April 16, 02010
With the Dolphins dealing for Brandon Marshall this week and quarterback Jimmy Clausen’s strong workout last Friday at Notre Dame, there are plenty of new options for teams in the National Football Post’s newest mock draft.
1. St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
After his brilliant pro day performance, Bradford now looks like a lock for the No. 1 overall pick.
2. Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
Even with all the upgrades the Lions have made along their defensive line, Suh still offers the kind of potential blue-chipper they can’t pass up.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
The Buccaneers are a team with needs across the board, so expect them to settle for the best player at pick three.
4. Washington Redskins: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
With the quarterback position now set, look for the ‘Skins to try to fix up their offensive line.
5. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Berry, FS, Tennessee
The Chiefs have needs all over their secondary; getting an elite talent at this stage in the draft is still an absolute steal.
6. Seattle Seahawks: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
Besides Okung, Bulaga looks like the draft’s safest offensive tackle prospect and should instantly fill a major void in Seattle.
7. Cleveland Browns: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
The Browns are in desperate need of a future signal-caller, and Clausen might have had the kind of workout needed to work his way into Cleveland.
8. Oakland Raiders: Taylor Mays, S, USC
It’s hard to imagine owner Al Davis not having considerable interest in the 6-3, 230-pound speed demon.
9. Buffalo Bills: Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
The Bills have had nothing but glowing remarks for Tebow concerning his overall athleticism and leadership capabilities. He seems to be everything Buffalo wants in a quarterback and could be their guy at No. 9.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
Even with the addition of Aaron Kampman, the Jaguars need to add more speed to their pass rush. Pierre-Paul seems like the guy who could be over-drafted in 2010.
11. Denver Broncos: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
Denver has to find someone to replace the recently departed Brandon Marshall, and Bryant is the best option in this year’s draft.
12. Miami Dolphins: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
Morgan possesses the type of size needed to fit the prototype in Miami.
13. San Francisco 49ers: Joe Haden, CB, Florida
The 49ers still have needs at cornerback; Haden looks like a real value at this point.
14. Seattle Seahawks: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
D-line could be the pick here, but with the overall depth of the defensive line group, the Seahawks may opt for one of the draft’s most dynamic weapons.
15. New York Giants: Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama
The draft plays out perfectly for the Giants and allows them to get the middle linebacker they desperately need.
16. Tennessee Titans: Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan
Graham is the kind of pass rusher who can come in quickly and make an impact on third downs.
17. San Francisco 49ers: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
The 49ers strike gold by getting a top-tier corner at No. 13 and now a right tackle to fill a big void on their O-line.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho
Iupati gives the Steelers a potential dominating interior presence in both the run and pass games.
19. Atlanta Falcons: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
The Falcons are thin at cornerback, and Wilson projects as a guy who should be able to come in and compete for a starting job from day one.
20. Houston Texans: Earl Thomas, DB, Texas
Houston has holes all over its secondary. Thomas provides the versatility to play corner or safety.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
Defensive line is an option here, however, with the gapping void at the tight end spot, it might be hard for the Bengals to pass on Gresham at No. 21.
22. New England Patriots: Jared Odrick, DL, Penn State
He’s versatile, can play in both a 4-3 or 3-4 front and is the kind of solid first-round pick the Patriots seem to make every year.
23. Green Bay Packers: Charles Brown, OT, USC
Brown isn’t just the best tackle still on the board at this stage, he’s also a perfect fit in the Packers’ zone-blocking scheme.
24. Philadelphia Eagles: Everson Griffen, DE, USC
The Eagles still have questions along their defensive line. Griffen gives them an explosive, powerful lineman who can rush off the edge.
25. Baltimore Ravens: Chris Cook, CB, Virginia
This might be a little high for Cook, but the Ravens need to add talent and size to their cornerback position, and no one has more in this year’s draft than him.
26. Arizona Cardinals: Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
Campbell offers the Cardinals a major upgrade at the left tackle position and has the kind of skill set needed to be as good as he wants at the next level.
27. Dallas Cowboys: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
Davis is a prospect who could easily fall on draft day because of concerns about his immaturity, but he’s the type of big, powerful offensive lineman the Cowboys covet.
28. San Diego Chargers: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
Williams isn’t quite the space eater of a guy like Terrence Cody, but he gives the Chargers more athleticism and playmaking skills inside.
29. New York Jets: Nate Allen, FS, South Florida
Safety is one of the few spots on the Jets’ roster that still has some questions. Bringing in a talent like Allen could be a real gem at the end of round one.
30. Minnesota Vikings: Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
McCourty is a physical kid who possesses the instincts and ball skills to fit into the Vikings’ Cover 2 scheme.
31. Indianapolis Colts: Maurkice Pouncey, OL, Florida
With the struggles of their O-line in last season’s Super Bowl, getting a talent like Pouncey at this stage is a steal.
32. New Orleans Saints: Daryl Washington, OLB, TCU
Washington offers the kind of speed and instincts needed to excel on the speedy Superdome turf.
Just missed the cut
Terrence Cody, NT, Alabama
Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech
Rodger Saffold, OL, Indiana
Brian Price, DT, UCLA
Jerry Hughes, OLB/DE, TCU
Jahvid Best, RB, California
Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona
Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois
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