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XN Sports NFL Mock Draft 4.0: Falcons Land Jadeveon Clowney, Johnny Manziel Falls to the Buccaneers

XN Sports offers up our final mock draft projecting how the dominos will fall tonight during the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

Jadeveon Clowney
Jadeveon Clowney

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The XN Sports Mock Draft 3.0 released at the beginning of May provides a strong projection of the first round, but does not consider all of the potential movement up and down the trade by trades. In the past week, we’ve seen a lot of strong signs of which teams want to stay put and which teams are itching to move out of their spots.

Here is the final mock draft projecting how the dominos will fall tonight during the 2014 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.


No. 1 Atlanta Falcons: (acquired via trade with Houston)  Javedeon Clowney, South Carolina

The logic: The Texans are itching to move out of this spot, and I can’t imagine any team more inclined to pull off the deal than Atlanta.

Mock 1.0: Jadeveon Clowney (HOU)

Mock 2.0: Jadeveon Clowney (HOU)

Mock 3.0: Jadeveon Clowney (HOU)


No. 2 St. Louis RamsGreg Robinson, Auburn

The logic: Given all the Sam Bradford-Johnny Manziel drama of late, I simply expect St. Louis to stay put and find their new left tackle in Robinson.

Mock 1.0: Greg Robinson

Mock 2.0: Greg Robinson

Mock 3.0: Greg Robinson


No. 3 Jacksonville JaguarsKhalil Mack, Buffalo

The logic: It makes sense for Gus Bradley finds his “LEO” in Mack, though I can’t rule out Watkins for sure.

Mock 1.0: Teddy Bridgewater

Mock 2.0: Blake Bortles

Mock 3.0: Khalil Mack


No. 4 Cleveland Browns: Mike Evans, Texas A&M

The logic: Manziel won’t be Cleveland’s pick. The Browns can add Evans, and combined with Josh Gordon whoever is under center will have quite a weaponry.

Mock 1.0: Johnny Manziel

Mock 2.0: Johnny Manziel

Mock 3.0: Johnny Manziel


No. 5 Detroit Lions (acquired via trade with Oakland): Sammy Watkins, Clemson

The logic: The Raiders are also open for business, and they probably would’ve wanted Mack to fall here. Unless they decide offensive line is the way to go, there’s no way they pass up the opportunity to nab the draft’s best wide receiver.

Mock 1.0: Sammy Watkins (OAK)

Mock 2.0: Sammy Watkins (OAK)

Mock 3;0: Samy Watkins (OAK)


No. 6  Houston Texans (acquired via trade with Atlanta): Blake Bortles, UCF

The logic: The Texans move out the top spot, receive a king’s ransom from the Falcons and still manage to find their long-term solution at quarterback.

Mock 1.0: Khalil Mack (ATL)

Mock 2.0: Khalil Mack (ATL)

Mock 3.0: Taylor Lewan (ATL)


No. 7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

The logic: Apparently Lovie Smith wants Donald and the owner wants Manziel. You can guess who wins that battle.

Mock 1.0: Anthony Barr

Mock 2.0: Mike Evans

Mock 3.0: Mike Evans


No. 8 Minnesota VikingsAaron Donald, Pitt

The logic: The Vikings want a disruptive front-seven player, and nobody better fits that mold than Donald.

Mock 1.0: Blake Bortles

Mock 2.0: Jake Matthews

Mock 3.0: Blake Bortles


No. 9 Buffalo BillsEric Ebron, North Carolina

The logic: Buffalo wants to provide second-year quarterback E.J. Manuel with weapons, and I think it comes down to Ebron and Matthews. I think Ebron is too intriguing to pass up.

Mock 1.0: Eric Ebron

Mock 2.0: Taylor Lewan

Mock 3.0: Eric Ebron


No. 10 Oakland Raiders (acquired via trade with Detroit): Jake Matthews, Texas A&M

The logic: It may be too early for Oakland to draft Derek Carr. Instead, they bolster their line.

