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A mock draft of picks 1-13 by national media

For a few years now writers and columnists from the 32 NFL cities have been doing a live mock draft. The idea is to have folks with a solid finger on the pulse of their teams run through the exercise and see how the actual draft might go.

The first leg of that draft happened Sunday, as 13 selections were made. I made the selection for the Dolphins among the list of national media. (And I recognize you are now asking, 'Why did Salguero make the Miami pick if it's supposed to be done by someone with a good idea what the team will do?')

Folks, this isn't science. I made the pick for Miami, like it or not.

I am not predicting this will be Miami's pick.

The greater point is, judging from the picks made by folks ahead of the Dolphins, I would tell you the Dolphins will have quite a few talented players to pick from at No. 12 if the writers have any clue what their teams might do.

The exercise suggests that when Miami picks at No. 12 great talent will remain on the board for the Dolphins if they do not trade down. In this mock, Earl Thomas, Jimmy Clausen, Mike Iupati, Derrick Morgan, Dez Bryant, Sergio Kindle, and Dan Williams are all available to Miami at No. 12.

If that happens on draft day, I would tell you the Dolphins will try to bug out of No. 12. Clausen will have value to someone. Bryant may have value to someone. Thomas will have value to someone, as well as to Miami.

The Dolphins may be able to trade down and get back a second or third round pick. Of course, all this is speculation, an opportunity for you to disagree. It's a mock draft.

1: St. Louis Rams (By Jim Thomas, St. Louis Post Dispatch).

The skinny: After passing on Mark Sanchez and Matt Ryan in the past two years, the Rams won't pass on Sam Bradford this year. Only what GM Billy Devaney calls a "king's ransom" of picks and players in a trade down will keep St. Louis from taking Bradford. After three subpar seasons, two-time Pro Bowler Marc Bulger was released, leaving only A.J. Feeley, and small-school projects Keith Null, and Mike Reilly on the roster at QB. The pick: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma.

2: Detroit Lions (By Mike O'Hara, longtime Lions beat writer for Detroit News).

The skinny: The Leos have ranked last in the NFL in yards allowed for three straight years, and the interior defense has been especially soft. Ndamukong Suh can give them more than a run-stuffing tackle. He can get pressure up the middle on the quarterback, and his presence will free up players such as Kyle Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril to get single blocking to rush the passer. The pick: DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska.

3: Tampa Bay Buccaneers (By Ira Kaufman, Tampa Tribune).

The skinny: The Bucs finished last in rushing defense and their starting DTs were Ryan Sims and Chris Hovan. Enough said. It's hard to imagine the Bucs passing on either Suh or Gerald McCoy at No. 3. If both are gone, the Bucs will entertain offers to move down and perhaps land S Eric Berry. Other pressing needs are DE, WR, CB and G. Tampa Bay was strangely silent in the offseason for a 3-13 club, signing free agent S Sean Jones and trading for Eagles WR Reggie Brown. Second-year QB Josh Freeman desperately needs more weapons, but GM Mark Dominik and coach Raheem Morris are committed to rebuilding a once-proud defense and the D-line is in shambles. I believe they prefer Suh over McCoy, but they won't mind turning in a card with McCoy's name on it Thursday evening. The pick: DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma.

4: Washington Redskins (By David Elfin, longtime beat writer for the Washington Times).

The skinny: If there was any doubt that the Redskins would use the No. 4 on a LT to replace Chris Samuels (who had to retire because of spinal issues), that was erased when they traded for Donovan McNabb to replace incumbent Jason Campbell. After a 4-12 season, their worst since 1994, the Redskins have plenty of needs (see above) not to mention unhappy DT Albert Haynesworth and LB Rocky McIntosh, who skipped this weekend's "voluntary" minicamp, but they are bereft at LT beyond the marginal Stephon Heyer, who started at RT last season. Washington hopes that Okung can be a carbon copy of Samuels, who made six Pro Bowls in 10 seasons after being chosen second overall in the 2000 draft. The pick: OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State.

5: Kansas City Chiefs (By Randy Covitz, Kansas City Star).

The skinny: I would be lying if I said I had any idea what Scott Pioli is thinking other than I know it's something completely different than the rest of us (see Tyson Jackson). While they don't have a safety to line up and play a game, I'm not buying into the Eric Berry hype. Just too high a pick for a safety when the Chiefs can grab one with one of their two second-rounders. Of course, some say they can get an OT in the second round. I really think Pioli wants to trade down, pick up extra picks, take a Rolando McClain or an Earl Thomas later in the first round or one of the second-tier OTs. Short of predicting trades, I've been giving them Iowa OT Bryan Bulaga with the fifth pick in most mock drafts, though if Suh falls there, they'd have to grab him. They can play Bulaga at RT or move Branden Albert from LT to RT and plug in Bulaga at LT. He's a safe pick and fits their profile. The Chiefs allowed 45 sacks last season. Trent Williams' inconsistency and work ethic does not fit what Piioli calls The Right 53. The pick: OT Bryan Bulaga, Iowa .

