Nov 2, 2013; Columbia, SC, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (7) stands on the sidelines during a timeout against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Williams-Brice Stadium. The Gamecocks defeated the Bulldogs 34-16. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

CA Mock Draft Commences: Houston Takes Jadeveon Clowney with the first overall pick

It’s time to begin the CA Mock Draft! The GMs are set, the picks awaiting.

All of the picks will be available to view at this Google Doc throughout the draft, while this page will also be updated.

To start, Josh Coblentz  (@MinneapolisColt) and the Houston Texans Select Jadeveon Clowney, DE (South Carolina):

If I was GM, I would not gamble the teams’ future by forcing a QB. There’s no Luck, RGIII, or even Cam or Matty Ice. If we miss on a later round QB, it will be easier to bench him. Clowney is a sure thing (as sure as prospect can be) at a premium position. 

Let teams contend with Clowney next to Watt. May God have mercy on opposing QBs.

Up next is St. Louis and James Vermeal (@JayVeeThree).

Feb 22, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Auburn Tigers offensive lineman Greg Robinson runs the 40 yard dash during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 22, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Auburn Tigers offensive lineman Greg Robinson runs the 40 yard dash during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Rams select OT Greg Robinson, Auburn.

As much as I think the Rams should look to draft a QB (Teddy Da Gawd), they seem intent on keeping Sam Bradford. With that in mind, they need to be able to protect him, and Jake Long is coming off a late season ACL Tear. Greg Robinson presents the unique situation where the best player available (arguably) fills a critical need. He should become the starting LT from day 1.

Up next is Jacksonville and Ben Rathe (@BenRathe)

UPDATE: Jacksonville selects OLB Khalil Mack, Buffalo.

QB is a need but there will be options later. Bradley is focused on building a solid D and Mack gives much needed pass rush to the Jags and fits his scheme perfectly.

Up next is Cleveland and reader John.

UPDATE: Cleveland takes QB Derek Carr, Fresno State:

The Browns are in a bind.  They absolutely must come out of this draft with a viable starting QB.  None of therm are worthy of a top-5 pick.  And none of the best ones will be left by the Browns pick at 26.  I hate to do it, but gonna have to reach and get the QB they need.  I don’t believe in either Bridgewater or Bortles.  And staying far away from Manziel.  May the Dawg Pound allow me to leave the city in one piece!

Next is Oakland and reader paulcareyjr.

Feb 21, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel speaks to the media in a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 21, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel speaks to the media in a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Oakland takes QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M:

The Oakland Raiders select Johnny Manziel. We have brought him in twice, and we think he fits perfectly with our team.  He is a playmaker and we love the competitive edge that he brings to the Raiders. We believe he will be our QB of the future.

Next up is Atlanta and Paul Raftery (@PaulRaftery).

UPDATE: Atlanta takes OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M:

This is the Falcons primary need as we all saw Matt Ryan on the ground too much last year. Matthews is arguably the best tackle available in this years draft and the definite #1 pass blocking lineman in this class. The Falcons get their future franchise tackle with this pick.

Next up is Tampa Bay and reader Nathan.

UPDATE: Tampa Bay selects WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson.

The primary needs for the Buccaneers is a wide receiver, so Sammy Watkins is the pick. He is just what they need to become an explosive offense.

Up next is Minnesota and Don Campbell (@DRC_II)

UPDATE: Minnesota takes S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama:

Important Spielman gets it right and they believe the QB they want will be there in Round 2. Vikings select a Day 1 starter and need.

Next up is Buffalo and reader Sherck, from Colt Freaks.

Dec 28, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive lineman Taylor Lewan (77) walks off the field following the game against the Kansas State Wildcats during the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium. Kansas State defeated Michigan 31-14. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Dec 28, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive lineman Taylor Lewan (77) walks off the field following the game against the Kansas State Wildcats during the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium. Kansas State defeated Michigan 31-14. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Buffalo takes OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan.

