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      Shaun King's NFL mock draft 2.0 for 2014.By Shaun KingApril 5, 2014    3:45 AMYahoo Sports In a perfect world, NFL teams would address all their glaring needs in free agency, and sit back on draft day and select the best available player with each pick, regardless of position. But we all know the world isn't perfect as draft day selections sometimes make fans scratch their heads. This mock draft is based on what teams have done in free agency and where that leaves them situated for the draft. .king_zps2a33280a.jpgJohnny Manziel put on a show at his pro day last week. (AP) And in case you're wondering where I have Johnny Manziel going, take note that like in my first mock draft, I don't have Manziel going in the first round. The first 32 picks are about minimizing risk and nothing about Johnny Football is without risk. From his size, to his commitment, a lot of question marks surround the former Heisman Trophy winner. At Manziel's pro day last week, I found the majority of decision makers there were uncomfortable with the language of the music that played during the workout and with Manziel going against the grain by wearing a helmet and shoulder pads. Why? Team front offices want to know if Manziel can conform and be just one of the guys. His pro day outfit wasn't Texas A&M gear – it was Johnny Manziel gear. Teams have a concern on whether the pursuit of perfecting his QB skills will ever be first on Manziel's mind. These are the reasons I don't think Manziel gets taken in Round 1. Agree? Disagree? Hit me up on Twitter (@RealShaunKing). Instead … 1. Houston Texans Needs: QB, OT and safetyThe pick: Blake Bortles (QB, UCF) – Teddy Bridgewater is still my No. 1 QB, but based on the information I've attained, barring a trade of this pick, Houston is most comfortable with Bortles. He has done the best among the QBs in the walk-up to the draft, checking off all the boxes for teams. His long-term outlook is excellent. 2. St. Louis Rams Needs: OL, WR and safety The pick: Greg Robinson (OT, Auburn) – The safe pick here could develop into the best tackle in the game. 3. Jacksonville Jaguars Needs: QB, WR and OT The pick: Sammy Watkins (WR, Clemson) – The Jags lack offensive game-changers, especially with the uncertainty always surrounding Justin Blackmon. This pick fills a major need. The Jaguars pass on Jadeveon Clowney because they signed four defensive linemen in free agency. 4. Cleveland Browns Needs: QB, RB and OG The pick: Teddy Bridgewater (QB, Louisville) – Cleveland's brass wasn't at Bridgewater's pro day, so that helps him here. He will get a blank canvas to work with for his private workout for the Browns. Based on his game film, he will make a significant impression. A true QB competition between Bridgewater and veteran Brian Hoyer is on the horizon. 5. Oakland Raiders Needs: QB, WR and OLThe pick: Mike Evans (WR, Texas A&M) – The Raiders are in win-now mode. They added Matt Schaub and a bunch of older veterans to make a run at the playoffs this season. Oakland still lacks top talent at the pass-catching positions. Evans, opposite James Jones, fills that void. 6. Atlanta Falcons.king1_zps3afa8e00.jpgJadeveon Clowney might not to travel far from where he played college ball. (Getty Images)Needs: TE, DE and RB The pick: Jadveon Clowney (DL, South Carolina) – Even though the Falcons added/re-signed nine OL/DL during free agency, they'll jump at the chance to add the talented pass rusher. Clowney has taken a beating because of his lack of effort at times last year, but the Dirty Birds will be more than willing to take the risk. 7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Needs: DE, TE and OTThe pick: Anthony Barr (LB, UCLA) – In a close call, Tampa takes Barr over Khalil Mack. The Bucs need another third-down, hand-in-the-ground rusher opposite Michael Johnson. Barr profiles better long-term with that transition. 8. Minnesota Vikings Needs: QB, DE and OGThe pick: Khalil Mack (LB, Buffalo) – The Vikings' phone lines will be blowing up with teams trying to trade up for Mack. I'll slot Mack here, even if he won't be in Minnesota at the end of draft night. Having said that, I'm sure a defensive coach like Mike Zimmer has plenty of ways to utilize Mack. 9. Buffalo Bills Needs: TE, RTThe pick: Jake Matthews (OT, Texas A&M) – With EJ Manuel battling injuries as a rookie, keeping their QB safe is a top priority in Buffalo. Matthews is probably the safest pick in the entire draft. 10. Detroit Lions Needs: CB, WR, safety The pick: Darqueze Dennard (CB, Michigan State) – The most complete cornerback goes to a team in need of a complete corner. With the Lions adding Golden Tate, WR isn't as high of a priority with their first-round pick. Dennard will flourish, enabling the Lions' young collection of capable pass rushers to thrive. 11. Tennessee Titans Needs: Safety, QB The pick: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix (Safety, Alabama) – Dix has the best combination of range and ball skills of any safety in this year's draft. He will upgrade the back end of the Titans' defense. Titans could go corner here to replace Alterraun Verner.12. New York Giants Needs: LB, CB and OL The pick: Taylor Lewan (OT, Michigan) – One of the keys to Eli Manning's success is his protection as his ability to extend plays has never been a strength. Lewan addresses a major need for the G-men and gives them some flexibility with their front. 