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May 7, 2014
Tick tock, it's time to mock ....

1. DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina.
Concerns about Clowney's work ethic are overblown. Just limit his snaps and make sure he has central a/c at all times. A mist machine and a cool glass of ice tea might be nice, too.
2. OT Greg Robinson, Auburn. The Rams must ask themselves: Protect quarterback Sam Bradford or replace him? They go with the easier move.
3. WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson.
Prolific wideout heads to Jacksonville, which along with Tennessee and Tampa forms the Bermuda Triangle of the NFL. So long, Sammy.
4. LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo.
Browns feel that Brian Hoyer is a better option than a man nicknamed Johnny Football. That's why they are the Browns.
5. OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M.
Raiders coach - blanking on his name - takes Matthews to protect quarterback - blanking on his name.

6. OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan.
Quarterback Matt Ryan nicknamed "Ice" not for coolness under pressure but for post-game routine.
7. QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M.
Calm, level-headed defensive-minded Lovie Smith gets the ultimate hot-headed quarterback. What could go wrong?
8. QB Blake Bortles, Central Florida.
Advice to Bortles, who is from Florida and played collegiately in Orlando: Invest signing bonus in Gor-tex.
9. WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M.
Advice to Evans, who is from Galveston: Find Bortles, borrow Gor-tex.
10. DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh.
With Ndamukong Suh entering contract year and looking for big money, Donald becomes the new Suh.
11. T OLB Anthony Barr, UCLA.
Titans need an edge rusher. Barr had double-digit sacks the last two years.
12. OT Zack Martin, Notre Dame.
Senior Bowl standout helps anchor aging and rickety offensive line.
13. CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma.
Worst secondary in the NFC West? It may belong to the 49ers.
14. S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama.
His name sounds like a hidden camera show or phantom contractions a woman may experience early in the third trimester.
15. CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State.
Kyle Fuller or Dennard to Steelers? Flip a coin (and make sure it plays nickel).
16. DT Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State.
Jernigan reportedly failed a drug test at the combine, prompting Cincinnati, San Francisco to consider trading up to get him.
17. WR Odell Beckham, Jr.
Like last year, the 49ers leap forward 13 spots to take an LSU product. This time it's a receiver who can stretch defenses.
18. WR, Brandin Cooks.
Speedy Stockton native should flourish in Big Apple, add some zest to a Jets passing offense that finished 31st in 2013.
19. LB, C.J. Mosely, Alabama.
Dolphins could use an offensive lineman or two (Hard to remember why they're so light there), but run defense finished 24th last year.
20. S Calvin Pryor, Louisville.
It's not quite the Legion of Boom, but Arizona is building an impressive defense, secondary of its own.
21. TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina.
Jermichael Finley still is recovering from a scary neck injury; Ebron is the top tight end in the draft.
22. CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech.
Many see the Eagles taking a receiver after DeSean Jackson's departure. Philadelphia, however, finished dead last in pass defense last year.
23. WR Cody Latimer, Indiana.
Any team with A.J. Jenkins at receiver has question marks at the position.
24. CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State.
Roby recently was cited in an incident in which he was found impaired in a parked car. Upon hearing the news, Bengals excitedly put Roby's name in a sealed envelope marked, "Do not open until draft day."
25. CB Jason Verrett, TCU.
If Verrett were 10 pounds heavier and two inches taller he'd be the first cornerback selected.
26. QB Derek Carr, Fresno State.
Browns reportedly considering Teddy Bridgewater here. But they need a passer who can throw passes that cut through Lake Erie wind. Does Bridgewater have that arm?
27. WR Marqise Lee, USC.
Lee wins the lottery for rookie receivers - getting to play in a dome, on turf and with Drew Brees.
28. OL Joel Bitonio, Nevada.
Panthers decide to fill wide receiver need in second round. Trade with Miami is possible here, too.
29. DT Stephon Tuitt, Notre Dame.
Patriots need to dunk defensive line - where four key players are 30 or older - into Fountain of Youth.
30. OT Morgan Moses, Virginia.
Fun fact: Both Edgar Allan Poe and Moses attended UVA. Not-so-fun facts: Poe dropped out after one semester, wrote "The Raven," died in Baltimore.
31. DE Kony Ealy, Missouri.
Counter intuitively, John Elway tends to go with defensive players Ealy and often.
32. OT Ja'wuan James, Tennessee.
The Seahawks have done a great job of finding talent late in the draft. But not on the offensive line.

Scorecard from last year:
- 26 of the 32 in first round
- seven picks exactly right
- eight picks to correct teams
- Eric Reid to 49ers (but at pick 31).

-- Matt Barrows



MATTHEW BARROWS

Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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