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Pat Kirwan's 1st Mock-Post Combine

1. St. Louis Rams
Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
This is a QB driven league and if the Rams don't trade for a QB in free agency or move down in the draft, Bradford is this year's Matthew Stafford. At 6-foot-4 ΒΌ and 236 pounds, he could be a franchise QB.

2. Detroit Lions
Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
He is impressive on tape, he put on a show at the combine, and he will be Jim Schwartz' answer to his days in Tennessee, when Albert Haynesworth dominated the line of scrimmage.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
The Bucs have returned to the Monte Kiffin style 4-3 defense, and McCoy can do many of the things Warren Sapp did back in the glory days of Tampa's defense.

4. Washington Redskins
Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
Chris Samuels is expected to announce his retirement this week, leaving a glaring hole at left tackle. But I do wonder if the 'Skins want to move up for Bradford.

5. Kansas City Chiefs
Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
Chiefs GM Scott Pioli wants high character guys, and Bulaga fits the bill. He was coached by one of Pioli's friends in the business, Kirk Ferentz.

6. Seattle Seahawks
Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
With Matt Hasselbeck's health and age now becoming a concern, the Seahawks need a QB of the future. And with two picks in the first round of new coach Pete Carroll's initial draft, now is the time to pull the trigger.

7. Cleveland Browns
Joe Haden, CB, Florida
The Browns have 11 picks in this draft and should come out of this process with a number of starters. A corner to plug in right away is a necessity.

8. Oakland Raiders
Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
Raiders owner Al Davis loves big linemen and has a special place for East Coast guys. Anthony Davis impressed at the combine and needs a push to reach his full potential. Tom Cable is an offensive line coach by trade and can get the most out of this guy.

9. Buffalo Bills
Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
Buffalo can build the defense around McClain, especially since they are headed to a 3-4. He can play inside or outside.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars
Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
Berry can play anywhere in the secondary, which means he can match up well on division foes Dallas Clark or Andre Johnson.

11. Denver Broncos
Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
The Broncos aren't abandoning the 3-4 defense, but they need bigger people up front. Williams can two-gap or penetrate, and is just what they need, either as a nose tackle or in 5 techniques.

12. Miami Dolphins
Earl Thomas, S, Texas
The Dolphins had two fine rookie corners last year but really need a safety who can play coverage. Right now they play with two strong safety types. Thomas can also demonstrate corner skills and match up with the slot wide receivers, like Wes Welker, in their division.

13. San Francisco 49ers
Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
The Niners need a tackle to play opposite Joe Staley if they want to keep pounding Frank Gore and protect Alex Smith. After drafting a guy like Williams, they can figure out who is left and right.

14. Seattle Seahawks
C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
This draft's version of the Titans' Chris Johnson. Pete Carroll always had a matchup back like Reggie Bush at USC, and Spiller could touch the ball 20 times a game as a rookie when you factor in his return skills.

15. New York Giants
Sergio Kindle, LB, Texas
The Giants need linebacker help in the worst way, and Kindle can do it all. If he is gone at this point in the draft, they could turn to Sean Weatherspoon.

16. Tennessee Titans
Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
The Titans always seem to build around defense, and without Kyle Vanden Bosch or Jevon Kearse Tennessee will like Morgan's production in 2009 when he had 12.5 sacks, 18.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.

17. San Francisco 49ers
Taylor Mays, S, USC
A rare athlete who will bring a presence to the 49ers' secondary.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers
Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State
The Steelers could take a serious look at G/OT Mike Iupati, but in the end they need the best corner on the board.

19. Atlanta Falcons
Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
Hard to take a one-year wonder in the first round, but this guy is passing the eye-ball test and has the potential to be very good.

20. Houston Texans
Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
The Texans will never win the division if they don't have the secondary to match up with the Colts' receivers. Dunta Robinson is leaving in free agency and must be replaced.

21. Cincinnati Bengals
Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
Tate ran a sub 4.3 40 on a lot of scouts' watches at the combine (although officially he ran 4.42). The former running back is a high character guy who had 93 catches last year for 16.1 yards per reception and 15 touchdowns. Carson Palmer needs a deep threat with the passing of the late Chris Henry.

