With the season done for over three-fourths of the teams in the NFL, it's time to start looking towards the draft. Here is a first-round mock draft with a brief description of each pick. Enjoy, and feel free to comment.
1. St. Louis Rams: Jimmy Clausen (QB, Notre Dame)
A team in need of some leadership, Clausen is an ideal pick here.
2. Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh (DT, Nebraska)
There is no possible way the Lions can pass on the best prospect in years.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy (DT, Oklahoma)
McCoy reminds some of Albert Haynesworth and would be a uplifting for the Bucs' D.
4. Washington Redskins: Anthony Davis (OT, Rutgers)
If Washington can keep Jason Campbell around, which they need to, they will need some protection.
5. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Berry (FS, Tennessee)
A world-class athlete in the Kansas City secondary may be a dream come true for the Chiefs.
6. Seattle Seahawks: Russell Okung (OT, Oklahoma State)
Your skill position players won't get any better without blocking, so the Seahawks would be smart to draft Okung here.
7. Oakland Raiders: Taylor Mays (SS, USC)
Taylor Mays is the type of guy that Al Davis drools over and simply cannot pass on.
8. Cleveland Browns: Rolando McClain (MLB, Alabama)
Not their biggest need, but McClain would look good next in the same linebacker corps as star Kamerion Wimbley.
9. Buffalo Bills: Sam Bradford (QB, Oklahoma)
Trent Edwards is not the future of Buffalo, but Heisman winner Sam Bradford just might be.
10. Miami Dolphins: Dez Bryant (WR, Oklahoma State)
The Dolphins finally find that go-to guy they have been searching for since Chris Chambers departed.
11. Jacksonville Jaguars: Joe Haden (CB, Florida)
A struggling secondary adds a great cornerback and a home state phenom to fill some empty seats.
12. Denver Broncos (f/Chi): Carlos Dunlap (DE, Florida)
The 3-4 defensive line in Denver lacks talent, but that scenario would be gone with Dunlap on hand.
13. Tennessee Titans: Derrick Morgan (DE,Georgia Tech)
Kyle Vanden Bosch and Jevon Kearse are both free agents in the offseason, so the Titans add the best defensive end in this year's class.
14. San Francisco 49ers: Earl Thomas (SS, Texas)
Thomas is a ballhawk that would cause havoc for quarterbacks playing against San Fran.
15. New York Giants: Javier Arenas (CB, Alabama)
The only way the Giants can stop deep-threat receivers like DeSean Jackson is by drafting someone who has the speed to keep up with them.
16. Seattle Seahawks (f/Den): C.J. Spiller (RB, Clemson)
Seattle fans miss Shaun Alexander, but C.J. Spiller is faster and just as powerful.
17. San Francisco 49ers (f/Car): Trent Williams (OT, Oklahoma)
While the 49ers wait for a quarterback on their roster to develop, they need protection to do so.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Iupati (G, Idaho)
The Steelers' line is not what it used to be, and Iupati is the best guard prospect of the last 10 years.
19. New York Jets: Terrence Cody (NT, Alabama)
At 365 pounds, Cody would be the run stuffer the Jets currently lack.
20. Houston Texans: Jonathan Dwyer (RB, Georgia Tech)
Whatever happened to Steve Slaton? The Texans are back where they were before he came along and need a guy like Dwyer to take some pressure off of Matt Schaub.
21. Baltimore Ravens: Golden Tate (WR, Notre Dame)
Golden Tate is a receiver you can count on in any situation, which is something that current starters Derrick Mason and Mark Clayton know nothing about.
22. Atlanta Falcons: Jason Pierre-Paul (DE, South Florida)
Atlanta could not generate any pass rush this year, and Jason Pierre-Paul could quickly turn that around.
23. New England Patriots: Brandon Spikes (MLB, Florida)
The Patriots top priority in this draft is to add a linebacker, and Spikes is an ideal fit in their system.
24. Cincinnati Bengals: Jermaine Gresham (TE, Oklahoma)
It's been a while since the Bengals had a reliable tight end, and Gresham just may be their guy.
25. Arizona Cardinals: Bruce Campbell (OT, Maryland)
With Gresham off the board, look for the Cardinals to add a strong tackle like Campbell in hopes of keeping Leinart safe because, like it or not, he is Arizona's future.
26. Philadelphia Eagles: Navarro Bowman (OLB, Penn State)
Will Witherspoon is the only reliable linebacker in Philadelphia, and Bowman is too strong and fundamentally sound to pass on.
27. Green Bay Packers: Bryan Bulaga (OT, Iowa)
The Packers line got better as of late, but it won't stay that way if they don't add a tackle with the expected retirement of Chad Clifton on the brink.
28. Dallas Cowboys: Dexter McCluster (WR, Ole Miss)
Dexter McCluster will be a slot receiver in the NFL who will cause mismatches against slower cornerbacks.
29. Minnesota Vikings: Chris Hall (C, Texas)
The Vikings could not contain strong defensive tackles this year, and Chris Hall looks to fill the hole that Matt Birk left.
30. San Diego Chargers: Dan Williams (NT, Tennessee)
The Chargers defensive line was not what it used to be this year without Jamal Williams, but Dan Williams could make the system in San Diego better than it was with Jamal.
31. New Orleans Saints: Ricky Sapp (DE, Clemson)
The Saints really don't have any pressing needs except cornerback, but since there aren't any left that are good enough for a round one selection, Sapp is the guy in New Orleans.
32. Indianapolis Colts: Brian Price (DT, UCLA)
The Colts really lack any good players at defensive tackle, and Price would be an immediate force as a starter.
This concludes my first official postseason mock draft. Thank you for reading, and it would be appreciated if you post your own mock drafts in links on my wall.
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