Mock Draft With Trades, Including A Bengals Trade

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Sep 21, 2013; College Station, TX, USA; Texas A&M Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel (2) against the SMU Mustangs at Kyle Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

1.  Jacksonville (Trade with Houston) – QB Johnny Manziel – Jacksonville

The Jags have to make a splash and getting Manziel would do it, the magic man would be running for his life but is the one player who would spike interest in a down franchise and vastly improve the position.   They likely wouldn’t have to give up much to jump two spots and what ever they do give up they could recoup from a team looking to trade up in the second where they hold the 7th pick.

2. St. Louis – LT Jake Matthews

Jeff Fisher knows that left tackles are at a premium, so he takes Matthews who starts at RT and is the heir to Jake Long at left tackle. Some are saying that St. Louis is set a the offensive line, calling for another pass catcher, but in a division with the defenses they face, a great Oline is key to survival.

3. Houston – DE/LB Jadeveon Clowney

The only thing I don’t like about Clowney to the Texans is that they play a 3-4, but if he stays motivated it won’t matter which spot DC Romeo Crennel sends him. He showed during the season and at his pro day that he is a once every 10 year athletic specimen.  Houston can move back into the first or stay put in the second to select a quarterback.

4. Tampa Bay (Trade with CLE) – WR Sammy Watkins

Jumping Oakland and continuing their aggressive offseason the Bucs get a trouble free receiver to run with Vincent Jackson. Watkins is one of my pro ready, dare I say “can’t miss” prospects who can catch, block, run, and return kicks.  The receiver class is deep but there are only a few guys that can contribute right away like Watkins will.

5. Oakland – WR Mike Evans

The first somewhat shock, the Radiers get a big target for new quarterback Matt Schaub. There isn’t a defensive back in the league that can consistently compete with Evans for the ball. He was dominate at A&M using his large frame and catching radius to come down with contested catches on a regular basis.

6. Atlanta – LB/DE Khalil Mack

Mack is one of the cleanest most pro ready prospects in the draft and it wouldn’t surprise me if he were already gone at this point. A disruptive force from linebacker or defensive end Mack’s tape is fun to watch. He’s a day 1 starter and pro ready.

7. Cleveland – QB Derek Carr

Whaaaat, there are rumblings that Carr is Cleveland’s guy and they justify the selection by a trade with Atlanta moving out of the top five. With this selection Cleveland should start eyeing the 2016 QB class.

8. Minnesota – QB Blake Bortles

I think the Vikings have a plan to wait until the second round to get their quarterback and draft Khalil Mack. With Mack gone and Bortles on the board could they pass? I don’t think so for a team that hasn’t had a consistent signal caller since Donte Culpepper.

9. Buffalo – LT Greg Robinson

Robinson would fill both a need and be the best player available. This selection would give the Bills some flexibility on their line as Robinson could play either tackle spot.

10.  Detroit –  LT Taylor Lewan

The former Wolverine is supposedly full of “question marks” and is in for a draft day fall, says “sources”.  If I’m the Lions I keep Lewan in the state of Michigan let him play LT or RT to help keep my high dollar quarterback up right.