The Bills are convinced that 2nd year E.J. Manual is the answer at QB and they have multiple young offensive weapons at WR, TE and RB.  But the largest issue of their offense in 2013 was offensive line play.  Three parts of the O-Line are solid and they signed perennial underachiever Mike Williams to hold down the Left Offensive Guard spot.  The glaring weakness on their offense is at right offensive tackle and Michigan’s Offensive Tackle Taylor Lewan will fill that spot nicely in 2014. 

Next up is Detroit (that’s me!).

UPDATE: The Lions take OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA.

I’m all about the BPA approach, and for the Lions, that means Barr here. Ideally, they’d move up or down, but if they stay put, Barr would give their defense a playmaker who can play all three downs. Barr is versatile enough that it gives their defense options moving forward, and in a draft chock full of receivers and cornerbacks, there’s no reason to reach for one here. 

Up next is Tennessee and Ryan Daryk (@ryandaryk).

UPDATE: Tennessee takes CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State.

In a division where Andrew Luck will lurk for the next decade you need a lockdown CB to handle that. With the loss of Verner, this is a no-brainer.

Next up is the New York Giants and Eric Martin (@erockdtown).

UPDATE: The Giants take WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M.

In the last month WR Mike Evans has been steadily moving up draft boards. Starting out as a mid first round pick he has moved into the top 10 on most draft boards. The fact that he fills a hole left by the loss of Hakeem Nicks and is the top remaining player on the Giants big board makes this the perfect situation for the Giants. This big-bodied, sure-handed receiver will improve Eli Manning’s weapons and help ensure he does not repeat last years performance.

Next up is St. Louis and James Vermeal (@JayVeeThree).

Oct 5, 2013; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies cornerback Kyle Fuller (17) celebrates with safety Kyshoen Jarrett (34) after making an interception in the fourth quarter. The Hokies defeated the Tar Heels 27-17 at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Oct 5, 2013; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies cornerback Kyle Fuller (17) celebrates with safety Kyshoen Jarrett (34) after making an interception in the fourth quarter. The Hokies defeated the Tar Heels 27-17 at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: The Rams take CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech.

I debated back and forth about taking Fuller, the #1 CB on my board, or the overall BPA. In the end, the need for a playmaker in the secondary was dire enough to make up the few spots between Fuller and the BPA.

Up next is Chicago and Keith Childers (@KC6624)

UPDATE: The Bears select CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State.

If the Bears want to make the postseason, selecting Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard to help improve a secondary that needs a lot of help.

Next up is Pittsburgh and Brent Fatig (@GoHorse88).

UPDATE: Pittsburgh selects TE Eric Ebron, UNC.

Heath Miller has been great, but is 32. Ebron’s burst is a wanted addition in Pittsburgh’s offense.

Next up is Dallas and @UKColtsFans

UPDATE: Dallas selects DT Aaron Donald, Pitt:

Cowboys defensive line is by far the biggest weakness on the team. Donald is the best interior pass rusher in this draft, he combines explosive quickness with terrific hand skills and very good strength and power.

Next up is Baltimore and Jason Spears (@JasonSpears_301).

Sep 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio (71) on the line of scrimmage during the second quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Cowboys Stadium. Alabama beat Michigan 41-14. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 1, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide left tackle Cyrus Kouandjio (71) on the line of scrimmage during the second quarter against the Michigan Wolverines at Cowboys Stadium. Alabama beat Michigan 41-14. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Baltimore selects OT Cyrus Kouandijo, Alabama.

The Ravens need a tackle, and Kouandijo is ultra-talented. He has long arms, quick feet, is aggressive and can pull and seal the corner. He has all the talent and physical traits to be a Pro Bowl tackle. He’s athletic with strong hands, is quick off of the snap in pass protection and slides well.

Next up is the New York Jets and Faraz Majid (@BrownMamba13).

