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Mock: Clausen, Thomas, Bryant sink like stones

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Updated April 21

1. St. Louis -- Sam Bradford, QB: Will give the franchise an identity. The Rams drafted their left tackle Jason Smith last year to protect him.


2. Detroit -- Ndamukong Suh, DT: They need a run stopper inside and Suh will be a big upgrade for them. Jim Schwartz might see some Albert Haynesworth in Suh. Also letting Suh come off the ball more aggressively in the pros than he did in college will make him more effective. I think they would like to trade down, but I don't see any takers.

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3. Tampa Bay -- Gerald McCoy, DT: An excellent upfield rusher, which is at the heart of the Tampa Bay scheme. Natural pick for the Bucs.

4. Washington -- Trent Williams, OT: I think they would like to trade down, but like Detroit, I do not see any takers. I believe they will favor Williams over Okung based on athletic ability and he reminds some people of Ryan Clady, whom Mike Shanahan took in Denver. I believe Williams is a better prospect than Clady was when he was drafted.

5. Kansas City -- Eric Berry, S: They have Brandon Albert at left tackle. They have a bigger need at safety. Berry might be the least risky of any of the top 10 players in this draft.

6. Seattle -- Russell Okung, OT: Okung is not Walter Jones, but the Seahawks have a major need at left tackle and Okung is the consensus top OT in this draft.

7. Cleveland -- Joe Haden, CB: They have had problems in the secondary the past few years. Haden will start as a rookie. Adding Sheldon Brown and Haden will greatly help the Browns' pass defense.

8. Oakland -- Anthony Davis, OT: Davis will help fill the need on the O-line.



9. Buffalo -- Dan Williams, NT: A need pick. They would like to get an OT here, but the top ones are gone so they fill a big need in their new 3-4 defense.


10. Jacksonville -- Derrick Morgan, DE: Their pass rush needs to improve. Aaron Kampman is a start, and the addition of Morgan will help, too. Trading down is a possibility.


11. Denver -- Rolando McClain, LB: They certainly could think about Dez Bryant here. But they can line up at WR now with Eddie Royal, Jabbar Gaffney and Brandon Stokley. ILB is a big need. If McClain is gone, an interior lineman is a possibility, too -- Maurkice Pouncey or Mike Iupati.

12. Miami -- Sergio Kindle, OLB: I don't feel good about putting Kindle here, but he is the consensus top 3-4 OLB in this draft. I think they would like to trade down and get back their second-round pick. If Dan Williams is still here, they would take him ahead of Kindle.

13. San Francisco -- Bryan Bulaga, OT: They need a right tackle and Bulaga can help them there. Plus, his physical play and hard-nosed attitude will appeal to Mike Singletary.


14. Seattle -- C.J. Spiller, RB: DE is also a big need. I would not dismiss the idea of Dez Bryant or Jason Pierre-Paul here.


15. New York Giants -- Jason Pierre-Paul, DE: LB is a big need but I think DE is a bigger need than most people realize. Paul won't have to play right away, which will help him. He has the body type the Giants like in their ends.

16. Tennessee -- Brandon Graham, DE: When you consider how the Titans use their DEs as upfield players first, they can live with an undersized DE.


17. San Francisco -- Kareem Jackson, CB: This pick could be a pass rusher or a safety.



18. Pittsburgh -- Maurkice Pouncey, C: Pouncey can play center or guard, so his versatility makes him a valuable pick here. The Steelers spent a lot of time looking at OLB this spring. CB is a possibility, too.


19. Atlanta -- Mike Iuapati, OG: Best player on the board if the top DEs are gone. Also considered could be Sean Weatherspoon and Jared Odrick.


20. Houston -- Kyle Wilson, CB: They have a need for a bigger back; Ryan Mathews will have to get some consideration here. If Earl Thomas is still here, he would also be considered, but CB is a big need, especially with the Colts as their opening game.

21. Cincinnati -- Jermaine Gresham, TE: Fills a major need. Mike Iupati and Taylor Mays could also get consideration here.


22. New England -- Jared Odrick, DE: They have a big need at OLB. Will they reach some for Jerry Hughes or take a DL? I picked the DL. The Pats have three picks in the second round, so a trade up is possible. One of these possibilities is they could trade ahead of Cincinnati to get Gresham.

23. Green Bay -- Charles Brown, OT: They have needs at CB and OT. So this one might come down to which prospect they have rated the highest.


24. Philadelphia -- Earl Thomas, S: They helped themselves at a number of positions in the offseason, but safety was not one of them. With their extra picks, Philly could be aggressive and move up in Round 1.


25. Baltimore -- Dez Bryant, WR: They could go a number of ways here. But the one thing they will not do is to reach for a need. They could also go for a TE, DL or CB. They will take the highest-rated player at one of these three positions plus WR.

26. Arizona -- Sean Weatherspoon, LB: This is a major need. Weatherspoon is the second best ILB and is actually a good value pick here.


27. Dallas -- Taylor Mays, S: The Cowboys are in need of a big-range safety. They also could consider an OT: Bruce Campbell, Rodger Saffold or a trade back.


28. San Diego -- Ryan Mathews, RB: They have needs at RB and in the DL. Mathews gives them a complementary workhorse back that Norv Turner's offense thrives on.


29. New York Jets -- Jerry Hughes, OLB: Jason Taylor is a short-term player, but he does give the Jets a chance to develop Hughes and not play him before they should.


30. Minnesota -- Jimmy Clausen, QB: The odds would be against Clausen getting to Minnesota, but they are not impossible. The Vikings have a clear need for a young QB to develop, and Clausen would not have to play right away, which would help him. If Clausen is gone, CB and OT could be considerations here, too.

31. Indianapolis -- Rodger Saffold, OT: They would like to bolster the OL. I think they will take the best OL on their board at this point.


32. New Orleans -- Brian Price, DT: They would like to get a big back. Remember, they tried to trade for Chris Wells last year, but with Mathews gone, they will go to another position. OLB is a need, and if Sean Weatherspoon is here, that would be a possibility. DT is another need.

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