Last time around, the Buffalo Bills had North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron heading their way. Will that be the case in the second-to-last mock draft, or will it switch back to the offensive tackle? Here is the latest look at how it could play out.
Keep in mind, mock drafts should always be considered to be for entertainment purposes only. With that written, on to the mock!
1) - DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
- Unable to find a trade partner for the top pick, the Texans stand pat and attempt to figure out how to best utilize Clowney in their system. It shouldn't be too hard.
2) (from WSH) - OT Greg Robinson, Auburn
- Perhaps flirting with the idea that either Sammy Watkins or Khalil Mack would be the pick, ultimately they land on Greg Robinson to shore up their offensive line for Sam Bradford.
3) - WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson
- The uncertainty surrounding Justin Blackmon plays into this, and, Jacksonville isn't in a position to pass up on game-changing talent on offense.
4) - OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
- No quarterback, and instead the Browns play it safe and draft an offensive tackle with the fourth overall pick. They'll look to secure their quarterback target later on in the first round.
5) TRADE (from OAK) - LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo
- Knowing Atlanta would jump all over Mack if he got there, the Vikings use one of their two third round picks to move up and secure a player they covet. Oakland needs picks, and they have a pass-rushing linebacker in-house that they like already with Sio Moore.
MIN gets: 5th overall
OAK gets: 8th overall, 72nd overall, 148th overall
6) - OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan
- Missing out on Mack and Clowney, the Falcons opt for a new left tackle for Matt Ryan.
7) - QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
- Now with the news that the Buccaneers may be shopping Mike Glennon, the Buccaneers move into prime focus as one of the teams who would use their first-round pick on a quarterback. With Johnny Manziel on the board at this point, it's too good to pass up.
8) (from MIN) - WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M
- The Raiders could use help in a number of different areas, but pairing Evans with whatever quarterback they end up with will give them what they think could be a potent combination for a number of years. 9) - OT Zack Martin, Notre Dame
- Before everyone starts throwing objects at the screen because the Bills are projected to take the fourth offensive tackle in this mock draft, keep something in mind: the Bills might be higher on Martin than a player like Taylor Lewan, who is widely accepted as the one of the top three offensive lineman. If this draft situation came up, and the Bills were faced with taking either Eric Ebron or Zack Martin with their ninth overall selection, this one could be a toss-up. Of course, they'd love to get their hands on Sammy Watkins or Jake Matthews, but it doesn't look like either of those options are realistic. The Bills are very interested in Martin, considering his ability, experience and versatility. Ebron is the popular pick, but Martin might have just as much of a chance to be the guy if this is how the top eight played out.
10) - S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama
11) TRADE (from TEN) - TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina
- The Jets didn't want Ebron to go to their New York counterparts, and moved down to secure the tight end for Geno Smith or Michael Vick. Tennessee is low on picks this year, so a move like this would be quite welcomed.
12) - WR Odell Beckham, Jr., LSU
- A bit of a surprise pick, but Beckham, Jr. and all his talent could help be the shot in the arm that this Giants offense sorely needs.
13) - S Calvin Pryor, Lousville
14) - CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
15) - CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech
16) - DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
17) - LB Anthony Barr, UCLA
18) (from NYJ) - CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
19) TRADE (from MIA) - QB Derek Carr, Fresno State
- Not wanting to lose him to the Arizona Cardinals, the Browns deal one of their third-round picks to secure him as their quarterback of the future.
CLE gets: 19th overall
MIA gets: 26th overall, 71st overall
20) - QB Blake Bortles, Central Florida
21) TRADE - CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State
SF gets: 21st overall
GB gets: 30th overall, 77th overall
22) - DE/OLB Dee Ford, Auburn
23) - WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
24) - DT Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota
25) - CB Jason Verrett, TCU
26) (from IND via CLE) - ILB C.J. Mosley, Alabama
27) - WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State
28) - WR Marqise Lee, USC
29) - NT Louis Nix III, Notre Dame
30) (from SF) - S Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois
31) - LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State
32) TRADE - QB Zach Mettenberger, LSU
- Does this trade vanquish both their second and third round picks? Yes, yes it does. However, the Vikings get the fifth-year option on Mettenberger, and won't have to sweat out Houston and a number of different teams taking their quarterback through eight picks.
MIN gets: 32nd overall
SEA gets: 40th overall, 96th overall
33) - QB A.J. McCarron, Alabama
34) - OT Morgan Moses, Virginia
35) - WR Cody Latimer, Indiana
36) - QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
37) - DE/OLB Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State
38) - WR Davante Adams, Fresno State
39) - QB Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois
40) (from MIN) - OT/G Joel Bitonio, Nevada
41) - TE Troy Niklas, Notre Dame
- A Notre Dame sweep. While Niklas needs some refinement in his game, he offers more long-range potential for the tight end position than any of the other three. During 2013, Niklas showed he has the ability in the route running, and can can gain additional yards after the catch. Add in his toughness (a former linebacker for Notre Dame) and his willingness as a blocker, and he could develop into a complete player at the position. If he can't step right in this year, Scott Chandler and Tony Moeaki can hold down the fort. However, watching someone with his type of potential and ability, you'd have to expect his impact comes sooner rather than later. He'll need some grooming, but he could be better than any of the other two tight ends likely to be selected in the second round (Jace Amaro and Austin Seferian-Jenkins).