Evan Higgins' 2010 Three Round NFL Mock Draft (Updated)
Ah, My favorite time of the football season! The NFL Draft.
I just purchased my NFL Draft Magazine, and I'm ready to go.
In this article, I feel as though have a lot of guys that will draw arguments, but I there is no way to predict an NFL Draft, so my opinion is just as good as anyone else's.
A lot of teams need running backs, receivers and offensive linemen. There are only so many out there that are worth the selection, so it is sometimes hard to evaluate who goes where.
I had a hard time picking where Tebow should go, as I feel he will go in the second round. Whereas to where I had him going, it may or may not surprise many of you. But, I feel if Tebow goes somewhere where he can learn behind a future Hall of Fame quarterback, he can sit on the bench and become the starter in a couple of years.
Enjoy my two-round mock draft, I enjoyed putting it together.
I'll be editing my draft daily.
1(1): St. Louis Rams- Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma.
St. Louis is in extreme rebuilding mode. After Steven Jackson, there isn't much talent along this team. Donnie Avery has shown great potential, but can't stay healthy enough to be a weapon on this offense.
On a rebuilding team the best place to start is quarterback. They still have Marc Bulger, but he is way passed his days, and he too can't stay healthy.
Look for Bradford to be selected here, and become the starter after watching from the bench for a full season.
1(2): Detroit Lions- Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska.
Detroit has done a great job improving their defensive line this offseason, acquiring Kyle Vanden Bosch and Corey Williams. Drafting Suh will make this one of the best defensive lines in the league.
He has the skills to play any position on the defensive line, and will give head coach Jim Schwartz what he had at Tennessee with Albert Haynesworth.
1(3): Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma.
The Buccaneers get a good consolation prize here, as McCoy would easily be the top defensive tackle in any other draft. They could select Eric Berry, but they haven't had a top defensive linemen since they had Warren Sapp and Simeon Rice.
1(4): Washington Redskins- Russell Okong, OT, Oklahoma State.
Washington definitely needs an offensive line to help all the aspects of this offense.
Drafting Okung, the best offensive linemen in the draft, will give quarterback Jason Campbell more time to throw, and pin holes for a running game that features Clinton Portis and Larry Johnson.
1(5): Kansas City Chiefs- Eric Berry, S, Tennessee.
Kansas City is not as far away from being a playoff team as people think. They have added some talent during free agency (Thomas Jones and Ryan Lilja) and now do it during the draft.
Eric Berry has the skills to be the next Ed Reed and will fit in great with this Chiefs defense, becoming a leader the second he steps on the field.
1(6): Seattle Seahawks- Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma.
After acquiring unknown quarterback Charlie Whitehurst, it seems that Seattle is happy with him being their quarterback of the future.
The loss of Walter Jones has been huge, and they need another top offensive linemen that can protect their quarterback and open holes for the run game.
1(7): Cleveland Browns- Joe Haden, CB, Florida.
With Berry off the board, the Browns had to go with Combine-disappoint Joe Haden.
Joe Haden came into the combine as a top-5 pick, but slipped after running a 4.57 at the 40-yard dash. So the skill is there and Cleveland wont let that miss at their top need at cornerback, so he will improve here.
1(8): Oakland Raiders- Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland.
Al Davis will take whomever he wants, when he wants. He also loves to take the most athletic player at the position the Raiders need.
Bruce Campbell is better than the other players Davis has taken in past drafts, and he could easily become the top tackle in this draft. He put on an amazing combine performance that improved his stock greatly.
1(9): Buffalo Bills- Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa.
Buffalo looked like they had kickers playing on their offensive line last season, although it wasn't a surprise they'd be so weak at that position. Offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga fits Buffalo's need, and will be a perfect fit from day one.
He has flown up the draft boards, and will greatly contribute to Buffalo's offense.
1(10): Jacksonville Jaguars- Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame.
Head Coach Jack Del Rio didn't fail to share is feelings toward starting quarterback David Garrard.
Clausen fell right to Jacksonville's lap, and Del Rio won't let them miss their quarterback of the future.
After filling their top need during free agency by signing defensive end Aaron Kampman, Jacksonville is able to grab him.
1(11): Denver Broncos- Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State.
With Brandon Marshall's status in the air, and Eddie Royal playing better at the slot position, Denver needs a receiver. Dez Bryant has a lot of off-field issues, which led to him being suspended for a big part of his junior year at Oklahoma State.
His 6-2, 220 frame makes him a great target, and has potential to be a big-time playmaker in the NFL from day one.
1(12): Miami Dolphins- Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee.
It's hard to find a good nose tackle lately, and Miami may have found one in Williams. Recently re-signed Jason Ferguson has been reliable, but at age 35 he is no longer the force he used to be. Not to mention he is suspended the first eight games of next season.
He was a beast at Tennessee and he will bring that same strength and passion for the game to Miami.
1(13): San Francisco 49ers- Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers.
San Francisco looks to have their quarterback situation under control, so the only big hole on their offense is the offensive line. Joe Staley is good, but he needs help.