13. St. Louis RamsNeeds: WR, safety The pick: Terrence Brooks (safety, Florida State) – St. Louis addresses a need with a guy who has been gaining momentum around the league. Brooks is an outstanding cover safety who also is extremely physical in the run game. 14. Chicago Bears Needs: DL, OL and safetyThe pick: Aaron Donald (DT, Pittsburgh) – Hard to believe a team that just spent $80 million on seven defensive linemen could still draft one in the first round, but yes, because of the departure of Henry Melton, the Bears still lack an elite three-technique lineman. Donald is the third-best player in this draft (behind Robinson and Clowney), so the Bears get a huge steal at this position. 15. Pittsburgh Needs: OT, CB and safetyThe pick: Justin Gilbert (CB, Oklahoma State) – The Steelers are getting up there in age at corner, so Gilbert gives them a young athletic cover corner they don't have. He also is an excellent returner and will improve their special teams. 16. Dallas CowboysNeeds: DE, CB and safetyThe pick: Kony Ealy (DE, Missouri) – After cutting DeMarcus Ware, the Cowboys have a major void of pass rushers. Ealy should flourish under the tutelage of Rod Marinelli.17. Baltimore Ravens Needs: OT, WR and DLThe pick: Stephen Tuitt (DE, Notre Dame) – The Ravens addressed their major needs in free agency by retaining Eugene Monroe, signing Steve Smith and trading for Jeremy Zuttah. General manager Ozzie Newsome knows he needs to get younger on his defensive line. Tuitt gives Baltimore a young, versatile athlete. 18. New York JetsNeeds: WR, OG and CBThe pick: Odell Beckham Jr. (WR, LSU) – Michael Vick or Geno Smith need weapons to succeed in New York. Beckham is weapon personified. His run after catch ability will go nicely opposite the productive Eric Decker. 19. Miami DolphinsNeeds: OLThe pick: Zach Martin (OT, Notre Dame) – I had him slotted here in my first mock draft and nothing changes. The Dolphins, even after adding Branden Albert and Shelley Smith, still need better talent along their offensive front. Ryan Tannehill took too many hits last season and that must change. king2_zpsc668742d.jpgEric Ebron projects as the first TE selected in May's draft. (USA TODAY Sports) 20. Arizona CardinalsNeeds: OT,CB and OLBThe pick: Eric Ebron (TE, North Carolina) – He's the most dynamic TE in this draft, and his ability to stretch the field and create matchup problems is elite. He also has excellent hands. Carson Palmer will be all smiles.21. Green Bay PackersNeeds: TE, safety and LBThe pick: Calvin Pryor (safety, Louisville) – The hard-hitting Pryor is an imposing presence that demands respect. It's been a while since anyone feared this Packer secondary. That will soon change. 22. Philadelphia Eagles Needs: OLB, safety and CBThe pick: Marquise Lee (WR, USC) – Chip Kelly goes back to his Pac-12 roots and replaces the released DeSean Jackson with Lee. The Trojan WR is an excellent fit for Kelly's system. 23. Kansas City ChiefsNeeds: OL, WR and ILBThe pick: Antonio Richardson (OT, Tennessee) – The Chiefs lost three of their starting five offensive linemen from last year. The rebuild starts here. "Tiny" Richardson has flaws but his raw size and athleticism is too much too pass up. 24. Cincinnati Bengals Needs: CB,OLB and safetyThe pick: Kyle Fuller (CB, Virginia Tech) – Excellent cover corner, aggressive and physical in coverage. The Bengals have been average at best at corner the last few years. Fuller will start from Day 1. 25. San Diego ChargersNeeds: CB,OG and WRThe pick: Kelvin Benjamin (WR, Florida State) – The Chargers have a good collection of pass catchers but they still haven't replaced Vincent Jackson's size and presence since he left. Benjamin gives Philip Rivers that big target he needs to make the offense complete. 26. Cleveland Browns Needs: RB, OG and CBThe pick: Bradley Roby (CB, Ohio State) – The Browns go right down the road to Columbus and grab Roby. Head coach Mike Pettine understands the advantage of having two elite cover corners. Plug Roby opposite Joe Haden and let's go. 27. New Orleans SaintsNeeds: OLB, CBThe pick: Dee Ford (DE, Auburn) – The Saints filled their OT need by signing Zach Strief. So Rob Ryan gets another toy to play with in Ford, one of the top three pass rushers available. Ford should excel under Ryan. 28. Carolina PanthersNeeds: OL,WR and CBThe pick: Cyrus Kouandjio (OL, Alabama) – Most people have the Panthers taking a WR here but it won't matter if you can't protect Cam Newton. Jordan Gross' retirement creates a huge hole on a line that was already in need of replacements. Kouandjio has dropped some during the draft process but his athleticism and youth make you believe he will get better. 29. New England Patriots Needs: DL,CB and LBThe pick: C.J. Mosley (LB, Alabama) – Bill Belichick replaces Brandon Spikes with this rookie. This pick also allows Jamie Collins to move outside where he can be better utilized. 30. San Francisco 49ers Needs: WR, CB and DLThe pick: Louis Nix III (DT, Notre Dame) – Glenn Dorsey played OK in his first year in San Francisco, but Nix is more athletic and has a much higher ceiling. Niners could go a lot of ways here as CB or WR are also viable options. 31. Denver BroncosNeeds: OL and DLThe pick: Xavier Su'a-Filo (OG, UCLA) – The Broncos have filled a lot of voids in free agency. They replace the departed Zane Beadles with the agile, talented Bruin. 32. Seattle Seahawks Needs: TE, DL and OLThe pick: Ra'shede Hageman (DT, Minnesota) – One of the Seahawks' greatest strengths was their depth on their D-line. After losing multiple guys in free agency, the cupboard gets an extremely talented rookie. If Hageman played with a higher motor more consistently he would be a top-10 pick.http://sports.yahoo.com/news/-shaun-king-s-2-0-nfl-mock-draft-for-2014-173020242-nfl.html

