DISCLAIMER—All records, picks, and selections are projected.
All prospects given a rating out of five stars for potential (how talented they could be, if developed properly).
***** Elite Level Prospect (Peyton Manning)
**** One-Half Pro-Bowl Player (Jay Cutler)
**** Good Player (Chad Pennington)
*** One-Half Above Average (Kyle Orton)
*** Average (Trent Edwards)
All prospects will be given an overall (talent the day of the draft).
1. The St. Louis Rams (2-14)
Selection: Quarterback, Sam Bradford, Oklahoma
Sam Bradford was scripted to be the top selection in the 2009 draft. He was supposed to save the motor city, but he didn't show up. The third-year-sophomore decided more time in school could do him well. A shoulder injury and two losses later, there is still no doubt in anyone's mind that Sam Bradford in the obvious No. 1 choice.
NFL Comparison: (a healthy) Carson Palmer
2. The Cleveland Browns (3-13)
Selection: Quarterback, Jake Locker, Washington
Locker seems to be rising on boards everywhere. Locker has good size, at just over 6'2", and he is quite mobile. After a terrible season switching back and forth between Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson, Eric Mangini will be forced to draft a quarterback with this pick. So because Jimmy Clausen will decide to stay in school for his senior season, Locker will be the second overall pick.
NFL Comparison: Tony Romo
3. The Oakland Raiders (3-13)
Selection: Defensive End, Carlos Dunlap, Florida
At 6'6" 260, Carlos Dunlap will be compared all year long to Mario Williams. His speed is very good for someone of his size, and he has a very real possibility to be an elite level defensive end. His rumored 4.55 speed, if it shows in the combine, may earn him first pick money. If they can resign Richard Seymour, drafting another defensive end could be very good for their future in an improving AFC West division.
NFL Comparison: Julius Peppers
4. The San Fransisco 49ers (from Carolina)(4-12)
Selection: Safety, Eric Berry, Tennessee
Scouts have been raving about Safety Eric Berry since his first career interception at Tennessee. An interception that went over ninety yards for a touchdown against Tim Tebow's Florida Gators. Berry, listed at 5'11", 203 pounds, is a dream come true for Mike Singletary's defense. He is the next elite safety waiting to happen, and he will draw a lot of comparison to Ronnie Lott, who once patrolled the back of the niner's defense.
NFL Comparison: Troy Polamalu
5. The Kansas City Chiefs (4-12)
Selection: Offensive Tackle, Russell Okung, Oklahoma State
The Chiefs offensive line is weak. Russell Okung seems to be the generally pick for best offensive lineman in the draft. Okung is a left tackle, but he may be used on the right side instead. Okung will have a good future, as long as the Chiefs aren't in too much of a hurry. Todd Haley will make that team productive, it will just take time.
NFL Comparison: Max Starks
6. The Detroit Lions (4-12)
Selection: Defensive Tackle, Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
He isn't called "King Kong" for nothing. Suh is a monster in the middle. At 6'4", 300+, Suh is structurally formed to be a star. Suh is strong, and he is able to throw around almost anyone. He will be a plug in a growing defense.
NFL Comparison: Kevin Williams
7. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12)
Selection: Defensive Tackle, Gerald McCoy, Oklahoma
McCoy and Suh will battle for the rest of the year, competing to be the best collegiate defensive tackle in the country. For now, they seem pretty even. Suh gives size and strength, while McCoy seems to be the quicker, more agile defensive force. With a prospect like McCoy staring at Tampa Bay, Raheem Morris will pick McCoy hoping to relive some old Tampa Bay memories, with Gerald McCoy taking the role of Warren Sapp.
NFL Comparison: Tommie Harris
8. The Tennessee Titans (5-11)
Selection: Wide Receiver, Dez Bryant Oklahoma State
Although he doesn't have the best back story, Bryant does have the best resume. Dez Bryant stands at 6'2" and has the speed of an NFL receiver. He is a No. 1 receiver waiting to happen. Tennessee will have a lot of blame to pass around at the end of the season. The Titans will end up looking for stud in the draft to help Vince Young regain the throne in Tennessee.
NFL Comparison: Anquan Boldin
9. The Buffalo Bills (5-11)
Selection: Quarterback, Colt McCoy, Texas
After a complete destruction yet again in Buffalo, Dick Jauron will be fired. I can't say who will replace him, but whoever does, will want a new quarterback. Colt McCoy will be the third best available quarterback(according to the media) in the draft, and he will be good enough for Buffalo's new coach. Buffalo may be the worst team come 2011.
NFL Comparison: Donovan McNabb
10. The Washington Redskins (5-11)
Selection: Safety, Taylor Mays, Southern Cal
At 6'4, Taylor Mays will be picked based on one person—Sean Taylor. Taylor Mays is almost a genetic clone of Sean Taylor, a man who was once the most feared safety in the league. Sean Taylor led the Washington defense with honor, and Taylor Mays will be asked to do the same. Zorn will be gone, and the owners will have a field day with the uncapped free-agency.
NFL Comparison: Adrian Wilson
11. The Jacksonville Jaguars (6-10)
Selection: Quarterback, Tim Tebow, Florida
The owner said that Jacksonville wanted to sell tickets, so they were "strongly considering" drafting Tim Tebow. To be honest, it sounds like something Jacksonville would do.
NFL Comparison: Trent Edwards
12. The Seattle Seahawks (6-10)
Selection: Cornerback, Joe Haden, Florida
At just short of 6'0, Joe Haden will be standing, albeit low to the ground, the top prospect at the cornerback position. Haden may not be a solid No. 1 corner, but he will be a very healthy No. 2 to Marcus Trufant, who is a solid No. 1. Seattle's defense is steadily increasing into a power player. If they could land a top level player on the defensive line, they could be elite.
NFL Comparison: Al Harris
13. The Miami Dolphins (7-9)
Selection: Running Back, Jahvid Best, California
Ricky Williams is set to retire following this season for Miami. Considering the way they use Ronnie Brown, they will need another running back to help out. Brown touches the ball more times then most running backs in the league, and he is 27. He is getting closer to the dreaded "30," and Best would be the best solution.
NFL Comparison: Darren Sproles
14. The Houston Texans (7-9)
Selection: Defensive Tackle, Marvin Austin, North Carolina
Shaun Cody was ran out of Detroit. When someone who was rain out of Detroit is a starter on your team, you need a replacement. Marvin Austin could very well play nose-tackle for Houston. At 6'2", 300 pounds, Austin would be paired with Amobe Okoye to form a very suitable duo in the middle.
NFL Comparison: Jay Ratliff
15. The Denver Broncos (From Chicago)(7-9)
Selection: Inside Linebacker, Rolando McClain, Alabama
Andra Davis is going to be 31 when this season is over. While he may not be ready to call it quits, McDaniels knows how important linebackers are. McClain will be picked to eventually take-over for Andra Davis in the middle of a strong Denver defense.
NFL Comparison: Keith Brooking
16. The Dallas Cowboys (8-8)
Selection: Wide Receiver, Brandon LaFell, Louisiana State
While I believe the Cowboys, in this scenario, should take Greg Hardy to replace linebacker Anthony Spencer, I also know how much Jerry Jones loves Tony Romo. After another disappointing season, Jones will buy Romo another weapon.
NFL Comparison: Jericho Cotchery
17. The San Diego Chargers (8-8)
Selection: Inside Linebacker, Brandon Spikes, Florida
There are no holes in the Chargers' lineup. The Chargers are probably the most talented team in the league. But they never seem to live up to potential. Rumors are flying, once again, that pro-bowler Shawne Merriman will be on the move. It appears that Merriman won't be a Charger by the time the draft comes around, so the Charger's linebackers will be thin. Spikes is a solid choice at 17.
NFL Comparison: Takeo Spikes
18. The Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8)
Selection: Outside Linebacker, Navarro Bowman, Penn State
After a disappointing season for Mike Tomlin's Pittsburgh Steelers, Tomlin will be urged to make a statement pick. Bowman will probably be asked to move to the inside, where he will be groomed to take over for the aging James Farrior. Bowman is about 6'1", 240 pounds. He has great size, and could play any of the linebacker positions.
NFL Comparison: Shaun Phillips
19. The Green Bay Packers (8-8)
Selection: Cornerback, Patrick Robinson, Florida State
Charles Woodson will be 34 a month into the 2010-2011 season. Patrick Robinson is probably the most talented cornerback in the draft. Robinson will probably be asked to be the nickel corner his rookie season.
NFL Comparison: Marcus Trufant
20. The Cincinnati Bengals (8-8)
Selection: Wide Receiver, Arrelious Benn, Illinois
After a promising start, but a not-so-great ending, Marvin Lewis, with his job saved, will call upon Carson Palmer to lead him to the playoffs in what will be labeled his "final chance." Lewis will draft Benn in hopes of giving Carson Palmer more fire-power. When Carson is healthy, he is among the best, so with a receiver like Benn lining up on the other side of the talented Chad Ochocinco, he could be putting up career numbers.
