Finding a home.

Everyone knows the drill.   Time is slowly winding down.   Teams will be in meetings throughout the upcoming week solidifying their own draft boards.   Here at TFY these mockeries may range slightly in each attempt, but it is all in effort to suspect what said teams may be thinking.  Check back throughout the upcoming weeks as this site tries to keep everyone apprised to the best of our abilities.  Meanwhile the clock continues to wane.

Round 1

# Team Selection Position/College
1 St. Louis Sam Bradford QB/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. Sam Bradford looked exceptionally well in his recent workout, which should only solidify his standing at the potential number one overall selection.
2 Detroit Ndamukong Suh DT/Nebraska
Analysis: With the Rams likely going quarterback number one overall, the Lions have the luxury of selecting whichever of the top two prospects they prefer along the defensive line or even an offensive tackle.   Suh is the bigger and more physical of the two defensive tackles that can play more one technique to compliment the recently acquired Corey Williams from Cleveland and Kyle Vanden Bosch at end.  Left tackle Russell Okung seems to be gaining steam for this pick, but the Lions should be happy with the draft’s number one overall prospect in Suh.
3 Tampa Bay Gerald McCoy DT/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 three technique they desperately need to build around.
4 Washington Jimmy Clausen QB/Notre Dame
Analysis: Inevitably, top quarterback prospects climb to the top.  Clausen has shown on the field he is certainly deserving of being held in such high regard.   While Washington will strongly contemplate whether or not to go with a quarterback or offensive tackle at this juncture still remains the question.  Even with their offensive line still is in desperate need of work; Clausen’s skill set projects very favorable in Coach Shanahan’s system. They could land  the quarterback they have seemingly been looking for since the day after Jason Campbell was drafted.
5 Kansas City Russell Okung OT/Oklahoma St.
Analysis: Conversation around KC has centered on potentially drafting the best available prospect in safety Eric Berry or upgrading along the offensive line.   In this case, it is starting to appear most beneficial for the team to land their potential rock at left tackle; thus completely solidifying an offensive line which was horrible a year ago.    Instead of waiting for Branden Albert to continue improving; landing an athletic phenom like Okung, sliding Albert inside or to the strongside,  while also adding Ryan Lilja in free agency will only help an offense which has plenty invested in the likes of Matt Cassell and now their running attack.
6 Seattle Eric Berry S/Tennessee
Analysis: Recently adding Charlie Whitehurst into the equation takes a lot of pressure off this particular selection.  Now the ‘Hawks are not necessarily pigeonholed into looking for a quarterback very early in the process.  Instead the team could easily look to address their 30th ranked passing defense of a year ago.   Berry may just be the “safest” pick in this draft and a likely instant playmaker in the secondary which this particular team desperately needs.
7 Cleveland C.J. Spiller RB/Clemson
Analysis: With the recent acquisitions of cornerback Sheldon Brown and outside linebacker Chris Gocong, the Browns have seemingly filled most of their glaring holes.   Two in particular still exist.  Some would argue safety, others can argue a dynamic presence in the offense which defenses must take account.   Browns’ brass has been very interested in all the Clemson products this off season; and Spiller has the ability to be a fantastic weapon alongside developing talents such as Jerome Harrison, Peyton Hillis, and Mohamed Massaquoi.
8 Oakland Trent Williams OT/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 and undeniable physical gifts.   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 and can immediately help Oakland’s woeful offensive tackle situation.
9 Buffalo Bryan Bulaga OT/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.
10 Jacksonville Joe Haden CB/Florida
Analysis: At points last season, the Jaguars had their starting safety moved over to cover the hole they had at cornerback.  Reggie Nelson is not a full time cover man.  The emergence of rookie Derek Cox was a pleasant surprise.   But if this team ever plans on winning an AFC South division title, they need to find ways to cover the likes of Indianapolis’ and Houston’s wide receivers. After running well at his pro day, Haden is back in the top ten overall conversation. His addition would add athleticism and physicality to the Jaguars backline in hopes of stopping those divisional opponents.
11 Denver (from Chicago) Rolando McClain LB/Alabama
Analysis: McClain’s 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.
12 Miami Dan Williams DT/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 zero 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.
13 San Francisco Earl Thomas S/Texas
Analysis: San Francisco could go in numerous directions with needs at their right tackle position, more wide receiver help, etc.  Any help along the secondary is a dire need for a defensive based team who is very thin along the back line.   Earl Thomas is the type of playmaker over the top that has a natural feel against the passing game and makes up for a multitude of mistakes by inferior cornerback play.
14 Seattle (from Denver) Dez Bryant WR/Oklahoma St.
Analysis: Coach Carroll should be accustomed to dealing with high maintenance players during his tenure among the semi-pro team known more fondly as USC.  If anything, all the flirtation with Bronco’s prima donna Brandon Marshall should clearly indicate their interest in a highly talented, albeit potentially misguided, athlete to incorporate in their wide receiver corps.   Bryant may slide due to recent work outs and potential attitude misconceptions; but his loss is the Seahawks gain.
15 NY Giants Derrick Morgan DE/Georgia Tech
Analysis: The G-Men need help along all three lines of their defensive unit.   Safety was the team’s first concern and was addressed with the signing of Antrel Rolle in free agency.   Attention will now turn to a 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.
16 Tennessee Brandon Graham DE/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 like Jevon Kearse, Albert Hayensworth, and Kyle Vanden Bosch over the years.
17 San Francisco (from Carolina) Mike Iupati OG/Idaho
