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Mock Draft 3.0 5/4/14

Updated: 05/11/2014 9:08AM ET

PickTeamPlayerPos.SchoolHTWT40 Time
Round 1
Jadeveon Clowney*DE
South Carolina 
As bad as missing on a top player passing on one may be worse. Barring a trade JC is a Texan
Junior entry. Two-year starter. Played in all 13 games as a freshman. Can turn speed to power. Faster than green grass through a goose and must be game planned for. He looks like the prototype NFL defensive end from his long athletic build to his extra long arm length. If only his flashes were graded you would think he was from another planet. But the whole film is graded and you rarely get the production his physical gifts warrant. Made many plays when he was unblocked. He was on a play count most of the year because of injury. Has an explosive arm over move that you seldom see. Can completely dominate a portion of a game or can be walled off by a tight end. His 40 tackles, 3 sacks, and 11.5 tackles for loss are underachieving for the rare talent. Has a tendency to play high and gets pushed up the field past the quarterback. Lazy in techniques from hands up on a pass rush to separating from blockers. Needs to work on his endurance. Has some nagging injuries. 2013 stats: 40 T, 11.5 TFL, 3 sacks, 1 FF. OSR:1/43. Top five pick. (A-34 1/2, H-10, BP-21, 10-1.59).
St. Louis  f/Wash
Jake MatthewsLOT
Texas A&M 
Jeff Fisher knows all about the Matthews bloodlines. Jake Matthews started and finished his senior year as the top left tackle prospect in the 2014 Draft. Four-year starter who played right tackle in 2012. The second pick in the 2013 draft, Luke Joeckel, played on the left side. Moved to left tackle this past fall. Matthews is the middle son of Hall-of-Famer Bruce Matthews. A knee bender who plays with attitude and effort. Competed for an up-tempo offensive team. Good athletic ability and is consistently effective as a run blocker and pass protector. Has dominated pass rushers the past two years, including last year’s sixth pick, Barkevious Mingo. Smooth lateral shuffle in pass protection. Plays square with his long torso and takes advantage of his long arms. Uses his quick hands efficiently in his punch, stab, placement, and extension. Good six inch pop. Can redirect and shift his weight quickly. Moves quickly off the ball as a zone blocker in the run game. Solid stance and foot quickness. Effective on combination and second level blocks. Stays balanced with good body control when blocking on the move. Plays with good leverage to anchor. Bench Press: 24/225 Arm length: 33 3/8" HAND: 9 7/8" .

Sammy Watkins*WR

Junior entry. Three-year starter. He leaves evaluators at a loss for descriptive adjectives. A competitive and explosive hand catcher who will reach and extend to catch a ball at the high point. He can freeze a defender’s feet, then accelerate by them. A double move magician. He can win in transition and separate against the best corners. Excels on man-beater crossing routes. Gets open, plucks the ball, and is athletic after the catch. Big time speed, quickness, and production with the ball in his hands. Uncanny ability to break tackles and split defenders. Explosive on kickoff returns. Led the country in 2013 with 837 yards after catch. Very good run after catch ability. A broken field runner with good awareness and field vision. Possesses a pair of strong hands. Wins the one-on-one battles with his eye on the prize. Has the talent to dominate down and distance. A game breaker who can regularly beat coverage. Has the strength to fight press coverage. Was deadly on wide receiver jail break screens. Instant acceleration. Has a running back’s compact build.ARM: 32", Hand: 9 5/8.

Taylor LewanOT
Four-year starter with long arms and a wide body. Reminds us of former Wolverine Jon Runyan, long-time Eagles’ right tackle. When he gets his mitts on you, it’s all over. Plays left tackle from a preset two-point stance. Good mirror and slide in pass protection. Slides his feet while squaring up the pass rusher. Sits down and locks out. Must work to bend his knees and not grab a speed rusher. Aggressive in his play. Good position and sustain. Pass blocking is the most important skills for today’s NFL linemen and Lewan sets quickly and can slide-shuffle with good athletic ability and quick feet. Has dominated defenders at times with weight transfer, change of direction, and body control. He can pancake a slant tackle. Gets inside position on a defensive end or tackle with foot quickness. Can handle a twist stunt with quickness and space adjustment. Can be a road grader. Lines up at left or right tight end in the heavy packages. Elevated his game in 2013 and put a cherry on top with lights out Combine workout. Physical on down blocks. Can be beat inside at times. Had a good battle with Jadeveon Clowney in the 2012 Outback Bowl.OSR:1/40. Top 10 pick. (A-33 7/8, H-9 1/4, BP-29, 10-1.71).

