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    1. St. Louis - Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
    Other Possibilities: Ndamukong Suh, Jimmy Clausen

    The Rams are picking in the top 5 yet again, and in the past couple of drafts they have opted to go the "safe route"; i.e. Chris Long, Tye Hill, Jason Smith. They actually passed on Jay Cutler, Mark Sanchez, and Matt Ryan by going the "safe route" and wound up with a couple dissappointments. Marc Bulger is done and the organization is looking for a replacement. Although Suh will be very tempting to take here, the need isn't as pressing as a new franchise QB. Bradford gives them a fresh face under center.

    2. Detroit Lions - Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma St.
    Other Possibilities: Eric Berry, Ndamukong Suh

    After the signing of Corey Williams, Defensive Tackle took a slide down the Lions list of needs. Sammie Lee Hill had a good rookie year as well, so as much as Lions fans might be calling for Suh, LT is the much greater need and makes much more sense financially.

    3. Tampa Bay - Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
    Other Possibilities: Eric Berry, Gerald McCoy

    The Bucs will use this pick on a defensive game changer whether is be Suh, Berry, or McCoy. I think Suh is the right pick here, as the Bucs have been lacking at DT for many seasons. Suh was the best player in the country last season as a defensive lineman, and wound up as a finalist for the Heisman.

    4. Washington - Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
    Other Possibilities: Sam Bradford, Russell Okung, Eric Berry

    This pick will come down to whether or not Mike Shanahan sees Jason Campbell as his QB of the future. I'm guessing not. In his defense, Campbell hasn't had much help but he has been very inconsistant and plays like an average QB. Character concerns (although I think Clausen's character concerns are being overplayed by the media) didn't stop Shanahan from selecting guys like Jay Cutler, Brandon Marshall, Maurice Clarett and Jarvis Moss, why would it stop him now?

    5. Kansas City Cheifs - Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
    Other Possibilities: Trent Williams, Rolando McClain, Dez Bryant

    I have a tough time whenever a team selects a safety with a top-5 pick, but Berry is a stud. After spending the past couple of drafts on defensive lineman, the Cheifs use this pick on a playmaker in the secondary. Berry has been compared by many as an Ed Reed clone.

    6. Seattle Seahawks - Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
    Other Possibilities: Eric Berry, Trent Williams, Jimmy Clausen

    This is where the shockwaves of what the Lions do with #2 can affect teams. If they take Suh with #2, the Bucs grab McCoy at #3 and Seattle has no shot at him. So Seattle fans, have your fingers crossed. McCoy would instantly upgrade a unit that has constantly been below average. You can't rule out a QB either if 1 of the 2 falls, as a New Coach usually always means a new QB.

    7. Cleveland Browns - Joe Haden, CB, Florida
    Other Possibilities: Eric Berry, Dez Bryant, Top 2 QB's

    Cleveland wants to see Berry slide to them but right now that probably won't happen. They upgrade the secondary with Haden, who is the top corner in the draft and gives them a much needed playmaker. Don't rule out Dez Bryant as they could use a boost on the offensive side of the ball as well. A darkhorse could also be a trade up for one of the top 2 QB's if one gets past the Skins.

    8. Oakland Raiders - Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
    Other Possibilities: Taylor Mays, Jeff Pierre-Paul

    With how the Raiders draft this pick will be a crapshoot. The three most impressive specimens of the draft are Campbell, Mays, and JPP so I'm willing to bet it's one of these guys. Breaking it down further, Safety is not really a need as they have 3 young guys (Branch, Mitchell, Huff) on the roster and at DE there's Shaughnessy, Scott, and/or Seymour. Tackle on the other hand is a gaping hole where Campbell can step in and help an actual area of need. But they could always just take Jacoby Ford here.

    9. Buffalo Bills - Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
    Other Possibilities: Dez Bryant, Dan Williams

    Another tough team to predict, as the Bills are inconsistant on their draft day decisions. Bryant makes some sense because he is the best player left on the board and will step in across from Lee Evans to give them a talented recieving duo. But at the end of the day I think Tackle is too much of a need. After getting rid of Jason Peters last season, the Bills struggled to protect Trent Edwards. Williams gives them a solution for now and the future.

    10. Jacksonville Jaguars - Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma St.
    Other Possibilities: Tim Tebow, JPP, Rolando McClain

    The Jaguars have to walk away with Tebow in this draft, but I don't think they have to do it with the #10 pick. Sims-Walker has developed into a nice reciever, but outside of him David Gerrard has no other real threats. Bryant gives them a true #1 at 6'2 224 lbs he has the ability to do it all.

