We are starting quickly! Mock Draft by K.T. !
1. St. Louis Rams
Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
They need a QB to build a franchise around. Stephen Jackson can’t keep doing it alone.
2. Detroit Lions
Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
Suh is such a dominate force, he can be a difference maker on defense.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
Even though it’s a safe thing to say that he fits the Tampa Style, its true. Eric Berry is an option here. Either way they build up their Defense.
4. Washington Redskins
Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
I still think the Redskins will try to find a way out of this spot. If they sit here, they take Okung. He’s ready to start from day one, and is a safe pick for a Redskins team that is loading up for a serious playoff run. Eric Berry is a choice here because Shanahan can still pick up a OL in the 5th round and build him into a starter.
5. Kansas City Chiefs
Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
I have been saying the past 2 picks that Eric Berry is a choice, and now he is THE choice. They gain a QB for their defense, much like what Derrick Thomas did for them in the glory days.
6. Seattle Seahawks
Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
The Seahawks want out of this pick. Sitting here they take a much-needed Offensive tackle to fill Walter Jones’ vacated spot. Some, even me, thinks will be better than Okung. Williams can play both tackle spots effectively and seems more athletic than Okung.
7. Cleveland Browns
Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
The Browns have been trying to move up to get Bradford at 1, which proves to me they don’t like Clausen that much, because he’ll be available here. I would assume with Berry gone, they want to move down, Sitting here however they take Dez Bryant, to be a solid #1 receiver for whatever QB for the future they get next year.
8. Oakland Raiders
Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
The Raiders really need a tackle. Why reach for a workout freak like Campbell out of UMD, if a proven animal is there in Bulaga?
9. Buffalo Bills
Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
Clausen is NFL-ready, and the Bills desperately need a new franchise QB to build around. His leadership ability has been questioned, but I’ve seen him lead about four 4th quarter comebacks last season alone. That’s a leader to me.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars
Earl Thomas, S, Texas
The Jaguars want to move down in the draft and acquire more picks, but if they stay at this spot, then Thomas is the big-play, hybrid defensive back that can play corner or safety. They need someone to try and stop Peyton. They can also opt to use the Texans approach and take Derrick Morgan here, to put pressure on Peyton. We see how that theory has worked for the Texans however.
11. Denver Broncos
Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
The Broncos continue to build their 3-4 defense, and McClain is a leader type. He plugs in at strong-side inside linebacker from Day one and wreaks havoc between the hashes. They can find a #1 receiver in the 2nd round.
12. Miami Dolphins
Sergio Kindle, LB, Texas
They lost Jason Taylor and Joey Porter. They need an outside linebacker with pass-rush skills now. Bill Parcells has always liked the elite outside linebacker types. Other big nose tackles can be grabbed in later rounds.
13. San Francisco 49ers
Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
The 49ers have two picks in the first round, and since Offensive tackles have gone early, they will grab 1 now. They wanted to take 1 last year, but Crabtree fell into their lap. There has been talk of Jimmy Clausen, which can make sense, because looking for 1 will be hard next year since they plan to be in the bottom third of the draft. I however hope this is a smoke screen so that someone jumps up to take Clausen and leaves a quality OT to fall to them here at #13.
14. Seattle Seahawks
CJ Spiller, RB, Clemson
The Seahawks have their tackle, and now grab an instant playmaker. They need some life in their offense, and Spiller brings that, as well as to the return game.
15. New York Giants
Sergio Kindle, LB, Texas
Sergio Kindle is an upgrade to the LB core. They might like their young guys, but they’ll love him. He helps with pass rush off the edges.
16. Tennessee Titans
Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
The 2nd coming of the freak. Kearse was a difference maker, and Pierre Paul can be the same.
