1. St. Louis Rams—Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
Suh had a spectacular Big 12 Championship and Holiday Bowl performance. In the Big 12 championship, he notched four-and-a-half sacks on Colt McCoy, who was saved by Hunter Lawrence. He also got invited to New York as a Heisman finalist and finished fourth in the voting.
In the Holiday Bowl, Arizona went nowhere and lost 33-0. Suh finished the season with 12 sacks, and he can play in either a 4-3 or a 3-4 scheme, which will benefit him in the NFL. Many draft experts have compared him to Kevin Williams.
Some fans would argue that the Rams would be making the same mistake here as they did in 2007 and 2008 with Adam Carriker and Chris Long, and they need a franchise QB. I agree with this consensus, and if it were up to me, I would draft Sam Bradford, but I can't see the Rams resisting Suh.
Other Possible Picks: Jimmy Clausen, QB; Sam Bradford, QB
2. Detroit Lions—Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
The Lions should take Russell Okung, but their management is incompetent and failed to take a tackle last year with the No. 20 pick.
The Lions' offensive line coach George Yarno is somehow happy with Jeff Backus' performance in 2009, and head coach Jim Schwartz believes that he should have been to the Pro Bowl despite allowing eight sacks.
QB Matt Stafford suffered injuries in his rookie year with no protection. Michael Oher would have been an excellent pick, but the Lions foolishly passed on him.
They need help on defense, too. McCoy is possibly the best DT in the draft. DT Sammie Lee Hill had a solid rookie year, and McCoy and him together would be a significant force. The Lions' linebackers performed well too. Julian Peterson and Larry Foote were both great, and DeAndre Levy showed promising talent. S Louis Delmas had an excellent rookie campaign with four interceptions and would have been a Defensive Rookie of the Year candidate on a winning team.
The Lions could go either way with McCoy or Berry here. McCoy and Hill would be a powerful DT duo, and Berry and Delmas would be a powerful S duo, but maybe the Lions will wake up and smell the coffee and take a tackle. If Okung is taken, Backus could move to right tackle, and Cherilus could move to right guard.
Other Possible Picks: Eric Berry, S; Russell Okung, T
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers—Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
Berry may be the most talented player in the 2010 NFL Draft. He is often compared to Ed Reed.
The Buccaneers would rather have Suh or McCoy fall to them, but there's a possibility they will both be gone. If they are, the Buccaneers have a pretty obvious pick here since Berry is too much of a value to pass on, and S Sabby Piscitelli wasn't very good and is a free agent.
Defensive end can't be ruled out though since the Buccaneers need a lot of help at defensive line.
Other Possible Picks: Russell Okung, T; Derrick Morgan, DE; Jason Pierre-Paul, DE
4. Washington Redskins—Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
I have decided to mock Bradford to the Redskins over Clausen because I heard Mike Shanahan express interest in Bradford on profootballtalk.com, and Shanahan is looking to draft a QB even if Jason Campbell re-signs.
There are concerns surrounding Bradford regarding his season-ending injury in 2009 and his ability to play under center since he played out of the shotgun in Oklahoma. However, Drew Brees played in a spread offense at Purdue, and now he's the best QB in the NFL. Bradford has a great work ethic and has amazing upside that's too good to pass on.
Other Possible Picks: Russell Okung, T; Jimmy Clausen, QB
5. Kansas City Chiefs—Russell Okung, T, Oklahoma State
The Chiefs may have the worst offensive line in the NFL, and Matt Cassel went through a nightmare of a 2009 season. Branden Albert would be better served with moving to left guard.
Okung was dominant at Oklahoma State, and he started all four years and was a two-time First-Team All-American. He has great leadership skills and draws comparisons to Joe Thomas.
Other Possible Picks: Anthony Davis, T; Trent Williams, T; Bruce Campbell, T
6. Seattle Seahawks—Trent Williams, T, Oklahoma
Offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates said that he was pleased with QB Matt Hasselbeck and RBs Justin Forsett and Julius Jones and has plans with them for his new offensive scheme, so we can pretty much rule out Seattle using a first-round pick on a quarterback or a running back.
Tackle is a huge need for the Seahawks since Walter Jones wisely retired, and Sean Locklear isn't suited to protect the blind side. Since Okung is taken, the Seahawks aren't getting the best, but there's plenty of other tackles.
Williams anchored Oklahoma's offensive line after Phil Loadholt and Duke Robinson went pro and was a 2009 Third-Team All-American.
Other Possible Picks: Bruce Campbell, T; Jimmy Clausen, QB; Anthony Davis, T
7. Cleveland Browns—Joe Haden, CB, Florida
The Browns' pass defense finished 29th in the NFL, allowing 247.9 yards per game. Their cornerbacks are unreliable, and Haden is easily the best cornerback prospect. He led Florida's dominant defense, and if this scenario happens, this pick is easy.
Browns fans are fed up with Brady Quinn, but it appears as though Mike Holmgren and Eric Mangini are sticking with him and Derek Anderson for now.
