Nick's Latest Two-Round Mock Draft (3/15 Edition)
Now that the big first and maybe even second wave of free agency is in the books, some draft-specific need areas are becoming a bit more clear. Here's how I could see things shaping up now. As always, feedback and constructive criticism are welcome!
1. Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
-It's going to be a QB or Clowney here, and the Texans might like their chances of getting a solid enough QB in the second round.
2. St. Louis Rams (f/WAS): Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
-I expect the Rams to trade down, and while I prefer Jake Matthews, Robinson has the power and strength in the run game that Fisher could fall in love with.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
-While the Jags could make a case for passing on Bortles for Mack, they signed DE Clemons and Babin in free agency. They need a passer.
4. Cleveland Browns: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
-Watkins is superior to either the second or third QB prospect, and Browns could have their eye on a signal caller later in the first round.
5. Oakland Raiders: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
-It would be tough for the Raiders to pass on Bridgewater, but they lost Veldheer to free agency and whiffed on Saffold. Unless they sign Donald Penn, tackle will get a long look.
6. Atlanta Falcons: Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo
-The Falcons could trade up, with most thinking it's for Clowney. But with a potential move to the 3-4 in the works, they may covet Mack.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
-Even after adding Michael Johnson, Tampa may consider a pass rusher. Quarterback is tempting, but Lovie is rolling with McCown. Let's give him more weapons.
8. Minnesota Vikings: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
-The Vikings luck out in this scenario, giving them arguably the draft's best quarterback at the eight-spot.
9. Buffalo Bills: Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA
-The Bills could reach for an offensive weapon or safety help, but Barr could be their choice to help add to that defense.
10. Detroit Lions: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
-The Lions filled their need at receiver with Golden Tate; their next biggest weak area is in the secondary, and there should be some value here.
11. Tennessee Titans: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
-Lewan may not be an option with the Oher signing, and there isn't an OLB worthy of the pick here. Manziel is slipping, but if the organization isn't sold on Locker, he could be the pick.
12. New York Giants: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
-New acquisition Geoff Schwartz expects to start at left guard, and Justin Pugh could be better off at right guard. Lewan would fill whatever tackle spot Will Beatty isn't playing.
13. St. Louis Rams: Hasean Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama
-The Rams lost out in free agency on the top defensive backs, so I expect they'll want to add one in the draft. Their need at safety is bigger than at corner.
14. Chicago Bears: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
-The Bears have added free agent talent at defensive end and brought back some corners. But they've done nothing to make me think they wouldn't love Donald inside on their defensive line.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
-The Steelers haven't done anything to address the cornerback spot in free agency, and Dennard is arguably a Top 10 player IMO.
16. Dallas Cowboys: Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
-DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer are gone. Pass rusher just shot up the list of needs for Dallas, which could cause them to look Ealy's way.
17. Baltimore Ravens: Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
-Eugene Monroe is back, but Michael Oher is gone so the Ravens could be looking for a new bookend.
18. New York Jets: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
-Even after signing Eric Decker, the Jets still need more weapons on offense. Cooks reminds some of Tavon Austin, which would certainly make Jets QB Geno Smith happy.
19. Miami Dolphins: C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
-The Dolphins will move Dannell Ellerbe to the weak side if they find a new middle linebacker, and Mosley is one of the best values on the board at this point.
20. Arizona Cardinals: Dee Ford, LB, Auburn
-The Cardinals haven't made any free agent moves at outside linebacker, so they may opt to look for help in the draft.
21. Green Bay Packers: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
-BJ Raji and Mike Neal are back in Green Bay, and while Ebron is tempting, I don't think the Packers can ignore their glaring needs at safety.
22. Philadelphia Eagles: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
-I don't think Nolan Carroll changes the Eagles' needs for a number one corner. Fuller should get some consideration around this point.
23. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
-The Chiefs haven't added a single offensive weapon for Alex Smith, so they could look towards the best one on the board in Ebron.
24. Cincinnati Bengals: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State
-Linebacker isn't Cincinnati's biggest need, but the Bengals cut James Harrison and need another reliable linebacker to play opposite of Burfict.
25. San Diego Chargers: Louis Nix, NT, Notre Dame
-NT Cam Thomas signed with Pittsburgh as a free agent, so the Chargers shouldn't pass up a legit 3-4 nose tackle in Nix if he falls.
26. Cleveland Browns (f/IND): Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
-The Browns passed on a QB early to get Watkins, knowing they'll likely be able to grab a passer with this pick.
27. New Orleans Saints: Marqise Lee, WR, USC
-Great value on Lee, who fills the Saints' need for wideouts. Their top five pass catchers featured only two receivers in 2013.
