Can't get enough draft? Here is a new mock draft that I've just finished with the first week of free agency finished. This new draft reflects many changes that the Free Agency has incurred upon teams, their needs, and possible drafting options. Enjoy!
1. 1. HOU- Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
Houston can't screw this pick up. This QB class is not all too special. Mack is an intense and special defender.
2. 2. ATL- (TRADE w/ STL) Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
Atlanta has rebuilt its' Defensive Line well through Free Agency, but Clowney adds the DE and difference maker that they have been craving.
3. 3. JAC- Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
Bradley has specified that he wants an accurate and smart decision-maker with poise in a QB. That's Bridgewater.
4. 4. CLE-Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
Cleveland desperately needs a QB and Bortles looks like a much more mature Ben Roethlisberger.
5. 5. OAK- Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
This pick is to amend the Jared Veldheer departure and Roger Saffold snafu.
6. 6. STL- (TRADE w/ ATL)- Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Adding Matthews would allow the Rams to move Long to RT, and Saffold to OG, which is better suited for both.
7. 7. TB- Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Lovie isn't sold on any of the remaining QBs. Taking the best talent and WR should pay off.
8. 8. MIN-CJ Mosely, LB, Alabama
The Vikings are really in a pickle here, because there isn't a QB worth taking. There is an instinctive LB that could change the face of a defense though.
9. 9. BUF- Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan St.
Cordy Glenn is really not suited well for the LT position. He'll be much better at OG or RT.
10. 10. DET-Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
Some might say this is a bit early, but Pryor is an impact Safety, and those are hard to find. Detroit is also desperate for one.
11. 11. TEN- Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
The Titans are lucky to have Barr fall this far into their laps. He could be a nice fit on the outside, and could even spell the beginning of a 34 D in Tennessee.
12. 12. NYG- Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
The Giants always draft very wisely. Donald is one of the biggest impact players. The G-men also could use a penetrating DT after some of the DL departures.
13. 13. STL-Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
Evans should give Bradford something that he's never had: a big, fast, and talented WR threat.
14. 14. CHI-Darqueeze Dennard, CB, Michigan St.
Tillman is gone, and the defense is a shell of what it once was. Dennard, the draft's best cover CB, will change that.
15. 15. PIT- Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma St.
The Steelers could use a tough, physical, and athletic CB like Gilbert to add to their already tough, physical and athletic Secondary.
16. 16. DAL- Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida St.
Dallas needs help desperately on the defensive side, and Jernigan should help amend the issues on the DL.
17. 17. BAL- Ha’Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
18. 18. NYJ- Eric Ebron, TE, UNC
The Jets have added some WRs, but still need an effective TE. They are also very comfortable taking guys from NC.
19. 19. MIA- Zach Martin, OG, Notre Dame
20. 20. ARI-Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
Bruce Arians could do some funky, fun, and terrifying things with Amaro on the roster.
21. 21. GB- Rashede Hageman, DL, Minnesota
Although Raji is back for one more year, the Pack need some beef up front.
22. 22. PHI-Jeremiah Attaochu, LB, Georgia Tech
Chip Kelly is the king of being different and inventive. Adding the athletic LB Attaochu would allow him to do different things with his Defense.
23. 23. KC- Odell Beckham, WR, LSU
The Chiefs need to give Bowe a running mate, why not another talented LSU WR?
24. 24. CIN-Derek Carr, QB, Fresno St.
Carr has some weaknesses, but could thrive in a system like Cincy's. The Bengals also need a QB that can get them further than the first round of the playoffs.
25. 25. SD-Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
The Chargers need some corners to defend against the aerial attacks of the AFC West, and Verrett is very aggressive and sticks to WRs like glue.
26. 26. CLE-Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon St.
Cleveland could go in any number of directions, but adding a player like Cooks to play in the slot could open up a lot of things. Think about how perfectly Gordon and Cooks could complement each other with Gordon taking the top off defenses, and Cooks terrorizing the short and middle of the field.
27. 27. NO-Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida St.
New Orleans suddenly needs to stock up on WRs. Benjamin is risky, but could pay big dividends.
28. 28. HOU (Trade W/ CAR)- Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois
Houston HC Bill O'Brien is going to want his QB. He has worked out Garoppolo personally, and I'm guessing is into him. The problem is, other teams are into him to, like SF. Harbaugh has also worked him out personally. In order to assure that O'Brien gets his QB, he's going to have to trade up into end of the first round.
29. 29. NE-Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
Wilfork not only needs to be replaced, but is asking out of NE.
30. 30. SF- Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
Matthews, relative of 49er legend Jerry Rice, would fit perfectly in San Fran's West Coast Offense.
31. 31. DEN- Kyle Fuller, CB, VT
The Broncos lost DRC in Free Agency, but Fuller is a nice young talent to remake the Secondary with.
