Over the last month we’ve given fans a chance to vote for who they think their teams should take in the 2010 NFL Draft.
We’ve been Overwhelmed by the amount of support from the fans here at B/R, and after 32 days of intense voting the first round of our fans draft is complete.
To pull it all together here’s a recap of the first round. We’ll go over who the pick was, why the fans picked them, and we’ll even give an update on any moves made in free agency that could potentially change the team’s needs in the draft.
Also, be sure to vote on the poll and let us know if you’d like us to go a second round.
1. The St. Louis Rams select Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
Other prospects who received votes were QB Sam Bradford and DT Ndamukong Suh.
Clausen might not be the greatest leader, But if the Rams want a QB he could be a good fit with his experience running a pro style offense.
Clausen won the vote through a tie-breaker with Bradford. At that time Clausen was ranked as the better prospect. That has since changed, and it is likely that Bradford will be the selection if the Ram’s pass on Suh.
Free Agency: As of March 10th the Rams have signed DT Fred Robbins who won a Super Bowl with the Giants two years ago, and QB AJ Feely who played under both Head Coach Steve Spagnuolo, and Offensive Coordinator Pat Shurmur in 2001 with The Philadelphia Eagles.
2. The Detroit Lions select Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska
Other prospects who received votes were DT Gerald McCoy.
The Lions are expected to take whichever tackle that’s left after St. Louis picks. In this case the fans weren’t willing to pass up the powerhouse Suh.
Some feel that Gerald McCoy is a better fit for Detroit which makes him an option. The need of a left tackle could make Russell Okung a possibility as well.
Free Agency: So far the Lions have plunged head-first into free agency signing RB Dede Dorsey, WR Nate Burrleson, DE Kyle Vanden Bosch, DT Corey Williams, And DB’s Chris Houston and Jonathan Wade. Note: Both Williams and Houston were acquired via trade.
3. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma
No other prospects received votes. For the fans in Tampa Bay the choices were simple. Trade down for more picks, or take this guy. Other interests expressed included a possible trade up for Suh who might be a better fit.
If the Rams go quarterback, and it’s looking like they will, then the Buccaneers will be happy to take whichever of the two top defensive tackles is left to them; even though they might hope it’s Suh.
Free Agency: While the Buccaneers haven’t signed any big free agents yet in 2010, they did manage to trade a 2011 6th round pick to the Eagles for WR Reggie Brown.
4. The Washington Redskins select Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State
Other prospects who received votes were Sam Bradford.
With Mike Shanahan taking charge the thought is that he’ll build from the inside out in this draft.
Okung is the best all-around lineman in the draft and could very well be the selection. He would help improve the run and pass protection immediately, but don’t be surprised if Bradford ends up going here.
Shanahan is used to having great quarterbacks and he knows this could be his only chance to snag one.
Free Agency: The Redskins have gotten off to a slower than usual start in free agency this year, but have signed OT Artis Hicks, And DT Maake Kemoeatu.
5. The Kansas City Chiefs select Eric Berry, S, Tennessee
Other prospects who received votes were LB Rolando McClain, CB Joe Haden, and WR Dez Bryant.
According to everyone except Mike Mayock, Berry is the best safety in the draft. He didn’t run poorly at the combine like Haden, and he doesn’t have the size concerns that Earl Thomas does. He’s also the best player available at any position.
If the Chiefs aren’t sold on Berry they may take OT Bryan Bulaga or trade down in an effort to get one of the other players that received votes here.
Free Agency: The Chiefs have looked to make an impact in free agency by signing WR Chris Chambers, DT Shaun Smith, and most notably, RB Thomas Jones.
6. The Seattle Seahawks select Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland
Other prospects who received votes were QB Sam Bradford, DE Derrick Morgan, CB Joe Haden, S Taylor Mays, and OT Anthony Davis.
If Bradford is still here I believe he’ll be the pick, but there’s a good chance he won’t be. Even so, if Seattle feels the same way as their fans do, OT could be the pick here.
Campbell showed well at the combine and proved that he’s a great athlete, but Bryan Bulaga is a better pass blocker, and wouldn’t be a reach here.
Free Agency: So far the Seahawk’s biggest move in free agency has been placing their franchise tag on kicker Olindo Mare. They also traded backup QB Seneca Wallace to the Browns for an undisclosed 2011 draft pick, and signed DE Ricky Foley from the CFL.
