2010 NFL Mock Draft – Fan Draft (04/19)

The actual NFL draft starts in three days. I’m pumped. This is a special edition mock draft because it’s not of my own creation. This is the result from the Fan Mock Draft we did, where each team was represented by a different person. There were trades, reaches, and players who slipped down the board. It had all the makings the resemble the actual draft. I’m listing the three rounds in typical spreadsheet fashion and then will have all the reasonings for each pick below the draft itself.

Rnd Pick Team Player Pos School
1 1 St Louis Ndamukong Suh DT Nebraska
1 2 Detroit Russell Okung OT Oklahoma State
1 3 Tampa Bay Eric Berry S Tennessee
1 4 Washington Bryan Bulaga OT Iowa
1 5 Kansas City Rolando McClain LB Alabama
1 6 Seattle Gerald McCoy DT Oklahoma
1 7 Cleveland Jimmy Clausen QB Notre Dame
1 8 Oakland Joe Haden CB Florida
1 9 Buffalo Sam Bradford QB Oklahoma
1 10 Jacksonville Dez Bryant WR Oklahoma State
1 11 Denver Dan Williams DT Tennessee
1 12 Miami Brandon Graham LB Michigan
1 13 San Francisco Anthony Davis OT Rutgers
1 14 Seattle CJ Spiller (traded to Cincinnati) RB Clemson
1 15 NY Giants Sean Weatherspoon LB Missouri
1 16 Tennessee Derrick Morgan DE Georgia Tech
1 17 San Francisco Mike Iupati G Idaho
1 18 Pittsburgh Trent Williams OT Oklahoma
1 19 Atlanta Kyle Wilson CB Boise State
1 20 Houston Earl Thomas S Texas
1 21 Seattle (via Cincy) Charles Brown OT USC
1 22 New England Jason Pierre-Paul DE/LB South Florida
1 23 Green Bay Bruce Campbell OT Maryland
1 24 Philadelphia Taylor Mays S USC
1 25 Baltimore Terrence Cody DT Alabama
1 26 Arizona Maurkice Pouncey OG/C Florida
1 27 Dallas Nate Allen S South Florida
1 28 San Diego Ryan Matthews RB Fresno State
1 29 NY Jets Carlos Dunlap DE Florida
1 30 Minnesota Devin McCourty CB Rutgers
1 31 Indianapolis Sergio Kindle OLB Texas
1 32 New Orleans Tim Tebow QB Florida
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2 33 St Louis Golden Tate WR Notre Dame
2 34 Detroit Jahvid Best RB California
2 35 Tampa Bay Jerry Hughes DE TCU
2 36 Kansas City Damian Williams WR USC
2 37 Indianapolis (via Washington) Jared Odrick DT Penn State
2 38 Cleveland Patrick Robinson CB Florida St.
2 39 Oakland Colt McCoy QB Texas
2 40 San Diego Cam Thomas DT North Carolina
2 41 Buffalo Rodger Saffold OT/G Indiana
2 42 Tampa Bay Lamarr Houston DT Texas
2 43 Miami Arrelious Benn WR Illinois
2 44 New England Jermaine Gresham TE Oklahoma
2 45 Denver Trevard Lindley CB Kentucky
2 46 NY Giants Brian Price DT UCLA
2 47 New England Demaryius Thomas WR Georgia Tech
2 48 Carolina Brandon LaFell WR LSU
2 49 San Francisco Tyson Alualu DE California
2 50 Kansas City Torrell Troup DT UCF
2 51 Houston Kareem Jackson CB Alabama
2 52 Pittsburgh Jonathan Dwyer RB Georgia Tech
2 53 New England Eric Norwood LB South Carolina
2 54 Cincinnati Morgan Burnett FS Georgia Tech
2 55 Philadelphia Toby Gerhart RB Stanford
2 56 Green Bay Koa Misi LB Utah
2 57 Baltimore Rob Gronkowski TE Arizona
2 58 Arizona Daryl Washington ILB TCU
2 59 Dallas Ciron Black OT LSU
2 60 Seattle Reshad Jones S Georgia
2 61 NY Jets Jordan Shipley WR Texas
2 62 Minnesota John Jerry OT/OG Ole Miss
2 63 Philadelphia (via Washington and Indianapolis) Ricky Sapp DE Clemson
2 64 New Orleans Vladimir Ducasse OL UMass
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3 65 St Louis Dan LeFevour QB Central Michigan
3 66 Detroit Dominique Franks CB Oklahoma
3 67 Tampa Bay Johnny Spevak WR Central Washington
3 68 Kansas City Chad Jones S LSU
3 69 Cleveland Everson Griffen OLB USC
3 70 Philadelphia Chris Cook CB Virginia
3 71 Oakland Jamaar Chaney LB Mississippi State
3 72 Buffalo Eric Decker WR Minnesota
3 73 Miami Art Jones DT Syracuse
3 74 Jacksonville Major Wright S Florida
3 75 Chicago Danario Alexander WR Missouri
3 76 NY Giants Selvish Capers OT West Virginia
3 77 Tennessee JD Walton C Baylor
3 78 Carolina Geno Atkins DT Georgia
3 79 San Francisco Brandon Ghee CB Wake Forest
3 80 Denver Mardy Gilyard WR Cincinnati
3 81 Houston Dexter McCluster WR Mississippi
3 82 Pittsburgh Carlton Mitchell WR South Florida
3 83 Atlanta Jimmy Graham TE Miami
3 84 Seattle (via Cincy) Montario Hardesty RB Tennessee
3 85 Cleveland Jared Veldheer OT Hillsdale
3 86 Green Bay Akwasi Owusu-Ansah CB Indiana (PA)
3 87 Philadelphia Navorro Bowman LB Penn State
3 88 Arizona Kyle Calloway OT Iowa
3 89 Arizona Thaddeus Gibson OLB Ohio State
3 90 Dallas Riley Cooper WR Florida
3 91 San Diego Mike Johnson OG Alabama
3 92 Seattle (via Cleveland) Mitch Petrus OG Arkansas
3 93 Minnesota John Skelton QB Fordham
3 94 Indianapolis Corey Wootton DE Northwestern
3 95 New Orleans Sean Lee LB Penn State
3 96 Cincinnati Aaron Hernandez TE Florda
3 97 Tennessee Jerome Murphy CB South Florida
3 98 Atlanta Daniel Te’o-nesheim DE Washington

Now for the reasoning behind each pick:

This is the first round of our interactive, fan mock draft where the readers make the picks. We have each team being represented by a different person and they make the picks that they think are best for their team. Each person has six hours to make their pick and then the next person is on he clock. To see the easier to read, spreadsheet version of the draft click here. To see the picks and reasoning for round two click here.

Here’s how the first round has played out:

1. St. Louis Rams – Ndamukong Suh – DT – Nebraska

It was always Suh or Bradford for me but when I examined it closer, the choice was obvious.  Suh is the most dominant Defensive Lineman in recent history and Bradford is coming off a big shoulder injury.  That’s not exactly what you want out of a QB when you’re going to throw him behind a fragile offensive line.  It’s too big of a risk for what will certainly be a huge sum of money and a long contract.

