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Final Mock: Barron Goes Top 10

Thursday, April 26, 2012



21. Cincinnati Bengals -- Alabama DE Courtney Upshaw

It's been known since early in the draft process that Bengals coach Marvin Lewis and defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer are big fans of Upshaw. While he isn't the top-10 pick some initially billed him to be, Upshaw is a try-hard defensive end with outstanding production and work ethic.

22. Cleveland Browns -- Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd

Most mocks ticket Floyd for the first half of round one, but recurring character woes could cost him in a wideout-rich draft. Floyd is still a big-time prospect with No. 1-receiver tools. A natural hands catcher with "YAC" ability, Floyd would be a terrific fit in Pat Shurmur's West Coast offense.

23. Detroit Lions -- Stanford OT Jonathan Martin

Initially considered a potential top-15 pick, Martin has settled in as a "late one, early two" after a pedestrian spring. Martin doesn't have ideal athleticism for left tackle, or requisite power for the right side. In Detroit, he could be brought along slowly behind Jeff Backus and Gosder Cherilus.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Memphis NT Dontari Poe

A media pinata since his freakish Combine performance, Poe has been so picked apart that he's gotten to the point of underrated. Strong coaching can fix his deficiencies, and there are no work ethic or character concerns about this moldable piece of clay. Poe is going to be a top-25 pick.

25. Denver Broncos -- Boise State RB Doug Martin

The Broncos are in win-now mode. They're paying Peyton Manning almost $20 million a year after four neck surgeries at age 36, and need a tailback capable of functioning in the "Peyton offense." What does that require? Blitz pickup and receiving skills, and knowledge of assignments in the hurry-up. Martin learned all of that in Boise State's up-tempo system, and he can be a workhorse.

26. Houston Texans -- Baylor WR Kendall Wright

NFL execs believe Wright has the best film of any receiver in the draft. Yes, better than Justin Blackmon's, and Michael Floyd's, and all the others. Wright is a game-breaking deep threat who can work in the slot and outside. More Victor Cruz than Percy Harvin, Wright can be a dangerous weapon on Houston's play-action fakes while exploiting single coverage opposite Andre Johnson.

27. New England Patriots -- Boise State LB Shea McClellin

McClellin can play four positions on defense, which fits nicely in New England because the Pats are one of the league's most hybrid teams. McClellin would be a classic edge rusher in 3-4 looks, dabbling inside on early downs and playing Sam 'backer in the 4-3. He's a Belichickian player.

28. Green Bay Packers -- Wisconsin C Peter Konz

Konz has some question marks. He enters the league with medical concerns after a 2011 ankle dislocation, and exhibited below-average strength in Combine drills. As an interior offensive lineman, Konz can't have too many blemishes if he expects to be a first-round draft pick. Still polished, versatile, and athletic, it's no secret that Konz has a fan in Packers GM Ted Thompson.

29. Baltimore Ravens -- LSU WR Rueben Randle

Randle was used as primarily a vertical threat in LSU's run-first offense, running the majority of his routes downfield and stretching defenses off play-action. He has sure hands, prototype size, and game-breaking run-after-catch ability, though, and no one catches him in the open field. Anquan Boldin could show Randle the ropes as a rookie, before he replaces the 32-year-old in 2013.

30. San Francisco 49ers -- West Virginia LB Bruce Irvin

Irvin has character flags, but the Niners haven't been shy about calculated risks. They scored on troubled CB Chris Culliver in last year's third round, and signed Randy Moss this March. Irvin will probably never be a full-time outside linebacker, but he projects as a sub-package sack master.

31. New England Patriots -- Georgia CB Brandon Boykin

Boykin was arguably the most versatile defender in the nation as a senior, covering both the slot and outside at Georgia while returning punts for touchdowns and even putting points on the board on offense. Bill Belichick loves those qualities in young players. Boykin will be a very good pro.

32. New York Giants -- North Carolina DE Quinton Coples

Based on inconsistent and ultimately underwhelming 2011 tape, teams have soured on Coples to the point that he might fall out of round one. There's also a good chance he won't because Giants GM Jerry Reese knows a value pick when he sees one. Reese collects pass rushers, and Coples could play inside as a gap shooter while being groomed as LE Justin Tuck's long-term successor.

Left Out: Midwestern State OG Amini Silatolu, Penn State DT Devon Still, Stanford TE Coby Fleener, Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill, Wisconsin G Kevin Zeitler, USC DE Nick Perry, Clemson DE Andre Branch, North Alabama CB Janoris Jenkins, Virginia Tech RB David Wilson, UConn DT Kendall Reyes, Ohio State OT Mike Adams, Virginia Tech CB Jayron Hosley, Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden, Marshall DE Vinny Curry, Appalachian State WR Brian Quick, Michigan State DT Jerel Worthy, South Carolina WR Alshon Jeffery, Notre Dame S Harrison Smith, Washington DT Alameda Ta'amu.



Evan Silva is a senior football editor for Rotoworld.com. He can be found on Twitter .
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