Khalil MackOLB
Four-year starter. Has played both outside linebacker and a four man front defensive end. Projects to outside linebacker for the next level. May project inside for some teams. Good balance and change of direction. Long arms to lock out, play square, and shuffle laterally down the line of scrimmage. A good athlete who can dip his shoulder, penetrate and pressure the quarterback. Experience dropping into coverage and playing on or off the line of scrimmage. Will finish backside pursuit. Good effort player with a non-stop motor. Doesn’t stay blocked. Explosive first step when rushing the passer. Uses his hands on blockers like a shiver board. A disruptive playmaker.
Greg Robinson*LOT
The Falcons need a pass rusher and all the offensive linemen they can collect in this draft. A tightend would be nice too! Look for Atlanta to make an aggressive move to go up & get Jadeveon Clowney. Greg Robinson, a declared junior, emerged as one of the draft’s top left tackle prospects during Auburn’s national championship run. Athletic with good lateral quickness to cut off the inside go. Can stone a bull rush. Powerful on down blocks. Locks out his long arms on a pass rusher’s breast plate, carrying them up the field. ARM Length: 35", HAND: 10 ". Bench Press: 32/225,

Tampa Bay 
Mike Evans*WR
Texas A&M 
Junior entry. Two-year starter. Was red-shirted in 2011. A big athletic target who will reach and extend for high passes and out jumps most defensive backs. Averaged 20.2 yards per catch on his 69 catches. Tough to jam at the line of scrimmage because of size and strength. A power player who lacks short area quickness. A mismatch nightmare in the slot or outside as an X or Z receiver. He establishes position with his hands like a basketball player. Improved on his receiver nuances like coming back to the ball in 2013. Can be a feature receiver on the next level. Johnny Manziel’s go-to guy over the past two seasons. Good ball skills and a wing span radius of 82 1/4'. Has the size and physical style of play to create mismatches with corners and linebackers. Does a good job of adjusting his route if there are protection breakdowns and finds the open area. Needs work on his patterns but he can drive his man off and set up the route. Needs to be smoother in his footwork and body balance. Walls off defenders as a pass blocker. Can track the deep ball over his shoulder. No blind spots. Can make the catch. Loses his poise and focus at times in the heat of the battle and hurts his team with penalties. 2013 stats: 69-1394, 20.2 ypr, 12 TD. OSR:20/46. First round. (A-35 1/8, H-9 5/8, VJ-37, SS-4.26).
CJ MosleyIB
CJ Mosley was the Butkus Award winner as the top linebacker in the country. Has good timing as an “A” gap blitzer. Disruptive and explosive. Instinctive with good lateral agility. A sideline to sideline productive player. Led the Tide with 108 tackles, including 9 tackles for loss. A four down linebacker – plays run, covers the pass, and plays special teams. The only stickey wicket is an injury history that may knock Mosley out of the 1st round.. ARM: 33 3/8", HAND: 10 3/4"

Eric Ebron*TE
North Carolina 
Junior entry. Two-year starter. Athletic after catch. Has some stop and go quickness. A mismatch athletically for the linebackers and secondary. A raw route runner. Not stiff or mechanical, but needs to improve his cuts and body control. Gained separation in college with his athletic ability. Has the speed to get deep. A vertical threat who can close the cushion. Lines up wide or in the slot and can beat coverage with strength, athleticism, and quickness. He is equally as skilled catching a screen, crosser, or vertical route. Good athletic ability and tight end skill set. Caught 62 passes last fall and set a Tar Heel record for receptions and yards (973) in a season by a tight end. He also holds the career record of 112 catches for 1805 yards, passing former Terp Vernon Davis as the ACC tight end yardage leader. A hand catcher who can make the first tackler miss. Catches the ball away from the frame of his body. Needs to improve his inline blocking, perfunctory effort, and lower body strength. 2013 stats: 62-973, 15.7 ypr, 3 TD. OSR:2/18. First round. (A-33 1/4, H-10, BP-24, VJ-32).
Justin GilbertCB
Oklahoma State 
Gilbert is a rangy long armed playmaker that also doubles as a dynamic kick return specialist. He is a good sized corner who is always in position to make a play on the ball. Can turn and run with good hip flexibility or stick his foot in the ground and drive on the ball carrier in front of him. Good hands to pluck the interception or return kicks. Will miss tackles with just a shoulder hit at times.