2. Detroit Lions -Russell Okung – OT – Oklahoma State

There is no consideration for McCoy for the Lions, maybe it’s just my feelings, but I don’t like him this high.

By Detroit adding Corey Williams – DT and Kyle Vandenbosch – DE, the defensive line is strong enough to wait until later in the draft to get additional DL help. Safety is not the same priority as the Offensive Line so Detroit is going to move Backus to OLG and slide Okung into LOT spot.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Eric Berry – S – Tennessee

I know many would disagree with me here because many would take McCoy from Oklahoma but the Bucs have 2 2nd round picks & can take a DT there & there will be plenty available. Safeties like Berry don’t come around much. Plus Berry played under Monte Kiffin last year so he’d be able to step in right away & help the Bucs D being that its similar to what Kiffin taught him. Plus Tanard Jackson needs help at S because Piscitelli sucks he cant cover a high school WR & he misses too many tackles.

4. Washington Redskin – Bryan Bulaga – OT – Iowa

I was hoping to grab Okung with this pick but the Lions ruined that. Bulaga seems to be the popular pick over Williams and we have a glaring need at LT with Samuals having retired. Some would probably take McCoy here but we are expected to go 3-4 and we have the 100 million dollar DT. Bradford is another one people would expect to see but I think Campbell is good enough and Bradford does not appear to be as durable as Campbell.

5. Kansas City Chiefs – Rolando McClain – LB – Alabama

I don’t believe that there is an offensive tackle left worth this high a pick.I believe that defense wins championships,so while our o-line could use some help when your defense finished like next to last,that’s the way to go. I don’t think McCoy fits in the 3-4 defense but McClain brings leadership toughness,and an aggressiveness to change the attitude of the entire defense.He will give KC a sideline to sideline run stuffer which is something we can’t do now.

6. Seattle Seahawks – Gerald McCoy – DT – Oklahoma

The Seahawks need a replacement for Walter Jones, but none are worth this pick, Trent Williams is a right tackle and one of Brown, Campbell or Davis should be left at 14, or Ducasse in the second and maybe Capers or Wang later on, i’m happy to wait in order to get Mebane some help on a defensive line which is very much lacking right now. Fellow Seahawks fans may want Bradford as he’s still on the board, but Hasselbeck still has a few good years in him, we just gotta stop him getting hit. Big fan of Spiller and will probably miss out on him now but needs must!

7. Cleveland Browns – Jimmy Clausen – QB- Notre Dame

Wow. This is so unlikely to happen in the draft I hadn’t even considered what I would do.  But when you get a chance to draft any qb you could want, you take it. Super hard choice I am sure to get ripped for, but Clausen has experience with pressure, familiarity with the west coast offense, and no injury history. Am I sure about this pick? No. But you take a potential franchise QB when one is available and you need one.  Welcome to Cleveland Jimmy.  Don’t screw us.

8. Oakland Raiders – Joe Haden – CB – Florida

Wow, I really didn’t think Haden would be here!  I feel like I had a reverse heart attack and came back to life.  The best and fastest corner out there!  Most people think we need to help out our O-Line or D-Line, but what the hell do they know?!  I’m Al Davis and I take speed over need any day, and a 4.40-forty time is better than any OT can run!  Everyone knows I love corners too, we pick one in the first round at least every two or three years (Fabian Washington, Namandi Asomugha, Phillip Buchanon, Derrick Gibson, Michael Huff).  Watching Gallery leave gaping holes in our blocking makes me never want to take an OT in the first round again.

9. Buffalo Bills – Sam Bradford – QB – Oklahoma

Anyone familiar with the Bill and their decade of mediocrity will readily point out one glaring deficiency- the lack of a top flight quarterback.  That ends here and now with the selection of Sam Bradford by the Bills.  Bradford was regarded as the best player available, regardless of position, had he opted to enter the 2009 NFL Draft and is considered the best long term option at QB in this draft as well.  Bradford possesses every quality one would desire in a franchise quarterback, all the physical tools, intelligence, and leadership ability.  He is expected to completely recover from the shoulder injury which sidelined him for most of his 2009 season at Oklahoma.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars – Dez Bryant – WR – Oklahoma State

I’m really conflicted here because the Jags need to get fans in the stadium if they want to keep the team here. I’ve heard from Gator fans and non-Gator fans that drafting Tebow would really help the team revenue wise. But that would require him playing right away, which doesn’t work with what they have now (not that that’s really working either). I don’t think I’d be ready to waste a high pick on Tebow who 1) won’t play immediately 2) probably won’t have that good of a shelf life and pay off. I feel like the offense we have now has a good framework and I’m still confident in Garrard. So, I take Dez Bryant. The Jags have not had a reliable reciever for years. He could take some of the work load off Maurice Jones-Drew and give more versitility to the team. I’m a believer in drafting players who you can use right away this high in the draft, and he fits that bill. I’m not opposed to taking Tebow or another QB later or trading for him but I think this would be the best bet.

11. Denver Broncos – Dan Williams – DT – Tennessee

Broncos need a lot of help, everywhere. Although, one thing going for the Broncos is the Brady Quinn, all reward no risk deal. However, as of today Brandon Marshall is still a Bronco, although that will not be for much longer. With drafting Knowshon Moreno early last year, Dez Bryant was an obvious choice to replace Brandon as a talented big game offensive player, but even he seemed a little too Brandon Marshall-esque(That being off field problems, head butting with McD and Pat Bowlen) to draft him. With the Marshall drama soon to pass the Broncos will realize the other problems they have, Mike Nolan has left as defensive coordinator, and the Broncos couldn’t defend the run the last two years. I think Dan Williams will instantly help the defense by being able to help stop the run, and help pressure with Elvis Dumervil.

12. Miami Dolphins – Brandon Graham – LB – Michigan

Our Dolphins guy has run out of time so we get to make this pick.  A quick scan of the Dolphins roster shows me that Linebacker is quite possibly their weakest position and Graham obviously fills that need.  Graham has been compared to LaMarr Woodley who has recorded double-digit sacks the last two years.  I think Dolphin fans would enjoy seeing him in South Florida.

13. San Francisco 49ers – Anthony Davis – OT – Rutgers

Coach Singletary has let it be known any OT he selects in the 1st rd must have LT ability.  Davis has that, so between him and Joe Staley, he has two guys who can play LT and has also re-signed Barry Sims, who did a terrific job of filling in for Staley last year when he went down with an injury. If Davis proves to be a better LT than Staley, Coach will put Joe back at RT, where he started.  Singletary will demand a lot from Davis…but has two new OL coaches that he has ultimate confidence in, Mike Solari and his assistant, former 49er OG Ray Brown.

