Mock Draft 3.0 - Rounds 1 and 2

Alright, here it is. The 2 Rounder. I know, it kind of sounds like a sandwich from Wendy's. Except it is much larger and has a much greater chance of making you sick. Because Wendy's is delicious.

1)      St. Louis Rams - Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

It seems pretty official at this point. The more I hear about Bradford, the more I like him though. I agree with this pick as long as they are selecting him because he is a top talent, not just because he is the best QB in the draft. His pro day showed his arm is ready to go.

2)      Detroit Lions - Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska

This is a pretty easy pick here for Detroit. McCoy is maybe a tad better in the 3 technique than Suh, but Suh is the better DT all around. With Vandenbosh in the mix, plus Corey Williams from Cleveland, and all of a sudden, Detroit has one of the better d-lines in football. If they can get some production from Pac-Man Jones, along with Louis Delmas - Detroit is headed in the right direction.

3)      Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma

Probably the easiest pick in the draft. Whoever Detroit takes, Tampa takes the other. There is not a single more dominant player in the draft when McCoy is in the 3 technique.

4)      Washington Redskins - Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State

I wouldn't be surprised to see Washington make a play for Bradford, and Jimmy Clausen is an option here as well. But with Chris Samuels retiring, there is a glaring need at left tackle, and Okung is clearly the best tackle in this year's class.

5)      Kansas City Chiefs - Eric Berry, S, Tennessee

This pick makes me a little nervous. Scott Pioli isn't known for taking safeties very high, but Berry can also make the transition to corner. Because of this, Kansas City cannot pass up on this kind of talent.

6)      Seattle Seahawks - Brian Bulaga, OT, Iowa

Matt Hasselbeck took a beating last year, as the anemic offense fizzled because of the lack of pass protection and lack of a running game. Bulaga is the best tackle available, but his short arms may limit him to right tackle.

7)      Cleveland Browns - Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State

I have Dez going a bit higher than most would expect. I think his character concerns are blown way out of proportion. When you're best receiver on the team is Mohammed Massequoi, you need some weapons. Cleveland's defense was not as bad as the numbers say, because they played more defense than anyone else.

8)      Oakland Raiders - Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma

Al Davis's vision is to have Russell throw the deep ball to Heywerd-Bey. Well, you need time for a deep ball to work. Tackle is clearly their biggest need.

9)      Buffalo Bills - Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers

A pure pass blocker, Davis would have gone earlier had it not have been for some immaturity issues. You might consider Clausen here, but it's hard for any QB to succeed behind the league's worst offensive line last year.

10)   Jacksonville Jaguars - Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech

Jacksonville didn't solve their pass rush problems with one signing of Aaron Kampman. He's 30, and going to command double teams. Derrick is probably the best all-around DE in the draft. 

11)   Denver Broncos - Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama

There was a reason Denver tried to pry Harris from the Jets last offseason. McClain apparently has some inconsistent periods, but that is mostly coming from Todd McShay, who thinks everyone has work ethic issues. Best overall LB in the draft, perfect fit in the 3-4.

12)   Miami Dolphins - Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee

Jason Ferguson is old, and out for the first 9 games with a suspension. You don't find many space-eating NTs walking around, and Miami lock this spot up.

13)   San Francisco 49ers - Joe Hayden, CB, Florida

Best corner in the draft. I don't care about his "terrible" 40 time. It drives me crazy when players are all of a sudden half the player they are because they aren't good track sprinters. This is a steal for San Fran here.

14)   Seattle Seahawks - Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, USF

Seattle had one of the most inconsistent defenses in the league last year. They would have a shutout one game, and then let up 40 points the next. Pierre-Paul is a gamble, but a gamble Seattle has to be willing to take.

15)   New York Giants - Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas

The Giants simply could not get the job done on defense last year. They released Antonio Pierce, which only shows their willingness to revamp their LB core. Sergio Kindle can do it all as an OLB.

