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    NFL.com First Round Locks

    Our research revealed 18 first-round locks, 10 likely to be selected in the first round, six that possibly will go in the first round and 14 others that could be called on the draft's first day.

    Note: Bucky Brooks' latest mock draft did not include a quarterback getting selected in the first round.
    First-round locks:

    Jadeveon Clowney

    No. of mock drafts: 7/7
    Average position: No. 1 overall
    High/low: 1st/3rd
    The skinny: We're getting close to calling Clowney a lock to be the first name called, but quarterback remains an option for Houston.

    Greg Robinson

    No. of mock drafts: 7/7
    Average position: 4th
    High/low: 2nd/6th
    The skinny: Trades might have an impact on where Robinson goes, but it's looking increasingly likely that he's the first tackle off the board.

    Sammy Watkins

    No. of mock drafts: 7/7
    Average position: 4th
    High/low: 2nd/5th
    The skinny: Based on projections, Watkins is one of only two locks to go in the first five picks.

    Jake Matthews

    No. of mock drafts: 7/7
    Average position: 4th
    High/low: 2nd/6th
    The skinny: He's a lock to be the fourth member of the Matthews family to go in the first round of the NFL draft and could easily go in the top five.

    Khalil Mack

    No. of mock drafts: 7/7
    Average position: 5th
    High/low: 3rd/9th
    The skinny: Unless a team pulls a shocker, Mack will be the next defensive player off the board after Clowney.

    Blake Bortles

    No. of mock drafts: 6/7
    Average position: 9th
    High/low: 1st/26th
    The skinny: Although he doesn't appear on every mock draft, it doesn't appear that the prototypical dropback passer slips to the second round.
    Mike Evans

    No. of mock drafts: 7/7
    Average position: 9th
    High/low: 7th/12th
    The skinny: The big receiver could be Texas A&M's second (or even third) pick in the top 10 in this draft.
    Taylor Lewan

    No. of mock drafts: 7/7
    Average position: 10th
    High/low: 7th/15th
    The skinny: NFL Network analyst Charley Casserly thinks Lewan is better than last year's top two picks.

    Anthony Barr

    No. of mock drafts: 7/7
    Average position: 10th
    High/low: 6th/16th
    The skinny: Barr has a love/hate relationship with some evaluators but at least one team will be enamored with what he brings as a speed rusher in a draft that doesn't have a ton of them.

    Justin Gilbert

    No. of mock drafts: 7/7
    Average position: 11th
    High/low: 10th/14th
    The skinny: Gilbert's return ability is something other corners don't bring to the table and that's why some have him as the first defensive back taken.

    Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

    No. of mock drafts: 7/7
    Average position: 12th
    High/low: 10th/13th
    The skinny: It seems pretty clear that Clinton-Dix won't get past the Rams with their second first-round pick at No. 13.


    Eric Ebron

    No. of mock drafts: 7/7
    Average position: 14th
    High/low: 9th/20th
    The skinny: The highest-rated tight end in the draft has a number of potential landing spots, but won't slip out of the first round.


    Aaron Donald

    No. of mock drafts: 7/7
    Average position: 16th
    High/low: 8th/32nd
    The skinny: Height was a concern for some with Donald, but ever since the NFL Scouting Combine, he's pretty much been locked into the first round.

    Timmy Jernigan

    No. of mock drafts: 7/7
    Average position: 16th
    High/low: 10th/24th
    The skinny: Where he winds up is anybody's guess, but he's firmly established himself as one of the two best defensive tackles in the draft.

    Calvin Pryor

    No. of mock drafts: 7/7
    Average position: 17th
    High/low: 13th/21st
    The skinny: Pryor is graded by some evaluators as being right there with Clinton-Dix, but will probably be the second safety taken.

    Zack Martin

    No. of mock drafts: 7/7
    Average position: 17th
    High/low: 9th/20th
    The skinny: It speaks to the depth of the tackle class in this year's draft that Martin is looking at going in the middle of the first round.

    Darqueze Dennard

    No. of mock drafts: 7/7
    Average position: 18th
    High/low: 15th/30th
    The skinny: One of the most aggressive corners in the draft, the only question about him is if rapper Rich Homie Quan accompanies him to New York City.

    C.J. Mosley

    No. of mock drafts: 7/7
    Average position: 20th
    High/low: 9th/27th
    The skinny: He is on the rise and more than one analyst thinks he's going in the top 10.


    Likely first-rounders:

    Johnny Manziel

    No. of mock drafts: 6/7
    Average position: 5th
    High/low: 3rd/8th
    The skinny: Yes, he's the top quarterback in the draft for some, but Manziel's height, off-the-field reputation and a host of other factors mean he's not exactly a lock to be taken in the first if he falls past Minnesota.

    Odell Beckham

    No. of mock drafts: 7/7
    Average position: 22nd
    High/low: 18th/28th
    The skinny: Beckham has quickly risen to become a solid first-rounder during the pre-draft process.