Drafting Davis will take pressure off of Staley and give Alex Smith better protection, while also opening more holes for star back Frank Gore.
1(14): Seattle Seahawks (From Denver)- Taylor Mays, S, USC.
Former USC head coach Pete Carroll would love to have Mays back on his defense.
He values Mays a lot, and would give him every opportunity on this defense. Seattle just released starting safety Deon Grant, leaving them without a reliable safety option.
Drafting Mays makes since here.
1(15): New York Giants- Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama.
The loss of Antonio Pierce was more than a loss of talent, but his leadership. When he wasn't in the lineup, this defense looked lost.
It won't be easy to replace that, but over time Rolando McClain can take over as the leader of this defense. Good steal here.
1(16): Tennessee Titans- Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida.
The Titans once had a great defensive line, but times have changed, and those players have moved on or aged.
Jason Pierre-Paul is a big risk, as was a one year wonder at South Florida. He's an amazing athlete, and has a great frame at 6-6, 265 pounds. His speed and strength will remind you a bit of Julius Peppers.
1(17): San Francisco 49ers (From Carolina)- Earl Thomas, S, Texas.
San Francisco is really close to being a playoff team. Head coach Mike Singletary has pushed this team, and has really improved them since becoming the head coach.
Drafting Thomas gives them a playmaker on their defensive backs squad, something they have lacked in recent years.
1(18): Pittsburgh Steelers- Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama.
Kareem Jackson's stock has increased as of late, and with Pittsburgh in need of a cornerback, he looks to fit the part.
With an aging defensive backs group, the Steelers will improve with depth at this position.
1(19): Atlanta Falcons- Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech.
Derrick Morgan is the best defensive end in this draft, and the Falcons are grateful they were able to grab him this late.
Atlanta needs a defensive end, as former first round pick Jamaal Anderson is finally able to be labeled as a bust.
Morgan will contribute from day one, starting opposite side John Abraham.
1(20): Houston Texans- Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State.
The loss of cornerback Dunta Robinson to Atlanta was a big loss to this Houston defense.
Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson will remind you of Robinson, and will provide this team with another number one cornerback.
1(21): Cincinnati Bengals- Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma.
With the additions of Antonio Bryant and Matt Jones, adding a star tight end would make this passing game elite again. Only this time, they have a star running back to count on too.
A tight end is a quarterback's best friend, but Carson Palmer has yet to have a great tight end to throw to.
1(22): New England Patriots- CJ Spiller, RB, Clemson.
New England needs a linebacker here, but Spiller fell to their lap, and he's too good to pass up.
The Patriots have tried to find a talented, consistent back for many years, but have failed to do it. Signing big name veterans haven't worked out, and its time they find young talent that they can have for years to come.
1(23): Green Bay Packers- Everson Griffen, DE, USC.
The Packers need someone to replace Aaron Kampman who signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars this offseason.
Griffen is a risk here, but he's the best defensive end on the board.
1(24): Philadelphia Eagles- Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan.
I can't think of any team that fits Brandon Graham better than the Eagles. He can play either defensive end or linebacker, two positions of need for this defense.
Graham put on a great show at the Senior Bowl, and that helped him become a first round pick.
The Eagles will be extremely happy by their selection.
1(25): Baltimore Ravens- Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State.
Baltimore filled their biggest need by trading for receiver Anquan Boldin, but now they fill their other need by selecting Patrick Robinson.
Baltimore's defense continues to age, so adding some young, talented players to this defense is exactly what they need to do.
1(26): Arizona Cardinals- Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas.
Arizona has gone through a rough offseason.
They lost quarterback Kurt Warner, receiver Anquan Boldin, safety Antrel Rolle and linebacker Karlos Dansby—all of which were leaders of this football team.
Adding Sergio Kindle will replace Karlos Dansby, and give this defense a pass rusher from the outside.
1(27): Dallas Cowboys- Charles Brown, OT, USC.
This offensive line is aging, fast. Flozell Adams and Marc Colombo are nearing the end of their careers, and they need a solid player to fall back on.
Charles Brown can wait around until they end up retiring.
1(28): San Diego Chargers- Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno State.
San Diego released long time running back LaDainian Tomlinson. They were still able to re-sign Darren Sproles, but he's not an every down back.
Drafting Ryan Matthews is perfect for each side, as Matthews has potential to be a great running back.
1(29): New York Jets- Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame.
New York thought they found their receiver by trading for Braylon Edwards last season. Although he did play pretty well, it still wasn't enough, as the Jets want to get quarterback Mark Sanchez as many weapons as he can get.
1(30): Minnesota Vikings- Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State.
Minnesota doesn't have many needs, but it's always nice to add depth.
They need to add depth at defensive tackle, and the Vikings were lucky to get Odrick at number 30.
Pat Williams only has one or two seasons left in him, so Odrick can just sit back and learn from the best defensive line in the league until he is ready to become to the starter.
1(31): Indianapolis Colts- Brian Price, DT, UCLA.
Indianapolis needs a cornerback, but there aren't any that would be a better selection than Price
The Colts have tried many different defensive tackles in past years, but its time they draft a sure thing to provide a monster against the run.
