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  • Houston Texans: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
    Walt also has the Texans passing on a quarterback and it just doesn't make sense for Houston to reach on an inferior talent. I think they will channel their 2006 approach when they took Mario Williams instead of Reggie Bush, Vince Young or Matt Leinart. In speaking with sources, none of the quarterbacks are grading out as a true No. 1 overall pick.
    It definitely is possible that Houston will gradually fall in love with a quarterback prospect, but right now, I think Bill O'Brien will look to work with a veteran and target a Russell Wilson-like or Colin Kaepernick-like quarterback on the second day of the 2014 NFL Draft. If that plan doesn't work next season, the 2015 NFL Draft is loaded at the quarterback position, so the Texans can aim to get their franchise signal-caller in Year 2 of O'Brien's regime.
    Even though Houston had a rough 2013, general manager Rick Smith has built a talented roster. The Texans could use an edge-rusher to come from the other side of J.J. Watt. With Clowney's blinding speed and rare athleticism, he'll fit just fine in a 3-4.
    The 6-foot-5, 266-pounder has the athletic talent to be a Hall of Fame player. There were times when Clowney was impossible to single-block with his elite repertoire of pass-rushing moves. Not only is Clowney a great pass rusher, he can be ferocious against the run.
    Athletically, there is nothing Clowney can't do on a football field. Saying that Clowney is extremely fast is an understatement. At the Combine he timed as fast as a wide receiver and he plays with that speed. His burst off the snap and ability to close on the quarterback is out of this world. Immediately Clowney will be one of the fastest front seven defenders in the NFL. Clowney also has natural power. He uses that strength to shed blocks and can bull rush offensive tackles down the pocket. Clowney has a great repertoire of pass rushing moves that will only get better with more coaching. It would be a shock if Clowney wasn't a steady double-digit sacker producer in the NFL.
    It was evident during the 2013 season opener against North Carolina that Clowney's conditioning was subpar. His snap count didn't warrant him being as tired as he was, and he clearly took some plays off.Sources told WalterFootball.com Clowney lacked a good work ethic in his conditioning and took a significant amount of plays off in 2012. Clowney's effort and conditioning was a lot better over the rest of 2013 season; it seems all the criticism woke him up. At the Combine, sources said that Clowney interviewed welland they didn't have any concerns about his work ethic going forward.
    Clowney played well against Georgia and had his best game of the season against Vanderbilt. He decided to sit out versus Kentucky, but flashed against Tennessee and Florida. In 2013, Clowney totaled 50 tackles, three sacks, 11.5 tackles for a loss, four passes defended and a forced fumble.
    Clowney has shown off elite speed, strength and athleticism as a pass-rusher since Day 1. He was a dominant force in 2012 as one of the best players in college football. The sophomore amassed 54 tackles, 23.5 tackles for a loss and 13 sacks. Steve Spurrier has said Clowney was NFL-ready coming out of high school.
    A prep superstar, Clowney was the top recruit in the nation for 2011 and didn't disappoint as a freshman. He was the 2011 SEC Freshman of the Year and a Second-Team All-SEC selection. He totaled 36 tackles, eight sacks, 12 tackles for a loss and five forced fumbles. Clowney did well against top competition including a good game versus Georgia's Cordy Glenn.

  • St. Louis Rams: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo
    Rams general manager Les Snead is hoping to auction off this pick and move down. A quarterback-needy team would have to move in front of Jacksonville to be sure to land the top choice if Houston takes Clowney.
    If the Rams are stuck at No. 2, I've heard the pick will come down to Sammy Watkins or Khalil Mack, but the Rams are falling in love with Mack. The organization feels it can never have enough pass-rushers, and on passing downs, St. Louis will use Mack, Robert Quinn and Chris Long. Even though Mack isn't the best fit for the Rams, he has a big appeal to Gregg Williams and Jeff Fisher.
    Mack is a deadly edge rusher with explosion off the snap. He is a very fast and instinctive hard hitter who has excellent pursuit skills. Mack could turn into a double-digit sacker off the edge.
    There was a real buzz about Mack (6-3, 251) heading into 2013, and when one sees his production, it is easy to understand the genesis of the hype. Mack justified it when he dominated Ohio State to open this season. The senior had nine tackles with 2.5 sacks versus the Buckeyes, plus an interception returned 45 yards for a touchdown. He recorded 10.5 sacks, 100 tackles, five forced fumbles, seven passes broken up, three interceptions and 19 tackles for a loss for the year.
    Mack entered 2013 with 56 career tackles for a loss and was a downhill play-maker throughout his career. He registered 94 tackles, 21 tackles for a loss, eight sacks, four forced fumbles, one blocked kick and two passes broken up in 2012. Mack totaled 65 tackles with 20.5 tackles for a loss, 5.5 sacks, two passes batted and five forced fumbles in 2011. He had 68 tackles with 14.5 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks, 10 passes batted and two forced fumbles as a freshman.
    Pick change; previously Jake Matthews, OT

