So I've added a 5th round to my mock draft. Some of the picks are the same and some are a little different. At the bottom I've also added some suggestions about who we should take in the later rounds. As always I look forward to your questions, comments, and conversations.
1. St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford QB, Oklahoma
Team needs: QB/WR/CB/DE/OLB
What the Rams need most is a QB. The word around the rumor mill is that they are enamored with Sam Bradford after his pro day, so unless they hit a snag during contract negotiations or the Eagles are willing to take a third round pick for McNabb this selection is not going to change to Ndamukong Suh, who would be the favorite if they do not select a QB. Heading into an uncapped year means the Rams can dump Marc Bulger’s salary without any future consequences. They have a lot of holes to fill in the later rounds and will need targets for whoever they get to play QB for them next season as well as LB’s and DB’s for a defense that was absolutely awful last season.
2. Detroit Lions: Russell Okung OT, Oklahoma State
Team needs: OT/CB/OG/SS/RB
Only a month ago there was no way the Rams would pass on Ndamukong Suh. Last year there was no way the Lions would take Matt Stafford over Jason Smith or Aaron Curry. The point is no one truly knows what direction a teaming is heading for in the draft. Everyone has their opinion and it’s mine that there is a lot more positional value with a LT than a DT. Many believe Suh is the best DT prospect since Warren Sapp, which he very well may be, but DT’s are not game changers and protecting their 40 million dollar man Stafford should be priority number one. Unless they can get some bodies upfront to protect him Stafford will never be able to be a game-changer himself. I believe this more so now after the trade for Corey Williams and the signing of Kyle Vanden Bosch. Add them with Sammie Lee Hill and you already have a drastically improved defensive front from last year.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ndamukong Suh DT, Nebraska
Team needs: DT/WR/DE/CB/SS
I’m sure the Bucs will be filled with excitement given that they have Suh fall into their laps here which is highly unexpected. With Suh available I can’t see this pick being anyone else. If the Rams or Lions do take him this pick will revert back to Gerald McCoy. Trading back with a pick this high isn’t really much of an option as other teams will not want to pay the amount of guaranteed money expected to a top 3 pick. If the Bills, or more likely the Seahawks, value Jimmy Clausen high enough they would be the only ones to trade up with Tampa but it’s unlikely the Bucs would trade back with Suh on the board.
4. Washington Redskins: Jimmy Clausen QB, Notre Dame
Team needs: OT/QB/OG/OLB/OC
Regardless of whether or not you’re a Jason Campbell fan, the fact remains that this team is not winning with him. I know a lot of the problems are because of the injuries to the offensive line but the organization is going to want to start anew with someone like Clausen, especially now that Mike Shanahan is the new head coach. There is a perception that Clausen has an attitude problem, which has been greatly exaggerated by the likes of ESPN’s Todd McShay, that may influence teams from taking him early but I doubt come draft day that anyone would concern themselves with it. If they decide that they want to stick it out for another year with Campbell they will target Bryan Bulaga, Bruce Campbell, or Trent Williams.
5. Kansas City Chiefs: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
Team needs: OT/NT/OLB/WR/Safety
Matt Cassell needs a LT that will give him enough time to throw the ball down field. KC spent a lot of money on Cassell and it would be nice if they got a return on their investment. It would also allow them to move 2008 1st round pick Brandon Albert to LG, his natural position, or RT since it doesn't seem like he can make it playing on the left side. Moving Albert to LG means they could slide Brian Waters to center and really solidify that line. GM Scott Pioli is big on positional value, which is why he reached for Tyson Jackson over Aaron Curry last year, so I don’t think Eric Berry is a real option here as some may think he might be.
6. Seattle Seahawks: Gerald McCoy DT, Oklahoma
Team needs: OT/DE/QB/DT/WR
Seattle needs an elite pass-rushing talent like McCoy, even if they need it more so from the DE position which is why Derrick Morgan may be an option here. If Okung were available they would probably go for him, but given Bruce Campbell’s injury history and Anthony Davis’ reputation as being inconsistent they will go for McCoy instead. They also have serious issues in the secondary so like many teams at the top half of the draft, Berry will come into play, but due to the low positional value of Safeties he will yet again slip down one more spot.
