2010 NFL Mock Draft: Round 1

Ty HodgesContributor IJanuary 7, 2010

DENVER - OCTOBER 04:  Quarterback Kyle Orton #8 huddles the Denver Broncos against the Dallas Cowboys as the FOX television cable camera documents the scene during NFL action at Invesco Field at Mile High on October 4, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. The Broncos defeated the Cowboys 17-10.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The 2010 NFL Draft is still a while away, but it's never too early to speculate!



1: St Louis Rams- Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska.  While it is true that St. Louis needs a quarterback badly, I think that Suh is too good of a player to pass up and is a presence that will instantly improve a teams defense. 

2: Detroit Lions- Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State.  The Lions didn't do much last year to strengthen their offensive line, and Okung is a big man who can provide big help to an offense that struggles with moving the ball.

3: Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma.  Tampa Bay has one of the worst defenses in the NFL.  Gerald McCoy is second only to Suh in this draft and, while not as imposing as Suh, can still make himself heard on the field.

4: Washington Redskins- Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma.  Despite having injury concerns, Bradford is still one of the best QB's in the draft.  Washington has seen that Jason Campbell isn't consistent enough to be the QB of the future, and Shanahan could mold Bradford into a champion.

5: Kansas City Chiefs- Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland.  Kansas City has heavily invested in Matt Cassel and now they need to protect him.  Kansas City has allowed some of the most sacks in the league and Campbell could really help solidifying their O-line.

6: Seattle Seahawks- Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers.  Seattle is very bad running the ball and an offensive line would be a good start to recovering.  Since Shaun Alexander, they haven't had a prolific rusher. 

7: Cleveland Browns- Eric Berry, S, Tennessee.  The Browns are in the same boat as the Bucs in having a poor defense.  Their offense has picked up as of late and could be on their way to being decent on that front, but their D really needs work.

8: Oakland Raiders- Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma.  The Raiders are in flux on who their QB will be going forward.  The only thing that isn't a question is that they need to protect whoever that QB might be.

9: Buffalo Bills- Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame.  Buffalo is atrocious while passing the ball.  Starter Ryan Fitzpartrick only threw 9 touchdowns all season and any time that T.O. only has 5 TD catches in a season, you know there are problems.

10: Denver Broncos (From Chicago)- Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama.  Denver is a better team starting 6-0, but they continue to fall off.  Orton is good enough to build around, at least for now, but their defense still needs work.  McClain is the best linebacker in the draft and should go to work immediately.

11: Jacksonville Jaguars- Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State.  Some people think Tebow will be Jacksonville's pick at this spot, but I think that he is a second rounder.  Dez Bryant is a very good WR and the Jaguars need some potency on offense.

12: Miami Dolphins- Terrance Cody, DT, Alabama.  Terrance Cody isn't the best athlete in this draft but his shear size and magnitude make him an amazing run stopper.

13: San Fransisco 49ers- Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa.  The 49ers also need an offensive lineman to help give Frank Gore a running lane.  Bulaga is a great run blocker and is proven to be effective.

14: Seattle Seahawks (From Denver)-  Colt McCoy, QB, Texas.  Seattle needs a replacement for Hasslebeck since he is getting up there in age and McCoy is a gem at the QB position.

15: New York Giants- Bruce Carter, OLB, North Carolina.  New York has some holes in their defense, especially stopping the run.  Carter is a fast linebacker and could fill some holes on the corner.

16: Tennessee Titans- Brandon Spikes, ILB, Florida.  Tennessee is in the same boat as Houston, they have a lot of potential but have some holes.  Brandon Spikes is an absolute beast and will provide some balance on the defensive side.

17: San Fransisco 49ers (From Carolina)- Joe Haden, CB, Florida.  The 49ers have two first round picks and Haden is too good of a talent to overlook.  Haden coming out early will pay dividends to the 49ers.

18: Pittsburgh Steelers- Taylor Mays, S, USC.  With Troy Polamalu being injury prone as of late, the Steelers need a backup plan.  Mays is no Polamalu yet, but he is a solid backup and in time could work opposite of Polamalu.

19: Atlanta Falcons- Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State.  The Falcons have some problems in the secondary and Robinson is one of the best CB's in this years class.

20: Houston Texans- Earl Thomas, S, Texas.  Houston is on the verge of being a very good team, but they still need some secondary help.  Earl Thomas is a great lock down safety.

21: New York Jets- Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech.  This is a great steal in the 16th pick.  Morgan is a terrific pass rusher and can run stop as well.  The Jets need some help pressuring the opposing QB's and Morgan can definitely do that.

22: Baltimore Ravens- Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas.  Ray Lewis is getting up there in age and now is a good time to start prepping the next batch of line backers to take his spot. 

23: Arizona Cardinals- Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma.  Gresham is a true specimen at the TE spot.  He is a great receiving tight end, though his blocking could use some work.  In a throw first offense, expect Jermaine to be an instant weapon.

24: Cincinnati Bengals- Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame.  With the tragic loss of Chris Henry, the Bengals need a playmaker to accompany Chad Ochocinco.  Golden Tate is small, but fast.  He could be a great replacement for Henry.

25: New England Patriots- C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson.  It's a wonder that Spiller fell this far in my draft but no one really needs a running game as a top priority.  He is a very versatile player and the Patriots could use some mobility in the backfield.

26: Green Bay Packers- Javier Arenas, CB, Alabama.  This is my surprise pick in this mock draft.  The Packers have an aging secondary and Javier Arenas is a sleeper at the CB position.  He is very athletic and has good speed.

27: Philadelphia Eagles- Navorro Bowman, OLB, Penn State.  The Eagles need some help at linebacker and Bowman is one of the best athletes in this years class.  He is also a good run stopper, which the Eagles have struggled against as of late.

28: Dallas Cowboys- Ricky Sapp, DE, Clemson.  Dallas has a lot of talent on both sides of the ball.  Their pass rush is good but could still use some work.  Sapp is fast off the edges and could be a solid player down the road.

29: Indianapolis Colts- Arthur Jones, DT, Syracuse.  The Colts are about as solid as can be.  They could use some help on the defensive line and Jones could be a solid starter in the next couple of years.

30: New Orleans Saints- Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida.  The Saints will fall flat in the NFC Championship and their defense will be to blame.  It's no secret how good their offense is, but their D gives up too many points.  Pierre-Paul is a good pass rusher and could help them out.

31: San Diego Chargers- Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida.  The Chargers could use some help stopping the run and Dunlap is a good run stopper.  His size and speed make him good off the edge too.

32: Minnesota Vikings- Dan LeFevour, QB, Central Michigan.  This is another surprise pick.  Dan LeFevour is simply a winner.  He has set numerous NCAA records and has an amazing arm.  The Vikings will need a replacement for Favre and someone to compete with Jackson for the starting role.

Well there it is.  These are my picks for the draft.  Leave your thoughts, suggestions and opinions.  Thank you for reading!