Thursday, May 8, 2014
Every person has a favorite time of the year. For some its Christmas, others love Halloween, college sports fanatics will say March Madness but for me there it is no doubt the NFL draft. I can;t think of one specific reason why I love the draft so much. Mel Kiper's Hair ranks towards the top of my list along with anytime the Vikings are about to make a draft pick.
I hate that the NFL moved the draft to prime time for a ratings boost. The junior high/high school version of myself would camp in front of the TV for the Saturday/Sunday draft marathon yelling at the general mangers as my random favorites like Eric Crouch, Arnaz Battle and Jeremy Bloom dropped in the draft.
Through all of those years of heartbreak and yelling at Mel Kiper Jr. I have always wanted to do a mock draft of my own to compare to the experts. So, last night I finally went through the process.
Obviously, this includes the caveat of no trades but I would classify this as not bad and maybe even decent.
#1 Houston Texans - Jadeveon Clowney, DE - South Carolina
#2 St. Louis Rams - Greg Robinson, OT - Auburn
#3 Jacksonville Jaguars - Sammy Watkins, WR - Clemson
#4 Cleveland Browns - Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
#5 Oakland Raiders - Khalil Mack, OLB - Buffalo
#6 Atlanta Falcons - Taylor Lewan, OT - Michigan
#7 Tampa Bay Bucaneers - Mike Evans, WR - Texas A&M
#8 Minnesota Vikings - Johnny Manziel, QB - Texas A&M
#9 Buffalo Bills - Eric Ebron, TE - North Carolina
#10 Detroit Lions - Darqueze Dennard, CB - Michigan St.
#11 Tennessee Titans - Blake Bortles, QB - UCF
#12 New York Giants - Aaron Donald, DT - Pittsburgh
#13 St. Louis Rams - Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - Alabama
#14 Chicago Bears - Calvin Pryor, S - Louisville
#15 Pittsburgh Steelers - Zack Martin, OT - Notre Dame
#16 Dallas Cowboys - Timmy Jernigan, DT - Florida St.
#17 Baltimore Ravens - Odell Beckham Jr, WR - LSU
#18 New York Jets - Justin Gilbert, CB - Oklahoma St.
#19 Miami Dolphins - C.J. Mosley, ILB - Alabama
#20 Arizona Cardinals - Derek Carr, QB - Fresno St.
#21 Green Bay Packers - Ryan Shazier, OLB - Ohio St.
#22 Philadelphia Eagles - Brandin Cooks, WR - Oregon St.
#23 Kansas City Chiefs - Marqise Lee, WR - USC
#24 Cincinnati Bengals - Kyle Fuller, CB- Virginia Tech
#25 San Diego Chargers - Anthony Barr, OLB - UCLA
#26 Cleveland Browns - Teddy Bridgewater, QB - Louisville
#27 New Orleans Saints - Jason Verrett, CB - TCU
#28 Carolina Panthers - Davante Adams, WR - Fresno St
#29 New England Patriots - Ra'Shede HAgeman, DT - Minnesotta
#30 San Francisco 49ers - Kelvin Benjamin, WR - Florida St.
#31 Denver Broncos - Xavier Su'a-Filo, OG - UCLA
#32 Seattle Seahawks - Jace Amaro, TE - Texas Tech
Leave me a note about what you think about the mock draft, your favorite draft memories and any sleepers you see in this year's draft.