Mock Draft 6.0: Tim Tebow climbs into the top 10

Tim Tebow is headed to the Buffalo Bills, who have the ninth pick in the draft. (Mark Cornelison/Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT)

Tim Tebow is headed to the Buffalo Bills, who have the ninth pick in the draft. (Mark Cornelison/Lexington Herald-Leader/MCT)

BIRDLAND – Three key pro days were held that could affect who’s available to the Falcons when they pick with the 19th selection.

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NFL scouts descended on Oklahoma and Texas to evaluate quarterback Sam Bradford, wide receiver Dez Bryant and quarterback Colt McCoy earlier this week.

Bradford showed off his accuracy and may have wrapped up the No. 1 pick in the draft. He had to convince teams that he was completely recovered from his AC joint shoulder surgery.

Representatives  from 21 teams were on hand for Bradford’s workout.

Bryant forgot his cleats and had a spotty workout. He could end up sliding down into the 20s.

McCoy had to show that he was healed from the pinched nerve in his right shoulder that he suffered against Alabama in the national championship game. Representatives from 30 teams witnessed his workout at University of Texas’ indoor practice facility.

McCoy won 45 games for the Longhorns. He passed for 13,253 yards, 112 touchdowns, completed 70.33 percent of his passes and ran for 1,571 yards.

Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy went to Bradford and McCoy’s workouts and came away more impressed with McCoy.

Erik Cook

Erik Cook, New Mexico

“I like this workout better from the fact, I thought Colt was challenged more in his workout as far as the type of throws,” McCarthy said to reports in Austin. “I thought in Sam’s workout, he was very accurate, but Sam’s workout was very controlled. He didn’t do as much movement and driving throws, in my opinion.”

McCoy appears headed to Washington or Cleveland in the second round of the draft.

ADD COOK TO LIST:  New Mexico center Erik Cook met with the Falcons twice at the NFL scouting combine and received a call from the team last week.

Cook also met with the Browns, Bills, Titans, Panthers, Dolphins, Texans, Raiders, Redskins, Rams, Bears, Cardinals and Steelers.

Cook is massive at 6-foot-6 and 318 pounds.

Cook’s brother Ryan is currently a backup with the Minnesota Vikings.

FALCONS DRAFT ORDER – NFL Network’s Jamie Dukes and Charles Davis give their state of the Falcons franchise address.

1st round – 19th overall

2nd round – No pick

3rd round – 83rd overall

3rd round – 98th overall, compensatory

4th round – 117

5th round – 149

5th round – 165th overall, compensatory

6th round – 171

6th round – 189

NFL DRAFT TIMES

Rd. 1: Thurs., April 22, 7:30 p.m.

Rds. 2-3: Fri., April 23, 6

Rds. 4-7: Sat., April 24, 10 a.m.

AJC’s 2010 MOCK DRAFT 6.0

Staff writer D. Orlando Ledbetter projects the first round:

In our latest mock draft, the Falcons select Florida center LaShawn Maurkice Pouncey.

In our latest mock draft, the Falcons select Florida center LaShawn Maurkice Pouncey.

With the 19th pick in the draft, the Falcons select Florida center LaShawn Maurkice Pouncey.

He’s been the pick in five of the six mocks. Coming out of the owner’s meetings, others are catching up to the pick and have him moving up in their mock drafts.

Here’s one of the better rationales as to why Pouncey will go to the Falcons.

“The best center to enter the draft in some time. Pouncey is powerful, athletic, big-framed mauler who plays big and has proven his ability at the highest level of college football. Should be able to step into a starting job immediately and play a long time in the league. Has Pro Bowl potential. Will be the first center drafted, and his value could be enhanced by the lack of available talent at the position.”

– Pro Football Weekly

Also, Georgia Tech’s Demaryius Thomas will be the first wide receiver taken after Bryant slides to the Jets late in the first round. Notre Dame Jimmy Clausen spent the last two weeks “On the Fringe,” but he’s back in the first round this week.

1. St. Louis RamsSam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma. Before his pro day workout, he had breakfast with St. Louis coach

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford is headed for St. Louis in the Mock Draft 3.0.

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford is headed for St. Louis after a fine pro day showing.

Steve Spagnuolo. Gil Brandt, Dallas’ former player personnel director, said that Bradford’s workout was the best he’d seen since Troy Aikman.

2. Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska. The Lions have to decide if they want improve the defense or get a left tackle to protect franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford’s blind side.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma. The Bucs are tempted to take Tennessee’s Eric Berry, but elect to solidify the defensive line. Also, they signed former Georgia standout safety Sean Jones.

