NFL post-Combine Mock Draft: Version 3.0
This truly is the best time of the year. We're days away from Selection Sunday, spring training is upon us, and both the NBA and NHL playoff races are beginning to heat up.
Most important, though, we're less than two months away from NFL Draft weekend. Since our previous mock draft, several prospects improved their stock with impressive NFL Draft Scouting Combine performances in Indianapolis, while others weren't as fortunate. Pro Days start on March 4.
With still many more to come, here's the 2010 Schrager Mock Draft, Version 3.0. Dig in and let us know your thoughts:
1. ST. LOUIS RAMS
Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
With new ownership in St. Louis, there will be a focused effort on bringing the Rams back to respectability. Using the first pick on a franchise QB like Sam Bradford or Jimmy Clausen may be the impulse move in kick-starting excitement and fan interest back into the club, but rebuilding from the inside out is the wiser of the two strategies. St. Louis grabbed OT Jason Smith with the second pick overall last year and will take Suh, college football's most celebrated interior linemen of the past two decades, with the top pick in '10. Mentioned in the same breath as every great three-technique DT from John Randle to Tommie Harris, Suh's a clog against the run and a pass rushing demon. Don't get me wrong; St. Louis still needs a franchise QB. I just don't see the Rams sinking $40 million guaranteed into Bradford or Clausen. A few million into Michael Vick or Jason Campbell? Well, now we're talking.
Mock Draft 2.0 Pick: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
Suh's Mock Draft 2.0 Placement: No. 1 to St. Louis
2. DETROIT LIONS
Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
Ranked last in the league against the pass and 25th against the rush, the Lions will look to continue to rebuild their ailing defense. Detroit's reportedly in talks to bring one-time All Pro cornerback Antonio Cromartie to the Motor City via trade. That's a start. Alas, there are 8-10 other spots that need to be upgraded, as well. Some pundits -- NFL Network's Mike Mayock, for one -- actually have McCoy ranked higher than Suh on their draft boards. The side-by-side comparisons of the two Big 12 stars will be a running subplot right up until Draft weekend. Suh got the early nod in my book at the Combine, bench pressing 225 pounds 32 times to McCoy's 23 and impressing in interviews. In the end, I think St. Louis goes with the 'Husker at 1, and Detroit takes the Sooner at 2. Both become studs at the next level. Jim Schwartz can turn McCoy into what Albert Haynesworth was for him at DT in Tennessee.
Mock Draft 2.0 Pick: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
McCoy's Mock Draft 2.0 Placement: No. 2 to Detroit
3. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
Don't read too much into the Bucs applying the highest possible franchise tender on left tackle Donald Penn over the weekend. More than anything, that was a financial move and there's a strong chance that Penn, as advised by his agent, is frustrated by the tender and opts to hold out during offseason activities. Penn's a solid tackle and could be very nice trade bait, but he isn't the "build-a-franchise-around-guy" that Okung is. In Okung, quarterback Josh Freeman would get a fellow Big 12 superstar to watch his blindside for years to come. The big fella impressed in Indy with the second most bench press reps for his position and will solidify his top 5 status on his Pro Day in March.
Mock Draft 2.0 Pick: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
Okung's Mock Draft 2.0 Placement: No. 5 to Kansas City
4. WASHINGTON REDSKINS
Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
Over the weekend, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said that Washington plans to tender Jason Campbell, their starting quarterback for the last three seasons, before free agency begins on March 5. But while speaking with reporters at the Combine, Shanahan would not commit to Campbell as his starter for next season. With Campbell on the roster or not, it's time for a new "face of the franchise" in D.C. Insert Bradford. Though he opted not to throw at the Combine, Bradford measured well and impressed team personnel with his poise, confidence and football smarts in interviews. In Malcolm Kelly, Devin Thomas and Fred Davis, the former Heisman winner would have a plethora of young offensive weapons to work with. In later rounds, Washington has to address its woeful offensive line. Campbell withstood a beating last year.