UPDATE: The Jets select WR Marqise Lee, USC:

The Jets need to surround G. Smith with weapons, and while Lee’s stock has fallen due to injuries and bad QB play, he’s still a top receiver in the draft and will provide the Jets offense with a shifty, reliable receiver.

Up next is Miami and reader Christian.

UPDATE: Miami selects OT Zach Martin, Notre Dame:

Even with the signing of Brandon Albert, the Dolphins offensive line is still in shambles. Martin brings size and toughness, along with Albert, to give Tannehill a bit more time and open up more running lanes.

Next is Arizona and reader Eric.

UPDATE: Arizona selects DE Kony Ealy, Missouri.

Arizona already has a feared secondary, but their pass rush last year was essentially a one-man show by 34-year old John Abraham. Some new blood is needed at the position, and Kony Ealy is a versatile and dynamic edge rusher that could immediately solidify the Cardinals defense as one of the most dangerous in the league.

Next up is Green Bay and Josh Caplan (@Caplan17).

UPDATE: Green Bay takes ILB C.J. Mosley, Alabama:

An instant upgrade over AJ Hawk and Brad Jones, C.J. Mosley should help strengthen the Packers front seven.

Up next is Philadelphia and Tyler Warriner (@tylerjwarriner).

Nov 30, 2013; Fort Worth, TX, USA; TCU Horned Frogs cornerback Jason Verrett (2) during the game against the Baylor Bears at Amon G. Carter Stadium. The Bears defeated the Horned Frogs 41-38. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 30, 2013; Fort Worth, TX, USA; TCU Horned Frogs cornerback Jason Verrett (2) during the game against the Baylor Bears at Amon G. Carter Stadium. The Bears defeated the Horned Frogs 41-38. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Philadelphia takes CB Jason Verrett, TCU:

The Eagles DBs struggled last year and Jason Verrett is my number 1 CB in this years draft. He will make an impact immediately.

Next up is Kansas City and Stephen Reed (@Reed_StephenT).

UPDATE: Kansas City takes S Calvin Pryor:

While WR is arguably the Chiefs biggest need, the depth at the position gives them the opportunity to get a solid WR in RD3. Pryor gives then a safety to pair with Eric Berry to play the deep, center field role and allow Berry to attack the line of scrimmage.

Up next is Cincinnati and Matt Shedd (@sheddmatt)

UPDATE: Cincinnati takes LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State:

Very fast coverage LB. Wanted a CB, but the best were gone.

Next up is San Diego and Grant Sinning (@grantsinning).

UPDATE: San Diego takes DT Louis Nix III, Notre Dame:

Sure nose tackles can be found in later rounds but when you are in a division with Peyton Manning, you’ll take all the defensive line help you can get. Louis Nix III is powerful and will be a disruptive force in San Diego long after Peyton is gone.

Cleveland is on the clock.

UPDATE: Cleveland takes WR Odell Beckham Jr., LSU:

The Browns offense was ranked 17th despite having 4 offensive players named to the Pro Bowl (WR, TE, LT, C).  Adding Beckham to 4th Pick Derek Carr should address the weaknesses in the offense, and create a wealth of talent for new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.

New Orleans and Grant Sinning on the clock.

UPDATE: New Orleans takes DE Dee Ford, Auburn:

Dee Ford is all about that action boss. Relentless motor and high physicality. Might be considered too small by some, yet his attack is pure fury. Think the prospect of adding a high quality pass rush in addition to Cameron Jordan and Junior Gallette will help this New Orleans team in the #1 spot of the NFC South for a while.

Up next is Carolina and Andrew Hussey (@thehussnetwork).

