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Monday, April 19, 2010
My logic on the mock draft

By Pat Yasinskas
ESPN.com

As you probably already have seen, we rolled out the Blog Network mock draft this morning.

Just wanted to share some thoughts with you on my picks. I felt pretty confident taking Gerald McCoy at No. 3 for the Buccaneers. In other words, there’s a real chance this could happen.

As long as St. Louis takes quarterback Sam Bradford first overall, the Bucs will have a shot at McCoy or fellow defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh. They’ll be happy with either one.

I didn’t feel nearly as confident taking South Florida defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul with the No. 19 pick for Atlanta. I went into the mock thinking I’d get Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham, but he was taken before I got on the clock. I also have seen a lot of other mocks where Pierre-Paul was gone before the Falcons picked. Also, the draft was done last week. That was before I found out Sunday that the Falcons sent all of their top brass to a private workout by Georgia Tech receiver Demaryius Thomas. Not saying the Falcons definitely will take Thomas, but it’s possible. Still, I think the need for a pass-rusher is heavy on Atlanta’s mind.

Speaking of not being able to take the guy I wanted, it also happened at No. 32 for the Saints. I was locked in on Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, but Mike Sando beat me to the punch and gave him to the Cardinals at No. 26. I had to scramble a bit and couldn’t find another outside linebacker I thought was worth the value here. That’s why I went with Florida defensive end Carlos Dunlap. The Saints aren’t desperate at defensive end, but they don’t have a lot of young guys there and Dunlap could be a long-term solution.

Carolina didn’t have a first-round pick. But, in fairness to Panthers fans, I’m going to project what I think they’ll do with their second-round choice. I’ll do that later this afternoon, after I take my turn in today’s marathon draft chat.