2 Round Mock Draft – March 23rd

Written by Shane Hallam on March 23, 2010


Shane Hallam takes you through another mock draft and this time, it’s a two rounder. See who Shane thinks will rise or fall based on the Combine as well as Pro Days.

1. St. Louis Rams

Sam Bradford – QB – Oklahoma

The NFL is a league centered around the Quarterback position. Think about what positions usually do high in drafts. Quarterbacks, Left Tackles to protect the Quarterback, and pass rushers who can pressure the Quarterback. Even if Ram’s GM Dunleavy has one of the amazingly talented DTs rated above Sam Bradford, it may be tough for him to pass on a QB with the profile of Sam Bradford. A Heisman Trophy winner with exceptional accuracy and a cerebral football mind, Bradford has the tools to be a successful NFL starter. Though there are questions about his ability to take hits and how he’ll hold up under pressure, he has the most upside of the QBs at his talent level and likely will go #1 overall. If the Rams do pass on Bradford, it would likely be for Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy, establishing a downright nasty defensive line.


2. Detroit Lions

Ndamunkong Suh – DT – Nebraska

Scouting Report

Even after trading for DT Corey Williams, the Lions could use some big upgrades along their defensive front. Grady Jackson is gone, and last year’s pick in the 4th round out of Stillman, Sammie Lee Hill, is still developing. Being able to draft a player of Ndamukong Suh’s skill and resume at #2 has to have Lions fans excited. Last year’s regime showed they wouldn’t hesitate to take the best player available at a position of some need. This would create a defensive front next year of Kyle Vanden Bosch, Ndamukong Suh, Corey Williams, and Cliff Avril, a group that can contend with any offensive line in the NFL. Suh could aid the Lions in both passing defense with solid pass rush ability, as well as giving them a bigger presence against the run. Though they would love to upgrade the LT spot with a player like Russell Okung to help protect Matthew Stafford, it is an area that can be addressed a bit later in the draft.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Gerald McCoy – DT – Oklahoma

The Buccaneers have had their eye on Gerald McCoy for awhile, including sending GM Mark Dominik to the Sooners Bowl game against Stanford to watch him. If he does indeed fall to #3, the Bucs would jump at the opportunity to instantly upgrade their defense with another Warren Sapp type of player. Though Gerald McCoy didn’t have the press clippings of Ndamukong Suh, he is just as good a player. McCoy has some of the best pass rush skills of a DT to come out for the draft in a long time, something he showed off every game at Oklahoma. Also, don’t discount the possibility that Tampa Bay trades down from this spot if possible (perhaps with Denver for Brandon Marshall).

4. Washington Redskins

Jimmy Clausen – QB – Notre Dame

The Washington Redskins have always been a team who love making a splash. Whether it be in free agency with Albert Haynesworth and Larry Johnson, or often trading draft picks for big name players. With Mike Shannahan coming on board, he may want to make a similar splash taking a QB of the future to groom. If Sam Bradford does go #1, Shannahan will have to choose whether to take Jimmy Clausen or pass on a QB until the midrounds. Clausen has a similar fiery attitude of Shannhan’s last first round QB selection, Jay Cutler. Clausen has all the tools to be a solid NFL QB, though he doesn’t jump out as a downright special player. Solid arm strength, accuracy, and big game experience shine on his resume, though he doesn’t have Top 5 talent. With the QB position being in such high demand however, Clausen may be pushed way up the board. If the Redskins choose to go another way, it likely would be to get a stable LT in Oklahoma State’s Russell Okung.

5. Kansas City Chiefs

Eric Berry – S – Tennessee

Scouting Report

If there is one skillset the Chiefs lack on defense, it is a playmaker. Though they have some solid players, there is no amazing player on the D that can change the game. Eric Berry would instantly give the Chiefs a player who can change the way the team plays defense. Berry has the size, speed, coverage ability, and hitting ability that you look for in a safety prospect. He plays recklessly, and offenses will always have to know where he is on the field. Safety is a position of need in Kansas City after releasing Bernard Pollard last year and having subpar play by Mike Brown and John McGraw. GM Scott Pioli showed last year with the selection of Tyson Jackson that he isn’t afraid to draft good football players who can contribute, even if the position isn’t the most important. This trend fits Berry, and could be a slam dunk. If the Chiefs do want to upgrade the offense, bringing in a top Offensive Tackle like Russell Okung or Iowa’s Bryan Bulaga would also make sense.

