The NFL Draft is two weeks away and although Bleacher Report is flooded with mock drafts right now, I've decided to do a mock draft of my own.
I will start by saying this is my first mock draft of the year, and there were a couple of things I was unsure of, mostly because I wasn't 100 percent positive on the teams' immediate needs. So if you see something you don't agree with, please let me know and I will do a second version a week from today.
|1. St Louis Rams select Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma |
I think the releasing of Marc Bulger is an obvious sign they are going QB. They could still surprise us all, but I doubt it.
|2. Detroit Lions select Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska |
The Lions could potentially select Russell Okung here, but Jim Schwartz is a defensive guy and I think he goes with the best defensive player in the draft.
|3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma |
The Buccaneers used to have one of the fiercest defenses in the league. Picking up McCoy could head them back in that direction.
|4. Washington Redskins select Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State |
Okung didn't give up a sack at all last year. With the trade for McNabb, a good tackle would keep him healthy so the Redskins could potentially make a run for the playoffs.
|5. Kansas City Chiefs select Brian Bulaga, OT, Iowa |
It is going to be tough for the Chiefs to pass up Eric Berry, but their offense won't be able to do anything until Matt Cassell gets some time in the pocket.
|6. Seattle Seahawks select Eric Berry, S, Tennessee |
Many people have the Seahawks taking a tackle here, but with Deon Grant signing with the Giants they have a hole to fill at strong safety. Eric Berry would fit in perfectly.
|7. Cleveland Browns select Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida |
Pierre-Paul is very raw, but extremely athletic and could very well succeed in a 3-4 defensive scheme. Joe Haden would be a good pick here if the Browns didn't pick up Sheldon Brown.
|8. Oakland Raiders select Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland |
I'm pretty sure everyone knows what Al Davis is going to do here. He'd surprise us all by picking anyone else.
|9. Buffalo Bills select Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma |
Many people think the Bills will select Clausen here, which is a definite possibility. I see the Bills going a more conservative route and selecting Williams who will greatly improve their offensive line.
|10. Jacksonville Jaguars select Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech |
The Jaguars need an improved pass rush and Morgan is the best defensive end in the draft.
|11. Denver Broncos select Joe Haden, CB, Florida |
Most people think the Broncos will go Dez Bryant with this selection, but why would they want another diva wide receiver when McDaniels obviously doesn't like the one he has now.
|12. Miami Dolphins select Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State |
Though Denver passed on Bryant, the Dolphins need a big-play receiver if they want to make the playoffs again. If they don't want to deal with his off-field problems, they'd probably go with Dan Williams.
|13. San Francisco 49ers select Earl Thomas, S, Texas |
The 49ers could use some boost in the secondary and Earl Thomas is almost as good as Eric Berry. This is a good, safe pick that will immediately improve the 49ers' defense.
|14. Seattle Seahawks select C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson |
Seattle didn't expect Spiller to fall to them, but he did and he will be able to contribute immediately.
|15. New York Giants select Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama |
McClain will be able to contribute on defense immediately and could become one of the best linebackers in football.
|16. Tennessee Titans select Sergio Kindle, LB, Texas |
The Titans would have loved to have either Derrick Morgan or Jason Pierre-Paul, but since both of them are off the board, they take Sergio Kindle. Kindle played both LB and DE for Texas which just so happens to be the two needs of the Titans.
|17. San Francisco 49ers select Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee |
Williams was supposed to be gone a lot higher and is the best defensive tackle in the draft outside of McCoy and Suh. The 49ers will build their defense even more with this pick.
|18. Pittsburgh Steelers select Mike Iupati, G, Idaho |
The benefit to Iupati is he can play pretty much anywhere on the offensive line. And the Steelers offensive line could obviously use the upgrade.
|19. Atlanta Falcons select Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan |
Brandon Graham will fit great into the Falcons defense. Abraham is getting older and isn't performing up to what he used to. Graham may not play every down, but he will definitely add to the depth on the Falcons defensive line.
|20. Houston Texans select Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State |
After losing their best cornerback, Dunta Robinson, to Atlanta, the Texans will need to make up for it by drafting Kyle Wilson.
|21. Cincinnati Bengals select Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma |
Gresham will add an immediate red zone threat for Carson Palmer to throw to. There are other options here, but Gresham is a great pick this far down in the draft.
|22. New England Patriots select Taylor Mays, S, USC |
Mays will immediately add to the Patriots secondary. New England is slowly trying to get younger and this will help a lot.
|23. Green Bay Packers select Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers |
The Packers let Aaron Rodgers get hit more than he should have. This will immediately help their franchise quarterback stay alive.
|24. Philadelphia Eagles select Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri |
Philadelphia lost Witherspoon and replace him with Weatherspoon. Weatherspoon might be a little of a reach as some have him going in the second round, but he fills an immediate need for the Eagles.
|25. Baltimore Ravens select Devin McCourty, DB, Rutgers |
The Ravens have a stout defense, great running game, good quarterback, and now they have great receivers. Their only weakness really is depth in the secondary and McCourty will help with that.
|26. Arizona Cardinals select Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame |
When the draft comes and Clausen makes it past the top 10, I expect Arizona to trade up to get him. But for my mock draft I'm just going to let him fall as it's always a possibility. Clausen will add some offseason competition in Arizona.
|27. Dallas Cowboys select Charles Brown, OT, USC |
The Cowboys need a tackle and Charles Brown will be that guy. Simple as that. They could potentially reach for a safety here, but I think offensive tackle is the pick.
|28. San Diego Chargers select Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno State |
The Chargers need a running back to compliment Sproles and this guy can do it.
|29. New York Jets select Jerry Hughes, OLB, TCU |
Hughes is very athletic and will fit great into Rex Ryan's schemes. Imagine the Jets defense even better than last year.
|30. Minnesota Vikings Browns select Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State |
The Vikings need to add depth at cornerback after injuries plagued the position last season. Robinson will be a good addition to the team.
|31. Indianapolis Colts select Markice Pouncey, C, Florida |
The Colts don't have a lot of glaring needs, but their offensive line is getting older. Pouncey probably won't start but he'll be able to play center or guard for the Colts.
|32. New Orleans Saints select Everson Griffen, DE, USC |
The Saints have a couple of needs, and Griffen will add depth to the defensive line. They could potentially go linebacker or defensive tackle here, but its most likely a defensive pick.