Written By: Adam Poedubicky
Here we are with the second official New York State of Sports Mock Draft. There will be many more to come, but I waited until now to get one done so the combine and first week of free agency would be reflected.
1. St. Louis (1-15) – Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska. He’s too good to pass up at this point. We’ll closely watch the financial situation, as well as Bradford’s OU Pro Day Performance.
2. Detroit (2-14) – Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma. Check out the Lions current depth chart listing for the DT position. They would love to get Suh, but McCoy isn’t too bad of a consolation prize.
3. Tampa Bay (3-13) – Eric Berry, S, Tennessee. Berry had a great combine, showing he is the next big thing at safety.
4. Washington (4-12) – Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma. Look for coach Mike Shanahan to pick up a new QB to lead his team for many years.
5. Kansas City (4-12) – Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State. The pieces are starting to fall into place for the Kansas City Chiefs. However, they will need an OT to protect Matt Cassel, who was sacked 42 times last year.
6. Seattle (5-11) – Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame. Pete Carroll fell in love with Jimmy Clausen when he was a senior in high school (like every other college coach). Expect Matt Hasselbeck to have a year to show Jimmy Clausen how to run an offense.
7. Cleveland (5-11) – Joe Haden, CB, Florida. Although he had a bad combine, the Browns are still in desperate need of a corner to start opposite Eric Wright.
8. Oakland (5-11) – Jason Pierre-Paul, DE/OLB, South Florida. Sure, the Raiders need an offensive tackle. But once you check out the size and athleticism, you’ll understand why Al Davis won’t be able to pass him up.
9. Buffalo (6-10) – Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers. Trading Jason Peters last year and the early retirement of Brad Butler makes a huge hole even bigger.
10. Jacksonville (7-9) – Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech. The Jags managed to sack the opposing team’s QB only 14 times last year.
11. Denver – from Chicago (7-9) – Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State. With the looming departure of Brandon Marshall, they’re going to need someone to fill the huge void that he will leave.
12. Miami (7-9) – Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee. Jason Ferguson isn’t getting any younger, and Dan Williams is the second best DT, after 1a Suh and 1b McCoy.
13. San Francisco (8-8) – Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa. This is Alex Smith’s final year to prove himself, so if not, expect a quarterback to go early for them next year.
14. Seattle – from Denver (8-8) – C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson. Consider this draft a boost of “instant offense” for the Seahawks, who averaged 97.9 rushing yards per game last year.
15. New York Giants (8-8) – Rolando McClain, LB, Giants. The pieces are starting to fall back into place to give the G-Men a respectable defense.
16. Tennessee (8-8) – Sergio Kindle, DE/OLB, Texas. Kindle has the skills, savvy, and athleticism to play DE or OLB in the NFL.
17. San Francisco – from Carolina (8-8) – Earl Thomas, S, Texas. Thomas follows his teammate from Texas off the board, as Coach Singletary looks for a safety upgrade, and gets great value.
18. Pittsburgh (9-7) – Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho. The Steelers need to seriously consider taking Iupati, as Big Ben continuously gets beat up year after year.
19. Atlanta (9-7) – Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida. Character issues are a major concern here, but hey, it’s Atlanta, it can’t get much worse than the Vick debacle.
20. Houston (9-7) – Brian Price, DT, UCLA. Houston is out of positions of offense to draft weapons. Time for the defense to start pulling its weight.
21. Cincinnati (10-6) – Taylor Mays, S, Southern Cal. Safety is a huge need for the Bengals, so expect him to follow the recent Trojans’ exodus to Cincinnati.
22. New England (10-6) – Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan. Graham is the perfect, do-everything player that the New England defense loves.
23. Green Bay (11-5) – Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland. Campbell’s monster combine shoots him up draft boards, as the Packers are in need for a right tackle.
24. Philadelphia (11-5) – Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri. The Eagles defense last year was nothing compared to it of year’s past. The best pure outside linebacker is a good fit.
25. Baltimore (9-7) – Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma. Todd Heap is not getting any younger or healthier. If Gresham can assure his knees are fine, look for him to be another playmaker in the Ravens offense.
26. Arizona (10-6) – Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State. Losing Antrel Rolle to the Giants isn’t going to be easy to get over without picking up some secondary help.
27. Dallas (11-5) – Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma. Dallas is starting to look like the real deal. Nothing a stud tackle from nearby Oklahoma won’t fix.
28. San Diego (13-3) – Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State. He showed great size and speed at the combine. I’m not saying he’s the next LT, but he’s the best available replacement
29. New York Jets (9-7) – Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame. An eventual replacement for Jericho Cotchery, he’ll provide a spark to a good, but unimpressive Jets’ offense.
30. Minnesota (12-4) – Devin McCourty, DB, Rutgers. McCourty had a great combine, and the Vikings are going to need help at DB if they plan on catching up to the Saints.
31. Indianapolis (14-2) – Kyle Wilson, DB, Boise State. An athletic playmaker at Boise that can help on defense and on special teams.
32. New Orleans (13-3) – Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama. He had embarrassing combine numbers, but he’s a playmaker. Let’s hope the World Champs can keep him off Bourbon Street