Here it is, the second annual Mad Men Marketing mock draft. After the draft on May 8, I will compare my picks with the actual picks (these will appear in blue if I get them correct, red if they're wrong, green if a trade took place) and we'll see how close I got.
1. Houston Texans - Jadeveon Clowney (DE South Carolina) For some reason, everyone seems to think that Houston really wants to go QB here. Quarterback IS the most important position on the field, but none of the quarterbacks in this year's class are worthy of the #1 overall pick. For that reason, how can you possibly pass up the opportunity to pair JJ Watt with Jadeveon Clowney. This is a total no-brainer. All of the other rumblings HAVE to be smoke and mirrors.
2. St. Louis Rams - Sammy Watkins (WR Clemson) I think this is the last year Sam Bradford gets to legitimately make things work. Adding Watkins to a receiving corps that already has Tavon Austin could really open up the passing game. Ultimately I think the Rams trade this pick and get a tackle. There are a lot of people that would like to leapfrog the Jaguars if they suspect they'd take a QB.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars - Khalil Mack (LB/DE Buffalo) Ideally, the Jags would have loved it if Clowney fell into their laps, but Mack is one heck of a consolation prize. In fact, he may turn out to be the better pro in my opinion, (no one has questioned his effort) and his measureables are off the charts for a defensive end/rush linebacker. Think Von Miller with better size.
4. Cleveland Browns - Johnny Manziel (QB Texas A&M) I think Cleveland is the perfect place for Manziel to BEGIN his career. Cleveland could use some positive exposure and that's precisely what they'll get as long as Manziel can keep his nose clean off the field. This is more than a PR move, however, Manziel can definitely sling the ball downfield, and he's the best I've ever seen at rolling right and throwing the ball across his body to the left to find the open receiver (a lot of scouts would say this is ill-advised). I don't think he's a running QB; I think he runs to throw and he should have a top-tier target in Cleveland when he arrives. He's close friends with Lebron James and Lebron had a decent start to his career in Cleveland.
Sammy Watkins (Buffalo Bills)
5. Oakland Raiders - Blake Bortles (QB UCF) I think this pick has the potential to be traded, not to the degree that the #2 pick does, but I wouldn't be surprised if Oakland traded back. Matt Schaub will be 33 before the season starts, so he's not the future. Pryor got traded to Seattle for a pittance. I think the raiders let Bortles learn a couple of years behind Schaub and make the first intelligent move they have in a long time. Bortles has the body and the poise to excel. Sadly, he doesn't have the name (seriously, say it 3 times and see if it sounds like a Pro Bowler to you) and I know that sounds silly, but it's the vibe I get and it's my mock draft, not yours.
6. Atlanta Falcons - Greg Robinson (OT Auburn) It's an absolute tragedy that Atlanta is even drafting this low. I know they need a pass rusher, but they might be able to snag another Auburn player a little later for that specific purpose (MAYBE). Robinson is an absolute mauler at tackle and could help anchor an offensive line that protects one of my favorite passers, Matt Ryan. With proper coaching and improved footwork, Robinson could be a perennial Pro Bowler.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Jake Matthews (OT Texas A&M) Safe and smart. A trade could be possible here, with Tampa moving back.
8. Minnesota Vikings - Derek Carr (QB Fresno State) Christian Ponder is a model of mediocrity and his uppance has come. Carr has the fastest release I've seen in this year's QB class.
Justin Gilbert (Cleveland Browns)
9. Buffalo Bills - Mike Evans (WR Texas A&M) Stevie Johnson has lost a step and EJ Manuel needs a legitimate #1 option
Anthony Barr (Minnesota Vikings)
10. Detroit Lions - Darqueze Dennard (CB Michigan State) People have been mocking CBs to Detroit forever. Maybe someday they'll draft one. Dennard has the ability to turn picks into points each time he snatches a pass out of the air.
