FOX 13's Kevin O'Donnell weighs in with his thoughts on how next week's NFL Draft will start out.
1. Houston: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina - Clowney is hands-down the best talent in the draft. A talent that comes around once every 10 years. He has the ability to be the best sack master in the NFL. The only question is, will his motor run at full speed on every play? Teaming up with J.J. Watt at Houston will create a nightmare for opposing offenses. Of the Bucs players I asked who they'd take with the number-one pick, it was unanimous: Clowney.
2. St. Louis: Jake Matthews, T, Texas A&M - Matthews comes from great stock. His dad Bruce played for the Titans for 18 years -- a 14-time Pro Bowler, and his son has the potential to match. Rams head coach Jeff Fisher was with the Oilers and Titans during Bruce's playing days and knows Jake Matthews well. Fisher's relationship is a big factor with this pick.
3. Jacksonville: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M - The Jags need to make a splash in this draft and Johnny Manziel is the only player that can bring it. The Jags are desperate for a quarterback and have a history of making mistakes. Manziel is hit or miss player, a perfect fit for a team that makes poor moves in the draft.
4. Cleveland: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson - Watkins is the best overall player in the draft. Tremendous speed and hands. A humble player that is destined for stardom. Bucs GM Jason Licht: "Explosive speed and the way he runs with anger when he has the ball in his hands. He can make plays all over the field with his speed and quickness. He's got great hands too."
5. Oakland: Greg Robinson, T, Auburn - The Raiders can go two ways here. They need a quarterback and Blake Bortles would fill their need. The problem is he needs time to develop for the NFL level and Oakland would be best to take the highest-rated player on the board when they hit the clock. There is little separating Robinson and Matthews. Can't go wrong with either one. Both tackles will be a decade-long talent.
6. Atlanta: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo - Some feel Mack is a better player than Clowney. He blew away everyone at the NFL combine and has a motor than never stops. He's a pass rushing specialist and those players are hard to find. He fits a need for the Falcons, but most importantly, he'd be the best on the board at this point.
7. Tampa Bay: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M - With both tackles gone, the Bucs can fill a need here and do it by taking the highest rated player on their board. Licht insists that he will draft the best available player regardless of position. The Bucs will only grab Evans if the aforementioned players are all gone. If any of them slip, except for Manziel, that will alter the Bucs decision here. Blake Bortles is the other option and that will create for a lot of conversation in the Bucs' War Room. Evans is a very similar to Vincent Jackson, who is getting old and expensive to have around.
If I were the Bucs' GM: Best move would be to trade up with Jacksonville or Cleveland to land Sammy Watkins. Watkins is a potential Pro Bowl player ready to shine in the NFL. Would be a great compliment to Vincent Jackson, giving the Bucs the speed they desperately need at that position. Watkins has it all and character to go along with it. Superstars are hard to find and the Bucs need one.
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