2010 NFL Mock Draft (mid-free agency edition)

After nearly two weeks of free agency, the 49ers – as expected – have not filled any of their most pressing needs. There have not been an abundance of quality players on the free-agent market, and the 49ers’ first priority is to spend its money on signing some of their young stars to contract extensions.

 

The 49ers, just as a year ago at this time, need an offensive tackle. And they still need to add a player (or two) with return capabilities. Look for the 49ers to address those areas in the draft.

 

It would be a surprise if the 49ers do not take an offensive tackle in the first round of the draft. More than likely, they could address it at No. 13. Of course, what they do with No. 13 will influence their pick at No. 17.

 

Assuming one of those picks is a tackle, where do the 49ers go from there? The most likely targets would be defensive line, outside pass rusher or a defensive back.

 

With that in mind, here’s my feeble attempt at my Dumb Guy Mock Draft 2.0. And, please, as always, hold your laughter until the end:

 

1. Rams – Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma: When a team uses its first pick on a quarterback, they’re making a plea for patience to its fan base.

 

2. Lions – Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska: They get their pick of the defensive tackles.

 

3. Bucs – Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma: Not much separating him from Suh.

 

4. Redskins – Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame: Mike Shanahan did not inherit John Elway this time, so he has to go find his guy.

 

5. Chiefs – Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida: Since they dealt Jared Allen, he has 29 sacks in two seasons. The Chiefs, as a team, have 32 during that same period.

 

6. Seahawks – Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State: Here’s Walter Jones’ replacement.

 

7. Browns – Eric Berry, S, Tennessee: They envision a game-changer in the secondary, similar to the Ravens’ Ed Reed.

 

8. Raiders – Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers: It’s too easy to have them choose combine star Bruce Campbell. Same position, just better game film from Davis.

 

9. Bills – Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa: He just has the look of a cold-weather mauler for a team that needs one.

 

10. Jaguars – Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State: The pass rush could use some help, but they’ve used plenty of picks lately in that area.

 

11. Broncos – Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama: They just dumped starting inside linebacker Andra Davis, so McClain steps right in.

 

12. Dolphins – Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech: Joey Porter is out, and in comes Morgan to bring his nice pass-rush skills.

 

13. 49ers – Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma: The 49ers must find a starting tackle in the draft, so they can’t pass up Williams in this spot. More than likely, he would start at right tackle as a rookie with Joe Staley staying on the left side.

 

14. Seahawks – C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson: Pete Carroll gets a nice toy to help in the run game, pass game and – on occasion – special teams.

 

15. Giants – Joe Haden, CB, Florida: His stock might be on the rise with an improved 40 time at his pro day. The 49ers aren’t going to take a “slow” corner in the first round. So if Haden was able to shed that level, he’s back in play for the 49ers.

 

16. Titans – Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee: They haven’t been nearly as strong up the middle since Albert Haynesworth began cashing Daniel Snyder’s checks.

 

17. 49ers – Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State: The confidence level of this pick is not high. If they don’t get Williams at No. 13, they could take USC OT Charles Brown. If they’ve already gotten their tackle, they could trade back and get an outside linebacker, such as Koa Misi. But, today, Iean toward Wilson at this spot. He gives the 49ers’ secondary a needed injection of speed. He can fit right into a role as a nickel back, as well as give the 49ers a good punt returner.

 

18. Steelers – Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho: There’s no consensus whether Iupati has the feet to make the transition to tackle. As a guard, he should be fine for the Steelers’ needs.

 

19. Falcons – Earl Thomas, S, Texas: Has the versatility to play a number of different spots, including true cornerback.

 

20. Texans – Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno State: Strong, stout runner gives Texans a running threat after Steve Slaton’s disappointing season.

 

21. Bengals – Taylor Mays, S, USC: His combine numbers were astounding. The Bengals trust he can improve his cover skills.


22. Patriots – Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan: Good fit for New England‘s 3-4 defense.

 

23. Packers – Charles Brown, OT, USC: Athletic pass protector will be asked to protect Aaron Rodgers’ blind side for a long time.

 

24. Eagles – Everson Griffen, DE, USC: Griffen doesn’t get many double-teams with Trent Cole on the other side.


25. Ravens – Brian Price, DT, UCLA: Another stout body on the line to keep blockers off aging Ray Lewis.


26. Cardinals – Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida: There’s quite a drop off from him to the second-best center.

 

27. Cowboys – Jerry Hughes, LB, TCU: Talented pass rusher is too good to pass up at this spot.

 

28. Chargers – Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech: Although tempted to take Jahvid Best, they need a bigger, more durable back for first and second downs.

 

29. Jets – Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama: Coach Rex Ryan sees absolutely nothing wrong with Cody’s robust physique.


30. Vikings – Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers: In this division, a team needs all the cornerbacks they can find.

 

31. Colts – Rodger Saffold, G, Indiana: The Colts look close to home to find some help up front for Peyton Manning.

 

32. Saints – Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State: Versatile lineman should be a solid player in any scheme.

 

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Here was my first mock attempt, pre-combine.

 

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