2010 NFL Mock Draft: Rams Take Clausen or Suh at No. 1?

Tanner ThomsSenior Analyst IFebruary 13, 2010

SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 30:  Ndamukong Suh #93 of the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers looks on during the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl against University of Arizona Wildcats on December 30, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Cornhuskers defeated the Wildcats 33-0. (Photo By Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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1. St. Louis Rams- Jimmy Clausen, Quarterback, Notre Dame

I couldn't care less whether or not people think taking Clausen at No. 1 overall is stupid or not.  Regardless of how you look at it, the Rams need a quarterback.

If they get Michael Vick, St. Louis will still be a terrible team on offense.  With a talented quarterback like Clausen, the Rams are set for years.

They've passed on franchise quarterbacks for years now (Jay Cutler in 2006, Matt Ryan in 2008, and Mark Sanchez in 2009).

2. Detroit Lions- Ndamukong Suh, Defensive Tackle, Nebraska

Detroit will have one of the easiest choices in draft history with this pick.  Ndamukong Suh is the best player available, and arguably the best player in the draft.

The Lions need to give their defense some players that will actually intimidate the offense. What better way to do that than selecting a 6-foot-4, 305-pound beast?

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Gerald McCoy, Defensive Tackle, Oklahoma

Tampa Bay has one of the worst defensive lines in the NFL.  Nobody on that line really is a threat for 10-plus sacks.

Gerald McCoy is a great defensive player, but has been overshadowed by Suh. Nonetheless, he will be a tremendous star on a revamped defense.

4. Washington Redskins- Sam Bradord, Quarterback, Oklahoma

Even if the Redskins hang on to Jason Campbell, Washington will need their quarterback of the future.

Like Mike Shanahan did with Jay Cutler when the Broncos had Jake Plummer, I see him drafting a stud like Bradford in hopes that he can come in after a year to become the star of the offense.

5. Kansas City Chiefs- Russell Okung, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma State

Kansas City will have big problems if Branden Albert continues to disappoint on the offensive line.

Scott Pioli invested $63 million in Matt Cassel.  So the wise choice would be to find somebody that can actually keep him on his feet.

6. Seattle Seahawks- Eric Berry, Safety, Tennessee

The Seahawks have recently said they would like to wait to get an offensive tackle in the draft.

While Bruce Campbell or Anthony Davis would be a good pick, Seattle will follow through with their words and not take a tackle.

Eric Berry is being compared to Ed Reed.  Seattle's smartest choice would be to take Berry at No. 6.

7. Cleveland Browns- Joe Haden, Cornerback, Florida

Cleveland needs to focus on defense no matter what in the first round.  Whether it's Derrick Morgan, Joe Haden, Everson Griffen, or Rolando McClain, defense is the key.

Joe Haden is easily the best cornerback in the 2010 draft. He's great at coverage, but is only an average tackler.

8. Oakland Raiders- Bruce Campbell, Offensive Tackle, Maryland

Oakland has many options here, but the best choice would be to go with an offensive tackle that will create lanes for Oakland's running backs.

Bruce Campbell is a massive athlete at 6-foot-7, 315-pounds, but he can still run a 4.9. Al Davis loves speed, as we all know.

9. Buffalo Bills- Anthony Davis, Offensive Tackle, Rutgers

Buffalo traded away Jason Peters for a first-round pick last year, but failed to draft an offensive tackle in the 2009 draft.

If the Bills don't get a solid offensive tackle, there ability to run the ball will be very limited.  Anthony Davis is exactly what the Bills need at pick No. 9.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars- Derrick Morgan, Defensive End, Georgia Tech

Want to know why the Jaguars need to draft a defensive end?

John Henderson led the team in sacks last year, with just three.

Derrick Morgan is something the Jaguars need. Their pass-rush is horrendous.  It's time for that to change.

11. Denver Broncos- Rolando McClain, Inside Linebacker, Alabama

Pat Bowlen has recently stated that he won't be trading Brandon Marshall.  But who knows whether or not Bowlen will follow through with this statement?  Only god knows.

If the Broncos keep Marshall, they will focus on a pressing need on defense: the middle linebacker spot.

Andra Davis was solid in 2009, but he's nearing the end of his career and is very expendable at this point.

12. Miami Dolphins- Brandon Graham, Hybrid linebacker, Michigan

This might be somewhat of a reach for the Dolphins, but if they cut Joey Porter, Miami will need another rush-linebacker.

Brandon Graham has flown up the boards quickly after he won the MVP in the Senior Bowl.

13. San Francisco 49ers- C.J. Spiller, Running Back, Clemson

While running back is not a big need for San Francisco, running back tandems have quickly become the most popular trend in the NFL today.

C.J. Spiller is a home-run-hitter every time he carries the pigskin.  He will take a lot of the pressure off Frank Gore when it comes to running the ball.

14. Seattle Seahawks- Taylor Mays, Safety, USC

With Pete Carroll becoming the new head coach of the Seahawks, the chance of him drafting a former USC Trojan in the first round is very high.

Whether it's Everson Griffen, Damian Williams, or Taylor Mays, Seattle will likely have one of the three.

Seattle's safeties are average at best, so picking a talent like Taylor Mays this early is a great choice.

15. New York Giants- Dan Williams, Defensive Tackle, Tennessee

I had a tough time debating whether or not the Giants would take Dan Williams or Brian Price.  But after serious thought, I picked Williams for a few reasons.

Dan Williams is 30 pounds heavier and will likely be more of a run-stuffing defensive tackle.  Yes, Price is a good tackler, but Williams seems to fit the mould of the Giants system better than Brice.

