NFL Mock Draft Volume One: Top 10 (With Trades)
Here it is. The first accurate Mock Draft from draft expert extraordinaire, Daniel Sadler, including trades! I am only giving you the top 10 picks purely through laziness.
I have included the Jags at the number ten selection spot rather than the Broncos (a coin toss after the season will determine which team picks 10th and 11th), because the Jags possible draft pick is more interesting in my opinion (no offense to Broncos fans).
1. Tampa Bay Bucaneers (Trade from St. Louis)- Ndamukong Suh
I know, I know, trading away the No. 1 overall pick! What!? But that is how good Suh is. The Rams are split between Suh or Clausen and Tampa Bay helps them make their decision by offering them a fair deal where the Rams only move down two places and the Bucs' can select their long awaited replacement for Warren Sapp.
2. Detriot Lions - Russel Okung
With Suh off the board the Lions have no choice but to take Okung. If Suh was still available they might consider him, but I still think they would go tackle here.
The Lions made the right decision by drafting Mathew Stafford last year and will continue drafting wisely and take Okung who has all the makings of an Orlando Pace/Walter Jones style LT.
Okung should be a solid LT, whose job will be to protect Stafford in the most important years of his career.
3. St. Louis (Trade from Tampa Bay) - Jimmy Clausen
After trading away their top pick the Rams will take the franchise QB they have needed since Kurt Warner left. At the moment it is a toss-up between Clausen and Bradford for the No. 1 QB, but I think Clausen is the top QB prospect and questions about Bradford's shoulder will lead to Clausen being selected first.
4. Washington Redskins - Sam Bradford
A new HC and a new QB is what is needed for the Redskins, although I would argue that they have bigger needs in RB, O-line, and WR. Unfortunately, there are not any players in those positions that are top-five players in my opinion, so they settle for Sam Bradford.
Bradford will give them the franchise QB they thought they had in former first round draft pick, Jason Campbell. Look for them to try to trade away this pick!
5. Buffalo Bills (Traded from Kansas City Chiefs) - Gerald McCoy
Fearing that the Seahawks will take McCoy at No. 6, the Bills negotiate a deal with the Chiefs to allow them to select the No. 2 rated prospect this year at pick number five.
With Okung gone the Chiefs will have no need to stay in the top-five where there are not any top-five tackles available. The Bills need to make an impact on the league to stay in Buffalo and this would give them some publicity.
Not only that, but it will also shore up their run defense which was the worst in the league this year.
6. Seattle Seahawks - Eric Berry
Queue Seahawks fans cheering. The Seahawks' pick up the 3rd best prospect at No. 6. Berry will turn the Seahawks secondary from a mediocre one to very good.
He could have the effect Ed Reed or Troy Polamalu had on their respective teams making not only their secondary better, but also their whole team.
7. Cleveland Browns - Dez Bryant
If Dez Bryant had played this season rather than being suspended he could have been a top-three pick and if Cleveland can deal with his personality issues they will get a great player at No. 7.
No wonder there is no definitive QB in Cleveland, they have no good WRs! Bryant will become their No.1 WR right away and could be as good as Michael Crabtree, if not better.
8. Oakland Raiders - Jason Pierre-Paul
It's no secret Al Davis targets physical specimens and Pierre-Paul is just that. He's an extremely fast and athletic pass rusher for his size.
As soon as Pierre-Paul does a backflip with full pads on (which he can) at the combine, Al Davis will do anything to take him.
9. San Fransico 49ers (Trade from Kansas City) - Joe Haden
I see Joe Haden as a Darelle Revis, Nnamdi Asomugha type corner, where opposing QBs will be hesitant to throw towards his side of the field.
The 49ers, whose CBs are not anything special, will trade with Kansas City.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars - Tim Tebow
This is the biggest lock in the draft. I will guarantee that the Jags will take Tebow. They will do so to not only sell jerseys and tickets, but also because it is impossible to imagine Tebow playing somewhere like New England or Minnesota.
In my opinion, it is easy to see Tebow as a Jaguar. Tebow will eventually replace David Garrard and will have a good NFL career.
Without question, Tim Tebow was the spiritual leader at UF and will resume that role at Jacksonville, a team that is severely lacking a leader.