Finding a home.

Due to a slight delay in regular programming, your UNCANNY MOCK triumphantly returns! Okay…maybe that is a bit of an overstatement. But time is certainly drawing near. A few extra bells and whistles have been included this week. Meanwhile, predicting this class is as challenging as ever with particular talents one expects to land in certain areas sliding due to the overall quality of depth. We will check back one more time next week with a finalized edition just a day prior to the actual event!

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. Sam Bradford looked exceptionally well in his recent workout, which should only solidify his standing at the potential number one overall selection.
2Detroit Ndamukong SuhDT/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.
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 three technique they desperately need to build around.
4Washington Russell OkungOT/Oklahoma St.
Analysis: The acquisition of Donovan McNabb to lead Coach Shanahan’s offense squashes any previous thoughts of selecting a signal caller at this position.   Instead, the Redskins land arguably the draft’s top left tackle to continue their overhaul of a porous offensive line.   Okung’s flexibility and athleticism on the blindside make him an ideal blocker for McNabb’s backside, and a tone setter for his coach’s vaunted running attack.
5Kansas City Bryan BulagaOT/Iowa
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 a steady talent like Bulaga, sliding Albert inside or to right tackle,  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.
6Seattle Eric BerryS/Tennessee
Analysis: Adding a young promising veteran in 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.
7Cleveland Jimmy ClausenQB/Notre Dame
Analysis: Rule number one as the draft nears…NEVER listen to what NFL decision makers are saying the last weeks leading to their actual selection.  Case in point, President Holmgren stated earlier in the process, “I wish I liked him more” in regards to Clausen.  A few days later, that same prospect is flying to Cleveland for a personal visit. He also increased interest with a tantalizing pro day performance.  This team in particular desperately needs a franchise type signal caller on which to hang their hat.   Potentially replacing his predecessor at both Notre Dame and Cleveland; Jimmy Clausen has all the tools to be that franchise quarterback.
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 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.
9Buffalo Dan WilliamsDT/Tennessee
Analysis: In an odd coincidence, last year’s top zero technique prospect, B.J. Raji, went ninth overall.  Buffalo could make the same decision in the same slot in this year’s draft.   Bills’ fans would have to come away somewhat disappointed to not land either a quarterback or one of the top three offensive tackles in this class.   Williams is far from a consolation prize, especially considering the importance of a good zero technique in their newly fashioned 34 base defense.   A scheme which currently lacks any true two gapping nose tackles on the roster currently.
10Jacksonville Joe HadenCB/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.
11Denver (from Chicago)Rolando McClainLB/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 their entire starting defensive line, and then releasing an average Andra Davis at Buck linebacker with an oversized and intelligent field general.
12Miami Earl ThomasS/Texas
Analysis: Safety play for the Dolphins was erratic a year ago.  While suffering through the growing pains of having two rookie cornerbacks starting, the backline must be steady.   As both Sean Smith and Vontae Davis continue to grow in their respective roles, Earl Thomas can be the playmaker along the backline to wipe away a ton of sins.   Overall as Miami becomes more athletic in the secondary, they can hope to stop New England’s passing attack which has been a thorn in all AFC East opponents.
13San Francisco Brandon GrahamDE/Michigan
Analysis: Over the past four years, the 49ers current starting outside linebackers have averaged ten sacks per season COMBINED.  In a 34 front, where a team’s primary pass rush comes from said linebackers, this is absolutely inexcusable.  Manny Lawson and Parys Haralson simply have not lived up to expectations.   Whereas Brandon Graham has been a consistent threat off the edge his entire college career and absolutely unblockable at times.   He is exactly the hardworking downhill football player Coach Singletary will come to love.
14Seattle (from Denver)C.J. SpillerRB/Clemson
Analysis: Could this dynamic weapon be too tempting to pass on a second time?  Obviously, the answer is this particular case is…yes.   Coach Pete Carroll, at heart, is a run first coach.   He loves to have great athletes in his backfield who can affect multiple areas of the game.   One only has to look at his recent run with USC to realize Reggie Bush and Joe McKnight were two of his most prized recruits.  Spiller should be able to walk in immediately and help multiple different phases of the game, whether it be running or catching the football or even on special teams.
15NY GiantsDerrick MorganDE/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.
16Tennessee Jason Pierre-PaulDE/South Florida
aAnalysis: A physical marvel, Jason Pierre-Paul is an ideal edge rusher.  His downfall is simply a lack of experience.  And for NFL talent evaluators, a lack of quality tape on his play.  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.
17San Francisco (from Carolina)Mike IupatiOG/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.
18Pittsburgh Maurkice PounceyC/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 is 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.  Going wide receiver would be intriguing here, but replacing one headache with possibly another simply would not be in the best interest of this team, especially considering their deficiencies up front.
19Atlanta Dez BryantWR/Oklahoma St.
Analysis: Round and round he goes.  Where he stops…no one quite knows.  Maybe this hullabaloo currently surrounding a very talented prospect has been overblown.   Bryant has never faced any legitimate off the field issues.   According to his coaches, he was never a problem in the locker room.   Yet, it is hard to overlook the little things which seem to be holding this consensus top ten talent down.  In any case, the Falcons need a complimentary receiver opposite the talented Roddy White.   Michael Jenkins has been a disappointment in his career, and Harry Douglas is coming off major surgery.   Dez Bryant would simply be too tempting to pass.
20Houston Kyle WilsonCB/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.
21Cincinnati Jermaine GreshamTE/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 Cincinnati instantly upgrade a below average group which saw the tandem of J.P. Foschi and Daniel Coats shoulder the starting duties. Underwhelming may be an understatement.
22New England Jared OdrickDT/Penn St.
Analysis: Odrick is a bit of an enigma.  On talent alone, the defensive lineman would dictate going much higher.  But unfortunately for this prospect; his greatest potential lies in being a possible five technique in a 34 base front.  And the bulk of the teams which predominantly employ said defense can be found late in the first round.    Odrick is tailor made for a Bill Belilchick defense.  The interior defender is quick off the snap, technically sound, a hard worker, with good character.   His presence should help lessen the blow of no longer having Richard Seymour to rely.
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.  Although the team was able to re-sign both their veteran tackles this off season, Davis could easily be groomed inside for a year prior to moving out on the island.   He made the same transition in college.
24PhiladelphiaSergio KindleLB/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, if needed.  He has linebacker experience to slide into the strongside position recently vacated in the trade of Chris Gocong.  Kindle is also bigger and more athletic than Gocong’s eventual replacement, Moise Fokou.
25BaltimoreDeMaryius ThomasWR/Georgia Tech
Analysis: As the season came to a close, the Ravens may have possessed one of the least intimidating wide receiving corps in all of professional football.   Derrick Mason and Mark Clayton are solid professionals and very reliable, but simply do not strike fear in the heart of opponents.   So, the Ravens go out and acquire one of the best receivers in the game, Anquan Boldin.   Now, they supplement said acquisition with a raw but very talented prospect in Thomas who can learn and grow among their great veteran leadership.  Meanwhile, this receiver’s strengths play right in line with his quarterback’s.  A once bland roster of receivers now is frightening to opposition.
26ArizonaCharles BrownOT/USC
Analysis: Left tackle Mike Gandy had been a solid veteran presence having started 44 straight games for the Cards before being injured and then departing this off season.   While Jeremy Bridges played adequately in his place, the position can certainly use a talent and athleticism upgrade.  As a former tight end, Charles Brown is still growing into the position but is very athletic and well coaching coming out of the college ranks.    Depending on the early run off offensive tackles, this prospect could hear his name called even sooner.
27DallasTaylor MaysS/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 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.
28San DiegoRyan MathewsRB/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.   Mathews 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 JetsDevin McCourtyCB/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.
30MinnesotaPatrick RobinsonCB/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.
31IndianapolisJerry HughesDE/TCU
Analysis: It will have been four years since both starting defensive ends, Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis, have played in a full sixteen game schedule.   They have been injury prone while their defensive scheme is predicated on their ability to rush the passer.   Hughes is an absolutely perfect fit in their scheme as another speed demon rushing frantically off the edge.
32New OrleansEverson GriffenDE/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

