Thanks to New Orleans’ thrilling Super Bowl victory, we have the 2010 NFL draft order set, with the exception of a few coin flips.
There have been a lot of changes in this 2010 NFL Mock Draft from my last version, thanks to Dr. James Andrews, rumors dying or growing, and some additional film review.
Let's get to the picks and be sure to follow me on Twitter @JohnLorge:
1. St. Louis Rams - Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
The Rams were 31st in scoring D, 29th in total D, 27th in rush D, 25th in pass D, and 30th in sacks. That's not bad, that's terrible.
If the Rams want to win football games they need to play much better defense. They actually let a handful of games slip from their grasps last year.
I am anxious to see how the addition of Suh will impact the development of Chris Long. Another thing that might help Long is if the Rams were putting teams in fourth quarter passing situations.
The only other option for the Rams should be Gerald McCoy, considering neither Jimmy Clausen nor Sam Bradford look like Peyton Manning-type prospects.
2. Detroit Lions - Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
If the Lions are going to draft defense and Suh is off the board, the fan base seems to be split between McCoy and super-safety Eric Berry.
While Berry may sell a few more jerseys, it's doubtful he will have a more immediate impact on the Lions' win total than McCoy who is a disruptive force in the trenches—where it all begins.
Physically, McCoy is one of the most impressive forces to come out at the tackle position in a long time. He has the frame to either add weight, if desired, or he can impact the game the way John Randle did with his current frame.
3. Tampa Bay Bucs - Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
With both top DTs off the board—Tampa's top need position—things could get interesting at three.
There is a strong chance that the Kiffin connection will come into play and the Bucs will take Berry, but Tampa does need to aid the development of young QB Josh Freeman.
It's not a reach for Bryant to go in the top three. At an estimated 6'2", 220 pounds, he has very good size. He puts his speed on display with vertical routes and in the return game.
Bryant has more than just physical tools, his resilience cannot be understated and he has the best body control I have seen at the college level since Larry Fitzgerald.
The Bucs' defense needs help, but they have two, high second-round picks and there is only one elite receiver in this draft.
4. Washington Redskins - Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
Depending on Dan Snyder's ego and Mike Shanahan's QB evaluation, it looks like this pick will either be Okung, Bradford, or Clausen.
Part of Shanny's QB evaluation will include what he thinks of Jason Campbell. To date, Shanahan has been favorable when speaking about Campbell, and the former first-round pick is optimistic about the chance to work with the Super Bowl winner.
The circulating rumors are also indicating that Clinton Portis may be returning in the backfield, indicating that Washington is instituting a "win now" strategy.
If the 'Skins want to win now, they need a tackle who can block for Campbell and Portis, not a rookie QB who will be a scapegoat.
5. Kansas City Chiefs - Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
KC has many needs and, with players like Bryant and Okung gone, they are sure to look toward the defensive side of the ball.
Choosing from the top end, corner, safety, and backer may be harder than it sounds, especially considering Scott Pioli and Romeo Crennel are both front-seven guys.
Rolando McClain would be a great fit but, if the talented Berry slips to five, it will be extremely difficult to pass on him because he is so dynamic.
He isn't a big guy, but he has the nose to play in the box, at corner in the slot, or in his natural deep safety position.
6. Seattle Seahawks - Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
Seattle is giving me the biggest headache of the 2010 NFL Draft because they have so many needs and so many uncertainties regarding which direction they want to go with their personnel.
Since the most important man in sports, Dr. James Andrews, has given Sam Bradford his vote of confidence, it is doing wonders for his draft stock.
I still have many questions about Bradford, from his health to his ability to throw under pressure, but if he can sit behind Matt Hasselbeck to learn and grow, Bradford can develop into a Pro Bowl talent.
Pete Carroll was brought in as a long-term solution in Seattle. He can win now in a weak division, and more importantly, set up the franchise for great future success with this pick.
7. Cleveland Browns - Joe Haden, CB, Florida
The best corners are the ones who never make any plays, because nobody throws on them. While Haden wasn't completely untested this year, it was obvious many in the SEC had learned their lesson in 2008.
