Will he slide or not?

Will he slide or not?

Free Agency always reeks havoc on any early prognostication.   So Brent Sobleski returns to tweak his previous attempt at mocking the league’s most interesting weekend.

Round 1

1St. Louis Sam BradfordQB/Oklahoma
Analysis: For a franchise which has not selected a quarterback prospect in the first round since 1963, eventually the Rams need to take a leap of faith at said position.  While it is certainly easy to slot the likes of Suh or Gerald McCoy at this selection based on their immense talents, St.Louis has finished with a top three choice in the draft three years running.  The dominance of a defensive tackle simply cannot affect the win column as much as landing a franchise quarterback.
2Detroit Ndamukong SuhDT/Nebraska
Analysis: With the Rams predicament, the Lions have the luxury of selecting whichever of the top two prospects they prefer along the defensive line.   Suh is the bigger and more physical of the two that can play more 1 technique to compliment the recently acquired Corey Williams from Cleveland and Kyle Vanden Bosch at end.
3Tampa Bay Gerald McCoyDT/Oklahoma
Analysis: At least one source within the Buccaneers organization has stated the team actually prefers this McCoy over the highly decorated Suh.  The preference would be based merely on style and system.   If Tampa is going to once again rely on a heavy attacking Cover 2 scheme, which they reverted to late last season, McCoy is the disruptive type of 3 technique they desperately need to build around.
4Washington Russell OkungOT/Oklahoma St.
Analysis: Uncertainty around the quarterback position makes this selection very intriguing.   With the recent retirement of veteran stalwart Chris Samuels, and the dearth of talent along the ‘Skins offensive line, taking arguably the draft’s top left tackle prospect appears the most prudent decision. Especially considering Okung’s overall athleticism and how well it would translate to new Head Coach Mike Shanahan’s offensive system.
5Kansas City Eric BerryS/Tennessee
Analysis: The Chiefs could look at numerous different directions to address their overall needs.    Berry is simply the best talent available at this point and can become a legitimate defensive playmaker and the new face of the franchise.
6Seattle Jimmy ClausenQB/Notre Dame
Analysis: If new head honcho Pete Carroll is to make a move at the quarterback position, it is always better to do it sooner rather than later.   Matt Hasselbeck is a solid veteran presence, but his play has dropped dramatically recently while injuries have amounted.  Clausen has a history with Carroll dating back to his high school days while possessing the athleticism and accuracy to fit nicely into Offensive Coordinator Jeremy Bates’ system.
7Cleveland Jared OdrickDT/Penn St.
Analysis: Not a sexy pick by any means for the Browns, yet the addition of Jared Odrick adds to a thinned out defensive line in Cleveland.   His ability to get up field, create disruption, while possessing a non-system specific skill set translate well to a defense in need of talent.  The team’s new regime under Holmgren and Heckert has a history of building the trenches first.  While Odrick is arguably a better talent than Tyson Jackson who went number three overall just a year ago.
8Oakland Trent WilliamsOT/Oklahoma
Analysis: The automatic choices for Raiders’ owner Al Davis would seem to be Bruce Campbell, Jason Pierre-Paul, or Taylor Mays after their spectacular performances at the Combine.   While Campbell in particular was lighting up the field in Indianapolis, another offensive lineman was having a great workout of his own…Trent Williams.   Williams is certainly the more polished of the two aforementioned prospects that can immediately help Oakland’s woeful offensive tackle situation.
9Buffalo Bryan BulagaOT/Iowa
Analysis: Despite desperately searching for a potential franchise signal caller and coming up just short in this particular draft, the Bills will gladly take one of the top left tackles to solidify the blindside.    After a rash of bad decisions in regarding the position just prior to last season, Demetrius Bell was shoved into the spotlight.  He proved he is not the long term answer.  Bulaga was playing as a good as any lineman in the nation once bowl season commenced and is as well coached as any professional staff can expect to fill said void.
10Jacksonville Dez BryantWR/Oklahoma St.
Analysis: What is the best way for a football franchise to sell tickets?  More offense.  Mark Sims-Walker burst on the scene last year for the Jags but was easily shut down in some games due to a lack of a quality receiver opposite the field.   Add a talent such as Dez Bryant to the wide receiver corps, along with one of the league’s top running backs, include a young and improving offensive line; and the Jaguars will be tough to stop for opposing defenses.
11Denver (from Chicago)Rolando McClainLB/Alabama
