After reading several Mock Drafts, I figured it was about time I put my money where my mouth is instead of simply commenting on other people's efforts. The one thing that really struck me while I was compiling my information is that other than the top 3 or 4 picks, this is a crap shoot. Ndamukong Suh is in my opinion the only really sure thing in this draft. Jake Locker? Sure, a great athelete but is he experienced enough to be the leader of a pro team, even one as bad as St. Louis? Sam Bradford? Health issues. Jimmy Clausen? Look what's happened to the last Irish QB everyone thought would be the next Joe Montana. Anyways, enough of my blathering, here's round 1 of my mock 2010 draft. All comments and criticisms gratefully accepted.
2010 NFL Mock Draft Round 1
1. Cleveland Browns — Ndamukong Suh, DT Nebraska
Lord knows the Browns are in desperate need of help, but where do you begin? I say they start on defense this year, and then look to improve the OL as there are some very good prospects available in rounds 2-4. If the Browns choose ANYONE else Number 1, it’s because someone’s slipped a massive amount of hallucinogenics into the Cleveland water system. Ndamukong Suh is the most dominant defensive player to come along in about 5 years. I know some people have Cleveland taking Jimmy Clausen first overall, but unless they do something about their atrocious pass protection, he’ll do no better than Brady Quinn has. Everyone seems to be jumping on the Dump Quinn band-wagon, but I think he’s got the potential to be a very good NFL quarterback, if his O-Line can protect him.
2. St. Louis Rams — Jimmy Clausen, Quarterback Notre Dame
St. Louis needs to start rebuilding around a franchise QB, and Clausen is probably the best one available. I know some people think Jake Locker here, but Clausen is the better of the two.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Gerald McCoy, Defensive Tackle Oklahoma
With Josh Freeman playing better every game, Tampa now needs to look to their defense. McCoy is an instant upgrade on the DL and will give them the inside presence they’ve missed since Warren Sapp.
4. Detroit Lions —Russell Okung, OT Oklahoma State
Detroit now has to keep Matt Stafford alive and healthy through an entire season, so they need someone to watch his back. Russell Okung is an immediate improvement over Jim Bacus.
Eric Berry could also go here, but Russell Okung is the better choice.
5. Kansas City Chiefs —Bryan Bulaga , OT Iowa
Kansas City has invested $66 million in Matt Cassel, so they’d better start trying to keep his butt off the turf. With Russell Okung off the board, they have to settle for the best OL to come out of Iowa in a while, which is saying something. Bulaga is a natural choice to replace Brandon Albert.
6. Washington Redskins — Sam Bradford, Quarterback, Oklahoma
This pick will depend on how Bradford’s shoulder rehabs after surgery again. If everything’s fine, he’ll declare for the draft. If not, he’ll be back in Oklahoma. If he is fit and healthy, Bradford is one of the most accurate passers out there, and will bring a lot of poise to the Washington backfield.
7. Buffalo Bills —Jake Locker, Quarterback Washington
If the Bills are able to get Jake Locker at #7, it could be somewhat of a shock. Obviously Buffalo needs to upgrade the QB position. Locker is their guy.
8. Oakland Raiders —Eric Berry, Free Safety / Strong Safety Tennessee
Eric Berry IS the best overall player in this draft, but he won’t go #1 overall because safeties aren’t drafted first. The Raiders will get an instant upgrade on defense with Berry, if the coaching staff can keep the Lord of Damned ( Al Davis to all who know and revile him ) leaping from the Pit and announcing Taylor Mays or Carlos Dunlap as their draft pick.
9. Denver Broncos — Rolondo McClain, Inside Linebacker, Alabama
Andra Davis was playing on an extremely high level at the beginning of the year, but has worn down a bit as the season has gone on. Davis will be 31 soon, so there's no telling how long he'll be effective.
Rolando McClain is one of the top players in this class. He could be a dynamic force in Denver's defense for the next decade.
10. San Francisco 49ers from Carolina — Joe Haden, Cornerback Florida
Joe Haden is easily the best cornerback in this year’s draft and probably the only one worthy of using a first round pick on. Nate Clements is moving to free safety, so San Francisco could really use a shutdown corner like Joe Haden.
11. Seattle Seahawks —Charles Brown, Offensive Tackle USC
This may seem like a stretch here, but Charles Brown is one of the top OT’s in the country and is a perfect fit for the Seahawks. Bruce Campbell from Maryland is another possibility, but with his past health issues I think many teams will shy away from him until late in round 1 or early round 2.
12. San Francisco 49ers —Trent Williams, Offensive Tackle Oklahoma
The 49ers have a huge need at right tackle and that’s where most prognosticators are saying Trent Williams is best suited. Although he’s been a little inconsistent this year, he still projected to be an excellent right tackle at the pro level. They could also trade one of these two picks for a first in 2011, or trade Nate Clements for a second- or third-round choice. Taylor Mays could also be a possibility.
13. Houston Texans —Earl Thomas, Free Safety Texas
The Texans' greatest needs are on the interior of the offensive and defensive lines, and in the secondary. The top prospect available who qualifies is Earl Thomas. Most Mocks I’ve seen have Houston taking Taylor Mays here, but he’s not great in coverage and is probably better suited to play Strong Safety or OLB at the pro level.
Thomas and Bernard Pollard would make a great duo at safety.
14. Tennessee Titans — Donovan Warren, Cornerback, Michigan
Derrick Morgan from Georgia Tech is also a possibility here as well as Donovan Warren as the Titans have a number of possible Defensive Ends coming up for Free Agency, including Kyle Vanden Bosch. Warren though is desparately needed to replace Nick Harper .