7. The Cleveland Browns Select Joe Haden, CB, Florida
Other prospects who received votes were OT Bryan Bulaga, and LB Rolando McClain.
After a poor showing at the combine Haden will need to show great improvement at his pro day or he could risk falling out of the top ten.
Nonetheless, Haden is still the best cover corner available, and his slower than expected speed could speak volumes to his ability to position himself correctly in coverage.
Free Agency: So far the Browns have signed OT Tony Pashos, and LB Scott Fujita. They Also Acquired QB Seneca Wallace in a trade from the Seahawks.
8. The Oakland Raiders select Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers
Other prospects who received votes were OT Bryan Bulaga, OT Trent Williams, and LB Rolando McClain.
Davis is a huge possibility for the Raiders. The fans have voiced pretty clearly that they want their offensive line to be fixed.
Look for Al Davis to head their advice, but don’t count out workout warrior Bruce Campbell if he’s still available.
Free Agency: The Raiders are yet to add any big names in free agency, but they have remained active in another way. They have cut DT Greg Ellis, WR Javon Walker, and RB Justin Fargas.
9. The Buffalo Bills select Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa
Other prospects who received votes were QB Sam Bradford, and DT Dan Williams.
If Bulaga is still on the board at this point then the Bills would almost have no choice but to take him. If they don’t fix the holes in the line their offense doesn’t stand a chance.
If Bulaga isn’t available though, the fans thought they should trade down, and that’s just what they might have to do.
Free Agency: The bills signed DT Marlon Favorite, and OT Cornell Green. Green will start at right tackle in place of the early retiring Brad Butler.
10. The Jacksonville Jaguars select Tim Tebow, QB, Florida
Tim Tebow received the only vote.
Chances are that The Jaguars know they have some serious work ahead of them. Tebow isn’t much of an upgrade from Garrard, so the chances that he’ll land in Jacksonville at all are slim.
Look for WR Dez Bryant or DB Earl Thomas to go here. Adding playmakers is a must for this team.
Free Agency: The Jaguars have made two smart signings so far with WR/KR Kassim Osgood, and DE Aaron Kampman. Both are pro bowlers and fill positions of need for the Jaguars.
11. The Denver Broncos select Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama
Other prospects who received votes were DT Dan Williams, OG Mike Iupati, and QB Sam Bradford.
McClain is the kind of no nonsense player that makes this a no nonsense selection. Denver could surprise everyone here and go another direction, but unless that happens McClain will be a Bronco in 2010.
Free Agency: The Broncos look to mean business in the trenches after signing DE Jarvis Green away from the Patriots, and NT Jamal Williams who was released by the Chargers this year.
12. The Miami Dolphins select Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State
Other prospects who received votes were Taylor Mays.
I expect Bryant to be gone long before the dolphins have a chance to take him. However, there probably isn’t a team in this league that needs him more than Miami does. If he’s here they have to pick him to help out Chad Henne.
Free Agency: The Dolphins have signed LB Karlos Dansby.
13. The San Francisco 49ers select CJ Spiller, RB, Clemson
Other prospects who received votes were OT Trent Williams, S Taylor Mays, and DE Derrick Morgan.
The only logical reason the 49ers should draft CJ Spiller is to keep him out of Seattle. Otherwise they should continue to build their defense or upgrade their offensive line. Look for OT Trent Williams to go here.
Free Agency: The 49ers have signed QB David Carr.
14. The Seattle Seahawks Select Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho
Other prospects who received votes were DE Derrick Morgan, S Taylor Mays, and QB Sam Bradford.
Much to their dismay Seahawks fans were unable to vote for CJ Spiller. Chances are he could be available here in April, but if not Iupati would be a solid choice. Who needs Sam Bradford or CJ Spiller when you can have the best offensive line in the league?
Free Agency: See pick No. 6.
15. The New York Giants select Brian Price, DT, UCLA
Other players who received votes were S Earl Thomas, DE Carlos Dunlap, S Taylor Mays, LB Sergio Kindle, LB Brandon Spikes, and DT Dan Williams.
Price will be an anchor on the Giants defensive line for years to come and should help to improve their struggling run defense.
