First Round Mock Draft – April 20th

Written by Will Spencer on April 20, 2010

17. San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina)

Sergio Kindle – OLB – Texas

Scouting Report

Their defense will be magical. Two top-flight defensive prospects to add to Patrick Willis’ Defensive Experience. In two years time, the Niners could be known as the fiercest defense in all the NFL, courtesy of good drafting and Mike Singletary’s eyes. Kindle’s aggressiveness will definitely catch Singletary’s eyes.

My Take: I can’t wait to watch. It’s exciting to imagine. I really wanna see this.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers

Kyle Wilson – CB – Boise State

Scouting Report

The Steelers make an immediate upgrade at the cornerback position with Wilson. Wilson has outstanding speed and awareness. Wilson has the potential to make head turning plays. He will make people wonder why he fell this far.

My Take: I like Wilson or Earl Thomas here. Both would do great things for the Steelers. I think interior O-line will come later.

19. Atlanta Falcons

Brandon Graham – DE – Michigan

Scouting Report

This is how you stop Drew Brees and take over the Division. Brandon Graham has an elite first step that the Falcons could use on their D-line. His spin move reminds some of Dwight Freeney. John Abraham is getting old. Youth must happen.

My Take: I love it. My back-up selection for them would be Earl Thomas, S, Texas.   

20. Houston Texans

Earl Thomas – S – Texas

Scouting Report

Earl Thomas is an instant upgrade to the Texans defense which is slowly becoming a very tough one. Thomas will line up opposite Bernard Pollard and help the Texans slow Manning down. Thomas is young (redhsirt sophomore) but he has a nice ceiling and will turn out to be a great pick for the Texans.

My Take: I think Thomas is a great value selection. Thomas could be picked much higher in the real draft. Jaguars, Broncos, Dolphins are all possibilities and the Texans should be smitten if Thomas is on the board.

21. Cincinnati Bengals

Jermaine Gresham – TE – Oklahoma

Scouting Report

Cincy gets a productive receiving TE here. Gresham had almost a thousand yards receiving as a junior and was injured as a senior. Carson Palmer gets another weapon to help get attention from the defense. Great Yards After the Catch ability along with great draft value. The Bengals had loads of injuries at the TE position and this talent can create stability with Pro Bowl potential.

My Take: It’s a great fit and Palmer will be glad to have Gresham. Gresham has an outside shot at Rookie of the Year (offensive).

22. New England Patriots

Sean Weatherspoon – LB – Missouri

Scouting Report

The Patriots continue their youth movement thats been in disguise. Weatherspoon adds great talent to the outside and Belicheck can have his defense back to where it should be within a year or two.

My Take: I think Weatherspoon has good value and fits a need here. Smart player with upside that will be solid if he doesn’t reach all his potential.

23. Green Bay Packers

Charles Brown – OT – USC

Scouting Report

A young OT with lots of upside for the packers. The Packers have two OT’s in their 30s and need some youthful talent on the roster. This pick secures that with not a lot of value lost. Brown could become a fixture to protect Rodgers, which should be a top priority.

My Take: If it’s not Brown, it’ll be someone else on the line.

24. Philadelphia Eagles

Mike Iupati – OG – Idaho

Scouting Report

A big, nasty guard to strengthen the line for the Eagles. Iupati will add a lot of weight and a lot of lanes for the run game. They don’t want this guy to go to the competition at pick 27.

My Take: This is an Andy Reid kind of guy. He loves the big ones. Iupati is 331 lbs and will cause a lot of problems for the other teams.

25. Baltimore Ravens

Maurkice Pouncey – G/C – Florida

Scouting Report

The Ravens add the best center in the draft in Pouncey. Matt Birk will be 34 when the season starts and this pick almost makes too much sense. They keep the run game alive and along with it their potential to dominate the ground games of the AFC North.

My Take: You got a young QB, a fantastic run game, and an old center: this keeps all of that alive for many more years. Great Move!

26. Arizona Cardinals

Jerry Hughes – DE – TCU

Scouting Report

Hughes becomes part of the rotation that will now feature Jerry Porter. Hughes will mostly be a rotation guy, but once he settles into the speed of the pro game, he will turn into an explosive force and anchor the defense for year.

