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1. TEXANS: QB Blake Bortles - There is no doubt that Clowney is the most talked about player considered for the top overall pick in the 2014 Draft. He does have some question marks around him, but honestly, I think his natural ability will overcome. Having said that, the Texans already have a darn good defensive front seven, and are in need of a QB of the future. Personally I think that Bortles did enough in college, and in the lead up to the draft to convince the Texans that he could be their guy.
2. RAMS: OT Greg Robinson – When you have QB troubles, sometimes stronger bookends can help you out. The Rams are very strong at the DE position, with Long and Quinn so they pass on Clowney. I just don’t think they give up on their starting QB right now with this QB class. I haven’t heard many (if any) rumors that the Rams are high on any of the QB’s.
3. JAGUARS: DE Jadeveon Clowney - The Jags need help all over, and Clowney is an excellent fit in Florida. Instantly the Jags’ best defensive player?4. BROWNS: OT Jake Mathews – The Browns offensive line could use a little youth infusion. Although QB is an option, I think they like their chances with selecting one in the second round. Mathews would certainly help any QB flourish, and I do know that they are interviewing Garapolo.
5. RAIDERS: WR Sammy Watkins – Looking at the Raiders roster, I was struck with just how many players they have that are 30+ and quite a few at age 29. I’m thinking they like Schaub enough to let him have a chance and they hand him a playmaker.
6. FALCONS – WR Mike Evans – I don’t think I’ve seen Evans this high, but Roddy White is getting up there in age (31) and I like the idea of a Jones/White/Evans trifecta in Atlanta.
7. BUCANNERS – QB Johnny Manziel - Well they need a QB, and Manziel is right there. I think that Manziel to Jackson sounds like a formidable duo.
8. VIKINGS – DT Aaron Donald - I have not seen the pundits pick Donald for the Vikings but hear me out. I think that there is actually some talent at QB on the roster, and I think that with the right offensive coordinator, ONE of these QB’s will finally turn the corner. Ponder, Freeman, or even Cassel could rebound to “Patriots form”. I picked Donald because IMO he’s the best FIT for the players on the board, and at a position of need.
9. BILLS – OT/OG Zack Martin – The Bills drafted their hopeful franchise QB last draft in the first round, and this is just a simple move to help the guy improve. Martin’s versatility to play OG or OT allows for some line shuffling.
10. LIONS – CB Justin Gilbert - Honestly I’m surprised I haven’t found a home for Khalil Mack yet, but I’m studying each roster here, and picking based on team need, “aged” players at certain positions, FITS, and I’ve also looked at each teams’ past three drafts, and this is where I’m at. I think it's very possible that Mack and Barr slip out of the top 10, even if Bridgewater isn't in the mix. The Lions need some youth insurance at CB, with Houston pushing 30, and Gilbert could be considered here.
PICKS 11-20 by Saturday Eve....
Falling out of the top 10 are: OLB Mack, and OLB Barr. QB Bridgewater too.
New top 10 players: DT Aaron Donald, WR Mike Evans, and OT Zack Martin
11. TITANS: OLB/DE Khalil Mack – Great value at 11, Khalil Mack looks to improve the Titans pass rush. Although the team added Shaun Phillips in the offseason, they really do need one more guy, and a more long term answer at the position.
12. GIANTS: TE Eric Ebron – This is a good fit, a need pick and seems to be a “consensus pick” across many pundits’ mock drafts. Adds a weapon the Giants have not had for a long time at the TE position. Eli needs a check down guy.
13. RAMS: OLB Ryan Shazier - I think that Shazier really helped himself at the combine and could go in the top 15, but I think that the Rams would like to trade down a few and still get their man. Shazier would play OLB in the Rams’ 4-3 defense, that is in need of help in the run defense department. I think that Shazier is an excellent fit to pair with Laurinaitis, and I feel that it's his ability to drop back that makes him a better fit than Anthony Barr, who I see as more of a 3-4 OLB or 4-3 DE.
14. BEARS: OLB Anthony Barr – And so ends the slide of Anthony Barr. Kirwan has Barr going to the Steelers, so I’m not alone on the idea that Barr could go this late. Although the Bears added Jared Allen, he’s on the downside of his career, playing at a high level. I imagine Barr/Allen wrecking havoc for some time.
15. STEELERS: CB Darqueze Dennard – It’s been a long time since the Steelers spent high on a CB in the draft and their current roster of defensive backs are getting pretty old. Dennard would be a welcome addition in Steel Town.
NOTES: So Mack, and Barr stop the slide and still land in the top 15. Things aren’t looking good for Bridgewater. Ryan Shazier makes a surprise appearance in the top 15, when most mocks and big boards I see have him in the lower half of the first round.
16. COWBOYS: OT Taylor Lewan: explanations coming soon17. RAVENS: FS Hasean Clinton-Dix: explanations coming soon18. JETS: WR Odell Beckham Jr.: explanations coming soon19. DOLPHINS: OG Xavier Su'a Filo: explanations coming soon20. CARDINALS: FS Calvin Pryor: explanations coming soon
21. PACKERS: CB Kyle Fuller: CB Tramon Williams is a good player, but he's also 31 and not a huge ball hawk right now. I think that selecting a cornerback is a move that allows Fuller to perhaps be the number two, or nickel for a season and not be expected to do too much this year. He could be groomed as a starter in the 2015 season.22. EAGLES: WR Brandon Cooks: When you lose one of your best playmakers, you have to replace him somehow.23. CHIEFS: DT Timmy Jernigan: I think that the line would be vastly improved if Jernigan replaced DeVito.24. BENGALS: DE Kony Ealy: The Bengals' pass rush needs a boost, and Ealy could start right away on this 4-3 front, along with Michael Johnson.25. CHARGERS:WHO DO THE CHARGERS PICK? IMO it's Nix or Ford.
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idbolt wrote: I just like reading posts from all sides, thats why i come here, and i appreciate all of you that take the time to put your thoughts to words. Carry on :)
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yantha wrote: I don't "fancy myself" to be anything but a football fan Syx. It's not like I see myself as any sort of authority here. I'm no different than anyone else here when it comes to the Chargers and football in general.I have my opinions, and I have studied every single roster for my top 15 picks so far, as well drafts from the past 3 years for each team posted so far. I've even visited team forums to see what fans are saying, just to help me form my opinions on how it could shake down.Syx. I respect your opinion, but I don't appreciate the snide comments.Every single draft, there are players that are "guaranteed" to be top ten players that slip. I even remember our very own Ingram slipping pretty far and falling into our laps. There are sure to be some surprises on draft day, and I think that my well thought out mock sheds some light on a few surprises that I could see happening.I can argue against every single one of the points you brought forward, but honestly I'm getting too old for this, and I have lost interest in taking part in pointless spats.We're both football fans, and Chargers fans, so at least we have a few things in common.
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