  • Jacksonville Jaguars: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
    I think the Jaguars could easily pass on a quarterback for one of the elite talents. Jacksonville could use more receiver talent for its new quarterback. The organization can't trust Justin Blackmon and could use a stable of weapons even if Blackmon can stay out of trouble. David Caldwell was in Atlanta when the Falcons traded for Julio Jones, so he knows what a receiver can do for Jacksonville's offense.
    The 6-foot, 211-pound Watkins is the most explosive play-maker in the 2014 NFL Draft. He is the best wide receiver to enter the NFL since 2011 and, as a prospect, is on a par with A.J. Green and Julio Jones. Watkins is a threat to score on any touch and features rare first-step quickness. He is game-breaking receiver for the NFL who should be a difference-maker right away and looks like a potentially elite No. 1 receiver in the NFL.
    In 2013, Watkins hauled in 101 receptions for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns. He played well against Florida State even though Clemson was blown out. Watkins opened the season against Georgia looking like the 2011 version of himself. After catching a 15-yard bullet from Tajh Boyd, Watkins shed a tackle and exploded down the field. No Bulldogs defender could catch him as he sprinted for a 75-yard score. Watkins caught six passes for 127 yards versus Georgia, but did muff a punt. He also had huge games against Virginia, Maryland and Georgia Tech. To finish the year, the junior dominated Ohio State (16-227-2).
    Watkins had a fantastic freshman season in 2011. The speedster totaled 82 receptions for 1,219 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also ran the ball 32 times for 231 yards. The versatile receiver averaged 25 yards per kick return with one score.
    Watkins was suspended for the first two games of 2012 and was then was banged up all year. That led to DeAndre Hopkins taking over as the primary receiver for Tajh Boyd. Watkins had 57 receptions for 708 yards and three touchdowns for the season. He also took 14 carries for 112 yards and a touchdown. The sophomore threw a 52-yard touchdown pass against Florida State, too.
    Pick change; previously Khalil Mack, OLB

  • Cleveland Browns: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
    The Browns land their quarterback. Obviously, Cleveland won't tip its hand before the draft one way or another, but Manziel could fit Kyle Shanahan's offense.
    The concern that Manziel (5-11, 207) is undersized is being eased by the quality play of some other short NFL quarterbacks. Drew Brees is a dominant force and future Hall of Famer; Russell Wilson has been phenomenal to help disprove the height requirement. Based off the past two seasons, plenty of teams will be willing to overlook the height issue. However, Manziel's maturity is a bigger concernaccording to sources. Some quarterback-needy teams are afraid to draft him because of the bust potential that stems from his party lifestyle.
    While Manziel's running ability gets a lot of attention, 2013 showed that his passing skills are improved and underrated. Manziel's instincts are off the charts, too. The redshirt sophomore completed 70 percent of his passes in 2013 for 4,114 yards with 37 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He ran for 923 yards (759 net) with nine scores as well.
    Versus Alabama, Manziel completed 28-of-39 passes for 464 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. He ran for 98 yards on 14 carries, too. His impressive performance helped the Aggies light up the Crimson Tide defense to the tune of 42 points, but Texas A&M still lost due to its porous defense. Manziel also had big games against Ole Miss, Auburn and Vanderbilt.
    Manziel took college football by storm in 2012 on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy. The redshirt freshman completed 68 percent of his passes for 3,706 yards, 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions. The first-year starter also ran for 1,571 yards (1,410 net) with 21 touchdowns. Alabama's defense, laden with NFL talent, was incapable of stopping him. Manziel could only get better as he gains experience, unless his off-the-field maturity issues distract him from becoming a good pro.

