QUOTE: “The day may dawn when fair play, love for one's fellow men, respect for justice and freedom, will enable tormented generations to march forth triumphant from the hideous epoch in which we have to dwell. Meanwhile, never flinch, never weary, never despair.” -- Winston Churchill
Happy Friday to everyone.
Today, on NFL Network’s “Path to the Draft” (6 p.m. eastern), I’ll be doing a mock draft. I’ll only do a top 10 now, but the Wednesday before the draft, I join the National Football Post’s Wes Bunting for a full mock.
Today is a big day in South Bend, Ind., as Jimmy Clausen is working out at Notre Dame. His performance might shed more light on where he’ll be going. Here are my thoughts:
1. St Louis - QB Sam Bradford - I know the Rams loved Colt McCoy’s workout with them, but everyone in the league I’ve talked to says Bradford is their guy.
2. Detroit - DT Ndamukong Suh - A strong and powerful inside player to help rebuild a very poor defense.
3. Tampa Bay - DT Gerald McCoy - Loves Warren Sapp, would love to wear his number, and I suspect he will be able to do the same.
4. Washington - OT Russell Okung - Ideally, the ‘Skins would love to trade down but might be forced to stay in this spot. Okung is the best left tackle in the draft. I could also see them draft Eric Berry here.
5. Kansas City - FS Eric Berry - GM Scott Pioli said he does not want to draft a safety, but Berry is more than a safety; he’s a playmaker. Berry has high character, a high level of production and comes with the Monte Kiffin stamp of approval, which is very important.
6. Seattle - RB C.J. Spiller - Yes, the Seahawks need a left tackle, but they need a playmaker as well. Spiller might give them the “Chris Johnson” element to their spread attack — which is what they need. Remember, the back makes the spread effective, not the wideouts.
7. Cleveland - FS Earl Thomas - The Browns could go in any direction, but they need a playmaker in their secondary. They could also go offensive line or corner, but Thomas is a need as well.
8. Oakland - OT Trent Williams - The second-fastest tackle in the draft, and still below the 5.00 threshold required. Campbell is too risky here, but Williams fits perfectly for the Raiders at left tackle.
9. Buffalo - DT Dan Williams - The Bills need to get bigger and stronger in their defensive front, and they need a nose to convert to the 3-4.
10. Jacksonville - DE Jason Pierre-Paul - The Jags have been in search of a pass rusher, and Pierre Paul is going to be a very good one.
I feel this draft has five blue-chip players and then a cluster of some very good ones who might fit a position of need for several teams. Let me know what you think.
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