7. Cleveland Browns: Eric Berry S, Tennessee
Team needs: QB/FS/OLB/ILB/WR
Cleveland needs help everywhere except for LT where they have Joe Thomas. With Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen already gone at this point, they will have to wait until the later rounds if they plan on drafting someone to replace Jake Delhomme when he eventually wears out his welcome in Cleveland. They have lucked out in having Berry slip down this far. Berry is an Ed Reed clone and ran a 4.4 40 and posted a 43in vertical at the combine which can only solidify himself as a top player if there were any doubts. You have to love the kid’s swagger when he makes a statement like “you better pick me or I’ll pick you” with regards to any team that might pass on him in the draft. As long as he’s on the board I can’t see the Browns taking anyone else as they need someone to replace the recently departed Brodney Pool who was seriously concussion prone.
8. Oakland Raiders: Bruce Campbell OT, Maryland
Team needs: OT/DT/CB/DE/OLB
Bruce Campbell secured this pick by measuring in at the combine at a stout 6’6” 314lbs., with 36 1/2in arms, and add to that 34 reps on the bench press and a 4.85 40. That’s enough to make undead Al foam at the mouth. Given Okung’s great combine if he manages to slip this far I believe the Raiders would take him, although given his great combine I doubt he would make it past Seattle. At this point I really can’t see anyone but Campbell being selected here unless Davis is even more enamored with Taylor Mays unofficial 40 time of 4.27. Even though they have Richard Seymour it’s not out of the realm of possibility that they take JPP or Carlos Dunlap.
9. Buffalo Bills: Dan Williams NT, Tennessee
Team needs: OT/QB/NT/OLB/ILB
The Bills have 3 huge needs, a QB, a NT, and OT’s. It’s unlikely that Jimmy Clausen will fall this far so if the Bills want him they will have to trade up. So this pick will basically come down to Trent Williams or Dan Williams. The Bills will try their hand at the 3-4 defense this year and the most important cog is a quality NT to anchor the front. With the proliferation of the 3-4 over the last few years it’s not hard to see a NT overvalued somewhat, which is why B.J. Raji went so high last year. There’s also an outside chance they may pick Jason Pierre-Paul but it’s unlikely since they selected pass rusher Aaron Maybin in the first round of last years draft.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Earl Thomas S, Texas
Team needs: FS/OC/OG/WR/DE
The Jags young receiving corps has come on this year and as such seems to be no longer a dire position of need, although they due lack a true number one receiver in which case they make target Dez Bryant. Derrick Morgan may still be given consideration but now that the team has signed Aaron Kampman DE has become a lesser need, as I’m sure they are still holding out hope that Derrick Harvey and Quinton Groves will pan out. Thomas would be a replacement and upgrade over the extremely disappointing Reggie Nelson. There’s talk that the Jags are looking to save money so they may look to trade back with a team looking to get Jason Pierre-Paul, Rolando McClain, or one of the available OT’s.
11. Denver Broncos(via Chicago Bears): Joe Haden CB, Florida
Team needs: WR/NT/OC/OG/CB
I haven’t seen Haden go to the Broncos in any other mock drafts but it makes a lot of sense. What they really need is a NT because Jamaal Williams is nothing more than a 34 year old stop-gap but Dan Williams is already off of the board. Until they trade Brandon Marshall they have no hole to fill for a #1 WR so Dez Bryant isn’t an option. Rolando McClain is an option to replace the departed Andra Davis but they already have D.J. Williams and Wesley Woodyard is serviceable. Current starting CB’s Champ Bailey and Andre Goodman are 31 and 32, with Champ becoming a free agent next offseason. Ty Law is way too old to be counted on, and last year’s rookie Alphonso Smith is only a nickel CB, and maybe a #2 at best. So why not take the best CB in the draft and have him learn from the best CB in the NFL over the last decade? Haden reclaimed himself as a top pick after a horrible 40 at the combine with a phenomenal pro day, running 40’s of 4.39 and 4.43.
