I read mock drafts just like everybody else... And they all usually turn out the same. Too many are "all business", which ignores the point of creating a mock draft. I wanted to have fun doing this, so there are a few trades that probably don't make sense and a couple picks that you go, "huh?" on... If so, I accomplished my goal. I also wanted to inject a tad humor in where appropriate. It isn't around every corner, so there is more value for the few jokes I slipped in.
1. St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford , QB, Oklahoma
I don't see much debate here. The closer and closer we get to the draft, the more obvious it is that Bradford will be taken No. 1 overall. $50,000,000 guaranteed? That is one big ass check.
2. Detroit Lions: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
I want the Lions to get better... And even though Suh will more than likely be a monster at the next level... This is the smart pick for the Lions. After witnessing the demoralizing ass kicking that Matthew Stafford received at the hands of his O-line last year, I couldn't help but send Okung to Motown.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
The Bucs get their man. As much as I have read about McCoy being an ideal fit to plug into the Tampa 2 scheme... I just find it hard to believe that the Bucs will pass on Suh at this spot.
4. Washington Redskins: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
Apparently Mike Shanahan loves Trent Williams as much as I do, and he should fit wonderfully into the zone blocking scheme that Mike is bringing to Washington. I feel a lot better with this pick with Okung off the board.
5. Kansas City Chiefs: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
I can not even tell you how much I want to send Eric Berry to the Kansas City Chiefs... The Chiefs already have arguably the best young corner in the league in Brandon Flowers, and with an Eric Berry patrolling the defensive back field, the Chiefs defense would be much improved. Scott Pioli has never admired taking safeties high and I don't see that changing now. Brandon Albert just isn't cutting it at LT, and the Chiefs need to respond... Although, I must admit... This could be a VERY cleverly devised smoke screen by Pioli. But if I believe in that option any more than I do currently, you would see Berry's name here, not Bulaga's.
6. Seattle Seahawks: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
With Shanahan sniping Trent Williams, this pick becomes very difficult. I could also easily see Eric Berry going here, as the Seahawks need help in Pass D, and Berry is the best Safety prospect. And DT isn't even really a MAJOR concern, relative to other positions of need for Carroll and the Seahawks. So what gives? John Schneider, who has worked under Ted Thompson over the last half decade is what gives. I am sure he will bring a Thompsian philosophy to Seattle... And Gerald McCoy is rated the No. 1 overall prospect by many sources. Unless Pete Carroll throws a fit and overrides Schneider, McCoy's value can not be passed up here.
7. Cleveland Browns: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
The Browns need a QB, I don't think there is any doubt about it. But Mike Holmgren LOVES QB projects, and has never taken a QB in the first round before. Will Jimmy Clausen alter precedent? Doubtful. Eric Berry falling to Holmgren is what dreams are made of.
8. Oakland Raiders: Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
Campbell is probably destined to be the next Robert Gallery. He is a workout warrior, but the film just doesn't translate. Luckily for Campbell, Al Davis doesn't watch film.
9. Buffalo Bills: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
Trent Edwards and Ryan Fitzpatrick aren't the answers. Brian Brohm likely isn't either, but his development has been painfully slow. Clausen impressed on his pro day, and earns the ninth overall verall selection.
10. New York Giants (From Jacksonville): Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama
I would have Denver gobbling up McClain if he is available. The combination of the Giants realizing their guy will be gone at 15, plus Jacksonvilles need of a 2nd round pick to take Tebow will make this deal happen rather easily.
11. Denver Broncos: Dan Williams, NT, Tennessee
I don't think Pouncey is worth the selection. Although... With that logic, McDaniels should be taking Pouncey here. Too bad. Jamaal Williams is only a stop-gap solution and Dan Williams is the only real NT worth a first round selection.
12. Miami Dolphins: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE/OLB, South Florida
The Tuna needs a replacement for Jason Taylor and I bet he loves the this kid with his physicality and pass rushing ability.
13. San Francisco: Joe Haden, CB, Florida
Tackles went in a flurry early on, so why not help out a depleted secondary with the best cornerback in this draft?
14. Tennessee Titans (From Seattle): Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
The Titans may not have a second rounder this year, but they gather the ammo to trade up a few spots to take Derrick Morgan. It is a bit surprising he has fallen this far, but with the Jags picking next, there is no way he falls any further.
15. Pittsburgh Steelers (From Jacksonville From Giants): Earl Thomas, S, Texas
Earl Thomas will be going to San Francisco or even Seattle who picks next. There is no way he falls any further, but his intangibles and versatility are just too much for the Steelers to pass up on. Troy + Earl = loloffense The Jaguars would have taken Morgan if he had been there, but alas... It doesn't work out that way.
