For my second and final mock draft of the year I took everything into account. I have watched tons of tape and have what I think is a very reasonable evaluation of these players. This mock draft will show the quite interesting position that the Houston Texans are in. Do they take a quarterback, or the best player in the draft?
With that out in the open, here is my Mock Draft.
*=Real Life Trade ^=Projected Trade
1. Houston Texans
Defensive End, South Carolina
At this point I think that this is the consensus first overall pick. Clowney does not fill a need the same way a quarterback would, but he is the most talented prospect in the draft and would provide the Texans with an absolutely devastating pass rush. Meanwhile there are so many quarterbacks in this draft that it just would not make sense for the Texans to risk their first pick on one.
2. Atlanta Falcons (^From St. Louis (*From Washington))
Outside Linebacker, Buffalo
The Rams acquired this pick from the Redskins in the trade for quarterback Robert Griffin III. The Falcons desperately need help on the defensive side of the ball. Yes, they do need an offensive tackle as well, but they probably want a defensive player who can be and help sustain the core of their defense. The Rams, as we know from the RG3 trade, are very willing to stockpile extra picks, especially with how deep this draft is they would be very willing. Then with the Falcons pick, there is an almost certain pick that one of the top three offensive tackles are still available for them.