We've seen the impact of great corner play in the NFL. Whether it's the top wide receivers landing on Revis Island, Charles Woodson's impressive red zone play, or QB's refusing to look at Nnamdi Asomugha's man, an elite corner is priceless in today's game.
Mike Holmgren has always been looking at defensive back talent in the NFL Draft and he shouldn't have to look much further than Haden in 2010.
8. Oakland Raiders - Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
Oakland could use an upgrade just about everywhere, but it is one of the NFL's bottom-feeders whose offense is behind its defense.
If the Raiders want to move the ball more effectively, whether it's through the run or the pass, they need to upgrade their offensive line. A real left tackle would be a great start.
The Raider tackles will be free agents in the next two years; Campbell looks like a better option than all of them.
9. Buffalo Bills - Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
There is a possibility 2009 first-round pick Eric Wood will miss all of 2010, weakening an already thin Bills offensive line. The pick of Davis isn't a direct replacement for Wood, but he will make it easier for any quarterback on Buffalo.
The Bills could use an upgrade at QB, but there are options on the market that may be just as good as Jimmy Clausen in Chan Gailey's spread system.
With the shift to the 3-4, the Bills will also take a look at ways to improve their front seven, but the need at tackle seems to be too great to pass on Davis.
10. Denver Broncos (From Chicago) - Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
Within the last week, the Brandon Marshall soap opera has turned a 180 and it looks like the star receiver will remain a Bronco in 2010. Even if Denver wanted to trade Marshall and Bryant is off the board, there is no other receiver worthy of a pick here.
Assuming the Broncos also retain Elvis Dumervil before March 5, their defensive needs turn to nose tackle and inside linebacker.
Dan Williams would be a solid pick: He is a legit 3-4 nose and former teammate of last year's pick, Robert Ayers.
On the other hand, I have McClain as a can't-miss prospect on the inside. He has elite size and instincts, paired with above average speed and plays the game with a nasty attitude.
11. Jacksonville Jaguars - Brian Price, DT, UCLA
Ends Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves had disappointing numbers in 2009, making it hard for the Jags to overlook Derrick Morgan. The team believes their 2008 first and second-round picks did improve last year, and getting back to a straight 4-3 should increase their production.
Another thing that will help their production is a play-making tackle like Price who can demand the attention of multiple blockers.
Unless a corner or safety flies up the board, DL should be the pick, and an active tackle to play next to John Henderson can get the Jags back to where they were with Marcus Stroud.
12. Miami Dolphins - Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
It seems Joey Porter is done in Miami and the 35-year-old Jason Taylor won't be around much longer either.
Cameron Wake did a good job as a rush backer in the Fins 3-4, but they need more presence on the edge which makes Morgan a steal of a pick at 12.
As the top defensive end in the draft, Morgan can do it all on the line. Don't worry about his linebacker skills either, he will spend third down getting after the QB.
13. San Francisco 49ers - Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
I have had Williams mocked to the Niners for three weeks now and if he's on the board, it's just a matter if they want to grab him at 13, or wait and see if he slips to 16/17.
The big Sooner will be plugged into the starting right tackle role and can play left tackle if needed, which is an added bonus.
If three tackles have been picked before 13, I expect SF to take their top guy at that position on the board.
14. Seattle Seahawks (From Denver) - C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
The thought here is that Carroll and crew will go best player available in terms of potential with their picks. Unlike Bradford, Spiller can have a huge impact on the 2010 season—both on offense and special teams.
There is a possibility a team will trade up into the Top 15 to get their hands on Spiller because he is a special talent. If the Hawks get their hands on him, he can be electric in Seattle's new zone blocking scheme.
In five years, the tandem of Bradford and Spiller will be the face of Seattle, and if this is how the 2010 draft goes, the fans will have a lot to look forward to.
15. New York Giants - Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
Knowing the Giants like to draft players who put on in the Senior Bowl, I have Dan Williams and Taylor Mays at the top of my board with Sean Weatherspoon as a reach if they want him to play middle backer.
Last week I had Mays at 15, but there are still many mixed reviews on him while Dan Williams has won just about everyone over.