28. Carolina Panthers: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
-Benjamin is referred to as "Baby Megatron," and the Panthers clearly need a new outstanding receiving weapon after parting with Steve Smith.
29. New England Patriots: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State
-The Patriots have added to their defensive secondary, and could look offense here. But Jernigan is too valuable to pass up, especially for a team in need of defensive tackle help.
30. San Francisco *****: Jason Verrett, CB, TCU
-Despite Chris Cook's signing, defensive corner is still an area that could be addressed. Verrett is the best on the board.
31. Denver Broncos: Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG, UCLA
-The Broncos have aggressively filled defensive needs in free agency, so perhaps they try to replace/upgrade Zane Beadles with Su'a-Filo.
32. Seattle Seahawks: Stephon Tuitt, DL, Notre Dame
-Seattle resigned some defensive line talent, but lost Red Bryant to Jacksonville. Tuitt gives them another big body but with more pass rush potential.
33. Houston Texans: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois
-Houston gets their QB in Garoppolo here.
34. Washington Redskins: Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois
-Washington's first pick goes towards upgrading their secondary.
35. Cleveland Browns: David Yankey, OG, Stanford
-RB is tempting but Ben Tate may sign. Yankey upgrades their RG spot.
36. Oakland Raiders: RaShede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
-Great value for the Raiders, as Oakland has lost Pat Sims and Vance Walker.
37. Atlanta Falcons: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
-The Falcons brought Mike Johnson back, but hopefully not as a starter.
38. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Demarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State
-Michael Johnson on one side is great, but even better with Lawrence on the other.
39. Jacksonville Jaguars: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State
-Jacksonville should explore upgrades to Alan Ball and Will Blackmon.
40. Minnesota Vikings: Scott Crichton, DE, Oregon State
-Minnesota lost Jared Allen, but could see Crichton as a replacement.
41. Buffalo Bills: Odell Beckham, WR, LSU
-Very good value for Beckham, and the Bills need more receiver help.
42. Tennessee Titans: Kyle Van Noy, LB, BYU
-The Titans missed out on a top rush linebacker in Round One, but get Van Noy here.
43. New York Giants: Carl Bradford, LB, Arizona State
-Bradford could play multiple LB positions, depending on what New York needs.
44. St. Louis Rams: Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt
-Matthews tore up the SEC and has the size/speed combo of an outside starter.
45. Detroit Lions: Weston Richburg, C, Colorado State
-Dominic Raiola is back, but he's 35-years-old.
46. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech
-Not liking the value at other need spots; Heath Miller is getting up there.
47. Dallas Cowboys: Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State
-Dallas would be wise to upgrade over Ronald Leary and Mackenzy Bernadeau.
48. Baltimore Ravens: Marcus Martin, C, USC
-The Ravens can do better at center than Gino Gradkowski.
49. New York Jets: Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
-Chris Ivory isn't scaring anyone in the run game.
50. Miami Dolphins: Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
-Kouandjio slips, but it only takes one team to not be afraid of his medical.
51. Chicago Bears: Lamarcus Joyner, DB, Florida State
-I doubt Ryan Mundy and M.D. Jennings solved Chicago's safety issues.
52. Arizona Cardinals: Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio State
-Veldheer on one side and Mewhort on the other is a nice combo.
53. Green Bay Packers: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington
-Finley's replacement is found here in Round Two.
54. Philadelphia Eagles: Trent Murphy, LB, Stanford
-The Eagles land their pass rusher in Murphy.
56. San Francisco (f/KC): Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State
-The ***** can only count on Boldin for so long.
55. Cincinnati Bengals: Marcus Roberson, CB, Florida
-Nice value for the Bengals, who continue to address defense.
57. San Diego Chargers: Jeremiah Attaochu, LB, Georgia Tech
-Perhaps a bit early, but San Diego is desperate for pass rushers.
59. Indianapolis Colts: Deone Bucannon, S, Washington State
-Antoine Bethea left for the *****; Bucannon is rising.
58. New Orleans Saints: Chris Borland, LB, Wisconsin
-Borland could immediately replace the awful David Hawthorne.
60. Carolina Panthers: Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee
-Richardson gives Carolina some options at a key need area.
61. San Francisco *****: Ego Ferguson, DL, LSU
-Not a huge need area, but San Fran would be wise to plan for the future.
62. New England Patriots: Troy Niklas, TE, Notre Dame
-Can the Pats really count on Gradkowski when he's injured so much?
63. Denver Broncos: Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska
-Denver saw what big corners did to them in the Super Bowl.
64. Seattle Seahawks: Paul Richardson, WR, Colorado
-Seattle is so needy at receiver that they may bring Sidney Rice back.