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This is his first of three mocks he will release prior to the draft:
Dallas Morning News wrote:
A look at the best players on the first-round board. By Rick Gosselin The Dallas Morning News

The St. Louis Rams owned the second overall selection in each of the last two drafts, and both times passed up a potential franchise quarterback to take a lineman.

The Rams passed up Matt Ryan in 2008 to take Virginia defensive end Chris Long and passed on Mark Sanchez in 2009 to take Baylor offensive tackle Jason Smith.

But Ryan and Sanchez shouldn't take it personal. The Rams don't draft quarterbacks in the first round, regardless of who's available. The last time the Rams took a quarterback in the opening round was 1964, when they selected Bill Munson of Utah.

Look for the Rams to end that 45-year drought in the 2010 draft. They own the first overall selection and Sam Bradford of Oklahoma awaits their call.

St. Louis even paved a path for Bradford by releasing incumbent starter Marc Bulger this month. If you don't have a quarterback in today's NFL, you don't have a chance. Bradford gives the St. Louis faithful hope.

Team ......Player ....Pos............College

1. St. Louis Sam Bradford QB Oklahoma

NFL's 28th-ranked passing offense gets a huge boost

2. Detroit Ndamukong Suh DT Nebraska

Best player in the draft slides to the Lions

3. Tampa Bay Gerald McCoy DT Oklahoma

A defensive tackle in the Warren Sapp mold

4. Washington Russell Okung OT Okla. State

The Redskins need to protect their new quarterback

5. Kansas City Eric Berry S Tennessee

The best cover safety in the draft

6. Seattle Trent Williams OT Oklahoma

Time to replace Walter Jones in the blocking front

7. Cleveland Jimmy Clausen QB Notre Dame

Starting QB Jake Delhomme is 35 years old

8. Oakland Derrick Morgan DE Ga. Tech

Greg Ellis and his team-leading seven sacks are gone

9. Buffalo Bryan Bulaga OT Iowa

Quarterbacks took a beating in 2009 with 46 sacks

10. Jacksonville Brandon Graham DE Michigan

The Jaguars managed only 14 sacks last season

11. Denver Rolando McClain MLB Alabama

Having cut Andra Davis, there's an opening in the middle

12. Miami Earl Thomas S Texas

Gives Dolphins ability to cover Wes Welker in the slot

13. San Francisco Anthony Davis OT Rutgers

49ers need to cut down on their 40 sacks

14. Seattle Ryan Mathews HB Fresno St.

Seahawks rushed for only 7 touchdowns in 2009

15. NY Giants Dan Williams DT Tennessee

Not re-signing Fred Robbins creates an opening

16. Tennessee Jason Pierre-Paul DE S. Florida

Freaky athleticism reminds Titans of Jevon Kearse

17. San Francisco Joe Haden CB Florida

49ers finished 21st in the NFL in pass defense in '09

18. Pittsburgh Kyle Wilson CB Boise State

Steelers corners had only 2 interceptions in 2009

19. Atlanta Maurkice Pouncey C Florida

Can walk in as a starter at either guard or center

20. Houston C.J. Spiller HB Clemson

Texans averaged only 3.5 yards per carry in 2009

21. Cincinnati Jermaine Gresham TE Oklahoma

Carson Palmer needs a safety valve receiver

22. New England Sergio Kindle OLB Texas

Patriots managed only 31 sacks last season

23. Green Bay Jerry Hughes OLB TCU

Packers need a pass-rush complement to Clay Matthews

24. Philadelphia Brian Price DT UCLA

Andy Reid loves drafting linemen

25. Baltimore Dez Bryant WR Okla. State

A good player always seems to slide to the Ravens

26. Arizona Demaryius Thomas WR Ga. Tech

Departure of Anquan Boldin leaves big shoes to fill

27. Dallas Mike Iupati G Idaho

Cowboys need to get younger on the offensive line

28. San Diego Jahvid Best RB Cal

Life without LaDainian Tomlinson begins for Chargers

29. NY Jets Devin McCourty CB Rutgers

Jets need a shutdown corner opposite Darrelle Revis

30. Minnesota Kareem Jackson CB Alabama

To beat Drew Brees, you need depth at cornerback

31. Indianapolis Rodger Saffold G Indiana

AFC champion drafts a walk-in starter

32. New Orleans Sean Weatherspoon OLB Missouri

Losing Scott Fujita in free agency creates an opening

Players not listed include Jared Odrick (big surprise), Everson Griffen, Carlos Dunlap, Charles Brown, and Taylor Mays.