    11. Denver Broncos - Dan Williams, NT, Tennesse
    Other Possibilities: Rolando McClain, Dez Bryant

    Denver had a major problem stopping the run late last season (we all remember the Jamal Charles game). Although a lot of fans will want McClain here, ILB's usually go later as they have a lesser significance of value in the draft. Williams is a natural NT who will instantly upgrade their ability to stop the run. Might be a bit of a reach, but remember B.J. Raji went #9 last year to the Packers so NT's value is on the rise.

    12. Miami Dolphins - Jeff Pierre-Paul, OLB/DE, USF
    Other Possibilities: Dez Bryant, Dan Williams, Earl Thomas

    Parcells has yet to make his signature move in Miami, bring in a stud pass rusher. It's been well documented that Bill values getting after the QB, and if JPP is here you can pencil it in. If he's not, they could opt for a guy like Sergio Kindle or Brandon Graham to play that role. Other needs are nose tackle, reciever (although Parcells doesn't seem to value that position much), and free safety.

    13. San Francisco 49er's - C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
    Other Possibilities: Anthony Davis, Taylor Mays

    If the Niners don't take Spiller here, their rival Seahawks will with the next pick. Spiller gives them a home run threat to compliment Frank Gore. Can't rule out tackle here, but with 2 of the top tier tackles left on the board, they can roll the dice and wait till #17.

    14. Seattle Seahawks - Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
    Other Possibilities: Taylor Mays, Derrick Morgan

    They'd like to see Spiller waiting for them but that's not the case here. Instead they upgrade the left tackle position, arguably their biggest need outside of QB. Also, if Pete Carroll really does think the world of Taylor Mays, don't rule out him here either.

    15. New York Giants - Rolando McClain, MLB, Alabama
    Other Possibilities: Dan Williams, Sean Weatherspoon

    Easy pick here, the Giants get arguably a top-5 talent with the #15 pick at their biggest need. McClain gives them a leader for the defense with top notch intangibles. If McClain is gone they will probably look to upgrade the D-Line, specifically DT.

    16. Tennessee Titans - Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
    Other Possibilities: Joe Haden, Brian Price or Dan Williams

    With KVB and Jevon Kearse both gone, defensive end is priority number one. Derrick Morgan's stock is sliding a little because of so many 3-4 teams picking in the 8-15 range. Cornerback is need #2 and if Haden happens to slip he'll be the pick, or they could reach a little for Kyle Wilson. A darkhorse DT selection is also possible if they feel there is a DT on the board who could upgrade over what they currently have.

    17. San Fransisco 49er's - Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
    Other Possibilities: Taylor Mays

    The Niners need to spend one of their 1st rounders on a Right Tackle. Here they get the last of the top tier tackles in the draft, as Davis slides a bit due to character and work ethic concerns. Nontheless, he is a stud with a huge ceiling that addresses a major need. Taylor Mays has reportedly caught the attention of Mike Singletary so don't be suprised if they make him the pick here.

    18. Pittsburgh Steelers - Mike Iupati, OL, Idaho
    Other Possibilities: Earl Thomas, Kyle Wilson

    The Steelers need help with their interior line and Iupati is the top interior lineman in the class. With the ability to play almost all 5 positions on the line, Iupati's versatility makes him extremely valuable. Cornerback is also a huge need.

    19. Atlanta Falcons - Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri
    Other Possibilities: Kyle Wilson, Sergio Kindle

    Mike Peterson was serviceable but is getting up there in age. Weatherspoon is an athletic linebacker who can do everything well and has top flight intangibles that were on display during the Senior Bowl week. The Falcons are also in the market for a #1 Cornerback so that is also a strong possibility with Kyle Wilson still on the board.

    20. Houston Texans - Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise St.
    Other Possibilities: Earl Thomas, Ryan Matthews, Brian Price

    With Dunta Robinson leaving, it puts Houston in a hole at Cornerback. Wilson has the ability to become a stud at the next level as he has loads of confidence and ballhawking ability. Defensive tackle could also be an option as Okoye has not really panned out well for them.

    21. Cincinnatti Bengals - Taylor Mays, SS, USC
    Other Possibilities: Jermaine Gresham, Brian Price, Earl Thomas

    Cincinnatti has one of the better pairs of young corners in the entire league. Where they're lacking though is an enforcer at the safety position. Before Cincy fans yell at me for Earl Thomas over Mays, remember the scheme that Mike Zimmer runs requires an in-the-box type safety, which is why he tried to bring in Roy Williams and resurrect his career. Another interesting stat is the new wave of USC players being drafted early by the Bengals the. past few years(Maualuga, Rivers, etc.). Don't rule out Jermaine Gresham either, as a pass catching TE would give Carson Palmer another toy to throw to.

