Creating a mock draft before the college season starts is very difficult. My mock is a mix between what I think could happen and what I think should happen. I am 99 percent sure I will get every single pick wrong one way or another. The reason I created this is to give the viewers an idea of where I feel NFL teams will be picking next year and name some guys football fans should pay attention to during the 2009 college season
1. Cleveland Browns - Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
Dunlap won't be at the top of many mocks, but neither was Mario Williams. The Browns need a pass rusher to complement Kamerion Wimbley and 6'6, 290-pound speed rushers don't come around often. Dunlap is big enough to handle playing the 3-4 DE role, but athletic enough to provide an effective pass rush.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
Berry has everything scouts want to see in a safety. He has the athletic ability and coverage skills of a cornerback, with the mindset and toughness of a middle linebacker. The Bucs need to rebuild the defense to have any chance of getting back to a playoff contender. Adding a safety that can do it all is a great place to start.
3. St. Louis Rams - Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
Honestly, I don't think Bradford will go in the top three, but at this point of the year, I have to have him there. Some team will probably take him higher than they should. I think come draft time he will be the second or third QB prospect on most boards.