Mel Kiper, Todd McShay and My 2010 NFL Mock Draft: 49ers Best Case Scenario

Blaine SpenceSenior Writer IApril 6, 2010

Okay, I admit I have the advantage of knowing about the recent trades, whereas Kiper and McShay did their drafts prior to them, but that just means they need to get busy and update their mocks!

But hey, were all waiting for Rick Gosselin’s mock draft anyhow—right?

I think the 49ers really are the winners in this mock draft. They end up with the offensive tackle they thought highly of. They also strengthen their secondary with the consensus No. 1 corner in the draft.

If they end up with Jerry Hughes in the second round, as Chris Steuber of suggests, you would have to believe the 49ers are the big winners in this draft with just their first three picks.

1. St.Louis Rams: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma               

With Washington’s trade for Donovan Mcnabb, it would seem the options for trading down are becoming limited.

Tampa Bay is said to covet Suh, and they could be the Rams' only trade option.

Mel Kiper: Bradford
Todd McShay: Bradford

2. Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska         

Lions are praying that no one trades up ahead of them. Suh would immediately improve the Lion’s woeful line play.     

Kiper: Suh
McShay: Suh  

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma        

After thinking hard about taking Eric Berry, the Bucs grab McCoy.

Many believe McCoy is as good a DT prospect, or even better, than Suh.

The defensive-minded Raheem Morris needs to rebuild his defensive line and McCoy is the perfect building block for a strong foundation.

Kiper: McCoy
McShay: McCoy

4. Washington Redskins: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State  

I have had the ‘Skins taking Okung here from the get-go. With the Mcnabb trade, my first four picks remain unchanged.

Kiper: Jimmy Clausen
McShay: Okung

5. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Berry, FS, Tennessee

The Chiefs were going to take Bryan Bulaga or Rolando McClain. After going back and forth on these two, they get an unexpected gift with Berry falling to them.

Kiper: Berry
McShay: Berry

6. Seattle Seahawks: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma

Everyone is in agreement that the Seahawks will be selecting an OT here, but which one?

Kiper: Okung
McShay: Bulaga

7. Cleveland Browns: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson

They traded for Sheldon Brown, Berry is off the board, and do the Browns want to take another chance on a Notre Dame quarterback? So, what does Cleveland do?

They add an explosive offensive weapon in Spiller.

Kiper: Jason Pierre-Paul
McShay: Joe Haden

8. Oakland Raiders: Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland 

I don’t know if there is mock draft out there that doesn’t have Campbell going to the Raiders, it is just such an Al Davis pick.

After Campbell’s performance at the Combine, this becomes the easiest pick of the draft and fills the Raiders' biggest need.

Kiper: Campbell
McShay: Campbell

9. Buffalo Bills: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame

Bulaga is another option, but the Bills need to solve their quarterback problem and Clausen is the second rated quarterback in the draft.

Kiper: Trent Williams
McShay: Clausen

10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech

Have to agree with Kiper on this one. Even with the signing of Aaron Kampman, you can’t have too many good defensive ends. Morgan can rush the passer and stuff the run.

Kiper: Derrick Morgan
McShay: Earl Thomsas

11. Denver Broncos: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State

Another consensus pick, but do the Broncos really want to add another wide-out with character questions? They are still trying to unload Brandon Marshall, but as of this writing, he is still a Bronco.

Kiper: Bryant
McShay: Bryant

12. Miami Dolphins: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee

The Dolphins would have loved to take Dez Bryant here, but the Broncos beat them to it. 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.

Kiper: Williams
McShay: Williams

13. San Francisco 49ers: Joe Haden, CB, Florida   

With the Seahawks grabbing an OT with their first pick, the 49ers can afford to wait on an OT.

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!”

Kiper: Haden
McShay: Trent Williams

14. Seattle Seahawks: Taylor Mays, S, USC                         

Pete Carroll 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.

