BY JARED NAGLE, Staff Writer
Well now that the NFL Scouting Combine has come and passed, I thought it was time to revisit our mock draft. So for those of you who are just draft junkies, here is a further look at who might go where April 22.
In parentheses you’ll find how the picks changed in comparison to our last mock draft.
1. St. Louis Rams- QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma (Up 3)
Team Needs: QB, WR, TE, DT, CB
ESPN NFL “experts” Adam Shefter and John Clayton are both claiming that Bradford is a virtual lock to go number one overall. Though I am skeptical of their assuredness, I do happen to agree at this time. If the Rams feel Bradford is a franchise QB, then they have to take him no matter how talented the defensive line prospects are.
2. Detroit Lions- DT Gerald Mccoy, Oklahoma (Same)
Team Needs: RB, OT, DE, DT, CB
The Lions may in fact have their pick of top defensive tackles Gerald Mccoy and Ndamokung Suh. While they are 1 and 1a in terms of top players in this years draft, I expect the Lions to nab Mccoy. The Lions drafted DT Sammie Lee Hill from little known Stillman College in the 2009 draft, and he projects as their run stopping nose tackle for the 2010 season. Mccoy would be the perfect compliment as the best pass rushing DT to come out in years.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- DT Ndamokung Suh, Nebraska (Down 2)
Team Needs: WR, DE, DT, OLB, CB
Suh falls into the Bucs lap at number 3 and trust me they will be sprinting up to the podium. Suh is regarded by many as the top prospect in this years very deep draft class and he should be an instant impact player for a Bucs team who has spent the last half decade trying to replace Warren Sapp.
4. Washington Redskins- OT Russel Okung, Oklahoma State (Up 5)
Team Needs: QB, RB, OT, OG, ILB
New coach Mike Shanahan undoubtedly will want a QB with this pick, but with Bradford off the board I expect the Redskins to address their glaring whole at left tackle. Pro Bowl LT Chris Samuels is expected to announce his retirement later this week, and all indications are that Okung is the most complete player in this years deep group of offensive tackles.
5. Kansas City Chiefs- OT Bryan Bulaga, Iowa (Up 9)
Team Needs: OT, NT, OLB, ILB, S
The Chiefs need everything, but the draft is about value and Bulaga (0nly 20 years old) will protect the blindside in KC for the next 10 years minimully. Bulaga looks to be one of the safer picks in this years draft.
6. Seattle Seahawks- DE Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech (Down 3)
Team Needs: QB, RB, WR, LT, DE
The Seahawks have a lot of holes to fill and safety Eric Berry and quarterback Jimmy Clausen will both be tempting here, but I just dont see new coach Pete Carrol passing on a talented defensive end like Derrick Morgan.
7. Cleveland Browns- S Eric Berry, Tennessee (Down 2)
Team Needs: QB, RB, OLB, CB, S
Mike Holmgren will be elated if a player of Berry’s calibar is still on the board at 7. While safety might not be Cleveland’s most pressing need, you don’t pass up the next Ed Reed which many people think Berry is destined to become.
8. Oakland Raiders- DE Jason Pierre Paul, South Florida (Same)
Team Needs: QB, OT, DE, DT, S
Pierre Paul has more in common with Oakland’s first round pick last year Darius Heyward Bey then three names. They both have all the measurables in the world but don’t have the college production to back it up. Pierre Paul’s measurables will be impossible for seanisle Al Davis to pass up, even if he has one year of college football and 6.5 sacks career sacks on his resume.
9. Buffalo Bills- QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame (up 1)
Team Needs: QB, OT, OG, NT, DE
The Bills never adequately replaced Eagles OT Jason Peters after trading him last off-season. While Rutgers OT Anthony Davis and Oklahoma OT Trent Williams will be tempting, Buffalo needs to eventually draft their QB of the future and Clausen is an ideal canidate. Jimmy Clausen doesn’t have quite the intangibles of Oklahoma’s Sam Bradford but he arguably has more talent.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars- S Earl Thomas, Texas (Up 18)
Team Needs: QB, DE, OLB, ILB, S
CB Joe Haden, OT Anthony Davis, WR Dez Bryant, and RB CJ Spiller all offer more value at pick 10, but the Jaguars are set at corner, tackle, and runningback, and I don’t see Jacksonville making reciever a priority with all of their defensive needs. NFL Network’s Mike Mayock actually has Earl Thomas ahead of the more highly touted Eric Berry, which is significant as Mayock is one of the most respected draft analysts on television.
11. Denver Broncos- NT Dan Williams, Tennessee (Up 12)
12. Miami Dolphins- LB Sergio Kindle, Texas (Up 20)
13. San Francisco 49ers- CB Joe Haden, Florida (Down 6)
14. Seattle Seahawks- OT Anthony Davis, Rutgers (Down 8)
15. New York Giants- DT Brian Price, UCLA (Up 15)
16. Tennessee Titans- DE Everson Griffen, USC (Up 8)
17. San Francisco 49ers- RB CJ Spiller, Clemson (Down 4)
18. Pittsburgh Steelers- LB Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri (Up 8)
19. Atlanta Falcons- CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State (Down 3)
20. Houston Texans- CB Devin Mccourty, Rutgers (Down 3)
21. Cincinati Bengals- WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State (Down 9)
22. New England Patriots- OLB Brandon Graham, Michigan (Up 3)
23. Green Bay Packers- OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma (Off Board)
24. Philadelphia Eagles- G Mike Iupati, Idaho (Down 4)
The Eagles have more pressing needs then Offensive Guard. However, I feel they would be better off soldifying their interior offensive line with a stud like Iupati then reaching for a player like Florida defensive end Carlos Dunlap who is one of the biggest boom or bust prospects in this years draft. Iupati is believed to also be able to play right tackle and there are questions whether or not Winston Justice is the longterm answer at that position
25. Baltimore Ravens- WR Arrelious Benn, Illinois (Off Board)
26. Arizona Cardinals- OT Charles Brown, USC (Off Board)
27. Dallas Cowboys- S Taylor Mays, USC (Down 6)
28. San Diego Chargers- NT Terrence Cody, Alabama (Up 1)
29. New York Jets- WR Demaryius Thomas, Gerogia Tech (Down 7)
30. Minnesota Vikings- CB Kareem Jackson, Alabama (Up 1)
31. Indianapolis Colts- DT Jared Odrick, Penn State (Down 13)
32. New Orleans Saints- DE Ricky Sapp, Clemson (Off Board)
Out of round 1: LB Rolando Mcclain, OT Bruce Campbell, DE Carlos Dunlap, S Nate Allen
Borderline: QB Colt Mccoy, RB Ryan Matthews, RB Jahvid Best, WR Golden Tate, TE Jermaine Gresham, C Maurkice Pouncey, DE Jerry Hughes, LB Daryl Washington, LB Brandon Spikes, CB Patrick Robinson