The top seven picks were identical in our first two drafts: Ndamukong Suh, Gerald McCoy, Eric Berry, Russell Okung, Anthony Davis, Sam Bradford and Joe Haden, in that order. But no longer. There's a new No. 1 headed to St. Louis this time around, and the ripple effect is felt across the board.
In fact, just two of the top-10 picks in Mock Draft 3.0 mirror the 2.0 results. Check out all the latest picks below.
- 1. Rams: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma (Previous Pick: Ndamukong Suh)
The Bradford-to-STL movement is gaining steam as we get closer to the draft. His March 25 pro day workout will be the biggest day leading up to the draft in terms of shaping the rest of the first round. For now, though, the guess is that he's fine and the Rams realize they can't go without filling the most important position on the roster any longer. A.J. Feeley will bridge the gap until Bradford is ready to take over, and Marc Bulger has taken his last snap in St. Louis.
-- Matt Snyder
- 2. Lions: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska (Previous Pick: Gerald McCoy)
If Suh goes No. 1, the Lions will face a difficult decision between Gerald McCoy and Russell Okung. If St. Louis opts for Bradford, though, there's no decision to ponder: Suh is the pick, without question, if he's on the board here.
-- Chris Burke
- 3. Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma (Previous Pick: Eric Berry)
Not only is McCoy the best pass-rushing interior lineman in the draft, he may be the best defensive player in the draft. The Bucs only sacked opposing quarterbacks 28 times in 2009, so McCoy gives them an instant upgrade and a tool to stop the run as well.
-- Knox Bardeen
- 4. Redskins: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State (Previous Pick: Okung)
Honestly, the best the Redskins can ask for is to have Okung and one of the top QBs on the board at this point. Could the Redskins make a huge investment in Jimmy Clausen here? Sure. But they desperately need tackle help, and the 2011 draft will present ample opportunities to find a franchise quarterback.
- 5. Chiefs: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee (Previous Pick: Anthony Davis)
Mmm-kay. So that's what happens when Rams shock the world with a QB and not a DT, huh? The Chiefs will take it, because it means getting the best player in the draft, and that ain't all bad.
-- Will Brinson
- 6. Seahawks: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa (Previous Pick: Bradford)
If this is how the draft shakes out, and it certainly appears to be how a lot of people believe it will, Brandon Marshall seems more and more attractive in Seattle teal. The 'Hawks need line help (badly) and that makes Bulaga a great fit, but getting Marshall by giving this pick to Denver -- or potentially trading down -- suddenly seems like a pretty spectacular alternative, with all five of the truly elite players in this draft off the board.
- 7. Browns: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame (Previous Pick: Joe Haden)
Based on the way the Browns have behaved during free agency, they are in the market for a quarterback. Bradford might be their guy, but trading up isn't part of our job description. So it will be Clausen. Hopefully he picks up more from Jake Delhomme than how to throw interceptions, because Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson could have taught him that with no problem.
-- Josh Alper
- 8. Raiders: Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland (Previous Pick: Campbell)
No one had a really big problem with Campbell as a high pick before the combine, and since he went and all got upside-y on things that may or may not actually matter on the field of football play, you can beat your pleather Starter jacket that Al Davis won't mind keeping him here. Plus, the Heyward-Bey Terrapin jokes write themselves.
- 9. Bills: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma (Previous Pick: Clausen)
In the first two iterations of the FanHouse mock, Clausen landed here. We expect, as has happened in Mock 3.0, that Clausen won't be available here, so the Bills address the huge need they have at tackle. The team shipped Jason Peters off to Philadelphia last offseason and still haven't brought in a suitable replacement. Williams has everything you could ask from from an NFL left tackle and would be a great consolation prize if Buffalo can't grab an elite QB.
-- R.J. White
- 10. Jaguars: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, USF (Previous Pick: Derrick Morgan)
Pierre-Paul and Derrick Morgan are both versatile ends with great pass-rushing skills. Morgan is looked at as the safer pick, while Pierre-Paul has the most upside. With the Jaguars' problem putting fannies in seats, they'll choose explosive with awesome upside and hope to make it off of the blackout list more often in 2010.
