|Jadeveon Clowney's unblocked hit against Michigan's|
Devin Smith in the 2013 Capital One Bowl was only the
beginning of his rise to the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft.
The delay gives teams a little more (necessary?) time to vet potential draft picks and to study film but it unfortunately has draft talk shoved down NFL fans' throats for an additional two weeks. At some point even the NFL can be ad nauseam, right?
This all being said, Thursday will still be another banner day in the NFL. Ratings will soar and there will be no less intrigue than in previous NFL Drafts.
The only certainty - and it's very debatable calling this a certainty - is that Jadeveon Clowney will be the No. 1 overall pick. (That seems to be true whether Houston keeps the selection or if another team such as Atlanta trades up). Other near certainties are Sammy Watkins being the No. 1 WR off the board and Khalil Mack being the first linebacker picked. Other than those listed above everything is a complete crap shoot.
Here's my final mock draft, derived from talking with people in the know and gathering information to the best of my knowledge. Chances are, like everyone else making mock drafts, I was breathing too much smoke.
No RBs, again? Last year was the first since 1963 that no running backs were picked in the first round. (Giovani Bernard was the first RB picked, coming off the board at No. 37 to the Cincinnati Bengals).
Big Ten gets back in Round 1: 2013 was the first year since 1953 that no Big Ten players were selected in Round 1. It seems a lock that Michigan's Taylor Lewan and Michigan State's Darqueze Dennard will go in the first round this year (as well as Ohio State's Bradley Roby and Ryan Shazier). Even Minnesota's Ra'Shede Hageman has been in many first round mocks as he is here.
Previous Mock Drafts: 2013 , 2012