The NFL, that bastion of sameness, is trying something new by moving the start of its annual player draft from Saturday midday (Eastern) to Thursday night this year.
The St. Louis rams would like new results, such as not picking first in 2011. OK, maybe they expect to be picking high next year anyway, so they figure it makes sense to plan long-term.
For that reason, then Rams will pass up the best player available, Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh, and take their top-rated quarterback, Oklahoma's Sam Bradford.
That may or may not turn out to be a wise move, but if you think a Hall of Fame QB (or at least a guy that'll get you to Super Bowls) is available, you have to take him. I don't think Bradford qualifies, but someone in St. Louis obviously does.
Here's the rest of my Mock Draft:
3. Tampa Bay -- Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma. I'd rather see the Pewter Pirates make a more exciting pick, but the defense is a pale shadow of the unit that shut down practically everyone it faced.
4. Washington -- Russell Okung, T, Oklahoma State. The Redskins need solid quarterback play to go anywhere. Their signal-callers will be better off not running for their lives.
5. Kansas City -- Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State. Three straight from the Sooner State. K.C. Has problems all over the place, and Bryant is the most explosive player among those worth this high a choice.
6. Seattle -- Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame. The Seahawks need to think about their arm of the future, and Clausen will want to impress his new coach, Pete Carroll.
7. Cleveland -- Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama. He's not only got the talent this defense needs, but can bring a winning attitude.
9. Buffalo -- Bryan Bulaga, T, Iowa. When it doubt, take a highly rated, corn-fed offensive lineman.
10. Jacksonville -- Joe Haden, CB, Florida. An outstanding and versatile in-state talent.
11. Denver -- Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
12. Miami -- Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, USF
13. San Francisco -- Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
14. Seattle -- C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
15. New York Giants -- Anthony Davis, T, Rutgers
16. Tennessee -- Terrence Cody, NT, Alabama
17. San Francisco -- Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
18. Pittsburgh -- Taylor Mays, S, USC
19. Atlanta -- Jahvid Best, RB, Cal
20. Houston -- Earl Thomas, S, Texas
21. Cincinnati -- Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri
22. New England -- Daryl Washington, LB, TCU
23. Green Bay -- Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno State
24. Philadelphia -- Dan Lefevour, QB, Central Michigan
25. Baltimore -- Bruce Campbell, T, Maryland
26. Arizona -- Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
27. Dallas -- Everson Griffen, DE, USC
28. San Diego -- Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida
29. New York Jets -- Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho
30. Minnesota -- Dan Williams, NT, Tennessee
31. Indianapolis -- Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
32. New Orleans Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
Of course, trades, late-night salary tiffs and Al Davis being Al Davis could alter things significantly.
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