Anthony BarrOLB
The Titans need to generate a pass rush in their new 3-4 scheme and Ray Horton knows just what to do with the explosive and productive Anthony Barr by widening him out and turning him loose. He is one of those productive athletes that are fun to scout. He elevated his overall game despite pass protections set his way. The rangy scheme diverse linebacker plays low with good knee bend and hip flexibility. Almost impossible to hook with his long arms, lateral agility, and good athletic ability. Can run down plays from the backside. Barr collected 65 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, and 5 forced fumbles in 2013. ARM: 33 1/2 " HAND: 9 3/8".

New York 
Zack MartinOG/OT
Notre Dame 
Four-year starter at left tackle. Two-year captain who projects inside at guard but will get a chance to play on the edge first. Plays in a three point stance along with a two point preset stance. Gets a good two arm extension in pass protection. Cuts off the inside go. Good awareness on blitz pickups. Works to sustain and finish his blocks. Effective as a pass protector and run blocker. Knee bender who generally plays with flat feet. Plays with balance and body control. Can pivot, turn, and run. Effective use of hands to lock up the pass rusher’s breast plate. Concentrates and focuses on his job. Good reactions. Gets depth in pass protection. Smooth feet to mirror and slide. Smart and instinctive player who can sit down and anchor a bull rush. A four-for-one player. Must improve his core strength to handle power and leverage players. Medical exclusion at Combine, left hamstring. Senior Bowl notes: Solid week of practice. Not the ideal length desired in a left tackle, but has NFL qualities. Good functional foot mobility and athletic agility. Blue collar type worker. Positive fundamental initial steps and shows effort working to finish blocks. Smooth lateral and redirect playing quickness as a pass protector. Physically is better suited for a guard. Showed grit and determination with inline block encounters. First round. (A-32 7/8, H-9 1/2, BP-29, 10-DNP).
St. Louis 
Deone BucannonFS
Washington State 
Four-year starter who led the Pac-12 in tackles with 109. His total of 114 tackles was 8th best in the country. He is the biggest, fastest, most productive, durable, explosive, and athletic safety in this draft. He has experience at both free and strong safety. Has been elected team captain three times. A physical run through tackler who plays the ball well down the field and has good ball skills. Smart, mature, tough, versatile, and motivated. Supports the run like a concrete truck running into a Yugo. He is not only a hitter, but a wrap up tackler. Has the feet and flexibility to run with tight ends, backs, and wide receivers. Can play deep off the ball or in the slot. Forces fumbles not only as a collision hitter but with his active hands grabbing at the ball. Athletic and agile working through traffic on run support. Recorded 384 tackles in his career, 7 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, and 15 interceptions. A four year playmaker. The Sultan of Swat from the Palouse grades out as a very valuable weapon for a creative defensive coordinator against the run, in pass coverage, and as a blitzer. Three teams - St. Louis (#13), Pittsburgh (#15), and Baltimore (#17) are all looking for safeties. Any team that selects him after that trio just held up a Brinks truck. Bucannon has a consistent pattern of success from his high school days through his college career. As an extra bonus, Deone can play golf on off days with the defensive coordinator that selects him. He lettered in golf for four years in high school. Senior Bowl notes: liked his change of direction in drills. Closed well in pursuit and was fluid in transition. Physical in tackling drills and showed aggressive play in run support. The physical safety put a pad popper hit on James White during practice. 2013 stats: 114 T, 6 INT, 3 FF. BTR:left 4.59, right 4.59. OSR:2/ 18. First round. (A-32 3/8, H-9 3/4, VJ-36.5, SS-4.26).
Stephon Tuitt*DE
Notre Dame 
Tuitt is recovering from a fractured foot.He should draw two blockers which will help free up others that are single blocked.If he draws a single block our money's on Tuitt to beat the blocker. He can also play down inside.He is a country strong versatile 4-3 or 3-4 tackle or end. Sets the edge with technique and guile. Can press the pocket as a pass rusher then make the quarterback throw out of the well by getting his long arms up. Hustles and takes good downfield angles in pursuit. Can stack the line of scrimmage and force the ball to bounce. Recorded 49 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks, and 13 quarterback hurries. ARM: 34 3/4", HAND: 10"

Calvin Pryor*FS
Junior entry. Three-year starter. A physical safety who breaks quickly on the ball and punishes the ball carrier when he arrives. A reliable talent with good ball skills who can also make splash highlight plays. Second leading tackler with 75 stops. Athletic with good foot quickness and hip flexibility. Can recover and has closing quickness with drive on run and ball. Has a wellearned reputation as a heavy hitter contact player. No problems with tackling courage here. A competitor with confidence and poise. Has a wide range and can make the acrobatic interception. Throws his body at ball carriers. Good coverage on special teams. Was inconsistent in open field tackles early in the year. Inconsistent angles in 2012 and early 2013. Good late season improvement. 2013 stats: 75 T, 3 INT, 2 FF, 4 PD. BTR:left 4.65, right 4.85.
Aaron DonaldDT
Aaron Donald is a scheme specific 4-3 under-tackle who explodes off the ball and is a slippery leverage player. Long arms to bat down passes. Works hard every play from snap to whistle. Always puts in a good day’s work. Good flexibility to dip and bend. Won the defensive player of the year sweepstakes collecting the Bednarik, Lombardi, Outland Trophy, and Nagurski Awards. Was unanimous All-America plus ACC Defensive Player of the Year.

