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Final Mock Draft: 3 man weave

Here we are, hours before the 2010 NFL draft kicks off and we are sure that you haven’t had your fill on mock drafts yet.  Chris has done a great job so far in his not one, not two, but three mock drafts so far.  We also gave scouting reports for 71 different players from first rounders to deep sleepers that the Packers should have their eyes on.  It is true that all of this is an inexact science, but on the morning of draft night (still sounds awfully weird to me), how about one last mock draft to get you ready?  This time all three of us will rotate picks and just a quick teaser, the Packers have a new choice from our last mocks.
1. St. Louis (1-15) – Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma. No doubt in my mind he’s the pick here. The Rams have no real quarterback after releasing Marc Bulger and they are clearly in love with Bradford, especially after his strong pro day showing. He’ll bring some buzz back to a team that has lacked it in recent years. (Chris Lempesis)

2. Detroit (2-14) – Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma St. A lot of people have Suh or McCoy pegged here, but the Lions have a bigger hole on the offensive line. Okung will quickly become Matt Stafford’s best friend and hopefully prevent him from becoming another Joey Harrington. (Adam Somers)

3. Tampa Bay (3-13) – Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma. You could go with Ndamukong Suh just as easily here, but McCoy gets the nod for his pure pass-rushing ability, which the Bucs badly need in the middle of their line. McCoy projects nicely as a three-technique tackle in their scheme who could give them some burst. (Gene Bosling)

4. Washington (4-12) – Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa. Even with Okung no longer available here, the ‘Skins will still look to upgrade their o-line. The unit is horrible, as of now, and Donovan McNabb will get punished playing behind it. Bulaga is an above-average athlete with excellent footwork. He’ll be a major addition for that group. (CL)
5. Kansas City (4-12) -Ndamunkog Suh, DT, Nebraska. Even though the Chiefs have drafted d-lineman in their last two first rounds (Glen Dorsey, ‘08 and Tyson Jackson, ‘09) they still go with perhaps the most dominate player in college football last year to form a young, scary unit.  Suh is not necessarily a need, but is the best player available and if he lasts this far look for a possible trade-up. (AS)
6. Seattle (5-11) – Eric Berry, S, Tennessee. There are a number of directions the Seahawks could go with this pick — offensive line has been mentioned, and Clemson running back C.J. Spiller’s name has also come up on multiple occasions. But playmakers of Berry’s reputation don’t come around often, and new coach Pete Carroll could use an athlete like Berry, who has drawn comparisons to Ed Reed. (GB)

7. Cleveland (5-11) – Earl Thomas, S, Texas. The addition of Sheldon Brown was a nice upgrade for Cleveland’s secondary (one of the worst in football last season). The Brownies still need help there, though. Thomas is a big-time playmaker with speed to burn. Those qualities more than make up for his lack of size (just 5-feet, 10-inches). Good pick for Mikey. (CL)

8. Oakland (5-11) – Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers. Al Davis loves measurables, he loves potential and he loves raw skill.  Davis has all of that and the Raiders have never shied away from character issues.  If Davis had his head screwed on straight he might be the top tackle prospect in this draft and now he has the duty of protecting another offensive tackle in JaMarcus Russell. (AS)

9. Buffalo (6-10) – Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Ryan Fitzpatrick, Trent Edwards and Brian Brohm. Yep, those are the quarterbacks for Buffalo. The Bills can not expect to do anything significant until they upgrade at that spot. I have doubts about Clausen, but I still think he’s better than those three. Plus, he brings hope – something Bills fans need in a major way. (CL)

10. Jacksonville (7-9) – Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech. Morgan is smallish (6-foot-3, 265 pounds), but is a good edge rusher for a team that needs help in that area. That’s a big part of the reason the Jaguars threw so much money at Aaron Kampman, but it can’t hurt to have another good, young, healthy option in case Kampman’s knee isn’t ready to go. (GB)
11. Denver (8-8) — From Chicago (7-9) – Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma St. Maybe the easiest pick to peg in this draft so far, besides Bradford, after trading Brandon Marshall.  Bryant is a playmaker the Broncos desparately need and McDaniels has had a good history with questionable character wideouts (see Moss, Randy).  Bryant has the talent to start right away. (AS)
12. Miami (7-9) – Sergio Kindle, DE/OLB, Texas. The Dolphins could take a look at Spiller here, with Ronnie Brown coming off an ankle injury. But this is a Bill Parcells team now, and it’s also a team that needs an impact pass rusher. For both of those reasons, Kindle makes sense here. A trade down isn’t out of the question, either — the Seahawks like Spiller, and the Dolphins might be able to get a pass-rusher a few spots down. (GB)
13. San Francisco (8-8) – Joe Haden, CB, Florida. The Niners’ war room will be going crazy if Haden’s still on the board at this point. He’s the best corner in this draft and fills a real need for San Fran. He’s got the skills to start – and excel – right away. The Niners need o-line help, too, but they can address that later in round one. (CL)