Other Possible Picks: Derrick Morgan, DE; Rolando McClain, LB
8. Oakland Raiders—Bruce Campbell, T, Maryland
The Raiders have one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL, and Robert Gallery, who was supposed to be a Pro Bowl tackle, is a mediocre guard.
Campbell can run a 4.9, so Davis will be excited by him.
Other Possible Picks: Anthony Davis, T; Bryan Bulaga, T; Jimmy Clausen, QB; Derrick Morgan, DE; Rolando McClain, LB
9. Buffalo Bills—Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
Trent Edwards had a tough year in 2009, and Ryan Fitzpatrick is nothing more than a backup. The offensive line is to blame mostly, and Edwards is a solid QB, but since Clausen falls here, there's no way the Bills pass on him.
Other Possible Picks: Derrick Morgan, DE; Anthony Davis, T; Bryan Bulaga, T; Jason Pierre-Paul, DE
10. Jacksonville Jaguars—Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
The Jaguars have terrible rush defense, and Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves are both busts.
Morgan is an excellent 4-3 defensive end, and he led Georgia Tech with 12 sacks.
Tim Tebow is definitely out of the picture here since he struggled at the Senior Bowl, so the only way the Jaguars take him in the first round is if they trade down.
Other Possible Picks: Rolando McClain, LB; Jason Pierre-Paul, DE; Dez Bryant, WR
11. Denver Broncos(from Chicago)—Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
Brandon Marshall has as good as waved goodbye to Denver, and assuming he leaves, the Broncos will want to replace him with a No. 1 receiver, and Bryant fits that mold.
Other Possible Picks: Rolando McClain, LB; C.J. Spiller, RB; Dan Williams, DT
12. Miami Dolphins—Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama
The Dolphins have a hole at inside linebacker since Akin Ayodele isn't the answer, and McClain played in a 3-4 defense at Alabama, just like the Dolphins do.
Other Possible Picks: Dan Williams, DT; C.J. Spiller, RB
13. San Francisco 49ers—Anthony Davis, T, Rutgers
The 49ers had a terrible offensive line, and Adam Snyder allowed 9.5 sacks, and Tony Pashos had a career-ending injury. The depth is extremely thin, so Davis would be a great pick to take the pressure off of Joe Staley.
Other Possible Picks: Bryan Bulaga, T; C.J. Spiller, RB
14. Seattle Seahawks(from Denver)—Taylor Mays, S, USC
With Pete Carroll and Jeremy Bates in Seattle now, the Seahawks won't blow off this opportunity. Mays is a former Trojan, so Carroll knows what Mays is capable of, and the Seahawks need a safety badly, as evidenced by their 30th-ranked pass defense. Mays struggled in the Senior Bowl, but that won't rattle Carroll since he has a lot of upside.
Other Possible Picks: C.J. Spiller, RB; Earl Thomas, S; Jason Pierre-Paul, DE
15. New York Giants—C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson
The Giants need depth at running back since Ahmad Bradshaw is a free agent, and Brandon Jacobs is too fragile to handle the carries alone.
Spiller draws comparisons to Chris Johnson since he can run a 4.2 and has a similar type of explosiveness.
Other Possible Picks: Dan Williams, DT; Earl Thomas, S; Brian Price, DT; Jason Pierre-Paul, DE
16. Tennessee Titans—Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
The Titans have a lot of free agents at defensive end, including Kyle Vanden Bosch, who only had 3.5 sacks in a contract year.
Pierre-Paul is a dark horse who plays in a 4-3 scheme, and the Titans won't be able to resist anyone with as much upside as Pierre-Paul.
Other Possible Picks: Dan Williams, DT; Brian Price, DT; Brandon Spikes, LB; Everson Griffen, DE; Carlos Dunlap. DE
17. San Francisco 49ers(from Carolina)—Earl Thomas, S, Texas
Thomas was a big part of Texas' defense. He had eight interceptions for 149 yards, and two of them were returned for touchdowns.
The 49ers have awful pass defense, and Mark Roman was subpar at safety.
Other Possible Picks: Brandon Graham, DE/LB, Jerry Hughes, DE/LB; Kyle Wilson, CB
18. Pittsburgh Steelers—Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
Williams had an excellent Senior Bowl, and he can play in a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme. The Steelers need a NT to replace Casey Hampton.
Other Possible Picks: Bryan Bulaga, T
19. Atlanta Falcons—Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri
Mike Peterson is nothing more than a veteran rental, and he will retire soon, so the Falcons will need a linebacker to replace him.
Weatherspoon had an excellent Senior Bowl, and he showed a lot of leadership and personality. A guy like him could turn around the Falcons' struggling defense.
Other Possible Picks: Donovan Warren, CB; Kyle Wilson, CB; Carlos Dunlap, DE
20. Houston Texans—Brian Price, DT, UCLA
The Texans have solid rush defense, but Mario Williams and Antonio Smith carry it with no reliable interior presence. Amobi Okoye is a bust and needs to be replaced.
Price led UCLA's defense, and he had 23.5 TFL and seven sacks. He played in a 4-3 defense like the Texans have.