4. Washington Redskins: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State. New coach Mike Shanahan will get a player to help power the  rushing attack.

5. Kansas City Chiefs: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa. Not the most athletic of the tackles, but that didn’t hurt him in the Orange Bowl against Georgia Tech’s Derrick Morgan.

Tennessee safety Eric Berry is headed to Seattle in Mock Draft 6.0.  (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC).

Tennessee safety Eric Berry is headed to Seattle in Mock Draft 6.0. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC).

6. Seattle Seahawks: Eric Berry, DB, Tennessee. The Seahwaks have holes on defense and fill one of them by taking Berry.

7. Cleveland Browns: Joe Haden, CB, Florida. He fills one of the Browns many needs.

8. Oakland Raiders: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers. The Raiders think outside of the box on this one. What is Al Davis’ box anyway?

9. Buffalo Bills: Tim Tebow, QB, Florida. The word coming out of the owner’s meeting is that Tebow is shooting up draft boards faster than a speeding bullet. Head coach Chan Gailey sees some”Slash” potential for Tebow. He can use him like he used Kordell Stewart in Pittsburgh until he gets ready to take over at quarterback. He went to dinner with Buffalo legend Jim Kelly last week.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama. McClain in a run stuffer, but also has speed. He can set

Will Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain (25) be clapping it up in the Falcons huddle next season?  (Associated Press)

Alabama linebacker Rolando McClain (25) is set to visit the Falcons on Monday. (Associated Press)

the tone for the defense.

11. Denver Broncos: Sergio Kindle, LB, Texas. The Broncos elected to get an inside backer for their 3-4.

12. Miami Dolphins: Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech. The Dolphins decide to go with Thomas over Bryant. They were not impressed with him forgetting to bring his favorite cleats to his pro day workout.

13. San Francisco 49ers: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech. With Mike Singletary wielding more power, the 49ers go defense here.

14. Seattle Seahawks: Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan. Patrick Kerney’s future is uncertain and the Seahawks traded defensive end Darryl Tapp to the Eagles. This is a major need pick.

15. New York Giants: Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri. He’s versatile and the Giants need linebackers. He can play all three positions in their 4-3.

16. Tennessee Titans: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida. The Titans are in the defensive end market after losing Kyle Vanden Bosch in free agency.

Some have Clemson flash C.J. Spiller going to Seattle as high as No. 6.

Some have Clemson flash C.J. Spiller going to Seattle as high as No. 6.

17. San Francisco 49ers: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson. The 49ers get Spiller to help take some of the pressure off of Frank Gore. They duo will form their versionof Smash (Gore) and Dash (Spiller).

18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame. The Rooneys are not real happy with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger after his escapade in Milledgeville. The Steelers get some QB insurance in case Roethlisberger gets into another “situation.”

19. Atlanta Falcons: LaShawn Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida. Under this scenario, the Falcons would have their choice between Pouncey and Idaho guard Mike Iupati, who will be a solid pro. But some are predicting greatness for Pouncey. Go with potential greatness over the “regular” guy.

20. Houston Texans: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State. The Texans have to get a prospect to replace Dunta Robinson, who signed with the Falcons in free agency.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee. They could go safety here and pick either Taylor Mays or Texas’ Earl Thomas.

22. New England Patriots: Everson Griffen, DE, USC. The Patriots continue the reconstruction of their defense.

23. Green Bay Packers: Mike Iupati, G, Idaho. The Packers have to get some protection for Aaron Rodgers, who

Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant compares himself to Randy Moss.

Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant compares himself to Randy Moss.

spent a major portion of the 2009 season on the ground. Some of their sack problems were attributed to Rodgers holding onto the ball too long and the other part was porous line play.

24. Philadelphia Eagles: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma. We had Northwestern’s Corey Wootton here last week, but the acquisition of Darryl Tapp will allow the Eagles to get some offensive line help.

25. Baltimore Ravens: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida. Dunlap solidified his first round status with a good pro day. Veterans like Ray Lewis will help Dunlap make the jump to the NFL.

26. Arizona Cardinals: Taylor Mays, S, USC. The Cardinals get a replacement for Antrel Rolle, who signed with the New York Giants as a free agent.

27. Dallas Cowboys: Earl Thomas, S, Texas. The Cowboys get some help for their secondary. Some believe that Thomas can play cornerback and safety.

