Post-free agency mock draft


Before free agency, we posted a mock draft.  Because when in Rome.

Now that free agency is nearly four weeks old, which has resulted in needs being filled and new needs being created, we’ve put together a new mock draft.

Because when in Rome.

So here’s how we see things, 31 days before it’ll be time to say, “When in New York City.”

1. Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, defensive end, South Carolina.

Yeah, Bortles.  Yeah, Manziel.  But the Texans lucked into J.J. Watt when a pair of teams from their own division took Jake Locker and Blaine Gabbert three years ago.  That lesson should not be lost on the Texans.  Especially with Jacksonville on the clock two picks later.

2. Rams: Sammy Watkins, receiver, Clemson.

If they’re going to stick with Sam Bradford at quarterback, they need to give him another weapon.  The fact that they seem to be downplaying it serves only to make it more likely.

3. Jaguars:  Johnny Manziel, quarterback, Texas A&M.

The flirtation with center Alex Mack suggests that the Jags are willing to take chances.  Manziel fits with Jedd Fisch’s creative offensive approach and, more importantly, Manziel will make the Jaguars into a marquee team.  If he’s successful.  If he’s not, they’ll get another crack at another quarterback soon enough.

4. Browns:  Derek Carr, quarterback, Fresno State.

Should Carr go that high?  No.  Should the Browns screw around if they think they’ve found the guy who can run Kyle Shanahan’s offense the way Shanahan wants?  Hell no.

5. Raiders: Greg Robinson, tackle, Auburn.

Yes, they signed Donald Penn to presumably play left tackle.  But they’ll find a spot for both guys as they try to open running lanes and keep Matt Schaub in one piece.

6. Falcons: Khalil Mack, linebacker, Buffalo.

The pass rush remains an area of need after free agency.  It would be a surprise if the Falcons use the No. 6 pick on any other position.

7. Buccaneers: Mike Evans, receiver Texas A&M.

Dumping Mike Williams makes receiver an obvious need.  Maybe too obvious; they could get leapfrogged for Evans.

8. Vikings: Blake Bortles, quarterback, Central Florida.

With Matt Cassel in place for two years, Bortles gets eased in to the job, possibly becoming offensive coordinator Norv Turner’s next star pupil.

9. Bills: Jake Matthews, tackle, Texas A&M.

Regarded a year ago to be better than Luke Joeckel, he’ll help beef up an offensive line that has underperformed in recent years.

10. Lions: Aaron Donald, defensive tackle, Pitt.

Receiver becomes less of a need with Golden Tate in the fold.  With the Lions not exercising the fifth-year option on Nick Fairley as a motivational tool and with Ndamukong Suh still carrying a $22 million-plus cap number, they need a fresh face at the position.

11. Titans: Teddy Bridgewater, quarterback, Louisville.

The Titans have done a good job of keeping their cards close to the vest regarding the need for a quarterback.  As May approaches, it’s becoming more obvious that they need to take a chance on someone, three years after they took a chance on Jake Locker.

12. Giants: Timmy Jernigan, defensive tackle, Florida State.

Given the departures of Justin Tuck and Linval Joseph, the Giants need to restore some bite to a defensive line that didn’t necessarily carry them to a pair of Super Bowl appearances, but helped deliver victory once they got there.

13. Rams: Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix, safety, Alabama.

Keeping Rodger Saffold allows the Rams to address the last line of defense.

14. Bears: Bears:  C.J. Mosley, linebacker, Alabama.

Veteran D.J. Williams got the first chance to assume the middle linebacker mantle in Chicago.  The Bears should now turn to a rookie.

15. Steelers: Marqise Lee, receiver, USC.

With Mike Wallace, Emmanuel Sanders, and Jerricho Cotchery all gone, the Steelers provide Antonio Brown a young partner and Big Ben another target.

16. Cowboys: Dee Ford, defensive end, Auburn.

With Anthony Spencer likely gone and DeMarcus Ware definitely gone, it’s time to stock up on pass rushers.

17. Ravens: Taylor Lewan, tackle, Michigan.

Eugene Monroe stayed, Michael Oher didn’t. They need a right tackle, and Lewan could be the guy to take over there.

