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Here's the complete first round of the Baltimore Beatdown community mock draft. Take a look at it now before we compare it to what actually happens this Thursday.
1. Houston Texans - siddharthm
South Carolina DE/OLB Jadeveon Clowney: This is a simple decision I feel. The guy has physical traits that are off the charts. The only concerns people have about him are his work ethic and whether he can deliver on the big stage of NFL. I say that it is sufficient if he has the ego of a star player (which I think he does, hoping to be the No.1 pick, etc). He’ll see people (especially J.J.Watt) beasting in the training ground and if he doesn’t put in his best effort in the game, he’ll be roasted both within the team and by the outside media. Even if initially, there is less than required internal motivation, these external factors will force him to play to his potential and the Texans will have a multiple-year pro-bowl player. Hopefully, he wants to be the highest paid D-lineman with the same passion he seems to want to be the No.1 overall pick
2. St. Louis Rams - Matthew Stevens
Clemson WR Sammy Watkins: With the clock winding down on Sam Bradford’s time to be the Rams’ franchise quarterback, he needs all the weapons he can get to help him either sink or swim. Sammy Watkins is the clear front runner as the best wide receiver in this draft and will be a valuable asset for the next 10 years regardless if Bradford takes the next step or not. While the Rams clearly need offensive line help like few other teams in the league, they have two picks in the top 13 this year and can easily afford to grab the best offensive playmaker in this year’s draft and still be able to grab an offensive lineman like Taylor Lewan further down to help cement a great base for the Rams’ offense.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Matthew Stevens
Buffalo OLB Khalil Mack: Mack is one of the top talents in this year’s draft. With Jacksonville looking to get better everywhere, they can get better on defense quicker than on offense where they have question mark at every single skill position. Given Gus Bradley’s defensive mindset, it would be an easy pick for him to make given Mack’s ability to get after the QB. In this league, pass rushers are one of the most important positions on the field and are often the biggest playmakers on a team. With no trading options available, Mack is the best fit for the Jaguars. If we could, I would have traded back in an effort to grab more picks and maybe take a QB in the middle to late first round and pick up help everywhere else with the newly acquired draft picks.
4. Cleveland Browns - Mr MaLoR
Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel: With the top three players in this draft all going in the top three, and Cleveland really not wanting to spend the fourth overall pick on an offensive tackle that would end up playing right tackle, the Browns look to find their quarterback of the future. Manziel is a stud, he can sling it from all over the place and picks up huge gains with his feet. He is a competitor, has serious fire and a will to win. Combine all of that, and that is exactly what the grey skies of Cleveland need to wake themselves out of the losing slump they have been in for what seems like an eternity. For a team that has a very good, core group of young talent, a franchise QB could be all that is missing.
5. Oakland Raiders - easye88
Auburn OT Greg Robinson: The Raiders are sitting pretty at pick No. 5 and with the need for a pass rusher, a dominant offensive lineman or a new signal caller, they are guaranteed a great prospect. Here, the Raiders and fans jump for joy as Greg Robinson falls right into their lap. The Raiders have been linked heavily to Jake Mathews or Taylor Lewan, but sitting still nets them a player that, when its all said and done, may end up the best player in the draft.
6. Atlanta Falcons - jazz20
Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews: The Falcons still need to address their defense in this year draft but Matt Ryan was sacked 44 times last year. Former Atlanta Falcon Tony Gonzalez mentioned Matt Ryan not being elite (at least not yet) but a uncomfortable quarterback makes for a dysfunctional offense. Jake Matthews is the right guy for the job to help take some pressure off of Matt Ryan and he will be immediate starter at left tackle allowing Sam Baker to move to right tackle.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Rayisyourdaddy
Notre Dame OL Zack Martin: Mike Evans is the popular pick, but although there is nothing wrong with having two stud WRs, it seems to me that Evans is too similar to Vincent Jackson and there is a lot of depth in the WR class this year. As much of a surprise as it may come, I am going with Zach Martin here. He is a stud, and fits their need to upgrade their line. McCown will benefit from the improved run game, and Tampa will probably add two WR in the next few rounds to use this draft to improve there.
