I really just don’t see the Texans getting enough from anyone to trade down unless the Falcons make a big move like they did for Julio in 2011. I’d give it a 40% chance of happening. More than likely, they’ll keep the pick and take the safest player in the draft. He may not have played 100% on every snap in college, but if you get game planned against every game, and double teamed on a regular basis, I’m sure it does get frustrating. Clowney will be better in the pros than he was in college, especially with JJ Watt taking away some attention.
Note* There is a chance that Khalil Mack could be picked instead, since some think he would fit better in a 3-4.
2.St Louis Rams
This is the most likely position to be traded, possibly to the Lions. If the Rams keep the pick, they should take Watkins, and give Bradford a true weapon they mistakenly thought they were getting last year in Tavon Austin. A WVU alum myself, I saw a lot of their games and honestly think Stedman Bailey has a higher upside for the than Austin. Watkins would give them a true no 1 receiver who could really open up that offense. The Lions would take Watkins as well, and the thought of him lined up across from Megatron, with Golden Tate and Reggie Bush in the mix as well…that’s just frightening.
The Jaguars have alot of holes to fill, and alot of choices at number 3. They could take Manziel, but I think they’ll try to trade back as well. If they keep the pick, I say they take Khalil Mack out of Buffalo. This kid is an absolute beast, and reminds me of Von Miller as far as size and speed is concerned.
The best offensive lineman finally goes off the board at 4. Many years he’d be the 1st overall pick, and is alot better prospect than Fischer or Joeckel from last year. This guy will probably be a future all-pro lineman. He’s 350 lbs, runs a sub 5 second 40 yard dash, and can do backflips. What more do you want?
Note* Strong possibility they take Manziel here, but they could wait for a QB at their next first round pick at 26
Evans is the 2nd best receiver in this extremely deep WR draft, and the newly acquired Schaub needs a good weapon like Evans to make him feel comfortable. After losing Andre Johnson, his confidence level has gotta be at an all time low. Evans is a few inches taller than Johnson at 6′ 5″ and is very fast for his height (4.53 40 time).
Note* They can grab their QB of the future at 36, especially if Derek Carr is still available.
If the Falcons don’t trade up and take Clowney or Mack, I think they’ll take the safe route and pick up Jake Matthews or Taylor Lewan. Both are outstanding lineman, but Matthews has the bloodlines, and is a more consistent player in my opinion.
7.Tampa Bay Bucaneers
Odell Beckham Jr
The first “reach” of the draft goes to the Tampa Bay Bucaneers, who were probably set on Mike Evans falling to them at 7. Evans would have given them a Vincent Jackson clone, which might have been good for their new quarterback Josh McCown (he was quite spoiled in Chicago with Marshall and Jeffery). Beckham is a great consolation prize, and should still really help open up Tampa’s offense opposite VJax.
New Offensive Coordinator Norv Turner runs a similar system that Bortles ran in college, and Christian Ponder is clearly not the answer in Minneapolis. Great fit, althought I’m sure they’d like to have him in the 2nd round. They also have some big holes to fill on the defensive line and at the linebacker positions, so CJ Mosley and Aaron Donald could be good fits here as well.
With the top two tackles already gone, I think the Bills will opt for an offensive playmaker to help EJ Manuel. Eric Ebron is easily the best TE in the draft, and gives them a big athletic red zone threat like Jimmy Graham.
There’s a strong chance the Lions will trade up on draft day, but if they stay at 10, Gilbert is an easy choice. The NFC north is filled with playmaking WRs, and the Lions can’t cover any of them. Gilbert is extremely athletic, has great ball skills, and is an elite return man.
Who doesn’t need a long athletic edge rusher in today’s NFL? Anthony Barr (6′ 4″, 255 lbs) has great speed and he racked up 23.5 sacks over the last two years with the Bruins. Barr moved from RB to OLB 2 years ago, so his upside is extremely high.
*Note- New Titans linebacker coach Lou Spanos was Barr’s defensive coordinator UCLA.
12.New York Giants
The Giants would have loved to take Ebron here to give Eli another weapon, but he’ll likely be gone by 12, so they would need to trade up to do so. If they stay at 12, Donald makes a lot of sense for the G-men as their D-line isn’t anywhere close to what it used to be. Donald is the premier DT in this draft, and should make an instant impact with his incredible speed and instincts most interior lineman don’t possess.
13. St. Louis Rams
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
Clinton-Dix would fit nicely in St. Louis, as they already have a great defensive line that can bring the pressure (Robert Quinn is a MONSTER) and force bad throws for him to pick off. He’s got great size, instincts, and can play the run as well as the pass. He’s THE elite safety in this draft, and should step in day 1 as a starter for the Ram’s below average secondary.
There’s a lot of talk that Aaron Donald is who they want, but I doubt he’ll drop this far. If he’s not there, the Bears will likely trade back. If they stay put, Timmy Jernigan is the next best interior lineman.
Steel City needs a CB like Donald Sterling needs a dark hole to hide in. Dennard is a physical cornerback that excels in press coverage, and perfectly fits in with the Steeler’s physical culture. He’s active and aggressive against the run, and will learn a lot from Ike Taylor over the next few years.
Jerry wants Johnny, and if he somehow falls to the Boys, there is no doubt in my mind they’ll take him. Don’t know how long he’d last in the NFC East though with his current frame.
17. Baltimore Ravens
18. NY Jets
Odell Beckham Jr
19. Miami Dolphins
20. Arizona Cardinals
21. Green Bay Packers
22. Philadelphia Eagles
23. Kansas City Chiefs
24. San Francisco 49ers
25. San Diego Chargers
26. Cleveland Browns
27. New Orleans Saints
28. Carolina Panthers
29. New England Patriots
30. Cincinnati Bengals
31. Denver Broncos
32. Seattle Seahawks