Pro days have come and gone with many top prospects showcasing the elite abilities that make them such coveted picks in the NFL draft.
The consensus top corner back in the draft Joe Haden, who had previously struggled at the combine posting a slow forty yard dash time (4.57) and sluggish drill work, shined at his pro day running a 4.45 forty time.
Although it was never thought Haden would drop out of the first round entirely his performance has most likely catapulted him back to a top ten pick.
Speaking of Florida former Gator quarterback Tim Tebow unveiled his highly anticipated new throwing motion and foot work, which by all accounts went better than most expected.
Tebow, in the eyes of scouts, improved his draft stock from a third roundgrade to a secondroundgrade but still is not going to go in the first round.
Tennessee safety Eric Berry shined at the combine with his 4.39 speed but at his pro day injured his toe on the very first drill and was unable to workout any further.
Berry can play all four secondary positions and if there is one thing NFL teams covet it’s versatility, his lackluster pro day should in no way hurt his draft status as an elite safety.
One of the fastest risers in this years draft is Alabama defensive tackle Terrence Cody.
Cody is pegged as a prototypical 3-4 nose tackle which is a position highly sought after in the NFL with so many clubs switching to the 3-4 style defense.
Guys of his size and athleticism just don’t come around that often and with the 3-4 defense clearly being the new trend, a good nose tackle of his caliber is hard to pass up.
The debate rages on just who will be the first pick in this years draft Sam Bradford, Ndamukong Suh or Gerald McCoy.
St. Louis currently holds this pick and are in desperate need of an elite QB after the rapid decline of Mark Bulger.
Most mocks now have them taking Bradford because of this but to complicate things further reports have now surfaced that the Rams have offered their secondround pick and safety OJ Atogwe to the Eagles for Donovan McNabb.
Obviously if this is a deal that comes to fruition the Rams surely would not take Bradford with number one overall pick but instead tab either McCoy or Suh there.
Both sides deny the trade rumors but in the NFL teams are notorious for saying one thing and doing another.
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|Pick||Team||Player Selected||Player’s Position||Player’s School||Analysis|
|1.||Sam Bradford (Previous Pick: Ndamakong Suh)||Quarterback||Oklahoma||Most mocks have Bradford going to the Rams over McCoy or Suh and rightfully so after the fast decline of quarterback Marc Bulger. Spagneeds a franchsie QB to build his team around and Bradford is the best one available in the draft, all this rests on if the McNabb trade rumor is just that, a rumor.|
|2.|| Russell Okung(Previous Pick: Gerald McCoy)
||Offensive Tackle||Oklahoma State||The Lions have allot invested in their young quarterback Matthew Stafford and as hard as it may be to pass up players like Suh and McCoy they have to protect Stafford and opt to draft the best left tackle available Russell Okung.|
|3.||Ndamakong Suh(Previous Pick: Jason Pierre-Paul)||Defensive Tackle||Nebraska||The hapless Bucs have allot of holes to fill and HC Raheem Morris allot of work to do. Re-building a struggling secondary is high on the list but with Suh falling to them they just can’t let him go by and opt to draft him as an anchor to the middle of their Tampa 2 defense for a long time to come.|
|4.||Bryan Bulaga(Previous Pick: Russell Okung)||Offensive Tackle||Iowa||You can bet the Redskins are upset that Okung is not available but luckily one of the deepest drafts for OT in recent memory is currently under way and if Shanahan is going to stick with Campbell as his quarterback he has to get him some protection.|
|5.||Gerald McCoy(Previous Pick: Bryan Bulaga)||Defensive Tackle||Oklahoma||The Chiefs needs some help in the secondary especially at safety but the common practice is not to take one this high in the draft, regardless McCoy is available withthe fifth pick so they take him.|
|6.||Trent Williams(Previous Pick: Anthony Davis)
||Offensive Tackle||Oklahoma||With Pete Carroll now at the helm in Seattle it is possible that Matt Hasselbeck’sfuture there is in jeopardy, but again there is not a QB worth drafting this high after Bradford. There are a number of monster OT left here and think the third best is taken, Trent Williams, to help keep Hasselbeck upright.|
