While it is very hard to predict draft value before the combine, it is still fun and you have to start at some point. Now before anyone asks, I did not forget about Colt McCoy. I just don't think he is a first round pick.
1) Saint Louis Rams : Jimmy Clausen, QB
Passing on Suh would, in my opinion, be a huge mistake, but I think it is a mistake that they will make. If Clausen grades out at the combine as well as I think he can, it will make it very difficult to pass on the potential face of the franchise.
2) Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh, DT
Happy birthday Jim Schwartz; you just got a 300-pound franchise changing present. If Suh falls to No. 2, the Lions should be ecstatic, despite the fact their biggest weakness is on the offensive line. Suh should be a tone setter and the face of the Lion’s defense for the next decade.
3) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy, DT
While McCoy isn’t the dynamic player that Suh is, he is a productive player that could fit very nicely in the Tampa defense. Tampa improved a great deal down the stretch and, with a good draft, the Bucs could be a respectable team in 2010.
4) Washington Redskins: Russell Okung, OT
I don’t think Mike Shanahan is enamored with Sam Bradford and will bolster his offensive line with the most polished lineman in this year’s draft. Okung is as ready to play in the NFL as any player in this draft after starting for four years at Oklahoma State.
5) Kansas City Chiefs: Trent Williams, OT
There are a lot of interesting offensive tackles in this draft and the ranking will change a great deal by the time of the combine and Senior Bowl, but at this point, Williams is the most solid tackle at this position in the draft. Braden Albert had a very poor season at left tackle last season, so an upgrade at that position seems most logical. Honestly, the offensive tackle position will be the most volatile in this draft with the top five players going anywhere from two to 30.
6) Seattle Seahawks: Eric Berry, S
It is hard for me to believe Berry falls out of the top five, but the Seahawks will snap up the playmaking safety if he is available. The offensive tackle, a pass rusher, QB, and running back positions might be more pressing needs for Seattle, but Berry is the best player on the board and the Seahawks are in desperate need of playmakers wherever they can get them.
7) Cleveland Browns: Joe Haden, CB
I don’t see Mike Holmgren drafting a QB here, and I don’t believe that Dez Bryant is a good value pick at number seven, so I think they go with the best defensive player available. Haden has shut down corner ability and would be a fine addition to the Browns defense.
8) Oakland Raiders: Anthony Davis, OT
This will be the most interesting pick in the draft. Al Davis could do what he usually does and draft the fastest guy available. This pick does depend a little on what the team decides to JaMarcus Russell. Even with freak athletes Taylor Mays and Dez Bryant still on the board, I see Davis as a great upside pick. Davis’ freakish size and athleticism will be undeniable for Al Davis and the Raiders.
9) Buffalo Bills: Sam Bradford, QB
After Trent Edwards fizzled last season, the Bills are in need of a new direction and face of the franchise. The Heisman Trophy winner could add a little bit of sizzle to a team that is in need of some buzz.
10) Jacksonville Jaguars: Tim Tebow, QB
While I don’t like this pick or think Tim Tebow is a top 10 pick, I am fairly sure that this one will happen. This is a pick to sell tickets for a franchise that is really struggling financially.
11) Denver Broncos: Dez Bryant, WR
Bryant is the by far the best receiver in this draft and, with the likely of departure of Brandon Marshall , this pick makes a lot of sense. Bryant is big and physical and has the ability to gain yards after the catch, which will be a necessity with noodle-armed QB Kyle Orton at the helm of the Denver offense.
12) Miami Dolphins: Rolando McClain, ILB
Dez Bryant could make sense here as well, but Bill Parcells loves linebackers, and McClain is the best available in this draft. McClain has played well in big games and was the on-field leader of Alabama’s national championship defense.
13) San Francisco 49ers: CJ Spiller, RB
Not a needed pick by any means, but Spiller is an explosive playmaker that could turn a young 49ers offense into an explosive unit. Spiller is also a dynamic kick returner and is a threat every time he touches the ball.