April 11th, 2010, 9:41 am
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In that scenario, I'd take Griffin or Charles Brown or use them as leverage to trade down from #34.

April 11th, 2010, 9:54 am
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Yea, I could see a trade down with Kansas City, Oakland, or Buffalo if Charles Brown (or even Bruce Campbell) are there at 34 and that team didn't take an OT in the 1st round. There are also a number of teams that may want to move up to get either Griffen or Dunlap too.


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If nobody moves up late 1st to get Tebow the Lions could also benefit from a team like Buffalo moving up to grab him at the top of the 2nd round if they don't land Clausen in the 1st.

April 11th, 2010, 3:04 pm
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Could be a lot of teams looking to trade if the draft were to go down like that.

However, that does suck because the third tier of CBs would all be reaches at that point. But how do you not take Mays at that point? What a steal.

As well, I don't see any OGs worth the pick. Will Schwartz make OG a priority in this draft considering we got Sims? Peterman's locked up long term.

We could go DE, but it'd be a "luxury pick" for the most part.

RB is a need and guys like Best, Gerhart, and Dwyer are there. I personally like Gerhart the best of them all. You can't argue with his production - it was unbelievable.

Draft defense - CB, LB, DT, LB...WR/KR

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This is the type of thing that happens every year. A run on certain position groups leave steals for the taking. there's an early run on dts and ots and a late run on corners leaving some solid de's available. This is why I like the Lions strategy to adress everything in FA and then just pick the BPA to solidify the team in the draft. Remember guys like Dunlap and Mays were top 5 discussion this time last year. I would take one of the DEs and be done with it if no good trade offers come. I know our corners would still be not addressed but like convo said their third tier at this point. might as well wait til the third for better value.


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The only CB left at that point with late 1 early 2 possibility is Patrick Robinson, great footwork and cover ability, but he may not be physical enough to suit what the Lions want in a corner. There will be several good CB options in the late 2 to early 4 neighborhood. I think they should get corners with size and good speed, able to be physical at the line. Hopefully they will have trade back to the middle of the 2nd options. Then possibly address the RB position. I like Gerhart as well, he's a load, but if Best were there I'd have to think hard about taking him. I believe he's 1st round talent. His running style reminds me of Tony Dorsett (the smooth gait). I don't see any DE's this year that stick out as early round possibilities.

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You have to remember how the Goose approaches each mock draft. He does three in total, the first (the one above) - he builds based primarily on his draft board. The second version he will base on team needs and the third is based on how he thinks the draft will go.

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Pablo wrote:
You have to remember how the Goose approaches each mock draft. He does three in total, the first (the one above) - he builds based primarily on his draft board. The second version he will base on team needs and the third is based on how he thinks the draft will go.

Here's #2:

