NFL draft: Advertiser's mock draft
Advertiser Staff Writer
Honolulu Advertiser Sports Editor Curtis Murayama, a decades-long NFL draft fan, projects the first round.
1, Rams — Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma — It's about time the Rams addressed this position; they passed on Matt Ryan two years ago and Mark Sanchez last year even though their incumbent QB Marc Bulger was already showing signs of breaking down.
2, Lions — Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska — He's No. 1 in my book. He's a Beast. He's dominant and should be an all-pro for many years. Can you imagine if the Lions picked Suh and then Alabama's NT Terrence Cody in the second round? No one would be able to run on them.
3, Buccaneers — Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma — He's quick and can cause disruptions in the backfield. Some have ranked him ahead of Suh.
4, Redskins — Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State — Okung fills a huge void left by retirement of Chis Samuels. At 6-5, 307, he's the best of a good bunch of tackles.
5, Chiefs — Eric Berry, S, Tennessee — Of all players I've seen, he and Suh were the best. He's a Ronnie Lott-type. He can play free or strong safety and can hit and cover.
6, Seahawks — Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa — OT Walter Jones hasn't officially retired yet. Still, the left tackle spot will eventually become a need, so look for Seahawks to address that with a tackle. Bulaga (6-5, 316) has a good skill set for the position. Still, the Seahawks could select Trent Williams, Bruce Campbell, Anthony Davis.
7, Browns — Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma — Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen has been mentioned here, but didn't the Browns just get rid of a Notre Dame QB who also happened to be a hometown boy? The pick of Williams makes more sense. He has size (314 pounds), speed (4.88) and athleticism.
8, Raiders — Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland — Don't expect a pick coming from left field (Remember Darrius Heyward-Bey over Michael Crabtree?). This one should be safe, and sound. At 6-6, 314, Campbell has had an outstanding workout (4.85 in 40, 34 reps, 32-inch vertical).
9, Bills — Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame — An offensive tackle might be a more pressing need, or a running back such as C.J. Spiller could add instant excitement. But Clausen might be too valuable a commodity to pass up.
10, Jaguars — Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida — Started just seven games for the Bulls but he has, as he put, "God-gifted" talent. He's 6-5, 270 with a good motor and natural pass-rush abilities. He could be another Jevon Kearse.
11, Broncos — Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers — Davis is mammoth (6-5, 323), a good all-around player who just needs to watch his weight.
12, Dolphins — Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee — Were it not for Suh and McCoy, this defensive lineman would get more publicity. At 6-2, 327, Williams might be best nose tackle in the draft.
13, 49ers — Joe Haden, CB, Florida — The 49ers can't compete with their current corners. Haden would be an immediate upgrade because of his instincts. He could also help in the return game.
14, Seahawks — C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson — Spiller, some say, is better than Reggie Bush because he's a tougher inside runner. Seahawks were only one of a handful of teams without a 1,000-yard rusher. Spiller might not get 1,000 yards rushing, but he could combine for 3,000 yards in rushing, receiving and returning.
15, Giants — Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama — Just what the Giants need, an inside backer with size (6-3, 254), good range and good instincts.
16, Titans — Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech — At 6-3, 266, Morgan will bring speed and hustle.
17, 49ers — Mike Iupati, G, Idaho — Niners obviously need an offensive tackle, but they also could use better guard play. In fact, that position took a lot of heat last year. Iupati would bring a Larry Allen-type attitude to the line.
18, Steelers — Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State — A cornerback might be more needy, but this 6-2, 225-pound receiver has top-10 talent and the trade of WR Santonio Holmes might force Steelers to go in this direction.
19, Falcons — Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas — Kindle's an edge rusher with 4.7 speed that the Falcons have been looking for.
20, Texans — Earl Thomas, S, Texas — This 5-10, 208-pounder is super quick and fast with ability to play corner or safety. Some have ranked him as the No. 1 safety over Eric Berry.
21, Bengals — Jermaine Greshman, TE, Oklahoma — He's the best of a deep and talented tight end group. At 6-5, 261, Greshman has excellent hands to go with excellent athletic ability.
22, Patriots — Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri — Not big (6-1, 239) but has everything else — speed (4.68), strength (34 reps), athleticism (40 vertical) — to go along with his ability to play in space and tackle.
23, Packers — Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State — Wilson (5-10, 194, 4.43, 25 reps, 38 vertical) has all the skills to become a standout cover guy in the NFL. This guy could easily be drafted in the teens.
24, Eagles — Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan — Graham is short (6-1) but fast (4.72) and strong (32 reps) and just makes plays.
25, Ravens — Jared Odrick, DE, Penn State — The 6-5, 298-pound Odrick is active, quick and be disruptive.
26, Cardinals — Charles Brown, OT, USC — Brown has worked his way up the charts. He has ability, not to mention long arms and big hands, useful tools for an offensive tackle.
27, Cowboys — Nate Allen, S, South Florida — Cowboys just a player (OT, S) away from being Super Bowl bound. Allen (6-0, 207) is versatile and talented, able to play in the box and in space.
28, Chargers — Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State — With LT gone, Chargers could use a back to complement Darren Sproles. Mathews (6-1, 218, 4.45) fits that bill and would make the Charger offense even more dynamic.
29, Jets — Brian Price, DT, UCLA — A solid player with quickness and athletic ability, Price should help bolster a defense that's getting stronger by the day.
30, Vikings — Taylor Mays, S, USC — He has all the measurables (6-3, 230, 4.43 in 40, 24 reps, 41 vertical). But it's missing on the football field — so far. He misses tackles, is late on coverage and, since he never played in the box, it's uncertain if he can shed tackles. But he's still worth a gamble this late in the first round.
31, Colts — Maukrice Pouncey, C/G, Florida — Pouncey could fit in at center or guard and should have a long NFL career based on his ability.
32, Saints — Jerry Hughes, TCU, OLB — Saints need to replace Scott Fujita. A rush end at TCU, the 6-2, 255-pound Hughes is athletic enough to make the transition. He'll bring passion to the defense.