NFL Mock Draft 1.0
With a 49ers’ season in the books, it is time to look ahead to the next one. The San Francisco 49ers make a sensible pick in this first edition mock draft. Find out what others have to say by visiting this mock draft database.
1) Houston Texans
QB Blake Bortles
The Texans need a fresh start. Bortles is rising up draft boards, and likely will continue to do so with his ideal size for an NFL QB—something that Manziel and Bridgewater lack.
2) St. Louis Rams (Via Redskins)
OT Jake Matthews
He protected Manziel. Now he can protect Bradford
3) Jacksonville Jaguars
QB Teddy Bridgewater
The Jaguars could use a great ambassador almost as much as a great QB. Bridgewater would be perfect in that role.
4) Cleveland Browns
QB Johnny Manziel
Finally something excited up in Cleveland.
5) Oakland Raiders
DE Jadeveon Clowney
The Raiders have a lot of needs. Clowney is such a talented player, I don’t see him falling any further.
6) Atlanta Falcons
DE Stephon Tuitt
The Falcons need to boost their defense. Tuitt gives them a chance to do that.
7) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
WR Sammy Watkins
The Bucs need some speed on the outside for Mike Glennon.
8) Minnesota Vikings
OT Greg Robinson
With no great QBs left on the board, the Vikings can turn to protecting either who they have or who they pick up later
9) Buffalo Bills
S Ha’sean Clinton-Dix
A talented safety, the Bills have a playmaker for years to come.
10) Detroit Lions
WR Mike Evans
Hmm… the Lions draft a receiver. Big surprise.
11) Tennessee Titans
OLB Anthony Barr
Jake Locker has shown promise and the Titans and Ken Wisenhunt need some help on the other side of the ball. Barr could easily be a star.
12) New York Giants
CB Darqueze Dennard
The Giants still have talented receivers and a good quarterback. Time to pressure the opponent’s receivers.
13) St. Louis Rams
OLB Kyle Van Noy
The Rams could easily draft down here or at 2. The defense still needs some help though, and Van Noy sure looks good.
14) Chicago Bears
DT Louis Nix III
Nix could easily go up or down draft boards a lot in the coming weeks. I think the Bears would be more than happy to beef up their defense after a really, really down year.
15) Pittsburgh Steelers
OT Taylor Lewan
Big Ben is huge, but Big Ben still needs protection.
16) Dallas Cowboys
G David Yankey
If Tony Romo isn’t healthy, Tony Romo can’t be blamed.
17) Baltimore Ravens
WR Marqise Lee
Lee is such a talent and the Ravens desperately missed Anquan Boldin.
18) New York Jets
TE Eric Ebron
The Jets somehow had a good enough season to draft this low. A solid tight end might make them draft even lower next year. They could go a lot of different ways, though.
19) Miami Dolphins
OT Cyrus Kouandjio
After the Jonathan Martin debacle the Dolphins could use another tackle.
20) Arizona Cardinals
QB Derek Carr
Carr should rebound from his bad postseason. He could grow exponentially under Bruce Arians.
21) Green Bay Packers
S LaMarcus Joyner
The Packers’ D could use a makeover in the secondary—and on the line, and in the reserves, and perhaps in the booth. Joyner is a good start.
22) Philadelphia Eagles
ILB C.J. Mosley
The Eagles would be delighted to draft Mosley this late.
23) Kansas City Chiefs
WR Allen Robinson
He’s a big target from a good program in Penn State. Alex Smith gets another weapon.
24) Cincinnati Bengals
OLB Khalil Mack
Likely losing Michael Johnson, Mack will give the Bengals another pass rusher.
25) San Diego Chargers
OLB Ryan Shazier
I don’t see the Chargers going offense, so Shazier fits the bill well.
26) Cleveland Browns (Via Colts)
OT Zack Martin
Some protection for whoever is Manziel is key.
27) New Orleans Saints
ILB Shayne Skov
They could use some defensive assistance to return to the big stage.
28) Carolina Panthers
WR Odell Beckham Jr.
Steve Smith is getting old. Time to get his replacement.
29) New England Patriots
DT Timmy Jernigan
If they want to stop Peyton next year, they’d better draft defense.
30) San Francisco 49ers
CB Justin Gilbert
A solid cornerback for a team with need in the secondary. The 49ers might lose Carlos Rogers and Tarelle Brown this offseason. They will likely lose at least one. Throw in Donte Whitner’s expiring contract and it makes sense for the 49ers to draft Gilbert here. Don’t be surprised if they move up.
31) Seattle Seahawks
DT RaShede Hageman
The Seahawks’ D-Line will be wanting a bit too much money for the Seahawks in a couple years when Russell Wilson finally gets his new contract. Without too many immediate needs, the Seahawks draft for the future.
32) Denver Broncos
CB Jason Verrett
Champ Bailey is really, really old. Verrett definitely fills a need.