Analysis: Outside of the consistent play of Joe Staley at left tackle, the Forty-Niners are looking to overhaul their offensive line.   Teaming their athletic left tackle with the powerful, mauling, and nimble former Vandal could arguably land San Francisco the most talented left side of an offensive line in all of football.   Iupati is one of the most physically gifted guards to enter the NFL in recent memory and could only enhance the power running attack the Niners looks to continually establish.
18 Pittsburgh Maurkice Pouncey C/Florida
Analysis: A great, albeit under the radar, NFL tradition is the lineage of Steeler centers.   Since Jeff Hartings left via free agency (and subsequently retired), the same standard at the pivot has not been seen in the Steel City.  Not only is Maurkice Pouncey clearly rated as the number one overall center prospect, but he could also potentially upgrade their right guard position as well in his inaugural years at the professional level.   An acquisition of this caliber could help solidify a struggling unit.
19 Atlanta Jason Pierre-Paul DE/South Florida
Analysis: The Falcons are looking for dynamic playmakers all along their defense.  Acquiring Dunta Robinson was the first step in the process.   Standout John Abraham will be entering his 12th campaign, and his play dropped off dramatically a season ago.  Jamaal Anderson’s production has never lived up to expectations.  Peria Jerry will be coming off a season ending surgery.   All signs point to an eventual upgrade along the defensive line.   Pierre-Paul has legitimate top ten overall ability and if harnessed correctly could be a special edge rusher.
20 Houston Kyle Wilson CB/Boise St.
Analysis: Offensively the Texans have a few slight issues, but it is their defensive secondary which needs a major overhaul.  Their best cover man, Dunta Robinson, left for a large free agent contract in Atlanta.  The rest of their secondary depth chart reads like a chex mix recipe.  With all the talent this team possesses along their front seven, a legitimate playmaker needs added to their backline.   Plus this former Boise Bronco has the added bonus of contributing as a return specialist as well.
21 Cincinnati Jared Odrick DT/Penn St.
Analysis: Even with the re-signing of Tank Johnson, a presence is needed to be a constant disruptive force pushing the middle of the pocket to compliment their athletic ends and shut down cornerbacks.   Odrick could provides versatility, pass rush, and quickness along their defensive line.  His talent could dictate a much higher selection, yet a potential match seems to be this prospect’s downfall.
22 New England DeMaryius Thomas WR/Georgia Tech
Analysis: When Randy Moss says his time in New England is coming to a close, well everyone should….listen….?    Whatever the case, Thomas will need time to develop as a receiver coming out of Georgia Tech’s triple option attack.  His physical presence opposite Moss can form a dynamic duo while learning under one of the all time best, plus picking up some of the slack left by the West Welker injury.  Apparently, those around the league still believe this receiver is a first round selection.   Injuries be…
23 Green Bay Anthony Davis OT/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.  Although the team was able to re-sign both their veteran tackles, so Davis could easily be groomed inside for a year prior to moving out on the island.   He made the same transition in college.
24 Philadelphia Sergio Kindle DE/Texas
Analysis: Ravaged a year ago by injuries along their linebacking corps, the Eagles could benefit greatly by bringing in a talent like Sergio Kindle.   The hybrid has the ability to play end and provide a bookend to Trent Cole with his quickness off the edge.  He also has the linebacker experience to slide into the strongside position recently vacated in the trade of Chris Gocong.
25 Baltimore Carlos Dunlap DE/Florida
Analysis: Receiving good reviews from scouts most of this off season; 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.
26 Arizona Jermaine Gresham TE/Oklahoma
Analysis: Talent has never been in question with Gresham as a prospect, but the damage sustained to his knees certainly have.  As the tight end has worked out already this off season, he looks to be getting stronger quickly and should live up to his billing as a first round target.  Landing Gresham in Arizona should help as a security blanket for two inconsistent signal callers, whichever wins the job, plus Gresham is a viable blocker if need be.
27 Dallas Taylor Mays S/USC
Analysis: Since Ken Hamlin’s great comeback season in 2007, Dallas has lacked the quality play along their backline which is required to become a legitimate contender.   As a result, Hamlin was just released.   One can only imagine Owner Jerry Jones simply slobbering over the potential talent of a prospect such as Taylor Mays.  His size/speed ration is off the charts and would provide much more of a presence than anything seen in Dallas in recent years.
28 San Diego Ryan Mathews RB/Fresno St.
Analysis: With only the diminutive Darren Sproles currently filling the running back position for the Chargers, this is an indication of how desperate their situation is currently.   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.
29 NY Jets Devin McCourty CB/Rutgers
Analysis: Even with the addition of Antonio Cromartie opposite Darrelle Revis, the Jets’ cornerback position is still very thin.   McCourty would help form one of the most dynamic secondaries in the league.   This will help facilitate Coach Rex Ryan’s penchant to blitz every down.   As well as being a potential nickel corner, McCourty will also have a tremendous effect on New York’s special teams.
30 Minnesota Patrick Robinson CB/Florida St.
Analysis: After a fantastic 2009 campaign, the Minnesota Vikings are one of the more talented teams in the National Football League and lack any glaring weakness (as long as Favre returns).   Their depth in their secondary is suspect.   A talent such as Patrick Robinson, who would be afforded the opportunity to learn under a fantastic professional such as Antoine Winfield for a year or two, and has the potential to develop into an outstanding cover man in his own right.
31 Indianapolis Charles Brown OT/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.
32 New Orleans Everson Griffen DE/USC
Analysis: With the release of veteran end Charles Grant, the Saints are in a position to upgrade an area already of need prior to said departure.  Griffen physically is very talented.   He is quick and strong off the edge.   He can also play in space if asked when the mad defensive scientist Gregg Williams brings zone blitzes.   The problem with Griffen has always been consistency.

