NFL Two Round Mock Draft #6

Posted April 14th, 2010 at 12:00 pm

With the NFL Draft fast approaching here is the latest updated two round mock draft. A couple big trades, with Donovan McNabb, Brandon Marshall, and Santonio Holmes on the move has significantly shifted the outlook for multiple teams.

I am currently planning one, or possibly two more mocks leading up to the draft as well as at least one NFL Draft preview Padrecast. Continue on to check out the picks and leave your thoughts on the mock in the comments! If you have any questions about teams or players, or requests for topics to be discussed in the coming Padrecast, let that be known in the comments as well.

1. St. Louis Rams – Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
Previous Selection: Sam Bradford
After a few years of drafting on the lines the fan base is understandably anxious. Bradford solidified his #1 status with an impressive Pro Day. Now, I don’t think it matters all that much whether they draft QB this year or next. They can pass this year but then they’ll absolutely have to get one next year. That being said it is hard to believe they will let Bradford go by not knowing what would be available to them next year.

2. Detroit Lions – Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
Previous Selection: Ndamukong Suh
The Lions are in a good position here since they are assured of getting either Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy. Should they acquire another defensive lineman before the draft, such as Anthony Hargrove or even Albert Haynesworth, focus may go towards protecting Matt Stafford with Russell Okung. But unless something like that happens it looks like Suh will go here.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
Previous Selection: Gerald McCoy
Really the best case scenario for the Bucs as they get someone that can collapse the pocket which is being in their defensive scheme. This would appear to be a no-brainer in the scenario where Suh is already off the board and McCoy is still available.

4. Washington Redskins – Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
Previous Selection: Russell Okung
Now that they have acquired Donovan McNabb there is no doubt that the Redskins are going offensive tackle here. There has been some talk as of late that Trent Williams may be the better fit for a zone blocking scheme. There is definitely something to that, but whether it would propel him over Okung is uncertain. It is something I’m going to monitor and assess over the next week.

5. Kansas City Chiefs – Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
Previous Selection: Trent Williams
There is definite need on the offensive line to protect the big investment that was made in Matt Cassel. That makes Trent Williams and Bryan Bulaga serious options here and Scott Pioli has tended to draft positions that are “safe”. Eric Berry though would provide the defense with playmaking ability that has been sorely lacking and that may be too tempting to pass over.

6. Seattle Seahawks – Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
Previous Selection: Eric Berry
As mentioned earlier Williams is perfectly suited for the zone blocking scheme which is being instituted in Seattle. Williams stock has been rising and he would fill an immediate need for the team. Safety is a huge position in Pete Carroll’s defensive scheme so if Berry is available he would probably be the choice while offensive line would get attention in the later rounds of the draft.

7. Cleveland Browns – Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
Previous Selection: Derrick Morgan
This time of year you can’t take any statements made by decision-makers seriously, so when Mike Holmgren a few weeks back said he wished he liked Clausen more that could very well have just been a smokescreen in hopes of keeping a team like Buffalo from thinking they needed to trade in front of them. Clausen had an impressive Pro Day and it seems as though he is silencing some critics who have questioned his maturity and leadership skills. Shaun Rogers getting arrested could also open up Dan Williams as a possibility at nose tackle.

8. Oakland Raiders – Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
Previous Selection: Jason Pierre-Paul
Everyone knows the Raiders draft more on athletic ability than anything else. That had me sitting comfortably with Bruce Campbell in the first two mocks before shifting to Pierre-Paul who fits the mold as well. He is an athletic freak that has a ton of potential and will probably be intriguing to the Raiders. There is also an outside chance that they could grab Clausen considering their interest in acquiring Donovan McNabb earlier.

