By Don Banks
April 14, 2010
2010 NFL Mock Draft 6.0 (cont.)
11 WR Dez Bryant Oklahoma State Jr. 6-2 215
Before Wednesday morning, no one seemed to have a great handle on where Bryant would land, but the pending trade of Brandon Marshall to Miami seems to have clearly tipped Denver's hand. Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels might just see shades of Randy Moss when he scouts Bryant, the former OSU Cowboy. It's tough for Denver to pass on Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain, but Bryant's big-play potential is too enticing.
12 DE-OLB Sergio Kindle Texas Sr. 6-4 255
The Dolphins' acquisition of Brandon Marshall means they finally have their stretch-the-field No. 1 receiver and won't be one of the teams considering Dez Bryant. That makes defense the obvious area of focus in the first round. Miami would be very happy with a pass-rushing 3-4 outside linebacker like Kindle, or defensive tackle Dan Williams, if he gets past No. 9 Buffalo.
13 CB Joe Haden Florida Jr. 5-11 190
Even though one of the four top-rated offensive tackles remain unselected (Rutgers' Anthony Davis), the smart move would be for the 49ers to grab Haden here because he represents top 10 value in the teens. San Francisco would still have its No. 17 pick to address the need at tackle.
14 DE Derrick Morgan Georgia Tech Jr. 6-4 272
The Seahawks were hoping Spiller would be waiting for them in this slot, but No. 10 Jacksonville will spoil those plans. That makes Seattle's need at defensive end the next most likely target, and in Morgan they get a versatile 4-3 end whose solid collegiate track record makes him one of the safer prospects in the top 15.
15 LB Rolando McClain Alabama Jr. 6-4 249
Not much debate will ensue in the Giants war room if McClain is available. He fills an obvious need and should walk in the door capable of playing all three downs, adding impact from sideline to sideline. Haden or Texas safety Earl Thomas would be other strong options that could present themselves.
16 DE-OLB Brandon Graham Michigan Sr. 6-1 263
The Titans covet Graham's proven pass-rush skills and the former Wolverine could be one of the most sought-after prospects in the first round, inspiring potential trade activity as teams like No. 22 New England, No. 19 Atlanta and No. 17 San Francisco all would love to be in position to grab him. If Pierre-Paul gets past No. 8 Oakland and No. 10 Jacksonville, he won't drop lower than Tennessee's pick. The Titans believe he's Chris Johnson on defense.
17 QB Jimmy Clausen Notre Dame Jr. 6-3 223
The 49ers' choice could well come down to filling their need at right offensive tackle with a player such as Rutgers' Anthony Davis or Idaho's Mike Iupati, or taking another potential franchise quarterback like Clausen as an upgrade over incumbent Alex Smith. The NFL remains a quarterback league, and that spells Clausen to San Francisco.
18 CB Kyle Wilson Boise State Sr. 5-10 186
We've been focused on interior offensive line options like Iupati or Florida's Maurkice Pouncey for most of the pre-draft season, but the Steelers need help at cornerback too in a division where Baltimore and Cincinnati are in the process of upgrading their receiving corps. Wilson is the consensus second-rated cornerback, but we're told the Steelers love Alabama's Kareem Jackson as well.
19 OLB Sean Weatherspoon Missouri Sr. 6-2 245
If the Falcons don't land their top choice in Graham, their fallback plan figures to be either the versatile Weatherspoon or USC defensive end Everson Griffen. Both might be considered slight reaches at No. 19, but both are proven collegiate playmakers who look pro-ready and would upgrade Atlanta's defensive front seven.
20 S Earl Thomas Texas So. 5-10 197
I can't see Thomas, a potential top-10 pick, getting past the Texans. Houston has need for Fresno State running back Ryan Mathews too, but Thomas's ball instincts are superb and he would add an impact player to a Texans secondary that must create more takeaways in the AFC South.

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