1. St Louis - QB Sam Bradford (Oklahoma)

2. Detroit - DT Gerald McCoy (Oklahoma)

3. Tampa Bay - DT Ndamukong Suh (Nebraska)

4. Washington - QB Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame)

5. Kansas City - OT Russell Okung (Oklahoma St)

6. Seattle - OT Trent Williams (Oklahoma)

7. Cleveland - S Eric Berry (Tennessee)

8. Oakland - CB Kyle Wilson (Boise St)

9. Buffalo - DT Dan Williams (Tennessee)

10. Jacksonville - DE Derrick Morgan (Georgia Tech)

11. Denver - DE Jason Pierre-Paul (South Florida)

12. Miami - RB Ryan Matthews (Fresno St)

13. San Francisco - OT Anthony Davis (Rutgers)

14. Seattle - RB CJ Spiller (Clemson)

15. NY Giants - LB Rolando McClain (Alabama)

16. Tennessee - DE Brandon Graham (Michigan)

17. San Francisco - CB Joe Haden (Florida)

18. Pittsburgh - DE Jared Odrick (Penn St)

19. Atlanta - OT Bryan Bulaga (Iowa)

20. Houston - S Earl Thomas (Texas)

21. Cincinnati - C Maurkice Pouncey (Florida)

22. New England - TE Jermaine Gresham (Oklahoma)

23. Green Bay - LB Sergio Kindle (Texas)

24. Philadelphia - DE Jerry Hughes (TCU)

25. Baltimore - TE Rob Gronkowski (Arizona)

26. Arizona - WR Demaryius Thomas (Georgia Tech)

27. Dallas - WR Dez Bryant (Oklahoma St)

28. San Diego - CB Devin McCourty (Rutgers)

29. NY Jets - CB Kareem Jackson (Alabama)

30. Minnesota - OT Rodger Saffold (Indiana)

31. Indy - G Mike Lupati (Idaho)

32. New Olreans - DT Brian Price (UCLA)

April 18th, 2010, 7:37 am
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Here's the last one:
Dallas Morning News wrote:
Rick Gosselin's final mock draft: Dez Bryant to Cowboys

12:29 AM CDT on Thursday, April 22, 2010
By RICK GOSSELIN / The Dallas Morning News


Sam Bradford, Quarterback, Oklahoma

The Rams have passed on potential franchise quarterbacks Matt Ryan and Mark Sanchez in the last two drafts. Both have started NFL playoff games. St. Louis must stop ignoring the quarterback position.

Other needs: QB, Pass rush, WR, DT


Ndamukong Suh, Defensive tackle, Nebraska

The Lions need defensive size to tackle Adrian Peterson, plus an inside pass rush to pressure Aaron Rodgers and Jay Cutler in the division. Suh fills both bills for the NFL's 32nd-ranked defense.

Other needs: RB, CB, DL, OL


Gerald McCoy, Defensive tackle, Oklahoma

The Buccaneers were one of the NFL's best teams throughout the 2000 decade on the strength of a dominating defensive front. Tampa Bay is no longer dominant up front. Time to reload.

Other needs: DE, DT, LB, WR


Russell Okung, Offensive tackle, Oklahoma State

If the Redskins can't protect Donovan McNabb, he will suffer the same fate as Jason Campbell (46 sacks and a loss of confidence). Incumbent Chris Samuels has retired at left tackle, so this pick becomes a walk-in starter.

Other needs: LT, QB, NT, RB


Eric Berry, Safety, Tennessee

The Chiefs brought in Mike Vrabel for leadership a year ago. But he's 35 this season. Berry will be running the KC defense inside of a year. He's never not started in his football career and also offers corner cover skills.

Other needs: DT, LB, S, WR


Trent Williams, Offensive tackle, Oklahoma

Like the Redskins, the Seahawks also need to find a blindside pass protector for their veteran quarterback. Seattle QBs were sacked 41 times last season, and Matt Hasselbeck couldn't stay healthy under that assault.

Other needs: OT, QB, RB, DE


Derrick Morgan, Outside linebacker, Georgia Tech

The Browns need help across the board on defense. They traded their top pass rusher (OLB Kamerion Wimbley) to Oakland this off-season. Morgan is coming off a 12 ½-sack season at Georgia Tech.

Other needs: QB, S, CB, DE


Anthony Davis, Offensive tackle, Rutgers

No quarterback – not JaMarcus Russell, Bruce Gradkowski or Charlie Frye – has a chance until the Raiders start protecting him. Oakland allowed 49 sacks in 2009. Davis is the best athlete of any left tackle on the board.

Other needs: LT, QB, LB, DE


Dan Williams, Defensive tackle, Tennessee

The Bills are switching to a 3-4 defense in 2010, and that scheme starts with a nose tackle who can attract double- and triple-teams. Williams is that guy. At 327, he's a space-eater who makes plays.

Other needs: QB, NT, OT, WR


Brandon Graham, Defensive end, Michigan

Graham is the most polished pass rusher in this draft. He'll have the quickest impact – and a Jacksonville defense that ranked last in the NFL in sacks is in dire need of someone who can have an instant impact.

Other needs: Pass rush, LB, S, DT


Rolando McClain, Middle linebacker, Alabama

The Broncos cut starting inside middle linebacker Andra Davis at season's end. McClain is a walk-in starter. He won the Butkus Award as the best linebacker in college football last season.