16. Seattle Seahawks (From Tennessee): CJ Spiller, RB, Clemson
Dez Bryant is also a huge option here. THe talented wideouts stock is plummeting, and you can add Pete Carrol and John Schneider to the list of Front Office execs who don't want to draft a headache in the waiting. The Seahawks are in need of a starting back, and who can take the pressure off of Matt and eventually Charlie Whitehurst.
17. San Francisco 49ers: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
Mike Singletary and the 49ers need to shore up their O-Line a tad. Anthony Davis fits the bill well. And with the Steelers stealing Thomas, the 49ers fall back on Davis.
18. Jacksonville Jaguars (From Pittsburgh): Maurkice Pouncey, C/G, Florida
Don't be hatin'! The Jags fill a need after trading down twice, and still get Da Tebowz! Two Gators in two rounds? Oh, how sexy.
19. Atlanta Falcons: Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan
I kinda cheated here. I was thinking of a different DE, but some guys say he wouldn't fit into what the Falcons are doing. Thus... thank you anonymous source(s) for this wonderful selection by the Falcons.
20. Houston Texans: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
Dunta Robinson is gone and the Texans are left with.... Somebody and Somebody else at cornerback. Kyle Wilson has to be the obvious choice. If an Earl Thomas would fall, I may rethink this, but that isn't likely. The Bonecrusher is going to need some help in that secondary, and Wilson brings that.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
Bryant has taken a massive fall due to his character issues. The media has really killed him, but the Bengals couldn't care less. Character issues?!? CHARACTER ISSUES?!? The Bengals are just looking for a WR, and the best one talent-wise falls into their lap.
22. New England Patriots: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
Two TEs have departed from New England, leaving.... Alge Crumpler. Yay? With Tom Brady earning the Mr. Checkdown moniker, and an injured Wes Welker and aging Kevin Faulk... This offense is going to need somebody to throw to. Oh.. besides that Randy Moss guy.
23. Green Bay Packers: Sergio Kindle, DE/OLB, Texas
The Packers need to find an OLB to replace Aaron Kampman, who signed with Jacksonville in Free Agency. I really like Brad Jones, who was a 7th Round pick out of Colorado last year... But there is no way to tell how he will develop. He could still bust, or follow in the footsteps of AJ Hawk... Become a solid player, but never break the barrier of mediocrity. Kindle gives the Packers too much value at a position of need to pass on.
24. Philadelphia Eagles: Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri
I have heard too much about this guy from resident Eagle fans. Plus... Stevo just gave him the green light, "Impact LB"... Thus, I give you this wonderfully thought out selection.
25. Baltimore Ravens: Jared Odrick, DE/DT, Penn State
The Ravens need both WR and CB help... But with the moves they made in the offseason, acquiring Q and Donte Stallworth, it makes me believe that they are ready not to take a WR this early. A few guys on the D-Line departed, and Odrick is exactly what the Ravens need to fill any voids left by Edwards and/or Bannan.
26. Arizona Cardinals: Mike Iupati, G, Idaho
The Cards need to shore up their interior, and with Pouncey being taken earlier in the draft.. This just makes too much sense not to happen.
27. Dallas Cowboys: Charles Brown, OT, USC
Flozell is gone, and I am just not buying Free. Taylor Mays is an option here, but it just doesn't make sense to me for the Cowboys to select Roy Williams 2.0...
28. San Diego Chargers: Terrence Cody, NT, Alabama
Yeah, this is a a reach. But there are bound to be reaches on Day One, and this will be one of them. Cody may have a few red flags, but there just aren't enough prototypical 3-4 Noses to go around. The other option is to draft an LT replacement because Sproles is obviously not an every down back. But backs are too commonplace these days...
29. New York Jets: Everson Griffen, DE, USC
The Jets had the number one ranked defense a year ago, but you can't tell me that Rex Ryan was satisfied with the pass rush. Rex Ryan will use Griffen as effectively as possible and he will excel.
30. Minnesota Vikings: Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
The Vikings secondary is nothing to brag about, and the lose of Cedric Griffen last year leaves even more doubts in the minds of fans and the Vikings front office. The Vikings could also look for a DT here to get ready for the retirement of Pat Williams.
31. Indianapolis Colts: Jerry Hughes, DE/OLB, Texas Christian
The Colts defense was lauded for being fast and agile a season ago. Jerry Hughes fits that mold perfectly, and is exactly what the Colts will be looking for on Draft Day 2010.
32. New Orleans Saints: Brian Price, DT, UCLA
The Saints had trouble stopping the run last year. Brian Price will eat space and help the Saints solve their woes against the run.
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