Bair's first round mock: Raiders stay put

Bair's first round mock: Raiders stay put
May 7, 2014, 2:00 pm
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Pass rusher Khalil Mack finished his final year at Buffalo with 10.5 sacks (28.5 career). (AP)


Khalil Mack would provide a perfect complement to newly-aquired Justin Tuck. (AP)

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1. Buffalo (from Houston) DE Jadeveon Clowney: Bills just crazy enough to pay Houston’s ransom for Clowney.

2. St. Louis OT Greg Robinson, Auburn: Rams try to trade down, but end up staying put. They fill a major need up front.

3. Jacksonville QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M: Jaguars need a QB who can sell tickets. They get one.

4. Cleveland WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson: Adding Watkins gives Cleveland an explosive receiver corps.

5. RAIDERS OLB Khalil Mack, Buffalo: Raiders are thrilled to get Mack, an NFL-ready pass rusher and one of a select few that preventsthem from trading back.

6. Atlanta OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M: Rebuffed in attempts to trade up, Falcons protect QB Matt Ryan with Matthews.

7. Tampa Bay WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M: Bucs pair Vincent Jackson clone with, well, Vincent Jackson.

8. Dallas (from Minnesota) DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh: Cowboys trade up and get the best DT in the draft.

9. Houston (from Buffalo) QB Blake Bortles, Central Florida: Texans get their man despite trading down.

10. Detroit CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State: After trying to trade up, Lions settle for filling a need at cornerback. They get a good one.

11. Tennessee TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina: Titans need a pass rusher, take offensive talent to help their passing game.

12. N.Y. Giants OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan: While bummed Ebron is gone, Giants jump at the fact Lewan’s still available.

13. St. Louis FS Calvin Pryor, Louisville: Rams try totrade down again and can’t find a dance partner. Instead, they add immediate help to the secondary.

14. Chicago FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama: Bears shore up the secondary with quality.

15. Pittsburgh OLB Anthony Barr: Perfect scheme fit for talented pass rusher.

 

 

16. Minnesota (from Dallas) QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville: Vikings value quality game tape over a poor pro day, select their QB of the future.

17. Baltimore SS Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois: Ravens choose Ward with Clinton-Dix and Pryor off the board.

18, N.Y. Jets WR Odell Beckham, Jr., Louisiana State: 49ers are disappointed that Jets get explosive receiving talent.

19. Miami OL Zach Martin, Notre Dame: Martin fills a glaring need up front.

20. Arizona QB Derek Carr, Fresno State: Cardinals take Carr to develop behind Carson Palmer.

21. 49ERS (from Green Bay)WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State: With more receiver hungry teams just below, 49ers trade up and get receiver withblazing speed.

22. Philadelphia WR Marqise Lee, USC: The run on receivers is on. Eagles take best WR available to help replace DeSean Jackson.

23. Kansas City CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State: The run on receivers has taken value from the position, so Chiefs go to Plan B and take best corner available.

24. Cincinnati OLB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State: Bengals stay within the state and tab solid linebacker prospect.

25. San Diego CB Jason Verrett: Chargers are in desperate need of a corner, and get a solid cover man.

26. Cleveland CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech: With their first-round QB hopes dashed, Browns grab a strong secondary prospect.

27. New Orleans DE Dee Ford, Auburn: Not necessarily aneed, but Ford is too good a pass rusher to pass up.

28. Carolina OL Morgan Moses, Virginia: Seems like everyone needs a receiver, the Panthers included. They choose to help offense in another way.

29. New England DT Louis Nix, Notre Dame: Whole world knows Patriots need a DT. They draft a 331-pound behemoth.

30. Green Bay (from 49ERS) ILB C.J. Mosley, Alabama: Rush on WRs and CBs cause Mosley to drop like a rock. Packers trade down and still get a top talent.

31. Denver Xavier Su’a-filo, UCLA Broncos get some help along the interior line.

32. Seattle DE Kony Ealy, Missouri: Seahawks add another piece to an already talented pass rush with a player expected to go far earlier.

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