My second mock, complete with Super Bowl predictions. Enjoy! :)
#1 Saint Louis Rams: Jimmy Clausen, QB Notre Dame
The Rams need a franchise QB, and with the lack of depth of this class, they can’t afford to wait. They’ll be paying over 50 million for the guy anyways, might as well make him a QB. Clausen will have the supporting cast to not bust, he has the arm, accuracy, and experience in a pro style offense to thrive.
#2 Detroit Lions: Russell Okung, OT Oklahoma State
Ndamakong Suh was strongly considered here, and is in fact likely to be the pick. The Lions need to help their run defense, in fantasy I make a living of picking up backs off the waiver wire when they are playing the Hello Kitties. And the management has said they like Backus, the fans seem to agree, favoring drafting a guard instead. I think that the Backus love may be a smokescreen however, and this pick makes a lot of sense after passing on Oher last season. They need to protect Stafford, otherwise we have Joey Harrington 2.0 on our hands here. Stafford’s tough, but he was hit far too much this year. That must change if the Lions want success
#3 Tampa Bay Buccanneers: Ndamakong Suh, DT Nebraska
This one is a no-brainer, the Lions send the top two teams a lovely fruit basket to show their appreciation. Suh will make his impact felt early on, as three of the NFL’s top ten backs live in the NFC South.
#4 Washington Redskins: Bruce Campbell, OT Maryland
Shanahan takes the hometown guy over Bradford from Oklahoma. Why? Because (A) Shanahan knows that you build through the lines and (B) Campbell is still a RFA. I think he gets one last chance.
#5 Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Berry, FS Tennessee
Scott Pioli has shown he’s not afraid to break the mold. Berry is a one of a kind player, the next Ed Reed maybe. He would shore up their porous secondary.
#6 Seattle Seahawks: Sam Bradford, QB Oklahoma
Pete Carroll gets a guy to replace Hasselbeck maybe as soon as this year. Bradford is an excellent fit for Seattle’s scheme.
#7 Cleveland Browns: Joe Haden, CB Florida
Cleveland could take McCoy if they trade some of their D-line depth, but they need secondary help bad. Haden and Wright would be a killer tandem.
#8 Oakland Raiders: Gerald McCoy, DT Oklahoma
Oakland needs help at DT bad, even with Seymour gone. A DE was also considered, but McCoy was too much value.
#9 Buffalo Bills: Anthony Davis, OT Rutgers
Buffalo needs to upgrade the line badly, Davis can play both sides.
#10 *Jacksonville Jaguars: Tim Tebow, ATH Florida
Earlier in the year Jacksonville was 7-5 and in possession of a Wildcard spot. They still couldn’t sell out a home game. Tebow will bring in fans, sell tickets and merchandise, and revive the business side of the Jags. As for the field, he’ll be an instant impact in trick plays, and with proper coaching, a successor to Garrard.
#11 Denver Broncos: Rolando Mclain, ILB Alabama
Denver needs help on the interior, but if they trade Marshall they will be desperate for another weapon. Dez Bryant is an option. Right now with Marshall they need another ILB, their run defense really declined as the year wound down. Mclain is a tough run defender with a lot more range than current starter Andra Davis. He's the perfect fit.
#12 Miami Dolphins: Terence Cody, NT Alabama
NT's are a high commodity, they are the glue to the entire 3-4 defense, and a reason why they are drafted high despite being only overweight two-down players. Miami's current nose tackle, Jason Ferguson, is 35 years old, and the backup is solid in rotation, nothing more. Cody is the best NT in the draft, despite what the critics say.
#13 San Francisco 49ers: Brian Bulaga, OT Iowa
The Niners are desperate for help at RT. Bulaga will be a very solid player, on either side.
#14 Seattle Seahawks: C.J. Spiller, RB Clemson
Spiller is the top back in this class, and would give a much needed shot in the arm to a slothlike Seahawk run game.
#15 New York Giants: Earl Thomas, FS/CB Texas
New York needs secondary help. Their starting corners are injury prone, Kenny Phillips may never be the same, and no one out of the trio of C.C. Brown, Aaron Rouse, and Michael Johnson is a starter. Thomas would be an instant upgrade, and give them some flexibility.
