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Explaining my picks in the mock draft

4/19/2010

Here is my reasoning for my choices in our mock draft, which posted earlier Monday:

Kansas City, No. 5: Eric Berry, Safety, Tennessee

Why: Oklahoma State left tackle Russell Okung was off the board at No. 4 to Washington. Berry is the next best option. He can help change Kansas City’s defense. A tackle could be found in the second round.

Oakland, No. 8: Bryan Bulaga, tackle, Iowa

Why: Oakland needs a tackle. Bulaga is highly rated. With Okung and Trent Williams off the board, Bulaga is the next best tackle available. Oakland could look to other positions, but it needs to find a tackle, and Bulaga is a fine prospect.

Denver, No. 11: Dez Bryant wide receiver, Oklahoma

Why: With Jacksonville taking Alabama middle linebacker Rolando McClain at No. 10, this was an easy pick. Denver could trade down, but that doesn’t fly in this mock. I had to take somebody and the Broncos like Bryant. They also have a big need for a large receiver because of the Brandon Marshall trade to Miami.

San Diego, No 28: Terence Cody, defensive tackle, Alabama

Why: Fresno State running back Ryan Mathews was off the board. Nose tackle may be the call here. Cody is a big player who is a perfect fit for the Chargers’ 3-4 defense. However, I think San Diego could consider UCLA defensive lineman Brian Price as well.