Matt Daniels' mock draft
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.
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.
3 Again, drafting Manziel would boost ticket sales for Shahid Khan’s franchise. Mack is the more logical pick.
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.
5 Not the glamour pick the passionate fans in Oakland want, but the smart one. Robinson helps protect new QB Matt Schaub.
6 Many feel the former standout for Dabo Swinney would get picked by Oakland. Atlanta gladly adds another wideout.
WR, Texas A&M
7 Lovie Smith loves his defenders. Tampa Bay, however, needs another wideout to pair with Vincent Jackson.
QB, Central Florida
8 Didn’t Minnesota just pick a quarterback who played college football in Florida? Bortles supplants Christian Ponder.
9 Someone has to protect EJ Manuel from all the pass rushers in the AFC East. Enter Lewan.
CB, Michigan State
10 Pick an area and Detroit needs help. Especially in the secondary. Which is why the Jim Thorpe Award winner fits.
CB, Oklahoma State
11 Tennessee executives pass on UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr to give new coach Ken Whisenhunt a superb defensive back.
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.
14 Undersized, but determined and productive, Donald helps plug up run defense that was so porous last year.
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.
DT, Florida State
16 Yes, Dallas signed former Bears defensive tackle Henry Melton this offseason. Jernigan gives the Cowboys more insurance.
17 A playmaker under Nick Saban with the Crimson Tide, Mosley could turn into same factor in Baltimore.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
18 Aside from the city’s tabloids having a field day with his name, Clinton-Dix gives team some youth at position.
OG, Notre Dame
19 Could play tackle or guard, but Miami needs more help at an interior lineman spot.
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.
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.
WR, Oregon State
22 Speed, speed and more speed. It’s what Chip Kelly gets in Cooks, who won the Biletnikoff Award in 2013.
23 Even with former Illini Jeff Allen on the line, Andy Reid selects another one to give Alex Smith more protection.
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.
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.
26 Who better to pair Johnny Manziel with than this elusive target, who would fit in nicely next to Josh Gordon.
CB, Ohio State
27 Sean Payton saw Seattle beat his team in the playoffs last season with lockdown corners. Roby can do just that.
28 Latimer has rocketed up draft boards. Former Hoosier fills void created with Steve Smith’s departure to Baltimore.
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.
CB, Virginia Tech
31 With Champ Bailey gone and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the Giants, Fuller could see the field early.
32 Pete Carroll knows Russell Wilson needs safety valves. Seferian-Jenkins is much more than that.