6. Seattle Seahawks

Russell Okung – OT – Oklahoma State

The Pete Carroll era in Seattle has started and is coming under a bit of criticism from fans. Trading away Daryl Tapp (and soon Rob Sims,) along with trading a 3rd round selection in 2011 and swapping 2nd round picks for Charlie Whitehurst haven’t been seen as the best moves by some fans. That being said, Seattle has plenty of ammo and will bring in youth this year. One place to start is on the offensive line as Walter Jones is retiring from football. If Seattle could land the top offensive tackle at #6 in Russell Okung, they should be ecstatic. Okung showed the ability to man the blind side for Oklahoma State the past few seasons, and even with some inconsistent moments, he has shown athleticism, strength, and the intangibles teams look for. This would fit Carroll’s line of thinking, and give a great bookend for new QB Charlie Whitehurst. The Seahawks may also look for a playmaker here like Clemson’s CJ Spiller or a safety like Taylor Mays to fill in the spot left open by releasing Deon Grant.

7. Cleveland Browns

Jason Pierre-Paul – DE – South Florida

Mike Holmgren has not been afraid to shake up the Cleveland Browns roster this offseason to try and rebuild the ailing franchise. From trading away Brady Quinn and Kamerion Wimbley to signing offensive linemen like Tony Pashos, the Browns are changing their roster around. One of the most important features for a rebuilding team is pass rush, which the Browns may look for after trading Wimbley. The question is if the Browns go after the sure player in Derrick Morgan/Brandon Graham, or if they go for the home run in Jason Pierre-Paul. Though Kokinis went for safe players, perhaps Holmgren will try and hit a homerun. Jason Pierre-Paul is an intriguing prospect who only has one year of Division 1 experience after coming in as a JUCO. His high motor, long arms, and extraordinary athleticism shine on tape, endearing him to teams. He is about 270 pounds and can be molded into a 3-4 OLB in the Browns scheme with huge upside. The Browns are looking to upgrade the secondary though, so they could still take Joe Haden from Florida.

8. Oakland Raiders

Anthony Davis – OT – Rutgers

The Raiders have had a few picks the last few years that have been less than stellar. Hopefully this year the Raiders will have a bit more success, but who knows what Al Davis will do at the #8 pick. Though many have a player like Bruce Campbell mocked to the Raiders, they could opt to go in another way that has a bit more value. Anthony Davis out of Rutgers shows athleticism on the field and fits the mold of measureables the Raiders look for. Despite having a poor combine and falling down some team’s boards, his tape is hard to deny. He seems like the type of player the Raiders go after, a physical freak who may need some coaching and motivation to succeed in the NFL. Davis has the ideals to be a Left Tackle in the NFL, nimble feet, good strength, and uses his hands well. If he plays up to his potential, he should be an excellent player for years to come. If not, it may be another recent bust for the Raiders.

9. Buffalo Bills

Bryan Bulaga – OT – Iowa

The Bills struggled mightily last year without consistent QB play, poor offensive line player, and a coaching staff in flux. With Chan Gailey coming in, he will likely want to fix some of the offensive woes this game faced, and may start at the Left Tackle position with a guy like Bryan Bulaga. Bulaga was a mainstay at Iowa where he excelled in pass protection using his feet and fundamentals to halt pass rushers like Derrick Morgan in their tracks this past season. The Bills desperately need an upgrade in terms of pass protection this season. In 2008, the team gave up 38 sacks. In 2009, Bills QBs were sacked 46 times. If the Bills expect to bring in a QB and compete with the vertical passing games, protection should be the high priority. Chan Gailey’s offense focuses on a passer who can get out of the pocket and use the run to set-up that rolling out. An elite pass protector is necessary for success, and #9 is where to find one. The Bills could choose to find a Nose Tackle in their 3-4 defense though with Tennessee’s Dan Williams.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars

Derrick Morgan – DE – Georgia Tech

The Jacksonville Jaguars were the absolute worst pass rushing team in the NFL last year, sacking the QB only 14 times all season. The signing of Aaron Kampman should improve that statline, but more help may be needed. 2008 first and second round picks Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves haven’t been as effective as the team hoped. In fact, Quentin Groves could even be cut before the season begins. If that happens, the team may want to grab a solid DE who can rush the passer as well as being stout against the run. A perfect fit would be Georgia Tech’s Derrick Morgan. Morgan had an extremely successful season with 12.5 sacks and 18.5 tackle for loss, and could bring this versatility to the Jaguars. He would be an ideal fit to rotate with Derrick Harvey and eventually start opposite of Kampman. The Jaguars may also opt to upgrade their Linebackers by bringing in Alabama’s Rolando McClain.

