Head-to-head mock drafts: NFP vs. PFW

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Everyone has an opinion of which player is going where leading up to the NFL draft. With this year's draft just 10 days away, here are the side-by-side selections of the most recent mock drafts by The National Football Post and Pro Football Weekly.

Check back on April 25 to get their final selections before the actual draft begins at 4 p.m. ET.

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1. Detroit
Detroit
Detroit
Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia

Now that the Jay Cutler trade has gone down and Detroit still doesn't have a franchise quarterback, it looks like the Lions will bite the bullet and nab one with the first overall pick. Stafford has been the consensus top-rated quarterback on most teams' draft boards the past year and appears to be the future QB for a team in need of one.

Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia

After losing out on the Jay Cutler sweepstakes and watching a division rival get much stronger at the QB position, the Lions need to address a position that new head coach Jim Schwartz admittedly said, upon taking the job, has not featured a star talent on the Lions' roster since Bobby Layne.

2. St. Louis
St. Louis
St. Louis
Jason Smith, OT, Baylor

The Rams have holes on both sides of the ball and could go in several directions with this pick. However, Smith instantly improves their offensive line and should give the team's top offensive playmakers more time to make plays.

Jason Smith, OT, Baylor

Big, tough, strong, physical and supercompetitive, Smith has the temperament new head coach Steve Spagnuolo is seeking to establish a tough-minded identity. If the Rams can deal Alex Barron on Draft Day, Smith would step in from Day One on the left side.

3. Kansas City
Kansas City
Kansas City
Aaron Curry, OLB, Wake Forest

No matter what defensive scheme the Chiefs line up in this year, they need to add more talent to their front seven. Curry possesses the versatility to be effective in both a 3-4 and 4-3 scheme and should give the Chiefs’ new defensive coordinator, Clancy Pendergast, a lot of options up front.

Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia

GM Scott Pioli has shrewdly been wheeling and dealing and reshaping the roster since arriving, already acquiring a franchised quarterback from New England. More moves could be on the way, and it would not be a surprise if the Chiefs found a way to get out of a top-five pick, which few GMs have been able to pull off in recent years. However, if they stay put, adding protection for Matt Cassel would have to be a priority.

4. Seattle
Seattle
Seattle
Mark Sanchez, QB, USC

Seattle had a number of its front-office executives present at the USC pro day and look to be focusing on the former Trojans QB. The Seahawks would be an ideal fit for Sanchez to learn the game under starter Matt Hasselbeck’s tutelage.

Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia

Surprising to outsiders, yes. Surprising to NFL evaluators, not at all. Moreno grades out as a top-10 talent, and in a weak draft not featuring elite difference-makers, he could be the most likely to resurrect a struggling offense, take pressure off aging QB Matt Hasselbeck and make the Seahawks instantly competitive on offense again. With whispers growing that GM Tim Ruskell is facing a must-win year, it will be important to kick off the Jim Mora era with a bang, and who would be better than the early favorite for NFL Rookie of the Year honors.

5. Cleveland
Cleveland
Cleveland
Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech

The Browns have lost a lot of talent at their skill positions this offseason, and with the possibility of WR Braylon Edwards also leaving, a replacement needs to be found. Enter Crabtree, one of the draft's premier talents who should pay instant dividends in the pass game.

Malcolm Jenkins, DB, Ohio State

Big, smart, tough, versatile, competitive – if Malcolm Jenkins does not fit the profile of an Eric Mangini-style defensive back, I don't know who does. The Browns are still weighing their options and have not made a final decision among a handful of players they are considering, but within the coming weeks, it's very easy to figure out who Mangini is most likely to fall in love with. Jenkins will be a Pro Bowl cornerback in Mangini's defense.

6. Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia

The Bengals strike gold as Monroe falls into their laps at pick No. 6. He's the top-rated overall prospect on my board and has the body control, athletic ability and technique to develop into one of the game's top left tackles.

Andre Smith, OT, Alabama

With a minimal investment having been made in Cedric Benson, some veteran executives are convinced Beanie Wells will warrant a look at this spot. However, an offensive lineman makes the running game go much more quickly than a big, injury-prone back. With Levi Jones on the outs, the Bengals need to seriously address the OT position and will likely do so with their first two picks.

7. Oakland
Oakland
Oakland
Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri

Maclin is one of the draft's top vertical threats and has the deep speed to consistently create plays down the field. The Raiders need to find a legit target for QB JaMarcus Russell, and Maclin fits the bill.

Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri

Maclin is big, fast and electric with the ball in his hands. He plays considerably faster than his timed speed, similar to Bears WR-RS Devin Hester, who sparkled in the eyes of Al Davis three years ago, and Maclin is every bit as field-fast once he gets moving. He has the potential to be a No. 1 receiver and top-flight return man and has proven the last two years that he can make a quarterback look much better than he is. Don't rule out Percy Harvin for an owner who had no problem giving $60 million to a quarterback with zero passion who was ready to retire after his initial contract.

8. Jacksonville
Jacksonville
Jacksonville
B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College

Raji has come under the microscope recently because of allegations of a failed drug test at the scouting combine in Indianapolis. But those allegations are considered rumors, and I doubt a talent like him slips out of the top 10 in this defensive tackle-starved draft class.

Aaron Curry, OLB Wake Forest

Big, strong and physical and best-suited for a 4-3 defense, Curry could provide the leadership desired on a team too short on it. Curry may not fill a great need, but GM Gene Smith will be seeking the best player, not filling the biggest need.

9. Green Bay
Green Bay
Green Bay
Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas

The Packers need to address their defensive front seven with the ninth overall pick and likely will have plenty of options at that spot. Orakpo is an impressive physical specimen who should improve the Packers" pass rush off the edge.

Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU

The key to a 3-4 front is the five-technique position anchored by underrated Ty Warren in New England. Jackson may not be flashy, but he is big, strong, tough and durable and would be a great fit for Dom Capers" new 3-4 front.

10. San Francisco
San Francisco
San Francisco
Aaron Maybin, OLB, Penn State

Maybin is one of the draft's top pass rushers and possesses the length, burst and awareness to be a consistent factor off the edge. Plus, he is only 21 years old and will continue to develop physically in the coming years.

Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech

If the Niners do not stop Crabtree's free fall, it could continue until a splashy owner such as Dan Snyder becomes enthralled. Crabtree is a great receiver, but he is not an elite athlete, and too many questions about his work ethic could affect his draft status.

11. Buffalo
Buffalo
Buffalo
Robert Ayers, OLB, Tennessee

Ayers has skyrocketed up draft boards all year and looks to be sitting comfortably in the top 15. He offers the Bills a physical presence in the run game but also knows how to get after the passer on third down.

Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State

Maybin has lined up on both the right and left sides, which would be a big plus for the Bills, and he possesses the initial burst to trim the corner and bend the edge. High on the Bills" wish list is a pass-rushing dynamo who could bring more pressure, and Maybin fits the bill.

12. Denver
Denver
Denver
Everette Brown, DE, Florida State

The Broncos have a lot of possibilities, but no guarantees, on their roster for the OLB position in their new 3-4 defense. Brown should be able to come in and instantly improve the Denver pass rush off the edge. He's a gifted athlete with a good burst and knows how to create havoc behind the line of scrimmage.

Mark Sanchez, QB, USC

With Jay Cutler sent packing, the Broncos will be well-positioned to land a quarterback with their first pick. It's possible Sanchez goes sooner, but if he does not, he has the quick arm and feet comparable to another former USC quarterback whom head coach Josh McDaniels was seeking to become the face of his franchise. Sanchez may be short on starts, but he had 16 more than Matt Cassel at USC.

13. Washington
Washington
Washington
Andre Smith, OT, Alabama

No team may be locked into a position more than the Redskins. They need to improve their overall talent on the offensive line and add some much needed youth. I don't know if Smith has the overall athleticism to play left tackle, but he would definitely be a welcomed improvement at either guard or right tackle.

Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas

With Albert Haynesworth collapsing the pocket from the inside, the Redskins could have one of the most explosive fronts in football with the addition of Orakpo.

14. New Orleans
New Orleans
New Orleans
Chris Wells, RB, Ohio State

With only one pick in the first three rounds, expect the Saints to opt for an instant impact player who can step in and make a difference next year. Wells is a big, physical back who should add the type of physical dimension needed in the Saints' rushing attack.

Brian Cushing, OLB, USC

Cushing fits the mold of a Joe Vitt linebacker – big, strong, passionate and high-motored. He has the ability to play inside or outside and could step into the starting lineup immediately on the strong side to improve the Saints' run defense.

15. Houston
Houston
Houston
Peria Jerry, DT, Mississippi

The Texans have invested so many resources in their defensive line the past couple of years but haven't gotten the type of production they expected in return. The addition of Jerry shouldn't come as a surprise because until Houston improves the play of its front four, it will struggle defensively.

B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College

Gary Kubiak has proven how much he values defensive linemen with the selections of Mario Williams and Amobi Okoye in the top 10, shortly after the Texans had spent their top pick on Travis Johnson. Despite signing Shaun Cody and Antonio Smith, the Texans" D-line still could use a massive clogger in the middle to plug the run.

