32-Team 2010 NFL Mock Draft, Version 3.0: Part II
In Part I of this mock draft, we detailed the first half of round one. Now for the final 16 selections:
17. San Francisco 49ers: Charles Brown, OT, USC
Some might think this is a bit early for Brown, but his athleticism and pro-ready pass protection make him a perfect fit in San Francisco’s newly-developed spread offense.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Iupati, G, Idaho
Iupati is a player Dallas has interest in, but he is 50/50 at best to drop to the 27th selection. Iupati’s skills and mindset make him a perfect fit in Pittsburgh.
19. Atlanta Falcons: Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan
We think Graham has the versatility to play either defensive end in a 4-3 or outside linebacker in a 3-4. He should have a bigger immediate impact in a 4-3 defense like Atlanta’s because that is what he played in at Michigan.
20. Houston Texans: Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State
Earl Thomas or Ryan Mathews? The Texans won’t have much of a choice. This is the most confident we are about any draft pick in the second-half of the first round.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
The Bengals could go a variety of directions here, but with a solid secondary and good young linebackers, a revamped pass rush could do wonders for their defense.
22. New England Patriots: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
The Patriots aren’t afraid of players with perceived character issues. Moss will probably not be back in 2011, and Bryant should start in his rookie season with Wes Welker likely to begin the season on PUP.
23. Green Bay Packers: Sergio Kindle, LB, Texas
Can Kindle transition to a 3-4 scheme? We might find out. Green Bay lost Aaron Kampman and needs edge rushers in Dom Capers’ two-year-old 3-4 scheme.
24. Philadelphia Eagles: Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri
Weatherspoon seems like a perfect fit in Philly. The team just traded LB Chris Gocong and outside of Stewart Bradley (who was injured all of last season) the Eagles are very thin at linebacker.
25. Baltimore Ravens: Jared Odrick, DT/DE, Penn State
We mentioned in Part I of this mock draft that the Cleveland Browns may be interested in drafting Odrick all the way up at the seventh overall pick. Is that a smokescreen? Who knows, but Odrick’s high motor has a lot of teams drooling over him.
26. Arizona Cardinals: Taylor Mays, S, USC
Perhaps this is more wishful thinking than anything else–we just want Mays off the board by the Cowboys’ selection. Unfortunately, we don’t see a ton of suitors for Mays in the first round.
27. Dallas Cowboys: Maurkice Pouncey, C/G, Florida
We had Pouncey as Dallas’ selection in Version 3.0 of our Cowboys-only mock drafts. He is a versatile player who could become the primary backup to all three interior linemen in 2010, then possibly take over for Kosier in 2011.
We really don’t see any top-tier offensive tackles or safeties left on the board at this point, which is why we have been advocating that Dallas move up. If they don’t, Pouncey seems like the most logical selection at this point.
28. San Diego Chargers: Roger Saffold, OT, Indiana
So we just finish saying there are no top-tier tackles left on the board and then have a tackle being drafted one pick later? Well, we don’t see Saffold as a top-tier guy. The Chargers are known to “reach” for players they covet (Eric Weddle, anyone?) and they could lose tackle Marcus McNeil shortly.
29. New York Jets: DeMaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech
Opinions on Thomas are split. Some love his size, speed, and upside enough to give him a first round grade (us), while others fear he is so raw that he might not make an impact for a few years.
30. Minnesota Vikings: Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
The Vikings are in need of a play-making cornerback with Cedric Griffen being one of the worst starters in the league. Antonie Winfield is great in run support, but he’s not a shutdown guy either. McCourty has that potential.
31. Indianapolis Colts: Brian Price, DT, UCLA
Some teams seem to think Price can play the five-technique, but he is probably better suited playing the three-technique for a 4-3 defense such as Indy’s.
32. New Orleans Saints: Nate Allen, S, USF
Allen has been moving up boards lately and he is a legitimate option for Dallas in the first round. With Ken Hamlin gone, fans might like him more than Pouncey, but the Cowboys should stick to their board. For New Orleans, Allen is the play-making type of free safety that Sean Payton loves.