It has been 3 months since my last mock draft so it's about time for another.
1. St. Louis Rams - Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
Take a look at the #1 overall picks of this decade and the answer is quarterback. Suh is the trendy pick and it makes sense why, but there's such a glaring need at QB that the Rams are only delaying their rebuilding process by ignoring the vacancy.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Detroit) - Ndamakong Suh, DT, Nebraska
The Buccaneers own plenty of draft picks to toy around with and have the luxury of trying to move up and select whomever the wish. Unfortunately for the Bucs they lose the latter of their two second rounders, but they deem the difference between Suh and McCoy worth the move.
3. Detroit Lions (from Tampa Bay) - Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
The debate here is going to be Eric Berry vs. Gerald McCoy, but when it comes to rebuilding a defense, the big guys always come first. Not only that, but I believe McCoy is the BAP at this position. An anchor in the middle of a defense will make everyone on the defense, and that's what Gerald McCoy provides.
4. Washington Redskins - Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
The Redskins get the perfect blend of need and value at #4 in Okung. Quarterback is a possibility here, but Washington will probably want the #1 rated QB or none at all. With Clausen off the board, Bradford probably isn't worth the value that the 4th overall pick and isn't worth the money that comes with it. The best LT in the draft is.
5. Kansas City Chiefs - Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
I know everyone says the Chiefs should take Eric Berry with this pick, but a safety can't do much when a team can't get the quarterback or stop the run. People keep saying Berry is the next Reed, but Reed has a good front seven in front of him to allow big plays to unfold. Rolando McClain can help anchor the KC defense moving forward and give them a leader in the middle to build around.
6. Seattle Seahawks - Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
The Seahawks can't afford to pass on this opportunity to draft a franchise quarterback to take over. The defense has needs, yes, but with Clausen already gone this is Seattle's last chance to take one of the two top tier quarterbacks before the big drop off to the second tier.
7. Cleveland Browns - Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
Great meeting of value and need here at the 7th pick. The Cleveland defense is one in need of a rebuild and Berry provides a great building block moving forward. Definitely an easy pick for the Browns if Berry slips past the 6 teams ahead of them.
8. Oakland Raiders - Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
The Raiders missed out on the opportunity to take Rolando McClain, but get a good addition to their offensive line in Campbell. Protecting the QB is a must for the Raiders who gave up 49 sacks (30th in the NFL) in 2009.
The Bills draft a need here who happens to be one of, if not the BAP at the time. Similar to the Raiders just before them the Bills allowed 46 sacks (28th in the NFL) and need to find someone to fill the hole that Jason Peters left.
10. New York Giants (from Jacksonville) - Brian Price, DT, UCLA
I strongly believe that Price's stock will skyrocket over the next month and people will actually consider the #10 a small slip for Price. The Giants have a strong need at DT and Price presents great value at 10, so they jump at the opportunity to take him.
11. Denver Broncos - Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida
The Broncos need an inside linebacker for their 3-4 system who can blitz and be a leader for the team moving forward. Spikes provides that at a reasonable value for the pick. A great blend of value and need for the Broncos at the 11th pick.
12. Miami Dolphins - Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
The Dolphins need to get a legitimate number one receiver with size to contrast the speed receivers on the outside. Bryant is the best receiver in this draft and gives the Dolphins exactly what they're looking for to have their offense take another step forward.
13. San Francisco 49ers - Joe Haden, CB, Florida
The best cornerback in the draft really shouldn't be around this late and the 49ers get exactly what they need to elevate their defense. Their passing defense was torched week in and week out, so Haden will be able to come in and make an instant impact.
14. Seattle Seahawks - Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
The Seahawks need to help out their defense and the first step towards doing that has to be done by bolstering the pass rush. Their 28 sacks in 2009 ranked 26th in the NFL, so Morgan definitely fits a need and provides great value at 14. The best pass rusher in the draft is a great pick to help the Seattle defense.
15. Jacksonville Jaguars (from New York Giants) - Mike Iupati, G, Idaho
Too early for a guard? Not if he's this good. The Jaguars will draft the best available player and Iupati is that and will make instant contributions to the Jacksonville running game. Their is a definite need there as Vince Manuwai and Brad Meester are both showing signs of age. Iupati can be the bulldozer in the middle to help the Jaguars run game return to the unstoppable form of years prior.
16. Tennessee Titans - Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
The Titans get a guy with the ability to be a lights out DE in the future. JPP has a very raw talent that can develop into something special, but only if it develops. So it's a bit of a boom-bust pick, but the upside is too much to pass up for the Titans.
