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Alright another kick at the can…Mock Draft Version 2

Ok this is my second attempt at this.  I will include my V1 picks as well for compare and contrast.

Pick No. Team Expected Pick (Version 1) Expected Pick (Version 2)
1 HOU Blake Bortles, QB, UCF Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
2 STL Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M
3 JAX Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
4 CLE Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville
5 OAK Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
6 ATL Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
7 TB Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina
8 MIN Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State
9 BUF Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
10 DET Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State
11 TEN Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
12 NYG Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
13 STL Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
14 CHI Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama
15 PIT Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama
16 DAL Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
17 BAL Marqise Lee, WR, USC Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
18 NYJ Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State Marqise Lee, WR, USC
19 MIA Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame
20 AZ Zack Martin, OT, Notre Dame C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama
21 GB C.J. Mosley, ILB, Alabama Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State
22 PHI Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh Kony Ealy, DE, Missouri
23 KC Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU Odell Beckham Jr., WR, LSU
24 CIN Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
25 SD Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
26 CLE Allen Robinson, WR, Penn State Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State
27 NO Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame Dee Ford, DE, Auburn
28 CAR Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State David Yankey, OG, Stanford
29 NE Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech Louis Nix III, DT, Notre Dame
30 SF Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State Jimmie Ward, SS, Northern Illinois
31 DEN Jason Verrett, CB, TCU Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame
32 SEA David Yankey, OG, Stanford Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech

So a few movements up and down the list highlighted by:

  • Jake Matthews (6 to 2)
  • Greg Robinson (12 to 6)
  • Sammy Watkins (5 to 13)
  • Aaron Donald (22 to 16)
  • Kony Ealy (11 to 22)

Matthews and Robinson seem like they could be almost interchangeable although I still see Matthews being selected first.  I was always wary to put Watkins in the top 5 and moving him out felt right.  As did Ealy’s drop as I never really saw him as an almost-top-10 pick despite the fact many mock drafts had him there.  A few players dropped out of the first round, most notably Kelvin Benjamin falling from 18.  I have a feeling now that receivers won’t be in demand as much as I thought they were in my V1.  As for the top five, Clowney, Bridgewater, and Manziel each drop one spot as Matthews moves in as the #2 pick to the Rams.  So a few major changes but nothing big as I still see Bortles going first overall to the Texans.  It would take something major to change my opinion on that.

In other news, Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer are the new #1 broadcast team for the SEC Network.  We all knew Musburger was going there but Palmer is a bit of a surprise.  Now the question will be who will take over as the #1 ESPN/ABC broadcast crew and does Heather Cox join Musburger and Palmer at the SECN?  My guess is Cox does move over, but since Rece Davis is still doing Thursday nights with the Bachelor and POLLACK-SMASH, it opens the door for someone else to be the #1 crew with Kirk Herbstreit.  I figured it would have been Joe Tessitore but he will be with Tim Tebow, also on the SEC Network.  I think we will see one of Brad Nessler, Sean McDonough, or Chris Fowler coming out of the GameDay booth to call it, although part of me hopes they go a different direcion and go with Carter Blackburn, who is fantastic on Friday nights with Danny Kanell and Allison WIlliams.  Speaking of Williams, I would consider her a frontrunner for #1 sideline reporter along with Maria Taylor and Holly Rowe.  Again, going with someone a little younger and newer may be the way to go here so don’t be surprised if Shannon Spake gets the call.  Should be interesting over the next month or two as the dominoes start to fall with the Musburger/Palmer announcement.

V-3 Mock Draft to come sometime in April, although again I think there will be very few changes although I should try and highlight possible trades that could happen inside the first round.  Schedules are pretty much finalized so mapping out the broadcast season (at this way-too-early point) is possible.  Obviously things change based on team performances but at the very least, the most important games can be looked at.

Update:  Of course, as soon as I do this article, not even 24 hours later it is announced that Chris Fowler will take over the Saturday night play-by-play responsibilities for ESPN.  Sometimes I just need to be patient.

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