Updated First Round Mock Draft

As always, the mock draft is done without trades but check the other possibilities analysis for trade and other options.

 1) Houston Texans: Reggie Bush/RB/USC
 
 Analysis
: The franchise needs a lot of players but they can't pass up an exciting prospect who could sell seats and help win more games.
 
 Other possibilities
: A trade down to select Ferguson.  Potentially Mario Williams if the negotiations with Bush seemingly go nowhere. 
 
 2) New Orleans Saints: Mario Williams/DE/North Carolina St.
 
 Analysis
: Ultimately, the Saints would prefer to move down a few slots, collect some extra picks, and select Hawk who they have as their top rated defensive player in the draft. But since we don't make trades here, Williams will be the selection if they stay there as they need pass rush help.
 
 Other possibilities
: A trade down to select AJ Hawk or Vernon Davis though trading down is going to be tough because teams see the value in having multiple picks. Keep in mind they're moving RT Jammal Brown to LT. 
 
 3) Tennessee Titans: Matt Leinart/QB/USC
 
 Analysis
: A perfect fit for player and organization as Leinart is reunited with former Trojan offensive coordinator Norm Chow.
 
 Other possibilities
: Young who the team sees as having a tremendous upside and is a favorite of general manager Floyd Reese.
 
 
 4) New York Jets: D'Brickashaw Ferguson/OT/Virginia
 
 Analysis
: The team badly needs a franchise LT and Ferguson will give them that. 
 
 Other possibilities
: AJ Hawk is also serious consideration for this selection as are Williams if he slides. They would trade down and pick up extra selections if the opportunity is afforded. 
 
 5) Green Bay Packers: A.J. Hawk/OLB/Ohio St.
 
 Analysis
: A terrific value at number five, Hawk will be an instant star in Green Bay who needs a playmaking linebacker. 
 
 Other possibilities
: Another possibility would be defensive tackle Haloti Ngata who would help fill the void left by veteran Grady Jackson.
 
 
 6) San Francisco 49ers: Vernon Davis/TE/Maryland
 
 Analysis
: Defense is a priority yet so are targets QB Alex Smith can throw to. Davis is far and away the best pass catcher in this draft and the team will look to draft a safety in round two.
 
 Other possibilities
: Michael Huff is a strong consideration to help their struggling secondary.
 
 
 7) Oakland Raiders: Vince Young/QB/Texas
 
 Analysis
: He possesses the arm strength and physical skills to direct the vertical offense owner Al Davis so desires. The franchise is known for surprise decisions on draft day and this is the first.
 
 Other possibilities
: Justice to take over for veteran OT Barry Sims, Ngata to eventually replace veteran DT Warren Sapp, or a slight chance of Jay Cutler. If Vernon Davis slides here, he could be a consideration as well.
 
 
 8) Buffalo Bills: Brodrick Bunkley/DT/Florida St.
 
 Analysis
: The team needs help on both lines of scrimmage and both tackle spots. Bunkley opened some eyes during Senior Bowl practices and his combine workout was great.
 
 Other possibilities
: Winston Justice as they also need major help at offensive tackle or Ngata though there are questions as to him fitting in to their new defensive scheme.
 
 
 9) Detroit Lions: Michael Huff/DB/Texas
 
 Analysis
: A franchise that needs leaders, Huff brings plenty of that as well as the versatility to be used at free safety or cornerback, both needs in the secondary. 
 
 Other possibilities
: Borderick Bunkley is a consideration for the Lions new one-gap defensive scheme. Justice is a consideration to replace Kelly Butler.
 
 
 10) Arizona Cardinals: Haloti Ngata/DT/Oregon
 
 Analysis
: The team is looking to do a better job against the run and Ngata will help them do that.
 
 Other possibilities
: Young if he slips is their first choice at QB. Vernon Davis is also a strong consideration if he's there. Cutler is a consideration as well.
 
 
 11) St. Louis Rams: Jimmy Williams/S/Virginia Tech
 
 Analysis
: A play-making safety is a big need.
 
 Other possibilities
: Wimbley as they need pass rush help, Greenway to play on the weakside, and Bunkley if he drops.
 
 
 12) Cleveland Browns: Kamerion Wimbley/DE/Florida St.
 
 Analysis
: They're looking for a system fit at OLB and Wimbley fits it well.  While there are higher rated players, all signs in Cleveland point to Florida State.
 
 Other possibilities
: If Bunkley or Ngata fall, both of them are stronger considerations than Wimbley.
 
 
 13) Baltimore Ravens: Winston Justice/OT/USC
 
 Analysis
: He'll be the upgrade they're looking for at RT.
 
 Other possibilities
: Bunkley if he drops.  One of the top defensive backs are also a consideration.
 
 
 14) Philadelphia Eagles: Chad Greenway/LB/Iowa
 
 Analysis
: Could replace SLB Dhani Jones or be their future WLB.
 
 Other possibilities
: Toughest call of round one.  A trade up for one of the defensive tackles is possible or the team will look hard to move down for Nick Mangold.  It is unlikely the teams sits at number 14.
 
 
 15) Denver Broncos: Manny Lawson/DE/North Carolina St.
 
