2014 Mock Draft 12.0: Manziel mania

2014 Mock Draft 12.0: Manziel mania
May 6, 2014, 11:45 pm
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Proving I'm capable of completing a marathon (of the mock draft variety, that is), I present the latest CSNbaltimore 2014 mock draft. Round one thoughts are below. Click on through to see how the second some of the third unfold at this point in the process, but first...

* We won't call this the final, final mock, but don't expect too many changes between now and Wednesday night at which time I will put down my No. 2 pencil and pass my exam to the front of the room.


1 Houston Texans - Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina: It's finally time concede that the Texans won't go QB here - for today at least. Now the apparent debate is which monster defender Houston covets most, Clowney or Khalil Mack.

2 St. Louis Rams (via Washington Redskins) - Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn: Clowney still on the board either means the Rams take him or trade the pick. Tackle remains their top need. Plan B: WR Sammy Watkins

3 Jacksonville Jaguars - Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo: Unless Sammy Watkins is deemed MUCH better than Mack, pass rusher trumps receiver.

4 Cleveland Browns - Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson: Tons of conflicting reports on this one. Needs include a QB and PR boost. Johnny Manziel is a one-stop shop. Seeing as the Browns have picks at 26 and 33, they can wait. Now, Watkins and Josh Gordon together, good luck corners.

5 Oakland Raiders - Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M: Acquiring Matt Schaub should mean the Raiders will pass on a QB. Beyond that, could go OT, WR or pass rusher.

6 Atlanta Falcons - Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan: Ideally the Falcons land a premier offensive tackle.

7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M: Mike Williams is gone, which makes adding a wide out more of a priority than first thought. The 6-foot-5 Evans paired with Vincent Jackson makes for an NBA-sized tandem.

8 Minnesota Vikings - Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh: Vikings have Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel. They also need to max out their window with Adrian Peterson. Better for 2014, Cassel or Blake Bortles? Take QB in second, Outland Trophy winner (or C.J. Mosley) here.

9 Buffalo Bills - Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina: The Bills need to stockpile more offensive pieces. Upgrading on Scott Chandler at TE is next passing game priority now that Buffalo acquired Mike Williams.

10 Detroit Lions - Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State: Certainly a trade down candidate if Watkins and Evans are gone. Top need is in the secondary. Ebron or Ha Ha Clinton-Dix also in play.

11 Tennessee Titans -  Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: The Titans reportedly declined Jake Locker's 2015 option, providing more proof that a QB could be an early call for Tennessee. If not, taking the top corner works.

12 NY Giants - Zack Martin, T/G, Notre Dame: Aging offensive line not helping Eli Manning's cause.

13 St. Louis Rams - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama: With Watkins and Evans long gone, the Rams take the best safety and best name on the board.

14 Chicago Bears - Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech: Bummer for the Bears, who would love Donald. Otherwise, the current corners are collectively an older crew.

15 Pittsburgh Steelers -  Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State: Ike Taylor went from good to awful last season, but the top corners are gone. Tops receiver as need, especially if target isn't a tall one.

16 Dallas Cowboys - Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA: Cowboys let pass rusher Demarcus Ware walk. They already needed help for their 32nd ranked defense.

17 Baltimore Ravens - Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville: Adding Pryor to strong safety Matt Elam gives Baltimore potential dynamic duo combo.

18 NY Jets Odell Beckham Jr., LSU, WR: Eric Decker helps the wide receiver situation. More is needed, including those with speed. 

19 Miami Dolphins - C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama: Ideally Miami goes OT, but remaining options might be too risky here. Mosley falls under "best player available" category.

20 Arizona Cardinals - Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State: The speedy Shazier recorded 143 tackles last season and the Cards don't have much on the outside. Arguably the NFL's worst OL needs help at OT, but the best choices are gone.

21 Green Bay Packers - Stephon Tuitt, DT, Notre Dame: The Packers need of a centerfielder, but Clinton-Dix and Pryor are gone. The defense also a defensive line monster.

22 Philadelphia Eagles - Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State: The thought here has been Eagles go defense first. Those prior thoughts didn't have the 5-foot-10 Cooks, who ran a blistering 4.33 40-time at the combine, still here.

23 Kansas City Chiefs - Marqise Lee, WR, USC: The current No.2 receiver spot opposite Dwayne Bowe equals disaster and even the top target isn't all that.

24 Cincinnati Bengals - Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida: Curveball. Whether the Bengals want a QB competition or view Bortles as tremendous trade bait, can't let him pass if still on the board.

25 San Diego Chargers - Jason Verrett, CB, TCU: Chargers allowed fourth most passing yards in NFL last season.

26 Cleveland Browns (via Indianapolis Colts) - Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State: Now the Browns get a QB. Sounds like teams are starting to fall for David's younger brother who threw for 5,082 yards and 50 scores last season.

27 New Orleans Saints - Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana: The Saints are known for their passing game prowess thanks to Drew Brees and Sean Payton, not their receivers. Plan B: best corner available.

28 Carolina Panthers - Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia: The public is focusing on the Panthers sudden lack of wide receivers. The Panthers surely are focusing on the sudden retirement of Pro Bowl LT Jordan Gross.

29 New England Patriots - Ra'Shede Hageman, DE/DT, Minnesota: Even though Vince Wilfork stays in Foxboro, he's coming off an Achilles injury and Pats need younger legs up front.

30 San Francisco 49ers - Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame: 49ers have three of the top 61 picks and will use one on a defensive lineman/pass rusher.

31 Denver Broncos -  Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State: Off-field issues could knock the athletically-gifted Roby out of round one. The Broncos are looking at an almost entirely new CB crew for next season. Plan B: OG Xavier Su'a-Filo

32 Seattle Seahawks - Joel Bitonio, G/T, Nevada: Russell Wilson ranks among the NFL's top scramblers, which is key because the Seahawks offensive line kept him on the run.