14. Seattle Seahawks – C.J. Spiller – RB – Clemson

So my first choice Davis is gone, what to do now. The athletic Campbell to fill a need but probably just be an expensive stop gap? I could reach for Charlie Brown? Perhaps fill a need at defensive end with Derrick Morgan, this probably what i should do. But now I just think balls to it, i’ll help myself to the top running back. I cant see Jones and Forsett doing the business, as much as Forsett has shown bags of potential, if we secure ourselves a top draw running back thats a big plus for us. I don’t see Seattle making the superbowl this year, not with the holes at DE, Safety, offensive line, wide receiver, its too big of a job so i’m just going to take the best player which fills a need.
I also still want a third rounder if I have anything anyone else wants?

*** CJ Spiller was traded to the Bengals. See pick 21 to view the full trade ***

15. New York Giants – Sean Weatherspoon – LB – Missouri

Our New York Giants rep was out of town today but fortunately I know him and was able to get a a hold of him briefly and he said he wanted the best linebacker available.  In my opinion, it’s a logical pick.  Spoon may be a small reach here but he’s certainly capable of stepping in a starting immediately and that’s exactly what the Giants need.  Linebacker is by far their greatest position of need and Sean Weatherspoon is a great player.

16. Tennessee Titans – Derrick Morgan – DE – Georgia Tech

Derrick Morgan is an easy pick here. He has top ten talent and is a great way to replace Kyle Vanden Bosch. A few short months ago Morgan was considered one of the best players in the country but had a poor showing against Iowa in the Orange Bowl and slipped down the draft boards a little bit. He could still be a top five pick if Suh and G. McCoy go first and second and the Bucs decide to go d-line instead of d-back. I think he’s easily the best defensive end in the draft. At GT he had 12 sacks last year and has had no off the field issues. He’s great as a pass rusher and a run stopper. Should be able to step in and start immediately.

17. San Francisco 49ers – Mike Iupati – G – Idaho

OL is Coach Singletary’s single biggest off-season priority.  With Anthony Davis and Iupati, he now has two young studs to be coached-up by Mike Solari and Ray Brown.  These two young players will not only solidify SF’s OL, but along w/Joe Staley and Chilo Rachal provide the Niners with a much-improved OL for years to come.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers – Trent Williams – OT – Oklahoma

The Steelers allowed 50 sacks last year. FIFTY! Trent Williams should be able to staunch the bleeding of that problem. That’s over three per game, by comparison the Colts had the fewest in the league with 13 – less than one per game. The Steelers absolutely must fix their offensive line problems if they want to bounce back from an extremely underwhelming 2009 season.

19. Atlanta Falcons – Kyle Wilson – CB – Boise State

Falcons needing having secondary problems and even thou we signed Duante Robinson there is still concerns with the DB. With this pick Falcons can have one of the best tandems in the secondary.

20. Houston Texans – Earl Thomas – S – Texas

The Texans have never had a true ballhawk safety, and Thomas certainly fits that bill.  He’s great in coverage, has excellent closing speed, and has shown playmaking ability in big-time games against big-time competition.  Though I would really prefer a cornerback at this spot, I don’t think Devin McCourty is worth the 20th pick and Haden and Wilson are  off the board.  It’s been said that Thomas could convert to corner in the right system, and I wouldn’t be against that – but I’d rather play the position that he’s already excelled at.

TRADE: Seattle trades CJ Spiller to Cincinnati for the 21st overall pick and the 84th overall pick.

21. Seattle Seahawks (via Cincinnati) – Charles Brown – OT – USC

This comes down to Campbell and Brown, I pick Charles Brown as he fits our scheme better and coming from USC already knows the coach. On a different note, Julius Jones, Deon Branch and Kelly Jennings are looking for new homes, going cheap to anyone with a 3rd round pick.

22. New England Patriots – Jason Pierre-Paul – DE/OLB – South Florida

A little nervous about the one-year wonder factor, and his being able to go from putting a hand on the ground to rushing the quarterback from a standup position. But he put up big numbers, seems eager to learn, and dazzled at the combine. Too much upside to pass up at 22, and i think the Pats system and leadership would do wonders for a player who has the talent but is lacking a huge body of work at the collegiate level

23. Green Bay Packers – Bruce Campbell – OT – Maryland

It was down to a choice between Campbell and Hughes, but there is value in later rounds for a ‘rush’ linebacker  Now Campbell can develop a year behind 2 great tackles and also see quite a bit of action, as Clifton and Tauscher will not stay healthy a full season. ARod will get a break and not to run for his life, which may help him get his throws off a bit quicker.

24. Philadelphia Eagles – Taylor Mays – S – USC

Not sure if he translates better as a FS or a SS, and im a little concerned about his lack of production. But hes a workout freak and a lot of boards have him higher than Earl Thomas. He has very good range and versatile enough to drop back in coverage and get jump balls or to play in the box and lay a hit on a running back.

25. Baltimore Ravens – Terrence Cody – DT – Alabama

The pick of Terrance “Tits” Cody allows the Ravens to finally restock the  trenches with enormous size and tits. Pairing Cody with H. Nagata will hopefully bring back visions of Sam Adams and Tony Siragusa type dominance that once squashed all NFL Offenses. This pic also extends Ray Lewis’ career by a few more productive RB killing years and frees him up to do what he does best. Welcome to the AFC North, CJ Spiller. Meet the guys that are gonna hurt you.

26. Arizona Cardinals – Maurkice Pouncey – OG/C – Florida

The Cardinals need to protect their QB. Pouncey can play both guard and center, but will fit as a guard for Reggie Wells. The Cards need a line to help anchor the explosive play of Fitz, Breaston, Doucet, Beanie, Stephens-Howling, and most importantly, whoever the new QB is.

27. Dallas Cowboys – On the clock – Nate Allen – S – South Florida

With the 27th pick we would like Nate Allen safety out of usf. While we would have liked an offensive lineman in the first round the team doesn’t have any glaring holes in it and with most of the top o line guys taken we had to address another issue. It’s no secret that the cowboys secondary can be suspect at best sometimes primarily in the saftey spot.  We happened to get mike Jenkins out of the same school and hope lightning can strike twice. He’s a playmaker in the backfield with good speed but is also a physical pressence to keep receivers looking over there shoulder.
28. San Diego Chargers – Ryan Matthews – RB – Fresno State

The Chargers have needs at Nose Tackle, Running Back and Right Tackle.  With Williams and Cody already off the board and being too early for Thomas or a Right Tackle; the Chargers are going to fill their need at Running Back with Ryan Matthews of Fresno State.
29. New York Jets – Carlos Dunlap – DE – Florida

You’re probably wondering why on earth I’d pick a defensive player in the first round on a team that had the #1 overall defense in the league.  We blitzed a ton and that definitely helped…but our defensive line play can be better and pass rush from the D-Line can be improved.
30. Minnesota Vikings – Devin McCourty – CB – Rutgers

The Vikings rep didn’t pick in time so I gave them McCourty. I’d say that cornerback is one of the Vikings top three needs, with quarterback and offensive tackle and/or guard being the other two. McCourty is also good value here and it was between him and Kyle Wilson from Boise State.