16)   Tennessee Titans - Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan

Losing VandenBosch leaves a void at DE. Graham has some great pass-rushing ability, as well as the ability to play the run from being in the Big 10.

17)   San Francisco 49ers - Earl Thomas, S, Texas

San Fran knocks out 2 secondary spots with their two 1st round picks. Earl Thomas is the most instinctive safety to come out in years. His only downside is his size, and he was injured at his pro day, so he may not be the most durable guy in the world.

18)   Pittsburgh Steelers - Mike Iupati, G, Idaho

I get the feeling from the Pittsburgh organization that they want to get back to running the football. Iupati absolutely stole the show at the Senior Bowl, blowing up the best defensive linemen off the ball. He's a bit raw, but his raw ability is exactly what Pittsburgh needs.

19)   Atlanta Falcons - Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri

When I picked for Atlanta during the GGN mock, I asked the Falcoholic (the SB nation site for the Falcons) about their thoughts. It was almost a unanimous cry for Weatherspoon. But I picked Earl Thomas anyway. Still, Weatherspoon has a great demeanor and a perfect fit in the Atlanta defense that desperately needs help at LB.

20)   Houston Texans - Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State

I'm a huge Wilson fan. He's probably the most pro-ready of all the corners, and has that cockiness that you want in a corner. He's good in press coverage and zone. Fills the void left by Daunta Robinson.

21)   Cincinnati Bengals - CJ Spiller, RB, Clemson

Yes, they have Benson, but they need the kind of home run hitter/matchup nightmare CJ could bring. He can also help on special teams as a returner. Reminiscent of Chris Johnson.

22)   New England Patriots - Jared Oderick, DE/DT, Penn State

Oderick is the most versatile lineman in the draft outside of Suh. The Pats are really high on him, and he could be the successor to Richard Seymour.

23)   Green Bay Packers - Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida

Green Bay could use help all over their line, and none of the tackles left deserve the 23 picks. Even Nick Mangold was not rated as highly as Pouncey is coming out of Florida.

24)   Philadelphia Eagles - Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers

They lost Sheldon Brown in a trade, and their pass defense left much to be desired last year. With the amount of blitzing they do, you need good coverage on the back end.

25)   Baltimore Ravens - Demaryious Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech

Getting Boldin was a nice addition, but he's aging and is more of a possession receiver. Thomas can stretch the field, much like his former teammate Calvin Johnson. Flacco's arm strength and Thomas's ability could make for a great combination.

26)   Arizona Cardinals - Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma

Arizona has had little receiving production from their tight ends. Gresham helps ease the loss of Anquan Boldin by giving Leinhart a security blanket.

27)   Dallas Cowboys - Charles Brown, OT, USC

The release of Flozell Adams only makes it more obvious that the Cowboys want better play from their tackles. Their offensive line play basically cost them the NFC Divisional game.

28)   San Diego Chargers - Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno State

San Diego might have one of the most obvious needs in the draft: Running Back. Ryan Matthews actually idolized LaDanian Tomlinson, and his play in college is far off. He led the entire FBS in rushing. He can get the tough yards but he's elusive at the same time.

29)   New York Jets - Jerry Hughes, OLB/DE, TCU

Here he is! I knew you wanted him. Jerry will likely start as a situational rusher, and as he develops into a more complete OLB, he will eventually start. Hughes is one of the best pure pass rusher in the draft.

30)   Minnesota Vikings - Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame

There is going to be some drama on draft day. We're going to have a Brady Quinn-like situation where a top QB slips late. Really late. But Clausen falls into a perfect situation for both sides. He doesn't have to play right away (or maybe he does). He fits the west coast system perfectly, and has weapons and a defense around him. Sounds just like the situation Mark came into as a Jet. Clausen also reminds me of the way Mark Sanchez plays; accurate, makes all the throws, and played in a pro system.

31)   Indianapolis Colts - Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State

When Dwight Freeney isn't in the game, the vulnerability of the Colt's secondary was exposed. Robinson will make an easy transition into the Colt's Cover-2, opportunistic defense.

