By Rob Staton
Time for an updated mock draft. Since the last projection, the Seahawks have appointed a new GM with John Schneider moving from Green Bay. This week I'm going to use the mock to represent the main discussion we've had on the blog over the past few days. With Matt Hasselbeck approaching a contract year and his 35th birthday, this could be the last opportunity for the franchise to invest in a top ranked rookie quarterback and not face the prospect of him having to start. In an uncapped 2010, the investment placed on a top 10 quarterback alongside a standing veteran's salary will be less restrictive than previous years. The Seahawks would have no trouble occupying Hasselbeck and an expensive rookie on the roster. I'd also like to stress, that these mocks are designed to explore different possibilities. Trying to make an accurate projection at this stage is impossible - we've not even had the Senior Bowl.
#1 St. Louis: Ndamukong Suh (DT, Nebraska)
Suh is a rare talent and would be a justified first overall pick. However, if the Rams don't acquire a quarterback before April 22nd, they'll have a decision to make here. Suh is the top talent available, but he's not the shoe in a lot of people think - yet.
#2 Detroit: Gerald McCoy (DT, Oklahoma)
Jim Schwartz had a lot of success as a defensive coordinator in Tennessee thanks to an elite defensive tackle. This is an obvious choice as best player available that also fills a big need.
#3 Tampa Bay: Derrick Morgan (DE, Georgia Tech)
The Buccs have big needs on the defensive line and they'd love Suh or McCoy to fall here. However, with both gone they take the best all round defensive end in the draft.
#4 Washington: Sam Bradford (QB, Oklahona)
If Bradford can work out and convince scouts about his durability, he's a candidate to go first overall. He's got the biggest upside and Washington can logically keep Campbell for a year to groom Bradford.
#5 Kansas City: Rolando McClain (LB, Alabama)
The Chiefs are committed to creating a strong 3-4 defense but lack that presence at inside linebacker. McClain can be an impact player for Kansas City.
#6 Seattle: Jimmy Clausen (QB, Notre Dame)
Clausen polarises opinion more than any prospect in this draft class. I've raised concerns, but it'd be naive to focus only on a potential fall. There are positives to his game too. With Hasselbeck in a contract year and approaching 35, the Seahawks cannot afford to ignore finding a long term option.
#7 Cleveland: Dez Bryant (WR, Oklahoma)
The Browns have many needs, but finding a legitimate playmaker is amongst the biggest. C.J. Spiller could be a surprise alternative.
#8 Oakland: Bruce Campbell (OT, Maryland)
Campbell has unique size and and athleticism, something that will undoubtedly interest Al Davis. He's had injuries though, that's the potential red flag.
#9 Buffalo: Anthony Davis (OT, Rutgers)
With Chan Gailey on board, the Bills are likely to rebuild their offense. With both quarterbacks off the board, offensive tackle becomes the biggest need.
#10 Jacksonville: Joe Haden (CB, Florida)
The Tim Tebow talk will die down if he struggles at the Senior Bowl. If he performs well, who'd bet against him going here? Alternatively, the Jags are rebuilding their secondary. Haden would be a popular choice.
#11 Denver: Carlos Dunlap (DE, Florida)
Dunalp's size makes him a perfect option at five technique end in the Broncos 3-4. He has plenty of time to repair his stock.
#12 Miami: Eric Berry (S, Tennessee)
The Dolphins invested two high picks in their secondary last year, but Berry would further compliment Miami's defense.
#13 San Francisco: C.J. Spiller (RB, Clemson)
Having two first round selections would allow San Francisco to be creative with one of the picks. Spiller would be the perfect explosive compliment to Gore in the running game and could push the Niners closer to Arizona in the NFC West.
#14 Seattle: Jason Pierre-Paul (DE, USF)
Explosive, athletic, potentially elite. Pierre-Paul is raw but could have the highest ceiling in the entire draft. If Pete Carroll fancies a challenge, he might take on project:JPP.
#15 New York: Earl Thomas (S, Texas)
Questions remain about the future of Kenny Phillips. The Giants need a playmaker in the secondary and Thomas (eight interceptions in 2009) is a good fit.
#16 San Francisco: Trent Williams (OT, Oklahoma)
Williams is strictly a right tackle in the NFL. With Joe Staley entrenched on the blind side, this makes sense.
#17 Tennessee: Brian Price (DT, UCLA)
The Titans will seriously consider investing in their defensive line through the draft. Price offers a valuable interior pass rush as a prototype 4-3 three technique.
#18 Pittsburgh: Donovan Warren (CB, Michigan)
Warren's stock is likely to rise over the next few weeks during work outs. The Steelers could use an upgrade in the secondary.
#19 Atlanta: Brandon Ghee (CB, Wake Forest)
The Falcons need an upgrade at cornerback and Ghee is generating a lot of interest. One to watch at the senior bowl.
#20 Houston: Bryan Bulaga (OT, Iowa)
The Texans need to bolster their offensive line. Bulaga projects as a right tackle in the NFL.
#21 Cincinnati: Arrelious Benn (WR, Illinois)
Bad quarterback play and inconsistent hands has hurt Benn's stock, but this is still a guy touted as a top 15 pick at the start of the year. A tight end like Jermaine Gresham is also a possibility.
#22 New England: Jared Odrick (DT, Penn State)
The Patriots are in the process of major changes on their defensive line. Drafting the versatile Odrick gives New England some options long term.
#23 Green Bay: Russell Okung (OT, Oklahoma State)
Okung was beaten badly twice in the fourth quarter against Ole Miss, once leading to a severe hit on the quarterback. He would've been a late first round pick as an underclassmen, nothing this year has proved otherwise in my opinion.
#24 Philadelphia: Everson Griffen (DE, USC)
The Eagles need a better pass rush, that was evident in their playoff defeat at Dallas. Griffen's stock is difficult to project, he could rise up the boards with an impressive combine.
#25 Baltimore: Jermaine Gresham (TE, Oklahoma)
The Ravens always find value in the draft. Gresham, as a quality pass-catching tight end, offers greater value than the receivers on offer this late in round one.
#26 Arizona: Ricky Sapp (LB, Clemson)
Arizona are still piecing together their 3-4 scheme and Sapp could be a stand out OLB.
#27 Dallas: Mike Iupati (OG, Idaho)
Dallas like bigger lineman and at 330lbs and room for more, Iupati is as big as they come. An immediate starter in the interior, he could eventually kick out to tackle. He might be the most talented offensive lineman in the draft. Senior Bowl work outs could define his stock.
#28 San Diego: Brandon Graham (DE, Michigan)
Graham is flexible enough to play in either the 4-3 or the 3-4. San Diego could use another pass rusher off the edge and Graham is par value here.
#29 New York Jets: Dan Williams (DT, Tennessee)
As a tackle who could play 3-4 nose, Williams may get over drafted earlier than this. With Braylon Edwards almost certain to be given a tender to stay in New York, the Jets might look at taking the best player on their board here.
#30 Minnesota: Taylor Mays (S, USC)
Not many teams have a defensive line good enough to maximise Mays' talents as an athletic, physical tackler. He is what he is, Minnesota are one team that can make the most of what he offers.
#31 New Orleans: Sergio Kindle (OLB, Texas)
The Saints could use Kindle creatively, as a linebacker most of the time but an edge rush on passing third downs.
#32 Indianapolis: Brandon Spikes (LB, Florida)
I'm not convinced Spikes is a first round pick, but he would fill a need for Indy and does have leadership qualities.