Time to give the people what they want. Everybody's been stopping me on the street asking when the first mock will be out, and now, it finally is. Please enjoy and feel free to suggest what you would like to see the Hawks do with their two first round picks (and Bateman, as the only Niners fan I know (or sort of know), I would appreciate any thoughts on their 2 first-rounders)
1. St. Louis – Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
I really want this pick to happen. I don’t like Clausen and would love to see him playing for the Rams so my hatred for both can continue to grow. Suh would be the smarter pick here, but it is the Rams, so they might pass on the sure thing.
2. Detroit – Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
Since the Hawks have no realistic chance at Suh, it’s best he goes to a team that we’ll never have to play in a meaningful game.
3. Tampa Bay – Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
McCoy would be getting much more hype if it weren’t for Suh.
4. Washington – Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
This is another pick that I would really like to see happen. Bradford is an official member of the Cherokee Nation. He is a hero to Native Americans across the country. How would they feel about him playing for the Redskins? Bradford seems like a nice guy, but he’s from OKC, so I actually wish this conflicting situation upon him.
5. Kansas City – Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma St.
If the draft plays out this way I’ll be happy because it leaves Okung and Eric Berry as options for the Chiefs with the Hawks being able to select the other.
6. Seattle – Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
I would be thrilled with this pick. If Berry develops into the type of player that people are suggesting he will, then the Hawks will finally have a difference-maker in the secondary. Plus, I’ve heard that he actually knows how to tackle in the open field.
7. Cleveland – Joe Haden, CB, Florida
With Holmgren at the helm there’s no way the Browns will screw up the draft.
8. Oakland – Taylor Mays, S, USC
This one seems too easy. His measurables will be off the charts and Al Davis won’t be able to resist. The only way I could see this not happening is if Davis gets too excited and falls into some kind of coma when he sees Mays’ combine tape and he misses the draft.
9. Buffalo – Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
I think if one of the QBs drops to this spot the Bills will take them. The hiring of Chan Gailey as head coach would just piss me off if I was a Bills fan. There cannot be a single person in Buffalo who is more excited about next season based on that hiring.
10. Jacksonville – Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
I see some mocks with Tebow here in an attempt to sell tickets. Or they could draft someone who will help the team win and probably sell tickets that way too.
11. Denver – Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma St.
If Brandon Marshall sticks around then they’ll probably go a different direction.
12. Miami – Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, USF
I got nothing
13. San Francisco – Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
I’m almost positive the Niners will take Spiller one spot ahead of us just to piss us off. But in this mock they go for need over spite.
14. Seattle – C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
Another pick that I would love for the Hawks to make. It would give the team a playmaker who can make big plays. I haven’t done research on it, but I believe the longest play from scrimmage this year for the Hawks was 14 yards.
15. New York (N) – Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
I doubt he’ll fall this far because he the best LB in the draft and can probably start from Day 1, but I know Giants fans would love this pick, so I’ll give them some false excitement. This pick would make sense because Antonio Pierce appears to have gotten pregnant over this last season and will probably miss next year.
16. Tennessee – Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
17. San Francisco – Brian Price, DT, UCLA
18. Pittsburgh – Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
19. Atlanta - Earl Thomas, S, Texas
If the Hawks don’t get Berry at 6, I wouldn’t mind them going with Thomas at 14. Or go with Thomas at 14 even if they do get Berry.
20. Houston – Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
21. Cincinnati – Aaron Hernandez, TE, Florida
22. New England – Sergio Kindle, LB, Texas
23. Green Bay – Everson Griffen, DE, USC
24. Philadelphia – Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
25. Baltimore – Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois
26. Arizona – Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
27. Dallas – Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama
28. San Diego – Navorro Bowman, LB, Penn State
29. New York (A) – Greg Hardy, DE, Ole Miss
I don’t know what this pick will be, but I guarantee that they’ll be Rex Ryan’s early favorite for 2010 Rookie of the Year.
30. Minnesota – Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State
31. New Orleans – Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State
32. Indianapolis – Mike Iupati, G, Idaho
Going into the second I think the Hawks would have to address the OT position. I would prefer them to do it in Round 1, but if Berry and Spiller are available at 6 and 14 I think they have to be the picks