Since my last mock, a few things have changed. Brandon Marshall is now catching passes from Chad Henne and Santonio Holmes now calls the Big Apple home.
There are a lot of questions: will the Browns trade up to take Bradford? Will the Broncos draft a receiver now that Marshall is gone? I try to make sense of these questions and more in my 2nd attempt at mocking the only draft where people hope their number is called.
As for the Falcons pick, I decided to take a different approach this time around. Looking over the landscape and value available in later rounds, my choice for their first rounder may surprise you.
Version 2, with only eight picks the same from version one, is unleashed!
|Pick||Team||Player Selected||Player’s Position||Player’s School||Analysis|
|1.||Sam Bradford||Quarterback||Oklahoma||There’s rumor of the Browns trading up for Bradford, but if the Rams keep this pick, there is no way they don’t bring Bradford to St. Louis.|
(previous: Gerald McCoy)
The Lions have the luxury of choosing between two defensive beasts with the 2nd pick. McCoy is good but something tells me they like a boy named Suh.
(previous: Ndomukong Suh)
Defensive TackleOklahomaThe Bucs finished dead last in rush defense in 2009 and while McCoy is not a doctor, he is a massive run-stopper.4.Russell Okung
Offensive TackleOklahoma StateShanahan will protect his new investment (McNabb) with the best offensive tackle in the draft.
(previous: Brian Bulaga)
Offensive TackleOklahomaThe Chiefs gave up 45 sacks in 2009, sixth-most in the league. Williams lowers that number as well as powers an already impressive ground game.6.Eric Berry
Free SafetyTennesseeSome have Berry ranked as the #1 overall prospect in the draft. The Seahawks need help in a lot of places, but they can’t pass on this playmaker.7.Joe Haden
(previous: Dez Bryant)
CornerbackFloridaThe Browns might trade up for Bradford or they could stay put and draft Clausen. I think they go an entirely different approach and pick up the best CB in the draft.8.Derrick Morgan
(previous: Trent Williams)
Defensive EndGeorgia TechRay-duh Nation needs line help. They’ll either go offense or defense but with Morgan on the board, they may lose their focus.9.Dan Williams
(previous: Anthony Davis)
Defensive TackleTennesseeThe Bills need a playmaking wide receiver but they can address that need later. Williams solidifies a rush defense that was 3rd worst in the league.10.Rolando McClain
(previous: Earl Thomas)
Inside LinebackerAlabamaMcClain will bring interior toughness to a defense already in the Top 10.11.Maurkice Pouncey
(previous: Rolando McClain)
CenterFloridaThis feels like a no-brainer. Broncos need a Center and Pouncey is the best one.12.Brandon Graham
(previous: Taylor Mays)
Outside LinebackerMichiganWith their receiving corp solidified after the Marshall deal, the Dolphins fill their most pressing need.13.Brian Bulaga
(previous: Joe Haden)
Offensive TackleIowaThe Niners will be ecstatic if Bulaga is still here at 13. They can thank the Seahawks later.14. (From Denver)Earl Thomas
(previous: Derrick Morgan)
CornerbackTexasMost mocks have the Seahawks taking Spiller here, but what I’ve heard out of Seattle is he isn’t even on their radar.15.Dez Bryant
(previous: Dan Williams)
Wide ReceiverOklahoma StateI have nothing to base this on. Just a hunch. It makes the sense that is not, but there is always one pick that makes everyone scratch their head.16. (From Carolina)Jason Pierre-Paul
Defensive EndSouth FloridaThe Titans will take the best defensive end available in an effort to replace the aging Vandenbosch.17.Taylor Mays
(previous: Brandon Graham)
Free SafetySouthern CaliforniaThe Niners fill their two most pressing needs with their first two picks adding Mays to their secondary.18.C.J. Spiller
(previous: Kareem Jackson)
Running BackClemsonI’m not totally convinced the Steelers are happy with their running game and while OL likely will the choice, Spiller is interesting.19.Kyle Wilson
(previous: Sergio Kindle)
CornerbackBoise StateIt has so much fun trying to figure out who the Falcons will take at 19 and I think this provides an interesting twist. With Morgan, Graham and JPP off the board, the Falcons could use this pick to solidify a secondary would go from awful to one of the best in the league. They could add pass rush help in the 3rd round and grab a WR or C later on. While not a high percentage, these mocks are supposed to generate conversation. I’m sure this pick will.20.Devin McCourty
(previous: C.J. Spiller)
CornerbackRutgersAnother no-brainer if the draft falls this way. After losing Robinson, the Texans will be drafting a CB. It just depends on which one will fall to them.21.Jermaine Gresham
Tight EndOklahomaThe Bengals absolutely need a TE. Gresham is the best in the draft. It’s like eHarmony for the NFL.22.Sergio Kindle
(previous: Demaryius Thomas)
Outside LinebackerTexasThough wide receiver help is needed, kindle is exactly the kind of hybrid player Belichick loves. This is one of those picks you just know will happen.23.Anthony Davis
(previous: Kyle Wilson)
Offensive TackleRutgersThe Packers need a lot of little pieces and Davis will fill one of those at 23.24. Mike Iupati
(previous: Devin McCourty)
Offensive GuardIdahoThe Eagles biggest need might be defense, but Iupati is a nice piece for the Kevin Kolb-led Eagles.25.Jared Odrick
(previous: Patrick Robinson)
Defensive TacklePenn StateCornerback and DT are the Ravens biggest needs and Odrick fits into the Ravens defensive philosophy perfectly.26.Sean Weatherspoon
Outside LinebackerMissouriIf the Falcons don’t take Spoon he could fall to the Cardinals and would be a great fit for their opportunistic defense.27.Charles Brown
(previous: Mike Iupati)
Offensive TackleSouthern CaliforniaThere’s a reason the Cowboys finish in the Top 10 in rushing most years. They draft well and know where their bread is buttered.28.Brian Price
(previous: Ryan Mathews)
Defensive TackleUCLAPrice will help the Chargers defense that gave up over 117 rushing yards per game.29.Everson Griffen
Defensive EndSouthern CaliforniaRex Ryan loves him some defense with his DE’s getting up there in age, Griffen will slide into either position.30.Ryan Mathews
(previous: Maurkice Pouncey)
Running BackFresno StateThe loss of Chester Taylor in the offseason hasn’t received much pub but the Vikings need to address their depth behind AD.31.Kareem Jackson
(previous: Jared Odrick)
CornerbackAlabamaThe Colts don’t have too many holes but Jackson seems like the best bet here.32.Jerry Hughes
Outside LinebackerTexas ChristianA solid selection from the Super Bowl champs ends the first round.
What are your thoughts? Am I insane? Or just the right amount of sane? Let me know which players I got right and which ones I completely missed.