2010 NFL Mock Draft: Round One
The NFL draft isn't for another 7 months, but it's never too early to starting thinking about the future.
I thought I would give it my best shot and try to do a first-round mock draft to see what teams will go after certain players.
I will be basing the rankings of the picks off which teams I think will have the worst record all the way until the participants in the Super Bowl.
Let's get to it. Starting with the...
1. St. Louis Rams- Sam Bradford, Quarterback, Oklahoma
The St. Louis Rams are a definite candidate to have the worst record in the league in 2009.
Their defense is terrible, and their lack of weapons on offense will ultimately cause them to only win 2-4 games this season.
Marc Bulger is clearly wearing down in his career. He has taken his fair share of hard hits since entering the league.
St. Louis must look to finding their quarterback of the future, which will be the No. 1 overall pick, Sam Bradford.
2. Cleveland Browns- Russell Okung, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma State
The Browns are a team that has a lot of needs to fill. They have a need at nearly every position on the field.
Cleveland has one stud offensive tackle in Joe Thomas. On the opposite side of him is the always inconsistent, John St. Clair.
Russell Okung is the best offensive tackle in the league who needs to go to a team that can utalize him from the very beginning.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Ndamukong Suh, Defensive Tackle, Nebraska
Tampa Bay picked up Josh Freeman with their first overall selection in 2009. In 2010 they must focus on fixing their defensive line.
The Buccaneers could use a defensive tackle that can pressure the offensive line, force turnovers, and cause sacks.
Ndamukong Suh is a force to be reckoned with at Nebraska. He is a sure-fire top 10 pick at the level he plays at.
4. Detroit Lions- Eric Berry, Safety, Tennessee
Despite the recent acquisition of Ko Simpson, I strongly believe the Lions will go after a safety who is a great tackler like Eric Berry.
The Lions drafted Louis Delmas with the first pick of the second round in 2009. He will be a good safety for years to come.
Nonetheless, Detroit will need another safety. Eric Berry is definitely worth taking in the top five.
5. Kansas City Chiefs- Terrence Cody, Nose Tackle, Alabama
The Kansas City Chiefs have switched to the new 3-4 scheme since Todd Haley was brought in as the new head coach.
The Chiefs drafted Tyson Jackson this year and Glenn Dorsey in 2008. With the drafting of Terrence Cody, Kansas City has the potential to have a very feared defensive line in the years to come.
Terrence "Mount" Cody is a near 400-pound, run stuffer. He will be able to make a big impact on Kansas City's defense right away.
6. Oakland Raiders- Taylor Mays, Safety, USC
The Oakland Raiders will once again have a very high draft pick because their team often doesn't live up to expectations.
I'm sure I will have Oakland fans giving me crap about how they're going to turn it all around this year. Sorry, but no.
Taylor Mays is a tremendous safety. He's a hard-hitter who will be able to force fumbles and cause interceptions.
Mays reminds me a lot of Ed Reed.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars- Arrelious Benn, Wide Receiver, Illinois
The Jaguars have an offense that could use some help. They signed Torry Holt to start at wide receiver for this year, and probably this year only.
Jacksonville made a great pick in signing Eugene Monroe to play at offensive tackle. Now, they must focus on getting a speedy receiver that can be a play-maker.
Arrelious, as I just mentioned, is a great play-maker. He can go up and get the ball anywhere you put it.
8. Buffalo Bills- Jevan Snead, Quarterback, Ole Miss
For some reason, I do not feel like Trent Edwards is going to become a good quarterback in the NFL.
He seems more like a "for the time being" type of quarterback. Buffalo should look into replacing him after this season, or possibly after the 2010 season.
Jevan Snead is a great talent who could end up being the top QB of this class. He is that good.
9. Cincinnati Bengals- Carlos Dunlap, Defensive End, Florida
The Bengals are a team looking to vastly improve their defense.
They drafted Rey Maualuga and Michael Johnson. They also signed former pro-bowl safety, Roy Williams.
Carlos Dunlap will be a pass-rushing defensive end that the Bengals will covet. He will be a great pick this late in the top 10.
10. New York Jets- Dez Bryant, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma State
New York could potentially swing a trade to bring in frustrated, Broncos receiver, Brandon Marshall.
