Weekly FoS NFL Mock Draft: 1st Round (What Jared Would Do)

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Feb 22, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Cleveland Browns head coach Mike Pettine speaks at the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports


Two weeks, 1 day till the NFL Draft. NFL Mock Draft updates will be coming fast and furious and information, true or not, leaks out of NFL Front Offices. At the 2 week mark NFL teams go into bunker mode. Their board is close to being set, small changes are made and phone calls are made to other teams to gauge trade interest. Today’s Weekly FoS NFL Mock Draft is going to be based on what this writer what do for each of the teams, not what we think each team will do. Tear it apart, enjoy it, do what you will with it:

1. Houston Texans
Jadeveon Clowney

The Texans should take the best player possible and look to draft a QB later. Reaching is never a good thing, unless you are one piece away from competing for a championship. The Texans are not.

2. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)
Greg Robinson

Sam Bradford has this year to show he is the QB of the future for the team. Protecting him and giving the backs room to run should be #1 on that list. Robinson won’t be perfect in his first season but shouldn’t have to be. Adding a bigger receiver like Mike Evans makes more sense then Sammy Watkins.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars
Blake Bortles

The Jags are building a Seahawks Southeast with their defense and can allow Chad Henne to carry the starting job for a year while Bortles develops. He has the physical tools but needs help with mechanics. He showed improvement in those areas already in the off-season.

4. Cleveland Browns
Sammy Watkins

The Browns have 2 first round picks and while I do not love Watkins at #4 drafting him gives whoever the QB is time to develop. Khalil Mack is an interesting player, who could cause the Falcons or others to trade up here to 4 to get him, but Watkins can minimize the risk when picking a QB later. If Clowney, Robinson or Bortles are available here they would be the selection. Trading down to 6 for an extra 3rd and 5th might be worth it as well.

5. Oakland Raiders
Khalil Mack

Get an identity on either side of the ball would be my goal with the Raiders. Mack helps with that and could make an immediate impact. Watkins would be the offensive pick if available.

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  • Mike Kirkner

    Bridgewater? Really? No thanks, I’d rather have Garoppolo

    • Jared Mueller

      Is that different then your thoughts at the end of the college season? Is it Jimmy’s reported arm strength and quick release that draw you to him?

      • Mike Kirkner

        I’ve always had Garoppolo on my radar, I just like the kids make-up, pedigree, accuracy, quick release and ability to get outside the pocket. To me the separation between the supposed top 3-4 guys and the next wave is very slim. By going Watson or Mack at 4, trading down to acquire more picks Browns could then address multiple needs, OL, WR, LB, CB & QB and really come out of this draft with a team ready to compete in a division that is wide open. Pitt & Bmore are on down slide and I’m just not convinced Cincy is really that could. Dalton still has a lot to prove and losing both coordinators may hurt, although I like the hiring of Hue Jackson as someone to kick Dalton in the ass instead of the coddling that Gruden and Lewis seemed to do.

        • Josh Hart

          Just so I’m clear, you don’t like Teddy’s pedigree, accuracy (better than RG3′s coming out), quick relaese, athletic ability, football IQ, poise in the pocket, and smart decision making? Just think it’s funny he’s fallen so far in the eyes of the media over an average pro day.

          • Todd Limpert

            I agree with Mike!

          • Jared Mueller

            Do you think its due to the Pro Day? I think it plays a role but I’ve seen videos/cut ups showing some concerns about arm strength that is concerning. I don’t think that will be the biggest issue though, especially with a year as a backup before taking over.

          • Josh Hart

            I do think it’s mostly media driven and the pro day had a big thing to do with that. I’m sure we could see cut ups of every QB’s flaws and make them look bad. I don’t think he has the strongest arm, but it’s better than Hoyer’s and plenty adequate for Cleveland. I just value the things listed in my previous comment over size and arm strength. Time will of course bring out the truths. If he did fall to 26, that would by far be the biggest steal of the draft.

  • Letterman007

    I am glad to see you’ve

  • Josh Hart

    If it worked out like this I’d be happy. I don’t see the best QB in the draft falling anywhere near that far though. Much rather have Teddy at 4 over Watkins personally and then take an Allen Robinson, Jordan Mathews, Moncrief, or Landry at 26 or 35.

    • Jared Mueller

      I would be fine with that as well Josh. It is so hard to peg Teddy. Since before the season I asked if he would take Geno Smith type fall. Still think it is possible but if they are sold on him as the guy I don’t care if they have to trade up for him. You take that risk at QBs.

  • Todd Limpert

    Cleveland needs a Corner at 26 th then take a QB at 35