Ladies and gentlemen, it' that time of the year. It is time for the NFL Draft fanatics to start making up mock drafts on who they believe NFL teams will resupply their franchises with.
Most mock drafts are incredibly wrong (especially this early), and the others seem to get lucky. But hey, they still provide us with some fun. This edition will only be the first round of the draft. Keep in mind, trades happen and absolutely no draft news happens for a few weeks.
#1, St. Louis Rams: Ndamukong Suh (DT, Nebraska)
The Rams have a lot of needs. A quarterback who steps out as the best prospect in the draft could be picked up here. Suh is going to be extremely tough to pass up; picking him could give the Rams an impressive young defensive line with solid young defensive ends Adam Carricker and Chris Long
#2, Detroit Lions: Russel Okung (T, Oklahoma St.)
I believe the Lions are a few playmakers away from being pretty good on the defensive side of the ball. McCoy would be a good anchor for the defensive line and Berry could make a scary duo with Louis Delmas, but the Lions need to get something going on the offensive side of the ball. Okung could help the offense tremendously.
#3, Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy (DT, Oklahoma)
The Buccaneers have been in great need of a defensive tackle for a while now and McCoy is just the guy to fill that need. This pick could help transform Barrett Ruud become one of the best middle linebackers in the league.
#4, Washington Redskins: Eric Berry (S, Tennessee)
The Redskins could go a lot of ways with this pick and I don't believe at the moment any quarterback is the right pick. Berry could make the talent-filled Redskins defense turn into one of the best in the league. LaRon Landy+Eric Berry= A bad place for receivers to be.
#5, Kansas City Chiefs: Anthony Davis (T, Rutgers)
Throughout the season, I have seen Matt Cassell get the snot knocked out of him and Davis could definitely help that. Uprising running back Jamaal Charles would also appreciate a stronger offensive line.
#6, Seattle Seahawks: Trent Williams (T, Oklahoma)
New head coach Pete Carroll could use a new quarterback, but maybe with some pass blocking could help Matt Hasselback have a couple more good years.
#7, Cleveland Browns: Dez Bryant (WR, Oklahoma St.)
The way I see it, the Browns need to draft the best offensive playmaker they can find in this draft to help Jerome Harrison and Joshua Cribbs. An unhappy Cribbs does not help them at all. A quarterback can wait, Brady Quinn showed some flashes late in the season.
#8, Oakland Raiders: Derrick Morgan (DE/OLB, Georgia Tech)
Derrick Morgan is one of those physical beasts that will do well in the combine and Al Davis likes combine heroes. Look for this pick to either have a good 40 time or an impressive bench press.
#9, Buffalo Bills: Sam Bradford (QB, Oklahoma)
The Bills need a fresh start to their offense and Bradford could bring that. How high he goes really depends on how he does in workouts. No team wants to spend big money on a bad shoulder. If the new coach of the Bills feels confident with Trent Edwards, this pick could be an offensive lineman.
#10 (coin toss) , Denver Broncos: Rolando McClain (ILB, Alabama)
The Broncos need some defensive help fast and McClain brings a lot of things to the table to help a struggling defense. If Bradford fell in the Broncos' lap, I am sure McDaniels would be a happy camper. Bradford would fit the Bronco offense nicely.
#11 (coin toss) , Jacksonville Jaguars: Joe Haden (CB, Florida)
The Jaguars would be nuts to pick Tebow with this pick. David Garrard has had some great games and the Jaguars' pass defense needs some improvement. Although, I can see the Jaguars trading for a pick later in the first round to nab Tebow and sell some tickets, just how the Browns did with Brady Quinn.
#12, Miami Dolphins: Earl Thomas (S, Texas)
The Dolphins showed they can score some points, so a defensive player looks good here. Thomas was a big playmaker at Texas and could be in Miami too.
#13, San Francisco 49ers: Brian Price (DT, UCLA)
Being the defensive genius that he is, I feel that Mike Singletary wants to have the best defense in the NFL. Price could be a beast in the middle for the 49ers 3-4 defense.
#14, Seattle Seahawks: Taylor Mays (S, USC)
Like the 6th pick, the Seahawks could go a lot of ways. Pete Carroll saw firsthand what Mays could do. Plus, the Seahawks need a playmaker in their defensive backfield.
#15, New York Giants: Brandon Spikes (ILB, Florida)
The Giants defense needs some help in the middle and Spikes could be a huge addition to help that need.
#16 (coin toss) , San Francisco 49ers: Jason Pierre-Paul (DE, USF)
It will be very interesting to see what the 49ers do with two first round picks. Here, I have the 49ers getting another defensive lineman to help out at the defensive end spot.
