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

# 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 Russell Okung OT/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.
5 Kansas City Bryan Bulaga OT/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.
6 Seattle Eric Berry S/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.
7 Cleveland Jimmy Clausen QB/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.
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 Dan Williams DT/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.
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 their entire starting defensive line, and then releasing an average Andra Davis at Buck linebacker with an oversized and intelligent field general.
12 Miami Earl Thomas S/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.
13 San Francisco Brandon Graham DE/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.
14 Seattle (from Denver) C.J. Spiller RB/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.
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 Jason Pierre-Paul DE/South Florida
a Analysis: 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.
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 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.
19 Atlanta Dez Bryant WR/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.
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 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 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.
22 New England Jared Odrick DT/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.
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 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.
24 Philadelphia Sergio Kindle LB/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.
25 Baltimore DeMaryius Thomas WR/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.
26 Arizona Charles Brown OT/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.
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 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.   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.
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 Jerry Hughes DE/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.
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 Nate Allen S/South Florida
37 Philadelphia (from Washington) Carlos Dunlap DE/Florida
38 Cleveland Kareem Jackson CB/Alabama
39 Oakland Brian Price DT/UCLA
40 San Diego (from Seattle) Terrence Cody NT/Alabama
41 Buffalo Colt McCoy QB/Texas
42 Tampa Bay (from Chicago) Corey Wootton DE/Northwestern
43 Miami Cam Thomas DT/North Carolina
44 New England (from Jacksonville) Jahvid Best RB/California
45 Denver Matt Tennant C/Boston College
46 NY Giants Navorro Bowman LB/Penn St.
47 New England (from Tennessee) Tim Tebow QB/Florida
48 Carolina Damian Williams WR/USC
49 San Francisco Brandon LaFell WR/LSU
50 Kansas City (from Atlanta) Ricky Sapp DE/Clemson
51 Houston Chad Jones S/LSU
52 Pittsburgh Taylor Price WR/Ohio
53 New England Brandon Ghee CB/Wake Forest
54 Cincinnati Daryl Washington LB/TCU
55 Philadelphia Arrelious Benn WR/Illinois
56 Green Bay Morgan Burnett S/Georgia Tech
57 Baltimore Chris Cook CB/Virginia
58 Arizona Koa Misi LB/Utah
59 Dallas Rodger Saffold OT/Indiana
60 Seattle (from San Diego) Vladimir Ducasse OT/Massachusetts
61 NY Jets Tyson Alualu DE/California
62 Minnesota Dexter McCluster RB/Mississippi
63 Indianapolis Aaron Hernandez TE/Florida
64 New Orleans Jonathan Dwyer RB/Georgia Tech

Round 3

# Team Selection Position/College
65 St. Louis Carlton Mitchell WR/South Florida
66 Detroit Dominique Franks CB/Oklahoma
67 Tampa Bay Major Wright S/Florida
Washington *pick forfeited* via supplemental draft
68 Kansas City Torrell Troup DT/Central Florida
69 Oakland Lamarr Houston DT/Texas
70 Philadelphia (from Seattle) Toby Gerhart RB/Stanford
71 Cleveland Alex Carrington DE/Arkansas St.
72 Buffalo Jordan Shipley WR/Texas
73 Miami Riley Cooper WR/Florida
74 Jacksonville Sean Lee LB/Penn St.
75 Chicago Jon Asamoah OG/Illinois
76 New York Giants Arthur Jones DT/Syracuse
77 Tennessee A.J. Edds LB/Iowa
78 Carolina Rob Gronkowski TE/Arizona
79 San Francisco Brandon Spikes LB/Florida
80 Denver Scott Long WR/Louisville
81 Houston Montario Hardesty RB/Tennessee
82 Pittsburgh Jason Worilds DE/Virginia Tech
83 Atlanta Reshad Jones S/Georgia
84 Cincinnati T.J. Ward S/Oregon
85 Cleveland (from Oakland via New England) Jacoby Ford WR/Clemson
86 Green Bay Akwasi Owusu-Ansah CB/Indiana(PA)
87 Philadelphia Tony Pike QB/Cincinnati
88 Arizona (from Baltimore) Thaddeus Gibson DE/Ohio St.
89 Arizona Kevin Thomas CB/USC
90 Dallas Linval Joseph DT/East Carolina
91 San Diego Jared Veldheer OT/Hillsdale
92 Cleveland (from New York Jets) Myron Lewis CB/Vanderbilt
93 Minnesota Eric Norwood LB/South Carolina
94 Indianapolis Geno Atkins DT/Georgia
95 New Orleans Dennis Pitta TE/BYU
96 Cincinnati* Marshawn Gilyard WR/Cincinnati
97 Tennessee* Amari Spievey CB/Iowa
98 Atlanta* Daniel Te’o-Nesheim DE/Washington

Round 4

# Team Selection Position/College
99 St. Louis Ben Tate RB/Auburn
100 Detroit Joe McKnight RB/USC
101 Tampa Bay Jerome Murphy CB/South Florida
102 Kansas City Eric Decker WR/Minnesota
103 Washington Jermaine Cunningham DE/Florida
104 Seattle Colin Peek TE/Alabama
105 Philadelphia (from Cleveland) Jason Fox OT/Miami
106 Oakland Jimmy Graham TE/Miami
107 Buffalo Zane Beadles OT/Utah
108 Jacksonville Jarrett Brown QB/West Virginia
109 Chicago Donald Butler LB/Washington
110 Miami Mike Johnson OG/Alabama
111 Tennessee Dan LeFevour QB/Central Michigan
112 Carolina Jeff Owens DT/Georgia
113 San Francisco Javier Arenas CB/Alabama
114 Denver Darrell Stuckey S/Kansas
115 NY Giants Ed Dickson TE/Oregon
116 Pittsburgh Perrish Cox CB/Oklahoma St.
117 Atlanta J.D. Walton C/Baylor
118 Houston Jeremy Williams WR/Tulane
119 New England Antonio Coleman DE/Auburn
120 Cincinnati John Skelton QB/Fordham
121 Philadelphia Mike Neal DT/Purdue
122 Green Bay Mitch Petrus OG/Arkansas
123 Arizona (from Baltimore) Dorin Dickerson TE/Pittsburgh
124 NY Jets (from Arizona) Kyle Calloway OT/Iowa
125 Dallas Jamar Chaney LB/Mississippi St.
126 San Diego Brandon Deaderick DE/Alabama
127 Seattle (from NY Jets) Alterraun Verner CB/UCLA
128 Minnesota Mike Kafka QB/Northwestern
129 Indianapolis Rennie Curran LB/Georgia
130 New Orleans Roddrick Muckleroy LB/Texas
131 Cincinnati* Anthony Dixon RB/Mississippi St.