- 11. Broncos (From Bears): Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State (Previous Pick: Rolando McClain)
Regardless of whether or not Denver lands Seattle's No. 6 pick, one thing is very clear: everyone needs Brandon Marshall out of Denver, and the Broncos need a fresh start at wideout. It seems likely that Denver will be able to address another position of need at six (with the Seahawks potentially signing Marshall), which makes this a perfect need pick as well.
- 12. Dolphins: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee (Previous Pick: Bryant)
The Dolphins signed free agent Karlos Dansby, alleviating the need to take Ronaldo McClain, or any other linebacker, with this pick. Williams is a huge obstacle in the middle of the line and gives the Dolphins some youth and security for when Jason Ferguson is injured or otherwise detained.
- 13. 49ers: Joe Haden, CB, Florida (Previous Pick: Bulaga)
If "slow 40 times" equate to "stupendous draft value," well, the Niners are all aboard.
- 14. Seahawks (From Broncos): C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson (Previous Pick: Derrick Morgan)
People are going to make quirky stares in Pete Carroll's direction over the next few months as he molds the Seahawks. For instance, he just traded for Charlie Whitehurst (and traded a lot; although as an ACC follower, I'll tell you I think he could be Matt Schaub 1.5), and there's a good chance he'll want to fit his system QB with a weapon a la Reggie Bush 2.0. If he does, Spiller won't fall past this spot.
- 15. Giants: Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama (Previous Pick: Brian Price)
The Giants couldn't ask for the draft going any better than this -- just sitting back and having the best inside linebacker in the draft fall into their laps. McClain would replace Antonio Pierce and give the Giants some much-needed athleticism in their front seven.
- 16. Titans: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech (Previous Pick: Carlos Dunlap)
Like the Giants, the Titans would be thrilled if the draft shapes up this way. They get one of the safest bets in the draft. There may be defensive ends with more upside, but Morgan plays the run, can rush the passer pretty well and is always productive. Unlike many defensive linemen, Morgan plays all out on every play.
-- J.J. Cooper
- 17. 49ers (From Panthers): Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers (Previous Pick: Earl Thomas)
This draft went beautifully for the Niners; Davis represents another high-upside player who slipped in the draft, while also slotting into one of the two key areas that the team is looking to improve. He's arguably one of the two or three best prospects on the board in terms of tackles, but various teams' preferences let him slip.
- 18. Steelers: Mike Iupati, G, Idaho (Previous Pick: Iupati)
The Steelers would be in a prime spot to move down here. Taking C Maurkice Pouncey late in the first round would likely do as much, if not more, to help the Steelers offensive line in 2010 as drafting Mike Iupati at No. 18. Trading down would also give Pittsburgh multiple options to choose from at cornerback. But if they stick at No. 18, Iupati is the best player who fits a need for the Steelers.
- 19. Falcons: Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri (Previous Pick: Sergio Kindle)
Weatherspoon is considered to be both fast and strong and performed admirably at the combine. He's a touch on the small side but is a thinking man's linebacker.
- 20. Texans: Earl Thomas, DB, Texas (Previous Pick: Spiller)
With the departure of Dunta Robinson, and no free agent replacement, the Texans draft the ballhawk their defense has needed since Aaron Glenn left before the 2005 season. Very tempting to go running back Ryan Matthews in this spot, because the running back that they covet may not be available by their second pick.
-- Stephanie Stradley
- 21. Bengals: Taylor Mays, S, USC (Previous Pick: Dunlap)
Same pick as last time around for the Bengals, but it was a tougher decision this time. Why? Because Brandon Graham's still sitting on the board. There are some that argue he's better off in a 3-4 defense than a 4-3, but the guy is a player, plain and simple. We'll stay with Mays for now, though, if only because he feels like a more natural fit for Cincinnati.
