Jamison Hensley's Mock Draft

Here's a prediction of how the first round will unfold:

1. St. Louis: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma. The Rams can't pass on another franchise quarterback after letting Matt Ryan and Mark Sanchez slip past them the past two years.


2. Detroit: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska. The Lions should thank the Rams for letting the draft's best player fall into their laps.

3. Tampa Bay: Gerald McCoy, DT Oklahoma. The Buccaneers get an impact defensive lineman who reminds many of Warren Sapp.


4. Washington: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma. The Redskins continue the run on Sooners, but this one has bust written all over him.

5. Kansas City: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee. Most draftniks have the Chiefs taking an offensive tackle. But Kansas City should be applauded for taking the best player on the board.

6. Seattle: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State. The Seahawks should thank the Redskins for letting the draft's safest, most complete tackle fall into their laps.

7. Cleveland: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State. Yes, this pick will make many scratch their heads. But there are whispers that the Browns have Wilson graded higher than Joe Haden. Earl Thomas is also an option.

8. Oakland: Mike Iupati, G, Idaho. Tom Cable convinces Al Davis to listen to him. He gets the dominant interior lineman that he covets.

9. Buffalo: Dan Williams, NT, Tennessee. The Bills really, really want to take a tackle. But Williams, the top-rated nose tackle, will create too much havoc in the middle of Buffalo's defense.

10. Jacksonville: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson. Sure, the Jaguars have Maurice Jones-Drew. But they did really miss Fred Taylor.

11. Denver: Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida. Some would argue that no center should be taken this high. The Broncos would say that Pouncey is no ordinary center.


12. Miami: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech. There's a reason why the Dolphins never responded to Jason Taylor's phone calls. Morgan helps patch up a suddenly depleted pass rush.

13. San Francisco: Joe Haden, Florida. This is a pick to make up for free-agent bust Nate Clements. The 49ers will jump on Haden, who should go higher.

14. Seattle: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame. The Seahawks can't really expect Charlie Whitehurst to be the quarterback of the future. Clausen should be the top player on Seattle's board at this point.

15. N.Y. Giants: Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama. The Giants need to find a centerpiece to their defense. It'll be a tough choice with safety Earl Thomas still on the board.

16. Tennessee: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida. Let the Jevon Kearse comparisons begin. The better choice for the Titans is Brandon Graham, but they opt for the pass rusher with a tremendous upside.

17. San Francisco: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa. This is a make-up pick for passing on Michael Oher last season. Bulaga is the biggest free fall of the first round.


18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Earl Thomas, S, Texas. The Steelers' bigger need is at offensive line and cornerback. But Thomas is just too good to pass up.

19. Atlanta: Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan. The Falcons' long-running search for a pass rusher has ended. Graham could be this season's defensive rookie of the year.

20. Houston: Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers. The Texans had hoped Joe Haden or Kyle Wilson would be here. This pick will either be McCourty or Kareem Jackson.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma. The Bengals wanted to upgrade their passing game for Carson Palmer. Adding the draft's best tight end is another step toward that goal.

22. New England: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State. Remember, the Patriots were involved briefly in trade talks for Anquan Boldin. Bill Belichick has a history of taking players considered character risks.

23. Green Bay: Sergio Kindle, Texas, OLB, Texas. Aaron Kampman was never a fit for the Packers' new 3-4 defense. Kindle is.


24. Philadelphia: Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama. The Eagles are loaded with picks and could trade up for Thomas. If they stay put, they bolster their cornerback group.

25. Ravens: Terrence Cody, NT, Alabama. The safer pick would be Jared Odrick. The more exciting one would be Demaryius Thomas. But the Ravens solidify their run defense for years and pair Haloti Ngata with a big-time anchor. Still, knowing the history of the Ravens, it wouldn't be surprising to see Brandon Graham, Dez Bryant or Dan Williams fall to them.

26. Arizona: Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri. The Cardinals find a natural fit for their 3-4 defense. Never a loss for words, Weatherspoon will tell them the same thing.

27. Dallas: Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will be tempted to trade up for Dez Bryant. If he fails to do so, Dallas takes the next best thing.

28. San Diego: Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State. The Chargers can't put the entire load on Darren Sproles. Mathews is a bruising back who will make an immediate impact.

29. N.Y. Jets: Jared Odrick, DE, Penn State. One of Odrick's strengths is his versatility. That word makes Rex Ryan's eyes light up.


30. Minnesota: Taylor Mays, S, USC. The Vikings' safeties have failed to live up to expectations. That results in reaching for Mays, who looks the part but doesn't play it on the field.

31. Indianapolis: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers. Bill Polian pointed fingers at his offensive line after the Super Bowl loss. So, Davis makes the most sense. He is also a great value at this spot.

32. New Orleans: Jerry Hughes, DE-OLB, TCU. The Saints obviously don't need any help throwing the ball. Getting an intriguing pass rusher will help stop teams from throwing on them.

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