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If you're addicted to the NFL draft like I am, then you have probably seen dozens of mock drafts. The NFL Combine has come and gone, but there should still be a few more changes with many Pro-days still to take place.
Call me crazy, but for now, this is how I see the first round of the NFL draft unfolding for the San Francisco 49ers and the rest of the NFL.
1. St.Louis Rams: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma (previous-Ndamukon Suh)
The Rams GM, Billy Devaney has made it clear that he doesn’t think a defensive tackle should be the first pick in the draft,
"It's scary to use a high pick on a DT.” or has he?
"But I'm definitely a fan of Ndamukong Suh. I hear he's a great person, his family is unbelievable, and he's definitely an impact player."
The Rams will try and trade down for multiple picks, if they can’t swing a deal they will go with Bradford who they prefer over Clausen.
2. Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska (previous-Gerald McCoy)
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.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma (previous-Eric Berry)
The defensive minded Raheem Morris needs to rebuild his defensive line and McCoy is the perfect building block for a strong foundation.
4. Washington Redskins: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State (previous-Okung)
The ‘Skins could take Claussen here, but they do the prudent thing and make Russell a Redskin.
5. Kansas City Chiefs: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa (previous- Rolando McClain)
It is not a secret anymore-GM Scott Pioli loves Bulaga and is not worried about his thyroid condition. I still think they should take McClain, however.
6. Seattle Seahawks: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame (previous-Clausen)
How Ironic is this? The former coach of the USC Trojans selects the QB from his former team’s national rival?
Peter Piper gets his man and just hopes Clausen warms up in Seattle after an extended stay in the refrigerated section.
7. Cleveland Browns: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee (Previous-Joe Haden)
The Browns still need a quarterback of the future, but with Bradford and Clausen gone, they fill their biggest need by taking the best safety in the draft. Berry should be able to come in and improve this secondary right away.
8. Oakland Raiders: Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland (previous- Derrick Morgan)
After Campbell’s performance at the Combine, this becomes the easiest pick of the draft and fills the Raider’s biggest need.
9. Buffalo Bills: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech (previous-Anthony Davis)
The Bills will consider Trent Williams here, but if Aaron Schobel retires Morgan could be the perfect replacement. New head coach Chan Gailey is said to be very interested in Morgan and this would make sense given his former gig at Georgia Tech.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State (previous-Bryant)
Bryant could save Garrard’s job in Jacksonville, or Garrard could cost Bryant his…
Look for the Jaguars to attempt to trade down and try and grab a guy named Tebow.
11. Denver Broncos: Mike Iupati, G, Idaho (previous-Iupati)
It really sucks to have to take a guard with the 11th pick, but the Broncos get the “masher” from Idaho with Iupati.
12. Miami Dolphins: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee (previous-Sergio Kindle)
The Dolphins would have loved to take Dez Bryant here, but those pesky Jaguars passed on Tebow and scooped him up. This is a little early in the draft for a defensive tackle by Bill Parcells’ standards, but he can’t pass up the talented Williams.
13. San Francisco 49ers: Joe Haden, CB, Florida (previous-Haden)
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 (previous pick-Mays)
Pete Carrol makes amends for his earlier pick of a former rival and brings the hard-hitting safety back to his hometown.
Was this the plan when they cut Deion Grant?
If the man who coached Mays for the last four years passes on him, look for Mays to drop out of the first round.
15. New York Giants: Rolando McClain. ILB, Alabama (previous- Earl Thomas)
With the safety position already addressed in free agency with the signing of Antrel Rolle, the Giants grab McClain without blinking.
16. Tennessee Titans: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florid (previous-Pierre-Paul)
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: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma (previous-CJ Spiller)
The 49ers will be tempted to take Spiller, but they take Williams to fill their most pressing need.
I wasn’t sold on Williams until his performance at the Combine. I do believe now he can step right in from day one and help this team. At 6’4” and 315 pounds, Williams has ideal size for a NFL tackle.
How I see the rest of the draft panning out:
18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State (previous- Bryan Bulaga)
19. Atlanta Falcons: Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas (previous-Patrick Robinson)
20. Houston Texans: CJ Spiller, RB, Clemson (previous- Dan Williams)
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma (previous-Gresham)
22. New England Patriots: Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan (previous-Carlos Dunlop)
23. Green Bay Packers: Charles Brown, OT, USC (previous-Brown)
24. Philadelphia Eagles: Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida (previous- Brandon Graham)
25. Baltimore Ravens: Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame (previous- Tate)
26. Arizona Cardinals: Everson Griffen, DE, USC (previous- Trent Willams)
27. Dallas Cowboys: Earl Thomas, S, Texas (previous- Bruce Campbell)
28. San Diego Chargers: Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State (previous-Jahvid Best)
29. New York Jets: Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri (previous-Weatherspoon)
30. Minnesota Vikings: Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama (previous- Kyle Wilson)
31. Indianapolis Colts, Brian Price, DT, UCLA (previous-Price)
32. New Orleans Saints, Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State (previous-Odrick)
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