By Don Banks
March 16, 2010
2010 NFL Mock Draft 4.0 (cont.)
21 S Taylor Mays USC Sr. 6-3 230
The Antonio Bryant signing certainly makes you think that receiver just slid down Cincy's need list, so we're not looking at Golden Tate, Demaryius Thomas or Arrelious Benn any more. A pass rusher like Everson Griffen makes sense, but Mays' athleticism will be too tempting for Marvin Lewis to pass on. In a division where both Ed Reed and Troy Polamalu reside, the Bengals could use an upgrade at safety (and yes, we know they re-signed Roy Williams over the weekend).
22 DE-OLB Sergio Kindle Texas Sr. 6-4 255
Every 3-4 team in the league has to be looking at Kindle to some degree, because he's the kind of impact player who specializes in making plays in the backfield. He runs a 4.7 40 and would instantly upgrade a Patriots defense that lacked pass rush in 2009.
23 C Maurkice Pouncey Florida Jr. 6-5 312
With veteran offensive tackles Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher both re-signed during free agency, the Packers can go with what they want to do rather than what they have to do in the first round. Pouncey gives them an immediate upgrade at guard, but they could select a tackle like Rutgers' Anthony Davis or USC's Charles Brown to groom for the future. A cornerback like Rutgers' Devin McCourty is another option given the age Green Bay has at that position.
24 DE Everson Griffen USC Jr. 6-3 280
With Taylor Mays already off the board, and the Eagles planning to shift the newly signed Marlin Jackson from cornerback to safety, finding more pass rush help is now Philly's priority. Griffen is the cleanest, safest prospect available, but don't rule out the Eagles rolling the dice on Florida defensive end Carlos Dunlap, who comes with off-field baggage.
25 TE Jermaine Gresham Oklahoma Sr. 6-5 259
The Ravens' trade for Anquan Boldin means they're looking at either cornerback or tight end in the first round. Rutgers cornerback Devin McCourty is intriguing, but Gresham's draft grade might be too high to ignore. And we know, Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome always stays true to his board.
26 OLB Jerry Hughes TCU Sr. 6-2 257
Looking to replace Mike Gandy, the Cardinals could easily talk themselves into Rutgers offensive tackle Anthony Davis, who some thought would go in the top 15. But Hughes or Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon would upgrade a position where some youth is needed in Arizona.
27 OT Anthony Davis Rutgers Jr. 6-6 325
Davis has slipped due to character issues that have surfaced in the scouting season, but since when has Dallas been wary of taking a chance on a player with a red flag or two? The Cowboys need to find a replacement for the aging Flozell Adams at some point early in this draft.
28 RB Ryan Mathews Fresno State Jr. 5-11 220
Mathews to the Chargers has reached such an overwhelming consensus status that it can't possibly happen, right? Makes too much sense. But San Diego's need at running back appears to be perfectly suited to where Mathews is valued in the first round.
29 WR Demaryius Thomas Georgia Tech Sr. 6-3 226
A defensive tackle-end like Jared Odrick is probably very appealing to New York, but I think someone in this range of the first round is going to snap up Thomas, and the Jets are as good a candidate as anyone. With Braylon Edwards maybe just a short-term option, Thomas would be a great investment for 2011 and beyond. The Antonio Cromartie trade means cornerback is no longer a first-round option.
30 DT Jared Odrick Penn State Sr. 6-5 296
If the Vikings target a cornerback, they've got some good options in Rutgers' Devin McCourty, Florida State's Patrick Robinson and Alabama's Kareem Jackson. But finding someone who can start splitting time with defensive tackle Pat Williams, who turns 37 in 2010, is the issue on the front burner in Minnesota. I mean, other than that question about you-know-who at quarterback.
31 DT Brian Price UCLA Jr. 6-2 300
Price is the type of active interior defensive linemen the Colts usually seek out for their smaller, quicker front, and his stock has risen in some quarters this month as more people get a look at how disruptive he was for the Bruins. Odrick and Price could wind up going back-to-back in some order to the Vikings and Colts, although Florida center Maurkice Pouncey is another logical possibility for Indy if he gets past No. 23 Green Bay.
32 OLB Sean Weatherspoon Missouri Sr. 6-2 245
With outside linebacker Scott Fujita signing with the Browns in free agency, New Orleans' top need is for some youth on either side of middle linebacker Jonathan Vilma. Weatherspoon could go much higher than this, and if so, either TCU's Jerry Hughes or Florida defensive end Carlos Dunlap become players the Saints could target.

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