2010 NFL Mock Draft Version 1.0
Here goes my first mock draft of the 2010 draft. If you have comments please leave them; I would love to hear your ideas or suggestions.
1. St. Louis Rams: Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
I don't see them taking Suh because of their draft picks in the last couple of years that have gone to the D-line, Adam Carriker and Chirs Long.
This makes way for a few interesting possibilities. But because I am not going to project trades, I put down the most logical pick: A QB.
Some people think that Clausen is cocky and arrogant, but isn't that what you want from a QB? He also has played his NCAA career in a pro-style offense under an offensive guru of a coach. He should transition to the NFL rather nicely.
2. Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
I am actually split between him and McCoy with this pick.
Each player plays a different type of game and I believe they will both have solid careers in the NFL. The Combine and personal workouts are going to make one of these players a more interesting pick. Detroit will probably contact both agents and pick whichever one agrees to take less money.
Detroit has had many high draft picks in the past few years and need to get this player locked in for four to six years at a relatively low cap number (if and when the NFL salary cap comes back).
I could also see Detroit trying to trade out of this pick to someone who falls in love with Suh. They could make a trade to team that has multiple first round picks. Remember Detroit needs many pieces still.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
Another great DT specimen; some analysts have him rated above Suh. I really like his finesse style of play.
Tampa Bay would love to have Suh fall into their lap, but I doubt that it will happen. They will be happy with McCoy; he should allow this team to build up a terrible D-line from last year.
4. Washington Redskins: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
Mike Shanahan needs to bolster this team's offensive line before he goes out and grabs a franchise QB. This team isn't as bad as people think; they are only a few pieces away from being competitive once again.
I think it all starts with a rock solid OT. This will help out the running game and give whoever the QB is next year some time in the pocket, which they lacked this year. Campbell isn't as bad as people think, but he isn't great either.
This draft won't be a star studded class, but will be one that brings in many players that will fit the Shanahan formula. Look for a good offensive line next year in Washington, with Portis returning to old form.
5. Kansas City Chiefs: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
They spent a lot of money on Matt Cassel last year. This team now needs to protect him and figure out that Albert is not a good tackle at all—he led the leagues in sacks allowed.
KC has many needs like other teams drafting this high; an OT is one of them. They have a great young back that would love to see a good run blocking tackle open up holes for him. At 325 lbs., Davis can be that guy.
6. Seattle Seahawks: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
Pete Carroll will do the right thing and draft a QB. A new regime means a new QB and Carroll will want one to put in for his system.
Thus Bradford will be the new starting QB in Seattle come April.
7. Cleveland Browns: Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
Cleveland lands the best player in the draft and helps out a defense that let Detroit score five touchdowns through the air.
Eric Berry should develop into a great DB and be of the Ed Reed caliber.
8. Oakland Raiders: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
Does Al Davis make a pick that will, for once, help out the team?
Instead of drafting the faster player available, he grabs a player that will help make the Raiders defense feared again, like it once was.
9. Buffalo Bills: Joe Haden, CB, Florida
For a team that plays twice a year against Brady, Henne, and Sanchez, they don't really have the DB's that can cover the WR's that said QB's can throw to. Henne and Brady have cannons for arms and Sanchez will only get better with time.
So it only makes sense for the Bills to draft for defense against their divisional rivals.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
Do I think Tebow is good enough to go in the first round? NO.
Why is this pick made then, you might ask? It is because the Jags can't fill their stadium and need a player like Tebow to bring the attendance up.
Did anyone notice how many people came to the Senior Bowl just to see him? The Jags owner is just thinking about sell outs compared to the half-packed stadium he is getting now.
In the end the Jags will pick Tebow, but they will probably trade down to the late teens or early 20s to do it.
11. Denver Broncos: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma St
With Brandon Marshall most likely on his way out this offseason, why not grab the best WR in the draft?
Even if Marshall doesn't get traded, a player like Bryant will help free up the constant double teams that Marshall faced last year, and will help Kyle Orton at QB.
12. Miami Dolphins: Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
Parcells doesn't draft WR's in the first round, so instead the Dolphins will do what Parcells usually: Draft defense.
He loves aggressive linebackers and will draft the best linebacker available. McClain is a fast, great tackling linebacker who will surely enjoy playing in Miami.
13. San Francisco 49ers: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
A good offensive tackle would do wonders for the running game; Frank Gore would benefit dramatically from someone helping to open holes for him at the line. This would also help the quarterback get a little more time to throw it to Crabtree.
14. Seattle Seahawks: Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
What a great draft for Pete Carroll: He gets his Franchise QB with his first pick, and now he gets a beast of an offensive tackle with his second pick.
He learned how to build a team while at USC and knows that you have to have a QB and a solid OT to protect him.