Mock 1.0: Justin Gilbert (DET)

Mock 2.0: Justin Gilbert (DET)

Mock 3.0: Justin Gilbert (DET)


No. 11 Tennessee TitansJustin Gilbert, Oklahoma State

The logic: Barr’s stock has fallen rapidly this spring, and coach Ken Whisenhunt has always had a No. 1 corner to rely on (e.g. Patrick Peterson). Gilbert’s the best in the class.

Mock 1.0: C.J. Mosley

Mock 2.0: Anthony Barr

Mock 3.0: Darqueze Dennard


No. 12 New York GiantsTaylor Lewan, Michigan

The logic: The Giants went with offensive lineman Justin Pugh in last year’s draft, but with Donald off the board they might have to do it again.

Mock 1.0: Jake Matthews

Mock 2.0: Eric Ebron

Mock 3.0: Aaron Donald


No. 13 St. Louis Rams: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama

The logic: This could be Dennard, but Jeff Fisher likes safeties in the first round. Dennard shores up the back end of the Rams’ on-the-rise defense.

Mock 1.0: Mike Evans

Mock 2.0: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

Mock 3.0: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix


No. 14 Chicago BearsCalvin Pryor, Louisville

The logic: Chicago added Lamarr HoustonJared AllenJay Ratliff, and Willie Young to bolster its defensive line. Now they need to sure up the back end of the defense.

Mock 1.0: Timmy Jernigan

Mock 2.0: Calvin Pryor

Mock 3.0: Calvin Pryor


No. 15 Pittsburgh SteelersKyle Fuller, Virginia Tech

The logic: I think this decision comes down to a corner or a wide receiver, but there might be enough receiver talent that the Steelers can afford to wait until Round 2.

Mock 1.0: Darqueze Dennard

Mock 2.0: Aaron Donald

Mock 3.0: Kyle Fuller


No. 16 Dallas CowboysAnthony Barr, UCLA

The logic: Once considered a top-10 pick, Barr could now be a savior for the Cowboys, who need to bolster its pass rush.

Mock 1.0: Aaron Donald

Mock 2.0: Kony Ealy

Mock 3.0: Anthony Barr


No. 17 San Francisco 49ers (acquired via trade with Baltimore): Odell Beckham, Jr., LSU

The logic: This is an expected move by the Niners, who were expected to be very aggressive and have targeted ODB.

Mock 1.0: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (BAL)

Mock 2.0: Timmy Jernigan (BAL)

Mock 3.0: Jake Matthews (BAL)


No. 18 New York JetsBrandin Cooks, Oregon State

The logic: The Jets need a wideout and a corner. They loved Beckham but just got blindsided by San Fran. The team is also high on Cooks, though Dennard may be the pick here.

Mock 1.0: Marqise Lee

Mock 2.0: Marqise Lee

Mock 3.0: Odell Beckham Jr.


No. 19 Miami Dolphins: Zack Martin, Notre Dame

The logic: The Dolphins has long been linked to Martin, despite reports they value Cyrus Kouandjio. It’s a long shot, but they could be eyeing a wide receiver here, too.

Mock 1.0: Zack Martin

Mock 2.0: Zack Martin

Mock 3.0: Zack Martin


No. 20 Arizona Cardinals: Dee Ford, Auburn

The logic: Is it Ford or could it be Carr? Bruce Arians has been saying there isn’t a quarterback worth taking in Round 1, but is it a smokescreen? I tend to believe him.

Mock 1.0: Dee Ford

Mock 2.0: C.J. Mosley

Mock 3.0: C.J. Mosley


No. 21 Green Bay PackersRyan Shazier, Ohio State 

The logic: Green Bay could go in a lot of directions here. The top two safeties are off the board, but is it too early for Jimmie Ward? Ebron is gone, but is it too early for Jace Amaro? Shazier is another strong addition to its revamped pass rush.

Mock 1.0: Calvin Pryor

Mock 2.0: Jace Amaro

Mock 3.0: Ryan Shazier


No. 22 Philadelphia Eagles: Darqueze Dennard, Michigan St.

