For those of you who have never heard of him, Rick Gosselin is a sportswriter for The Dallas Morning News. He may not have the reputation of Mel Kiper, but his mock drafts have proved to be the most successful of any of the many mocks out there in the last several years.
Gosselin only does three mocks. His first mock is based on his own board. His second mock is based more on team need, and his third and final mock is published on the day of the draft. He offers his opinion on what player he thinks each team should select when they are on the clock based on who is still available.
This is the first of his three mock drafts.
I have to say, it is not remarkably different then some mocks I have seen, with a few notable exceptions. However, with so many mocks out there at the moment, almost every configuration that someone can dream of has been done.
Notable players Gosselin has dropping out of the first round include Taylor Mays, Carlos Dunlap, Terrence Cody, Golden Tate, Jared Odrick, Bruce Campbell, and Charles Brown.
Gosselin’s first four picks are the same as Kiper’s and McShay’s and the majority of mock drafts out there.
1. St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
2. Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
4. Washington Redskins: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
5. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
This is where we start seeing some differences. I have had the Chiefs taking Rolando McClain, Brian Bulaga, and Eric Berry in different mocks. Their O-line is in desperate need of a tackle and Pioli is said to love Bulaga. The organization is also said to be very high on McClain, but this seems a bit too high for him. Fans are clamoring for Berry as he is just too good to pass on and Gosselin and Kiper agree.
This is good news for 49ers fans.
McShay thinks they would have to pay too much for Berry and has the team taking Bulaga.
6. Seattle Seahawks: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
Gosselin and Kiper again agree on this pick.
This is bad news for 49ers fans. This leaves only Anthony Davis left of the big four offensive tackles on the board—with Oakland and Buffalo yet to pick.
McShay’s pick: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
7. Cleveland Browns: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
This shouldn’t be too much of a surprise after Clausen’s brilliant pro day, and Jake Delhomme is not the quarterback of the future.
Kiper: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
McShay: Dan Williams, DL, Tennessee
8. Oakland Raiders: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
Gosselin feels the team needs to add to its pass rush with the departure of Greg Ellis.
Kiper: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
McShay: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
9. Buffalo Bills: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
The Bills have a need to protect the quarterback—who ever that might be.
Kiper: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
McShay: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan
I like Graham, and evidently so does Gosselin. Mike Singletary might just be a little disappointed if this selection happens.
Kiper: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
McShay: Earl Thomas, S, Texas
11. Denver Broncos: Rolando McClain, MLB, Alabama
I had thought the Broncos might address their offensive line with this pick, but it might be bit early for Iupati. McClain gives the Broncos a presence in the middle.
Kiper: Earl Thomas, S, Texas
McShay: Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama
12. Miami Dolphins: Earl Thomas, S, Texas
The Dolphins need to replace free agent bust Gibril Wilson. Thomas does that and more. Could this be another 49ers' target off the board?
Kiper: Dan Williams, DL, Tennessee
McShay: Derrick Morgan, DE/LB, Georgia Tech
13. San Francisco 49ers: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
Could this be the guy the team wanted all along? They have publicly embraced Bulaga, but Davis has the biggest upside of the big four offensive tackles. However, concerns about his conditioning, motivation, and character have caused Davis’ stock to fall.
One only needs to point to Vernon Davis and Ahmed Brooks for Singletary’s ability to reign in character issues and develop talent.
The metamorphosis of Alex Boone, Diyral Briggs, and Glen Coffee prove that “Sing” can motivate players to get into the best shape of their football lives.
But none of that will matter if Davis doesn’t love the game and want to play (see Jared Gaither).
Singletary visited with Davis a few days ago, during that visit he will have attempted to assess that very thing.
If he sees what he is looking for in Davis’ eyes, Davis will be the pick.
Kiper: Joe Haden, CB, Florida
McShay: Sergio Kindle, DE/LB, Texas
14. Seattle Seahawks: Ryan Mathews, HB, Fresno State
This is a bit of a surprise. Not that the Seahawks take a running back, but that they pass on C.J. Spiller and take Mathews.
