2010 NFL Mock Draft: First Round

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2010 NFL Mock Draft: First Round
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ROUND 1  

*Denotes underclassmen 


1. St. Louis: Jimmy Clausen*, QB, Notre Dame  

Usually, when new coaches step in, they draft their own QB.

Clausen would be Coach Spagnuolo's quarterback.

He played in a pro-style offense and was coached by Charlie Weis.

Oh, Marc Bulger you say?

Only once has he completed an entire season without injury in his seven years as starter.

 


 2. Cleveland Browns: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska 

I had a tough time deciding which was worse: the Browns' offense or their defense.

Ndamukong Suh is a defensive tackle who can change the game.

Look what he did against Texas: 4.5 sacks!

He could anchor a defensive line for a long time.

 


3. Tampa Bay: Gerald McCoy*, DT, Oklahoma  

After the departure of Monte Kiffin, the Bucs threw away the 4-3 and started to run the 3-4 defense.

For that, you need a nose tackle, and McCoy could be a great one.

He has great size (6'4", 305 lbs.) and has a good motor.

 


4. Detroit: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State  

Like I said last year, Jeff Backus is the worst left tackle in the game.

So bring on Russell Okung, who is 6'5" and weighs 303 pounds.

He'll have to adjust to the NFL level, as most of the snaps at Oklahoma State were out of the shotgun.

This would move Backus to right tackle and 2008 draft pick Gosder Cherilus to guard.

 


5. Kansas City: Dez Bryant*, WR, Oklahoma State  

Yes, I believe this is a reach, but the Chiefs are in dire need of a second receiver, and there is none better in this class than Dez Bryant.

He may have some character issues (violated NCAA rules), but he has speed and can catch the football.

He reminds me of Eagles draft pick Jeremy Maclin.

 


6. Washington: Jake Locker*, QB, Washington  

Scouts have been raving about Jake Locker since he stepped foot on the Seattle campus.

He has a rocket arm and has great mobility. His accuracy has improved each year (missed most of sophomore year), as did his pass efficiency.

However, I do not believe he will enter the 2010 draft.

Jason Campbell is a free agent at the end of this year, and Redskins' fans will be scratching their heads if he is re-signed.

 


7. Buffalo: Derrick Morgan*, DE, Georgia Tech  

Another great pass rusher has come out of Georgia Tech.

Derrick Morgan has NFL size (6'4", 270 lbs.) and should be very effective in the NFL.

He has good speed and a great motor.

The only problem I see is consistency, as eight of his 12 sacks came in only three games during his junior year.

 


8. Oakland: Bryan Buluga*, OT, Iowa  

Buluga is a very athletic tackle who has started all three years while at Iowa.

Scouts say that Buluga is the best lineman to come out of Iowa since Robert Gallery, who was drafted second overall by the Raiders in the 2004 NFL Draft.

He is not a slam dunk to enter the 2010 draft, but he could be a high pick if he does.

 


9. Tennessee: Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama  

For those of you who say defensive tackles aren't important must not have seen the Titans' defense.

Since the loss of Albert Haynesworth, Tennessee has given up 12 points a game more this year than in 2008.

Terrence Cody takes up lots of space and plays well on special teams blocking kicks.

 


10. San Francisco: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee  

At 6'0", 195 lbs., Eric Berry is a freakish athlete.

He is projected to run faster than 4.4.

Oh yeah, he was SEC Freshman Defensive Player of the Year at Tennessee, and he was an All-American as a sophomore.

He's so good; people compare him to Ed Reed.

 


11. Houston: Joe Haden*, CB, Florida  

The Texans will desperately need a corner, once Dunta Robinson bolts for free agency.

Haden is the best in a very weak class of defensive backs.

He is a ball hawk and an above-average tackler.

The size isn't the best at 5'11", but there are great defenders who are that height.

 


12. Seattle: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma  

Trent Williams was the lone holdover of a stellar Oklahoma offensive line in 2008.

He had the spotlight all to himself in 2009, protecting the blind side of Sam Bradford and Landry Jones.

Scouts say he is very athletic and has good lateral movement.

Walter Jones may retire, so Seattle needs to draft a tackle badly.

 


13. Denver: Ryan Mallett*, QB, Arkansas  

Why? Why does Denver draft a quarterback? Didn't they just trade for one?

Ryan Mallett won't be taking over the starting reigns right away, but could in two or three years of learning.

He has excellent arm strength, but his accuracy needs a lot of work.

He has tons of upside and is compared to Baltimore's Joe Flacco.

 


14. San Francisco: Jerry Hughes, DE/OLB, TCU  

The reigning Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year and Hendricks Award winner is a solid pick for a team that runs a 3-4 defense.

As a senior, Hughes posted 11.5 sacks, which helped TCU finish the regular season undefeated.

He could play rush linebacker or end, which would move Kentwan Balmer to nose.

 


15. Pittsburgh: Taylor Mays, S, USC  

If Eric Berry isn't the best safety in this class, Taylor Mays most certainly is.

He's a safety, but he's the size of a linebacker and he hits like a linebacker.

A four-year starter at USC, Mays has surprisingly great speed for a player who's 6'4", 225 pounds.

He may fall because his cover skills are mediocre.

 


16. NY Jets: Everson Griffen*, DE, USC  

Griffen is only a junior, but his stock can't get much higher.

