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A mockery of a mock draft

by Mark Daniels

So how many mock drafts have you looked at over the past couple of weeks? My count is into the twenties, from the state beat writers who cover the Packers to the national types at ESPN, the NFL network and all the amateur draftnicks who swear they know just how the first round is going to fall tonight.

Even Green Bay General Manager Ted Thompson has no idea what's going to happen once the Houston Texans go on the clock with the number one pick. Thompson says trying to pin down how every team will choose can drive you nuts. There will be the expected picks, surprises and trades that will disrupt every choice that follows. So rather than offer up just another mockery of a mock draft, I'll try something a little different. Here's my prediction of the 32 players who will get their name called tonight, in no particular order and with no particular team.

Defensive Linemen (4) Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina. Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh. Ra'Shede Hageman, Minnesota. Kony Ealy, Missouri.

Linebackers (4) C.J. Mosley, Alabama. Khalil Mack, Buffalo. Anthony Barr, UCLA. Ryan Shazier, Ohio State.

Defensive Backs (7) Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State. Ha Ha Clinton Dix, Alabama. Calvin Pryor, Louisville. Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State. Bradley Roby, Ohio State. Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech. Jason Verrett, TCU.

Quarterbacks (3) Blake Bortles, Central Florida. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M. Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville.

Wide Receivers (6) Sammy Watkins, Clemson. Odell Beckham Jr., LSU. Mike Evans, ,Texas A&M. Brandin Cooks, Oregon State. Marqis Lee, USC. Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt.

Tight Ends (2) Eric Ebron, North Carolina. Jace Amaro, Texas Tech.

Offensive Linemen (6) Greg Robinson, Auburn. Jake Matthews, Texas A&M. Zack Martin, Notre Dame. Taylor Lewan, Michigan. Cyrus Kouandijo, Alabama. Joel Bitonio, Nevada.

In a pass happy league, wide receivers (deepest position overall) and defensive backs will come off the board in abundance. The top group of offensive tackles is really solid. There are playmakers on defense at linebacker and gulp, another first round devoid of running backs. Let's see how it shakes out.