Never Too Soon: A NFL Mock Draft Nearly Five Months Early
We have not seen a year of football recently with so many bad teams. St. Louis, Detroit, Tampa Bay, Cleveland, the list goes on. With that said, talk is starting to heat up of who the top picks in the draft may be. Now is the time when you stop looking for in-depth analysis from top-dog sites. This right here is your first real 2010 NFL mock draft, and it is a good one.
No. 1/Tampa Bay Buccaneers/Ndamukong Suh/DT/Nebraska
One of the strongest linemen in the nation, he would bolster a Tampa D-line who recently lost Jovan Haye and Gaines Adams. Suh is definitely the best overall player in the draft to me without question.
NFL Comparison: Albert Haynesworth
No. 2/Cleveland Browns/Sam Bradford/QB/Oklahoma
The Browns are far from satisfied with the stunt in development of Brady Quinn, and Derek Anderson just doesn't cut it. Even though he has been injured this season, Bradford is too dominant of a player for the Browns to pass on.
NFL Comparison: Phillip Rivers
No. 3/Detroit Lions/Russell Okung/OT/Oklahoma State
Since we can remember, the Lions have had trouble protecting the quarterback. If they want to keep their future franchise quarterback Matthew Stafford on the field, they need to find a player with great strength and awareness like Okung.
NFL Comparison: Jammal Brown
No. 4/St. Louis Rams/Dez Bryant/WR/Oklahoma State
Currently, the Rams average less than 10 points per game, including being shut out twice. They need a playmaker who can score often, and there isn't a better one out there than Dez Bryant.
NFL Comparison: Anquan Boldin
No. 5/Tennessee Titans/Gerald McCoy/DT/Oklahoma
The Titans D-line just hasn't been the same with the absence of Albert Haynesworth. McCoy is an outstanding talent and leader, which is exactly the kind of guy the Titans need to anchor their line.
NFL Comparison: Tommie Harris
No. 6/Kansas City Chiefs/Eric Berry/S/Tennessee
With only three interceptions thus far on the season, the Chiefs have to find a ball-hawk type safety who can lead the secondary. Berry has shown no signs of slowing down in his development, and he is one of the most athletic young men in this year's class.
NFL Comparison: OJ Atogwe
No. 7/Washington Redskins/Jimmy Clausen/QB/Notre Dame
Clausen has come from being a questionable decision maker to one of the nation's best prospects. The Redskins desperately need a better signal caller than Jason Campbell. I think Jimmy Clausen would be the best quarterback in the draft in the Redskins' current system.
NFL Comparison: Mark Sanchez
No. 8/Seattle Seahawks/Jake Locker/QB/Washington
With such a high injury rate, the Seahawks are just about ready to give up on Matt Hasselbeck. Jake Locker could be the immediate answer. He has great size and poise, and has arguably the best arm in the draft.
NFL Comparison: Eli Manning
No. 9/Buffalo Bills/Trent Williams/OT/Oklahoma
Buffalo can shuffle through quarterbacks all they want, but if they don't have a line who can protect one, things won't get any better. Williams is a great blocker with a great history in a great program at Oklahoma. He could be the answer at left tackle the Bills need after the trade of Jason Peters.
NFL Comparison: Ryan Clady
No. 10/Oakland Raiders/Carlos Dunlap/DE/Florida
With a likely switch to the 3-4 in the near future in Oakland, There will be some instant holes. Dunlap could fill one of those holes in a big way. He has decent size, but his speed could be too much for Al Davis to pass on.
NFL Comparison: Darnell Dockett
No. 11/Jacksonville Jaguars/Tim Tebow/QB/Florida
Don't act like you are surprised. The Jaguars have been salivating over Tim Tebow since he started taking the majority of the snaps for Florida. There is no doubt in my mind that Tebow should not be drafted by any team in the first round, but Jacksonville is likely to crush those morals. Tebow is going to need to transform dramatically before the draft. He needs to lose about 25 pounds and learn how to stay comfortable in the pocket.
NFL Comparison: Aaron Rodgers
No. 12/San Francisco 49ers (f/CAR)/Corey Wootton/DE/Northwestern
Wootton is a perfect fit in the 3-4, which is what San Francisco runs. He is lengthy with a basketball game and is a nightmare for tackles to contain. The fact that he is 6'7" isn't that bad of a note to tack on either.
NFL Comparison: Kenyon Coleman
No. 13/Miami Dolphins/Arrelious Benn/WR/Illinois
Brian Hartline. Davone Bess. Greg Camarillo. Ted Ginn. Those are the names that the Dolphins have to work with. Most of those players would not be starters on any other team. Miami has some major work to do in the receiving core, and that process could get a head start wit Arrelious Benn in the clubhouse. He has size and speed that is coveted by any team, and has been a top prospect since coming into Illinois.
NFL Comparison: Braylon Edwards
No. 14/San Francisco 49ers/Joe Haden/CB/Florida
Haden, the best cornerback in the draft, would help improve a 49ers secondary that is in desperate need of some reinforcements. He makes it hard for anyone to pass against him, which is exactly what San Francisco has been lacking for a while.
NFL Comparison: Terrence McGee
No. 15/Denver Broncos (f/CHI)/Terrence Cody/NT/Alabama
The Broncos could draft anywhere along the defensive line, seeing that it is their most pressing need inside and out. Terrence Cody is a big clot who can stuff the run at any time. He has one major downside though: He is one of, if not the slowest player in the entire draft, which could cause many teams to pass on him, which is why his range could be from the top ten to the middle of the second round.
NFL Comparison: Shaun Rodgers
No. 16/San Diego Chargers/Jonathan Dwyer/RB/Georgia Tech
No. 17/Baltimore Ravens/Patrick Robinson/CB/Florida State
No. 18/Green Bay Packers/Bryan Bulaga/OT/Iowa
No. 19/New York Jets/Greg Hardy/DE/Mississippi
No. 20/Atlanta Falcons/Rolando McClain/OLB/Alabama
No. 21/New York Giants/Sergio Kindle/OLB/Texas
No. 22/Houston Texans/Taylor Mays/FS/USC
No. 23/Philadelphia Eagles/Brandon Spikes/MLB/Florida
No. 24/Pittsburgh Steelers/Nate Allen/FS/South Florida
No. 25/Arizona Cardinals/Jermaine Gresham/TE/Oklahoma
No. 26/Seattle Seahawks (f/DEN)/C.J. Spiller/RB/Clemson
No. 27/Cincinnati Bengals/Rashad Jones/FS/Georgia
No. 28/New England Patriots/Sean Weatherspoon/OLB/Missouri
No. 29/Minnesota Vikings/Jevan Snead/QB/Mississippi
No. 30/New Orleans Saints/Jahvid Best/RB/California
No. 31/Dallas Cowboys/Brandon LaFell/WR/LSU
No. 32/Indianapolis Colts/Arthur Jones/DT/Syracuse
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