By Don Banks
April 07, 2010
2010 NFL Mock Draft 5.0 (cont.)
21 WR Dez Bryant Oklahoma State Jr. 6-2 215
The Bengals have some intriguing options with Bryant, USC safety Taylor Mays and Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham still available. But even with Antonio Bryant signed during free agency, the chance to land the draft's top receiver is too good to pass up. As far as Bryant's character questions, Cincy has a bit of experience in that department, and the Bengals were kicking the tires on Terrell Owens last month.
22 DE-OLB Sergio Kindle Texas Sr. 6-4 255
Penn State defensive tackle Jared Odrick and Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham remain viable options, but the Patriots still need to boost their pass rush and Kindle is a 3-4 outside linebacker prospect who plays in the other team's backfield.
23 OT Bruce Campbell Maryland Jr. 6-7 310
Rutgers cornerback Devin McCourty is the other name to know for the Packers, but finding more options for an offensive line that gave up a league-worst 51 sacks last seaon remains the most pressing issue in Green Bay. Campbell isn't ready to start from day one, but with veteran tackles Mark Tauscher and Chad Clifton both re-signed, he would have the benefit of some patience from the Packers.
24 S Taylor Mays USC Sr. 6-3 230
The Eagles have a lot of picks to play with, and with the second-rounder they got from Washington in hand, a trade-up for a safety like Eric Berry is a rumor that makes some sense. But barring something that dramatic, sticking at No. 24 and taking the physically gifted Mays is a solid option.
25 TE Jermaine Gresham Oklahoma Sr. 6-5 259
The Ravens are stocked at receiver now with Anquan Boldin and Donte Stallworth on board, but they still covet a play-making tight end who gives them more downfield than Todd Heap has been able to muster in recent years. Gresham is the best the draft has to offer on that front. A cornerback like McCourty would be an excellent Plan B.
26 OLB Jerry Hughes TCU Sr. 6-2 257
Even with Joey Porter signed last month, the Cardinals are in the market for more impact off the edge. With Weatherspoon and Kindle both gone, Hughes is a player who holds solid late-first round value. A defensive tackle like Penn State's Jared Odrick is another option.
27 S Nate Allen South Florida Sr. 6-1 207
The Cowboys could still use an offensive tackle to integrate into their lineup, but USC's Charles Brown is the only consideration remaining, and he doesn't carry a consensus first-round grade. Allen's name has surfaced in connection with the Cowboys, and as rumors go, it has the ring of truth.
28 DT Jared Odrick Penn State Sr. 6-5 296
With no first-round worthy running back remaining, the Chargers will have to wait until round two to fill that need. Odrick is a great value this low in the round, and he can play in either the 3-4 or 4-3 formation. Alabama's run-stopping defensive tackle Terrence Cody would fill the void left by Jamal Williams, if San Diego opts to go in that direction.
29 WR Demaryius Thomas Georgia Tech Sr. 6-3 226
Another big, play-making option in the receiving game should make quarterback Mark Sanchez even better in year two. Thomas has conjured up comparisons with Detroit's Calvin Johnson, and the 2010 Jets are in the position to be patient.
30 QB Jimmy Clausen Notre Dame Jr. 6-3 223
We've got two more mocks after this one to predict how Clausen's situation shakes out, but for now we see him sinking to unexpected depths in this year's first round. The Vikings would be one of the few teams in the luxury position to take a quarterback of the future, with or without any assurances of Brett Favre playing again this year. If Clausen goes higher, the Vikings' choice could come down to Rutgers cornerback Devin McCourty or Florida center-guard Maurkice Pouncey.
31 C Maurkice Pouncey Florida Jr. 6-5 312
The Colts offensive line could use some youth, and Pouncey gives Indy an ideal replacement for Pro Bowl center Jeff Saturday, who has to be nearing the end of his long and superb run.
32 DE Everson Griffen USC Jr. 6-3 280
The defending champs have use for a 4-3 end to fill the hole created by the released Charles Grant. Griffen or Florida's Carlos Dunlap figure to be the choice, but while the ex-Gator's upside is higher, the ex-Trojan is the safer selection.

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