NFL Mock Draft 10-27

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By Paul M. Banks and Peter Christian

Team needs have been taken into account for this mock draft. And of course, this is all highly subject to change between now and late April.

Team                             Player             Position    School

1. St. Louis Rams    Ndamukong Suh    DT    Nebraska

Suh is an expert at winning his battle at the line of scrimmage and causes disruption in the backfield constantly. He is an every down defensive tackle due to his dual ability to stuff the run or crash the pocket.

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers    Russell Okung    OT    Oklahoma State

Russell Okung is as good a left tackle you will find in all of college football. He has the fundamental base of a franchise tackle to go with his physical skills. Okung also gets praised by pretty much everyone for his intelligence as well.

3. Cleveland Browns    Eric Berry    S    Tennessee

If you don’t know who Eric Berry is, look him up. He could be the heir apparent to Ed Reed as the elite defensive playmaker in the NFL.

4. Tennessee Titans    Gerald McCoy    DT    Oklahoma

McCoy is a pillar of strength that can dominate from the center of the field. He is very agile for a guy just shy of 300 pounds and will be a combine favorite.

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5. Oakland Raiders    Trent Williams    OT    Oklahoma

The Okung or Williams debate over who is the better choice at offensive tackle is one where there really isn’t a loser. Trent Williams, like Okung, has good feet, strong hands and the talent to become elite in the NFL.

6. Jacksonville Jaguars    Brandon Spikes    LB    Florida

You’ve heard that they were going to draft Tim Tebow, in order to get a badly needed publicity injection to help the ailing ticket sales. But Tebow’s pro potential is not worth a pick this high (or anywhere in the 1st round for that matter). This fact is easy to forget when you consider the ludicrous slurping job the press do for Tebow and the ridiculous amount of of overcoverage he receives. Lost in the hoopla is Tebow’s teammate Spikes who could be a star on the next level.

7. San Francisco 49ers (From Carolina)    Jevan Snead    QB    Ole Miss

Snead’s stock has solidified as a first rounder but a good run through the SEC could determine if he is picked near the top or bottom. He isn’t elusive by any means but his pocket presence and second nature footwork in the pocket makes him a quarterback with a future in the NFL. He has the ability to throw to any spot on the field but his accuracy fails him when he gets lazy.

8. Kansas City Chiefs    Greg Hardy    DE    Ole Miss

Greg Hardy may be the purest sack artist in the draft. He has a lethal combination of speed and power that he mixes up to get to the quarterback. Hardy also has a sort of “Overdrive” that he shifts into once he smells a possible sack.

9. Buffalo Bills    Carlos Dunlap    DE    Florida

Dunlap is one of the biggest reasons Gator opponents have backfield mishaps. He is fast AND strong which will allow him to cause nightmares for opposing tackles for years to come. But because the press is busy kissing Tebow’s a$$ every time the Gators play, he’s a well kept secret.

10. Detroit Lions Charles Brown    OT    USC

Brown is a people mover that has the benefit of playing in a pro-style offensive scheme that will make the college-to-NFL transition much easier than some.

11. Washington Redskins    Dez Bryant    WR    Oklahoma State

Bryant’s body of work is more than enough to impress scouts even with his current eligibility issue. His body control and athleticism is something that has NFL coaches very intrigued. He has battled injury issues, but when he’s on the field he is a force.

12. Miami Dolphins    Taylor Mays    S    USC

If you asked a scout to write down their ideal size and speed numbers for an NFL free safety they’d list: 6-3, 235, 4.4. Oddly enough that is Taylor’s height, weight and 40 time on record. Enough said.

13. San Diego Chargers    Terence Cody    DT    Alabama

Cody is a big time anchor guy who could go higher if he stays in good shape throughout the combine and workout process. He is a perfect 3-4 true nose tackle and can really control the flow and direction of a play.

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14. Seattle Seahawks    Jahvid Best    RB    Cal

Best is exactly what is name proclaims at his position. He has very good vision and an even better instinct on when to turn on the jets. He is very good at making defenders miss at every level. He isn’t a bruiser back but if coupled with a versatile offense he has the makings of the next young playmaking running back.

15. Houston Texans    Sergio Kindle    OLB    Texas

Kindle is a versatile linebacker that is an excellent attacker. He takes very good angles to the ball and makes tackles all over the field. Sergio’s mix of energy and instincts allows him to overcome the fact that he is a little slower than coaches would want.

16. Dallas Cowboys    Arthur Jones    DT    Syracuse

Jones’ is a gap filler and is stronger than Atlas. He is in a Pat Williams type run stopper that will be look like a man amongst boys at times. He plays hard on every play and is of the rare breed of football players that will never quit on any play.

17. Denver Broncos (From Chicago)    Sam Bradford QB    Oklahoma

Falling 16 spots? Yep that’s what season ending surgery will do. But he’s said he’s for sure going on to the next level, so get ready. If heals up properly than he could be a steal. Besides Kyle Orton is still (despite the record) a “game manager” not a franchise QB.

