I’ve come out with another mock draft, now that the draft order is somewhat finalized (until the coin flips). And I needed to have something up before the Combine hits in two weeks. My next mock will probably come out afterwards. But here’s another first round mock. If you’re too lazy to scroll down and look at my first mock, you can click here to see it.
1. St. Louis Rams – QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma
The recent reports are that Bradford will be able to throw at OU’s pro day in March. And if that is the case and he’s impressive, they will take a quarterback with this top spot. Since it’s much easier to justify investing the $40+ million guaranteed in a passer than a defensive tackle. The Rams are desperate for a quarterback, having passed on Matt Ryan and Mark Sanchez each of the past two drafts.
2. Detroit Lions – DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
The Lions aren’t disappointed whatsoever that the Rams took a quarterback. They take Suh over McCoy, simply because I’m sure Suh’s strength will remind Jim Schwartz of a young Albert Haynesworth and he can be that outstanding two-way player in their defense while McCoy is a bit more one-dimensional.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
If that’s the case, then the Bucs will be happy that McCoy is here for them. McCoy is a disruptive pass rusher that fits perfectly in the the 3-technique role that their return to the Tampa-2 opens up. Remember that Warren Sapp and Tommie Harris have starred in this role, and McCoy is a similar kind of player.
4. Washington Redskins – QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame
The Redskins really need a quarterback, and while I’m not sure Clausen is their guy since Shanahan is a lot pickier on his quarterback prospects. But Clausen has the strong arm that Shanahan loves, and after him there is a significant dropoff in the prospects that fit their scheme. So I think Clausen goes here because of need rather than thinking he’s a perfect fit in D.C.
5. Kansas City Chiefs – LB Rolando McClain, Alabama
Scott Pioli is fairly conservative drafted, taking linemen or guys that play near the line (tight end or linebacker) with most of his first round picks over the years. McClain is a great fit in KC because he can be a similar player in their 3-4 scheme as Patrick Willis is in San Francisco.
6. Seattle Seahawks – OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
I’m sure the Seahawks would love to have Clausen fall to them here, but they’ll settle for drafting Walter Jones replacement in Okung. They really need to revamp their offensive line, which has been among the league’s worst since they let go of Steve Hutchinson.
7. Cleveland Browns – S Eric Berry, Tennessee
Berry could go higher, but teams will have a difficult time paying him more money than either Bob Sanders or Troy Polamalu make if he goes that much higher than No. 7. The Browns really need a safety because Brodney Pool is a walking concussion. Berry is the type of ballhawking playmaker that the Ravens and Steelers both field in their secondaries.
8. Oakland Raiders – CB Joe Haden, Florida
The Raiders will like Haden because of his speed. He’ll offer insurance in case Asomugha departs after this season, as well as being a potential immediate upgrade over Chris Johnson on the spot opposite Asomugha.
9. Buffalo Bills – OT Bryan Bulaga, Iowa
The Bills need to upgrade their left tackle position badly after they made the mistake of trading Jason Peters without a good fallback option already on the roster. Bulaga is a big, physical player in the same mold as past Big Ten blockers like Joe Thomas and Jake Long.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars – DE Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech
Morgan flashes Mario Williams-like upside with his combination of size and speed. And the Jaguars desperately want to upgrade their pass rush, which was among the league’s worst this past season. Derrick Harvey and Quentin Moses haven’t lived up to expectations and they will hope Morgan will.
11. Denver Broncos (from Chicago) – WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State
The Broncos will try to move Brandon Marshall, althoguh there is a lot of talk that they ultimately won’t be able to because the price won’t be right. But either way, the writing is on the wall, and he’s a short-timer in Denver. Throw in the fact that Eddie Royal was less than stellar last year, the move to get this year’s top receiver is a smart plan for the Broncos who need to maintain an explosive array of weapons if they want to win with Kyle Orton.
12. Miami Dolphins – DE/LB Brandon Graham, Michigan
The Dolphins will be looking to upgrade their pass rush since many expect them to release Joey Porter, and Jason Taylor may also not be back. Graham is an undersized end, with the potential and ability to develop into a solid outside rush specialist at linebacker in their 3-4 scheme.
13. San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina) – OT Anthony Davis, Rutgers
Davis probably has the most upside of any of the tackles in this class due to his size and athleticism, but he’s not known as having the best character. That doesn’t deter the 49ers, who are more willing than many to roll the dice on guys that aren’t boy scouts. Davis can man the right tackle position which has been an issue for the 49ers for a number of years.
14. Seattle Seahawks (from Denver) – RB C.J. Spiller, Clemson
The Seahawks get their running back in Spiller, who is a dynamic playmaker much like what Pete Carroll had in Reggie Bush at USC. He can be an explosive weapon in their offense as a runner, receiver, and returner.
15. New York Giants – S Earl Thomas, Texas
The Giants pass defense really struggled this past year because their safety play was very questionable. They hope a guy like Thomas, who is an undersized ballhawk can help improve their defense in that area.
