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    Johnny Manziel absent from first 15 picks in Mayock mock

    Johnny Manziel absent from first 15 picks in Mayock mock

    By Andy Fenelon
    Published: May 7, 2014

    NEW YORK -- Mike Mayock reveals his first-round mock draft Wednesday night on NFL Network, and we've secured the first 15 picks. We asked for more but the nice folks at the network apparently didn't want to give away the "big surprise."

    The "big surprise," of course, has to be the landing spot for Johnny Manziel since the quarterback failed to show up on the teaser list given to us.

    You'll have to tune in (9 p.m. ET) to find out what team drafts Manziel, or if he goes in the first round at all. In the meantime, here are the first 15 selections, with our analysis of the picks.

    1. Houston: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

    Comment: No surprise with this pick, especially after the owner this week called Clowney "obviously the best player in the draft." Interestingly, Mayock has pass-rushing LB Khalil Mack rated higher in his Top 100 Prospects list, but gives Clowney to the Texans (or a team Houston is drafting for in a trade-down scenario).

    2. St. Louis: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

    Comment: Offensive tackle makes too much sense here, especially with a tackle who has Hall of Fame potential. LT Jake Long is coming off knee surgery and Joe Barksdale mans the right side for the Rams. This is one scenario where need meets best player available.

    3. Jacksonville: Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo

    Comment: There's been a lot of buzz this week about this being a possible landing spot for Manziel, but Mayock (and the teams he talks to) isn't buying it. Another need met with best available player. Mack is a perfect pass-rushing fit for Gus Bradley's defense as a hybrid end/linebacker.

    4. Cleveland: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

    Comment: This is a bit of a head-scratcher, but then again nothing should surprise you when it comes to the Browns on draft day. Matthews is worthy of this slot, but the Browns made a longterm commitment to Joe Thomas, which means Cleveland would be using the fourth overall pick on a right tackle. Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans or one of the quarterbacks you believe in (unless you don't believe in any of them) would seem more logical.

    5. Oakland: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

    Comment: Among several needs, an offensive playmaker might be at the top of the Raiders' list. Watkins certainly matches that description. He would play a good Andre Johnson for Matt Schaub.

    6. Atlanta: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

    Comment: The Falcons desperately need a defensive edge rusher or a tackle on offense. If they don't trade up for Clowney, as rumored, the gritty Lewan makes a ton of sense, especially with the other two tackles off the board. "It seems like no matter how I cut this, when I look at it, (Lewan) ends up in Atlanta at six," Mayock said last week in a conference call with reporters.

    7. Tampa Bay: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

    Comment: This one seems destined to happen. The Bucs shipped Mike Williams to Buffalo in early April, making this a need. They brought in QB Josh McCown, who had great success with two big receivers in Chicago. And Evans and Vincent Jackson are both 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds. Throwing away the pencil; starting to write this one in with a pen.

    8. Minnesota: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma St.

    Comment: The Vikings never recovered after cutting Antoine Winfield. The play of their cornerbacks last season bordered on embarrassing. Xavier Rhodes is a solid building block. Rhodes and Gilbert would make an excellent tandem, especially in that throw-heavy division.

    9. Buffalo: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame

    Comment: This doesn't appear to fill the Bills' biggest need with two tackles in place. Cordy Glenn mans the left side, but Erik Pears, entering the final year of his contract, is viewed by some as a weak link on the right side. Martin can play all five positions. "I love the kid," Mayock said last week. "Even though I have him fourth as a tackle, he'd be my No. 1 center or my No. 1 guard. I believe that he is the only player in this draft that could start and play at a high level at all five offensive line positions."

    10. Detroit: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan St.

    Comment: Jim Caldwell likes his corners to be able to tackle, and Dennard might be the best tackling CB in the draft, and probably the most complete. No. 10 sounds a little high for Dennard, but it does fill a need for the Lions.

    11. Tennessee: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

    Comment: Bortles seems like a very similar player to Jake Locker, who has had trouble staying healthy in Tennessee. Many observers have Derek Carr as the Titans' QB target, but this high for Carr might be a little rich.

    12. New York Giants: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

    Comment: This is another pick that makes too much sense. The Giants lack a play-making tight end and Eli Manning lacks weapons. Ebron is the best tight end in the draft, and some have compared him to the 49ers' Vernon Davis.

    13. St. Louis: Odell Beckham, WR, LSU

    Comment: The Rams are so in love with Manziel that they pass on him twice? In this scenario they do. That's a lot of pre-draft smoke being blown. Beckham is viewed as the third-best receiver. Pairing him with Tavon Austin would give Sam Bradford some help.

    14. Chicago: Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville

    Comment: Pryor visited the Bears in April and afterward said the team lacked "certain pieces." He thought he'd be a good fit, bringing a physical presence to the defense. Teams like players that want them.

    15. Pittsburgh: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

    Comment: The Steelers need to rebuild at cornerback, and Fuller and his physical style of play are a good fit for coach Mike Tomlin.