14) Seattle Seahawks: Brian Bulaga, OT
Seattle gets their left tackle of the future in Bulaga from a program in Iowa known for producing solid offensive linemen. Bulaga is rising up many draft boards and would be a great value pick at this point in the draft.
15) New York Giants: Brian Price, DT
Price is a solid defensive tackle prospect that had a very good junior season and could be a very successful interior pass rusher. Jerry Reese has had a lot of recent draft success, and Price could be another hidden gem.
16) San Francisco 49ers: Bruce Campbell, OT
This bruising and physical player is a great fit and a great value for the 49ers. San Francisco had a bit of trouble at right tackle last year, and the high upside is that Campbell could give them depth and solid line play.
17) Tennessee Titans: Derrick Morgan, DE
In my opinion, Morgan is a top 10 player, and only falls due to the depth of the draft and more pressing needs of the teams drafting earlier. Morgan is a very good pass rusher and could be the steal of the draft if he falls out of the top 10.
18) Pittsburgh Steelers: Earl Thomas, S
Thomas would be a good compliment to Troy Polamalu in the defensive backfield and would learn a great deal from Steelers’ defensive coordinator Dick Labeau, who was a great safety in his own right.
19) Atlanta Falcons: Donavan Warren, CB
Atlanta needs help in the secondary, and Warren is the best available cover guy at this point in the draft. Warren has good size and strength, and played very well in his junior season.
20) Houston Texans: Taylor Mays, S
Mays is an athletic freak that seems to have a knack for making big plays. At 230 pounds and running a 4.3 second 40-yard dash, Mays is a unique safety prospect and would be a great addition for a young Texans defense.
21) Cincinnati Bengals: Damian Williams, WR
The Bengals are in desperate need of a playmaker across from Chad Ochocinco. Williams has been overlooked by many in this draft, but is a very good prospect that could end up being one of the better picks in the draft.
22) New England Patriots: Brandon Spikes, LB
Spikes just feels like a Patriot to me, and he would be a great piece in a revamped defense that has a lot more young talent than people know.
23) Green Bay Packers: Charles Brown, OT
Protecting Aaron Rodgers is job one for the Green Bay Packers this offseason. A lot of experts are high on Brown, who is a converted tight end and is very athletic.
24) Philadelphia Eagles: Carlos Dunlap, DE
The Eagles would like one of the big safeties to fall to them, but they will get good value from the troubled Carlos Dunlap. Dunlap is a very talented pass rusher that needs to mature as a person, but his personal problems have him falling to a good team with veteran leadership.
25) Baltimore Ravens: Arrelious Benn, WR
With Derrick Mason’s future in question, Joe Flacco needs some weapons that he can grow with. Benn is a big, physical receiver who played with a very inconsistent QB in college and could have a high upside in the right system.
26) Arizona Cardinals: Jermaine Gresham, TE
The Cardinals could go a lot of ways with this pick, but Gresham is an elite talent and the Cardinals haven’t had much to talk about at the tight end position in recent memory.
27) Dallas Cowboys: Golden Tate, WR
I thought all year that Dallas lacked an elite slot receiver. Tate could add a new wrinkle to the Cowboys' offense and could put up numbers similar to Percy Harvin if he can get on the same page as the rest of the team.
28) San Diego Chargers: Jonathan Dwyer, RB
LaDainian Tomlinson is probably done as a feature back in the NFL, and Dwyer could prove to be a great compliment to the smaller, quicker Darren Sproles.
29) New York Jets: Terrance Cody, NT
We can think of Cody as "Kris Jenkins insurance" with his ability to anchor Rex Ryan’s 3-4 defense after Jenkins retires.
30) Minnesota Vikings: Everson Griffen, DE
In a "rich get richer" scenario, the Vikings could add even more pass rush ability and youth to their stellar defensive line.
31) New Orleans Saints: Sean Weatherspoon, OLB
A solid defensive player, Weatherspoon could fit very nicely alongside Jonathan Vilma in an improving New Orleans defense.
32) Indianapolis Colts: Nate Allen, FS
With Antoine Bethea a free agent and Bob Sanders’ constant injuries, Allen will provide the Colts with a complete player at safety who can play well against both the run and the pass.
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