Other needs: MLB, DT, WR, Power RB


Demaryius Thomas, Wide receiver, Georgia Tech

The Dolphins have a young quarterback in Chad Henne. The way to accelerate his development is to surround him with playmakers. With the arrival of Brandon Marshall and Thomas, Henne could be a Pro Bowler very soon.

Other needs: NT, RB, S, CB


Joe Haden, Cornerback, Florida

The 49ers will look at RB C.J. Spiller – but he'd arrive as a backup to Frank Gore. Haden walks in as a starter and fills a void in an area of need. You can't win the NFC West unless you can cover Larry Fitzgerald.

Other needs: OT, CB, S, WR


Ryan Mathews, Halfback, Fresno State

Mathews is better suited to be an every-down back than C.J. Spiller because he has the bulk at 220 pounds. Spiller is a Reggie Bush clone at 198 pounds. The Seahawks need an every-down back to improve the NFL's 26th-ranked rushing attack.

Other needs: OT, QB, RB, DE


Jason Pierre-Paul, Defensive end, South Florida

Pierre-Paul played only one season of college football but has the most upside of any pass rusher in this draft at 6-5, 270 with 4.64 speed. Osi Umenyiora (Troy) was supposed to be a project, too, and he became a Pro Bowler.

Other needs: MLB, Pass rush, CB, TE


Kyle Wilson, Cornerback, Boise State

The Titans need to improve the front and back end of their defense. But the D-line quality has vanished by this point of the draft. So the focus shifts to a very talented first-round cornerback board.

Other needs: DE, CB, S, KR


Bryan Bulaga, Offensive tackle, Iowa

The 49ers need a right tackle to bookend Joe Staley on the left side, and the best right tackle in the draft slides to them at 17. They'd look again at C.J. Spiller, but quality tackles are harder to find than running backs.

Other needs: OT, CB, S, WR


Maurkice Pouncey, Center, Florida

With Ben Roethlisberger's future in flux, the Steelers are likely to revert to the power offense that won Super Bowls in the 1970s. But you need blockers, and Pouncey gives them flexibility at center and guard.

Other needs: Int. OL, CB, S, QB


Mike Iupati, Guard, Idaho

Like the Steelers, the Falcons need to get their run game back on track. They fell from first in the NFL in 2008 to 15th in 2009. Better blockers produce better runners. Iupati is the best drive-blocker in the draft.

Other needs: CB, S, Int. OL


C.J. Spiller, Halfback, Clemson

The Texans can't have another season from Steve Slaton like 2009. Maybe it was a sophomore slump. Spiller gives them insurance against that. He's also a fine complementary piece if Slaton does bounce back.

Other needs: RB, CB, Int. OL, S


Jermaine Gresham, Tight end, Oklahoma

The Bengals need to give QB Carson Palmer a reliable safety-valve option. Cincinnati got fewer than 50 catches from its tight ends last season. Gresham can be to Palmer what Jason Witten is to Tony Romo.

Other needs: TE, DE, Int.OL, S


Earl Thomas, Safety, Texas

The Patriots have defensive needs in this draft but also the luxury of taking the best player on the board. It's Thomas, who gives them a combination of a cover safety and ballhawk. He had eight interceptions last fall.

Other needs: TE, DL, Pass rush, CB


Jerry Hughes, Outside linebacker, TCU

Dom Capers would like to give the Packers a version of the Blitzburgh scheme he ran in Pittsburgh in the 1990s. He has one elite pass rusher in Clay Matthews, and Hughes would give Capers pressure from the other side.

Other needs: Pass rush, OT, CB


Devin McCourty, Cornerback, Rutgers

Not only is McCourty an elite cover cornerback, he may be the best special teams player in this draft. He blocked seven kicks and returned a kickoff for a touchdown in his career. He replaces Sheldon Brown.

Other needs: OL, DL, CB, TE


Kareem Jackson, Cornerback, Alabama

The Ravens have always won with a physical brand of defense, and Jackson is the most physical corner in this draft. He goes from the No. 2-ranked defense in college to the No. 3-ranked defense in the NFL.

Other needs: DT, TE, CB, Pass rush


Sean Weatherspoon, Outside linebacker, Missouri

The Cardinals have two huge holes in their defense with the departures this off-season of OLB Karlos Dansby and FS Antrel Rolle. Weatherspoon gives Arizona a linebacker with the same physical and athletic traits as Dansby.