Mock Draft 2.0 Pick: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
Bradford's Mock Draft 1.0 Placement: No. 9 to Buffalo
5. KANSAS CITY CHIEFS
Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
The Chiefs can go a variety of ways at No. 5: Tennessee All-Everything safety Eric Berry, USC punisher Taylor Mays, receiver Dez Bryant, another LSU defensive lineman (kidding, kidding). But I see Pioli, Haley, Weis and Patriots Midwest giving Matt Cassel some protection on the O-line. Drafting a franchise tackle like Bulaga would allow Branden Albert to move back to his natural position of guard, protect K.C.'s investment in Cassel and give Jamaal "Jazz" Charles some legitimate holes to run through.
Though some critics think he'll be better suited at right tackle and you don't customarily take right tackles fifth overall, Bulaga's only 20 years old and can play right away. The Chiefs can't draft an O-lineman based solely on potential. They need help -- a guy like Bulaga -- who can step in immediately and contribute.
Another reason to like Bulaga-to-Kansas City? GM Scott Pioli and Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz are close friends dating back to their time in the mid-'90s with Cleveland. Ferentz, an offensive line guru, coached the All-Big 10 selection at Iowa. With three of the top 53 picks and eight overall, look for K.C. to address other needs in later rounds.
Mock Draft 2.0 Pick: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
Bulaga's Mock Draft 2.0 Placement: No. 13 to San Francisco
6. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
Seattle's one of the most intriguing teams in this draft. With two picks in the top 14, the Seahawks have several holes to fill and will begin doing so very early on Day 1. The offensive line struggled immensely last season. With Walter Jones likely retiring and Sean Locklear simply unable to stay healthy, look for coach Pete Carroll, new GM John Schneider and the slew of new assistants in Seattle to start up front with a future franchise left tackle.
A physical specimen with tons of upside, Anthony Davis could be the guy. Criticized by scouts for being inconsistent at times, the 6-5, 323 pound masher dominated some of the Big East's best pass rushers, including Pittsburgh's Greg Romeus and South Florida's George Selvie. When up to the task, Davis is a game-changer. Look for Carroll to get the most of him.
Mock Draft 2.0 Pick: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
Davis's Mock Draft 2.0 Placement: No. 8 to Oakland
7. CLEVELAND BROWNS
Eric Berry, S/CB, Tennessee
The highest a safety’s ever been drafted was second overall. The player? Eric Turner of UCLA in 1991. The team? The Browns. Cleveland grabs another safety in the Top 10 with Tennessee’s do-everything centerfielder. The junior showed corner speed at the Combine and hits like a truck. His ball-hawking cover skills have been compared to Ed Reed’s. As for Berry’s confidence? Here’s what he had to say at the Combine, "I feel like I'm the best player in the draft because I bring a lot to the table. I can do pretty much anything the coaches ask me to. I can play free or strong, or nickel corner. You don't have to bring in the nickel package for me because I can cover the slot. I had 14 interceptions in three years, three [returns for] TDs and almost broke the NCAA record for return yards after interceptions. I was only seven yards away from that." Mangini and Holmgren will cherish the confidence, humble him in training camp, and start him right away.
Mock Draft 2.0 Pick: Joe Haden
Berry’s Mock Draft 2.0 Placement: No. 3 to Tampa Bay
8. OAKLAND RAIDERS
Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
Al Davis loves his freakish athletes and in Morgan, he’d surely get one. Though there are definite needs at offensive tackle, the Raiders won’t reach to fill a need. Richard Seymour’s back in Oakland, but there’s a lack of young pass rushing DE’s on the roster. At 6’4, 270 pounds with 4.7 40 speed, Morgan’s the top pass rushing defensive end on my board. Expected to play second fiddle to Jason Pierre-Paul at the Combine, Morgan wowed scouts and personnel. Al Davis goes with the All-ACC defender.