#17 (coin toss) , Tennessee Titans: Navorro Bowman (OLB, Penn St.)
Keith Bulluck isn't getting any younger and the Titans have a hole to fill at linebacker. Bowman will give the Titans a good outside linebacker from linebacker U.
#18, Pittsburgh Steelers: Bruce Campbell (T, Maryland)
Ben Roethlisberger got banged up during the season, so the Steelers need a new addition to the offensive line fast.
#19 (coin toss) , Atlanta Falcons: Sergio Kindle (DE/OLB, Texas)
The Falcons look to be fine on the offensive side of the ball, so Kindle looks like a good pick here. Ever since losing Keith Brookings, the Falcons' defense has not looked the same.
#20 (coin toss) , Houston Texans: Patrick Robinson (CB, Florida St.)
The Texans need some help in the defensive backfield, especially at safety, but all the top safeties are off the board, so the Texans give Dunta Robinson help on the other side of the ball.
#21, Cincinnati Bengals: Golden Tate (WR, Notre Dame)
Ever since the death of Chris Henry, the Bengals have really been hurt by not having a downfield threat and Chad Johnson is not getting any younger. Tate is a great downfield threat and should provide the spark needed to get the Bengals deeper into the playoffs.
#22, New England Patriots: CJ Spiller (RB, Clemson)
I can see the Pats drafting a much needed linebacker here, but Spiller gives the Pats just what they need: a running back with breakaway speed.
#23, Green Bay Packers: Bryan Baluga (OT, Iowa)
Seeing Aaron Rodgers get hammered off the end over and over during their playoff game showed the Packers need somebody to anchor the outside of the offensive line.
#24 , Philadelphia Eagles: Bruce Carter (OLB, North Carolina)
The Eagles have one of the most explosive offenses in the league, but their defense needs some improvement to get back to what they were a few years ago. Carter was a good linebacker for the Tar Heels and could be a good one for the Eagles too.
#25, Baltimore Ravens: Jermaine Gresham (TE, Oklahoma)
Joe Flacco needs another weapon and could also go with a receiver here. Gresham was a great tight end before his injury and if he gets back to that form, he would make a great addition to the Ravens.
#26, Arizona Cardinals: Jimmy Clausen (QB, Notre Dame)
With the recent news that Kurt Warner is retiring at the end of the season, the Cardinals need a quarterback fast and Matt Leinart isn't going to cut it. The extremely talented receiving corp in Arizona could make Clausen into a very good quarterback.
#27, New York Jets: Carlos Dunlap (DE/OLB, Florida)
#28, Dallas Cowboys: Charles Brown (T, USC)
The Cowboys have a great defense and could use an extra offensive lineman to help out Tony Romo and the Cowboys' running game. A receiver to give Miles Austin some breathing room would be good too.
#29, Minnesota Vikings: Tim Tebow (QB, Florida)
The retirement of Brett Favre (if it ever happens) means the Vikings need a leader at quarterback and Tebow showed how much of a leader he was at Florida. Plus, like the Jags, the Vikings need to sell some tickets. If Tebow shows he can be an effective NFL quarterback by tweaking his game a bit, his stock could soar. Learning from Favre wouldn't hurt either.
#30, San Diego Chargers: Jahvid Best (RB, California)
Tomlinson's future in San Diego has been questioned, so a running back here would make sense and Best has the potential to be a really good running back in the NFL.
#31, New Orleans Saints: Ricky Sapp (DE/OLB, Clemson)
The Saints don't need a whole lot, but a new addition to the defense would be welcomed.
#32 , Indianapolis Colts :Javier Arenas (CB, Alabama)
This pick belongs to the super bowl champion, who could very well be the Colts. Arenas would provide the Colts with a solid cornerback and a great returner on Special Teams.
Chance of already being drafted:
QB- Ryan Mallett (QB, Arkansas), Colt McCoy (QB, Texas)
RB- Jonathan Dwyer (RB, Georgia Tech), Toby Gerhart (RB, Stanford)
WR- Arrelious Benn (WR, Illinois), Brandon Lafell (WR, LSU)
TE- Aaron Hernandez (TE, Florida)
O line- Vladimir Ducasse (G, UMASS), whoever has a good combine
D line- Terrance Cody (DT, Alabama), Arthur Jones (DT, Syracuse), Dan Williams (DT, Tennessee), Jared Odrick (DT, Penn St.), Everson Griffen (DE, USC), Jerry Hughes (DE/OLB, TCU)
LB- Sean Weatherspoon (OLB, Mizzou)
DB- Donovan Warren (CB, Michigan), Reshad Jones (S, Georgia)
P- Only if the Raiders find a punter who can punt it 80+ yards.
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