SN’s mock NFL draft: Oklahoma’s Trent Williams moves up the board

This week’s updated version of Sporting News‘ mock draft shows one change from last week: the Detroit Lions could go with Trent Williams, whom Sporting News draft expert Russ Lande and his team of former NFL scouts believe is a more athletic player than Russell Okung.

Offensive tackle Trent Williams impressed SN's scouts on film.
Offensive tackle Trent Williams impressed SN’s scouts on film.

Here’s the projected the first round:

1. Rams: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma. While Ndamukong Suh is the player many have been pencilling in for the Rams since Bradford’s injury, it looks like Bradford’s shoulder is going to check out fine and if it does you can be sure the Rams are going to get their young QB to re-build around.

2. Lions: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma. While many believe the Lions will pick Russell Okung, we believe that based on film, Williams is the better player. If the concerns about his weight are not a deal breaker, then the Lions may surprise some by picking Williams ahead of Okung.

3. Buccaneers: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska. The Bucs have been trying to upgrade their defensive line in order to get their defense back to playing at a very high level. The last time the Bucs defense was elite they had a top-notch DT named Warren Sapp.

4. Redskins: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State. While many expect the Redskins to draft a QB here, I do not believe Jimmy Clausen is Mike Shanahan’s type of QB, so they will grab Okung to take over at left tackle after Chris Samuels’ retirement.

5. Chiefs: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee. The Chiefs defense needs a lot of help and Berry is an elite athlete who brings the versatility that Scott Pioli learned is so valuable while working under Bill Belichick.

The rest of the top half:

6. Seahawks: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
7. Browns: Gerald McCoy, DE, Oklahoma
8. Raiders: Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
9. Bills: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
10. Jaguars: Joe Haden, CB, Florida
11. Broncos: Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho
12. Dolphins: DeMaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech
13. 49ers: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
14. Seahawks: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
15. Giants: Rolando McClain, MLB, Alabama
16. Titans: Sergio Kindle, DE, Texas

For more than 640 player scouting reports from Russ Lande and his team of former NFL scouts — plus an updated mock draft (now three rounds long), Super 99 rankings and more — go to warroom.sportingnews.com.

This week’s updated version of Sporting News‘ mock draft shows one change from last week: the Detroit Lions could go with Trent Williams, whom Sporting News draft expert Russ Lande and his team of former NFL scouts believe is a more athletic player than Russell Okung.

Offensive tackle Trent Williams impressed SN's scouts on film.
Offensive tackle Trent Williams impressed SN’s scouts on film.

Here’s the projected the first round:

1. Rams: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma. While Ndamukong Suh is the player many have been pencilling in for the Rams since Bradford’s injury, it looks like Bradford’s shoulder is going to check out fine and if it does you can be sure the Rams are going to get their young QB to re-build around.

2. Lions: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma. While many believe the Lions will pick Russell Okung, we believe that based on film, Williams is the better player. If the concerns about his weight are not a deal breaker, then the Lions may surprise some by picking Williams ahead of Okung.

3. Buccaneers: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska. The Bucs have been trying to upgrade their defensive line in order to get their defense back to playing at a very high level. The last time the Bucs defense was elite they had a top-notch DT named Warren Sapp.

4. Redskins: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State. While many expect the Redskins to draft a QB here, I do not believe Jimmy Clausen is Mike Shanahan’s type of QB, so they will grab Okung to take over at left tackle after Chris Samuels’ retirement.

5. Chiefs: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee. The Chiefs defense needs a lot of help and Berry is an elite athlete who brings the versatility that Scott Pioli learned is so valuable while working under Bill Belichick.

The rest of the top half:

6. Seahawks: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
7. Browns: Gerald McCoy, DE, Oklahoma
8. Raiders: Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
9. Bills: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
10. Jaguars: Joe Haden, CB, Florida
11. Broncos: Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho
12. Dolphins: DeMaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech
13. 49ers: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
14. Seahawks: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
15. Giants: Rolando McClain, MLB, Alabama
16. Titans: Sergio Kindle, DE, Texas

For more than 640 player scouting reports from Russ Lande and his team of former NFL scouts — plus an updated mock draft (now three rounds long), Super 99 rankings and more — go to warroom.sportingnews.com.

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