22. New England Patriots
Brandon Graham, LB, Michigan
The Patriots need a pass rush, and they love smart outside linebacker candidates for their 3-4 defense. Belichick likes to jump into a 4-3 look occasionally, and Graham can do that as well. Graham had 29.5 sacks and 56 tackles for loss at Michigan.

23. Green Bay Packers
Mike Iupati, G, Idaho
Iupati is a versatile lineman with a lot of intensity. He could wind up playing anywhere along the front, but left guard would be ideal.

24. Philadelphia Eagles
Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri
This guy has character, athletic ability, the football IQ to play in the middle, and he impressed at the combine. He finished his college career with more than 400 tackles, 43.5 tackles for loss, 12.5 sacks, and 18 passes defensed.

25. Baltimore Ravens
Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
A talented receiver with some baggage, though. The Ravens locker room could take care of Bryant, and this team needs a playmaker for QB Joe Flacco.

26. Arizona Cardinals
Charles Brown, OT, USC
The Cardinals need linebacker help and could look at a guy like Ricky Sapp, but they also lost their starting left tackle, Mike Gandy. And Brown looked better than most of the tackles at the combine.

27. Dallas Cowboys
Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
Campbell is a major project, and a team with an older starting left tackle who won't need to put Campbell in immediately should take a chance on this athlete. If Campbell has to play early, though, this experiment would be a disaster. The Cowboys like their linemen big, and someday he could replace Flozell Adams.

28. San Diego Chargers
Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State
LaDainian Tomlinson is gone and Darren Sproles is testing free agency. Matthews needs work in the passing game, but he is a work-horse back who had 3,280 yards and 39 touchdowns as a Bulldog, and who ran a 4.41 40 at the combine.

29. New York Jets
Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State
Odrick has the size to play anywhere along the defensive line. He's a high character guy, and the Jets have some age up front.

30. Minnesota Vikings
Brian Price, DT, UCLA
Pat Williams isn't getting any younger, and Price is a very disruptive force inside. The Vikings need corner help but can find it in the next round or free agency (Dunta Robinson or Leigh Bodden).

31. Indianapolis Colts
Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida
If the Colts lose middle linebacker Gary Brackett, then things could change at this pick. But Pouncey is the best center in this draft, and Jeff Saturday can't play forever.

32. New Orleans Saints
Jerry Hughes, LB, TCU
The Saints could go in a number of different directions here, but Hughes brings pass rush and the athletic ability to play linebacker.

--WWW.NFL.COM

I knew it! They are all going to peg Mays for us, watch.

Don't listen Scotty...cover your ears!

[ Edited by ninertico on Mar 2, 2010 at 17:13:20 ]
No thank you Pat, I don't want Taylor Mays. GTFO.
Mays is not anywhere near as bad as he is made out to be on this board. Every single year the WZ falls in love with a player and in hate with a player for the draft.

This year it's these.


Love: CJ Spiller.


Hate: Taylor Mays.


Everywhere in the U.S. other than the 49ersWZ Mays is a consensus 1st round pick and a super rare athlete. He wouldn't make a team worse. He would in fact make any team better.

[ Edited by SanDiego49er on Mar 2, 2010 at 17:17:52 ]
I hate the 2nd pick
If Berry makes it to Jacksonville's pick we should trade up to get him. If Williams is there at 13 he should make it to 17, and IMO it's worth the risk that he doesn't make it to 17.

And if Williams doesn't make it to 17, it's easy. Just draft Graham or Spiller and pick up a tackle later.

[ Edited by ezekiel40 on Mar 2, 2010 at 17:21:46 ]
I really hope we get Trent Williams
burn this draft
Originally posted by SanDiego49er:
Mays is not anywhere near as bad as he is made out to be on this board. Every single year the WZ falls in love with a player and in hate with a player for the draft.

This year it's these.


Love: CJ Spiller.


Hate: Taylor Mays.


Everywhere in the U.S. other than the 49ersWZ Mays is a consensus 1st round pick and a super rare athlete. He wouldn't make a team worse. He would in fact make any team better.

Exactly correct about how Spiller is worshipped around here and Mays is spit upon.

