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Tony Grossi's Mock Draft 11.0: Two defensive players back on board for Browns in first round

May 02, 2014 -- 6:00am

By Tony Grossi | ESPNCleveland.com

 

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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.)

 

Tony Grossi covers the Browns for ESPN 850 WKNR, ESPN 1540 KNR2 and www.espncleveland.com.

He has covered the Browns with distinction since 1984 and is one of 46 voters for the National Football League Hall of Fame. Use the hashtage #HeyTony on Twitter or email your “Hey Tony” questions to tgrossi@goodkarmabrands.com

Follow Tony on Twitter @tonygrossi

 

 

 

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