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Sam Bradford (Getty Images)
Senior NFL Reporter
Posted Apr 16, 2010


Will there be any surprises in this year's first update? Who will be the first defensive player to go off the board? Details inside.

1) St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford/QB/Oklahoma

Analysis: If everything checks out well with him medically, Bradford is their guy. They can address their other numerous needs throughout the rest of the draft.

Needs: QB, TE, DE, TE, WLB, CB, ORT, RB

Other Possibilities: Gerald McCoy, as he seems to be the best fit for their need at defensive tackle.


2) Detroit Lions: Gerald McCoy/DT/Oklahoma

Analysis: McCoy would be the best fit for the "3-technique" position in Detroit's 4-3 defensive scheme.

Needs: CB, S, G, DT

Other Possibilities: Ndamukong Suh. While McCoy might be a better fit for their scheme, Suh has more upside. Russell Okung would be the eventually successor to starting LT Jeff Backus.


3) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ndamukong Suh/DT/Nebraska

Analysis: This team badly needs an upgrade for the interior of their defensive line. Suh certainly would be that and more. While some personnel evaluators think Suh is a better fit for the 3-4, Suh can still be very effective in the 4-3.

Needs: WR, DE, CB, DT

Other Possibilities: McCoy. He fits in better in a 4-3.


4) Washington Redskins: Russell Okung/OT/Oklahoma St.

Analysis: This team badly needs to rebuild their offensive line. Okung would replace the recently retired LT Chris Samuels.

Needs: ORT, OLT, G, WR, DE, CB

Other Possibilities: Trent Williams.


5) Kansas City Chiefs: Trent Williams/OT/Oklahoma

Analysis: This team paid a lot to QB Matt Cassel last year and now it's time to protect him. They can then move Branden Albert to the right side.

Needs: ORT, G, OLB, TE, WR, CB, S

Other Possibilities: Eric Berry, who would be an upgrade in their secondary.


6) Seattle Seahawks: Derrick Morgan/DE/Georgia Tech

Analysis: They would have loved to get Trent Williams here, but Morgan fills a huge need after the retirement of veteran DE Patrick Kerney.

Needs: OT, DE, SS, G, RB, WR

Other Possibilities: C.J. Spiller. While Justin Forsett proved to be a better player than most thought last season, Spiller would be an even bigger upgrade for their inconsistent running game.


7) Cleveland Browns: Jimmy Clausen/QB/Notre Dame

Analysis: There isn't a quarterback after Clausen that's worth taking probably until the middle of the second round, so they have to get the right-handed passer here.

Needs: OLB, QB, RB, WR, FS

Other Possibilities: C.J. Spiller. They have to add another back in this draft.

Eric Berry. He's the most athletic defensive back in this draft and would add major talent to their secondary.


8) Oakland Raiders: Eric Berry/S/Tennessee

Analysis: Owner Al Davis loves athletes and there is no better one from the secondary than Berry. 

Needs: DT, ORT, OLT, DE, QB

Other Possibilities: Morgan, if he drops. Trent Williams, who could fill a big need.


9) Buffalo Bills: C.J. Spiller/RB/Clemson

Analysis: While running back isn't a big need, getting speed at that position is key. With Clausen and the best offensive tackles off the board, Spiller becomes the best value there.

Needs: OLB, OLT, WR, QB

Other Possibilities: Any of the top two offensive tackles or Clausen.


10) Jacksonville Jaguars: Joe Haden/CB/Florida

Analysis: With Clausen and Morgan off the board, Haden is the next player available at a position of need. Jacksonville simply has coverage problems that must be solved if they are going to compete for a playoff spot in the future.

Needs: WR, QB, DE, CB

Other Possibilities: Either Clausen or Morgan. Both players would fill big needs.


11) Denver Broncos (from Chicago Bears): Rolando McClain/LB/Alabama

Analysis: After the surprise release of veteran LB Andra Davis, ILB became a big need.

Needs: WR, ILB

Other Possibilities: Bryan Bulaga. He could be an upgrade over RT Ryan Harris.


12) Miami Dolphins: Brandon Graham/DE-OLB/Michigan

Analysis: Building off his great Senior Bowl week, Graham has been moving way up draft boards. He's a great fit for Miami's 3-4 defensive scheme.

Needs: OLB, WR, FS, RB, DT

Other Possibilities: Earl Thomas. They need to add a safety after releasing veteran Gibril Wilson last month.


13) San Francisco 49ers: Bryan Bulaga/OT/Iowa

Analysis: Here's your new starting right tackle for the 49ers.

Needs: ORT, CB, OLB, RB

Other Possibilities: Haden, Graham, or Spiller. All of those players would fill needs.


14) Seattle Seahawks (from Denver Broncos): Earl Thomas/S/Texas

Analysis: Some personnel evaluators feel he's the best safety available in this year's draft. Thomas would fill another need for Seattle.

Needs:  OT, DE, S, G, RB, WR

Other Possibilities: Bulaga would have been an instant starter for them. Graham also could have filled a need.


15) New York Giants: Mike Iupati/OL/Idaho

Analysis: Iupati's versatility will be an attraction to the Giants. He could eventually take over at LG down the road for starter Rich Seubert.

Needs: G, DE

Other Possibilities: Jason Pierre-Paul. He would fill a depth need at defensive end.


