Since my fourth installment of the 2010 NFL Mock draft, veterans have been on the move all over the NFL.
Those two teams took the approach of solidifying their positions of need with a proven player, and not gambling with big contracts on rookies straight out of college.
While I am sure there will be more trades between today and the end of the NFL Draft, this is how my final first-round mock will end up.
The St. Louis Rams are on the clock!
1. St. Louis- Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
The Rams have declared that they will not sign the first pick before the NFL draft, this could mean that there could be a trade up their sleeve or they are just not sold on Bradford at No. 1. With that said, Bradford will be the first selection in this draft. He is perfect for a team that plays half of their games in a dome, and has the accuracy for their offense.
2. Detroit- Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
I am sure the Lions would love for someone to offer them a deal to move up to this spot, but it just won't happen. Suh has been labeled the most NFL ready player in this draft, and he goes to the defensive guru Schwartz in Detroit. Just like when he had Haynesworth with the Titans, Suh gives Coach Schwartz the devastating force up front to create problems for quarterbacks.
Previous: Gerald McCoy
3. Tampa Bay- Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
The Bucs might have the best spot in this NFL Draft. They know they need to get a starting defensive lineman out of this pick, and they will have their choice of whoever the Lions don't take. Gerald McCoy seems to be a better fit for their defense because of his versatility to play the whole line anyways.
Previous: Ndamukong Suh
4. Washington- Russell Okung, T, Oklahoma State
Oh how the tables have turned in Washington. Up until the McNabb trade, the debate was if Clausen could be the future for this franchise, and now it is what position to put a quality starter at. The best choice here is the best tackle in the draft, Okung. With an aging, Pro Bowl quarterback at the helm: the Redskins select the best option to protect him.
Previous: Jimmy Clausen
5. Kansas City- Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
The Chiefs need to add an impact player somewhere on their defense if they stay at the No. 5 pick. The best case for this organization would be to trade down a few slots and select the best tackle available to protect their franchise quarterback. But since there are no trades in this mock, they select the best impact player available in Berry.
Previous: Bryan Bulaga
6. Seattle-Bryan Bulaga, T, Iowa
One of the most glaring needs in Seattle is to fix their dismal offensive line. Bulaga is believed by many to be a mirror-image of Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns, and he will be the heir apparent to Walter Jones once he retires.
Previous: Russell Okung
7. Cleveland-C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
Mike Holmgren was quoted as saying the Browns have a need for speed on their offense, could that have been a hint toward Spiller? Let's face it, the Browns don't know what they have in Jerome Harrison right now...they haven't even resigned him. He played well down the stretch, but will he be able to shoulder the load for the entire season? Spiller is being compared to Chris Johnson, and with an aging Delhomme...why not give him someone who can open up a field like that?
Previous: Eric Berry
8. Oakland-Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
Who loves having Al Davis picking in the top ten to mess everything up? The best case scenario for the Raiders would be to pick the best offensive lineman available, but come on, Al Davis never makes the smart pick. The Raiders have all but posted the sign on the door saying "Not Welcome" for Jamarcus Russell, and with a mixture of NFL failure on their roster at QB, they select the best one available in Clausen.
Previous: Bruce Campbell
9. Buffalo- Bruce Campbell, T, Maryland
The Bills need help on the offensive line and with Clausen off the board they don't have to take a QB in the first round. Campbell was the workout warrior of the NFL Combine, and will protect whoever is under center in Buffalo.
Previous: Dez Bryant
10. Jacksonville- Joe Haden, CB, Florida
The Jaguars defense needs a lot of help. They have glaring holes on their defensive line and in their secondary, so they take the best available defensive back in Haden.
Previous: Joe Haden
11. Denver-Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
This should be a no brainer right? The Broncos released starting ILB Andra Davis and McClain is the best one available. The front office will think long and hard about taking Dez Bryant, but after trading one diva receiver, they opt to pass on this year's version. Did I mention I think McClain is the next coming of Ray Lewis?
Previous: Jason Pierre-Paul
12. Miami-Earl Thomas, S, Texas
After landing their No. 1 receiver in Brandon Marshall, the Dolphins can focus on an area of need. Earl Thomas is believed by many to be a man without a position, but since the Dolphins need both a cornerback and safety...they can draft him and figure it out later.
Previous: Brian Price
13. San Francisco-Trent Williams, T, Oklahoma
It is a well-known fact that the 49ers need help on their offensive line, and Williams is their guy. He can play either left or right tackle, and will give the 49ers a reliable guy up front.
Previous: Rolando McClain
14. Seattle- Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
SURPRISE! Okay, well not really. The Seahawks pursued Brandon Marshall and Anquan Boldin prior to their trades, and T.J. Houshmandzadeh just didn't produce like they expected him to. Bringing in Bryant here gives them a play-maker to take pressure off T.J. and Hasselbeck.
Previous: C.J. Spiller
15. New York Giants- Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
Morgan was once rated to go as high as No. 10 overall to Jacksonville, but he will be a perfect fit with the Giants. They have lacked a player with the potential to get to the quarterback since Michael Strahan retired, and at 6'4'', 260 pounds, he is a mirror-image of Strahan.
