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Mock Draft 2.0

Mock Draft 2.0

I had great response to my first mock draft last week.  So I promised to update it once per week.  While I do think that this is a useless exercise, I will refrain from doing my usual speech about why it is so useless.  Instead I’ll just get right down to it:

(The Order has been set by’s current league standings, so tiebreakers are decided by nothing more than alphabetical order of the city/state names.  The Vikings are last, because we all know that’s where they’ll be picking.  Kidding.)

  1. Bucs:  Eric Berry, S, Tennessee – Josh Freeman is the future in Tampa.  They don’t need a left tackle.  The defense is the real problem, so the Bucs abandon the typical draft script an opt for the unusual decision to take a safety with the top pick.  And they’re happy, because Berry is the best prospect in this draft.
  2. Rams: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame – The Rams have allowed Marc Bulger to get thrown around so much that he is viewed as pretty much worthless now.  Bulger may be good in another situation, but it is time to rebuild around a very talented young quarterback.
  3. Lions:  Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State – The Lions would love to address their defense, but they’ll have to do that later on in the draft, as protecting their zillion dollar quarterback needs to be their top priority.  Okung projects to be a top left tackle in this league, and will be a huge step for the Lions success on offense.
  4. Browns:  Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma – Mangini, or the Browns new coach, go out and get the quarterback of their choice.  I don’t like this pick, but just have a gut feeling that’s what they’ll be aiming for.
  5. Raiders:  Jake Locker, QB, Washington – Oh, who knows… it’s Al Davis we’re talking about here.  This week it seems the Raiders have given up on Jamarcus Russell, so it makes sense for them to take another young and talented quarterback for them to throw to the wolves too early.
  6. Chiefs:  Joe Haden, CB, Florida –  The Chiefs secondary is a mess.  So is the rest of their team, but the secondary is the easiest upgrade.  Haden will provide a top notch corner for years to come… meaning teams will simply throw to the other side of the field and avoid Haden all together.  And the Chiefs will be picking this low again next year.  Haden is a good start, though.
  7. Redskins:  Tim Tebow, QB, Florida – Jason Campbell and Jim Zorn will be gone.  Dan Snyder loves big names (Colt Brennan).  Tebow will get picked in the first round, but this is too high.  Snyder reaches in an effort to salvage a team desperate to get out of its downward spiral.
  8. Titans:  Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska – The Titans are missing the contract-year-version of Albert Hayneworth this year.  Their secondary could also use a ton of help, but Suh is a HUGE steal at this point in the draft.  His falling to #8 is unintentional.
  9. Seahawks:  Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland – Campbell is a solid zone blocking option for a team whose offensive line has completely fallen to shambles this year.  The Seahawks seem to always be one step behind in addressing needs, and the injuries just snowball those needs.  I kind of feel bad for this team.

10.  Bills:  Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma – The Bills trying to stop the run this year has been hilarious.  They need help, point blank.

11.  49ers:  Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa – The Niners are a solid team on both sides of the ball.  They need better quarterback play, but with no quarterbacks available the best way to make that happen is to protect the ones they’ve got.  Bulaga also is very good in run blocking, which will strengthen the Niners ground game which is already very respectable.

12.  Jets:  Donovan Warren, CB, Michigan – Derrell Revis is turning out to be one of the best young corners in the league.  Adding another solid young corner to this defense and the Jets may finally start to turn the corner and be able to keep up with the Patriots passing game.

13.  Dolphins:  Jahvid Best, RB, California – Ricky isn’t getting an younger, and Ronnie has shown yet again that he cannot finish an entire season.  The Fins try and keep their stellar run game intact by drafting the most talented young back available.

14.  Broncos:  Taylor Mays, S, USC – Brian Dawkins won’t last forever, and the Broncos need some youth in that secondary.  Mays has the upside to become one of the league’s best if he can retain even half of what a guy like Dawkins can teach him.

15.  49ers:  Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas –  The Niners got their offensive line help a few picks ago.  Now they do their best to improve the guy playing behind that line.  Mallett would be put into a position where he could ride the bench for a while… which is the best situation for a young quarterback to be in.

16.  Eagles:  Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama – The Eagles would love for their linebackers to finally start playing like, well, good players.  They’d prefer to use this pick on the O-Line, but those linebackers have been dreadful this year.

