By Don Banks
April 07, 2010
2010 NFL Mock Draft 5.0 (cont.)
11 ILB Rolando McClain Alabama Jr. 6-4 258
With Brandon Marshall looking like he'll be a Bronco again this season, Denver's chances of selecting Dez Bryant take a nosedive. With the Broncos having rebuilt their defensive line in free agency, getting an active presence like McClain at inside linebacker is a no-brainer.
12 NT Dan Williams Tennessee Sr. 6-2 329
The Dolphins could be tempted by Texas outside linebacker Sergio Kindle (it seems everyone's getting a Kindle these days), but the run-stuffing Williams allows Miami to contemplate life beyond Jason Ferguson.
13 CB Joe Haden Florida Jr. 5-11 190
The 49ers are fortunate that the draft's top-rated cornerback falls to them in part because No. 7 Cleveland traded for Sheldon Brown last week. Haden fills a major need in San Francisco, and the 49ers still have the 17th pick to address one of their holes on offense, either at right tackle or running back.
14 RB C.J. Spiller Clemson Sr. 5-11 195
The Seahawks have a clear need for a defensive end who can generate pass rush (Georgia Tech's Derrick Morgan remains available), but Spiller's speed and home run capability is too special to pass on. You've got to score to beat Arizona in the NFC West, and Pete Carroll opts to give his offense some much-needed firepower.
15 OLB Sean Weatherspoon Missouri Sr. 6-2 245
With the coveted McClain gone, the Giants shift their focus to Weatherspoon to fill their need at inside linebacker. This is higher than we've had Weatherspoon going in previous mocks, but he can play both inside and outside linebacker. New York is not stretching to give him a mid-round grade.
16 DE Derrick Morgan Georgia Tech Jr. 6-4 272
The Titans find themselves in perfect position to address their greatest need, taking Morgan, the draft's safest pick when it comes to 4-3 ends. The key to Morgan lasting this long and ending up a Titan will be the direction Seattle goes with its No. 14 pick.
17 G-OT Mike Iupati Idaho Sr. 6-5 325
The 49ers believe the former Idaho guard can make a smooth transition to right offensive tackle in the NFL. A pass-rusher like Brandon Graham or a running back like Ryan Mathews will be tempting, but San Francisco will think need first and make Iupati the choice.
18 CB Kyle Wilson Boise State Sr. 5-10 186
The Steelers have to step up their coverage skills in a division where the passing games appear to be on the upswing. Wilson is the draft's second-highest rated cornerback, and his value gets the nod over an interior offensive lineman like Florida center-guard Maurkice Pouncey.
19 DE-OLB Brandon Graham Michigan Sr. 6-1 263
I think the Falcons have been locked in on Graham ever since they added cornerback Dunta Robinson in free agency, and he'll fit somewhere in a front seven that needs to upgrade its pass rush. But the Falcons' greatest concern may be No. 22 New England, which also covets Graham and has the firepower to go up and get him (to No. 17 San Francisco?) with those three second-round picks.
20 RB Ryan Mathews Fresno State Jr. 5-11 220
The Texans running game needs an infusion of talent and Mathews is the draft's second-best option, behind Clemson's Spiller. Cornerback or defensive tackle are other options for Houston, but Mathews combines solid first-round value with immediate impact potential.

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