Matt Daniels' mock draft

Matt Daniels' mock draft

Jadeveon Clowney
DE, South Carolina
1 Bill O’Brien needs a proven QB. Instead, he gets a proven pass-rushing threat to team up with J.J. Watt.

Jake Matthews
OT, Texas A&M
2 Sure, St. Louis would love to see Johnny Manziel in its colors. But St. Louis needs offensive line help more.

Khalil Mack
LB, Buffalo
3 Again, drafting Manziel would boost ticket sales for Shahid Khan’s franchise. Mack is the more logical pick.

Johnny Manziel
QB, Texas A&M
4 Here is where Johnny Football lands. To become the 21st QB of the Browns since team was brought back in 1999.

Greg Robinson
OT, Auburn
5 Not the glamour pick the passionate fans in Oakland want, but the smart one. Robinson helps protect new QB Matt Schaub.

Sammy Watkins
WR, Clemson
6 Many feel the former standout for Dabo Swinney would get picked by Oakland. Atlanta gladly adds another wideout.  

Mike Evans
WR, Texas A&M
7 Lovie Smith loves his defenders. Tampa Bay, however, needs another wideout to pair with Vincent Jackson.

Blake Bortles
QB, Central Florida
8 Didn’t Minnesota just pick a quarterback who played college football in Florida? Bortles supplants Christian Ponder.

Taylor Lewan
OT, Michigan
9 Someone has to protect EJ Manuel from all the pass rushers in the AFC East. Enter Lewan.

Darqueze Dennard
CB, Michigan State
10 Pick an area and Detroit needs help. Especially in the secondary. Which is why the Jim Thorpe Award winner fits.

Justin Gilbert
CB, Oklahoma State
11 Tennessee executives pass on UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr to give new coach Ken Whisenhunt a superb defensive back.

Anthony Barr
12 Athletic Barr drops a few spots, and New York is more than happy to scoop up versatile defender.

Odell Beckham Jr.
13 Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans are the best of the talented wideouts in this class, but Beckham isn’t far behind.

Aaron Donald
DT, Pittsburgh
14 Undersized, but determined and productive, Donald helps plug up run defense that was so porous last year.  

Eric Ebron
TE, North Carolina
15 Heath Miller isn’t getting any younger, and Ebron epitomizes mold of athletic tight ends seen more and more in the NFL.

Timmy Jernigan
DT, Florida State
16 Yes, Dallas signed former Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton this offseason. Jernigan gives the Cowboys more insurance.

C.J. Mosley
LB, Alabama
17 A playmaker under Nick Saban with the Crimson Tide, Mosley could turn into same factor in Baltimore.  

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
S, Alabama
18 Aside from the city’s tabloids having a field day with his name, Clinton-Dix gives team some youth at position.

Zack Martin
OG, Notre Dame
19 Could play tackle or guard, but Miami needs more help at an interior lineman spot.  

Derek Carr
QB, Fresno State
20 Carson Palmer isn’t getting any younger, but this is a win-win for both club and player because it gives Carr time to develop.

Ryan Shazier
LB, Ohio State
21 He was one of the most fearsome defenders in the Big Ten, and Dom Capers salivates at where he can line Shazier up.

Brandin Cooks
WR, Oregon State
22 Speed, speed and more speed. It’s what Chip Kelly gets in Cooks, who won the Biletnikoff Award in 2013.

Xavier Su’a-Filo
23 Even with former Illini Jeff Allen on the line, Andy Reid selects another one to give Alex Smith more protection.

Jimmie Ward
S, Northern Illinois
24 Ward is a difference-maker and could become second NIU product to go in the first round after Larry English did so in 2009.

Louis Nix
DT, Notre Dame
25 Former Illini Corey Liuget needs a stout run defender he can count on inside. Nix is the one who San Diego wisely chooses.

Marqise Lee
26 Who better to pair Johnny Manziel with than this elusive target, who would fit in nicely next to Josh Gordon.

Bradley Roby
CB, Ohio State
27 Sean Payton saw Seattle beat his team in the playoffs last season with lockdown corners. Roby can do just that.

Cody Latimer
WR, Indiana
28 Latimer has rocketed up draft boards. Former Hoosier fills void created with Steve Smith’s departure to Baltimore.

Teddy Bridgewater
QB, Louisville
29 Tom Brady isn’t getting any younger and Ryan Mallett doesn’t exactly inspire confidence. Why not go with Bridgewater?

Kyle Van Noy
30 Jim Harbaugh likes his linebackers who can fill a multitude of roles. Just like Van Noy can.

Kyle Fuller
CB, Virginia Tech
31 With Champ Bailey gone and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the Giants, Fuller could see the field early.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins
TE, Washington
32 Pete Carroll knows Russell Wilson needs safety valves. Seferian-Jenkins is much more than that.

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