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      I wouldn’t mind Barr one bit if L&L think he’d be a force at DE

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      Barr over Mack….no way that happens!!

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    • Anonymous

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      Fugly mock..

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      Shaun King is no better at making a mock than he was a NFL quarterback. Clowney will absolutely NOT drop to the 6th selection and there is no way the Bucs would reach for Barr at 7 especially with other needs out there. Worse mock ever!

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      It’s true . If you want a guy who can play with his hand in the dirt Barr projects better over the long haul than Mack. Wouldn’t be a bad pick if the nightmare scenario happened that Evans and Sammy are both gone , like happened in this mock.....and Johnny Football out of the 1st round in this mock. Manzielosexuals mad . LOL

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      It's true . If you want a guy who can play with his hand in the dirt Barr projects better over the long haul than Mack. Wouldn't be a bad pick if the nightmare scenario happened that Evans and Sammy are both gone , like happened in this mock.....and Johnny Football out of the 1st round in this mock. Manzielosexuals mad . LOL

      I'm of the opinion that if Clowney ends up falling to the Raiders you trade up to the Raiders to draft him.

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      It's true . If you want a guy who can play with his hand in the dirt Barr projects better over the long haul than Mack. Wouldn't be a bad pick if the nightmare scenario happened that Evans and Sammy are both gone , like happened in this mock.....and Johnny Football out of the 1st round in this mock. Manzielosexuals mad . LOL

      I'm of the opinion that if Clowney ends up falling to the Raiders you trade up to the Raiders to draft him.

      Good point , it wouldn't cost much to move up 2.Could probably get up there for a 3rd in 2015.

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      Turrible  Manziel doesn't get past the Cowboys at 16.  Jerrah has been waiting for a guy like this

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      It's true . If you want a guy who can play with his hand in the dirt Barr projects better over the long haul than Mack. Wouldn't be a bad pick if the nightmare scenario happened that Evans and Sammy are both gone , like happened in this mock.....and Johnny Football out of the 1st round in this mock. Manzielosexuals mad . LOL

      I'm of the opinion that if Clowney ends up falling to the Raiders you trade up to the Raiders to draft him.

