Mock Draft: 5.0
With only a couple of weeks to go until draft night, the National Football Post introduces its first two-round mock draft of the season:
1. St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
After his brilliant pro day performance, Bradford 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 this pick.
4. Washington Redskins: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
With the quarterback position now set, look for the ‘Skins to try to fix up the O-line.
5. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Berry: FS, Tennessee
The Chiefs have needs all over their secondary, and getting an elite talent at this stage in the draft is 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: Jared Odrick, DL, Penn State
The Browns need a five-technique DE in the worst way, and in my opinion, Odrick is a better overall prospect than Tyson Jackson, who went three to the Chiefs last season.
8. Oakland Raiders: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
Williams has been one of the draft’s fastest-rising prospects this postseason and gives the Raiders some talent and flexibility at offensive tackle.
9. Buffalo Bills: Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
The Bills need to put fans in the seats and have had nothing but glowing remarks about Tebow and his leadership capabilities. In what could be the real surprise of the first round, Buffalo opts for Tebow at nine.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
Jacksonville still has major quarterback questions, even with David Garrard on the roster. Clausen could be the guy who takes over as the starter sooner rather than later.
11. Denver Broncos: Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama
McClain instantly gives the Denver defense some much-needed thump inside vs. the run game.
12. Miami Dolphins: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
Bill Parcells has had no trouble in the past taking character-concern guys high if the talent is right (see Vontae Davis), and Bryant is certainly worth a chance at this point.
13. San Francisco 49ers: Joe Haden, CB, Florida<br /> The 49ers still have needs at cornerback, and Haden is the best the draft has to offer.
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 could just opt for one of the draft’s most dynamic threats.
15. New York Giants: Maurkice Pouncey, OL, Florida
With no linebackers on the board worthy of the pick, the Giants can still get an impact interior lineman who has the ability to end up being one of the NFL’s best.
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: Earl Thomas, FS, Texas
An offensive lineman could be the pick here, but adding another talented defensive back to an undermanned secondary might be too good to pass up.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho
Iupati gives the Steelers a potential dominant interior presence inside.
19. Atlanta Falcons: Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan
A tough, NFL-ready pass rusher who would add a much needed threat opposite John Abraham.
20. Houston Texans: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
The Texans 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.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
Davis is a talented kid, but questions about his immaturity might cause him to drop a bit on draft day. However, he’d give the Bengals some flexibility at the tackle position and would allow them to kick current LT Andrew Whitworth inside.
22. New England Patriots: Dan Williams, DT Tennessee
Williams isn’t an ideal five-technique, but the idea of having him inside next to Vince Wilfork when the Pats go with a four-man line could make opposing offenses think twice about running the football.
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 just think Brown is a better fit for what the Packers want to do in the run game.
24. Philadelphia Eagles: 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 at this point.
25. Baltimore Ravens: Terrence Cody, NT, Alabama
The Ravens not only had Cody in for a visit, but having already addressed their 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: Taylor Mays, S, USC
Dallas is a real wild card here, but with questions at safety, it’s going to be tough for Jerry Jones pass on the much-hyped Mays.
28. San Diego Chargers: Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State
Mathews is a no-nonsense type of runner with a big frame and impressive burst for a guy his size. He gives the Chargers some much needed thump in the run game.
29. New York Jets: Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech
Thomas offers the Jets a unique weapon in the pass game who has the ability to consistently create mismatches on all levels of the field because of his size.
30. Minnesota Vikings: Brian Price, DT, UCLA
Price is one of the few defensive tackles in this year’s class who can win on third down and gives the Vikings yet another legit threat 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 gives Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams another hybrid weapon he can use to get after the quarterback from a variety of spots.
33. St. Louis: Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois
34. Detroit: Jahvid Best, RB, California
35: Tampa Bay: Morgan Burnett, FS, Georgia Tech
36. Kansas City: Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas
37. Philadelphia: John Jerry, OL, Ole Miss
38. Cleveland: Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
39. Oakland: Everson Griffen, DE, USC
40. San Diego: Cam Thomas, NT, North Carolina
41. Buffalo: Brandon LaFell, WR, LSU
42. Tampa Bay: Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
43. Miami: N ate Allen, FS, South Florida
44. New England: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
45. Denver: Matt Tennant, C, Boston College
46. New York Giants: Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri
47. New England: Carlton Mitchell, WR, South Florida
48. Carolina: Colt McCoy, QB, Texas
49. San Francisco: Vladimir Ducasse, OL, Massachusetts
50. Kansas City: Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona
51. Houston: Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford
52. Pittsburgh: Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama
53. New England: Ricky Sapp, OLB, Clemson
54. Cincinnati: Aaron Hernandez, TE, Florida
55. Philadelphia: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah, CB, Indiana (Pa.)
56: Green Bay: Dexter McCluster, RB/WR, Ole Miss
57. Baltimore: Dominique Franks, CB, Oklahoma
58. Arizona: Tyson Alualu, DL, California
59. Dallas: Jordan Shipley, WR, Texas
60. Seattle: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
61. New York Jets: Alex Carrington, DE, Arkansas State
62. Minnesota: Chris Cook, CB, Virginia
63. Indianapolis: Daryl Washington, OLB, TCU
64. New Orleans: Chad Jones, S, LSU
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