Here's the latest update for my 2010 Mock NFL Draft.
Draft order is based on season record and playoff finish projections:
1. Cleveland Browns—Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
With Charlie Weis more than likely getting fired, Clausen will most likely declare for the NFL. Clausen has an excellent arm and accuracy. He has 23 TDs, 4 INTs, and a 67.3 completion percentage. Plus, he plays in a pro-style offense.
Although Brady Quinn had four TDs last week, it was against the Lions, which is not saying much. It's time for the Browns to start with a new QB since Derek Anderson can't produce either.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers—Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
Suh is an explosive defensive tackle who can play in either a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme, which will help him at the next level. The Buccaneers, who could use his help, continue to struggle on defense this year.
Their rush defense is their weakest spot, and Gaines Adams was traded away after he turned out to be a bust. Eric Berry is a tempting pick here, but the rush defense is what the Buccaneers need to fix first.
3. St. Louis Rams—Jake Locker, QB, Washington
Marc Bulger suffered a concussion to end his 2009 season, and it will blow my mind if he continues playing in 2010. The Rams need a new QB now, and Locker has shown some great potential such as when he led Washington to its game-winning drive against USC. He's a dual threat, and he is ahead of Sam Bradford as far as draft stock goes.
4. Detroit Lions—Russell Okung, T, Oklahoma State
Matt Stafford played against the Packers yesterday with a dislocated left arm, and he his one tough guy for going through all the pain he has gone through his rookie year.
His offensive line is to blame for the rough season, as they have allowed 33 sacks. Okung can help fix that. He is a four-year starter at Oklahoma State. He has amazing leadership and a strong work ethic. He would definitely be a first day starter.
5. Buffalo Bills—Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
The Bills' run defense is terrible, allowing over 190 rushing yards a game. McCoy is an elite defensive tackle, and he has great intangibles and is explosive with high stamina.
6. Kansas City Chiefs—Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
The Chiefs are living in Kansas S**tty right now, and they need help at left tackle and defense. Okung is off the board, so we'll go with Berry to fix the secondary. Berry may be the most talented 2010 prospect. He is an interception machine with the ability to return any pick for a TD.
7. Washington Redskins—Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
Daniel Snyder goes for big-name players, and Bradford is as good as it gets. The Redskins need a QB since Jason Campbell is struggling. He has many concerns such as playing in a spread shotgun offense and staying healthy. Campbell’s NFL success is a total mystery.
8. Oakland Raiders—Taylor Mays, S, USC
Al Davis is a really incompetent owner, and he drafts his players based on their 40-yard dash times. He drafted Darrius Heyward-Bey and Darren McFadden, and they are both busts.
They only have speed to show off. Mays is having a bad senior year with USC as their defense struggles, but Davis doesn't care that the Raiders need a QB and an O-line badly. Mays has a 4.59 40-time, and Davis sees a Pro Bowl safety in Mays as a result.
9. Seattle Seahawks—Bruce Campbell, T, Maryland
The Seahawks need a left tackle badly because someone always gets close to Matt Hasselbeck, and the protection needs to improve. Walter Jones is on IR and is too injury-prone to continue playing football. Looks like the Seahawks should have drafted Eugene Monroe when they had the chance.
10. San Francisco 49ers (from Carolina)—Joe Haden, CB, Florida
Haden is the best cornerback in the nation and leads Florida's dominant defense. The 49ers would benefit from his services as they need to improve their secondary. Nate Clements gets injured too much and won't be worth resigning
11. Seattle Seahawks (from Chicago)—Jahvid Best, RB, Cal
This is a reach, but the Seahawks need a running back since Julius Jones is no good and Justin Forsett can't handle the duties alone.
12. New York Jets—Donovan Warren, CB, Michigan
The Jets need a wide receiver since Braylon Edwards is a huge failure. He drops way too many passes. However, there is no wide receiver with high enough value to take here, so the Jets can wait until the 2nd round. Warren would form a great CB tandem lining up across the field from Darrelle Revis.
13. San Francisco 49ers—Bryan Bulaga, T, Iowa
The 49ers need an upgrade at right tackle. Adam Snyder has been awful, allowing 7.5 sacks. Bulaga is a strong lineman who will likely skip his senior year.
14. Tennessee Titans—Greg Hardy, DE, Ole Miss
Kyle Vanden Bosch is a free agent at the end of the season, and so are some other defensive ends on the Titans. Hardy would be a great fit for the Titans' rush defense.
15. Miami Dolphins—Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
The Dolphins have a hole at inside linebacker. McClain is the top inside linebacker in this year's draft, so this is a perfect scenario for the Dolphins.