12. Miami Dolphins: Jason Pierre-Paul DE/OLB, USF
Team needs: OLB/WR/FS/NT/TE
Previously I had them choosing Dez Bryant, but given that he didn’t even participate in the combine drills and there is a perceived notion that like Anthony Davis he has a maturity problem I’m going with JPP. Personally I think he has a high bust rate and have compared him to Vernon Gholston on many occasions as he too is a one year wonder and a workout warrior but with a great combine he has clearly shown that he has the tangibles to be an excellent rusher at the next level. Whether or not he can parlay those skills into actual results remains to be seen. With Dan Williams off of the board they will have to wait to replace the 34 year old Jason Ferguson. The signing of Karlos Dansby makes it unlikely they will take Rolando McClain, although with the constant injuries to Channing Crowder it’s not out of the question. With the release of Gibril Wilson their need for a Safety will have to be satisfied sometime within the first 4 rounds.
13. San Francisco 49ers: Trent Williams OT, Oklahoma
Team needs: RT/SS/CB/OG/RB
Williams is an absolute mauler and would fill a big position of need even before they lost Tony Pashos to free agency. The 49ers also have needs at SS where Michael Lewis has become concussion prone and at CB to replace the aging and costly Nate Clements. If Earl Thomas, Williams, and Joe Haden are all off of the board at this point I would expect them to take C.J. Spiller. He wouldn’t fill an immediate position of need but would provide a pass-catching option on third downs that the team currently lacks as well as a boost in the return game.
14. Seattle Seahawks (via Denver Broncos): C.J. Spiller RB, Clemson
Neither Walter Jones nor Sean Locklear can seem to stay healthy, with Jones announcing his retirement. Unfortunately with Trent Williams being selected one pick before they will have to look at other options. Anthony Davis has done nothing but hurt his draft stock throughout the whole offseason evaluation process and as such I think it would be a mistake to take him this high. Charles Brown would be an option as he would fit the zone blocking style of Seattle but Spiller is a much better prospect. Justin Forsett and Julius Jones are not starting quality RB’s.
15. New York Giants: Derrick Morgan DE, Georgia Tech
Team needs: MLB/DT/RT/DE/CB
After waffling with this pick the last few weeks I’ve settled with Morgan. He is a top-10 talent who’s managed to slip due to so many teams making the switch to the 3-4 defense. With the release of Antonio Pierce MLB has become a glaring need for the G-men but Rolando McClain is not a fit for the Tampa-2 defense that DC Perry Fewell plans to install. He’s not a for any 4-3 defense after posting a 4.71 40. Sean Weatherspoon would be a much better fit for their defense but I can’t see them passing on a talent like Morgan. They also have needs at the DT position, especially with losing Fred Robbins to free agency and Rocky Bernard having a very underwhelming season, so Brian Price will definitely come into play. In the next couple of rounds I expect them to find a replacement for Kareem McKenzie.
16. Tennessee Titans: Carlos Dunlap DE, Florida
Team needs: DE/CB/OLB/ DT/OC
Who would have thought that after a 0-6 start that Vince Young would salvage their season? They have multiple needs but Young’s play means they won’t be looking for a QB. Their biggest need is for pass-rushers are they were unable to get any pressure last season. Due to the lack of pressure the CB’s were exposed so they will need to make upgrades in the secondary as well. I know Titans fans are going to hate this pick because Dunlap has bust written all over him, but the Titans love workout warriors and no one epitomizes that more than Dunlap.
17. San Francisco 49ers(via Carolina Panthers): Taylor Mays S, USC
Taylor Mays has a certain reputation around the mock draft community as a huge gamble for good reason. He has all the intangibles you would want in a Safety, or someone who plays any position. He’s a solid 6’3” 230lbs. and ran an unofficial 4.27 40 at the combine. Unfortunately he has extremely poor cover skills. He takes bad angles and more often than not he’s only looking to deliver the big hit rather than go for the ball in the air. If anyone can teach him the fundamentals of the game it’s going to be coach Singletary who apparently is very high on Mays’ stock.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Rolando McClain ILB, Alabama
Team needs: ILB/OG/NT/CB/DE
It’s starting to look more and more like McClain will fall to the Steelers. Due to his large size and his speed limitations he’ll almost certainly have to play in a 3-4 defense in the pros. Given his prior experience in the 3-4 he’ll be an ideal fit for the Steelers, and be the successor to 35 year old James Farrior. McClain is very instinctive with great leadership qualities. Other options would be Mike Iupati who would shore up the one weak point along the Steelers offensive line at RG, Kyle Wilson given that Ike Taylor is 30 years old an in the final year of his contract, or Jared Odrick who is a local product and would help continue the youth movement along the defensive line.
