Too Early 2010 NFL Mock Draft: Top 12

Seth CoxCorrespondent INovember 19, 2009

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 10: Eric Berry #14 of the Tennessee Volunteers runs with the ball after intercepting a pass during the SEC game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Neyland Stadium on October 10, 2009 in Knoxville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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One week later and we are ready to continue on in the journey towards the NFL draft.  Some of this will definitely be rehashed from the last article , but there has been some movement on my big board and in the standings. 

Wait, I don't have a big board, well there are some mistakes I made, which is what the "experts" mean when they say there has been movement on their boards.

So who is going where now and what has changed? 

Let's get started.


1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

They are playing with heart and fight, they just lack talent right now.  I was not a fan of the Raheem Morris hiring or the drafting of Josh Freeman, but both seem to have this team on the right track.

They still need help at numerous places, but to me the key to the Bucs success has always been having a great defense.  That is why I am sticking with my first pick for them.

With the first pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Ndamukong Suh, DT Nebraska

2. St. Louis Rams 

Nothing has changed to me and they need to get Steven Jackson help.  Marc Bulger is not the problem, but he is also not the answer and the Rams need to begin looking forward into what they can become.

Adding a potential franchise quarterback will hopefully keep Jackson around when his contract ends, and keep the franchises hopes alive with it.  That is why I am sticking with my first pick.

With the second pick in the 2010 NFL Draft:  Jimmy Clausen, QB Notre Dame


3.  Detroit Lions  

The team at the number three pick may have changed, but the pick will not.  The Lions need an OL help, and with the best one on the board, they can protect their $120 million investment.

With the third pick in the 2010 NFL Draft:  Russell Okung, OT Oklahoma State


4.  Cleveland Browns  

After the last couple of games, I would not be shocked to see them go with a new quarterback, as it does not appear either Brady Quinn or Derek Anderson is the future.

I am not going to jump on that bandwagon just yet, as I see more pressing needs on the team, especially in the secondary.  That, and you cannot pass on a player like this guy, who does it all and can be the corner stone on which you build your defense for years to come.

With the fourth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Eric Berry, SS Tennessee


5.  Oakland Raiders

As usual, the wild card team of the bunch.  Which way will Al Davis lean?  I have no idea, neither does anyone in the organization.  I say they take the local product and big hitter, but hey, you never know.

With the fifth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Taylor Mays, FS USC

6.  Kansas City Chiefs  

Well in the famous words of Herm Edwards, "You play to win the game." Even if that means giving up draft position.  The Chiefs have played... ok in the wake of fiery new coach Todd Haley.

What they need is help along the OL.  Is there an OL worth taking this high?  I am not sure, so I would look for them  to take a Richard Seymour type DE. 

With the sixth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Carlos Dunlap, DE Florida

7.  Washington Redskins

They won again, and the more they win, the more the pick will be flip flopped.  That being said, i see no reason at this point to change the pick right now and I keep them with the most intriguing QB prospect in the draft.

With the seventh pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Jake Locker, QB Washington

Note:  They could be looking at a RB depending on what happens in free agency this off season, as I see them going hard after Ronnie Brown and Pierre Thomas.


8.  Tennessee Titans

They are playing great right now and seem to be on the right path back to the top.  In the scenario I have created, they get that big presence back in the middle of their defensive line.

With the eighth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Gerald McCoy, DT Oklahoma


9.  Seattle Seahawks

The Hawks would be ecstatic to see a solid OL prospect still on the board here.  They have had at least four, and maybe even five left tackles this year. 

With the ninth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft:  Trent Williams, OT Oklahoma


10.  Buffalo Bills

Could this be the spot for what was supposed to be the number one pick in this years draft?  Is this still too high for someone coming off of major surgery on their shoulder?  I say yes, but I don't see how the Bills pass on this opportunity.

With the tenth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Sam Bradford, QB Oklahoma

Note:  You would think with three potential top 10 picks that the Sooners would be having a better season—it shows you how important their QB was.


11.  San Francisco 49ers

Again, nothing has changed in my mind with this pick.  The 49ers need help along the offensive line, but they also need a pass rusher.  So do they reach for an OL prospect, or do they stick with someone I think will be an elite pass rusher in the game.  Well for now it is my mock draft so.

With the eleventh pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Sergio Kindle, OLB/DE Texas


12.  New York Jets

Well they looked great early, but have struggled mightily of late.  What can be done to help?  Getting Mark Sanchez some weapons.  No RB or WR has been taken yet in my draft, but that ends here, with a big threat over the middle being added to the Jets repertoire.

With the twelfth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Dez Bryant, WR Oklahoma State


Come back next week as we continue to preview the draft and delve a little deeper into the needs of each team as well.