6: Seattle Seahawks (By Danny O'Neil, Seattle Times).

The skinny: General manager John Schneider is running his first draft, and in Green Bay he worked for a team that made a habit of trading down in the draft order to acquire more picks. Trading down will be a consideration at No. 14, but at No. 6, expect Seattle to take a left tackle. While Walter Jones has not officially retired, the Seahawks are planning as if he won't return. Seattle started four different players at left tackle last year, two of whom were not on the team's roster when training camp began (Brandon Frye and Damion McIntosh). Seattle held its first minicamp last week, which showed just how thin Seattle is along the offensive line. Both of the tackles on the second-string offensive line were tryout players. Seattle is high on safety Eric Berry, who played for Monte Kiffin last season at Tennessee. Kiffin remains a formative influence on new Seattle coach Pete Carroll, but the Seahawks' needs on offense are simply more urgent as Seattle hasn't chosen an offensive player in the first round since choosing center Chris Spencer in 2005. The pick: OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma.

7: Cleveland Browns (By Tony Grossi, Cleveland Plain Dealer). 

The skinny: Forget a trade up with Rams. Forget taking Jimmy Clausen. Mike Holmgren's statement to me about wishing he liked Clausen more was not a smokescreen; he was being candid. Could he have been won over by now? Possibly, but Holmgren realizes the team has many more urgent needs. He paid Jake Delhomme $7 million for 2010 and thinks the world of backup Seneca Wallace. Odds are down to 50-50 that Holmgren even picks a QB, perhaps using two 3s to move into 2d for McCoy. Otherwise, he might wait till 5th ... I seriously doubt they would trade up with Kansas City to take Eric Berry. I just don't think they like Berry enough to give up a 3 for him. Like everyone else, they like to move down. Potential move-down possibilities are Penn State DE Jared Odrick (they love him and they've got nothing but over-30s at DEs) and OG Mike Iupati. If they stay at No. 7 and Berry's there, I'd say Berry. If he's not there, they may consider Odrick that high, but my best guess would be Texas S Earl Thomas (if Berry's not there). CB Joe Haden was eliminated when they traded for Sheldon Brown. Dez Bryant or C.J. Spiller? I think Bryant scares them (post-Braylon Edwards). Spiller is a glorified Jerome Harrison, who they already have. Derrick Morgan or Jason Pierre-Paul? Neither are fits in the 3-4 and the Browns had more sacks (40) last year than 8 playoff teams, including God's gift to the NFL, the Jets. The pick: FS Eric Berry, Tennessee.

8: Oakland Raiders (By Nancy Gay, AOL Fanhouse)

The skinny: Al Davis is tempted – really tempted – to pick Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen here, since he is still on the board and even the owner seems to be losing patience with JaMarcus Russell. But can the Raiders afford another first-round quarterback mistake? No way. The team has four quarterbacks on the roster now (Russell, Bruce Gradkowski, Charlie Frye, Kyle Boller) but has no legitimate left tackle to protect any of them. He may consider Oklahoma OT Trent Williams here and is intrigued by the potential of USF. DE Jason Pierre-Paul, but Davis won’t be able to forget what one of the Combine’s celebrated workout stars. The pick: OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland.

9: Buffalo Bills (By Mark Gaughan, Buffalo News).

The skinny: The Bills' entire 2009 season was held hostage by the OT position. But the top three tackles are gone. Don't think they will reach for Anthony Davis here. I don't think they will go with Clausen even though you could make a good case for it. They're kind of stuck. Look for a surprise pick. They will go best player available. Possiblities include C.J. Spiller, Dan Williams and Rolando McClain. The pick: RB C.J. Spiller, Clemson.

10: Jacksonville Jaguars (By Vito Stellino, Florida Times-Union).

The skinny: What they want to do is trade down. They hope somebody will want to trade up for Clausen. They want more picks and don't think they'll get value at 10. Think they'll have to overpay. They would have liked one of the 3 OT tackles and could play Eban Britton at guard but they're gone. So is Spiller. Gene Smith is a best available guy. The pick: ILB Rolando McClain, Alabama.

