The National Football Post unveils its first mock draft of the season. The NFL Draft is scheduled April 22-24 at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
1. St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
The Rams need a franchise quarterback they can begin to build around, and Bradford looks to be the draft’s best option.
2. Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
With needs on both sides of the ball, the Lions have the “luxury” of taking the best prospect available. Suh fills a major void inside.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
The Bucs are another team with needs across the board, so getting a talent like McCoy, who can instantly help stabilize their defensive line, makes sense.
4. Washington Redskins: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
Quarterbacks never last long on draft day, and Clausen has the pedigree to intrigue the Redskins’ new coaching staff.
5. Kansas City Chiefs: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
Until the Chiefs do a better job protecting their quarterback, the offense will continue to struggle. Finding a legitimate left tackle has to be one of the main goals for the Kansas City brass this offseason.
6. Seattle Seahawks: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
Offensive line is an area of need, but with a talent like Berry still on the board and the luxury of having the 14th overall pick, expect the Seahawks to go with the best prospect available.
7. Cleveland Browns: Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama
McClain is one of the draft’s elite prospects. He not only fills a position of need for the Browns but is the type of player you can build a defense around.
8. Oakland Raiders: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
Dunlap is a physical freak who possesses the size/speed numbers needed to impress Oakland’s owner and front office.
9. Buffalo Bills: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
Davis gives the Bills a powerful left tackle prospect who can win in both the run and pass game.
10. Denver Broncos: Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama
Cody might seem like a bit of a reach here, but the Broncos have to find a nose tackle inside who can anchor their 3-4 defense if they expect to stop the run in 2010.
11. Jacksonville Jaguars: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
Jacksonville still lacks a legitimate No. 1 threat on the outside, and Bryant has the ability to develop into one of the league’s best very quickly.
12. Miami Dolphins: Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan
After Graham’s brilliant Senior Bowl performance, there’s no reason to think he isn’t a possible fit in Miami.
13. San Francisco 49ers: Joe Haden, CB, Florida
With questions at cornerback in San Francisco, Haden seems to be too good a value to pass up.
14. Seattle Seahawks: Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech
Seattle needs to add some thump to its run game, and with a deep class of offensive tackles, I can see the Seahawks waiting to address their needs at offensive line.
15. New York Giants: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
The Giants are never shy about adding talented pass rushers early on draft day, and Morgan certainly fits the prototypical mold New York is looking for.
16. San Francisco 49ers: Chad Jones, S, LSU
Jones is one of the most impressive looking athletes in this year’s draft and has the range, ball skills and savvy to make plays in an NFL secondary.
17. Tennessee Titans: Brian Price, DT, UCLA
The Titans need to find a guy who can create a little more havoc inside for their defense, and Price has the ability to be a disruptive force at the next level.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
Bulaga gives the Steelers the type of athlete they need to anchor the left side of their offensive line. Plus, he doubles as an impressive run blocker.
19. Atlanta Falcons: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
Wilson really made a statement at the Senior Bowl and now looks like one of the prospects in the mix to be the second cornerback off the board.
20. Houston Texans: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
In order for the Texans to take the next step, it’s vital that they get more physical up front. Williams gives them that type of presence inside.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Aaron Hernandez, TE, Florida
The Bengals are in need of an athletic tight end who can stretch defenses down the seam and consistently separate vs. man coverage. Hernandez looks like a great fit.
22. New England Patriots: Jahvid Best, RB, California
I know the Patriots have needs along their defensive front seven, but adding a talent like Best, who can run out of the gun and take pressure off the New England pass game, might be too good to pass up.
23. Green Bay Packers: Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
Campbell is a little raw, but he’s the kind of long, laterally gifted athlete who can quickly develop into a bona fide left tackle in the NFL.
24. Philadelphia Eagles: John Jerry, OT/OG, Ole Miss
The Eagles have questions all over their offensive line, and Jerry gives them a big, versatile lineman who could mature into a very good right tackle or guard.
25. Baltimore Ravens: Brandon LaFell, WR, LSU
LaFell is the type of playmaker who can help generate yards down the field in the pass game.
26. Arizona Cardinals: Ricky Sapp, DE/OLB, Clemson
With age creeping into the Cardinals’ linebacking corps, Sapp adds some youth and quick-twitch pass rush ability to the unit.
27. Dallas Cowboys: Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho
Iupati has the type of physically imposing presence the Cowboys love inside, and he should quickly carve out a niche as a starter at the next level.
28. San Diego Chargers: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
With all the question marks surrounding the Chargers’ running back position, bringing in a talent like Spiller late in round one would be quite a find.
29. New York Jets: Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois
Placing as many weapons as possible around QB Mark Sanchez has to be one of the major goals for the Jets’ front office this offseason.
30. Minnesota Vikings: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
Pierre-Paul is the type of athlete who has the ability to take the Vikings’ defense to another level opposite Jared Allen.
31. Indianapolis Colts: Jason Worilds, DE, Virginia Tech
The Colts never seem to have enough undersized pass rushers, and Worilds certainly has the kind of first step needed to fit the bill.
32. New Orleans Saints: Sergio Kindle, OLB/DE, Texas
Kindle is the kind of pass rusher who can be used all over the Saints’ front seven and gives New Orleans even more versatility up front.
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