If you're addicted to the NFL draft like I am, then you have probably seen dozens of mock drafts. These mocks will of course keep changing up until draft week and with this week’s Combine, I would expect to see some major changes as early as next week.
Call me crazy, but for now, this is how I see the first round of the NFL draft unfolding for the San Francisco Forty Niners and the rest of the NFL.
1. St.Louis Rams: Ndamukon Suh, DT, Nebraska
The Rams didn’t pass on one of the best Offensive Tackle prospects to
ever come out of college when they selected Orlando Pace as the overall No. 1 selection in 1997 draft. And they won’t let one of the best defensive tackle prospects to come out of college pass them by either.
A boy named Suh—goes to “St. Lou.”
2. Detroit Lions: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
Matt Millen is gone, so my guess is the Lions do not take a wide out with this pick. However, with their glaring needs on the defensive line—this a gift from above.
4. Washington Redskins: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
The ‘Skins could take Clausen or Bradford here, but they do the prudent thing and make Russell a Redskin.
No quarterbacks selected yet and Claussen is in a “pickle.”
5. Kansas City Chiefs: Rolando McClain. ILB, Alabama
Okung is off the board, so the Chiefs grab the best inside linebacker in the draft with McClain.
“Yippee ki-yay Mother…”—oops-wrong McClain.
6. Seattle Seahawks: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
How Ironic is this? The former coach of the USC Trojans selects the QB from his former teams national rival?
Peter Piper gets his man and just hopes Clausen warms up in Seattle after an extended stay in the refrigerated section. Okay, enough pickle jokes.
7. Cleveland Browns: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
The Browns get a bit of draft luck once again and finally get their Quarterback of the future…the future being 2010.
8. Oakland Raiders: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
I have no clue what the crypt keeper will do here…does anybody?
Morgan just seems like a Davis pick.
And if football doesn’t pan out, perhaps he can call his cousin and go into blood spatter analysis, or something else…
9. Buffalo Bills: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
The second best tackle in the draft fills this team's needs as the only two quarterbacks worthy of first round consideration, are off the board.
Davis is happy as he doesn’t have far to move and he replaces Owens as the team’s player with “character issues.”
10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Tim Tebow, QB….just kidding!-
Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
Bryant could save Garrard’s job in Jacksonville, or Garrard could cost Bryant his…
“Dez” this seem like a good pick?
11. Denver Broncos: Mike Iupati, G, Idaho
It really sucks to have to take a guard with the 11th pick, but the Broncos get the “masher” from Idaho with Iupati. And you thought I could only do pickle jokes!
12. Miami Dolphins: Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas
The Dolphins would have loved to take Dez Bryant here, but those pesky Jaguars passed on Tebow and scooped him up. They could take Dan Williams here as well, but with their aging linebackers they find their next pass rusher in Kindle.
Does anyone else think the Big Tuna, as the GM for the Dolphins is just weird? “Is it Tuna or is it Chicken?”
Tuna Jessica—it is Tuna!
13. San Francisco 49ers: Joe Haden, CB, Florida
The 49ers strike gold again as what should have been a top five pick (see Michael Crabtree) drops to them. Although Shawntae Spencer is a serviceable corner, Nate Clements was demoted before his injury last year, Walt Harris is ancient, and Dre Bly is still high stepping to the end-zone—“look out Dre!”
14. Seattle Seahawks: Taylor Mays, S, USC
Pete Carrol makes amends for his earlier pick of a former rival and selects the hard-hitting safety he coached at USC.
Aren’t you getting tired of everyone calling Mays a “freakish athlete?"
15. New York Giants: Earl Thomas, S, Texas
With Mays gone, the Giants select the speedy Safety from the Lone-Star State.
Question: Why do people still call them the, “The Football New York Giants” when the baseball team hasn’t been in New York since 1957?
16. Tennessee Titans: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
The Titans could opt to select Carlos Dunlap here, but after their experience with Adam “Pac-Man” Jones and Dunlap’s recent DUI arrest, they select Pierre Paul.
17. San Francisco 49ers: CJ Spiller, RB, Clemson
If Haden doesn’t fall to the 49ers at thirteen, Spiller may already own a 49ers jersey. If that’s the case the 49ers could take an OT or even a pass rusher like Michigan’s Brandon Graham here. I still believe a quality OT can be found in the second round (Ciron Black?).
Spiller would be an excelllent Complement to Frank Gore— and with two picks the 49ers have increased team speed in every area.
How I see the rest of the draft panning out:
18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
19. Atlanta Falcons: Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State
20. Houston Texans: Dan Williams, NT, Tennessee
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
22. New England Patriots: Carlos Dunlop: DE, Florida
23. Green Bay Packers: Charles Brown, OT, USC
24. Philadelphia Eagles: Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan
25. Baltimore Ravens: Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
26. Arizona Cardinals: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
27. Dallas Cowboys: Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
28. San Diego Chargers: Jahvid Best, RB, California
29. New York Jets: Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri
30. Minnesota Vikings: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
31. Indianapolis Colts, Brian Price, DT, UCLA
32. New Orleans Saints, Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State