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Mack looks like the best pass rushing outside linebacker prospect since Von Miller, and would be one of the most natural fits in the draft in Tampa Bay. At 6-foot-3 and nearly 250 pounds, having Mack paired with Lavonte David at linebacker would be a dream come true for new defensive-minded head coach Lovie Smith. After racking up 10.5 sacks and three interceptions last season, Mack could be a monster right away for the Buccaneers.
8. TRADE — New York Giants: Texas A&M OT Jake Matthews (Traded by Minnesota)
The Giants struggled mightily to protect Eli Manning as the franchise passer and Super Bowl winner threw a career-high 27 interceptions while being sacked 40 times and finishing 27th in the league in passing touchdowns. Matthews is the most polished and technically sound lineman in this draft, protecting Manziel last season and coming out as an even better talent than former teammate Luke Joeckel, who went second overall in the last draft. Manning needs a bodyguard, and Matthews fits that description perfectly.
9. Buffalo Bills: North Carolina TE Eric Ebron
Ebron lived up to the hype at the combine, turning in one of the best tight end workouts since Vernon Davis. He ran a 4.6 40-yard dash, had a 120-inch broad jump and a 32-inch vertical jump, all at 6-4 and 250 pounds. If the Bills are serious about developing last year’s first rounder, EJ Manuel, Ebron would be an athletic and explosive option to pair with Stevie Johnson.
10. Detroit Lions: Oklahoma State CB Justin Gilbert
The Lions need talent at wide receiver, but are getting even more desperate for secondary talent. Gilbert was another combine star, running a blistering 4.37 40-yard dash, a 126-inch broad jump, and putting up 20 reps on the bench. Gilbert was a shutdown corner and ballhawk for Oklahoma State last season, grabbing seven interceptions. Against division passers like Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler, the Lions can use all the secondary help they can get.
11. Tennessee Titans: UCLA OLB Anthony Barr
Barr probably falls too far in this mock and could very well go higher. Barr could slot in immediately and pressure opposing division passers like Andrew Luck and the quarterbacks mocked above to Jacksonville and Houston. He looked like a man amongst boys several times in the Pac-12 last season, routinely harassing quarterbacks for a total of 10 sacks.
12. Minnesota Vikings: Fresno State QB Derek Carr
Carr was a bit of a reach at eighth overall, but the Vikings can feel better landing him here, along with an extra mid-round pick or two. Matt Cassel recently re-signed in Minnesota and could start the season as Carr learns the ropes, allowing him to ease into a starting role. Carr played against mostly inferior competition at Fresno State, but routinely lit up the scoreboard with nearly 395 yards passing per game and 50 touchdowns last season.
13. St. Louis Rams: Michigan State CB Darqueze Dennard
As stated in the last mock draft, former high-priced free agent Cortland Finnegan was cut last week, leaving a void at corner for the Rams. Dennard would come in and immediately improve St. Louis’ secondary, giving the team an option to play more man coverage. Dennard had four interceptions last season and routinely shut down opposing receivers and would boost the play of Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson.
14. Chicago Bears: Florida State DT Timmy JerniganNext Page >
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