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Posted: Wednesday, 02 April 2014 12:00PM

NFL Mock Draft #3



(WGR 550) -- Welcome to April!

We are now into the time of year where NFL prospects are flying all over the country to meet with the 32 teams, hoping to make a good impression on the decision makers in the league.

In the last two installments of WGR's Mock Draft the Buffalo Bills ended up with the same player, Jake Matthews of Texas A&M. Who will they end up with this time around? Follow along during today's LIVE mock draft that goes all the way up to the Bills selection at 41!

Here are the rules: 3 minutes per pick, and click refresh when the timer hits 0!

Keep in mind, mock drafts should always be considered to be for entertainment purposes only. With that written, on to the LIVE mock draft!



Round 1
1)  - QB Blake Bortles, Central Florida
- The Texans continue to try to bluff their way out of the top spot, but quarterback is at the top of their priority list. At the end of the day they'll settle in and take their top signal caller available, the prototypical Bortles, instead of trading out of the top spot.

2) TRADE  (from STL via WSH) - QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
- Fearful of what Jacksonville might do, the Browns move up a pair of spots to make sure they land the player that could ignite that franchise. It's a great fit for Manziel in landing with an outside-the-box thinker in head coach Mike Pettine.

CLE gets: 2nd overall, STL gets: 4th overall, 26th overall

3) TRADE  (from JAX) - WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson
- Jacksonville is in a prime spot if there's a desperate team on the other end, and as bad as Tampa Bay was in 2013 on offense, they're looking for a quick turnaround in 2014. All the questions surrounding Mike Williams are worrisome at best and Watkins is the best playmaker available in this draft.

TB gets: 3rd overall, JAX gets: 7th overall, 38th overall, 2015 3rd round pick

4)  (from CLE) - OT Greg Robinson, Auburn
- The Rams face a problem. They want to believe in their quarterback, but they can't keep him on the field. It might be a major focus area in this draft to address the offensive line in a big way, starting with Robinson.

5) TRADE  (from OAK) - DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
- Oakland is trying to move out of the fifth overall pick, and with Clowney falling they get a huge opportunity to do so. Dallas has had a terrible offseason defensively, and can quell a lot of fears by replacing DeMarcus Ware with one of the best pass rushers the draft has seen in quite some time.

DAL gets: 5th overall, OAK gets: 16th overall, 47th overall, 2015 2nd round pick 

6)  - OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
- To protect, or to punish... that will be the question in Atlanta if the top five shakes out this way. With as good as Matthews can be in his first season, "protect" and Matt Ryan's long-term health holds a higher priority. 

7)  (via TB) - LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo
- The Jaguars sit pretty and land a player perfect for Gus Bradley's defense. They aren't going to force a quarterback pick in this year's draft, taking the "build the team first" philosophy. 

8)  - QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
- The Vikings can't pass up the value of Bridgewater here, especially considering how poor their quarterback play has been since drafting Christian Ponder. 

9)  - WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M
- With both offensive tackles off the board, the Buffalo Bills draft a player that will immediately help the progress of EJ Manuel. The Bills' second-year player is in desperate need of a safety blanket type of player, and the "I'll go anywhere and get the ball" type of playing style in Evans' 6-foot-5 frame is a welcomed addition. This is a dynamite pick for the Bills, and will add to one of their core weaknesses from 2013... offensive explosiveness.

10) TRADE  - LB Anthony Barr, UCLA
- Having some flexibility with all of their compensatory selections, the Ravens move up to build for the future of their pass rush and select the high-upside Anthony Barr. Both Suggs and Dumervil are getting older, so a youth movement is needed.

BAL gets: 10th overall, 111th overall, DET gets: 17th overall, 48th overall 

11) TRADE  - OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan
- The major push in Miami this offseason has been fixing the line in front of Ryan Tannehill. Despite signing Branden Albert, the Dolphins splurge for their new right tackle, Taylor Lewan

MIA gets: 11th overall, 186th overall, TEN gets: 19th overall, 50th overall 

12)  - DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
- Missing out on Lewan, the Giants go to the 'ole steady and draft talent along their defensive line.

13)  - T/G Zack Martin, Notre Dame
- As mentioned previously, the Rams need to do some major work along their offensive line. With the flexibility of the 26th pick and with the depth in the wide receiver class, St. Louis beefs up with Zack Martin at guard.

14)  - S HaHa Clinton-Dix, Alabama
- The defense was absolutely dreadful in 2013. They went heavy on the defensive line and have some young players at linebacker. Now, it's time to address the secondary and Clinton-Dix fits the bill.

15)   - CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
- The Steelers need some corners, and get themselves the best one in this draft class thanks to all the talent in 2014.

16)  (from DAL) - QB Derek Carr, Fresno State
- Reports have surfaced that the Raiders are smitten with Derek Carr, but do they love him enough to take him at fifth overall? Clowney's fall offers them the best of both worlds.

17)  (via BAL) - CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
- The Lions have been consistently looking for players to make an impact at this position through the draft, but haven't gone the first round route just yet. They're hoping their neighbor from East Lansing can help the problem.

18)   - TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina
- The "slide" for Ebron ends at 18. The Jets need playmakers and have already added a wide receiver through free agency. Geno Smith or Michael Vick will welcome Ebron with open arms.

19)  (from MIA) - OLB Jeremiah Attaochu, Georgia Tech
- Some might yell that this is a reach. But pass rushers with high potential usually go early, and Attaochu is a great fit for a 3-4 defense like the one Ray Horton will be running for the Titans. He's been getting some major buzz lately.

20)  - DE/OLB Dee Ford, Auburn
- The Cardinals could use some pass-rushing help as well, and bring in Ford to do just that.

