Too Early 2010 NFL Mock Draft: Top 15
Another week closer to the NFL Draft and we again have movement in the draft order. There will definitely be things that stay the same from the last three articles, but there are some changes.
So who is going where and what has changed?
Let's get started.
1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Another heart breaking loss and there is no alternative to the first pick. No RB or WR deserves a look this high, and I really can't see an offensive lineman going No. 1 overall.
I am a big proponent of starting your franchise on the offensive and defensive line, and with no sure-fire prospects on the offensive line, I think the Bucs get back to their defensive minded approach and get a tackle.
With the first pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
The question will remain if the Bucs get the first pick, would they be able to trade down and add depth or do they get stuck with the pick and take the best player at a need position?
2. St. Louis Rams
Most publications would have you believe that Jake Locker is looking more and more like the first quarterback that will be taken. Well, they are probably right.
That doesn't mean I agree with it and I think when it is all said and done, Jimmy Clausen will be the most polished QB coming out of the draft. And it pains me to say that as an ND hater.
For all the shortcomings of Charlie Weis, he developed Clausen well and showed off his skills.
With the second pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
The only question left to answer is who will be the new face of the Rams' franchise, because they will draft a QB.
3. Cleveland Browns
Again, a team with so many needs, but the answers do not seem to be available at the top of the draft.
No QB will likely be taken, nor should they, no WR or RB would be worth taking at the third pick.
So, the best player in the draft will be chosen in the three slot. A game-changer on defense who could be in the Bob Sanders, Ed Reed, Troy Polamalu mold.
With the third pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Eric Berry, SS, Tennessee
4. Detroit Lions
I have really been dead set on the Lions taking a OT. I think with all the money they have spent on Matt Stafford they need to get someone to protect him.
They are going one of two ways here, they will either take an offensive tackle, or defensive lineman.
I am really tempted to throw the DT that I think they would want in there, but for the sake of staying boring right now, I will stay with my pick from the last couple weeks.
With the fourth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
5. Washington Redskins
So I have a buddy who is a huge 'Skins fan, and he told me there is no way the 'Skins do not draft a QB.
So which one do they go with? The QB with all the potential and attributes to be great, but has not put it together yet.
Or, do they go with the polished former-Heisman-winner, who is coming off a major shoulder injury?
Which way to go here?
Knowing Snyder he will go with the hot name, and right now, there is no name hotter than this one.
With the sixth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Jake Locker, QB Washington
6. Oakland Raiders
I have been hearing for months and months that Taylor Mays is the pick here. Well I am here to tell you it is the Raiders, so whatever you are hearing is probably false.
The Raiders need so much help at so many spots that I don't know where they are going to go.
So I am going to make a little reach and change things up here. Now, this guy has million-dollar talent, but a 10-cent brain. Trust me, that won't stop the Raiders from selecting him.
His DUI will be forgotten as soon as this guy gets to the combine and the scouts see what an absolute freak he is. He could be in the Julius Peppers, Mario Williams mold of defensive end, but he has to get his mind right.
With the sixth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
7. Kansas City Chiefs
Wel,l after the beating they received at the hands of the Super Chargers I think they will be looking at defense first.
One of the most intriguing defensive prospects, and the guy with maybe the most God-gifted talent in the draft will get a look here.
He could be a defensive force for the Chiefs for years to come.
With the seventh pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Taylor Mays, FS, USC
8. Buffalo Bills
Could they be in the QB race now? I think so, and I think they end the pseudo-slide for Sam Bradford right here.
Unless they want to go forward with Ryan Fitzpatrick and Trent Edwards leading the team, I think they take what they hope will be their franchise QB.
With the eighth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
9. Seattle Seahawks
I am going back to my original thought with the Seahawks, they will take a QB if one falls to them, but I think with the way my board has shaped up, they take the next best DT prospect.
There is no debate on who that is.
With the ninth pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
10. Denver Broncos (From Chicago)
How much would the Bears love a first-round pick to take an offensive lineman right now. Unfortunately they don't have one and I think the Broncos will look to the other side of the ball with this pick.
With the switch to the 3-4, this pick will likely be a hot commodity. I could see the Broncos trading out of it to add some more picks, but I think they stay and draft the big run-stuffing, anchor-type nose tackle.
With the 10th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama
11. San Francisco 49ers (From Carolina)
I have floated back and forth on who exactly the 49ers will take with their two first round picks. They need help along the offensive line, as well as needing a pass rusher.
Manny Lawson is beginning to step up, but I think they look for another pass-rushing threat.
With the 11th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Greg Hardy, DE, Ole Miss
12. Tennessee Titans
They won't be this high much longer, but that is why this is a weekly thing.
What will they do if by chance they are here? Look for a linebacker to be the pick.
They will have the opportunity, right now, to take who they want. Much like the SEC title game, it will come down to Alabama vs. Florida and I think Alabama gets the nod here.
With the 12th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama
13. San Francisco 49ers
With their second pick, I think they may look to the offensive line, but I have them staying with defense here. There is a guard who is getting a lot of run lately that may warrant a look here, but I think they get someone at tackle in the second round.
I think they look to take the top Corner and pair him with Nate Clements.
With the 13th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Joe Haden, CB, Florida.
14. Miami Dolphins
Oh, where to go with this team. They seem to have the players in place to be good, but just had too many injuries to do anything this year.
The one key component to this pick will be what they think they can do with Ronnie Brown. If they are able to resign him, then I can see a WR or someone on defense to help.
If not, they will look to get another running back in the mix so they continue to have that great one-two punch.
With the 14th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
Editor's Note: This all depends on Ronnie Brown, but I think Brown ends up with the Redskins, so that is why I have Spiller here.
15. Houston Texans
This has to be disappointing for the Texans and their fans No one was expecting a Super Bowl or anything, but another season right in the middle of the pack was not what they wanted. It will most likely cost Gary Kubiak his job.
They need help on the defensive side of the ball, as they are continually giving up leads and failing to help the offense out.
So, who has the ability to be a defensive changer? How about a local kid?
With the 15th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft: Earl Thomas, FS, Texas
As always, the order was based off of the standings as of 12/5/09 from NFL.com. These are not my predictions, but rather the way it stands right now.
Come back next week to see the movement as we get to the Top 16.
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