By Don Banks
March 16, 2010
2010 NFL Mock Draft 4.0 (cont.)
11 WR Dez Bryant Oklahoma State Jr. 6-2 215
With Justin Bannan, Jarvis Green and Jamal Williams all arriving last week to re-make the Denver defensive line, the Broncos won't be taking Tennessee defensive tackle Dan Williams as I previously predicted. The Brady Quinn trade also convinces me the Broncos aren't in the market for a first-round quarterback. That leaves Bryant as a defensible pick with or without Brandon Marshall leaving, with another option being the impact inside linebacker Rolando McClain.
12 NT Dan Williams Tennessee Sr. 6-2 329
The Karlos Dansby signing removes the need for Rolando McClain, but Texas's Sergio Kindle remains a possibility who would upgrade Miami at outside linebacker. Need trumps all in the first round, however, and with Jason Ferguson's age and suspension problems, the Dolphins' 3-4 defense is desperate for the bulk that Williams can deliver at defensive tackle.
13 RB C.J. Spiller Clemson Sr. 5-11 195
The 49ers need a right offensive tackle first and foremost, but they should be able to wait until their No. 17 pick and still land either Trent Williams or Mike Iupati. That makes Spiller the pick here, as San Francisco adds a dose of game-breaking speed to its power running game.
14 DE Derrick Morgan Georgia Tech Jr. 6-4 272
Barely missing out on Spiller is going to hurt for Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, who always had a speedster in his USC running game. But Seattle also needs more rush off the edge, and Morgan gets the nod even over the ex-Trojan defensive end Everson Griffen.
15 ILB Rolando McClain Alabama Jr. 6-4 258
The Giants taking a linebacker looks like one of the no-brainers of the first round, and New York wouldn't hesitate to turn in its card if the highly regarded McClain lasts this long. Whether you liked the signing or not (and I didn't), the arrival of Antrel Rolle took safety off the first-round need list.
16 DE Jason Pierre-Paul South Florida Jr. 6-6 260
The Titans won't have either Kyle Vanden Bosch or Jevon Kearse this season, so finding another pass rusher gets top priority. Pierre-Paul has promise, but little track record to go on. If that scares Tennessee, it could go for outside linebacker Sergio Kindle, or reach a bit for USC defensive end Everson Griffen.
17 OT Trent Williams Oklahoma Sr. 6-5 318
The 49ers would be fortunate to see Williams linger this long, but either he or Idaho guard-tackle Mike Iupati would nicely fit the bill at right offensive tackle, opposite LT Joe Staley. The other position San Francisco hopes to address is safety, but No. 17 seems too rich for USC's Taylor Mays.
18 G-OT Mike Iupati Idaho Sr. 6-5 325
The Steelers could use a cornerback too, but their need at interior offensive line seems tailor-made for their draft slot, because Iupati, the best guard available, and Florida's Maurkice Pouncey, the highest-rated center, should both be available.
19 DE-OLB Brandon Graham Michigan Sr. 6-1 263
The Falcons crossed cornerback off the top of their need list when they signed Dunta Robinson, so now they can target help at outside linebacker or defensive end. I've had Graham locked into the Patriots at No. 22, but you know anyone Bill Belichick likes, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff is going to like as well.
20 CB Kyle Wilson Boise State Sr. 5-10 186
Having lost Dunta Robinson to the Falcons, cornerback is the logical place for the Texans to spend their first-rounder, and Wilson has the value to warrant this slot. But running back and defensive tackle are needs for Houston, too, so don't discount Fresno State rusher Ryan Mathews or a run-stuffing DT like UCLA's Brian Price or Penn State's Jared Odrick.

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