17. San Francisco 49ers
Joe Haden, CB, Florida
Haden is the best corner on almost all boards. The Niners need to build their secondary with the aging of Nate Clements. They did however resign their nickel corner last year to a long-term contract. I personally would hope Earl Thomas falls here because Safety is more of a need. Or even to consider Kyle Wilson from Boise St because of what he can do in punt return.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers
Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
No more Santonio, Hines Ward is aging, and Limus Sweed is almost a bust. Yet, they STILL don’t take a WR here. Mike Wallace will do nicely in Santonio Holmes’ spot. They are going back to a running team (especially with no Ben for some games), and that also means they are going back to focus on defense. The need speed and youth on the corners, especially with Flacco and Carson Palmer loading up with weapons.
19. Atlanta Falcons
Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
Morgan can play linebacker as well as defensive end, and that gives the Falcons flexibility. I say they keep him at DE, and have a strong compliment to Anderson on the other side.
20. Houston Texans
Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State
Texans were hoping Wilson or Hayden would drop to them here, since they need to replace Dunta. With them off the board, they take a running back that can come in and balance out their offense a lot better.
21. Cincinnati Bengals
Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
The Bengals give Carson the TE who can stretch the field. They seem to have struck out with Chase Coffman. Gresham can block as well as catch the ball, so he has added value.
22. New England Patriots
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech
The Pats are obviously in need of WRs with the signing of Torry Holt. They need some youth and size at the position. If this is truly Moss’ last season with the Pats, Thomas will fill in perfectly next year in Moss’ spot.
23. Green Bay Packers
Mike Iupati, G, Idaho
Only because Packers can use a tackle or guard, and Iupati is said to be able to play both. Secondary is also a choice here. Taylor Mays here would be scary, since they are looking to get rid of Bigby.
24. Philadelphia Eagles
Taylor Mays, S, USC
The Eagles felt the loss of Brian Dawkins last year, more than they expected. They are revamping their defense and Mays brings a real force and attitude Eagles love.
25. Baltimore Ravens
Nate Allen, S, USF
Nate Allen is a very athletic safety. I think they need to start grooming Ed Reeds replacement, because Reed is already on the fence about retirement. Davis is a project, but who better to teach him how to play the position than a future hall of famer?
26. Arizona Cardinals
Brandon Graham, LB, Michigan
Whisenhunt would love to get Graham. A great pass rusher, who can grow into a great LB like those he coached in Pittsburgh. Graham even has a Steeler alum in Porter there to teach him the ropes.
27. Dallas Cowboys
Rodger Saffold, OT, Indiana
Saffold and Doug Brown have been even on everyone’s draft board, moving up into the 1st round. Dallas would have liked Nate Allen to fall here, but they’ll take Saffold as a project OT.
28. San Diego Chargers
Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
The Chargers need a running back but won’t reach for here. Dan Williams gives them a presence in the middle to help free up the LBs, so they can return to the form they were in 2 years ago.
29. New York Jets
Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State
The Jets have made moves to let them take the best player on the board here. The best player I think left is Jared Odrick. He is a big Body that can play DE. He will eat up space on the edge, as well as make his own plays in the backfield
30. Minnesota Vikings
Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama
The Vikings need secondary help. Kareem Jackson is said to be the best corner coming out of Alabama. That to me says something because I kept seeing teams throw on Arenas, and I thought Arenas was good. He will be a great protégé of Antoine Winfield
31. Indianapolis Colts
Jerry Hughes, DE, TCU
Colts were so worried when Freeney went down, they had almost given up hope. Hughes can come in and contribute, and is a great DE, on a forgotten GREAT college defense.
32. New Orleans Saints
Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri
The Saints take an athletic LB that can make plays with the right direction. With Vilma directing the defense on the field, he will put Weatherspoon in the position to make plays.
Points of interest:
Dropping out of my Round 1 is Maurkice Pouncey, because who want to see a CENTER go in the 1st round. I can see him going to the JETS in the 1st round, but would Rex Ryan really take such a boring pick after all the flashy moves he’s done so far?