With so many teams out of the playoff race already, a mock draft may be the perfect remedy for those ailing fans. The Rams, if the season ended today, would be on the clock to pick first overall, and it's really no secret which direction they are looking with that selection.
1. St. Louis Rams: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
The Rams need a player to build their franchise around, and Suh is that kind of player. He is a game-changing force at defensive tackle and he demands a double-team on every play. He will make former first-round picks Chris Long and Adam Carriker much more effective on their young, talented defensive line.
The Lions will be hard pressed to pass on Gerald McCoy or Russell Okung in this spot, but Berry is too talented to pass on. He is arguably the top prospect available in this draft, and he has drawn comparisons to Ed Reed of the Baltimore Ravens.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
The Bucs would likely be fine with either McCoy or Suh here, as there is little talent drop-off between the two. McCoy is an elite defensive line prospect who will be a cornerstone for the Bucs to build around.
4. Cleveland Browns: Derrick Morgan, DE/OLB, Georgia Tech
A lot of people think the Browns need a quarterback, but I am not one of them. I think Brady Quinn played well enough in the last couple of games before going down to have earned, at the very least, the top QB spot heading into training camp in 2010.
Enter Derrick Morgan, arguably the top pass-rushing prospect available in the draft. He would give the Browns a great pass rush option off the edge and he is also stout against the run.
5. Kansas City Chiefs: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
Kansas City's pass protection is absolutely dreadful and Okung would be a huge step in the right direction to fixing that area of their team. Matt Cassel, the team's franchise player, needs to remain upright to do much of anything for the Chiefs.
6. Washington Redskins: Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
The Redskins could look to one of many places with this pick, but taking a local kid in Campbell would be a strong step in the right direction for the organization. Campbell is a very athletic tackle who would be able to step in to protect the blind side of whatever quarterback will be under center in Washington.
7. Buffalo Bills: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
The Bills need a reason for fans to come to games as well as a franchise quarterback, and Mallett gives them both. He is an exciting prospect with a strong arm and phenomenal size. Some think he will go back to school, but with Jake Locker's decision to return and the possibility of a rookie money cap in 2011, Mallett may be inclined to take it while it's hot.
8. Seattle Seahawks: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
The Seahawks need to move on from Matt Hasselbeck and take their quarterback of the future with this pick. Jimmy Clausen is getting mixed reviews, but he has all of the tools to succeed in the NFL and would be a solid pick for the Seahawks.
It seems like McClain to Denver is the closest thing to unanimous as you will find on mock drafts, and for good reason. McClain has the makings of an elite linebacker prospect who will lead a defense for the next decade-plus. He has outstanding size and would be a great heir to Andra Davis to play alongside D.J. Williams in the middle of Denver's 3-4 defensive scheme.
10. Oakland Raiders: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
The Raiders may finally get one right in 2010 if they go for Anthony Davis. They need to upgrade their offensive line in a bad way, as they rank near the bottom in most offensive categories. Davis is an intriguing prospect with great size and athleticism, and the Raiders may fall in love with his measurables.
11. San Francisco 49ers: Joe Haden, CB, Florida
Dre' Bly and Nate Clements are not getting any younger, and the 49ers could look to simply the best player available here. In both cases, I think they need to look at Joe Haden, who has no business falling outside of the top 10. He is the closest thing to a shutdown corner in this draft.
12. San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina): Navorro Bowman, DE/OLB, Penn State
With their next pick, I think the 49ers should look to either an offensive lineman or a top-flight pass rusher, and Bowman fits the latter. He brings a great force off the edge and would give the Niners a complete group of young linebackers.
13. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
Mike Sims-Walker cannot do it all on his own, and while Tim Tebow has been the popular pick for this team, there is simply no way the Jags take him this high. Dez Bryant is too good to pass on here. Plain and simple.
14. Pittsburgh Steelers: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
Despite the fact that Ben Roethlisberger is behind his offensive line 100 percent, I think they could stand to be upgraded. Trent Williams is a very solid prospect who could easily go in the top 10. Pittsburgh would likely welcome him with open arms.
15. Houston Texans: Taylor Mays, S, USC
This is a great fit, and I probably won't change this pick unless I hear definitively otherwise. Mays is a freakish athlete, similar to 2009 first-round pick Brian Cushing, and he fills a huge void at safety for the Texans. Great pick.
