Packer Report Mock Draft

With the top three pass-rushing outside linebackers off the board, our W. Keith Roerdink sees the Packers winding up with talented corner/returner Devin McCourty from Rutgers.

With the first-ever prime-time edition of the NFL Draft mere hours away, I finally succumbed to my compulsions and completed my annual mock draft for Packer Report. I'm confident that's it's no better or worse than the dozens of others that you've seen, and equally worthy of your mocking. I like the Seahawks to tab Clemson running back C.J. Spiller earlier than most, but his game-changing ability will haunt those that pass on him. I'm also predicting the Raiders to do something they haven't done in while — make a sensible first-round pick. Everybody has them taking Combine super freak offensive tackle Bruce Campbell or speed rusher Jason Pierre-Paul. I give them meat-and-potatos plugger Bryan Bulaga from Iowa ,who can play either tackle spot for the next decade. Never mind that Robert Gallery is a former Hawkeye.

Jerry Hughes, the dynamic pass-rusher from TCU, will raise some eyebrows going No. 12 overall to the Dolphins. He's one of a trio of 3-4 outside linebackers, along with Michigan's Brandon Graham and Texas' Sergio Kindle, that Green Bay would love to bookend with last year's rookie sensation, Clay Matthews III. If the Packers trade up, it will be for one of those three. Barring that move, I have Green Bay tabbing Rutgers cornerback Devin McCourty, a player with starting potential that could immediately step in to the nickel or dime, while also sparking the return game. If Ted Thompson and Co. are comfortable with the depth available at No. 23 and opt to trade down, Indiana offensive tackle Rodger Saffold would make a lot of sense.

There are plenty of story lines to make this must-see viewing — especially when it comes to quarterbacks. Where will Notre Dame's Jimmy Clausen end up — Buffalo, San Francisco or Minnesota? Will someone get antsy for Florida's Tim Tebow at the bottom of Round 1? And will any quarterback-needy team drafting in the Top 10 pull a blockbuster trade for troubled Pittsburgh quarterback Ben 'Roethlassaulter'? We're about to find out. In the meantime, here's something to chew on until Commissioner Roger Goodell heads to the podium. Tick tock on the clock. ..

1.) St. Louis:

Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

Someone told me this morning that if you rearrange the letters in Bradford's name it spells: Badd For Rams. I don't believe that's going to be the case.

2.) Detroit Lions:

Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska

A rare talent on the defensive line, he gets the nod over OT Russell Okung.

3.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers:

Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma

He's a perfect fit for Tampa's Cover 2 and could be the next Warren Sapp. Or at least they hope.

4.) Washington Redskins:

Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma

Leading to the draft, Williams sneaks by Okung as a better fit for Mike Shanahan's offensive scheme.

5.) Kansas City Chiefs:

Russell Okung, T, Oklahoma State

Arguably the draft's top offensive lineman, KC pounces on him.

6.) Seattle Seahawks:

C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson

They'd like to wait until No. 14, but the Seahawks pull the trigger on this dynamic runner.

7.) Cleveland Browns:

Eric Berry, S, Tennessee

Might be the best, most NFL-ready defensive player coming out and fills a huge need.

8.) Oakland Raiders:

Bryan Bulaga, T, Iowa

Bulaga's supposedly dropping, but the Raiders surprise everyone by going with substance over style.

9.) Buffalo Bills:

Dan Williams, NT, Tennessee

They're hoping for Tim Tebow in Round 2, so they tab the top nose tackle here.

10.) Jacksonville Jaguars

Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida

J-ville will be doing backflips like Pierre-Paul was on YouTube.

11.) Denver Broncos:

Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State

The Broncos get a physically-talented receiver with some off-field baggage. Didn't they just get rid of one?

12.) Miami Dolphins:

Jerry Hughes, OLB, TCU

One of the fastest risers leading up the draft, this former running back will be a force rushing the passer.

13.) San Francisco 49ers

Joe Haden, CB, Florida

The Niners get the draft's premier shutdown corner who rebounded from a poor 40 time at the Combine.

14.) Seattle Seahawks

Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech

QB Jimmy Clausen will be tempting here, as will OT Anthony Davis, but the Seattle helps out it's D, adding Morgan.

15.) New York Giants

Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama

The draf'ts best middle linebacker will be a perfect fit with the G-Men.

16.) Tennessee Titans

Brandon Graham, OLB, Michigan

He led the nation with 26 tackles for losses and 10.5 sacks in 12 games.

17.) San Francisco 49ers

Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame

The Alex Smith era just officially ended. San Fran gets an NFL-ready pro-style QB to go with their proven ground game.

18.) Pittsburgh Steelers

Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho

He's the game's best interior offensive lineman with the potential to eventually play tackle.

19.) Atlanta Falcons

Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida

The safest pick of all the offensive lineman, Pouncey is a player that could start for most teams for the next decade.

20.) Houston Texans

Earl Thomas, CB/S, Texas

Houston stays local with the playmaking DB from Texas, but Fresno St. RB Ryan Matthews will be tempting here.

21.) Cincinnati Bengals

Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma

This guy will be Carson Palmer's new best friend.

22.) New England Patriots

Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas

Athletic and versatile, Kindle is a prolific pass-rusher who never needs to leave the field.

23.) Green Bay Packers

Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers

Green Bay will be tempted to trade up if Kindle, Hughes or Graham start dropping. But if they stay put and a sure-fire complement to Clay Matthews III is off the board, the Packers go with cornerback over the fourth-rated offensive tackle (Anthony Davis or Bruce Campbell). McCourty has the size, speed, smarts and ball skills to flourish in Dom Capers' defense and gets the nod over Boise State's Kyle Wilson. The Scarlet Knight addresses a major need in an aging and injured secondary and will instantly rejuvenate the return game.

24.) Philadelphia Eagles

Taylor Mays, S, USC

Mays proved he had the speed, he already had the size, and now he gets a home in Philly.

25.) Baltimore Ravens

Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State

The consensus No. 3 DT behind Suh and McCoy, Odrick's got the great motor and toughness teams covet.

26.) Arizona Cardinals

Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers

His talent has never been questioned, but his work ethic is the reason he's sitting at No. 26. Could be a tremendous steal to get Top-10 talent in this spot.

27.) Dalllas Cowboys

Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland

Tabbed to protect Tony Romo's blind side, Campbell was the talk of the Combine and is an athletic freak. Time will tell if that translates to onfield success.

28.) San Diego Chargers

Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State

With LT in the Big Apple, the Bolts get their franchise back of the future in the hard-running Mathews.

29.) New York Jets

Everson Griffen, DE, USC

Sure they just signed Jason Taylor, but you can never have enough pass rushers, especially if you're Rex Ryan.

30.) Minnesota Vikings:

Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State

Baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, I fell from the sky. The Vikings get ridiculous value landing Wilson with the 30th overall pick.

31.) Indianapolis Colts:

Rodger Saffold, OT, Indiana

Charismatic lineman who's started at left tackle since his freshman year at Indiana. He came on late and impressed scouts during the East-West Shrine game.

32.) New Orleans Saints

Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri

Tremendous talent whose penchant for talking could rival TO or Ochocinco, Coach Sean Payton will make sure his play speaks loudest of all.


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W. Keith Roerdink has covered the Packers since 1992. E-mail him at karoer@msn.com.


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