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NFL Draft Order 2010: Suh, Clausen, and Berry Battle for Top Spot

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NFL Draft Order 2010: Suh, Clausen, and Berry Battle for Top Spot
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Now that the regular season has concluded, NFL teams that missed the playoffs and their fans may start looking forward to April's NFL Draft.

During the calm before the storm that is the NFL playoffs, now's a good time to take a look at what will happen this spring.

The NFL hasn't announced the draft order yet, but it will look something like this.

 

1. St. Louis Rams

Ndamukong Suh is probably the best player available in the draft, but the Rams could choose the strong-armed Jimmy Clausen at this spot. The question is, do the Rams have more needs on offense or defense?

Of course, teams that earn the top spot in the draft have plenty of needs, so the real question is—which need is more pressing?

 

2. Detroit Lions

If the Rams pick Clausen, it would be a no-brainer for the Lions to pick Suh, as they attempt to repair one of the worst defenses in the NFL. If the Rams take Suh, it gets tougher for the Lions, since they won't take Clausen when they already have Matthew Stafford.

In that case, the Lions may go for Oklahoma State offensive tackle Russell Okung or Tennessee safety Eric Berry.

 

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Suh will likely be gone, as will Clausen. So, again, it could come down to Okung or Berry. The Bucs may go for a quarterback like Sam Bradford, or even Clausen if he tumbles.

 

4. Washington Redskins

The 'Skins decision will be highly dependent on who replaces Jim Zorn as coach. One of the team's biggest problems last season was offense, so the expectation is that the team will choose an offensive player, but a defensive-minded hire could go in a different direction.

 

5. Kansas City Chiefs

The Chiefs could be looking at the offensive line, and, if Okung is still available, this is where he could end up. Failing that, Maryland's Bruce Campbell could be playing in Arrowhead next year.

 

6. Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks could either be looking at offensive line or quarterback. Hard to tell at this point. A lot depends on if the team thinks Matt Hasselbeck still has some fuel left in the tank.

 

7. Cleveland Browns

Most mock drafts had Berry going to the Browns, but that was before the Browns dropped to the seventh pick. If he's still around, he could still go to Cleveland. If not, look for Cleveland to address offensive needs.

 

8. Oakland Raiders

The Raiders remain a mess, but there have been signs of progress. Perhaps an offensive lineman or defensive tackle could be a good fit—as bad as quarterback JaMarcus Russell has been, it's hard to see them going with a QB here. If they go O-line, could Oklahoma's Trent Williams be the pick?

 

9. Buffalo Bills

Another team that will likely have to settle its coaching situation in order to give observers a better idea of the direction in which they'll go in April.

A quarterback might make sense, given that the Bills have a decent receiving corp and mediocre QBs at the moment.

 

10. Miami Dolphins

The Fins could go in a lot of directions here. In all likelihood, the Dolphins will either pick up an offensive player who could fit well in the Wildcat scheme or a defensive tackle who could improve the team's front seven.

 

And Now, the Rest of the Order

11. Jacksonville Jaguars

12. Denver Broncos (From Chicago Bears)

13. Tennessee Titans

14. San Francisco 49ers

15. New York Giants

16. Seattle Seahawks (From Denver)

17. San Francisco 49ers (From Carolina Panthers)

18. New York Jets

19. Pittsburgh Steelers

20. Houston Texans

21. Baltimore Ravens

22. Atlanta Falcons

23. New England Patriots

24. Arizona Cardinals

25. Cincinnati Bengals

26. Philadelphia Eagles

27. Green Bay Packers

28. Dallas Cowboys

29. Minnesota Vikings

30. San Diego Charges

31. New Orleans Saints

32. Indianapolis Colts

Bear in mind that the draft order will likely change as the playoffs progress.

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