8. Minnesota Vikings - Matt Litman
Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater: Before his Pro Day, Bridgewater was thought to have been at least a top 10 pick. Yeah, his Pro Day raised concerns, but if you look at the tape, you can’t help but think that Bridgewater is arguably one of the most pro-ready quarterbacks in this draft. Bridgewater has all the tools to succeed in the NFL, both the mental and physical ones. The Vikings are getting tired of the Christian Ponder project, and decide to invest their first pick in a potential franchise quarterback named Teddy Bridgewater.
9. Buffalo Bills - janda3553
Texas A&M WR Mike Evans: Much to the dismay of Ravens fans, Buffalo goes with the combine monster and physical freak that is Mike Evans to hopefully give their first round QB choice from a year ago a reliable and dangerous weapon to work with. He has all the physical traits to succeed in the NFL and for a playmaker needy team like Buffalo, he was just too good to pass up.I was also considering Eric Ebron, Taylor Lewan or a pass rusher like Anthony Barr at this point, but Evans was clearly the best player available.
10. Detroit Lions - Chuck Mills
Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert: Eric Ebron is still here and while he would make Detroit’s offense lethal along with Megatron, Golden Tate, Brandon Pettigrew, and Joseph Fauria, they still play Aaron Rodgers, and Jay Cutler, who has some quality weapons. While Minnesota doesn’t have a QB, they have talent at WR. Also, they play Cam Newton, Matt Ryan, Drew Brees, and Tom Brady. They need to bolster a weak secondary and Gilbert would get the job done.
11. Tennessee Titans - jerreegarcia
Central Florida QB Blake Bortles: The Titans are a team that have been trying hard to get back to relevance since Baltimore ended their 13-3 season in 2008. Even though they play in the weakest division in football, the Vince Young experiment set them back years and cost a good coach his standing with a difficult owner that led to the Jake Locker/Mike Munchak experiment. One thing teams almost universally do is wait too long to move on from a QB. Locker is a difficult study though because in his first three seasons he’s started 5, 11, and 7 games respectively. While he’s had a few comebacks and moments in those, his record is not good but its hard to get a full read on him. Still, a QB can’t help his team when he’s injured and on the sidelines. Unfathomably, Blake Bortles is still on the board, and he’s the guy to get them into immediate contention with an overrated Colts team.
12. New York Giants - HaStyleRavensFan
Pittsburgh DL Aaron Donald: With Eric Ebron on the board, it’s very tempting to select him. But with an aging defensive line that needs to be addressed, I’m going with Donald here in hopes of grabbing one of the other tight ends in the second round, or at least I would be thinking that if I was the Giants' GM. Eli Manning doesn’t put up huge numbers and the Super Bowl runs have been on the backs of the defense. This is a step to help bring the defense back to an elite level, or at least the pass rush.
13. St. Louis Rams - marvun22
Michigan OT Taylor Lewan: The Rams could use a right tackle and Lewan and Jake Long would form a great Michigan offensive tackle duo. I thought hard about drafing Alabama safety HaHa Clinton-Dix as well.
14. Chicago Bears - Ravensfansc82
Alabama S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix: The Bears are going to draft the best defensive player here since there whole defense was atrocious last year. While they sorely need help stopping the run, they addressed the D-line through free agency with Lamar Houston and Jared Allen and any other D-linemen like Ra'Shede Hageman or Timmy Jernigan was too rich for my blood at No. 14. They take Clinton-Dix in the hopes of preventing the deep ball and giving them a clear upgrade at FS over Chris Conte.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers - steeler fever
UCLA OLB Anthony Barr: It is is no secret Pittsburgh’s pass rushed has fallen off the map over the last couple of seasons. LaMarr Woodley is gone, James Harrison is gone, Jason Worilds is on a transition tag and Jarvis Jones is entering his second season. Anthony Barr has a freakish combination of size and athleticism, exceptional burst at the snap, great closing speed (4.4 40 at his workout) which will have him becoming a force in the NFL that pass blockers will learn to fear. Most likely a situational pass rusher his rookie campaign as he develops against the run and in coverage.
