The ‘What You Should Do But Won’t’ mock draft: picks 21-32
So here we are, the final chapter of the PaP ‘What You Should Do But Won’t’ mock draft, and after picks 1-10 and 11-20, we are delighted to conclude our advisory mock draft, starting with Cincinnati at no.21.
With the twenty-first overall pick, the Cincinnati Bengals should select: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
With the twenty-first overall pick, the Cincinnati Bengals will select: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
The Bengals have clearly put improving the offense at the heart of their offseason plans. They were reportedly interested in signing Terrell Owens, picked up Antonio Bryant and re-signed starting guard Bobbie Williams. Carson Palmer had a down year in ’09, and the brass in Cincy are clearly set on amassing talent around him: Gresham fits that mould. Had it not been for a knee injury that caused him to miss all of last year, Gresham could’ve been a top 10 pick. As it stands, there is no better TE in the draft – he can catch, block, run routes and run after catch – and he looks to be the best pick, one which the Bengals will likely make.
With the twenty-second overall pick, the New England Patriots should select: Jared Odrick, DT/DE, Penn State
With the twenty-second overall pick, the New England Patriots will select: Jared Odrick, DT/DE, Penn State
There has been a huge groundswell in the rumours of the Patriots taking Tim Tebow in this draft the past week, and that would certainly make an interesting pick, but it seems more likely that the savvy Bill Belichick will address a defense which struggled hugely last year. Odrick is a huge figure (6-5, 295 pounds) who can line up at D-tackle or end in the Pats’ constantly shifting defense. A smart young man with solid fundamentals, he’s a Belichick-type player on defense who may remind the coach of Richard Seymour.
With the twenty-third overall pick, the Green Bay Packers should select: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
With the twenty-third overall pick, the Green Bay Packers will select: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
This, it should be noted, is not a stupid pick, but still an oversight for our money. Whilst the Pack struggled mightily in pass protection last year, they still racked up points (and improved on O-line as the season progressed), and the opportunistic defense got gouged by Arizona in the playoffs. Al Harris was injured a lot last year, and although Charles Woodson was the league’s defensive MVP, these guys are old. Kyle Wilson is a perfect fit in GB’s man coverage scheme – great ball skills, quick feet, physical at the line of scrimmage – and should be picked. Davis is a great prospect but will be a backup in ’10 barring injuries to starting tackles Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher.
With the twenty-fourth overall pick, the Philadelphia Eagles should select: Maurkice Pouncey, C/G, Florida
With the twenty-fourth overall pick, the Philadelphia Eagles will select: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
Philadelphia, in case you hadn’t noticed, has spent the entire offseason in a state of flux. Trading Donovan McNabb to the Redskins put huge trust in Kevin Kolb, and the Eagles should use this pick to solidify the interior offensive line and protect their new starter. Pouncey can play guard or center very well, fill in for Jamaal Jackson as he recovers from an ACL injury and take the reins in the middle eventually. However, it seems more likely that the Eagles will go with the erratic Dunlap, whose size is intimidating but who has some questions surrounding him regarding consistency. The pass rush is a glamour position nowadays, but once again, a solid interior lineman would be more sensible (the Ravens’ Ben Grubbs, Jets’ Nick mangold and Patriots’ Logan Mankins were all first-round guard/centers and all are still starting).
With the twenty-fifth overall pick, the Baltimore Ravens should select: Everson Griffen, DE, USC
With the twenty-fifth overall pick, the Baltimore Ravens will select: Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama
Having retooled the offense with the additions of Anquan Boldin and Donte’ Stallworth, the Ravens should look to defense with their first overall pick in the 2010 draft. Having lost Dwan Edwards and Justin Bannan to free agency, the line is a priority. We think that the athletic pass rusher Griffen would be the best option here, but it seems more likely that the Ravens will go with Mount Cody. With Haloti Ngata already a beast in the middle, Cody will bring back memories of Baltimore’s Super Bowl-winning squad, which had Sam Adams and Kelly Gregg taking up men in the middle. Whilst it makes some sense, we think there are way too many concerns with Cody – weight and work ethic mainly – to take him in round one.
With the twenty-sixth overall pick, the Arizona Cardinals should select: Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
With the twenty-sixth overall pick, the Arizona Cardinals will select: Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
It’s a perfect storm for Arizona if the draft pans out like this. Having lost Karlos Dansby to the Dolphins, there’s a big need for a thumping middle linebacker to organise and disrupt. McClain is a great physical specimen, a natural leader and an intelligent player who’s been well prepared by Nick Saban’s defensive mind. There’s a good chance that McClain will have gone by now, but if the Giants opt for the more vocal Sean Weatherspoon, he could very well slide, and he’d be a perfect pick for the Cards.