11. Denver Broncos (from Chicago)

Dez Bryant – WR – Oklahoma State

If the Broncos get rid of Brandon Marshall, they surely will need to bring in a replacement at some point in the draft. If trading Marshall leaves the Broncos with the 11 pick still, Dez Bryant is surely a possibility. Will the Broncos take a chance on another WR with some attitude issues? McDaniels may if he can work with Dez starting on Day 1. Bryant is the most talented WR to be in the draft since Calvin Johnson with great athleticism, fluidity and use of his body. There are some questions looming about his speed and explosiveness, but there is no denying Bryant’s physical talent. The Broncos could look a number of different ways, an ILB in Rolando McClain, or an interior lineman in Maurkice Pouncey.

12. Miami Dolphins

Dan Williams – DT – Tennessee

After coaching Dan Williams in the Senior Bowl, Tony Sparano got to coach some big time nose tackles in Tennessee’s Dan Williams and Alabama’a Terrence Cody. The Dolphins may upgrade that nose position, opting for one of the two. Williams fits the Bill Parcells player bill better as a tough player in the trenches who has the ability to get it done in the NFL. Williams completely reinvigorated his stock this year by dominating opposing offensive lines and blocking the middle for opposing runners. On tape, he shows superior ability to take on blockers, find gaps, and make plays. With the signing of Karlos Dansby, the Dolphins are upgrading their defense to a more elite level, and Williams can be a piece of that. The Dolphins are a team that could go a number of ways this pick. A linebacker like Sergio Kindle would be a nice fit, or even a safety like Earl Thomas.

13. San Francisco 49ers

Trent Williams – OT – Oklahoma

Trent Williams of Oklahoma was a player who came out of the season with plenty of question marks. Is he athletic enough? Can he play LT in the NFL? At the combine, Williams seemed to answer these questions and more. After showing explosiveness, speed, and great footwork on drills, teams are buying that Williams could move into a LT or RT spot at the next level. At 13, the 49ers will be looking for a RT of the future to pair with Joe Staley. Adam Snyder and Marvel Smith didn’t live up for expectations and hurt the run and pass game for San Fran. Trent Williams should be an excellent addition to keep improving the offense. The 49ers could also look for a rangy FS like Earl Thomas, or an explosive playmaker like CJ Spiller.

14. Seattle Seahawks (from Denver)

C.J. Spiller – RB – Clemson

Scouting Report

If there is one thing the Seahawks lack on offense, it is an explosive playmaker on the offensive side of the ball. Though the team has filled the RB position with Julius Jones, Justin Forsett and Quinton Ganther, there could be room for an addition (especially if Julius Jones is let go). CJ Spiller is the clear-cut top runner in this draft with the ability to break the game open and pull away from defenders. At Clemson, Spiller was a dynamic return man and runner, often going between the tackles as well as kicking it outside. He has the toughness to excel in the NFL and there are teams that value him as a Top Ten talent. With electric players like Chris Johnson and Darren Sproles emerging as legitimate runners, teams are looking for the next big play threat. Spiller may be it. The Seahawks could also opt for a Safety like Taylor Mays here if Pete Carroll wants to bring in a USC player he worked with in college.

15. New York Giants

Rolando McClain – LB – Alabama

Scouting Report

The New York Giants defense has changed drastically this offseason. The signing of Antrel Rolle brought in a new coverage presence in the secondary, while losing veterans like DT Fred Robbins and LB Antonio Pierce have left a few holes to be filled. The Giants haven’t had an elite linebacker in years, which could lead to a position upgrade this offseason. A perfect fit would be the run-stuffing tank of Rolando McClain. Though he doesn’t have the versatility to go sideline to sideline, McClain does have some great physical skills. An inconsistent motor and possible hamstring injury he battled this year is giving teams a bit of pause, so 15 would be a nice landing spot. The Giants have also shown interest in CJ Spiller, or could opt for an improvement in offensive line depth with Bruce Campell or Mike Iupati.

16. Tennessee Titans

Joe Haden – CB – Florida

Scouting Report

The Tennessee Titans have never been afraid to pull the trigger on high upside players who may have question marks as prospects. Chris Johnson, Kenny Britt, Chris Henry all fit that mold. Jeff Fisher could opt to go after another player who has high risk high reward like Joe Haden. Haden has all the NFL skills with excellent technique and instincts combined with extremely impressive athleticism. Haden was an All-American player at Florida, coming from a successful high school system in Maryland. The big play ability and ball skills are very apparent on tape and endearing to NFL teams. The questions came in at the combine with Haden’s speed (though he seemed to answer those a bit at his Pro Day,) and if Florida buffered him with the sideline to avoid big plays against him. This could lead to Haden falling to the mid 1st, but it would be quite a steal at 16. The Titans had some major issues in the secondary, especially after an injury to Cortland Finnegan. He would be a nice #2 who could develop into a #1. The Titans could also opt for another Texas Longhorn in Sergio Kindle as a LB, or maybe a high upside DE in Florida’s Carlos Dunlap.


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