Alright, so the Vikings guy emailed and conveniently we pick exactly who he wanted, so here is his reasoning for the pick:

Owner Zygi Wilf, VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman, and HC Brad Childress love dynamic players that fit well into the system and especially when they also contribute to special teams. CB Cedric Griffin tore his ACL in the final minutes of the NFC championship, rehabilitation is going great and should be back by the season opener but if he needs a little more time or gets re-injured someone will need to take his spot, add the fact CB Antoine Winfield will be turning 33 this June and could possibly start to slowly lose his Pro Bowl caliber abilities shows CB is a position the Vikings will address in this draft. With all that in mind Devin McCourty could not be a better fit for the Vikings. Very physical, quick, and a great tackler which is so very valuable in any Tampa 2 defense. Also, bringing an immediate impact to special teams, McCourty is everything the Vikings need.

31. Indianapolis Colts – Sergio Kindle – OLB/DE – Texas

This was tough. It came down between a couple of players but right now the linebackers on the Colts roster are Gary Brackett, Clint Session, Philip Wheeler, Ramon Humber, Kyle DeVan and Cody Glenn. I guess I’d be okay with having those first three as the starters but then we don’t have any solid backups and Kindle could push for a starting spot immediately and it’s always good to have some healthy competition in the offseason and preseason. Plus he can play some defensive end if Freeney or Mathis get hurt.

32. New Orleans Saints – Tim Tebow – QB – Florida

There isnt a RB, safety, or O-Lineman with the right value here. As of right now, the offense is still intact. So im trying to get valued defensive players later on and take Tebow. He can learn under Brees and Sean Payton is creative enough to find packages that enhance Tebow’s ability to succeed. He has a tremendous work ethic and wants to get better every day. Plus, he can circumsize all the Katrina refugees.

33. St. Louis Rams – Golden Tate – WR – Notre Dame

I’m about production, not workouts.  Tate just catches passes which is what the Rams need more than anything.  Benn is bigger and can return kicks, but when it comes to route running and catching passes, Tate is the man.  This will give him a year to learn pro football before we draft our Quarterback with the #1 pick next year.  It was almost Benn, because of the local Illinois roots, but the Rams need playmakers and Tate is that.

Golden Tate doing what he does best…catching passes.

34. Detroit Lions – Jahvid Best – RB – California

This pick caused some real questions about how I was going to draft. Should I go BPA, or should I draft my next biggest need and go DT, plus I have a trade offer on the table. I decided to go BPA even though I’m pretty sure the DT I want will be gone by round 3. Best will be a great addition to the Lions, especially since I’ve reworked the Offensive line with Okung at left tackle and moving Backus to LG. This should solidify the running game especially when Kevin Smith returns. Now I have high hopes for the Lions offense both running and passing now.
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35. Tampa Bay Bucs – Jerry Hughes – DE – TCU
Bucs haven’t had a CONSISTENT DE since Simeon Rice.  Bucs need a player like that on D.  Over the last 2 years he has 110 tackles, 36 RFL-203 yards, 26.5 sacks-185 yards, 6 PBUs, 7 QBH, 4FRs, 8 FFs, & 2 INTs.  Bucs need Jerry Hughes to turn that D around.  The DEs now aren’t the answer.  We could bring Lee Roy Selmon back & he’d lead the team in sacks.

Jerry Hughes looks scary even though he’s wearing purple.

36. Kansas City Chiefs – Damian Williams – WR – USC
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Williams had the best combination of speed,size,and most importantly hands.The Chiefs dropped like 45-50 passes last year.That will get you like the 5th pick in the draft almost every year.A lot of people think we should draft a T E but better receivers are almost as good.Williams will be able to take over for Chambers should he falter like he did in S.D.  and if Bowe doesn’t start catching the ball, his ass could be headed for NFL purgatory Oakland.
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TRADE: Indianapolis trades the 63rd overall pick and their 2011 second round pick to Washington for the 37th overall pick.

37. Indianapolis Colts – Jared Odrick – DT – Penn St.

This is huge. I was seriously considering taking Odrick with the 31st pick but went with Kindle instead, and I was sure that the Saints were going to take Odrick with the very next pick. When the didn’t take Odrick I immediately began negotiations to try to jump up to the early part of the second round to snag him. These two picks (Kindle and Odrick) would be a huge boost to an already rapidly improving defense. Both of these rookies would have a good shot at starting week 1. If Bob Sanders is back and healthy (and stays healthy) and Anthony Gonzalez comes back ready to go at 100% -both are fully expected to happen- then the Colts could (and should) be an early favorite to win the Super Bowl.

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38. Cleveland Browns – Patrick Robinson – CB – Florida State
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Browns have a terrible secondary, that’s no secret.  Aside from Eric Wright, who is truly a star in a bowl of poop, we don’t have a single playmaker in the secondary. Well Robinson has been getting comparisons to non other than the Browns Eric Wright.  Robinson has been a projected top 25 pick for over a year before the combine and was considered the #2 CB in this draft class as recently as February.  Character concerns (academic scandal) and a less than stellar showing at the combine dropped him to where I am getting him now.  If he can be another Eric Wright (who also fell into the early 2nd round because of character concerns), the Browns will be set at CB for years.
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39. Oakland Raiders – Colt McCoy – QB – Texas
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Al really wanted to get his hands on an OT in the first or second round, but sometimes players too hard to pass up.  We picked Haden with our first pick to sure up the side Asomugh isn’t on, and should have a stellar secondary for years to come.  After taking Jamarcus #1 overall, I will never take a QB there again.  I know people thought we were trying to get McNabb, but like most Raiders rumors/trades, they usually just fade away.  McCoy is exactly the opposite of Jamarcus when we had out workouts and sit down with him, and if you didn’t notice from the past, we love workouts!  He’s smart, he completed all his passes, he talks like a normal guy, and he hasn’t put on 50 pounds after his shoulder surgery.  Colt could be the best QB in the draft, and is for sure better than Tebow who went five picks ago!  Who says Al can’t have a good draft!?!  Oh wait, I did.

Can I draft myself? No? How about that McCoy kid then.

40.  San Diego Chargers – Cam Thomas – DT – North Carolina
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This draft is falling together very nicely for San Diego. The Chargers biggest need at this point is Nose Tackle, my first choice, Mt. Terrence Cody, is long off the board so San Diego will select the guy that really blew up the Senior Bowl from North Carolina …….
Cam Thomas NT. Excellent run stuffer, difficult to move, Thomas will fill our needs perfectly.

I don’t have a clever caption for this one.

41. Buffalo Bills – Rodger Saffold – OT – Indiana
Following up on its unexpected good fortune of finding its franchise QB in the first round, the Bills now move to insure his longevity buy adding Rodger Saffold, who started at left offensive tackle for three and a half years at the University of Indiana. Saffold has been rising up the draft boards since his impressive performance at the NFL combine and at his pro-day. The choice of Saffold over several others with this pick ultimately came down to the fact that Saffold’s played under the Bills new assistant offensive line coach, Bobby Johnson, when Johnson was the O-line coach at Indiana. The Bills envision Saffold as a player who will be a solid starter at left tackle for a decade.
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42.Tampa Bay Bucs – Lamarr Houston – DT – Texas
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Houston had a year that was just as good as Suh (68 tackles, 22 TFLs for 76 yards, 8 sacks for 54 yards, 4 PBUs, 28 QBHs and 2 FRs!) Plus Lamarr Houston and Roy Miller were teammates at Texas so if the Bucs can take him they could put Houston & Miller back together up front. Both of them know how to work together.
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43. Miami Dolphins – Arrelious Benn – WR – Illinois
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A nose tackle, a free safety and a wide receiver were the three big needs after addressing linebacker in the first round. Arrelious Benn was an easy choice because of this. He adds a much needed weapon to the offense.

