Changes were made in the first 10 selections of our early NFL mock draft this week, which dictated a few changes in the next 10 selections.
For one, South Florida cornerback Mike Jenkins fell out of the top-10 despite a pretty decent combine. But he did not fall too far, as you can see after the jump.
11. Buffalo Bills: Mike Jenkins, CB, South Florida [previous: Andre Woodson, QB, Kentucky]
MM: Jenkins ran one of the fastest forty-yard dashes among cornerbacks at the NFL Scouting Combine, and his versatility as a kick returner may be enough to make him the first corner off the board in the draft.
12. Denver Broncos: Ryan Clady, T, Boise State [previous: Keith Rivers, LB, USC]
MM: The Broncos are looking to bolster the defensive line via free agency/trade, which means Denver could target the offensive line in the first round of the draft.
13. Carolina Panthers: Rashard Mendenhall, RB, Illinois
MB: I know that Darren McFadden gets all the pub in this draft, but I believe that Mendenhall is the best runningback in the class. I was not sure about him until I saw him running away from the USC defense in the Rose Bowl. The Panthers offense was bad due to of a lack of playmakers. Jake Delhomme is going to be back next year and he will make them better, but DeAngelo Williams is not the answer in Carolina. Mendenhall is the steal of the draft to this point.
14. Chicago Bears: Malcolm Kelly, WR, Oklahoma [previous: DeSean Jackson, WR, California]
MM: The Bears desperately need a receiver and Kelly may be the best of the crop. There is some talent to be had later in the draft at this position, but Chicago can afford to take a chance on the tall, physical receiver from Oklahoma.
15. Detroit Lions: Kentwan Balmer, DT, North Carolina
MB: I was just going to go ahead and pencil in the best available wide receiver in DeSean Jackson, but maybe the Lions go a different route this year. Balmer is said to be unblockable at times but with a short motor. If he can improve his work ethic he can be just what the Lions need to replace the departing Shaun Rogers.
16. Arizona Cardinals: Leodis McKelvin, CB, Troy [previous: Jonathan Stewart, RB, Oregon]
MM: There is no clear-cut No. 1 cornerback in this year’s draft, but McKelvin made a case for himself with a 4.38 forty-yard dash. He, like Jenkins, is a versatile corner capable of excelling in bump-and-run and zone schemes.
17. Minnesota Vikings: Derrick Harvey, DE, Florida
MB: I know the Vikings biggest needs are on offense, but their really is not any player worth taking this early. Minnesota have one of the best run-stopping defenses in the NFL, but struggle when it comes to pass rush and passing offenses. Harvey came on strong this year for Florida and could contribute on this already stout defense his rookie season.
18. Houston Texans: Jonathan Stewart, RB, Oregon [previous: Ryan Clady, OT, Boise State]
MM: This is an ideal scenario for the Texans. If Houston does not address the runningback position in free agency, Stewart is a perfect fit. He already is familiar with the zone-blocking scheme run by Gary Kubiak and should be an immediate impact player on offense.
19. Philadelphia Eagles: Limas Sweed, WR, Texas [previous: Malcolm Kelly, WR, Oklahoma]
MM: There is a wide receiver slipping in this mock, but his name is not Sweed. The Texas product improved his draft stock after the NFL Scouting Combine last weekend by displaying some impressive speed. Now he needs to work on being more resilient.
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Reggie Smith, S, Oklahoma [previous: Dan Connor, LB, Penn State]
MM: The Buccaneers could go any number of ways, but Smith seems like the safest pick here. If Limas Sweed and/or Malcolm Kelly were available, the choice would be wide receiver. But with those two off the board, the crop of wideouts is a little less enticing at this spot.