Well Mr. Locker has certainly got all the mock drafter's scrambling around trying to adjust their 2010 mock drafts to suddenly account for his absence. It is certainly refreshing to see a young man determined to honor his commitment to his university and to completing his education, despite the monetary gains to do otherwise. I for one thought Jake Locker was going to declare for the draft and forego his senior year at Washington, especially with the potential of a rookie salary cap coming into play after the 2010 season.
Of course this now strengthens his position as the 1st overall pick in 2011. His descision to return to school also has a positive effect on some of the draft eligible quarterbacks for 2010. In particular, Colt McCoy who will benefit and move up to the first round in the draft, whereas before I had him going in the second round. I haven't included Ryan Mallett in my calculations as yet, mainly because I think he'll return to Arkansas next year. If he came out this year, my thinking is at best he's a round 2 selection. He'll probably wait till next year to try and get to round 1.
Anyway, here are my adjusted round 1 choices along with my projected round 2 selections. There were a couple of errors that missed a previous edit. In the second round I now have the Jets selecting Jared Odrick form Penn State.
2010 NFL Mock Draft Round One
1. 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. Ndamukong Suh is also a possibility, but the Rams need a quarterback more. There is also the possibilty of the Rams entertaining trade offers for the number 1 pick, particularily with Oakland as they desperately need a new quarterback.
2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Ndamukong Suh, Defensive Tackle Nebraska
With Josh Freeman playing better every game, Tampa now needs to look to their defense. Suh is an instant upgrade on the defensive line and will give them the inside presence they’ve missed since Warren Sapp. Even if Tampa ends up with the number 1 draft choice, I still see them now drafting Suh.
Since Cleveland went and screwed up my thinking by playing just well enough to drop out of contention for Ndamukong Suh, they'll actually get what could be the best player in this draft in Eric Berry.
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 offensive lineman 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 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 — Gerald McCoy, Defensive Tackle Oklahoma
I originally had the Bills drafting Jake Locker here, but as he’s decided to return to Washington for his senior year, the Bills will choose an impact player for their defense. McCoy will bring back some of the nastiness missing from the Bills defense next year.
8. Oakland Raiders —Colt McCoy, Quarterback Texas
After watching the Oakland Raiders basically implode as soon as JaMarcus Russell took over as quarterback on Sunday, Al Davis needs to get a quarterback the team can respect. The Raiders players have no respect for Russell. He’s useless as football player and one of the biggest busts as a number one draft choice in recent history.
Unless something happens to turn this young man’s attitude of “it’s everyone’s fault but mine”, he’ll never play again. It’s one thing to be a whiner and back it up with your performance on the field, it’s quite another when you have no grasp of how the game should be played and how to conduct yourself with your teammates and the media.
The biggest favor Al Davis can do him is to ship him out to a team with a veteran QB who can teach Russell how to be a quarterback. I have never been sold on Colt McCoy's arm strength and the system he's used to in college, doesn't translate well in the pro's. That being said, Colt is a smart young man and while he doesn’t have the physical gifts of JaMarcus Russell, he is going to be an improvement.
9. Denver Broncos — Rolondo McClain, Inside Linebacker, Alabama
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.
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 offensive tackles 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 one or early round two.
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 outside linebacker 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 and 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 pass 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 No. 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 No. 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 Forest.
24. Dallas Cowboys —Golden Tate, Wide Receiver Notre Dame
Aside from Miles Austin, 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 one. 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 but,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 Georgia Tech
There are some who will say the Cards should take tight end 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
Cincinnati 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’s 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 one.
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 and 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, including special teams or learning a new position whatever.
33. Cleveland Browns – Jonathan Dwyer, Running Back Georgia Tech
34. St. Louis Rams- Everson Griffen, Defensive End USC
35. Tampa Bay- Arrelious Benn, Wide Receiver Illinois
36. Detroit Lions- Brandon Ghee, Cornerback Wake Forest
37. Kansas City Chiefs- Allen Bailey, Defensive Lineman, Miami
38. Washington Redskins- Jason Fox, Offensive Tackle, Miami
39. Oakland Raiders- Greg Romeus, Defensive End Pittsburgh
40. Buffalo Bills- Jevan Snead, Quarterback, Ole Miss
41. Carolina Panthers- Tony Pike, Quarterback, Cincinnati
42. Seattle Seahawks- Patrick Robinson, Cornerback Florida State
43. San Francisco 49ers- Von Miller, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, Texas A&M
44. Houston Texans- Mike Johnson, Guard Alabama
45. New England Patriots from Tennessee- Eric Decker, Wide Receiver Minnesota
46. Tampa Bay Buccaneers from Chicago- Jerermy Beal, Defensive End Oklahoma
47. New York Jets- Jared Odrick, Defensive Tackle Penn State
48. Kansas City Chiefs from Atlanta- Sergio Kindle, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, Texas
49. Miami Dolphins- Marshawn Gilyard, Wide Receiver Cincinnati
50. Baltimore Ravens- Jermaine Gresham, Tight End Oklahoma
51. Pittsburgh Steelers- Brandon Spikes, Inside Linebacker Florida
52. New York Giants- Brian Price, Defensive Tackle UCLA
53. New England Patriots- Mike Neal, Defensive Lineman, Purue
54. New England Patriots from Jacksonville- Trevard Lindley, Cornerback Kentucky
55. Dallas Cowboys- Bruce Campbell, Offensive Tackle Maryland
57. Denver Broncos- Ras I Dowling, Free Safety/Cornerback Virginia
58. Arizona Cardinals- Cameron Heyward, Defensive End / Tackle Ohio State
59. Philadelphia Eagles- Anthony Dixon, Running Back Mississippi State
60. Cincinnati Bengals- Javier Arenas, Cornerback/Kick Returner, Alabama
61. San Diego Chargers- Darrell Stuckey, Safety Kansas
62. Minnesota Vikings- Nate Allen, Safety South Florida
63. New Orleans Saints- Vince Oghobaase, Defensive Tackle Duke
64. Indianapolis Colts- Carlos Dunlap, Defensive End Florida