Kiper: Derrick Morgan, DE/LB, Georgia Tech
McShay: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
15. New York Giants: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
Gosselin points to the team not re-signing Fred Robbins for this pick.
Kiper: Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama
McShay: Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho
16. Tennessee Titans: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
I have had Pierre-Paul here for months. Do the Titans find another “Freak”?
Kiper: Jason Pierre-Paul
McShay: Jason Pierre-Paul
17. San Francisco 49ers: Joe Haden, CB, Florida
The team still gets Haden at 17? I like both picks, but I have to agree with Kiper here on taking Haden at 13 and then Williams at 17.
Kiper: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
McShay: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
I have Wilson landing here with the Steelers as well. Their secondary needs some help.
Kiper: Maurkice Pouncey, OG/C, Florida
McShay: Maurkice Pouncey, OG/C, Florida
19. Atlanta Falcons: Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida
A perfect landing spot for Pouncey. The Falcons need someone who can play guard and center.
Kiper: Brandon Graham, DE/LB, Michigan
McShay: Brandon Graham, DE/LB, Michigan
20. Houston Texans: C.J. Spiller, HB, Clemson
The Texans need a cornerback to replace Dunta Robinson, however, they need help at running back as well and Spiller is just too good to pass up.
Kiper: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
McShay: Joe Haden, CB, Florida
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
Another pick we agree on. Gresham is a nice big target (6’6”, 261lbs).
Kiper: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
McShay: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
22. New England Patriots: Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas
With Graham off the board, the Patriots select Kindle. Brian Orakpo is good—Kindle could be better.
Kiper: Sergio Kindle, DE/LB, Texas
McShay: Everson Griffen, DE/LB, USC
23. Green Bay Packers: Jerry Hughes, OLB, TCU
A mild surprise here, I would have thought the Packers go with USC’s OT Charles Brown. But I love Hughes, still hoping he drops to the second round for the 49ers, but that appears to be a pipe dream.
Kiper: Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho
McShay: Charles Brown, OT, USC
24. Philadelphia Eagles: Brian Price, DT, UCLA
Gosselin goes with a DT, whereas both Kiper and McShay have the Eagles picking a corner. Gosselin points out how Andy Reid likes to draft linemen.
Kiper: Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama
McShay: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
25. Baltimore Ravens: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
Everyone is in agreement that the Ravens will select a wide receiver. Will the best one in the draft fall in their laps?
Kiper: Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech
McShay: Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech
26. Arizona Cardinals: Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech
In Gosselin’s draft, the Cardinals miss out on Bryant and Gresham, but Thomas is a pretty good fallback plan.
Kiper: Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri
McShay: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
27. Dallas Cowboys: Mike Iupati, G, Idaho
If the Cowboys want Earl Thomas, Dez Bryant, or any of the big four offensive tackles, they will have to try and trade up. Iupati is good, but Charles Brown would fill more of a need—but then again, Dallas is Gosselin's team.
Kiper: Charles Brown, OT, USC
McShay: Taylor Mays, S, USC
28. San Diego Chargers: Jahvid Best, RB, California
No surprise here, the Chargers select a running back, but it isn't Ryan Mathews.
Kiper: Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State
McShay: Terrence Cody, DL, Alabama
29. New York Jets: Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
McCourty would give the Jets a nice tandem in the secondary with Darrelle Revis, but is this really their biggest need?
Kiper: Everson Griffen, DE/LB, USC
McShay: Jared Odrick, DL, Penn State
30. Minnesota Vikings: Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama
We are all selecting DBs for the Vikings, and I agree with the selection of Jackson.
Kiper: Taylor Mays, S, USC
Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama
31. Indianapolis Colts: Rodger Saffold, G, Indiana
How do the Colts draft so low and still find gems? Gosselin feels that Saffold can start from day one.
Kiper: Jared Odrick, DL, Penn State
McShay: Jerry Hughes, DE/LB, TCU
32. New Orleans Saints: Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri
The Saints need a replacement for Scott Fujita.
Kiper: Jerry Hughes, DE/LB, TCU
McShay: Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri