Van Valkenburg's One Month Out Mock Draft – Part 2 (Picks 10 through 20)

Welcome to Part 2 of KVV's One Month Out Mock Draft Extravaganza! Please enjoy the cheese plate, chili fries and room-temperature Natty Boh I've provided.

In case you missed part one, where I guessed the first 10 picks in April's Draft, you can read it here.


Today we'll knock out picks 10 through 20, and Wednesday we'll knock out the last 12 picks, including the Ravens' selection at No. 25.

(Cue dramatic music!)


Let part 2 of the mockery begin!

11. Denver Broncos -- Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State, wide receiver

Yesterday, I surmised that Jacksonville was going to want to trade down to the end of the first round so that it could grab Tim Tebow, and that some other team would trade up into that spot to grab Jimmy Clausen or Dez Bryant. I'm going to go ahead and slot Clausen in that spot because Bryant seems like a natural fit for the Broncos, and because Bryant's character issues are probably going to scare some teams away. Of course, the Broncos will probably look at Bryant and see a refreshing upgrade (at least in terms of character) over Brandon Marshall, who should be traded by draft day. I never felt like Marshall made financial sense for the Ravens when they were in need of a wide receiver, despite the manic drumbeat of half the fan base. You don't give a ticking time bomb a huge contract. Bryant may have some issues with tardiness, honesty and discipline, but he's an elite athlete who will be just fine with the right team. 12. Miami Dolphins -- Dan Williams, Tennessee, defensive tackle

It's amazing how deep this draft is at defensive tackle, but that's also a little scary, because a few of them are virtually guaranteed to be busts. It's just so hard to keep a 300-plus pound man in shape, healthy and motivated. Williams, however, stayed all four years at Tennessee so he should be mature enough to handle those challenges. He's not as tall as Suh or McCoy, or as consistent, but he's a big fire plug who should keep newly-acquired linebacker Karlos Dansby happy because he can occupy blockers in the middle, allowing Dasby to fly to the ball.

13. San Francisco 49ers -- Earl Thomas, Texas, safety

The 49ers really need a left tackle, and Rutgers' Anthony Davis is going to seem intriguing, but almost no one has hurt their draft stock in recent weeks more than Davis. He did not look like he was in shape at the NFL Combine, supposedly did not do well in interviews. At his recent Pro Day, he decided the night before that he didn't want to run or work out, but didn't bother to tell all the scouts who had traveled to see him. They showed up that morning and were furious. He'll still probably be a first-round pick, but the 49ers are going to try to improve their secondary instead with this pick. Thomas isn't big, but his stock is soaring and he can play multiple positions and probably play right away.

14. Seattle Seahawks -- C.J. Spiller, Clemson, running back

If the draft does break this way, and the Seahawks are able to get a franchise right tackle and a franchise running back, Pete Carroll is going to be doing cartwheels on top of the Space Needle. Spiller isn't a big back, but no one in the draft has his speed with the ball in their hands. Carroll may look at Spiller and think he can use him the way USC used Reggie Bush, a combination of running the ball, catching it out of the backfield and in the return game. He's not easy to bring down -- just ask Maryland -- and would bring some excitement to the Seahawks' moribund offense.

15. New York Giants -- Rolando McClain, Alabama, linebacker

Other than Berry, McClain might be my favorite player in the draft. Questions keep coming up about his speed, but people had questions about Ray Lewis' speed too, and when I watch McClain play, I see a lot of Ray Lewis. That's probably an unfair comparison, but McClain has scary good instincts, is apparently a film junkie, and was basically an extension of Nick Saban's brain out on the field. Measurables are important, but if I were a NFL general manager, the first and last thing I'd ask is: Can this kid play and produce? I don't think there are any questions about whether McClain can.

16. Tennessee Titans -- Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech, defensive end

With Kyle Vanden Bosch leaving and signing with the Lions, the Titans need someone who is going to put pressure on quarterbacks, and Morgan makes a lot of sense here. He's not a Terrell Suggs-type 3-4 defensive end. He can't drop into coverage or make plays in space, otherwise he would probably be gone by this pick. But he can line up across from some pretty good tackles and use a combination of leverage and speed to go after quarterbacks. He's consistent, a hard worker, and the kind of player Jeff Fisher should be able to get a lot out of.


17. San Francisco 49ers -- Anthony Davis, Rutgers, offensive tackle

As I said previously, Davis hasn't done himself any favors since the season ended. But at one point, he was considered one of the two or three best offensive linemen in the country. Mike Singletary seems pretty adept at motivating players who have questions regarding their maturity and work ethic, so this might actually be a good fit. It's just a heck of a gamble to use a first-round pick on a kid who couldn't be bothered to get in shape for what is essentially a multi-million dollar job interview. But at 6-6, 325 pounds, it's hard to pass on that kind of potential.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Mike Iupati, Idaho, offensive line

Part of the Steelers' problem this year is they drifted away from what has traditionally been their strength -- running the ball and overpowering teams. They were constantly getting into shootouts and asking Ben Roethlisberger to bail them out late in games, and even though he's probably the best quarterback in the game right now in the closing minutes of a half or a game, that's not an effective strategy over the long haul. And who knows what to make of recent sexual assault allegations involving Roethlisberger. It could be the dawning of the Dennis Dixon Era before we know it. Iupati is, in some people's opinion, one of the best offensive linemen in the draft, but guards aren't as highly coveted as tackles. He'll fit right in in Pittsburgh.

19. Atlanta Falcons -- Everson Griffen, USC, defensive end

Griffen was a good player in college. The question is, why wasn't he a consistently great one? Theories abound. He certainly has the physical tools, but they didn't always translate into production. The feeling is, he takes too many plays off and doesn't have great instincts. That said, how many 280-pound defensive ends have 4.72 speed and great hands and the ability to play both the pass and the run?

20. Houston Texans -- Kyle Wilson, Boise State, cornerback


I think Wilson is the one cornerback outside of Haden worthy of a first-round pick. The fact that he didn't play in a major conference isn't a concern at all in my eyes, because all Boise State did was face teams that throw the ball 40 and 50 times a game. With the prevalence of spread offenses now in college, you get to evaluate corners better because they're constantly playing in space. They can't hide. Wilson has the swagger to be a good NFL corner, and as he showed at the Senior Bowl and at the combine, he has the skills. Cornerback isn't about straight-line speed as much as it is how well and how fast you can change directions. The Ravens should be bummed to see Wilson go off the board with this pick.

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