If not, I see them drafting a wide receiver with their first pick in the 2010 draft.
A guy like Dez Bryant is exactly what they need across from Jerricho Cotchery. The Jets will have a very good, young offense with Cotchery, Bryant, and Mark Sanchez.
11. Washington Redskins- Brandon Spikes, Middle Linebacker, Florida
I was torn on whether the Redskins needed a defensive end or a middle linebacker more.
I, strongly, considered going with Greg Hardy with this pick.
As you can see, I have Washington selecting Brandon Spikes with their first pick. Spikes is a great middle linebacker who could have been a top 20 pick last year, had he come out.
12. San Francisco 49'ers- Joe Haden, Cornerback, Florida
The 49'ers will be an 8-8 or so team this year. They have made improvements over the last year to try and make themselves a better team.
One problem they need to solve is their poor secondary.
Nate Clements has shown much ever since he was signed to a huge deal after his contract with the Bills expired.
Joe Haden is the best cornerback in the draft. San Francisco, quite frankly, would be foolish not to take him with this selection.
13. Seattle Seahawks from: Denver- Bryan Bulaga, Offensive Tackle, Iowa
The Seahawks were considering drafting an offensive tackle with their first-round-pick this year. Instead, they decided to draft linebacker, Aaron Curry.
Seattle could really use some help on the offensive line. This could be the downfall of their season in 2009.
Bryan Bulaga is a great talent from the university of Iowa. He is a very smart football player who would be a good value pick at No. 13.
14. Miami Dolphins- Gerald McCoy, Defensive Tackle, Oklahoma
The Miami Dolphins always seem to have a good year every-other year. This year I see them in the 7 to 9 win range.
Miami could use a defensive tackle once Jason Ferguson retires. He is nearly 35 years old. This could be his last season in the NFL.
Gerald McCoy would be an absolute steal this late in the draft. Bill Parcells should thank his lucky stars that he gets a player of his talent so late.
15. Seattle Seahawks- C.J. Spiller, Running Back, Clemson
The Seahawks have a plethora of average running backs on their roster.
Julius Jones was once good with the Cowboys, but is now a running back of back-up caliber. The same goes for the newly-acquired, Edgerrin James.
C.J. Spiller is a speedy running back who is a great runner. If he runs in the 4.3's he could potentially go higher than pick 15.
16. Dallas Cowboys- Greg Hardy, Defensive End, Ole Miss
If the Cowboys don't make the playoffs, Wade Phillips will be gone from Dallas very quickly.
If this happens, Dallas will switch back to the 4-3 formation.
Although I'm not sure how Hardy plays in a 4-3, I doubt it really matters. Dallas lost Chris Canty to the Giants, they could use a defensive end.
17. Baltimore Ravens- Jermaine Gresham, Tight End, Oklahoma
The Ravens brought in L.J. Smith as a free-agent to simply back-up Todd Heap because of how often he is injured.
I strongly doubt either one of these tight ends will be back after the 2009 season.
In that case, Baltimore will look to draft the best tight end to enter the draft. Jermaine Greshman is 6'5", and a phenomenal athlete.
18. Tennessee Titans- Brandon Graham, Defensive End, Michigan
Kyle Vanden Bosch and Jevon Kearse both have expiring contracts after the 2009 season. In all likelyhood, one of these two will not be re-signed.
Tennessee will look to draft a defensive end with their first-round-pick. Graham is the best defensive end on the board.
Brandon may be a bit of a reach at pick No. 18, but the Titans are a team who often likes to take risks.
19. Green Bay Packers- Trent Williams, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma
Chad Clifton is coming off knee surgery and there is no telling how we will play this season.
He is also a free-agent after this season.
Green Bay really needs to fix their offensive line. They are now without Mark Tauscher, as well, after declaring to not re-sign him once he became a free-agent this off-season.
20. San Francisco 49ers from: Carolina- Sergio Kindle, Defensive End/Linebacker, Texas
For their second first-round-pick, I see the 49'ers picking another defensive player.
This time it will be a hybrid player like Sergio Kindle out of Texas.
He is a great athlete who 10.5 sacks and 21 tackles for loss in his Junior year. He could run a low 4.5 40 that will solidify him in the first round.
