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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wild Bill's 2010 NFL Mock Draft: Picks 17 & 18

Welcome back all. Huge trade today between Denver and Miami. Denver jettisoned troublesome Brandon Marshall (WR) to the Fish for their 2010 & 2011 2nd Round Draft Picks.

Due to the trade it did have an impact on two of my picks. Go back and take a look...#11 & #15

With that being said, let's get down to it with picks 17 & 18

17.) San Francisco 49ers - Mike Iupati OL, Idaho

San Francisco acquired this pick from the Carolina Panthers last year in the 2nd Round of the draft. Carolina sent their 2010 1st Round Pick to the 49ers for San Fran's 2nd Round Pick in 2009 so they could draft Everette Brown.

Brown gave them some decent production last year but I'd be willing to bet that Carolina would love a Mulligan on that trade with how loaded this draft class is.

The 49ers need some help along the Oline and I believe since they missed out on what is considered the ELITE tackles in this draft, they'll be able to take the consensus #1 Interior Offensive Lineman in this draft with Iupati. Iupati's moniker is The Samoan Juggernaught! (Sorry about that Rey Maualaga!!)

This guy is just under 6' 6'' and he tips the scales at about 331 pounds. Frank Gore and Alex Smith would just LOVE to see Iupati join the 49ers. He can play almost anywhere along the offensive line; he even got some reps at LT during the Senior Bowl week. He is a Road-Grater and a Beast. He would join San Fran and start Day 1!

To the Steel City we go...

18.) Pittsburgh Steelers - Maurkice Pouncey OL, Florida

Pittsburgh has some holes to fill, none bigger than along their aging offensive line. Pouncey can come in and play several spots along the offensive line.

Jeff Hartwig is the current Center for Pittsburgh but he's in the last year of his contract and he could serve as a mentor for Pouncey.

It's suggested that Pittsburgh might look to add a WR in the early rounds of the 2010 Draft but at pick 18 I believe either Demaryius Thomas, Arrelious Benn or Golden Tate would be severe reaches.

I'm trying to be somewhat biased, but..........Cleveland Fans - ENJOY!!!

That wraps it up for me today. I'll be back tomorrow with Atlanta's and Houston's picks.

BallHype: hype it up!

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