16) Tennessee Titans: Jason Pierre-Paul/DE/South Florida

Analysis: They have no proven pass rushers at defensive end. While Pierre-Paul is kind of raw as a pass rusher, his skill set is huge.

Needs: DE, CB

Other Possibilities: Kyle Wilson, who would fill a big need.


17) San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina Panthers): Kyle Wilson/CB/Boise St.

Analysis: Veteran CB Nate Clements isn't the player he once was. CB Shawntae Spencer is a questionable starter. Wilson would be an upgrade over Spencer.

Needs: ORT, CB, OLB, RB

Other Possibilities: Graham, should he drop, would be a great fit.


18) Pittsburgh Steelers: Maurkice Pouncey/C/Florida

Analysis: League sources said that veteran C Justin Hartwig, who turns 32 in November, looks to be on his last legs. Pouncey would be his replacement.

Needs: WR, C, G, CB, DE

Other Possibilities: Dan Williams. They need an eventual replacement for veteran DE Aaron Smith. Williams is a good fit for a 3-4 scheme. If Iupati drops, he certainly would be a serious consideration here.


19) Atlanta Falcons: Jermaine Gresham/TE/Oklahoma

Analysis: General manager Tom Dimitroff is always thinking outside the box. Veteran TE Tony Gonzalez turned 34 earlier this year. Gresham would be his eventual replacement.

Needs: DE, CB

Other Possibilities: Devin McCourty. Cornerback still is a big need despite the team adding veteran Dunta Robinson.


20) Houston Texans: Devin McCourty/CB/Rutgers

Analysis: They must replace former starting CB Dunta Robinson.

Needs: CB, RB

Other Possibilities: Ryan Mathews. Mathews would fill a huge need at running back.


21) Cincinnati Bengals: Sergio Kindle/DE-OLB/Texas

Analysis: They need to keep adding quality pass rushers to their defense. He can also line up at SLB.

Needs: WR, CB, TE, LB

Other Possibilities: McCourty makes some sense here. The team needs depth at cornerback.


22) New England Patriots: Jerry Hughes/DE-OLB/TCU

Analysis: Here's your replacement for veteran OLB Adalius Thomas. Hughes might be the best "tweener" in this year's draft. He would fit in well in New England's 3-4 defensive scheme.

Needs: WR, TE, OLB, DE

Other Possibilities: Kindle, Everson Griffen, DeMaryius Thomas. All three of those players would fill a need.


23) Green Bay Packers: Anthony Davis/OT/Rutgers

Analysis: He could be the eventual replacement for starting LT Chad Clifton.

Needs: CB, OLB, OLT

Other Possibilities: Kareem Jackson.


24) Philadelphia Eagles: Everson Griffen/DE-OLB/USC

Analysis: Head coach Andy Reid loves speed and upside. Griffen posses excellent edge rushing skills and would get into their end rotation right away.

Needs: CB, FS, DL

Other Possibilities: Any of the top-four cornerbacks that slipped would be a stronger consideration than Griffen. Also, keep an eye on UCLA DT Brian Price. He's the kind of disruptive force that Philadelphia needs on their defensive line.


25) Baltimore Ravens: Dez Bryant/WR/Oklahoma St.

Analysis: They badly needed another playmaker at receiver and Bryant is it. Great value here.

Needs: CB, DE, WR, ILB, FS, TE

Other Possibilities: Demaryius Thomas, Jared Odrick.


26) Arizona Cardinals: Rodger Saffold/OL/Indiana

Analysis: Arizona wants to get back to power running, so they need to add a solid offensive lineman like Saffold.

Needs: ORT, ILB, CB, WR

Other Possibilities: Demaryius Thomas.


27) Dallas Cowboys: Charles Brown/OT/USC

Analysis: They must get a replacement for recently released LT Flozell Adams. Brown would be an upgrade over Doug Free.

Needs: OLT, FS, SS

Other Possibilities: Taylor Mays.


28) San Diego Chargers: Ryan Mathews/RB/Fresno St.

Analysis: Greg Cosell of NFL Films calls him one of the two best power backs in this draft. Mathews would fill a huge need at the position.

Needs: RB, NT

Other Possibilities: Jahvid Best.


29) New York Jets: Ricky Sapp/DE-OLB/Clemson

Analysis: Sapp will transition to OLB at the next level and they badly need pass-rushing help on the outside.

Needs: OLB, DE, WR, CB

Other Possibilities: Demaryius Thomas, Patrick Robinson. They need to add one more quality cornerback out of this draft. Keep in mind Antonio Cromartie is on the final year of his rookie deal.


30) Minnesota Vikings: Patrick Robinson/CB/Florida St.

Analysis: He should be able to play right away. Considering starting CB Cedric Griffin is no sure thing coming back from ACL surgery, the team must add a cornerback high in this year's draft.

Needs: DT, OLT, CB

Other Possibilities: Brian Price, Jared Odrick.


31) Indianapolis Colts: Koa Misi/DE-OLB/Utah

Analysis: He had a strong Senior Bowl week and NFL combine workout. Misi would fill a pass-rushing depth void.

Needs: CB, DE, G

Other Possibilities:


32) New Orleans Saints: Taylor Mays/S/USC

Analysis: The question here is, can Mays play free safety at the next level?

Needs: SLB, FS

Other Possibilities: Sean Weatherspoon. However, he's more of a WLB, and they have a need at SLB.



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