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    I saw that. Here is one of the most respected football writer's Mock draft. It's Matt Maiocco's Mock.

    Maiocco's first round mock: 49ers trade up

    May 7, 2014, 1:30 pm

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    In his final year at LSU, Odell Beckham Jr. averaged 19.6 yards per catch and went over 1,000 yards. (USATSI)

    Odell Beckham is a high-character guy that yielded great production at LSU, making him a 'gold-helmet' prospect. (USATSI)

    Editor’s note: Insider Matt Maiocco will have draft content every day leading up to the NFL Draft (May 8-10), including position breakdowns, retrospectives, mock drafts and more; bookmark our Road to the NFL Draft

    1, Houston DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina: He’s going No. 1. But to which team? Texans are open to a trade.

    2, St. Louis OT Greg Robinson, Auburn: In Jeff Fisher’s head-coaching career, his teams had never chosen O-lineman in first round.

    3, Jacksonville QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M: And TV does not show remainder of first round because all they can do is talk about “Johnny Football!”

    4, Cleveland WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson: Who’s their quarterback, again? Well, that guy now has Josh Gordon and Watkins.

    5, RAIDERS OLB Khalil Mack, Buffalo: In movie “Draft Day,” fictional Vontae Mack was the No. 1 pick.

    6, Atlanta OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M: QB Matt Ryan has not missed a game since 2009. The Falcons like it that way.

    7, Tampa Bay WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M: He’s 6 foot 4 3Ž4 with the longest arms of any receiver. That’s a margin for error any QB can appreciate.

    8, Minnesota DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh: He might be in the backfield as much as any QB they would think about here.

    9, Buffalo S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama: This spot is available for a trade. Failing that, Bills replace Jairus Byrd.

    10, Detroit CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State: The best combination of size, speed, cover skills fits the Lions’ main area of need.

    11, Tennessee OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA: He benefited from coaching of Jeff Ulbrich and Jim Mora to assist Titans in their switch to 3-4 scheme.

    12, N.Y. Giants OT/OG Zack Martin, Notre Dame: Wherever he fits best is where the Giants will find a spot for versatile lineman.

    13, St. Louis CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State: The Rams go young to replace swing-and-a-miss signing of Cortland Finnegan.

    14, Chicago S Calvin Pryor, Louisville: An immediate upgrade in coverage and run support.

    15, 49ERS (trade) WR Odell Beckham, LSU: HarBaalke trade up from No. 30 to select versatile wideout who can return punts, too.

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    16, Dallas DE Kony Ealy, Missouri: Fills the void left by team’s release of DeMarcus Ware.

    17, Baltimore OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan: He’s best-suited at right tackle, and that’s where the Ravens have an opening.

    18, N.Y. Jets WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State: Vertically challenged? Maybe. But the vertical game is no challenge for this speedster.

    19, Miami TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina: Although they need help on O-line, Ebron is not here for his blocking.

    20, Arizona LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama: The Cardinals might actually upgrade after losing Karlos Dansby in free agency.

    21, Green Bay OLB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State: He’ll fly to the ball to make a lot of plays while Clay Matthews stalks the other side.

    22, Philadelphia WR Marqise Lee, USC: If memory serves correctly, the Eagles got rid of a wideout this offseason with SoCal ties.

    23, Houston (trade with Kansas City) QB Blake Bortles, Central Florida: First-year coach Bill O’Brien gets his defensive impact player AND his quarterback.

    24, Cincinnati CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech: Good size and has ability to cover smaller, quicker slot receivers.

    25, San Diego CB Jason Verrett, TCU: Undersized, sure, but Santa Rosa JC product is tough as nails.

    26, Cleveland QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville: The Browns will stock up on gloves to prevent repeat of his disastrous pro day.

    27, New Orleans WR Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt: He’s got SEC records in receptions and yards, as well as bloodlines to Jerry Rice.

    28, Carolina OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama: Yeah, they need to get Cam Newton some targets, but they must first protect him.

    29, New England DL Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame: Has the versatility to play in their base defense and provide some pass rush, too.

    30, Pittsburgh (trade from 49ers) CB Stanley Jean-Baptiste, Nebraska: He capitalizes on the league-wide trend toward long, physical corners.

    31, Minnesota (trade with Denver) QB Derek Carr, Fresno State : Matt Cassel and Christian Ponder are the only other QBs on roster.

    32, Seattle DL Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota: Tall, long-armed defender will bat down a few balls before they can even get to the Legend of Boom.

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    Big deal!!! I wouldn't draft him in the first 3 rounds. He is limited and this is going to get exposed in he NFL where there are bigger, stronger, faster, and better players.
    Steelers 2015 Draft???....Go Freak! As in....

    1-Bernardrick McKinney MLB Mississippi State 6 ft 5 250 4.5 40 yard dash


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