Head-to-head mock: Tebow makes debut


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There have been some tremendous swings in this week’s mock drafts. Most notably, the much-debated Tim Tebow is making his debut in the first round. Additionally, Pro Football Weekly moved Mike Iupati seven spots up from last week while Dan Williams dropped 11 picks from National Football Post’s projections on March 25.

With the 75th NFL draft now two weeks away, here’s our latest head-to-head mock draft. This week, we pit PFW vs. NFP:

Subject
Pro Football Weekly
National Football Post
1. St. Louis
St. Louis
Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

If it was not safe to say before, simply because of the prospect of a trade, it now can be said with authority: With the first overall selection in this year’s draft, the Rams will select Sam Bradford.

Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

After his brilliant pro-day performance on March 29, Bradford looks like a lock for the No. 1 overall pick.

2. Detroit
Detroit
Russell Okung, OT, Okla. State

Okung is not the most talented tackle in the draft, but he may well be the safest of the lot and would fill a pressing need, with Jeff Backus(notes) having long struggled to handle the hot corner.

Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska

Even with all the upgrades the Lions have made along their defensive line, Suh still offers the kind of potential blue-chipper they can’t pass up.

3. Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay
Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma

McCoy could bring the same type of relentless pass rush that Warren Sapp(notes) once created, and become a pillar of the Buccaneers’ franchise for many years to come.

Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma

The Buccaneers are a team with needs across the board, so expect them to settle for the best player at this pick.

4. Washington
Washington
Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa

With Donovan McNabb(notes) in tow, protection now must become a priority. Bulaga is a very safe pick around whom to build the offensive line if the Redskins do not address the position prior to the draft.

Russell Okung, OT, Okla. State

With the quarterback position now set, look for the ‘Skins to try to fix up the O-line.

5. Kansas City
Kansas City
Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska

Despite finishing the season playing close to 290 pounds and being more ideally suited for a “40” front, as Glenn Dorsey(notes) is, Suh would be too talented to pass up.

Eric Berry, FS, Tennessee

The Chiefs have needs all over their secondary, and getting an elite talent at this stage in the draft is an absolute steal.

6. Seattle
Seattle
Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma

The Seahawks have a desperate need to fill, Alex Gibbs’ zone-blocking scheme could not be better suited for Williams’ talents, and a coach coming from the college ranks such as Pete Carroll might undervalue the importance of self-motivation after a big payday.

Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa

Besides Okung, Bulaga looks like the draft’s safest offensive tackle prospect and should instantly fill a major void in Seattle.

7. Cleveland
Cleveland
Eric Berry, FS, Tennessee

The Browns addressed a need at the cornerback position with the acquisition of Sheldon Brown(notes), but still have a pressing concern at safety, where they do not currently have a solid starter on the roster and definitely do not have an impact type of playmaker.

Jared Odrick, DL, Penn State

The Browns need a five-technique DE in the worst way, and in my opinion, Odrick is a better overall prospect than Tyson Jackson(notes), who went No. 3 to the Chiefs last season.

8. Oakland
Oakland
Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland

Al Davis’ draft decisions not only devalue the importance of character and locker-room chemistry (as the selection of JaMarcus Russell(notes) best demonstrated), they place primary importance on the prospect of upside, of which Campbell would appear to possess too much for Davis to pass up.

Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma

Williams has been one of the draft’s fastest-rising prospects this postseason and gives the Raiders some talent and flexibility at offensive tackle.

9. Buffalo
Buffalo
Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame

What Ralph Wilson wants, Ralph Wilson usually gets, and after failing to land Donovan McNabb, the Bills are still left with uncertainty at the QB position. However, they could easily be more enticed by selecting a blind-side blocker or impressive playmaker who gives Trent Edwards(notes) a better chance to succeed.

Tim Tebow, QB, Florida

The Bills need to put fans in the seats and have had nothing but glowing remarks about Tebow and his leadership capabilities. In what could be the real surprise of the first round, Buffalo opts for Tebow.

10. Jacksonville
Jacksonville
Derrick Morgan, DE, Ga. Tech

Morgan may not provide the sizzle desired to be an elite sack artist, but together with Aaron Kampman(notes), he could bring a relentless pass rush to a team that is sorely in need of more pressure.

Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame

Jacksonville still has major quarterback questions, even with David Garrard(notes) on the roster. Clausen could be the guy who takes over as the starter sooner rather than later.

11. Denver
(from Chicago)
Denver
Mike Iupati, G, Idaho

Big, strong, physical and loaded with upside, Iupati could be the beneficiary of four offensive tackles fitting into the top 10, as he possesses the power to move defenders off the ball and establish the more dominating run game that Josh McDaniels seeks to establish.