Sep 28, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Virginia Cavaliers offensive tackle Morgan Moses (78) blocks Pittsburgh Panthers defensive lineman David Durham (37) during the third quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh defeated Virginia 14-3. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 28, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Virginia Cavaliers offensive tackle Morgan Moses (78) blocks Pittsburgh Panthers defensive lineman David Durham (37) during the third quarter at Heinz Field. Pittsburgh defeated Virginia 14-3. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Carolina takes OT Morgan Moses, Virginia:

Offensive line is a major need with Carolina with Jordan Gross retiring. They need to keep Newton upright and power their running game. WR is another need but there is value later on with this draft bring so deep.

Next up is New England and Dustin Barrett (@SpitHotFya).

UPDATE: New England takes DT Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota:

Hageman has an extremely high ceiling and fills a pressing need for the Patriots. He has the ability to be a Day 1 starter alongside Vince Wilfork at the 3-tech.

San Francisco (and @facade63) is on the clock.

UPDATE: San Francisco takes WR Allen Robinson, Penn State.

Robinson adds a different element for the 49ers in his length and his fearlessness to go up and get the ball in the air.

Next up is Denver and @mandnshake.

UPDATE: Denver takes OG Xavier Su’a-filo, UCLA:

With Zane Beadles’ departure to the Jags, a huge hole at left guard has arisen. The guard from UCLA is arguably the top guard in this class and immediately steps in at LG as a starter right next to Clady. Give two studs on the left side.

Up next is Seattle and reader Sherck.

UPDATE: Seattle takes OG Joel Bitonio, Nevada:

Michael Bennett replaces Chris Clemons.  Percy Harvin replaces Golden Tate.  Jordan Hill replaces Clinto McDonald.  Jeremy Lane replaces Brandon Browner.  Like most Super Bowl winning teams, Seattle had its fair share of free agents leave for other teams.  However, they also had players on their roster (or on IR) that should be able to replace all their losses except former starting ROT Breno Giacomini.  Currently, 2013 7th rounder Michael Bowie is slated to start there.  As such, the addition of Navada’s Joel Bitonio will be a welcome addition to the Seahawks as he spent time at both OT spots and ROG in college and is more than athletic enough to hold down their right OT slot in 2014.

And thus ends the first round! Houston is on the clock to start the second round.

1. Houston- DE Jedeveon Clowney, South Carolina
2. St. Louis- OT Greg Robinson, Auburn
3. Jacksonville- OLB Khalil Mack, Buffalo
4. Cleveland- QB Derek Carr, Fresno State
5. Oakland- QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
6. Atlanta- OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
7. Tampa Bay- WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson
8. Minnesota- S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama
9. Buffalo- OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan
10. Detroit- OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA
11. Tennessee- CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
12. New York Giants- WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M
13. St. Louis- CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia
14. Chicago- CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
15. Pittsburgh- TE Eric Ebron, UNC
16. Dallas- DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
17. Baltimore- OT Cyrus Kouandijo, Alabama
18. New York Jets- WR Marqise Lee, USC
19. Miami- OT Zach Martin, Notre Dame
20. Arizona- DE Kony Ealy, Missouri
21. Green Bay- ILB C.J. Mosley, Alabama
22. Philadelphia- CB Jason Verrett, TCU
23. Kansas City- S Calvin Pryor, Louisville
24. Cincinnati- LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State
25. San Diego- DT Louis Nix III, Notre Dame
26. Cleveland- WR Odell Beckham Jr., LSU
27. New Orleans- DE Dee Ford, Auburn
28. Carolina- OT Morgan Moses, Virginia
29. New England- DT Ra’Shede Hageman, Minnesota
30. San Francisco- WR Allen Robinson, Penn State
31. Denver- OG Xavier Su’a-Filo, UCLA
32. Seattle- OG Joel Bitonio, Nevada

Kyle J. Rodriguez

About Kyle J. Rodriguez

A film and numbers guru, Kyle writes about the NFL and the Indianapolis Colts for Bleacher Report, Draft Mecca and The Football Educator, and is a co-founder and associate editor of Colts Authority. Kyle also is a high school sports reporter for the MLive Media Group in Michigan, covering high school sports across the state.

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