19. Atlanta Falcons: Brandon Graham DE, Michigan
Team needs: DE/OLB/DT/WR/Safety
The Falcons will take the best defensive player available, particularly an OLB or DE. The signing of Dunta Robinson means that CB is no loner a need for them. I’ve decided to give them Graham because GM Thomas Dimitroff is a Scott Pioli disciple and puts a big emphasis on positional value. He would take the place of first round bust Jamaal Anderson. They also have needs for a solid #2 WR because Michael Jenkins just isn’t cutting it.
20. Houston Texans: Kyle Wilson CB, Boise State
Team needs: CB/FS/OG/NT/RB
They need help in multiple areas, specifically on defense after they let the unhappy Dunta Robinson leave via free agency, and in the interior defensive line after sending former 1st round pick Travis Johnson to the Chargers earlier in the year. Kyle Wilson is a slight reach here in my opinion but he will fill a dire position of need. They also need help on the offensive side of the trenches, specifically along the interior so Mike Iupati is an option. They could also reach for Terrence Cody, or Ryan Matthews who would be a good fit for their zone blocking scheme.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Dez Bryant WR, Oklahoma State
Team needs: WR/FS/TE/ILB/OG
The Bengals only real needs are for WR’s and safeties and here they manage to take the top WR in the draft. There have been many questions raised about his maturity level and love for the game but as recent draft history has shown us the Bengals are more than willing to draft players with character issues. Outside of Chad OchoCinco, none of their WR’s has had much of an impact this year. They signed Antonio Bryant but he’s not the answer to the WR issues. If none of the WR options at this point are preferable to the Bengals they would certainly consider Oklahoma TE Jermaine Gresham.
22. New England Patriots: Jared Odrick DT/DE, PSU
Team needs: OLB/DE/WR/TE/RB
After the Richard Seymour trade to Oakland, the Patriots defense suffered greatly. Odrick is a great 3-technique DT that has the size and strength to convert to 3-4 DE much like Seymour did when he came out of college. The Patriots also need more youth and depth in their linebacking corps. After losing Ben Watson and Chris Baker to free agency they will need to find another TE, and will be tempted to take Gresham given that he’s still available and Belichick has a history of taking TE’s in the first round. Given how much the Patriots like to trade back, it would actually surprise me if they keep this pick, especially considering how deep the talent pool is in this draft.
23. Green Bay Packers: Charles Brown OT, USC
Team needs: OT/CB/Safety/OG/DE
The Packers have had to compensate for the lack of talent at OT by adjusting their scheme to keep TE’s in to block. Adding some OT depth would really help open up that potent offense. After losing Aaron Kampman to free agency they may consider Jerry Hughes and Sergio Kindle who are both still on the board to add as a pass-rushing threat to go across from Clay Matthews. Green Bay also needs to start looking at replacements for their aging secondary but will find better value for that in the next 2 rounds.
24. Philadelphia Eagles: Sean Weatherspoon OLB, Missouri
Team needs: OLB/FS/CB/DE/OT
The Eagles are a solid team but have multiple needs at OLB where they need to replace Chris Gocong who’s clearly not suited to play in Philly’s scheme, and where they cut Will Witherspoon. They also need a FS to replace Sean Jones who was a huge disappointment, although they did sign Marlin Jackson who they may convert from CB. Philly also has a history of replacing solid corners before they are past their prime so if Kyle Wilson is available you may see them pull the trigger on him.
25. Baltimore Ravens: Jermaine Gresham TE, Oklahoma
Team needs: CB/TE/DE/WR/OC
With the newly acquired Anquan Boldin WR is no longer a dire need for the Ravens, although they may still look for one in the later rounds. This pick comes down to a CB given that the team lacks a #1 corner, a DE to replace an aging Trevor Price, and a TE because despite a solid season last year Todd Heap has had a long injury history and is on the downswing of his career. Gresham is by far the best TE in the draft and would pair perfectly with young QB Joe Flacco for years to come. This draft is deep with corners and plenty will be available in round 2. With CB Kyle Wilson and DE Jared Odrick already off of the board, and the trade for Boldin I really can’t see this pick being anything other than Gresham except for maybe an OLB if they don’t feel Paul Kruger can develop into a 3-4 pass-rusher.