High throw, way off target…yeah, this picture sums up Benn’s college career nicely.

44. New England Patriots – Jermaine Gresham – TE – Oklahoma
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I like to take the best player available and find a place for him to play. Gresham is on most people’s top 20 lists, as is Pierre-Paul, so to get both of them with 22 and 44 is a steal. Gresham is the best TE in this draft by far, has the ideal frame, and is a fantastic red zone target. Tom Brady will get the best out of him no question.
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45. Denver Broncos – Trevard Lindley – CB – Kentucky
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Denver is getting old in the secondary, Champ Bailey and Ty Law are aging. And drafting Alfonso Smith last year and Lindley this year will give Denver a strong future in the secondary.
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46. New York Giants – Brian Price – DT – UCLA
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The Giants need a defensive tackle and Price is the best one left on the board at this point.
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47. New England Patriots – Demaryius Thomas – WR – Georgia Tech
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Good size and managed to put up numbers in a run-first offense. Randy Moss will likely be done as a Patriot after ‘10 and Wes Welker is coming off of a knee injury. Thomas is a huge downfield threat and isnt afraid to be physical.
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48. Carolina Panthers – Brandon LaFell – WR – LSU
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Thomas was going to be the pick, but he was taken the pick before.  I feel like LaFell is just as good as Thomas, so it’s not too big of a loss.  Steve Smith has just said that he no longer wants to be #1 in Carolina so maybe LaFell will help that along.  I think Smith is just blowing smoke, but this might keep him happy.
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49. San Francisco 49ers – Tyson Alualu – DE – California
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Three reasons…first, Singletary needs a bookend DE to his stud, Justin Smith.  Incumbent starter Isaac Sopoaga doesn’t provide consistent push, rarely penetrates behind the LOS to make plays and doesn’t make many tackles.  Second, he played in a 3-4 defense under Coach Jeff Tedford, and at 6-3, 295 is the perfect size to continue that in the NFL. Third, Alualu’s a local guy, having played at Cal, so will be very popular w/Niner fans.
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50. Kansas City Chiefs – Terrell Troup – DT – Central Florida
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Basically we need a true nose tackle.This is a need pick all the way.  With Troup stuffing the inside freeing up McClain to clean up the rest of the field,our once porous run defense will have a chance to be a decent group.
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51. Houston Texans – Kareem Jackson – CB – Alabama
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Our Texans rep ran out of time, but with his first pick he mentioned wanting to take a corner and I think Jackson is the best one available at this point.
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52. Pittsburgh Steelers – Jonathan Dwyer – RB – Georgia Tech
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This came down to Dwyer and Daryl Washington. I believe that both are good value here but Dwyer would be a good compliment to Mendenhall and they can be a dangerous duo for years to come.
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53. New England Patriots – Eric Norwood – LB – South Carolina
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The ONLY player in major college football with 6 sacks in each of the last four years, Norwood is an all-american who was productive in the toughest conference in college sports. Hes a bit small but is tough and a team leader. A fantastic blitzer, he and Pierre-Paul should both be able to wreak havoc on Chad Henne, the Mexican, and whoever the hell the Bills blackmailed into playing QB for them. He’s the perfect fit for a Pats team that values character and is aging at LB.
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54. Cincinnati Bengals – Morgan Burnett – FS – Georgia Tech
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He would have been a top 3 Safety if this was last years draft. Bengals have cover for the SS position when Roy Williams eventually seizes up completely but FS Chris Crocker is now 30 and potentially out for the first 4 games or so this season. Burnett could conceivably cover SS as well, but his ballhawk charecteristics are best suited to FS. The Bengals would probably get slammed if they took him over Hernandez but this is a need pick, and need is greater at safety. There are still good TE’s that can block on the board.
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55. Philadelphia Eagles – Toby Gerhart – RB – Stanford
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Still reeling about the McNabb trade, but thats another matter. Kinda wanted to go OLB here but I dont think Gerhart will be around later on.

I’ve worried for years about the Eagles ability to really get tough yardage on the ground between the tackles. Weaver is OK but he’s a fullback for a reason. Toby is more agile than he gets credit for and has a frame that can withstand the RB timeshare. He’s smart, a tough blocker, and very very coachable. LeSean McCoy and Toby Gerhart is a young 2-back combo to be proud of.

Your 2009-10 Heisman Trophy win…wait, nevermind.

56. Green Bay Packers – Koa Misi – LB – Utah

After watching Big Ben and K Warner torch the Green Bay secondary at the end of last year, its obvious the Pack needs someone else to rush the QB. Misi will take the double teams off Matthews and some pressure off the secondary.

57. Baltimore Ravens – Rob Gronkowski – TE – Arizona

This is a perfect opportunity for both The Gronk and The Ravens.
RGronk will begin his NFL career developing and honing his pro skills, learning the crafty 1st down making moves behind the vets before eventually taking over the reigns as the primary TE. But the kid has alot to learn before he reaches “Team Leader” status. Which he will. Hell or high water.
Because as GM, I’m drafting, developing, and honing the leadership skills of my very own “JasonWittenRobot,” soon to be Flacco’s best friend and running buddy on Playoff bye week jaunts to Cabo.
My coaches will quell any thoughts of Gronk’s “supposed” lack of football desire by playing him on special team coverages, blocking pacakges, and short yardage dirty work. No glory for him. I’ll basically treat him just like Parcells did a 20 year old Witten. If his jaw gets cracked in the Steelers game, sorry, but you gotta stay in for a few plays.  He’ll be tough.
We’ll develop the Flacco/Gronk chemistry methodically. Right now, Joe’s got enough to figure out with Boldin and Stallworth. But eventually, Gronk will haul in about 90 catches a year. Or like Kiper puts it, “he’s a perennial 90 catch a year guy…maybe 91…possibly 92″
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58. Arizona Cardinals – Daryl Washington – ILB – TCU
The Cardinals rep didn’t get his pick in and he actually got a ton of extra time (I was in class and Bryan was at work) but it came down to me making the pick for him and I think that both inside and outside linebacker are the two positions the Cards need to address the most in the draft. Washington was the best linebacker on the board in my opinion so that’s who they got and it wasn’t even really a question between him or anybody else.
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59. Dallas Cowboys – Ciron Black – OT – LSU
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OT was a big need in the first round but we missed out on most of the ready to start players, with the recent release of Adams from the cowboys the need for an OT just sky rocketed. The original plan was to get a good tackle in the second round and let him learn under the great line coaches in Dallas. Had I known this info before hand I would have tried to make a move in the first round. With that said we feel black is the best tackle on the board and is a big strong guy who is better in a rush offense but under those Dallas coaches he could sign. We do have Doug free as a backup right now but I’d rather take my chances with a talented rookie, here’s to taking chances the dallas cowboys way
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60. Seattle Seahawks – Reshad Jones – S – Georgia
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Seattle needs everything.  I want some playmakers, Houshmanzaedeh needs some help and we can’t rely on Julius Jones at running back again.  However Big Play Babs can’t play safety on his own next year, and Jones is probably the last starting safety on the board while the later rounds have value at running back and wide receiver.
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61. New York Jets – Jordan Shipley – WR – Texas
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The Jets have set themselves up very nicely on the offensive side of the ball.  Shipley is a Wes Welker-type receiver who will def help out Sanchez in his 2nd year of development.  Adding him would give the Jets a very underrated 4 WR core with him, Braylon Edwards, the oft-overlooked Jerricho Cotchery and the all-everything Brad Smith.

