Okay, I admit I have the advantage of knowing about the recent trades, whereas Kiper and McShay did their drafts prior to them, but that just means they need to get busy and update their mocks!
But hey, were all waiting for Rick Gosselin’s mock draft anyhow—right?
I think the 49ers really are the winners in this mock draft. They end up with the offensive tackle they thought highly of. They also strengthen their secondary with the consensus No. 1 corner in the draft.
If they end up with Jerry Hughes in the second round, as Chris Steuber of Scout.com suggests, you would have to believe the 49ers are the big winners in this draft with just their first three picks.
1. St.Louis Rams: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
With Washington’s trade for Donovan Mcnabb, it would seem the options for trading down are becoming limited.
Tampa Bay is said to covet Suh, and they could be the Rams' only trade option.
Mel Kiper: Bradford
Todd McShay: Bradford
2. Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
Lions are praying that no one trades up ahead of them. Suh would immediately improve the Lion’s woeful line play.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
After thinking hard about taking Eric Berry, the Bucs grab McCoy.
Many believe McCoy is as good a DT prospect, or even better, than Suh.
The defensive-minded Raheem Morris needs to rebuild his defensive line and McCoy is the perfect building block for a strong foundation.
4. Washington Redskins: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
I have had the ‘Skins taking Okung here from the get-go. With the Mcnabb trade, my first four picks remain unchanged.
Kiper: Jimmy Clausen
5. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Berry, FS, Tennessee
The Chiefs were going to take Bryan Bulaga or Rolando McClain. After going back and forth on these two, they get an unexpected gift with Berry falling to them.
6. Seattle Seahawks: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
Everyone is in agreement that the Seahawks will be selecting an OT here, but which one?
7. Cleveland Browns: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
They traded for Sheldon Brown, Berry is off the board, and do the Browns want to take another chance on a Notre Dame quarterback? So, what does Cleveland do?
They add an explosive offensive weapon in Spiller.
Kiper: Jason Pierre-Paul
McShay: Joe Haden
8. Oakland Raiders: Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
I don’t know if there is mock draft out there that doesn’t have Campbell going to the Raiders, it is just such an Al Davis pick.
After Campbell’s performance at the Combine, this becomes the easiest pick of the draft and fills the Raiders' biggest need.
9. Buffalo Bills: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
Bulaga is another option, but the Bills need to solve their quarterback problem and Clausen is the second rated quarterback in the draft.
Kiper: Trent Williams
10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
Have to agree with Kiper on this one. Even with the signing of Aaron Kampman, you can’t have too many good defensive ends. Morgan can rush the passer and stuff the run.
Kiper: Derrick Morgan
McShay: Earl Thomsas
11. Denver Broncos: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
Another consensus pick, but do the Broncos really want to add another wide-out with character questions? They are still trying to unload Brandon Marshall, but as of this writing, he is still a Bronco.
12. Miami Dolphins: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
The Dolphins would have loved to take Dez Bryant here, but the Broncos beat them to it. This is a little early in the draft for a defensive tackle by Bill Parcells’ standards, but he can’t pass up the talented Williams.
13. San Francisco 49ers: Joe Haden, CB, Florida
With the Seahawks grabbing an OT with their first pick, the 49ers can afford to wait on an OT.
Although Shawntae Spencer is a serviceable corner, Nate Clements was demoted before his injury last year, Walt Harris is ancient, and Dre Bly is still high stepping to the end-zone—“look out Dre!”
McShay: Trent Williams
14. Seattle Seahawks: Taylor Mays, S, USC
Pete Carroll makes amends for his earlier pick of a former rival and brings the hard-hitting safety back to his hometown.
Was this the plan when they cut Deion Grant?
If the man who coached Mays for the last four years passes on him, look for Mays to drop out of the first round.
Kiper: Everson Griffen
McShay: C.J. Spiller
15. New York Giants: Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama
With the safety position already addressed in free agency with the signing of Antrel Rolle, the Giants grab McClain without blinking.
16. Tennessee Titans: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
The Titans could opt to select Carlos Dunlap here, but after their experience with Adam “Pac-Man” Jones and Dunlap’s recent DUI arrest, they select Pierre-Paul.
Kiper: Sergio Kindle
McShay: Derrick Morgan
17. San Francisco 49ers: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
This is the tackle the 49ers wanted all along. The team is thrilled he is still there at No. 17.
Kiper: Mike Iupati
McShay: Jason Pierre-Paul
18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
I still see Pittsburgh as a landing point for Wilson. They drafted corners last year in the third and fifth, but with the poor play in the secondary, perhaps it is time to take one in the first.
Kiper: Anthony Davis
McShay: Mike Iupati
19. Atlanta Falcons: Everson Griffen, DE, USC
The Falcons need to bolster their pass rush and at 275 pounds, the speedy Griffen could be the answer.
Kiper: C.J. Spiller
20. Houston Texans: Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
Houston needs to fill the void left by the departure of Dunta Robinson to the Atlanta Falcons. With McCourty flying up the draft boards—hole filled.
Kiper: Kyle Wilson
McShay: Kyle Wilson
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
I still like Gresham here; the team needs a guard to complement Jimmie Williams and could opt for Iupati, but tight end is also a need and Gresham is the best this draft has to offer.
Kiper: Arrelious Benn
McShay: Taylor Mays
22. New England Patriots: Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan
The team is said to be very high on Graham—and he just happens to fall into their lap.
23. Green Bay Packers: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
Once considered the second-best OT prospect in the draft, Davis falls to Green Bay and they couldn’t be happier.
Can anyone remember the last time two Rutger’s players were drafted in the first round?
Kiper: Bryan Bulaga
24. Philadelphia Eagles: Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida
With Jamal Jackson tearing his ACL last year, this would seem like a slam-dunk. Pouncey could be the best offensive lineman to come out of this draft.
McShay: Sergio Kindle
25. Baltimore Ravens: Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State
With their needs at wide receiver addressed in free agency, the Ravens look to strengthen their defensive line, which lost Justin Bannan and Dwan Edwards to free agency.
26. Arizona Cardinals: Earl Thomas, S, Texas
The Cardinals have other needs, but this pick is too good to pass up and should help offset the loss of Antrel Rolle to the Giants.
Kiper: Jerry Hughes
McShay: Jerry Hughes
27. Dallas Cowboys: Charles Brown, OT, USC
The Cowboys don’t have many needs, but with the release of Ken Hamlin and Flozell Adams last week, safety and offensive tackle move to the top of their priority list. With Thomas going to the Cards, Brown becomes a Cowboy.
Kiper: Earl Thomas
28. San Diego Chargers: Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State
No change from me here, the Chargers need a big back and find one in Mathews.
Kiper: Terrence Cody
29. New York Jets: Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri
This pick still makes sense to me. After moving up and down the draft projections, Weatherspoon lands in the first round where he belongs.
Kiper: Taylor Mays
McShay: Jared Odrick
30. Minnesota Vikings: Mike Iupati, OG/OT, Idaho
Iupati won’t be expected to start, but he will replace valuable backup Artis Hicks, who was signed with the Redskins in free agency.
Kiper: Devin McCourty
McShay: Brian Price
31. Indianapolis Colts, Roger Saffold, OT, Indiana
The Colts want to get bigger on the O-line. Saffold is 6’5” and 315 lbs. with room to grow.
Kiper: Brian Price
McShay: Maurkice Pouncey
32. New Orleans Saints, Brian Price, DT, UCLA
Price is big, strong, and athletic. He could be the perfect complement to Sedrick Ellis.
Kiper: Sean Weatherspoon
McShay: Sean Weatherspoon
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