1(32): New Orleans Saints- Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri.
New Orleans lost linebacker Scott Fujita to free agency, so they'll look to add some new talent at that position.
Weatherspoon had a great combine, which helped him to be a first round pick, going to the Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints.
2010 NFL Mock Draft: Round Two
As the second round looms, top players are still available, and teams will look to take the best player available.
Round Two: Picks 1-4
2(1): St. Louis Rams- Demaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech.
2(2): Detroit Lions- Jahvid Best, RB, California.
2(3): Tampa Bay- Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida.
2(4): Kansas City- Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida.
Round Two: Picks 5-8
2(5): Washington- Colt McCoy, QB, Texas.
2(6): Cleveland- Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech.
2(7): Oakland- Ricky Sapp, OLB, Clemson.
2(8): San Diego- Brandon LaFell, WR, LSU.
Round Two: Picks 9-12
2(9): Buffalo- Damion Williams, WR, USC.
2(10): Tampa Bay- Devin McCourty, CB, Rugers.
2(11): Miami- Dexter McCluster, RB/WR, Ole Miss.
2(12): New England- Navorro Bowman, OLB, Penn State.
Second Round: Picks 13-16
2(13): Denver- Sean Lee, LB, Penn State.
2(14): New York Giants- Terrance Cody, DT, Alabama.
2(15): Carolina- Mardy Gilyard, WR, Cincinnati.
2(16): New England- Tim Tebow, QB, Florida.
Second Round: Picks 17-20
2(17): San Francisco- Greg Hardy, DE, Ole Miss.
2(18): Houston- Montario Hardesty, RB, Tennessee.
2(19): Kansas City- Aaron Hernandez, TE, Florida.
2(20): Pittsburgh- Maurkice Pouncey, OL, Florida.
Second Round: Picks 21- 24
2(21): New England- Rob Gronkowski, TE, Arizona.
2(22): Cincinnati- Dominique Franks, CB, Oklahoma.
2(23): Philadelphia- Joe McKnight, RB, USC.
2(24): Green Bay- Thaddeus Gibson, OLB, Ohio State.
Second Round: Picks 25-28
2(25): Baltimore- Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois.
2(26): Arizona- Dan LeFevour, QB, Central Michigan.
2(27): Dallas- Dekoda Watson, OLB, Dekota Watson.
2(28): Seattle- Jonathan Crompton, QB, Tennessee.
Second Round: Picks 29-32
2(29): New York Jets- Nate Allen, FS, South Florida.
2(30): Minnesota- Syd'Quan Thompson, CB, California.
2(31): Indianapolis- Jerry Hughes, OLB, TCU.
2(32): New Orleans- Corey Wooten, DE, Northwestern.
2010 NFL Mock Draft: Round Three
Third Round: Picks 1-8
3(1). St. Louis: Koa Misi, OLB, Utah.
3(2). Detroit: Amari Spievey, CB, Iowa.
3(3). Tampa Bay: Morgan Burnett, S, Georgia Tech.
3(4). Kansas City: Javier Arenas, CB, Alabama.
3(5). Oakland: Dezmon Briscoe, WR, Kansas.
3(6). Philadelphia: Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho.
3(7). Cleveland: Mike Williams, WR, Syracuse.
3(8). Buffalo: Eric Norwood, LB, South Carolina.
Third Round: Picks 9-16
3(9). Miami: Donald Butler, LB, Washington.
3(10). Jacksonville: Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford.
3(11). Chicago: Kendrick Lewis, S, Ole Miss.
3(12). New York Giants: Charles Scott, RB, LSU.
3(13). Tennessee: Jacoby Ford, WR, Clemson.
3(14). Carolina: Jevan Snead, QB, Ole Miss.
3(15). San Francisco: Major Wright, DB, Florida.
3(16). Denver: Perish Cox, CB, Oklahoma State.
Third Round: Picks 17- 24
3(17). Houston: Lamarr Houston, DT, Texas.
3(18). Pittsburgh: Jermaine Cunningham, DE, Florida.
3(19). Atlanta: Ed Dickson, TE, Oregon.
3(20). Cincinnati: Myron Rolle, S, Cincinnati.
3(21). Oakland: Jon Asamoah, OG, Illinois.
3(22). Green Bay: Jared Valdheer, OT, Hillsdale College.
3(23). Philadelphia: Kam Chancellor, S, Virginia Tech.
3(24). Baltimore: Tyson Alualu, DT, California.
Third Round: Picking 25-32
3(25). Arizona: Jordan Shipley, WR, Texas.
3(26). Dallas: Brandon Lang, OLB/DE, Troy.
3(27). San Diego: Geno Atkins, DT, Georgia.
3(28). Cleveland: Tony Pike, QB, Cincinnati.
3(29). Minnesota: Anthony Dixon, RB, Miss State.
3(30). Indianapolis: Myron Lewis, CB, Vanderbilt.
3(31). New Orleans: D'Anthony Smith, DT, LSU.