28. San Diego Chargers: Terrence Cody, NT, Alabama. Mount Cody heads to the West Coast.

29. New York Jets: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State. The Jets are not worried about Bryant’s rough upbringing or that he lied to the NCAA. He’s got great hands and could develop into a Pro Bowler.

30. Minnesota Vikings: Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers. Can come in and contribute immediately at nickel back for the Vikings. He played some cover-2 in college and that’s the Vikings’ base defense.

31. Indianapolis Colts: Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State. The Colts need to solidify the cornerback position.

32. New Orleans Saints: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma.  The Saints get an heir-apparent to Jeremy Shockey. He’s the fourth Sooner to go in the first round.

ON THE FRINGE

California RB Jahvid Best.

California RB Jahvid Best.

Colt McCoy, QB, Texas

Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois

Chad Jones, S, LSU

Jahvid Best, RB, California

Charles Brown, OT, USC

Nate Allen, S, South Florida

Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno State

Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech

Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State

Brian Price, NT, UCLA

Perrish Cox, CB, Oklahoma State

Corey Wootton, DE, Northwestern

Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame

Jerry Hughes, OLB/DE, Texas Christian

Daryl Washington, OLB, Texas Christian

281 comments Add your comment

The Real Falcon

April 2nd, 2010
8:16 am

Todd

April 2nd, 2010
8:17 am

HBO needs to do a show following Tebow around his first year in the NFL. He is bigger than following a whole team with their Hard Knocks Series.

The Real Falcon

April 2nd, 2010
8:18 am

The first step is to sign Alex Brown who was just released by the Bears. Consistent and durable and would be better immediately than anyone on the draft board. Then draft a real OLB with no#1 pick.

The Real Falcon

April 2nd, 2010
8:19 am

PLEASE get off Pouncey!!!

leland

April 2nd, 2010
8:20 am

There’s a chance if I get this typed out fast enough I could be first. Hope I make it–what a thrill that would be. Here goes–

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Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

April 2nd, 2010
8:25 am

Tebow will NOT be a first round pick, any team who selects him are morons. Agree with earlier posts, no Pouncey, stick with D- either a DE or LB- plain and simple

dx107

April 2nd, 2010
8:27 am

Good idea Todd. Mr. Ledbetter pleaseeeee get off the Center crap in the first round. Rather the Falcons trade out of first round than pick a center. Our current center is still playing and we picked up a great back up -= are you related to Pouncey?

Tebow?

April 2nd, 2010
8:28 am

HBO is national. Outside of the South, Tebow is just another average draft prospect. Tune into sports channels in the big markets and you’ll see what I’m saying. It’s just here in the South, Florida and GA to be specific, you hear so much talk about him.

Gator Fan

April 2nd, 2010
8:32 am

I see Tebow being used his first year as a back up QB, and being used in goal line and short yardage situations, and learning the ropes the first year or so. After that I think he could be a starter, and we will just have to wait and see how good he will become after he is coached up.

To me, if you are drafted in the first round, you are either ready or expected to play right away, if a team takes Tebow in the first round, then they must have seen something they liked A LOT.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 2nd, 2010
8:42 am

There is no reason to get off of Pouncey. He’s a stud.

With Sean Weatherspoon going to the New York Giants the next linebackers are Daryl Washington and Jerry Hughes.

With Brandon Graham and Jason Pierre-Paul off the board, the next defensive end would be Everson Griffen.

Pouncey has a higher grades than the trio of Washington, Hughes and Griffen.

Gary

April 2nd, 2010
8:45 am

DOL, You seem to be alone on Pouncey in the first. I agree, he is a good player but the Falcons simply have too many needs especially on the defensive side of the ball to draft a center that high especially when he wont even start next year. First round picks come in and play right away…that is why you draft you biggest need in the first. Back-up center? NOT GONNA HAPPEN!

ChippersLoveChild

April 2nd, 2010
8:50 am

There is no way the Steelers draft a QB in the 1st round, short of Big Ben going to jail… that is way too much money to spend on a backup that may never see the field for you.

Gary

April 2nd, 2010
8:52 am

The error on this draft is that Jacksonville wont draft McClain. The Jags will draft Morgan….they had the worst pass rusher in the league last year and wont be completely STUPID to pass up a player like him. That will make McClain fall to the next 4-3 team with a LB need…I.E. the Gaints. (where you have Weatherspoon being drafted). Tebow a top 10 pick but not Derrick Morgan!?! Child Please!

