Just Another Mock Draft
Well folks, we're about 12 days away from the draft day and everyone's posting a mock draft. This year's draft is pretty exciting. We've got a new three day format- that could narrow the margin between the good drafting teams (Pats, Colts, Chargers etc...) and the bad ones (Rams, Redskins, Raiders...). We've got a few teams with multiple picks among the top sixty (the Patriots have four). Plus, not only is this group supposed to be exceptionally talented- the defensive group may be stronger than the offensive.
Mocking up all three days would be next to impossible (although truth be told, great teams are made in the later rounds). So here's another mock draft (just the first round, even though I made an attempt at the first three). Let me know what you think.
#1. St. Louis Rams
QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma
The Rams are primed for a young quarterback. They have a stud running back in Steven Jackson, a developing receiver in Donni Avery and last years 1st rounder OT Jason Smith to protect him.
#2. Detroit Lions
DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
Probably the best defensive prospect to come along in years, and anyone who doubts his pass rush ability should take a look at the Big 12 Championship game. It seems like an awful lot of money to spend on the defensive line after the Corey Williams trade though.
#3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
The second best defensive prospect to come along in years (see previous slide), McCoy could be just what the Bucs need to slow down some of those running backs in the NFC South.
4. Buffalo Bills
QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame
We have a trade!
The Bills really need a new signal caller, and with the possibility of Clausen going to the Chiefs, Seahawks, Browns, or Raiders- they've got to make a move to get him here. Plus, the Redskins could really use some extra picks.
#5. Kansas City Chiefs
DE Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida
This is a surprise.
It's too soon to give up on OT Branden Albert, and the Chiefs (Scott Pioli) value need over value. Jason Pierre-Paul is the best pass rusher in this draft who'll be able to convert into a rush linebacker.
#6. Seattle Seahawks
OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
If Pete Carroll is going to be successful in Seattle- he's going to have to replace nine time pro-bowl left tackle Walter Jones. Thanks to the Donovan McNabb deal Russell Okung could slip to them at 6.
#7. Cleveland Browns
SS/FS Eric Berry, Tennessee
Jimmy Clausen is off the board- and Browns fans weren't looking forward to another Notre Dame quarterback anyway.
Brodney Pool (and his 5 concussions) was traded to the Jets and Abram Elam can't cover. Eric Berry will be able to help immediately. He's so versatile, he could even be able to play corner.
#8. Oakland Raiders
OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland
Al Davis loves great athletes, but Bruce Campbell's 4.81- 40 at the combine is really impressive, especially, for a guy who weighs over 300 lbs.
#9. Washington Redskins
OT Brian Bulaga, Iowa
The Redskins offensive line is in shambles- Chris Samuels had a season ending neck injury, Stephon Heyer is terrible, and Mike Williams is too big for Shanahan's zone blocking scheme. Brian Bulaga is versatile enough to play either side, and being coached by a former NFL offensive line coach (Kirk Ferentz) should put him ahead of the curve.
#10. Jacksonville Jaguars
CB Joe Haden, Florida
No, it's not Tim Tebow. Jack Del Rio needs to win now to save his job- taking a leap backwards at quarterback is not an option.
To get to the playoffs the Jags will probably have to go through the Colts. It's too soon to give up on Derrick Harvey and they just signed Aaron Kampman so their next option is the secondary. Joe Haden is the best cornerback in this draft.
#11. Denver Broncos
WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State
Someone will make a move for Brandon Marshall and Dez Bryant has the talent (and attitude) to be the Bronco's next go to guy.
#12. Miami Dolphins
NT Dan Williams, Tennessee
This is assuming that the Dolphins don't give this pick to the Broncos for Brandon Marshall.
Jason Ferguson is old, broken, and a free agent- so it's time to replace him. Dan Williams took to Monte Kiffin's defense well. Hopefully, his senior year wasn't a fluke.
13. San Francisco 49ers
OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma
First off I've got to say that I Think the 49ers are one of those teams that are on the verge of the playoffs- all they need is a good draft.
A few "experts" have Trent Williams as the top left tackle in this draft, but if he's so good- then why did Sam Bradford get hurt? Two years ago he was a right tackle and the Sooner's run game was sensational. That's why I think he's a great fit for the 49ers- he'll make Frank Gore and Glenn Coffee that much better.
14. Seattle Seahawks
DE Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech
Just because they swapped ends with the Eagles doesn't mean the Seahawks pass rush is fixed. Patrick Kerney has had 10 sacks the last two years and has injury problems. Reaching for Everson Griffen is an option, but doesn't make much sense with a pass rusher like Derrick Morgan still on the board.
15. New York Giants
SS/FS Earl Thomas, Texas
When Kenny Phillips went down so did the Giant's season. Earl Thomas is faster and has better ball skills than Michael Johnson- two traits the G-men need since they play Desean Jackson twice.
