2010 NFL Mock Draft: First Round

Ian O'BrienCorrespondent INovember 12, 2009

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 17: Quarterback Jimmy Clausen #7 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish looks to pass the ball against the USC Trojans in the first quarter of the game at Notre Dame Stadium on October 17, 2009 in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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1. Cleveland Browns- Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame

Clausen is an excellent QB that plays in a pro-style offense and leads effectively. He has great arm strength and accuracy. The Browns will go nowhere with Brady Quinn or Derek Anderson at QB. Quinn is obviously a bust, and Anderson's one good year was a fluke. 

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska

The Buccaneers finally won a game this season, but their defensive line had nothing to be proud of because the Packers have the worst offensive line in the NFL. The Bucs need to rebuild their defense and they have expressed interest in Suh. Suh is a very explosive lineman and and has all-around skill and can play multiple schemes.

3. Detroit Lions- Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State

The Lions have a horrible offensive line, and Stafford will continue to get beat up until they fix their problem. Gosder Cherilus is a solid tackle, but he needs another solid tackle across from him, and Okung is a four-year starter and has the potential to be a Pro Bowl tackle.

4. St. Louis Rams- Jake Locker, QB, Washington

Marc Bulger is way past his prime, and the Rams need to get a new QB. Jimmy Clausen is taken, so Locker is the second option. Sam Bradford's stock is going down now ever since he got injured at Oklahoma this season.

5. Kansas City Chiefs- Eric Berry, S, Tennessee

The Chiefs are a mess, and they need to get some defense and an offensive line. With Okung off the board, Berry is first on the radar. He is the best defensive player in the 2010 draft class, and the Chiefs need to fix their secondary. 

6. Oakland Raiders- Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida

Al Davis is a very incompetent owner, and he always picks players based on their 40 times rather than positional needs. He drafted Darrius Heyward-Bey last year and Darren McFadden the year before. Dunlap runs a 4.7, and the Raiders could use help at defensive line. Dunlap, however, is very lazy and is having an unproductive junior year at Florida.

7. Washington Redskins- Tim Tebow, QB, Florida

Daniel Snyder loves drafting big-name players, and Jason Campbell is not the answer at QB. There are rumors that Jon Gruden will become the Redskins' head coach, and he has openly expressed interest in Tebow.

8. Tennessee Titans- Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

Vince Young has been doing well since he replaced Kerry Collins, but he will need to convince the Titans' management that he is the long-term answer, or they will draft a QB. Bradford has concerns surrounding him about his injury history and his ability to play in a pro-style offense.

9. Buffalo Bills- Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma

McCoy would be a perfect pick here because the Bills need help at defensive line very badly. McCoy is elite, and he is a great pass rusher. He has even been compared to Kevin Williams.

10. Miami Dolphins- Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama

The Dolphins need to get an inside linebacker, and McClain is available, so he fits perfectly here.

11. San Francisco 49ers- Taylor Mays, S, USC

Mays is a really hard hitter, and the 49ers need help in the secondary. However, Mays has poor instincts that could hold him back.

12. San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina)- Bryan Bulaga, T, Iowa

The 49ers need to improve their offensive line, and Pashos and Snyder have allowed many sacks. Bulaga would be a big upgrade.

13. Seattle Seahawks- Bruce Campbell, T, Maryland 

Walter Jones is way past his prime, and he is too injury-prone and old at age 37. He was recently placed on IR. 

14. Jacksonville Jaguars- Greg Hardy, DE, Ole Miss

The Jaguars have the worst rush defense in the NFL. They only have 5 sacks, and Derrick Harvey is most likely a bust. The new 3-4 scheme hasn't worked either, and Hardy is the best defensive player available.

15. New York Jets- Damian Williams, WR, USC

The Jets traded for Braylon Edwards. That shows how desperate they are for a receiver. Edwards is lazy and inconsistent. He drops a lot of passes, and the Jets aren't likely to give him an extension. Williams would be perfect for the Jets' offense since Mark Sanchez is the QB and they worked well together at USC.

16. Seattle Seahawks (from Chicago)- Jahvid Best, RB, Cal

Julius Jones is not a No. 1 RB, and Justin Forsett is a capable backup, but not ready to start. The Seahawks have a zone-blocking scheme, and Best is a talented running back that would fit it perfectly.

17. Green Bay Packers- Charles Brown, T, USC

The Packers are on pace to allow 74 sacks on the year, and Aaron Rodgers never even gets a second to throw the ball. Brown's draft stock is rising, and he would give Rodgers some much-needed protection.

18. Baltimore Ravens- Joe Haden, CB, Florida

The Ravens need a cornerback badly to fix their weak pass defense, and Haden has high value.

19. Houston Texans- Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State

Wilson gives the Texans much-needed help at the secondary, and Dunta Robinson is too injury-prone to rely on.

20. New York Giants- Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida

The Giants have lost four games in a row, and they need an inside linebacker badly. Antonio Pierce is on the decline.

21. Atlanta Falcons- Travis Lewis, LB, Oklahoma

The Falcons need to find a long-term solution at weakside linebacker.

22. San Diego Chargers- Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama 

Jamal Williams is almost 34, and he is injured, which shows the little depth the Chargers have at DT.

23. Philadelphia Eagles- Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech

The Eagles don't have any pressing needs, but an upgrade at DE couldn't hurt.

24. Arizona Cardinals- Trent Williams, T, Oklahoma

Levi Brown isn't doing well for the Cardinals, and the offensive line would improve with Williams at tackle.

25. New England Patriots- Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma

Ben Watson will be a free agent at the end of the season and even if he is re-signed, they could use some depth at tight end.

26. Cincinnati Bengals- Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech

The Bengals don't have any needs, so they can go for a value pick here, and Dwyer would make a great complement to Cedric Benson.

27. Dallas Cowboys- Anthony Davis, T, Rutgers

Flozell Adams is old now, and he has committed a lot of false start penalties, and the Cowboys need to improve their offensive line badly.

28. Denver Broncos- Colt McCoy, QB, Texas

The Broncos have the perfect offensive scheme for McCoy. It's a shotgun offense, and Orton isn't a long-term solution, and depth is needed at QB.

29. Pittsburgh Steelers- Earl Thomas, S, Texas

Thomas is having an amazing year for Texas, and the Steelers could use a free safety to play across Troy Polamalu.

30. Minnesota Vikings- Morgan Burnett, S, Georgia Tech

The Vikings don't have any major needs. They could use an upgrade at safety though.

31. Indianapolis Colts- Everson Griffen, DE, USC

The Colts have no pressing needs, but Raheem Brock and Robert Mathis are both free agents after next season, and if they draft Griffen now, they can groom him for a year in the NFL, and he can become a very productive DE.

32. New Orleans Saints- Arthur Jones, DT, Syracuse

Jones fits the 3-4 scheme that the Saints have, and depth would be very nice for them.


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