“You’re lucky, Jordan…I have to play for the Raiders.”

62. Minnesota Vikings – John Jerry – OG/OT – Ole Miss
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Again, the Vikings organization love versatility and John Jerry has just that. He is labeled to most people as an OT but he actually started most of his first two years at OG and then spent most of his remaining years at OT. So either OG or OT goes down injured on the line, it will be easy to move Jerry around which is so nice to have. The Vikings would put him at OG and to be honest, that is where he will thrive and also do the best. 6′6” 330 lbs, running a low 5-5.1 40, athletic, this guy pulling as a guard will be scary in an already giant Vikings OL. Jerry has only allowed 6 sacks and 8 hurries in just over 2 years, mix in his crushing run blocks and you have the perfect addition to a high powered Vikings offense.
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TRADE: See pick 37. The Redskins traded that pick to the Colts, but then in real life that pick was traded to the Eagles so we just changed this pick to the Eagles and kept the trade in this mock draft the same.
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63. Philadelphia Eagles – Ricky Sapp – DE – Clemson
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This was a retroactive pick.
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64. New Orleans Saints – Vladimir Duccase – OL – UMass
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Offers some versatility and some boards have him projected to come off of the board early in the 2nd round. He’s surprisingly light on his feet for someone so big and can pull or slide step well. Lots of size and strength, a team leader, and his French roots will make playing in New Orleans a huge plus.
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65. St. Louis Rams – Dan LeFevour – QB – Central Michigan

I had Greg Hardy tabbed with this pick ever since I took Golden Tate in the second round. Then we cut our starting QB so the plan changed. Had I know that was going to happen, I probably would have taken Colt McCoy in the second round and still had Hardy here. Anyway, I’ve had a man-crush on LeFevour for a while now so he’s going to step right in and start until our offensive line fails and he gets blasted from the blind side and suffers a season ending injury. I’d imagine that will happen around the 2nd preseason game. Then it’s AJ Feely time! Sorry, Dan. You’re a Ram now

66. Detroit Lions – Dominique Franks – CB – Oklahoma

Wow ! The weekend sure changed a lot of things for some teams. Detroit will be not be moving Backus to LG but rather RT to replace Cherilus who has been mediocre at best. So now the Lions OL looks like Okung- Sims- Raiola -Peterman- Backus, Stafford and the running backs should enjoy quite an good offensive season. That means we have to turn to defense for the 3rd round selection. At the 34th pick I was juggling Running Back and DT. now the simple thing would be to go DT, but the guy I’m looking at could still be around in the 4th round and CB is still a huge need, The 6′ 0″ – 192 lb Dominique Franks from Oklahoma has slipped out of the second round so the Lions are going to jump on him with the 66th pick of the 2010 Draft. His speed and return abilities make him a good fit in Detroit.

67. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Johnny Spevak – WR – Central Washington

Im sure many are wondering who this WR is but this is a WR to keep an eye on. Hes 6′3 200 lbs (good size) & in his 4 years at Central Washington he had 318 catches for 4426 yards (13.8 ypc.) with 54 TDs. Plus we need to dump that idiot Clayton (BUTTERFINGERS!). Bucs dumped the wrong WR. They should’ve kept Bryant & dumped clayton & they shouldve give that 5 year deal to Bryant. Right now Clayton is the Bucs #1 WR. THATS A GOOD SIGN! Clayton should be selling hot dogs & drinks at the games instead of playing in them.

68. Kansas City Chiefs – Chad Jones – S – LSU

I probably should have gone o-line but I do believe defense wins championships.We’ve added some veteran o-linemen thru free agency so the o-line should be alright.By adding Jones I will have added a good player at every level of the defense.As far as Jones goes he is big,strong ,and fast.He can play either safety position so his versitiliy may become useful later in the draft.

69. Cleveland Browns – Everson Griffen – OLB – USC

I really wanted to take Chad Jones with this pick but he was taken right before me. As there is no other safety worth taking here, I am going BPA. Griffen is an athletic freak, nicknamed “The Freak.”  Dude is 270 pounds, scary intense and runs a 4.5 40 time.  Crazy.  He is THE boom or bust prospect in the draft, and with Cleveland in desperate need of real play makers, he is worth a shot here, especially since he is graded as a 1st round pick by many.  We will have a ton of linebackers on the team now, but what we need is bigtime difference makers, and not just solid players.  This guy has the potential to be a difference maker.

The Freak

The Freak

70. Philadelphia Eagles – Chris Cook – CB – Virginia

The Eagles rep failed to get their pick in within the time constraint so their pick will be made by yours truly. I see the biggest need for them at this point in the draft as corner with defensive end, outside linebacker and an interior offensive linemen all being close behind. There aren’t any remaining outside linebackers that wouldn’t be a reach at this point in my opinion, and the same thing could be said for the offensive linemen still on the board. On the other hand, cornerback, which is the biggest need anyhow, still has Chris Cook available, who is great value at the 70th pick. So really this was an easy decision.

71. Oakland Raiders – Jamaar Chaney – LB – Mississipp State

It’s been well documented that Al likes to buy on what he saw last.  This is no different as Chaney probably could be had in the fourth round, but that blazing speed will always win over stupid things like potential, and injury risks.  His 4.54 40-time was the fastest at the combine for a linebacker, and he was also tremendous in the positional skills drills reported a few scouts.  All of that was a pretty convincing argument for Al, regardless of what he’s good or not good at.  He should fit nicely into the Raiders 4-3 scheme, especially if they end up trading Morrison like many have said they are trying to do.  Even though we need more run stopping capabilities, we went for the guy that plays coverage better, go figure…

72. Buffalo Bills – Eric Decker – WR – Minnesota

Our Bills rep missed the deadline so he gets a wide receiver that will replace T.O.  I’m a big Decker fan, so I’ve just decided that Bills fans should be, too.

73. Miami Dolphins – Art Jones – DT – Syracuse

Miami is in desperate need for a big defensive tackle and at 6′3″ 300+, Jones fits the bill here.  I considered Geno Atkins from Georgia, but Jones is bigger and fits better into our scheme.

