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    NFL Mock Draft With Analysis, Picks 1-24

    by Benjamin Klein Benjamin KleinContributor

    Contributor Written on January 13, 2010

    Just like fantasy football and Madden videogames NFL mock drafts have almost no impact on actual NFL decision-making and as such are mostly pointless. But like fantasy football and Madden videogames mock drafts are fun, stupid addictive fun.

    So with that I give you my mock draft 1.0. It will only include picks 1-24, no hypothetical trades and I settled all tie breakers just like the NFL, a multi-billion dollar business does, a coin flip.

    1. St-Louis Rams- Ndamukong Suh, Senior, Nebraska

    Many scouts claim Suh is the best defensive tackle prospect of all time. What makes Suh so impressive is his combination of pure herculean strength, incredible lateral agility, lightening fast foot quickness, unstoppable motor and the hip smoothness and explosion of a running back. Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo is probably already salivating.

    2. Detroit Lions- Eric Berry, Junior, Tennessee

    Berry has the open field ball-hawking awareness of Ed Reed, the run stuffing tenacity and fearlessness of Bob Sanders, Ronnie Lottís ability to lock down the slot and Ray Lewisís leadership and attitude. Berry will become the immediate heart, soul and star of a Lions defense in desperate need of a change of attitude. Berry and last years second round pick Louis Delmas will form the best young safety duo in the league bar none.

    3. Tampa Bay Bucs- Gerald McCoy, Junior, Oklahoma

    McCoy has the fastest first step of any defensive tackle to enter the draft since Chicago Bears star Tommie Harris was drafted in 2004. The Bucs have one of one of the weakest defensive lines in the league and McCoy fits Head Coach Raheem Morrisís defensive scheme perfectly, so in essence this makes too much sense not to happen.

    4. Washington Redskins- Sam Bradford, Junior, Oklahoma

    Bradford, a member of the Cherokee nation may be a tad offended playing for a team known as the Redskins but he and Mike Shanahan were made for each other. Bradfordís laser sharp accuracy, ability to bootleg, decision making, underrated arm strength, intelligence, size and moxie are too perfect for Shannyís west coast offense to pass up despite injury concerns.

    5. Kansas City Chiefs- Rolando McClain, Junior, Alabama

    A reach to be sure, but the kind of reach Chiefs General Manager Scott Pioli is known for. The Chiefs lack a single viable inside linebacker, McClain would fix that and make the run defense at least respectable. McClain has elite size and instincts for the 3-4 inside linebacker position and while lacking elite speed he can go sideline to sideline. McClain would be the starter from day one and control the defense like Peyton Manning does the Colts offense.

    6. Seattle Seahawks- Jimmy Clausen, Junior, Notre Dame

    Pete Carroll needs to begin remaking the Seahawks offense and Clausen is the perfect starting point. Clausen is tough, smart, clutch, strong armed and accurate. While he floats his deep balls Carroll can coach that out of him. Current QB Matt Hasselbeck can play elderly mentor while Carroll coaches Clausen up from the bench for a year.

    7. Cleveland Browns- Joe Haden, Junior, Florida

    Mike Holmgren may want to go offense but the top of the draft is defense heavy. Haden has elite speed, hips, burst and instincts for the cornerback position. His tackling and awareness can be coached up by Eric Mangini, who has proven that he can develop a great secondary. Give Mangini Joe Haden to pair and develop with Eric Wright and the Browns secondary will befuddle and frustrate quarterbacks for years.

    8. Oakland Raiders- Tim Tebow, Senior, Florida

    A reach of massive proportions but Al Davis is currently inept beyond compare, and trying to figure out what crazy draft move he will make next is like trying to grab the moon, but Iíll try. JeMarcus Russell is a Ryan Leaf like bust at this point in his career and his disinterest is killing the Raiders hopes of the playoffs. Tebow would at least give the Raiders a positive attitude and an effective running game.

    9. Buffalo Bills- Anthony Davis, Junior, Rutgers

    The Bills offensive line was one of the worst in football last year and that was before first round pick Eric Wood suffered a leg injury that would make Joe Theisman wince. Davis is a first class athlete at left tackle, huge, nimble, long and violent. However he is inconsistent in effort, but he is far and away the most gifted left tackle prospect in this years draft.

