BIRDLAND – Three key pro days were held that could affect who’s available to the Falcons when they pick with the 19th selection.
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.
“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.
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.
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 Rams: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma. Before his pro day workout, he had breakfast with St. Louis coach
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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