18. Jets: Eric Ebron, tight end, North Carolina.

And here’s why the Jets ultimately didn’t pursue DeSean Jackson.  Ebron could become a game-changer in the slot — and he has the charisma to take over the nation’s top media market.

19. Dolphins: Xavier Su’a-Filo, guard, UCLA.

Or they could re-sign Richie Incognito.

20. Cardinals: Anthony Barr, linebacker, UCLA.

If the Cards are going to keep up with the 49ers, Seahawks, and Rams, the Cards need pass rushers.

21. Packers: Jason Verrett, cornerback, TCU.

The cornerback slide stops in Green Bay, where the defense needs plenty of impact players.

22. Eagles: Justin Gilbert, cornerback, Oklahoma State.

And it’s suddenly a run on corners, with the Eagles beefing up a potential weak spot.

23. Chiefs: Bradley Roby, cornerback, Ohio State.

Let’s make it three corners in a row, with Roby joining a team that has to deal with Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers.

24. Bengals: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State.

Shazier ran a blazing 4.36-second 40-yard dash with a bad hamstring. Adding him would require some shuffling of the linebackers, since Shazier is suited to the weak side. Given his talents and Vontaze Burfict’s versatility, that’s a good problem to have.

25. Chargers: Brandin Cooks, receiver, Oregon State.

He says he’s better than DeSean Jackson.  The weapons-challenged Philip Rivers will settle for just as good.

26. Browns (from Colts): Trai Turner, guard, LSU.

A surprisingly meat-and-potatoes offseason continues for a team that has lost guard Shawn Lauvao and could lose center Alex Mack, this year or maybe next year.

27. Saints: Odell Beckham, receiver, LSU.

The stable of weapons gets replenished, partially. Jimmy Graham still needs an explanation.  And a contract.

28. Panthers: Darqueze Dennard, cornerback, Michigan State.

They can get competent receivers later, in rounds where top-shelf corners aren’t likely lurking.

29. Patriots: Zack Martin, tackle, Notre Dame.

It’s not a glaring area of need but it’s good value for the slot.  Plus, it never hurts to have enough guys to keep Tom Brady healthy in the final years of his career.

30. 49ers: Kyle Fuller, cornerback, Virginia Tech.

The lone area of weakness on the team gets addressed.  As it should.

31. Broncos: Cyrus Kouandjio, tackle, Alabama.

All those additions on defense won’t help Peyton Manning score more than eight points if he faces the Seahawks again in the Super Bowl.

32. Seahawks: Kony Ealy, defensive end, Missouri.

With Chris Clemons and Red Bryant gone and Jared Allen picking the Bears, the Seahawks need to feed the unit that was critical to the team’s success in 2013.

124 responses to “Post-free agency mock draft

  1. The Packers scheme requires a CB to be 5’11 or taller. Jason Verrett is 5’10”. We have Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, Casey Hayward, why another QB in round one? Why would the Bears go MLB when they have the kid from Florida already on the roster?

  2. I find it very difficult for the Jets to draft Eric Ebron if CB’s Justin Gilbert or Darquese Dennard are there at 18.

  3. I really doubt that gilbert is there when the eagles pick, even though I would be ok with them taking a corner. I would rather them get the pass rusher in Barr, think he would be a good compliment to barwin on the outside. THan if you draft is correct, I would like them to trade back into the first for cooks.

  4. Just saying, there is a better chance of the Jaguars announcing at the draft that they’ve moved to London than there is of Bridgewater slipping out of the top 10.

  5. Wow Aaron Donald is up to #10 now. I think drafting a DE pass rusher for Dallas makes sense. Ford was projected to go late first or 2nd but it’s not a terrible reach to go ahead and take him at #16.

    Some think Ford may be better playing OLB in a 3-4.

  6. I hope you are right about Bortles. Would love to see the purple take him. But I still doubt he will be there at #8. If he is gone by then, expect the Vikings to take C.J. Mosley.

