1. Houston Texans
It’s not often the first pick of the draft is a mystery but such is the case here. Bortles is a big strong prototypical QB worthy of the #1 spot. Clowney is extremely tempting to the Texans but O’Brian knows this team is only a signal caller away from contention and will be pushing hard for the top QB.
2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)
It’s no mystery St Louis wants to trade back from here and grab an OT a few spots back. Since I don’t officially project draft trades I will assume St Louis stays put and picks the man they want anyway.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars
DE, South Carolina
Jacksonville is in a pretty ideal spot at #3. They are expecting either Manziel or Clowney to slip through the cracks and will be happy with either one. If someone trades with St Louis to pick at #2 you can bet it’s for one of those two. If Gus Bradley (Builder of the Seattle Defense) is given the choice he will be hard-pressed to pass on Clowney as his new LEO Rusher. The new QB target for the Jags would be Carr in the second.
4. Cleveland Browns
The Browns need a QB in the worst way and rumors have been saying they value Bridgewater above Manziel.
5. Oakland Raiders
QB, Texas A&M
Perfect situation for the Raiders. Manziel can replace Pryor on day one and instantly upgrade the Raiders team and ticket sales. Pryor was a great QB except for that whole “passing thing” and Manziel will be able to be that real multidimensional QB Oakland has been searching for.
6. Atlanta Falcons
Tough call between Mack and Barr. There’s a good chance Barr’s draft stock surges in the near-future and overtakes Mack here but for now all signs point to Atlanta adding Mack as a pass-rusher at #6.
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
OT, Texas A&M
The electrifying options will not tempt Tampa who know their needs and are happy to get one of the best OT’s in the draft as a cornerstone to their team.
8. Minnesota Vikings
CB, Oklahoma State
Difficult spot for Minnesota to be in as they are sure to miss out on the top 3 QBs in the draft. New coach Mike Zimmer has built a career getting the absolute most from his defense. The smart move is to not “ponder” a reach at QB (that was horrible, I know)and go for the best available defender. DE Barr and DT Donald will tempt, but Gilbert should win out in the end.
9. Buffalo Bills
Watkins falls farther than many expected and Buffalo is happy to add a top receiver to the team. Watkins may be the missing piece to the Bills offense and looks to contribute from day 1.
10. Detroit Lions
CB, Michigan State
Detroit couldn’t be more upset with Minnesota picking Gilbert and may move off of CB altogether. But the need for a DB will triumph and the Lions will settle for the #2 CB in the draft.
11. Tennessee Titans
Possibly the second best pass-rusher in the draft and a bargin at #11. Barr may jump up draft boards closer to the draft and be long-gone by now. This would result in the Titans looking to OT to fill another major need.