Previous: Kyle Wilson
16. Tennessee- Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
When the Titans were at their defensive peak, they had an athletic "freak" coming off the edge to terrorize quarterbacks. Well the next coming of Jevon Kearse, or "The Freak 2.0" as I like to call him, is selected here. Pierre-Paul may be raw, but he is going to be a stud.
Previous: Derrick Morgan
17. San Francisco- Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
The 49ers need someone to compliment the 80 million dollar man Nate Clements. Kyle Wilson has been rated by some to be better than Joe Haden, and is a steal at No. 17.
Previous: Trent Williams
18. Pittsburgh-Mike Iupati, G, Idaho
It is looking more and more like the Steelers are okay with the receiving core they have without Santonio Holmes. And regardless if it's Big Ben, Dennis Dixon, or Charlie Batch under center, their line was terrible last season. Iupati can play on either side of the line, and is the best choice for them here.
Previous: Mike Iupati
19. Atlanta-Brandon Graham, LB, Michigan
This pick is easy. The Falcons need to upgrade their pass rush, and that is what Graham is best at. While he may be a little short at 6'1", he makes up for it with his motor.
Previous: Brandon Graham
20. Houston-Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno State
Two years ago the Texans would not have thought they needed to make this pick. Since then Steve Slaton has forgot how to hold onto the ball and the Texans need someone who can bang between the tackles. Matthews is a stud with the potential to be a 1,000 yard rusher in his first year.
Previous: Earl Thomas
21. Cincinnati- Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
Since my very first mock draft, this pick has not changed. I feel that Gresham provides Carson Palmer with that perfect weapon for him to check down to if newly acquired Antonio Bryant at OchoCinco are not available. I said it once before and I'll say it again: with safeties having to focus on Gresham, one-on-one coverage for OchoCinco=Mas Celebrations en la end zone.
Previous: Jermaine Gresham
22. New England-Sergio Kindle, LB, Texas
The Patriots are not getting any younger on defense, and Kindle is the perfect fit for the 3-4. He can play both outside linebacker and defensive end, and has that athleticism that Coach Bill loves.
Previous: Sergio Kindle
23. Green Bay- Anthony Davis, T, Rutgers
Aaron Rodgers won't last much longer if her continues to end up flat on his back. Davis provides the Packers with a stout offensive tackle that can replace the combination of Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher in the future.
Previous: Anthony Davis
24. Philadelphia- Taylor Mays, S, USC
The Eagles need a physical presence in their secondary, and the hard-hitting Mays is their man. After losing Brian Dawkins last year and free agent Sean Jones this year, the Eagles secondary is thin. Mays can play both safety and linebacker....so he will be an excellent addition either way.
Previous: Taylor Mays
25. Baltimore- Brian Price, DT, UCLA
The Ravens lost both Justin Bannon and Dwan Edwards to free agency this off-season. Price has been projected to go as high as No. 12 in mock drafts, so his availability makes him a steal for the Ravens.
Previous: Jared Odrick
26. Arizona- Jerry Hughes, OLB, TCU
It seems like a perfect fit for Hughes. The Cardinals need someone to replace the production that Bertran Berry provided them last season, and Hughes is quick and has solid instincts like Berry.
Previous: Jerry Hughes
27. Dallas- Maurkice Pouncey, C/G, Florida
The Cowboys offensive line is getting old, and if Tony Romo hopes to continue to stay healthy, they need to draft someone now. Pouncey is that versatile player that would be perfect on this line. He can start at center tomorrow, or guard the day after that. At No. 27 in the first round, it's not bad to get a guy that can bring that to your team.
Previous: Maurkice Pouncey
28. San Diego- Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State
After releasing their long time starting NT, the Charges are in the marketing for someone. I doubt Odrick will be available because it sounds like teams ahead of the Chargers are starting to like him more, but if he's there...he's the pick.
Previous: Ryan Matthews
29. New York Jets- Everson Griffen, DE, USC
Can you find a team that has had a better off-season than the Jets? After bringing in veterans to fill every one of their glaring needs, they get the opportunity to bring in Griffen to challenge Vernon Gholston. Griffen can play end or stand up and play outside linebacker. His versatility will be something Rex Ryan loves.
Previous: Golden Tate
30. Minnesota-Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama
The Vikings' secondary got carved up in the playoffs, and Winfield isn't getting any younger. This pick will be between Jackson and Devin McCourty of Rutgers, and I think Jackson's experience against the SEC's speedy receivers gives him the upper-hand.
Previous: Kareem Jackson
31. Indianapolis-Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
I've heard Williams' name going as high as No. 12 to Miami, and as low as the second round. This means that there are some questions about his transition to the NFL. At No. 31, Williams will be an excellent value to a Colt defense that needs an infusion of youth.
Previous: Dan Williams
32. New Orleans- Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri
This pick doesn't change. The Saints need a replacement for Scott Fujita, who left for Cleveland, and Weatherspoon is a solid, durable option at the bottom of round one.
Previous: Sean Weatherspoon
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