 Analysis
: While they have depth at the position, they don't have a pure pass rusher.  Lawson will also help for a defense which throws a lot of zone blitzes.
 
 Other possibilities
: Veteran WR Rod Smith is almost at the end of the line and Ashley Lelie wants out of Denver, hence one of the top two receivers are considerations.

16) Miami Dolphins: Santonio Holmes/WR/Ohio State
 
 Analysis
: Holmes fills a need as a number two wide out.  Chad Jackson is the better long-term prospect but Saban wants the strong thing.
 
 Other possibilities
: Jackson if he slips. A defensive back like Cromartie or Jason Allen.
 
 
 17) Minnesota Vikings: Jay Cutler/QB/Vanderbilt
 
Analysis
: They're looking for a young signal caller and Cutler is the perfect fit for their WCO.  He is also the player the team covets.
 
 Other possibilities
: Linebacker Ernie Sims is a very good fit for their scheme if Cutler is unavailable.
 
 
 18) Dallas Cowboys: Chad Jackson/WR/Florida
 
 Analysis
: They badly need a developmental receiver and Jackson offers size and speed.
 
 Other possibilities
: Sims is an option on the weakside.  An offensive tackle such as Eric Winston is also a consideration.
 
 
 19) San Diego Chargers: Tye Hill/CB/Clemson
 
 Analysis
: A great value at pick #19, the Charger secondary has given up numerous big plays the past few years and wants to stop the bleeding.
 
 Other possibilities
: Thomas Howard to eventually replace veteran LB Steve Foley. Heavy consideration here for both Antonio Cromartie or Jason Allen here.
 
 
 20) Kansas City Chiefs: Mathias Kiwanuka/DE/Boston College
 
 Analysis
: Depth and another starter is needed to compliment DE Jared Allen.
 
 Other possibilities
: Tamba Hali and defensive back Jason Allen.
 
 
 21) New England Patriots: Jason Allen/DB/Tennessee
 
 Analysis
: They're looking for defensive back help and Allen can play either safety of cornerback.
 
 Other possibilities
: A trade up for Chad Jackson is a possibility as we first reported back on 3/31. DeAngelo Williams who would fit a need position.
 
 
 22) San Francisco 49ers: Ernie Sims/LB/Florida St.
 
 Analysis
: The replacement for Julian Peterson on a team desperate for linebacker help.
 
 Other possibilities
: Jason Allen if he drops or Bobby Carpenter.
 
 
 23) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Eric Winston/OT/Miami-Fla.
 
 Analysis
: The ability to play both tackles spots is enticing for a team with a mediocre offensive line.
 
 Other possibilities
: Demeco Ryans to eventually replace veteran WLB Derrick Brooks.
 
 
 24) Cincinnati Bengals: Thomas Howard/LB/UTEP
 
 Analysis
: They're looking at him as a SS. He would eventually replace veteran S Dexter Jackson.
 
 Other possibilities
: Center Nick Mangold to replace wily veteran Rich Braham. Hali as they need a young pass rusher.
 
 
 25) New York Giants: DeAngelo Williams/RB/Memphis
 
 Analysis
: Big Blue needs an eventual replacement for veteran Tiki Barber and they'll get great value here with Williams.
 
 Other possibilities
: One of the top remaining CBs.
 
 
 26) Chicago Bears: Leonard Pope/TE/Georgia
 
Analysis
: Others are starting to sour on him but we disagree. He's a play maker that will eventually develop in to a solid starter. Tight end is a huge need for the Bears and while there are variety of opinions on Pope, he is a large target and downfield threat general manager Jerry Angelo likes.
 
 Other possibilities
: Safety Donte Whitner who could replace Chris Harris or Marcedes Lewis.
 
 
 27) Carolina Panthers: Marcedes Lewis/TE/UCLA
 
 Analysis
: They badly need a pass-catching tight end.
 
 Other possibilities
: Laurence Maroney is a consideration here but he's too much like veteran RB DeShaun Foster who they are paying big money to.
 
 
 28) Jacksonville Jaguars: DeMeco Ryans/LB/Alabama
 
 Analysis
: The team is down on WLB Daryl Smith so Ryans would replace him.
 
 Other possibilities
: Cromartie who they are very high on.
 
 
 29) New York Jets: Laurence Maroney/RB/Minnesota
 
 Analysis
: They're looking for the successor to veteran RB Curtis Martin.
 
 Other possibilities
: Mangold if he drops and Bobby Carpenter.
 
 
 30) Indianapolis Colts: Antonio Cromartie/CB/Florida St.
 
 Analysis
: They need a fast and physical cornerback and Cromartie fits the bill well.
 
 Other possibilities
: Maroney if he drops.
 
 
 31) Seattle Seahawks: Kelly Jennings/CB/Miami-Fla.
 
 Analysis
: They badly need a CB and Jennings can play right away.
 
 Other possibilities
: A young pass rusher is needed so Hali is a consideration.
 
 
 32) Pittsburgh Steelers: Donte Whitner
 
 Analysis
: They'd like another explosive safety and Whitner is the perfect compliment for Troy Polamalu.
 
 Other possibilities
: Sinorice Moss could be a flier to replace the losses at receiver during free agency.


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