First Round Mock Draft – April 20th

Written by Will Spencer on April 20, 2010


Special guest writer Brandon Clark gives you his first round mock. Brandon gives you what he thinks will happen, and then gives the pick HE would make. Enjoy!

1. St. Louis Rams

Sam Bradford – QB – Oklahoma

Scouting Report

When drafting first overall, it is more pertinent than ever to choose the Best Player Available. The problem is that the league has become such a QB-driven environment that positional value trumps talent in this particular instance. Suh will drop and the defensive-minded coach will fix that side on his own and let the offense benefit from talent.

My Take: Unfortunately, I can’t logically disagree.


2. Detroit Lions

Ndamunkong Suh – DT – Nebraska

Scouting Report

LT to protect the QB or a DT to cause problems for the other team and keep the score low? What would you do? What will they do? I think they do BPA and choose Suh.

My Take: Suh is a rare specimen. He is nearly beyond comprehension. I can’t ignore the talent over the positional value and I would choose this same pick.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Gerald McCoy – DT – Oklahoma

Scouting Report

At this point, you sign with OK out of high school because you know they’re doing something right over there. I think the Buc’s take McCoy mainly because they’ve nearly come out and said it. The NFL’s most allowing run defense (158.2, nearly a perfect QB rating worth of yards) needs some help stopping the run and McCoy is a great DT. He breaks double teams, pushes guys backwards, and holds his ground. He is fierce. The problem is that he is no Suh, and that is the only problem.

My Take: The Buc’s get a great, nasty defender here and who doesn’t want that? I put a premium on lineman, so Eric Berry falls again.

4. Washington Redskins

Trent Williams – OT – Oklahoma

Scouting Report

Remember that Dan Snyder is not drafting this year. It’s his best draft decision during his tenure. I think the Redskins try to soak all they can out of this draft slot and take Williams, who has more potential than any other OT in this draft. He just needs some coaching on mental awareness and footwork.

My Take: I’m caught between Okung (the safe pick) and Williams (the more talented but less aware pick). I like Williams and I think his nastiness and determination will get him this selection. Washington will probably coach him up to be better than Okung.

5. Kansas City Chiefs

Rolando McClain – LB – Alabama

Scouting Report

Scott Pioli, once again, attempts to recreate New England. He drafts his version of Tedy Bruschi and everyone wonders how the Chiefs board works….again. He really doesn’t worry overdrafting. They might draft down to get him, but who really wants to trade into the top-5? You lose so much money and not to mention the draft picks.

My Take: I do really believe this will happen and I feel it adds a force to the defense and a great leader and a slow player that will get beat in coverage, a lot.

6. Seattle Seahawks

Russell Okung – OT – Oklahoma State

Scouting Report

This is a fairly easy selection, unless they love Bulaga (Iowa LT). Okung is a clean, easy, and safe selection. Carrol doesn’t want a shaky start, I mean a shakier start. I predict the safe bet selection and a way to help Hasselbeck last.

My Take: A great pick. Lineman are a premium and Seattle had a great one for a long time. A new time has come and a big hole is left. Okung is a big man and while he is not Walter Jones, his presence will be heavily appreciated in Seattle.

7. Cleveland Browns

Eric Berry – S – Tennessee

Scouting Report

A top-3 talent gets selected at 7. Berry will change their defense. The Browns finished ranked 29th against the pass and 28th against the rush in the NFL. This pick can help both categories.

My Take: They don’t need a LT. They need a S, but they also need a QB. Is this some of the best smoke screening ever? Do they really like Clausen (Notre Dame QB). New head man in charge, Mike Holmgreen said that he wished he liked Clausen more. He signed Jake Delhomme out of Free Agency. He traded for a backup QB that knows his system (Syneca Wallace from the Seahawks). This is either blunt and obvious or an impressive setup to fool us. Berry is more talented than Clausen but QB can impact a game more than S and the drop-off from Clausen to other passers ability to immediately impact the game is higher than Berry to the other safeties. Berry is far above but Clausen is a polished clean prospect. Berry is a good fit, regardless.

8. Oakland Raiders

Jason Pierre-Paul – DE – South Florida

Scouting Report

Oakland drafts more athletes. They really didn’t get the most fitting name in the Oakland area. Owner Al Davis is infatuated with athletic specimens. Ex: QB Jamarcus Russell can throw the ball a "country mile", but can’t run an offense.DRAFTED!! WR Darrius Heyward-Bey can run under a 4.3 second 40-yard dash. DRAFTED!! Jason Pierre-Paul is 6’5" and 270 pounds. He played two years of junior college and only one year of Div. I, but….he can do 23 backflips. DRAFTED!!

My Take: Unproven talent. Athletically amazing. I understand the pick.

9. Buffalo Bills

Bryan Bulaga – OT – Iowa

Scouting Report

A great LT for a team that is meeting both a need at the position and value at the draft slot. Bulaga could start for years and protect the blind side for whomever wins the QB job.

