For the past month or so, I have been involved in a few live mock drafts over at Mocking the Draft and posted the selections made in those. There is still one going on at their site and the 5th-7th rounds will be taken care of this coming weekend, but earlier in the week the Denver Broncos blog, Mile High Report started what was their 2nd live mock draft. This one was slightly different from the others I have been involved in, as it was only covering the first 3 rounds. So as we now know, only 2 picks were able to be made in this one. Full Results Here.
A few notes on trades and interesting picks I noticed throughout the draft.
- The Buffalo Bills swapped spots with the Kansas City Chiefs to move up to the 5th spot to snag OT Russell Okung.
- Seattle taking OT Bryan Bulaga from Iowa with the 6th overall selection.
- The New England Patriots moving up to Denver's spot at 11 to select DE Jason Pierre-Paul from USF
- The Denver Broncos moving down into New England's spot at 22 and ended up having what I thought was the strongest 3 rounds of any other team.
- CB Devin McCourty being selected before CB Kyle Wilson in the first round and Wilson dropping into the 2nd round.
- The Washington Redskins giving up on Jason Campbell and still ignoring their Offensive Line issues by selecting Jimmy Clausen with the 4th overall pick.
So with the 25th selection in yet another NFL Mock Draft of 2010, the Baltimore Ravens select......after the jump.
1. (25th) - WR - Dez Bryant - Oklahoma State (6'2" 225 lbs) Highlights
- It was very surprising to see such a talent like Bryant drop all the way down to 25, where I had to take him. Bryant is a stud WR in my opinion and is #14 on my board. The closest player to Bryant was DE Jared Odrick at #21 overall. Trying to think like Ozzie, the best player available was selected here and man does that make a dangerous WR group. Bryant is one of the best athletes in this years draft and a home run type player at WR. Great at catching balls in traffic and can adjust to any area the ball is thrown, so he is not afraid to go across the middle. Wins nearly every jump ball thrown his way. Has the ability to make nearly every route look exactly the same. Incredible burst and elusiveness for a player his size. Was an incredible return man in college. Only knock on Bryant was his consistency and work ethic, which may be a reason he could slip to Baltimore at 25 come April.
2. (57th) - DT/DE - Tyson Alualu - California (6'3" 295 lbs) Highlights
- This has become a player who sky rocketed up my board after one of our great contributors, BAL_Hawk, mentioned how much of a perfect fit Alualu is for the Ravens. At pick 57, Alualu was the 49th best player on my board with only WR Brandon LaFell ahead of him at 47. The first thing that stands out about Alualu is his character. A devoted family man and is said to be one of the hardest workers the CAL football team has ever seen. Was double teamed very often his senior year and still managed to put up 60 tackles (10 for loss) with 7.5 sacks. A relentless player who goes full speed every down. Solid speed off of the snap and can move really quickly for a man close to 300 pounds. Quick, strong hands and has great lower body leverage to throw the O-Lineman out of the way. Played DT most of his career, but could very well move to DE if he drops some weight and improves on his east - west movement. Alualu is the type of player who loves to get physical, much like our Haloti Ngata. Best part is that he has played in every one of his 51 career games and has started 38 consecutive. One of the few players I consider a "Perfect Raven."