Mock Draft 2.0 Pick: Anthony Davis, OT, Oakland
Morgan’s Mock Draft 2.0 Placement: No. 6 to Seattle
9. BUFFALO BILLS
Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
Where to begin in Buffalo? Former Chargers personnel guru and new Buffalo GM Buddy Nix and coach Chan Gailey have more than a few holes to fill. Try everywhere. The offensive line is a disaster, wide receiver is a need, Buffalo's pass rush was all but nonexistent in 2009 and they're moving from a 4-3 to a 3-4 in a DT-rich draft. Mark my words: Between now and Draft Day, Terrence Cody, ideally built to play the middle of that 3-4 defensive line, will be rumored to go to Buffalo here. In the end, though, I think Buffalo addresses the quarterback position. If Clausen has a strong Pro Day in March and is still around at nine, I'd be surprised if Bills brass didn't scoop him up.
Mock Draft 2.0 Pick: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
Clausen's Mock Draft 2.0 Placement: No. 4 to Washington
10. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
Jacksonville’s only got two picks in the first three rounds. You better believe they’re going to make the most of their selections. The pass rush — despite featuring 2008 first round pick Derrick Harvey and 2008 second round pick Quentin Groves — struggled mightily in ’09 as Jacksonville had a league low 14 sacks.
In Jason Pierre-Paul, the Jags would get one of the Draft’s most intriguing prospects. With just one year of D-1 college under his belt, Pierre-Paul made a major splash on the scene in just seven games at South Florida. A 272-pound defensive end who clocked a 4.64 forty (and in a YouTube video captured at his bowl game, did 13 straight back flips), Pierre-Paul could be the pass rush demon the team so sorely needs. As for all the Tim Tebow-to-Jacksonville talk? Stop it. This isn’t the minor leagues. No team is spending a Top 10 pick (and Top 10 cash) on a guy that may sell a few more jerseys.
Mock Draft 2.0 Pick: Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
Pierre-Paul’s Mock Draft 2.0 Placement: No. 31 to Tennessee
11. DENVER BRONCOS
Dez Bryant, WR/KR, Oklahoma State
Whether Brandon Marshall is in a Broncos uniform or not in '10, wide receiver is an area of concern in Denver. Josh McDaniels likes to use multiple receiver sets and with another top flight weapon in the offensive attack, the Broncos O could really be elevated next season. Several pundits are down on Dez Bryant after he opted out of the Combine citing a hamstring injury. All he has to do is blow them out of the water at his Pro Day in Stillwater this month and they'll be right back on board.
The consensus top wideout in the draft, Bryant has the unfortunate "buyer beware" label after the Deion Sanders incident that got him suspended during his junior season. In a rather weak wideout draft, Bryant will be just fine.
Mock Draft 2.0 Pick: Brandon Graham, DE/LB, Michigan
Bryant's Mock Draft 2.0 Placement: No. 21 to Cincinnati
12. MIAMI DOLPHINS
Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
As much as Bill Parcells loves NT Jason Ferguson, it is time to look for a suitable long-term replacement for the 35-year old veteran. Backup NT Paul Soliai is fine enough, but he's likely not that player. The Dolphins slipped from 10th to 18th in defense in '09 and premier run-stopping defensive tackles do not just come and go. Insert Tennessee beast Dan Williams. Williams follows in the great tradition of the Tennessee DTs before him (Albert Haynesworth, Justin Harrell, Aubreyo Franklin) and could be that anchor of the Miami D-line for years to come.
