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Mock draft 6.0: Shakeup in second half of first round

Draft week is here, and teams have narrowed their focus on the prospects who are the best fits for their respective teams.

Through exhaustive film study and countless war room debates, the board has been set with a careful balance of overall talent and team need factoring heavily into the final rankings.

With the thought of taking the best available player playing a major role in every draft decision, let's take a look at my final mock draft:

1. St. Louis Rams

Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

After failing to select a future franchise quarterback in the past two drafts, the Rams pin their hopes on Bradford as their new field general. (Previous pick: Bradford)

2. Detroit Lions

Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska

The opportunity to land a dominant defensive tackle is too enticing for Jim Schwartz to bypass. Suh gives the Lions an impact interior defender in the mold of Schwartz's former pupil, Albert Haynesworth. (Previous pick: Suh)

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma

McCoy gives the Buccaneers a dominant "three-technique" in the mold of Warren Sapp. His presence on the inside should lead to a defensive revival in Tampa. (Previous pick: McCoy)

4. Washington Redskins

Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State

The Donovan McNabb trade solved the team's quarterback woes, but the offensive line still needs considerable work. The argument can be made that Williams would be a better fit, but Okung gets the nod based on his skill set and clean profile. (Previous pick: Okung)

5. Kansas City Chiefs

Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa

General manager Scott Pioli opts against taking the best little man on the board (Eric Berry) to solidify his woeful offensive line by selecting Bulaga. (Previous pick: Bulaga)

6. Seattle Seahawks

Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma

The Seahawks have needs at left tackle, running back and defensive end, so the team could go a number of different directions at this pick, but Williams makes the most sense because he fills a premium position. The versatile pass protector has played on both sides of the line, and may have the best footwork of any player at the position. (Previous pick: Williams)

7. Cleveland Browns

Eric Berry, S, Tennessee

The Browns' secondary needs to add a dynamic playmaker at the safety position, and Berry's exceptional skills make him an ideal fit. (Previous pick: Berry)

8. Oakland Raiders

Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers

Davis has the physical tools to be the top left tackle in the draft, but questions about his maturity and weight have led some teams to downgrade him. The Raiders, however, have never been afraid to go after a risky prospect, and he could pay big dividends if he handles his business off the field. (Previous pick: Davis)

9. Buffalo Bills

Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame

The Bills desperately need a quarterback to stabilize their offense, and Clausen is a top-10 talent with the skills to blossom into an elite player. Though concerns about his personality have affected his status on some draft boards, he has sufficiently addressed those issues throughout the spring and re-emerged as a potential franchise quarterback. (Previous pick: Clausen)

10. Jacksonville Jaguars

Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama

McClain's presence gives the team the flexibility to move Justin Durant back to his natural outside linebacker position. With his smart, savvy and toughness, McClain could give the Jaguars defense some of the bite that has been missing over the past few years. (Previous pick: McClain)

11. Denver Broncos

Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State

With Brandon Marshall no longer around, the Broncos need to identify a new No. 1 receiver. Bryant has the skills to fill the void, and his recent visit to Mile High allowed him to rebuff reports of being a character risk. (Previous pick: Bryant)

12. Miami Dolphins

Earl Thomas, S, Texas

Sergio Kindle will undoubtedly be in play at this pick, but Thomas is a rare find at the position, and he will surely upgrade a secondary that was victimized by the big play a season ago. (Previous pick: Thomas)

13. San Francisco 49ers

Joe Haden, CB, Florida

Haden is a terrific cover man with outstanding instincts and awareness for the position. He could step into the starting lineup immediately as a starter on the left or right side. (Previous pick: Haden)

14. Seattle Seahawks

C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson

The Seahawks have to guard against a team jumping past them to grab the electrifying playmaker, but he would be an outstanding asset to their offense as a do-it-all weapon in the backfield. (Previous pick: Spiller)

15. New York Giants

Sergio Kindle, LB, Texas

The G-Men need to add more athleticism to their linebacker corps, and Kindle brings an added dimension with his exceptional rush skills. (Previous pick: Williams)

16. Tennessee Titans

Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech

Morgan gives the Titans a workmanlike rusher with an outstanding motor on the edge; he may not dazzle with his athleticism, but his production and toughness may make him an ideal fit in Tennessee. (Previous pick: Morgan)