74. Jacksonville Jaguars – Major Wright – SS – Florida

The Jags need a safety and they don’t have to look very far to get one.  Wright is a hard hitter who will be able to start right away.  Plus, he may bring a a few Gator fans over to fill up the stadium for us.

75.  Chicago Bears – Danario Alexander – WR – Missouri

I’m reaching here, but the Bears need good wide receivers not made up good.  Alexander set all kinds of records at Mizzou, plus he’s 6′5″ with a 35 inch vertical.  That’s the kind of receiver the Bears need.

76. New York Giants – Selvish Capers – OT – West Virginia

This is a pick with an eye toward the future.  Diehl and McKenzie are both in their 30s, so Capers will be able to hang around a few years before being expected to contribute in a significant way.

77. Tennessee Titans – JD Walton – C – Baylor

Since Kevin Mawae won’t be back with the club, we need a true center and Walton is the best one out there.  We could slide Eugene Amano over or make Leroy Harris the starter but this will give us some competition for that position.

78. Carolina Panthers – Geno Atkins – DT – Georgia

Reason coming tomorrow…

79. San Francisco 49ers – Brandon Ghee – CB – Wake Forest

Nate Clements is arguably playing his last season in SF…his cap figures go off the charts in 2011.  Ghee provides a skilled CB who could provide depth his rookie season and compete for the starting position in 2011.

80. Denver Broncos – Mardy Gilyard – WR – Cincinnati

Mardy seems very similiar to Eddie Royal of the Broncos, who has worked out well so far playing for McDaniels, so we might as well grab a good prospect if available. Brandon Marshall is still a Bronco but that is just not likely to be, by the time the season starts. So the Broncos will reload with some speed and talent here.

81. Houston Texans – Dexter McCluster – WR – Mississippi

The two biggest needs still to be addressed for Houston are RB and DT, and
I have guys I really like at both positions still available.

But, the insanity that is the Weller and Bryan Fan Mock Draft has had a
special player fall out of the sky and into my lap.  Yes, we need a RB and
C/OG to help an anemic running game.  Yes, we need a stud DT to free up
the Texans’ talented linebacker corps – but when there’s a talent like
Dexter McCluster still on the board in the THIRD round, I’m all over that.
Houston’s offensive brain trust would go nuts with a toy like Dexter, and
he’s too talented to pass up on in the third.

I’m scratching my head looking at some of the other WRs who came off the
board before McCluster.  Crazy.

82. Pittsburgh Steelers – Carlton Mitchell – WR – South Florida

We just lost Santonio Holmes in a shocking trade to the Jets. Carlton Mitchell is good value here so three receivers come off the board in a row. The other positions I considered were outside linebacker, cornerback, a nose tackle and another offensive lineman. Nobody available at any of those positions seemed like they’d be better value than Mitchell so the decision was easy.

83. Atlanta Falcons – Jimmy Graham – TE – Miami

Reason because Falcons need to groom a heir apparent behind Tony G. and Graham is the most athletic ability.

84. Seattle Seahawks – Montario Hardesty – RB – Tennessee

My wanting of a new running back has been faily obvious all draft, I think Hardesty and Forsett together could be a great tandem, plenty of big plays to come from the back field.

85. Cleveland Browns – Jared Veldheer – OT – Hillsdale

Has all the physical tools to be a quality bookend in the NFL but played DII ball so he needs a year or two before he would be ready to start.  Probably serve as a good backup this year and compete to start at RT next year.  Also has good enough feet to back up Joe Thomas at LT.

86. Green Bay Packers – Akwasi Owusu-Ansah – CB – Indiana (PA)

The Packers rep failed to make his pick within the six hour window, and their three biggest needs coming into this draft are offensive tackle, an outside linebacker and a corner. He addressed the first two already and Owusu-Ansah is good value here. Easy pick. Only other position I considered was strong safety.

87. Philadelphia Eagles – Navorro Bowman – LB – Penn State

Great athlete from Linebacker U, Bowman will fit in very well with a team near PSU that needs LB help. 2nd round talent but a bit of a knucklehead, if Bowman can keep his head on straight his coverage skills and tackling ability will get him immediate playing time.

88.  Arizona Cardinals – Kyle Calloway – OT – Iowa

Our Cardinals rep was making these picks via text message, so it was hard to get his reasoning.

89. Arizona Cardinals – Thaddeus Gibson – OLB – Ohio State

I’m going to go ahead and provide some reasoning of my own for this one. The Cards drafted Daryl Washington in the second round and he will have a chance to start immediately at inside linebacker but the Cardinals need both, and inside linebacker and an outside linebacker. Gibson will have a chance to start immediately for them on the outside.

90. Dallas Cowboys – Riley Cooper – WR – Florida

Reason forthcoming…

91. San Diego Chargers – Mike Johnson – OG – Alabama

With the Chargers already having a Running Back and Nose Tackle in their fold, they can now turn to one of their remaining needs. They can select between RT, OG and CB.
Using BPA and the list of available players, the Chargers selected the following draftee.
He played LT, RT, and LG at Alabama. Scouts project him as a OG in the pros and I have to agree. I think his versatility will add to his stock and it will probably make him the second OG taken in the 2010 NFL draft. A lot of scouts think he could start at RG and back up RT.

Mike Johnson is probably going to go around the top of the third round. Of course, you never know. Some team could reach for him in the 2nd round because he is an NFL ready run blocker. I believe interior linemen are in high demand and Johnson is probably the 3rd best interior linemen. I could see him having a successful career. He is definitely NFL ready and would probably be ready to start on day one.

TRADE: The Browns traded the 92nd overall pick along with the 160th overall pick to the Seahawks for Red Bryant and Kelly Jennings.

92. Seattle Seahawks – Mitch Petrus – OG – Arkansas

Offensive line now reads Brown, Petrus, Spencer, Unger and Locklear which should keep Hasselbeck or Whitehurst on their feet for a while and create good holes for the Forsett/Hardesty combo.
Having also picked up Reshad Jones and Gerald McCoy I am confident in my defence. I trust Wilson at corner alot more than most Seahawks fans and think Lawrence Jackson comes good this year.
With 2 picks in the 4th and 2 in the 5th I would look for a wide receiver like Roberts, Easley or Ford, and a defensive end like Hardy or Selvie. Some depth at Saftey in Rolle and Asante, and finally a cornerback though would probably miss out on first choice Perrish Cox.
In real life I would like the Seahawks to pick up the former Cowboys duo of Flozel Adams and Ken Hamlin, which would help with the rebuilding by not forcing it to happen all at once.

