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Fresh Perspective Two Round Mock: Teddy at the Top

Nick Grays

Nick Grays

Grays covers college football and basketball for RotoWire while keeping an emphasis on scouting prospects.

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1. Houston Texans - Teddy Bridgewater*, QB, Louisville (6-3, 205)


I had Bridgewater here in my first mock and I don’t see that changing. The Texans simply don’t need Jadeveon Clowney and Bridgewater has all the tools to be valuable in Head Coach Bill O’Brien’s system.


2. St. Louis Rams (from WAS) - Greg Robinson*, OT, Auburn (6-5, 320)


The more I watch Robinson on film, the more I realize he should be the top offensive lineman taken because of his tremendous upside. With two picks in the first round, St. Louis can afford to take a risk on his undeveloped game.


3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Jadeveon Clowney*, DE, South Carolina (6-5, 275)


Jacksonville won’t miss with this pick if Clowney drops to them as he’s the best player in this year’s draft. Gus Bradley would also be a perfect coach for Clowney’s development.


4. Cleveland Browns - Johnny Manziel*, QB, Texas A&M (6-0, 210)


Manziel compares favorably to a modern-day Jeff Garcia. In today’s league, Manziel fits what NFL teams want to do with a dual-threat quarterback.


5. Oakland Raiders - Sammy Watkins*, WR, Clemson (6-1, 205)


Watkins is the best all-around receiver in the draft and the Raiders would be smart to add some pass-catching threats before throwing a new quarterback to the wolves.


6. Atlanta Falcons - Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M (6-5, 305)


The Falcons need to improve their run and pass blocking both, and Matthews figures to be a sizable upgrade over Sam Baker.


7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Anthony Barr, DE/OLB, UCLA (6-4, 250)


New coaches Lovie Smith and Leslie Frazier (defensive coordinator) are defensive minded and rightfully so in an offensively loaded division. Barr is an explosive edge-rusher they would need to compete in the NFC South.


8. Minnesota Vikings - Blake Bortles*, QB, UCF (6-3, 230)


Bortles can match Christian Ponder's athleticism while providing an upgrade on decision making and downfield passing.


9. Buffalo Bills - Khalil Mack, DE/OLB, Buffalo (6-3, 250)


From the University of Buffalo to the Buffalo Bills would be a great side story and with all seriousness, Mack fits a big need.


10. Detroit Lions - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix*, S, Alabama (6-1, 210)


This year’s draft is deep at wide receiver and not at the safety position. Detroit would be smart to improve the secondary with Clinton-Dix.


11. Tennessee Titans - C.J. Mosley, MLB, Alabama (6-2, 235)


Mosley has quite possibly the best instincts of any player in the draft and the Titans could certainly use his services as an inside linebacker.


12. New York Giants - David Yankey*, OG, Stanford (6-5, 315)


The interior line is a huge need for the Giants and Yankey gives them the versatility to move him around if needed.


13. St. Louis Rams - Marqise Lee*, WR, USC (6-0, 195)


With the offensive line addressed in their first pick, the Rams have a little room to get adventurous and take USC’s Lee. Sam Bradford hasn’t had a receiver with Lee’s strengths during his entire tenure with St. Louis.


14. Chicago Bears - Timmy Jernigan*, DT, Florida State (6-2, 300)


The Bears' 2013 run defense was historically bad, so they absolutely need to improve their front seven.


15. Pittsburgh Steelers - Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State (5-11, 200)


Pittsburgh would be wise to improve their aging secondary, and Dennard's aggressive, press-heavy style of play fits the Pittsburgh mentality.


16. Baltimore Ravens - Cyrus Kouandjio*, OT, Alabama (6-5, 310)


Expect the Ravens to re-sign left tackle Eugene Monroe and not right tackle Michael Oher, opening a spot for Kouandjio to come in and start right away.


17. Dallas Cowboys - Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota (6-6, 310)


Hageman and his explosiveness provides the Cowboys with a presence in the middle that they badly needed last season as one of the league’s worst defenses.


18. New York Jets - Eric Ebron*, TE, North Carolina (6-4, 245)


The Jets number one priority should be to find Geno Smith weapons and Ebron is just that.


19. Miami Dolphins - Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan (6-7. 315)


The Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito mess makes it fairly obvious that the Dolphins are looking for offensive line help. Lewan will help keep Ryan Tannehill upright.


20. Arizona Cardinals - Kony Ealy*, (3-4) OLB, Missouri (6-5, 275)


Ealy will impress at workouts and move up draft boards as we get closer to May. The Cardinals could take him if he’s still available to replace the aging John Abraham.


21. Green Bay Packers - Louis Nix*, DT, Notre Dame (6-2, 345)


Nix resembles Packers’ defensive tackle B.J. Raji in many ways, which is convenient given Raji's free agent status. They’re both big bodies who are uniquely light on their feet.


22. Philadelphia Eagles - Calvin Pryor*, S, Louisville (6-2, 210)


Pryor is a big hitter and the Eagles are shoppers for a safety this year.


23. Kansas City Chiefs - Mike Evans*, WR, Texas A&M (6-5, 225)


Dwayne Bowe had a rather awful 2013 season, but adding a complementary weapon to challenge defenses could create more room for Bowe to get open.


24. Cincinnati Bengals - Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State (6-0, 200)


Gilbert fits the press-man coverage mold Cincinnati looks for at corner, and he could return punt/kick returns if they want him to.