HaHa Clinton-Dix*FS
Two-year starter. Athletic enough and by scheme design does not let a receiver get on top of him. As the last line of defense, he lines up at 10-12 yards deep. Keeps good position on receiver and jumps a ball carrier once he crosses the line of scrimmage. Reads things quickly. Good ball skills and has the range of a center fielder. Has good burst quickness on plays in front of him. Stays on his feet and plays off blockers. Plays with confidence. Has a top level reaction IQ. Needs to improve wrap tackling skills. Inconsistent run through hitter. Had a drop off in his overall play after returning from suspension in October. 2013 stats: 50 T, 4 TFL, 2 INT, 4 PD. BTR:left 4.57, right 4.50.
New York 
Odell Beckham Jr.*WR
Beckham is not only a feature receiver, but a game changing fearless kick returner as well. Averaged a salty 19.5 yards per catch on his 59 receptions and tallied 8 touchdowns. Aggressive going after the ball. Will lay out for an off-target pass. A good route runner who has a physical edge to his game. Runs sharp and crisp routes. Can shake a defender in the open field after a catch. Will run and catch a short pattern into the teeth of a defense. Good ball skills down the field competing for the ball.

Tim Jernigan*DT
Florida State 
Timmy Jernigan is an inside running lane road block. Top level inside instincts and agility. Good lateral quickness and hand use to stack and shed head-on running plays. Plays low and with leverage to hold his ground. A one-gap disruptive penetrator.

Trent MurphyOLB
Cardinals need OT's, a CB and a pass rushing OLB. Murphy is a native of Mesa, Arizona and may be moving back. He is a productive multiple position player who has a lethal inside rip move. He’s planted more than one quarterback after shedding the block and closing on his target. Combines instincts and intensity to rush the passer. A versatile defender who is quick off the ball, explosive, and relentless. Murphy totaled 62 tackles, 23.5 tackles for loss (147 yards), 15 sacks (119 yards), 7 quarterback hurries, and 7 passes defended. ARM: 33 7/8", HAND: 11 1/8".

Green Bay 
Darqueze DennardCB
Michigan State 
Darqueze is a plugin and play man-to-man defender. He is a physical corner in coverage and on run support. Reroutes receivers and keeps position on them. Has a closing burst when called on to blitz. An aggressive wrap tackler who is smart and instinctive.

Brandin Cooks*WR
Oregon State 
Cooks is the explosive 2013 Fred Biletnikoff winner as the country’s best receiver. Has a lot of Carolina’s Steve Smith in him. A gritty receiver who has good hands and quick feet. A strong route runner with good vision. Explosive upfield burst on jailbreak screens. Beats the first tackler on a regular basis. An aggressive receiver with strong hands. Catches the ball in tight quarters and is not afraid to go over the middle. Gets open in man-to-man coverage. Competitive and athletic after the catch. Makes defenders miss. Tough to cover in the slot.

Kansas City  f/IND
Marqise Lee*WR
Don't let the fall of 2013 put you to sleep on this human highlight film. Marqise Lee was nicked up in 2013 but flashed glimpses of his previous two highlight reel years at Southern Cal. Sudden quickness out of his breaks. Competitive at the ball. Has elite speed to run by corners on deep vertical routes. Explosive kickoff return specialist averaging 28.5 yards per return. He owns or shares 22 USC records. ARM: 31 3/4 ", HAND: 9 1/2".

Ryan Shazier*OB
Ohio State 
San Diego 
Louis Nix III*DT/NT
Notre Dame 
Johnny Manziel*QB
Texas A&M 
New Orleans 
Jason VerrettCB
Jason Verrett is a quick-footed nickel corner who can play outside. Confident and disciplined in his play. A good athlete with timing, quickness, and hip flexibility. A fearless competitor with the ball in the air or in run support.