At 6'3", 280 pounds, he has the size to be an effective end in the 3-4 system the Jets run.

He would be a big improvement over current starter Marques Douglas.

He has a good pedigree, coming from USC, which keeps on producing defensive linemen.

 


17. Atlanta: Sergio Kindle, DE/OLB, Texas  

Kindle is similar to Bryan Orakpo in that he can play both end and outside linebacker.

He is physically gifted and is a hard worker.

However, he only had 3.5 sacks as a senior.

Along with Mike Peterson and Curtis Lofton, the Falcons would have a solid linebacker core.

 


18. Miami: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee  

Strong, athletic, and disruptive.

Those are three words scouts say about the 6'3", 327-pound senior.

Starting defensive tackle Jason Ferguson is 34 years old, so his time in the NFL is almost up.

He would fit very nicely in the Dolphins' 3-4 scheme.

 


19. Baltimore: Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State  


I heard on "Monday Night Countdown" the other day how Baltimore's defense wasn't like the old days.

They mentioned the weak secondary that was eventually shredded by Green Bay.

Robinson is one of the better corners in a not-so-deep draft class for DBs.

Robinson is the top-rated senior corner on most boards.

 


20. NY Giants: Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama  


As a Giants fan, I know what this team needs

Antonio Pierce, in my opinion, is lazy and a cancer to the team.

Enter Rolando McClain, a fast and strong middle linebacker who faced mobile QBs like Tim Tebow and Jevan Snead.

He is great at stopping the run and is a tackling machine.

 


21. New England: Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan  

Brandon Graham is one of the hardest working players I have ever seen in college football.

Despite the rough two years at Michigan and being undersized, Graham's motor didn't stop.

He got in the backfield, deflected passes, and even blocked a couple of punts.

He's a perfect rush linebacker for New England.

 


22. Jacksonville: Tim Tebow, QB, Jacksonville  

One of the more interesting draft stories out there is Tim Tebow. Where will he play?

I think he will eventually become a tight end/H-back, but I think Coach Del Rio may give him a try at quarterback.

He could bring excitement back to Jaguars football and has the potential to save the franchise.

One thing is for sure, he's a tough competitor and a winner.

 


23. Arizona: Jermane Gresham, TE, Oklahoma  

An effective tight end is something the Cardinals have lacked for years, and Gresham fits the bill.

A finalist in 2008 for the Mackey Award, he was a favorite target of Sam Bradford.

He has sure hands, but there is concern of him coming off of knee surgery.

 


24. Philadelphia: Greg Hardy, DE, Ole Miss  

The Eagles need to get younger on defense, and Greg Hardy is an effective pass rusher NFL teams crave.

He would line up opposite Trent Cole to form an excellent duo in getting to the quarterback.

A four-year starter at Ole Miss, Hardy is seasoned and experienced.

 


25. Dallas: Bruce Campbell*, OT, Maryland  

Only a starter for a year-and-a-half, Campbell has the size for a prototypical tackle.

He is a great run blocker, but needs to increase his strength.

He might go higher, but health issues may scare teams away.

Current right tackle Leonard Davis is getting up there in age, and left tackle Flozell Adams keeps getting in trouble.

 


26. Seattle: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson  


Although Justin Forsett has shown flashes of promise; the Seahawks lack an every down back.

C.J. Spiller is lightning quick and very elusive.

He can line up in the slot as a receiver, and returns kicks and punts.

This may mean the end of the Julius Jones era in Seattle.

 


27. Green Bay: Charles Brown, OT, USC  

One of the reasons why the Packers have lost games lately is because they haven't been able to protect Aaron Rodgers.

Charles Brown helped freshman QB Matt Barkley at USC, so there's no doubt in my mind he can play at the next level.

He is a converted tight end and is very athletic for his size (6'6", 296 lbs.).

 


28. Cincinnati: Damian Williams*, WR, USC  

Outside of Chad Ochocinco, the Bengals lack a No. 2 receiver.

Damian Williams is a polished route runner who played in a pro-style offense.

He didn't put up eye-popping numbers during his junior year, but he was playing with a freshman quarterback. He has decent size at 6'1".

 


29. San Diego: Toby Gerhart*, RB, Stanford

Most likely, the Chargers won't be bringing back LaDanian Tomlinson, so they need a bruising back to complement Darren Sproles.

I think Toby Gerhart has the potential to be an every-down back in the NFL.

As my pick for Heisman, he fights for every yard and is a beast in the red zone.

 


30. Minnesota: Trevard Lindley, CB, Kentucky  

Lindley decided to come back for his senior season, but missed four games due to a high ankle sprain.

He has great technique for a corner and has been clocked as fast as 4.4 in the 40-yard dash.

Minnesota needs depth in the secondary as well.

 


31. New Orleans: Navorro Bowman, OLB, Penn State  

Navorro Bowman is rated by many as the best LB for a 4-3 system.

Oddly enough, the Saints run a 4-3 defense.

As a Big Ten fan, I've seen plenty of Bowman in his career, and he is a great tackler.

He has the speed and skills to cover tight ends, which is a huge plus.

 


32. Indianapolis: Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri  

Sean Weatherspoon returned for his senior year in Columbia... good choice.

He improved his draft status by leading Missouri in tackles for the third straight year.

He had three interceptions as a junior, so he has an eye for the football.

He has decent size but is faster than most linebackers.

 

Written by Zach Myles

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