Mocking the Draft: Take 6
|03.23.10 at 11:31 pm ET|
WEEI.com isn’t batting an eye when it comes to the 2010 NFL Draft. From interviews with experts to original mock drafts to weekly looks at potential Patriots, this is the place to be leading up to draft weekend, April 22-24.
Last week, WEEI.com’s weekly mock draft saw an enormous shakeup in the Top 5. While those picks remain locked in place this week, 10 players are going in different spots this week, including what should be the Patriots’ dream coming true with the 22nd pick.
1. St. Louis (1-15) Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma How has an Advent calendar for draft buffs not been made for Bradford’s Pro Day? Either way, when Bradford shows off his arm on March 29 for the first time since October, his status as the potential top pick should be much clearer.
2. Detroit (2-14) Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State The Lions have already begun to address their defensive line this offseason, and while adding a Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy would be a tremendous step, the Lions’ priority should be finding a way to make Matthew Stafford’s job as manageable as it could possibly be. One scenario worth considering for Detroit would be to ship its first and second picks to the 49ers for picks No. 13 and 17, which would allow them to grab an offensive lineman and an elite skill-position player such as C.J. Spiller or Dez Bryant.
3. Tampa Bay (3-13) Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma Buccaneers‘ fans miss the glory days of Warren Sapp. Even if Suh is available to them, the quicker McCoy might be more attractive to the Bucs, who would plug him in as a starter from the get-go. The Bucs missed on their last Top 5 defensive lineman (the late Gaines Adams in 2007), but McCoy’s marketability alone makes him a no-brainer for a team that lacks an identity.
4. Washington (4-12) Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska There is no better scenario that could play out for the Redskins. Quarterback is still an option depending on whether Mike Shanahan wants Jason Campbell for the long haul, but after the release of Cornelius Griffen, there’s likely nobody the Redskins would rather bring in at this spot. Even with the team switching to the 3-4, Suh would be a good fit at end, which would help to make up for the money paid to Albert Haynesworth to play an unnatural position for him in nose tackle.
5. Kansas City (4-12) Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa Much like the Lions with Bradford, the Chiefs are committed to Matt Cassel as their franchise quarterback. And there is no better way to give him more confidence following a mediocre debut in Kansas City than by solidifying the offensive line. Eric Berry is also an option here.
6. Seattle (5-11) Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma Jimmy Clausen appears to be losing money with each passing week based on what some of these quarterback-needy Top 10 teams have been doing. First, the Redskins gave a first-round tender to Jason Campbell, which sends mixed signals to anyone who thought Clausen would go fourth. Following the Charlie Whitehurst move, you can cross yet another team off the list of potential suitors. Walter Jones‘ eventual replacement becomes the priority.
7. Cleveland (5-11) Eric Berry, S, Tennessee Even amid the recent shuffling, Mike Holmgren hasn’t ruled out going quarterback in the first round, so don’t start customizing your Eric Berry Browns’ jersey just yet. The Volunteer would immediately put his stamp on a defense that was 31st in yards allowed last season.
8. Oakland (5-11) Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers The Raiders won’t be in this position next year. It’s not because their record will improve, but because they shipped what is now looking like a very high first-rounder to the Patriots for Richard Seymour. If they want to be outside of the Top 10 when they next pick in the first round in 2012, they need to make this one count … unlike past duds. The team is financially committed to JaMarcus Russell and Darren McFadden. Davis will help their slow developments, and those two need all the help they can get.
9. Buffalo (6-10) Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame If the Bills are trying to square away their depth chart, they should be looking at a nose tackle like Dan Williams. The Bills haven’t had quarterback with a legitimate pedigree since Drew Bledsoe and, to borrow a phrase from one Christopher Price, franchise quarterback trumps all.
11. Denver [from Chicago] (7-9) Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State Dan Williams would be the pick at this point, had the Broncos not signed 30-year old Justin Bannan to a five-year deal this month. With Brandon Marshall’s future as up-in-the air as ever, the Broncos may be able to get away with bringing in Bryant in at least a No. 2 target for whomever starts at quarterback in 2010.
12. Miami (7-9) Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee Even with the team having re-signed Jason Ferguson, Williams will be a cog in the middle long after the incumbent is gone. Williams could be worked in slowly, much like Vince Wilfork was with Keith Traylor for the Patriots in 2004.