Rolando McClain, MLB, Alabama

McClain instantly gives the Denver defense some much-needed thump inside vs. the run game.

12. Miami
Miami
Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State

With a roster devoid of playmakers and the ability to make Bryant his personal project, Bill Parcells, and Jeff Ireland, could be willing to take another swing for the fences.

Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State

Parcells has had no trouble in the past taking character-concern guys high if the talent is right (see Vontae Davis(notes)), and Bryant is certainly worth a chance at this point.

13. San Francisco
San Francisco
Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers

While Davis could be a risky selection, the calming, demanding leadership of Mike Singletary could be just what Davis needs to thrive.

Joe Haden, CB, Florida

The 49ers still have needs at cornerback, and Haden is the best the draft has to offer.

14. Seattle
(from Denver)
Seattle
C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson

Spiller never had the opportunity to play with Charlie Whitehurst(notes), but if the sensational running back happens to last this long, he very realistically could have that chance, with Pete Carroll very familiar with the type of impact that a Reggie Bush(notes)-esque weapon can have on winning football games.

C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson

D-line could be the pick here, but with the overall depth of the defensive line group, the Seahawks could just opt for one of the draft’s most dynamic threats.

15. N.Y. Giants
N.Y. Giants
Rolando McClain, MLB, Alabama

Having to part ways with injury-prone Antonio Pierce(notes) was a double-edged sword for the Giants. It not only subtracted a productive tackler, it eliminated a very vocal, respected leader and defensive tempo setter. In McClain, the Giants could replace both on-field leadership and Pierce’s production.

Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida

With no linebackers on the board worthy of the pick, the Giants can still get an impact interior lineman who has the ability to end up being one of the NFL’s best.

16. Tennessee
Tennessee
Jason-Pierre Paul, DE, S. Florida

Pierre-Paul confirmed his status to many evaluators as the most athletic defensive end in the draft at his pro day and could be a very suitable replacement for “the Freak”, Jevon Kearse(notes).

Derrick Morgan, DE, Ga. Tech

Tennessee needs to add more talent to its defensive end position, and Morgan might be the draft’s best option. A great value at this point.

17. San Francisco
(from Carolina)
San Francisco
Joe Haden, CB, Florida

With Nate Clements(notes) struggling last season, the Niners could give in to the temptation to address the position if they have their selection of cornerbacks, and Haden has proven most capable of stepping in immediately.

Earl Thomas, FS, Texas

An offensive lineman could be the pick here, but adding another talented defensive back to an undermanned secondary might be too good to pass up.

18. Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida

The Steelers’ offensive line has seldom been without a great pivot, and Pouncey is the type of steady contributor who could resurrect the sagging play of a once-proud unit.

Mike Iupati, G, Idaho

Iupati gives the Steelers a potential dominant interior presence inside.

19. Atlanta
Atlanta
Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan

The ability to line up on the left or right side and leverage the run or heat up the edge makes Graham a very attractive option for the Falcons.

Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan

A tough, NFL-ready pass rusher who would add a much needed threat opposite John Abraham(notes).

20. Houston
Houston
Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State

With Dunta Robinson(notes) moving on, the Texans have a pressing need to fill, and Wilson fits the aggressive temperament of the Texans’ secondary.

Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State

The Texans are thin at cornerback, and Wilson looks like a guy who should be able to come in and compete for a starting job from Day 1.

21. Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma

Despite the Bengals having taken a chance on Chase Coffman(notes) a year ago, he is coming off injury and does not possess the downfield speed, pass-catching capabilities or all-around play of Gresham, who could give Carson Palmer(notes) much-needed relief as a pass catcher and blocker.

Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers

Davis is a talented kid, but questions about his immaturity might cause him to drop a bit during the draft. However, he’d give the Bengals some flexibility at the tackle position and would allow them to kick current LT Andrew Whitworth(notes) inside.

22. New England
New England
Earl Thomas, FS, Texas

What better way to defend in a passing league than to load up the back end with two rangy safeties who can leverage the field. To stop high-octane passing games such as the Saints’, Bill Belichick could greatly benefit from more deep-safety help.

Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee

Williams isn’t an ideal five-technique, but the idea of having him inside next to Vince Wilfork(notes) when the Pats go with a four-man line could make opposing offenses think twice about running the football.

23. Green Bay
Green Bay
Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas

Brad Jones(notes) showed promise as a rookie coming off the edge, but he may be most ideally suited for nickel situations, not an every-down role. The Packers let Aaron Kampman escape in free agency, creating demand for another pass rusher opposite the emerging Clay Matthews(notes).

