With the Draft only just over a month away and the Free Agency in full swing I thought I would try and have a go myself.
This is my first NFL mock draft for the first round and is also my first article on here, so please feel free to leave feedback, tips and anything you think would help to improve this. I have included analysis for the first 10 picks. I have tried to take everything into consideration such as the Combine and Free Agency as well Pro days.
1 Rams Sam Bradford QB, Oklahoma
I expect the Rams to select Bradford to be their franchise quarterback of the future.
The Rams offence was dreadful last year with a league low 175 points scored and only 16 offensive touchdowns. By drafting a quarterback it will help to improve the franchise as soon as possible as no position can turn around a franchise faster than quarterback can.
2 Lions Russell Okung OT, Oklahoma State
A big decision for Jim Schwartz here, does he go with Russell Okung to help protect his prized asset in Stafford or does he go for potentially the best player in the draft in Ndamukong Suh.
Okung is head and shoulders above everyone else at his position, while high-quality defensive linemen can be found later in the draft. Since Matt Stafford was drafted last year, Detroit need to find someone to protect his blind side and in Okung they should have found that someone.
3 Buccaneers Ndamukong Suh DT, Nebraska
In my opinion the best player in the draft, even though there are other good defensive tackles in this draft and there will be some consideration here for McCoy. However I cannot see Suh falling any further in the draft and if available at this stage I expect the Bucs to jump at the opportunity for Suh.
4 Redskins Gerald McCoy DT, Oklahoma
McCoy will finish up a place below Suh, but in any other year would likely be the top defensive tackle.
Offensive linemen are needed but as Okung was picked at No.2 the Skins will be off to the best player available station. At 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds, McCoy can play various roles in Washington's new 3-4 - he's probably best as the pointman inside in a 4-3, but with his amazing first step, he could flourish as a 3-4 end.
5 Chiefs Eric Berry S, Tennessee
The Chiefs have significant needs along the offensive line but after watching Branden Albert improve in the second half of the season, the Chiefs needs are at right tackle and on the interior.
The team has needs at multiple positions including safety and wide receiver. They should be able to use one of their two second round picks on one the top guards in round two and a right tackle in round three or later on in the draft.
Meanwhile, Eric Berry is considered the top safety in the draft. He has immense coverage skills and is great in run support. Berry will also be able to make an immediate impact.
6 Seahawks Bryan Bulaga OT, Iowa
Matt Hasselback isn’t getting any younger, but after acquiring Charlie Whitehurst, the Seahawks shown the rest of the league they are not going to be taking a quarterback in the first round.
They do need to protect the quarterbacks though so Bulaga will likely be drafted. He does not have the same level of potential as Okung, but a very low bust potential making him a safe pick for the Seahawks.
7 Browns Joe Haden CB, Florida
Despite having a poor Combine, however he did impress at the Florida Pro Day, I think that Joe Haden is the best player available at number seven so it is likely that the Browns will draft the Florida cornerback.
Whether Haden is worthy of that high a draft selection remains to be seen. Haden's skills will translate well into the Browns' secondary especially with the other AFC North teams upgraded their wide receiver positions.
8 Raiders Bruce Campbell OT, Maryland
This is the prototypical "Al Davis guy." Campbell is an athletic freak of nature and the fastest offensive tackle in the draft.
Campbell ran an official 4.85 in the 40-yard dash. Then Campbell tested his vertical jump and leaped 32 inches, which is highly impressive for any athlete over 300 pounds. Bench-pressing 225 pounds, Campbell managed 34 reps.
However there are some gaping holes in his game. He struggles in space. He gets lost and out of position when asked to block a linebacker in space.
Despite the improvements needed to be made by Campbell, his stock is high currently, and you can expect that one person who desires Campbell particularly is Al Davis.
9 Bills Jimmy Clausen QB, Notre Dame
If Jimmy Clausen is still available at this stage of the draft I expect the Bills to select him. The Bills and their fans appear to have turned sour on Trent Edwards.
A nationally known QB prospect could bring the spotlight back to Buffalo and Clausen has the potential to be a franchise quarterback. The Bills have quality players on offence, and a fairly stubborn defense.
As for Clausen, a lot of experts think he's the most ready-made pro quarterback to start next year. He's learned under Charlie Weiss, who tutored Tom Brady. Clausen's got size and good arm strength. He has an extremely quick release. He has gotten better every single year he has been the starter.
10 Jaguars Derrick Morgan DE, Georgia Tech
The Jaguars have acquired an accomplished pass-rusher in Aaron Kampman from the Green Bay Packers via free agency. Now he is healthy again, I think it was a very good acquisition by the Jaguars.
However, I think they need security. If Kampman has a comeback season, their sack totals would still be mediocre. They need to bring in some young talent at the defensive end. The best DE in the draft is Morgan. They could also go for Jason Pierre-Paul but Morgan's the safe bet here despite Pierre-Paul’s potential.
11 Broncos Dez Bryant WR, Alabama
12 Dolphins Dan Williams DT, Tennessee
13 49ers Anthony Davis OT, Rutgers
14 Seahawks CJ Spiller RB, Clemson
15 Giants Rolando McClain LB, Alabama
16 Titans Brandon Graham DE, Michigan
17 49ers Earl Thomas S, Texas
18 Steelers Trent Williams OT, Oklahoma
19 Falcons Everson Griffen DE, USC
20 Texans Ryan Mathews RB, Fresno State
21 Bengals Mike Iupati OG, Idaho
22 Patriots Sergio Kindle LB, Texas
23 Packers Charles Brown OT, USC
24 Eagles Taylor Mays S, USC
25 Ravens Jermaine Gresham TE, Oklahoma State
26 Cardinals Jason Pierre-Paul DE, South Florida
27 Cowboys Maurkice Pouncey C/G, Florida
28 Chargers Terrence Cody NT, Alabama
29 Jets Golden Tate WR, Notre Dame
30 Vikings Kyle Wilson CB, Boise State
31 Colts Jared Odrick DT, Penn State
32 Saints Sean Weatherspoon LB, Missouri