Kiper: Everson Griffen
McShay: C.J. Spiller

15. New York Giants: Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama

With the safety position already addressed in free agency with the signing of Antrel Rolle, the Giants grab McClain without blinking.

Kiper: McClain
McShay: McClain

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.

Kiper: Sergio Kindle
McShay: Derrick Morgan

17. San Francisco 49ers: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa

This is the tackle the 49ers wanted all along. The team is thrilled he is still there at No. 17.
Kiper: Mike Iupati
McShay: Jason Pierre-Paul

18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State 

I still see Pittsburgh as a landing point for Wilson. They drafted corners last year in the third and fifth, but with the poor play in the secondary, perhaps it is time to take one in the first.

Kiper: Anthony Davis
McShay: Mike Iupati 

19. Atlanta Falcons: Everson Griffen, DE, USC

The Falcons need to bolster their pass rush and at 275 pounds, the speedy Griffen could be the answer.

Kiper: C.J. Spiller
McShay: Griffin

20. Houston Texans: Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers

Houston needs to fill the void left by the departure of Dunta Robinson to the Atlanta Falcons. With McCourty flying up the draft boards—hole filled.

Kiper: Kyle Wilson
McShay: Kyle Wilson

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma         

I still like Gresham here; the team needs a guard to complement Jimmie Williams and could opt for Iupati, but tight end is also a need and Gresham is the best this draft has to offer.

Kiper: Arrelious Benn
McShay: Taylor Mays

22. New England Patriots: Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan

The team is said to be very high on Graham—and he just happens to fall into their lap.

Kiper: Graham
McShay: Graham

23. Green Bay Packers: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers        

Once considered the second-best OT prospect in the draft, Davis falls to Green Bay and they couldn’t be happier.

Can anyone remember the last time two Rutger’s players were drafted in the first round?

Kiper: Bryan Bulaga
McShay: Davis                

24. Philadelphia Eagles: Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida  

With Jamal Jackson tearing his ACL last year, this would seem like a slam-dunk. Pouncey could be the best offensive lineman to come out of this draft.

Kiper: Pouncey
McShay: Sergio Kindle

25. Baltimore Ravens: Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State

With their needs at wide receiver addressed in free agency, the Ravens look to strengthen their defensive line, which lost Justin Bannan and Dwan Edwards to free agency.

26. Arizona Cardinals: Earl Thomas, S, Texas

The Cardinals have other needs, but this pick is too good to pass up and should help offset the loss of Antrel Rolle to the Giants.

Kiper: Jerry Hughes
McShay: Jerry Hughes

27. Dallas Cowboys: Charles Brown, OT, USC

The Cowboys don’t have many needs, but with the release of Ken Hamlin and Flozell Adams last week, safety and offensive tackle move to the top of their priority list. With Thomas going to the Cards, Brown becomes a Cowboy.

Kiper: Earl Thomas

McShay: Brown

28. San Diego Chargers: Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State    

No change from me here, the Chargers need a big back and find one in Mathews.

Kiper: Terrence Cody
McShay: Mathews

29. New York Jets: Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri    

This pick still makes sense to me. After moving up and down the draft projections, Weatherspoon lands in the first round where he belongs.

Kiper: Taylor Mays
McShay: Jared Odrick

30. Minnesota Vikings: Mike Iupati, OG/OT, Idaho     

Iupati won’t be expected to start, but he will replace valuable backup Artis Hicks, who was signed with the Redskins in free agency.

Kiper: Devin McCourty
McShay: Brian Price

31. Indianapolis Colts, Roger Saffold, OT, Indiana

The Colts want to get bigger on the O-line. Saffold is 6’5” and 315 lbs. with room to grow.

Kiper: Brian Price
McShay: Maurkice Pouncey
32. New Orleans Saints, Brian Price, DT, UCLA

Price is big, strong, and athletic. He could be the perfect complement to Sedrick Ellis.

Kiper: Sean Weatherspoon
McShay: Sean Weatherspoon


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