13. San Francisco (8-8) Earl Thomas, S, Texas Though Berry and Haden will most likely be selected ahead of him, Thomas may be the most intriguing defensive back in this year’s draft class. In addition to what Mike Mayock calls the best instincts of any safety he has ever seen, Thomas has the versatility to move to corner at the next level.
14. Seattle [from Denver] (8-8) C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson Thank you Julius Jones, that will be all. Spiller won’t be lead back by any means, but teamed with Justin Forsett, the Seahawks would give new life to a rushing attack that finished 26th in the league in ’09.
15. New York Giants (8-8) Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama Either the Giants are banking on getting a middle linebacker in the draft or they are especially high on Jonathan Goff. Those are the only two explanations as to why they haven’t addressed the position yet, but assuming McClain will be there in the middle of the first round is running quite the risk.
16. Tennessee (8-8) Jason Pierre-Paul, DE/OLB, South Florida This could be a very risky move, but on paper it appears perfect for both sides. The Titans lost Kyle Vanden Bosch and would likely love to replace him with a young volcano of talent. Pierre-Paul admitted at the combine that he is preparing as though he will stay on the line, so Tennessee’s 4-3 will be an ideal fit.
17. San Francisco [from Carolina] (8-8) Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland It took the 49ers a while to realize the potential of the last Maryland workout warrior they spent a first-rounder on (Vernon Davis, ’06), but the star of last month’s combine at right tackle could prove (albeit quicker) to be as helpful for Alex Smith.
18. Pittsburgh (9-7) Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State Wilson likely won’t make it past the cornerback-needy stretch of the Steelers, Falcons, and Texans. Defense wasn’t the problem for the Steelers, but Wilson is too high on draft boards to last until the late first round.
19. Atlanta (9-7) Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan Graham eventually would replace John Abraham on the line. Staying in the 4-3 likely would make Graham more of an impact player right away, though his short frame and arms remain red flags.
20. Houston (9-7) Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers As was mentioned with the Steelers’ pick, the Texans would likely love for Wilson to fall to them at 20, but if he doesn’t the team will have to take the next best cornerback given their lack of depth at the position following the loss of Dunta Robinson.
21. Cincinnati (10-6) Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech The Bengals could take Odrick to play on the inside of their line, but Morgan might be just as good a value at this point. Taylor Mays should also be in the discussion with this pick.
24. Philadelphia (11-5) Ricky Sapp, DE/OLB, Clemson The Eagles, along with the Patriots, have been the hottest on Sapp’s trail, and this is one of the few possible scenarios in which Sapp would stay on the line. If Philadelphia wants a realistic shot at Sapp they would have to take him here, as the Patriots pick three times between the Eagles’ first and second pick.
25. Baltimore (9-7) Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma The bodies are there at receiver ‘ following the retention of Derrick Mason and the acquisitions of Anquan Boldin and Donte Stallworth. At this point, however, Todd Heap is little more than a body at the position and Gresham would provide Joe Flacco with yet another receiving weapon.
26. Arizona (10-6) Sergio Kindle, DE, Texas The Cardinals have lost far more than they have gained this offseason, so they should be willing to overlook Kindle’s character concerns and add a hard-hitter who will add energy the defense.
27. Dallas (11-5) Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho This isn’t exactly a necessity pick, but how could the Cowboys pass on such a talent this late in the first round? Once you factor in that starting left guard Kyle Rosier a year away from free agency, this could be a terrific selection in the long run.
28. San Diego (13-3) Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech It’s hard to tell how long Darren Sproles will be around in San Diego, but the thunder and lightning dynamic of Dwyer and Sproles would be enticing enough for the Chargers to pass on the more complete Ryan Mathews.
29. New York Jets (9-7) Everson Griffen, DE/OLB, USC Griffen needs to go to a coach that will motivate him, and who better than Rex Ryan? His size and speed make him a good candidate to improve a pass-rush that already features Calvin Pace.
30. Minnesota (12-4) Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State Cam Thomas could be an option here as well, but Robinson boosted his stock with a sub-4.4 40 yard dash at his recent Pro Day. Robinson could become the No. 2 corner in Minnesota behind Antoine Winfield relatively early on.
31. Indianapolis (14-2) Maurkice Pouncey, OL, Florida The team has yet to address the position following the release of Ryan Lilja, and Pouncey played a year at right guard at Florida. The Colts have enough roster stability to take a guard in Round 1.
32. New Orleans (13-3) Taylor Mays, S, USC Darren Sharper will turn 35 next season. With his future uncertain and Mays somehow available at the bottom of the first round, this one is a no-brainer.