Consensus mock draft has Clowney No. 1 to Texans, Watkins No. 5 to Raiders

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Orange Bowl - Sammy Watkins celebrates after catching a 34-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter

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Orange Bowl - Sammy Watkins celebrates after catching a 34-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter

When it comes to mock drafts, you can take your pick.

Or you can follow the lead of 'Vikings Territory' writer Arif Hasan and stir them all together and see what comes out.

In the website's consensus NFL mock draft based on 45 samples, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney comes up No. 1, projected to join former Tiger DeAndre Hopkins with the Houston Texans, while Clemson receiver Sammy Watkins lands at No. 5, headed to the West Coast as a member of the Oakland Raiders.

The thinking is that while Houston needs a quarterback more than it needs a defensive end, Clowney is just too good to pass up.

Next comesthe St. Louis Rams, who need a receiver and may be tempted by Watkins. But the consensus says that the Rams will bolster their offensive line by picking Auburn's Greg Robinson.

Picking third and fourth, the consensus says that both Jacksonville and Cleveland will pass on Watkins, as well - the Jaguars going for Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack and the Browns taking Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.

If Watkins is available, it's a nearly unanimous opinion that he'll be selected by Oakland.

Tampa Bay, the next team selecting, also needs a wide receiver, but will have to settle for Texas A&M's Mike Evans, or so says the consensus.

Blake Bortles of UCF is projected as quarterback No. 2, going to the Minnesota Vikings at No. 8. Buffalo is expected to take offensive lineman Taylor Lewan of Michigan at No. 9, with Detroit going for Oklahoma State cornerback Justin Gilbert at No. 10.

Other ACC players projected as first rounders include Pittsburgh defensive lineman Aaron Donald, to the New York Giants at No. 12; FSU defensive lineman Timmy Jernigan, to the Dallas Cowboys at No. 16, Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller, to the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 24; and Virginia offensive lineman Moses Morgan, to the Carolina Panthers at No. 28.

After passing on a quarterback with the opening pick, Houston is projected to take Pittsburgh's Tom Savage with the first pick of the second round, while St. Louis, should they pass on Watkins in the first round, is expected to take FSU's Kelvin Benjamin in the second.

On Thursday night, we'll see whether the consensus knows what it's talking about.

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