|7.||Joe Haden(Previous Pick: Eric Berry)||Cornerback||Florida||CB Joe Haden may have rescued his draft after silencing any doubts scouts had about his speed at his pro day. Mangini needs to re-build his secondary and although Berry andMays are both still here he opts for the best corner in the draft and takes Haden.|
|8.||Bruce Campbell(Previous Pick: Trent Williams)
||Offensive Tackle||Maryland||What can you say here, Al Davis loves to draft freakishly fast players and my gut instinct tells me Davis wants Taylor Mays and that sub 4.3 speed in his backfield even with some pretty stud players there already. However I think Davis is pigeon holed into drafting a glaring need for the team and takes the player he likes most at LT, the beast Bruce Campbell.|
|9.||CJ Spiller(Previous Pick: Derrick Morgan)
||Runningback||Clemson||New head coach Chan Gailey would like to get better running the ball and they now realize Marshawn Lynch is not the answer. Spiller, the best back in the draft, comes off the board.|
|10.||Carlos Dunlap(Previous Pick: Dunlap)||Defensive End||Florida||The Jags will look to upgrade their pass rush after posting only 14 sacks in 2009 by drafting the best defensive end Carlos Dunlap.|
|11.||Dez Bryant(Pevious Pick: Bryant)
||Wide Receiver||Oklahoma State||Looks like receiver Brandon Marshall may end up with the Sea hawks or possibly any team other than Denver. Daniels will need to fill the void left by Marshall and decides to take the first and best receiver in the draft Dez Bryant.|
|12.||Sergio Kindle(Previous Pick: Kindle)
||Outside Linebacker||Texas||This one is truly a no brainer as the only logical choice for the Dolphins is to take a linebacker after parting ways with Joey Porter coupled with the uncertainty of Jason Taylor’s future. The best linebacker in the draft comes off the board, Sergio Kindle, a future beast in a 3-4 scheme.|
|13.||Eric Berry(Previous Pick: Earl Thomas)
||Safety||Tennessee||The 49ers need some help in the secondary and since Haden went off the board #7 to the Browns they decide to go after the most versatile, athletic ball hawking safety Eric Berry and they are happy about it.|
|14.||Ryan Matthews(Previous Pick CJ Spiller)||Running Back||Fresno State||Carrol is a smart guy and he understands that a good running back can go along way and let’s face it the Seahawksdefinitely need an upgrade at the position as they have not had a viable back since the days of Sean Alexander. At 14 they take the second best back off the board and draft Ryan Matthew. They will look to fill their wide receiver need in free agency by diligently pursuing Brandon Marshall.|
|15.||Rolando McClain(Previous Pick: McClain)
||Inside Linebacker||Alabama||With former starter and leader of the Giants defense linebacker Antonio Pearce a distant memory in the big apple the Giants desperately need someone to step up in his place and become a play-maker. The clear choice is the best inside backer in the draft Rolando McClain.|
|16.||Jason Pierre-Paul(Previous Pick: Jared Odrick)||Defensive End||South Florida||The Titans pass rush could use an overhaul and Pierre-Paul is an interesting draft prospect that seemingly came out of nowhere to emerge as the potential best pass rusher in the draft. Clubs are drooling at the though of developing him and the Titans decide to get him first.|
|17.||Mike Iupati(Previous Pick: Iupati)
||Guard/Center||Idaho||Its a close battle with Maurkice Pouncey and Iupati as the best center in this years draft but in the end Iupati’s versatility appeals to the 49ers who hope he can blast open holes for Frank Gore.|
|18.||Kyle Wilson(Previous Pick: Dan Williams)||Cornerback||Boise State||The Steelers sewed up their starting nose tackle Casey Hampton which helped solidify the position heading into the draft. I still think they go defense here and draft according to need andtake who some consider the best corner in the draft over Haden corner Kyle Wilson.|
|19.||Brandon Graham(Previous Pick: Daryl Washington)
||Defensive End/Outside Linebacker||Michigan||The Falcons no longer need a corner after signing Dunta Robinson from the Texans. More importantly they need someone to rush the passer and Brandon Graham suits the bill nicely.|
Devin McCourty(Previous Pick: Joe Haden)
