NFL Mock Draft 3.0: Sam Bradford Rising As Potential Top Pick

Jack MCorrespondent IMarch 12, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 05:  Quarterback Sam Bradford #14 of the Oklahoma Sooners warms up before a game against the Brigham Young Cougars at Cowboys Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Before the combine, all every one was talking about were the two All-American defensive tackles and their chances to be the first two pick in the draft.

A few weeks later, the focus is back on the quarterback.

Few people thought that Sam Bradford would be atop most draft boards before the combine, but he has raised up to the top spot in most mock drafts despite not throwing at the combine.

Why is he raising without throwing? Simple, he's a quarterback.

Throughout the history of the NFL, quarterbacks are top prize in the draft. Although there is more talent on the defensive side of the ball, thing aren't going to change, and you'll see that in my most recent mock draft:

1. Saint Louis Rams - Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

2. Detroit Lions - Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska

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

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

5. Kansas City Chiefs - Eric Berry, S, Tennessee

6. Seattle Seahawks - Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame

7. Cleveland Browns - Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State

8. Oakland Raiders - Bruce Campell, OT, Maryland

9. Buffalo Bills - Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers

10. Jacksonville Jaguars - Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida 

11. Denver Broncos (from Chicago in Cutler Trade)- Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama

12. Miami Dolphins - Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee

13. San Francisco 49ers - Earl Thomas, S, Texas

14. Seattle Seahawks (from Denver for 2nd round pick in 2009) - Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma

15. New York Giants - Brian Price, DT, UCLA

16. San Francisco 49ers - Joe Haden, CB, Florida

17. Tennessee Titans - Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan

18. Pittsburgh Steelers - Brian Bulaga, OT, Iowa

19. Atlanta Falcons - Everson Griffen, DE, USC

20. Houston Texans - CJ Spiller, RB, Clemson

21. Cinncinati Bengals - Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma

22. New England Patriots - Ricky Sapp, DE/OLB, Clemson

23. Green Bay Packers - Charles Brown, OT, USC

24. Philedelphia Eagles - Sergio Kindle, DE/OLB, Texas

25. Baltimore Ravens - Sean Witherspoon, OLB, Missouri

26. Arizona Cardinals - Navorro Bowman, ILB, Penn State

27. Dallas Cowboys - Taylor Mays, S, USC

28. San Diego Chargers - Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno State

29. New York Jets - Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame

30. Minnesota Vikings - Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State

31. Indianapolis Colts - Mike Iupati, G, Idaho

32. New Orleans Saints - Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State

Surprise, surprise, the quarterback goes number one. Things never change in the draft. I'm a big guy who played in the trenches and it pains me but the pretty boy quarterback will always reign over all.

Disagree? Leave a comment. I'm open to suggestions for my mock draft 4.0.