Gary

April 2nd, 2010
8:53 am

The error on this draft is that Jacksonville wont draft McClain. The Jags will draft Morgan….they had the worst pass rush in the league last year and won be completely STUPID to pass up a player like him. That will make McClain fall to the next 4-3 team with a LB need…I.E. the Gaints. (where you have Weatherspoon being drafted). Tebow a top 10 pick but not Derrick Morgan!?! Child Please!

Gary

April 2nd, 2010
8:56 am

Dan Williams from Tennessee is a top 20 pick also, and Steelers will NOT draft a back-up QB in the first. they need LB, CB, and OL help too bad.

Wow

April 2nd, 2010
8:56 am

If Buffalo really drafts Tebow at 9, they will basically guarantee themselves a top-ten draft pick for the next 2-3 seasons, maybe longer.

Tim Tebow is possibly the greatest college football player of all time, but he will not be a good pro QB. He cannot throw, and he won’t have SEC refs throwing unsportsmanlike penalties every time he is hit. I’m sure he’s a great guy, but any NFL GM who drafts Tebow in the second round, much less the first round, should lose his job.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 2nd, 2010
8:57 am

Gary — You’re ignoring the facts. Based on the all of the visits and the players the Falcons have been linked to, it’s reasonable to conclude that they are going linebacker or center. Under this scenario the linebackers are gone. If one slips, they’ll get him. You’re ignoring what Coach Smith said about Abraham and how they are expecting him to bounce back with the return of Peria Jerry in the middle. They’ve drafted a defensive end in each of the last two drafts. They’ll get a chance to show that they can play (Biermann and Sidbury).

Wow

April 2nd, 2010
9:00 am

Also, if Iupati and Trent WIlliams are really still available when the Falcons pick at 19, there’s no chance they take Pouncey instead. Iupati is more versatile than Pouncey, and Williams would lock up RT for the next 10 years (or replace Baker at LT is his injuries persist).

For whatever reason, people get way too wrapped up in the “SEC” talk come draft time. I think Pouncey is getting far too much hype because of the conference he played in instead of his actual talent.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 2nd, 2010
9:01 am

Gary — If Jax does pass on McClain. He won’t get pass Bill Parcells. He loves him and sees some LT in McClain.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 2nd, 2010
9:02 am

Man, got the “Child Please!” I think I like that.

Beelzebubba - Demon of the South

April 2nd, 2010
9:02 am

I like Tim and wish him luck. So does Hank Johnson. He has offered to sell him some property in Guam since he’s about to run into some money.

Yoda

April 2nd, 2010
9:02 am

DOL….dude you gotta quit eating ice cream after 11:00 pm….it’s giving you some very odd Draft ideas.

david

April 2nd, 2010
9:03 am

CJ will not slip by Seattle with their 2nd pick, and they will draft a Olineman with their first pick.

Boots

April 2nd, 2010
9:03 am

Enter your comments here

truth

April 2nd, 2010
9:04 am

I agree w/DOL……WE NEED OFFENSIVE LINEMEN!!!!

Boots

April 2nd, 2010
9:04 am

The NFL will spit Tebow out like a sunflower seed.

KC in Smyrna

April 2nd, 2010
9:05 am

I’d take Dez Bryant or Trent Williams at #19 if the draft falls the way you think. I have no problem with the Center though.

Gary

April 2nd, 2010
9:06 am

Miami will draft Jason Pierre-Paul at 12.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 2nd, 2010
9:06 am

Yoda — I did stare down at the ice cream (slow churned Chocolate) last night. But I elected to go healthy with some multi-grain crackers and water..

FJR

April 2nd, 2010
9:07 am

“Great, for a center” isn’t the same thing in the NFL as “Great”

Ron Mexico

April 2nd, 2010
9:08 am

Um I didn’t see an option for “not going to be” in that little poll. If someone does draft him, then they must like wasting money…

JMar

April 2nd, 2010
9:09 am

You’re a bit late for April Fool’s Day with Tebow in the top 10.

Johnny Ryall

April 2nd, 2010
9:10 am

DOL, to what degree are the Falcons considering Alex Brown who just got released from Chicago? Any chance they make a run at him to make going offense in the first round sensible?

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 2nd, 2010
9:11 am

Beelzebubba – Demon of the South — Hank Johnson, Guam tipping over and Tebow to the Bills in the same sentence.

Boots – NFL teams like that Tebow is a winner. They are digging pretty deep on him. Going back to him going to a non-powerhouse high school and turning them into State Champions.

Truth — Glad to see somebody is feeling the “Mock Magic” today!