NFL Comparison: Dwayne Bowe
21. The Arizona Cardinals (9-7)
Selection: Tight End, Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma
Gresham was projected to be a top 15 pick at the tight-end position a season ago. Gresham has since lost his entire season to injury. He will probably be a projected second round pick, come April. The Cardinals aren't stupid enough to pass on yet another weapon. With Fitzgerald, Boldin, Breaston, and Gresham, it will be hard for Matt Leinart to fail whenever he gets the team back from Kurt Warner.
NFL Comparison: Antonio Gates
22. The New York Jets (9-7)
Selection: Outside linebacker, Greg Hardy, Mississippi
The Jets are weak on the outside. They list Vernon Gholston, Bryan Thomas, and Marques Murrell as outside linebackers. Hardy could start on the outside day one for Rex Ryan, and even if linebacker wasn't the plan coming into the draft, Ryan would make the pick if Hardy slipped to him.
NFL Comparison: LaMaar Woodley
23. The San Fransisco 49ers (9-7)
Selection: Quarterback, Tony Pike, Cincinnati
Although he will be listed as a second round projected talent, Mike Singletary won't let the 6'6" Pike slip by. The 49ers have had QB problems since Jeff Garcia left town, and Pike is just the man to stop all of that. Pike is a strong leader that will buy into Mike Singletary's system. Although, he will need a lot of work before he is the starter.
NFL Comparison: Ben Roethlisberger
24. The Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)
Selection: Outside Linebacker, Sergio Kindle, Texas
The Eagles are weak at linebacker, and it will probably be their downfall. Kindle would likely be used in packages his rookie season for the Eagles, but is versatile enough to provide depth at every linebacker position. Above all, Kindle is a class-act, and his good deeds are something that could help a dipping Eagles' public status.
NFL Comparison: Rocky McIntosh.
25. The New England Patriots (10-6)
Selection: Cornerback, Javier Arenas, Alabama
Shawn Springs is being beaten up. He is no longer a formidable No. 2 in the NFL. The Patriots need to draft a corner back to help out the rather poor group of corners they are fielding at the moment. Arenas isn't the dream scenario, but he has to be the pick.
NFL Comparison: Andre Goodman
26. The Atlanta Falcons (10-6)
Selection: Offensive Tackle, Bryan Bulaga, Iowa
The Falcons could use some depth on the offensive line, to continue their quest to make Matt Ryan an elite-level players. Bulaga is a monster at 6'5", over 300 pounds. He is a solid tackle on either side of the ball, and he is probably more formidable then Tyson Clabo.
NFL Comparison: Tony Pashos
27. The Baltimore Ravens (11-5)
Selection: Wide Receiver, Damian Williams, Southern Cal
By next April, I expect Derrick Mason to be retired. With the way Mark Clayton catches (heh heh heh), I see the Ravens desperate for other options for Joe Flacco. With Williams being the best option available, he is the obvious choice.
NFL Comparison: Chris Chambers
28. The Seattle Seahawks (From Denver) (11-5)
Selection: Running Back, C. J. Spiller, Clemson
With Edgerrin James past the hill, young Julius Jones will need help. Jones has looked like a stud for the Seahawks, but he cannot carry the ball five-hundred times a season. The Seahawks will once again wait to draft Matt Hasselback's eventual replacement. Spiller will do very well behind Julius Jones for a few years, before becoming the No. 1 guy somewhere not so far down the road.
NFL Comparison: Carnell "Cadillac" Williams
29. The Minnesota Vikings (12-4)
Selection: Offensive Tackle, Ciron Black, Louisiana State
Steve Hutchinson and Bryant McKinnie are the staple for the Viking offensive line. They are both over 30 years old. The Vikings need to bring in new pieces so they can ease the eventual loss of both men.
NFL Comparison: Stephen Heyer
30. The New Orleans Saints (12-4)
Selection: Cornerback, Trevard Lindley, Kentucky
The Saints' Jabari Greer and Tracy Porter have played above expectations, but you can't count on that. Lindley has a lot of potential, and could be a No. 1 corner one day, if the right team is willing to wait. I think New Orleans is willing to wait for Lindley.
NFL Comparison: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie
31. The Indianapolis Colts (14-2)
Selection: Offensive Tackle, Charles Brown, Southern Cal
Where Tony Ugoh failed, Brown shall start. It must be stressful having to block for one of the best (if not the best) of all time, in Peyton Manning. I think Brown will do a suitable job.
NFL Comparison: Joe Staley
32. The New York Giants (12-4)
Selection: Defensive Tackle, Jared Odrick, Penn State
Barry Cofield and Fred Robbins both become free-agents following the 2009 season. After tormenting big brother Peyton throughout the Super Bowl, both men will be on the hunt for cash amongst the uncapped free-agency. Odrick will be able to start his rookie season, even if he won't develop into much.
NFL Comparison: Kendrick Clancy