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Tribune NFL writer conducts mock draft

Bucs writer Ira Kaufman predicts tonight's NFL draft, including a Bucs trade-down from the No. 7 spot. See how close his prediction is when the draft starts at 8 p.m.

No. Team Player Pos. School Comment

1. Falcons (from Houston) Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina Another bold draft-day move for Atlanta

2. Rams Greg Robinson T Auburn Has the look of an immediate Pro Bowler

3. Jaguars Johnny Manziel QB Texas A&M Star power and huge potential

4. Browns Sammy Watkins WR Clemson Quite a tandem with Josh Gordon

5. Raiders Khalil Mack LB Buffalo Should thrive as a disruptive playmaker

6. Texans (from Atlanta) Blake Bortles QB Central Florida Houston moves back and gets its man

7. Cowboys (from TB) Aaron Donald DT Pittsburgh Instant help for a shoddy defensive front

8. Vikings C.J. Mosley LB Alabama Will start and flourish from Game 1

9. Bills Mike Evans WR Texas A&M Should start opposite Mike Williams

10. Lions Anthony Barr LB UCLA Serious speed coming off the edge

11. Titans Justin Gilbert CB Oklahoma State Replaces new Buc Alterraun Verner

12. Giants Jake Matthews T Texas A&M That’s three Aggies in the first dozen picks

13. Rams Calvin Pryor S Louisville Hard hitter fills a major need

14. Bears Tim Jernigan DT Florida State Awful run defense gets an upgrade

15. Steelers Taylor Lewan T Michigan Massive protector for Big Ben’s blind side

16. Bucs (from Dallas) Zack Martin T Notre Dame Versatile enough to play anywhere up front

17. Ravens Ha Ha Clinton-Dix S Alabama Baltimore seeking the next Ed Reed

18. Jets Odell Beckham WR LSU Speedy complement to Eric Decker

19. Dolphins Marcus Martin G/C Southern Cal Miami needs lots of help up front

20. Cardinals Dee Ford DE Auburn Fast enough to chase down Wilson/Kaepernick

21. Packers Ryan Shazier LB Ohio State Speedy playmaker for struggling defense

22. Eagles Brandin Cooks WR Oregon State DeSean Jackson’s departure must be filled

23. Chiefs Eric Ebron TE North Carolina Alex Smith needs more targets

24. Bengals Kyle Fuller CB Virginia Tech Cincy is getting creaky at the corners

25. Chargers Jason Verrett CB TCU SD must shore up a soft secondary

26. Browns Derek Carr QB Fresno State Will have every opportunity to start

27. Saints Marqise Lee WR UCLA A smooth, talented weapon for Drew Brees

28. Panthers Cyrus Kouandjio T Alabama The retirement of Jordan Gross was a major blow

29. Patriots Louis Nix DT Notre Dame Vince Wilfork is nearing the end

30. 49ers Kony Ealy DE Missouri Could be groomed behind Justin Smith

31. Broncos Trai Turner G LSU Job 1 is keeping Mr. Manning insulated from inside heat

32. Seahawks Morgan Moses T Virginia This four-year starter is big and mean

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