December 19, 2014

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Scott Petrak’s 2014 Mock NFL Draft

A defensive end in college, Jadeveon Clowney appears to have all the tools to become a star in the NFL. It’s why some draft experts, including the Chronicle's Scott Petrak, believe he will be the first overall selection in the upcoming NFL Draft. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)

A defensive end in college, Jadeveon Clowney appears to have all the tools to become a star in the NFL. It’s why some draft experts, including the Chronicle’s Scott Petrak, believe he will be the first overall selection in the upcoming NFL Draft. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)

1. Houston — Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

Texans prefer to trade down but might not get offer they like.

2. St. Louis (from Washington) — Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews also a possibility.

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins caught 240 passes for 3,391 yards and 27 touchdowns in three seasons with the Tigers. Scott Petrak's mock draft has the Browns taking Watkins with the No. 4 pick. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins caught 240 passes for 3,391 yards and 27 touchdowns in three seasons with the Tigers. Scott Petrak’s mock draft has the Browns taking Watkins with the No. 4 pick. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

3. Jacksonville — Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo

Wouldn’t be surprised to see Johnny Manziel here. Jags need someone who will sell tickets.

4. Cleveland — Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson

Perfect partner for Josh Gordon, and I never bought the Manziel groundswell.

5. Oakland — Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

Raiders play it safe, get surefire starter.

6. Atlanta — Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan

Team most likely to trade up.

7. Tampa Bay  — Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M

Buccaneers make biggest splash in the draft.

8. Minnesota — Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh

Coordinator Norv Turner gets his QB later.

9. Buffalo — Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina

Bills possible trade partner for Browns.

10. Detroit — Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State

First corner off the board is a playmaker.

11. Tennessee  — Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida

Titans officially give up on Jake Locker.

12. N.Y. Giants — Zack Martin, OL, Notre Dame

Versatile, trustworthy lineman fits need.

Central Florida’s Blake Bortles will bring different skill sets into the NFL. Scott Petrak's mock draft has him going to

Central Florida’s Blake Bortles will bring different skill sets into the NFL. Scott Petrak’s mock draft has him going to Tennessee with the No. 11 pick.

13. St. Louis — Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M

Too good a player for the Rams to pass up.

14. Chicago — Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville

First safety off the board.

15. Pittsburgh  — Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech

If the Browns trade down from No. 4, Fuller could be their target.

16. Dallas — Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA

Cowboys try to boost pass rush when Manziel’s not around.

17. Baltimore — Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, S, Alabama

A partner at the back end of the defense for Matt Elam, last year’s first-rounder.

18. N.Y. Jets — Odell Beckham, WR, LSU

Jets need help for whoever is QB.

19. Miami — Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State

Dolphins would prefer OT, but the best are gone.

20. Arizona — C.J. Mosley, LB, Alabama

Cardinals pass on a QB in favor of best player available.

21. Green Bay — Stephon Tuitt, DT, Notre Dame

Should help the run defense.

22. Philadelphia — Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State

DeSean Jackson’s replacement has none of the character concerns.

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater participates in a passing drill during pro day at the University of Louisville on March 17. Scott Petrak's mock draft has the quarterback as the Browns' second first-round pick.

Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater participates in a passing drill during pro day at the University of Louisville on March 17. Scott Petrak’s mock draft has the quarterback as the Browns’ second first-round pick.

23. Kansas City — Marqise Lee, WR, USC

Another weapon for QB Alex Smith.

24. Cincinnati  — Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State

A great value this late in the round.

25. San Diego — Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State

Athleticism makes up for some bad game tape.

26. Cleveland (from Indianapolis) — Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville

Board falls perfectly for Browns. Bridgewater a close call over Derek Carr.

27. New Orleans — Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State

Lot of potential with this pick.

28. Carolina — Cyrus Kouandjio, OT, Alabama

Panthers could go WR here.

29. New England — Louis Nix, DT, Notre Dame

Patriots are always looking for trades.

30. San Francisco — Jason Verrett, CB, TCU

49ers could trade up or go with WR.

31. Denver — Ra’Shede Hageman, DT, Minnesota

Worth the risk this late in round.

32. Seattle — Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia

Deep roster allows Seahawks to take best player that falls this far.

Rest of Browns picks:

  • No. 35 (second round) — Stanley Jean-Baptiste, CB, Nebraska
  • No. 71 (third) — Ja’Wuan James, OT, Tennessee
  • No. 83 (third) — Trai Turner, OG, LSU
  • No. 106 (fourth) — Christian Jones, LB, Florida State
  • No. 127 (fourth) — Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech
  • No. 145 (fifth) — Storm Johnson, RB, Central Florida
  • No. 180 (sixth) — Devin Street, WR, Pittsburgh
  • No. 218 (seventh) — Chris Davis, CB, Auburn

** No. 26 acquired from Colts in trade for RB Trent Richardson.

** No. 83 acquired from Steelers for 2013 fourth-round selection (No. 111).

** No. 127 acquired from Colts for 2013 fifth-round selection (No. 139).

Follow Scott Petrak on Twitter @scottpetrak for updates and commentary throughout the NFL Draft, which begins on Thursday.