- 22. Patriots: Brandon Graham, DE/LB, Michigan (Previous Pick: Graham)
Even with Tully Banta-Cain back on the roster, the Patriots need to address their needy pass rush. Graham gets the nod over Sergio Kindle because of his relentless engine, his speed and the fact that he also showed an ability to stop the run.
- 23. Packers: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State (Previous Pick: Wilson)
The Packers could easily go with USC's Charles Brown or another offensive tackle and no one in Green Bay would complain. But with the Pack retaining a couple of its veteran linemen for 2010, it makes even more sense to pay some attention to the secondary.
- 24. Eagles: Maurkice Pouncey, OL, Florida (Previous Pick: Trent Williams)
Thanks to injury and ineffectiveness, the offensive line turned out to be a major issue for the Eagles in 2009. Andy Reid and Co. loves spending those first-round picks on linemen (both offensive and defensive), and after acquiring Daryl Tapp from Seattle, they'll target the offensive line here. Pouncey will be a big help along the interior of the line, but the Eagles may also look to bringing in a pure tackle with the release of Shawn Andrews.
- 25. Ravens: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma (Previous Pick: Gresham)
The Ravens did fantastic in bringing in Anquan Boldin to be the focal point of the passing attack, and in resigning Derrick Mason. This is a team built to contend for a Super Bowl title now, and the last piece to the offensive puzzle is a young tight end that can take over for the oft-injured Todd Heap. Gresham, despite a disappointing combine, is still the best of the best at the position and is a superb addition to the passing game.
- 26. Cardinals: Charles Brown, OT, USC (Previous Pick: Griffen)
With the signing of Joey Porter, the Cardinals likely won't spend a pick on another outside linebacker here anymore. They will now shift to trying to keep Matt Leinart safe -- assuming he wins the quarterback job over Derek Anderson. Brown has only played tackle for two seasons, but his upside is that of an elite offensive tackle.
- 27. Cowboys: Jared Odrick, DT/DE, Penn St. (Previous Pick: Odrick)
Dallas isn't a team with many needs; in fact, with the breakout of Miles Austin, they addressed their biggest need internally last year. Two areas they will look to improve through the draft this year are the offensive and defensive lines. Odrick would be a perfect fit for Dallas' 3-4, and he would be slotted in at DE in the scheme. With the Cowboys bringing Dez Bryant in for a workout, they could also be angling for a trade up.
- 28. Chargers: Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech (Previous Pick: Dwyer)
The issue isn't "What" for San Diego, it's "Who." They're taking a running back here -- almost without question or barring some incredible talent free-falling down the board -- and it's going to work out well for them. For whatever reason, it seems pretty unlikely that anyone else will take a back before 28, meaning the Chargers get their pick of several very talented backs. Dwyer or Ryan Mathews of Fresno State seem like the most likely candidates.
- 29. Jets: Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame (Previous Pick: Tate)
Sergio Kindle would be a real consideration here, but Tate winds up as the pick as the Jets try to build an offense that can attack as well as its defense. It's easy to see Tate working the slot and taking advantage of defenses that have to worry about Braylon Edwards beating them over the top. That can only help the Sanchize's maturation.
- 30. Vikings: Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers (Previous Pick: McCourty)
Thankfully the possible run on cornerbacks hasn't happened in this draft, which leaves Minnesota with a choice of McCourty or FSU's Patrick Robinson. The pick here is for McCourty's all-around game instead of Robinson's upside.
- 31. Colts: Brian Price, DT, UCLA (Previous Pick: Dan Williams)
Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney could use a playmaker between them, and Price would give the Colts a very formidable defensive line. Again, though, we feel compelled to point out there is really no way to predict what Bill Polian will do.
- 32. Saints: Sean Lee, LB, Penn State (Previous Pick: Weathersppon)
Lee has two major knee injuries working against him, but looks healthy now, and had a great season at Penn State in 2009. He'll be able to play inside or outside at linebacker and has a fantastic work ethic.