My Take: It makes a lot of sense. It’s projecting out. I’m not the biggest fan of converting the ends to backers because you really just don’t know what will happen. If it works, it could be gold. If not, they may be a 4-3 in a few years.

27. Dallas Cowboys

Kareem Jackson – CB – Alabama

Scouting Report

Dallas shores up their secondary with a solid pick with this 3-year starter from the National Championship winning Alabama team. Jackson’s man coverage skills are bought here with the hope that he can help slow down the high flying Eagles offense. Jackson will eventually replace 31-year old Terrance Newman.

My Take: Best Player Available for sure. Jackson fills a hole and might even be asked to play some safety. The Cowboys allowed over 225 passing yards per game in 2009 (20th best). They claim not to have a need at LT, so this shouldn’t be an issue but you never know…Anthony Davis is available and some love him. I do not think his "head is in the game" so to speak.

28. San Diego Chargers

Terrence Cody – NT – Alabama

Scouting Report

Terrance Cody will replace the unimpressive Ian Scott and make it hard for the rest of the division to run. Cody is a massive force in the middle who even blocked kicks last year for the abov-mentioned Championship Crimson Tide. Cody fills a gap (no pun intended) and improves the team.

My Take: I like Cody’s play, but I’m concerned about weight fluctuation and I think San Diego may go need drafting and selecting Ryan Matthews here. The RB out of Fresno State. If they keep Cody’s weight in line, then they have a good player.
They may wait and get Gerhardt (Stanford RB) or Dixon (Miss State RB). Outisde shot that Jahvid Best (RB Cal) is taken. I just see them taking a pounder before a guy that more resembles finesse style. They do have Darren Sproles.

29. New York Jets

Taylor Mays – S – USC

Scouting Report

Rex Ryan adds some hit power to his defense with Mays. Mays will guard the box and keep backs such as Ray Rice from breaking out. Mays will lay some people out and be that fierce defender that Rex Ryans wants in the back.

My Take: I don’t personally like Mays as a prospect. I think he gets lost in coverage. He can’t turn his hips as fast as you would like, but he can run in a straight line as fast almost anyone in the NFL and when he gets there he is going to lay you out. If they fix the mental, then they got something. Otherwise, they dont. Here is an interesting thought, Mays adds 15 pounds and plays RushBacker. Who knows what could happen, theres less thinking than at safety.

30. Minnesota Vikings

Devin McCourty – CB – Rutgers

Scouting Report

The Vikings waited long enough and now they add some youth to their secondary. McCourty can play in a backup/nickel role until he is ready to take over for Winfeild, who will be 33 when the season starts.

My Take: I think its a great selection. McCourty could’ve been taken much earlier. I think he could move to SS if they wanted. He may even be better there.

31. Indianapolis Colts

Everson Griffen – DE – USC

Scouting Report

The Colts add a quality D-lineman in Griffin. Griffon will add some meat on the line and help bring down the stereotype of Colts D-linemen–that they get moved around easy in run situations. The Colts defense allowed 126 yards per game on the ground in 2009. Griffon is the beginning of stopping that.

My Take: Polian is no dummy. Freeney will be 30 and Mathis will be 29 when the season starts. They will still dominate. In two years, when Griffon is ready to dominate, Mathis and Freeney might not be. In the even that they are still dominate, well three dominate DE’s is better than 2. Griffon may even be able to add some weight and play DT. He is aggressive and adds some nastiness to the team. He will chase whoever he can. I like this a lot.

32. New Orleans Saints

Jared Odrick – DT – Penn State

Scouting Report

Odrick adds some muscle to the Saints interior D-line. The Saints allowed 122 yards per game on the ground in 2009 and will face great backs all year. Odrick will eventually help slow this down.

My Take: Odrick could’ve gone earlier in the draft, but he does fit a good positional value for the Saints. Good pick, unless you want a RB (Ryan Matthews, Fresno State) or a RT (Anthony Davis, Rutgers could make this an even better line later on).

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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