Mock Draft 2.0 Pick: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
Williams' Mock Draft 2.0 Placement: No. 12 to Miami
13. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
Joe Haden, CB, Florida
Déjà vu all over again? With eyes set on Michael Oher last year, the 49ers passed on the Ole Miss star when Michael Crabtree unexpectedly slipped to them at No. 10 overall. The same could happen with Haden in 2010. The once-considered Top Ten lock had an underwhelming Combine performance, leading folks to wonder whether it was Haden’s cover skills or Florida’s defensive front 7 that made the junior so dominant in Gainesville. Quibble all you want over the how’s and why’s, Haden’s an absolute steal at 13th overall. The Niners have a potential future Pro Bowl CB in Dashon Goldson, but are awfully old across the board beyond that. Dre Bly, Walt Harris, and Nate Clements are hardly spring chickens. Insert Haden and San Fran has two electrifying corners starting on opening day. 40 times be damned.
Mock Draft 2.0 Pick: Bryan Bulaga, OT Iowa
Haden’s Mock Draft 2.0 Placement: No. 7 to Cleveland
14. SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
C.J. Spiller, RB/KR, Clemson
With question marks at running back and Jeremy Bates and Alex Gibbs' new zone blocking schemes coming to the Pacific Northwest, I can't see Seattle letting Spiller slip past them if he's still on the board at 14. Spiller can be an every-down back, a return game difference maker and a solid receiver out of the backfield. Of his 50-plus career touchdowns at Clemson, 21 of them came on plays of 50 yards or more. Carroll and Schneider have assembled an All Star team of offensive minds for the Seattle coaching staff. Getting them top flight talents like Davis and Spiller would go a long way.
Mock Draft 2.0 Pick: C.J. Spiller, RB/KR, Clemson
Spiller's Mock Draft 2.0 Placement: No. 14 to Seattle
15. NEW YORK GIANTS
Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama
The Giants defense stunk down the stretch in '09, getting blown off the field by Carolina and Minnesota in Weeks 16 and 17. There was no more glaring hole than middle linebacker. With Antonio Pierce gone, picking up a capable MLB either via free agency or the draft will be a top offseason concern for Big Blue. If McClain slips all the way to 15, as he does here, they might schedule a parade down Broadway the following morning. Whether the Giants opt to stick to the standard 4-3 scheme they ran last year or move to the Tampa 2 under new D-coordinator Perry Fewell, a top-flight MLB of McClain's caliber will get things in the right direction immediately. Forget who won the Heisman, McClain was the top player, team leader and heart and soul of the 2009 BCS Champion Crimson Tide. If he slips to 15, and he might after curiously opting out of Combine drills citing a hamstring injury the day he was supposed to run, the Giants will scoop him up. Instantly, he'll be the franchise's most productive rookie linebacker since Lawrence Taylor.
Mock Draft 2.0 Pick: Taylor Mays, S, USC
McClain's Mock Draft 2.0 Placement: No. 10 to Jacksonville
16. TENNESSEE TITANS
Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
Chuck Cecil’s defense struggled out of the gates in ‘09, but really came along down the stretch. Finishing the season with eight wins in their final 10 games, the Titans defense gelled from November on. Still, the pass rush struggled. could make for quite the new addition to the Tennessee D.
Like Bryant, Dunlap’s been given the dreaded “Buyer Beware” label. Just days before the SEC Championship Game, he was arrested for a DUI. There’s also the rap that he took plays off. That said, if the 2009 BCS Championship Game MVP slips to Tennessee, look for Jeff Fisher and Co. to pounce. At 6’6, 277 pounds and capable of running a 4.71 40, he’s too freakish an athlete and too premier a talent to let slip by. Compared throughout his college career to former Gator and Titans star Jevon Kearse, Dunlap would be the perfect fit in Nashville.
Mock Draft 2.0 Pick: Brian Price, DT, UCLA
Dunlap’s Mock Draft 2.0 Placement: No. 17 to San Francisco
17. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS
Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
Mike Singletary wasn’t bluffing or hiding any cards this week. With no hesitation, he told anyone who asked him in Indy that Alex Smith was his opening day starting quarterback. 2010 will mark the first time the 2005 top overall pick will play for the same offensive coordinator in consecutive seasons. With Joe Staley solid at one tackle spot, look for the Niners to shore up the other side with the reliable Williams. Capable of playing either the left or right side of the line, Williams had a strong Combine performance and would make for a solid addition to the San Francisco offense. Haden and Williams in Round 1? That’d be an A+ day for the Niners.
