Head-to-head mock: Bradford remains No. 1

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Shutdown Corner's assessments were trimmed for this column. For Doug Farrar's complete breakdowns, read Part 1 and Part 2 of his most recent mock drafts

Free agency signings are dying down. Most of the marquee pro days and group workouts are over (Texas, USC and Sam Bradford still to come). And we're starting to get inundated with buzz words such as 40 times, character risk and upside. Translation: Draft boards are really starting to take form.

With the 75th NFL draft now four weeks away, here's our latest head-to-head mock draft. This week, we pit National Football Post vs. Shutdown Corner:


1. St. Louis
St. Louis
Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

The Rams need a franchise quarterback they can begin to build around, and Bradford’s name seems to be picking up steam.

Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

We won't absolutely know about Bradford's shoulder until he throws at his private workout on Monday, but unless and until he comes up with any physical debits, he's got the potential to be the franchise quarterback the Rams desperately need.

2. Detroit
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.

Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska

Let loose to split the blocks and get to the quarterback, Suh would have even more elite disruptive potential than he already does.

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

The Buccaneers are a team with needs across the board, so picking a talent like McCoy, who can instantly improve their defensive line, makes sense.

Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma

McCoy has top-level ability to wade through blocking and keep his momentum going forward, and the short-area speed to chase down quarterbacks and running backs through the entire backfield.

4. Washington
Russell Okung, OT, Okla. State

The Redskins have a lot of question marks along their offensive line, and Okung looks like someone who can step in and play at a high level from Day 1.

Russell Okung, OT, Okla. State

Step 1 for new coach Mike Shanahan's offense is to get elite blindside protection, which Okung will be able to provide.

5. Kansas City
Kansas City
Eric Berry, FS, Tennessee

Kansas City is in desperate need of playmakers in the secondary, and Berry is the best the 2010 draft has to offer.

Eric Berry, FS, Tennessee

Tasked with rebuilding a young defense very much under construction, new defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel will benefit from the best safety prospect in years.

6. Seattle
C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson

O-line could be the pick here, but with the overall depth of the offensive tackle class, the Seahawks could opt for one of the draft’s most dynamic threats.

Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa

Bulaga may not have Okung's upside from a pass-protection perspective, but he may be the safest pick at his position in this draft.

7. Cleveland
Joe Haden, CB, Florida

Expect the Browns to add one of the draft’s top cover men and fill one of their biggest needs in the process.

Joe Haden, CB, Florida

Strong in man and zone coverage, Haden should impress everyone in Cleveland's front-office gauntlet and provide a great deal of help to a defense that finished 28th in Football Outsiders' metrics against the pass.

8. Oakland
Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma

Williams has been a fast-rising prospect this offseason and would give the Raiders some talent and flexibility at the offensive tackle position.

Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma

He's got the workout numbers that Al Davis is sure to love, but unlike Maryland's Bruce Campbell (a common name for the Raiders in mock drafts), Williams looks like a pro prospect on tape.

9. Buffalo
Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame

Clausen might not be an ideal fit in Buffalo, but the Bills need to find an NFL-caliber signal caller, and he’s the best still on the board.

Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame

We're keeping him here for now, but when you look at the landscape, it sure seems that the window for Clausen as a top-10 pick is closing.

10. Jacksonville
Taylor Mays, S, USC

Jacksonville has to add more speed and talent to its back seven, and Mays has the range and versatility to fill a variety of roles on the Jaguars defense.

Earl Thomas, FS, Texas

Some teams might try to play him at cornerback, but as Eric Berry will prove, range safeties are more valuable than ever. Thomas can come up in the box and play center field in a way that Reggie Nelson(notes) never could.

11. Denver

(from Chicago)

Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee

Williams possesses the ability to anchor the Broncos up front and should instantly improve their run defense in the process.

Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State

Bryant doesn't have Brandon Marshall's(notes) downfield speed, but he shares an elite ability to come down with catches in traffic.

12. Miami
Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State

No matter how you look at it, the Dolphins need to add some talent to their receiver corps, and even with all his character concerns, Bryant is still the draft’s best option.

Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee

It is hard to replace a legitimate 3-4 nose tackle (in this case, Jason Ferguson(notes)), and that's why the Fins will come away with Williams in the draft if he's available here. Miami has a need for an edge rusher, but this is a Bill Parcells team, and that means it all starts in the middle.

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

Davis is a talented kid, but questions about his maturity might cause him to drop a bit on draft day. He’d be a great fit in San Francisco since he possesses the size and athleticism to play on either side of the line of scrimmage.

Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers

A true playmaker like C.J. Spiller might be tempting here, but the Niners had better know that speed won't mean much if there are no lanes to run through. Davis could be the sleeper of a deep tackle class if he overcomes consistency concerns.

14. Seattle

(from Denver)

Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa

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

Derrick Morgan, DE, Ga. Tech

Not a sexy pick, and the Seahawks faithful will no doubt howl in protest at the thought of another defensive end taken early, but Pete Carroll's 4-3 defenses rely heavily on ends who can hold the point and still get to the quarterback.

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

The Giants have a huge hole at ILB, and McClain has the ability to come in and become an impact player quickly.

Rolando McClain, MLB, Alabama

Putting McClain in the middle of their defense will bring back some of the smashmouth mindset that's been absent recently.