  7. So Donald, Jernigan and Dix are gone, so Bears take a LB? No. They trade down 5-6 spots (some team wants Ebron) and they draft Pryor. The reason these are called “mock” drafts are that they are so easily made fun of.

  8. This comment will get blasted, but CB is one of the Packers’ deepest positions. They aren’t taking another one with Shazier and Pryor still on the board.

  9. there is a 0% chance Pryor lasts till the 2nd.. it wasn’t a coincidence that safties were the first position signed in free agency and the top 2 guys in this class won’t last 32 picks.

  10. If the draft actually went this top 4 Id be upset if the Raiders took Robinson. We should take Mack if hes there. Burnetts okay but if we had Mack and Sio that would be nasty.

  11. Lee over Ebron for the Steelers, man that is a difficult one. I believe Ebron is a better option and will serve many purposes for the Steelers. First ben gets a target over 6 foot, and he becomes the next TE for the steelers.

    I see Ebron going before we pick, but if he is there, I believe he is our pick, unless Evans is still on the board.

  12. DeMarcus Ware is closing in on the end of his run in Dallas???

    I am pretty sure we can just say, ‘closed,’ since he is already in Denver.

  13. I’m not normally one to bag on mock drafts because, well… who the hell knows? But the Titans are not taking a QB at #11. They may draft one somewhere between 2-7 but not in the first round. Locker is still unproven but has shown enough to warrant another year. Maybe you’re just throwing darts?

  14. Thank you for posting. A different look and though about some teams. I guess we’ll have to see how it plays out in a month.

  15. If the Vikings take Bortles over Bridgewater, I will honestly give up all hope in this franchise and never watch another game.

  16. The Bengals have made the playoffs 4 times since 2009 – The “mighty” Steelers, twice. Sounds like the model of success to me. Steelers are in for an extended drought.

  17. While I don’t believe Reggie McKenzie to really care what people think of his decisions, I really do not see the Raiders drafting a tackle at #5.

    Not after spending a second round pick on Watson last year and then letting Valdheer go this offseason. That would be admitting Watson was a huge miss. I just don’t see that happening. I don’t see the Raiders drafting an OT at all this year.

    Maybe if Mack or Clowney are both off the board, but hard to see them passing on a defensive stud at all.

    I really hope they trade back if both of the defensive studs aren’t there and draft Evans or Donald.

  18. I can’t see the Eagles passing on Pryor in the 1st round .They can get a really good cornerback and wide receiver later on in the draft.

  19. Umm Gilbert a top 10 corner slipping to 22 after Verrett, no Calvin Pryor, and Zack Martin who can play tackle and guard going after Su’a-Filo and Trai Turner.

  20. Sorry the only WR Pittsburgh would take at 15 is Evans. He won’t be there. If somehow Gilbert is there….they better sprint to the podium and grab him. Ridiculous mock

  21. Way off the mark on many of these picks. Thompson won’t draft a corner. Pryor or Mosely would come off the board here. If Cleveland is in love with Carr, they can get him with the 26th pick. At 4, they could take Robinson or Matthews to pair with Joe Thomas at tackle.

  22. The panthers not taking an offensive lineman in the first round? CBs don’t need to be that great when you have the front seven that’s out there. They’ll try to find the replacement for Gross at this spot.

  23. I seldom post on this site, however the patriots picking a tackle stocked my anger. When they have Solder at left for years to come, granted Volmer was injured but he is a pro bowl tackle and Cannon played well down the stretch. Two words – PASS RUSH

  24. You’re insane if you really think the Lions are going to draft a defensive lineman in the first round. They didn’t pick up Fairley’s 5th year option because they’re trying to motivate him. If he plays well this season they can either franchise him or try to work out a new contract.

  25. I sure hope 4 QBs go before we pick at 12. Pretty much guarantees we’ll get one of the 10 blue chippers in this draft. Not sure I want another Jernigan. Give me Lewan there.

  26. Interesting… I see it differently:
    1. Manziel to Houston
    2. Clowney to St. Louis
    3. Bortles to Jacksonville
    4. Watkins to Cleveland
    5. Raiders trade w/ Atlanta for their 2nd Round Pick, so they can take K. Mack
    6. J. Matthews to Oakland

    Being a Raider Fan..the rest I don’t care about.