Mock Draft 2.0 Pick: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
Williams’ Mock Draft 2.0 Placement: No. 23 to Green Bay
18. PITTSBURGH STEELERS
Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho
I'm very high on Iupati and think he makes almost too much sense to Pittsburgh at No. 18 overall. The last time a guard was taken in the top 20, it was Virginia's Branden Albert going to Kansas City at 17th in 2008. Iupati's in the same league, with some saying he's the best guard prospect in the draft since Steve Hutchinson in 2001.
Coming off a dominant senior season at Idaho , he opened eyes while paving giant paths for Idaho running backs in the Roady's Humanitarian Bowl vs. Bowling Green. Iupati was one of the more polished players in Mobile for the Senior Bowl and excelled at the Combine. It appears as though Darnell Stapleton won't be back in Pittsburgh in 2010. Everyone's wondering whether Iupati can play the tackle spot or not. With the Steelers, he wouldn't be forced to. He'd play the guard position like All-Decade performer Alan Faneca did for so many years in the black and gold.
Mock Draft 2.0 Pick: Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho
Iupati's Mock Draft 2.0 Placement: No. 18 to Pittsburgh
19. ATLANTA FALCONS
Earl Thomas, S/CB, Texas
With 2007 first-round pick Jamaal Anderson likely headed to tackle, the Falcons could be looking to scoop up a top-flight pass rusher with the 19th overall pick. But if Pierre-Paul, Morgan, and Dunlap are off the board, they’d be wise to look to shore up their defensive backfield instead. In Thomas, the do-everything safety/corner who some actually have ranked higher than Eric Berry on their boards, the Falcons would get an explosive speed demon with both coverage and run stopping abilities at No. 19.
Mock Draft 2.0 Pick: Perrish Cox, CB, Oklahoma State
Thomas’ Mock Draft 2.0 Placement: No. 20 to Houston
20. HOUSTON TEXANS
Kyle Wilson, CB/KR, Boise State
"From the first game I played in (2004) when I lined up against Keyshawn Johnson to the last game in (2009) when I lined up against Randy Moss, the ride has been great." These were the words of the recently departed Dunta Robinson last week. After a six-year run as Houston's top cornerback, Robinson will be playing elsewhere in 2010. Robinson's departure makes cornerback an immediate concern in Houston. After Haden and Thomas, it's still in doubt who the third cornerback off the board will be. This may change after Pro Days, but right now I like Boise's Wilson. The 5-10 corner did not run at the Combine, but will be doing so at his Pro Day in Boise on March 26.
Mock Draft 2.0 Pick: Earl Thomas, CB/S, Texas
Wilson's Mock Draft 2.0 Placement: No. 29 to New York Jets
21. CINCINNATI BENGALS
Taylor Mays, S, USC
Another former Trojan to the Bengals? You better believe it. Following in the footsteps of Carson Palmer, Keith Rivers, Frostee Rucker and Rey Maualuga, Cincy could address its needs at safety via Mays with the 21st pick. With Roy Williams' future in Cincinnati an unknown and Chris Crocker battling injuries last year, Mays would be a tremendous addition to the Cincinnati defensive backfield. A three-time All American and a four-year starter at USC, Mays punishes receivers across the middle and has top-flight pro safety speed. His critics say that he struggles in coverage. With his skills and experience, I have no doubt he'll figure it out. And like his college teammate Maualuga, he'll devote his rookie season to proving those critics wrong.