    Marqise Lee

    No. of mock drafts: 7/7
    Average position: 23rd
    High/low: 18th/27th
    The skinny: His final season at USC and injury history might scare off a team or two, but the Biletnikoff Award winner still finds a home in the first.

    Brandin Cooks

    No. of mock drafts: 7/7
    Average position: 25th
    High/low: 18th/30th
    The skinny: He's garnered a lot of interest from the Jets, who could use his playmaking abilities on offense and in the return game.


    Kyle Fuller

    No. of mock drafts: 7/7
    Average position: 25th
    High/low: 18th/30th
    The skinny: His stock is on the rise as he might have the most sound game tape of any corner in this class.

    Xavier Su'a-Filo

    No. of mock drafts: 7/7
    Average position: 27th
    High/low: 19th/32nd
    The skinny: He could easily find himself in the lower tier of first-round prospects, but it seems like a number of guard/tackle-needy teams at the back of the round won't let him slip by.

    Bradley Roby

    No. of mock drafts: 6/7
    Average position: 22nd
    High/low: 15th/24th
    The skinny: His sub-par 2013 season will cause some to pass on him, but he has the skills to live up to his first-round billing.

    Dee Ford

    No. of mock drafts: 6/7
    Average position: 25th
    High/low: 20th/27th
    The skinny: Ford has done his best to prove to teams that he can drop into coverage if they slot him in as an outside linebacker.

    Louis Nix

    No. of mock drafts: 6/7
    Average position: 28th
    High/low: 25th/29th
    The skinny: He will get a number of looks from 3-4 teams who must make a medical evaluation on his knee before grabbing him in the first round.

    Jason Verrett

    No. of mock drafts: 6/7
    Average position: 28th
    High/low: 22nd/31st
    The skinny: Verrett will get knocked for his size and the shoulder surgery he recently underwent, but he was one of the best players in the Big 12 before declaring.


    Possible first-rounders:

    Teddy Bridgewater

    No. of mock drafts: 5/7
    Average position: 11th
    High/low: 4th/26th
    The skinny: Many consider him the best quarterback in the draft, but he certainly could fall to the second round as there's little-to-no buzz about him.

    Ryan Shazier

    No. of mock drafts: 5/7
    Average position: 26th
    High/low: 24th/31st
    The skinny: After Mosley, it's very possible he's the next linebacker off the board.


    Ra'shede Hageman

    No. of mock drafts: 5/7
    Average position: 26th
    High/low: 14th/32nd
    The skinny: Hageman doesn't have the consistency other defensive tackles have shown, but he's a physical freak at the position when he's on.

    Derek Carr

    No. of mock drafts: 4/7
    Average position: 25th
    High/low: 20th/26th
    The skinny: The Browns and Raiders are reportedly in love with him, but it's possible he can still be there atop the second round.

    Kony Ealy

    No. of mock drafts: 4/7
    Average position: 24th
    High/low: 16th/31st
    The skinny: He's got the frame to play at the next level, but probably won't be a Day 1 starter on all three downs.

    Kelvin Benjamin

    No. of mock drafts: 4/7
    Average position: 27th
    High/low: 22nd/32nd
    The skinny: There are a number of receivers in the draft that have speed, but none come close to Benjamin's size, which is either a big plus and a big concern depending on what scout you talk to.

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    NFL Draft has us taking Evans

    http://www.nfl.com/draft/2014/onthebeat#pick=15

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    Why would the rams take Aaron Donald there? They have Brockers, Langford, and now Carrington

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    Quote Originally Posted by K Train View Post
    Why would the rams take Aaron Donald there? They have Brockers, Langford, and now Carrington
    the same reason you think the Steelers might draft Barr...
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    Quote Originally Posted by NeilPatrickBanana View Post
    the same reason you think the Steelers might draft Barr...
    Because Jason Worilds sucks? I doubt thats there reasoning lol

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    Barr can easily go in the 2nd. I wouldnt be surpised if he fell out of the first.

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    I agree. Especially when you consider the run that's suppose to happen on wide receivers at the bottom of the first round.
    The Steeler way...is the only way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Real Deal Steel View Post
    I agree. Especially when you consider the run that's suppose to happen on wide receivers at the bottom of the first round.
    Throw a few TE's in too

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    Quote Originally Posted by steelchamp204 View Post
    Barr can easily go in the 2nd. I wouldnt be surpised if he fell out of the first.
    There's no way. This isn't Everette brown were talking about. He's the 3rd best pass rusher in the draft

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    Quote Originally Posted by K Train View Post
    There's no way. This isn't Everette brown were talking about. He's the 3rd best pass rusher in the draft
    Mosley or Barr ... Mosley helps the front 7 more. We need coverage mlb and he is fast and can help the safeties too.
    Timmons and Mosley hitting the gaps. hes a 3 down lb. Mosley #1 Hageman #2 or CB Moncrief at #3

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