2014 NFL Mock Draft No. 2: Shaking up with Falcons trading for Clowney
After the combine it's time to get serious about the NFL Draft. With that, we're seeing the Falcons trading up to No. 2 to land pass-rushing stud Jadeveon Clowney.
Let's shake up the second mock draft. With so many more to come, and so much time before the draft, I had some fun with this one and included a blockbuster trade, which I think is possible.
I have the Atlanta Falcons trading up to the second spot with the St. Louis Rams to get South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. The Falcons, despite their dip last season, have talent but lack a pure pass rusher. The Rams have edge rushers, so they could trade down and still land the best tackle in the draft in Greg Robinson from Auburn.
Let's not forget Rams general manager Les Snead is a friend and former employee of Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff. The compensation would likely be a second or thirdround pick.
But when you are the Falcons and 13 months ago you were 10 yards from a Super Bowl, it makes sense.
If you are the Rams, in need of line help and with two capable passrushing ends, it certainly makes sense.
At least this week. You can find new mock drafts from me every Wednesday up until the draft, so dig into Mock No. 2 and get ready to unleash the ripping gene.
1. Houston Texans -- Blake Bortles , QB, Central Florida: They will be tempted by Jadeveon Clowney, but I still think they go quarterback.
2. Atlanta Falcons (trade with St. Louis Rams ) -- Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina: The Falcons have been looking for an elite pass rusher for years.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo: They pass on Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel to take an elite pass rusher, which they badly need.
4. Cleveland Browns -- Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: The change in regime doesn't change the need for a quarterback.
5. Oakland Raiders -- Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville: I think they might trade down, but for now I give them Bridgewater.
6. St. Louis Rams (from Atlanta Falcons) -- Greg Robinson, T, Auburn: They trade down, get extra picks, and get a dominant tackle to fill a need.
9. Buffalo Bills -- Jake Matthews, T, Texas A&M: They could always move left tackle Cordy Glenn to the right side, although he is solid on the left side and they say it would take a special situation. This might be it.
10. Detroit Lions -- Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State: He has good size and can run. He really impressed at the combine.
12. New York Giants -- Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA: Have you watched their linebackers play? They need to get more speed.
13. St. Louis Rams -- Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M: They have fast, smaller guys. They need a bigger receiver to complement them.
18. New York Jets -- Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina: He has a chance to be a bigtime player inside in the passing game. The Jets lack that.
20. Arizona Cardinals -- Zack Martin, GT, Notre Dame: The line is a mess, and they will address it in free agency, but they have a lot of work to do to fix it. Martin is versatile.
21. Green Bay Packers -- Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame: He is a power player who would fit in the middle of their defense, a line that could lose three players.
22. Philadelphia Eagles -- Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville: They had big problems on the back end last season. Pryor would step in and start right away.
24. Cincinnati Bengals -- Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech: The Bengals have to get better and younger at corner and Fuller has the size and speed.
25. San Diego Chargers -- Jason Verrett, CB, TCU: They have to get better outside and he had a nice combine workout and scouts like his ability to play man. He is a little undersized.
26. Cleveland Browns (From Indianapolis) -- Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State: They get a nice weapon, a bigger one, opposite Josh Gordon. Good luck defending that passcatching group.
27. New Orleans Saints -- Dee Ford, DE, Auburn: They need help off the edge in the 34 and he could provide that. He would be changing positions.
29. New England Patriots -- Ra'Shede Hageman: He is a big, power end who could also play tackle. He could offer the Patriots a lot of versatility.
31. Denver Broncos -- Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame: He got too heavy last season and didn't play as well. But he was really good the year before and they need help on that line.
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