The Brod View: NFL Mock Draft #3
May 8 is rapidly approaching as many teams are finalising their draft boards. Yet here on The Brod View, the draft board has once again changed quite significantly. Nobody has dropped out of my top ten, but within that top ten there are seven changes in order of selection. I think what my mock draft has accomplished is basically stating the obvious: It’s too unpredictable!
Anyway, typical mock draft rules apply here with no trades being included. Also, I am only giving analysis to my top ten, and then I will feature the other 22 picks of the draft in a list for you to discuss.
You can read my last mock draft click here
THE TOP TEN
1 Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney (DE) (No Change) I don’t think there can possibly be anything else left to discuss about this young man. He is the top talent of the draft according to many and he should be drafted accordingly. There could be a couple of QBs that could dethrone him on draft day in the form of Johnny Manziel or Blake Bortles, but I highly doubt that will happen.
2 St Louis Rams: Jake Matthews (OT) (Up 4) Again, not much can be said other than St Louis are likely to trade down. In the scenario they don’t though, we have seen a swap on who is the number one offensive lineman of the draft – paralleling last year’s draft. Some pundits believe that Matthews might be better than Greg Robinson, who previously occupied this position. Furthermore, and off tangent to the OT discussion, if St Louis doesn’t negotiate a trade, they could be very tempted to draft Sammy Watkins.
3 Jacksonville Jaguars: Johnny Manziel (QB) (Up 5) Here’s Johnny! I am not fully certain that Manziel will be drafted in as the top QB, let alone at number three in the draft, but many believe that he is heading to Florida. Coach Gus Bradley is a defense-minded head coach and therefore I used to think the Jags will draft Khalil Mack. Yet the franchise is begging for a quarterback or someone with star power that can catapult their popularity. This is a business move, not a football move.
4 Cleveland Browns: Sammy Watkins (WR) (No Change) Like Clowney, everything that has been said about Watkins has already been regurgitated many times before. The same applies to Cleveland’s strategy as they will aim to draft a QB with pick 26 and then a running back in the second round. Obvious and boring, the only thing that could jeopardise the Browns’ draft is if Watkins is selected by the Rams and that the top four QBs will go before their next pick.
5 Oakland Raiders: Khalil Mack (LB) (Down 2) Sorry to blaspheme but the phrase “God only knows” is the only thing apt that can be said when it comes to this organisation. Until recently I felt certain that the Raiders would draft Blake Bortles but then they signed Matt Schaub. And with everything this organisation has said as well as the money invested in the failed QB from Houston, then I see them drafting Mack – the top available talent. This is usually a good thing but Oakland really need to cater to team needs throughout this draft.
6 Atlanta Falcons: Greg Robinson (OT) (Down 4) “It is boring to select offensive lineman, but undoubtedly Matthews is a top tier talent that Atlanta need.” – That’s what I said last time and all you need to do is just replace Matthews with Robinson. Either way, the Falcons will leave May 8 with a top O-Line talent. Unexciting but necessary.
7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike Evans (WR) (Up 2) With Mike Williams departing the franchise via a trade, the Buccaneers will be looking to add some offensive weapons. Every pundit that I have read believes that the Bucs will pick Evans but I reckon they could be up for trading down considering this is a receiver heavy draft.
8 Minnesota Vikings: Blake Bortles (QB) (Down 3) Minnesota could either select Bortles or Bridgewater at this point. I have only gone for Bortles in this scenario because I believe that he will be considered the second best QB in this draft. With the Raiders going for Mack in my scenario— it does lead to Minnesota having several options here when it comes to filling an empty place in their depth chart.
9 Buffalo Bills: Anthony Barr (LB) (Down 2) With Mike Evans moving up in the draft order, the Bills could either select a tight end or a SAM LB. I reckon they will look to strengthen up their linebackers and Barr will be an excellent addition to their ranks.
10 Detroit Lions: Justin Gilbert (CB) (No Change) They need a corner back. They will get a corner back. They will end up with the top corner back. End of that discussion.
THE REST OF THE PICKS
|11||Tennesse Titans||Ha Ha Clinton Dix||S||Up 2|
|12||New York Giants||Eric Ebron||TE||No Change|
|13||St Louis Rams||Calvin Pryor||S||Up 2|
|14||Chicago Bears||Timmy Jernigan||NT||No Change|
|15||Pittsburgh Steelers||Darqueze Dennard||CB||Down 4|
|16||Dallas Cowboys||Aaron Donald||DT||No Change|
|17||Baltimore Ravens||Taylor Lewan||OT||Up Round|
|18||New York Jets||Marqise Lee||WR||No Change|
|19||Miami Dolphins||Zack Martin||OT||Down 2|
|20||Arizona Cardinals||Bradley Roby||CB||No Change|
|21||Green Bay Packers||CJ Mosley||LB||No Change|
|22||Phildelphia Eagles||Kelvin Benjamin||WR||Up 10|
|23||Kansas City Chiefs||Odell Beckham||WR||No Change|
|24||Cincinnati Bengals||Louis Nix||NT||Up 1|
|25||San Diego Chargers||Kyle Fuller||CB||Down 3|
|26||Cleveland Browns||Teddy Bridgewater||QB||No Change|
|27||New Orleans Saints||Brandin Cooks||WR||Up 1|
|28||Carolina Panthers||Davante Adams||WR||Up Round|
|29||New England Patriots||Ra’Shede Hageman||DE||Up Round|
|30||San Francisco 49ers||Jason Verrett||CB||No Change|
|31||Denver Broncos||Xavier Su’a Filo||OG||Down 12|
|32||Seattle Seahawks||Morgan Moses||OT||Up Round|
This piece was written by Broderick Sutherland. Broderick is from Bath, UK and he is a massive New York Giants fan. He has recently started a blog that covers a variety of sports called Armchair Analyst. Follow him @BrodSutherland. And visit armchairanalystblog.wordpress.com