Round 2

# Team Selection Position/College
33 St. Louis Sean Weatherspoon LB/Missouri
34 Detroit Bruce Campbell OT/Maryland
35 Tampa Bay Golden Tate WR/Notre Dame
36 Kansas City Jerry Hughes DE/TCU
37 Washington Vladimir Ducasse OT/Massachusetts
38 Cleveland Colt McCoy QB/Texas
39 Oakland Brian Price DT/UCLA
40 San Diego (from Seattle) Terrence Cody NT/Alabama
41 Buffalo Tim Tebow QB/Florida
42 Tampa Bay (from Chicago) Navorro Bowman LB/Penn St.
43 Miami Nate Allen S/South Florida
44 New England (from Jacksonville) Jahvid Best RB/California
45 Denver Matt Tennant C/Boston College
46 NY Giants Daryl Washington LB/TCU
47 New England (from Tennessee) Ricky Sapp DE/Clemson
48 Carolina Corey Wootton DE/Northwestern
49 San Francisco Brandon LaFell WR/LSU
50 Kansas City (from Atlanta) Damian Williams WR/USC
51 Houston Chad Jones S/LSU
52 Pittsburgh Kareem Jackson CB/Alabama
53 New England Aaron Hernandez TE/Florida
54 Cincinnati Rob Gronkowski TE/Arizona
55 Philadelphia Chris Cook CB/Virginia
56 Green Bay Morgan Burnett S/Georgia Tech
57 Baltimore Arrelious Benn WR/Illinois
58 Arizona Rodger Saffold OT/Indiana
59 Dallas Tyson Alualu DE/California
60 Seattle (from San Diego) Koa Misi LB/Utah
61 NY Jets Cam Thomas NT/North Carolina
62 Minnesota Dexter McCluster RB/Mississippi
63 Indianapolis Dominique Franks CB/Oklahoma
64 New Orleans Jonathan Dwyer RB/Georgia Tech

Round 3

# Team Selection Position/College
65 St. Louis Jeremy Williams WR/Tulane
66 Detroit Brandon Spikes LB/Florida
67 Tampa Bay Jason Worilds DE/Virginia Tech
68 Washington *pick forfeited* via supplemental draft
69 Kansas City Torrell Troup DT/Central Florida
70 Oakland Geno Atkins DT/Georgia
71 Philadelphia (from Seattle) Toby Gerhart RB/Stanford
72 Cleveland Major Wright S/Florida
73 Buffalo Alex Carrington DE/Arkansas St.
74 Miami Riley Cooper WR/Florida
75 Jacksonville Marshawn Gilyard WR/Cincinnati
76 Chicago Mike Johnson OG/Alabama
77 New York Giants Arthur Jones DT/Syracuse
78 Tennessee A.J. Edds LB/Iowa
79 Carolina Tony Pike QB/Cincinnati
80 San Francisco Brandon Ghee CB/Wake Forest
81 Denver Carlton Mitchell WR/South Florida
82 Houston Montario Hardesty RB/Tennessee
83 Pittsburgh Eric Norwood LB/South Carolina
84 Atlanta Reshad Jones S/Georgia
85 Cincinnati Sean Lee LB/Penn St.
86 Cleveland (from Oakland via New England) Jerome Murphy CB/South Florida
87 Green Bay Joe McKnight RB/USC
88 Philadelphia T.J. Ward S/Oregon
89 Arizona (from Baltimore) Thaddeus Gibson DE/Ohio St.
90 Arizona Jacoby Ford WR/Clemson
91 Dallas Jason Fox OT/Miami
92 San Diego Jared Veldheer OT/Hillsdale
93 Cleveland (from New York Jets) Colin Peek TE/Alabama
94 Minnesota Linval Joseph DT/East Carolina
95 Indianapolis Lamarr Houston DT/Texas
96 New Orleans Dennis Pitta TE/BYU
97 Cincinnati* J.D. Walton C/Baylor
98 Tennessee* Akwasi Owusu-Ansah CB/Indiana(PA)
99 Atlanta* Taylor Price WR/Ohio