9. Buffalo Bills – Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
Previous Selection: Jimmy Clausen
The Bills need to address their offensive line woes and Bulaga could be the pick as he could slide in and contribute immediately. Should Jimmy Clausen still be available he would seem to be a strong consideration also. However one option that may be the best value is grabbing Dan Williams to play nose tackle. The Bills are shifting to the 3-4 and need someone to anchor that. They can draft for the offensive line in later rounds.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars – Joe Haden, CB, Florida
Previous Selection: Joe Haden
The Jags have missed on some early draft picks in recent years that were meant to address their pass rush. Rather than take another risk in the draft they made a big signing of Aaron Kampman. That puts them in a spot here to take BPA at a position of less glaring need than they had before, or they trade down to try and position themselves for taking Tim Tebow. Haden, Rolando McClain, and Dez Bryant all could go here. Grabbing Haden though, in a division which powerful offenses, makes the most sense.

11. Denver Broncos (from Chicago) – Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
Previous Selection: Rolando McClain
The defense needs to bolster its front seven but the signing of Jamal Williams means they don’t necessarily need to grab a NT this draft and instead can look to Rolando McClain if he is available. However now having traded Brandon Marshall the team absolutely needs a dynamic wide receiver and Dez Bryant is just that. Despite some thoughts on him he is not believed to be a trouble-maker but has maturity issues that could come along with the right support system.

12. Miami Dolphins – Earl Thomas, S, Texas
Previous Selection: Dan Williams
The signing of Karlos Dansby means the main needs of the Dolphins are at OLB and DT and having traded for Brandon Marshall now they don’t need to even worry about spending this pick on an offensive playmaker. The best talent on the board may be Earl Thomas who can give them a playmaker on the defensive side of the ball but he also has skills to man-up when asked. With Dan Williams already gone this pick would make the most sense for the team.

13. San Francisco 49ers – Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
Previous Selection: Bryan Bulaga
The 49ers have a couple different ways to go. They are looking for a back to split time with Frank Gore, want to shore up the offense line at tackle, and could use an upgrade in the defensive backfield specifically at safety. Bulaga being here makes the choice an easy one. No need to take a RB this early when there are several that could provide what they are looking for later on.

14. Seattle Seahawks (from Denver) – Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
Previous Selection: CJ Spiller
Having grabbed an offensive tackle earlier the team would look to add a playmaker, which could come on either the offensive or defensive side of the ball but maybe surprisingly Earl Thomas doesn’t make it to this spot. I believe the likelihood of drafting Spiller here has been dropping. The team then could look to draft the most polished pass rusher available this year in Derrick Morgan.

15. New York Giants – Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
Previous Selection: Dez Bryant
The team needs an ILB and McClain would have been a great fit there are just continued questions of whether he will end up lasting to here. The defensive line then becomes the most likely area of focus as it is no longer a strength on a team that counts on the pass rush being disruptive to be successful. McClain reaching this spot makes it a pretty easy choice for the team to make.

16. Tennessee Titans – Everson Griffen, DE, USC
Previous Selection: Kyle Wilson
This pick would seem likely to go defensive line if the right player is available, whether it be a DE or DT. The Titans could also use an upgrade in the secondary which could be provided by Kyle Wilson. Either way they need someone to help against the powerful offenses in the division. This is a leap up my board from previous mocks but Griffen has continued to impress teams at workouts and has a lot of potential.

17. San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina) – CJ Spiller, RB, Clemson
Previous Selection: Earl Thomas
Having grabbed the offensive line at the earlier pick the 49ers can look grab a playmaker here in Spiller. The team has expressed the desire to bring in a complimentary back, though they don’t necessarily need to grab one this high in the draft it would be tough to imagine them passing up the explosiveness he would provide not only at RB but also in the return game.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers – Mike Iupati, G, Idaho
Previous Selection: Mike Iupati
The Steelers offensive line has struggled pass protecting for a few years, and the usual strong running game was mediocre last season. That makes Mike Iupati a serious consideration and I’ve had him pegged here in most of the previous mocks. Kyle Wilson remains intriguing and, though they’ve spent a few picks on the position in the past few years, they might be tempted to take him here. I also considered Anthony Davis, but there is no way the Steelers draft someone that doesn’t have their head on straight considering what has gone on lately.

