By Nik Edlund | @lupagus
From a Corner of the Living room, somewhere on 4th Ave ………
Lupagus Presents his post Super Bowl Mock!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Version 1.0 | Updated February 28th, 2014
1. Houston Texans – Jadeveon Clowney DE, South Carolina
I’m in the boat that believes the Texans should take whichever QB they deem worthy with this pick, but just to see how things shake out, I’m putting Clowney here. He’s a rare freak of a specimen, and lining him up across from JJ Watt would be down right terrifying for opposing teams. Still his want to, and putting him in an unnatural position like OLB in a 3-4, are negatives.
2. St. Louis Rams – Greg Robinson OT, Auburn
The Rams are in need of an offensive tackle with Jake Long’s recovery from injury and his attempted recovery from his advancing age, and the unknown future of Rodger Saffold. Robinson was as impressive as anyone at the Combine blowing up the 40 and solidifying himself as the top tackle on the board.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Teddy Bridgewater QB, Louisville
The Jaguars will continue picking in the top 3 of the Draft until they get the QB position figured out. Bridgewater for whatever reason, has his detractors, but the kid is NFL ready, with plenty of smarts, and an adequate and accurate arm. He can start for this team from day one, and they won’t need to worry about the QB position for a decade.
4. Cleveland Browns - Blake Bortles QB, Central Florida
Bortles seems to have his lovers and his haters. I for one am still not sold on him as an NFL quarterback. Anyway the Browns are in desperate need of a QB and could see this big kid as their own version of Big Ben.
5. Oakland Raiders – Johnny Manziel QB, TAMU
The Raiders bring in a much needed face to their franchise. Supposedly, these two hit it off at the Combine, and while Manziel is far from mechanically sound, his improvisation and leadership will go along way in improving this offense.
6. Atlanta Falcons – Khalil Mack DE/OLB, Buffalo
The Falcons have a tough decision to make with this pick. Do they protect the franchise with a left tackle like Jake Matthews or do they go with arguably their biggest need and get an edge rusher. Mack wins out this time, but I have a feeling this pick will flip flop a few times before the big day in April…I mean May.
7. Tampa Bay Bucs - Sammy Watkins WR, Clemson
The Bucs have options with this pick if the draft falls this way. They could fill their need for a pass rusher with Anthony Barr, and they could address their offensive line and take a tackle like Jake Matthews. But instead they go with the most explosive playmaker in the Draft, Sammy Watkins.
8. Minnesota Vikings - CJ Mosley LB, Alabama
The Vikings can’t get cute here and force a QB like Derek Carr. They have a huge need at linebacker and defensive end and could go with Anthony Barr, but the safer pick would be to take Mosley. Mosley plays like his balls are on fire, and is a big hitter who can also cover. He’s a three down backer who would become the leader of this defense.
9. Buffalo Bills – Jake Matthews OT, TAMU
The Bills are surprised to see Matthews still on the board and take him to give them one of the better young tackle tandems in the league. With Matthews on the left side, and Cordy Glenn kicking over to the right side, EJ Manuel should have weeks to throw the ball.
10. Detroit Lions - Justin Gilbert CB, Oklahoma St.
The Lions could go with a wide receiver like Mike Evans here, but realize this Draft is loaded with pass catchers and can wait a round. So they get their pick of the litter when it comes to filling another huge need, cornerback. Gilbert had an impressive Combine and also gives the Lions a dynamic kick returner.
11. Tennessee Titans - Anthony Barr DE/OLB, UCLA
The Titans pass rush has been an issue for a few years now, and they try to fix it here. Barr is probably a better fit in a 3-4, but the Titans can stand him up in base formations and then let him line up on end on passing downs.