Vensel's 2010 NFL Mock Draft 3.0: A shake-up at the top

Nearly two months after my first mock draft, I've finally caved. I stuck to my guns for a while, saying the Rams would pass on a quarterback and take Ndamukong Suh with the No. 1 pick. But this is the NFL, and you need a quarterback to win. Can Sam Bradford lead the Rams to a Super Bowl? I don't know, but they're going to give him a chance to do it.

1. Rams: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma. For the first time, I have the Rams taking Bradford. All signs are pointing to it. Bradford showed he was healthy at his pro day, the Rams cut ties with Marc Bulger and the 'Skins traded for Donovan McNabb, likely because the Rams weren't giving up a chance to draft the top QB in the draft.
2. Lions: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska. The Lions are in a great spot now, getting to choose their favorite of the two impact defensive tackles. They take Suh, despite that doozy of a name.
3. Bucs: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma. The Bucs benefit from the shake-up at the top, too, adding McCoy, who some have rated higher than Suh.
4. Redskins: Russell Okung, OT, Okla. State. With McNabb on board, the 'Skins would be wise to protect him. Plugging Okung on the left side of that shaky offensive line will help from Day One.
5. Chiefs: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee. The Chiefs could target an offensive tackle, but which one? Unless they're in love with a particular guy, they should take this underrated safety.
6. Seahawks: Derrick Morgan, DE, Ga. Tech. Trading for Chuck Whitehurst likely takes them out of the running for a QB in the first round. They take Morgan, a fine, polished prospect, instead.


7. Browns: Joe Haden, CB, Florida. Drafting a well-rounded corner in Haden is the next step in rebuilding the Cleveland defense.
8. Raiders: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers. Just pick somebody. Davis? OK, sounds good. Wait, that makes too much sense. Oh well, too late to change it now.
9. Bills: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa. Jimmy Clausen is an option, but if they pass, he could freefall. I have a feeling the Bills will start to fix their O-line with Bulaga and take a QB in Round 2.
10. Jaguars: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, S. Florida. Signing Aaron Kampman was a shrewd move, but the Jags' pass rush still needs more punch.
11. Broncos:  Mike Iupati, G, Idaho. Denver is looking to get bigger and more physical on the offensive line. Iupati certainly fits the bill there.
12. Dolphins: Dez Bryant, WR, Okla. State. Character concerns have caused Bryant's stock to drop, but the Dolphins are desperate to find an electric young playmaker for QB Chad Henne.
13. 49ers: Earl Thomas, S, Texas. Draft experts rave about his "ball skills," which sounds a little creepy, but trust me, it's a good thing on the field.
14. Seahawks: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson. It's merely a hunch, but you have got to think Pete Carroll would love to use Spiller in Seattle the same way he deployed Reggie Bush at USC.
15. Giants: Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama. The only way they don't take McClain at No. 15 is if Suh or McCoy are somehow still on the board.
16. Titans: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida. They would prefer Morgan or Pierre-Paul, but they'll settle for Dunlap and hope he stays out of trouble.
17. 49ers: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma. I've had Williams going to the 49ers, who need a right tackle, in all three of my mocks. I feel confident they'll draft him, so count on it not happening.
18. Steelers: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise St. They should draft someone huge like Terrence Cody to follow Big Ben around and keep him in check, but cornerback is a pretty pressing need, too.
19. Falcons:  Everson Griffen, DE, USC. With CB Dunta Robinson on board, the Falcons are free to fill other areas on their depth chart. The Atlanta defense could really use a good end.
20. Texans: Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama. Speaking of Robinson, the Texans have to find a good cover corner now that he left town. Would the Texans trade up to get Haden or Wilson?
21. Bengals: Taylor Mays, S, USC. They could go with a receiver or a tight end, but they can't go wrong by making their 'D' even more tenacious with Mays, who has speed and size.
22. Patriots: Brandon Graham, OLB/DE, Michigan. The Pats take Graham, a relentless pass-rusher, to help restock the defense.
23. Packers: Sergio Kindle, OLB/DE, Texas. Goodbye, Aaron Kampman. Hello, Sergio Kindle.
24. Eagles: Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Mizzou. The Eagles need help at outside linebacker, and the well-rounded Weatherspoon is legit.
25. Ravens: Dan Williams, NT, Tennessee. Sure, the Ravens have bigger needs than this. They could take TE Jermaine Gresham. They could add CB Devin McCourty to the secondary. They could even nab a receiver or offensive tackle. But if Williams, the draft's top nose tackle, is still on the board, the Ravens will gladly select him to take over for Kelly Gregg in a year or two.
26. Cardinals:  Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma. If the Ravens pass on Gresham, I can't see the Cardinals doing it, too. With Kurt Warner retired, they want to run the ball. Gresham is a weapon over the middle, but he can block, too.
27. Cowboys: Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois. The Cowboys will be very dangerous on offense if they give Tony Romo another receiver to target in addition to Miles Austin and Jason Witten.
28. Chargers: Terrence Cody, NT, Alabama. Jamal Williams signed with Denver, leaving a massive hole in their defense. This hungry fellow is certainly big enough, at least in stature, to fill it.
29. Jets: Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers. For his defense to thrive, Rex Ryan needs corners who can hold their own in man coverage. At times, McCourty has flashed that kind of ability.
30. Vikings: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame. Brett Favre is probably going to return in 2010 — c'mon, this is Brett Favre we're talking about here — but he will hang up his cleats eventually. And when he does, the Vikings can turn to Clausen.
31. Colts: Maurkice Pouncey, C/G, Florida. Smart, athletic and versatile, Pouncey is exactly the kind of player Peyton Manning wants on his line.
32. Saints: Brian Price, DT, UCLA. New Orleans won the Super Bowl — doesn't it feel like so long ago? — but the Saints still have work to do to shore up their run defense. This disruptive tackle will help — if he falls this far.

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