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April 18, 2010
Tick tock, it's time to mock

1. Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma. Soon the NFC West will have two starting quarterbacks with throwing shoulders that have been surgically reattached by Dr. James Andrews.

2. Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska. Newspaper copy editors throughout the greater Detroit area now have "Ndamukong" taped to the top of their monitors.

3. Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma. The second coming of Warren Sapp except McCoy doesn't spit wads of chewing tobacco onto a white towel laid out on the floor while you're trying to interview him after games. Yeah, he did that.

4. Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State. Okung will be the Secret Service to Donovan McNabb's commander in chief. (I guess that makes opposing defenses the Salahis)

5. Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa. The Scott Pioli formula: Don't overthink your first-round draft picks. Bulaga is as safe as it gets.

6. Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma. Walter Jones retires and NFC West defenders rejoice. Seahawks replace Jones with Trent Williams and NFC West defenders rejoice some more.

7. Eric Berry, S, Tennessee. Berry covers a lot of ground and has true leadership skills. He also looks good in orange.

8. Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers. This pick makes a lot of sense for Oakland, which is why it's a terrible prediction.

9. Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame. Quick - name the three quarterbacks on the Bills roster. Ok, try to name one. Ok, just spell "Bills."

10. Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech. Denver's Elvis Dumervil had 17 sacks in 2009. The Jags entire defense had ... wait for it ... 14.

11. Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State. Let me get this straight: Josh McDaniel comes in and promptly loses his two best offensive players and his defensive coordinator? All he needs to do is find a quarterback and a No. 1 receiver and he should be fine. Update: McDaniel also has chased away his starting tight end.

12. Dan Williams, NT, Tennessee. Miami fans have an affinity for first-round picks named "Dan."

13. Joe Haden, CB, Florida. He's everything the 49ers want in a cornerback - strong, athletic, feisty, and he's from the SEC.

14. C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson. Seahawks draft speedy running back. Barrows drives to Vegas to place a bet on offensive rookie of the year.

15. Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama. G-men find a replacement for Antonio Pierce.

16. Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan. Titans would rather have Morgan but are happy with the ultra consistent, ultra productive Michigan product.

17. Mike Iupati, G, Idaho. He's the best left guard in the draft. Can he play anywhere else? The 49ers will have to find out. Note: Iupati paid a visit to the 49ers last week.

18. Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State. The Steelers could go in a number of directions with this pick, but cornerbacks always fly off the board early.

19. Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida. Atlanta didn't get much sack production from John Abraham - 5 ½ -- last season and could use an injection of youth.

20. Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State. Houston fans may shudder at the memory of drafting a first rounder from Fresno State, but Mathews will provide the toughness the Texans offensive desperately needs.

21. Earl Thomas, S, Texas. Cincinnati has watched Ed Reed make game-changing plays for the last eight seasons. Now they hope they've found their own Reed.

22. Jared Odrick, DL, Penn State. Consistent, productive, unassuming, safe. JO has NE written all over him.

23. Charles Brown, OT, USC. Even if Brown needs time to mature, this is a no-brainer. The Packers' pass protection was abysmal last year.

24. Maurkice Pouncey, OL, Florida. He can play any of the three interior line positions. Take your pick. (Biology question: How come his twin brother isn't as good?)

25. Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers. The vaunted Baltimore defense is getting long in the tooth. Maybe they'll start picking up San Francisco's discards.

26. Sergio Kindle, LB, Texas. Arizona replaces Karlos Dansby with perhaps the most athletic linebacker in the draft.

27. Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland. Jerry Jones needs to fill the Big Top. What better way than with the freakishly sculpted Campbell?

28. Terrence Cody, NT, Alabama. The Chargers need a nose tackle after releasing Jamal Williams. Cody, meanwhile, was beefy in January but has lost the equivalent of a Kindergarten class since.

29. Brian Price, DL, UCLA. The Jets used free agency on offense. They'll go defense in the draft. Price is the best ... ok, I admit it. I've never seen Price. Winging this one ...

30. Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama. Cedric Griffin tore his ACL in the NFC Championship game. That's a short turnaround for an injury that usually requires two years to fully recover.

31. Rodger Saffold, OT, Indiana. Bill Polian wasn't happy with his o-line's performance in the Super Bowl. He won't have to go far to upgrade the position. Saffold can play right tackle or guard.

32. Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma. Shockey is falling apart faster than Candlestick Park - buzz-ing! The Saints need help on defense, but Sean Payton can't help but add another weapon to his offense.

-- Matt Barrows

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Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.

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