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2014 Nfl Mock Draft: Falcons Make Move To Land Jadeveon Clowney


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2014 NFL Mock Draft: Falcons make move to land Jadeveon Clowney

April 23, 2014 7:19 pm ET

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The Atlanta Falcons need a pass rusher. The best in this draft is South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

That's why I think the Falcons will make a move to go up and get him, making a deal with the Houston Texans for the top overall pick. Houston can trade back to Atlanta's sixth spot and pick up extra picks.

There is growing talk in league circles that the Texans will move back. They could then either draft a top offensive lineman, maybe a quarterback or even a pass rusher (Khalil Mack maybe)?

So for this mock draft, which is my 10th, I will include that trade.

There are just two more weeks to go before the real draft. It feels like 10.

1. Atlanta Falcons (trade with Houston Texans): Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina: The Falcons need an elite pass rusher, so they make the big move.

2. St. Louis Rams -- Greg Robinson, T, Auburn: He's a difference maker on the offensive line. He could play left guard for a year.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo: As Gus Bradley says, you can never have enough pass rushers. Mack can be special.

4. Cleveland Browns -- Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson: Speed kills. He has it. Some say he's the next Julio Jones.

5. Oakland Raiders -- Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M: It just makes sense. They need a quarterback, and he will liven things up.

6. Houston Texans (from Atlanta) -- Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida: They trade down and still land one of the top quarterbacks, plus extra picks.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M: They lack a real threat opposite Vincent Jackson, who isn't a kid anyway.

8. Minnesota Vikings -- Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech: They can wait to take a quarterback later in the draft.

9. Buffalo Bills -- Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina: The vertical threat in the middle of the field will really help EJ Manuel.

10. Detroit Lions -- Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State: He has amazing athletic ability and his 2012 tape was really good.

11. Tennessee Titans -- Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA: He's an edge rusher who can help liven up a pass rush that needs it.

12. New York Giants -- Jake Matthews, T, Texas A&M: They need help on their line and the value would be good here.

13. St. Louis Rams -- Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State: They need to get a third corner to go with Trumaine Johnson and Janoris Jenkins.

14. Chicago Bears -- Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh: I will keep him in this spot for now.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Taylor Lewan, T, Michigan: The value would be good for a team that could use him.

16. Dallas Cowboys -- Ha-Ha Clinton Dix, S, Alabama: He has a chance to be nice rangy free safety, which they need.

17. Baltimore Ravens -- Zack Martin, G-T, Notre Dame: The versatility he would offer to the line would be a big plus.

18. New York Jets -- Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State: I still think they need help at corner in the worst way.

19. Miami Dolphins -- C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama: He can run, and they need that. This would be a heck of a pick.

20. Arizona Cardinals -- Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville: He's a big hitter who would help their secondary.

21. Green Bay Packers -- Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State: Speed is a must if the defense is to improve. He has it.

22. Philadelphia Eagles -- Odell Beckham, WR, LSU: He can fly and the Eagles need that with Desean Jackson gone.

23. Kansas City Chiefs -- Brandin Cooks, WR Oregon State: He would add much needed speed outside in the passing game.

24. Cincinnati Bengals -- Jason Verrett, CB, TCU: He is a shorter corner, but he might be the best cover guy of the group. Can be an instant help at nickel.

25. San Diego Chargers -- Louis Nix, NT, Notre Dame: The inside of their line isn't very good. He is a big body who can move.

26. Cleveland -- Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville: They pass on the quarterback earlier and take him in this spot.

27. New Orleans Saints -- Demarcus Lawrence, OLB-DE, Boise State: He can help the pass rush in a big way. He is a riser on some boards.

28. Carolina Panthers -- Morgan Moses, T, Virginia: The left tackle spot has to be a priority. This is a kid moving up boards.

29. New England Patriots -- Xavier Su'a-Filo, G, UCLA: Logan Mankins isn't a kid and they could use an upgrade at right guard.

