We’ve presented mock drafts by media prognosticators, so-called experts and even Mel Kiper leading up to next week’s NFL selection process.
But how about one where the teams’ respective picks are made by newspaper reporters who cover the club? That’s what Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times has put together, with Danny O’Neil of the Seattle Times doing the honors for the Seahawks at No. 6 and No. 14.
Here’s a sampling of the exercise:
1. Rams: QB Sam Bradford, Oklahoma. (pick by Jim Thomas, St. Louis Post-Dispatch) “They’re doing everything but stitching his name on his jersey.”
2. Lions: DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska. (Nick Cotsonika, Detroit Free Press) “Suh is the smart, multidimensional, productive player the Lions want.”
3. Buccaneers: DT Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma. (Rick Stroud, St. Petersburg Times) “If McCoy or Suh is there, the Buccaneers will run to the commissioner with the card.”
4. Redskins: OT Russell Okung, Oklahoma State. (Rick Maese, Washington Post) “Donovan McNabb will have someone to protect his blind side.”
5. Chiefs: S Eric Berry, Tennessee. (Adam Teicher, Kansas City Star) “It’s been close to 10 years since the Chiefs have had a playmaking safety.”
6. Seahawks: OT Trent Williams, Oklahoma. (Danny O’Neil, Seattle Times) “His athleticism makes him a better fit than Iowa’s Brian Bulaga.”
7. Browns: QB Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame. (Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland Plain Dealer) “The Browns could try to trade the pick, draft Clausen and trade him or draft him and keep him.”
8. Raiders: OT Bruce Campbell, Maryland. (Jerry McDonald, Oakland Tribune) “They’d probably take Trent Williams over him.”
9. Bills: OT Brian Bulaga, Iowa. (Mark Gaughan, Buffalo News) “The left tackle position torpedoed the entire team last year. The Bills would be happy to get any of the top guys.”
10. Jaguars: ILB Rolando McClain, Alabama. (Vito Stellino, Florida Times-Union) “The Jaguars are short on linebackers. Question is, is McClain better than the best defensive end?”
14. Seahawks: RB C.J. Spiller, Clemson. (O’Neil) “Seattle is one of four teams not to have a 1,000-yard rusher in any of the past four seasons. Spiller would be an instant upgrade.”