Mock Draft 2.0 Pick: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
Mays' Mock Draft 2.0 Placement: NO. 15 to New York Giants
22. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
Brandon Graham, DE/LB, Michigan
The Patriots have four of the first 53 picks in the 2010 draft. After a rather non-existent pass rush in 2010, look for New England to give Jerod Mayo some help on the outside in a 3-4 OLB prospect like Graham. The Michigan star, whose stock has been rising up draft boards after a dominant week of Senior Bowl practices and an MVP performance in the game itself, looked good in Indianapolis before tweaking his hamstring while running the 40. Tully Banta-Cain should not be the Patriots' sack leader. Ever.
Mock Draft 2.0 Pick: Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
Graham's Mock Draft 2.0 Placement: No. 11 to Denver
23. GREEN BAY PACKERS
Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
As this year's Combine "workout warrior," there are a few red flags worth waving around Campbell. First off, he's only started 17 collegiate games. Second, he never once was voted to an All-ACC team. Third, he's still got loads to work on in technique. That said, if he's sitting there at No. 23, Ted Thompson's going to have to pounce. The 6-6 freakish physical specimen ran an eye-popping 4.78 40 on Saturday and bench pressed 225 pounds 34 times. With potential vacancies at both tackle positions heading into 2010, Campbell is well worth the gamble with the 23rd pick. Of course, he may very well be gone at No. 8. Everyone knows Al Davis has a thing for those workout warriors.
Mock Draft 2.0 Pick: Trent Williams
Campbell's Mock Draft 2.0 Placement: No. 22 to New England
24. PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Maurkice Pouncey, C/G, Florida
Though the Eagles may have more pressing needs at free safety, their interior offensive line revealed warts and weaknesses down the stretch in 2009. When C Jamaal Jackson tore his ACL late in the season, guard Nick Cole struggled mightily once moved over to fill in. Stacy Andrews was a major disappointment last year, as well. Pouncey, an All-American with experience at both the guard and center spots in college, would provide immediate depth and long-term stability inside.
Mock Draft 2.0 Pick: Everson Griffen, USC, DE/OLB
Pouncey's Mock Draft 2.0 Placement: No. 50 to Kansas City
25. BALTIMORE RAVENS
Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
The addition of Donte Stallworth doesn't suddenly fix the thinnest and historically weakest part of the Ravens depth chart. If Tate, who solidified himself as the second best wideout in the 2010 Draft, slips all the way to No. 25, Ozzie Newsome and Co. will have a hard time passing on him. The junior out of Notre Dame had a remarkable weekend at the Combine, running a faster-than-expected 4.42 40-yard dash and posting a broad jump of 10 feet. A bit undersized at 5-10, Tate makes up for it with outstanding hands and open field vision. In two years in Baltimore, Joe Flacco hasn't had a highly touted rookie wideout to work with. He gets a battery mate in Tate.
Mock Draft 2.0 Pick: Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State
Tate's Mock Draft 2.0 Placement: No. 36 to Kansas City
26. ARIZONA CARDINALS
Sergio Kindle, DE/OLB, Texas
Karlos Dansby could be gone in 'Zona. If that's the case, look for the Cardinals to make a pass-rushing outside linebacker a priority. At 6-3, 255 pounds, Kindle has the size and speed to fill that void. Kindle, who ran a 4.71 40, is one of a handful of hybrid DE/OLBs in this draft who could go in the first round. The Cardinals would be fortunate to see him still on the board at No. 26.
Mock Draft 2.0 Pick: Sergio Kindle, DE/OLB, Texas
Kindle's Mock Draft 2.0 Placement: No. 26 to Arizona
27. DALLAS COWBOYS
Charles Brown, OT, USC
A former tight end who made the move to left tackle in college, the 6-5, 290 pound Brown is one of the more athletic offensive linemen in the 2010 Draft. Though OT Doug Free played well for the Cowboys down the stretch, depth across the O-line is a major concern. My sixth-rated offensive tackle, the man who protected Mark Sanchez's blind side should sneak into the first round.