14. Seattle (5-11) — From Denver (8-8) C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson. This would be the dream scenario for the Seahawks landing Spiller here.  They are in desperate need of playmakers and Spiller fills that void.  He’s not an every down back, but is the biggest homerun threat in this draft and can help the new Carroll regime is multiple ways. (AS)

15. New York Giants (8-8) — Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama. The Giants’ defense has shown its age a little in the last two seasons, and with Antonio Pierce gone, McClain makes sense here. He’s probably only on the board because of slipping draft stock – which might or might not have something to do with reports that he might or might not have Crohn’s disease. This draft stuff is cooky. Anyway, McClain is a big, prototype linebacker who would fit well in New York. (GB)

16. Tennessee (8-8) – Jason Pierre-Paul, OLB, South Florida. The Titans would love it if Morgan or Kindle were still on the board. But with those two both gone, they’ll turn to Pierre-Paul. He doesn’t have much in the way of stats (just six sacks last season, his only year of Division I ball), but he’s got fantastic measurables (6-feet, 6-inches, 260 pounds with 4.64 speed). He’s a freak and, last time I checked, Tennessee likes freaks (see: Kearse, Jevon). (CL)

17. San Francisco (8-8) — From Carolina (8-8) – Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma. After addressing CB issues with Haden earlier the 49ers turn to the other side of the ball to upgrade their offensive line.  Alex Smith showed a little bit of life last year and if has any chance to improve on that he’ll need protection.  Some have Williams going as high of #4 to Washington, so he is a great value here at #17 and can be plugged into right tackle immediately. (AS)

18. Pittsburgh (9-7) — Mike Iupati, G, Idaho. There’s probably some concern in Pittsburgh about the quarterback position with Ben Roethlisberger continuing to prove what a meathead he is, but there’s nothing of value the Steelers could do at that position with the 18th pick. So they shore up a bad offensive line with Iupati, a road grader of a guard who’s got the size, if not the polish, to move to tackle. (GB)

19. Atlanta (9-7) – Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri. Atlanta’s pretty much set, offensively. The Falcons’ defense could still use some work, though, and Weatherspoon would help that cause tremendously. He’s a high-energy player who knows how to tackle (and can hit like a ton of freakin’ bricks). (CL)
20. Houston (9-7) – Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise St. After losing Dunta Robinson in free agency, the Texans have a void to fill.  With Haden gone, Wilson is arguably the second-best prospect at this position and joins an intriguing young defense with Brian Cushing, DeMeco Ryans and Mario Williams.  Texans could look at RB at this spot, but there will be plenty of good backs available come Friday. (AS)
21. Cincinnati (10-6) – Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma. He’s been called “the most dynamic tight end prospect since Keith Jackson,” and the Bengals’ rapidly aging offense could use another weapon for Carson Palmer. They’ll get one here by taking Gresham, a 6-foot-5 tight end who ran a 4.73 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine. (GB)
22. New England (10-6) – Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan. If you know anything about The Hoodie’s draft approach, you know that he’s never been scared off by “Tweeners.” Graham is certainly one of those, although he’s more likely an outside linebacker in the pros. He goes 120 MPH on just about every play and he’ll need to in the pros because of his short arms. (CL)
23. Green Bay (11-5) – Maurkice Pouncey, G/C, Florida. Last year you could probably peg a few different guys Thompson would be drafting. This year? It could go in so many directions.  Do they draft tackle? Do they pull the trigger on a heat-seeking missile like Mays? What about an outside rusher to pair up with Matthews? Charles Brown has been a popular pick on our past mocks and with many of our readers, but there has been a lot of buzz lately that he is more of a project than an immediate impact player. For a team with Super Bowl aspirations, that isn’t good enough. There has been little doubt that Pouncey can provide immediate impact on the line and is one of those versatile lineman that Thompson has loved in the past. Josh Sitton is solid at RG, but you would have a hard time convincing me that Pouncey wouldn’t beat out the LG/C contingent of Colledge/Spitz/Wells. An outside pass rusher could be a very real possibility here for an immediate impact this team needs in the first round, but with Weatherspoon, Kindle and Graham off the board, Pouncey is the pick here at #23. (AS)
24. Philadelphia (11-5) – Taylor Mays, S, USC. There’s a lot of talk about Mays going to the Packers at No. 23, but if he’s still here, it’s going to be hard for the Eagles to pass on him. He struggles in coverage, but he’s a sledgehammer of a safety, and that fits more in the Eagles’ scheme than a safety like South Florida’s Nate Allen. (GB)

