Mock draft 3.0: Domino effect, need for OTs, could drop Suh


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The NFL Draft is reminiscent of a board game. An unforeseen move can lead to a domino effect for the rest of the first round. In sizing up the most recent transactions across the league, it appears that the 2010 NFL Draft could already be taking dramatic turns at a couple of points within the top 10.

The Detroit Lions, who have widely been expected to take one of the top defensive tackles (Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy) to shore up their porous defense, have started to entertain the thought of taking offensive tackle Russell Okung with the second overall pick.

As part of their possible preparation for taking an offensive tackle, the Lions have acquired a potential starting defensive tackle in Corey Williams (via trade with the Cleveland Browns) and will host free agent Anthony Hargrove on a visit this week. Both moves suggest the team is seriously considering taking an offensive player with its top pick, and the potential selection of Okung would undoubtedly be a move to protect Matthew Stafford after watching him take a beating in the pocket as a rookie, when the Lions surrendered 43 sacks.

If the Lions make such a bold move at the second pick, the fate of several prospects are bound to change due to the availability of Suh and/or McCoy at the third pick. This could lead to trades from teams outside of the top 10 that are hopeful of landing one of the dominant defenders to become a pillar of their respective defenses.

Another move that is likely to change the tide of the top 10 has been the Cleveland Browns' unexpected jettisoning of both of their quarterbacks from last season. While the release of Derek Anderson was widely anticipated, the Brady Quinn trade has the potential to throw the top 10 into disarray.

The Browns will join a host of suitors looking to improve their quarterback situation, and only two quarterbacks, Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen, in the 2010 draft class carry first-round grades on most draft boards.

With Bradford slated to go at No. 1, the rush to snap up Clausen will also lead to furious activity that could result in a trade that completely upsets the apple cart. With the Washington Redskins, Buffalo Bills, Seattle Seahawks and possibly the Jacksonville Jaguars joining the Browns in the quarterback chase, the first round could take on a drastically different look than anyone anticipates.

Let's take a look at how the landscape of the draft could change based on the possible moves by the Lions or Browns:

1. St. Louis Rams
Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

The Rams select Bradford to be their franchise quarterback of the future after doctors express confidence about his long-term health prospects. (Previous pick: Ndamukong Suh)

2. Detroit Lions
Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State

Jim Schwartz opts against adding a centerpiece to his defense to give Stafford some protection on the backside; Okung's presence allows LT Jeff Backus to move inside to his natural guard position. (Previous pick: Gerald McCoy)

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma

Raheem Morris grapples with the decision to choose McCoy over Suh, but the former Sooner star is a better fit in the Bucs' one-gap scheme. (Previous pick: Jason Pierre-Paul)

4. Washington Redskins
Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma

Jimmy Clausen is in play at this spot, but the need for a franchise-caliber left tackle to replace Chris Samuels is a bigger priority. (Previous pick: Russell Okung)

5. Kansas City Chiefs
Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa

The thought of nabbing Suh is appealing considering his high grade, but the addition of Bulaga addresses the Chiefs' biggest need on the offensive line. (Previous pick: Trent Williams)

6. Seattle Seahawks
Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers

The Seahawks' offer to Charlie Whitehurst indicates the team will address their QB concerns in free agency; Davis gives the team a solid replacement for Walter Jones. (Previous pick: Derrick Morgan)

7. Cleveland Browns
Eric Berry, S, Tennessee

Mike Holmgren will seriously consider pulling the trigger on Jimmy Clausen, but Berry is an impact player capable of upgrading the Browns' secondary with his playmaking ability. (Previous pick: Joe Haden)

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8. Oakland Raiders
Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska

Al Davis throws off the skeptics expecting an outlandish pick from the Silver and Black; Suh gives the defense a legitimate difference-maker in the middle of the line. (Previous pick: Anthony Davis)

9. Buffalo Bills
Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame

The Bills would like to improve their offensive line, but the early run on offensive tackles leaves them without a worthy option at this point; Clausen becomes Chan Gailey's handpicked choice to direct his wide-open offense. (Previous pick: Bryan Baluga)

10. Jacksonville Jaguars
Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech

Aaron Kampman's signing won't prevent the Jaguars from adding another pass rusher to the team's arsenal. After tallying only 12 sacks a season ago, the addition of Morgan completes the team's frontline makeover. (Previous pick: Carlos Dunlap)

11. Denver Broncos
Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama

McClain steps right into the starting lineup on Day 1 as a rock-solid "Mike" linebacker in the Broncos' 3-4. (Previous pick: Dez Bryant)

12. Miami Dolphins
Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas

Dan Williams would also make sense at this pick, but Kindle gives the Dolphins a young athletic rusher to fill the void created by the impending departures of Joey Porter and Jason Taylor. (Previous pick: Kindle)

