November 8th | @jlomas72
1. Tampa Bay – Teddy Bridgewater QB, Louisville
The Bucs are here for two reasons, Greg Schiano and the bad QB play. This would fix both. Rumors out there are that whoever gets Bridgewater will have the option to pick up Charlie Strong. Strong is a good head coach and Bridgewater is an top-end QB and the two of them could turn that team around.
2. Jacksonville – Marcus Mariota QB, Oregon
Mariota is a talented quarterback that should remind Gus Bradley of his Seahawks QB Russell Wilson. If the Jags can stay away from the temptation of Clowney then they could get a franchise QB.
3. Minnesota – Brett Hundley QB, UCLA
The Vikings need a QB just like the two teams before them, and until Hundley says he isn’t declaring I think this is his best fit. The Vikings need someone to pair with Adrian Peterson and (to a lesser extent) Cordarrelle Patterson, adding someone like Hundley would be a shot in the arm for this offense.
4. Pittsburgh – Jake Mathews OT, TAMU
As close to a sure-thing prospect as you can get. Mathews can play either tackle position and everything from his frame, skillset, temperament, and bloodlines make him such a solid prospect that it is hard to imagine him not going in the top-five.
5. Atlanta – Jadeveon Clowney DE, SCAR
I love Clowney, but right now he isn’t making the plays he should be making. When he gets to the QB he fails to take him down or hesitates for whatever reason and he isn’t living up to his hype. Clowney has all the tools to be one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL, but his play this year isn’t good enough to guarantee him a spot over Mathews or one of the top QBs.
6. Houston – Johnny Manziel QB, TAMU
Manziel is a much better QB than he was a year ago, and his development should encourage NFL front offices. In this scenario the Texas hero gets to stay in the state and go to a team with all the talent to be great, but one without a quarterback.
7. New York Giants – Anthony Barr LB, UCLA
The Giants need front seven help and they need help getting to the quarterback, if only there were someone Von Miller-like who could do both…wait a minute! Barr has elite closing speed and his upside may be the most draft fans have seen since Jason Pierre Paul years ago.
8. Buffalo – Sammy Watkins WR, Clemson
The Bills have their QB, they have their MLB, and they have a solid defensive line, that means it is time to load up on the skill positions. Watkins is a flat-out stud, and his amazing hands and break-away speed should make him a hot commodity in NFL War Rooms.
9. St. Louis – Mike Evans WR, TAMU
The wide receiver situation in St. Louis is pitiful. Even if Sam Bradford had played these last two weeks, it is hard to imagine the outcome being any different which makes their biggest need obvious. If the Rams want to become playoff contenders and they believe in Bradford then they need to give him weapons.
10. Baltimore – Taylor Lewan OT, Michigan
The Ravens need to completely rework that offensive line, and they started with trading for Eugene Monroe from Jacksonville. Monroe has struggled early, but he has the potential to be a very good OT long-term if they can get him signed. Lewan is a prototypical RT who would be a great person to run behind for Ray Rice and company.
11. St. Louis (via Washington) – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix S, Alabama
The Rams need someone to make explosive plays on the backend of the defense, adding HCD to a defense loaded with pass rushers will turn errant passes into turn overs.