2010 NFL Mock Draft Picks 1-16
My first mock draft of the 2010 "draft season:" The first 16 picks are projected. This draft is considered an average to below average draft.
I, however, believe this draft could be a sleeper draft with a lot of talent. These are all projections, and I will also do another mock draft in a month of two.
Each slide will have a little info and analysis on each prospect.
1. St. Louis Rams-Ndamukong Suh-DT-Nebraska
As bad as the Rams need a quarterback, they need to get talent more than anything. Suh is in the elite group in this draft (along with Eric Berry, Russell Okung, and Dez Bryant).
The comparisons to Vikings DT Kevin Williams might be a little early, but the talent's there.
He not only put himself into the Heisman finalists with one of the greatest games you'll ever see by a defensive player in the Big 12 Championship game vs. Texas this year, but he also knocked out Colt McCoy's front-running Heisman hopes as well.
A defense of Suh, James Laurinaitis (120 tackles as a rookie in '09), Chris Long, and O.J. Atogwe is a nice young core of playmakers.
They can try to get a QB in the second round or wait for Jake Locker and Ryan Mallet next year.
2. Detroit Lions-Eric Berry-S-Tennessee
It seems like each draft has one stud safety, and this year it's Eric Berry. The Lions offense improved a lot this year, and now its time to focus on that defense.
Ernie Sims needs some support, and Eric Berry has the ability to be a Pro Bowler for the next decade.
I don't think he's got Ed Reed ability, but I can see Berry being right below the tier one safeties (Reed, Troy Polamalu, and Adrian Wilson) with guys like Chris Hope, Bob Sanders, and Michael Griffin.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers-Gerald McCoy-DT-Oklahoma
Much has been made of the fact that Tampa's D-line hasn't been the same since Warren Sapp, Simeon Rice, and Anthony McFarland left.
McCoy most years would be the first defensive tackle off the board, but with Suh, the standout player in the draft, that will not be the case.
McCoy will be a perennial Pro-Bowler since his explosiveness and strength are a great combination.
4. Washington Redskins-Dez Bryant-WR-Oklahoma State
A lot of people do not have faith in Jason Campbell, which you shouldn't with that group of receivers he has. None of them are a No. 1.
Santana Moss is a decent No. 2 trying to be a No. 1, and Randle El would make an OK slot guy, but I think Dez Bryant matched with Devin Thomas would make a nice pair of receivers for the future.
You add a healthy Chris Cooley and maybe a change of pace running back or a (future?) replacement of Clinton Portis in the second round, and you've turned things around nicely.
Bryant reminds me a lot of Brandon Marshall without the attitude. Bryant's teammate Russell Okung is also a possibility here.
5. Kansas City Chiefs-Russell Okung-OT-Oklahoma State
Matt Cassel isn't going to be a stud, but he'll be a good middle of the pack QB. I believe Jamaal Charles, however, is going to have a breakout season next year.
He began to tear it up at the end of the year for them, finishing up with games of 143-154-102 and 259, which adds up to 1,140 yards.
Russell Okung is the premier tackle in the draft and should help rebuild a once great offensive line.
6. Seattles Seahawks-Jimmy Clausen-QB-Notre Dame
Clausen will either be an exceptional quarterback or a complete bust, and nothing in between. I've watched a lot of Clausen highlight videos lately, and he makes some great throws.
Since he played in a pro-style offense, I think he'll be successful. Had he chosen USC, I think he would've been a lock for No. 1 pick in either this year's or last year's drafts.
Matt Hasselbeck is done, and it's time for a change, no questions asked.
7. Cleveland Browns-Joe Haden-CB-Florida
Eric Wright looks like a nice young player. If Mike Holmgren pairs Wright with Florida standout Joe Haden, you have done something similar to what Cincinnati did with Leon Hall and Johnathan Joseph: Put two young potential stars together for years and hope they grow as a pair.