93. Minnesota Vikings – John Skelton – QB – Fordham

This may be a tad high to be drafting John Skelton but he will be taken around the end of the 3rd and into the 4th round; it is too risky to let this kid out of Fordham University, who could be the next Joe Flacco, slide on by. In fact, some say he is better than Joe Flacco was at the same time and stage in life. At 6′6” and hovering around 250lbs, John Skelton has great size, a very strong arm that can make all the throws in the NFL,  nice pocket awareness, can make the throw on the run, and surprisingly can scramble pretty decent for his size when needed to. He took complete control of games in the D1-AA Patriot League, competitor coaches have even went on to say that it was nerve racking to play against him and are happy to see him leave the conference. He had four games with 400 or more yards and also had one game with 67 pass attempts without an interception, that is impressive. The only knack on Skelton is his level of competition he played against in college but Flacco coming from a small school also shows that isn’t always the biggest concern; he also has some certain technique and little terminology that needs tuning. With Brad Childress who used to be a long time QB coach, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell coaching Brett Farve in both the Packers and Vikings, and finally Kevin Rodgers, a QB coach that has been very highly renowned in the NFL for sometime just shows that the Vikings have the right tools to help develop the young QB John Skelton properly. The best part is when asked who was his all time favorite football player…… you guessed it, the “Silver Fox” a.k.a. Brett Favre. There is a 99% chance Favre will be coming back for one more season and John Skelton will learn a year behind him soaking up every word, following his every move, and simply analyzing every aspect about him only making John Skelton develop even faster and become better.

94. Indianapolis Colts – Corey Wootton – DE – Northwestern

I can’t believe this guy is still on the board. ESPN has him rated as the fifth best defensive end in the draft and DraftTek recently had him rated as the 40th best player overall so getting him with the 94th pick is quite a treat. The Colts need a defensive end who can come and learn to pass rush from Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis and will be lined up and ready to go when they retire (they’re 30 and 29 respectively) and will also be able to come in on running downs and give the two Pro Bowlers a rest. This will keep them fresh and reduce their risk of injury and in the process will be a great learning and developmental period for Wootton, while still playing enough snaps to wet his lips a bit and gain the invaluable game experience at NFL speed.

There were a few players I considered with this pick. Wootton as well as Sean Lee to grab one more linebacker. Alex Carrington for the same reasons as Wootton. Ben Tate because he would be a huge boost on third-and-short conversions which desperately need to see an improvement. Matt Tennant and Jon Asamoah because the offensive line is just one big question mark at this point. Jacoby Ford because there are rumors that we might look at taking a kick returner in this draft. Jerome Murphy to add depth at corner and because he can also return kicks. And the only other position I would have considered was a safety, but there aren’t any left that I felt would be worth taking at this point.

95. New Orleans Saints – Sean Lee – LB – Penn State

The Saints rep didn’t get his pick in on time so I’m giving him Sean Lee, who can play both inside and outside linebacker. He’s also arguably the best player left on the board. It’s great value and a position of need for the Saints. Pretty simple.

96. Cincinnati Bengals – Aaron Hernandez – TE – Florda

As I mentrioned previously, Carson Palmer needs targets, and as he still seems to be suffering from David Carr disorder after that unpleasant chop-block “hit” in 2008 it will help his confidence if he has some dependable short range targets for a quick offload.  Now he has two extra ones in Spiller and Hernandez, both of which have good hands.

The downside on Hernandez is two-fold.  Firstly, he is difficult to assess in that he has constantly been surrounded by a team and players that are better than their opposition, coming from the winningest group of players in recent college football history – and that’s quite a feat in the SEC.  Cutler always looked more promising to me than Leinart as he was performing well in much more difficult circumstances.

More importantly though, his blocking, at the moment, is pretty garbage, which is one reason why I selected Morgan Burnett over him in Round 2  – and presumably why he has dropped here, to (effectively) the first pick in Round 4 – which makes him excellent value.

Some boards are suggesting that he would project well as an H-back as well as (or rather than) a regular TE. That would do the Bengals fine as it turns out, as there is a hole on the roster in that position as well.

97. Tennessee Titans – Jerome Murphy – CB – South Florida

The Titans desperately need more help at cornerback. I’m not sure how we got this far into the draft without me picking one yet. Either way Murphy is decent value here and fills a top priority need. He should help down against the pass-happy Colts. I honestly didn’t even consider anyone else.

98. Atlanta Falcons – Daniel Te’o-nesheim – DE – Washington

With the Abe getting a year older and Anderson appear to be transitioning more to a DT Falcons need to have another rotation DE to be in the works.

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17 Responses

  1. You expected to get ripped for the Clausen pick? Indeed..,Clausen is flat out a loser. Does not have the personality and maturity to be a Franchise QB. He never won anything and never will. Holmgren has said he doesn’t like him at #7. They want a starter with that pick and Jimmy isn’t that player. If you don’t realize any of these things, then you’re a freakin’ idiot.

    • If you would read the first paragraph you would see that this pick was made by a Seahawks fan.

  2. I honestly can’t take this draft serious when you give the Saints Tim Tebow in round 1 when Jerry Hughes, Jared Odrick, and some others are still on the board, Tim Tebow to the Saints in the first is one of the most ridiculous picks imaginable. You fail on that pick alone.

    • Thanks for the comment Johnny, but as you can read above we didn’t “give” Tebow to the Saints. He was taken by a Saints fan. Come back next year around this time and you can be the one picking for the Saints so other people can criticize your selections.

    • Johnny, do you know how to read?

    • Yet about 3 days later one of the pundits on NFL.com (I think it was Charles Davis, but might be wrong on that) made the exact same pick (Tebow at 32 to the Saints) – and made quite a big deal out of it. I don’t see it myself.

      And I supect that the Clausen pick to Cleveland was made by a Browns fan. Probably a freudian slip to blame the Seahawks guy, although he probably would have an equally good grasp of Holmgren’s draft psyche.

  3. The Redskins cant trade their #37 pick to Indy simply bc they traded it to Philly for McNabb.

    • The Indy/Washington trade happened in our draft before the real life trade between Philly and Washington happened.

  4. I’d love to know how you can prove they’re a Saints fan. I don’t know one Saints fan who would pick Tebow in the first (Yeah, I don’t know all of them). It sounds to me like you have someone lying and saying they’re a Saints fan just to screw with you. This website fails because of that pick.

    • Well Johny, did the person mess up the other Saints picks?

    • Please keep coming back, you’re amusing.

    • To be fair, judging from the party they were having after they won the superbowl, the best way to test a Saint fan is with a breathalyser as they are probably still well out of it. Good on them. It made a refreshing change.

  5. I just wanted to say that this was pretty fun guys! I’ll be down to represent the Raiders again next year! I really enjoyed the reasoning on some of the picks. I’m sure it’s more intuitive than some of the actual franchises justifications for their own picks!

  6. […] Mock Draft XIIc has the Rams trading out of the first pick. I just put up the final results for the Fan Mock Draft (each team was represented by a different person) a few days ago and it’s been exactly a week […]

  7. […] Mock Draft XIIc has the Rams trading out of the first pick. I just put up the final results for the Fan Mock Draft (each team was represented by a different person) a few days ago and it’s been exactly a week […]

  8. […] XIIc (this one) has the Rams trading out of the first pick. I just put up the final results for the Fan Mock Draft (each team was represented by a different person) a few days ago and it’s been exactly a week […]

  9. I just wanted to say that this was pretty fun guys! I’ll be down to represent the Raiders again next year! I really enjoyed the reasoning on some of the picks.

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