Playing for the Top Pick: The 2010 Draft After Week Six

Mark GoodmanContributor IOctober 19, 2009

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 18: Head coach Eric Mangini of the Cleveland Browns argues with an official during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on October 18, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers defeated the Browns 27-14. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

The trade deadline is almost here and there are many teams looking to make a move to fill that one need they feel would make them into Super Bowl contenders.

On the other hand, there are a few teams that are already looking towards the offseason.

Right now (in week six) the Top 10 Picks in the 2010 Draft will go to: St. Louis, Tennessee, Tampa Bay, Kansas City, Detroit, Cleveland, Oakland, Seattle, Buffalo, and Washington.

These teams need more than just one guy to make themselves into contenders but there are some key positions and players they need to focus on first.


St. Louis - QB , Hands down, the most evident missing piece for the Rams is at quarterback.

  • Who will they go after? - Colt McCoy, Texas  (Sam Bradford's shoulder could be a potential killer to his draft status.  However, there was also a certain oft-injured back from Oklahoma that overcame college injuries to become the most dominant NFL player at his position.)


Tennessee - DB , 59-0 and 6 TDs for Tom Brady says a lot but 0-6 says even more for a team that was 13-3 last season.

  • Who will they go after ? - Eric Berry, Tennessee  (No, he isn't a cover CB but this guy is comparable to Troy Polamalu and anytime you win Top Defensive Honors in the SEC as a Sophomore, that is saying something.)


Tampa Bay - DE, There are so many holes on this team, you could really pick almost any position.  However, after trading Gaines Adams they will need to start looking for someone to replace him.

  • Who will they go after? - Carlos Dunlap or Greg Hardy (Dunlap is rated as the higher DE but Hardy has a build that would better fit Tampa's four-man front.


Kansas City - LB - This team hasn't been feared defensively and for good reason. 

  • Who will they go after? - Rolando McClain - This guy brings some major toughness and stopping power where ever he goes on the field.


Detroit - DT - They traded Shaun Rogers to the Browns and then became a defensive joke (even more-so).

  • Who will they go after? - Gerald McCoy - Could become one of the best DTs of the next 5-10 years.  He is listed at 6'3" 296 lbs which would a great frame to build on for their 4-3 defense.


Cleveland - QB, S - No leadership, no production and too many different starters to name.  Then again, the Browns need help everywhere.

  • Who will they go after? - Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy or Trade Down - This is going to be an interesting situation for the Browns.  This draft will have quite a few quarterbacks available throughout (including Jake Locker and Tony Pike among others). Assuming the draft eligible JRs come out, you may see the Browns trade down for more picks as well.
  • Taylor Mays could be the dark horse selection for a Browns team in need of a feared defensive presence since the Steelers and Ravens have their own.


Oakland - OT or S - Al Davis has made a habit out of making experts scratch their heads.  Not that I am an expert, but the Raiders need some help everywhere but if you follow the Raiders trend there could be a safe bet.

  • Who will they go after?  - Russell Okung or Taylor Mays - The Raiders will go after the player with the most notable player left at either position.  Mays is the type of player that would fit in well with a Raiders attitude and Okung could give JaMarcus Russell and Darren McFadden some much needed protection.


Seattle - WR or QB - The Seahawks have a few options here.  They could take their chances with their aging WR corps or with their aging brittle QB. 

  • Who will they go after? - If they go WR here, it would have to be Dez Bryant, he is having some issues with not being eligible to play the remainder of the season, but he has shown similar talent comparable with Michael Crabtree.
  • If they decide to go with a QB, it would have to be Jake Locker .  It feels like this guy has been at Washington for 10 years and he is loved by Huskies fans.  Home grown talent stays home for this pick.


Buffalo - QB or WR - Terrell Owens isn't going to be in Buffalo next season.  I don't care what you are smoking if you think otherwise.  The Bills need to start this process by getting rid of Dick Jauron.  Trent Edwards seems to be dependable for one thing, not being dependable.

  • Who will they go after? Jimmy Clausen or Brandon Lafell Personally, I cringe at the sight of Clausen's name in ESPN's top rankings, so lets throw in the possibility for the Bills to take a QB later in the draft as well. 

Lafell has good size and hands that would help replace whatever Owens is leaving behind.  Whatever that might be.


Washington - Coach, QB, OT, RB - Stop the madness and offer Jon Gruden millions to turn this team around.  Then take a look at your weaknesses such as overrated Jason Campbell, an invisible O-Line and an over the hill running back.

  • Who will they go after?   Gruden has to be the top target right now.  After that, you are looking at a few different possibilities.  Trading a late-mid round pick for Brady Quinn would be good for some type of hope - until he throws a pass anyway.
  • If they go after a QB, expect them to trade up and give too much to get McCoy or Bradford.
  • If they decide on an OT, expect them to take Trent Williams from Oklahoma.
  • If they go the route of trying to replace Clinton Portis, keep an eye on Jahvid BestJonathan Dwyer or CJ Spiller .


Spiller will be a push, simply for his lack of size—although, he could be the next Chris Johnson. 

Best looks like a solid back as well, and has the most diverse abilities as far as first round RBs go.

Jonathan Dwyer is 5'11" 235 lbs, he would be a perfect addition for a team that needs a big punishing back.