However, I don't really think we're in the market for a safety with so many questions marks about Mays' actual skill on the field, when we already have a couple years invested into Reggie Smith (keep in mind Goldson's first couple years were pretty much wiped out by injuries as well) and the draft is particularly deep at the safety position anyhow.
Originally posted by SanDiego49er:
Mays is not anywhere near as bad as he is made out to be on this board. Every single year the WZ falls in love with a player and in hate with a player for the draft.

This year it's these.


Love: CJ Spiller.


Hate: Taylor Mays.


Everywhere in the U.S. other than the 49ersWZ Mays is a consensus 1st round pick and a super rare athlete. He wouldn't make a team worse. He would in fact make any team better.



Well that's a tad melodramatic . . . but ok. I've seen Mays skills questioned by draft experts many times during Senior Bowl week and since. Even today . . .

Quote:
Despite Taylor Mays' impressive showing in the forty-yard dash, SI.com's Tony Pauline points out that the USC safety sported poor form during position drills.

Mays was "terribly slow moving in reverse" and appeared to be "uncomfortable" backpedaling during drills. Mays also had major trouble changing direction, often coming to a complete stop as opposed to making a smooth transition. Pauline believes Mays will have trouble in man coverage and making plays sideline-to-sideline. The same concerns dogged him at the Senior Bowl.

Link
Dez Bryant at 25? I would take him at 17 in a second.
Can't see the Browns taking Haden with Berry available or the Bills taking McClain with Williams available.
Originally posted by LottOfDefense:
Can't see the Browns taking Haden with Berry available or the Bills taking McClain with Williams available.

Browns I agree, Bills is a possibility. Williams could be viewed as a RT only by them so McClain would be ranked higher at that point.
Originally posted by KRS-1:
Originally posted by LottOfDefense:
Can't see the Browns taking Haden with Berry available or the Bills taking McClain with Williams available.

Browns I agree, Bills is a possibility. Williams could be viewed as a RT only by them so McClain would be ranked higher at that point.

I hope you are right because Williams is a perfect fit at RT for the 9ers.
Originally posted by SonocoNinerFan:
Originally posted by SanDiego49er:
Mays is not anywhere near as bad as he is made out to be on this board. Every single year the WZ falls in love with a player and in hate with a player for the draft.

This year it's these.


Love: CJ Spiller.


Hate: Taylor Mays.


Everywhere in the U.S. other than the 49ersWZ Mays is a consensus 1st round pick and a super rare athlete. He wouldn't make a team worse. He would in fact make any team better.



Well that's a tad melodramatic . . . but ok. I've seen Mays skills questioned by draft experts many times during Senior Bowl week and since. Even today . . .

Quote:
Despite Taylor Mays' impressive showing in the forty-yard dash, SI.com's Tony Pauline points out that the USC safety sported poor form during position drills.

Mays was "terribly slow moving in reverse" and appeared to be "uncomfortable" backpedaling during drills. Mays also had major trouble changing direction, often coming to a complete stop as opposed to making a smooth transition. Pauline believes Mays will have trouble in man coverage and making plays sideline-to-sideline. The same concerns dogged him at the Senior Bowl.

Link

Well, there you are. You are either fluid in your backpedal or not. Obviously, he's going to have to develop that skill much faster or maybe he can't at the NFL level. You would think that the college coaches would have found a way to correct that or at least improve on it.

However, I do realize that he was asked to be more toward the LOS than his Junior season, but c'mon now. How long do we have to wait to get that skill straight.

Nope, I would rather take Thomas who fits our FS position better than Goldson who seems a natural born killer for the SS!

Just my observation...
Originally posted by SanDiego49er:
Mays is not anywhere near as bad as he is made out to be on this board. Every single year the WZ falls in love with a player and in hate with a player for the draft.

This year it's these.


Love: CJ Spiller.


Hate: Taylor Mays.


Everywhere in the U.S. other than the 49ersWZ Mays is a consensus 1st round pick and a super rare athlete. He wouldn't make a team worse. He would in fact make any team better.

That would be because Spiller not only showed his stuff and the combine but actually was a star on the field in college. Mays? Not so much when it counted.