16. Tennessee
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.

Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan

Blessed with rare burst off the snap and a great array of moves, Graham has the potential to be everything Jeff Fisher needs to keep enemy quarterbacks nervous.

17. San Francisco

(from Carolina)

San Francisco
Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State

The 49ers 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.

C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson

The Niners have tried to find a complementary back for Frank Gore(notes) for years, and they finally strike gold with Spiller.

18. Pittsburgh
Mike Iupati, G, Idaho

Iupati gives the Steelers a talented lineman inside who can win at the point of attack as well as hold up in pass protection.

Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida

We're not sure what the future holds for Ben Roethlisberger(notes), but this team needs tough inside blocking on a no-matter-what basis.

19. Atlanta
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 here.

Jason-Pierre Paul, DE, S. Florida

If Dunta Robinson(notes) is as advertised in the Atlanta secondary, Atlanta could be one good edge rusher away from a deep playoff run.

20. Houston
Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State

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

Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State

Wilson will be debited by some teams because he's not very strong in run support. However, he can turn his hips and trail receivers downfield in a way that almost brings Darrelle Revis(notes) to mind.

21. Cincinnati
Earl Thomas, FS, Texas

The Bengals made impressive strides as a defense last season, but a ball-hawking center field-type safety is still a pressing need.

Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma

One way the Bengals can establish offensive consistency is to acquire a tight end that can catch the ball consistently, and then run over everyone in his way. Gresham could be a devastating mid-yardage threat in Cincinnati's offense.

22. New England
New England
Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan

Graham is an ideal hybrid pass rusher who has the skill set to instantly improve the Pats’ ability to create pressure off the edge.

Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas

Kindle is just the kind of outside disruptor desperately needed by a team whose pass rush has been a problem over the last few years.

23. Green Bay
Green Bay
Charles Brown, OT, USC

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

Mike Iupati, G, Idaho

People who are looking at Iupati as a potential left tackle might want to take a step back, but there's no doubt that he brings a devastating combination of size, toughness, and agility to the field.

24. Philadelphia
Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida

Pouncey is one of the safest prospects in the draft and has the ability to develop anywhere along the interior of the Eagles offensive line.

Everson Griffen, DE, USC

The Eagles' defense is built on pressure, and Griffen has the measurables to make that his focus. He's got 4.6 speed at 6-foot-4 and 270 pounds, and enough quickness in pass rush to make a difference.

25. Baltimore
Terrence Cody, NT, Alabama

The Ravens not only have Cody penciled in for a visit, but with the team already addressing its wide receiver needs this offseason, getting an immovable nose tackle at the end of round one is quite a find.

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Ga. Tech

Thomas would be the deep threat to Anquan Boldin's(notes) possession-receiver toughness – he's not route-savvy because he wasn't required to be in Tech's offense, but few receivers in this class are as physical on deep patterns.

26. Arizona
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.

Ricky Sapp, OLB, Clemson

The Cardinals have various needs, including and edge rusher. Sapp would be an ideal fit as an outside linebacker in a gap control 3-4, which is just what the Cards run these days.

27. Dallas
Morgan Burnett, FS, Ga. Tech

The Cowboys are a bit of a wild card here, but with their need for a center field-type safety and Burnett’s ability to locate and track the football sideline to sideline, the two seem like a good fit.

Taylor Mays, S, USC

A good fit here in that Mays reminds me a bit of Ken Hamlin(notes). He's as athletic as you could ever want, but his stiff hips and rough form in space seem to put him as a box safety or hybrid rover.

28. San Diego
San Diego
Jahvid Best, RB, California

Best is a much more instinctive runner between the tackles than given credit for and has the ability to quickly take over the running back duties in San Diego if given an opportunity.

Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State

No back in this class is more complete than Matthews, a 220-pound inside runner with 4.5 speed, the ability catch, and the willingness to block.

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

Odrick isn’t the sexiest pick, but the Jets would be thrilled to get a talented five-technique prospect at this stage of the draft.

Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame

Tate's combination of running back form in space and toughness in traffic brings a young Steve Smith (Carolina version) to mind.

30. Minnesota
Brian Price, DT, UCLA

DT Pat Williams(notes) is starting to get up in age, and Price has the ability to come in and develop as the Vikings’ future nose inside.

Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers

Like Ronde Barber(notes), McCourty is an undersized (5-foot-11, 193) cornerback with a twin in the NFL (brother Jason was selected in the sixth round of last year's draft by the Titans), and the football acumen to make a difference at the next level.

31. Indianapolis
Rodger Saffold, OT, Indiana

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

Charles Brown, OT, USC

And after Bill Polian's post-Super Bowl comments about the offensive line's performance, you can expect moves to be made. A former tight end, Brown has the agility and experience in a pro-style offense to meet the Colts' exacting standards.

32. New Orleans
New Orleans
Jerry Hughes, DE, TCU

Hughes is the kind of explosive, versatile athlete who can line up all over Gregg Williams’ defense and would add yet another element to the Saints pass rush.

Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Mizzou

Weatherspoon has the ability to head downhill against the run, and to drop into coverage, plus the confidence to withstand the pressure of playing a feature role on a defending champion.

Wes Bunting is the National Football Post's director of college scouting

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