17.  Giants:  Earl Thomas, FS, Texas – Kenny Phillips may or may not play football ever again.  This forces the Giants to prepare for the worst and select the best safety available.

18.  Jaguars:  Greg Hardy, DE, Ole Miss – The Jaguars are a team in decline, but defensive end would be a fine spot to start fighting the decline.  Hardy is a steal here and would fill a position of need.  No brainer.

19.  Texans:  Trevard Lindley, CB, Kentucky – The Texans could use defensive help just about everywhere.  With Dunta Robinson possibly taking off, cornerback becomes the top need.

20.  Packers:  Charles Brown, OT, USC –  Aaron Rodgers is somehow still alive.  I think he’s on pace to be sacks six thousand times this season or something.  The Packers desperately need help… and should probably consider spending every pick they have on the O-Line.

21.  Ravens:  Damian Williams, WR, USC – The Ravens need to become more consistent on offense.  Williams would provide them with a solid option outside of Derrick Mason for year to come.

22.  Falcons:  Terrence Cody, NT, Alabama – Some help on the defensive line will help the Falcons continue to improve.  Cody is a big run stuffer who will make opponents think twice about trying to slam it down their throats.

23.  Chargers:  C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson – The Chargers may lose Darren Sproles.  They may have already lost L.T.  It is time to look to the future and continue to give fans a running game that they’ve grown to expect.

24.  Steelers:  Morgan Burnett, FS, Georgia Tech – Ryan Clark and Tyrone Carter are both set to become free agents.  Burnett is good enough that he would not be much of a dropoff.

25.  Patriots:  Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State – The Pats wanted Percy Harvin last year, hoping to get incredible value because of his troubled past.  Bryant has the same story, and the Pats still have the need. 

26.  Seahawks:  Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia – Dowling will put someone across from Trufant with some actual skills.  Dowling also is an option to play free safety if the Seahawks can’t fill that need.

27.  Cowboys:  Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma – Adams has been playing awful, so the Cowboys luck out as there is one last top tier tackle available to help protect Romo and pave a path for their 43 talented running backs.

28.  Cardinals:  Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech – The Cardinals actually have a pretty solid defense this year, but Morgan provides such good value at this point that they cannot help themselves.  Once a team gets a taste of a good pass rush, they just can’t help but get addicted.

29.  Bengals:  Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma – The Bengals are surprising this year, and appear to be pretty solid all the way around.  Adding a guy like Gresham will help in both the passing game and the blocking quality. 

30.  Saints:  Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida – It is obvious to just about everyone that the Saints have about everything they need on offense and then some.  Adding a guy with Dunlap’s upside to the pass rush will help make a Saints defense that is built to go for the long run just like their offense is.

31.  Colts:  Brandon Ghee, CB, Wake Forest – The Colts still need help on defense in their quest to become the perfect football team.  Ghee provides them with some more depth in a secondary that is suspect and constantly injured.

32.  Vikings:  Travis Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma – Somehow Travis Lewis falls this far in my mock draft, and it is unwarranted.  Lewis is very highly regarded.  Plus, the Vikings like to bring in rookies to fill positions of need for not that season but for the one season out.  Remember drafting Tyrell Johnson a year before Darren Sharper left?  Or Sullivan a year before Birk left?  Well, in 2011 Ben Leber is a free agent and Lewis would provide the Vikings with an easy transition.  I don’t view OLB as a huge need, especially considering the depth, but Lewis would be a true value pick here.

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7 Responses to “Mock Draft 2.0”

  1. Jon says:

    Good work, but Gerald McCoy and Ndamukong Suh won’t last past the top 5.

  2. Adam Warwas says:

    I tend to agree Jon, except that there are some very QB desperate teams… thnaks for commenting!

  3. Fragile Fred Smoot says:

    “Tebow will get picked in the first round, but this is too high.”

    The highest Tebow will go in the first round is 33rd!

  4. bigjohnny84 says:

    Freds I can already taste that steak and the 45’s will flow nicely. Thanks!

  5. Adam Warwas says:

    Yup, it’s going to taste so much better than that crow Freds will be eating 🙂

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