2010 NFL Mock Draft: Where Will Jevan Snead Land?
Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead declared for the 2010 NFL Draft on Thursday, and this news could change the complexion of an already very fluid draft. This draft isn't very quarterback-heavy, so adding another QB to the mix could change the plans of several teams. Here's a mock draft that factors Snead's decision into the mix.
1. St. Louis Rams — Ndamukong Suh
The Rams might be looking at a quarterback — such as Jimmy Clausen or Sam Bradford, and of course Snead — but most experts are betting that Rams take Ndamukong Suh. That's probably what will happen...the Rams probably can't afford to pass up a talent like Suh.
2. Detroit Lions — Eric Berry
The Lions don't need a quarterback, so it's doubtful that Snead's declaration changes anything...they likely choose Berry here.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Gerald McCoy
The Bucs may invest in a defensive lineman, and Gerald McCoy could fit that bill.
4. Washington Redskins — Sam Bradford
The Redskins do have a need at the quarterback position — Jason Campbell may not be the answer — and if they pick one here, Snead could be the choice. But Sam Bradford makes more sense, despite his health issues. He was the best quarterback in college football not too long ago, and that's why the Redskins will take him.
5. Kansas City Chiefs — Joe Haden
The Chiefs are set at quarterback, thanks to Matt Cassel, so expect them to take Haden, who might be the best cornerback, if not the best defensive back, available.
6. Seattle Seahawks — Jevan Snead
The Seahawks will likely be looking for a quarterback — Matt Hasselback is aging and Senaca Wallace is nothing more than a backup — and while Jimmy Clausen has a very polished resume, Snead may be a better fit in the Seahawks' version of the West Coast offense.
7. Cleveland Browns — Dez Bryant
The Browns need to give Brady Quinn some weapons, and Bryant is probably the best receiver available, so he's an easy choice here.
8. Oakland Raiders — Carlos Dunlap
The JaMarcus Russell experiment isn't over — even though it probably should be — so the Raiders are going to look for defensive help. Dunlap's DWI charge from earlier this year won't make the Raiders flinch.
9. Buffalo Bills — Jimmy Clausen
The Bills will be looking for quarterback help, and Clausen will be the best remaining on the board.
10. Denver Broncos — Everson Griffen
Griffen could make a good partner to Elvis Dumervil on Denver's defensive line. ProDraftParty.com says he could even be a fit in a 3-4 scheme, which gives the versatility that Denver seems to want in its front seven players.
11. Jacksonville Jaguars — Tim Tebow
The team that's most likely to reach for Tim Tebow in the first round — and it would be a reach — is the Jacksonville Jaguars. The attendance-challenged Jaguars might take the hometown kid in order to draw more fans, and Tebow's toughness will play well in the Jags' locker room. His throwing motion needs work, but he's still a likely upgrade over David Garrard, when looking at it from a long-term perspective.
12. Miami Dolphins — Greg Romeus
CBS Sportsline's Rob Rang thinks that Romeus should go to the Dolphins, and that seems about right. The Fins will be looking for help on the line of scrimmage, and they could use some fresh blood in the pass rush. Romeus would fit the bill.
13. San Francisco 49ers — Taylor Mays
Niners head coach Mike Singletary comes from a defensive background, and he will likely think defensively in this draft. Mays should be the best defender still left on the board at this point.
14. Seattle Seahawks — C.J. Spiller
Julius Jones has been average at best at running back for the Seahawks, so they might be looking to add oomph to the running game. Spiller, the consensus best running back available, will be picked here.
15. New York Giants — Ricky Sapp
The Giants haven't been as strong on defense as in year's past, and getting a good edge rusher like Sapp will be important if the Giants want to get back to the playoffs in 2010.
16. San Francisco 49ers — Rolando McClain
If McClain is still available at this point, and if the Niners have already picked Taylor Mays, then adding McClain could make for a potentially nasty defense.
17. Tennessee Titans — Corey Wootton
The experts — including both Rob Rang and Chad Reuter at CBS Sportsline — think that Wootton is going to the Titans, and there is nothing suggesting anything to the contrary.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers--Russell Okung
Pittsburgh could use some offensive line help to keep Ben Roethlisberger from being killed. Russell Okung will fall a lot further now that Snead has declared for the draft — unless he's picked second over McCoy — and the Steelers could benefit.
19. Atlanta Falcons — Patrick Robinson
The Falcons need secondary help, and Robinson is on their radar. He should be available here, and he probably will be picked here.
20. Houston Texans — Trent Williams
The Texans have had pass protection issues in the past, so picking an o-line player could go a long way to solving those issues.
21. New York Jets — Golden Tate
The Jets will be looking to add a receiver for Mark Sanchez to throw to, and Golden Tate, who learned his craft in a pro-style offense, will be there for the taking.
22. Baltimore Ravens — Brandon LaFell
The Ravens could be looking to get younger in the receiving corps, and LaFell is a good choice at this slot. The CBS Sportsline guys certainly seem to think so.
23. Arizona Cardinals — Jermaine Gresham
Adding a tight end of Gresham's caliber would make the Cardinal's passing game even more dangerous than it is, so expect them to go in this direction.
24. Cincinnati Bengals — Dan Williams
Adding more muscle to the d-line could help the Bengals shut teams down in 2010, so Williams makes good sense here.
25. New England — Jared Odrick
The Patriots will be looking to beef up their pass rush, and Odrick could be the answer at this spot.
26. Green Bay Packers — Bryan Bulaga
Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers spent too much time on his back in 2009, so adding Bulaga could shore up that pass protection. Adding a defensive back may be tempting here, but the Packers will likely address that need in the second round.
27. Philadelphia Eagles — Brandon Spikes
The Eagles' blitzing defense functions best when they have fast, aggressive guys at the LB spots. Spikes fits that bill perfectly, and since most of the best linemen will be gone by now, the Eagles could take a flyer on Spikes.
28. Dallas Cowboys — Damian Williams
It wouldn't hurt the Cowboys to give Tony Romo a few more weapons to work with. Damian Williams could be a good, safe late first-round choice.
29. Minnesota Vikings — Brian Price
Just in case the Vikings lose the services of one or both of the "Williams Wall," Price is a safe choice for a team that doesn't have many needs.
30. New Orleans Saints — Navarro Bowman
It's hard to identify any needs for New Orleans, but adding Bowman at linebacker would be an easy choice.
31. San Diego Chargers — Ryan Mathews
Mathews could serve as a backup to Darren Sproles after LaDanian Tomlinson retires or moves on to another team. The Bolts will need new blood at running back, and Mathews would fit right in.
32. Indianapolis Colts — Syd'Quan Thompson
Do the Colts have any needs? If they do, those needs will be in the secondary. Thompson could slot in here.