13. San Francisco 49ers
Joe Haden, CB, Florida

Haden's disappointing 40 time dropped him out of the top 10, but the talented cover man is the top corner in the draft and gives the 49ers a much-needed ball hawk in the secondary. (Previous pick: Eric Berry)

14. Seattle Seahawks
C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson

The Seahawks offense lacks playmakers and speed; Spiller addresses both needs and alleviates some of the pressure on Matt Hasselbeck to carry the unit. (Previous pick: Spiller)

15. New York Giants
Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri

The Giants take the versatile Weatherspoon as a possible replacement for Antonio Pierce. Weatherspoon spent most of his career as a "Will" linebacker but could move to the "Mike" in Perry Fewell's new scheme. (Previous pick: Rolando McClain)

16. Tennessee Titans
Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State

The Titans also have needs at defensive end, but Wilson gives the team a gritty corner to pair with Cortland Finnegan in the lineup. (Previous pick: Brian Price)

17. San Francisco 49ers
Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho

Iupati upgrades the 49ers' offensive line with his toughness and gives Frank Gore a "road grader" to follow on his jaunts between the tackles. (Previous pick: Iupati)

18. Pittsburgh Steelers
Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee

Casey Hampton returns after signing a lucrative deal, but Williams will share snaps early in his career before taking over the job in a few years. (Previous pick: Terrence Cody)

19. Atlanta Falcons
Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan

The Falcons ranked 28th in pass defense a season ago, but some of their problems could be attributed to a pass rush that only generated 28 sacks. Graham's high motor and dynamic rush skills would be a welcome addition to the team's frontline. (Previous pick: Navorro Bowman)

20. Houston Texans
Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State

Mathews is the ideal "one-cut" runner to play in Gary Kubiak's zone-based scheme. The former Bulldog finished second in the nation in rushing (behind Stanford's Toby Gerhart) and is a big-play threat with outstanding size and speed. (Previous pick: Earl Thomas)

21. Cincinnati Bengals
Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State

Adding a receiver to the lineup isn't a priority after signing Antonio Bryant during free agency, but this Bryant is too good to pass up at his point. He gives the Bengals a dynamic trio at the position, which should help Carson Palmer regain his Pro Bowl form. (Previous pick: Jermaine Gresham)

22. New England Patriots
Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State

Odrick is a workmanlike interior defender with the skills and versatility to thrive in Bill Belichick's hybrid scheme. (Previous pick: Brandon Graham)

23. Green Bay Packers
Charles Brown, OT, USC

The team is bringing back Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher, but Brown can be groomed as an eventual successor to either player. (Previous pick: Bruce Campbell)

24. Philadelphia Eagles
Earl Thomas, S, Texas

The Eagles missed Brian Dawkins' leadership and ball-hawking ways; Thomas earned high marks in both areas and could emerge as a star in Sean McDermott's attack-style defense. (Previous pick: Everson Griffen)

25. Baltimore Ravens
Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma

Anquan Boldin and Donte' Stallworth have added star power to the Ravens' aerial attack, but Gresham would give the team a much-needed vertical threat in the middle of the field. (Previous pick: Arrelious Benn)

26. Arizona Cardinals
Jason Pierre-Paul, OLB, South Florida

As one of the top athletes in the draft, Pierre-Paul has the potential to blossom into a dynamic edge rusher as a pro. (Previous pick: Sam Bradford)

27. Dallas Cowboys
Taylor Mays, S, USC

Mays has exceptional physical tools, but will need some time to develop the instincts and awareness needed to be a star at the position. If the Cowboys' coaching staff can tap into his immense potential, he could be a difference maker in the back end. (Previous pick: Mays)

28. San Diego Chargers
Terrence Cody, NT, Alabama

The release of Jamal Williams threatens to cripple the Chargers defense unless they find a suitable replacement in the middle. Cody's strength at the point of attack will free up the team's linebackers to make plays against the run. (Previous pick: Jahvid Best)

29. New York Jets
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech

Thomas has flown under the radar after breaking a foot during his pre-combine training, but scouts are falling in love with his exceptional physical dimensions (6-foot-3, 224 pounds) and big-play potential. (Previous pick: Kyle Wilson)

30. Minnesota Vikings
Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers

Injuries to Cedric Griffin and Antoine Winfield make addressing the secondary a priority; McCourty's athleticism, toughness and awareness make him an ideal fit in the Vikings' two-deep scheme. (Previous pick: Dan Williams)

31. Indianapolis Colts
Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida

The versatile Pouncey will immediately start at guard, but will eventually serve as Jeff Saturday's successor in the near future. (Previous pick: Jared Odrick)

32. New Orleans Saints
Everson Griffen, DE, USC

The Saints could opt for a linebacker at this spot, but Griffen's rush skills fill an obvious need with Charles Grant no longer in the team's future plans. (Previous pick: Sean Weatherspoon)

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