30. San Francisco 49ers -- Marqise Lee, WR, USC: They need help at receiver and this kid is better than most think.

31. Denver Broncos -- Kyle Van Noy, OLB, BYU: I will keep him here in this spot because it makes too much sense.

32. Seattle Seahawks -- Cody Latimer, WR, Indiana: They need to get help outside with Golden Tate gone.

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I just think the Falcons moving up for Clowney is a little more realistic than people on this board think. I think they will explore it on draft day - they may not be willing to pay the price - but TD will try and get creative to get Clowney in Atlanta - fairly certain of that.

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Houstan gets "extra PICKS", Idk if I like that. They can have a 3rd rounder this year and 3rd rounder next year lol. Other than that, no thanks.

i hear ya - but it will happen or not based on the whims of the comrade. Of course, you know we would have to give up more than what you suggest above.

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So long as they don't give up a pick in next years draft.

it is almost guaranteed that we will give up 1 pick in 2015 draft - either 1st, 2nd or 3rd.

Let's assume we trade up to #1 or #2 for Clowney

Let's assume we trade up to #3 or #4 for Mack/Robinson

1 = 3,000pts

3 = 2,200pts

4 = 1,800pts

5 = 1,700pts

6 = 1,600pts

37 = 530pts

68 = 250pts

103 = 88pts

147 = 33pts

Cost for the pick: I don't think you would have to pay retail(trade-chart) value to get into the top 3 picks. Here is what I think it would take for each pick:

1) Houston (3,000pts)

Package: #1-006(1,600pts), #2-037(530pts), 2015 1st (assume #1-016(1,000pts x 65% value because future pick = 650pts) Total pts: 2,780

2) St. Louis (2,600pts)

Package: #1-006 (1,600pts), #2-037(530pts), 2015 2nd (assume #2-048(420pts x 65% value because future pick = 273pts) Total pts: 2,403

3) Jacksonville (2,200pts)

Package: #1-006 (1,600pts), #3-068(250pts), #5-147 = 33pts, 2015 3rd (assume #3-80(190pts x 65% value because future pick = 124pts) Total pts: 2007pts

4) Cleveland (1,800pts)

Package: #1-006 (1,600pts), #3-068(250pts) get back Cleveland's #5-145(33pts) Total pts: 1,817pts

I believe the "sweet spot" for a trade is at #4 but Cleveland will probably be the team most resistant to trade. I would only move up if I could get Clowney, Mack or Robinson - in that order.

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I wouldn't be shocked. I can imagine last Sept the FO thinking we'd be picking in the mid/high 20's and 50's at best. It's almost like we've got an extra high pick out of this draft that the FO didn't expect/plan for. I can see them using that 37th to move up for a stud if they have him rated way above what we will get at six and feel like we are only giving up what we didn't expect to have.

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I'm not concerned either way. Trade up, trade down, stay put.

I'm not concerned with trading up or staying put. I would be a little nervous if we traded down. I don't want to get shut out of Clowney, Mack, Robinson, Matthews or Lewan.....i could see us missing out if we traded back past #8(Vikings).

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I'm not concerned with trading up or staying put. I would be a little nervous if we traded down. I don't want to get shut out of Clowney, Mack, Robinson, Matthews or Lewan.....i could see us missing out if we traded back past #8(Vikings).

Forget this trade down BS I'm over hearing we need this we need that.

If we go its because we are going for the best player in the draft end of I can live with that.

Seriously if we stop the run and add pass rush I could put pee wee herman at FS and he'd do the job.

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I just think the Falcons moving up for Clowney is a little more realistic than people on this board think. I think they will explore it on draft day - they may not be willing to pay the price - but TD will try and get creative to get Clowney in Atlanta - fairly certain of that.

Of course it's realistic. Some people just refuse to believe in the possibilities.

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I just think the Falcons moving up for Clowney is a little more realistic than people on this board think. I think they will explore it on draft day - they may not be willing to pay the price - but TD will try and get creative to get Clowney in Atlanta - fairly certain of that.

I think it's a for gone conclusion that it will happen. I wouldn't give up any more than 3 pick(3rd,4th(2014) and a 2nd in 2015
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