21. New Orleans Saints- Sean Weatherspoon, Outside Linebacker, Missouri
The New Orleans Saints will be a much better team than they were last year. Nonetheless, I don't see them getting out of the first round of the playoffs.
New Orleans could use a young, outside linebacker that will be a great player for years to come.
Sean Weatherspoon is projected to be a top 15 pick. At pick 21, Weatherspoon is a steal to fall into the Saints lap.
22. Houstan Texans- Reshad Jones, Safety, Georgia
Finally, the Houston Texans make the playoffs. Unfortunately, I see it being a short-lived playoff run.
Houston's secondary has needs that should be looked at with their first pick in the 2010 draft. Safety is a major concern.
Reshad Jones is easily the best safety available, and a solid pick for Houston here.
23. Denver Broncos from: Chicago- Tim Tebow, Quarterback, Florida
The Denver Broncos, as you all should know, traded Jay Cutler to the Denver Broncos for two first-round-picks and Kyle Orton.
Orton's contract expires after this season. They probably will elect to not re-sign him and look towards a quarterback in the first round.
Tim Tebow is a great athlete who the Broncos would love to have on their team. Josh McDaniels will be able to make Tebow an even better quarterback.
24. Indianapolis Colts- Rolando McClain, Middle Linebacker, Alabama
Gary Brackett, the Colts middle linebacker, contract expires at the end of the 2009 season. He is also gearing towards the end of his career.
Indianpolis should focus on finding his replacement with this pick.
Rolando McClain is the best middle linebacker on the board.
25. Arizona Cardinals- Charles Brown, Offensive Tackle, USC
Mike Gandy gave up 6.5 sacks in 2009. It's not horrible. But it's not good. He, also, is now in his early 30's.
The Cardinals have a weak offensive line that needs to improve. They have Levi Brown who will be a stud for years to come.
Charles Brown may not be a name you have heard of, but he is one of the better offensive tackles in the entire draft.
26. Atlanta Falcons- Rennie Curran, Outside Linebacker, Georgia
The Falcons failed to improve their poor linebacking corps during this years draft.
This year, they need to address the glaring issues at linebacker.
Rennie Curran is the best outside linebacker available for the Falcons to choose from. Hopefully, he will do good in replacing Michael Boley.
27. New York Giants- Trevard Lindley, Cornerback, Kentucky
The Giants never have many needs that they need to fill. One thing they can improve on is their cornerbacks.
Aaron Ross hasn't exactly been a star since he was drafted a few years ago.
Trevard Lindley is a pretty good cornerback that the Giants should snag before he's taken by somebody else.
28. San Diego Chargers- Damian Williams, Wide Receiver, USC
The San Diego Chargers will have Vincent Jackson and Chris Chambers entering free-agency after this season is over.
There is almost no chance that the Chargers let Jackson go. As for Chambers, they will let him find a new team.
San Diego will look to get a local receiver like Damian Williams to play across from Vincent Jackson in 2010.
29. Minnesota Vikings- Colt McCoy, Quarterback, Texas
As a Vikings fan, I would absolutely love this pick. Let me tell you why.
Minnesota will be looking for a new quarterback once Brett Favre once again retires after this season.
Colt McCoy is definitely a first-round-pick. The Vikings don't have many needs after this year besides a young quarterback who can become a star.
30. Pittsburgh Steelers- Kris O'Dowd, Center, USC
The Steelers failed to get Alex Mack or Eric Wood in this years draft. Therefore, they will be looking for a center that can replace Justin Hartwig in a year from now.
Kris O'Dowd is the best center in the draft. Pittsburgh will look to fix their offensive line right away in the draft.
31. Philadelphia Eagles- C.J. Wilson, Defensive End, East Carolina
The Eagles are a team that loves to draft defensive ends with their early picks.
Philadelphia doesn't have that many needs to fill, so I see them going after depth in the first round.
C.J. Wilson is a projected first-rounder, but he could go earlier seeing as he's the best defensive available.
32. New England Patriots- Ciron Black, Offensive Tackle, LSU
The Patriots have all but 4 offensive lineman entering free-agency when this season comes to an end.
Also, Matt Light's contract expires after the 2010 season is over.
New England needs to build on their team for the future. Ciron Black will make for a good start to that.