The Giants could lose Fred Robbins and Barry Cofield at tackle this offseason and with struggles against the run at times last year, Williams could be exactly what New York needs to get back to the playoffs.
16. San Francisco 49ers (From Carolina) - Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan
Say what you want about height or whether Graham can make drops as a linebacker, people who know football, know Graham is a player.
As a rush end in the 3-4, he won't be required to fill a traditional linebacker role, there will be much more emphasis on making plays behind the line of scrimmage—something he was better at than any other college football player at this season.
In 2007, the Niners drafted Senior Bowl stud Patrick Willis which worked out alright; expect a similar transition from Graham.
17. Tennessee Titans - Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
Before his DUI, everyone had Dunlap listed as a Top 10 talent. If an injury doesn't make Bradford less talented, why should an arrest kill Dunlap’s potential?
Now Dunlap will have to answer many questions about where his head is at, but he has plenty of tape to make him a Top 20 pick.
Not only can Dunlap get after the passer from either side, but he is also good against the run. He can also play the tackle position if needed.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers - Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
Bulaga is a player who I am still gauging in terms of demand. There are five tackles who look like first-round locks, but they could go in almost any order.
If the Steelers get their hands on Bulaga, or any of the tackles, they really luck out considering how much they need a tackle.
The Steel Curtain could use a few more rivets, but nothing is more important than reducing the amount of hits Big Ben takes, in addition to running the ball more effectively.
19. Atlanta Falcons - Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
The pass rush for Atlanta needs a kick in the pants. John Abraham's best days are behind him and Jamaal Anderson may never develop into a pass rusher.
Getting Peria Jerry healthy will be a big help, but so would an athletic specimen like Pierre-Paul.
The JuCo transfer is still raw, but he has as much upside as any end in the draft.
Atlanta could also go with Navarro Bowman with this pick, but ultra-athletic 6'6" ends are always enticing, and only so many can bust right?
20. Houston Texans - Taylor Mays, S, Southern California
After the success of Brian Cushing as a rookie, the Texans may pick his Trojan workout partner , Mays.
Mays' value has been all over the first round in the last year, and he is a great value pick at 20, especially with Houston's need for a deep safety.
Mays showed he could cover as a deep safety in the Senior Bowl, and if he either meets or exceeds expectations at the Combine, Houston may not be able to get their hands on him.
21. Cincinnati Bengals - Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho
If you only watched two of Iupati's plays from the Senior Bowl, you may be thinking he is a giant mistake in the first round.
If you have watched several of his games including a week's worth of Senior Bowl practice, you will agree that he looks like the most sure thing pick on the offensive side of the ball.
Iupati is ready to start at either tackle position, but he is especially effective on the left side here he pulls flawlessly in either direction and gets good movement at the point of attack.
With his size and feet he has the ability to play some tackle, there is no reason to risk ruining such a good guard.
22. New England Patriots - Sergio Kindle, DE/OLB, Texas
Nobody fears the Pats defense anymore—their offense isn't especially scary either—but as long as Tom Brady is the QB, New England just needs to worry about stopping the other team.
Kindle will be a great replacement for Adalius Thomas, who looks to be on his way out of Boston.
The Longhorn has the ability to play some backer, and is very active when rushing the quarterback. Right now, New England needs to find guys who want to play hard every down, and Kindle is one of them.
23. Green Bay Packers - Ricky Sapp, DE/OLB, Clemson
The Packers have free agents on defense at OLB, nose tackle, and both safety positions. The current indication is that Aaron Kampman won't be retained before the others, opening the door for a rush backer opposite Clay Matthews.
Sapp is a fringe first-round pick, some scouts are very high on his size speed combo, while others are wondering about his limited production and injuries.
I have Sapp with a second-round grade. I would rather see Green Bay take Earl Thomas, Brandon Spikes, or Terrance Cody with this pick, but if they keep their current starters at those positions, the highest rated 3-4 OLB prospect could be the pick.
24. Philadelphia Eagles - Earl Thomas, S, Texas
The Eagles should be looking to improve their defense this draft; the front seven has all sorts of needs, but if a talent like Thomas is on the board, he will be tough to pass on.
