By Tony Grossi | ESPNCleveland.com
Updated at 7:05 a.m.
This is where things really get shaken up.
With six days to go before the NFL draft, team draft boards are all in line and trade talk is in full swing.
“I know the phones have been ringing off the hook. I just think all the teams in the top have really talked,” coach Mike Pettine said Thursday.
Houston, St. Louis and the Browns are interested in trading down. Atlanta, Tampa Bay, Buffalo and Detroit are exploring trading up.
One trade in the top five would throw all mock drafts asunder. We don’t project trades in our mock draft. But here goes with 11.0 – the penultimate step to our May 8 destination.
1. Houston: DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
They would have no problem giving him up in trade.
2. St. Louis: OT Jake Matthews, Texas A&M
Rams may find a trade partner even if Texans move out.
3. Jacksonville: QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
Imagine the Johnny Football circus in London.
4. Cleveland: LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo
Mike Pettine would pull a hamstring jumping in glee.
5. Oakland: WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson
It’s possible this player could draw trade action.
6. Atlanta: OT Greg Robinson, Auburn
Matt Ryan sends candy-grams to above five teams.
7. Tampa Bay: QB Blake Bortles, Central Florida
Bucs appear to be angling for a new QB.
8. Minnesota: WR Mike Evans, Texas A&M
Somebody has to run those vertical routes for Norv Turner.
9. Buffalo: OT Taylor Lewan, Michigan
Doug Marrone likes him some offensive tackle.
10. Detroit: CB Darqueze Dennard, Michigan State
Eleven mocks in a row without a change here.
11. Tennessee: DT Aaron Donald, Pittsburgh
One of the hot names heading into the final week.
12. N.Y. Giants: TE Eric Ebron, North Carolina
Fills need with best in draft at position.
13. St. Louis: QB Teddy Bridgewater, Louisville
Right spot, right time for a young heir to Sam Bradford.
14. Chicago: CB Justin Gilbert, Oklahoma State
At very least, takes over immediately for Devin Hester as kick returner.
15. Pittsburgh: WR Odell Beckham, Louisiana State
An upgrade over departed Emmanuel Sanders.
16. Dallas: LB Anthony Barr, UCLA
Anything on defense will help.
17. Baltimore: OT Zack Martin, Notre Dame
Non-sexy pick fills a big need.
18. NY Jets: WR Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
Jets needs a speed upgrade on offense. Here it is.
19. Miami: LB C.J. Mosley, Alabama
This is the right spot to take an inside linebacker who can be a playmaker.
20. Arizona: QB Derek Carr, Fresno State
Sits a year behind Carson Palmer.
21. Green Bay: LB Ryan Shazier, Ohio State
His speed and energy could be contagious to whole unit.
22. Philadelphia: FS Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Alabama
Chip Kelly will get his receiver later.
23. Kansas City: Marqise Lee, Southern California
Pretty much have this one narrowed to a wide receiver.
24. Cincinnati: CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech
Bengals specialize in cornerbacks in first round.
25. San Diego: CB Jason Verrett, Texas Christian
Chargers’ cornerback situation demands this.
26. Cleveland: CB Bradley Roby, Ohio State
Next best cornerback for Browns.
(Note: A previous version of this post had a different player for the Browns and has been corrected.)
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