32. 32. SEA-Xavier Su’a-Filo, OG, UCLA
Seattle likes their players athletic, mobile, and versatile.
33. 33. CAR (TRADE w/ HOU)- Marqise Lee
Carolina trades down with Houston here and gains a 3rd rounder. For them, they are pretty certain that they can still get a top tier talent even as they trade down because of the depth of the draft. The added draft pick will also help fill the inadequate depth chart that Gettleman will need to fill.
Lee stumbles a bit down the board here because of his frame, concerns about durability, questions about his game translating to the next level, and ultimately because of the depth at WR in this class.
For Carolina, this is a blessing. In the wake of Steve Smith's departure, Lee instantly becomes their #1 WR and gives Cam a talented new target. This is step one of Gettleman rebuilding the WR corps.
34. 34. WAS-Allen Robinson, WR, Penn St.
35. 35. CLE-Cyril Richardson, OG, Baylor
36. 36. OAK-Johnathan Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
37. 37. STL (Trade W/ ATL)- Jimmie Ward, S, Eastern Illinois
38. 38. TB-Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State
39. 39. JAC- Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
40. 40. MIN-Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU
41. 41. BUF-Dee Ford, OLB, Auburn
42. 42. TEN-Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio St.
43. 43. NYG-David Yankey, OG, Stanford
44. 44. STL-Lamarcus Joyner, CB/S, Florida St.
45. 45. DET-Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
46. 46. PIT-Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
47. 47. DAL-Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon St.
48. 48. BAL-Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas
49. 49. NYJ-Brandon Thomas, OG, Clemson
50. 50. MIA-Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
51. 51. CHI-Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU
52. 52. ARI-Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU
53. 53. GB-Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin
54. 54. PHI-Antone Exum, CB/S, VT
55. 55. CIN-Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio St.
56. 56. SF-Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
57. 57. SD-Dakota Dozier, OG, Furman
58. 58. NO-Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee
59. 59. IND-Deone Bucannon, S, Washington St.
60. 60. CAR-Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
Kouandjio is a top talent that is suffering from a horrendous combine performance as well as numerous reports of knee issues and failed medical tests.
However, Dr. James Andrews has repeatedly tried to clear the air about Kouandjio's knee. Andrews says that the surgery was successful, that there were no lasting or bad results, and that the knee resembles a typical knee of a lineman his size. In this case, this false knee issue may prove to be like Star Lotulelei's false heart issues, and help drop Kouandjio into our laps.
By adding Kouandjio, Carolina adds a player who can step in at LT. While Kouandjio isn't perfect, he is immensely talented and huge. He has fairly good footwork and can be a load in run blocking. His technique also improved in his second year starting, despite a few lapses throughout the season. With Kouandjio, Cam can rest assured that he has someone capable of protecting his backside.
61. 61. SF-Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida
62. 62. NE-Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers
63. 63. DEN-Carl Bradford, LB, Arizona St.
64. 64. SEA-Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
65. 65. CAR (TRADE w/ HOU)- CJ Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa
Carolina was rumored to be very interested in Tyler Eifert last year. The Panthers worked well in a 2 TE system when Shockey was around. So adding a TE could be in the cards.
The Panthers could go with Niklas here, but Fiedorowicz may be the better fit. Fiedorowicz is an impeccable blocker, almost another Offensive Lineman, and will be useful in the running game, and in big and goal line packages. But, he's also not a bad receiving target. While he's on the stiffer side of athletic, he still finds a way to get open, and he has great hands.
What could be really interesting is using Fiedorowicz as an in-line TE, with Greg Olsen either on the other side or split out wide. This would cause tremendous problems for Defenses gaming for the pass or rush. It would also get Greg Olsen out wide more. And with Lee on other side, this could get really interesting.
92. CAR- Ed Reynolds, S, Stanford
Reynolds isn't perfect and can get too aggressive, but has good size, can cover and move pretty well, hits hard, and is an instinctive defender. These are all qualities that Gettleman is trying to build in his defense.
4th Round- Ju'Wuan James, OT, Tennessee
Although Antonio Richardson gets most of the attention, James is a good OT. He is physical and light on his feet. Although Bell was tendered, James would be an upgrade.
5th Round-Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh
Street isn't a gamebreaker, but would be a nice complement to Lee, or whoever the Panthers draft. He is tall, strong at the catch point, has good hands, and is tough.
6th Round-Ross Cockrell, CB, Duke
Cockrell is a lot of what the Panthers are looking for in corners: good size, physical, aware, and performs well in zone concepts.
7th Round-Kevin Pierre-Louis, LB, Boston College
Pierre-Louis was Kuechly's running mate at BC. He's instinctive, like Kuechly, and physical and fast--though undersized.