Mock draft 5.0: Ripple effect of the McNabb deal

  • By Pat Kirwan NFL.com
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There are only six active quarterbacks with a Super Bowl ring. Right after that group of elite quarterbacks sits Donovan McNabb, who is now a Washington Redskin … for less than a first-round pick!

Here are the ripple effects the McNabb trade might have on the draft:

» The Eagles could easily select USC safety Taylor Mays in the first round and then -- with two second-round picks -- they can get Penn State linebacker Navorro Bowman and a longshot defensive end, Austen Lane from Murray State.

» Jimmy Clausen falls in the draft. There may be a landing spot at No. 9 (Buffalo), but if he does not get selected there he could start to slide like Aaron Rodgers did in 2005.

» The Redskins may move out of the No. 4 spot to acquire a second-round pick to make up for the one they lost in the McNabb trade.

» If the Redskins stay put, they most likely would love one of the offensive tackles; Anthony Davis has to be considered

» The Eagles have five of the top 87 draft selections totaling 1,815 trade points -- which means they could move all over this draft or stay put and fill the roster with all kinds of talent.

» The biggest effect of the trade may be on Oakland at No. 8, Buffalo at No. 9, and Denver No. 11. Those teams need to reevaluate personnel and ready their draft boards.

Here's my latest mock draft, which has 12 changes in the first round and includes the second round choice based on what the team did in the first round.

1. St Louis Rams
Sam Bradford, QB Oklahoma

The first rule in the draft process is never pass on a franchise QB. Bradford worked well at his pro day, there is medical assurance he is healthy and as one head coach said to me after Bradford's workout, "He reminds me of Troy Aikman with that accuracy." (Previous pick: Bradford; second round: Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame)

2. Detroit Lions
Russell Okung, OT Oklahoma State

I would still take Ndamukong Suh at this spot and finish off the defensive rebuild, but it looks more like an offensive tackle to protect Matthew Stafford. The ripple effect of taking an OT here will be felt down to the middle of the first round. (Previous pick: Suh; second round: Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech)

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Ndamukong Suh, DT Nebraska

The Bucs have to choose between defensive tackles Suh and Gerald McCoy; size and college production tip the scales in Suh's favor. Seventy-seven plays behind the line of scrimmage are impressive. (Previous pick: Gerald McCoy; second round: Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama)

4. Washington Redskins
Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma

Now that the Redskins have their QB in McNabb, it's time to get an offensive tackle. Williams has 39 college starts and is an excellent athlete. Coach Mike Shanahan will have to push him to get the most out of him. The Redskins have no second-round pick, so a move down in the draft is likely to acquire more picks. (Previous pick: Russell Okung; no second-round pick

5. Kansas City Chiefs
Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa

Scott Pioli factors a lot more than height, weight and speed into his evaluation and he gets a very solid tackle who can be plugged in for 10 years. (Previous pick: Bulaga; second round: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma and Morgan Burnett, S, Georgia Tech)

6. Seattle Seahawks
Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma

McCoy could fall right into the laps of the Seahawks, which would be a perfect fit for Pete Carroll's defense. If he's not there, then they could take a long, hard look at Trent Williams, if he's there, or S Eric Berry. (Previous pick: C.J. Spiller; second round: Damian Williams, WR, USC)

7. Cleveland Browns
Eric Berry, S, Tennessee

Cleveland will put off a QB decision to a later round and can skip cornerback with the acquisition of Sheldon Brown. The best player on the board is Berry and it satisfies a need. (Previous pick: Berry; second round: Jahvid Best, RB, Cal)

8. Oakland Raiders
Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers

With the Redskins acquiring McNabb, it places more pressure on the offensive tackle population. Davis is raw but the upside is there and his play style is intense. (Previous pick: Davis; second round: Daryl Washington, LB, TCU

9. Buffalo Bills
Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame

The run on offensive tackles will possibly see four of the top eight picks come from the pass protector position. The Bills need a tackle but getting a young talented QB makes the most sense. In the second round, they grab Clausen a big receiving target. (Previous pick: Clausen; second round: Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois)

10. Jacksonville Jaguars
Earl Thomas, S, Texas

Thomas has been up and down the draft board. I have been told he's a late first-rounder, and then moments later I'm told he's the best safety in the draft. The Jags only have six picks and it wouldn't surprise me to see them trade down to pick up a second-round pick because right now they don't have another pick until No. 74. (Previous pick: Demaryius Thomas)

11. Denver Broncos
Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama

The Broncos fortified their defensive front with new veterans and now they turn to an inside linebacker with pass rush skills. (Previous pick: McClain; second round: Jerry Hughes, DE/OLB, TCU)

12. Miami Dolphins
Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas

There's lots of speculation they will draft NT Dan Williams here, but Bill Parcells' history says Miami will go with an outside linebacker that can rush the passer. Hard to resist a guy that had 57 plays behind the line of scrimmage. One former NFL man said, "I liked Sergio more than (Brian) Orakpo when they played together." (Previous pick: Kindle; second round: Terrence Cody, NT, Alabama)

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

The trade that sent Sheldon Brown from the Eagles to the Browns now puts Haden in play for teams in this range of the first round. (Previous pick: Trent Williams; second round: Colt McCoy, QB, Texas)

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

Spiller can touch the ball 20 times a game in a combination of rushes, receptions and returns. He will be a very dangerous player in Carroll's new offense, which needs a Reggie Bush-type player. (Previous pick: Derrick Morgan)