  27. Last year, PFT had Sharriff Floyd going at no. 3, Ryan Nassib going as the first QB off the board at no. 8 and the Jags spending their first-rounder on Geno Smith. So…

  28. uh, the titans are not gonna take a QB #1… they have a lot more concerns than qb

  29. Barr added to the Cards defense? I’ll take that, plus a SS like Buchannon in the second. That D would have zero weak links.

  30. Terrible mock…no way Philly takes a CB at 22 with Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher starting, Brandon Boykin (their best CB) in the nickel/slot and Nolan Carroll and Roc Carmichael rounding it out. Eagles go WR, OLB, DE or S.

    not a CB…under ANY isn’t even bordering on logical…nor is Calvin Pryor falling out of the 1st round

  31. There will definitely be more than 2 QBs taken in the first 7 picks by the time the Vikes take yet another QB off the board.

  32. If Ebron is gone, the Packers take a safety before a corner, if they don’t trade down. Also more likely to take a 3-4 DE before a Corner.

  33. Tennessee would be foolish to replace Locker. If they do, sign my Rams up for him. He’s better than what they have right now.

  34. OT Robinson will clearly be gone in the top 3. He’s the only 10 OT talent. Jake Mathews would be a boring draft choice and not a glaring need.

  35. Wamp, Wamp! Jags going with the best defensive player available at #3 if Sammy Watkins isn’t available. The only way Johnny Football plays for the Jags is if he’s available at #39.

  36. If Gilbert fell to middle first Baalke would jump on him.. he will never make the 20’s. I doubt he even makes the teens

  37. If at any time you have a team taking a guard over a top LT/G prospect
    Your mock is crap.

    The Dolphins need OL help
    But unless you plan to start a riot in South Florida
    There is no way they are picking A GUARD over a talent like Zack Martin, who can play guard but also tackle – which WHEN Brandon Albert gets hurt – the Martin pick shows even more value

    Shakin my damn head….

    I personally would hope to see CJ Mosely in the 1st, but a guard?
    C’mon man!!!

  38. I think you gave this some actual thought. I don’t thnk your an idiot, Carr is a stretch, but if you’re right, you’re a genius. Four weeks of free agency changed a lot but The best prospects will always go on the top 10. They may have shuffled a bit, but pretty much the same.

  39. You must mean “mock” as in ridicule, since this is so far out of left field.

  40. No way the Pats pass on Kony Ealy if he is still there at 29. He would be the perfect compliment in the pass rush roatation with Chandler Jones and Rob Ninkovitch. They have already rebuilt the back end of the defense, and this will finish the job up front.
    Peyton’s worst nightmare.

  41. Philly has consistently said they will take the best player available, regardless of position. If there is a run on a position, they aren’t going to reach to fill a need (which is exactly what they are doing here).

    I doubt the draft shakes out the way this mock suggests, but if the 1st 21 do, Philly would take Cook or Shazier (Cook being more likely with Jackson gone)

  42. The Bears are converting Shea McKellan to LB and have 2nd year LBs Bostic and Greene to develop. I don’t see them leaving quality DT on the board to take a LB. They are too thin at DT rigth now.

  43. Derek Carr #4 overall, and BEFORE Blake Bortles?

    Well, in the immortal words of the old “Get Smart” television series; “I find that very difficult to believe”.

    If Carr goes that high, he needs to send a nice bonus to Jon Gruden for Gruden’s ESPN profile on Carr.

  44. 15. Steelers: Marqise Lee, receiver, USC.


    Given the WRs corps current in place, I thought the general consensus was that the Steelers would go with height in drafting a WR. Lee clocks in at 6 ft., which doesn’t address that gap (not to say he wouldn’t be a great selection otherwise, but it wouldn’t totally make sense, particularly given how deep the WR pool is this year).

    I like Ebron’s height and potential to step in as Miller’s replacement over time, but that’s just me.

