While it's insane to think its possible to predict an entire NFL draft, it might be within the realm of possibility to figure out the first five picks.
Below is the best estimation of the first five picks of the 2010 NFL draft based upon scouting reports, team needs, coaches' philosophical styles and gut instinct. Enjoy and feel free to rip me a new one in the comments section.
St. Louis Rams: Ndamukong Suh
While the more traditional route would have the Rams taking a QB, no QB in this draft makes passing on Suh a realistic possibility.
Suh lives in opponent’s backfields in run or pass plays, as his combination of strength, acceleration, lateral quickness, high motor and violent hands make him virtually unblockable. Suh is the type of player that will not only have impressive stats but will also positively impact that the stats of his teammates.
Chris Long’s sack numbers would increase with the attention Suh demands while at the same time freeing James Laurinaitis in the run game. With Suh on the defensive line and last year's second overall pick, left tackle Jason Smith, in the fold the Rams will have their line of scrimmage effectively anchored for a decade on both sides of the ball.
Quarterback will continue to be a massive problem and Suh won't solve that, but the Rams are so horribly lacking in talent that they may not even be ready for developing a young QB.
The last thing the Rams need is a Alex Smith, David Carr, Tim Couch or JaMarcus Russell type situation, and Suh appears to be a new age Reggie White. The Rams should take solace in what the Texans did when they took Mario Williams number one overall and traded for Matt Schaub later.
Detroit Lions: Eric Berry
It’s rare for a defensive tackle to be taken first overall, it would be a history making precedent for the Lions to take a safety with the second overall pick.
And yet that is exactly how special Tennessee Junior Safety Eric Berry is.
Berry is not just a player, he is a culture changer, as his mere presence can change the outlook and morale a team has entering a game. Yes, they already have one of the league's premier young safeties in last year's second round pick Louis Delmas, but that shouldn't prevent Berry from being the pick.
Delmas and Berry have a chance to be the league's most talented safety duo since LaRon Landry and the late great Sean Taylor laced em' up together briefly for the Redskins.
It's like Berry was created in a science lab. Ed Reed’s ball-hawking, the tackling of Troy Polamalu, Ray Lewis’s leadership and infectious love of the game combined with the ability to lock down the slot as a nickel cornerback in man to man situations and an innate ability to time the blitz when rushing the quarterback.
A Lions defense featuring Berry, Delmas, Ernie Simms, DeAndre Levy and Cliff Avril would be one of the most athletically explosive, versatile and entertaining defenses in the NFL.
Tampa Bay Bucs: Gerald McCoy
When the Bucs traded Gaines Adams to the Bears for a 2nd round pick in the 2010 draft they may have gotten a great deal but they also lost their only worthwhile, young defensive lineman.
With Josh Freeman established as the franchise cornerstone, it is now time for the Bucs to focus on rebuilding their defense. Oklahoma fourth year junior defensive tackle Gerald McCoy has the most explosive first step of any defensive tackle to enter the NFL since the Bears' Tommie Harris.
McCoy can shoot a gap and reach a QB before he even reaches the end of his three-step drop. Head Coach Raheem Morris may not run a pure cover-2 defense, but his defensive philosophy is not far off. Morris asks his defensive lineman to penetrate instead of plug, which is the perfect role for McCoy. McCoy is talented enough that he may in fact be able to fill the massive shoes Warren Sapp left vacant when he left for the black hole.
Washington Redskins: Sam Bradford
It will be interesting to see Bradford’s reaction, a member of the Cherokee nation, when a team with a horribly offensive and racist name drafts him.
Bradford has the accuracy, arm, foot speed, athleticism and moxie that new Head Coach Mike Shanahan looks for in a QB. Bradford is coming off shoulder surgery to his throwing arm though and is not guaranteed to be ready for training camp, let alone rookie camp.
Combine Bradford's inexperience running a pro-style offense, with the Sooners he ran an offense almost exclusively out of the Shotgun, with his injury history, it is obvious Bradford should not play as a rookie.
That should not be a worry though for Shanny, who can always force current Redskins QB Jason Campbell to stay another year. The Redskins will have Bradford learn from the bench for a year while fully healing his shoulder and then Shanny will have him in the Pro Bowl in no time.
Kansas City Chiefs: Rolando McClain
Chiefs' General Manager Scott Pioli made it evidently clear during last years draft when he reached for LSU’s Lawrence Jackson, that he doesn’t care what outsiders think about his rebuilding the Chiefs.
Hence Rolando McClain, a pick many would consider a massive reach but something that is right up Pioli’s alley.
McClain would instantly become the Chiefs' leader both emotionally and intellectually while also being an every down player for the Chiefs' defense. McClain is almost like the Peyton Manning of defense, constantly gesturing, adjusting and intimidating.
With McClain you're not just getting a player, your getting an extra defensive assistant coach. Though McClain lacks elite speed, he can go sideline to sideline and also possesses the strength and hip explosion to shed blockers at the point of attack. McClain may be a slight reach, but he shouldn’t disappoint Chiefs fans the way Jackson has.
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