1. Browns- Carlos Dunlap DE, Florida
Dunlap won’t be at the top of many Mocks, but neither was Mario Williams. The Browns need a pass rusher to complement Kamerion Wimbley and 6'6, 290-pound speed rushers don’t come around often. Dunlap is big enough to handle playing the 3-4 DE role, but athletic enough to provide an effective pass rush.
2. Buccaneers- Eric Berry S, Tennessee
Berry has everything scouts want to see in a safety. He has the athletic ability and coverage skills of a corner back, with the mindset and toughness of a middle linebacker. The Bucs need to rebuild the defense to have any chance of getting back to a playoff contender. Adding a safety that can do it all is a great place to start.
3. Rams- Sam Bradford QB, Oklahoma
Honestly I don’t think Bradford will go in the top three, but at this point of the year I have to have him there. Some team will probably take him higher than they should. I think come draft time he will be the second or third QB prospect on most boards.
4. Seahawks- Taylor Mays S, USC
Mays is a physical freak at 6’2’’, 230 pounds. He is a big time hitter that blows up receivers over the middle and does a great job in run support. Mays must become more of a ball-hawk in 2009 to prove he’s worth a top 5 selection. The Seahawks are going to have their pick and the Broncos first round pick in 2010.
5. Seahawks (From Denver)- Russell Okung OT, Oklahoma State
Okung is dominating both as a run and pass blocker. He may need to add some weight, but has the skills to be a very good left tackle in the NFL. The Seahawks need a lot on both sides of the ball, but with Walter Jones nearing the end of his career they need to address the offensive line early in 2010.
6. Bengals- Terrence Cody DT, Alabama
Cody will provide great size and strength. With so many teams switching to the 3-4 defensive, Cody could easily go higher than six. He could be like Tyson Jackson and provide a defensive line "need" for an NFL team earlier than expected. Either way Cody could be a force in a 3-4 or 4-3. The Bengals must upgrade their defensive line in 2010.
7. Raiders- The Fastest Guy at the combine.
A guy that would make sense is Brandon Spikes OLB, Florida
Spikes doesn’t just provide great athletic ability, he is a leader on the field too. He is the quarterback of the Gators' defense and leads by example. He sticks to his responsibilities and has a knack for making big plays. If he runs a great 40, then maybe the Raiders will take him.
8. Lions- Ciron Black OT, LSU
The Lions can’t be any worse than they were in 2009. I’m going to say I expect them to win about 4 to 5 games. They need to build a line that can protect their huge 2009 investment. Black is a tremendous pass blocker and would be an instant upgrade on the left side. With a talented young QB, RB, WR, and TE, the Lions might have a shot of having an explosive offense in the near future.
9. Redskins- Dez Bryant WR, Oklahoma State
The Redskins drafted two wide receivers early in the 2008 draft, hoping to find an explosive target opposite of Santana Moss. But both Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas are raw and injury prone. Antwaan Randle El is getting older and needs to be replaced in the near future. Bryant is a big, athletic receiver that knows how to get open and make people miss. He could be a big time target in coach Jim Zorn’s offensive scheme.
10. 49ers- Colt McCoy QB, Texas
McCoy is a much better NFL prospect than most evaluators give him credit for. He is a very accurate passer and is great at making plays outside the pocket. He should have a great senior season and do very well at the combine. He is an intelligent leader and just the type of player coach Mike Singletary wants running his offense.
11. Titans- Gerald McCoy DT, Okalahoma
The Titans will miss run stuffing specialist Albert Haynesworth even more than expected. McCoy probably won’t turn out to be a Defensive MVP caliber player, but he will provide the ability to rush the passer and stuff running lanes.
12. Jaguars- Arrelious Benn WR, Illinois
The Jaguars have been in desperate need of a playmaking wide out since Jimmy Smith. An aging Torry Holt should provide an improvement for the mean time, but the team could really use a big athletic target like Benn. He is an explosive player that might be a little raw, but has the talent to be a big time player at the next level.
13. Chiefs- Jahvid Best RB, Cal
Best is a blazer that can take it the distance every time he touches the ball. The Chiefs will probably look to dump the unhappy Larry Johnson either this year or next. Best is a reliable receiver out of the back field and would be a much needed offensive weapon for Todd Haley’s new offense.
14. Cowboys- Ndamukong Suh DT, Nebraska
Who really knows what Jerry Jones is going to do in the first round? He may go after a QB if Romo fails to win the 2010 Super Bowl. Suh is a massive force in the middle, and will command a double team all of 2009. He could be a big time force next to DeMarcus Ware.
15. Jets- Greg Hardy DE, Ole Miss
After realizing that 2008 first rounder Vernon Gholston won’t provide a consistent pass rush the NFL, the Jets will be forced to use another first round pick on a DE that is capable of getting to the QB. Hardy has proven he is a dominating force when healthy. Unlike Gholston, he has skills, not just muscles.
16. Packers- Jermaine Gresham TE, Oklahoma
Gresham would have been the first tight end off the board in 2009, so 2010 should be no different. He is an athletic tight end that understands what needs to be done to get open. He is a little raw in his route running, but one more year in college should fix that.
17. Dolphins- Rolondo McClain OLB, Alabama
When looking at the Dolphins roster it is surprisingly stacked at just about every position. I feel they could use a physical player across from Joey Porter. McClain is a solid tackler and shows ability to make plays in the back field.
