NFL mock draft: L.A. Times writer has Bradford No. 1, McCoy 3, Williams 4, Okung 5

By Brian Farmer, Los Angeles Times Modified: April 22, 2010 at 10:08 am •  Published: April 22, 2010

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→16. Tennessee: DE Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech — With Kyle Vanden Bosch in Detroit, the Titans need an impact pass rusher. Morgan is a good fit.

→17. San Francisco: CB Joe Haden, Florida — The 49ers will have addressed their two biggest needs at this point: offensive tackle and cornerback, both of whom will be immediate starters.

→18. Pittsburgh: CB Kyle Wilson, Boise State — The Steelers have very average cornerbacks, and Wilson could be the best in the draft. Food for thought: What if Pittsburgh took Tim Tebow here?

→19. Atlanta: DE Jason Pierre-Paul, South Florida — Pierre-Paul is a freakish athlete who’s incredibly raw. If his upside were to pan out, though, he’d be a steal here.

→20. Houston: RB C.J. Spiller, Clemson — Steve Slaton isn’t the answer for the Texans, and Spiller is a good option (although Ryan Mathews might be a more complete back). Texans could take a cornerback, too.

→21. Cincinnati: TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma — The Bengals need a tight end who can block and stretch the field. Remember, though, they also need a safety and they like players from USC. This could be Taylor Mays.

→22. New England: WR Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State — With Wes Welker coming off a severe knee injury and Randy Moss in the last year of his deal, Bryant is interesting here. A lot of scouts like Georgia Tech’s Thomas better, however.

→23. Green Bay: CB Devin McCourty, Rutgers — The Packers are getting old quickly at cornerback and need an infusion of youth there. McCourty, Patrick Robinson and Kareem Jackson are options.

→24. Philadelphia: CB Patrick Robinson, Florida State — Robinson might be the most physically gifted cornerback in this draft, but his play has been somewhat inconsistent. The Eagles need a replacement for Sheldon Brown.

→25. Baltimore: DT Jared Odrick, Penn State — Odrick is a good fit for Baltimore’s 3-4 defense. He’s huge and could help the Ravens maintain their excellence on the defensive front.

→26. Arizona: DT Dan Williams, Tennessee — Williams is shorter (6 feet 2) and wide (329 pounds), and he could be the nose tackle that Cardinals Coach Ken Whisenhunt has sought since he arrived. Linebacker is a need, too.

→27. Dallas: S Taylor Mays, USC — The Cowboys cut Ken Hamlin, and they’re looking for a safety who makes more plays. Is that Mays? He still needs to prove he’s a playmaker, even though his "measurables” are off the charts.

→28. San Diego: RB Ryan Mathews, Fresno State — The Chargers don’t have LaDainian Tomlinson and they need a young back who can complement Darren Sproles. They can pick up a defensive tackle in the second round.

→29. N.Y. Jets: DE Brandon Graham, Michigan — As good as Rex Ryan’s defense is, the Jets still need a pass rusher who can pour on the pressure so the team doesn’t have to blitz so much. Another guy to look for here is TCU’s Jerry Hughes.

→30. Minnesota: CB Kareem Jackson, Alabama — The Vikings have a glaring need for help at cornerback. They could be in prime position to trade back if there’s a team zeroed in on Tebow.

→31. Indianapolis: OT Rodger Saffold, Indiana — The Colts need to revamp their offensive line, and Saffold is just the type of player who fits their scheme. If they go defensive tackle, this could be UCLA’s Brian Price.

→32. New Orleans: DE Tyson Alualu, Cal — Rising fast on a lot of draft boards, Alualu could step right into Gregg Williams’ defense and make an impact.

By Sam Farmer,

Los Angeles Times

McClatchy-Tribune News Service



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