15. New York Giants
Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri

The Giants would love a shot at McClain but he should be gone by now. Don't underestimate Weatherspoon, even though he's getting little hype leading up to the draft. He can run 4.6 at 239 pounds, squat 770 pounds, and had 400 tackles in college. (Previous pick: Weatherspoon; second round: Rodger Saffold, OT, Indiana)

16. Tennessee Titans
Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech

The Titans need a defensive end and it comes down to Morgan and South Florida's Jason Pierre-Paul. The experience and production favors Morgan. The Titans must be right with this pick because they have no pick in the second round. (Previous pick: Pierre-Paul)

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

The 49ers solved their cornerback issue four picks earlier and now it's the versatile tough guy who can play guard or right tackle. He's Mike Singletary's kind of player and Singletary has more power in the draft room with the release of Scot McCloughan. (Previous pick: Joe Haden)

18. Pittsburgh Steelers
Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State

The Steelers need a starting corner and Wilson's return skills come in handy. With the Bengals and Ravens beefing up their passing attacks Pittsburgh has to improve in coverage. (Previous pick: Wilson; second round: John Asamoah, G/C, Illinois)

19. Atlanta Falcons
Brandon Graham, OLB/DE, Michigan

Graham fits in the front seven as a hybrid player and the eventual replacement for John Abraham if he doesn't have a bounce-back season. Graham made 85 plays behind the line of scrimmage in his college career. They do not have a second-round pick from the Tony Gonzalez trade. (Previous pick: Graham)

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20. Houston Texans
Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee

Lots of people think the Texans will go with a running back, but a big defensive tackle to finally shore up the front is too good to pass up. (Previous pick: Williams; second round: Ben Tate, WR, Auburn)

21. Cincinnati Bengals
Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida

The Bengals could go a lot of different ways, all of which are defensive. Pierre-Paul is raw talent personified but defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer will get the most out of him. (Previous pick: Taylor Mays; second round: Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona)

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

The signing of Damione Lewis last week does not suggest the defensive line issues are solved. Odrick can play in any front and should be effective. (Previous pick: Odrick; second round: Aaron Hernandez, TE, Florida; Thaddeus Gibson, DE/OLB, Ohio State; Tim Tebow, QB, Florida)

23. Green Bay Packers
Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida

Pouncey can play guard or center and will be a 10-year starter in the NFL. In the second round a corner could help the secondary. (Previous pick: Pouncey; second round: Perrish Cox, CB, Oklahoma State)

24. Philadelphia Eagles
Taylor Mays, S, USC

The Eagles, who have been active in the trade business lately, may not be done; they have accumulated 11 picks already. Mays is a unique athlete and could bring a dimension to a defense that has been missing since Brian Dawkins left for Denver. (Previous pick: Mike Iupati; second round: Navorro Bowman, LB, Penn State)

25. Baltimore Ravens
Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida

The Ravens fixed their wide receiver issues this offseason with Anquan Boldin, Donte Stallworth and the re-signing of Derrick Mason. Now on to a defense that lost Justin Bannan and Dwan Edwards in free agency. Trevor Pryce isn't getting any younger. At 6-foot-6, 277 pounds, Dunlap could become a fine player. Ray Lewis will shape him up quickly. (Previous pick: Dunlap; second round: Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida)

26. Arizona Cardinals
Brian Price, DT, UCLA

Price had a questionable pro day, which didn't help his draft status, but the game tapes suggest something different. This guy has a very good first step, is disruptive and will flash Warren Sapp-like skills. (Previous pick: Price; second round: Donald Butler, LB, Washington)

27. Dallas Cowboys
Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State

The release of Flozell Adams points to left tackle in the first round but there's no way a guy like Bruce Campbell would be ready early. Bryant positions the Cowboys to move away from Roy Williams in a year. In the second round, Dallas selects Campbell and sits him for a year.(Previous pick: Bruce Campbell; second round: Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland)

28. San Diego Chargers
Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State

The Chargers need a running back and now people think they will head in a different direction. But they need to take the guy who will touch the ball 15-20 times a game as a rookie. He had 1,800 yards as a senior at Fresno State.(Previous pick: Mathews; second round: Nate Allen, S, South Florida)

29. New York Jets
Demaryius Thomas, WR Georgia Tech

The Jets may get a legit shot at the player known as "Little Calvin" because of the things he does on the field like Calvin Johnson. Mark Sanchez needs weapons and this guy averaged 19 yards a catch in a run offense. (Previous pick: Dez Bryant; second round: Corey Wooton, DE, Northwestern)

30. Minnesota Vikings
Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State

The Vikings need a corner, especially with the health issues that surround the position and with all the nickel and dime defense they play. There could be some interesting comparisons to Devin McCourty from Rutgers. In the second round, they get a young space-eater that eventually replaces Pat Williams when he retires. (Previous pick: Robinson; second round: Cam Thomas, DT, North Carolina)

31. Indianapolis Colts
Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers

The Colts need secondary help due to injuries and free agency. McCourty has been rising up draft boards since the Senior Bowl. (Previous pick: McCourty; second round: Jared Veldheer, OT, Hillsdale College)

32. New Orleans Saints
Everson Griffen, DE, USC

The Saints will be looking for a replacement for Charles Grant and a guy who can handle the run downs instead of Bobby McCray. (Previous pick: Griffen; second round: Toby Gerhart, RB, Standford)

48. Carolina Panthers (no first-round pick)
Lamarr Houston, DT, Texas

The Panthers lost a lot on the defensive line this year. They could look at Penn State LB Sean Lee or Georgia DT Geno Atkins.

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