Willy

April 2nd, 2010
9:11 am

Ordinarily I would wonder if you aren’t playing the Tebow card these past two weeks to keep readers looking. Then I have to remember that you are also consistently playing the Pouncey card, which is probably correct and probably a really good, smart pick. And, actually, I could totally see Tebow going to the Bills, just as I could half-imagine the Pats making that move.

Good job!

Yoda

April 2nd, 2010
9:12 am

DOL….lets just hope the Falcons triumvirate aren’t getting some odd ideas for the Draft.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 2nd, 2010
9:13 am

Willy — All legitimate moves. Thanks for the kinds words!

dood

April 2nd, 2010
9:13 am

Did anyone else think that Dez Bryant forgetting his cleats on what is the biggest day of his career speaks volumes about what kind of focus this kid will have? Like the first day of school…have EVERYTHING laid out the night before!

Gary

April 2nd, 2010
9:14 am

I’m with Johnny Ryall, Falcons should get Alex Brown. He is a class act and will get you 6+ sacks every year and is great against the run. Add Him on the line with Bab, Jerry, and Abraham. get Weatherspoon and Brain Williams and Dunta Robinson…now that is a pretty good defense.

teamguy

April 2nd, 2010
9:17 am

Since the draft provides us fans to express our fantasies, here’s mine: we trade Norwood and our first round pick to move up and draft McClain, then take Dexter McClusters in the third. .hey, it’s a fantasy, right?

Falcon57

April 2nd, 2010
9:18 am

Once again Ledbetter spouts off to show the entire south he has no clue about what he’s paid to do.

FalconsFan284

April 2nd, 2010
9:19 am

DOL–Did Pouncey pay you to get him in the first round? I would draft any of the top five DE’s before I look at a backup Center! It’s plain and simple. So, if Lb Sean Withspoon is gone and DE’s Graham, Morgan, Pierre-Paul, Griffin and Dunlop are all gone then, and only then, could I agree with your man crush pick. Still, a backup center in the first round is a little on the retarded side.

gdg73

April 2nd, 2010
9:21 am

This team needs an edge pass rusher more than a back up center. Dimitroff is building this team to topple the Saints and get after Drew Brees. Now tell me how this pick helps us in 2010.

Gary

April 2nd, 2010
9:22 am

Tebow could go to the Bills…just not in the first round! Whatever team Tebow goes to he will not start right away…If he was a first round pick that is like a team saying he is their franchise QB…it wont happen. Tebow wont be higher than a second round pick. and I’ma say this again….YOU DONT USE FIRST ROUND PICKS TO HAVE THEM SIT ON THE BENCH AND BE BACK-UPS. Pouncey would be a back-up if Falcons drafted him and while he is a good player…it would be a wasted pick because there is depth at O-line in this draft and they could use the first round pick on a player that can come in and play right away then draft o-line later in draft. Drafting Pouncey in first round makes no sense. NONE.

Gary

April 2nd, 2010
9:27 am

Honestly DOL, you are the ONLY person afillitated with the Falcons that I have seen even mention Pouncey

**Frederick(Bailey)Douglass**

April 2nd, 2010
9:31 am

ok, I agree with GARY on this one. A center this high is a stretch DOL. Question…why would the Birds not draft Terence Cody????

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 2nd, 2010
9:31 am

dood — Because of his upbringing he might not have got that lesson. (In the ninth grade, we went on a field trip and I forgot my sneakers for basketball practice. Millions weren’t on the line, but I can relate.)

teamguy — That’s a good fantasy. Some wheeling and dealing will likely to happen before the 22nd.

Falcons57 — That’s your meek opinion.

FalconsFan284 — Pay attention in class. You are not listening to what the Falcons (TD and Smitty) are saying. You might think they need a DE, but they don’t. Unless, you’re Mr. Blank, you have to listen to the “Football Op” people.

gdg73 — He’s not a backup center. The 19th pick will play. Look at the Falcons games against the 3-4 teams. Just look at the Dallas and New England games. Wake up.

Gary — That was one of the themes this week. After the owners meeting, I’ve had at least three folks guarantee me that Tebow is now a first rounder.

McBubba

April 2nd, 2010
9:33 am

Eww. This is a worst case scenario mock for the Birds..
I sure would feel better about them taking a center at 19 if they were to sign
Alex Brown.

FalconsFan284

April 2nd, 2010
9:34 am

DOL—-Based on whom they have scheduled visits for I would say the Falcons are eyeing a backup Center in the Fourth or Fifth Rounds; not the First! You are living in a fantasy world because you have a man crush on Pouncey. Dimitroff is following the Patriots mold and that means he will find replacements for older players in the Fifth and later rounds instead of the First round.