Draft is Thursday, Vikings are picking 30th so lets just get into it.
1.) St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma.
The pick was obvious after the National Championship by being Ndamukong Suh. Then it was obvious after the Super Bowl by being Gerald McCoy. After the combine and pro days, Bradford jumped up the board showing he is healthy and bigger. He has put on 25 pounds of muscle since his Sophomore year. He draws a lot of comarisons to Phillip Rivers with his size and arm motion. I think any team will take that.
2.) Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska.
Suh put up unheard of numbers as a defensive tackle at Nebraska. He is a guy the Lions should be drooling over. Their is debate over him and McCoy, however I do not see it. Suh dominated any and all offensive lineman in his way in 2009 and should transition well to the NFL.
3.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma.
Not a bad conselation prize. Especially because McCoy is the Bucs guy. Draws a lot of comparisons to future Hall of Fame Buc, Warren Sapp. The Bucs are going to go back to that Tampa 2 defense and McCoy is going to be the center piece of that defense.
4.) Washington Redskins: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State.
The Redskins made big splash by trading a 2nd round pick to get Donavan McNabb. Now they have to protect him. If you want to rate Okung as a prospect in comparisons to when they took Chris Samuels when he was drafted 3rd in 2000, it is not that close. Okung is the safest pick of the tackles in this draft, however he will not be a guy who goes All Pro. However the needs is so big in Washington that is almost seems as a no brainier because he is the best one on the board. Redskins could consider trading out because this is the only pick they have in the top 100. So maybe dropping down and getting some more picks later on.
5.) Kansas City Chiefs: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
If this goes down, Oklahoma could have 3 of the top 5 picks and the state of Oklahoma could have 4 of the top 5. Williams has upside to be a very good tackle Very good size at 6-4, 315 pounds. The Chiefs need a true left tackle because Brandon Allen is better suited for the right side of the line. Their is a chance KC could trade out because the draft is deep with offensive lineman if Williams caliber. They could also take Eric Berry who could be a super star saftey.
6.) Seattle Seahawks: CJ Spiller, RB, Clemson.
Pete Carrol era is going to begin Thursday. He has 2 picks in the top 14. Spiller is definitely high on the Seahawks board and could translate very well to that offense. However, Carroll would ideally like to get Spiller at 14, but the toolsy running back is moving up on a lot draft boards, primarily Jacksonville, so they may not want to risk it and get their guy here. Their are a needs at defensive end, safety and offensive tackle. Wild Card pick could be Jimmy Clausen as the QB of the future.
7.) Cleveland Browns: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
Mike Homgren sent Dereck Anderson and Brady Quinn out of town and has the 7th pick in the draft. Might seem like a no brainier if Clausen is there but not so fast. Old school Brown teams had great defenses, the AFC North has arguably the 2 best safteys in the NFL in Pittsburgh and Baltimore. Berry can be a clone of them.
8.) Oakland Raider: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
Al Davis is running this team into the ground. This will be his last first round pick until 2012. He does not have a real QB, or a real coach. It is just a mess there. They need help on the offensive line. But Davis loves the work out freaks as he took Heyward-Bay over Crabtree last year. He could take Derrick Morgan who is the top defensive end in the draft but Davis will love Pierre-Paul's upside and go this route.
9.) Buffalo Bills: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame.
This is a key pick in the draft. If the Bills go O-Line, then trade madness could happen to try and trade up. The Bills however do not have a franchise QB, and have not had one since Jim Kelly. They tried with JP Lausman and Trent Edwards, but they are not the answer.
10.) Jacksonville Jaguars: Earl Thomas, S, Texas.
The Jags have taken DE over the years. Not many have panned out. They still have a need there but they could have possibly filled part of the void by signing Aaron Kampman. Jacksonville is not pleased with Reggie Nelson so far in his career. Jacksonville has an array of needs. They have a desired pick. They really really like Tim Tebow. I can almost Garnette Jacksonville will trade down, possibly with San Fransisco.
11.) Denver Broncos: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech.
It will be a shock if Morgan falls here. But if he does, Denver will be given a tough decision. They have a surplus of picks, and needs at WR, QB, LB and OL. But, Dez Bryant has some issues, and that is why they traded Brandon Marshall. Morgan edges out Ronaldo McClain because he can take over a game and harrass guys like Phillip Rivers and Matt Cassell.
12.) Miami Dolphins: Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama.
The Dolphins made a big splash by getting Brandon Marshall. If we look at this pick, Miami would love a safety but the top 2 are off the board. The top linebacker is still there. McClain is a brilliant linebacker. If you watch any of his games, he calls plays at the line the same way Peyton Manning does. Very smart guy, will be a team captain for years.
13.) San Fransisco 49ers: Brian Bulaga, OT, Iowa.
Joe Haden the top CB in the draft will be there, but he has had very poor workouts, and Bulaga might be the best fit. He can play 3 or 4 OL positions. He is not a great athlete to be a LT but he is still very consistent. Joe Staley and Bulaga could form a nice duo to protect Alex Smith who showed signs of life last year.
14.) Seattle Seahawks: Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan.
Patrick Kerney retired and Darrell Tapp is no longer in town. Graham showed a lot in the Senior Bowl and combine. His upside is huge with size, speed and strength.
15.) New York Giants: Joe Haden, CB, Florida.
New York would love to get McClain but, unless they move up, maybe to where Jacksonville is picking, I do not see it happening. Their are needs all over the defense for New York, but Haden is the best CB on the board and I am one who always thinks if you have the opportunity to take a guy who is the best player at their position, then you take him.
16.) Tennessee Titans: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee.