16. San Diego
San Diego
San Diego
Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU

The Chargers have consistently invested high draft picks in their defensive front seven, and this year won't be any different. Jackson is an ideal fit in the Chargers' 3-4 defense and has the frame, length and power to start from day one.

Rey Maualuga, ILB, USC

The Chargers need to invest in their LB corps, and Maualuga has the strength, striking ability and defensive temperament that appeals to an old-school GM such as A.J. Smith.

17. N.Y. Jets
N.Y. Jets
N.Y. Jets
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland

The Jets need to find a downfield threat in the passing game, and Heyward-Bey looks like this draft's best bet.

Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State

There's a good chance Freeman is gone in the top 15 picks. The Jets would be very lucky to be able to stay put and land the only remaining top-flight passer in the draft, especially as Ben Roethlisberger comparisons are growing among evaluators grinding more on Freeman's tape.

18. Denver

(from Chicago)

Denver
Denver
Malcolm Jenkins, DB, Ohio State

Denver needs to continue upgrading its defensive front seven, but a talent like Jenkins is simply too good to pass up. He has the ability to start for the Broncos from day one, plus he gives the Denver coaching staff some versatility in the secondary.

Robert Ayers, OLB, Tennessee

Key to Mike Nolan's 3-4 front are rush linebackers who can leverage the edge, and Ayers possesses the toughness, aggressive temperament and all-out style of play to endear himself to the Broncos' brass.

19. Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay
Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State

Freeman marks the start of a new era for Bucs football and has the tools to develop into a big-time NFL passer. However, he's raw and needs time to sit on the bench and learn behind a seasoned vet.

Peria Jerry, DT, Mississippi

If it were not for Jerry's injury history, he could warrant consideration in the top 15 picks. His motor never stops and he knows how to work edges to come free. He would be a great fit in the Buccaneers' defense.

20. Detroit

(from Dallas)

Detroit
Detroit
Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi

The Lions need to find some protection for their new face of the franchise, and Oher possesses the necessary skill set for the left tackle spot. He may need some time to develop into the position, but he"s an upgrade over the Lions' current options.

Michael Oher, OT, Mississippi

How much the Lions truly are placing more value in psychological testing, as Martin Mayhew mentioned after moving into the GM role, may be put to the test at the 20 spot, where it's possible Oher could still be sitting. He has the physical tools to start at left tackle for a long time – the big question is whether he possesses the desirable mental makeup for a team to feel comfortable pulling the trigger on him early.

21. Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Philadelphia
Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia

Brian Westbrook turns 30 this year, and the Eagles should be in the market for his future replacement. Enter Moreno, one of the most instinctive running backs in years. He offers a rare blend of vision, balance and quickness at the line and also does a nice job in the receiving game.

Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland

With DeSean Jackson on one side and Darrius Heyward-Bey on the other, the Eagles could really open up the short passing game for Kevin Curtis and Brian Westbrook. Nothing would appease Donovan McNabb more than adding another receiver.

22. Minnesota
Minnesota
Minnesota
Eben Britton, OT, Arizona

Minnesota needs to improve the overall talent on the right side of its offensive line, and Britton certainly fits the bill. He's a tall, physically built tackle with smooth feet and good base strength on the outside. He"s a bit short-armed but projects nicely to either tackle spot in the NFL.

Darius Butler, CB, Connecticut

The Vikings recently locked up Cedric Griffin long term, but Antoine Winfield is not getting younger and Marcus McCauley regressed. Butler's addition could give the Vikings a much-needed cover man for their nickel defense, which has become increasingly important with more offenses seeking to go four wide.

23. New England
New England
New England
Darius Butler, CB, Connecticut

The Patriots added some veteran bodies to the cornerback position this offseason, but Butler seems like too good a fit for New England to pass up. He showcases the ability to be effective in both man and zone schemes and he does a great job supporting the run. The Patriots don't have many needs, but a player like Butler just seems to fit.

Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State

If any team is in position to draft the best available talent, it is the Patriots, who excel finding great value late in the first round. Pettigrew's blocking prowess could be a huge benefit to an offensive line still very average on the edges.

24. Atlanta
Atlanta
Atlanta
Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State

Pettigrew's skill set is rare among NFL tight ends, as he has the ability to not only make plays through the air but can also be a factor in the run game. The Falcons got very little production from the position last year (19 catches), and Pettigrew has the ability to definitely improve their tight end production across the board.