16. Tennessee Titans – DE Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida
The Titans want to upgrade their pass rush, since Kyle Vanden Bosch may not be back. And right now Jacob Ford and William Hayes are better in a rotation than as starting options. The same could be said of Pierre-Paul, but he has the similar body type and upside of a player like Jevon Kearse who the Titans drafted a decade ago.
17. San Francisco 49ers – OG Mike Iupati, Idaho
The 49ers add another blocker in Iupati. Iupati has the versatility to potentially play multiple spots upfront, but they probably envision him as the left guard. That would likely move David Baas to the right side where he can push Adam Snyder and Chilo Rachal. But either way, it fits the 49ers because of their commitment to be a strong run-first team.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers – DT Dan Williams, Tennessee
While most reports indicate that the Steelers are willing to kiss and make up with Casey Hampton, he is still going to be 32 years old. So they need to look for his future replacement, and Williams is a good fit to play the nose spot for them.
19. Atlanta Falcons – CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State
The Falcons take who they feel is the second best corner in the class in Wilson. Not the biggest or fastest guy available, but has been solid. He fits their style of player that is not the greatest athlete, but is a solid football player.
20. Houston Texans – RB Jonathan Dwyer, Georgia Tech
If the Texans cannot fix their running back issues in free agency, then they will look at another area of need. But Dwyer is a good fit for them because he offers the size and ability to be able to run between the tackles and in the red zone. He’s got an excellent combination of power and speed.
21. Cincinnati Bengals – DT Brian Price, UCLA
For the longest time, I’ve projected the Bengals to take Golden Tate with this spot, but since I hate mocks that update themselves and pick the same players over and over again, I decided to switch it up. Considering the injuries that hurt the Bengals here late in the year, Price is a good bet because he’s a disruptive presence and has hte potential to be a top pass rusher.
22. New England Patriots – DE/DT Jared Odrick, Penn State
Odrick fits very well as an end in a 3-4 scheme, like the Patriots run. They need to find a replacement for Richard Seymour, since Jarvis Green was a disappointment. Odrick can be a solid addition for years to come.
23. Green Bay Packers – OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma
The Packers need to improve their offensive line. Williams is a good fit because he offers versatility to potentially play all five spots, which the Packers love, but also gives them immediate help at left tackle where they are most needy.
24. Philadelphia Eagles – DE Carlos Dunlap, Florida
Dunlap slips because of the character issues and a less than stellar junior season. But his athletic potential and ability means he won’t fall too far. The Eagles are always on the lookout to improve their pass rush and rotation. Dunlap fits nicely as a complement to Trent Cole in their defense.
25. Baltimore Ravens – TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma
The Ravens really need wide receiver help, but I say they take Gresham here because of his potential to be a dominant tight end at the next level. His upside makes him very reminiscent of Antonio Gates, but just bigger. And he can also contribute as a blocker more so than Todd Heap.
26. Arizona Cardinals – LB Sergio Kindle, Texas
The Cardinals want to improve their pass rush at outside linebacker, which is dominated by 3o-year olds. Kindle changes that and has good athleticism and upside to be a top two-way linebacker that can rush the passer and play the run. He adds much needed youth to that unit.
27. Dallas Cowboys – OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland
The Cowboys need for a left tackle was revealed in the playoffs, and while Doug Free impressed as a right tackle during the season, the jury is still out on whether he can be the guy at left tackle. So Campbell becomes a very good insurance policy. He’s a bit raw and has dealt with injuries, but has the athletic upside to be a top blocker.
28. San Diego Chargers – CB Patrick Robinson, Florida State
Many think the Chargers will deal Antonio Cromartie this off-season, and while they already have Antoine Cason to fill in, he was benched during the season as their nickel back indicating that they may not be as high on him as they once were. Robinson is a nice insurance policy that also gives them a much needed upgrade to the nickel spot at the least if not a future No. 1 corner down the road.
29. New York Jets – WR Golden Tate, Notre Dame
The Jets want to add some weapons in their passing game to help out Sanchez and Tate is a good fit. He can play in the slot as well as provide skills as a versatile Percy Harvin-like threat. And if he can develop, he can potentially fill the role they envisioned for Braylon Edwards in the offense.
30. Minnesota Vikings – CB Perrish Cox, Oklahoma State
Cox has the size and speed that likely will make him a top cornerback in this class. The Vikings had to deal with injuries to Antoine Winfield throughout the year, and Cedric Griffin tore his ACL at the end of the year, meaning they have a need at this position.
31. Indianapolis Colts – LB Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri
Weatherspoon is a good fit in the Colts defense because he’s fast and rangy. He could potentailly play inside or outside in their scheme, particularly if they lose Gary Brackett to free agency after this season.
32. New Orleans Saints – DE Everson Griffen, USC
The Saints will be looking at upgrading their pass rush because it was nothing special in the postseason. Griffen offers good speed and size and has the upside to be a top pass rusher, teaming with Will Smith down the road.