32)   New Orleans Saints - Daryl Washington

New Orleans lost a good player in Scott Fujita when he signed with the Browns. Daryl is small enough to contribute as a weak-side outside linebacker.


Round 2


1)      St. Louis Rams - Everson Griffin, DE, USC

Best player available from here on out for the Rams. The only reason they shouldn't take the BPA is if he's a QB.

2)      Detroit Lions - Jahvid Best, RB, Cal

Detroit needs the complement to Kevin Smith.

3)      Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame

The best WR on the Bucs right now is Mike Brown. Scary.

4)      Kansas City Chiefs - Roger Saffold, OT, Indiana

Probably more of a right tackle only because of his size. But a very underrated prospect.

5)      Washington Redskins - Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois

Oh no!! No more Randle-EL?  Finally, they get a real WR.

6)      Cleveland Browns - Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama

No, they didn't get Hayden. But Jackson is rising as quickly as anyone right now.

7)      Oakland Raiders - Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland

They got a good prospect already, so they're due for a bust.

8)      San Diego Chargers - Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama

Replacement for Jamal Williams.

9)      Buffalo Bills - Tim Tebow, QB, Florida

Because there is no way Tebow makes it out of Round 2.

10)   Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Brian Price, DT, UCLA

Just like that, Tampa Bay has a formidable pair of DTs.

11)   Miami Dolphins - Jason Worilds, DE, Virginia Tech

Would have went much higher if he was not injured for most of his senior year.

12)   New England Patriots - Lamarr Houston, DE/DT, Texas

Paired with Oderick and Wilfork, the D-line is set.

13)   Denver Broncos - Damien Williams, WR, USC

Brandon Marshall breaking the single game reception record with Kyle Orton at QB lets you know something about the other receivers.

14)   New York Giants -Brandon Spikes,  ILB, Florida

Linebacker rebuilding project is now 2/3 complete.

15)   New England Patriots - Thaddeus Gibson, DE/OLB, Ohio State

Young edge rusher to replace Thomas

16)   Carolina Panthers - Colt McCoy, QB, Texas

You didn't actually think Matt More is the future, did you?

17)   San Francisco 49ers - Dexter McCluster - RB/WR.  Ole Miss

Frank Gore isn't going to be too thrilled.

18)   Kansas City Chiefs - Jared Veldheer, OT, Hillside

Just keep loading up on tackles.

19)   Houston Texans - Toby Gerhardt, RB, Stanford

Houston finally gets its bell-cow back.

20)   Pittsburgh Steelers - Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech

You need 2 good backs to win in this league.

21)   New England Patriots - Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona

Ben Watson is gone.

22)   Cincinnati Bengals - Nate Allen, S, USF

Because Roy Williams kind of sucks in coverage.

23)   Philadelphia Eagles - Navarro Bowman, OLB, Penn State

They traded Chris Gocong, who they resigned like a week prior. I'm confused too.

24)   Green Bay Packers - Donald Butler, ILB, Washington

Bring some depth to the rotation in the 3-4.

25)   Baltimore Ravens - Aaron Hernandez, TE, Florida

Todd Heap is so old, he was around when Brian Billick was a good coach!! BURNED!!

26)   Arizona Cardinals - Cam Thomas, DT, North Carolina

The D-line has some gaping holes.

27)   Dallas Cowboys - Taylor Mays, S, USC

Oh, spit!! Taylor Mays is the 4th safety taken??? In the bottom of round 2?? That's how much I don't like Mays.

28)   Seattle Seahawks - Ricky Sapp, DE, Clemson

More pass rush help for Seattle.

29)   New York Jets - Tyson Alualu, DE/DT, Cal

New blood on the D-line. Great value here.

30)   Minnesota Vikings - Perrish Cox, Oklahoma State

Vikings need a corner.

31)   Indianapolis Colts - Sean Lee, OLB, Penn State

Smaller LB the Colts love to collect.

32)   New Orleans Saints - Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida

The talent is undeniable.



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