Hub Arkush: Mock Draft 2.0

Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack (46) runs on the field during the first half of an NCAA 
football game against the Connecticut on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Buffalo, N.Y. 
(AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack (46) runs on the field during the first half of an NCAA football game against the Connecticut on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Mock Drafts are more for fun and conversation than anything else and we hope you’ll have a blast with ours. But please keep in mind they will continue to change several more times between now and the draft. It is also worth noting that it is impossible to predict trades, which radically alter everything that happens in all the subsequent picks once a trade is made, but we will occasionally suggest one in spots where they just make too much sense. 

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1. Texans

Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo

Biggest need here is QB but none good enough to take. Mack safer than Clowney, don’t be surprised if this is Greg Robinson instead.

WATCH: Mack has separated himself from a pack of solid LBs.

2. Rams

Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

Not their greatest need, but a need and Robinson is just too good to pass if they fail to trade down, which they will try to do.

WATCH: Hub Arkush breaks down Chicago Football's top offensive linemen prospect.

3. Jaguars

Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

No way Gus Bradley passes this kind of talent on “D!”

WATCH: Hub Arkush breaks down Jadeveon Clowney, Chicago Football's top prospect.

4. Browns

Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

Ray Farmer is the new sheriff in town and knows this is too high for Bortles, but he can’t let Oakland have a shot at him.

WATCH: Is Bortles good enough to be the No. 1 pick?

5. Raiders

Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

Rough offseason for Reggie McKenzie feels a lot better when surest pick in the draft falls to him at five.

WATCH: There are a lot of talented WRs in this draft. Watkins is clearly the best one.

6. Falcons

Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

Matthews or Taylor Lewan, it’s a matter of taste.    

7. Buccaneers

Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

Lovie anguishes over Anthony Barr and C.J. Mosley, but knows Lewan is a much better fit.

8. Vikings

C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

The perfect centerpiece for Mike Zimmer’s new “D.”

WATCH: Chicago Football's No. 3 LB still may be a top 10 pick.

9. Bills

Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

The perfect playmate for E.J. Manuel.

10. Lions

Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

A luxury Lions may not be able to afford, but how do you defend Megaton and Benjamin?

WATCH: Hub Arkush profiles Chicago Football's No. 2 WR prospect.

11. Titans

Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

A huge need for the Titans and Gilbert may also be the best player on the board at this point.     

WATCH: When will the top CB in the draft come off the board?    

12. Giants

Davante Adams, WR, Fresno State

First big reach of the first round but the Giants need a running mate for Victor Cruz with some size, and Adams has intriguing ceiling.

13. Cowboys (projected trade with Rams)

Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

Jerry Jones can’t help himself, convinced the Bears will take Donald, and the Rams are happy to add high picks for moving back three spots.

WATCH: Aaron Donald has been rising up draft boards since the Senior Bowl. How high will he go?

14. Bears

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama

This appears to be a marriage made in heaven.

WATCH: Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor have separated themselves from the other safeties.

15. Steelers

Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA

Steelers can’t believe he’s still on the board.

WATCH: Barr is a tremendous athlete who is in this draft's group of top LBs.

16. Rams (projected trade with Cowboys)

Calvin Pryor, SS, Louisville

Jeff Fisher knows what to do with top DB talent.

WATCH: Two safeties stand out this year; Louisville's Pryor is one of them.

17. Ravens

Zack Martin, OG, Notre Dame

This is about where he ranks on the board and he fills Ravens biggest need.

18. Jets

Marqise Lee, WR, USC

A nice complement to free agent Eric Decker gives Rex Ryan a 1-2 punch he’s never had at wideout.

19. Dolphins

Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State

Knowshon Moreno is a nice pick up but this kid can be a franchise back.

WATCH: Hub Arkush breaks down the only RB Chicago Football gave a first-round grade.

20. Cardinals

Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

Everyone wants secondary help, especially the Cards, and Dennard is the best DB on the board.

WATCH: Kevin Fishbain profiles the No. 2 CB on Chicago Football's draft board.

21. Packers

Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

The Packers get lucky as Ebron is a top 10 talent but very few shoppers for tight ends this year.

WATCH: How long will the best TE in the draft be on the board?

22. Eagles

DeMarcus Lawrence, DE, Boise State

Chip Kelly will find DeSean Jackson’s replacement in the second round, as Lawrence will wreak havoc in the pass rush. 

23. Chiefs

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

We saw what Dwayne Bowe can do in Wild Card game at Indy, what if Chiefs had a threat across from him.

24. Bengals

Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

Bengals don’t mind taking character risks, they need help at corner and Roby has a very high ceiling if he keeps his nose clean.

WATCH: An extremely productive player at Ohio State, Roby hopes to do the same in the pros.

25. Chargers

Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame

Nix is too promising to pass here for a Charger team that needs help on the nose.

WATCH: Hub Arkush profiles one of the top DTs in the draft: Louis Nix

26. Browns

Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State

Now you have to protect Bortles and Jackson is the best O-lineman on the board. 

27. Saints

Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame

Tuitt is an absolute steal at 27, should be a top-15 pick and he’ll look great at the five-technique in Rob Ryan’s scheme.

WATCH: Chicago Football gave three Notre Dame prospects a first-round grade.

28. Panthers

Brandin Cooks, WR, Oklahoma State

Nobody’s as tough but he’ll remind some of a young Steve Smith.

29. Patriots

Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

He’s just too good a football player to still be on the board and has the D-line versatility Belichick loves.

WATCH: An incredible athlete, will Hageman's upside push him up in the draft?

30. 49ers

Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State

Niners try to trade up for Barr but can’t and somehow Shazier falls to them.

31. Broncos

Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

This is a nice fit for Broncos in this spot, but Fuller will be challenged with Talib on the other side.

WATCH: Could physical corner Kyle Fuller find a home in the first round?

32. Seahawks

Donte Moncrief, WR, Ole Miss

What if Percy Harvin and Sidney Rice who spend as much time on IR as they do on the field land there again?

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