26. Arizona Cardinals: Anthony Davis OT, Rutgers
Team needs: OT/OLB/ILB/OC/NT
Arizona’s biggest need for a long time has been for a LT. They drafted Levi Brown a couple years ago but he has struggled on the left side. Anthony Davis has caused his stock to plummet all offseason due to a poor combine workout and bad interviews. Apparently during his pro day he refused to participate in some of the drills and really rubbed some team reps the wrong way. Due to his potential though there is no way that he falls out of the first round and Arizona will almost be forced to take him on his potential. OLB’s Haggans, Okeafor, and Berry are all 33 years old or older so they will definitely be interested in Sergio Kindle and Jerry Hughes. They signed Joey Porter but he seems intent on spending the season in jail rather than on the Cardinals defense. With the extra picks they acquired from Baltimore in the trade for Anquan Boldin I would expect them to package them with this pick to move up for one of the elite Tackle prospects such as Bryan Bulaga or Trent Williams if they fall a little from the top of the draft.
27. Dallas Cowboys: Mike Iupati OG, Idaho
Team needs: OT/FS/OG/NT/ILB
Mike Iupati fits the bill of exactly what the Cowboys look for in an offensive lineman, a big mauler. Apparently the Cowboys reps were very interested in Iupati at the Senior Bowl. Unless Taylor Mays or Anthony Davis manages to slip I can’t see the Cowboys giving much consideration to anyone else. There’s a slight chance they may consider speedster Golden Tate to play slot receiver because of his ability to stretch the field.
28. San Diego Chargers: Ryan Matthews RB, Fresno State
Team needs: NT/RB/DE/ FS/CB
The Chargers have two pressing needs, one for a NT to replace the Jamal Williams who was signed by the Broncos, and for a RB after the release of LaDainian Tomlinson. Unfortunately the only NT with a 1st round grade is already taken, and I don’t think that General Manager A.J. Smith will gamble on “Mount” Cody with a 1st round pick given that it’s become highly probably that he’ll eat himself out of the league in a couple years unless he has to in the event that all of their other targets are already taken. Even with the fast 40 times of Spiller and Jahvid Best it was Mathews who had the best combine performance in my opinion. He ran a 4.4 40 and looked very solid in catching the ball which is something San Diego covets in its RB’s.
29. New York Jets: Sergio Kindle DE/OLB, Texas
Team needs: DE/OLB/WR/FS/NT
With the Jets trade for Antonio Cromartie to play opposite Darrell Revis, their greatest needs become a DE considering Shaun Ellis is coming off of an injury and Marques Douglas is a free agent and both are 33 years old, and a rush linebacker. They go with Hughes to replace 1st round bust Vernon Gholston since Jared Odrick is already off the board. There’s also a slight chance they would draft Golden Tate to add weapons for Mark Sanchez.
30. Minnesota Vikings: Maurkice Pouncey OG/OC, Florida
Team needs: CB/FS/MLB/OG/DT
The Vikings biggest weaknesses are in the secondary and along the interior of the offensive line. Current CB’s Griffin (torn ACL) and Winfield (Foot) are both nursing injuries, with Griffen unlikely to be ready for the start of the season. Along the interior line they could use an upgrade for John Sullivan and Anthony Herrera. Fortunately Pouncey is versatile enough to play both Center and Guard. The Vikings could also consider FS Nate Allen, CB Devin McCourty, or MLB Daryl Washington and in the later rounds I expect them to draft a RB to replace Chester Taylor.
31. Indianapolis Colts: Brian Price DT, UCLA
Team needs: OT/DT/OG/DE/Safety
Without any cornerstone LT’s left, which is their biggest need, the Colts will focus on defense. I know the Colts do not typically invest early round picks on defense but it’s about time that they start. They are really lacking depth at DT and Price is a great 3 technique player. Like Derrick Morgan, Price is the victim of the proliferation of the 3-4 defense. They may continue the trend of drafting offense in the 1st in which case they would go for Maurkice Pouncey to shore up a weak point at OG where Mike Pollack was lacking all year. Now that they have resigned Gary Brackett, MLB is no longer an issue for them.