Analysis: McClain’s recent revelation about his suffering through Crohn’s disease should not have too much of an impact on his draft status…if everything checks out properly.  The Butkus Award winner never missed a game in his collegiate career despite the aforementioned malady.  Denver continues to revamp their front seven by replacing an average Andra Davis at Mac linebacker with an oversized and intelligent field general.
12Miami Dan WilliamsDT/Tennessee
Analysis: Nose tackle will continue to be a concern for the Dolphins until someone is selected to replace the soon to be 36 year old Jason Ferguson at the point of attack.   He is an aging 0 technique that is also coming off a season ending injury and will now be suspended for the first half of the 2010 NFL season. Dan Williams is a squat and strong defender coming of a fantastic senior campaign while also being the best pure two gap nose tackle among his contemporaries.  A perfect marriage of value plus need.
13San Francisco Joe HadenCB/Florida
Analysis: As this off season progresses, Haden will look to improve from his surprisingly disappointing Combine performance.  While a forty yard dash is never the best indicator of a football player, no cornerback who has run a 4.5 or above has been drafted in the top ten this past decade.  Recent news is that the cover man had a back injury.  So further testing shall be interesting.  Coach Singletary would gladly open his arms as this cornerback slides slightly to the cornerback deprived 49ers.
14Seattle (from Denver)Jason Pierre-PaulDE/South Florida
Analysis: Defensive end has been one of the targeted positions for the Seahawks entering this off season.  Coach Carroll became accustomed while at USC possessing freakish athletes on his defense, especially off the edge.   Pierre-Paul fits said description to a tee while even presenting the possibility of playing a somewhat similar role as the elephant in Carroll’s system, if the coach so chooses.  And who better to coach up such a raw prospect than one of the best college coaches who just moved to the professional ranks?
15NY GiantsDerrick MorganDE/Georgia Tech
Analysis: The G-Men need help along all three lines of their defensive unit.   Safety was the team’s initial concern and was addressed with the signing of Antrel Rolle in free agency.   Attention should turn to the team’s pass rush which has not been the same since Coach Spagnuolo departed, Michael Strahan retired, and Osi Umenyiora decided to go AWOL.  Morgan is the most polished edge rusher in this class.
16TennesseeBrandon GrahamDE/Michigan
Analysis: Although slightly undersized as a traditional 43 defensive end, it never prevented Brandon Graham from being productive at the collegiate level.   The Titans will hope he can transition easily to the professional ranks and continue to create the type of havoc they have grew accustomed with names such as Jevon Kearse, Albert Hayensworth, and Kyle Vanden Bosch produced over the years.
17San Francisco (from Carolina)Earl ThomasS/Texas
Analysis: San Francisco could go in numerous directions with needs at their right tackle position, more wide receiver help, etc.  But by adding Earl Thomas to the earlier selection of Joe Haden; they would be forming one of the truly dynamic secondaries in the National Football League.   Any help along the secondary is a dire need for a defensive based team who is very thin along the back line.
18PittsburghBruce CampbellOT/Maryland
Analysis: Despite a Super Bowl victory two seasons ago and then falling just short of the playoffs this past season, the Steelers offensive line has continued to be one of the weaker units in the league.   Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger has been one of the top sacked signal callers in the league.  Yet this team has yet to seriously address the situation.   Campbell is the type of athlete the team has sorely lacked up front for years.  And under the vision of Mike Tomlin as head coach, Pittsburgh has looked toward becoming more athletic overall.
19AtlantaTaylor MaysS/USC
Analysis: A great workout by Mays recently has once again landed this prospect squarely into the first round range.   His freakish athleticism has never been questioned, but his play on the field has.   On a team like the Falcons, they need playmakers in the secondary and can be afforded the chance on a high ceiling prospect with plenty of bust potential.
20HoustonGolden TateWR/Notre Dame
Analysis: Seemingly, Andre Johnson has done it all offensively for the Texas in recent years.  Kevin Walter is a competent second receiver but is not feared by opposing defenses.   Tate has the explosive qualities to compliment Johnson tremendously while continuing to improve an offense which already ranked fourth in the NFL in 2009.
21CincinnatiBrian PriceDT/UCLA
