2010 NFL Mock Draft, Part III: Picks 21-32
21. Cincinnati Bengals- Brandon LaFell, WR, LSU
We were hesitant to keep a wide receiver in this slot as Cincy just signed Matt Jones, but they love stocking up on skill position players, and Ochocinco probably won’t be around too much longer.
22. New England Patriots- Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
The Pats really need to improve their defense, but TE Ben Watson won’t be back in New England next season. Belichick has spent two first-rounders on tight ends before (Watson and Daniel Graham), so this pick makes sense.
23. Green Bay Packers- Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
The Packers are in desperate need of tackles, as both starters, Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher, are unrestricted free agents. Anthony Davis would be incredible value here and, in all honesty, is very unlikely to drop this far. He fell in this particular mock draft though, and Green Bay would be ecstatic to nab him.
24. Philadelphia Eagles- Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
The Eagles have some holes on defense. Cornerback does not seem to be the most glaring as of now, but with Ellis Hobbs soon to be a free agent and Sheldon Brown unhappy, the Eagles could go this direction. Kyle Wilson is an excellent corner with supreme athleticism, and he is rising up draft boards quickly.
25. Baltimore Ravens- Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois
The Ravens probably have the worst WR corps in the league, even if Derrick Mason doesn’t retire. Either way, wide receiver has got to be on the team’s mind, and Arrelious Benn is a rare combination of speed and size that allows him to get deep, yet still be a possession receiver when needed.
26. Arizona Cardinals- Charles Brown, OT, USC
If Anthony Davis actually does fall into the 20’s, many teams, such as the Cards, will look to move up. If they stay put, however, USC’s Charles Brown could very well be available, and would be an immediate upgrade over Mike Gandy.
27. Dallas Cowboys- Jared Odrick, DE/DT, Penn State
This pick may come as a bit of a shocker, but we really think it is a strong possibility for the Cowboys. So many mocks have Dallas selecting Idaho G Mike Iupati, a player for which team execs “perked up” during the Senior Bowl. With him still on the board, he could be the selection. In our opinion, though, Odrick could have a more immediate impact. Kosier and Davis figure to be the starting guards next season, so Iupati would really just take the place of backup guard Cory Procter. Odrick, however, would have the ability to join the defensive end rotation immediately. Also, with Marcus Spears, Jason Hatcher, and Stephen Bowen all restricted free agents this year, the Cowboys will most likely have a hole at the position by next season. Odrick would be the perfect 5-technique 3-4 defensive end to fill the spot.
28. San Diego Chargers- Taylor Mays, S, USC
Mays will absolutely light up the Combine. He is 235 pounds and could easily run in the 4.3’s. Unfortunately, his on-field play, particularly this past season, does not match his workout numbers. Mays reminds us of Jets’ OLB Vernon Gholston, who is a workout warrior, but doesn’t translate his athleticism to the field.
29. New York Jets- Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan
Speaking of Vernon Gholston, his replacement is on the way. Graham absolutely tore up the Senior Bowl, consistently torturing opposing linemen all week in practice and again in the game. He would fit well at OLB in Rex Ryan’s scheme.
If Iupati does indeed fall to pick 30, the Vikings will be thrilled to grab him. Iupati is the consensus best guard available, and he would be an upgrade over current starter Anthony Herrera. If Jared Odrick gets selected before the Cowboys’ pick, though, look for them to select Iupati and Minnesota to go cornerback.
31. Indianapolis Colts- Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State
The Colts are in need of a cornerback of the future with Marlin Jackson and Antoine Bethea soon to be free agents. Many teams have Michigan CB Donovan Warren rated ahead of Robinson, but Patrick has been rising up draft boards in a hurry.
32. New Orleans Saints- Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri
The Saints are still celebrating their Super Bowl victory, but that will end soon with the Combine just over a week away. The Saints are weak at LB, particularly on the outside with former Cowboys’ practice squad player Scott Fujita. Weatherspoon is an every-down linebacker who represents great value at the back of the first round.
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*Note: Our next installment of “Potential Draft Picks” will feature our current Cowboys’ selection, Jared Odrick.