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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?
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.
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.
Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
Browns might get best QB in draft at 26; prospects like Barr are very rare.
Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
Watkins is exactly what the doctor ordered for the Raiders and tremendous value at five.
Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
Falcons fill a big need with the best player on the board.
Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
Risky and unwise as this is, somebody’s going to do it and Lovie’s feeling his oats.
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.
C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama
Mosley fills a big need for Bills with Pro Bowl potential.
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.
Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
Cornerback is a huge need for Titans and this is great value with Gilbert at 11.
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 .
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.
Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
The Steelers are thrilled to draft the best five-technique prospect in this draft.
16. Rams (projected trade with Cowboys)
Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State
No! The Rams get two top 10 talents and extra high picks?
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.
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.
Zack Martin, OG, Notre Dame
Dolphins hope this Martin fits a little better.
Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville
This is a need and reasonable value pick at 20.
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 .
Marquise Lee, WR, USC
Not as explosive as DeSean Jackson but actually more productive.
Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
Chiefs need one too and Beckham is the best on the board.
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
I know, I know . . . but this is the Bengals.
Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame
Chargers are anxious to clog the middle and Nix is the perfect fit.
Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
Certainly no bigger risk than Manziel and Bortles and now Barr is in the bank.
Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
Tremendous value for the Saints and fills their biggest need.
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.
Ra'Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota
Brings the kind of versatility Belichick loves to move up and down the line in 30 or 40 fronts.
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.
Tre Mason, RB, Auburn
Not a need, or is it, but certainly a swing for the fences that I think will work.
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.