Haden is a game changer with decent size and great intangibles.
8. Oakland Raiders-Anthony Davis-OT-Rutgers
Shocking! I know this probably won't be Al Davis's pick because he hasn't picked an offensive linemen since Robert Gallery was a giant bust.
Davis is a great athlete and could be the one impact blocker in 2010 that each draft seems to produce lately (Michael Oher and Ryan Clady).
JaMarcus Russell is not the answer. Maybe he straightens it out, but he won't, so build for the future and find a signal caller in a later round.
9. Buffalo Bills-Sam Bradford-QB-Oklahoma
Not the ideal situation for Bradford, but he could be the player to turn Buffalo around. Prototypical quarterback with a great arm and big game experience.
Injuries are certainly a concern for the former Heisman winner, but it's been nearly 10 months since full time playing, and I think the past injuries are behind him.
When it's all said and done, he may very well be better than Clausen.
10. Denver Broncos-Terrence Cody-NT-Alabama
The big man (6'4", 340 lbs), had no sacks for the National Championshions but was one of the main reasons they went as far as they did.
A perfect nose tackle, he'll surely open holes for budding star Elvis Dumervil and veteran D.J. Williams.
If they can somehow figure out the Brandon Marshall situation, they'll be OK on offense with Knowshon Moreno getting his feet wet last year and due to have a big season in 2010.
11. Jacksonville Jaguars-Rolando McClain-MLB-Alabama
Jacksonville is at the crossroads. It's either retool quickly and make a run or start from scratch.
Either way, taking a near "can't miss" prospect in McClain is logical. He'll be a stud and probably captain in 3-4 years on whichever team drafts him.
That's how good of a leader he is. An exceptional run-stopper, he should be a very good overall middle linebacker in the NFL.
12. Miami Dolphins-C.J. Spiller-RB-Clemson
Chad Henne looks like a star in the making, and Davone Bess looks like he could be a decent receiver.
C.J. Spiller keeps getting compared to Chris Johnson, and it's unfair for Spiller to think that he'll put up similar numbers to Johnson, who had as good of a first two years as you'll ever see.
Spiller has great speed, and I think he'll run in between the tackles better than the reigning NFL Offensive Player of the Year. Spiller will make a nice young combination with Henne.
Ronnie Brown has battled injuries, and while he only played nine games last year, his starting days are numbered.
13. San Francisco 49ers-Jason Pierre-Paul-DE/OLB-South Florida
The Niners have several holes on offense, but at this point, another impact defensive player will help build one of the nicer cores of young defensive talent in the league along with Patrick Willis and Manny Lawson.
Pierre-Paul should be good at both defensive end and linebacker, although DE is a bigger need for them.
14. Seattle Seahawks-Bryan Bulaga-OT-Iowa
With Clausen already on board at the No. 6 pick, they should take the Hawkeyes stand-out. Bulaga is an extremely strong offensive linemen who is quicker than he looks.
Many scouts have compared him to Browns Pro Bowler Joe Thomas. Bulaga will anchor the Seahawks line for years.
15. New York Giants-Sergio Kindle-OLB/DE-Texas
With Antonio Pierce's career possibly over, they need to add an impact linebacker for this year. Rolando McClain would be the Giants' dream pick here, but it's highly unlikely he'll fall to them.
Kindle is an exceptional all-around defensive player who has some experience at inside linebacker. Kindle would be a game changer for them in his rookie year and eventually grow to be a leader on Big Blue's defense.
16. Tennessee Titans-Carlos Dunlap-DE-Florida
If it weren't for some off-field issues, Dunlap would be a lock for the top 10, with a possibility of being picked in the top five.
Arguably the most talented defensive player in this draft, Dunlap with the Titans will be steered in the right direction by veterans Keith Bulluck, Kyle Vanden Bosch, and Javon Kearse.
If Dunlap can overcome his off-field problems and become a worker, he has scary potential.