The Titans lost Albert Haynesworth last year via free agency. Dan Williams has rose up on boards and now looks like a high end prospect. He is a hometown guy, like Hayensorth, coming from Tennessee, and could be a great fit.
17.) San Fransisco 49ers: Mike Iupati, G, Idaho.
If the 49ers can go into the draft and walk out with a top 5 tackle and the top guard, that could be the best draft of any team this year. The 49ers being able to solidify that line with the talented skill players (Gore, David, Crabtree) should give Alex Smith no excuse to take that next step and take the 49ers to the play offs.
18.) Pittsburgh Steelers: Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida.
Steelers are a mess. If you look they possibly will start the year without the 3 best players from their Super Bowl year (Rothlisberger will be suspended, Parker in in Washington and Holmes is in New York). With the news happening with Big Ben, the Steelers might want to trade up. It could be possible that the Steelers swap Rothlisberger for the 8th pick and they select Jimmy Clausen. What a deal that that would be. A 2 time Super Bowl champ at age 28 for a 21 year old kid who finished his college career with a 16-21 record at Norte Dame .
19.) Atlanta Falcons: Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas.
Atlanta desperately needs a DE, but they are all pretty much gone here. Kindle is an all around athlete and solid player here. Other picks being considered could be on the O-line and wide reciever.
20.) Houston Texans: Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama.
The Texans have never had franchise running back. Ryan Matthews could be a solid fit, but Houston lost Dunta Robinson and now needs to fill that hole especially being in the same division as the Colts.
21.) Cincinnati Bengals: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma.
The Bengals struggled the most scoring points the last 2 games of the year. They signed Antionio Bryant from Tampa and now will take Gresham to give Carson Palmer more targets along with Chad Ochocino.
22.) New England Patriots: Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech.
With Dez Bryant still on the board you may be surprised that he does not go there. However, their have been reports that he could be a clone to Charles Rogers and Mike Williams which scares teams off. You have not seen Thomas play, this is why I think he is going to be special. He never got big stats at Tech, but because they ran the option offense and only threw the ball 5 to 10 times a game, Thomas never go big numbers. But he made some big time plays and showed a lot of potential. Its no secret the Pats want help on the WR with Welker out for more then half the year and Randy Moss in the last year of his contract.
23.) Green Bay Packers: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State.
If the Packers did struggle at some point last year it was their pass defense. Most notably Brett Favre torching the Pack as well as Kurt Warner in the Wild Card playoff round. Al Harris and Charles Woodson, both older veterans and some youth for the future is what Green Bay needs.
24.) Philadelphia Eagles: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers.
The Eagles struggled to keep Donavan McNabb off his back. Epsecially in the playoffs. Now they are turning to Kevin Kolb who will need all the protection he can get. With the loss of Brian Westbrook another great pick here would be Jahvid Best of California who is a very very similar type back.
25.) Baltimore Ravens: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State.
Bryant falling all the way to 25 sounds crazy but that is what may happen. He definitely has talent. But a team like Denver does not want the issues that he brings. Baltimore has 2 guys who will play in front of him to start, with Anquan Boldin among others, but Dez could develop into a special talent.
26.) Arizona Cardinals: Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri
The Cardinals lost Carlos Dansby, who won the Wild Card game for them against Green Bay. But more importantly they lost Kurt Warner and will not finally turn the team over to Matt Leinart. The defense will need to be improved.
27.) Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State.
The Cowboys really do not have too many needs, however Robinson has the same kind of upside as Antonio Cromartie did a few years back.
28.) San Diego Chargers: Jahvid Best, CB, California.
Ryan Williams does have the better body suited to be an every day back to replace LT. However, the Chargers are now a passing offense and they want their backs to be able to catch the ball. Williams can not do that to well, which means Best might be the pick.
29.) New York Jets: Jared Odrick, DE, Penn State.
What do the Jets really needs. They have three stud WR, a Hall of Fame RB and a 2nd year up and comer, a solid to above average O line, the number 1 defense in the NFL, a great coach and a QB who will be 23 this year. This is a franchise that is going in the right direction. All they want is depth and Odrick will fit well in the Rex Ryan scheme.
30.) MINNESOTA VIKINGS: Taylor Mays, S, USC.
The Vikings picking at 30 may not be a lock. I could see them moving out to get more picks or moving up if Jimmy Clausen falls. Their are needs at left guard on offense but can find that later on. It seems like they are liking Tavaris Jackson again as the QB of the future, but I do not care as long as Brett Favre is coming back. The defense has some holes due to injury and age. I am not sure if and when EJ Henderson is coming back from that horrific leg injury. Cedric Griffin tore his ACL in the NFC Championship, meaning the rehab might go into the season. Pat Williams is approaching 40 years old and is probably playing his last season in 2010. Antione Winfield struggled last year when healthy but was not healthy much of last year with a broken foot. They are a very good defense even without these guys but can be great with them. I think a big hole was at safety and corner. Devin McCourty might be a good pick from Rutgers but Mays can be a guy who will tell opposing players to not come over the middle. He would replace Tyrelle Johnson. If they stay here they will go secondary, but I really think that the Vikings will trade out to a team who is looking at Tim Tebow or Colt McCoy.
31.) Indianapolis Colts: Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers.
The Colts lost some guys to free agency and injury. They could use a safety especially with the constant inures of Bob Sanders. But they will just take best player available here which is McCourty.
32.) New Orleans Saints: Jerry Huhges, OLB, TCU.
The defending Super Bowl champs will try and get younger at linebacker. The Vikings really exposed the middle of their defense in the NFC title game, and had to get a lucky array of turnovers to get into the Super Bowl so Hughes will be the pick here.