FINAL Mock Draft – April 22

Written by Will Spencer on April 22, 2010



17. San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina)

Brandon Graham – DE/OLB – Michigan

Scouting Report

Another twist in our mock draft. Most believe that the 49ers want to grab a tackle in the first round and even though Davis is still on the board, they also need to be able to get to the quarterback. Graham is rising up draft boards and coach Singletary was there every day for practice at the Senior Bowl to see Graham first hand. He’s an absolute perfect fit as a rush linebacker for their 3-4 defense and an immediate upgrade for the team.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers

Mike Iupati – OG – Idaho

Scouting Report

It’s no secret that the Steelers are looking for several positions of need here. Dez Bryant is still on the board and the team just traded away Santonio Holmes. The team may also be looking to take a quarterback at some point with the future of Roethlisberger up in the air. However, the team has been delaying the improvement of the offensive line for some time and that stops here. By taking Iupati, they get a versatile lineman that could play multiple positions in a pinch. Pittsburgh could also look to address the cornerback situation here, but they can do that later. Iupati is too good to pass up on.

19. Atlanta Falcons

Sean Weatherspoon – OLB – Missouri

Scouting Report

Talk about fitting like a glove. Atlanta needs a will linebacker and Weatherspoon is the best weakside backer in the draft! "Spoon" was out to visit the Falcons on multiple occasions and the team reportedly loves him, so this pick just makes too much sense. The Falcons do need a better pass rush, so it wouldn’t shock us if they looked at a defensive end here. However, Weatherspoon’s combination of talent and leadership is too good to pass up on for such a young team.
   

20. Houston Texans

Devin McCourty – CB – Rutgers

Scouting Report

Houston absolutely needs to address the cornerback spot now that Dunta Robinson left in free agency. The team would also like to bring in another running back to help out Steve Slaton, but they know a running back could be had in later rounds. That being said, the Texans look at Devin McCourty here, who is not only a talented corner, but a special teams stand out.

21. Cincinnati Bengals

Jermaine Gresham – TE – Oklahoma

Scouting Report

The Bengals haven’t had a quality tight end since….well, a REALLY long time. Gresham is too good to pass up here. The team brought in Antonio Bryant in free agency, but adding Gresham gives them a new dimension to their offense that they’ve never really had. Don’t be surprised if the Bengals highly consider Dez Bryant here, which would give them one of the best receiving trios in the league.

22. New England Patriots

Jared Odrick – DT – Penn State

Scouting Report

The Patriots would have loved to see Jermaine Gresham fall into their lap, but the Bengals ruined that for them. So, they turn their attention to the defensive side of the ball, which is a serious weak point. The Pats haven’t filled a hole left by Richard Seymour when they traded him to Oakland, so a guy that can play the 5 technique is a must. No one in this draft is better suited to play the 5 technique than Jared Odrick and he just seems like a tradional Patriots pick.

23. Green Bay Packers

Jerry Hughes – DE/OLB – TCU

Scouting Report

Most believe that the Packers should address the offensive line, and they certainly should. However, Anthony Davis just doesn’t seem like the type of player that fits the Packers mold. The team would also love to get another pass rusher for their 3-4 to play opposite Clay Matthews and Jerry Hughes is exactly that. Most teams have a first round grade on him and this is a perfect spot for him to go. Don’t be surprised if the Packers also look at a corner here, like Kareem Jackson.

24. Philadelphia Eagles

Marukice Pouncey – C/G – Florida

Scouting Report

The Eagles have been looking to address the interior of their offensive line this season and Pouncey is the best overall interior player in the draft. He’s polished and ready to go and can play center or guard. The Eagles would love to trade up and get a safety like Eric Berry or Earl Thomas, but it might take a good bit. Keep an eye on a possible trade with Cleveland to move up.



25. Baltimore Ravens

Dez Bryant – WR – Oklahoma State

Scouting Report

Even though the Ravens brought in Anquan Boldin and Donte Stallworth, how could a team with a young QB with a big arm pass on the best wide receiver in the draft? The Ravens have notoriously grabbed top ranked players that fall into their lap and that’s what happens with Dez Bryant here. Ideally, the team would love to trade back, using Dez Bryant as bait to do so. If they can’t, they’ll have to highly consider him. The team would also be happy with Alabama CB Kareem Jackson in this spot.

26. Arizona Cardinals

Anthony Davis – OT – Rutgers

Scouting Report

Arizona is in need of a left tackle and lucky for them, Anthony Davis falls right into their lap! He might possibly have the highest upside of any left tackle prospect and with proper coaching, he may be a dominate lineman. The Cardinals need to keep their quarterback upright, whether it’s Leinart or Anderson, so a top left tackle talent is a no-brainer here. They could also look to grab a pass rusher at this spot.

27. Dallas Cowboys

Demaryius Thomas – WR – Georgia Tech

Scouting Report

It’s no secret the Cowboys are very unahppy with Roy Williams, so they need to do something to keep all the pressure off Miles Austin. Thomas is a developing receiver with unlimited potential. He’s big and physical, which is enough to make Jerry Jones’ mouth water. Word is that most teams have a first round grade on Thomas, so don’t be surprised if a team trades up to select him here as the Cowboys are always willing to move around. Dallas would also like to get a play making safety here, but it’s too early for Roy Williams 2.0…..Taylor Mays.

28. San Diego Chargers

Ryan Mathews – RB – Fresno State

Scouting Report

San Diego has to be thrilled with their pick as the player they covet the most is still available. Ryan Mathews is a perfect compliment to Darren Sproles and keeps the high powered Chargers offense up and running. The team could also look to bring in a nose tackle like Terrence Cody here, but he could be available later on.

29. New York Jets

Sergio Kindle – OLB – Texas

Scouting Report

Rex Ryan loves pass rushers and versatile defensive players and that’s exactly what Kindle is. Ideally, the team would love for Jared Odrick or Jerry Hughes to still be available here, but Kindle isn’t a bad pick for the team. Kindle was utilized in various positions on defense at Texas, which fits in perfectly with a Rex Ryan scheme. Don’t be surprised to see the Jets look at Kareem Jackson or another corner here as that’s Rex Ryan’s second favorite position to target.

30. Minnesota Vikings

Brian Price – DT – UCLA

Scouting Report

The stock of Brian Price is dropping, but it’s hard to ignore the need at defensive tackle. Litto Sheppard just signed with the Vikings, so cornerback is a little bit less of a need than before. They could still look at Kareem Jackson here, but they need to find someone to be a long term replacement for Williams in the middle. Price has some conditioning issues, but taking that aside, he’s a very talented 4-3 defensive tackle.

31. Indianapolis Colts

Charles Brown – OT – USC

Scouting Report

Indy has a large, gaping hole at the left tackle position and they’re lucky enough that Charles Brown is still available here. Rumors are circulating that the team likes Saffold a lot and may be more interested in him, but Brown just seems like a perfect fit for the fast paced Colts offense. Brown is light on his feet and very athletic, not to mention a very smart player.

32. New Orleans Saints

Tyson Alualu – DT – California

Scouting Report

The Saints don’t have too many holes as a team, but defensive line is certainly an area they’d like to address. Alualu played multiple positions along the defensive line at California, so the Saints would love his versatility. Many teams have a first round grade on Alualu, so don’t be shocked if he’s taken here. The team could also look to grab a weak side linebacker and Daryl Washington is a serious option here.

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Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009. See all posts by Will Spencer.