Oakland Raiders: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

Matt Schaub isn't a long-term answer for the Raiders. They need a franchise quarterback, and Bortles for a good fit in Greg Olson's offense. From Reggie McKenzie's perspective, if the organization rolls the dice on a quarterback and he has an overall positive performance as a rookie, that could buy the regime more time. I've heard that McKenzie wants to take a signal-caller and the team really likes Bortles.

Back in mid-February, sources with two teams picking in the top five told WalterFootball.com that Bortles is grading out as their top-rated quarterback. His stock is consistently rising in the lead up to the 2014 NFL Draft and now is one of the favorites to go first overall.

Bortles has a bigger physical skill set than Johnny Manziel, Teddy Bridgewater or Derek Carr. In 2013, Bortles completed 68 percent of his passes for 3,581 yards with 25 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He completed 63 percent of his passes this year for 3,059 yards with 25 touchdowns and seven interceptions. The 6-foot-5, 232-pounder has a nice set of tools for the NFL. He has a strong arm with good size and the athletic ability to scramble for yards.

Bortles needs to improve his footwork for the NFL. He needs to become more uniform and could stand to improve his throwing mechanics. That would improve his accuracy and ball placement. Also, Bortles has a good arm, but his ball flutters on some throws. The redshirt junior is very intelligent, but didn't throw every NFL route in his college offense, so he's going to need some development there.

Pick change; previously Derek Carr, QB

  • Atlanta Falcons: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA
    If the 2014 NFL Draft plays out like this, the Falcons have a tough decision to make between Greg Robinson and Anthony Barr. The team needs a pass-rusher. Left tackle Sam Baker is coming back, and for some reason, the Falcons' regime has been loyal to the team's 2008 first-rounder. Atlanta could still land a good offensive tackle later in the 2014 NFL Draft, but that may not be the case with a pass-rusher. Thus, Barr is the pick.
    Barr notched 62 tackles with 20 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks, five forced fumbles and a pass batted in 2013. The senior's performances against Oregon, Stanford and USC confirm his high draft grade. He had two sacks against Oregon and three forced fumbles to help lead a comeback win at Nebraska.
    The 6-foot-5, 255-pounder is a tremendous blitzer who would fit well in an NFL 3-4 defense. He is lightning off the edge with a superb first step and incredible agility. His ability to drop his hips to get turned to the quarterback is extremely rare. Barr is strong for his size - although it wouldn't hurt to him to add more strength for the NFL - and is a good pursuit run-defender. He has developed a repertoire of pass-rushing moves and has excellent instincts considering his late switch to defense.
    In 2012, Barr went from being an obscure fullback, who had a total of 12 receptions across two seasons, to a potential first-round pick as a pass-rushing outside linebacker. Barr owes Jim Mora, Jr. and his coaching staff for making the position change.
    Barr's breakout season saw him become one of the nation's leader in sacks. The junior collected 13 sacks, 83 tackles, 21.5 tackles for a loss, five passes batted and four forced fumbles.
    Barr was consistently good throughout 2012, but was utterly dominant to close out the regular season. He then made the smart decision to return to UCLA for 2013.

Rest of Falcons picks:

#2-037) Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE Washington (doubtful)

#3-068) Deone Buchanon, SS-Washington State (don't think we have even worked him out, doubtful)

#4-104) Terrence West, RB-Towson (seems like we are camping out in Towson, so I could see it)

#4-139) Seantrel Henderson, OT-Miami (Charlie won't let this one go)

#5-147) Jordan Tripp, LB-Montana (could see this, since Dimitroff gets tingly when you say "Montana")

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Atlanta Falcons: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA

If the 2014 NFL Draft plays out like this, the Falcons have a tough decision to make between Greg Robinson and Anthony Barr. The team needs a pass-rusher. Left tackle Sam Baker is coming back, and for some reason, the Falcons' regime has been loyal to the team's 2008 first-rounder. Atlanta could still land a good offensive tackle later in the 2014 NFL Draft, but that may not be the case with a pass-rusher. Thus, Barr is the pick.

Barr notched 62 tackles with 20 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks, five forced fumbles and a pass batted in 2013. The senior's performances against Oregon, Stanford and USC confirm his high draft grade. He had two sacks against Oregon and three forced fumbles to help lead a comeback win at Nebraska.