32. New Orleans Saints: Everson Griffen DE, USC
Team needs: DE/DT/OLB/Safety/OC
With an already formidable offense the Saints will look to upgrade a defense that was hot and very cold all season long. Their biggest need is a DE to replace Charles Grant. The Saints are lucky to have Griffen fall into their lap at the end of the 1st round. As long as he’s on the board I can’t see them going with anyone else. In the event that he’s gone they will go with a DT like LaMarr Houston to pair with Sedrick Ellis or a FS like Nate Allen to replace Darren Sharper who may sign elsewhere.
33. St. Louis Rams: Golden Tate WR, Notre Dame
Now that the Rams have their QB of the future they need weapons for him to throw the ball to.
34. Detroit Lions: Devin McCourty CB, Rutgers
They traded for Chris Houston but he’s only a #2 CB at best. Before the combine McCourty graded out as a late 2nd round prospect, but after running the fastest 40 time (4.34) of any DB and looking very fluid in the drills he’s managed to catapult himself into the number 3 CB slot.
35. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Arrelious Benn WR, Illinois
The Bucs need WR’s to help the progression of young QB Josh Freeman. Michael Clayton has been underwhelming so far in his career and Antonio Bryant was lost to free agency.
36. Kansas City Chiefs: Terrence Cody DT, Alabama
Even though he may eat himself out of the league in a couple years, which is why he’s slipped out of the 1st round to begin with, the Chiefs are not going to pass up the chance to solidify their defensive front with someone who is could be a dominant 2-down NT.
37. Washington Redskins: Rodger Saffold OT, Indiana
With a new QB in hand, it’s time to rebuild that ancient O line. Saffold is athletic enough to play LT in Shanahan’s zone blocking scheme.
38. Cleveland Browns: Jerry Hughes OLB, TCU
After trading Wimbley to the Raiders they are now in desperate need of a pass-rusher.
39. Oakland Raiders: Jeff Owens DT, UGA
Jeff Owens did 44 reps on the bench press which makes him a great player in the eyes of the Crypt Keeper.
41. Buffalo Bills: Tony Washington OT, Abilene Christian
The Bills dire need for OT’s forces them to reach for Washington. Washington is a good tackle and hopefully for his sake teams will look past the fact that he’s a registered, although non-violent, sex offender.
44. New England Patriots (via Jacksonville Jaguars): Koa Misi DE/OLB, Utah
Misi has been nothing short of spectacular this offseason, first at the Senior Bowl, then at the combine, and finally at his pro day.
45. Denver Broncos: Linval Joseph DT, East Carolina
They need a long-term answer at NT. This is a bit of a reach but NT’s are always a little over-valued.
46. New York Giants: LaMarr Houston DT, Texas
A replacement for Fred Robbins who was lost to free agency and never much of a factor anyway.
48. Carolina Panthers: Brandon LaFell WR, LSU
Team needs: WR/DT/OG/DE/OT
Now that Jake Delhomme is gone and Matt Moore will be the starting QB next season, they need someone to throw to besides Steve Smith. LaFell drops considerably due to a poor 40 time but is a solid possession receiver and a very underrated downfield blocker.
49. San Francisco 49ers: Vladimir Ducasse OG, UMass
Just the sort of big, run-blocking lineman Coach Singletary loves.
51. Houston Texans: Ben Tate RB, Auburn
They need a power RB that can fit their zone blocking scheme.
53. New England Patriots: Tim Tebow QB, Florida
Yes I’m sure I’ll hear a lot about this pick. Keep in mind that Belichick loves versatility. And how many years does Brady have left, probably 3? That's how many years it’s going to take for Tebow to acclimate to the Pros. Plus he would fit in well with the type of spread offense the Patriots run.
54. Cincinnati Bengals: Aaron Hernandez TE, Florida
They fill their need for a pass-catching TE.
55. Philadelphia Eagles: Chris Cook CB/FS, Virginia
The find a replacement for Sean Jones. Cook is also versatile enough to play CB if Marlin Jackson ends up playing FS.
56. Green Bay Packers: Brandon Ghee CB, Wake Forest
They fill their second biggest need for youth in the secondary.
57. Baltimore Ravens: Tyson Alualu DT/DE, Cal
They find a replacement for Trevor Price. Alualu already has experience playing in a 3-4 defense.
