Well, the combine is over and the pro days are set to begin, so that means the mock draft season is in full swing. As NFL scouts, beat writers, and front office men make their trip back to their cities, I will attempt to do my mock version 4.0.
Now that draft order is set (barring any trades), I will play the role of the 32 GMs/Owners by selecting their team's picks.
Here we go:
1. Rams: Gerald McCoy-DT-Oklahoma : McCoy fills a need for the Rams and would wreak havoc on opposing teams backfield for years. He fits the Rams scheme. I wouldn't be surprised if his former teammate Sam Bradford goes here, either.
2. Lions: Ndamukong Suh-DT- Nebraska : Unless the Lions trade down for a chance to draft a LT, Suh has to be the pick. He is a beast and will anchor the Lions defensive line for years.
3. Buccaneers: Eric Berry-S-Tennessee : The perfect fit for the “Tampa 2″ and the best playmaker in the draft. He is built in the “Ed Reed” mold and is the ideal safety for the “Tampa 2″ defense.
4. Redskins: Russell Okung-OT-Oklahoma St .: The Redskins need a LT to protect their QB, whoever that is, and Okung is that guy. He is a big, strong guy that plays with a nasty streak.
5. Chiefs: Brian Buluga-OT-Iowa : With Okung gone, Buluga is the next best. He is well coached and a tough guy that will help protect Matt Cassel.
6. Seahawks: Jimmy Clausen-QB-Notre Dame : Pete Carroll knows Clausen well, and the Seahawks need a QB for the future. Clausen played in a pro-style offense at Notre Dame and should be a good fit for Seattle.
7. Browns: Joe Haden-CB-Florida : The Browns need a lot, but Hayden would be a great building block for any defense. Mike Holmgren needs to address the quarterback position but will not by three quarterbacks big bucks. He ran “slow” at the combine, but the film doesn’t lie; Haden can flat-out play.
8. Raiders: Bruce Campbell-OT-Maryland : The Raiders need an offensive tackle and Campbell may be the most gifted in the draft. With Hue Jackson as the new offensive coordinator, look for him to make sure JaMarcus Russell stays upright and McFadden has holes to run through.
9. Bills- Sam Bradford-QB-Oklahoma : The Bills finally get their QB of the future.
10. Jaguars: Rolando McClain-LB-Alabama : Quarterback is a bigger need, but McClain would be the perfect LB for Del Rio’s defense. Clausen or Bradford has to be considered here (if he is available), and it’s to early for Tim Tebow.
11. Broncos (via Chicago): Dez Bryant-WR-Oklahoma St .: Will Brandon Marshall be in Denver? Bryant will be the man in McDaniel’s offense. If the Broncos keep Brandon Marshall, they will have one hell of a duo.
12. Dolphins: Jason Pierre-Paul-DE-South Florida : The Dolphins defense isn’t bad, but Pierre-Paul would add that speed rusher Jason Taylor used to be. He may be the first defensive lineman off the board.
13. 49ers: Trent Williams- OT- Oklahoma : Williams would be the 49ers RT of the present and future. If Alex Smith is the starter there, they need to protect him.
14. Seahawks: Charles Brown-OT-USC : Brown is the perfect LT in a zone-blocking scheme, and the Seahawks have hired Alex Gibbs as their offensive line coach.
15. Giants: Earl Thomas-S-Texas : When Kenny Phillips went down, so did the Giants. Thomas is a playmaking S that the G-Men need. He is another playmaking safety that is not afraid to hit.
16. Titans: Derrick Morgan-DE-Georgia Tech : Morgan can get to the QB, and Tennessee needs more of that from their DEs.
17. 49ers (via Carolina): CJ Spiller-RB-Clemson : Spiller is too good to pass up. He cures the 49ers return needs and will be Frank Gore’s primary back-up and matchup problem for NFC West teams.
18. Steelers: Dan Williams-DT-Tennessee : Casey Hampton is franchised, but Williams could play DE until Hampton hangs them up. This kid is a beast.
19. Falcons: Sergio Kindle-OLB-Texas : I love this kid. He can do it all, but he is a great pass rusher, and the Falcons will welcome his ability.
20. Texans: Anthony Davis-OT-Rutgers : The Texans need to keep their Pro-Bowl MVP up to complete passes to Andre Davis. Anthony Davis can be that guy.
21. Bengals: Arrelious Benn-WR-Illinois : With the loss of Chris Henry, Chad OchoCinco, and Carson Palmer, the Bengals get some offensive help with Benn. He can go over the middle or go deep on any play, a really nice fit in the “natti”.
22. Patriots: Ricky Sapp-OLB-Clemson : Ideal fit in the 3-4 as a rush backer, and the Patriots need that. Their defense is young, but they are talented.
23. Packers: Taylor Mays-S-USC : At this point, there isn’t an OL that is worth a first round grade, so Mays is the pick. Mays has his flaws, but Dom Capers will put him in a position to succeed. Mays is an enforcer that would bring a toughness to their secondary and a force in the middle of the field.
24. Eagles: Sean Weatherspoon-OLB- Mizzou : The Eagles need to get more athletic at OLB, and Weatherspoon is just that. He is a playmaking machine with a great motor and an expert trash talker.
25. Ravens: Jermaine Gresham-TE-Oklahoma : Joe Flacco needs another target in the red zone, and Todd Heap has his heir apparent. Nobody is noticing that the Ravens are becoming a pretty good offensive team.
26. Kyle Wilson-CB-Boise St. : Another great young corner to play along side “DRC” and gives the Cardinals a really good young secondary.
27. Cowboys: Mike Iupati-OG-Idaho : Iupati fills the Cowboys biggest need, and Dallas adds another massive offensive lineman to their line.
28. Chargers: Jonathan Dwyer-RB-Georgia Tech : Chan Gailey coached him at GT and also worked with Norv Turner in Dallas. Dwyer is a big, physical RB that is sneaky fast with decent hands.
29. Jets: Brian Price-DT-UCLA : He fills a need and would be a nice fit in Ryan’s defense. Could be a back-up to Kris Jenkins and also play some end.
30. Vikings: Patrick Robinson-CB-Florida St .: The Vikings lost Cedric Griffin with an ACL sprain and made an already thin secondary even thinner.
31. Colts: Maurkice Pouncey-C/G-Florida : The Colts offensive line is being watched closely by Bill Polian after a lackluster 2009 season. Pouncey fills a “need”.
32. Saints: Jared Odrick-DE/DT-Penn State : The Saints get even deeper by adding the versatile Odrick.