21)  - S Calvin Pryor, Louisville
- The back-end of the Packers defense was a liability in 2013. Despite missing out on Clinton-Dix, Green Bay lands a whopper of a hitter in Calvin Pryor.

22)  - WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
- Exit DeSean Jackson, enter what could be one of the most impact rookies on offense of the draft if he lands in Philadelphia. Brandin Cooks has the type of talent that could be a tailored fit for Chip Kelly and his offense.

23)  - TE Jace Amaro, Texas Tech
- The Chiefs need a big upgrade at their tight end position and they don't have a second round pick. They would likely want to move down, but in the end they select Amaro to immediately fill in for Alex Smith and Andy Reid.

24)  - DE Kony Ealy, Missouri
- Losing Michael Johnson hurts this defensive line, but it doesn't turn it into a weakness. Regardless, they add to the pile of defensive ends in their rotation with Ealy.

25)  - CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech
- The Chargers were competitive as it is in 2013, but imagine how well they could have done if their secondary --most notably their cornerbacks -- weren't in shambles. Fuller may not be finished, but he's a smooth athlete that can help right away.

26)  (from CLE via IND) - WR Marqise Lee, USC
- The Rams, with their third selection, add to their ever populating wide receiver group. Lee will walk in and likely be a starter on the outside.

27)  - LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State
- With the addition of Jairus Byrd at safety, they appear to be solid on the back end. However, inside linebacker in Rob Ryan's 3-4 remains unsolved. The quick Shazier will fly all over the place for New Orleans as a year one starter.

28) TRADE  (from CAR) - CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State
- Now with DeSean Jackson in the mix, the Redskins can loosen up a little bit on draft day and address one of their biggest problems from 2013, the secondary. This pick could be a cornerback or safety, but trading up to get Roby ahead of cornerback needy teams like San Francisco and Denver is too good to pass up.

WSH gets: 28th overall, CAR gets: 34th overall, 102nd overall

29)  - DT Louis Nix III, Notre Dame
- Vince Wilfork is restructured, but he's also getting older. An eventual replacement will be necessary and Nix offers quite a bit of versatility in the interim.

30)  - CB Jason Verrett, TCU
- Although suffering an injury, Verrett is highly rated and will compete for a starting job whenever he gets fully healthy.

31)  - LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama
- The Broncos can do no wrong this offseason, and by standing pat at 31 they get an impact linebacker in C.J. Mosley.

32)  - OT Cyrus Kouandjio, Alabama
- Are there risks with selecting Kouandjio? Absolutely. Is this a talented player that fits right into the road-grading, run-blocking scheme the Seahawks have in front of Marshawn Lynch? There isn't any doubt about it. This could end up being a steal where they're getting him, but there is concern over his knee.

Round 2
33) TRADE  (from HOU) - WR Kelvin Benjamin, Florida State
- Rather than waiting around for the wide receivers to fall, the Lions see the potential in Benjamin and look at him as Calvin Johnson's newest understudy. The Lions saw first-hand how successful the Bears were with two big receivers, and Benjamin will help Matthew Stafford by being able to battle for the jump ball just like Johnson. This is a dream fit for Benjamin, too, where he doesn't have to be depended on as a top wideout and can develop.

DET gets: 33rd overall, 141st overall, HOU gets: 45th overall, 76th overall

34)  (from WSH) - WR Odell Beckham Jr., LSU
- While the Panthers definitely need some help along the offensive line, the talent of Beckham and lack of options at receiver for Cam Newton is just too good to pass up at this point in the draft. Tackles and guards can be found later in the draft. Beckham likely wouldn't have lasted another selection.

35)  - ILB Chris Borland, Wisconsin
- Mike Pettine gets his new Kiko Alonso in Chris Borland and will find another receiver later in the draft. Had Beckham or Benjamin been here, they would have been the pick.

36)  - DT Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota
- They built up their defensive ends, and add even more to the defensive line. The additional second round pick gives them some flexibility, and Hageman could start immediately. Most years, Hageman is likely a first-round pick. With this year's talent across the board, it's not a sure thing.

37)  - DE/OLB Demarcus Lawrence, Boise State
- The Falcons address the needs for bringing in a pass rusher and select Lawrence, who provides some scheme versatility. That seems to be the approach on defense in Atlanta for 2014.

38)  (via TB) - G Xavier Su'a-Filo, UCLA
- The Jaguars continue to build up both sides of the ball, and hope to solve their woes at guard in the process with Su'a-Filo. He can also play tackle if the Jaguars suffer some injuries, as he showed at UCLA.

39)  - QB Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois
- The Jaguars finally select a quarterback, but they do so without investing a long-term committment to him like they would have with a pick in the top 10. Garoppolo will compete with Chad Henne to be the starter in 2014, but if neither establish themselves, Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston could be in Jacksonville's future.

40)  - DE Scott Crichton, Oregon State
- Crichton isn't necessarily going to be an elite pass rusher in the league, but he is all-effort, all-the-time and displays some solid moves to get to the passer.

41)  - OT Antonio "Tiny" Richardson, Tennessee
- This pick came down to two players: Antonio "Tiny" Richardson and Notre Dame tight end Troy Niklas. The Bills have a big need at right tackle and could use a tight end with long-term potential. However, looking at the type of player Richardson is, it screams of a Doug Whaley and Doug Marrone endorsed pick. His strength is pushing the pile in run blocking, what the Bills want their bread and butter to be offensively. At 6-foot-6, 336-pounds and with 35-inch arms, he fits the description of the "bigger" style of offensive lineman Marrone said he's looking for. He's not a perfect prospect -- and certainly not cut out for left tackle --- but on the right side, he projects quite well.

Twitter: @JoeBuscaglia

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