18. Vikings- Tim Tebow QB, Florida
Why not stir up some more controversy in Minnesota? Even if Brett Farve ends up signing with the Vikings, he won’t be there long. Most talent evaluators think Tim Tebow is nothing more than a great college QB, but I think there are NFL teams that feel like me and think this guy is special. Yes he plays in a "college" system. And yes he has ridiculous running stats, but he is a very good passer and has an extremely underrated throwing arm. He isn’t a good fit for every NFL offense, but he could be very successful in an offense like Minnesota’s, that is based on handing off to Adrian Peterson and throwing short passes. He will rise on draft boards after another great college season and his eye popping numbers at the combine. This guy is going to go down as the best college player of all-time and he will succeed at the next level. If Josh Freeman landed in the first round, there is no question Tebow should.
19. Bills- C.J. Spiller RB, Clemson
Spiller is a dynamic player. He is a guy that needs the ball in creative ways, that get him in space and in one on one situations. He would be a great compliment to Marshawn Lynch. The Bills would also love to have him as the primary kick return, since Leodis McKelvin is going to be asked to be the teams number one corner soon. The Bills have playmakers, and added one more that can do a little of everything wouldn’t hurt.
20. Falcons- Sean Weatherspoon OLB, Missouri
Weatherspoon is a tackling machine and has the potential to be a big time playmaker in the NFL. The Falcons have a strong defense, and adding a player like Weatherspoon will make everyone else around him even better.
21. Texans- Myron Lewis CB, Vanderbilt
Much like 2009, the 2010 draft class isn’t loaded with elite talent at the cornerback position. Lewis is an interesting prospect at 6’2, 210 pounds. Some question if Lewis should stay at corner or move to safety. At corner he is a physical player that has the strength to overpower most receivers in man. The Texans have a dynamic offense, a strong defensive line and solid young linebacking corps. Now it’s time to address the secondary.
22. Cardinals- George Selvie DE, South Florida
Selvie’s stock has dropped drastically in two years, mainly due to his inability to produce because of double and triple teams. He is a very talented player and should still remain a first round prospect despite his production decline. The Cardinals could use a player that can rush the passer and with good players around him, Selvie should take advantage of being blocked by only one player.
23. Ravens- Marshawn Gilyard WR, Cincinnati
Gilyard is an athletic, sure handed receiver. He had a very good 2008 season, and should become more nationally recognized in 2009. The Ravens need to add another weapon on the outside. Derrick Mason is still productive, but his days are numbered.
24. 49ers (from Carolina) - Sergio Kindle OLB, Texas
Kindle could provide a strong side backer that has the ability to rush the passer. He is an interesting prospect that scouts would like to see play more consistent this season. There are some off the field issues that could easily knock him out of the first round.
25. Colts- Brandon LaFell WR, LSU
Many feel Anthony Gonzalez is going to be the one to fill the void left by Marvin Harrison. I feel Gonzalez is a good player that hasn’t come close to reaching his full potential, but needs to remain in the slot to best utilize his skills. That means Indy must find a player that can play on the outside, opposite of Reggie Wayne and take advantage of single coverage. LaFell is a good route runner and shows ability to gain yards after the catch.
26. Saints- Joe Haden CB, Florida
Haden is a great athlete that just needs to be a bit more physical. The Saints have added much needed help on the defensive side. Another solid young corner is exactly what this team needs.
27. Chargers- Jon Dwyer RB, Georgia Tech
I’m one that feels LT still has good mileage left in him, but if not Dwyer would be a great pick for San Diego. He has great speed for his 230 pound frame. He runs hard between the tackles and can go the distance anytime he touches the ball.
28. Broncos- Jevan Snead QB, Ole Miss
The Denver front office is acting like they have their franchise quarter back in Kyle Orton. It won’t take long for them to think otherwise once the season starts. Orton is a game manager, not a playmaker. Denver needs a strong armed signal caller that can get the ball to its explosive receiving combo. Snead showed good ability during 2008 season, and with a strong pro day and a good combine he could make a run to be the first QB off the board. If he falls, Denver will be happy to take him
29. Steelers- Trent Williams OT, Oklahoma
Williams must be more impressive than Phil Loadholt and Duke Robinson were in their final year and combine to land in the first round. He is a very good player, but benefits greatly from playing in Oklahoma’s spread, where the linemen often have wide splits. The Steelers can pretty much draft any position they want, and the player will more than likely be a back-up for the first few years.
30. Eagles- Jerry Hughes DE, TCU
The Eagles added some weapons for Donovan McNabb in the 2009 draft, so I expect them to go defense first in the 2010 draft. Hughes is a gifted pass rusher that creates a lot of havoc in the backfield for opposing teams.
31. Giants- Trevard Lindley CB, Kentucky
The Giants are another team that is hard to pick a position of need. They are usually in a position to pick the best player available. Lindley is very quick and athletic. He is the first corner on most evaluator’s boards, but I like more complete corners. Lindley is not a very strong tackler and will be run at all game if he doesn’t become more physical in run support.
32. Patriots- Alterraun Verner CB, UCLA
I feel safe saying you won’t see Verner on any other first round mock drafts. I like his blend of physical play and athletic ability. He is best fitted for a zone scheme. He isn’t blazing fast, but has great instincts and quickness. The Pats drafted Darius Butler, an extremely athletic corner in 2009. Butler should be a very good player for the Pats, but they will need a replacement for Shawn Springs at the end of the year.