NFL Mock Draft: Picks 1-10
1. Miami Dolphins- Chris Long DE
The Dolphins really need to trade out of this pick, but no one is going to give them that chance so they should take Howie Long’s son, Chris. He is a dominant inside and outside presence with the versatility to stand up and play linebacker. The Dolphins’ linebackers are up in years and the future of Jason Taylor is still unknown. Although there are several players which would improve their team, I have a feeling that new team President Bill Parcells is going to pick the big, physical defensive end.
2. St. Louis Rams- Jake Long OT
The Rams really need defensive help, but the only defensive player good enough to take with this pick is Glen Dorsey. Although not a bad pick, I feel that the Rams need to solidify an offensive line that was decimated with injuries last season. Orlando Pace, offensive tackle, is not getting any younger and may not be in St. Louis for much longer. The Rams need a guy who they can just plug into right tackle, and whenever Pace decides to leave, Long would be able to move right on over to left tackle, being just as good.
3. Atlanta Falcons- Matt Ryan QB
The Falcons are in dire need of any player with a pulse at this point and that includes at quarterback. A franchise quarterback can completely change the fortunes of a team, and Ryan is the top quarterback of the draft. Every team needs a face, and Ryan’s mental awareness, toughness and big arm make me believe he can be that franchise player for the Falcons. I think the Falcons can’t afford to pass up on this chance to solidify a position that has been in transition with the whole Michael Vick scandal.
4. Oakland Raiders- Darren McFadden RB
I’m sorry to see this done to McFadden, but I don’t think there's any chance Raiders owner Al Davis passes on a guy who can score from anywhere on the field. The Raiders are a team that seems to be getting worse every year, and one can point to the owner as the biggest reason why. So, when you predict their pick, you pretty much have to say not ‘What’s best for the Raiders?’ but ‘What would Al Davis do?’ Don’t get me wrong. I am a huge McFadden fan and I think he can be a solid player in this league, but Oakland is where good players go to die. I’m sad to see it.
5. Kansas City Chiefs- Glen Dorsey DT
I know not everyone will not agree with this pick and say that I’m crazy, but I don’t think this is as bad a pick as some of you would believe. The Chiefs defense has been horrible and Dorsey is a dominant lineman, and will help immediately, especially against the run. The Chiefs need help on the offensive line, and I’ve even seen some mock drafts with Ryan Clady as their selection, but I think that’s crazy. When you are picking this high in the draft you do not go by need you go by best available player, and Glen Dorsey is definitely the best available at this point. The Chiefs can’t afford to reach on a player, pay him all that money, and have him not work out. I think that Dorsey could be a good player for the chiefs for a long time.
6. New York Jets- Vernon Gholston DE
The Jets pass rush has been terrible at best since they got rid of John Abraham and this pick would solve that problem. Gholston is a speed demon off the edge and can also drop back in coverage. I think this is a perfect fit for the Jets, who could desperately use some defensive assistance.
7. New England Patriots- Leodis McKelvin CB
The Patriots were true to form this off-season and decided not to pay a few more players that helped them get to where they are. The only difference is that they kept every linebacker over 30 and got rid of every corner that has any experience in this league. They did a great job taking a strength on their team and turning it into a weakness, while not helping out any other position on defense. This pick would help tremendously not only in coverage but on special teams. McKelvin is one of the best kick returners in the draft.
8. Baltimore Ravens- Derrick Harvey DE
This is the first reach i have in the draft and USC's DT Sedrick Ellis wouldn’t be a bad pick here either but the ravens need help rushing the passer and this kid can do that. The Ravens were one of the worst at getting to the quarterback last season and their defense suffered from it. Harvey will be a great young edition to a getting older by the second but still solid defense.
9. Cincinnati Bengals- Sedrick Ellis DT
The Bengals are ecstatic that Baltimore did not take this guy who can sure up a run defense of the Bengals that couldn’t stop anyone last season. The Bengals defense still needs a lot of help but Ellis can at least clog the whole in the middle and make it a little harder for teams to run on them instead of having an open highway to the end-zone.
10. New Orleans Saints- D. Rodgers-Cromartie CBI was really tempted to pick Keith Rivers the LB out of USC, however the cornerback position is a too glaring weakness in that saints defense. Their corners were torched almost every game and you can’t even come close in this league without good secondary play. Along with Jonathan Vilma and Dan Morgan the addition of Rodgers-Cromartie will get this Saints defense out of the gutter.
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