Analysis: With a lockdown secondary and two physically impressive pass rushers off the edge in Antwan Odom and Michael Johnson, a presence in the middle is needed to be a constant disruptive force pushing the middle of the pocket.   Price was one of the top defenders in the nation with his 23.5 tackles for loss and knives in the backfield as well as anyone in this class.
22New EnglandC.J. SpillerRB/Clemson
Analysis: Positional value drives down a dynamic talent such as C.J. Spiller, the Patriots would benefit greatly from his abilities.  Spiller simply adds another element to an already explosive offense.  He may never be an every down back, but the Clemson product can pick up some of the slack left by Laurence Maroney, learn under the watchful care of veteran Kevin Faulk, while also contributing on special teams.
23Green BayAnthony DavisOT/Rutgers
Analysis: Physically, Anthony Davis may be the most gifted offensive lineman in this draft class.  Unfortunately with a recent bad workout and questions being raised about his overall work ethic; he could just as easily slide.    The Packers would count their blessings based in their dire need to improve their offensive tackle position.
24PhiladelphiaSean WeatherspoonLB/Missouri
Analysis: Ravaged a year ago by injuries along their linebacking corps, the Eagles could benefit greatly by bringing in a talent and personality like Sean Weatherspoon.   ‘Spoon can play inside or outside and is just as comfortable dropping back in coverage as he is running sideline to sideline defending the run.
25BaltimoreCarlos DunlapDE/Florida
Analysis: Recently receiving good reviews from scouts, Dunlap had been discussed previously as having a penchant for not playing to his fullest while at Florida.   He has the potential to be a dominant 5 technique opposite Haloti Ngata.   With a locker room as strong as the one found in Baltimore, along with the veteran presence on the field, the Ravens could expect to get the best out of this tremendous talent.
26ArizonaEverson GriffenDE/USC
Analysis: Another prospect that has never quite played completely to his fantastic physical prowess.   Griffen showed flashed while at Southern Cal.   He has the athleticism to play in space, while being an effective edge rusher.   A combination teams look for in regards to drafting 34 outside linebackers.  A position Arizona has looked to upgrade for quite some time.
27DallasMike IupatiOG/Idaho
Analysis: The average age for the Cowboys’ starting offensive line next season is over 32 years.  Owner/General Manager Jerry Jones loves big, physical, and nasty offensive linemen.   Enter Mike Iupati who fits the bill to a tee.   The former Vandal needs refinement in technique, but his natural ability is off the charts for a guard prospect.
28San DiegoRyan MatthewsRB/Fresno St.
Analysis: In a surprise move, the Chargers finally tendered running back Darren Sproles just prior to the flood of free agency.  This is merely an indication of how desperate their situation is currently at running back.   Matthews has the size, ability, and skill to step in immediately and take over the load for one of the better offenses in the NFL.
29NY JetsJerry HughesDE/TCU
Analysis: Coach Rex Ryan has already stated this is a make or break season for former top five overall selection Vernon Gholston.   The former Ohio State product was never a fit for 34 based teams, but the Jets hoped his natural physical talent would take over.   It has not and the team is still lacking the dynamic presence off the edge to create consistent pressure.   Hughes is a more natural and flexible edge rusher who recently put together an outstanding linebacker workout for NFL scouts.
30MinnesotaMaurkice PounceyC/Florida
Analysis: John Sullivan took over at center last off season when veteran rock Matt Birk departed for more purple pastures.   While the Notre Dame graduate did an adequate job on the pivot, he does not set the point of attack as consistently as his predecessor once did.   The difference was noticeable in their ample running attack.   On a team without too many holes, they select the top center (who can also play guard) and one of the best interior blockers in this class to off set said problem.
31IndianapolisCharles BrownOT/USC
Analysis: Priority number one for the Colts…protect Peyton Manning.  Former second round pick, Tony Ugoh has been a disappointment after a stellar rookie campaign.   Charlie Johnson is solid but is not the long term answer at the position.  Charles Brown has the athleticism and upside to be a perfect fit as the blindside protector in the Colt’s high octane offense.
32New OrleansSergio KindleLB/Texas
Analysis: A selection the caliber of Sergio Kindle addresses two issues on this Super Bowl Champion defense.   First, Kindle is a natural pass rusher off the edge.   Second, he can replace Scott Fujita on the strong side who is now sampling the water in the free agency pool.  Kindle’s speed and athleticism on the turf in the Super Dome would be a boon.