    10. Denver Broncos- Carlos Dunlap, Junior, Florida

    The Broncos defense started off red hot under new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan but tailed off as the defensive line got tired and hurt. Carlos Dunlap is like a poor manís Mario Williams; huge at 6í6 290 pounds but also fast and quick. Dunlap would play 3-4 end for the Broncos, and would thrive in a role similar to the role Justin Smith plays for with the *****. He would go higher if not for an ill-timed D.U.I. arrest at the end of his college career, this is as far as the slide goes though.

    11. Jacksonville Jaguars- Derrick Morgan, Junior, Georgia Tech

    Derrick Harvey isnít that good and Quentin Grooves is a bust. Head Coach Jack Del Rio is also circling the drain, and need to make the playoffs to save his job. If that is going to happen the Jags have to do a better job attacking Peyton Manning, Vince Young and Matt Schaub. Morgan is the best pass rusher in the draft with a fantastic size/speed ratio and outstanding instincts. He is athletic enough to play outside linebacker in a 3-4, but would be best suited as a defensive end in a 4-3.

    12. Miami Dolphins- Dez Bryant, Junior, Oklahoma State

    The Dolphins are desperate for a top-flight wide receiver and prior to last season considered a strait up deal of Ronnie Brown for Braylon Edwards. Tedd Ginn is a player but not a stud and Chad Henne needs help. Dez Bryant may be the best pure deep ball threat to enter the draft since DeSean Jackson only he's taller, tougher and stronger than Jackson.

    13. San Francisco *****- Earl Thomas, Junior, Texas

    The ***** are on the cusp, but their pass defense and offensive line arenít up to par. Earl Thomas is a poor manís Eric Berry, a little smaller, a little slower, etc, but that doesnít mean he isnít a fantastic prospect in his own right. Thomas would supplant Michael Lewis at safety for the *****, who at this point is a linebacker masquerading as a safety.

    14. Seattle Seahawks- Russell Okung, Senior, Oklahoma State

    The ĎHawkís would be doing cartwheels if they got Okung, the most complete left tackle in the draft, to protect Jimmy Clausen. Okung does not possess elite size or athleticism nor is he an elite pass-blocker or run-blocker. However he is well above average in all of those categories and lacks any real weaknesses aside from his lack of bulk. With a little extra weight Okung would have Jimmy Clausen relaxed in the pocket for a decade.

    15. New York Football Giants- C.J. Spiller, Senior, Clemson

    Spiller seems like a luxury pick for the Giants on the surface, but he wouldnít be. The Giants return game needs an upgrade and Eli Manning needs a security blanket in the passing game out of the backfield. Spiller would provide both in explosive fashion, giving the Giants a dangerous exciting all purpose running back the likes of which they havenít seen since a young Tiki Barber.

    16. Tennessee Titans- Taylor Mays, Senior, U.S.C.

    Mays physical attributes are off the charts, he hasnít even tested yet and he is already a combine legend. However Maysí lacks the instincts in the passing game to translate well to the NFL as a safety. That doesnít mean Mays wouldnít be epic as a 4-3 weakside linebacker. Mays was always better in the box at U.S.C., put him there fulltime with the Titans and his production may be otherworldly.

    17. San Francisco *****- Trent Williams, Senior, Oklahoma

    Williamís senior season as a left tackle was not very good. To put it plainly, he cannot play left tackle at the NFL level as he lacks the foot speed and first step burst to keep up with elite right ends. As a right tackle is another story, put him on the right side of the offensive line and watch him maul. Alex Smith needs the protection and Frank Gore needs the running lanes.

    18. Pittsburgh Steelers- Dan Williams, Senior, Tennessee

    The Steelers are a 3-4 team, and their all-pro nose tackle Casey Hampton is just about at the end of the road. If the Steelers want to continue to run a 3-4 after Hampton, which is soon, they need a replacement nose tackle. Dan Williams is big enough, strong enough and has a good enough understanding of leverage to be that guy.

    19. Houston Texans-Brian Price, Junior, UCLA

    Aside from Mario Williams the Texans draft history for defensive lineman is just awful. That doesnít mean they should stop trying. Brian Price would give the Texans what they thought they had with Amobi Akoye. Price is extremely quick with the best understanding of leverage of any defensive tackle prospect in the draft. He would make the lives of Williams, Brian Cushing and DeMeco Ryans much, much easier.