33St. LouisSean WeatherspoonLB/Missouri
34DetroitBruce CampbellOT/Maryland
35Tampa BayGolden TateWR/Notre Dame
36Kansas CityNate AllenS/South Florida
37Philadelphia (from Washington)Carlos DunlapDE/Florida
38ClevelandKareem JacksonCB/Alabama
39OaklandBrian PriceDT/UCLA
40San Diego (from Seattle)Terrence CodyNT/Alabama
41BuffaloColt McCoyQB/Texas
42Tampa Bay (from Chicago)Corey WoottonDE/Northwestern
43MiamiCam ThomasDT/North Carolina
44New England (from Jacksonville)Jahvid BestRB/California
45DenverMatt TennantC/Boston College
46NY GiantsNavorro BowmanLB/Penn St.
47New England (from Tennessee)Tim TebowQB/Florida
48CarolinaDamian WilliamsWR/USC
49San FranciscoBrandon LaFellWR/LSU
50Kansas City (from Atlanta)Ricky SappDE/Clemson
51HoustonChad JonesS/LSU
52PittsburghTaylor PriceWR/Ohio
53New EnglandBrandon GheeCB/Wake Forest
54CincinnatiDaryl WashingtonLB/TCU
55PhiladelphiaArrelious BennWR/Illinois
56Green BayMorgan BurnettS/Georgia Tech
57BaltimoreChris CookCB/Virginia
58ArizonaKoa MisiLB/Utah
59DallasRodger SaffoldOT/Indiana
60Seattle (from San Diego)Vladimir DucasseOT/Massachusetts
61NY JetsTyson AlualuDE/California
62MinnesotaDexter McClusterRB/Mississippi
63IndianapolisAaron HernandezTE/Florida
64New OrleansJonathan DwyerRB/Georgia Tech