Mock Draft 2.0 Pick: Vladimir Ducasse, OT/OG, Massachusetts
Brown's Mock Draft 2.0 Placement: No. 37 to Washington
28. SAN DIEGO CHARGERS
Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama
Cody going in the first round? You better believe it. I read a mock draft which had the immovable object going in the fourth round earlier this week. It's stuff like that which makes the Internet an unsafe place. Everyone's talking running back for San Diego, but in one of the more running back-rich drafts in recent memory, San Diego has the luxury of waiting until the latter rounds before addressing the position.
A run-clogging defensive tackle in the 3-4? Not so easy. Cody lost 16 pounds between the Senior Bowl and the Combine and could be in even better shape by his Pro Day later this month. Like his former college teammate Andre Smith, Mount Cody's draft "stock" will come full circle and he'll be a first-rounder again by April 22.
Mock Draft 2.0 Pick: Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State
Cody's Mock Draft 2.0 Placement: No. 60 to San Diego
29. NEW YORK JETS
Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
The 6’0 McCourty came to Indy without some of the hype that greeted fellow corners Joe Haden, Patrick Robinson, Kyle Wilson and Perrish Cox. He performed better than each of them. No distractions, no baggage, and no attitude—McCourty and Darrelle Revis would make for a scary 1-2 CB duo in New York. In Indy, McCourty ran a 4.48 in the 40, which tied for fifth among corners. He was also sixth in the broad jump and second in the three-cone drill. Following an outstanding junior season, an eye-opening combine, and some terrific film—he’s worked himself into my first round.
Mock Draft 2.0 Pick: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
McCourty's Mock Draft 2.0 Placement: No. 56 to Green Bay
30. MINNESOTA VIKINGS
Jared Odrick, DE/DT, Penn State
At 37, Pat Williams isn't getting any younger and Jimmy Kennedy isn't the answer at DT in Minnesota. Odrick was the 2009 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and had a strong Senior Bowl week in Mobile. A great football mind with strong pursuit skills, Odrick ran a 4.98 40 in Indianapolis. At 6-5, 304 pounds, he can play the inside in a 4-3 at the next level.
Mock Draft 2.0 Pick: Jared Odrick, DE/DT, Penn State
Odrick's Mock Draft 2.0 Placement: No. 30 to Minnesota
31. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS
Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri
Off the field, Weatherspoon was one of the bigger personalities at both the Senior Bowl and the Combine, often providing the best quote for reporters. On the field, he solidified his status as a first-round caliber linebacker. Weatherspoon starred in Mobile and then showed up in Indianapolis and ripped off a 4.57 40 and benched 34 reps at 225 pounds. Likely capable of playing either inside or outside, I can see him manning the middle in Larry Coyer's defensive front seven.
Mock Draft 2.0: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
Weatherspoon's Mock Draft 2.0 Placement: No. 38 to Cleveland
32. NEW ORLEANS SAINTS
Everson Griffen, OLB/DE, USC
Griffen, one of the few players in the draft who played both the DE and OLB position in college, had 8 sacks, 9.5 tackles for a loss and 45 tackles in his one year as a starter in 2009. One of the most athletic players in this class -- and that's saying something -- the 6-3, 273 pound pass rusher officially ran a 4.66 40 in Indianapolis. The Saints are still in Super Bowl celebratory mode, but there are moves that need to be made. This one would be your classic "Best Player on the Board" one.