16. Houston Texans—Earl Thomas, S, Texas
The Texans need help in the secondary, and Thomas is the best available in that area. He and Bernard Pollard would form a good safety duo.
17. Baltimore Ravens—Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
The Ravens need a receiver badly since Derrick Mason will probably retire, and Mark Clayton is not reliable. Bryant has a lot of talent and should keep his draft stock up despite his NCAA troubles.
18. Atlanta Falcons—Travis Lewis, LB, Oklahoma
The Falcons need an outside linebacker to upgrade over Mike Peterson. He has top-15 pick talent and could start for the Falcons right away.
19. Jacksonville Jaguars—Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
The Jaguars need more publicity, and they haven't sold out any games this season. Drafting a big name like Tim Tebow would bring in a lot more fans just like signing Brett Favre attracted more fans for Vikings games. The Jaguars may need to move on with a new QB too because David Garrard isn't doing that great.
20. New York Giants—Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida
Antonio Pierce is getting old, and he is out for the regular season. He wasn't that great anyway, so the Giants could use a new linebacker. Spikes is a good leader and is on a national championship-contending team in Florida.
21. Denver Broncos—Jerry Hughes, DE, TCU
The Broncos are struggling on defense now that their true colors have been exposed, and they could use some help for their rush defense. They could use a DE to play in a 3-4 scheme across from Robert Ayers who is doing pretty well. Elvis Dumervil has 14 sacks, and the rush defense can only improve with the addition Hughes.
22. Arizona Cardinals—Charles Brown, T, USC
Mike Gandy is in his 30s now and will be a free agent, and Levi Brown is a bust. He has allowed six sacks and has committed nine penalties. The Cardinals need to upgrade at tackle, and Brown is doing great at USC.
23. Pittsburgh Steelers—Ras-I Dowling, CB/FS, Virginia
Dowling is a cornerback who can also play free safety, and the Steelers need an upgrade over Ryan Clark at free safety. Troy Polamalu could use a partner while roaming in the secondary.
24. Dallas Cowboys—Trent Williams, T, Oklahoma
Flozell Adams is old, and he has committed a lot of false start penalties. The Cowboys need to get a tackle to upgrade over Adams.
25. Green Bay Packers—Anthony Davis, T, Rutgers
The Packers' offensive line has looked better, but I'm still not convinced because it has only started to look better against the 49ers and Lions.
Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher are both in their 30s and fragile. Tauscher was an emergency signing since Allen Barbre was terrible, and he doesn't have much left in him. Aaron Rodgers will be known as a top-five QB as soon as he gets a line that gives him at least one second to throw the ball.
26. Philadelphia Eagles—Mike Iupati, G, Idaho
The Eagles are somewhat shaky on their offensive line, and it's mostly on the inside. The Andrews brothers aren't the same anymore. It's rare for a guard to go in the first round, but Iupati is a rare first-round talent at guard.
27. San Diego Chargers—Brandon LaFell, WR, LSU
The Chargers have moved on without Chris Chambers, and they need a new No. 2 receiver to play across from Vincent Jackson. LaFell wisely stayed for his senior year due to the deep receiving 2009 draft class, and it will pay off for him.
28. Cincinnati Bengals—Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
Gresham should have declared last year. He has been out the whole season with an injury. The only need for the Bengals is a tight end, and Gresham is the best. He is a threat down the middle of the field who could take the usual double-team off of Chad Ochocinco.
29. Minnesota Vikings—Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas
I heard that Favre will re—sign with the Vikings for one more year, but the Vikings need to draft a successor. Sage Rosenfels is good as a fill-in at best.
Mallett has been doing great at Arkansas since transferring from Michigan. He has 3,194 yards, 28 TDs, and only six interceptions. He isn't the kind of QB to produce right away, but he produces amazing results if you give him time. He'' also benefit just like Aaron Rodgers did by sitting and watching Favre.
30. Indianapolis Colts—Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama
The Colts could use a defensive tackle to take pressure off of Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis. They don't have any needs, and Cody is a top-15 talent, so this pick is a steal.
31. New England Patriots—C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
Spiller is an explosive RB, and the Patriots could use some help at that position. Fred Taylor is old, and Laurence Maroney is improving but still needs to prove he can be a No. 1 RB.
32. New Orleans Saints—Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri
The Saints are my pick to win the Super Bowl. They could use an upgrade at linebacker, and they never had the chance to take one in 2009 with no 2nd or 3rd round picks.
Tune in next week for another update.
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