58. Arizona Cardinals: Jason Worilds OLB, Va. Tech
The Cards fill their need for youth at the OLB position.
61. New York Jets: Alex Carrington DT/DE, Arkansas State
Ellis and Douglas are both 33 years old, with Ellis coming off of an injury and Douglas a pending free agent.
63. Indianapolis Colts: Jermaine Cunningham DE, Florida
The Colts need youth and depth at the DE position.
68. Kansas City Chiefs: Carlton Mitchell WR, USF
They can’t be completely confident in having Chris chambers as their #2 WR.
69. Oakland Raiders: Mitch Petrus OG, Arkansas
Oakland needs an OG and Petrus put up 44 reps on the bench press, which makes him a steal in the 3rd as far as Al Davis is concerned.
72. Buffalo Bills: Thaddeus Gibson DE/OLB, Ohio State
The Bills need a pass-rusher to play opposite of Aaron Maybin.
73. Miami Dolphins: Torrell Troup DT, Central Florida
The Dolphins need an upgrade at NT.
75. Chicago Bears: Jon Asamoah OG, Illinois
Team needs: OG/FS/ DE/DT/OC
They have a major need at LG.
76. New York Giants: Kyle Calloway OT Iowa
They need a replacement at RT.
79. San Francisco 49ers: Jahvid Best RB, Cal
Best would give them the pass-catching third down back they’ve been missing.
82. Pittsburgh Steelers: Akwasi Owusu-Ansah CB, IUP
This is a value pick. The Steelers have greater needs at OG, OC, and DE but any of the available players would be big reaches. AOA ran a 4.31 40 at his pro day and would be a great special teamer which is something that has been an issue for the team in recent years. He has 5 career returns for TD’s. Interesting side note, Akwasi means “Born on Sunday” which sounds like he was destined to play football.
85. Cleveland Browns (From Oakland Raiders via New England Patriots): Brandon Spikes ILB, Florida
Signing Scott Fujita was a short-term solution. D’Qwell Jackson is also in the final year of his contract.
87. Philadelphia Eagles: A.J. Edds OLB, Iowa
Edds is a solid strong side linebacker that would be an upgrade over Chris Gocong.
90. Dallas Cowboys: Jared Veldheer OT, Hillsdale
He’s the kind of massive lineman the Cowboys prefer.
91. San Diego Chargers: Larry Asante SS, Nebraska
They could use an upgrade at both Safety positions.
93. Minnesota Vikings: Montario Hardesty RB, Tennessee
The Vikings let Chester Taylor walk in free agency.
94. Indianapolis Colts: Jason Fox OT, Miami
This may be a bit of a gamble given Fox’s knee injury, but if not for the injury he would be an early 2nd round selection. Fox is the type of lean, athletic lineman the Colts prefer and if his knee passes the physical he could become the franchise LT they’ve been missing.
97 Comp pick: Tennessee Titans: Roddrick Muckelroy OLB, Texas
They need OLB depth.
98 Comp. pick: Atlanta Falcons: Demaryius Thomas WR, Georgia Tech
They need a solid #2 WR.
101. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Andre Roberts WR, Citadel
They continue to rebuild the WR corps to help their young QB.
103. Washington Redskins: Mike Johnson OG, Alabama
Another great, athletic lineman that is prefect for Shanahan’s zone blocking scheme.
104. Seattle Seahawks: Sam Young OT, Notre Dame
They need OT depth.
105. Cleveland Browns: Joe McKnight RB, USC
They need RB depth.
106. Oakland Raiders: Jacoby Ford WR, Clemson
Ford ran the fastest 40 at the combine, enough said.
107. Buffalo Bills: Mike Neal DT, Purdue
The Bills need players for their conversion to the 3-4. Neal is versatile enough to play 3-4 DE as well as 4-3 DT.
108. Jacksonville Jaguars: Sergio Render OG, Va. Tech
They need an upgrade at RG.
109. Chicago Bears: Kurt Coleman S, Ohio State
Their second biggest hole gets filled.
110. Miami Dolphins: Jimmy Graham TE, Miami
They need a pass-catching TE and Graham is an excellent athlete who had a great combine.
112. Carolina Panthers: Geno Atkins DT, UGA
They need DT depth.