19. Atlanta Falcons – Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan
Previous Selection: Brandon Graham
Having filled their need at corner by signing Dunta Robinson the Falcons will probably still be looking at defense and go with an OLB or DE. They have struggled to put pressure on QBs and Graham, though undersized, could provide the disruption they need. Sean Weatherspoon would appear to be the other most likely option at this pick.

20. Houston Texans – Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
Previous Selection: Brian Price
Houston has been looking for a playmaking safety for years but Earl Thomas is already off the board. Taylor Mays could also be a consideration but is more of an enforcer than a playmaker. That brings up Kyle Wilson, who is even rated higher on some boards than Joe Haden. Wilson could fill in for the loss of Dunta Robinson. The Texans have drafted for the defensive line but it remains a weakness so they could look that direction here also.

21. Cincinnati Bengals – Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech
Previous Selection: Taylor Mays
The Bengals needed another threat in the passing game, even after having signed Antonio Bryant. Because of that strong thought was given to Jermaine Gresham and some receivers. Thomas is an intriguing option here, as he doesn’t have much experience running a variety of routes but is capable of making the big play. He has a good combination of size and speed. Safety is a big area of need and Mays would fit the defensive scheme well so he remains a possibility.

22. New England Patriots – Jared Odrick, DE, Penn State
Previous Selection: Jared Odrick
The Patriots clearly need to upgrade their defense, a pass rushing LB or or run stopping DE make the most sense. Bill Belichick tends not to draft pass rushers high though and Odrick would be a good fit as a 3-4 DE. Tight end is another area to look at but it is a deep class this year and a talented player could be had with one of their second rounders. There seems to be a lot off buzz around Odrick right now and he may not make it this far come draft day. But for now this seems to be his most likely destination.

23. Green Bay Packers – Charles Brown, OT, USC
Previous Selection: Charles Brown
With Aaron Kampman gone the Packers have immediate need for a pass rusher in their 3-4 but they also could really use help on the offensive line. Brown is perfectly suited for the zone blocking scheme. Pass rushers can usually be found in later rounds if a bigger need can be filled early.

24. Philadelphia Eagles – Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri
Previous Selection: Sean Weatherspoon
The Eagles could definitely use a high energy OLB or DE. The team let Will Witherspoon go, which was obviously done to avoid confusion with a possible Weatherspoon selection right? He would fit very well as an OLB in the Eagles defensive scheme and has seen his stock rising out of the Senior Bowl solidifying him as a first rounder.

25. Baltimore Ravens – Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
Previous Selection: Jermaine Gresham
With the Ravens having traded for Anquan Boldin they no longer are forced into a situation where they have to draft a WR. They can however still add an offensive weapon in Jermaine Gresham. Todd Heap is no longer the threat that he used to be. Gresham’s knee problems are still a concern but he seems like a good fit for the Ravens who would not need to overuse him early on.

26. Arizona Cardinals – Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
Previous Selection: Anthony Davis
With the team losing Karlos Dansby there is need to replace him, while they have filled the hole at safety already with the trade for Kerry Rhodes and brought in Joey Porter as a pass rusher. Porter can’t be relied upon so Daryl Washington or Sergio Kindle would make sense here. Still the Cardinals could look to draft a new offensive tackle, with a top talent in Davis who has some motivational and off-the-field issues which has dropped him down.

27. Dallas Cowboys – Taylor Mays, S, USC
Previous Selection: Bruce Campbell
The Cowboys could definitely use a safety, especially having just cut Ken Hamlin. Should Taylor Mays fall here it would be tough to imagine him getting by. They also just cut Flozell Adams which makes the offensive line even more of an area that needs help. Someone like Maurkice Pouncey or Vladimir Ducasse could be taken to upgrade and add youth to the interior, while Bruce Campbell is an intriguing option at tackle but may not have the experience the team wants with someone coming in to contribute immediately.