Free agency: The Giants have signed S Antrell Rolle, and QB Jim Sorgi who coincidentally used to backup Peyton Manning for the Colts.
16. The Tennessee Titans select Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech
Other prospects who received votes were DE Carlos Dunlap and LB Sergio Kindle.
After losing Kyle Vanden Bosch and Jevon Kearse the Titans are in serious need of playmaking defensive end. Lucky for them they can take one of the best talents in this draft.
Free Agency: The Titans did lose C Kevin Mawae, LB Keith Bullock, DE Kyle Vanden Bosch, and DE Jevon Kearse, but they have managed to sign LB Will Witherspoon.
17. The San Francisco 49er’s select Taylor Mays, S, Southern California
Other prospects who received votes were S Earl Thomas and OT Trent Williams.
The 49er’s look to add power and speed to their secondary with Mays. Graduates of Southern California University tend to excel in the NFL, and Mays will be better than everyone expects him to be if he has a coach like Mike Singletary.
Free agency: See pick No. 13.
18. The Pittsburgh Steelers select Earl Thomas, S, Texas
Other prospects who received votes were DT Dan Williams, DT Terrence Cody, DE Jason Pierre-Paul, and DT Jared Odrick.
The Steelers looked about as menacing as a pack of girl scouts when Troy Polamalu was injured last season. Thomas can take over in case of any injuries, and can help out at cornerback if needed. Another option would be C Maurkice Pouncey.
Free Agency: The Steelers have signed S Will Allen, WR Arnaz Battle, WR Antwan Randle El, And OT Jonathan Scott.
19. The Atlanta Falcons select Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida
Other prospects who received votes were DE Carlos Dunlap, and LB Sean Weatherspoon.
The Falcons need help on defense up front and Pierre-Paul has the most potential of anyone at his position. If Pierre-Paul isn’t available then look for Atlanta to take the next best defensive lineman that is.
Free Agency: The Falcons have signed CB Dunta Robinson.
20. The Houston Texans select Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame
Other prospects who received votes were CB Kyle Wilson and DT Dan Williams.
Tate is the fastest receiver in this year’s draft and that’s just the attribute the Texans are looking for. Giving Matt Schaub another downfield threat will really help the offense take that next step. But they’ll need a power running back in this draft too.
Free Agency: The Texans have signed OG Wade Smith.
21. The Cincinnati Bengals select Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma
Other prospects who received votes were WR Arrelious Benn and DT Terrence Cody.
Gresham will give Carson Palmer a safety net to throw too and should be a solid blocker as well. Palmer didn’t have a lot of options last year and it showed. Gresham would take part in changing that.
Free Agency: The Bengals have signed K Dave Rayner, and WR’s Matt Jones and Antonio Bryant.
22. The New England Patriots select Sergio Kindle, OLB, Texas
Other prospects who received votes were C Maurkice Pouncey, DE Brandon Graham, and DE Ricky Sapp.
The Patriots need a pass rush. They no longer have the squad of high caliber linebacker’s that led them to numerous Super Bowl victories and it shows. Kindle is one of the best in this draft and would certainly fit the Patriot’s style.
Free Agency: So far the Patriots main goal has been to just keep as many of their players as possible. RB Kevin Faulk, NT Vince Wilfork, LB Tully Banta-Cain, and CB Leigh Bodden have all been retained, But New England has lost DE Jarvis Green, and TE Benjamin Watson.
23. The Green Bay Packers Select Jerry Hughes, OLB, Texas Christian
Other prospects who received votes were CB Kyle Wilson, OT Charles Brown, OT Trent Williams, and DE Brandon Graham.
One of Green Bay’s main priorities next year is to improve their pass rush. They can’t afford to leave their secondary stranded like they did so often last year. They are also in dire need of a franchise left tackle, and a cornerback who can get ready to replace one of their two starters who are in their mid 30’s. Look for the Packers to take the best player available out of those three positions.
Free Agency: Green Bay has laid low as usual. Their biggest moves are re-signing OT Chad Clifton and signing WR Charles Dillon. Green bay also lost DE Aaron Kampman to the Jaguars.
24. The Philadelphia Eagles select Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri
Other prospects who received votes were DE Carlos Dunlap, RB Jonathan Dwyer, CB Kyle Wilson, and S Nate Allen.