16. Tennessee Titans
DE Everson Griffen, USC
To get to the playoffs in the AFC South, the Titans will have to beat the Colts (at least once). Last year Peyton Manning torched the Titans (twice). Everson Griffen is a big defensive end with a great first step. A perfect fit for the Titans defense.
17. San Francisco 49ers
CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State
I love this pick. I love it so much, I wonder why nobody else has Wilson going here.
The Niners play Larry Fitzgerald twice a year and they ranked 21st against the pass- not a recipe for success. Kyle Wilson fills an immediate need at corner. Plus, he's also a pretty good return man- another position of need for the Niners since Arnaz Battle can't hold onto the ball.
18. Pitsburgh Steelers
G Mike Iupati, Idaho
The Steelers offensive line is highly overrated, big Ben takes a lot of hits and throwing for 417 yards against the Browns isn't what the fans are used to. Steeler's fans are use to smashmouth football with a power running game. They've already got Rashard Mendenhall to run the ball- now they need someone to block for him.
19. Atlanta Falcons
DE Brandon Graham, Michigan
The Falcons play Drew Brees and the Super Bowl champs twice a year, they've got to figure out a way to slow down that Saints offense. Jon Abraham isn't getting any younger, and the only real depth at defensive end they have is last years fourth round pick, Lawrence Sidbury.
20. Houston Texans
RB C. J. Spiller, Clemson
Even his name sounds fast. If Spiller falls to the Texans at 20, Roger Goodell will barely have time to say," the Houston Texans are on the clock."
21. Cincinatti Bengals
ILB Roland McClain, Alabama
Rey Maualuga is playing really well on the outside and Dhani Jones turns 32 this year. With McClain the Bengals could end up with a great group of young linebackers. And besides, the Bengals always draft a linebacker on day 1.
22. New England Patriots
OLB Sergio Kindle, Texas
The Patriots have four picks in the top 60. They are literally in a position to get any player they want. Last year, the plan seemed to be: blow the other team out with a high powered offense. That didn't work. This year they get back what made them great earlier this decade, defense. The Pats need a pass rusher bad, and Sergio Kindle is the best rush linebacker on the board.
23. Green Bay Packers
OT Anthony Davis, Rutgers
For the Packers to make another playoff run, Aaron Rodgers' blind side will need to be protected. Anthony Davis was a top ten pick a few weeks ago, and he could be the perfect pick for the Packers.
24. Philadelphia Eagles
C Maurkice Pouncey
The interior of the Eagles offensive line is in shambles. Jamal Jackson probably won't be ready on opening day, and they don't even have a starter at right guard. Pouncey is the most versatile interior lineman in the draft, since he can play all three interior positions.
25. Baltimore Ravens
TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma
Baltimore is "wacko for Flacco", so even though they're going to need help on the defensive side of the ball too, Gresham is the pick here. Todd Heap is getting old and Flacco is the new face of this franchise. He's going to get as many weapons as possible.
26. Arizona Cardinals
OT Charles Brown, USC
Mike Gandy is 31 and an unrestricted free agent. It's time for the Cardinals to move on. Charles Brown is ready to step in and protect "somebody's" blind side.
27. Dallas Cowboys
G Vladimir Ducasse, UMass
Flozell Adams is old and mean, and he looked terrible against Jared Allen in the playoffs. It's time to start grooming his repacement. Ducasse (born in Haiti) flattened FCS competition at UMass, and he fits well on the left side of a power run team like the Cowboys.
28. San Diego Chargers
CB Kareem Jackson, Alabama
The Chargers love to draft corners in the first round. Antonio Cromartie is gone, so the Chargers need to replace him. Kareem Jackson will not only help in the secondary, he'll wreak havoc on special teams. He blocked two kicks while he played for the Crimson Tide.
29. New York Jets
DT/DE Jared Odrick, Penn State
Marques Douglas is 33 and a free agent. The Jets would love to get some interior pressure on Tom Brady. Odrick is a great fit for a 3-4 team.
30. Minnesota Vikings
FS Taylor Mays, USC
Last year the Raiders would've made Taylor Mays a top ten pick. The Vikings love to draft the best player available and Taylor Mays fills a need. Madieu Williams and Tyrell Johnson are mediocre.
DT Brian Price, UCLA
The Colts won't reach for an offensive lineman here (but they'll probably trade up in the next round to get Rodger Saffold). Since there are so many 3-4 teams-Brian Price, a really good defensive tackle, falls in their lap. His stock has been rising, and he looked like a beast against the volunteers last year.
New Orleans Saints
OLB Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri
Coordinator Gregg Williams would love to have more weapons on defense. Scott Fujita is in Cleveland, and Scott Shanle isn't a playmaker. Weatherspoon will contribute right away