Round 3

65St. LouisCarlton MitchellWR/South Florida
66DetroitDominique FranksCB/Oklahoma
67Tampa BayMajor WrightS/Florida
Washington*pick forfeited*via supplemental draft
68Kansas CityTorrell TroupDT/Central Florida
69OaklandLamarr HoustonDT/Texas
70Philadelphia (from Seattle)Toby GerhartRB/Stanford
71ClevelandAlex CarringtonDE/Arkansas St.
72BuffaloJordan ShipleyWR/Texas
73MiamiRiley CooperWR/Florida
74JacksonvilleSean LeeLB/Penn St.
75ChicagoJon AsamoahOG/Illinois
76New York GiantsArthur JonesDT/Syracuse
77TennesseeA.J. EddsLB/Iowa
78CarolinaRob GronkowskiTE/Arizona
79San FranciscoBrandon SpikesLB/Florida
80DenverScott LongWR/Louisville
81HoustonMontario HardestyRB/Tennessee
82PittsburghJason WorildsDE/Virginia Tech
83AtlantaReshad JonesS/Georgia
84CincinnatiT.J. WardS/Oregon
85Cleveland (from Oakland via New England)Jacoby FordWR/Clemson
86Green BayAkwasi Owusu-AnsahCB/Indiana(PA)
87PhiladelphiaTony PikeQB/Cincinnati
88Arizona (from Baltimore)Thaddeus GibsonDE/Ohio St.
89ArizonaKevin ThomasCB/USC
90DallasLinval JosephDT/East Carolina
91San DiegoJared VeldheerOT/Hillsdale
92Cleveland (from New York Jets)Myron LewisCB/Vanderbilt
93MinnesotaEric NorwoodLB/South Carolina
94IndianapolisGeno AtkinsDT/Georgia
95New OrleansDennis PittaTE/BYU
96Cincinnati*Marshawn GilyardWR/Cincinnati
97Tennessee*Amari SpieveyCB/Iowa
98Atlanta*Daniel Te’o-NesheimDE/Washington

Round 4

99St. LouisBen TateRB/Auburn
100DetroitJoe McKnightRB/USC
101Tampa BayJerome MurphyCB/South Florida
102Kansas CityEric DeckerWR/Minnesota
103WashingtonJermaine CunninghamDE/Florida
104SeattleColin PeekTE/Alabama
105Philadelphia (from Cleveland)Jason FoxOT/Miami
106OaklandJimmy GrahamTE/Miami
107BuffaloZane BeadlesOT/Utah
108JacksonvilleJarrett BrownQB/West Virginia
109ChicagoDonald ButlerLB/Washington
110MiamiMike JohnsonOG/Alabama
111TennesseeDan LeFevourQB/Central Michigan
112CarolinaJeff OwensDT/Georgia
113San FranciscoJavier ArenasCB/Alabama
114DenverDarrell StuckeyS/Kansas
115NY GiantsEd DicksonTE/Oregon
116PittsburghPerrish CoxCB/Oklahoma St.
117AtlantaJ.D. WaltonC/Baylor
118HoustonJeremy WilliamsWR/Tulane
119New EnglandAntonio ColemanDE/Auburn
120CincinnatiJohn SkeltonQB/Fordham
121PhiladelphiaMike NealDT/Purdue
122Green BayMitch PetrusOG/Arkansas
123Arizona (from Baltimore)Dorin DickersonTE/Pittsburgh
124NY Jets (from Arizona)Kyle CallowayOT/Iowa
125DallasJamar ChaneyLB/Mississippi St.
126San DiegoBrandon DeaderickDE/Alabama
127Seattle (from NY Jets)Alterraun VernerCB/UCLA
128MinnesotaMike KafkaQB/Northwestern
129IndianapolisRennie CurranLB/Georgia
130New OrleansRoddrick MuckleroyLB/Texas
131Cincinnati*Anthony DixonRB/Mississippi St.