Other Possible Picks: Golden Tate, WR; Toby Gerhart, RB
21. Cincinnati Bengals—Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
The Bengals need a receiver badly, and they had bad luck with Chris Henry's death. Chad Ochocinco was shut down, and Carson Palmer had nowhere else to go against the Jets.
Tate was a First-Team All-American and played in a pro-style offense at Notre Dame. According to The Sporting News , the Bengals have scouted Tate heavily and expressed interest in him.
Other Possible Picks: Jermaine Gresham, TE; Damian Williams, WR
22. New England Patriots—Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
Ben Watson only had 404 receiving yards on the season and one catch for three yards in the Patriots' playoff loss to the Ravens. What better way to end a contract year?
Gresham is an injury risk, but he was the most dominant tight end in college football and has the tools to succeed in the NFL. If the Patriots can handle Tom Brady getting injured, they can handle anything.
Other Possible Picks: Brandon Graham, DE/LB; Jerry Hughes, DE/LB; Brandon Spikes, LB
23. Green Bay Packers—Bryan Bulaga, T, Iowa
The offensive line struggled in the first half of the season. It improved later on, but Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher are both free agents in their 30s.
Bulaga was the Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year and named to the First Team All-Big Ten. This pick would be a steal for the Packers since Bulaga has top-10 talent.
Other Possible Picks: Brandon Graham, DE/LB, Charles Brown, T; Jerry Hughes, DE/LB; Kyle Wilson, CB
24. Philadelphia Eagles—Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida
Victor Abiamiri has been struggling, and Andy Reid loves drafting O-linemen and D-linemen.
Dunlap has character issues with a DUI arrest and alleged laziness. He has a lot of upside though, which alone will put Dunlap in the first round.
Other Possible Picks: Mike Iupati, G
25. Baltimore Ravens—Damian Williams, WR, USC
The Ravens need a receiver badly since Derrick Mason will likely retire and Mark Clayton drops passes for a living. Joe Flacco struggled this year, and the receiving unit is mostly to blame.
Other Possible Picks: Kyle Wilson, CB; Brandon LaFell, WR
26. Arizona Cardinals—Brandon Graham, DE/LB, Michigan
Graham was the Senior Bowl MVP, and his draft stock has skyrocketed since. He is often compared to his Michigan predecessor LaMarr Woodley.
Bertrand Berry retired, and 34-year-old Chike Okeafor is a free agent, so the Cardinals need a rush linebacker badly.
Other Possible Picks: Jerry Hughes, DE/LB, Charles Brown, T; Tim Tebow, QB
27. Dallas Cowboys—Mike Iupati, G, Idaho
Iupati had an excellent Senior Bowl, and the Cowboys have an aging offensive line. Iupati showed that he can play both guard and tackle, and the Cowboys announced they are keeping their No. 27 pick, so this more than likely means Iupati will be a Cowboy.
Other Possible Picks: Terrence Cody, DT
28. San Diego Chargers—Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama
Cody had an embarrassing Senior Bowl weigh-in at 370 pounds, and this may cause him to drop to Round 2, but the Chargers need a nose tackle to replace the aging Jamal Williams.
Other Possible Picks: Toby Gerhart, RB; Jahvid Best, RB; Brandon LaFell, WR
29. New York Jets—Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State
Lito Sheppard is terrible, and he constantly allows receiving yards and gets penalized for pass interference. Austin Collie and Pierre Garcon did great against him in the AFC Championship. Darrelle Revis needs someone across from him to take the pressure off him.
Wilson had a great Senior Bowl and proved to be a vocal leader and an explosive cornerback and return specialist during the season.
Other Possible Picks: Brandon LaFell, WR; Patrick Robinson, CB; Brandon Ghee, CB
30. Minnesota Vikings—Donovan Warren, CB, Michigan
Warren had a solid junior year at Michigan with four interceptions, and the Vikings need a cornerback since Cedric Griffin tore his ACL and will be out for the 2010 season.
Other Possible Picks: Brandon Ghee, CB; Tim Tebow, QB; Jared Odrick, DT
31. Indianapolis Colts—Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida
Gary Brackett is a free agent, and if he is re-signed, the Colts could still use depth at linebacker.
Spikes had 283 career tackles and six career interceptions at Florida, and he was another major part of their defense. He has character concerns surrounding him because of the Georgia eye-gouging incident though.
Other Possible Picks: Lamarr Houston, DT; Navorro Bowman, LB; Charles Brown, T
32. New Orleans Saints—Navorro Bowman, LB, Penn State
The Saints are the Super Bowl champions, but they still need to focus on this offseason if they wish to repeat. They need an outside linebacker.
Bowman is a strong linebacker who has the skills to succeed in the NFL, but maybe not the character since he was busted for disorderly conduct and smoking marijuana. These concerns may drop him to Round 3. Sean Payton shouldn't be afraid though since he is a great disciplinarian and a hard coach. Bowman has a lot of upside, so don't be surprised if the Saints draft Bowman.
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