By Nik Edlund | @lupagus
From a Corner of the Living room, somewhere on 4th Ave ………
Lupagus Presents his less than 30 days away Mock!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Featuring a brand spankin’ new Fourth Round !!!!
I think I’ll call this Version – Doris | Updated April 14, 2014
1. TRADE Atlanta Falcons (from Houston Texans) - Jadeveon Clowney DE, South Carolina
The Falcons think they can get right back in the thick of things in the NFC South and go all in to get Clowney. He’ll cost them a second and third this year and a first next year, but they land the best player in a very deep Draft and a guy who has Hall of Fame potential. The Texans move down and can still land their QB of the future at pick 6.
2. TRADE Tampa Bay Bucs (from St. Louis Rams) – Sammy Watkins WR, Clemson
I’m not sure if any NFL Draft has started off with back to back trades, but things are getting nutty here on 4th ave. The Bucs have made a ton of moves in free agency and clearly want to win now. They get inspired by their division mates the Falcons and move up to get their man. Pairing Watkins with V-Jax and a back like Doug Martin gives the Bucs offense some serious firepower. For the sake of this mock, the Bucs lose their second round choice, and something next year but we don’t care about that for now.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Khalil Mack OLB, Buffalo
As much as they could use a QB like Manziel or Bridgewater, I just don’t think the Jags are going that route. Head coach Gus Bradley is a defensive minded guy and someone with the skill set of Khalil Mack would be right up his alley. They’ll get their QB in round 2….or will they?
4. Cleveland Browns – Johnny Manziel QB, Texas A&M
The Browns are seriously the most boring franchise in the league. They have no star power and when you think of the Cleveland Browns dysfunction and losing are the two things that come to mind. They need Johnny Football in the worst way. He’d come in and give them an immediate face of their franchise. He can bring in that star power that is so sorely lacking, and get the fans in the Dawg Pound barking excitedly once again.
5. Oakland Raiders - Greg Robinson OT, Auburn
The Raiders can go a ton of ways with this pick, but there is no way they’d let an offensive tackle with this much talent and potential pass them by. Robinson can come in learn from Donald Penn for a week or two and then take his job and lock it down for the next decade.
6. Houston Texans (From Atlanta Falcons) – Blake Bortles QB, Central Florida
The Texans may or may not have been foolish to pass on Clowney but they get a ton of picks from the move and still get the QB they were going to take at number one. Bortles is a big QB who fits what Bill O’brien likes. He’s mobile, has a decent arm, and his upside is obscene.
7. St. Louis Rams (From Tampa Bay Bucs) - Jake Matthews OT, Texas A&M
The Rams slide down a bit and still land a top notch left tackle. Jake Long is recovering from injury and Rodger Saffold is better off at guard. Mattthews can come in and play right tackle for a year or three and move to the blind side once Long retires.
8. Minnesota Vikings – Teddy Bridgeweater QB, Louisville
Bridgewater is getting no love in the media these days, but the fact remains he is the most pro ready QB in this draft. Vikings GM Rick Spielman can’t let his mistake with Ponder cloud his judgment here. Bridgewater is well worth this pick and should flourish under the divine QB wisdom that Norv Turner with shed upon him. If the Vikes don’t take Teddy here, then a trade down would be the move as there really isn’t a ton of value here at any of their other positions of need.
9. Buffalo Bills - Mike Evans WR, TAMU
The Bills want EJ Manuel to succeed so they give him a target so big there is no way he can miss it. Evans has had a great draftseason and has almost guaranteed himself a spot in the top ten, with his combo of size, speed, and syrupy paws.
10. Detroit Lions - Justin Gilbert CB, Oklahoma St.
With Evans gone, this pick comes down to either Justin Gilbert or Taylor Lewan. I’m thinking defense wins this one. Gilbert has great size and speed, and is an above average balla. He also gives the Lions a lights out 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.