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32-Team 2010 NFL Mock Draft, Version 3.0: Part II

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In Part I of this mock draft, we detailed the first half of round one.  Now for the final 16 selections:

With the top offensive tackles and safeties gone by the 27th pick, don't be shocked to see Dallas draft Brandon Graham if he is still available.

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.

Will the Cowboys pass on USF safety Nate Allen?

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.

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12 Responses to 32-Team 2010 NFL Mock Draft, Version 3.0: Part II

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  2. john coleman says:

    I agree completely that all the top tier tackle and safety prospects will be gone. Which should allow a great player to come to us. There could easily be 6 tackles in the 1st rd.

  3. john coleman says:

    Our draft picture to me is more clouded now than before last week. Letting Flo go means nothing or it means everything. It really depends on how they feel about Free. Before Flo’s departure we were looking at the best available with no concerns. We needed a tackle, but a late round guy would have worked. Now, we could be looking at giving up the farm to move up. We may draft a safety, but I believe they think they are OK.

  4. Apparently they really like Free, although I am not sure why. I don’t hate him, but how could he be considered anything more than a question mark right now at LT?

    Fans will go wild if we don’t draft a LT or FS in the first round, but there is a very solid chance that we don’t.

  5. john coleman says:

    I’m still looking for the blockbuster. We are sooooo… close to being a good team for a while, if we don’t whiff in the draft. JJ needs to be more careful with long term, high priced deals. I’m hoping he has learned, and maybe that is why there is no deal for Miles, Sensi, Spears, Bowen, and Hatcher. Although I do think Miles is worthy. So far JJs Snyderish side hasn’t shown up.

  6. Yes, Miles is worthy. Little experience, but you can tell he is the real deal. The lack of deals for the other guys is a good thing (and also the reason we STILL wouldn’t rule out Odrick in the first).

  7. Omar says:

    I was doing some thinking the other day, and I realized that if the Rams take Suh, there’s a chance Claussen drops even further and they may be able to pick him up in the second. This seems like a better move than drafting Bradford.

  8. While there are a bunch of teams that don’t need a QB, a team drafting in the early 2nd round would surely trade up for Clausen should he fall into the 20′s. There is just no way teams like the Redskins (even with McNabb), Seahawks, and Bills would let Clausen drop back to the Rams.

  9. Omar says:

    Ehhh…I dunno, the Bills like Tebow more than Clausen apparently (I know) and if the Rams don’t take Bradford, that leaves him open to the Seahawks…I dunno, I could see it happening.

  10. Tyrone Jenkins says:

    Somewhere in the draft (not necessarily in the 1st 2 round), the Boys need to pick up OL help (both interior and tackle positions) as well as a true FS. Perhaps JJ is high on Brewster (T picked up last year) and a few of the LB acquisitions of last year. So, WR, OLB, ILB, CB and DT/DE are all luxury picks at this point. Yes, you always want new talent/prospects coming in but you have to address areas that are the thinnest with your earlier picks.

    Right now, there are only 2 1st round quality safeties and both will be gone by 27. Either Allen, Burnett, or Wright should be available at 59 and all three are likely to be an improvement over Ball or Hamlin.

    There are about 7 1st round quality OTs (depending on who you talk to) and 2 G/C prospects. If all 9 linement are gone by 27, that’s gonna leave some other HIGH quality prospect (such as Graham, Bryant, Weatherspoon or Odrick).

    We’ll get someone good.

  11. Great analysis. We took a look at the Cowboys’ “nightmare” draft scenario a few weeks ago, and it really isn’t that bad. There are so many talented prospects that Dallas will either land a great player at a position of need or an incredible value at a position of semi-need (like the players you listed..and I would put Kyle Wilson in there as well).

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