Mock Draft 2.0: Ricky Sapp, OLB/DE, Clemson
Griffen's Mock Draft 2.0 Placement: No. 24 to Philadelphia
33. St. Louis Rams—Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
34. Detroit Lions—Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech
35. Tampa Bay Buccaneers—Brian Price, DT, UCLA
36. Kansas City Chiefs—Daryl Washington, LB, TCU
37. Washington Redskins—Vladimir Ducasse, OT, Massachusetts
38. Cleveland Browns—Jahvid Best, RB, California
39. Oakland Raiders— Jared Veldheer, OT, Hillsdale
40. Seattle Seahawks—Corey Wooton, DE/DT, Northwestern
41. Buffalo Bills—Selvish Capers, OT, West Virginia
42. Tampa Bay Buccaneers—Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State
43. Miami Dolphins—Brandon LaFell, WR, LSU
44. New England Patriots—Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State
45. Denver Broncos—Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
46. New York Giants—LaMarr Houston, DT, Texas
47. Carolina Panthers— Ricky Sapp, DE/OLB, Clemson
48. New England Patriots—Damian Williams, WR, USC
49. San Francisco 49ers—Dexter McCluster, RB/WR, Ole Miss
50. Houston Texans—Anthony Dixon, RB, Mississippi State
51. Kansas City Chiefs— Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona
52. Pittsburgh Steelers—Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama
53. New England Patriots—Aaron Hernandez, TE, Florida
54. Cincinnati Bengals— Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois
55. Philadelphia Eagles—Nate Allen, S, South Florida
56. Green Bay Packers— Perrish Cox, CB/KR, Oklahoma State
57. Baltimore Ravens–Jerome Murphy, CB, South Florida
58. Arizona Cardinals—Colt McCoy, QB, Texas
59. Dallas Cowboys—Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech
60. San Diego Chargers—Joe McKnight, RB, USC
61. New York Jets— Jerry Hughes, DE/OLB, TCU
62. Minnesota Vikings—Dominique Franks, CB, Oklahoma
63. Indianapolis Colts—Jason Worilds, DE, Virginia Tech
64. New Orleans Saints—Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford
65. St. Louis Rams—Dan LeFevour, QB, Central Michigan
66. Detroit Lions—Roger Saffold, OT/OG, Indiana
67. Tampa Bay Buccaneers—Jordan Shipley, WR, Texas
68. Kansas City Chiefs— Jon Asamoah, G, Illinois
69. Oakland Raiders—Geno Atkins, DT, Georgia
70. Philadelphia Eagles— Alex Carrington, DE, Arkansas State
71. Cleveland Browns—Eric Decker, WR, Minnesota
72. Buffalo Bills—Mardy Gilyard, WR, Cincinnati
73. Miami Dolphins—Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida
74. Jacksonville Jaguars—Navarro Bowman, LB, Penn State
75. Chicago Bears— Willie Young, DE, N.C. State
76. New York Giants—Morgan Burnett, S, Georgia Tech
77. Tennessee Titans— Mike Johnson, OG, Alabama
78. Carolina Panthers—Jacoby Ford, WR, Clemson
79. San Francisco 49ers—Syd’Quan Thompson, CB, Cal
80. Denver Broncos—Reshad Jones, S, Georgia
81. Houston Texans—Ciron Black, OT, LSU
82. Pittsburgh Steelers— Amari Spievy, CB, Iowa
83. Atlanta Falcons—Chris Cook, CB, Virginia
84. Cincinnati Bengals—Dennis Pitta, TE, BYU
85. Oakland Raiders— Taylor Price, WR, Ohio
86. Green Bay Packers—Mitch Petrus, OG, Arkansas
87. Philadelphia Eagles—LeGarrette Blount, RB, Oregon
88. Baltimore Ravens— Matt Tennant, C, Boston College
89. Arizona Cardinals—Dorin Dickerson, TE, Pittsburgh
90. Dallas Cowboys—Chad Jones, S, LSU
91. San Diego Chargers—Kyle Calloway, OT, Iowa
92. Cleveland Browns—Ed Dickson, TE, Oregon
93. Minnesota Vikings—Montario Hardesty, RB, Tennessee
94. Indianapolis Colts—Marshall Newhouse, OG, TCU
95. New Orleans Saints—Major Wright, S, Florida