Macho Harris did a decent job as a rookie converting from corner to free safety, but getting a real standout at the position like Thomas would be a blessing.
Due to his size, there is a chance Thomas will still be on the board here. Philly could look at an end like Everson Griffen or some of the backers on the board, but Thomas is just too talented.
25. Baltimore Ravens - Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois
If the Ravens could get a real No. 1 receiver in free agency or via a trade, it would be huge for Joe Flacco as he pushes to be one of the NFL's elite QBs.
Until they get a deal done, they need to do something in the draft. If I were Ozzie Newsome, I would take Golden Tate over Benn, but the size and tools he has are tough to come by.
If Jermaine Gresham can show us he's recovered from his injury at the combine, I will boost him into this spot unless Benn or Tate has a special performance in Indianapolis.
26. Arizona Cardinals - Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
There seems to be a very limited amount of faith behind Matt Leinart, and I find it very hard to believe he can be successful in that atmosphere. More importantly, the franchise doesn't want to be floundering after the loss of Kurt Warner.
Clausen wouldn't be the starter at the beginning of the year, but by the end of the season he could be the man in Arizona.
27. Dallas Cowboys - Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State
This isn't a very sexy pick for Dallas, but it's one that makes sense given their draft history.
The Cowboys had their eye on Odrick all week at the Senior Bowl and the 2009 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year has one of the highest floors in the draft because of his consistency and toughness.
Dallas also needs to add depth, and maybe a starter to their offensive line, but the top of the board doesn't seem to meet that need.
28. San Diego Chargers - Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno State
Rumors are circulating that Shawne Merriman could stay in SD, and it still doesn't look like Terrance Cody will be cracking the first round. One player who seems like a lock to be out of SoCal is LaDainian Tomlinson.
If the Chargers want to go with the thunder and lightning combo, Jonathan Dwyer would be a good pick, but if they want a long-term solution at running back, Matthews is their best bet.
The dual threat wasn't seen by many this year, but his combination of skills is similar to Donald Brown from a year ago, and we've seen many small-school backs flourish in the NFL.
29. New York Jets - Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
Considering how good the Jets D was, corner doesn't seem like a real team need but Rex Ryan does like to put his corners on an island with his aggressive scheme. We know Revis can do it, but the Jets need another corner who can make plays in man coverage, something Wilson has shown he can do the past year.
Confidence runs high with Wilson, who was the top corner at the Senior Bowl—an important distinction this year. The top six senior corners all showed up to Mobile and Wilson rose to the top, looking especially strong in press coverage.
The Jets could also grab a playmaker either like Golden Tate or a front seven defender, but if they want to build the best defensive backfield in football, Wilson can help get them there.
30. Minnesota Vikings - Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama
For such a good team, the Vikings have a lot of positions they can go after at the end of the first round.
The team could use depth and even starters all over on defense and on offense, they may need a pass catching RB and even a starting QB.
Coming in just under 6'0", Jackson has the size you love to see at corner, which gives him a better pro projection than his teammate Javier Arenas, who may be a nickel back and return man at best.
The reason the Vikings need to draft a corner is because Cedric Griffin could miss the entire 2010 season rehabbing a knee injury.
Once Griffin comes back, the Vikings may need to reduce the role of Antoine Winfield, who had injuries this year and turns 33 this summer.
31. Indianapolis Colts - Navorro Bowman, LB, Penn State
The Colts Cover 2 scheme requires backers who can run, cover, and run some more. Bowman fits that description perfectly, and he is a fantastic value pick at the end of the first round.
It may be a stretch to see Bowman starting anywhere other than Will backer but he can be moved around on passing downs.
The Colts could also look at depth on the D-line, defensive backfield, and O-line, but a prospect like Bowman who fits the scheme is tough to pass.
32. New Orleans Saints - Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri
During the Senior Bowl, Weatherspoon was the mouth of the South team and he will fit in perfectly on the Saints high intensity defense.
He won't need to play much middle backer with Jonathan Vilma on the team, which keeps Weatherspoon at his best position—weak side backer.
It's tough to tell where teams have Weatherspoon rated because he didn't always play at the same level. He is a player who will need to use the combine to solidify a first-round selection.
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