Charles Brown, OT, USC

Maybe a bit of a surprise here with Maryland product Bruce Campbell still on the board, but I just think Brown is a better fit for what the Packers want to do in the run game.

24. Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Tim Tebow, QB, Florida

If the Tebow experiment does not work out, the Eagles might be able to justify a $2 million annual salary in jersey sales. And given time to work his magic, Andy Reid has the incubator to build Tebow into a winner.

Jason-Pierre Paul, DE, S. Florida

Although Pierre-Paul is a little raw, he may have more upside than any other prospect in the draft and is a good value at this point.

25. Baltimore
Baltimore
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Ga. Tech

Derrick Mason(notes) is not getting any younger and is not more than a possession receiver at this stage of his career. Anquan Boldin(notes) can be outstanding but will earn his living working underneath on crossers in the short passing game. Thomas has the ability to take the top off a defense and could greatly complement Joe Flacco(notes) in his third year at the helm.

Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama

The Ravens not only had Cody in for a visit, but having already addressed their wide receiver needs this offseason, getting an immovable nose tackle at the end of Round 1 is quite a find.

26. Arizona
Arizona
Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Mizzou

Ken Whisenhunt’s drafting philosophy was shaped in Pittsburgh, where they regularly reload by filling the greatest need. After Karlos Dansby(notes) departed for Miami, the Cards were left with a gaping hole in the middle of their defense, and Weatherspoon has the size-speed combination to make an impact.

Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland

Campbell offers the Cardinals a major upgrade at the left tackle position and has the kind of skill set to be as good as he wants to be at the next level.

27. Dallas
Dallas
Taylor Mays, S, USC

Would Taylor Mays really be any different from Ken Hamlin(notes) or Roy Williams? Not much, but that has not stopped Jerry Jones from continuing to take chances on straight-linish, heavy-hitting safeties, and the supersized Mays would appear to be the latest in a great line of misses.

Taylor Mays, S, USC

Dallas is a real wild card here, but with questions at safety, it’s going to be tough for Jerry Jones pass on the much-hyped Mays.

28. San Diego
San Diego
Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee

Pressing concerns exist at cornerback and running back, but neither position is as valuable to the Chargers’ philosophy as Jamal Williams(notes) was before he left town for the division-rival Broncos. Williams could plug the gap.

Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State

Mathews is a no-nonsense type of runner with a big frame and impressive burst for a guy his size. He gives the Chargers some much needed thump in the run game.

29. N.Y. Jets
N.Y. Jets
Jared Odrick, DL, Penn State

The Jets locked up Mike DeVito(notes) to a long-term extension last year, but he is most ideally suited for a rotation, not a full-time starting role. The addition of Odrick could give the Jets much-needed depth at a position that could not be any more valuable in an odd front.

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Ga. Tech

Thomas offers the Jets a unique weapon in the pass game who has the ability to consistently create mismatches on all levels of the field because of his size.

30. Minnesota
Minnesota
Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama

The Vikings like big, physical cornerbacks who are willing to lay the lumber, and Jackson has the size, physicality and football intelligence to make an impact readily, which they may need with Antoine Winfield(notes) and Cedric Griffin(notes) coming off injuries.

Brian Price, DT, UCLA

Price is one of the few defensive tackles in this year’s class who can win on third down and gives the Vikings yet another legit threat inside.

31. Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Rodger Saffold, OL, Indiana

With most first-round offensive line talent wiped clean at this stage, the Colts may have to reach slightly at the end of the first round, but Bill Polian has never minded appearing to reach for talent as long as it pans out. His tendency to draft Midwestern Big Ten talent could hold true.

Rodger Saffold, OL, Indiana

We know Polian loves to draft Big Ten guys, and Saffold has the talent and versatility to play either guard or tackle at the next level.

32. New Orleans
New Orleans
Everson Griffen, DE, USC

The Saints need to focus on their front after cutting lose Charles Grant(notes), and Griffen has the size and strength desired at the left defensive end position.

Jerry Hughes, DE, TCU

Hughes gives Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams another hybrid weapon he can use to get after the quarterback from a variety of spots.

To read all of Nolan Nawrocki’s scouting reports on 395 players, as well as player rankings, team needs and much more, you can now pre-order your copy of the 2010 Draft Preview online at PFWstore.com, or you can purchase your copy of the book at newsstands and bookstores across the country when it goes on sale March 30.

Doug Farrar is a regular contributor to Yahoo! Sports’ Shutdown Corner