25. Baltimore (9-7) – Dan Williams, NT, Tennessee. I think the Ravens would love to see Gresham fall to them here, but since he’s gone, my guess is that they’ll turn their focus to the defensive line. Kelly Gregg is still very good, but he’s getting older. Williams brings pure strength, and decent enough athleticism, with him and will look good playing next to Haloti Ngata for the next 10 years. (CL)

26. Arizona (10-6) – Jared Odrick, DT, Penn St. The Cardinals would love to see Williams fall to them to anchor the defensive line, but will settle for 2009 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.  The birds want to improve their pass rush and with many of the top linebackers gone, they will look toward the versatile and athletic big man up front. (AS)
27. Dallas (11-5) – Charles Brown, OT, USC. Rumors have had the Cowboys making a play for Ravens’ tackle Jared Gaither, so there is a need on the offensive line, especially with Flozell Adams out the door in Dallas.  Brown may not be ready to start right away, but is a far safer pick than Bruce Campbell.  Taylor Mays could be a real option here if he is available. (AS)

28. San Diego (13-3) – Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno St. With Tomlinson out of the picture, the Bolts can finally land their running back of the future. Sproles was and never will be an every down player and now can go back to his multi-faceted position. Matthews runs as hard as anyone in the draft and can take heat off Rivers and their vaunted passing game to make that offense even more scarier. (AS)

29. New York Jets (9-7) – Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida. It is clear that Rex Ryan holds no regard for character as long as it helps the team win, so I don’t think Ryan is scared away by Dunlap’s off the field issues and inconsistent effort.  The kid is a physical freak and has the talent to produce right away, bringing back flashes of Terrell Suggs.  Jets need an outside pass rusher and fill find a way to fit Dunlap into their scheme. (AS)

30. Minnesota (12-4) – Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama. Even though the Vikings just signed Lito Sheppard, I don’t think it will affect their draft plans.  Cedric Griffin is probably out for at least the first six weeks and Antoine Winfield is showing his age more every day.  Jackson is pro-ready and can step in right away in a now pass-heavy division.  He will be groomed to take over for Winfield when that time comes. (AS)

31. Indianapolis (14-2) – Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers. Did you watch the Super Bowl? Granted Drew Brees can pick apart just about any defense, but the Colts’ secondary is average without Bob Sanders.  With many of the top AFC contenders having strong passing games (Chargers, Patriots, maybe Jets now) McCourty is a quick injection of talent the Colts need. (AS)

32. New Orleans (13-3) – Everson Griffen, DE, USC. After parting ways with Charles Grant the Saints need a new pass rusher.  Griffen fits that bill bringing strength and size to the position. Jerry Hughes of TCU could get a strong look here, but Griffen is a better fit in the Saints’ 4-3 scheme. (AS)

Strap in boys and girls, Christmas morning in April is almost here.
-Adam Somers, Chris Lempesis and Gene Bosling

3 comments to Final Mock Draft: 3 man weave

  • Dave Ringberg

    Somers – you’re crazy if you think Al Davis is going to draft anybody other than Bruce Campbell. I do agree with Pouncey over Brown IF (and that’s a big if) he’s still on the board at 23. If Pouncey and the top 4 OTs are gone by then I could see Thompson trading down 5-8 spots and taking maybe Jerry Hughes if he hasn’t been picked yet or even hoping Brown falls to a spot where we could trade down and still get him (or if Brown and Hughes are gone then taking the best player available at OLB/CB).

  • jeremiah

    ugh. hate the pouncey pick. we already have a log jam at LG with college and spitz. we either need to draft a OT or no OL at all in the first. i don’t think pouncey is a first round guy, or at least he shouldn’t be. especially not early twenties.

    i can’t stand this anymore. is it draft time yet??!?!?

  • DaveK

    If Pouncey is there you have to consider him regardless of need. Your #1 is about the next 5 years and not just this next year’s need. There was some clamor last year about trading Wells and maybe you could find a trade partner if you end up with 3 quality C’s on the roster. But, Pouncey is probably an upgrade at LT this year and you could move Colledge to LT full time as a backup.

    Anyway, according to your mock TT will have a choice of some outstanding players: Pouncey, Mays, Jackson, McCourtney, Campbell, Brown.

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