01. St. Louis Rams: QB Sam Bradford [Oklahoma]. The Rams are awful, their quarterback situation has been a mess since they gave that hideously expensive contract extension to Mark Bulger, and Bradford appears to be the best passer in this draft. It’s a gamble, but the passing offense has been so bad that Bradford almost could not do worse. Start him right away.
02. Detroit Lions: DT Ndamukong Suh [Nebraska]. Head Coach Jim Schwartz had Albert Haynesworth on the defensive line when he was the coordinator in Tennessee. Suh is exactly the sort of player Schwartz likes and needs. The Lions could go with Gerald McCoy, but I think Suh is the safer pick.
03. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: DT Gerald McCoy [Oklahoma]. The Bucs were near the bottom of the league in sacks last year. They need an interior lineman who can really collapse the pocket and get after the quarterback. McCoy is the solution. In a year or two he’ll be reminding Bucs fans of Warren Sapp.
04. Washington Redskins: OT Russell Okung [Oklahoma State]. After flirting with quarterbacks the Redskins will finally do the smart thing and take the best offensive lineman in this draft who also happens to play the team’s greatest position of need. The Redskins need a left tackle in the worst possible way and drafting Okung is the best possible way to fill that need. Like the now-retired Chris Samuels, Okung will be ready to start from day one and should be an all star caliber player for a decade or so. He plays with great balance, has long arms and big hands and dominates edge speed rushers.
05. Kansas City Chiefs: S Eric Berry [Tennessee]. The Chiefs need a lot of help at offensive tackle, but their secondary is a complete mess and with passing offenses taking over the NFL, taking a safety this high can be justified if he’s a superstar like Berry. His combination of speed, power and instincts make him easily this draft’s top defensive back.
06. Seattle Seahawks: OT Trent Williams [Oklahoma]. It’s rebuilding time in Seattle and the team badly needs a left tackle. Williams is tougher than any other tackle in the draft and he’s hasn’t missed a game in the last 2 years. He needs to put on some more muscle, but he’s got the frame to do that. Seattle could go for Brian Bulaga here, but Bulaga has a questionable injury history.
07. Cleveland Browns: CB Joe Haden [Florida]. The Browns badly need a top wideout here, but Dez Bryant is just too much risk at this point and no other WR deserves to go this high. Cleveland could trade out of this spot, but if they don’t I think they’ll go with Haden. His combine was a bit disappointing, but he plays lights out in games and this is a position of need for the Browns. Haden’s speed allows him to make up for rookie mistakes.
08. Oakland Raiders: OT Bruce Campbell [Maryland]. Who the hell knows what Al Davis will do? He’s capable of anything, particularly after screwing up royally and taking Terp Derrius Heyward-Bey so high last year. Campbell is the prototypical left tackle with amazing size and quickness. He was fantastic at the combine and Davis loves workout warriors, often ignoring their productivity issues. Campbell is nowhere close to the best tackle in this draft, but he looks like the best on paper and playing in shorts.
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