A couple of pre-draft notes. For one I'm sorry I didn't get a mock draft in last week. I was really busy. And this will be completely revamped from my last one. I've been following mock drafts and not one is like the one before or after it. This will be COMPLETELY different.
Houston #1: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina. Clowney has the highest ceiling of any player in the whole draft. The only other player that comes close to him in talent is A&M's Jake Matthews. With Duane Brown already there and playing elite at LT and staying there for a while (unlike Eugene Monroe and Brandon Albert, in case you were thinking about that), you take a more distinct need. The reason I went away from QB here was because there were plenty
St. Louis (via Washington) #2: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M. Matthews is an elite OT, which would really help an O-Line in St. Louis with Jake Long injured and Roger Saffold probably leaving.
Jacksonville #3: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida. Some lean toward Bridgewater, but I go Bortles here. Bridgewater is more pro-ready, but that's not a requirement in Jacksonville, where there at least a couple of good pieces away. Bortles gives a more-mobile QB, which Gus Bradley probably appreciates, because he knows what Russell Wilson did for Seattle.
Cleveland #4: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M. I'm sure most of you watched the NFC Championship. If not, I'll fill you in. Wilson proved that Johnny Manziel-esque avoidance could pay off. Either way, Manziel could form a great combo with Josh Gordon, in more ways than one.
Oakland #5: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville. Bridgewater is probably a good fit here. Oakland needs a QB. Bridgewater is a good one. It might help save the job of Reggie McKenzie and/or Dennis Allen.
Atlanta #6: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn. Atlanta needs a LT, and Robinson is the best one available. With Clowney and Jake Matthews both off the board, this pick makes sense.
Tampa Bay #7: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson. Tampa could use a complement to Vincent Jackson. Watkins does that perfectly. While Jackson is your monster WR, Watkins is a very fast all-around WR.
Minnesota #8: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA. I think Minnesota goes Barr here because they want a pure pass rusher with Jared Allen's likely departure.
Buffalo #9: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo. Buffalo needs an OLB. And Mack doesn't have a huge move to make. Mack, combined with Mario Williams, Marcel Dareus, Kyle Williams, and Kiko Alonso, makes a darn scary front 7.
Detroit #10: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State. Detroit needs a CB. Gilbert is here. Gilbert is very good and could certainly help Detroit.
Tennessee #11: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan. The Titans need an OT and Lewan is the best player available. He didn't have the best year, but he's a generally sound LT and could help the Titans right away, whether at LT or RT.
New York Giants #12: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama. His stock is currently down a little bit. He certainly could help the NYG O-Line. He and Pugh could be a nice tandem at OT for a while.
St. Louis #13: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M. St. Louis needs a WR. Evans would be a very different WR to complement Tavon Austin.
Chicago #14: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State. Chicago needs a DT, and Jernigan is the best one available at this point.
Baltimore #16: Eric Ebron, TE, UNC. I would rather pass on Lee and take Ebron. I would like to be in a more 2-TE, 2-WR set. Ebron and Pitta can do many things that a WR can do. Ebron and Pitta would be a great TE combo.
Dallas #17: HaHa Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama. Dallas does need a DT, but they also need a S. Clinton-Dix is a very good FS.
Miami #19: Zach Martin, OL, Notre Dame. Miami needs O-Line help. Martin is the best O-Linemen on the board right now in my opinion.
Arizona #20: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State. Arizona has no problem taking a QB here, and he also has decent value.
Green Bay #21: Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame. Green Bay needs a NT, and Nix is a perfect NT.
Philadelphia #22: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville. Phili needs a S, and Pryor is here, presents some value, and fills their need.
Kansas City #23: Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU. This could replace Donnie Avery. Beckham is a smaller and faster WR to complement Dwayne Bowe.
Cincinnati #24: Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota. This gives Cinci another monster on the D-Line with Geno Atkins.San Diego #25: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State. S.D. needs a CB and Roby is not only the best one available, but he also has a really high ceiling.
Cleveland (via Indi) #26: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt. I expect Matthews to go higher then this. If he has a better 40 then expected, he will shoot up the draft boards.
New Orleans #27: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU. New Orleans could use another CB. If Greer comes back healthy and Lewis keeps up his high level, that keeps their DB core really good.
Carolina #28: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State. Carolina could use a monster downfield WR for Cam Newton's arm. Benjamin would do that really well.
New England #29: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech. NE could use a TE, and Amaro is a really good TE. This provides value and need.
San Fransisco #30: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State. This gives a smaller and faster WR for the 49ers WR core. That could complement Michael Crabtree well.
Denver #31: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri. They could use a DE to replace Shaun Phillips. Ealy is a very good value.
Seattle #32: David Yankey, OL, Stanford. Seattle needs an OG. Yankey is the best one available right now. More time would definitely help Russell Wilson out.
Don't be afraid to critique. I know at this stage it's nearly impossible to agree all that much on one mock draft.