12. *Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
13. Trent Murphy, OLB, Stanford
14. *Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
15. *Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana
16. Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State
17. *De’Anthony Thomas, RB/WR, Oregon
18. *Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
19. Ahmad Dixon, S, Baylor
20. Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
21. Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU
22. Kyle Van Noy, OLB, Brigham Young
23. Deone Bucannon, SS, Washington State
24. *Demarcus Lawrence, DE/OLB, Boise State
25. Aaron Murray, QB, Georgia