16. Tennessee Titans- Jason Pierre-Paul, Defensive End, South Florida

Jason Pierre-Paul's stock is higher than ever, but after only one decent season in college I wonder why everybody is so high on him.

The Titans number one priority this off-season will be finding a talented defense end, whether it's through the draft or signing a defensive end like Julius Peppers, Aaron Kampman, Richard Seymour, or Ray Edwards.

17. San Francisco 49ers- Bryan Bulaga, Offensive Tackle, Iowa

With the second of their two first-round picks, San Francisco will look to find a top-flight offensive tackle that can anchor the offensive line for years to come.

Bryan Bulaga is one of the more underrated tackles in the draft, but there is no way that he'll fall out of the top 20 picks.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers- Earl Thomas, Safety, Texas

Although the Steelers claim that they need to hang on to Ryan Clark, Pittsburgh needs a future replacement at safety.

Earl Thomas is far too good for the Steelers to pass up.  With Dan Williams off the board, Pittsburgh goes for the best player available.

19. Atlanta Falcons- Sean Weatherspoon, Outside Linebacker, Missouri

Mike Peterson will turn 34 years old in June.  It's highly unlikely that he will be an impact player on the Falcons defense in 2010.

Sean Weatherspoon could be Peterson's eventual replacement if he retires or doesn't play well.

20. Houston Texans- Dez Bryant, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma State

It'll take a lot for Dez Bryant to fall this far, but with not very many teams looking for a receiver, it could very well end up happening.

Dez Bryant is easily the best receiver, and arguably the most dynamic player in the entire draft.  He will go great with the Texans' stellar offense.

21. Cincinnati Bengals- Arrelious Benn, Wide Receiver, Illinois

Despite the Bengals signing Matt Jones, Cincinnati is still in need of a solid No. 2 receiver across from Chad Ochocinco.  Laveranues Coles will likely be cut over the course of the next few weeks.

Thirty-six-year-old Terrell Owens could very well be a Bengal in 2010.  But Cincinnati will still need a wide receiver for the future.

22. New England Patriots- Jermaine Gresham, Tight End, Oklahoma

Ben Watson is scheduled to be a free agent starting on March 5.  Even though he's spent his whole career with the Patriots, Watson will likely look to go elsewhere.

If this happens, New England will look for a tight end early in the draft.  Jermaine Gresham would be a great fit for the pass-friendly Patriots.

23. Green Bay Packers- Charles Brown, Offensive Tackle, USC

I think I've had the Packers taking Charles Brown for almost 2 months now.  He just seems like the perfect fit for their offensive scheme.

Green Bay's offense line was pathetic this past season.  Aaron Rodgers seemed to be on his back about every third passing play that the Packers attempted.

24. Philadelphia Eagles- Carlos Dunlap, Defensive End, Florida

For years, Andy Reid has been known for drafting defensive and offensive lineman in the first round.

Carlos Dunlap could be a locker room concern if he doesn't get his act together.  He lacks consistent effort, and was recently charged with a DUI.  Not a good start for Dunlap.

25. Baltimore Ravens- Damian Williams, Wide Receiver, USC

The reason why Joe Flacco can't be a top 10 quarterback is because his targets on offense are very average.  It's as simple as that.

If Derrick Mason retires, Flacco will have almost nobody to throw to in 2010.  The Ravens would be foolish to pass on a receiver in the first round.

26. Arizona Cardinals- Trent Williams, Offensive Tackle, Oklahoma

The Cardinals could go for a pass-rusher like Jerry Hughes or Sergio Kindle, but with Trent Williams available, Arizona should take him.

Arizona will need to solidify the offensive line if they want to keep Matt Leinart on his feet and give him time to throw the ball.

27. Dallas Cowboys- Mike Iupati, Guard, Idaho

The Cowboys have only selected one offensive lineman in the last 21 years.  But the Cowboys don't have many needs, so they'll go for Mike Iupati.

The top three safeties are off the board, and Dallas doesn't need too much else.  They should just go with one of the best players available.

28. San Diego Chargers- Brian Price, Defensive Lineman, UCLA

I strongly doubt teams will let a talented player like Brian Price fall out of the first round.

Luis Castillo can't seem to stay healthy over the past four seasons, missing 16 in total. Brian Price could be the future defensive tackle for the Chargers.

29. New York Jets- Sergio Kindle, Hybrid Linebacker, Texas

Although he only had six sacks as a senior, Sergio Kindle is still a first-round worthy talent in the draft.

With a strong combine, Kindle could move his way into the top 20 picks.  But where we stands right now, late in the first is where he belongs.

30. Minnesota Vikings- Donovan Warren, Corner back, Michigan

Cedric Griffin recently staid in an interview that he expects to be ready by the season opener in September.

Regardless of whether or not he plays in week 1, Minnesota still needs a corner back. Antoine Winfield won't be around forever.

31. Indianapolis Colts- Everson Griffen, Defensive End, USC

Currently the Colts do not need a defensive end, but with Robert Mathis and and Raheem Brock scheduled to be free agents in 2011, Indianapolis will need a d-end for the future.

Everson Griffen could be a steal here, but lately his stock has started to slip. Nonetheless, he's a solid pick by Bill Polian and the Colts.

32. New Orleans Saints- Jerry Hughes, Hybrid Linebacker, TCU

First off, I would like to congratulate the Saints for winning the Super Bowl last week.

New Orleans obviously doesn't have that many needs, but they could use somebody like Jerry Hughes that can either play at defensive end or outside linebacker.

Hughes is a very talented athlete that can be a force on a defense that is already feared by most teams.


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