28. San Diego Chargers – Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno State
Previous Selection: Ryan Matthews
Though they chose to keep Darren Sproles the Chargers will still need to draft a RB. The Chargers now have this pick along with #40 and either could be used to take the back to pair with him. Matthews offers the most balance in the field of running backs and his stock is at a high right now. He would almost surely be gone by their next pick so it just depends on which back they really want.

29. New York Jets – Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
Previous Selection: Golden Tate
Until they traded for Antonio Cromartie it was a safe bet that Rex Ryan would be looking defense, primarily at CB. Then conventional wisdom turned to a wide receiver, but now with the Jets having acquired Santonio Holmes they no longer need to go that route here. What seems most likely is either a 3-4 DE or another corner. Lots of teams are high on McCourty. I could also see someone like Corey Wootton come in as a good fit in the 3-4.

30. Minnesota Vikings – Jahvid Best, RB, California
Previous Selection: Devin McCourty
The Vikings will likely look at corner or a complimentary back to Adrian Peterson given that Chester Taylor has departed. They could also look to grab a defensive tackle considering the Williams duo is aging. I also wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Colt McCoy who would fit well in a west coast offense that Brad Childress runs but that would be a stretch in the first round. Jahvid Best would fit in very well in the offense.

31. Indianapolis Colts – Marukice Pouncey, C/G, Florida
Previous Selection: Marukice Pouncey
The Colts could go defense here, with tackle and corner being the positions of most need. However the offensive line needs help as well especially after cutting guard Ryan Lilja. An interior lineman like Maurkice Pouncey makes a lot of sense here. His prospects have been rising in recent weeks so if he isn’t around someone like Brian Price could be another consideration.

32. New Orleans Saints – Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas
Previous Selection: Everson Griffen
Having lost Scott Fujita it looks like the Saints could go OLB, especially considering the team just signed Alex Brown at DE to fill that hole. I would look at Sergio Kindle here to be the pass rusher that the Saints could really use. Of course this isn’t a team with many holes, so they could just go best available player.

33. St Louis Rams – Brian Price, DT, UCLA
34. Detroit Lions – Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama
35. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois
36. Kansas City Chiefs – Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
37. Philadelphia Eagles – Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
38. Cleveland Browns – Daryl Washington, OLB, TCU
39. Oakland Raiders – Vladimir Ducasse, OT, Massachusetts
40. San Diego Chargers – Terrance Cody, DT, Alabama
41. Buffalo Bills – Rodger Saffold, OG, Indiana
42. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State
43. Denver Broncos – Jerry Hughes, OLB, TCU
44. New England Patriots – Damian Williams, WR, USC
45. Denver Broncos – Nate Allen, S, South Florida
46. New York Giants – Montario Hardesty, RB, Tennessee
47. New England Patriots – Dexter McCluster, RB, Ole Miss
48. Carolina Panthers – Brandon LaFell, WR, LSU
49. San Francisco 49ers – Perrish Cox, CB, Oklahoma State
50. Kansas City Chiefs – Aaron Hernandez, TE, Florida
51. Houston Texans – Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech
52. Pittsburgh Steelers – Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
53. New England Patriots – Eric Norwood, OLB, South Carolina
54. Cincinnati Bengals – Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
55. Philadelphia Eagles – Colt McCoy, QB, Texas
56. Green Bay Packers – Thaddeus Gibson, OLB, Ohio State
57. Baltimore Ravens – Corey Wootton, DE, Northwestern
58. Arizona Cardinals – Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona
59. Dallas Cowboys – Jared Veldheer, OT, Hillsdale
60. Seattle Seahawks – Mardy Gilyard, WR, Cincinnati
61. New York Jets – Linval Joseph, DE, East Carolina
62. Minnesota Vikings – Brandon Ghee, CB, Wake Forest
63. Indianapolis Colts – Lamarr Houston, DT, Texas
64. New Orleans Saints – J.D. Walton, C, Baylor

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