With the twenty-seventh overall pick, the Dallas Cowboys should select: Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
With the twenty-seventh overall pick, the Dallas Cowboys will select: Taylor Mays, S, USC
Dallas is in dire need of a new left tackle. Flozell Adams is at the end of his career (there were reports he was going to retire this offseason) and whilst they’ll give Doug Free a shot at the job, it’s doubtful he can be trusted to protect Romo’s blindside. Campbell was the star of the combine (we think the Raiders might even grab him at no.8), and can be tutored by the excellent Adams for a year before starting full-time at LT. However, we think that Jerry Jones won’t look an athlete in the mouth and pass on him. Mays can smash people in the mouth but has questionable coverage skills, and the ‘Boys really need a safety who can play the pass effectively after a couple years of bad play at the position. Mays is a talent, sure, but plays more like a linebacker than a safety.
With the twenty-eighth overall pick, the San Diego Chargers should select: Jahvid Best, RB, California
With the twenty-eighth overall pick, the San Diego Chargers will select: Jahvid Best, RB, California
If it wasn’t for injury, Best could have been the first running back off the board in this draft. Arguably the most complete player at the position this year, he can pound it between the tackles and has home-run speed to boot. Darren Sproles can only really ever be a situational guy, he lacks the stocky build of another smaller back like MoJo Drew, and he’s only still in San Diego with a franchise tag. With LaDanian Tomlinson now gone, the Bolts will look for their runner of the future, and Best fits the bill in spades.
With the twenty-ninth overall pick, the New York Jets should select: Everson Griffen, DE, USC
With the twenty-ninth overall pick, the New York Jets will select: Everson Griffen, DE, USC
Having acquired he crime-prone Santonio Holmes from the Steelers, the Jets can move their focus from offense to defense, and search for a pass-rusher. While Rex Ryan’s crazy-complex defense means that everyone gets sacks, you still need a good rush from the defensive front. At 273 lbs., Griffen is stout enough to set the edge against the run, but also has the athleticism to stand up at outside linebacker on occasion. Vernon Gholston looks bust-tastic, so Griffen’s addition should help banish the ghosts of yester-draft to the locker.
With the thirtieth overall pick, the Minnesota Vikings should select: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
With the thirtieth overall pick, the Minnesota Vikings will select: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
Should Brett Favre decide not to return, clearly this pick’s ramifications would be far different. But we at PaP expect this yearly rigmarole to inevitably result in ‘one more year’ until sometime in the 2029 offseason. We feel that the secondary is the biggest area of need for Minnesota; Antoine Winfield started to show his age toward the end of last season, and when he and Cedric Griffin were injured there was a talent vacuum at the position. Wilson is smart, tough and a great cover man, and this would be like an April Christmas for the Vikes if he slips down to them.
With the thirty-first overall pick, the Indianapolis Colts should select: Daryl Washington, LB, TCU
With the thirty-first overall pick, the Indianapolis Colts will select: Maurkice Pouncey, C/G, Florida
Everyone seems to think that the best pick for the Colts is Pouncey, an excellent center/guard who can replace Jeff Saturday down the road. These people have seemingly forgotten that the Colts used a second-rounder on guard/center Mike Pollak in the 2008 draft for this exact reason. That said, Pouncey is a better player than Pollak and they can mix and match at guard or center depending on need. But we think that the best pick for Indy is a physical, speedy linebacker from Texas Christian. Washington is a relentless tackler, and behind starters Clint Session and Phillip Wheeler, there are no other quality players at the outside ‘backer position. At a spot where injuries are commonplace, adding a versatile, hostile talent can only help your defense.
With the thirty-second overall pick, the New Orleans Saints should select: Daryl Washington, LB, TCU
With the thirty-second overall pick, the New Orleans Saints should select: Daryl Washington, LB, TCU
If no high-end pass rushers are available at this spot (and we think that none will be), the Saints’ best option is to go with an outside linebacker. Scott Fujita is no longer with the team, and Washington could be a force on the outside for years to come. He’s got a good overall game, combining speed with strength and pass rush skills with coverage ones. The Saints’ linebacking core is thin at best, so the selection of Washington (which we think should and will be made) will solidify and improve a big area of need for the defending champs.
So there you have it, the full rundown of the ‘What You Should Do But Won’t’ mock draft. Now we can all sit back on April 22nd and revel in our own sanctimoniousness. Bring on the Offseason Superbowl!