11. Tennessee Titans - Justin Gilbert (CB Oklahoma State) Gilbert and Dennard are kind of like #1 and #1A CBs. A lot of people have Gilbert mocked ahead of Dennard.
12. New York Giants - Eric Ebron (TE UNC) Quick! Name your favorite New York Giants tight end moment.......NOTHIN'. Ebron can change all that.
Odell Beckham Jr.
13. St. Louis Rams - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (S Alabama) The Rams haven't had a dominant safety since Aeneas Williams. Dix is a physical guy who could really get the secondary going.
14. Chicago Bears - Taylor Lewan (OT Michigan) There has been a revolving door along the front five. Lewan has the size and the pedigree to anchor the line.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers - Louis Nix (DT Notre Dame) This big tackle has the girth and power that have become a hallmark of the Pittsburgh Steelers defense over the years.
16. Dallas Cowboys - Kony Ealy (DE Missouri) Ealy could definitely go earlier than this. He has a lot of upside and a high motor. It's a shame the Cowboys have a huge hole to fill with Ware's departure.
17. Baltimore Ravens - Calvin Pryor (S Louisville) It seems the Ravens are constantly reimagining their secondary. The front 7 are amazing, but this is where their focus should be.
18. New York Jets - Brandin Cooks (WR Oregon State) Think Santana Moss in his prime when you think of Brandin Cooks ceiling. Could be a game-changer like Desean Jackson.
19. Miami Dolphins - CJ Mosley (LB Alabama) Remember when Zach Tomas was wreaking havoc at Middle Linebacker in Miami. Mosley could be the guy that leads the league in tackles as a ROOKIE.
20. Arizona Cardinals - Teddy Bridgewater (QB Louisville) Most don't have Bridgewater falling this far, and if he does, some teams will probably be salivating over a potential trade. This would be a great fit and Teddy would remain a Cardinal.
Brandin Cooks (New Orleans Saints)
21. Green Bay Packers - Aaron Donald (DT Pittsburgh) This guy has been climbing draft boards and if that holds true, he will be drafted as high as 10.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
22. Philadelphia Eagles - Kelvin Benjamin (WR Florida State) This would help ease the pain of losing Jackson and would give the Eagles another red zone threat next to Riley Cooper.
Johnny Manziel (Cleveland Browns)
23. Kansas City Chiefs - Zack Martin (OT Notre Dame) With the losses along the line and the addition of Fisher, this could give the Chiefs two young bookend tackles.
24. Cincinnati Bengals - Dee Ford (DE Auburn) POTENTIALLY the best DE in the draft. Played against top tier competition and knows how to really bring it.
25. San Diego Chargers - Kyle Fuller (CB Virginia Tech) Not incredibly confident about this pick, but the Chargers need help on defense, badly.
26. Cleveland Browns - Odell Beckham (WR LSU) It seems like a foregone conclusion that the Browns will be selecting a QB/WR tandem to team up with their amazing WR.
Marcus Smith (Philadelphia Eagles)
27. New Orleans Saints - Marqise Lee (WR USC) Make no mistake, Lee is a playmaker and the Saints have had the same stable of receivers FOREVER!
Deone Bucannon (Arizona Cardinals)
28. Carolina Panthers - Davante Adams (WR Fresno State) With the departure of virtually every legitimate receiver, a target for Cam Newton has to be a top priority.
29. New England Patriots - Tim Jernigan (NT Florida State) No Vince Wilfork makes this an easy selection.
30. San Francisco 49ers - Anthony Barr (LB/DE UCLA) The 49ers have the luxury of drafting based on potential. Barr is a pass rusher that used to be a runningback. Think Brandon Jacobs with more speed.
31. Denver Broncos - Jason Verrett (CB TCU) I, personally, like Verrett better than Fuller, but think he'll be perfect in Denver.
32. Seattle Seahawks - Ryan Shazier (LB Ohio State) I would be a LITTLE surprised if Shazier were still here, but if he is, he may not be for long.
Teddy Bridgewater (Minnesota Vikings)
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