    22. New England Patriots - Sergio Kindle, DE/OLB, Texas
    Other Possibilities: Maurkice Pouncey, Jared Odrick, Jermaine Gresham

    The Pats have a lot of ammo in the first 2 rounds of the draft (4 selections) so I wouldn't be suprised to see them move up and down a little bit on draft day. But sitting at 22 they fill arguably their biggest need, a top flight pass rusher. Kindle is a similar prospect to Brian Orakpo a year ago and can line up in a number of different spots, which the Patriots value greatly. Odrick could be a darkhorse here as well because the departure of Seymour left a big hole in their defensive front.

    23. Green Bay Packers - Charles Brown, OT, USC
    Other Possibilities: Brandon Graham, Jermaine Gresham, Top OT left

    The Packers must find a Tackle in the draft. Aaron Rodgers was killed during the first half of last season, and although his protection improved as the season wore on, they definately could use an upgrade. Brown fits well in GB's zone blocking scheme, where he can utilize his elite athleticism and footwork. If there are no tackles left worth taking, look for the Pack to grab the top pass rusher on the board to line up opposite Clay Matthews.

    24. Philadelphia Eagles - Everson Griffen, DE, USC
    Other Possibilities: Earl Thomas, Brandon Graham, Brandon Spikes

    The Eagles will look to upgrade the LE spot where Victor Abiamiri is just an average player. Griffen didn't fulfill the hype at USC, but his athleticism and huge upside could excite the Eagles enough to pull the trigger. With not many pure 4-3 DE's worthy of a 1st round pick, they could opt to go Earl Thomas as a replacement for Brian Dawkins, as he was sorely missed in their secondary this past season.

    25. Baltimore Ravens - Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
    Other Possibilities- Maurkice Pouncey, Jerry Hughes, Earl Thomas, Golden Tate

    With the Anquan Boldin trade, it seems as if the Ravens now have the ability to go BPA. An upgrade at TE could really expand the offense and giving a guy like Joe Flacco weapons like Boldin and Gresham to an already explosive group, watch out AFC. They could also bring in a pass rusher like Jerry Hughes or Earl Thomas as a replacement for Ed Reed who has hinted a few times at retirement. Either way, Baltimore should be able to grab the best player on their board.

    26. Arizona Cardinals - Brandon Graham, OLB, Michigan
    Other Possibilites: Jerry Hughes, Golden Tate, Devin McCourty

    The Cards have been in the market for a top pass rusher for quite some time but have never really been able to cash in. Graham would instantly change that. A Lamarr Woodley clone, Graham was dominant for Michigan throughout his career and would provide a much needed jolt to the Card's pass rush. With the departure of Anquan Boldin, Golden Tate could be an option as a replacement depending on how highly they think of Steve Breaston.

    27. Dallas Cowboys - Earl Thomas, FS, Texas
    Other Possibilities: Maurkice Pouncey, Top Tier OT, Devin McCourty, Golden Tate

    Ever since Darren Woodson retired, Dallas has never seemed to be able to find his replacement. Roy Williams de-gressed seemingly overnight and was cut, and Ken Hamlin hasn't played up to his contract. A playmaker like Thomas would put Dallas' secondary over the top with the emergance of Mike Jenkins and steady play of Newman and Sensabaugh. Roy E. Williams has been a major dissappointment as well so a wideout can't be ruled out. Flozell Adams has been a cornerstone for the franchise but is getting up there in age so OL depth is also a possibility.

    28. San Diego Chargers - Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno St.
    Other Possibilities: Golden Tate, Terrence Cody

    Ladanian Tomlinson is no longer a Charger and Darren Sproles most likely isn't going to be back either. Running back becomes the biggest need and Ryan Matthews is a prefect fit for the Bolts' zone blocking scheme. He has good size and speed as well as the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield. A legit option across from Vincent Jackson could help the offense out tremendously as well so a guy like Golden Tate could wind up being picked here.

    29. New York Jets - Jerry Hughes, OLB/DE, TCU
    Other Possibilities: Golden Tate, Jared Odrick, Terrence Cody, Top Safety

    The Jets blew away all expectations this season by making it to the AFC Championship game. They made by running the football and playing stout defense. It's amazing how successful the Defense was without a notable pass rushing threat. Hughes gives them what Vernon Ghoston was supposed to, a sackmaster. The loss of Kerry Rhodes could put the Jets in the market for a Safety and the D-Line is lacking a dominant 5-technique so a guy like Jared Odrick would be a good pick as well.