      Good point , it wouldn't cost much to move up 2.Could probably get up there for a 3rd in 2015.

      If you're the Raiders, you sprint to the podium with the Clowney pick though.

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      I can see this happening.Barr has the size that Lovie wants in a DE.

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      It's true . If you want a guy who can play with his hand in the dirt Barr projects better over the long haul than Mack. Wouldn't be a bad pick if the nightmare scenario happened that Evans and Sammy are both gone , like happened in this mock.

      Still do not understand how people can "project" Barr would be better suited playing RDE - not saying the guy couldn't but it seems that he relies on his quick burst and speed to get around the edge, whereas Mack has developed hand technique and pass rushing moves to beat the man in front of him.Seems like Mack could be a better option if Lovie decides he plays RDE.  However, I'd like to see him at SLB in Lovie's 4-3 over/under fronts - he could also step in at Will just in case David needs a breather.  But both guys would be excellent in nickel situations.

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      I can see this happening.Barr has the size that Lovie wants in a DE.

      Barr has two inches and four pounds on Mack....not a big deal.

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      Passing on Mack, Donald, and JFF for Barrf…..no thanks

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      ....and Johnny Football out of the 1st round in this mock. Manzielosexuals mad . LOL

      If JFF falls out of the first, I'd trade up in the top of the 2nd for him. That'd be freaking awesome, Why would we be upset? That would actually make the JFF/Evans combo possible for the Bucs. :D

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      I can see this happening.Barr has the size that Lovie wants in a DE.

      Barr has two inches and four pounds on Mack....not a big deal.

      Mack is maxed out though on size( he can't add much more in the weight room than he already has ) , Barr is not.

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      It's true . If you want a guy who can play with his hand in the dirt Barr projects better over the long haul than Mack. Wouldn't be a bad pick if the nightmare scenario happened that Evans and Sammy are both gone , like happened in this mock.....and Johnny Football out of the 1st round in this mock. Manzielosexuals mad . LOL

      i know this sounds crazy but if he falls that far watch the Pats draft him as heir apparent to Brady.  They have met with him.

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      Shaun King's NFL mock draft 2.0 for 2014. At Manziel's pro day last week, I found the majority of decision makers there were uncomfortable with the language of the music that played during the workout and with Manziel going against the grain by wearing a helmet and shoulder pads. Why? Team front offices want to know if Manziel can conform and be just one of the guys. His pro day outfit wasn't Texas A&M gear – it was Johnny Manziel gear. Teams have a concern on whether the pursuit of perfecting his QB skills will ever be first on Manziel's mind. These are the reasons I don't think Manziel gets taken in Round 1.

      Such a dumb point. You don't want your QB to be "just one of the guys". Maybe any other position, yea, but not QB. As long as he's doing it in a way that isn't detrimental to the team, you want your QB to be a leader, not just a face in the crowd. Because Manziel displayed that trait a little differently, he's not worth a 1st? The debate about his draft status can be based on so many other arguments but his ability to "conform" or not shouldn't be one of them.

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      I like Manziel a lot but I do have questions about him. His dedication to football isn’t one of them though, the guy seems to be a true competitor who loves football. This scenario is a really scary one for Tampa but thankfully it’s also really unlikely. If Clowney went to Atlanta AND we miss out on both top WRs Id be pretty upset… Anyways I’m not a big fan of Barr but if Lovie thinks he’s the guy then fine, I MUCH prefer this choice to all the mocks showing us taking Lewan. I really want us to address qb or wr if Clowney is gone, which he will be.

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      Barr has too inconsistent motor. That’s why he’s tumbling on most draft boards. I’d take the hard working Mack over Barr any day of the week. 3 years from now, Barr is going to found in the dictionary under ‘bust’.

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      Yech.  I would be furious if it when down like this.  If Clowney is on the board st #5 and the Raiders are not going to take him, you can bet we are swinging a trade to get there and get in front of the Falcons

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      If LL spends the no.7 overall pick on a 3-4 rush LB I would be shocked!!Aaron Donald makes way more sense if we are icking no.7.

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      If this happened, the Browns would take Clowney. I’m pretty sure he’s going 1st overall though.

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