113. San Francisco 49ers: Taylor Price WR, Ohio
They need a slot receiver and Price is a little faster than Riley Cooper or Jordan Shipley.
114. Denver Broncos: Pat Angerer ILB, Iowa
They need someone to challenge Wesley Woodyard.
116. Pittsburgh Steelers: Ed Wang OT, Va. Tech
The Steelers need OT depth; it’s time to cut ties with Tony Hills.
117. Atlanta Falcons: Zane Beatles OT, Utah
The Falcons need OT depth.
118. Houston Texans: Donovan Warren CB, Michigan
They still need secondary depth. He’s slipped due to a horrible combine and pro day but could end up being the steal of the draft.
119. New England Patriots: Jeremy Williams WR, Tulane
The Pats seriously need WR depth.
125. Dallas Cowboys: Marcus Easley WR, UConn
The Cowboys need a slot receiver.
128. Minnesota Vikings: Jerome Murphy CB, USF
They need CB depth.
129. Indianapolis Colts: Rennie Curran OLB, Georgia
If Curran were just a little bit bigger he would be a 1st round pick, as it stands now he’s a perfect fit for the Colts cover-2.
130. New Orleans Saints: Harry Coleman S, LSU
Even if they do resign Darren Sharper they still need depth behind him.
131 Comp. pick: Cincinnati Bengals: Arthur Jones DT, Syracuse
They could use some depth at the DT position.
133. Detroit Lions: Vince Oghobaase DT, Duke
The Lions could use some defensive line depth.
135. Washington Redskins: Derrick Hardman OT, Eastern Kentucky
They have a need for a RT.
137. Cleveland Browns: Barry Church SS, Toledo
The Browns could use an upgrade over Abram Elam.
139. Seattle Seahawks: Toby Gerhart RB, Stanford
BPA situation and Gerhart would be a powerful compliment to C.J. Spiller.
140. Buffalo Bills: Blair White WR, Michigan State
They could really use some depth at WR.
141. Chicago Bears: Earl Mitchell DT, Arizona
With the constant injuries to Tommy Harris they need some DT depth.
147. New York Giants: Donald Butler ILB, UConn
They need a replacement for Antonio Pierce.
149. Atlanta Falcons: Nate Collins DT, Virginia
They could use some DT depth.
150. Houston Texans: Anthony Dixon RB, Miss. State
After a great rookie year Steve Slaton showed that he’s only a pass-catching option on third downs. Dixon would be the battering ram to compliment Ben Tate.
152. Pittsburgh Steelers: LeGarrette Blount RB, Oregon
If he interviews well he could be the short-yardage back the Steelers have been missing.
155. Green Bay Packers: Brandon Carter OG, Texas Tech
He has the size to play OT as well as OG.
156. St. Louis Rams (via Philadelphia Eagles): Mike Tepper OT, Cal
When they move Jason Smith to LT there will be a hole on the right side.
157. Baltimore Ravens: Walter Thurmond CB, Oregon
Lardarius Webb was a pleasant surprise this past year but they need a solid #2.
159. Oakland Raiders (from New England Patriots via Denver Broncos via Dallas Cowboys: Andrew Tyshovnytsky OT, Fordham
The Raiders had a need for a RT and he ran a 4.91 40 and did 33 reps on the bench press at his pro day.
160. San Diego Chargers: C.J. Wilson DT/DE, East Carolina
Louis Castillo misses a lot of games.
168. Comp. pick: Minnesota Vikings: Jay Ross DT, East Carolina
If Pat Williams retires they will need some DT depth.
169. Comp. pick: San Diego Chargers: Alterraun Verner CB, UCLA
They need CB depth.
170. Comp. pick: Green Bay Packers: Antonio Coleman DE/OLB, Auburn
The Packers need a pass-rushing presence to play on the other side of Clay Matthews.
Possible late rounders:
6th: Clifton Geathers DE, South Carolina
At 6’7” 300lbs he would be a good project player who could compete for the future starting DE job across from Ziggy Hood.
7th: Ekom Udofia NT, Stanford
He’s 6’2”, 315lbs. and could be a solid back-up NT, and maybe even a starter by the time Casey Hampton is gone.
Comp. 7th: Justin Woodall SS, Alabama
He could possibly beat out Ryan Mundy for the right to back up Troy.