    30. Minnesota Vikings - Brian Price, DT, UCLA
    Other Possibilities: Maurkice Pouncey, Top Safety, Devin McCourty

    Pat Williams has been great for the Vikings but he is up in the air about retiring this spring. Even if he comes back, how much longer will he stay? Price will be the successor to Williams and is also a steal down at the bottom of the 1st. If one of the top 3 safeties happens to fall, the Vikings would jump on it.

    31. Indianapolis Colts - Maurkice Pouncey, C/G, Florida
    Other Possibilities: Devin McCourty, Jared Odrick

    The Colts were very close to a championship this season. Upgrades on the O-Line are a must. Pouncey can step right in at Right Guard and eventually make the move to Center when Jeff Saturday retires. The loss of Marlin Jackson puts the Colts in the market for DB help so Devin McCourty could get scooped up here, and they always seem to be looking to improve on the defensive line.

    32. New Orleans Saints - Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
    Other Possibilities: Nate Allen, Jared Odrick

    The Saints biggest need is a Defensive End. Dunlap has the ability to be a superstar in the NFL, but he has the work ethic of a bum. I think in the right situation some team will pick him up (Super Bowl Champ Saints) and motivate him to finally reach his potential and play consistantly week in and week out. If an OLB falls to them like Sean Weatherspoon, they could replace what they lost in Scott Fujita.
    Cowboys Mock:
    1. Myles Jack | LB | UCLA
    2. Vernon Butler | DT | LA Tech
    3. Karl Joseph | SS | WVU

  • #2
    perfect patriots pick and perfect explanation as well! ive been trying to preach that myself, but what you said is 100% true imo.

    Thanks to BoneKrusher for this amazing sig!

    Go Gators/Pats/Celts/Red Sox!


    • #3
      Those alternate Vikings picks would not make me very happy.

      sig by fenikz
      Originally posted by ImBrotherCain
      You are just a terrible person.
      Originally posted by bigbluedefense
      I have an iPhone.


      • #4
        Great KC pick.

        Originally posted by fenikz
        His soft D really turns me off
        ** RIP themaninblack. You will be missed. **


        • #5
          Awful Vikes pick. Price would be a steal, but he is a UT, and we already have the best UT in the league. We need a nose tackle.


          Originally posted by JordanTaber
's rocket surgery now, folks.


          • #6
            Originally posted by prock View Post
            Awful Vikes pick. Price would be a steal, but he is a UT, and we already have the best UT in the league. We need a nose tackle.
            What would you perfer in that situation picking at 30? Terrence Cody?
            Cowboys Mock:
            1. Myles Jack | LB | UCLA
            2. Vernon Butler | DT | LA Tech
            3. Karl Joseph | SS | WVU


            • #7

              McCoy and Bulaga would be fantastic and it's possible. Throw in Toby Gerhart in round 2 and i'm buying the brew.


              • #8
                Great pick for Miami!

                Dolphins Dream Draft: 1. Jaylon Smith 2. Artie Burns 3. Landon Turner


                • #9
                  We dont need anymore in the box type S

                  We need a coverage type Earl Thomas would be the pick

                  RIP themaninblack


                  • #10
                    good 9ers picks . I good live with those .


                    • #11
                      lol @ "Jeff" Pierre-Paul...

                      Give the Vikings Pouncey or Devin McCourty, we have no use for a UT like Price.



                      • #12
                        McClain has to be the pick there for Denver. The Broncos have spent free agency plugging holes on the d-line (Jamal Williams, Jarvis Green, Justin Bannan) to where it just isn't a first round need, and certainly not a position where they'd feel the need to reach for Dan Williams. I know you said in the analysis that ILB's just don't go that high in the draft, but you have McClain being drafted just 4 spots after Denver, and in that spot McClain would be much less of a reach at a greater position of need (Denver just cut Andra Davis) than Williams.


                        • #13
                          We resigned Roy, we have Crocker and Ndukwe. All three are in the box types who lack in coverage.

                          We need a ball hawk FS. (EARL THOMAS)

                          The Twitters


                          • #14
                            Great Giants pick.

                            Thanks to Bonekrusher for the sweet sig.

                            NY Giants Super Bowl XLII Champs!


                            • #15
                              I like the Jets pick.

                              Sig by BoneKrusher



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