15. Pittsburgh Steelers — Taylor Mays, FS/SS USC
Troy Polamalu is injured often. When he is out, the Steelers are terrible. This shows how important one guy can be. Taylor Mays has the same mentality as Polamalu, and is bigger and hits harder. Not good for Steelers opponents next year.
16. New York Jets — Damian Williams, Wide Receiver, USC
The Jets need to have a new target for Mark Sanchez. Williams also has some upside returning punts and kick-offs.
17. Atlanta Falcons —Greg Hardy, Defensive End Ole Miss
Atlanta needs help getting to opposing QB’s. Greg Hardy is probably the top rated DE in this draft, though he’s best suited to teams using a 4-3 defense. There will be some out there who say Derrick Morgan from Georgia Tech or Brandon Graham from Michigan could be selected here and they’d be right. Everson Griffen from USC is also climbing up the boards as well. Any of these players is going to improve an anemic pas rush.
18. Miami Dolphins — Dan Williams, Nose Tackle Tennessee
Dan Williams has overtaken Terrence Cody as the best pure nose tackle in this draft. Miami needs to look to the future as Jason Ferguson turns 34 and can’t have too many good years left.
19. Baltimore Ravens — Dez Bryant, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma State
If Derrick Mason retires this year, this pick is going to be a WR and Bryant is the best one available. Joe Flacco needs someone / ANYONE to throw to now.
20. New York Giants — C.J. Spiller, Running Back Clemson
Brandon Jacobs' decline is alarming, and Ahmad Bradshaw will be a free agent following the 2010 season. Running back is definitely not a present need, but how can you pass up on such an incredible home-run threat?
21. Jacksonville Jaguars —Tim Tebow, Quarterback, Florida
Aside from Ndamukong Suh being taken number 1, this is probably the only real lock in this draft. The Jags need a player who can draw fans to the seats, and Tebow can do that. The question is, where do they play him? As a quarterback Tebow has some fundamental faults with his footwork and throwing motion, besides playing almost exclusively out of the option in college.
22. New England Patriots — Jerry Hughes, DE/OLB TCU
New Englands defense has been horrible this year, particularily in pass rush and pass coverage. Good God, they could even get in the face of Chad Henne. Jerry Hughes is having a great year for TCU and is an excellent choice at #22.
23. Green Bay Packers —Anthony Davis, Offensive Tackle, Rutgers
Green Bay needs to fix their O-line in a hurry! Aaron Rogers probably gets hit more often in a game than any other quarterback. Anthony Davis is a solid choice here. Cornerback is another area they may address here. Al Harris is turning 35 and coming off knee surgery. They could take Brandon Ghee from Wake.
24. Dallas Cowboys —Golden Tate, Wide Receiver Notre Dame
Aside from Austin Miles, no Cowboy receiver has really turned any heads this year. Golden Tate is not very big but is amazingly fast. A former running back, he’s very elusive and has some potential in returning kick-offs and punts.
25. Philadelphia Eagles — Mike Iupati, Offensive Guard, Idaho
For some unknown reason, Andy Reid likes to draft linemen in Round 1. Well I don’t foresee him deviating from that pattern here. Mike Iupati is a bulldozer at the guard position and is well suited to the Eagles O-Line.
26. Seattle Seahawks from Denver —Jahvid Best, Running Back, California
I know it doesn’t make a lot of sense to have Seattle drafting a running back when they have Justin Forsett and Julius Jones already. This may just simply be a question of not drafting for a position but taking the best player available. Derrick Morgan could go here as well.
27. Arizona Cardinals — Derrick Morgan, Defensive End Goergia Tech
There are some who will say the Cards should take TE Jermaine Gresham, but I think that his injury situation this year will make teams wait until the combine. If he shows that everything healed up and he can play at his former level, then yes draft him. Until then I have Arizona taking a good defensive end here.
28. Cincinnati Bengals — Brandon LaFell, Wide Receiver LSU
Cincinatti needs to get someone other than Chad Ochocinco ( or whatever the hell he’s calling himself these days ) for Carson Palmer to throw to. Brandon LaFell is on of the best WR available this year and is another big target for Palmer.
29. San Diego Chargers — Terrence Cody, Nose Tackle Alabama
If the Chargers can grab Terrence Cody here, they’ll take him in a heart beat. Cody has slipped a little in the draft rankings, but is still a physical monster and is suprisingly athletic for a 6’5” 360 lbs behemoth. Imagine the San Diego starting both him and 6”3” 317 lbs DE Vaughn Martin next year. Ugly for AFC opponents.
30. Minnesota Vikings — Travis Lewis, Outside Linebacker, Oklahoma
Alright, alright already. I’m now officially on the Travis Lewis to Minnesota bandwagon. Best pure OLB in the draft.
31. New Orleans Saints — Sean Weatherspoon, Outside linebacker, Missouri
New Orleans has relatively few needs at this point, except at linebacker. If Sean Weatherspoon is still available at this point the Saints will take him. Great value this late in round 1.
32. Indianapolis Colts — Toby Gerhard, Running Back Stanford
This pick might get me in some trouble, but I think he’s a great fit for the Colts. Gerhard is a punishing runner and is very quick at 240+ lbs. Can easily transition to a full-back role and has very good hands as a pass catcher. Gerhard will basically do anything for his team; special teams, learning a new position whatever.