11: Denver Broncos (By Jeff Legwold, Denver Post)

The skinny: If the Jags or anybody else indeed take McClain as this scenario had unfolded, they're going to be looking to get out and move down. They're looking wide receiver at the top of the second, though Josh McDaniels (some smokescreen) went on and on Friday about how Dez Bryant is not a bad guy. So that is a slight possibility here. However, they would love to move down a little, get a pick and take Florida center Maurkice Pouncey, who could start from the moment they draft him. So, that's who I would give them here with the caveat they would try to move down to do it. They do like Dan Williams as well as a guy to go in the rotation at the nose so he is a possibility as well. But Pouncey would be my pick with a move down to do it. The pick: C Markice Pouncey, Florida.

12: Miami Dolphins (By Mando, The Miami Herald).

The skinny: The Dolphins are in the market for extra picks. They want to recover the second-rounder they gave up for Brandon Marshall. Another reason they want to add picks is they currently have no proven starter at FS, SOLB, and LG. NT is also a problem because 36-year-old Jason Ferguson will serve an 8-game suspension for testing positive for performance enhancing drugs. He won't be availabe until November, meaning Miami has issues at NT as well. If Miami cannot get out of the pick and add a second- or third-rounder in the process, it will look to fill one of its top needs. Bill Parcells is still looking for his new Lawrence Taylor. After carefully considering Earl Thomas (who's visited twice and worked out) and Dan Williams (who has the measurables at NT), the Dolphins go with the pass-rusher. The pick: OLB Derrick Morgan, Georgia Tech.

13: San Francisco 49'ers (by Nancy Gay, AOL Fanhouse).

The skinny: Offensive tackle (LT Joe Staley is very solid but RT Adam Snyder struggles in pass protection and is really a backup thrust into a starting role); cornerback (LCB Walt Harris is recovering from ACL surgery, big-money free agent bust Nate Clements was replaced in the starting lineup last season by ’07 fifth-round pick Tarell Brown and talented Shawntae Spencer is better as a nickel CB); outside linebacker (Niners need a hybrid pass rushing LB/end who can excel in both fronts); nose tackle; wide receiver. The 49'ers are thrilled to grab the top-rated CB in the draft, who excels in press coverage and should have an easier transition to the NFL than most college cornerbacks. Coach Mike Singletary isn’t worried about the knocks on Haden’s speed; he’s more impressed with Haden’s physical play against top SEC receivers. The pick: CB Joe Haden, Florida.

OK, the countdown is on before someone comments that my pick is wrong. 3-2-1...


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NJ Phin fan...nice try to spin...I always wanted the Dolphins to either trade for Marshall or draft Bryant...the need is and has been obvious...your the one that said they would NEVER TRADE FOR HIM. Eat thr crow and shut up.


Well said about the armchair GMs.

If the draft did go down like that I could rally behind those players easy.

I think Houston (while not being such a NT type) is over 300lbs and is probably the most athletic DT in the whole draft. Former running back, he is super active and can penetrate. I like DT Tyson Alualu in that same mold. It will all depend on how highly Nolan values them and how much input he gets for getting guys that work for his defensive system.

With Hughes on board I would grab a Safety here. Morgan Burnett, Major Wright or Reshard Jones in that order. It simply fits a huge need and all of these guys have good value in the 3rd. I think Mays, Chad Jones and Allen will get drafted in the 2nd

Your choice of A.O-Ansah in the mid rounds would bring a heck of a talent on board. At 207lbs he can be considered for Safety as well as Corner he played in college. Really fast for his size which would translate to great range to make plays on the ball.

On Brown we can just keep our ears to the ground?


Again NJ...the 70's Dolphins Oline was built for rushing...but they also passed!!

Again...try reading the stat's from the Dolphins website...they ran and passed equally.

Fishypete want and saying it will happen are 2 different things. nice try !! no spin by me only by you . I said waht i said about the trade value on marshall. i can go on for days on some of the crap you said on here . now take your own advise and STFU !!!


True... I had not factored that into the math I posted.

I also was not trying to rain on your stats NJ... more pointing it out cause it kinda of sounded like too many killer plays behind the line for Kindle to me.

I saw you were able to connect with a couple of Greek bloggers last night. That's cool to have that kinship. FB seems like a really good blogger and I value his opinion.


NJ are you just stupid or can't figure things out...you claim it's because of the trade value, B.S. the Dolphins paid two second rounders...that seems very close to me to a first and a third. Lets tell the truth here, you never wanted Marshall for numerous reasons...remember? The more you talk..the further your stepping in it...kid.