The logic: The Eagles needs outside pass-rushers and are seemingly checking in a bunch of wide receivers. Dennard still on the board is a steal, and Chip Kelly can address wideout in the next round.

Mock 1.0: Jason Verrett

Mock 2.0: Dee Ford

Mock 3.0: Kelvin Benjamin


No. 23 Kansas City ChiefsMarqise Lee, USC

The logic: Andy Reid needs to address his receiving corps, and Lee’s stock has dropped into toward the latter portion of the first round. He may wind up being a steal at No. 23.

Mock 1.0: Odell Beckham Jr.

Mock 2.0: Odell Beckham Jr.

Mock 3.0: Marqise Lee


No. 24 Cincinnati BengalsBradley Roby, Ohio State

The logic: This comes down to a corner and which one they like the best. They were probably hopeful Dennard slipped past the Eagles, but it’ll have to settle for Roby.

Mock 1.0: Kony Ealy

Mock 2.0: Darqueze Dennard

Mock 3.0: Dee Ford


No. 25 San Diego ChargersJason Verrett, TCU

The logic: Roby has been linked to the Bolts all along, but Verrett is a great insurance policy. The Bolts’ secondary is in need of an upgrade.

Mock 1.0: Bradley Roby

Mock 2.0: Bradley Roby

Mock 3.0: Bradley Roby


No. 26 Cleveland Browns: Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville

The logic: The Browns are “enamored” with Bridgewater, who is a first-round pick after all. Now Bridgewater is in a strong position with both Gordon and Evans to throw to.

Mock 1.0: Ryan Shazier

Mock 2.0: Kyle Fuller

Mock 3.0: Jason Verrett


No. 27 New Orleans SaintsCody Latimer, Indiana

The logic: This comes down to giving Drew Brees a weapon to replace Lance Moore. Plus, Marques Colston is getting old. No prospect is climbing up draft boards faster than Latimer.

Mock 1.0: Kyle Fuller

Mock 2.0: Jason Verrett

Mock 3.0: Cody Latimer


No. 28 Carolina PanthersMorgan Moses, Virginia

The logic: The Panthers need offensive linemen and wide receivers, but I believe they can find talented pass-catchers beyond the first round. Kouandjio may be the better prospect, but he carries a lot of off-the-field baggage, too.

Mock 1.0: Cyrus Kouandjio

Mock 2.0: Morgan Moses

Mock 3.0: Morgan Moses


No. 29 New England PatriotsRa’Shede Hageman, Minnesota

The logic: Vince Wilfork is back, and Nix is the guy who has drawn the most comparisons to him. But Hageman’s stock is back on the rise, and New England needs to add depth to its D-line.

Mock 1.0: Louis Nix III

Mock 2.0: Louis Nix III

Mock 3.0: Ra’Shede Hageman
No. 30 Baltimore Ravens (acquired via trade with San Francisco): Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois

The logic: The Ravens wanted Ebron, but he was gone before they even traded out of the No. 17 pick. They could nab an offensive lineman or a different tight end, but the team needs a true center fielder like Ward.

Mock 1.0: Kelvin Benjamin (SF)

Mock 2.0: Kelvin Benjamin (SF)

Mock 3.0: Brandin Cooks (SF)


No. 31 Denver BroncosC.J. Mosley, Alabama

The logic: Denver addressed a lot of its needs through free agency, but still needs to upgrade its linebacking unit. Mosley instantly makes them better.

Mock 1.0: Xavier Su’a-Filo

Mock 2.0: Xavier Su’a-Filo

Mock 3.0: Xavier Su’a-Filo


No. 32 Seattle SeahawksStephon Tuitt, Notre Dame

The logic: Tuitt’s ability to play numerous spots along the defensive line makes him all the more attractive to the Seahawks. He can help fill the void left by Red Bryant.

Mock 1.0: Stephon Tuitt

Mock 2.0: Stephon Tuitt

Mock 3.0: Stephon Tuitt

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