|Pick||Team||Player Selected||Player’s Position||Player’s School||Analysis|
The Rams need many fixes and while Suh may be the surest pick for them here I don’t see the Rams forking out the reported $8.5m Bulger is due in 2010. Originally I had Clausen as the pick but reports are the Rams like Bradford and if they feel his shoulder will be fine they are leaning towards him with their pick.
Although I wouldn’t rule out Okung with this pick what Suh can give them on the defensive side of the ball is going to be hard to pass up. Not much you can say about Suh that hasn’t been said already. He is a disruptive force in the run and passing game and is arguably the best player in the draft
If Suh is ranked the best player in the draft McCoy is right behind him. Tamps could go many ways as well, but the talent of McCoy is too much to pass up at #3
Bulaga has been climbing the boards, and while Okung may be ranked higher by most Bulaga fit more of the prototypical lineman in a Shanahan system. The Redskins must improve the offensive line and it looks like Samuels is hanging up the cleats. Bulaga is smart enough to step in day one and start.
|5.||Russell Okung||OT||Oklahoma State||
As with many of the top 10 teams KC could go many ways and could very easily take Berry here as well. But the fact that only 5 teams allowed more than the 45 sacks the Chiefs allowed means they must improve the offensive line. They made a very large investment in Matt Cassell and they need to give him some protection.
Although the biggest need might be offensive tackle Pete Carroll knows Clausen, and even recruited him to USC. This is a deep draft for offensive linemen and Seattle has two first round picks and a high second round pick that the replacement for Walter Jones can be selected. Clausen can sit behind Hasselbeck and learn for a year. There will be no rush to get him in the game.
Berry fits a need, and it may be hard to believe someone of his talent will fall this far there is the economics of football to consider. The Browns secondary is horrible and Berry would be an instant upgrade.
Who really knows what the Raiders will do. They should bolster their offensive line and both tackles aren’t start quality. Williams would be a huge upgrade to the current line in Oakland. Because this is probably the best thing to do means they wont and Big Al will draft someone that runs a 4.2, lookout McCluster or Spiller…
Chan Gailey is now running the show in Buffalo and look for him to install some version of the spread offense. Campbell is very athletic for his size and Buffalo need to upgrade the offensive line and quickly.
|Dez Bryant||WR||Oklahoma State||
It’s almost a certainty that Brandon Marshall will be gone this off-season and Bryant should be able to step in. Bryant is raw in route running and hasn’t played in a year, but he is a top talent and gives Denver a replacement for Marshall.
I know Weaver has publicly stated he wants Tim Tebow, but I would be shocked if they took him here. Some team later in the draft may take Tebow in round one, but even in trying to boost ticket sales this would be a huge reach. Jacksonville instead finally gets the edge rusher they have been looking for for years. Morgan is a physical freak and should draw comparison to the original Phreak Javone Kearse.
After his Senior Bowl week Graham has been shooting up boards and while he doesn’t have the prototypical size the Trifecta like in Miami you have to add recently acquired Mike Nolan to the mix and the comparisons of Graham and Dummerville are inevitable. Graham led the nation in TFL on 2009 with 26 and he had 20 in 2008, to go along with his 10 and 10.5 sacks in the last two years.
San Fran would be thrilled if Haden was still on the board with this pick. They had the 21st ranked pass defense in the league and can use an upgrade in the defensive backfield. Haden is a very physical receiver that many compare to Revis. He would fit the hardnosed style of Mike Singletary.
Carroll gets his replacement LT with his second pick in round 1. Davis is big with good feet. He will go through some growing pains, but will in turn be a solid starting tackle for years to come.
Giants need to revamp the defense and McClain is the starting point they are looking for. He is going to have measurables off the chart at the combine, but there are some that question is ability to play in space. Non the less McClain is a solid pick and while he may not rate out to be another Patrick Willis he wont be that far off.
Spiller gives San Fran the lighting to Gore’s thunder. Spiller will be an instant help with his return abilities and playmaking abilities in space. He is the change of pace type of back that San Fran needs.