16. Dallas Cowboys - Brian Adams
Alabama ILB C.J. Mosley: From what I can tell, Cowboys fans want Barr or Donald the most, then Martin, Lewan, or Mosley. Mosley is the one available, so he is the pick. Sean Lee would then move outside to the strongside linebacker position, which has been a weak spot (and hopefully he would not get as easily injured there), and Mosley would man the middle. I know some on here don’t like Mosley, but many people would see him as best player available here, and he seems like a good fit for the Cowboys.
17. Baltimore Ravens - ElamTheEnforcer
Louisville S Calvin Pryor: In this mock, this is the worst-case scenario. Unless there is a trade down, he will be the pick. I’m not picking a cornerback because the need doesn't warrant the 17th pick and there are no tackles left on the board. Pryor is a better player than Darqueze Dennard, who I think is too grabby and has less of a ceiling. Pryor fits a need and he has the talent to eventually become an elite free safety. He is athletic and plays even faster in pads. He will make more plays than he will give up and pairing him with Matt Elam will make a terrorizing combo in the secondary.
18. New York Jets - SioneBAAOOOHA
Oregon State WR Brandin Cooks: After adding Eric Decker and Chris Johnson in the offseason, the Jets still need to make one or two more additions to their offense to legitimize it completely. Cooks gets the nod over the other two choices here for his ceiling. Odell Beckham Jr. is clearly designated for the slot in the NFL, and Eric Ebron is not so far ahead of Jace Amaro and Austin Seferian-Jenkins that the Jets need to jump on a tight end at 18. Cooks has the speed, hands and toughness to be a difference maker in the slot and a potential starter on the outside once he learns how to elude man coverages with more consistency.
19. Miami Dolphins - Matt Litman
Virginia OT Morgan Moses: With Ryan Tannehill getting sacked a whopping 58 times last season, it's clear that Miami's offensive line, specifically at the guard and right tackle position, is in need of dire help. Well, Morgan Moses is the answer. Moses can play opposite Brendan Albert as a right tackle. A solid tackle, Moses should compete for a starting spot.
20. Arizona Cardinals - jerreegarcia
Ohio State OLB Ryan Shazier: The Cardinals currently have four needs: safety, offensive tackle, outside linebacker and quarterback. Arizona is the only team to beat the Seahawks in Seattle since Christmas Eve, 2011. They did this despite Carson Palmer throwing four interceptions. The Cardinals were a tough team last year, finishing 10-6 but yet only the third best team in their division. Had they defeated San Francisco, they would have made the postseason. Derek Carr is a tempting pick to build for their post-Palmer years but is a risky play this early. The Cardinals also need to find a replacement for John Abraham who had a great season at age 35. That person is Ryan Shazier, a versatile and highly ranked OLB to play next to other studs in their corps, such as Daryl Washington.
21. Green Bay Packers - AV23
North Carolina TE Eric Ebron: The Packers really need help on defense. San Francisco has been a problem for them because they get beat up by the Niners physical offense. Both of the top safeties are gone as well as the top two linebackers, but Ebron falls into their lap. They need a replacement for Jermichael Finley and they may have landed a good one. Ebron would be dangerous with Rodgers and would have lots of room to operate given their surging running game and already stellar passing game. In terms of a best fit for Ebron, this is his ideal landing spot to work with one of -- if not the best quarterback -- in the NFL.
22. Philadelphia Eagles - BleedingPurple4Life
LSU WR Odell Beckham Jr.: Philly gets its long term replacement for DeSean Jackson. Beckham can run every route, take the tops off defenses, has great hands and not to mention has an exceptional ability to pick up yards after the catch. Beckham is the perfect compliment to Jeremy Maclin.
23. Kansas City Chiefs - Ravensfansc82
UCLA OG Xavier Su'a-Filo: The Chiefs lost guards Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asamoah, and for an offense that relies heavily on Jamaal Charles, getting the offensive line shored up would benefit this team greatly. I also considered drafting a wide receiver but after Cooks and OBJ were gone, offensive guard was the next best option to be filled.
24. Cincinnati Bengals - BigCFootballGuru
Missouri DE Kony Ealy: Kony Ealy is a steal at this point. The second best 4-3 defensive end in this draft, according to projections, falls to the Bengals at 24. His ability to shift inside in different packages brings great value. You almost can plug him right in across from Carlos Dunlap from the get-go. His length and athletic ability will work well with what is a dominant defense. It's a great situation where the best player available fills a need.
