Fanta’s Mock Draft: Two WR’s in top 5, uncertainty with QB’s plays a factor


By John Fanta

It’s that day of the year. The time to hit the refresh button and begin to get ready for what’s yet to come. Everybody’s 0-0 now, but what they do this weekend could make or break the future of their franchise. It’s draft day, and nobody does it better than the NFL.

The 2014 class is as talented and well-rounded as they come. From a 4114-yard passer in Johnny Manziel, who is one of the most compelling players to come into the draft in the history of the league, to wide receivers Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans, the first round promises to be fun. And that’s not even looking at the rest of a deep, deep group. With that, here is my top-15 mock draft. The board is filled with Texas A&M Aggies and once again, we see who is the king of college football, the SEC.

1. Houston Texans – Jadaveon Clowney – DE South Carolina
2. St. Louis Rams – Greg Robinson – OT Auburn
3. Jacksonville Jaguars – Khalil Mack – LB Buffalo
4. Cleveland Browns – Sammy Watkins – WR Clemson
5. Oakland Raiders – Mike Evans – WR Texas A&M
6. Atlanta Falcons – Taylor Lewan – OT Michigan
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Johnny Manziel – QB Texas A&M
8. Minnesota Vikings – Aaron Donald – DT Pittsburgh
9. Buffalo Bills – Eric Ebron – TE North Carolina
10. Detroit Lions – Justin Gilbert – CB Oklahoma State
11. Tennessee Titans – Anthony Barr – OLB UCLA
12. New York Giants – Zack Martin – OG Notre Dame
13. St. Louis Rams – Ha Ha Clinton-Dix – S Alabama
14. Chicago Bears – C.J. Mosley – LB Alabama
15. Pittsburgh Steelers – Odell Beckham Jr. – WR LSU
Just a few takes:
I don’t see Oakland going to the defensive side of the ball, which is why I see a move to get Evans at the fifth spot. Cleveland will determine if Oakland gets Watkins, but it is unlikely that the Browns will go after anybody else if Watkins is available. With Josh McCown and Mike Glennon, nothing really sets the world on fire in Tampa Bay. Manziel could be the determinant of taking that team to the next level with a fresh coaching staff in place and a roster that is not as rough as it may seem. The strange thing about this draft is it features two teams in the top six that can realistically make a playoff run. The Texans and Falcons combined for 25 regular season wins just two years ago, but the injury bug and off-the-field issues caught up to them last season. Clowney will add great depth to an already solid defense and Lewan helps Matt Ryan with protection. Both of these teams cannot be overlooked.
NFL Draft coverage begins at 8 p.m. in New York. Follow me on twitter @John_Fanta

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