Thursday, March 4, 2010

Post-Combine Mock Draft

1. St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
The Rams seem pretty set on taking Bradford at this moment. In my opinion, they should take a QB but I think Clausen is less of a gamble given the fact that he is healthy, why take the damaged one?

2. Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
Aside from having a heck of a cool name, Suh is the #1 ranked player on most teams' board. Easy pick that no one is going to complain about.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
Right now, the Bucs are ecstatic that the Rams are going to get a QB since that will allow them to get their hands on one of the top two DT in the draft.

4. Washington Redskins: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
Mike Shanahan new regime almost guarantees a new QB in town and Clausen would be a great fit for Washington's stable of wide receivers.

5. Kansas City Chiefs: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
Russell Okung is the without question the top tackle in the draft. The Chiefs can protect Matt Cassel blindside with Okung and slide Branden Albert inside where he is better suited. Eric Berry is also a possibility here.

6. Seattle Seahawks: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
The Hawks get the top defensive back in the draft to shore up their mediocre defense. An offensive tackle is also a possibility here especially if Okung makes it to them.

7. Cleveland Browns: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
I find it surprising that few people have the Browns even considering a running back. Jerome Harrison had a strong finish to the season but that's what? 3 or 4 games. Are you going to pass on a gamebreaking running back because of that? Browns fans better hope they get Spiller.

8. Oakland Raiders: Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
Taylor Mays is a possibility here given Al Davis penchant for 40 times. However, the Raiders have a stable of promising safeties in Tyvon Branch, Michael Huff and Michael Mitchell. Bruce Campbell is an offensive tackle who ran a 4.85, that's equally impressive and sure to have caught Davis' attention.

9. Buffalo Bills: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
The Bills desperately need offensive line help. Bulaga is the 2nd best OT in the draft.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida 
The Jaguars keep drafting defensive ends without success. Pierre-Paul might be this year's Vernon Gholston, an ultra athletic DE with only one good season under his belt

11. Denver Broncos: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
With rumors that the Broncos want to trade Brandon Marshall, they will need a wide receiver to replace him. Dez Bryant is without a doubt the best receiver in the draft.

12. Miami Dolphins: Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas
Parcells loves his linebackers and with the Joey Porter's departure, this opens the door for a pass rushing rookie.

13. San Francisco 49ers: Taylor Mays, S, USC
The 49ers solidify their defense with the athletic freak that is Taylor Mays

14. Seattle Seahawks: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
Seattle gets an offensive tackle to be the new franchise left tackle which has been a gapping hole as of late.

15. N.Y. Giants: Rolando McClain, ILB, Oklahoma
The Giants let Antonio Pierce walk and need to replace him. Why not get McClain, a potential franchise middle linebacker for the next decade. McClain is a leader and a highly instinctive player, and that's what you need in the middle.

16. Tennessee Titans: Joe Haden, CB, Florida
The Titans could use a corner to replace the aging and ineffective Nick Harper. I could see Joe Haden fall out of the top 10 because of his poor 40 time at the combine. On tape, he is a very good player but I doubt someone would risk a top 10 pick on a slow corner.

17. San Francisco 49ers: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
The 49ers revived offense could move another step forward with a franchise left tackle. Davis might slide down a bit because a mediocre combine but he should stay firmly in the first round

18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jahvid Best, RB, California
The perfect complement to Rashard Mendenhall bruising style of running. Best would bring a homerun threat to the inconsistent Steelers offense. A defensive back such as Kyle Wilson or Earl Thomas are also a possibility

19. Atlanta Falcons: Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida St.
The Falcons atrocious secondary could use a top pick on a corner and Patrick Robinson, with his very good showing at the combine should be one of the top 3 or 4 corners taken in the first round

20. Houston Texans: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
Sure, the Texans could use a running back such as Ryan Matthews but there is certainly some talented backs that can be had later in the draft. Drafting an explosive defensive end like Derrick Morgan would take a lot of pressure off Mario Williams and give them an opportunity to smother Peyton Manning and the Colts offense.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
With the release of Laveranues Coles and Chad Ocho Cinco's declining production, the Bengals would be wise to add another weapon to Carson Palmer's arsenal. Tate had a great combine and has been highly productive for Notre Dame.

22. New England Patriots: Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan
What do you expect here? They will probably trade down a few spots and accumulate gazillions 2nd and 3rd picks. Graham would be a great pick for the Pats who could use a little help in terms of pass rushing.

23. Green Bay Packers: Charles Brown, OT, USC
The Packers need to shore up their offensive line at both tackles position as well as at offensive guard. Charles Brown is a good pass protector who will keep Aaron Rodgers upright. Look for him to be taken somewhere near the end of the first round or the beginning of the second round.

24. Philadelphia Eagles: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
The Eagles get their hands on possibly, the second best corner in the draft.

25. Baltimore Ravens: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
The Ravens add a much needed weapon for Joe Flacco. Gresham is a huge target with soft hands, the kind that young QBs love to find in the middle of the field as their safety valve. A corner here is also possible.

26. Arizona Cardinals: Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri
Karlos Dansby departure leaves a gaping hole in the Cardinals' front seven. Weatherspoon is a terrific weak side linebacker who can fly around the field and will provide leadership from day one.

27. Dallas Cowboys: Mike Iupati, OG/OT, Idaho
The Cowboys could use an upgrade at OG as well as depth along their offensive line. Mike Iupati, who can play both OT and OG is a valuable commodity in that aspect. One of the top 3 safety in draft could also be picked here if they don't sign anyone in free agency.

28. San Diego Chargers: Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno State
The Chargers get LT's successor. The Fresno State product rushed for over 1,800 yds and is the most complete back in the draft.

29. N.Y. Jets: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
The Jets are running a 3-4 and could use a stout franchise nose tackle which are so important in that scheme.

30. Minnesota Vikings: Earl Thomas, S, Texas
The Vikings pick late but they are in excellent position to grab one of the several outstanding defensive players who will unavoidably end up sliding into their lap. Earl Thomas could be one of them as concerns over his size (5'10, 203 lbs) could have some teams passing on him (just like Bob Sanders!) but he has shown last season that he is a ballhawk, amassing 8 interceptions and breaking up 16 passes. A corner or a defensive tackle are also strong options but obviously, you don't skip on Earl Thomas!!!

31. Indianapolis Colts: Brian Price, DT, UCLA
The Colts get their hands on Price, a nimble, disruptive and potent pass rusher who is also stout at the point of attack.

32. New Orleans Saints: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
The Saints improve their pass defense with the explosive Carlos Dunlap who would line up opposite Will Smith.

Out of 1st rd:
Navorro Bowman, LB, Penn State
Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama
Everson Griffen, DE, USC
Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois

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