17. San Francisco 49ers

Mike Iupati, G, Idaho

Iupati is a rugged blocker with the strength and nastiness needed to upgrade the interior of the 49ers' offensive line. (Previous pick: Iupati)

18. Pittsburgh Steelers

Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State

The Steelers' secondary faltered down the stretch, and could benefit from adding a tough, ball-hawk such as Wilson to the lineup. The former Boise State star is an outstanding cover man with exceptional instincts for the position. (Previous pick: Wilson)

19. Atlanta Falcons

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech

Thomas' injury and limited experience with a pro-style passing game makes him a bit of a gamble, but his immense potential as a big-play threat makes him worthy of the risk at this point. (Previous pick:Brandon Graham)

20. Houston Texans

Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State

The Texans' explosive offense is a consistent runner away from being regarded as an elite attack. Mathews is a big, physical runner with home run potential. (Previous pick: Mathews)

21. Cincinnati Bengals

Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma

Gresham gives the Bengals' aerial attack a much-needed weapon in the middle of the field. Although he missed all of 2009 with a knee injury, he is a talented pass catcher with the skills to create mismatches in space. (Previous pick: Gresham)

22. New England Patriots

Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan

Graham is a high-motor pass rusher with the skills and versatility to thrive in Bill Belichick's hybrid scheme. Though he is a tad shorter than most outside linebackers Belichick has used in the past, his ability to create disruptive plays off the edge would be a welcome asset to a unit that struggled pressuring the passer. (Previous pick: Odrick)

23. Green Bay Packers

Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers

Al Harris may not return from his injury until after the start of the regular season, and his age (35) suggests that it is time to groom an eventual replacement. McCourty gives the team a solid cover man with exceptional special teams ability. (Previous pick: Kindle)

24. Philadelphia Eagles

Maurkice Pouncey, C/G, Florida

Jamaal Jackson's ACL injury creates a huge hole in the middle of the Eagles' line. Pouncey gives the team an immediate starter at center with the versatility to move to guard when Jackson returns to health. (Previous pick: Pouncey)

25. Baltimore Ravens

Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee

The Ravens need to fortify their interior defense after losing Justin Bannan and Dwan Edwards during free agency. Williams gives them a stout interior defender to team with Haloti Ngata and form an impenetrable wall at the point of attack. (Previous pick:Terrence Cody)

26. Arizona Cardinals

Jason Pierre-Paul, DE/LB, South Florida

The Cardinals signed Joey Porter during free agency, but still need to add another pass rusher after losing Bertrand Berry and Chike Okeafor in the offseason. Pierre-Paul flashed dominant rush skills in his only season of major college football, and could emerge as a difference-maker as a pro. (Previous pick: Pierre-Paul)

27. Dallas Cowboys

Charles Brown, OT, Southern California

The team feels good about opening the season with Doug Free at left tackle, but the addition of Brown will give them another young prospect to groom for major playing time down the road. (Previous pick: Brown)

28. San Diego Chargers

Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama

"Mount Cody" would give the team a much-needed replacement for former Pro Bowler Jamal Williams at nose tackle. Though Cody's weight is a concern, his ability to stack blockers at the line would allow the team's athletic linebackers to roam freely against the run. (Previous pick: McCourty)

29. New York Jets

Jared Odrick, DE, Penn State

The Jets need bigger bodies inside to allow Rex Ryan to fully dial up his exotic pressures. Odrick's length and athleticism make him an ideal "five-technique" in the team's 3-4. (Previous pick:Jerry Hughes)

30. Minnesota Vikings

Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama

Injuries to Cedric Griffin and Antoine Winfield make it necessary for the Vikings to address their cornerback position early in the draft. Robinson is an outstanding cover corner with exceptional feet and movement skills. (Previous pick:Patrick Robinson)

31. Indianapolis Colts

Jerry Hughes, DE, TCU

It is time for the Colts to add another dynamic pass rusher to their lineup to alleviate some of the pressure on Pro Bowlers Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney. Hughes has explosive initial quickness, and is the kind of undersized edge rusher that the team prefers in its scheme. (Previous pick: Jackson)

32. New Orleans Saints

Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri

The Saints need to add an athletic playmaker to their linebacker corps. Weatherspoon possesses the speed and quickness to be a big-time playmaker as a weak-side linebacker in Gregg Williams' aggressive system. (Previous pick:Everson Griffen)

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