James Laurinaitis, LB, Ohio State

A top-10 pick Laurinaitis is not, and he may not have lived up to the huge expectations placed upon him entering his senior season. Nevertheless, he is a great football player with the intangibles desired to continue pushing the Falcons toward an NFC South crown.

25. Miami
Miami
Miami
Sean Smith, DB, Utah

If we've learned anything from Bill Parcells over the years, it's that he loves big, physical prospects. And no cornerback in this year's class is bigger than Utah's Smith. He has the makings of an ideal press cover man and does a great job using his length to re-route receivers at the line of scrimmage. He also has the versatility to play FS and will definitely fill a role in the Miami secondary.

Clay Matthews, OLB, USC

Parcells loves NFL pedigree, and Matthews has plenty of it. He has a similar frame to DeMarcus Ware coming out of Troy, and he could turn out to be a havoc-wreaking rush linebacker in a "30" front.

26. Baltimore
Baltimore
Baltimore
Rey Maualuga, ILB, USC

The Ravens have some players who could potentially replace MLB Bart Scott (Jameel McClain, Tavares Gooden), but if a player like Maualuga falls to them at No. 26, expect the Ravens to think twice. Maualuga is an ideal fit in Baltimore's 3-4 scheme and has the ability to take on blocks in the run game and get after the QB vs. the pass.

Eben Britton, OT, Arizona

The Ravens were in the market for Orlando Pace and still have questions on the offensive line that need to be answered with a young quarterback in need of protection.

27. Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Indianapolis
Evander Hood, DT, Missouri

The Colts really struggled with the play of their interior defensive line last year, and some talent needs to be added to the mix. Hood is an ideal one-gap lineman and should have no problem fitting in the Colts' defense. He does a great job firing off the ball, shooting gaps and creating plays in the backfield, exactly the type of inside defender they need.

Brian Robiskie, WR, Ohio State

With Marvin Harrison having departed, the Colts need to add another receiver to allow Tom Moore to go to his preferred four- and five-WR sets. Robiskie would be a reach here, but Bill Polian had no problem reaching for Anthony Gonzalez and could be comforted by Robiskie's mental makeup and polish.

28. Philadelphia

(from Carolina)

Philadelphia
Philadelphia
William Beatty, OT, Connecticut

The Eagles saw both their starting offensive tackles leave this offseason and still have some questions at the left tackle position. Beatty is a tall, long-armed lineman with good feet and athleticism outside. He has the ability to mature into a starting-caliber left tackle and is a nice value at the end of Round 1.

Phil Loadholt, OT, Oklahoma

The Eagles need to find a replacement for Tra Thomas, with Winston Justice never having earned any confidence from the staff, and Loadholt has the size and arm length to be functional, with the way Andy Reid protects his tackles.

29. N.Y. Giants
N.Y. Giants
N.Y. Giants
Percy Harvin, WR, Florida

The Giants have already brought in Harvin for a private workout and could use his skill set in a number of ways on offense.

Everette Brown, DE, Florida State

The Giants have more pressing needs than adding another pass rusher, and FSU's track record may not sit well with the Giants' brass. Yet, their continuing focus on building inside out brought a Super Bowl trophy to New York, and they could have a difficult time passing on a pass rusher like Brown.

30. Tennessee
Tennessee
Tennessee
Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois

The Titans have a need at defensive tackle, but with a talent like Davis still on the board, they may elect to wait to address the DT position. Davis is one of the most athletically gifted corners in the draft, but concerns about his technique and maturity level could cause him to fall.

Alex Mack, C, California

With Kevin Mawae on his last legs, the Titans need to consider getting younger, and Mack has the size, smarts and toughness desired by OL coach Mike Munchak.

31. Arizona
Arizona
Arizona
Clay Matthews, OLB, USC

The Cardinals love to run a number of different defensive looks with their front seven, and adding a versatile defender like Matthews should only help increase the Cardinals' pressure up front.

Chris Wells, RB, Ohio State

Ken Whisenhunt's offense requires a bell-cow back, and while Tim Hightower showed some promise, he was benched late in the season for Edgerrin James and did not prove he could handle a full workload. Wells would upgrade the position and allow the Cardinals to send James packing.

32. Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh
Jarron Gilbert, DL, San Jose State

The Steelers need to add some youth to their defensive line as all three starters are over 30. Enter Gilbert, a tall, long-armed lineman with the athleticism to develop into one of the game's top five-technique defensive ends.

Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois

The Steelers may be more likely to focus on other needs, but they could still use some help in the secondary. Davis possesses the size, toughness and physical style preferred by Mike Tomlin.

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