    20. Atlanta Falcons- Jason Pierre Paul, Junior, Southern Florida

    Jamaal Anderson is a bust and John Abraham is getting old so injecting some skill and youth into the Falcons pass rush is a major need. Paul is a little raw in his technique against the run and could stand to add a few pounds but his instincts for rushing the quarterback and athleticism are both top notch if not elite.

    21. Cincinnati Bengals- Jermaine Gresham, Senior, Oklahoma

    A bit of a reach, but the Bengals were so desperate for a tight end last year they offered the Dallas Cowboys a first round pick for Martellus Bennett. Gresham is coming off a lost year due to a knee injury and may not be able to work out before the draft. That being said if doctors say he is fine Gresham has a chance to be a Kellen Winslow Jr. type threat without the attitude.

    22. New England Patriots- Jonathan Dwyer, Junior, Georgia Tech

    Dwyer reminds me of Michael Turner in his size and underrated speed. What makes him perfect for the Patriots is his ability to run effectively out of the spread formation, something the Patriot love to employ. Dwyer would also give Bradyís arm a rest and help the defense rest up by keeping the clock running. Dwyer would give the Patriots their most bruising north/south runner since Corey Dillion.

    23. Green Bay Packers- Bryan Bulaga, Junior, Iowa

    The Packers offense is a scoring machine but that will only last as long as they donít get Aaron Rodgers killed with terrible pass protection. Enter Bulaga, who has the size, quickness and tenacity to challenge the Jared Allenís of the world. Bulaga is a tough player to evaluate and scouts seem to be very split on him. Some have him a second rounder and others a lock as a top 10 pick. If he is available, the Packers need him to keep Aaron Rodgers upright.

    24. Philadelphia Eagles- Brandon Spikes, Senior, Florida

    Spikes would provide an immediate injection of physical and mental toughness to the Eagles defense, something they have sorely lacked since Brian Dawkins left. Take into account that the Eagleís linebacking core was so thin they brought back Jeremiah Trotter and Spikes makes even more sense. With big bodies Broderick Bunkley and Mike Patterson in front of him, Spikes would become an immediate and perennial 100+ tackling machine.


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    Re: NFL Mock Draft With Analysis, Picks 1-24

    A few thoughts on this...

    -Berry before McCoy is certainly possible, but I don't think it's very likely right now. Detroit needs some help up front.

    -Bradford before Clausen, interesting.

    -I think Raiders fans would storm the stadium if Tebow was their top ten selection. I don't find that one particularly realistic, though I do anticipate Tebow being taken higher than I'd take him myself.

    -I'm not a fan of the Spiller-to-Giants pick. They already have Jacobs and Bradshaw in the backfield; it'd be a bit crowded.

    Everything else looked pretty solid, IMO.

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    Re: NFL Mock Draft With Analysis, Picks 1-24

    Good mock draft, id like to see the rest of it, if possible. The Tebow to oakland pick made me laugh out loud to myself..i don't think even Al Davis would have the nerve to do that to their fans again.

    I think Dez would wind up heading to jacksonville before morgan, but i see why they'd grab morgan all the say.

    not a fan of taylor mays. poor coverage and poor wrap up tackler. exposes himself too much. i think he should slip to the second myself..

    otherwise good stuff

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    Re: NFL Mock Draft With Analysis, Picks 1-24

    Quote Originally Posted by Bralidore(RAMMODE) View Post
    The Tebow to oakland pick made me laugh out loud to myself..i don't think even Al Davis would have the nerve to do that to their fans again.
    You sir underestimate Al Davis

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    Re: NFL Mock Draft With Analysis, Picks 1-24

    Quote Originally Posted by 01d 0rd3r View Post
    You sir underestimate Al Davis

    lmao wow just wow!

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    LOL funniest thing I've seen in a while. That's getting saved

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    Re: NFL Mock Draft With Analysis, Picks 1-24

    This is the only draft selection I'm concerned about...

    15. New York Football Giants- C.J. Spiller, Senior, Clemson

    If this happens then that means that potentially Ahmad Bradshaw can come and join us in free agency which would be a much needed addition.

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