The Star’s NFL mock draft 4.0

04/26/2014 5:59 PM

04/26/2014 6:47 PM

1. Houston Texans

DE Jadeveon Clowney, S. Carolina

Houston wants Blake Bortles, so a trade-down is possible.

2. St. Louis Rams

OT Jake Matthews, Texas A

Plug-and-play tackle with great bloodlines is a sure thing.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars

LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo

Can be the cornerstone of Gus Bradley’s defense for years.

4. Cleveland Browns

WR Mike Evans, Texas A

Sammy Watkins is bigger name, but Evans is the better fit.

5. Oakland Raiders

WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson

Big-time playmaker will help Oakland’s “win now” effort.

6. Atlanta Falcons

OT Greg Robinson, Auburn

High-upside mauler who fills a need.

7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina

Would love Evans, but Ebron is nice consolation prize.

8. Minnesota Vikings

DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh

New coach Mike Zimmer can build defense around him.

9. Buffalo Bills

OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan

Natural LT will help keep E.J. Manuel upright.

10. Detroit Lions

OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA

Barr is raw but has upside as a pass rusher.

11. Tennessee Titans

QB Derek Carr, Fresno St.

Reports have linked Titans to record-setting QB.

12. New York Giants

DT Ra’Shede Hageman, Minn.

Fits the prototype of a Giants D-lineman.

13. St. Louis Rams

CB Darqueze Dennard, Mich. St.

Coordinator Gregg Williams will like his physicality.

14. Chicago Bears

S Calvin Pryor, Louisville

Fills need and is an intimidating hitter.

15. Pittsburgh Steelers

WR Odell Beckham Jr., LSU

Big Ben needs a downfield threat.

16. Dallas Cowboys

QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A

Jerry Jones can’t help but take the home-state star.

17. Baltimore Ravens

OT Zack Martin, Notre Dame

Versatility and toughness make him rock solid.

18. New York Jets

WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State

Super-productive slot receiver will help young QB.

19. Miami Dolphins

LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama

Three-down plug-and-play linebacker fills a need.

20. Arizona Cardinals

QB Blake Bortles, Central Fla.

Could easily go earlier, but Cards will take this.

21. Green Bay Packers

S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama

Can do a little bit of everything and fills a need.

22. Philadelphia Eagles

CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma St.

Ball skills and athleticism can help on back end.

23. Kansas City Chiefs

OLB Dee Ford, Auburn

Natural 3-4 pass-rusher who can help Houston and Hali.

24. Cincinnati Bengals

LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio St.

Speedy tackler who can add some juice to front seven.

25. San Diego Chargers

CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State

Has the athleticism and ball skills to be a top corner.

26. Cleveland Browns

QB Jimmy Garoppolo, E. Illinois

Browns complete their offense with high-upside QB.

27. New Orleans Saints

DE Demarcus Lawrence, Boise St.

Rex Ryan can never have too many pass rushers.

28. Carolina Panthers

WR Marqise Lee, USC

Once a surefire top-15 pick; Panthers get a bargain.

29. New England Patriots

DT Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame

Pats add another young, gifted lineman to the mix.

30. San Francisco 49ers

WR Cody Latimer, Indiana

Boasts size, strength and hands to be good possession receiver.

31. Denver Broncos

OLB Kyle Van Noy, BYU

The Broncos need pass-rush insurance for Ware and Miller.

32. Seattle Seahawks

TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Wash.

Another weapon for QB Russell Wilson.

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