Round 2

33St. LouisKyle WilsonCB/Boise St.
34DetroitJahvid BestRB/California
35Tampa BayDamian WilliamsWR/USC
36Kansas CityAaron HernandezTE/Florida
37WashingtonNate AllenS/South Florida
38ClevelandDevin McCourtyCB/Rutgers
39OaklandPatrick RobinsonCB/Florida St.
40SeattleVladimir DucasseOT/Massachusetts
41BuffaloBrandon LaFellWR/LSU
42Tampa Bay (from Chicago)Navorro BowmanLB/Penn St.
43MiamiArrelious BennWR/Illinois
44New England (from Jacksonville)Jermaine GreshamTE/Oklahoma
45DenverTerrence CodyNT/Alabama
46NY GiantsDaryl WashingtonLB/TCU
47New England (from Tennessee)Brandon SpikesLB/Florida
48CarolinaCorey WoottonDE/Northwestern
49San FranciscoRodger SaffoldOT/Indiana
50Kansas City (from Atlanta)Ricky SappDE/Clemson
51HoustonKareem JacksonCB/Alabama
52PittsburghChris CookCB/Virginia
53New EnglandTyson AlualuDE/California
54CincinnatiJonathan DwyerRB/Georgia Tech
55PhiladelphiaKoa MisiDE/Utah
56Green BayPerrish CoxCB/Oklahoma St.
57BaltimoreDominique FranksCB/Oklahoma
58ArizonaRob GronkowskiTE/Arizona
59DallasAlex CarringtonDE/Arkansas St.
60San DiegoCam ThomasNT/North Carolina
61NY JetsDeMaryius ThomasWR/Georgia Tech
62MinnesotaDexter McClusterRB/Mississippi
63IndianapolisA.J. EddsLB/Iowa
64New OrleansToby GerhartRB/Stanford

Round 3

65St. LouisJeremy WilliamsWR/Tulane
66DetroitAmari SpieveyCB/Iowa
67Tampa BayJason WorildsDE/Virginia Tech
68Washington*pick forfeited*via supplemental draft
69Kansas CityMatt TennantC/Boston College
70OaklandGeno AtkinsDT/Georgia
71Philadelphia (from Seattle)Chad JonesS/LSU
72ClevelandTony PikeQB/Cincinnati
73BuffaloTim TebowQB/Florida
74MiamiT.J. WardS/Oregon
75JacksonvilleBrandon GheeCB/Wake Forest
76ChicagoMike JohnsonOG/Alabama
77New York GiantsArthur JonesDT/Syracuse
78TennesseeJacoby FordWR/Clemson
79CarolinaMarshawn GilyardWR/Cincinnati
80San FranciscoAntonio BrownWR/Central Michigan
81DenverJarrett BrownQB/West Virginia
82HoustonMontario HardestyRB/Tennessee
83PittsburghJamar ChaneyLB/Mississippi St.
84AtlantaEric NorwoodLB/South Carolina
85CincinnatiReshad JonesS/Georgia
86Oakland (from New England)Major WrightS/Florida
87Green BayJoe McKnightRB/USC
88PhiladelphiaDennis PittaTE/BYU
89Arizona (from Baltimore)Colt McCoyQB/Texas
90ArizonaTaylor PriceWR/Ohio
91DallasMorgan BurnettS/Georgia Tech
92San DiegoJerome MurphyCB/South Florida
93Cleveland (from New York Jets)Joshua MooreCB/Kansas St.
94MinnesotaSean LeeLB/Penn St.
95IndianapolisMike NealDT/Purdue
96New OrleansJimmy GrahamTE/Miami