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
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)
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
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
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
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.