17. San Francisco 49ers - Brian Bulaga, OT, Iowa
The 49ers have a need at tackle and Bulaga is thought by many to be the second best tackle in this year's draft. Definitely an easy pick for the 49ers who have hit on two great value picks that both address big needs for the team.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers - Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
There's a very good chance the Steelers will be without Casey Hampton's services in the middle of their defense next year. Even if he did return to Pittsburgh, he's getting older and a replacement at such a premium spot is at the top of the Steelers' offseason wish list. The secondary is a huge need, but the nose tackle position is such a premium one that the Steelers can't miss the opportunity to draft a prospect like Williams.
19. Atlanta Falcons - C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
The Falcons had some big struggles defensively and the common thought is that they would draft a defensive player with their first round pick, but the BAP is definitely Spiller here. Injuries crushed the Falcons offense last season so more depth is never bad.
20. Philadelphia Eagles (from Houston) - Earl Thomas, S, Texas
The Eagles need to get a good cover safety to compliment their gambling corners. Taylor Mays is not that and the Eagles are convinced that Thomas wont fall past the Texans or the other teams in between. Thomas is great value at 20 and the Eagles only have to give up one of their 4th rounders and their 6th rounder to get there.
21. Cincinnati Bengals - Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
If Gresham is fully healthy at the Scouting Combine he will in all likelihood be the best TE in the draft which happens to be a position of need for the Bengals. They need weapons for Carson Palmer and most of all, a big TE who can stretch the field. Gresham provides that and the Bengals get good value for Gresham at the 21st pick.
22. New England Patriots - Sergio Kindle, LB, Texas
The Patriots appear to have gotten old on the defensive side of the ball and the got there fast. Lucky for them they have about 87 first and second round picks over the next 2 years to rebuild with. Outside linebacker is somewhere that could use an upgrade and Kindle does that for them. At good value too.
23. Green Bay Packers - Charles Brown, OT, USC
Maybe, just maybe, Aaron Rodgers can avoid being flattened for another year with a new offensive tackle contributing. Brown is a very athletic, finesse type of tackle who can definitely help in pass protection. He also has a lot of potential to grow into a solid run blocker for the future.
24. Houston Texans (from Philadelphia) - Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
While a safety like Earl Thomas would have helped their defense, the picks they receive in compensation are well worth the move. They also get Wilson who has managed to launch himself up draft boards and will be a competent replacement for Dunta Robinson who will almost definitely be gone from Houston after annoying antics and poor play.
25. Baltimore Ravens - Damian Williams, WR, USC
Ray Rice lead the Ravens in receiving in 2009 and a legitimate #1 receiver is something the Ravens have been lacking for a long time. The question for me was Golden Tate or Damian Williams and I had to go with size here. Damian Williams has the extra two inches that would make him a more appealing #1 WR receiver prospect.
26. Arizona Cardinals - Jerry Hughes, OLB, TCU
The Cardinals are pretty solid across the board and have the luxury to draft the BAP just as long as it's not at the WR position. Lucky for them the BAP happens to be on the defensive side of the ball and can help strengthen the defense that got torn apart in the playoffs.
27. Dallas Cowboys - Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
The wide receiver position is one that needs to be addressed by the Cowboys. Miles Austin stepped up and Kevin Ogletree looks like he may have the tools to develop into something good, but Tate could step in and have an instant impact for the Dallas offense.
28. San Diego Chargers - Jonathon Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech
The San Diego running game has completely disappeared and it's kind of difficult to figure out why. It doesn't appear to be the offensive line and it's the same two running backs. It appears that Tomlinson just got old and Sproles needs another running back to contrast his style. Dwyer is the perfect contrast and would work well in a two back system in San Diego.
29. New York Jets - Jared Odrick, DE, Penn State
A wide receiver would've been a good addition to the Jets offense, but with Tate, Williams and Bryant all gone, no one is worth a first round pick. BAP is the pick here and Odrick provides that to help the good Jets defense get even better.
30. Minnesota Vikings - Donovan Warren, CB, Michigan
Definitely a BAP pick for a team with not many weaknesses. A QB is something they should probably pursue in the draft, but the second tier of quarterbacks wont be taken for another round so they're safe to ignore it with their first round pick.
31. New Orleans Saints - Everson Griffen, DE, USC
The Saints do not to address their offense and need to take the best available defensive player. Griffen probably should've been off the board 10 picks ago and the Saints get good value to help their pass rush.
32. Indianapolis Colts - Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona
Although he had a season ending back injury that required surgery, he still decided to forego his senior season and enter the draft. That probably means that he's healthy enough to have some good value in this draft. The Colts are notorious BAP drafters and Gronkowski will only help the great passing offense get better.
1. Tampa Buccaneers Receive #2 Pick
Detroit Lions Receive #3 + #44
2. New York Giants Receive #10 Pick
Jacksonville Jaguars Receive #15 Pick + #76
3. Philadelphia Eagles Receive #20 Pick
Houston Texans Receive #24 + #119 + #192