I believe L. Houston can be a great NT...a three down nose tackle just like Ratliff is...they are very similar in size and speed. Houston has been over looked by most...and he could be a steal for the Dolphins.

I'm gonna act like a tree and leave for a bit...

I will catch up to you in a while. 2.5 days left! Tick, Tick, tick

Cheers all

fishypete , i know they ran and passed equally but they had to throw more because they to trailed in to many games. Now with marshall is aboard , they won't be playing 8 men in the box and the run game will open up more. i bet you marshall doesn't catch 100 balls this year, 80 -85 with the run game,

Eagles | Interested in trading up in first round
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Mon, 19 Apr 2010 13:05:49 -0400

Adam Schefter, of ESPN, reports the Philadelphia Eagles have expressed interest in trading up to within the top 12 spots in the 2010 NFL Draft.

Adam Schefter, of ESPN, reports the Green Bay Packers have expressed interest in trading up to within the top 12 spots in the 2010 NFL Draft

Let the trade talks begin.


One thing is for sure with NT's...you never know.

For all his size and what would seem like ability Haynesworth balks at playing NT.

It just takes such a warrior me vs the world attitude, getting hit constantly from all sides that most simply shy away mentally.


NJ...who cares if he catches 80 90 or 100, as long as he gets the job done....get at least 1000 yds...that would be fine with me.

Fishypete , Kid ?? I'm not your kid , son. and speaking of stupid and I recall you you being on the buffoon post of the day many times. I know what i said and your the one who steps in it quite often . just today , you steppen in it with wanting the dolphins to draft bryant after miami just traded for marshall. Talk about not figuering things out . LOL !!

Well Rob...I'd say that the problem all the DT's except Cody has...they have to prove afterwards.

Rob in oc , it was very cool and a nice suprise to catch up with a bunch of greek friends who happen to be big dolphin fans. I thought it was great and a nice time on conversation. i'll talk to youb later.

fishypete , i don care if catches 80 0r 90 balls. if it opens the run game more , gets over 1000 yds , makes the pro bowl and the phins make the playoffs . He's done his job. i'm happy he's a dolphin now and i LOOOOVE the way the his contract was structered. i'm not arguing with you anymore, I'm pumped up to be a dolphin fan now and i'm alo outta here for now

NJ..Again...if you can't see what Bryant and Marshall can do for the Dolphins offense...sorry I can't help you. I would love to get many players...but reality says the Dolphins are still re-tooling and you have to get the best players that you can...and reagrdless of what you say or think, Bryant is the best receiver in this draft.

New Jersey, δεν αποτελεί πολύ σκληρά για να μεταφράσει αγγλικά στα ελληνικά

Bob Sanders is 5'8" and Earl Thomas is 5'10" sooo... Thomas is bigger then Sanders.

this years draft is deep with dt's who can also play nt so why go there in round one. the draft is also deep with de/olb hybrids as they call it. Berry and Thomas are the only big play safeties so grab thomas if he's available and let him, Davis, and Sean Smith grow together so we can have one of the top secondaries in a couple years. If they do trade the 12th pick then take the best olb available and go for the best available DB in the 2nd rd and let guys fight for the starting safety spot in camp. remember Sean Smith is 6'3 and played some safety in college so it wont be a rough transition.

And as far as the Chiefs I havent seen ANY of the "experts" talk about the possibility of the Cheifs drafting Clausen. why not? Charlie Weis is the offensive coordinator now. draft him and let him sit for a year behind Cassell or trade him to a team like Buffalo who needs a qb and Cassell is already familiar with the AFC East. I can even see Clausen going to Seattle if he drops to 14 to be the qb in waiting behind Hasselbeck. It wouldnt surprise me at all to see San Fran draft Dez Bryant to play alongside Crabtree when he falls. they can gamble on either Bryant or Haden at 13 and hope the other falls to them at 17. I'd choose Bryant at 13 hope Haden is there at 17 and if not take Kyle Wilson or Kareem Jackson.

Forget talking (agent) Taylor Mays to the
Dolphins in the 1st round. I'll go on record,
that Mays is lucky to be picked in the second round..Period He couldn't cover me in a phone booth.

I predict a Monday night game against the Pets, I mean the j-e-t-s. With a strong possibility that again this year we will be starting a rookie or two, you are right that we need to get as many snaps in pre-season for those guys and a couple of other young players as we can to hopefully win at least the first two or three games. That would be GI-NORMOUS. If we can get start off with a couple of "easier" teams like Detroit or Buffalo, that also would help our younger players get a "feel" for the big leagues before the meat of the schedule kicks in, although, there are no "easy" games, and the schedule rarely works that way.

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