Cyrus Kouandjio*OT
New England 
Marcus Martin*C/OG
San Francisco 
Kyle FullerCB
Virginia Tech 
Kyle Fuller takes a direct line to the ball with no false steps. Athletic, confident, and competitive. Good football instincts and body control. Defended 12 passes despite missing 5 games with a torn groin muscle. Good feet and short area quickness. Sudden to read and react.

Xavier Su'a-Filo*OG
A junior who has experience at both tackle and guard. Strong punch to the breast plate. Quick, aggressive, and physical in his play. Good lateral quickness to position the defensive end. Good feet and athletic ability in pass protection. Strong and explosive in his play. Keeps his hands inside the frame. Can play flat-footed with good ankle and hip flexibility. Strong enough to anchor a bull rush. ARM Length: 33 3/8" HAND: 9 3/8", Bench Press: 25/225

Round 2
Blake Bortles*QB
Central Florida 
Bradley Roby*CB
Ohio State 
Three-year starter. Missed the 2014 Orange Bowl with a knee injury. Best asset is his big time speed and athletic ability. Can be disruptive with corner blitzes. Recorded 13 pass breakups, 3 interceptions, and blocked two punts in 2013. Ball clubs will be enticed by his speed and athletic ability. Injury history. Questionable ball and visual skills.

Carlos HydeRB
Ohio State 
Derek CarrQB
Fresno State 
Dee FordDE
Tampa Bay 
Moses MorganOT
Teddy Bridgewater*QB
Jimmy GaroppoloQB
Eastern Illinois 
Donte Moncrief*WR
Bishop Sankey*RB
New York 
Troy Niklas*TE
Notre Dame 
St. Louis 
Jace Amaro*TE
Texas Tech 
Joel BitonioOG/OT
Kareem MartinDE
North Carolina 
Jaylen Watkins*CB
Started 28 games at Florida, splitting time between safety and corner. Was the team’s third leading tackler with 52. Older brother of Clemson star, Sammy Watkins. Fluid turning ability and good hip flexibility. Good foot quickness and change of direction. A good athlete who can run. Demonstrates good closing and catch up speed. Experienced in man-to-man coverage. Not afraid to wrap tackle.

Trai Turner*OG
New York 
Jack MewhortOT
Ohio State 
Michael SchofieldOT
Jeremy HillRB
Austin Seferian-JenkinsTE
Green Bay 
Weston RichburgC
Colorado State 
Ra'Shede HagemanDT
Bryan StorkC
Florida State 
Three-year starter who earned the 2013 Rimington Trophy as the outstanding center in the country. A technique savvy center who is quick enough to gain position and seal a big nose tackle. Plays with a good base. Runs feet on contact. Takes good angles to the second level to cut off pursuit. Good football and on-thefield awareness to cut or face up and fit his block. Experienced at both the shotgun and conventional snap. Plays with a good base and knee bend. Physical player who can shock you with his punch. Head always on a swivel. Ability to adjust and block different looks. Instinctive. Can quick set and force separation in pass protection. Good use of hands when combo blocking. Big hands to lock on defender and create a seam, then climbs to the second level. Plays with leverage and anchor ability. A patient yet physical interior presence for the Seminoles. Medical exclusion at Combine, left knee and both shoulders.
San Francisco  f/KC
Jordan MatthewsWR
San Diego 
Kony Ealy*DE
Jimmie WardSS
Northern Illinois 
New Orleans 
Ego FergusonDT
Keith McGillCB
San Francisco 
Tyler GaffneyRB
New England 
Jeremiah AttaochuDE
Georgia Tech 
DaQuan JonesDT
Penn State 
Cody Latimer*WR
Junior entry. Two-year starter. Is a big physical receiver who is a match-up problem for smaller defensive backs. Was the feature receiver in a pitch and catch, high tempo offense. Caught 8 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown versus Missouri. Against Illinois the former basketball player snared 11 catches for 189 yards and three touchdowns. Has big play game changing abilities. A three-year productive starter who can beat coverage when lined up going down the seam. Good ball skills and adjust. Reaches and extends for the ball at the high point. Catches the ball cleanly in his hands. Ran a 4.41 on his pro day on 3/26/14 and also had a vertical jump of 39 inches after surgery on his foot in mid-January. At the Combine he was only able to do the bench press. He put up 225 pounds 23 times which is at the top of the receiver scale. He is still recovering from surgery so he did not do any position workouts. Good run after catch ability. Accelerates after catch. Can elude or run through a tackle. Good field awareness. Gives effort to block in the run game or on jail break screens. Separates from defense with strength and athletic ability. 2013 stats: 72-1096, 15.2 ypr, 9 TD. Medical exclusion at Combine, left foot.
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