16. New York Jets: Carlos Dunlap, DL, Florida
Dunlap is good value here, and the Jets need help along the defensive front. Terrence Cody is another possibility here, but Dunlap is a better prospect.
17. Atlanta Falcons: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
John Abraham is not getting younger and the Jammal Anderson project was a complete failure. Jason Pierre-Paul is a stellar pass-rushing prospect who is really rising up draft boards fast. He would be a nice addition to the Atlanta defense.
18. Tennessee Titans: Dan Williams, DL, Tennessee
The loss of Albert Haynesworth has clearly hurt the Titans' defense, and they could use some more size along their defensive front. Dan Williams is a good-sized prospect with excellent athleticism.
19. Miami Dolphins: Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida
There is a chance Miami could go for a nose tackle here, but I like them to take a defensive signal-caller for the future to pair with Channing Crowder in the middle of their 3-4 scheme. Spikes is a solid prospect whose stock has taken a bit of a fall lately.
20. New York Giants: Sergio Kindle, LB, Texas
Kindle is good value here for the Giants. He is a great pass rusher who could line up at end or outside linebacker with his elite athleticism. He is having one of the most productive seasons of his career as a senior, and will be a solid NFL player wherever he goes.
21. Baltimore Ravens: Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
I'm not usually a fan of smaller wide receivers going in round one, but Tate reminds me a lot of Reggie Wayne of the Indianapolis Colts. He plays a lot bigger than his size and is a beast after the catch.
22. Seattle Seahawks (from Denver): C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
After fixing their atrocious quarterback situation, the Seahawks get a huge steal here with Clemson star C.J. Spiller, who reminds me a lot of Chris Johnson. He has absolutely blazing speed and is a dangerous threat in the return game.
23. Green Bay Packers: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
The Packers' pass protection is awful and Aaron Rodgers is not going to last long if he is consistently on his back. Bulaga is no lock to come out early, but if he does he is good value here for the Packers.
24. Arizona Cardinals: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
Big shocker here, but hear me out on this one. Kurt Warner may play one more year at the very most, so Bradford could potentially sit for a year. I think it's safe to say that Matt Leinart is not a good fit for the Cardinals' system, so enter Sam Bradford. Bradford sits for a year behind Warner, if he comes back, and becomes the starter in 2011.
25. Cincinnati Bengals: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
The Bengals have long needed a top-flight, pass-receiving tight end and Gresham falling into their laps would be a huge stroke of luck. He gives Carson Palmer a huge target to stretch the field, and is a big-time mismatch for linebackers.
26. Dallas Cowboys: Earl Thomas, S, Texas
This pick is a major steal. Earl Thomas is a top-15 prospect, but I have him falling due to other teams' needs. Dallas would jump at the opportunity to pick him up and fortify their defensive backfield.
27. New England Patriots: Jahvid Best, RB, Cal
The Patriots really are just going with the best player available here, since no player available really fits a glaring area of need, though Best does fit the need of a speed back, which New England lacks. In fact, they really lack a lot at the running back position, so this would be a nice selection for the Patriots.
28. Philadelphia Eagles: Brian Price, DL, UCLA
The Eagles are always looking to beef up their front seven, and Price would be an excellent fit there. He is rising quickly up draft boards, and is having a great junior season.
29. Minnesota Vikings: Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
I'm ready for this pick and the Sam Bradford pick to be the main focus of attention of this mock, but this really is a good fit. Tebow reunites with former teammate Percy Harvin and becomes an exciting prospect for Minnesota, who could also use help at linebacker. I think Tebow is a good fit for this team.
30. San Diego Chargers: Terrence Cody, DL, Alabama
Jamal Williams' time is nearly up, and "Mount" Cody would be a nice replacement for him. He is a space-eater who has been questioned in the past for his work ethic. He is an elite level run stopper, and he is much more athletic than his size would indicate.
31. New Orleans Saints: Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri
The Saints would be wise to upgrade their front seven with this pick, and Weatherspoon is a solid prospect for an outside linebacker in the 4-3. He has been on NFL radars going on three years now.
32. Indianapolis Colts: Mike Iupati, G, Idaho
The Colts' offensive line is one of the best in the league, but their only weaknesses lie in the guard positions. Iupati plays with a chip on his shoulder and would be an excellent addition to this Colts' offense.