My Take: A great pick. Quarterback is a need and Clausen is available. I hope they don’t regret passing on Clausen, but he would get the David Carr/Joey Harrington syndrome in Buffalo right now. Clausen is a serious consideration here. New regimes like to have "their guy" at QB and Clausen would be new coach Chan Gailey’s "guy", but Bulaga is a smart choice for a franchise that has some building to do. NT Dan Williams would be a good pick as well. LT is just in such bad shape and Bulaga is so good. The pick almost makes too much sense.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars

Brian Price – DT – UCLA

Scouting Report

Price brings youth to the Jags at DT, who brought in rookie DT Terrance Knighton last season. Knighton would go on to start the entire season next to Big John Henderson. Price is a penetrating DT that should scare a lot of OG’s at the next level. Price would be perfect next to the run stuffing Knighton. Price might even provide an exit for Henderson. There was some disruption last year with Henderson’s work exit. It’s claimed to have been fixed…

My Take: I think it’s a great pick. As I’ve said before, I put a premium on linemen. It’s hard to find good, big guys and you take them when you can. Joe Haden is another possible selection as is Jimmy Clausen. I think the Jaguars are monetarily commited to David Garrard and plan to draft a QB at anywhere besides here. Haden would be less effective because the D-line is not yet fixed. Once you fix your lines, then you move on to other positions. Now, the real debate. Should this have been Dan Williams? No, the Jags need pass rushers and run stoppers. Price is a much better pass rusher. He’s a big nasty who wraps up his tackles. The Jaguars need to see that in person.

11. Denver Broncos (from Chicago)

Dez Bryant – WR – Oklahoma State

Scouting Report

Bryant is an amazing receiver that attacks the ball. Bryant has been compared to Andre Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald. Johnson because of his toughness and initiation of contact (I saw a little Anquan Boldin) and Fitzgerald because of his ability to get great body position to catch the ball. Bryant is a top talent. The problem is that Bryant has been known to show up 15 minutes late for practice, and for games. I hope it all works out. Here’s a sexy pick and it could and should be a good one.

My Take: I would take Dan Williams to man that 3-4 Defense. I’m placing a premium on linemen once again. However, Bryant could be great for the Broncos and for McDaniels. He is a great playmaker, I’m thoroughly impressed with him. I just don’t like WR’s in the first, but Bryant is a top-10 talent, easy.

12. Miami Dolphins

Dan Williams – DT – Tennessee

Scouting Report

This selection will give Miami a NT of the future. Ferguson will be 36 in November. It’s almost too easy to pick this one. That worries me.

My Take: Excellent choice. The Nose Tackle position is one of great importance in the 3-4. It may be the most important, if Rush Linebacker isn’t. Stay Young and Stay Competitive. The Eagles showed us the ugly side of that truth this off-season. Watch how it works this year.

13. San Francisco 49ers

Joe Haden – CB – Florida

Scouting Report

San Francisco can stop the run, they finished 6th in the league, but they can’t stop the pass (21st in the league). Joe Haden is glue to the reciever. The niners should be happy with this much value here. They don’t take Clausen because they want to win now. The division is weak and they can do it. Rookie QB’s set you back.

My Take: It’s a smart pick. A possible lock down corner at 13, I would be happy. Not to mention how bad the niners needed this position….

14. Seattle Seahawks (from Denver)

Jimmy Clausen – QB – Notre Dame

Scouting Report

Seattle had no idea that this was possible. A franchise LT and QB in the same draft. That trade last year was brilliant, now. Clausen may not have won a lot of games but he can play in the clutch. He can play injured. He wants to win and will not relent until the game is over.

My Take: Pete Carrol should be rejoicing over this, regardless of prior moves this off-season. I don’t get the negativity over Clausen. I truly am at a loss. I’ve done my research. He’s fantastic. The only negative is his ego, well that’s helping Philip Rivers make the Pro Bowl. Ego is healthy if you back it up with good play. Clausen had 28 TD’s and 4 INT’s in 2009 behind an "ok" line and in a Pro-Style offense that was given to him by Charlie Weiss who was the O-Coordinator for the Pats when the won two Super Bowls. Some say Clausen has hit his ceiling, well that’s still an upgrade for a lot of teams. Besides, he may still get better.

15. New York Giants

Derrick Morgan – DE – Georgia Tech

Scouting Report

New York won the Super Bowl because of their pass-rush ability—and a really crazy play. The pass rush can always use an upgrade. Maybe Morgan doesn’t start this year or the next, but youth at one of the most important positions in the NFL is always a good thing and having a guy that could go top-10 as a backup is a smile on the face of any coach, especially when that guy can harass the QB in a rotation of QB harassers (Is that a word?).

My Take: The Pass Rush late this season and next year would be intimidating to opposing teams. It’s a scary thought what they could do to Romo, Kolb, and especially McNabb behind that worn down line in Washington. Great Pick.

16. Tennessee Titans

CJ Spiller – RB – Clemson

Scouting Report

Have fun, NFL! Signed, the first duo to rush for 2,500 yards in a season and who knows what they would receive. This is more than likely the top-rated player on most teams boards at this spot. Spiller is a score waiting to happen. He is explosive. He returns, he recieves, and he’s a RB too.

My Take: I almost want this to happen. This would be as close to legally cheating as possible in the draft. Almost as bad as the Steelers of old "losing" tapes of certain unkown players that became impact guys and the rest of the league being forced to be blind to these guys, therefore passing on them. But, other than that, this would be as close to cheating. Imagine the split-back formation….


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.

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