#16 Tennessee Titans: Derrick Morgan, DE GT
Tennessee needs someone across from Kyle Vanden Bosch. Morgan is a great pass rusher, and could go top ten, however rookie DE's rarely contribute their first year.
#17 San Francisco 49ers: Donovan Warren, CB Michigan
San Fran needs secondary help, and Warren is the best available. This would allow them to move Nate Clements either to safety or the bench, giving them potentially two upgrades.
#18 Pittsburgh Steelers: Dan Williams, NT Tennessee
NT is a really high demand position, and we start to see the younger generation start here. Hampton is not likely to be re-signed, and Williams would be a good replacement.
#19 Atlanta Falcons: Sean Weatherspoon, OLB Mizzou
Weatherspoon gives them an upgrade over Mike Peterson at SAM, or another option at WILL besides Stephen Nicolas and Coy Wire. I think 'Spoon will get his stock back up to this range.
#20 Houston Texans: Dez Bryant, WR Oklahoma State
If Kevin Walter stays this pick won't. But I think he will leave, he had a disappointing season, and isn't the type of guy you give a long term deal. Bryant has a much higher ceiling anyways, him and Andre Johnson are beasts at WR, Owen Daniels is a force over the middle, and both Jacoby Jones and Andre Davis are effective out of the slot. This Texans passing attack will be potent.
#21 Cincinatti Bengals: Jermaine Gresham, TE Oklahoma
Too bad Bryant went one pick earlier, but Gresham is a nice consolation prize. He can stretch the middle, and will give Palmer another weapon.
#22 New England Patriots: Jerry Hughes, OLB TCU
New England needs a pass rush, and Hughes is a legitimate 3-4 rush linebacker.
#23 Green Bay Packers: Charles Brown, OT USC
Brown's Combine is critical. He must have a good showing in the strength workouts, and come in over 300 pounds. If he does, he could go as high as 13 to the Niners. If not, he could drop out of the first altogether. As it is, he's a great fit for Green Bay's blocking scheme. And he fills a great need.
#24 Philadelphia Eagles: Carlos Dunlap, DE Florida
I think Dunlap is overrated, he reminds me of the bad Julius Peppers. He reminds me of the good Peppers as well, which is why he goes here to Philadelphia. With Trent Cole on the other side, his bouts of laziness won't be so apparent.
#25 Baltimore Ravens: Damian Williams, WR USC
Williams runs great routes, and will be a great weapon for Flacco. I think he is going to be the most consistent receiver in this class.
#26 Arizona Cardinals: Brandon Ghee, CB Wake Forest
This is a guy who I think will really improve his stock. He runs a great 40 for his size, and there really aren't very many other options for Arizona here.
#27 Dallas Cowboys: Taylor Mays, S USC
Jerry Jones loves big name guys, and Mays fits the bill. He may remind people of Roy Williams, but I think he will turn out fine with some proper coaching. Plus nothing could be much worse than the current Dallas safety duo.
#28 San Diego Chargers: Jahvid Best, RB California
San Diego needs help at RB. They were hoping for Spiller, and indeed I think they could trade up to get him. But Best is a nice consolation prize, and would add an everydown element to the Chargers ground game.
#29 New York Jets: Jared Odrick, DE Penn State
The Jets need to get younger at the 3-4 DE position. Odrick would be a very good 3-4 DE.
#30 Minnesota Vikings: Brandon Spikes, ILB Florida
Spikes is a tough, downhill defender who will keep Minnesota in the news as one of the best run D's in the league. He'll also be a nice replacement for either Leber or Henderson.
#31 Indianapolis Colts: Brian Price, DT UCLA
Price is an absolute STEAL here. He could go top fifteen. In addition, he fits Indy's defensive scheme.
#32 New Orleans Saints: Everson Griffen, DE USC
Griffen would be another pass rushing threat across from Will Smith. Charles Grant needs to be upgraded, and Griffen will do that.
* Alternative pick is Derrick Morgan
There were three first rounders traded.
Chicago's to Denver for Jay Cutler
Denver's to Seattle for Alphonse Smith
Carolina's to SF for Everette Brown