  45. The only WR the Steelers would take at #15 is Evans, who will likely be gone. If so, they will take Gilbert or Dennard, where their biggest need is (CB). They historically draft decent WRs later and will address more glaring needs early on. They have Antonio Brown and have high hopes for Wheaton, Moore is serviceable and they took a flyer on Heyward-Bey at the minimum salary. No way do they draft Lee with Gilbert and/or Dennard still on the board…

  46. I feel confident Jax will take Mack over Johnny Football all day long . LOL in my dreams he does end up with the Falcons though .

  47. I feel confident Jax will take Mack over Johnny Football all day long . Flirting with a good lineman doesn’t equate to risk . I dig the Carr going early prediction . Teams are loving his arm more and more .

  48. if odell beckham actually falls to us:

    a: i’m not sure sean payton could resist.

    b: the saints/lsu fanboy in me will be giddy.

    c: what am i talking about, this won’t happen…

  49. Bears are taking Ebron, book it….Phil’s a snake and he’s already done a good job on the D during Free Agency and will use the rest of the picks in the Draft for the Defense.

  50. There is no way the Lions take a DT with their first pick.

    Despite a few FA acquisitions, they still have holes at CB, LB, and WR, and zero holes on the defensive line. They have two top notch DTs on the roster for at least a year as well as some depth there. It would make no logical sense to take a DT…

    …so of course they will. Nevermind.

  51. Allot of doubters on Derek Carr..if you put him in a system like Green Bay’s or the Patriots system, he would be insanely good from day one. These other QB’s have “potential”, and “high ceilings”, or whatever, but the experts which are the scouts on the NFL teams know that Carr is NFL ready now. All the buzz about him is not an accident. He’s good. The later in the draft he goes, the more likely he goes to a team with more talent.

  52. Bradley Roby would be the 4th corner on the Chiefs’ roster, behind Sean Smith, Brandon Flowers, and Marcus Cooper. Corner was a position that everyone is tricked into thinking it’s a weakness. The key positions of need are free safety and wide receiver (though there’s no need to reach for any position, due to veterans and up-and-coming players that are already on the roster). I’m not at all saying that drafting another corner would be a bad idea. But, drafting a corner in the first round is something that I highly doubt would ever happen. John Dorsey’s drafting style proves to me that he doesn’t reach in the early rounds. I think drafting a corner at 23, would be a reach. There are corner’s in the mid to late rounds that would fit the scheme much better.

  53. It’s so funny to see all the “draft experts” on here. We fans are a funny bunch. Clearly this won’t play out as the exact draft order and we’re all excited to see how everthing plays out in a month. We don’t know everything about every player and we don’t know what every team values. Every team will ultimately say that they got the guy they were looking for, and no one will say if they drafted for need or if they drafted for best on their board. But opinions are fun aren’t they? Excited to see the draft start in a month.

  54. Steelers grab Mike Evans, Darquese Dennard or Just Gilbert in that order. Taking Marquise Lee would be a surprise to me. They better make sure they move back to gain extra pick if they do because he’s way to early for a number 15 pick.

  55. LOL, You’re telling me Calvin Pryor is sitting there at 21 and GB is drafting a 5’9″ corner? Ted does not draft short corners. Ted drafts BPA and in this case BPA matches biggest team need.

  56. Green Bay will not take a CB in the first, guaranteed.
    Even if they don’t go for greater need – S, ILB, WR, or TE – there will be better players available elsewhere than the best CB in the draft.

  57. O-Line and LBers are the only things worth a first round pick…WR if you fill a need…thats it, folks! All of these guys who came out early in the last few years have created this mediocre class…just saying…

  58. I am an Eagles fan specifically and a football junkie enough to not have a huge hometown bias.

    And there is no way on this planet that Gilbert goes at 22.

    CB is a marquee position, and the first one is at 21? Never.

    Never Ever evah EVER.

    Gilbert will be #15 at worst in this draft. At worst.

  59. I appreciate PFT for providing speculative mock drafts without making people pay for them. Take note, alleged “worldwide leader.”

  60. SO the Patriots, who have two young tackles locked up for years (and Cannon who filled in admirably), will pass on Pryor to take another tackle?

