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Jadeveon Clowney

By: Greg Gabriel and Eric Galko

As many of you know, I am not a lover of Mock Drafts, especially this early in the Draft season because we just don’t have enough information. We are still over two weeks away from the start of free agency, and most, if not all, clubs' draft plans center around what happens to their team with regards to veteran gains and losses. Once we get through the first few weeks of free agency, we will have a better idea of what each club's needs are going into the Draft.

That being said, Eric Galko of Optimum Scouting and myself have put together our post-Combine Mock. Eric made the selections for all the teams drafting in an odd numbered slot, and I did the same with the even numbered picks. We took needs into consideration, but tried to select the best player available with each pick. Neither of us were aware of the other's picks ahead of time. There were plenty of players I was looking to select for my teams that Eric selected with his picks. This may have have led to some out-of-the-box picks on both our parts.

Both Eric and I hope you enjoy our Mock 1.0 and we will do another, once we get a handle on free agency. Our next mock will also include some comments as to why each pick was made.

1 – Houston Jadeveon Clowney – DE – South Carolina
2 – St. Louis – Greg Robinson – OT – Auburn
3 – Jacksonville – Teddy Bridgewater – QB – Louisville
4 – Cleveland Johnny Manziel – QB – Texas A&M
5 – Oakland Sammy Watkins – WR – Clemson
6 – Atlanta Khalil Mack – OLB – Buffalo
7 – Tampa Bay Jake Matthews – OT – Texas A&M
8 – Minnesota – Justin Gilbert – DC – Oklahoma State
9 – Buffalo – Anthony Barr – OLB – UCLA
10 – Detroit Taylor Lewan – OT – Michigan
11 – Tennessee – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix – DS – Alabama
12 – Giants – Eric Ebron – TE – North Carolina
13 – St. Louis – Calvin Pryor – DS – Louisville
14 – Chicago Aaron Donald – DT – Pittsburgh
15 – Pittsburgh Louis Nix – NT – Notre Dame
16 – Dallas Timmy Jernigan – DT – Florida St.
17 – BaltimoreJace Amaro – TE – Texas Tech
18 – Jets – Mike Evans – WR – Texas A&M
19 – Miami Zach Martin – OT – Notre Dame
20 – Arizona Kyle Fuller – CB – Virginia Tech
21 – Green Bay – C.J. Mosely – LB – Alabama
22 – Philadelphia Darqueze Dennard – CB – Michigan St
23 – Kansas City Odell Beckham Jr. – WR – LSU
24 – Cincinnati Kony Ealy – DE – Missouri
25 – Cleveland – Marqise Lee – WR – USC
26 – San Diego - Dee Ford – DE/OLB – Auburn
27 – New Orleans – Jeremiah Attaochu – DE/OLB – Georgia Tech
28 – Carolina – Brandin Cooks – WR – Oregon St
29 – New England – Troy Niklas – TE – Notre Dame
30 – San Francisco – Ra’Shede Hagaman – DT – Minnesota
31 – Denver – Bradley Roby – CB – Ohio State
32 – Seattle Ryan Shazier – LB – Ohio State

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