Hub Arkush: Mock Draft 3.0

Michigan offensive lineman Taylor Lewan runs a drill at the NFL football scouting 
combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
Michigan offensive lineman Taylor Lewan runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

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

Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

They will be tempted by Mack and Bortles, but how do you pass on the best prospect in this draft and possibly the last 10 years?

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

2. Rams

Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

Rams will be sorely tempted by Watkins who is the third best prospect available, but Robinson is second by a significant margin.

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

3. Lions (projected trade with Jaguars)

Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

I’m not hearing strong trade rumblings out of Jacksonville, but Mack and Watkins have real value here, Jags load up extra high picks.

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

4. Browns

Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

Browns might get best QB in draft at 26; prospects like Barr are very rare.

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

5. Raiders

Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

Watkins is exactly what the doctor ordered for the Raiders and tremendous value 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

Falcons fill a big need with the best player on the board.

7. Buccaneers

Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

Risky and unwise as this is, somebody’s going to do it and Lovie’s feeling his oats.

8. Vikings

Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

Vikes consider trading in front of Browns at 3 for top QB in draft, but realize they don’t have to and their patience is rewarded.

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

9. Bills

C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

Mosley fills a big need for Bills with Pro Bowl potential.

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

10. Jaguars (projected trade with Lions)

Carlos Hyde, RB, Ohio State

Like Browns, Jags could end up with top QB at 35. This is a tad high for Hyde but he’s the only franchise back in this draft.

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

11. Titans

Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

Cornerback is a huge need for Titans and this is great value with Gilbert at 11.

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

12. Giants

Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

Giants can’t believe he’s there.

13. Cowboys (projected trade with Rams)

Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

I think this is way too high but Jerry and Ron Marinelli both jonesing for Donald, Jones loves to trade and won’t risk Bears taking him .

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

14. Bears

Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

Nobody sees this coming but the safeties just don’t fit this high and Emery knows this is a need, and possibly a steal at 14.

15. Steelers

Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame

The Steelers are thrilled to draft the best five-technique prospect in this draft.    

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

16. Rams (projected trade with Cowboys)

Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

No! The Rams get two top 10 talents and extra high picks?

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

17. Ravens

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama

Still a bit high for Clinton-Dix, but the Ravens have a need and the “Wizard Ozz” thinks he has his next Ed Reed.   

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

18. 49ers (projected trade with Jets)

Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State

Not a huge need but Niners are surprised he’s still there and trade for a potential difference maker and NaVorro Bowman insurance.

19. Dolphins

Zack Martin, OG, Notre Dame

Dolphins hope this Martin fits a little better.    

20. Cardinals

Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

This is a need and reasonable value pick at 20.

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

21. Packers

Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

This is the easiest pick in any mock if this kid’s available at 21, fits Packers like a glove .

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

22. Eagles

Marquise Lee, WR, USC

Not as explosive as DeSean Jackson but actually more productive. 

23. Chiefs

Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU

Chiefs need one too and Beckham is the best on the board.

24. Bengals

Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

I know, I know . . . but this is the Bengals.

WATCH: Bridgewater’s stock has gone all over the place in the last month. Here’s his draft profile

25. Chargers

Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame

Chargers are anxious to clog the middle and Nix is the perfect fit.

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

26. Browns

Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State

Certainly no bigger risk than Manziel and Bortles and now Barr is in the bank.

27. Saints

Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

Tremendous value for the Saints and fills their biggest need.

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

28. Panthers

Brandin Cooks, WR, Oklahoma State

A slight reach at 28 but a potential home run if he can take the pounding, and how can the Panthers pick any other position. 

29. Patriots

Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

Brings the kind of versatility Belichick loves to move up and down the line in 30 or 40 fronts.

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

30. Jets (projected trade with 49ers)

Gabe Jackson, OG, Mississippi State

Not a sexy pick at guard but Rex knows he needs one and thinks he has a real good one.

31. Broncos

Tre Mason, RB, Auburn

Not a need, or is it, but certainly a swing for the fences that I think will work.

32. Seahawks

Jordan Matthews, WR, Vanderbilt

As much time as Harvin and Rice spend on I.R., Seahawks have to bolster receiver corps with a potential impact guy.

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