    Cant see that happening.

  61. Even if the Rams don’t trade their #2 pick, I find it hard to believe they’ll choose a receiver. That’s not going to help much in the NFC West during his rookie season, even if he’s hot out of the gate.

    I think the Rams would instead solidify their trench game, and go with either Mack or Mathews. Assuming, again, that they don’t trade the pick.

  62. Why do fans get so excited about the NFL Draft? A single draft, with very few exceptions (Patriots three #1s: Hannah, Cunningham, Stingley), never mind a single #1 pick (a quarterback like Luck), does not turn around a team’s prospects.

  63. Mack, Bortles or Bridgewater will go at #4 before a bust like Carr gets his name called!

  64. Yea no way Pryor makes it past Philly. Unless they trade up for someone like Evans or Dixon.

  65. I would be shocked if the Steelers took Marqise Lee at #15, particularly with the way you have this draft unfolding here. Gilbert, Dennard, Ebron and Lewan are all FAR more likely to be the pick than Lee.

  66. “4. Browns: Derek Carr, quarterback, Fresno State.
    26. Browns (from Colts): Trai Turner, guard, LSU.”

    I agree a guard at 26, my feeling is Yankey

    But at 4 They will take Watkins, Gordon is a true #1, but he is 1 toke for a year long ban. Drafting Watkins would …….
    A) Give the Browns the most dynamic duo since the caped crusaders the throw in Jordan Cameron at T.E.

    B) Give the Browns that insurance policy in case Gordon falters.

    C) This receiving corps would enhance any QB the put behind center.

    D) These guys would open up the middle of the field for the slot and T.E. but more importantly pull the safeties off the line and allow the running game to be more productive.

  67. That’s about the worst scenario my Bears could dream up. The top 2 DTs off the board (one to a division rival no less) as well as the top S. As others have noted LB is not a need so in that scenario the pick would clearly be Gilbert or a trade down and still get Pryor or Rashede Hageman. The Bears are up to their eyeballs in LBs… the pick will be DT or DB.

  68. This is honestly awful. I’m shocked at how bad this is. You’re a tad late with the April fools joke, so please upload the real mock draft whenever you get the chance. Thanks! Signed, everyone who’s not retarded.

  69. The whiff on Ware is impressive as it is: but having the Broncos pick a tackle with their first when they have Clady coming back from injury, and Chris Clark and Orlando Franklin competing for the right side? Add to that the addition of Will Montgomery at center, the team has competition all over the line, not need. Swing again.

  70. Attn Ray Farmer: I like your moves with the Browns thus far. But pleae do not select Derek Carr that high! I would prefer taking Mack at four if Watkins is gone.
    This draft has alot of average QBs. Just because we need a QB doesnt mean we need to take one that high.

  71. Manziel never had to play Clowney while in college… if this draft holds true they’ll play twice a year and we’ll get to see real quickly who made the right choice…

  72. Chip Kelly is an offensive, pedal-to-the-metal kind of coach who just cut his most dynamic playmaker on that side of the ball.

    If he takes a defensive player in the first round and not a receiver I’ll be surprised. Word around Philly is they might even try to make a dramatic move up to get Watkins or Evans.

  73. It’s a MOCK Draft!

    Nobody get’s it right, so why all the criticism?

    Lighten up Francis!

    Derek Carr seems too high, and Trai Turner is rarely mocked in Rd 1…but the real draft will have several head scratchers.

  74. The Steelers don’t draft wide receivers in the first round, and they ain’t this time around, especially with the number of needs on the other side of the ball.

  75. There is no way in hell Pittsburgh passes on Gilbert if he is sitting there when they pick at 15. They won’t take a WR until rd 2.

  76. Poor guesswork on the Cowboys pick. Jerry Jones will definitely trade into the top ten picks and then select a 3rd round rated player with recent surgery on a career ending injury. Or an arthritic deep snapper.

  77. Who ever came up with this mock draft needs to be
    Shot 9 times y would the Packers draft a Cornerback
    It’s there deepest position let alone in the first round
    And Calvin Pryor III not in the 1st round wow.

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