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18. Green Bay Packers Jonathan Dwyer    RB    Georgia Tech

Dwyer is an old school workhorse running back. He can run inside and outside and can handle as many carries as the coach gives him. Dwyer’s a big back, but he has good speed as well and can be the muscle of a two back system or handle the lone number one duties as well.

19. New York Jets    Brandon LaFell    WR    LSU

LaFell is a rubber band man when it comes to contorting his body in the air to make the catch. His hands are his biggest asset as he catches the ball softly and away from his body. He needs to improve his route running as he isn’t a super fast runner but as long as he makes catches to bail out his quarterback he’ll be a good NFL player.

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20. San Francisco 49ers    Sean Weatherspoon    OLB    Missouri

Weatherspoon can play both sides of the field (he’ll end up near the ball anyway) and is always around a big play. Whether he’s rushing the passer, busting up a play in the backfield, breaking up a pass or chasing down a receiver from behind, Weatherspoon can do it all.

21. Atlanta Falcons    Brandon Graham    DE    Michigan

Graham is a big body that plays very well upfield. Scouts will love that he is versatile enough to play the end position in either scheme.

22. Arizona Cardinals    Joe Haden    CB    Florida

Haden has jumped to the top of the board amongst other corners with solid coverage and ball skills. He makes good reads and adjusts well to the ball when its in the air. And if weren’t for all of the college football media devoting 90% of their coverage to telling us what a model American Tim Tebow is, we’d all be more well aware of these facts.

23. Philadelphia Eagles    Rolando McClain    LB    Alabama

McClain is an amazing tackler in space and can cover a lot of ground from the middle linebacker spot. He’s got great fundamentals and has a knack of shedding blockers to make big tackles.

24. New England Patriots    Derrick Morgan    DE    Georgia Tech

The Pats LB corp certainly got hold, seemingly overnight, didn’t they? The same thing might happen with their DL soon. Especially with Adalius Thomas seemingly wearing out his welcome.

25. New York Giants    Jermaine Gresham    TE    Oklahoma

Gresham is an elite pass catching tight end. He can run a perfect seam route or he can cover a lot of space over the middle. He needs to work on his blocking but he should be a touchdown machine with his hands, size and route running skills.

26. Baltimore Ravens    Arrelious Benn WR    Illinoisarreliousbenn

To cite the film Wedding Crashers: “Crab cakes and football, that’s what Maryland DOES!” And the Ravens will help bring the D.C. area native home once he formally decides to skip his senior season. And why would he not? with the clusterf@%k going on in Champaign, the Illini coaching staff has ruined his draft stock enough already for him to stick around another year.

27. Cincinnati Bengals    CJ Spiller    RB    Clemson

Spiller’s a fast runner built on a solid frame. His outside running game and ability to catch the ball out of the backfield is where he’ll make his mark, but he’s not afraid to go right at a defender. A little extra muscle and being able to show his durability will help Spiller’s stock go up.

28. Pittsburgh Steelers    Jermaine Cunningham    DE    Florida

Cunningham isn’t as explosive as his teammate Carlos Dunlap but he is more reliable on a play by play basis. He gets to the quarterback with regularity and makes a lot of tackles in the run game as well.

29. Minnesota Vikings Patrick Robinson    CB    Florida State

Robinson is a super fast coverage man that is above average in nearly every aspect of the game. He anticipates routes but isn’t a huge risk taker and tackles well in the open field. He is also a very good return man.

30. Seattle Seahawks (From Denver)    Jake Locker    QB    Washington

Locker’s draft stock has shot up with his solid play this season for the Huskies. I expect things will come down by draft time but he’s raised enough eyebrows to maintain his status as a potential number one pick.

31. New Orleans Saints    Trevard Lindley    CB    Kentucky

Give how potent their O is, NOLA will obviously draft for D this spring. And Lindley is about to put the finishing touches on what could be the best-ever career by a University of Kentucky defensive back.

32. Indianapolis Colts    Bryan Bulaga    OT    Iowa

A big reason why Iowa is so good, yet so BORING to watch, is that their best talent is at the OL. And Bulaga is big reason that the Hawkeyes are winning ugly this season. Well, actually winning hideously.

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  1. Did you hear that? it’s the sound of Bradford’s draft stock falling?

  2. jevan snead wont leave early. and if he does he wont be drafted before the 3rd round

  3. The Bucs will not draft a LT unless they fail to extend Donald Penn, & even then it is a very slight possibility Rd.1. Too much defensive help is needed. If the safeties are as good as touted, they might go that way if Suh is gone, & move Tanard Jackson back to CB. Likely, though, they would deal down.

  4. paulmbanks says

    Its funny because last time, I got new commenters claiming there was no way Tampa woudl draft for defense, that they had to draft for offense because the need was so high. Now I’m getting a comment saying they must draft focus defense. but these arguments..there’s one thing we can agree on. Tampa sucks, and they need players everywhere.

    but remember st. louis, tennessee, oakland, and kansas city suck just as much, if not more

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