25. San Diego Chargers - dimik
Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard: Outrageous. At No. 25, the Chargers land the draft’s top defensive back at a premium position. The perfect union of need and value, the Chargers had the worst CB group of any team in recent memory, with three bottom-10 corners out of 110 in PFF’s grading. While some will argue that he benefited from a strong front-seven at Michigan State, it was precisely the Spartans’ ability to man Dennard up on a No. 1 receiver and forget about him that let them rush with impunity. He played with the tremendous consistency that only comes from good technique. He lined up extensively in both press and off-man. The knocks seem to be his athleticism and his physical playing style. Dennard’s addressed the latter: he plays within the rules, and will change his style for the NFL.
26. Cleveland Browns - Mr MaLoR
TCU CB Jason Verrett: Not that they exactly need a CB, but he would be a great pairing Haden for a young defense. There aren’t any WR worth the pick at this point that would be good for Manziel and Gordon, so adding a CB like Verrett who can flourish if given a pure #2 role would be a smart move.
27. New Orleans Saints - Jason Butt
Indiana WR Cody Latimer: There isn’t a faster-rising prospect than Latimer, who’s approached late first-round/early second-round status. His ability to go deep and play a variety of receiver positions makes him intriguing to a Saints offense that cut Lance Moore and traded Darren Sproles this offseason. A trio of Marques Colston, Kenny Stills and Latimer would give Drew Brees a multitude of options other than Jimmy Graham in the passing game.
28. Carolina Panthers - hattmarrington
Virginia Tech CB Kyle Fuller: Some consider Fuller the best corner in this draft because of his ability to play right away in multiple schemes. He excels in both man and zone coverage and isn’t afraid to lay out big hits. The Panthers need a top-flight CB to match up against the talented receivers of the NFC South — Julio Jones, Vincent Jackson, Marques Colston, Jimmy Graham, Roddy White, et al. Current CB’s Melvin White and Antoine Cason, both of whom have little starting experience, can’t do it alone. Ideally, the Panthers would take an O-lineman or a wide receiver with their first pick, but there aren’t any left of the board with better BPA value than Fuller here. There will be plenty of decent OL and WR prospects available to them in rounds 2-4.
29. New England Patriots - Jason Butt
Notre Dame DT Louis Nix III: The Patriots need help on the defensive front and Nix is the guy to wreak havoc for years to come. Essentially, this pick came down to Nix and Minnesota’s Ra’Shede Hageman, but Hageman’s inconsistencies in college are worrisome at the next level — especially if a first-round pick is going to be used. Nix can play the three-technique early and ultimately replace Vince Wilfork as New England’s nose tackle. Nix is a strong defender that showcases great quickness off the snap, which is vital in New England’s 3-4 defense.
30. San Francisco 49ers - hooligan20112
Ohio State CB Bradley Roby: The 49ers are in dire need of cornerbacks. With Carlos Rodgers and Tarell Brown gone, and Chris Culliver coming off of an ACL injury, it only makes sense for the Niners to go cornerback in the first round. Bradley Roby is the best cornerback available and could prove to be a starter right away. He boasts good size at 5-11 and has solid hands. He also has a speedy 4.39 40 time and surprisingly smooth hips. His physicality would also fit in nicely with the 49ers.
31. Denver Broncos - Rayvenator
Nevada OT Joel Bitonio: With the top cornerbacks and linebackers gone, the Broncos look to fill a hole on their offensive line. At 6-4 and 307 pounds, Bitonio’s slightly undersized to play left tackle, but could be slotted to play guard instead. That works out perfectly for the Broncos, since they need help at guard on their line.
32. Seattle Seahawks - AV23
Florida State WR Kelvin Benjamin: The Seahawks big needs are on the OL and at WR. With some of the OL they may have been interested in off the board, they look to upgrade Russell Wilson’s weapons. This is the area I think Benjamin starts becoming enticing. He may be the biggest boom or bust player in the first round, but with all the young talent in Seattle, they can afford the gamble. With the loss of Golden Tate and Percy Harvin unable to stay healthy, they need to add some playmakers on the outside. Benjamin is a smooth runner for his size and could be a red-zone monster. Benjamin needs to work on his hands getting more consistent, but with his size his upside is off the charts.