We're finally here, it's draft week and within hours, the NFL commissioner will walk to the podium and start announcing the picks.
While the first pick will probably be Jadeveon Clowney if the Texans stick at No. 1, there is still much uncertainty in the top-10. And honestly, that's what makes the NFL Draft so much fun. Even NFL teams (who also do mock drafts, by the way) will miss horribly on their guesses. But again, that's what makes this annual even must-see television.
Much can change in the final days before the draft, but this is how I see the first round playing out.
1. HOUSTON TEXANS -- Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
Since Bill O'Brien was hired in Houston, I've penciled Blake Bortles into this spot for the Texans at No. 1. But Clowney might be too talented to pass up here and from what I'm hearing, he is the favorite at No. 1 if Houston keeps this pick.
2. ST. LOUIS RAMS (from WAS) -- Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn
Yes, the Rams brought back Rodger Saffold, but with his injury history and Jake Long coming off a serious injury himself, Robinson is still a strong possibility here. At the end of the day, I think St. Louis trades out of his pick, but if they stay at No. 2, I like the Auburn tackle here.
3. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS -- Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo
With zero quarterbacks off the board here, do any of them intrigue Jacksonville enough to be the future of the franchise? Manziel is very tempting, but I'm leaning no, making Mack a natural fit as the Jaguars upgrade the defense, specifically the pass rush.
4. CLEVELAND BROWNS -- Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M
The Browns will give Brian Hoyer a shot, but is he the long-term option? No, Ray Farmer and his staff weren't at Manziel's pro day, but if you think that means they're not interested, you'd be wrong.
5. OAKLAND RAIDERS -- Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson
The Raiders need upgrades at several positions, most importantly quarterback. But they might be left in a spot where they guy they want isn't left on the board. If that's the case, Watkins would be a nice consolation prize.
6. ATLANTA FALCONS -- Jake Matthews, OT, Auburn
The two favorites for this pick is either pass rusher or offensive tackle and with Clowney, Mack and Robinson off the board, Matthews, Barr and Lewan are the main candidates. I'll lean Matthews right now, giving Atlanta a rock on the offensive line to help keep Matt Ryan on his feet.
7. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS -- Blake Bortles, QB, UCF
Could Lovie Smith and Co. really draft a quarterback with the first pick of the new regime in Tampa? It's certainly possible as the Buccaneers are doing their due diligence on all the quarterbacks, including in-state product Blake Bortles.
8. MINNESOTA VIKINGS -- Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh
Best player on the board or quarterback? The Vikings desperately need an identity at quarterback, something Derek Carr or Teddy Bridgewater could bring to Minnesota. But more of a "sure thing" might be the direction here and Aaron Donald would be Mike Zimmer's new Geno Atkins.
9. BUFFALO BILLS -- Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan
A former offensive lineman and offensive line coach, Doug Marrone will have a tough time passing on the toughness and grit that Lewan brings to the field.
10. DETROIT LIONS -- Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M
The Lions have the best wide receiver in football and a top-10 pick with several holes on the roster, could they really draft a wideout here? Yes, if a talent like Evans is still available. Detroit's top priority should be improving the depth chart and Evans does that.
11. TENNESSEE TITANS -- Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State
The Titans lost Alteraun Verner to free agency and despite feeling comfortable with some of the young cornerback talent on the roster, Gilbert's long, fast skill-set might be too enticing with this pick.