15. New York Giants: Earl Thomas, S, Texas
He has some durability issues, but other than that, this is a guy that anyone would love to see in their defensive backfield.
The Giants are in need of a punishing force at DB. Even though this is a very cliche pick on many mock drafts I have looked at, I believe that this is the right choice.
16. Tennessee Titans: Dan Williams, NT, Tennessee
Dan Williams is another player that had a great Senior Bowl and saw his stock rise. The Titans need to see their interior line become dominant again, and Dan Williams could help fill the void that was left when Haynesworth traded in his Titans jersey for a Redskins one.
17. San Francisco 49ers: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE/LB, South Florida
Pierre-Paul is a freak of a pass rushing DE. He has a knack for getting to the QB and will continue to do this in the pros. The 49ers will fall for a player that can line up at DE or LB and punish the QB.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
The Steelers look for bulky run blockers for their line and would be happy with a few different tackles in this draft. He won't be a LT in the pros, but could transition to RT very easy.
19. Atlanta Falcons: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
Atlanta went downhill last year when both Matt Ryan and Michael Turner were injured. Spiller would be a great backup to Turner and would be a nice change-of-pace back.
Atlanta could also look at a WR, since they really only have White and Gonzo.
20. Houston Texans: Brian Price, DT, UCLA
The Texans will look for a game changer on defense. Just think of having to prepare on Sunday for a defensive line with both Mario Williams and Brian Price, along with Brian Cushing at linebacker. This defense could be very punishing for years to come.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
Carson Palmer likes to have weapons at his disposal, and Golden Tate is a huge stretch above the other two WR's that I have projected after him.
Yet I see him as a Percy Harvin type player and he will help out not only in the receiving game, but also returning kicks and punts for Cincy next fall.
22. New England Patriots: Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan
Brandon Graham is everything that Bill looks for in a kid. He showed off his love for the game of football by staying at Michigan last year to get better and try to make U of M better. Also, he was one of the most explosive players that showed up at the Senior Bowl.
23. Green Bay Packers: Donovan Warren, CB, Michigan
With Charles Woodson not getting any younger, this is the time to break in a new CB while he can mentor under a former U of M great and one of the best cover corners in the league.
This is one of the best picks that will be made in the first round of the draft.
24. Philadelphia Eagles: Taylor Mays, S, USC
The Eagles draft speed, and Mays will tear up the Combine with his freakish athletic ability. He has the height, speed, and hitting power that coaches fall in love with.
The big knocks against him are that he sometimes loses his concentration in coverage and that he isn't a good wrap-up player. He looks for the big hit before the safe play and will get burned many times in the pros because of this.
But on the plus side, teams will love the idea of the huge hits and the height that this guy possesses.
25. Baltimore Ravens: Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois
What did the Ravens lack most this year? A wide-out threat that is taller than 6'0".
Benn, at 6'2", is a big target for the youngster Flacco to hit. Flacco has it all in Baltimore except for some receivers to throw to. As soon as they get WR's, this team will be great.
26. Arizona Cardinals: Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
With Kurt Warner not around anymore and Leinart taking over the reins, this team will need a dump off TE to help out Leinart when he gets into trouble.
It will also help the running game with a good blocking tight end on the field who can take down his man, get down the field, and get open.
27. Dallas Cowboys: Mike Iupati, G, Iowa
Dallas loves big offensive guards and with Iupati, this team has upgraded not only its running game, but also will give Romo a few more seconds to stay in the pocket.
28. San Diego Chargers: Jahvid Best, RB, California
LT might not be around next year and San Diego must now start to think about their running game.
Sproles is not an every down back but if used correctly in a running back by committee setting, he could do really well.
I think that with Best, this team might not have a slip off at running back like some people expect.
29. New York Jets: Damian Williams, WR, USC
Although the Braylon trade was great for the Jets, they need to have another WR to help develop Sanchez. This would be great news for the Jets offense, which already has a potent running game and defense.
30. Minnesota Vikings: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
Griffin is a below average CB who cant keep up with top flight receivers anymore. For a team that needs to defend Calvin and Greg Jennings two times a year, this would be a smart pick. He showed great stuff at the Senior Bowl and coaches loved what he brought.
31. Indianapolis Colts: Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State
Indianapolis had problems with the passing game, which was evident in the Super Bowl. Granted Marlin Jackson was injured and did not play, but this is a team that could use a premier CB to play along with Hayden and Jackson next year.
32. New Orleans Saints: Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri
First, congrats to New Orleans for winning the 2009 Super Bowl.
Second, this team needs very few pieces. There is talk that Sharper won't be back next year, but I believe a great LB to play alongside Vilma would do this team good and help with the pass defense in the middle.
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