Other needs: OLB, S, WR, TE


Dez Bryant, Wide receiver, Oklahoma State

Bryant won't slide to the Cowboys at 27, so look for Jerry Jones to move up if Bryant tumbles deep into the teens. Bryant has immaturity issues that are scaring teams off. Jones still regrets passing on Randy Moss.

Other needs: LT, S, WR, Youth on OL


Jared Odrick, Defensive end, Penn State

The Chargers need help up front, and Odrick falls into the category of best player available. The Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year brings 304 pounds of run defense excellence to NFL's 20th-ranked run defense.

Other needs: RB, NT, Blocking TE, CB


Patrick Robinson, Cornerback, Florida State

There's a flat spot on this board from Nos. 29-32 where first-round talent runs out, and teams will be drafting what they consider second-round players. Look for the Jets to try to trade out. Failing there, give them Robinson.

Other needs: C, CB, Pass rush, RB


Jimmy Clausen, Quarterback, Notre Dame

The Vikings were hoping a cornerback would slide to them but instead hit the jackpot with the slide of Clausen. He gives them their QB of the future when Brett Favre finally does retire, probably in 2011.

Other needs: CB, S, DT, RB


Rodger Saffold, Offensive tackle, Indiana

The Colts released a starting guard (Ryan Lilja) this off-season, so there's an immediate opening on the AFC champions. Saffold has value in his versatility. Scouts think he can play center, guard or tackle.

Other needs: OL, DL, 2 CB


Brian Price, Defensive tackle, UCLA

If the Saints want to repeat as NFC South champions, they must bulk up the defensive front to slow down the elite running backs at Atlanta and Carolina. Price was the Pac-10's Defensive Player of the Year.

Other needs: OLB, S, DT, Pass rusher

Note: Carolina and Chicago, which follow, do not have first-round picks


Chris Cook, Cornerback/Safety, Virginia

The Panthers don't pick until the second round. Cook is the biggest corner in the draft at 6-2, 212 pounds. Some teams project him as a safety. He can give the Panthers a physical presence at corner or as a cover safety.

Other needs: WR, QB, DE, TE


Major Wright, Safety, Florida

The Bears don't pick until the third round. The offensive line, running back, quarterback and linebacker boards will be picked clean by then. So the Bears take the best player on the board – a playmaking safety.

Other needs: CB, S, WR, Int. OL

So much for getting a CB at #34. :(


April 22nd, 2010, 8:40 am
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I still think pick #34 will be more valuable to us for a trade down to get more picks. There are bound to be a couple of players that other teams value more than anyone else and the Rams and Lions will benefit from a night for those teams to think about it.

April 22nd, 2010, 10:35 am
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I still think pick #34 will be more valuable to us for a trade down to get more picks. There are bound to be a couple of players that other teams value more than anyone else and the Rams and Lions will benefit from a night for those teams to think about it.


That's pretty much how I've felt since it was established they'd be getting the second picks in each round. The opportunity in round one just isn't there, but in rounds two and three they can evaluate the talent available and possibly move down and still get the player they are targetting.

But, I must say, I am not overly impressed by Goose's effort in his last mock. I am not sold on Clausen getting beyond San Francisco at 13. I also don't see Miami going WR in round one with Parcells running the show. With Dan Williams off the board, I can see them looking at CJ Spiller, or even possibly Joe Haden, with the idea that they would move Sean Smith to safety. Drafting a receiver out of a non-NFL offensive scheme who has been unable to run hard routes or a forty in the top 15? Sounds like a Millen move to me. And Parcells definitely isn't that insane. Miami either moves down, or takes a defensive player.

I will not put on blinders when it comes to our QBs performances.

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So much for getting a CB at #34.

Don't worry.... Scott Wright's final mock has McCourty falling to the Lions at #34 overall. :-s

Did the sarcasm translate? :wink:

April 22nd, 2010, 3:37 pm
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phunnypharm wrote:
So much for getting a CB at #34.

Don't worry.... Scott Wright's final mock has McCourty falling to the Lions at #34 overall. :-s

Did the sarcasm translate? :wink:

Yes, as did reality.


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