The 6-foot-5, 255-pounder is a tremendous blitzer who would fit well in an NFL 3-4 defense. He is lightning off the edge with a superb first step and incredible agility. His ability to drop his hips to get turned to the quarterback is extremely rare. Barr is strong for his size - although it wouldn't hurt to him to add more strength for the NFL - and is a good pursuit run-defender. He has developed a repertoire of pass-rushing moves and has excellent instincts considering his late switch to defense.

In 2012, Barr went from being an obscure fullback, who had a total of 12 receptions across two seasons, to a potential first-round pick as a pass-rushing outside linebacker. Barr owes Jim Mora, Jr. and his coaching staff for making the position change.

Barr's breakout season saw him become one of the nation's leader in sacks. The junior collected 13 sacks, 83 tackles, 21.5 tackles for a loss, five passes batted and four forced fumbles.

Barr was consistently good throughout 2012, but was utterly dominant to close out the regular season. He then made the smart decision to return to UCLA for 2013.

LMAO. TATF is gonna sht a brick if we take Barr. I've also seen Barr going to us at six in two other mocks. I'm just glad I've been on the Barr train since day one. Many other TATFers have been too (Mike Kenn, Truth, etc.). I'm watching NFL AM right now and the question of who are the most explosive players in the draft was asked. Barr's name came up first. LMAO. So did Calvin Pryor's, who's on my wish list. Dimi and crew have already raised the Barr by working him out. Don't be surprised if he's our man. Oh, and all yall mofos saying he has no moves and no strength are just flat out clueless. Trust me. In watching his tape I have seen bull rushes, swim moves, speed rushes, inside moves, you name it. See for yourself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJjHsSrfpPk

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G-Dawg, I'm not as much of Barr hater as you are but I'll tell you this. If this was our pick at #6 and Lewan and Robinson are still on the board, I'm going to be super unhappy....

agreed. Barr is a "gamble on greatness" and I just don't think the Falcons are in a position to gamble right now. While no prospect is a sure thing - there are smaller gambles and bigger ones - Barr is the latter.

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Who saw the Sports Science on Barr? Pretty impressive he graded out higher than Luke Kuechly and they compared him closely to Demarcus Ware. I understand thats not football BUT I don't think he is as big of a reach as many of you are making him out to be. He already has the speed that if our big guys on the D line can hold off blockers he can get around the edge and create some rush and strength will develop more in an NFL weight room. Lets remember that Greg Robinson is still alot of raw potential and people are mostly intrigued by his ceiling not how solid he is now. He did give up the sack on third down to Georgia and that was only forgotten because of a miracle play and a next to impossible run to a national championship game. Its ok though because my Noles handled him :)

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Who saw the Sports Science on Barr? Pretty impressive he graded out higher than Luke Kuechly and they compared him closely to Demarcus Ware. I understand thats not football BUT I don't think he is as big of a reach as many of you are making him out to be. He already has the speed that if our big guys on the D line can hold off blockers he can get around the edge and create some rush and strength will develop more in an NFL weight room. Lets remember that Greg Robinson is still alot of raw potential and people are mostly intrigued by his ceiling not how solid he is now. He did give up the sack on third down to Georgia and that was only forgotten because of a miracle play and a next to impossible run to a national championship game. Its ok though because my Noles handled him smile.png

You can't run around blockers in the NFL like you can in the FBS.

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You can't run around blockers in the NFL like you can in the FBS.

I agree to a certain extent unless youre playing Lamar Holmes. But I believe his lack of strength is being blown out of proportion but thats something that is easily fixable. I have NO problem drafting G Rob in fact i'd be giddy i am just saying he isn't as bad as alot of people here make him out to be and G Rob isn't as good at this point as alot of people think.

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Idk....

We blame the mockers, but maybe they take into account that TD is half crazy lol

Maybe they think GRob is the pick, but the back of their mind says "can TD be trusted to do that?"

And they'd be right. Can TD be trusted to make the rational, logical, expected choice? No. Maybe things won't be quite as weird this year with Pioli and DeVaney, et al, but I still think there are going to be some head-scratching surprises among our picks.

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And they'd be right. Can TD be trusted to make the rational, logical, expected choice? No. Maybe things won't be quite as weird this year with Pioli and DeVaney, et al, but I still think there are going to be some head-scratching surprises among our picks.

That's kind of a good thing though. It means other teams don't know where we are going either.

Also, I didn't realize Barr was 6'5". He's definitely long and fast. Got a pretty nasty attitude too.

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