The NFL Combine has come and gone and on the eve of free agency, this draft is one of the most fluid in recent memory. With no consensus top quarterback, the top 10 picks could include a host of positions from defensive end to wide receiver to outside linebacker to go along with passers such as Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles. Here’s the second version of our mock draft.
1. Houston Texans: UCF QB Blake Bortles
Bortles separated himself at the combine, wisely deciding to throw while Teddy Bridgewater and Manziel elected to wait for pro days or individual workouts. Bortles was among the slower quarterbacks in the 40-yard dash, but ranked among the top competitors in the rest of the drills, including the broad jump and three-cone drill. Coupled with his game tape, size and athleticism, Bortles will be the first pick to lead the Texans back to the playoffs.
2. TRADE — Atlanta Falcons: South Carolina DE Jadaveon Clowney (Traded by St. Louis)
The Falcons move up for Clowney, who despite questions of his hunger and drive after a dip in production at South Carolina last season, is widely regarded as a once in a generation talent. He set the combine on fire, running a blazing 4.53-second 40-yard dash, a 124-inch broad jump and a 37.5-inch vertical jump. The Falcons, desperate for a pass rushing presence after finishing tied for second worst in the NFL in sacks last season with 32, surrender a second rounder to the Rams to get him.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater
The Jaguars need someone to solidify the most important position on the field after the Blaine Gabbert experiment failed miserably and Chad Henne is nothing more than a stopgap. Bridgewater would bring excitement and ability after throwing 29 touchdowns to four interceptions last season with nearly 4,000 yards and a 71 percent completion percentage. The Jaguars finished tied for second worst in the NFL in touchdowns, and Bridgewater’s combination of talent and accuracy would surely increase that number.
4. Cleveland Browns: Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel
The Browns are in a similar position to the Jaguars, desperately needing an infusion of talent and excitement to the quarterback position. After Brandon Weeden, Brian Hoyer and Jason Campbell, who more exciting than Johnny Football? Manziel routinely torched the best defenses in the SEC and after 37 passing touchdowns and eight rushing touchdowns last season, he’d be a great fit in Cleveland throwing to Josh Gordon.
5. Oakland Raiders: Clemson WR Sammy Watkins
The Raiders have holes all over the roster and just need an infusion of talent, allowing them to grab the best playmaker available. Watkins isn’t as big as former top receiving prospects like Calvin Johnson and AJ Green, but he has the same athleticism, strong hands and game-breaking ability that they do. The former Clemson man tore up the combine with a 4.43-second 40-yard dash and a 126-inch broad jump to back up his 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns from last season.
6. St. Louis Rams: Auburn OT Greg Robinson
The Rams have put a "for sale" sign on the second overall pick from the get-go and even with a move down, secure one of the best players in the draft. Robinson is a mauler in the run game and bulldozed over every SEC defense Auburn faced on the way to a near National Championship. Even at 6-foot-5 and over 330 pounds, Robinson ran a blistering 4.92 40-yard dash, had a 113-inch broad jump and generally looked fluid and powerful at the combine. St. Louis can use him to fill in for an injured Jake Long or put him at right tackle to dominate in the run game.
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