25.San Diego Chargers - Zack Martin, OT/G, Notre Dame (6-4, 305)


D.J. Fluker is a rock at right tackle, but San Diego could do better on the left side. If Martin doesn't pan out there, he can provide standout play at guard.


26. Cleveland Browns (from IND) - Jason Verrett, CB, TCU (5-10, 176)


Joe Haden is one of the NFL's best corners, and the secondary as a whole will be good in Cleveland if they give him some help.


27. New Orleans Saints - Antonio Richardson*, OT, Tennessee (6-6, 327)


Richardson's technique can be raw at times, but he could test very well in workouts. It's not clear whether New Orleans is sold on Terron Armstead.


28. Carolina Panthers - Allen Robinson*, WR, Penn State (6-3, 210)


Robinson has the size, athleticism and skill set to perhaps become a No. 1 WR in the NFL, which is something Carolina needs.


29. New England Patriots - Jace Amaro*, TE, Texas Tech (6-5, 260)


New England needs insurance for Rob Gronkowski and Amaro is a guy who can step in and try to void the spot left by Aaron Hernandez.


30. San Francisco 49ers - Anthony Johnson*, DT, LSU (6-2, 295)


Johnson is very athletic and would learn from one of the best in Justin Smith, who is heading towards the end of his career.


31. Denver Broncos - Dee Ford, DE, Auburn (6-2, 243)


Ford was clearly the best player during the Senior Bowl and would project as a long-term replacement for the aging Shaun Phillips.


32. Seattle Seahawks - Odell Beckham*, WR, LSU (5-11, 195)


The Seahawks could use more WRs with Sidney Rice, Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin all potentially leaving. Beckham is a top talent at the position.


2nd round

33. Houston Texans – Trent Murphy, DE, Stanford (6-6, 260)



34. Washington Redskins – Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU (6-3, 245)



35. Cleveland Browns – Tre Mason*, RB, Auburn (5-9, 205)


Willis McGahee won’t cut it this year and Mason’s tape from the National Championship Game is enough to make him the first running back drafted.


36. Oakland Raiders - Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State (6-2, 220)


Carr's pocket presence and footwork need a lot of improvement, but his arm and athleticism give Oakland something to work with.


37. Atlanta Falcons – Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh (6-1, 290)



38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Kelvin Benjamin*, WR, Florida State (6-5, 235)


If Vincent Jackson starts to slow down at all, Benjamin would be a great replacement as a similar size-speed specimen.


39. Jacksonville Jaguars - Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas (6-5, 310)

40. Minnesota Vikings – Xavier Su’a-Filo, G, UCLA (6-3, 305)



41. Buffalo Bills - Troy Niklas*, TE, Notre Dame (6-6, 270)

Niklas is the best blocking tight end in the draft but has undeveloped upside as a receiver, too.


42. Tennessee Titans – Bishop Sankey*, RB, Washington (5-10, 203)


Sankey has all the tools to replace Chris Johnson and have an impact a la Giovanni Bernard with the Bengals last year.


43. New York Giants - Bradley Roby*, CB, Ohio State (5-11, 190)

44. St. Louis Rams – Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State (6-2, 230)

45. Detroit Lions - Jeremiah Attaochu, DE/OLB, Georgia Tech (6-3, 250)

46. Pittsburgh Steelers – Gabe Jackson, G, Mississippi State (6-4, 340)

47. Dallas Cowboys -Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State (6-1, 215)

48. Baltimore Ravens - Austin Seferian-Jenkins*, TE, Washington (6-6, 275)


Ravens fans can say bye bye to Ed Dickson and hello to Seferian-Jenkins who is bigger and better.


49. New York Jets - Jarvis Landry*, WR, LSU (6-0, 195)


Keep picking offensive weapons because the Jets seriously had close to none in 2013.


50. Miami Dolphins - Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State (6-0, 315)


51. Chicago Bears - Marcus Roberson*, CB, Florida (6-0, 190)


52. Arizona Cardinals - Zach Mettenberger, QB, LSU (6-5, 235)


Sitting behind Carson Palmer and waiting for the Cardinals offensive line to improve wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing.



53. Green Bay Packers – Pierre Desir, CB, Lindenwood (6-1, 195)

54. Philadelphia Eagles – Brandin Cooks*, WR, Oregon State (5-10, 190)


The Eagles could use a major upgrade in the slot over Jason Avant, and Cooks would proivde that.


55. Cincinnati Bengals – Marcus Smith, DE, Louisville (6-4, 260)

56. San Francisco 49ers (from KC) – Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt (6-3, 205)


Matthews and Michael Crabtree have the potential to be a lethal combo for the young Colin Kaepernick.


57. San Diego Chargers – Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech (6-0, 195)

58. New Orleans Saints – Telvin Smith, (3-4) ILB, Florida State (6-3, 220)

59. Indianapolis Colts - Chris Borland, (3-4) ILB, Wisconsin (5-11, 245)

60. Carolina Panthers – Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia (6-6, 325)

61. San Francisco 49ers – Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois (5-11, 195)

62. New England Patriots – Stephon Tuitt*, DL, Notre Dame (6-6, 310)

63. Denver Broncos – Davante Adams*, WR, Fresno State (6-2, 220)


Let Adams run routes with Demaryius Thomas and Broncos fans would quickly forget about Eric Decker.


64. Seattle Seahawks – Billy Turner, OT, North Dakota State (6-5, 315)