|Cornerback||Rutgers||Dunta Robinson was lost to the Falcons in free agency leaving a void at the corner back position. . Therefore the pick is obvious especially considering they play Peyton Manning two times a year. Haden andWilson are both gone which leaves Devin McCourty as the best left. McCourty has sparked allot of interest lately and his special teams ability makes him a nice pick with the 20th selection.|
Jermaine Gresham(Previous Pick: Gresham)
|Tight End||Oklahoma||The Bengals have had nothing but inconsistency and injury at the tight end position and desperately need a play making tight end to command respect in the middle of the field. Regardless of Gresham’s knee injury they welcome him to Cincinnati with open arms.|
||Outside Linebacker||Missouri||The Patriots see a need and fill it, his addition will help an increasingly struggling run defense.|
|23.||Anthony Davis(Previous Pick: Bruce Campbell)
||Offensive Tackle||Rutgers||Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers spent the majority of the 2009 season lying flat on his back as the o-line was a complete and utter catastrophe. Great strides were made towards the end of the season but never the less they will look to bolster the line and protect Rodgers by taking the best available, Anthony Davis.|
|24.||Everson Griffen(Previous Pick: Griffen)||Defensive End||Southern California||The same old analogy applies, if you can upgrade your pass rush then do it. Griffen paired with Cole is a tandem destined to wreak havoc.|
|25.||Dan Williams(Previous Pick: Arrelious Benn)
||Defensive Tackle||Tennessee||Many think the Ravens may look at taking a linebacker here and there is definitely a consideration given the age of Ray Lewis. The other choice for the Ravens could have been a receiver but they were able to land their prize fee agent Anquan Boldin. They take Dan Williams to compliment Haloti Ngata.|
|26.||Earl Thomas(Previous Pick: Navarro Bowman)||Safety||Texas||Safety Antrell Rolle was swayed by big blue in free agency leaving a gaping hole at safety for the Cards. Berry is long gone but Thomas is here and is a great replacement option for Rolle.|
|27.||Taylor Mays(Previous Pick: Mays)||Safety||Southern California||Jerry Jones may be getting the steal of the draft by taking Mays with the 27th pick, assuming he falls this far that is. Mays is a freakish athlete with blazing speed and you can bet Jones is more than happy to add him into his secondary. They have to start winning play off games is they expect to pay for the Jones-Mahal.|
|28.||Jahvid Best(Previous Pick: Ryan Matthews)||Running Back||California||San Diego is desperately seeking help at the running back position after releasing long time Pro Bowl back LaDainian Tomlinson this off-season leaving Darren Sproles as the number one guy. The Chargers have to go running back here and I think they take Jahvid Best with the rest already gone.|
|29.||Demaryius Thomas(Previous Pick: Brandon Graham)||Wide Receiver||Georgia Tech||Rex Ryan and the Jets need some receive help and appear to be out of the market for Brandon Marshall. Some are concerned with Thomas due to the fact he has not worked out after suffering a stress fracture in his foot. Regardless he has the hands of Fitzgerald, speed of Moss and the size of Calvin Johnson. Need we say more?|
|30.||Patrick Robinson(Previous Pick: Kyle Wilson)
||Cornerback||Florida State||Plain and simple the Vikes really, really need help at corner and Haden, Wilson and McCourty are all gone. Patrick Robinson might not bet the most popular pick but it’s definitely the smartest.|
|31.||Maurkice Pouncey(Previous Pick: Jahvid Best)||Center||Florida||Pouncey is being hailed as one of the best center prospects in recent memory. Most mocks have him going higher and in some instances as high as 19th to San Francisco. Jeff Saturday is coming to the end of his playing career so taking Pouncey to groom as his eventual replacement makes perfect sense.|
|32.||Jared Odrick(Previous Pick: Maurkice Pouncey)||Defensive Tackle||Penn State||The Saints will take the best player available here regardless of need. In my previous mock I had them taking Pouncey but it doesn’t look like he wil be available with the 32nd pick. A clear need for the Saints is defensive end after the release of Charles Grant but with the more elite ends already gone that doesnt leave much to choose from. I don’t think any one is rated higher on their draft board than Odrick here.|
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