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Mock Draft 8.0 (edited, I changed my mind)

First and foremost, I would like to apologize for not putting up a draft next week. I was just plain busy. Either way here we go.

Houston #1: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina. The combine proved what most of us already knew. Clowney is a physical freak and it will be scary with him and JJ Watt both rushing the passer.

St. Louis #2: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson. Watkins has proven that he has all of the capabilities of a #1 WR and St. Louis would be happy to have him and Tavon Austin as targets.

Jacksonville #3: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M. Jacksonville needs someone and Manziel could be the starting QB the Jaguars desperately need.

Minnesota (from Cleveland) #4: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida. Here's a good QB who might actually be able to use AP, Cordarelle Patterson, and Greg Jennings.

Oakland #5: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville. Oakland is also hoping for a franchise QB. Bridgewater at 5 is a good value.

Atlanta #6: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn. Well Atlanta sure got lucky. They get to choose between the top 3 OT's. They pick Robinson who could do a great job defending Matt Ryan's blindside.

Tampa Bay #7: Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo. Lovie Smith gets a very good OLB who could play a Von Miller type role on this team.

New York Giants (from Minnesota via Cleveland) #8: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M. I keep on wanting to give Cleveland somebody, but there's still not somebody they're hugely interested in. They don't need an OT at #8 when Joe Thomas is there. New York gets a great LT to protect Eli Manning.

Buffalo #9: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan. Cordy Glenn is a good LT, but he'd be a great RT. Lewan is a great value and would make 2 of the OL positions better.

Detroit #10: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State. Gilbert is the best CB in this draft and Detroit definitely needs a CB.

Tennessee #11: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA. This gives the Titans a pass rusher and they could use one with Kamerion Wimbley likely leaving. And even if he doesn't, his production is down and they still need a pass rusher.

Cleveland #12: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M. This is another huge downfield threat. He and Josh Gordon could give DC's nightmares.

St. Louis #13: HaHa Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama. St. Louis needs a S and Clinton-Dix is a good value at #13.

Chicago #14: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State. He's a very good 4-3 DT for Chicago. They could use one because of Henry Melton's status.

Pittsburgh #15: C.J. Mosely, LB, Alabama. This would be a very good 3-4 ILB for Pittsburgh next to Lawrence Timmons.

Dallas #16: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh. Donald is looking great right now. He dominated the combine. While that doesn't mean everything, it does make sense for Dallas to grab the 4-3 DT here at 16.

San Francisco (from Baltimore) #17: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State. I am not the biggest Marqise Lee fan. And this trade frees us up to be more flexible in the 2nd/3rd round as well. San Fran gets a CB, and they desparately could use one. Tarell Brown is a FA. Carlos Rogers is probably going to be released. Chris Culliver is coming off a torn ACL. That leaves only one CB who you know will come in and play, which is Tramaine Brock.

New York Jets #18: Marqise Lee, WR, USC. Lee gives the Jets at least 1 good WR for Geno Smith or whoever is starting.

Miami #19: Zach Martin, OL, Notre Dame. Mike Mayock said Martin can play all 5 positions on the O-Line. The Dolphins probably need him to do just that. Either way, he can step in and play one position on the O-Line well.

Arizona #20: Eric Ebron, TE, UNC. Arizona picks up the free-falling TE and get a good player and an even greater value.

Green Bay #21: Calvin Pryor, S, USC. GB has needed a S next to Morgan Burnett since Nick Collins. Pyror is a very good S and should be able to start right away.

Philadelphia #22: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State. Phili needs a CB and Roby has great potential and could help out right away.

Kansas City #23: Odell Beckham, WR, LSU. Beckham is a very good WR and should be able to start right away across from Dwayne Bowe.

Cincinnati #24: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri. Ealy is a good DE who could help offset the probable loss of Michael Johnson.

San Diego #25: Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame. This gives San Diego a very good and a monstrosity in terms of size at NT.

Cleveland (from Indianapolis) #26: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State. They pick up the QB they supposedly have wanted all along.

New Orleans #27: Stephon Tuitt, DL, Notre Dame. This would give another good D-Linemen to go with Cameron Jordan and eventually John Jenkins.

Carolina #28: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State. Carolina still could use a big WR to complement Cam's arm. Benjamin still could do that.

New England #29: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech. They get a very good TE who is also a great value at #29.

St. Louis (from San Fran via Baltimore): Jason Verrett, CB, TCU. St. Louis could use another CB and they jump ahead of Denver to get the best one available.

Denver #31: Dee Ford, DE, Auburn. Denver could use another D-Linemen and Ford is a bit small, but he could start off right away as a pass rusher and start when Shaun Phillips left.

Seattle #32: David Yankey, OL, Stanford. This gives Seattle a very good O-Linemen who probably could start right away at OG.

Okay, I calculated the trades that I had Baltimore make. We get pick #30 in the 1st, 2nd,and 4th for our pick at #17. The points match up exactly. We then get 4th round pick #10 for the St. Louis trade.

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