Mock Draft: 4.0
With pro day season now in full swing, the National Football Post conducts its fourth mock draft of the year.
1. St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
The Rams need a franchise quarterback they can begin to build around, and Bradford’s name seems to be picking up steam.
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 picking a talent like McCoy, who can instantly improve their defensive line, makes sense.
4. Washington Redskins: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
The Redskins have a lot of question marks along their offensive line, and Okung looks like someone who can step in and play at a high level from day one.
5. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
Kansas City is in desperate need of playmakers in the secondary, and Berry is the best the 2010 draft has to offer.
6. Seattle Seahawks: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
O-line could be the pick here, but with the overall depth of the offensive tackle class, the Seahawks could opt for one of the draft’s most dynamic threats.
7. Cleveland Browns: Joe Haden, CB, Florida
Expect the Browns to add one of the draft’s top cover men and fill one of their biggest needs in the process.
8. Oakland Raiders: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
Williams has been a fast-rising prospect this offseason and would give the Raiders some talent and flexibility at the offensive tackle position.
9. Buffalo Bills: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
Clausen might not be an ideal fit in Buffalo, but the Bills need to find an NFL-caliber signal caller, and he’s the best still on the board.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Taylor Mays, S, USC
Jacksonville has to add more speed and talent to its back seven, and Mays has the range and versatility to fill a variety of roles on the Jaguars defense.
11. Denver Broncos: Dan Williams, DT Tennessee
Williams possesses the ability to anchor the Broncos up front and should instantly improve their run defense in the process.
12. Miami Dolphins: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
No matter how you look at it, the Dolphins need to add some talent to their receiver corps, and even with all his character concerns, Bryant is still the draft’s best option.
13. San Francisco 49ers: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
Davis is a talented kid, but questions about his immaturity might cause him to drop a bit on draft day. He’d be a great fit in San Francisco since he possesses the size and athleticism to play on either side of the line of scrimmage.
14. Seattle Seahawks: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
Besides Okung, Bulaga looks like the draft’s safest offensive tackle option and should instantly fill a major void in Seattle.
15. New York Giants: Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama
The Giants have a huge hole at ILB, and McClain has the ability to come in and become an impact-type player quickly.
16. Tennessee Titans: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
Tennessee needs to add more talent to its defensive end position, and Morgan might be the draft’s best option; a great value at this point.
17. San Francisco 49ers: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
The 49ers are thin at cornerback, and Wilson looks like a guy who should be able to come in and compete for a starting job from day one.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho
Iupati gives the Steelers a talented lineman inside who can win at the point of attack as well as hold up in pass protection.
19. Atlanta Falcons: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
Although Pierre-Paul is a little raw, he may have more upside than any other prospect in the draft and is a good value here.
20. Houston Texans: Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State
Mathews is a no-nonsense type of runner who has a big frame and impressive burst for his size. He gives the Texans some much needed thump in the run game.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Earl Thomas, FS, Texas
The Bengals made impressive strides as a defense last season, but a ball-hawking center field-type safety is still a pressing need.
22. New England Patriots: Brandon Graham, OLB, Michigan
Graham is an ideal hybrid pass rusher who has the skill set to instantly improve the Pats’ ability to create pressure off the edge.
23. Green Bay Packers: Charles Brown, OT, USC
Maybe a bit of a surprise here with Maryland product Bruce Campbell still on the board, but I think Brown is a better fit for what the Packers want to do in the run game.
24. Philadelphia Eagles: Maurkice Pouncey, OL, Florida
Pouncey is one of the safest prospects in the draft and has the ability to develop anywhere along the interior of the Eagles offensive line.
25. Baltimore Ravens: Terrence Cody, NT, Alabama
The Ravens not only have Cody penciled in for a visit, but with the team already addressing its wide receiver needs this offseason, getting an immovable nose tackle at the end of round one is quite a find.
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 to be as good as he wants to be at the next level.
27. Dallas Cowboys: Morgan Burnett, FS, Georgia Tech
The Cowboys are a bit of a wild card here, but with their need for a center field-type safety and Burnett’s ability to locate and track the football sideline to sideline, the two seem like a good fit.
28. San Diego Chargers: Jahvid Best, RB, California
Best is a much more instinctive runner between the tackles than given credit for and has the ability to quickly take over the running back duties in San Diego if given an opportunity.
29. New York Jets: Jared Odrick, DL, Penn State
Odrick isn’t the sexiest pick, but the Jets would be thrilled to get a talented five-technique prospect at this stage of the draft.
30. Minnesota Vikings: Brian Price, DT, UCLA
DT Pat Williams is starting to get up in age, and Price has the ability to come in and develop as the Vikings’ future nose inside.
31. Indianapolis Colts: Rodger Saffold, OL, Indiana
We know Colts president Bill Polian loves to draft Big Ten guys, and Saffold has the talent and versatility to play either guard or tackle at the next level.
32. New Orleans Saints: Jerry Hughes, OLB/DE, TCU
Hughes is the kind of explosive, versatile athlete who can line up all over Gregg Williams’ defense and would add yet another element to the Saints pass rush.
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