The Eagles need help on defense. If they have the chance it would be hard to think they could pass on Weatherspoon. He is a great leader, plays with a lot of intensity, and can fit into just about any spot you need him too at linebacker.
Free Agency: The Eagles have signed DB Marlin Jackson and WR Chad Hall. They also traded WR Reggie Brown to the Buccaneers for a 2011 6th round pick.
25. The Baltimore Ravens Select Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois
Other prospects who received votes were WR Damian Williams, DE Brandon Graham, and RB Ben Tate.
The Ravens have lived and died by their defensive play for too long now. They realize they probably won’t have a defense like the one in 2000 again and that they do have a quarterback that can get the job done. Even with the guys they added recently there is still a strong possibility they’ll want to add some youth at the position and drafting Benn would accomplish that.
Free Agency: The Ravens have Signed WR Donte’ Stallworth, Re-signed WR Derrick Mason, and acquired WR Anquan Boldin through a trade with the Cardinals.
26. The Arizona Cardinals select Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma
Other prospects who received votes were QB Sam Bradford.
The Cardinals seem to be going full steam ahead into the Matt Leinart era so why not give him a chance and grab a premier blind side protector? Trent Williams is almost custom made to play in Arizona. He’s a franchise caliber tackle who fits best on the right side…right where the Cardinals need him.
Free Agency: The Cardinals signed OG Rex Hadnot. They also acquired Kerry Rhodes in a trade with the Jets. The Cardinals have been hit hard with Kurt Warner and Bertrand Berry retiring, and losing Karlos Dansby to the Dolphins.
27. The Dallas Cowboys select Brandon Spikes, ILB, Florida
Other prospects who received votes were OT Charles Brown, DT Dan Williams, DT Terrence Cody, DT Jared Odrick, and CB Kyle Wilson.
The Cowboys need help up front on both sides of the ball and at linebacker as well. Spikes would work well alongside Keith Brooking and could contribute immediately. If Spikes weren’t available then look for America’s team to take the best lineman left on the board.
Free Agency: The Cowboys biggest move in free has been to tender restricted free agent WR Miles Austin.
28. The San Diego Chargers select Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee
Other prospects who received votes were RB Ryan Matthews and RB Jonathan Dwyer.
Williams is probably the best nose tackle available in the draft so if he’s available here San Diego shouldn’t pass him up. The Chargers lost Jamal Williams to the Broncos this offseason which should make finding a new nose tackle a high priority.
Free Agency: The Chargers have acquired RB Marcus Mason from the Redskins off waivers.
29. The New York Jets select Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State
Other prospects who received votes were DE Everson Griffen, DE Carlos Dunlap, DE Brandon Graham, and CB Kyle Wilson.
The Jets are in pretty good shape on both sides of the ball so this pick really comes down to adding youth. Odrick can lineup anywhere along their 3-4 defensive line and help out immediately by providing much needed depth and allowing New York's aging ends time to rest.
Free Agency: The Jets have signed S Brodney Pool, and CB Antonio Cromartie.
30. The Minnesota Vikings select Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma
Other prospects who received votes were CB Kyle Wilson, S Nate Allen, and QB Colt McCoy.
The Vikings would take Bradford if he fell this far even with Brett Favre possibly coming back. That leaves Favre to take them on Super Bowl runs for the next year or two and then let Bradford take over. I’d say the best bet is that Bradford will be long gone and Minnesota will take a defensive back to help their secondary.
Free Agency: The Vikings have signed K Rhys Lloyd.
31. The Indianapolis Colts select Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers
No other prospects received votes.
McCourty would fit well in Indianapolis and should help to strengthen their secondary and special teams. They’ll need more than just Peyton Manning to get another Lombardi trophy and McCourty is the type of player that can make a difference in big games.
Free Agency: The Colts have acquired DE J.D. Skolnitsky off of waivers.
32. The New Orleans Saints select Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan
Other prospects who received votes were DE Carlos Dunlap, CB Kyle Wilson, and WR Jarvis Wineglass.
The Saints would be taking the best player available by selecting Brandon Graham here. Their defense looked pretty stout last year. Their offense did too. Adding a player that plays with as much effort as Graham would greatly benefit New Orleans.
Free Agency: The Saints are yet to make any moves in free agency.
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